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Saturday, December 31, 2016

5 original zipper projects

The ABC Crafts Series...Z is for Zipper!

I usually don't post on Saturdays here on the blog, but it seemed fitting to have the last edition of the ABC Crafts Series on the last day of the year. Yes, z is for zipper, and it you think zippers can only be used to close bags and coats, you are so wrong...

5 original zipper projects


Here are five original projects you an make with zippers. Some are easier than others, but as usual they all come with instructions for everyone to be able to replicate them. Check them out below:

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Really Crafty Link Party #49 featured posts

I'm so glad you've stopped by! Welcome to the last Friday of 2016, and to the featured posts of this week's Really Crafty Link Party. Only two more days until 2017, yay!

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 49 featured posts

Congratulations to all the features of The Really Crafty Link Party #49. Check them out below:

2017 calendar - free printable

As 2016 is coming to an end, I have already designed a calendar for 2017.

2017 calendar - free printable


For years I used to buy calendars to hang on our kitchen. Then I started printing free calendars off the Internet (Pinterest is always a good source) but then I discovered that I really like to design my own. 

There's one page per month, from January...

2017 calendar - free printable

 ...to December...
 
2017 calendar - free printable

...and I've made each daily rectangle large enough to add small notes (I usually mark up holidays, birthdays, party invitations, etc). 

If you want one calendar too, download the file here, run it through a color printer and bind the pages, staple them together or punch holes and tie them with ribbon. Here's what mine looks like right now, I'll be hanging it right on January 1st:


2017 calendar - free printable


Happy 2017!

keeping it real, craft blog



Thursday, December 29, 2016

50 things that made me happy in 2016

I usually avoid writing these posts, not because I don't have a lot to be grateful for (because I do), but because I always think someone said it much better before. But this year I found this challenge on Oh My Heartsie Girl and I decided to accept it, so I'm making a list myself.


50 things that made me happy in 2016

Original instructions for this challenge come from Dawn at Tales from the Motherland:

Here’s how this works: set a timer for 15 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2016, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. You may find that if you use numbered mode, and just type what comes to mind, like me you will have enough time for more than 50. When the timer’s done, stop writing. Finish whatever sentence you’re on, but don’t add more. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! Add the photos, links, instructions, etc after you finish the list––the timer doesn’t matter for getting these details down; it applies to the list itself.

To join us for this project: 
1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 
2) Click on the InLinkz tool at the very bottom of this post. 
3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 
4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 3, 2017. After that date, no blogs can be added.

Here is my list:
  1. My Husband (12 years and counting)
  2. My Children
  3. One more year with my mother. She's 84 so each additional year is a blessing
  4. Family, close and extended
  5. Friends
  6. Love
  7. Good health 
  8. Home
  9. Work
  10. Seeing my kids happy and well adjusted in school and in life 
  11. Birthdays and new babies (not mine!)
  12. Going to the beach all year round
  13. Collecting seashells
  14. Sandcastles
  15. Finding time for crafting (Ok, so I would like a bit more of this, but I take what I can)
  16. Finding time to read (same as above)
  17. Finding time to work out (not easy, but doable)
  18. Books in general
  19. My computer and tablet. I'm not addicted, but they just make my life a lot easier
  20. Music (I'm partial to the 80's, but that's me)
  21. Singing along (I'm a terrible singer, but everyone else just has to bear with me because when I love a song, I sing along)
  22. Old movies (and not so old movies too, but there's beauty in the classics)
  23. Writing my blogs (seriously, this is therapy for me)
  24. My blog readers and everyone else who has supported me in this journey
  25. Family trips
  26. Spring blooms
  27. Long summer evenings
  28. Good memories
  29. Summer vacations
  30. The joy of children on Christmas morning
  31. Taking pictures 
  32. Playing games with my kids
  33. Kissing my kids goodnight and getting to see them first thing in the morning
  34. Dawns and sunsets - I love looking at the sky, no matter the season or the weather
  35. Rainy days spent at home (not so fun when you have to go out for work)
  36. Taking some time to unwind at the end of the day, after everyone else is asleep
  37. Smiles and laughs
  38. A good joke
  39. The drawings my daughter makes for me
  40. Simple, easy dinners (especially if someone else prepares them)
  41. Pool time in the summer
  42. Playing in the snow (not that there's a lot of snow in Portugal, but you take what you get)
  43. Having my breakfast made almost every morning (thank you husband)
  44. Still fitting into my wedding dress (I've worked really hard for this)
  45. Cooking (not my favorite pastime, but I'm working hard there too)
  46. Going through old photo albums and refreshing memories
  47. My sewing machine (and all other machines that make my life easier)
  48. Shopping for the perfect gift for everyone
  49. Upclycling
  50. Happy endings and new beginnings

Now write your own post and add it below, or just browse around to read what others are grateful or happy about:







And here's to a 2017 full happiness!

