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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #99 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. Today we're celebrate the last Friday of 2017 and the last Really Crafty Link Party of this year too. And what better way to celebrate than with four amazing features?

I know this was a tricky week, everyone is busy with home and family, so a very special thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.

The Really Crafty Link Party #99 featured posts


Check out this week's amazing features below!

My 12 favorite crafty posts of 2017

Hello, and welcome. As the year comes to an end I decided to take a trip down memory lane and have a look at my favorite posts of 2017. Not necessarily the posts with most pages views or comments, but the ones I had more fun creating and sharing.


My 12 favorite crafty posts of 2017



So I picked the top twelve crafty creations that made my year:


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2018 Calendar - free printable

Hello, and welcome. Christmas has come and gone, and I hope you've enjoyed the best of times with your loved ones. As 2017 is coming to an end, I have already designed a calendar for 2018, with one beautiful photo for each month (thank you Canva). And now I'm posting it here for everyone who wants to use it too.


2018 Calendar - free printable



For years I used to buy calendars to hang on our kitchen wall. After a while I started printing free calendars off the Internet (Pinterest is always a good source) because, yes, why buy when you can make your own? But then I discovered that I really like to design my own calendars. 

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

2018 Calendar - free printable

 ...to December...
 
2018 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. The file is a pdf with one cover page and then one page for each month (13 pages in total).

Here's what my calendar looks like right now, and I'll be hanging it on the wall right on January 1st:

2018 Calendar - free printable


Happy holidays and happy 2018!

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Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #99!

Hello, and welcome! I hope you've had a lovely Christmas and I'm glad you could join us for the last Really Crafty Link Party of the year!

Exceptionally this week the party starts on a Tuesday because, well, yesterday was Christmas Day and it made no sense for me to be writing posts on the blog instead of enjoying the time with my family. .

Because this year I'm not hosting a separate Holidays Celebration Link Party, during the month of December, in addition to the usual three "crafty" features we will have one special Holidays Celebration feature - four features in total!

Since old posts are welcome too, go and find all your Holidays posts from previous years and share them with us. And, of course, show us what you've been working on lately too.

And as this is a party, please try to visit at least a couple of other links and share on social media - 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 (all four of them) on Friday, December 29th.

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/12/the-really-crafty-link-party-98-featured-posts.html


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 add as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome! During the month of December all Holidays related posts, crafty or not, are welcome too!

I have no problem if you want to add the same link in more than one week; it will still be eligible for a feature but please note that I will comment and add it to the Pinterest board only once.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 everyone loves to discover new parties!




Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

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 or sending me a

Monday, December 25, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

6 lovely DIY gift packaging ideas

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the You Can Do-It-Yourself series, this week to share some lovely gift packaging tutorials. Because Christmas is right around the corner and it's time to start wrapping...

6 lovely DIY gift packaging ideas


All of them are amazing and come with instructions, so there's no reason not to try and make your gifts look outstanding this year. Check them out below:

The Really Crafty Link Party #98 featured posts!

Hello and welcome to another Friday, and to the featured posts of The Really Crafty Link Party #98 - and because I'm not hosting a separate Holidays Celebration Link Party this year, there's be one additional holidays feature in all the parties of December!

I always love reading all your posts, so 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 #98 featured posts


Check out this week's amazing features below!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

4 Projects from Christmas past

While I try to showcase on the blog all of my DIY projects, sometimes I just don't have time for everything and I simply have to choose between getting things done and writing posts or creating tutorials.

4 Projects from Christmas past

So today I decided to showcase four Christmas projects of previous years that I never got round to actually post about here before. 

Let's start with my favorite, and the one I'm most proud of:

4 Projects from Christmas past4 Projects from Christmas past

4 Projects from Christmas past

I cross stitched this years ago, framed it and gave it to my mother for Christmas. While I love cross-stitching I usually go for smaller projects which are easier to complete. That I managed to make this and finish it in time for Christmas still fills me with wonder every time I look at it. 

Project number two is the Nativity that stands on my daughter's dresser every year since she was born.

4 Projects from Christmas past4 Projects from Christmas past

I used the free pattern of the Nativity ornament from Wild Olive, though yes, you guessed - I tweaked it just a little bit.
Then we have the red and white felt star that graces our Christmas tree. Over the years we got lots of additional ornaments (most of them made by the kids) but at first all our ornaments were in red and silver. And the first time we decorated the tree we noticed we didn't have a start to place at the top. So I quickly printed a star shape of the Internet in two different sizes and managed to sew a felt star in record time.

4 Projects from Christmas past

It was supposed to be a temporary arrangement but the years have passed and we are still using it...

And last but not least, I bring you a very original project we made with the kids for a Christmas tree exhibition at their school. It's made out of a semi-opened umbrella stuck into a flower pot and covered with a zillion pieces of green wool (which I spent a full weekend sewing in place). The idea for using the umbrella came from my husband, I took care of sewing the wool and covering the flower pot with burlap and a red ribbon, and the kids glued on the decor.

