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Thursday, June 30, 2016

5 easy & useful mason jar ideas

The ABC Crafts Series...M is for Mason Jars!


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series, this time to bring you some projects involving mason jars.

When I start talking about mason jars, the first (and most obvious) idea has to do with gifts. In fact, gifts-in-a-jar have become more and more popular over the years because you can put virtually anything in a jar and create unique, customized gifts everyone will love.

Still, there's much more to mason jars than that, and that's the purpose of this post.

5 easy & useful mason jar ideas


So, find below a few ideas on alternative uses for mason jars. All complete with instructions and fairly easy to make. Pick your favorite and have fun!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - tree blossoms

Every summer my husband is fascinated by this tree, which he sees everyday while driving to work. He has told me repeatedly that I need to post about it here. Today I was in the car too, so he made me take a picture with my phone. 


I did 't have a lot of time to frame it right (I didn't want to be late for work on account of some flowers), but the fact is that the tree is really pretty with all that dark pink around. 

As far as I can see from down below, it's a bougainvillea - my grandparents used to have one just like it on their balcony (it was obviously much smaller than this one, but we still had to leave it there when we sold the house because it was too heavy to move).

Anyway, this clearly-not-wordless Wednesday is dedicated to my husband, who can finally see here the photo he's been requesting for quite some time.

Happy Wednesday, 

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #25!

Welcome to the 25th edition of The Really Crafty Link Party, I'm so glad you're here!

Come and join the fun, show us what you've been working on lately and browse around for what everyone else is sharing! This is a party, so try to visit at least a couple of other links.

As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, July 1st.

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) 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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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, June 24, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #24 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 who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days!


So...Check out below the featured posts from The Really Crafty Link Party #24!

5 amazing ways to refashion your lampshades

The ABC Crafts Series...L is for Lampshades!


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series. After a few weeks on the letter K, it was more than time to move on to letter L (otherwise I'll still be halfway through the alphabet by the end of the year).

So this time, I chose to bring you some fun ideas to refashion your lampshades.

5 amazing ways to refashion your lampshades


There's a bit of everything, from ribbons to burlap, from fabric to old jeans. Just pick your favorite and start the summer with an amazing project to spruce up your home!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DIY scrap wood gift tags

At the beginning of the year, I was invited to join a wonderful group of bloggers for the Handmade Christmas Bloghop 2016 (thank you!).

The idea is to show everyone that you can actually make your own Christmas gifts (and finish them in time). It's true that in those last few weeks before December 25th we are all rushing to get everything done, but if you start early, you can actually accomplish a lot. You will save money, you will give people meaningful gifts made with love and you will not need to shop around for the perfect gift at the last minute. Hence the 12 months - 12 bloggers - 12 gifts idea. 

Every month one of the bloggers suggests one different handmade gift. And while I'm scheduled to post mine only in October, I wanted to use some of the ideas already posted to make some gifts too. 

Only, instead of a gift I made...gift tags. 

DIY scrap wood gift tags

Here's the background story: 

Ever since Pili, from My Sweet Things, and Gail, from Purple Hues and Me, posted their Christmas decor ideas using scrap wood (you can see the complete list of projects so far at the bottom of this post), I've been meaning to make something similar.

But I had two problems. One, I had no scrap wood around. My grandfather used to work a lot with wood, but no one in the family inherited the talent (I certainly didn't), And two, decoupage is a technique I have never tried before. Not knowing if I was going to be successful, I also was not going to spend money buying wood.

But then my kids needed some canvas for a school project, and with the canvas came these bits of wood:

DIY scrap wood gift tags

They were supposed to fir into the corners of the canvas' wood frames, to keep the angles straight, but were not really needed to the school project. Instead of throwing them out, I decided to use them. Because of their size, the only feasible alternative I could think of was to turn them into gift tags.

So...I glued them in groups of four, with a red ribbon in between:

DIY scrap wood gift tags

And then printed a Merry Christmas message that could fit over the tags and glued it too.

DIY scrap wood gift tags

I tried to distress the sides a bit, and though I was not entirely successful (probably because I used regular printer paper and didn't let it dry completely), I still like the rustic look of those tags.

DIY scrap wood gift tags
Afterwards, I was thinking I probably could have stamped a few of them (instead of gluing the paper on top), and that's certainly on my list of things to try whenever I manage to find other similar bits of wood.

