Friday, December 23, 2016

Well, we're literally just days away from Christmas at this point, and if you haven't done any decorating yet, 1. What's wrong with you?! 2. Don't you have any holiday cheer?!, 3. It's time to change that. This stupid easy (and dare we say glamorous) DIY will have your halls decked in no time at all!


+ Party hats
+ Pom poms
+ Fringe tape

S T E P   O N E

Begin by wrapping the fringe tape layer by layer on the party hats starting from the bottom of the hat. If it creases a bit, perfectionists, don't worry, the next layer will cover it up!

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Continue sticking on layers of fringe tape until you get to the top of the hat. Cutting the fringe tape once you get to the high part of the hat makes it easier to place!

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Finish off the tree by adding a sparkly pom pom!

Want to double these as New Year's Eve hats? Keep the elastic string on the hat to wear! If you're still in need of last minute Christmas decorations check out the rest of our DIYs from the month of December.

#twoforone #getfestive

Last Minute Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas is this weekend and yes, we're still gathering up presents (don't judge us, we know you're doing the same thing). For whatever reason, Christmas seemed to sneak up on us this year even more than usual. We love to be personable with our giving, so we've put together a little gift guide if you're looking for last minute gifts. Be sure to stop by your local shops to support the small businesses in your town! Plus, you'll find unique things you won't find at a big retailer! We present you with...



There you have it people– our top picks (we might be hoping to see some of these things in our own stockings, and we'll never object to a gift). Happy shopping!

Have a favorite last-minute gift? We'd love to hear about it! Share it below, and make sure you're tagging us with #rayandablog on instagram!



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I don't know about you, but we've been making homemade ornaments since we were in grade school, and let's face it– they weren't all Instagram worthy to put it lightly. Now that we're older and can hold a marker the correct way, it's time to revisit the handmade ornament. 

All you'll need for this one is some paint pens and baker's twine. Doodle a festive word, some classic snowflakes, or maybe even a sassy holiday phrase. The possibilities are endless, and these ornaments are super cheap so you don't have to limit your imagination!

And it wouldn't be a DIY without Butternut, who turns out to be quite the natural model. Not currently taking any gigs, but one day he'll make it big. Until then, happy holidays, and happy crafting!

We'd love to see your creations– share them on Instagram and tag us @rayandablog



Thursday, December 8, 2016

It's week two of our Christmas DIY, which means we're almost halfway through December! If you didn't already know we are as crazy as crazy cat ladies get, minus the home full of cats. To show our appreciation to our felines we made a Christmas ornament purrfect for any cat lover.


+ Open front plastic ornament
+ Cotton balls
+ Glue
+ Mini cat figurine
+ Spray paint
+ Mini bottle brush trees
+ Glitter
+ Twine or ribbon

S T E P   O N E

Get your cat figurine and spray paint the color of your choice, we chose gold! Apply a couple coats and let dry in between. Choose a bright, poppy color for a retro or modern Christmas feel, or a metallic for a more classic holiday look.

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Pull apart a couple cotton balls for the fluffy snow and lay them inside the ornament to make sure it fits nicely. Apply glue inside the ornament at the bottom and press down the cotton on top, let dry.

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While the cat is drying, glue the mini bottle brush trees inside the ornament on top of the cotton. You might even want to pull apart the cotton to make an opening so they're secured to the bottom of the ornament.

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Glue the cat on top of the snow. Depending on how heavy the figurine is you will want to dig it deeper into the cotton so it doesn't fall over, or create a small opening like you did for the mini trees to secure to the bottom of the ornament.

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Sprinkle some festive glitter onto the cotton for a super fun, sparkly holiday touch. Don't forget to tie your favorite twine or ribbon to the top of the ornament!

We couldn't have done this DIY without the help of Rachel's cat, Butternut, who kept us on our toes while he proceeded to play with literally everything on the table– such a curious lil guy! Follow us on Instagram @rayandablog for more updates and fun!



Sunday, December 4, 2016

To start off the month of December we made this little Christmas countdown for your home! All the supplies can be found at your local craft store and you may already have most of them in your craft drawers. We stood gushing over this adorable little wooden house smack in the middle of AC Moore, we were that excited. You can even customize the little house any way you want! We decided to keep the house in its nat-ur-al wooden state.


+ Wood house
+ Two wood blocks
+ Spray paint
+ Paint pen
+ Baker's twine 
+ Scrapbook paper
+ Scissors

S T E P   O N E

Spray paint the blocks and let dry in between coats. Apply two or three coats. Let fully dry.

