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Monday, May 30, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #21!

Welcome to the 21st edition of The Really Crafty Link Party! This is the last party of May, time does fly!

Come and join the fun, show us what you've been working on lately and browse around for what everyone else is sharing! As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, June 3rd!!

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 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) 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).






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, May 27, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #20 featured posts!

It's Friday, and I'm so glad you're here, because it's time for some wonderful features again!

As usual, 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 #20 featured posts!

So...Check out below the featured posts from The Really Crafty Link Party #20!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

5 amazing ways to upcycle old jeans

The ABC Crafts Series...J is for Jeans!


And because I love upcycling, this week's edition of the ABC Crafts Series is especially focused on great ways to upcycle those old jeans we all have at home!

5 amazing ways to upcycle old jeans


As usual I have picked a set of different projects that come with instructions and tutorials, because the point is to give you ideas that you can actually make without a lot of effort. Check them out below and have fun!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds

Spring has been a bit strange in our little corner of the world. We've had an almost endless succession of cold, rainy days and then about half a dozen summer like days (sunny, high temperatures). 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds

In between, we had a mix of blue skies and clouds.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds

But even clouds can be pretty when they hint of brighter days ahead!

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds

 (Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds
 
(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - clouds

Happy Wednesday, 

keeping it real, craft blog

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

Or maybe I should say bunny bed?

Even though I encourage my kids to be creative and they are used to seeing me work on my own crafts, sometimes they still manage to surprise me. Last Sunday, after church, my son came to me and said Carrot needed a bed (Carrot is a soft toy bunny he received from his grandmother last Easter and that has been sleeping with him ever since). 

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

Now, if that request had come from my daughter, I would have not been surprised because she always needs a bed for every one of her dolls. But coming from an eight year old boy that's usually focused on video games and anything with wheels, it was unexpected. And endearing too. As I'm betting in a couple of years he will not only forget about this but feel embarrassed if I ever remind him, I decided to comply. Kids grow up too fast as it is, so I might as well enjoy what's left of their childhood while I can.  

I had this basket in a corner of my craft room from quite some time: 
 
Old basket to doll bed upcycle

I vaguely recall that it came with flowers delivered to the hospital when one my kids was born (can't remember which). For a while we used it to store toys, but then the handle broke and I just held on to the basket, thinking I would make something out it one day. 

I told my son to go through my fabric stash and pick whatever he liked for Carrot's bed (not that he had a lot of choice because most of my fabrics are girly and Carrot, has been determined to be boy bunny). This was the end result:

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

I made everything as I went along, so no pattern and no tutorial this time, but I'll just give you some pointers in case you ever want to make something similar:
  • I traced the bottom of the basket onto the back of the fabric and cut two pieces, which were sewn right sides together leaving a small opening on one side, turned inside out, filled with a bit of polyester filling and closed. This works as the mattress.
  • I cut a strip of fabric long enough to go around the inside of the basket and wide enough to cover it from the mattress up to the top border. I sewed it to the mattress. 
  • Then I cut another strip of fabric this time to go around the outside of the basket. The top of this strip is sewn to the other one (the one lining the inside of the basket) and the bottom is folded and sewn into an elastic casing. This way the basket is lined inside and out with one single piece (because everything is sewn together) and the elastic not only helps to keep everything in place but makes it easy to remove for washing if necessary. 
Old basket to doll bed upcycle

My son cut himself two rectangles of fabric to make a pillow (and filled it with the polyester), and I also made a small blanket (again, his choice of fabric), lined with the same fabric as the basket and with a small trim as embellishment. 

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

All in all, it took me less then an hour to make everything, and Carrot has been happily sleeping in his own bed ever since. So I'm calling in a very successful upcyle!

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

(it works well as a doll bed too, but that Barbie did not last long in there...)

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

The downside? When my daughter found out what we were making for Carrot, she immediately came up with a doll that did not have a bed yet. Since I was freshly out of baskets to upcycle, I had to improvise. I'll share that adventure next week...

Old basket to doll bed upcycle

Happy Tuesday, 

keeping it real, craft blog



 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #20!

Welcome to the 20th edition of The Really Crafty Link Party! It seems amazing that this is the 20th party already, but the truth is that we're past mid-may and summer will be here in a month! I can't wait!

In the meantime, I really want to see what you've been crafting lately, so come and join the fun! As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, May 27th!

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).






