Keeping it Real: 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020

Simple and Elegant Christmas Gift Tags - free printable

Hello, and welcome. Today I'm sharing here some simple and elegant gift tags that you can print in the comfort of your home and use for your Christmas gifts. 


Simple and Elegant Christmas Gift Tags - free printable


Check them out below: 

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #243!

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 December 4th (how can it be December already?).

Friday, November 27, 2020

The Really Crafty Link Party #242 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week, a wonderful Thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate it, and now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 


The Really Crafty Link Party #242 featured posts





And because December is right around the corner, this week's features are all about Christmas. Scroll down to see them:


Thursday, November 26, 2020

25 Days of Self-Care To Treat Yourself During The Holidays - with free printables

Many people struggle with self-care - we're always too busy with work, family, etc. And this year, as stress and uncertainty have taken over a majority of our lives, it has become even harder to stop for a bit and think about ourselves. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others. 


25 Days of Self-Care To Treat Yourself During The Holidays - with free printables



With the holidays coming up, stress seems to consume us even more due to the pressures that accompany the holiday season — travel plans, hosting relatives and finding the perfect gifts for all your friends and family - and wondering if we'll be able to pull all that through in the current situation. So this year, gift yourself by filling your December calendar with some holiday self-care

Below is a list of self-care ideas to get you started so you can nourish yourself for the holidays. Who knows, you may end up getting your New Year's Resolutions off to an early start! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Cross stitched wooden Christmas tree ornament - with free pattern

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm sharing with you a pretty Christmas tree cross stitched on a wooden circle, to be used as an ornament or as a gift tag. 


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e-ppCAxEEhcFw2spC6vUJ1yAnC2lTU7Z/view?usp=sharing


Find out how to make it below.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Easy DIY Christmas gift tags

After yesterday's upcycled felt gift bag, today I'm bringing you another easy Christmas craft: gift tags. 


Easy DIY Christmas gift tags


Because this year Christmas will be mostly homemade around here, I'm trying to get a lot of the work done early. Though, really, these gift tags can be put together really quickly. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

DIY Christmas gift bag from upcycled felt

Hello, and welcome to a new week! It's almost December so I've been woking on...yes, Christmas crafts. And because this year I will be ordering almost everything online or making it myself, I'm going to need creative ways to wrap gifts using materials I already have at home.


DIY Christmas gift bag from upcycled felt


So today I'm showing off the gift bag I made upcycling an old felt puzzle mat. Check it out below:

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #242!

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!



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As usual, the party will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on November 27th.

DIY Meets Movie Night: How to Recreate the Theater at Home

With the current world events, people have had to become more creative - from work to entertainment. So all of us DIYers are able to let loose and let our creativity soar like never before. 


DIY Meets Movie Night: How to Recreate the Theater at Home


But even if you’re not a DIY guru, you can still make an incredible DIY movie night from home. Here’s how. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Really Crafty #241 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week - now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 


The Really Crafty #241 featured posts



Scroll down to check the amazing featured posts:


Thursday, November 19, 2020

5 Foods that Whiten Teeth

Ok, so this is not one of my usual crafts posts but...at this point in time when most of us want to avoid necessary visits to the dentist (I know I do), I found this information from Auraglow very interesting and had to share it here. 


5 Foods that Whiten Teeth



We all know that certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth (hello, red wine!); however, there are also foods that can whiten teeth

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Heart shaped zipper purses

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm back here to share my latest zipper purses, this time shaped like hearts.


Heart shaped zipper purses



Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Crochet holidays napkin rings - free pattern

These shorter fall days (especially with the rain we've had around) have made me turn more to crochet than to sewing projects. So today I'm sharing here the pattern for the napkin rings I came up with during last weekend.


Crochet holidays napkin rings - free pattern


Because the only thing I dislike about crochet is the need to weave in ends, I decided to make the green part (the ring itself) in just one piece, not cutting the yarn in between - find out how below.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #241!

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 November 20th.

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Really Crafty Link Party #240 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week - now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 


The Really Crafty Link Party #240 featured posts




Scroll down to check the amazing featured posts:


Thursday, November 12, 2020

6 great DIY craft room storage ideas

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm bringing you a very useful round up of ideas to help store and organise craft supplies. I don't know about you, but I always tend to buy more craft supplies than I need - and then bring home some more just in case...