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Start by cutting out triangles from scrapbook paper and space it out to say "Days til Christmas." Write a letter on each triangle and glue onto the baker's twine. Let dry. And let it be know– mini is better!

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Glue the mini garlands onto the wooden house. (See? It's adorable.)

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After the blocks are fully dry, using the paint pen write on the numbers "0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5" on the sides of one block and "0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8" onto the sides of the second block.

Set the blocks into the wooden house and you have yourself a Christmas countdown to display! We would love to see how you customize your own countdown. Tag us on Instagram @rayandablog

Keep an eye out for more Christmas crafts coming your way every week! We're getting realllll crafty this month, get ready...



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Since we're in full swing preparing for Thanksgiving this Thursday we've put together a super simple DIY to add to your family party decor. It takes a handful of supplies and only about 10 minutes to make. Everyone loves pumpkin pie, so why not make it a garland? You can even jazz it up using different ribbons or textured paper for this– Get creative!


+ Orange card stock
+ White pom-poms
+ Twine 
+ Scissors
+ Glue

S T E P   O N E

Cut out a pie slice shape on the card stock and use this piece as a template to make sure they are the same size. Depending on how long you would like the garland cut out as many pie slices as you would like!

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Glue a white pom-pom to each pie slice, let dry.

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Cut a long piece of twine and glue the back of the pie slices onto the twine. Let dry and BAM... instant Thanksgiving decor!

Have any fun decorations that you're making this week? We would love to see them! Tag @rayandablog on Instagram to share them with us!



Thursday, October 27, 2016

If you procrastinated on your Halloween costume this year, welcome to the club! We always have good intentions of planning ahead a wicked sweet costume but seem to lose track of time. Below are DIY costumes that you can put together at the last minute and no one will ever know!


Grab a tan dress, some felt and a glue gun

via Studio DIY


You probably have most of this in your closet!

via Brit + Co


Cardstock, scissors, a glue gun and ribbon is all you need!

A colored dress + white fabric and black letter stickers

Complete with banana turban

If all else fails, grab a sheet, cut some holes for your eyes and be a ghost like Charlie Brown


DIY Mini Pumpkins (and a giveaway!)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

It's just something about this time of year that makes us want to buy all the pumpkins. During October it's easy to spend more money on said pumpkins than on food. It's not sad– it's for the blog folks...

Our mission– take all the cool pinned ideas we've seen and put our own twist on them! And let's face it... no one really wants to dump out pumpkin guts, so these are all no cutting-no gluing-sewing-no crying-required.

A little bit of spray paint goes a long way. That's the easiest way to transform your pumpkin from mehhh to glam. Stick on some letter stickers, and you've reached a whole new level my friend. 

Sharpies are among the best inventions ever known to mankind. With a little imagination and a steady hand, (hold on the coffee before you do these, we learned the hard way) you'll have a killer customized pumpkin in no time at all!

We're also hosting a little giveaway– 3 lucky winners will each receive one of these customized pumpkins from yours truly, but you have to...

1. Follow us on Instagram (@rayandablog)
2. Comment on our post (this is where we'll pull your name!) 
3. Like us on Facebook! And we love your comments, so send them our way!

Got it? We can't wait to see your pumpkin makeovers, and select our winners! You have until next Wednesday, October 26 to enter!



Saturday, October 15, 2016


So, Ray found these great priced clay planter pots at this super cool organic and sustainable local plant shop called Greenology in Peddler's Village. Sidenote: If you live in Bucks County Pennsylvania and haven't been to Peddler's Village you need to check it out asap. Anyways, Ray felt inspired by the blank canvas these pots offered and ran to the craft store, actually drove, to buy supplies to transform these pots! We hope this DIY inspires you to get creative with the planter pots you may have laying around in your shed or garage to fill with a beautiful plant and display in your abode. Feel free to use rich, down to earth autumn colors for this DIY since Ray went for quite the opposite theme.

^  can you spot the dinosaur? 


+ Acrylic paint
+ DuraClear Matte Varnish
+ Foam brushes
+ Terracotta pots
+ Newspaper and wax paper

S T E P   O N E

Cover the table you're working on with newspaper. Your roommate or spouse will be thankful. Apply the first coat of acrylic pant with a foam brush to your planter pot. Allow about 15-20 minutes for each coat to dry. Watching The Office or another favorite TV show helps the time fly by!

