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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #16 featured posts!

Welcome back for another round of the The Really Crafty Link Party features!

A big thank you to everyone why linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days, you are all amazing!



I enjoyed immensely reading everyone's posts, and I was again faced with the hard task of having to pick just three for the features. Check them out below!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

5 cool ways to use glitter!

The ABC Crafts Series...G is for Glass


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series! Last week I shared some great DIY glass projects, and this week we are still with on the letter G, because G is for glitter too! 

5 cool ways to use glitter!


So, here are some really cute and useful projects that you can make with glitter, to use as decor, give as gifts or just enjoy yourself!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ikea Hack Lego Table

We are all huge Lego fans at our house (yes, even me; having kids is a great excuse to play with Legos again), but we've never had a Lego table. Lately, though, I decided we needed one, mostly because having Lego constructions spread out through the living room floor was starting to bother me. I wanted something simple and cheap, that can be easily discarded when the kids grow, but at the same that that did not clash with our other furniture. When I saw an old Ikea side table next to the trash cans at the end of our street early on a Saturday morning, I knew I had hit jackpot! It was the right size, and, most of all, it was the right price.

Ikea Hack Lego Table

Someone had discarded it, though, because it looked in pretty bad shape, but the damages were all superficial, just a lot of nicks and bruises and peeling paper cover.

Ikea Hack Lego Table

At first I thought about painting it, but those tables are actually made of cardboard, not wood, and I didn't know if the paint would hold. In the end, I used a dark brown self adhesive paper I already had at home (leftover from lining some shelves years ago) and covered the table legs and the sides. And then, because I had to join several pieces of adhesive paper, I added a pretty ribbon to hide the "seams". This is how it looked afterwards:

Ikea Hack Lego Table

You can see the top was a bit damaged too, but I wasn't worried about that, as I was going to cover it with the Lego base plates.

Ikea Hack Lego Table

Which was also a great opportunity to try out my brand new hot glue gun. I don't know how I lived for so long without one!

Ikea Hack Lego Table

Here's the end result: 

Ikea Hack Lego Table

I had to buy a few new base plates, because most of the ones we had were old and broken (they've been around ever since I was a kid, which just shows that Legos are durable toys), so you can see the difference in color from the new to the old plates, but the kids wanted to keep that road, and I wanted to cut expenses to a minimum. 

Ikea Hack Lego Table

Because the table was larger than the four big base plates we had and I needed the scarred tabletop covered entirely, I cut a few of the older plates to fill in the blank spaces (but making sure Lego pieces would fit in perfectly between the joined plates.  

Ikea Hack Lego Table

I hot glued all the pieces to the table top and let the kids have a got at it.

Ikea Hack Lego Table

No complaints so far. Total cost: just the three new base plates. Everything else was free or something we already had at home. Not bad for a Saturday morning's work!

Happy Tuesday!

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The Cookie Puzzle

Monday, April 25, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #16!

Today is the last Monday of April, which means that we are nearly halfway through spring already! Time does fly! Sooooo...are you ready for another party?

Get your posts ready (old or new) and come join the fun! The linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, April 29th!

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

The 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 too!

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.

Really Crafty Link Party

There are no thumbnails in the party, so make sure you add an interesting title/description to your link. If you follow me via any social media (icons in the side bar) leave me a comment 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).

And now, let's get this party started! 







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

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When you linkup, your e-mail will be added to The Really Crafty Link Party mailing list and you will receive one (and only one) e-mail each week to let you know when the party goes live. All mail addresses are kept strictly confidential. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying to the e-mail you received, or by sending me a message directly (keepingitrreal@gmail.com).

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #15 featured posts!

Welcome back for another round of the The Really Crafty Link Party features!

A big thank you to everyone why linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days, you are all amazing!

The Really Crafty Link Party #15 featured posts!

I enjoyed immensely reading everyone's posts, and I was again faced with the hard task of having to pick just three for the features. Check them out below!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

5 cool DIY glass projects

The ABC Crafts Series...G is for Glass


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series, this week dedicated to glass projects! Though I love felt, after the felt projects overload of the past few weeks, I was ready for a change...

5 cool DIY glass projects


I stayed away from all the projects that involved glass cutting (although there are some pretty amazing things out there) because no matter how many tutorials I see, I'm not convinced that it is that easy to cut glass.