DIY scrap wood gift tags

For now, I think these tags will perfectly complement those handmade Christmas gifts I'm planning to make!

DIY scrap wood gift tags

Check below all the projects posted so far in the 2016 Handmade Christmas Blog Hop:


An InLinkz Link-up

Remember it's never too soon to start working on your Christmas projects!

And if you're into woodworking or looking for great beginner projects, here's a fun selection of projects:

27 Fun DIY Bandsaw Projects You Can Start Today



Happy Thursday,

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer starts today!

If you live in the norther hemisphere, welcome to summer!

first day of summer 2016. happy summer

This is my favorite season. If I could, I would have summer all year-round!

Enjoy your summer!

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Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #24!

Welcome to the 24th edition of The Really Crafty Link Party, and the first one of this summer. Because yes, if you live in the northern hemisphere, officially summer starts today. Yay!

In the meantime, come and join the fun, show us what you've been working on lately and browse around for what everyone else is sharing! This is a party, so try to visit at least a couple of other links.

As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, June 24th!

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) 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!

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, June 17, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #23 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 who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days!



So...Check out below the featured posts from The Really Crafty Link Party #23!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 easy projects everyone can knit

The ABC Crafts Series...K is for Knitting!


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series, and the last one dedicated to the letter K!

While I love almost all sorts of crafts, knitting is one of the hardest ones for me to take up. Even though I learned to knit when I was still very young and even though my mother is an avid knitter, I still prefer crochet. Or cross-stitch. Or even sewing.

I'm not really sure why this happens. Maybe because I'm terrible at following patterns, or maybe I just don't have the patience required. In any case, the only knitting projects I seem to be able to tackle these days are the very simple ones. But just because they are simple, they are not less cute, and that's what I wanted to show you today. 

5 easy projects everyone can knit


In fact, there are lots of wonderful knitting projects that are very, very easy to make and that don't take up a lot of time, which makes them perfect for beginners and for the more seasoned knitters that, like me, lack the time (and the will) to handle anything more complicated. Here are a few examples:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #23!

Welcome to the 23rd edition of The Really Crafty Link Party! Have you noticed that summer is almost here? I just can't wait!

In the meantime, come and join the fun, show us what you've been working on lately and browse around for what everyone else is sharing! This is a party, so try to visit at least a couple of other links!

As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, June 17th!!

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, June 10, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #22 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 who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days!

The Really Crafty Link Party #22 featured posts!


So...Check out below the featured posts from The Really Crafty Link Party #22!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

5 wonderful ideas to spruce up your kitchen

The ABC Crafts Series...K is for Kitchen!


This is a sort of unplanned addition to the series, but spring and summer are the perfect seasons to add a bit of color to our kitchens. So, I picked a set of some fun and easy projects for you. Some are as easy to make as running a sheet of paper through your printer, others require a bit more work, but they are all lovely and totally worth making!

5 wonderful ideas to spruce up your kitchen

Check them out below!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - found at the beach

This week I'm taking a bit of a break from work to deal with a lot of personal issues that have been pending for a while, so I didn't have a lot of time to plan this post and I'm just sharing a curious photo taken on one of our last walks in the beach. 

Although I found it a bit depressing, the kids were totally curious and it prompted some interesting searches about seahorses...

found at the beach

Happy Wednesday,


Monday, June 6, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #22!

Welcome to the 22nd edition of The Really Crafty Link Party! Summer starts in two weeks, I just can't wait!

In the meantime, come and join the fun, show us what you've been working on lately and browse around for what everyone else is sharing! This is a party, so try to visit at least a couple of other links!

As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, June 10th!!

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, June 3, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #21 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!



So...Check out below the featured posts from The Really Crafty Link Party #21!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

5 quick & fun things to make for kids

The ABC Crafts Series...K is for Kids!


This week's theme is kids, which is perfect because just yesterday we celebrated the International Children's Day! So, I have picked a set of cool and fun things, different projects requiring different skills but all with instructions and tutorials, for you to make for (or with) your kids.

5 quick & fun things to make for kids

Check them out below!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - flowers

 Yes, more flowers today!


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - flowers

Because seeing flowers blooming everywhere just makes me happy!

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - flowers

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - flowers

Happy Wednesday,

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