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, May 20, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #19 featured posts!

It's Friday, and I'm so glad you're here, because it's time for some delicious features!

As usual, 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 #19 featured posts!

I enjoyed immensely reading everyone's posts, but I had to pick just three and this week, even though I'm seriously trying to stick to my diet, I decided to feature three amazing recipes. Check them out below!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5 fun DIY ideas for spring & summer

The ABC Crafts Series...I is for Ideas!


Welcome to this week's edition of the ABC Crafts Series, where I share some cool and fun spring and summer DIY ideas, mostly to be used outdoors.

5 fun DIY ideas for spring & summer


As usual I have picked a set of totally different projects that require different crafts, different materials and different skill levels, to broaden the chances of everyone finding at least one they want and can make! Have fun!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - peacock feathers...

...and a peacock, of course.

wordless wednesday peacock feathers

Last Saturday we took the kids to an outdoor birthday party and the place housed several farm animals, from horses to chickens. And a couple of peacocks. This one was graceful enough to pose for a couple of photos, so it earned the right to be featured here. 

wordless wednesday peacock feathers


wordless wednesday peacock feathers

Happy Wednesday,

keeping it real, craft blog


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Birds on a Wire Nursery Decor

..or maybe I should say "birds on a ribbon"? 

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you what I created as nursery decor for a cousin baby girl. 

Birds on a Wire Nursery Decor with pattern

It's a very simple set of pink and white felt birds, sewn onto a ribbon and tied to a wood ring for hanging. All in all, it is a cute, inexpensive and quick way to decorate a baby's room, and it can be made in any color to match the rest of the decor. 

I'm also sharing below a brief tutorial in case anyone wants to make something similar. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #19

Welcome to the 19th edition of The Really Crafty Link Party!

Spring has finally decided to show up in our little corner of the world, hopefully the sunny days are here to stay. Longer, brighter days are always more productive for me, so maybe I can get so crafting done!

Now let's start this party! Get your posts ready (old or new) and come join the fun! As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, May 20th!

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).

Onto the party! 








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, May 13, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #18 features

It's Friday, and I'm so glad you're here, because it's time for some amazing features!

As usual, 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 #18

I enjoyed immensely reading everyone's posts, but I had to pick just three for the features. Check them out below!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5 quick & easy homemade gifts

The ABC Crafts Series...H is for Homemade!


Welcome to this week's edition of the ABC Crafts Series, where I share some great ideas for homemade gifts.

More than the specific gifts presented here (which are all wonderful by themselves), I want to inspire you to make your own gifts. You'll be giving people useful things, made with love. They will be unique pieces made specifically with the recipient in mind, and they will be treasured just for that. Not to mention that you will also be saving some money in the process!



5 quick & easy homemade gifts


Use the suggestions below as guidelines (they all come with instructions, materials lists and tutorials) and make them as they are, or brainstorm a little to adapt them to what you really want or need.

I have picked projects that require different crafts, to broaden your perspectives, and which are also easy and quick to make. I often hear people complaining that they are not particularly crafty so they kind of miss these opportunities, but for most of what I'm showing you below you don't need any particular skills. And, if everything else fails, the gifts-in-a jar idea is always a good option...


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - random shots of Lisbon...

...taken on the last weekend of April, during one of the rare spring afternoons we've had so far (it's been raining most of the time). We took the kids for a walk in the sun and they spent some time watching the boats come and go and the cars crossing the bridge. 

random shots of Lisbon

random shots of Lisbon

random shots of Lisbon

random shots of Lisbon

random shots of Lisbon

Happy Wednesday, 

keeping it real, craft blog

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The free e-book of polkadots printables

I've always loved polkadots, and a while ago I decided to get creative (because I have lots of time to do that...not) and make some polkadots party printables. 

That was a little over a month ago and, in between, the project escalated and I found myself using the same pattern for a complete set of printables that includes everything from party material to notebook pages and planner printables. And so the e-book of polkadots printables was born. 

free e-book of polkadots printables

It's not really an e-book in the strict sense of the words, but it's a collection of 35 (yes, 35) pages of printables! All filled with polkadots and in four different bright colors, so that you can pick your favorite or mix and match.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #18!

Welcome to the 18th edition of The Really Crafty Link Party! It's raining around here, spring has been late in coming and I've had very little time to craft lately, so I really need to see what you've been doing to cheer me up!

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, May 13th!

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).
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