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Monday, April 24, 2017

Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors

Hello, and welcome. Today I'm sharing a very quick project I made for a friends' spring birthday party: lollipop flowers party favors. 

Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors


They are colorful and cute and very, very easy to make. And they spread the spring cheer all around!


Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors


What you need: 
- an assortment of round top lollipops
- scraps of felt, craft paper or scrapbook paper, in bright colors or patterns. I used felt scraps for the ones you see in the photos. If your party has a specific theme you can use matching paper.
- the flower shapes - download the pattern here. Use the larger flower for larger lollipops and the other for the smaller ones
- a hole punch

Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors

All you need to do is to cut flower shapes out of your felt or paper pieces...

Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors

 ...and then punch a hole right in the middle of each flower. The hole needs to be large enough for the lollipop stick to pass through, but no larger than that, otherwise it will fall back out too easily.
 
Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors

Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors


And that's it.  Soon you will have lots of blooming lollipop flowers to cheer up your party!


Lollipops Spring Flower Party Favors

Happy Monday!

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Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #66!

Hello and welcome! I hope you've enjoyed a wonderful weekend.

Now it's the perfect time to 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, April 28th.

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

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/04/the-really-crafty-link-party-65.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!

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 keepingitrreal@gmail.com

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #65 featured posts!

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

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 #65 featured posts!


Congratulations to all the features. Check them out below:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

6 DIY gift ideas for Mother's Day

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the You Can Do-It-Yourself series, this time dedicated to Mother's Day gifts.

In Portugal Mother's Day is celebrated in the first Sunday of May so there isn't really much time left, so most of the projects below are quick makes.

6 DIY gift ideas for Mother's Day


All tutorials come with detailed instructions, using different materials so that you can choose your favorite. There's really no excuse not to try at least one of these. Check them out below:


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a walk in space

Last Friday we took the kids to the Cosmos Discovery World Exhibition. It was the opening day, but because it was also the beginning of Easter weekend, there wasn't a huge crowd. 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a walk in space - cosmos discovery world exhibition

Basically this exhibition holds artifacts (real ones and replicas) covering the entire history of space exploration. The kids had a lot of fun (especially my almost 10 year old boy) and, to be honest, both my husband and I loved it too. 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a walk in space - cosmos discovery world exhibition
 
It's an unique piece of world history that, especially because we live in Portugal, we mostly get to see from the sidelines - and this time we felt it a lot closer.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a walk in space - cosmos discovery world exhibition

Honestly, the tickets aren't cheap, but it's totally worth it. So if you ever get to have this exhibition close to were you live (it's a world tour), I recommend it.  

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a walk in space - cosmos discovery world exhibition

If you want to know more about the Cosmos Discovery World Exhibition, here's the webpage

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a walk in space - cosmos discovery world exhibition

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - a walk in space - cosmos discovery world exhibition


Happy Wednesday, 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The easiest chocolate cake ever

My daughter loves chocolate cake and, to be honest, if I'm going to let her have it, I prefer the cake to be homemade so that I can at least control the quality of the ingredients and the amount of sugar added. But if there's one thing I really dislike when making chocolate cakes is the need to melt the chocolate beforehand. I confess I have no idea how some videos I've seen make it look easy, because for me it certainly isn't. I always end up with unmelted chunks of chocolate, water mixed in and a messy stove top.

The easiest chocolate cake ever


And that is the main reason why I like this recipe: you don't need to melt the chocolate, you can just use powdered cocoa, and you still get all the taste of chocolate cake. Or so the experts (i.e., my daughter) tell me.
 
The easiest chocolate cake ever


Besides, it's really quick and easy to make too.

Ingredients: 
  • 125 grams of powdered cocoa
  • 75 grams of sugar
  • 70 grams of butter or margarine
  • 100 grams of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 eggs


The easiest chocolate cake ever
 
Instructions:

Mix sugar, butter/margarine and powdered cocoa together, and then add the eggs, the baking powder and finally the flour.

Pour batter onto a greased cake pan and put in the oven for about 30 minutes until fully baked.

The easiest chocolate cake ever


Seriously, could it be any easier?


Happy Tuesday,

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Monday, April 17, 2017

DIY Doll Bed

I hope you've had a lovely Easter!

We've been enjoying the good weather, but the long weekend also allowed me to finish a couple of projects that had been pending for a while. One of them was a bed (another one) for my kid's gazillion dolls and stuffed animals. 

DIY Doll Bed


Sorry, no tutorial this time, I just winged it as I went along, but basically I transformed this (a small wooden crate that came with strawberries - hence the red stains): 

DIY Doll Bed

Into this: 

DIY Doll Bed


I lined the interior with batting and then a quilted fabric (leftover from another project) and covered the bottom and sides of the crate with dark blue felt.Here are a couple of pictures from the work in progress: 

DIY Doll Bed

DIY Doll Bed

Part of it was glued, the rest was sewn in place. Then I just added a comforter (I originally bought this fabric to make a pillow cover but never got round to it):

DIY Doll Bed

DIY Doll Bed


And a pillow too. Here's the complete set:

 DIY Doll Bed

As per the request of my kids, I made it so that the bed can be used either horizontally or vertically:

DIY Doll Bed

DIY Doll Bed

That way they can use it for Barbie dolls but also for the smaller stuffed animals:

DIY Doll Bed

DIY Doll Bed


Overall, this was a fun project to tackle, especially since the kids were involved choosing the fabrics and deciding on the size of the pillow and the comforter. And since the crate was free and all materials came from my stash, it was pretty inexpensive too. Here is the new bed side by side with another one I've made in a very similar way:

DIY Doll Bed



Other doll beds I've made in the past:

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


Happy Monday!

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