Keeping it Real: December 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My 2014 favorite posts

2014 was the year I started blogging, so I guess I'm entitled to choose my favorite posts of the year. Not necessarily the most clicked ones, but the things I enjoyed making (and sharing) the most.

So here are my own
2014 top 5 favorite posts:

2014 favorites, 2014 favorite posts, favorite posts, best of 2014

1. Themed notebook covers tutorial 

2. DIY doll bed

3. Little girl bag - tutorial & pattern

4. Happy fish felt toy

5. Sticky notes holder (no sew tutorial)



Have a wonderful year-end and a very happy 2015!




Wordless Wednesday 31/December

flowers, photo

A colorful note to end the year. Happy 2015!


Monday, December 29, 2014

DIY doll house accessories

Well, Christmas has come and gone and the year is almost over. How does time run by so fast? I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was great, spent mostly with family. The weather was cold but sunny, which made traveling easier, and the kids even managed to play outside on a few occasions.

After the handmade Christmas gifts frenzy, I took some time off from crafting and decided to just enjoy the season. But it didn't last long and I was quickly recruited to make some tiny doll house accessories (aka miniature sewing, which, let me tell you, is harder than making normal sized stuff).

You see, one of my daughter's Christmas gifts was this lovely doll house...

DIY doll house accessories


...which is inhabited not exactly by dolls but by this very cure family of rabbits:

DIY doll house accessories


My daughter's problem? The house came with very few accessories and the rabbits can not live happily without a minimum of comfort. Truth be told, poor baby bunny had a bed with not even a blanket (and is dressed only in a diaper) and apart from that there were only two couches, a small table and a tea set. Definitely not up to my daughter's standards...

DIY doll house accessories

So I was hard pressed to help furnish the house. I started with poor baby bunny and managed to get him a sort of sleeping bag that fits his tiny crib:

DIY doll house accessories

DIY doll house accessories


Then I continued with the baby's room and added a rug and a matching toy box.

DIY doll house accessories

The toy box was the one item my daughter didn't want, but I made it anyway, because I have a feeling that otherwise all those little toys are bound to get lost pretty quickly.

DIY doll house accessories

DIY doll house accessories


Next I decided to spruce up the hall with a rug, a potted plant (made with an artificial flower that I have no idea where it came from but was stored in my save-for-future-uses box, and a red plastic bottle cap) and a crochet doily in matching red for the small table that came with the house:

DIY doll house accessories


It took me a while to make the doily, I guess my fingers are not apt to such delicate work, and it is not perfect (it was supposed to be a flower but ended up slightly wonky), but it works anyway.

DIY doll house accessories

DIY doll house accessories

 And finally, I made some pillows for the couches, with fabric scraps and little pieces of ribbon. 

DIY doll house accessories


So now the rabbits can rest in their much cozier couches while enjoying an afternoon tea: 

DIY doll house accessories

Then, because I couldn't resist, I crocheted a small blanket for daddy rabbit, because he seemed the most inclined to spend time in the living room.

DIY doll house accessories


And there is the complete set:

DIY doll house accessories


Overall, it didn't take me that long to make these accessories. I used fabric, felt and yarn scraps for everything and the main difficulty I had was indeed the small size. Everything (other than the crocheted items) was hand sewn. My daughter is still asking for beds for the three largest rabbits, but I guess they will be sleeping in their couches for some time, with their new pillows and blankets, since mom is now planning some other crafts in regular sizes...

Enjoy,







Monday, December 22, 2014

Creative Mondays bloghop 22/December

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DIY Baubles Christmas Wreath


This weekend I still was not able to finish the one handmade gift I have pending. I have bought a substitute just in case I don't have enough time to actually finish it, but I still have not given up.

But I did finish my Christmas wreath. This is actually the first wreath I've ever made, although I have been planning it for several years, ever since we moved to our current home.


baubles christmas wreath

It is a very simple wreath, just a base made of cardboard covered in felt, with an assortment of baubles of different sizes in red and silver glued over it.

 baubles christmas wreath

It took me a while to find out which type of glue worked best to keep the baubles in place over the felt, and then I had to do it in layers, making sure the first baubles were definitely glued in place before adding more on top.

baubles christmas wreath

Before starting to glue the baubles I added a piece of red ribbon to hang the wreath once finished.
 
baubles christmas wreath

Taking into account that I already had the cardboard and felt at home and I just bought the baubles at the dollar store, this was a fairly easy and cheap project.And the kids loved to help, picking which bauble we would be gluing next. 

baubles christmas wreath

I finished late last night and the first pictures above were taken before the glue was totally dry, so it is still not hanging on our front door, its final destination. It is not too elaborate, but I like the mix of the two colors and I also like that it is not symmetrical. It looks simple but Christmas-y and I think overall I'm happy with the result.I definitely foresee more wreaths in my future...

Enjoy,




Monday, December 15, 2014

Creative Mondays bloghop 15/December

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The Handmade Christmas: little house sticky notes holder


This week I had very little time for crafting. I have one last Christmas gift pending that involves cross stitch and for which I need a minimum of quiet time and concentration. Both were clearly lacking in the last few days, since we decided to move ahead with the painting of our house (during the summer we tackled the bedrooms, now we've move onto the bathrooms...).

Still, when I realised I needed to find a quick gift for my son's 2nd grade teacher, I did not hesitate and decided to make another sticky notes holder.



 I made the first one a couple of weeks ago (if you missed the tutorial, here it is), and because they come together pretty quickly, I managed to get it done on Friday night.


To make one all you need are some sticky notes in any shape or color, felt and fabric (the sticky notes holders are small, so you can use scraps), two pieces of cardboard, a pen or pencil and ribbon)


Other than the decorative stitches in the cover this one (as well as the first sticky notes holder) is 100% no sew.  This time I decided to cut a little house from felt.


So tha'ts it. Not much this week, sorry, I'm desperately trying to finish everything in time because, in case you haven't noticed, we only have ten more days until Christmas!!!



Enjoy,


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday 10/December








Visiting an old Portuguese sail ship and crossing the river (in a more modern one).
Lisbon, Portugal


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