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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #29 featured posts!

It's Friday and I'm so glad you're here, because it's time for me to share some wonderful features from this week's link party!

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 #29 featured posts!


So...Check out below the wonderful features from The Really Crafty Link Party #29!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

5 easy & original DIY planters for home & garden

The ABC Crafts Series...P is for Planters!


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series, this time to bring you some original ideas to create your own planters: perfect projects to tackle this summer - and a few of these are upcycles, which is always a bonus.

5 easy & original DIY planters for home & garden

Check them all below and have fun!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - evening at the beach

We've been trying to make the most of summer, even if only during the weekends.

evening at the beach


Because we live fairly close to the beach, we don't mind staying a little late into the evening.

evening at the beach

evening at the beach

And as we were leaving, we spotted this funny sand sculpture and I just had to take a picture of it...

evening at the beach

Happy Wednesday,

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer matching game - free printable

Every time school ends and the summer holidays approach I find myself trying to find new ways to keep my kids entertained. Over the year I've created several printable games for them, and this time I made a summer matching game. 

Summer matching game - free printable

This is very easy to make: just download the file and print two copies on a color printer (to get pairs). Cut the pieces to shape and laminate them for a more lasting result. 

Summer matching game - free printable

Summer matching game - free printable

 
Then give them to your kids and let the summer fun begin!

Summer matching game - free printable


Feel free to use this summer matching game as you want, but f you re-post or share on social media, just please leave a link back to this page! 

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Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #29!

It's Monday again, and what better way to start the week than welcoming you to the 29th edition of The Really Crafty Link Party?

I'm so glad you could join us for the last party of July! 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 and share the party on social media too. 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, July 29th.

To see last week's amazing features, click below:


http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/07/the-really-crafty-link-party-28.html


Now onto the 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! 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!


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, July 22, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #28 featured posts!

It's Friday and I'm so glad you're here, because it's time for me to share some wonderful features from this week's link party!

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 #28 featured posts!

So...Check out below the wonderful features from The Really Crafty Link Party #28!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 free summer printables

The ABC Crafts Series...P is for Printables!


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series, this time to bring you some wonderful free printables. Of course I could have picked zillions of different printables to share here, but because we are right in the middle of summer, I decided summer printables were the way to go.

5 free summer printables

Check them all below and have fun!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Upcycled summer shorts

Turning old pants into shorts is one of the easiest upcycles ever, and one that I tend to practice every summer. 

Upcycled summer shorts

Because inevitably, every time summer comes around, I'm stuck with several pairs of kids pants from the previous season that I know will be to short to wear again in the following fall. If they are still in good condition (holes in the knees, they're OK too, you'll cut them out anyway), I usually turn them into shorts.

Upcycled summer shorts

Of course you can do this both with boys' and with girls' pants, but I find it so much fun to work with girls' pants, because there are lot more possibilities for creativity. 

I've made these a couple of weeks ago, and my daughter has been wearing them regularly since then. I started with an old pair of plain jeans: 

Upcycled summer shorts

I cut the pants legs and hemmed to the length I wanted for the shorts. Then all I did was to sew a hot pink lacy ribbon on the edges.

Upcycled summer shorts




As an afterthought, I decided to add an iron-on applique I already had in my stash. The colors matched and the shorts look a lot better with it. At least from the perspective of a five year old girl. 

Upcycled summer shorts

It took me less than half an hour to do all this. Now she has one cute and unique pair of summer shorts and I still saved some money in the process. Win-win all the way!

For more ideas on how to reuse & upcycle kids pants, click below:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2014/06/3-easy-ways-to-reuse-and-upcycle-kids.html

Enjoy,

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - enjoying summer

We had some friends over to spend the weekend and we decided to tour a couple of beaches not very far from our house.

enjoying summer, beach photos, Sesimbra

This one, Sesimbra, is one of the kids' favorites , because it's a long bay, protected from the open sea and therefore with only small waves. 

enjoying summer, beach photos, Sesimbra

It was a bit crowded, but we still managed to enjoy a very pleasant summer afternoon. 

enjoying summer, beach photos, Sesimbra
 
enjoying summer, beach photos, Sesimbra

Happy Wednesday,

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #28!

It's Monday again, and what better way to start the week than welcoming you to the 28th edition of The Really Crafty Link Part?

I'm so glad you could join! 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 and share the party on social media too. 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, July 22nd.

To see last week's amazing features, click below:


http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/07/the-really-crafty-link-party-27-featured-posts.html


Now onto the 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! 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!


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, July 15, 2016

5 incredibly easy DIY organization ideas

The ABC Crafts Series...O is for Organization!


Welcome to another edition of the ABC Crafts Series, this time to bring you some projects involving some very easy and useful ideas to organize your home.

5 incredibly easy DIY organization ideas


Check them out below:

The Really Crafty Link Party #27 featured posts!

It's Friday and I'm so glad you're here, because it's time for me to share some wonderful features from this week's link party!

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 #27 featured posts!

So...Check out below the wonderful features from The Really Crafty Link Party #27!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a quiet corner

Sometimes, when we least expect, we come across amazing places.
 
(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a quiet corner

A couple of weeks ago we attended a family party and discovered this wonderful garden, just outside Lisbon, in the hills overlooking the city and the river. 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a quiet corner

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a quiet corner


It's an amazingly quiet place, even though there were several other families around.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a quiet corner

How cool is this bench for an afternoon of reading while the kids play around and feed the ducks?

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a quiet corner

We will certainly be going back to enjoy these lovely, long summer days we've been having around here...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a quiet corner

Happy Wednesday,

keeping it real, craft blog

Monday, July 11, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #27!

Yesterday we celebrated my son's 9th birthday, so I'm having a bit of time off today to put everything back in place and clean the house after the party, but I still wanted to welcome you to the 27th edition of The Really Crafty Link Party.

I'm so glad you could join! 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.

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, July 15th. To see last week's amazing features, click below:


http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/07/the-really-crafty-26-featured-posts.html

Now onto the 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! 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!


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).
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