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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DIY Play Food: cloth napkins & napkin rings

If you've been visiting this blog for a while you already know I have a soft spot for play food. I love creating new items for my kids and I'm dreading the day they tell me they are already too old for play food.

DIY Play Food. cloth napkins and napkin rings tutorial


Today, however, I'm not exactly sharing play food, but an accessory. Dishes, glasses and other play kitchen stuff are usually easy to come buy, and while they obviously be made at home, usually kids -especially girls - get them as gifts at one point or another. But one thing was missing in our play kitchen: cloth napkins. So we set out to make them. With cute napkin rings to match, if course.
 
These can be made in next to to nothing and are so easy that the kids can help in the process too. 

DIY Play Food. cloth napkins and napkin rings tutorial


(And as a plus, this project counts towards my goal of destashing in 2018, as it was exclusively made from leftover fabric and ribbon scraps).

DIY Play Food. cloth napkins and napkin rings tutorial


Here's the (brief) tutorial:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Button organization ideas

While my main crafty goal for 2018 is destashing (you can read about it here), a better organization system of craft supplies will also go a long way to improve the status of my crafts closet. So...I decided to start with buttons. 
 

While I'm not exactly a button collector, I do own a lot of buttons. Some of them were inherited from my grandmother, others were passed along by my mother. And, of course, a lot of them were bought by me. Previously they were all stored in an old tin can whose lid had the unpleasant habit of slipping out of place at the worst times, allowing the buttons to spread all over. 

Here's the before: 


After a lot of brainstorming and some online research, I chose to buy a wooden box with a clear lid. 


 
It has several divisions to better organize the buttons and it snaps securely shut, which is a huge bonus also. And since I got in at the Chinese store, it was pretty inexpensive too. 

Here's the after: 



See? a very easy solution to a problem that had been nagging me for ages. And a significant step towards a more streamlined and organized 2018. 

Other button organization ideas you may want to check out:


Fun & Easy Organization for Craft Buttons


Creating a Sequin Station for your Craft Space
(this one was originally made for sequins but should work wonderfully for buttons, especially if you have lots of different colors)


Mason Jar Storage Shelf Tutorial

Sew Inspiring Rooms
(lots of organizing inspiration, you need to scroll down a bit to get to the buttons section...)


Happy Monday,

keeping it real, craft blog







Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #102!

Hello, and welcome! I'm so glad you could join us for the #102. January is underway already, new year resolutions are in place and it's time to get down to crafting, so hopefully we'll all have lots of new posts to share.

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 on Friday, January 19th.

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2018/01/the-really-crafty-link-party-101--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 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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Friday, January 12, 2018

The Really Crafty Link Party #101 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. It's Friday again (yay!), which means it's time for me to share features of this week's link party.

And of course 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 #101 featured posts


Check out this week's amazing features below!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Scrappy crochet blanket

Following up on my mail goal for 2018 (which is destashing - you can read about it here), today I'm back here to show you my first destashing project of the year: a small crochet blanket totally made with yarn scraps. Which, just like the mini lap blanket I made last year, has already been claimed by my daughter. Apparently she has lots of dolls in need of warm winter blankets...

Scrappy crochet blanket - destashing projects



The blanket is crocheted in a simple wavy pattern, very similar to the one of the mini lap blanket, but with five stitches in each half of the wave instead of four.  

Scrappy crochet blanket - destashing projects


Initially I thought about making the colors alternate in a symmetrical way, but in the end I decided against it and included more red rows. And as a finishing touch I added a row of single crochet all around.

Scrappy crochet blanket - destashing projects


It's obviously not perfect because the yarn scraps were all of different quality, but it apparently serves well it's purpose and it still was a great way to get rid of bits of yarn which lived in my crafts closet for a long time. 

Scrappy crochet blanket - destashing projects

Destashing project number one completed. Yay!

Scrappy crochet blanket - destashing projects


Happy Tuesday,

keeping it real, craft blog





Monday, January 8, 2018

The top 10 recipes of 2017 on the blog

Hello, and welcome to another 2017 roundup, this time to share the most successful recipes I shared last year on the blog.

It seems strange to be doing this when we're into the second week of January already, but I wanted to do something similar at the end of 2016 and never did, so this time I promised myself that no matter how late I would still get round to publishing this post.

The top 10 recipes of 2017 on the blog


Although I'm by no means a great cook, I always have fun creating things in the kitchen - especially when I'm not pressured to have dinner on the table at a specific time. 

So, here are the ten Keeping it Real recipes with the most page views in 2017 (in descending order):

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #101!

Hello, and welcome! I'm so glad you could join us for the #101 Really Crafty Link Party! After the busy holidays season, we're back to our usual party schedule, and hopefully you'll have lots of new posts to share.

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 on Friday, January 12th.

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2018/01/the-really-crafty-link-party-100-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 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 2018!

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. 









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