6 great DIY craft room storage ideas

So organising my crafts closet is a challenge, and no matter what I do, it always tends to look messy. So I have started to research better options to keep my supplies organised and that are (1) fairly inexpensive and (2) easy to make. Here are are a few of my favorites: 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Holiday Gifts Crochet Coasters

Hello, and welcome! After sharing here my pine trees pattern, today I'm back with another Christmas-y crochet project, this time one I recently added to my Etsy shop: coasters shaped like wrapped Christmas gifts, complete with bows!




Monday, November 9, 2020

Crochet triangle pine trees - free pattern

Hello, and welcome! I know I'm not the best when it comes to decorating for each season, but this year I've been on a roll trying to get rid of all my yarn scraps - these pine trees where just perfect for that. Not to mention, of course, that they will make cute winter decor. 


Crochet triangle pine trees - free pattern


I still haven't decided if I'm going to make a garland or if I will be using them as ornaments (or maybe both, but here's the free pattern in case you want to make some yourself

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #240!

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 November 13th.

Friday, November 6, 2020

The Really Crafty Link Party #239 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week - now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 


The Really Crafty Link Party #239 featured posts


Scroll down to check the amazing featured posts:


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Fish shaped felt zipper purses

Hello, and welcome! If you've been visiting a while you already know I love sewing zipper purses. In all shapes and sizes. These fish shaped zipper purses are my latest project. 


Fish shaped felt zipper purses pattern and tutorial

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Virtual Thanksgiving activities

In Portugal we don't celebrate Halloween as a holiday, but I've always been of the opinion that on a regular basis we should all stop for a moment and give thanks for all the great things we have in our lives. 


Virtual Thanksgiving activities



This year, if we're safe and healthy we have even more to be thankful for. However, celebrations will all be different. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

DIY doll diapers

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm sharing here a very important project, at least from my daughter's perspective: new diapers for her baby dolls. 


DIY doll diapers



A while ago I wrote a doll diaper tutorial. For these new diapers I used the same pattern, but changed a few things. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #239!

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!



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As usual, the party will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on October 30th.

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Really Crafty Link Party #238 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week - now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 



The Really Crafty Link Party #238 featured posts



So scroll down to check the amazing featured posts:


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Cat zipper purses!

Hello, and welcome! It's 7 pm around here already but I'm so happy with my latest project I just had to write a quick post about it!


DIY Cat zipper purses pattern


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Easy crochet coasters

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm sharing here another of my crochet projects - some very easy to make coasters!


Easy crochet coasters pattern


Because making pretty and elegant things doesn't have to be difficult and sometimes easy is just perfect. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

DIY reusable snack bags

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm sharing here a project that I actually completed at the beginning of September, right before school started and I had to go back to work too. It took me a while to go through all the photos I took at the time, but finally here is my tutorial on how to make reusable snack bags - in the easiest way possible, of course. 


DIY reusable snack bags tutorial



My goal for this year is to go green, and these snack bags are just perfect to help us reduce the use of plastic bags and other disposable packages. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #238!

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 30th.

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Really Crafty Link Party #237 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week - now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 


The Really Crafty Link Party #237 featured posts





So scroll down to check the amazing featured posts:


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Splash of color crochet coasters

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm sharing here another of my crochet projects - bright and colorful as always!

 

Splash of color crochet coasters pattern

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Crochet Rainbow Hearts Garland

Because it's still raining (a lot) around here, I've been looking for projects to cheer me up - and what better than a rainbow hearts garland? 

 

Crochet Rainbow Hearts Garland

 

Monday, October 19, 2020

DIY Retro Notebook Cover with Pen Pocket

Hello, and welcome to another Monday - a rather cold and wet one around here. So to cheer up the day I'm sharing here a fun little project I completed a couple of weeks ago: a colorful retro-style felt notebook cover. 

 

DIY Retro Notebook Cover with Pen Pocket

 

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #237!

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 23rd.

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Really Crafty Link Party #236 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week - now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 






So scroll down to check the amazing featured posts:


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Crochet drawstring net bags

At the beginning of the year I decided that one of my goals for 2020 was to be more eco-friendly. Since then I shared lots of posts with tutorials to make reusable items - and today I'm sharing one more: crochet drawstring net bags. 


Crochet drawstring net bags


This project was actually born at the beginning of the summer, when I realised that we were still bringing home a lot of plastic bags. We use reusable shopping bags when we go to the grocery store, but when we buy fruit or produce they almost always come packaged in small semi-transparent plastic bags. 

So in an attempt to eliminate the need to use those bags, I decided to create a replacement.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

6 amazingly easy feather projects

Hello, and welcome! Lately for some reason I've been inspired to try my hand at feather related projects, so today I'm sharing here a few of my favorites!