4 Projects from Christmas past

After all that work I didn't have the courage to get rid of it once the school returned it, so we've used it to decorate the hallway between our rooms ever since.

I hope you've had fun looking at this collection of some of our past Christmas projects, and happy Holidays!


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #98 - the Christmas edition!

Hello, and welcome! I'm so glad you could join us for the Christmas edition of The Really Crafty Link Party!

Because this year I'm not hosting a separate Holidays Celebration Link Party, during the month of December, in addition to the usual three "crafty" features we will have one special Holidays Celebration feature - four features in total!

Since old posts are welcome too, go and find all your Holidays posts from previous years and share them with us. And, of course, show us what you've been working on lately too.

And as this is a party, please try to visit at least a couple of other links and share on social media - 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 (all four of them) on Friday, December 22nd.

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/12/the-really-crafty-link-party-97-featured-posts.html


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 add as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome! During the month of December all Holidays related posts, crafty or not, are welcome too!

I have no problem if you want to add the same link in more than one week; it will still be eligible for a feature but please note that I will comment and add it to the Pinterest board only once.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 everyone loves to discover new parties!




Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

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 or sending me a

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #97 featured posts!

Hello and welcome to another Friday, and to the featured posts of The Really Crafty Link Party #97, - and because I'm not hosting a separate Holidays Celebration Link Party this year, there's be one additional holidays feature in all the parties of December!

I always love reading all your posts, so 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 #97 featured posts


Check out this week's amazing features below!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

10 lovely homemade gift ideas...

...from The Really Crafty Link Party!


Hello and welcome to another seasonal roundup of The Really Crafty Link Party, this time to re-share some wonderful DIY gift ideas, which are perfect for this time of the year - and yes, there is still time to make at least a few of these before Christmas!

10 lovely homemade gift ideas


There's a bit of everything, from paper crafts and painting to knitting, so... scroll down and check some of my favorite DIY gift ideas from past editions of The Really Crafty Link Party!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #97 & Holidays Celebration

Hello, and welcome! I'm so glad you could join us for another party!

Usually during the month of December I host two parties here on the blog - the regular Really Crafty Link Party and the Holidays Celebration link party, strictly focused on holidays related posts.

This year, however, I'm totally underwater at work and there's no way I can host two different parties - I had to come up with a way to merge both. So during the month of December, in addition to the usual three "crafty" features we will have one special Holidays Celebration feature - four features in total!

Since old posts are welcome too, go and find all your Holidays posts from previous years and share them with us. And, of course, show us what you've been working on lately too.

And as this is a party, please try to visit at least a couple of other links and share on social media - 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 (all four of them) on Friday, December 15th.

Did you miss last week's amazing features? Click the image blow to check them out:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/12/the-really-crafty-link-party-96-featured-posts.html


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 add as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome! During the month of December all Holidays related posts, crafty or not, are welcome too!

I have no problem if you want to add the same link in more than one week; it will still be eligible for a feature but please note that I will comment and add it to the Pinterest board only once.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 everyone loves to discover new parties!




Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

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 or sending me a message to keepingitrreal@gmail.com.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

I've been meaning to sew a tree skirt ever since we got our current Christmas tree. When my husband and I got married we always spent Christmas either with my mother or with my in-laws and so we kept our Christmas decor to a minimum - we had a small Nativity and a tabletop Christmas tree and that was it. After the kids were born we slowly started to expand our Christmas decor and finally when my daughter grew out of toddler-hood we got ourselves a large artificial tree from Ikea. 

Well, after several long years, we've now also got a tree skirt.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

Initially had planned to sew it out of red and white felt, but while I was going through my stash I found this roll of start-dotted burlap. I remember I bought it a coupe of years ago to use as a table runner but then I found out that the stars were covered in glitter and when I tried to use it on the table there were speckles of glitter all over. Now I do love glitter - but not all over my food, so the burlap table runner was banished to the back of the closet and stayed there.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

This year, when we assembled and decorated the tree I suddenly realized it was the perfect fabric for the tree skirt. It was a very long strip of burlap (because our dinning room table seats twelve at its full capacity) but it wasn't very wide, so I needed to sew two pieces together to form a square.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

I basically created two squares (with an opening in the middle for the tree trunk to pass through) and joined them together - so the tree skirt top and lining are exactly the same:
DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner
(I placed both squares right sides together and sewed all around, leaving a small opening to turn inside out)

Before sewing the top and the lining together I inserted a few pieces of red cord, which are used to tie the opening of the tree skirt and keep it in place.
DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

Then I added red trim all around...

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner


...and here's the finished product, front and back:

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner


I still have red glitter all over my sewing machine and craft table, but over all I'm very happy with the result!


DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner



Have fun, and happy Monday, 

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