As I don't like to post here projects I wouldn't do myself and glass cutting is not in my near future, those were out. So, what was left is a little collection of projects you can easily recreate and that are perfect either for your home or to give as gifts. Check them out!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...

One of my kids' favorite activities: feeding the fish at Lisbon's Vasco da Gama aquarium. We buy two small packages of fish food (sold at the aquarium) and they'll spend one happy afternoon. And the fish seem kind of happy to see them there too.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...

As per the request of my son, I also had to take a picture of the turtle lazily hanging around...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - hungry fish & a turtle...

Hopefully the weather will improve soon (we've had a few promising days at the beginning of spring and then just a lot of rain) and we'll be able to enjoy more outdoor activities. 

Happy Wednesday,

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

Hello everyone! Today I want to share with you a quick and easy way to change pillow backings. Because sometimes you have a wonderful old pillow that you love and want to keep, but that needs a little care and attention, but you don't have a lot of time to work on it.
 
How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

When we got married, my husband and I got a rug and three matching pillows for our living room, in this pattern:

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

 
A little over twelve years later, the rug and the front of the pillows are still in great condition (though I have to wash them regularly because they have a white background which does not last white very long with the kids hanging around). But the pillow backings, for some reason, did not survive the test of time. You can't see it very well below (I took this photo at night), but they were stained (stains that no amount of washing was able to remove), the fabric was damaged in places and two of the three zippers were no longer working. 

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!
 
At first, I thought about replacing both the pillows and the rug (to same myself the trouble of having to wash them regularly), but I still like them and I couldn't really justify the cost. So I started looking for a quick and easy way to replace the pillow backings. Mostly, I wanted to keep the covers opening and closing with a zipper, but I didn't want the hassle of having to sew on three zippers.

The solution? Three simple pillow covers from Ikea, in a fabric very similar to the original one, and with zippers already sewn!

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

These pillow covers were a bit larger than my original ones, but here's what I did: 

First I separated the pillow fronts from their original backings:


Then I measured and decided how much the Ikea covers needed to be reduced and, with those covers turned inside out, I sewed two of the sides down to the right size, making sure the zipper remained where I wanted it:

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

 How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

I cut off the excess fabric...

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

...turned inside out and hand sewed the original pillow fronts to the front of the Ikea pillow covers (so now the pillow covers actually have two fronts, but one of them is hidden underneath the other. An the back of my pillows is once again presentable:

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

Even with the hand sewing, replacing the pillow backings was much easier than having to cut fabric, sew on zippers and then sew front and back of the pillows together. And if I had managed to find new pillow covers in the right size, it would have been even easier!

How to change old pillow backings - the easy way!

Thank you for stopping by, and happy Tuesday!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #15

I'm so glad you're here! It's Monday again and this week's Really Crafty link party is on! 

So get your posts ready (old or new) and come join the party! The linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, April 22nd!

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

The 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 too!

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.

Really Crafty Link Party

There are no thumbnails in the party, so make sure you add an interesting title/description to your link. If you follow me via any social media (icons in the side bar) leave me a comment 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).

And now, let's get this party started! 







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

keeping it real, craft blog







When you linkup, your e-mail will be added to The Really Crafty Link Party mailing list and you will receive one (and only one) e-mail each week to let you know when the party goes live. All mail addresses are kept strictly confidential. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying to the e-mail you received, or by sending me a message directly (keepingitrreal@gmail.com).

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #14 featured posts!

It's Friday again, so welcome back for another round of the The Really Crafty Link Party features!

This week we had one of the best parties ever, so a big thank you to everyone why linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days!

The Really Crafty Link Party #14 featured posts!

I enjoyed immensely reading everyone's posts, and I was again faced with the hard task of having to pick just three for the features. Check them out below!

5 wonderful felt toys & games ideas

The ABC Crafts Series...F is for Felt Toys and Games


Welcome to another special edition of the ABC Crafts Series, this week dedicated to felt toys and games!

Last week I promised another post about felt, because in addition to felt play food, there's also a world of possibilities when using felt to make other kinds of toys.



5 wonderful felt toys & games ideas

I picked 5 free tutorials and patterns that will allow you to easily create some cute toys and games to keep your kids occupied for a while. And if they can help in the making, all the better. My kids love to help me on my projects, and felt is one of those materials they can easy cut and glue without much hassle (they're not at the sewing stage yet, but they'll get there...someday).
All of these work wonderfully as homemade gifts too. So...Check out what I picked for you this week:


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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