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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Recovered Lampshade

Hello, and welcome. I'm back here today to share a little project I tackled last Sunday afternoon: recovering the lampshade from my son's room. 

Recovered Lampshade

After my son was born, he slept in our room for almost two years, so he never really had a nursery. When we finally moved him to his own room, we bought a cute little lampshade with a little blue train on it, because the boy just loved anything on wheels (or tracks, for that matter). 

Fast forward almost nine years (he'll be ten in July) and the lampshade wasn't in pristine condition anymore. You can't see it very clearly in the pictures below, but the train was more gray than blue by now, and the white trim was full of yellowish spots too. 

Recovered Lampshade
 
Recovered Lampshade


So I dug around for the leftover fabric from his bedroom curtains (which yes, were homemade too, though not by me - thank you mother!) and decided to use it to recover the lampshade. 

Recovering a lampshade isn't really very difficult, and you can see below the other one I recovered in the past: 

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/09/refashioned-classical-lampshade.html

Because this was a project I really wanted to finish on Sunday, I didn't take time to document a full tutorial, but basically I removed the train (which was a vinyl applique over the main body of the lampshade, and removed the stained trim, keeping everything else intact (it's easier to recover a lampshade if you keep the structure intact). 

I covered the lampshade with white fabric, sewn top and bottom over the existing structure. No need to keep very straight stitches as long as you're planning to add trim. Glue works well to if you don't want to sew.

Recovered Lampshade

Then I removed the excess fabric and glued the trims. A white bias-tape-style trim at the top (using the same white fabric) and a strip of brow-beige fabric to match the curtains at the bottom. Here's the end result: 

Recovered Lampshade

Recovered Lampshade

It was almost nightfall when I finally managed to hang the lampshade back in place, so the pictures are not very clear, but overall I'm happy with the result - it perfectly matches the rest of the decor, it was quick and easy, and also inexpensive.

Recovered Lampshade

Recovered Lampshade


Happy Tuesday,

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

Here's a twist on an otherwise traditional pastry that you can easily make at home in almost no time at all.

Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

Ingredients: 
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, either store bought or homemade. If you're buying the puff pastry, try to find the sheets that come in a rectangular or square shape instead of the round ones. If you're making the pastry, just roll it out in a shape as close to a rectangle as you can.
  • sugar
  • powdered cinnamon

Instructions:
  • Spread or unroll your puff pastry sheet
Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

  • Sprinkle a clean, smooth surface (your kitchen table or counter) with sugar and cinnamon powder and place the sheet of puff pastry on top, pressing a little to make sure the sugar adheres to it
Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

  • Sprinkle the top side of the puff pastry sheet with more sugar and cinnamon
Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers


  • Cut strips of puff pastry about 2 centimeters wide
 
Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

  • Roll the edges of each strip towards the center, until it looks like this: 
HoHomemade Cinnamon Palmiers

  • Use your fingers to flatten it a bit: 

Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

  • Place each piece on a slightly greased oven tray

Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

  • Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes until the palmiers have turned a lovely golden color

Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

  • Remove from the oven and let them cool (though I confess I'm partial to eating them still warm). Enjoy. 

Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers

This is a very easy and quick pastry to make at home, and if you prefer the traditional simple flavor, just remove the cinnamon. Because you can make it from scratch and you can control the amount of sugar you add to it, it's also much healthier than store bought alternatives.

Homemade Cinnamon Palmiers


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Happy Monday,

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Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #54!

Hello and welcome to the last party of January. It's Monday again I'm so glad the you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #54! 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!

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As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, February 3rd!

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/01/the-really-crafty-link-party-53-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!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #53 featured posts

Hello and welcome. Another week is coming to an end, so it's time to show you the featured posts of the Really Crafty Link Party #53.

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 #53 featured posts

Congratulations to all the features. Check them out below:

How to Make Your Own Cloth Napkins

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the You Can Do-It-Yourself series. If you haven't heard about this series I'm featuring in the blog in 2017, you can read about it here

Today I'm bringing you several alternative ways to make or customize your own cloth napkins. Switching from paper to cloth napkins will brighten your dinner table, and the planet will thank you. How's that for a great 2017 resolution?

How to Make Your Own Cloth Napkins


All of these are pretty easy to make and come with instructions for everyone to be able to replicate them. And because I know not everyone sews, there are no sew alternatives included, so there's really no excuse not to try. Check them all out below:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover

Now that my daughter and most of her friends are in first grade, it's a lot easier to find cute books for them to read by themselves. And because Frozen still seems to be the girls' favorite, that's what I picked for a birthday gift last week.

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover

Still, being the way I am, I couldn't just wrap a little book and be done with it. I had to add my own personal touch. So instead of gift wrap I made a bag that can serve several purposes: it's a gift bag, it's a book cover, and the recipient can use it to store her personal treasures, as all little girls are known to do. 

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover

I didn't create a tutorial this time, but this one is very similar to the Dear Diary Gift Set and the 10-Minutes Tablet Cover I posted here on the blog a while ago. So, if you want to make something exactly like the picture above, with the elastics, just use the 10-Minutes Tablet Cover tutorial and adjust measurements to your book. If you want an alternative with velcro instead of elastics, use the Dear Diary Gift Set tutorial.

While I was at it, I also created a Frozen bookmark using some free Frozen cupcake toppers I printed off Pinterest (find them here), glitter paper and a painted wooden stick. You can find my wooden sticks bookmarks tutorial here, only in this case everything was glued and there was no sewing involved.

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover

In the end, the bookmark looked like this: front...

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover


...and back:

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover


Here is the complete set: 

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover

DIY Frozen bookmarks and book cover

All in all, it was a great gift idea, perfect for little girls (or boys, because you can easily create a boy version) that are now taking their first steps into the wonderful world of reading, and I'll be sure to come back to it in the future. 

Happy Tuesday, 

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Easy Crunchy Baked Asparagus

These crunchy baked asparagus are delicious, easy to prepare and make a healthy side dish.

Easy Crunchy Baked Asparagus recipe

Ingredients: 
  • Asparagus (I usually bake about 9-10 asparagus, but it's very easy to adjust amounts if you want to make more, or less)
  • 1 egg
  • olive oil
  • about 100 grams of bread crumbs
  • two teaspoons of garlic powder
  • one teaspoon of fine herbs
  • salt to taste 
  • olive oil

Instructions:
  • Whisk the egg onto a bowl. In a second bowl, mix the bread crumbs, the garlic powder and the fine herbs
Easy Crunchy Baked Asparagus recipe



  • Wash the asparagus and remove the edge of the stems, closer to the root. Run each individual asparagus through the egg, and them through the bread crumb mix
  • Place in an oven tray, add the salt and sprinkle with olive oil 
Easy Crunchy Baked Asparagus recipe

  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bread crumbs have turned a nice golden color.
 
Easy Crunchy Baked Asparagus recipe

Serve while it's still warm, for extra crunchiness.

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I hope you've enjoyed this recipe! And for even more extensive information on asparagus and the best ways to cook it, you can also click the image below:

https://www.quickeasycook.com/how-to-cook-asparagus/




Happy Monday,

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