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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The 2016 Holidays Celebration Link Party starts tomorrow!

Yeas, it's that time of the year again! December starts tomorrow and we have only a little over three weeks until Christmas. Busy days ahead!

Since this is a season for celebrating, I decided to host again the Holidays Celebration Link Party, and I would love for you to come and share with us your crafts, special recipes, printables, tips & tricks and whatever else you're planning for Christmas and New Year! Old posts, new posts, they are all welcome!



The Holidays Celebration Link Party is a seasonal weekly link party and will be running each Thursday for the next five weeks. The first party will be live tomorrow, December 1st, and the last party will start on December 29th, to end the year in style!

Because I will still he hosting The Really Crafty Link Party every Monday to Thursday, I'm going to keep the link up  for the Holidays Celebration open from each Thursday to the next Tuesday, and then post the features on the following Wednesday. You are welcome to link up to both parties!

This party will be focused on holidays posts. Old or new, crafts, printables, home decor, recipes, whatever you want to share. You are obviously free to add other posts too (as long as they are family friendly), but only holiday related posts will have a chance to be featured.




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Once the party starts rolling, I will create a Pinterest board to gather all the holidays-related posts shared. In the meantime, you can browse around the 2015 Holidays Celebration Link Party Pinterest board for inspiration:




I'm very excited to host this party again and I hope you can come and share the Christmas joy with me tomorrow!

Happy Wednesday!

keeping it real, craft blog


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - falling leaves

I've been having long, busy days, so now time for even thinking about photos. I'd even considered forgetting about the wordless Wednesday post this week. But just now, coming down the street, I had the sudden urge to take  a picture of the trees losing their leaves in the wind.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - falling leaves

Not very fall-ish in terms of color, but still pretty, and a reminder that winter is on its way...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - falling leaves
 
Happy Wednesday,

keeping it real, craft blog

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stamped snowflake holiday cards

Last weekend I was busy with a lot of small projects. I made a list of things I really wanted to make before Christmas and homemade cards were one of them (yes, I' old fashioned and I still like to mail Christmas cards to family and close friends). 

Stamped snowflake holiday cards

Stamped cards are among the easiest you can make and are perfect for this season, especially if you want to have your kids involved.

Stamped snowflake holiday cards

Monday, November 28, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #45!

Hello and welcome! I hope you've had a lovely weekend and I'm glad the you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #45!

Link up to show us what you've been working on lately too 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, December 2nd!

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/11/the-really-crafty-link-party-44-festured-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!

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!

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, November 25, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #44 featured posts!

I'm so glad you've stopped by! Welcome to another Friday, and to the featured posts of this week's Really Crafty 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 #44 featured posts

Congratulations to all the features of The Really Crafty Link Party #44. Check them out below:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

5 DIY toys you can easily make for Christmas

The ABC Crafts Series...T is for Toys!


Even though my kids get a lot of store bought gifts, I always like to make them something special for Christmas and birthdays. It's usually something simple because I never have a lot of time to spare, but it's certainly made with lots of love. So, for this week's ABC crafts series I want to share with you some lovely ideas for homemade toys you still have plenty of time to make before Christmas.


5 DIY toys you can easily make for Christmas


I picked several alternatives for different age ranges. Some of them may be easier to make than others, but in any case all come with detailed instructions and, when applicable, free patterns. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - dawn

I'm usually a not very happy early riser, especially not in the colder months, but one of my favorite parts of getting out of bed early is the chance to watch the sky at dawn...

dawn photos

dawn photos

dawn photos

Happy Wednesday,

keeping it real, craft blog

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DIY baby placemat - with tutorial

So, yesterday I shared a tutorial on how to make a travel meal set for babies and toddlers. I made it as a Christmas gift for my cousin's baby girl, who's turning one next January. The full set includes a pouch for the cutlery, a placemat and a baby bib. Today I will be sharing a quick tutorial on how to easily make a custom placemat. 


The placemat I made is sized 29 x 24 cm, because I sized it for a baby, and besides I wanted it to fit in the pocket of the travel meal set pouch:

DIY baby placemat - with tutorial

But if you follow the tutorial and just adjust the measurements you can make placemats any size. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

I'm trying to get my Christmas sewing done in advance this year, and this weekend I finished the travel meal set for my cousin's baby girl. 

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

The set includes a little pouch with pockets for the baby cutlery, a place mat and a matching bib:

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

Today I'll show you how to make the pouch and the placemat, and over the next few days I will post tutorials for the bib and the placemat. 

The pouch is actually easier to make than it is to explain the process here. Whenever possible I added images, which should be self-explanatory, but if you want to make one and still have questions, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment and I will try to help you to the best of my abilities. 

