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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A bed for Mr. Penguin

In the long standing tradition at our house that every doll and stuffed animal is supposed to have its own sleeping accommodations, my son asked me to make a bed for Mr. Penguin. 

A bed for Mr. Penguin, toy bed

Mr. Penguin is...well, I'm not sure what he is exactly, though he certainly doesn't look like a penguin to me. He's been named Mr. Penguin by my kids, though, so who am I to judge?

A bed for Mr. Penguin, toy bed

What ever he is, he's small enough to fit in a basket I already had around, so it was the perfect match: Mr. Penguin got his bed and I found a use for the old basket. 

A bed for Mr. Penguin, toy bed

No tutorial here, I just winged the whole thing. I used green felt for the lining, with a bit of polyester filling at the bottom of the basket (because we wanted Mr. Penguin to be comfortable), and then some green polka dot fabric for the exterior covers. Everything came from my stash, so it was a really inexpensive project.

A bed for Mr. Penguin, toy bed

It just took me about twenty minutes to make and even though it isn't perfect because I didn't bother with exact measurements, everyone was happy. 

A bed for Mr. Penguin, toy bed

Other doll/toy beds I've made in the past: 

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2014/11/tha-handmade-christmas-doll-bed.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/05/old-basket-to-doll-bed-upcycle.html

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2014/07/lined-crochet-basket.html

Happy Tuesday, 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Easy one bowl shrimp farfalle

This one bowl shrimp farfalle is very quick and easy to make, and it's also a perfect lunch alternative to pack and bring to the office. 

Easy one bowl shrimp farfalle

Ingredients: 
  • 150 grams of farfalle (or any other pasta you prefer)
  • 200 grams of shelled shrimp (I usually buy frozen)
  • olive oil
  • two or three cloves of garlic
  • two teaspoons of garlic powder
  • one teaspoon of dried oregano
  • one tablespoon of white wine
  • salt to taste

Easy one bowl shrimp farfalle

Instructions:
  •  cover the bottom of a pan with olive oil, add the garlic cloves
Easy one bowl shrimp farfalle
  • once the olive oil is hot, add the shrimp, the salt, the white wine and the garlic powder and let it boil for about 10 minutes (add a bit of water or more olive oil if you think the mixture is too dry)
  • in the meantime, boil the pasta in hot water with salt, one tablespoon of olive oil and the oregano
  • once everything is cooked, drain the pasta, pour the shrimp (and their sauce) over it and mix     
 
Easy one bowl shrimp farfalle

Serve warm, or divide into portions and put in the fridge.

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Easy one bowl shrimp farfalle


Happy Monday,

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Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #52!

Hello and welcome, I'm glad the you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #52! 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, January 20th!

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-51-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 13, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #51 featured posts!

I'm so glad you've stopped by! Welcome another Friday and to the featured posts of this week's Really Crafty Link Party.

As usual, a big thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.



Congratulations to all the features of The Really Crafty Link Party #51. Check them out below:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

How to Make your Own Kitchen Towels

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 bringing to the blog in 2017, you can read about it here. Today I'm sharing some cute and easy ways to make your own or just customize dishcloths and kitchen towels.

How to Make your Own Kitchen Towels


All of these are pretty easy to make and come with instructions and patterns for everyone to be able to replicate them. And because I know not everyone sews, there are alternatives included.

Check them all out below:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Healthy Snack: Pear & Dried Figs

Hello, and welcome to this week's healthy snack suggestion.

This post is part of The Year of "Healthy series (read about it here) and today I'm sharing one of my favorite mid-morning snacks: one pear and half a dozen dried figs.

Healthy Snack: Pear & Dried Figs

When I was growing up, my grandfather had a small orchard. While there was an assortment of different fruit trees there, pear trees were clearly dominant. There were pears of all kinds, large and small, long and round. I don't know the name of most of them and I've never seen them at the grocery store either, but I have fond memories of summers where we ate pears with every meal and my mother made pear jam and baked pear tarts.
So pears are, to this day, one of my favorite fruits. No only that, but they also make a wonderful snack. I usually pair pears with just about anything, from other fruits to nuts and cookies, but today I wanted to show you how they how healthy they can be paired with a handful of dried figs. 

Healthy Snack: Pear & Dried Figs



The purpose of the The Year of Healthy Series is to share healthy snack suggestions, recipes and other tips that will contribute to make 2017 the year of #healthy. I've created a specific page for the series, which  includes links to all the related posts shared here on the blog, for easier access to the content.


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Sources of nutrition facts: SelfNutritionData (http://nutritiondata.self.com) and Livestrong.com

Monday, January 9, 2017

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

Before Christmas I posted here about the travel meal set I made for my cousin's baby girl. I published the tutorial for the meal set and the tutorial for the placemat, but then life got in the way and I never posted the tutorial for the baby bib that was included in the set.

So, finally, here it is: 

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

The pattern is a twist on the baby bib I posted here a long time ago, but this time I added a pocket.

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

You can find the updated pattern here. Basically you need to cut two pieces of the bib "body" (front and back) and two pieces of the pocket (again, using your main fabric and your lining. My advice? Forget about the lining and buy a soft small towel to use instead. This way, if you use the edge of the towel to cut the pocket like I did, you can just cut one piece and be done with it). 

Materials needed: 
  • fabric for the front and lining of the bib and pocket. See above my suggestion to use a towel instead of lining.
  • two buttons (I used fabric covered buttons)
  • a piece of thin elastic, preferably in a coordinating color (alternatively, you can skip the buttons and the elastic and use a snap instead)
I didn't have time to take enough pictures to create a photo tutorial, but here are the main steps: 

1. Pin pocket in place over the front side of the bib (if you're using a lined pocket instead of just the towel, sew first the top of the pocket, placing both pieces right sides together, and then turning inside out after sewing. There's no need to sew the sides of the pocket, just the top, but you should press the seams for a neater finishing).

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

2. Place the back piece of the bib (in my case, again, cut from the towel) right sides together

3. Sew all around, leaving a small opening on the side or the bottom, to turn inside out. I like to leave the openings at the bottom, but in this case with the towel plus the pocket, it was too bulky and I preferred to leave the opening on one side, right above the pocket. 

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

4. Turn inside out, sew the opening shut and press. Top stitch all around if you want. I opted to leave it as it was. 

5. Fold the elastic and sew the raw edges at the tip of one of the top "arms" of the bib. Sew a button on top, to hide the seam and the edges of the elastic. Sew the other button on the other "arm", so that when you loop the folded side of the elastic over the button you are closing the bib. 

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

 Here is the bib together with the rest of the set:

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

For the DIY travel meal set and the DIY placemat tutorial, click below:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/11/diy-baby-placemat-with-tutorial.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/11/diy-baby-travel-meal-set-with-tutorial.html

For the original baby bib pattern (no pocket + snap instead of elastic), click below:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2014/04/a-sad-story-and-free-pattern.html


If you're making one of these bibs yourself and find any steps missing or there's something you can't figure out, let me know and I will try to help you to the best of my abilities.

DIY Baby Bib with pocket - tutorial and pattern

Happy Monday,


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