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Allow to dry and continue to add three or four coats in between drying. Be mindful when you begin painting the top and bottom of the pot, it will stick to the newspaper. Placing the planter pot on wax paper prevents sticking!

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Examine the planter pot and use a smaller foam brush to touch up any blank areas that you may have missed. Add fun designs or patterns to your planter pot using a smaller or larger foam brush.

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Once the planter pot is fully dry, use a foam brush to apply the Duraclear. Once it is dry to touch apply another layer and allow to fully dry overnight before planting, just to be safe.

S T E P   F I V E 

Planting time! Add your beautiful plant babies to your new pots and put on display in your favorite spot! A refreshing way to give your plants a personal touch.

We would love to see your DIY planter pot creations! Tag @rayandablog on Instagram to share them with us!



Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's that time of the year again where our weekends consist of comfy sweaters, warm drinks and pumpkin everything. With the rare occurrence of Ray & A getting together lately, it was great to catch up eating brunch at our favorite hometown cafe and picking up some apples, gourds and of course fresh baked goods at our local farm. We're sharing some of our favorite October activities below!

A P P L E   P I C K I N G

Going to pick our own apples at an orchard definitely beats waxy apples at a grocery store any day. It's even cheaper as well! We're all about fresh and healthy, besides the occasional Chick-fil-A, which is essential to our diet.


Cool, fall nights are perfect for sitting by the campfire under the stars. Campfires are also the best time to stuff our faces with s'mores and other roasted goodies (we're healthy, remember?) Going to bed with that smoky smell signifies a great night by the fire.


Since weekends are our lounge days we're ready to dig into new reads and dive into another world. Ray highly recommends The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, obviously a John Green fan. A wishes she had books to rave about, but doesn't read as much as a cultured adult should, so help her out and send some recommendations her way.


Yarn, yarn and more yarn. Tis the season for knitting and crocheting! A actually just did a mega yarn haul at JoAnn and is ready for some Netflix and knit. If you're looking for some cool patterns, Pinterest is our go to for inspiration and how-to's!

What are your favorite fall activities? Share below or comment on our Instagram @rayandablog


Fall Picks

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I hope this post finds you sipping some iced coffee and not a PSL (pumpkin spice latte, for you coffee amateurs out there), but we admit, we’re as excited for fall as the next person in line behind you at Starbucks.

Summer was kind of a blur between work, weekend outings, and planning for Ray’s wedding (which is in THREE DAYS!!!) Though we’re still trying to squeeze out the last few moments of summer, we’re already looking forward to some fun fall activities. We’ll share some of our top picks with you:

  1. Apple picking! Pumpkins get all the credit this season, but don’t forget about the apples! Apple picking is just as fun and rewarding as rolling that big ‘ol pumpkin down a hill, and many local farms and orchards have festivals this time of season. Last year we headed to Tabora Farms to get our apple fix, and we definitely plan on heading back this year!

  2. Fall Mountain Getaway We do love a good city adventure, but we’re country girls through-and-through. There’s nothing quite like being in the mountains during the fall season, surrounded by millions of shades of red and orange. Oh yeah, and campfires with lots of s’mores!

  3. PSE (Pumpkin Spice Everything) I mean, we can’t resist, so might as well give in to the popular culture on this one. Grandma’s pumpkin pie will always beat that latte, so no worries Grandma.

  4. Get our your Knitting Needles! Let’s face it, all season is knitting season, but there’s something about knitting under your cozy blanket (that you knit last year) with a cup of hot tea while streaming Netflix. Join a knitting circle, find some new patterns, and indulge on some new yarn, because ‘tis the season!

  5. Harry Potter Festival (right here in Philly!) Septa will be transforming into the Hogwarts Express to take guests into the Chestnut Hill section of Philly for a weekend of Potter-themed festivities, including a Quidditch tournament.

To get you in the spirit of autumn, here's a free printable for you, or set is as your wallpaper. Did any of your top picks make our list? Got some more? We’d love to hear them– comment below and let us know how you’ll be kicking off your fall season!


