Keeping it Real

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Cactus themed felt & fabric coasters

Although I love making felt coasters, this time I wanted to try something different: mix felt and fabric. 


Cactus themed felt & fabric coasters


Although I do like the result, they gave me a lot of trouble (making sure the circles were well centered, the stitches were even, etc...). Here's a small tutorial in case you want to make some too. 

Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils for a Spooky Halloween

Warm sweaters and blankets, colorful leaves tumbling to the ground, pumpkin spice everything — although summer is still my favourite season, autumn is easily the coziest time of the year. And let us not forget about Halloween, the day that begins the holiday cheer as the months get colder! 

However, since this year Halloween will most likely be celebrated differently due to the current world events, these pumpkin carving stencils will serve as the perfect and safe activity to do inside with family or friends. 


Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils for a Spooky Halloween


Instead of going to a Halloween party or taking the kids door to door for trick-or-treating, get together with your close friends or family and carve some pumpkins! I mean, is it even Halloween without carved pumpkins? This activity is not only fun but will also give you some classically spooky decor to spice up your home or porch with. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Donut pillow sewing pattern

Hello, and welcome to another Wednesday! Months ago I shared here a donut pillow I made for my daughter's room. At the time I had drafted a rough pattern but since then I have created a full pattern with sewing instructions attached. 


Donut pillow sewing pattern


Well...fast forward and the pattern is finally available at my Etsy shop. Yay!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Crochet cat coasters & trivet set

Hello, and welcome! Months ago I shared here a free pattern for cat face shaped crochet scubbies. While I love those scrubbies (free pattern can be found here) I was never entirely happy with the pattern, especially because it implies breaking the yarn to make the ears. Breaking the yarn means more ends to weave in and, quite frankly, weaving in ends is the only thing I really dislike about crochet.


Crochet cat coasters & trivet set



So all this time I've been experimenting with different ways to use a similar basic pattern without having to break the yarn. And from all that brainstorming the crochet cat coasters and trivet set was born!

Improving Fine Motor Skills with Printable Activities for Kids

Fine motor skills allow kids to use the small muscle groups in their hands, fingers, and wrists in a controlled way. When they master these skills, kids are able to act more independently and perform tasks on their own, such as brushing their teeth, eating, writing, and getting dressed - and that's why it's so important to improve these abilities early on. 


Improving Fine Motor Skills with Printable Activities for Kids



Strong fine motor skills can help set kids up for success personally, academically, and socially. One way for them to work on improving fine motor skills is using printables. This post highlights the benefits of improving fine motor skills and offers fun printables kids can use to work on them. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Layered fringed flower rosettes

Whenever I make something I always love to add little embellishments here and there. So this weekend I took advantage of the meh-weather and went through my felt scraps in order to make some cute rosettes.


Layered fringed flower rosettes


For this set I used pinks and blues. and matching painted wooden buttons. 

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #234!

 Hello and welcome back to The Really Crafty Link Party, I'm so glad you could join us! 

Show us what you've been busy with lately - share all your wonderful crafts with us and try to visit at least a couple of other posts and leave a nice comment on other people's creations. 

Also if you can, help spread the word on social media - the more, the merrier!



The really crafty link party, keeping it real, craft blog


As usual, the party will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on October 2nd.