6 amazingly easy feather projects



Some of them are made with real feathers, others are just feather shaped, but they are all pretty easy to make! 

Check them out below:

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Zip-and-Go Purse - with free pattern

Welcome to another Tuesday! And because we're almost halfway through the week today I decided to share today a fun tutorial - the Zip-and-Go purse. 


The Zip-and-Go Purse - with free pattern



This is a very practical purse because it's big enough to hold your cell phone while including pockets for IDs, credit cards, etc. 

Here's the how to: 

Monday, October 12, 2020

DIY reusable face scrubbies in a jar gift set

Hello, and welcome! Remember the kitchen towels in a jar gift set I made earlier this year? Well, now I used the same concept, but replaced the kitchen towels with a set of cute reusable face scrubbies. And the bonus? The jar itself works wonderfully to keep in the bathroom and store the clean scrubbies, so not even the package is wasted! 


DIY reusable face scrubbies in a jar gift set


Want to make one too? Here's the how to:

Colorful crochet bunting pattern

Here's something bright and happy to begin a new week: a colorful crochet bunting banner that comes together very quickly and cheers up any space, from crafting rooms to kids rooms, nurseries, parties, etc. 


Colorful crochet bunting pattern


Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #236!

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 16th.

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Really Crafty Link Party #235 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. I hope you've all had a wonderful week - now it's finally Friday so it's time to share the features of this week's link party. 

This week we had our biggest party ever, so thank you all for making this happen!


The Really Crafty Link Party #235 featured posts

So scroll down to check the amazing featured posts:


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Travel Sewing Kit DIY Pattern

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm sharing here the latest sewing pattern I added to my Etsy shop


Travel Sewing Kit DIY Pattern


This travel sewing kit came about some time ago because I felt the need to always carry with me a few sewing essentials in a lean package that would not take too much space in my purse. I made one for myself, and a few more to give as gifts, but only now rediscovered my pattern and decided to give it an upgrade to offer it on Etsy

10-minutes fall mini-pillow DIY

Hello and welcome! The week is almost over but today I'm sharing something I actually made last weekend: a fall mini pillow. 

I rarely change my decor according to the seasons (except for Christmas). Time is limited and it seems that whenever I manage to finish something, the corresponding season is almost over anyway...but this pillow actually came to be as a request from my son - and those I cannot refuse!


10-minutes fall mini-pillow DIY


My son still has a host of stuffed animals in his room and decided he wanted them to have some fall decor of their own. And what better than a soft and fluffy pillow?

Fabric and size were chosen by him, I just did the cutting and sewing. 

Family Time Capsule Activity - with free printable

Putting together a time capsule is the perfect activity for a rainy afternoon with the family, especially now when a lot of us are trying to spend more time at home! A time capsule is a container that you fill with present day items, such as artwork or photos, and hide to open on a later date. Ideally, pretty far into the future!


Family Time Capsule Activity - with free printable


Below you’ll find a printable activity, which includes a time capsule checklist and letter to your future self template, that you can use with your kids to put together the perfect time capsule for your family. Download the full printable at the end of the post!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tea-for-Two fringed crochet placemat and coasters

Hello, and welcome! Today I'm sharing here the latest crochet pattern I added to my Etsy shop


Tea-for-Two fringed crochet placemat and coasters


If you've been visiting a while you already know I always favor homemade gifts, and this pattern is a great way for you to make some homemade gifts yourself. It's very easy, perfect for beginners. There are no tricks and no complicated stitches. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Sweet unicorn hoop wall art DIY

Hello, and welcome! This past weekend I decided to start working on some Christmas gifts. Inspired by a few Pinterest posts, I wanted to make some hoop wall art for one of my cousins...and in the end my daughter decided she wanted the unicorn for herself so it's now hanging in her bedroom...


Sweet unicorn hoop wall art DIY



Oh well, I'll think of something else to make as a gift (only because I used all the unicorn fabric I had - it was just a scrap anyway...) and I'll just give you here an idea of how I made it. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

4 DIY Beauty Hacks and Ideas to Do at Home

With salons and spas closed almost all over the world, many people have been turning to DIY home beauty hacks to keep up their self care regimen. Why not save time and money (and have fun doing it)?


4 DIY Beauty Hacks and Ideas to Do at Home


Your tight budget can be stretched so much further when you opt for doing beauty treatments at home. But you don’t have to sacrifice quality for cost — check out these amazing DIY beauty hacks you can do at home for some ideas to create your own personal spa. 

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #235!

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 9th.