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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to add a zipper to a hooded sweatshirt

Have you ever bought a hoodie and then had a hard time getting it through your head because the neck opening is too small? 

I rarely wear hooded shirts just because I don't like to wear anything in my head anyway and there's no point in having a hood if you're not wearing it...But I do have to buy hooded sweatshirts as part of my kids' school uniform and I quickly get tired of them complaining about the opening not being large enough, and hurting their ears when they're getting dressed and so on. Let's just say that my mornings are complicated enough already, I don't need any extra stress. 

How to add a zipper to a hooded sweatshirt

So, ever since my son went to pre-school when he was three years old, I've developed a quick method to add a zipper to those hoodies. That way they are easier to dress, but you're able to keep the neckline high enough to keep you warm. 

So, here's a small tutorial in case you ever need to add a zipper to a hooded shirt. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Welcome to The Really Crafty link Party #57!

Hello and welcome to another Monday!

I'm glad you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #57, so link up what you've been working on lately 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, February 24th.

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

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!

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 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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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 to

Simple & delicious caramel cake

This is a very, very easy cake to make, and it turns out delicious every time. Even my picky kids love it, and truth be told, that's one of the best compliments I can make to any meal cooked at our house.

Simple & delicious caramel cake

  • 250 grams of brown sugar
  • 250 grams of flour
  • 250 gof margarine
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder 
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid caramel

Simple & delicious caramel cake

  • Mix the margarine with the sugar, add the eggs one by one, and then the flour and the baking power. Add the liquid caramel at the end.

  • Pour batter to a greased cake pan and place in the oven at 180ÂșC for about 45 minutes until completely baked. 

  •  Take it out of the oven, let the cake cool for 10 minutes and them remove from the pan. 

Simple & delicious caramel cake

I'm partial to grabbing a slice while it's still slightly warm, but it is truly delicious at any time, even a couple of days later (though, really, it never lasts that long).

Happy Monday,

keeping it real, craft blog

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #56 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. It's Friday, another week is coming to an end, and as usual it's time to show you the featured posts of the Really Crafty Link Party.

We had many wonderful posts this well, so a big thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.

The Really Crafty #56 featured posts!

Congratulations to all the features. Check them out below:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

You can do it yourself: scarves and cowls

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 all about it here

As a general rule, I don't like the winter months, especially when I have to endure rain and cold at the same time. Or, more accurately, I wouldn't mind those winter days if I could just stay at home and watch the rain from the inside of a warm, cozy living room. Since that's not possible, winter is just not my thing and by now I'm already counting the days until spring.  But the truth is that winter is just just a little over halfway through, so there's still time for a lot of winter crafts.

Scarfs and cowls are the perfect winter craft and it's so easy to make your own that this is definitely one thing you should not need to buy. Besides, DIY scarves are perfect homemade gifts too...

You can do it yourself: scarves and cowls

So, I have chosen several DIY tutorials which come with detailed instructions, using different materials so that you can choose your favorite. And there are no sew alternatives included too. 

For many more DIY scarves and cowl ideas, you can also visit my Scarfs and Cowls Pinterest Board.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - the story of a sunset

Last Sunday I was busy hanging new curtains on my daughter's room and I managed to follow the several stages of sunset.

It started out pretty mild, although still pretty, especially for a winter sunset.

the story of a sunset

the story of a sunset

the story of a sunset

Then suddenly the sky changed, with some dark clouds adding a dramatic effect:

the story of a sunset

the story of a sunset

And finally the sun disappeared in the horizon and the last rays of light slowly started to fade:

the story of a sunset

I never get tired of looking at the sky, and these kind of sunsets always leave me with a sense of wonder.

Happy Wednesday,

keeping it real, craft blog

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day - and a free printable

I usually rarely go overboard with Valentine's Day, for no other reason that I never really got used to celebrating it, but this year I didn't have time to dedicate to any Valentine's day craft at all. I've been putting in long days at the office and the kids are busy with school and we just couldn't fit it in. 

But I still want want to wish you all a vary happy Valentine's Day. And to celebrate, here's a free printable I created just for you: 

the best part of my life free printable, valentine's day

You can download it in pdf and jpeg format, print and frame, and it will be a nice addition to you Valentine's Day decor. 

Happy Valentine's Day, 

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