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Thursday, May 25, 2017

6 original ways to wrap gifts

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the You Can Do-It-Yourself series. Following closely on the homemade gift ideas, today I bring you some original ways to wrap those gifts. 

6 original ways to wrap gifts


As usual I picked different ideas using different materials and requiring various skill levels. All of them lovely, though!
Check them out below, and for additional gift ideas you can also visit my Gift Packaging Pinterest Board!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wedneady - Egypt anyone?

A couple of weeks ago we went to an exhibition about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. History addict that I am, I just couldn't miss it and I'm very glad my kids enjoyed it too. 

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

I was an unique collection of objects that are often scattered in museums around the world, and included a visual description of the way the several chambers of the tomb looked like when they were discovered:

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

And finally I could see Tutankhamun's mask. Years ago when I visited the Louvre I missed a similar exhibition for a matter of days, so it was good to have it in front of me at last: 

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

And just a few more for good measure: 

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

Tutankhamun, Egypt exhibition

Happy Wednesday, 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer shoes quick fix


I love to buy shoes. There, I've said it. My name is Teresa and I love to buy shoes. What I don't like at all is to buy pretty shoes, wear them half a dozen times and then discover they are damaged and can't be used anymore.

Summer shoes quick fix

Sadly, this is what happened with a pair of summer shoes I got last year. Before the end of the summer one of the straps was broken and the other was half way there too. I was really, really angry because the shoes were comfortable and looked good on my feet. Not to mention that they were practically new. 

Summer shoes quick fix

So I saved them, thinking that maybe I could maybe fix them. If I failed, the loss was minimal since I couldn't wear the shoes with the broken straps anyway, so there was no harm in trying. So last weekend I finally went down to work. 

Basically, I decided to replace the original straps with ribbon. Luckily I had in my stash a gray ribbon in almost the same shade as the shoes. The fist thing I did was open the seams that were securing the straps using a seam ripper: 

Summer shoes quick fix

Summer shoes quick fix

Then I measured how long I wanted the ribbons to be and cut two pieces for each shoe. I inserted the edge of the ribbon in the opening and sewed the whole thing shut: 

Summer shoes quick fix

Summer shoes quick fix


I've used my sewing machine for a lot of things, but shoes were a first...

Summer shoes quick fix

Here's how the seams look on the inside (I went back and forth a couple of times, to make sure the ribbons were really secure):

Summer shoes quick fix

And here's how it looks on the outside: because the exterior fabric is canvas-like, you can't really see the new seams, which is a bonus:

Summer shoes quick fix

The finished product: 

Summer shoes quick fix

Although it felt weird to take a picture of my own feet, especially since  had stockings on and I had no patience to remove them just for the photo shoot, here's how the shoes look when worn: 

Summer shoes quick fix

Summer shoes quick fix

All in all, I'm happy with the result. I'm not sure how long my "new" shoes are going to last, but I'm hoping they will at least hold until the end of next summer!

Summer shoes quick fix

Happy Tuesday, 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

Hello and welcome to another tutorial: how to create a basket lining in a quick and easy way.

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

First, choose your basket and fabric for the lining. I used a square basket but the tutorial works well for rectangular or round baskets too. 

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

Place the basket on top of the fabric and trace the bottom with chalk or disappearing ink. By tracing the outside of the basket, you are automatically creating your seam allowance. Cut the bottom piece of the lining. 

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

Then cut a piece of fabric wide enough to go around the outside of the basket and high enough to fold over the edge. This will be the side lining. 

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

Sew the short edges of the side lining right sides together, and then pin the sine lining piece to the bottom of the lining (right sides together), creating little pleats at the corners. 

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

Sew all around. 

Test your lining. It should perfectly fit the inside of the basket. As to the folded part, you have three alternatives: (i) fold it over again to hide the raw edge, (ii) sew a simple hem or (iii) add a bit of lace or a cute ribbon. 

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

I decided to sew a purple lacy edge I had in my stash. 

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

And you're done, you've created a simple but pretty lining for your basket!

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

Here's the finished product, side by side with the other basket I embellished for spring

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less
 
How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

This is also great to create gift baskets: buy an inexpensive basket, add a cute lining, fill it with goodies and you have a lovely gift. 

How to line a basket in 15 minutes or less

Happy Monday!

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Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #70!

Hello, I hope you've enjoyed a wonderful weekend and welcome this week's linkup. Share what you've been working on lately and browse around for what everyone else is sharing too.

This is a party, so try to visit at least a couple of other links and share the party on social media - the more, the merrier!

The really crafty link party, keeping it real, craft blog


As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, May 26th.

Did you miss last week's amazing features? Click below to check them out!

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/05/the-really-crafty-link-party-69-featured-posts.html


Now onto this week's party: The Really Crafty Link Party is focused on crafts, so the idea is for you to link up all your crafty posts: DIYs, printables, home decor, tutorials, recipes, whatever you want to share. Feel free to share as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome!

I have no problem if you want to add the same link in more than one week; it will still be eligible for a feature but please note that I will comment and add it to the Pinterest board only once.You can add posts on other subjects (family friendly please), but only craft related posts will have a chance to be featured and will be pinned to the party's Pinterest board.

If you host your own party, add it too - it may not be featured, but you'll be sharing it with all of us anyway, and we all love to discover new parties!

Really Crafty Link Party

There are no thumbnails in the party, so in the "name" field of the linky make sure you add an interesting title/description to your post. If you follow me via any social media (icons in the side bar) let me know in the comments and I'll make sure to follow you back!

By linking up you give me permission to use your photos in features or round-ups, and to share your posts on social media (always with a link back to you for proper credit).







Thank you again for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #69 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. It's Friday, another week is coming to an end, and as usual it's time to showcase the featured posts of the latest editions of the Really Crafty Link Party!

A big thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.

The Really Crafty Link Party #69 featured posts!


There were lots of amazing posts shared and lots of inspiration going around, so you know you need to check out this week's features:


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Grandma's Flowers

It's still spring, and spring means flowers, so you'll have to bear with me as I post new flower photos every week...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Grandma's Flowers, flower photos

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Grandma's Flowers, flower photos

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Grandma's Flowers, flower photos

These were taken at my grandparent's old house and even though my grandmother passed away almost twenty five years ago, they are still her flowers, and always will be. 

Can you believe the explosion of daisies by the front door?

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Grandma's Flowers, flower photos


Happy Wednesday, 

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