What We're Into: 8/4

Thursday, August 4, 2016

If you look at the post before this you're probably thinking, “You haven't posted anything in so long! WHAT THE HECK!?” Yeah, we’re thinking the same thing. We can't believe it's August already and summer seems to be less fun as an adult because we have to work and have responsibilities and everything, ya know? Anyways, Ray has been super busy planning her wedding that is in September and working on moving into an apartment. While A has been helping her along the way as a bridesmaid and doing her duties of designing all things paper and helping prep the pre-wedding fun. We haven’t forgotten about the blogging world! Here are some super cool things we can't seem to get our minds off of...

Cat videos. Because just when you think you've seen them all, you haven't. This one in particular is the bomb.

Thankfully glasses are always in style thanks to Warby Parker, now that both of us are now “4-eyes.” These sunnies have us dreaming of a forever summer!

Speaking of cats… Philly opened it’s second cat cafe this year, called Kawaii Kitty Cafe in Queen Village, and it’s PAW-some (#sorrynotsorry for the pun) Complete with a full coffee bar, delicious pastries, and of course lots of furry friends to cuddle up with while you sip away! You can also pick up some of A’s greeting cards (cat edition) in the shop!

Target ain’t just for suburban moms! Center City opened a Target Express last week, and we have yet to check it out, but nonetheless excited to see that big red bullseye grace the city streets.

Let’s face it– everyone’s a plant lady these days, so why not use them to decorate your room/apartment/house? Monica over at East Coast Creative has a fun little DIY plant cozy that’s instant decor to jazz up your house and your plants!

Stick around for more fun posts in the near future!


DIY: Air Dry Clay Ceramics

Monday, June 13, 2016

Desk accessories have really been trending lately, and we can't get enough of them! They're practical, useful, and super cute! This week we bought some air dry clay, and tried our hand at some desk accessories of our own– a pencil holder and a mini dish. Here's what you'll need to make this craft:

+ Air Dry Clay
+ Clear Gloss Sealant Spray (optional, but if you want a sleek, glossy look, this stuff is for you!)
+ Clay tools or a knife
+ Circular Glass
+ Straw or Pencil
+ Clay Roller to flatten the clay (OR a spray can does the job!)
+ Gold Paint Pen (optional, but adds a little something to the final product!)


Step 1: Cut a piece of air dry clay, enough for however many pieces you're making. We used about half of the block to make our pencil cup and mini dish. Make sure you seal up the rest of the package if you don't use all the clay– if not sealed properly, it will dry out fast! 

Step 2: Cut out a circular piece of clay for the bottom of your pencil cup. You'll want to make sure the walls of your cup holder fit nicely around this circle without too much gap. 

Step 3: Roll out the wall part of your pencil cup with your roller (or spray can!) Don't roll the clay so thin that it sticks to your working surface, but you also don't want them so thick that it's hard to attach to the base of the cup. About 1/4" - 1/2" thickness is good. 

Step 4: Trim the top, bottom and sides of your clay slab so you have a nice rectangle to then attach to the circular clay base. Then punch some holes in the slab for a small decorative touch, or leave it plain- it's up to you!

Step 5: Drape your rectangular slab of clay around your clay base, and merge these two pieces together securely at the bottom. With a clay tool or knife, make tiny slashes across the pieces, then gently smooth over these dashes to join seamlessly. 

Step 6: Once you have joined the base to the sides, you can smooth out the rest of the pencil cup around the sides and the top rim. Remember, handmade is beautiful, so don't sweat the imperfections!

Step 7: If you're feeling fancy, or think the white is too white, take a gold paint pen and line the rims of your cup and dish. If you want even more color, don't be afraid to grab some paint and add a pop of color to your workspace!


Step 1: We made our mini dish from the excess clay we cut off our pencil cup, so it doesn't take much! Roll that out into a smooth, round ball of clay.

Step 2: Gently press your thumb into the center of the clay ball to start forming the inner part of the dish. Keep smoothing and pushing against the sides until you get something that looks like a little dish!

Step 3: Add a touch of color if you want, or keep it plain and simple! These dishes make wonderful little homes for air plants (we can't get enough of them!)

This isn't your typical fine-crafted ceramics project, but it is a fun way to get your hands dirty and make some nice additions to your desk set-up!



Friday, June 3, 2016

Why you ask? Because it's National Donut Day! The perfect holiday to end a crazy week by grabbing a cold iced coffee and your favorite donut on the way to work. Maybe even spread the holiday cheer by bringing some donuts for your coworkers as well. To get in the holiday spirit we're sharing our favorite donut DIYs, so grab a donut or two and enjoy!



All these DIYs have us hungry for donuts. We hope you enjoy this day as much as we do!