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Holidays Celebration Link Party #5

Welcome to the fifth and last Holidays Celebration Link Party of 2016 – a seasonal weekly link party where bloggers can share their Holidays posts, crafts and recipes, check out what others have been up to and find lots of inspiration!

This is a season for celebrating, so take this last opportunity to come and share with us your crafts, special recipes, printables, tips & tricks, spiritual reflections or plans and resolutions for the new year!

Add old posts, new posts, anything goes, but remember, only Holiday related links will get a chance to be featured.

Holidays Celebration Link Party

The party will run from Thursday to Tuesday and I will post the features on next Wednesday, the 4th January.

Did you miss the features from the last party? Check them below:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/12/holidays-celebration-link-party-4-the-features.html

Here are just a few guidelines:
  • Link to a specific post, not your home page
  • 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 link
  • Don't link and run! Please visit other links, make friends, get inspired
  • Consider adding the Holidays Celebration Link Party button (below) to your parties page or your post and share that you linked up to this party on social media so that others can join us too. The more the merrier! 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 to the Holidays Celebration Link Party 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)

Holidays Celebration Link Party

Now onto the party!







I created a Pinterest board for the party, where you will be able to see all the holidays-related links shared. You can find it here.





Thank you for joining and Happy New Year to everyone!

keeping it real, craft blog






When you linkup, your e-mail will be added to the Holidays Celebration 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).

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Holidays Celebration Link Party #4 - the features

Welcome to the last Wednesday of 2016, the last one before Christmas. As the year comes to an end, so does this 2016 Holiday Celebration Link Party. We will have just one more edition, which starts tomorrow, but today I want to share with you the featured posts of the fourth Holidays Celebration Link Party of 2016!

As usual, a big thank you to everyone who participated and shared on social media to help making this party a success!

Holidays Celebration Link Party #4 - the features

Check out this week's amazing features below:

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - 2016 in photos

On the last Wednesday of the year it seemed appropriate to share a few of my favorite photos of 2016.

2016 in photos


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

5 yarn projects to make this winter

The ABC Crafts Series...Y is for Yarn!

As the year comes to an end, so does the alphabet and this series that I've been posting since the beginning of 2016. We are down to almost the last posts this week, but you are still very welcome to one more edition of the ABC Crafts Series. This time I'm sharing some cute and easy yarn projects you need to make this winter!

5 yarn projects to make this winter


All are quick and easy to make and come with free patterns and instructions for everyone to be able to replicate them. Most involve crochet, but there's also some knitting and even one loom project, so there's a bit of everything. Check them out below:

Monday, December 26, 2016

5 quick and easy cross-stitch projects

The ABC Crafts Series...X is for X-stitch!

Hello, and welcome. The year is almost at an end, and so we are almost at the end of the alphabet in this ABC Crafts Series. Today I'm sharing a few quick and easy cross-stitch projects. Because while I love to cross-stitch, I usually avoid large projects that will just remain unfinished for a long, long time.

5 quick and easy cross-stitch projects


So all of these are pretty easy to make and come with instructions and patterns for everyone to be able to replicate them. One of the sites is not in English, but you can get it translated and in any case the images are self-explanatory.

Check them out below:

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #49!

Hello and welcome! I hope you and your family enjoyed a lovely Christmas day and I'm glad the you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #49, the last party of 2016!

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 30th!

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/12/the-really-crafty-link-party-48-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).







And if you're sharing holidays-related posts, you are also welcome to add them to the current Holidays Celebration Link Party, which will be open until tomorrow, for a double chance to be featured!

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/12/welcome-to-2016-holidays-celebration-link-party-2.html


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, December 23, 2016

5 lovely DIY holidays wreaths

The ABC Crafts Series...W is for Wreaths!