To make the pouch you will need:
  • the cutlery you will be using. I bought a set to add to the gift, but if you already have it, you'll just need it for measurements
  • fabric for the pouch. Exact measurements will depend on the size of your cutlery, so read on to get a better idea
  • batting
  • two pieces of matching ribbon
  • material for embellishment (optional). I used fabric yo-yos and fabric covered buttons

Step 1: Take measurements to make sure your cutlery fits in. I cut a piece of fabric 60 x 42 cm, folded it in half (so what you see below is 30 x 42 cm, with the fold at the bottom)...

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

...and then folded over again about 8 cm over to measure the pocket for the cutlery and the placemat.

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

Step 2: cut the batting. You will need a piece half the size of your fabric. Since my original fabric was 60 x 42 cm, my batting was sized 30 x 42 cm (the size of the folded fabric)

Step 3: Iron your fabric to mark the fold for the pockets, and also the middle of the fabric, where your pouch will fold over. This is not essential but will help you when sewing.

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial




Step 4: Temporarily unfold the "pocket" and place batting in between the two layers of fabric, and then fold the pocket over in place again. 

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

Step 5: Pin the fabric + batting in the middle (the marking you made when ironing) and then find the middle of your left side pocket and pin it too (just remember that the middle of the left side pocket is not necessarily the middle of the fabric, since you need to take the seam allowance into account - like the image below, your "middle" will be somewhat deviated towards the right side of the fabric). 

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

Also, make sure you pin just the top fabric and the batting. The other layer of fabric (which will be the outside of the pouch) should not be pinned.

Note that I only had two pieces of cutlery and one placemat, so I only needed two pockets on one side and a larger one on the other. It you have additional pieces of cutlery, besides adjusting the measurements, you may also want to sew additional pockets.

Step 6: Sew the pockets. This means that you will unfold the unpinned layer of fabric and sew where you pinned, from the bottom to to the top of the pocket fold (joining everything together but the exterior fabric). Remove the pins after sewing.

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

Step 7: Put the pieces of ribbon in place. Center them on each side of the pouch, as shown below.

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

Step 8: Place the part of the fabric you unfolded over the pocket side of the pouch, right sides together (basically you will be folding the fabric in the opposite direction as it was before), with the ribbon tucked in between. Pin all around. 

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial





Step 9: sew all around. You'll be sewing on three sides (because the bottom is folded) and you need to leave a small opening on one of the sides to turn inside out. After turning inside out, it should look like this:

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial




Step 10: close the opening and top stitch all around (all four sides, this time). Embellish as you wish (optional). I added three yo-yos and fabric covered buttons. 

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

And you're finished. Put the cutlery in place in the small pockets and add a placemat or a napkin to the larger pocket.

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

I made a matching placemat to complete the set. Click here for that tutorial.

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial

DIY baby travel meal set - with tutorial


Happy Monday,

keeping it real, craft blog




Sandy's P.O.V.


Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #44!

Hello and welcome! I hope you've had a lovely weekend and I'm glad the you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #44!

Link up to show us what you've been working on lately too 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, November 25th!

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/11/the-really-crafty-link-party-43-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!

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!

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, November 18, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #43 featured posts!

I'm so glad you've stopped by! Welcome to another Friday, and to the featured posts of this week's Really Crafty 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 #43 featured posts

And now, check out below the features from The Really Crafty Link Party #43, this time dedicated to the upcoming holidays season!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

5 lovely button projects

The ABC Crafts Series...B is for Button!


Are wondering why this edition of the ABC Crafts series is totally out of alphabetical order? Well, as it happens, today is International Button Day, so it actually makes total sense. Who knew there was even a button day? I didn't, not until I started researching to write this post a couple of months ago. So I decided to wait for the right date before publishing it.

5 lovely button projects


There are many, many amazing things you can make with buttons, and a quick search on Google or Pinterest will provide you with an endless supply of ideas.  I chose five of my favorite. Check them out below!
 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Christmas is everywhere already

Even though the weather has turned back to almost-summer around here, Christmas trees seem to be springing up everywhere, reminding us that no matter how sunny the days are now, winter will be here any day...

Christmas is everywhere already, Lisbon, Rossio


Happy Wednesday,

keeping it real, craft blog

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Alphabet Nursery Wall Art - free printable

Recently I created a nursery wall art printable for a friend, and they decided to adjust it a bit to share here. 

Alphabet Nursery Wall Art - free printable

While I was at it, I also created a girl version (the original had been just in shades of blue) and had to change the images because I made the first wall art thinking of words in Portuguese and I wanted to share an "English" version. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #43!

I hope you've had a lovely weekend and I'm very happy to welcome you to The Really Crafty Link Party #43!

Link up to show us what you've been working on lately too 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, November 18th!

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/11/the-really-crafty-link-party-42-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!

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!

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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