 

Welcome to this week's ABC Crafts Series, where I'm sharing some lovely holidays Christmas wreaths. 

5 lovely DIY holidays wreaths


All are pretty easy to make and come with instructions for everyone to be able to replicate them. Check them out below:

The Really Crafty Link Party #48 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. Only two more days until Christmas, yay!

As usual, a big thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.


Congratulations to all the features of The Really Crafty Link Party #48. Check them out below:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Last minute DIY Christmas cards

Hello, and welcome. Today I'm showing you the last craft project I've completed before Christmas. From now until the 25th I'll just be focusing on wrapping presents, cooking and getting the house ready for the holidays. But since we still love to mail real Christmas cards to our family and friends, I decided I could just make a few more cards.

Last minute DIY Christmas cards


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

Last minute DIY Christmas cards

Holidays Celebration Link Party #4

Welcome to the fourth Holidays Celebration Link Party of 2016 – a seasonal weekly link party where bloggers can share their Holidays posts, crafts and recipes, check out what others have been up to and find lots of inspiration!

This is a season for celebrating, so come and share with us your crafts, special recipes, printables, tips & tricks, spiritual reflections and whatever else you're planning for Christmas and New Year! Add old posts, new posts, anything goes, but remember, only Holiday related links will get a chance to be featured.

Holidays Celebration Link Party

The party will run from Thursday to Tuesday and I will post the features on next Wednesday, the 28th December.

Did you miss the features from the last party? Check them below:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/12/holidays-celebration-link-party-3-the-features.html


Here are just a few guidelines:
  • Link to a specific post, not your home page
  • 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 link
  • Don't link and run! Please visit other links, make friends, get inspired
  • Consider adding the Holidays Celebration Link Party button (below) to your parties page or your post and share that you linked up to this party on social media so that others can join us too. The more the merrier! 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 to the Holidays Celebration Link Party 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)

Holidays Celebration Link Party

Now onto the party!







I created a Pinterest board for the party, where you will be able to see all the holidays-related links shared. You can find it here.





Thank you for joining and merry Christmas to everyone!

keeping it real, craft blog






When you linkup, your e-mail will be added to the Holidays Celebration 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).

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Welcome to Winter - with free printables

For those in the northern hemisphere, winter starts today.

Welcome to Winter - with free printables


This year I've made Welcome to Winter Magic signs in six different colors. Originally I had created just four color schemes, but then my daughter said I needed to add pink and purple, her favorite colors.

To download your favorite, just click here

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_mmyn3aK5wUjhSMUk1VHJrRGchttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_mmyn3aK5wUjhSMUk1VHJrRGc


https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_mmyn3aK5wUjhSMUk1VHJrRGchttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_mmyn3aK5wUjhSMUk1VHJrRGc


https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_mmyn3aK5wUjhSMUk1VHJrRGchttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_mmyn3aK5wUjhSMUk1VHJrRGc


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

Happy Winter!

keeping it real, craft blog


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Christmas is near...

When you're walking down the street and you start to see buildings wrapped as gifts, you know that Christmas is near...

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Christmas is near, wrapped up building


Happy Wednesday and happy holidays to everyone!

keeping it real, craft blog

Holidays Celebration Link Party #3 - the features

Welcome to another Wednesday, the last one before Christmas. I can proudly say that I have officially finished my Christmas shopping this year. I just have a few gifts left to wrap, and then I need to get moving on baking a few treats, and I'm almost set to enjoy the rest of the holidays!

And because this is a season for celebrating, I'm so glad you're here to see the featured posts of the third Holidays Celebration Link Party of 2016! As usual, a big thank you to everyone who participated and made this party a success!

Holidays Celebration Link Party #3 - the features

Check out this week's features below:

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fabric gift bags

Made with fabric scraps and a bit of imagination...

Fabric gift bags

Yes, it's known that whenever possible I try to wrap my gifts in re-usable bags or to use upcycled packages. Along the years I've made a few of those. 

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #48!

Hello and welcome! I hope you've had a lovely weekend and I'm glad you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #48, the last party before Christmas!

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 23rd!

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/12/the-really-crafty-link-party-47-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).







And if you're sharing holidays-related posts, you are also welcome to add them to the current Holidays Celebration Link Party, which will be open until tomorrow, for a double chance to be featured!

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/12/welcome-to-2016-holidays-celebration-link-party-2.html


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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