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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #97 & Holidays Celebration

Hello, and welcome! I'm so glad you could join us for another party!

Usually during the month of December I host two parties here on the blog - the regular Really Crafty Link Party and the Holidays Celebration link party, strictly focused on holidays related posts.

This year, however, I'm totally underwater at work and there's no way I can host two different parties - I had to come up with a way to merge both. So during the month of December, in addition to the usual three "crafty" features we will have one special Holidays Celebration feature - four features in total!

Since old posts are welcome too, go and find all your Holidays posts from previous years and share them with us. And, of course, show us what you've been working on lately too.

And as this is a party, please try to visit at least a couple of other links and share on social media - 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 (all four of them) on Friday, December 15th.

Did you miss last week's amazing features? Click the image blow to check them out:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/12/the-really-crafty-link-party-96-featured-posts.html


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 add as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome! During the month of December all Holidays related posts, crafty or not, are welcome too!

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 everyone loves to discover new parties!




Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

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!

keeping it real, craft blog






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 or sending me a message to keepingitrreal@gmail.com.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

I've been meaning to sew a tree skirt ever since we got our current Christmas tree. When my husband and I got married we always spent Christmas either with my mother or with my in-laws and so we kept our Christmas decor to a minimum - we had a small Nativity and a tabletop Christmas tree and that was it. After the kids were born we slowly started to expand our Christmas decor and finally when my daughter grew out of toddler-hood we got ourselves a large artificial tree from Ikea. 

Well, after several long years, we've now also got a tree skirt.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

Initially had planned to sew it out of red and white felt, but while I was going through my stash I found this roll of start-dotted burlap. I remember I bought it a coupe of years ago to use as a table runner but then I found out that the stars were covered in glitter and when I tried to use it on the table there were speckles of glitter all over. Now I do love glitter - but not all over my food, so the burlap table runner was banished to the back of the closet and stayed there.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

This year, when we assembled and decorated the tree I suddenly realized it was the perfect fabric for the tree skirt. It was a very long strip of burlap (because our dinning room table seats twelve at its full capacity) but it wasn't very wide, so I needed to sew two pieces together to form a square.

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

I basically created two squares (with an opening in the middle for the tree trunk to pass through) and joined them together - so the tree skirt top and lining are exactly the same:
DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner
(I placed both squares right sides together and sewed all around, leaving a small opening to turn inside out)

Before sewing the top and the lining together I inserted a few pieces of red cord, which are used to tie the opening of the tree skirt and keep it in place.
DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

Then I added red trim all around...

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner


...and here's the finished product, front and back:

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner

DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner


I still have red glitter all over my sewing machine and craft table, but over all I'm very happy with the result!


DIY Christmas tree skirt...from a table runner



Have fun, and happy Monday, 

keeping it real, craft blog







Friday, December 8, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #96 featured posts!

Hello and welcome to another Friday, and to the featured posts of The Really Crafty Link Party #96, this week with a new twist - because I'm not hosting a separate Holidays Celebration Link Party this year, there will be one additional holidays feature in all the parties of December!

I always love reading all your posts, so a big thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.



Check out this week's amazing features below!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Education.com Worksheets - free download

Hello and welcome. Today I'm taking a break from sharing craft tutorials to let you know about Education.com

Education.com Worksheets - free download
 
I don't home school my kids. I know it's a great fit for some families and I really admire that, but even if I didn't work full time out of the house I don't think it would be a good fit for me. Actually, after a few years of experience (I have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader) what seems to work best for us is having the kids work by themselves with supervision. I can't be with them all the time while they are working and studying because I just lack the patience to do it. It's not an easy confession, and I've been improving along the years, but it's the truth. So, for them to have some time of supervised studying at home I usually search for free worksheets, let them work on their own and then I just check the results, correct if necessary and provide an explanation if they have questions. 

https://www.education.com/


When I became aware of Education.com and their resources, I jumped to the chance to try them. There are lots of worksheets to choose from, but you can find below an example for you to download. Clicking on one of the images below will allow you to open a zip file which contains one worksheet and one correction sheet.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=14kfnEdWPrVQai5LbHkW5OxtQwrQIJCLXhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=14kfnEdWPrVQai5LbHkW5OxtQwrQIJCLX

Jump into fun with this Autumn leaves division worksheet. The learning continues over at Education.com with awesome division resources and more!

https://www.education.com/



Happy Tuesday,

keeping it real, craft blog






This post was written in partnership with Education.com. Images come from the Education.com website and as such are not owned by me. I was provided with the free pdfs of the division worksheets to share on the blog. All opinions are my own.  

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #96 & Holidays Celebration

Hello, and welcome! I'm so glad you could join us for another party!

Usually during the month of December I host two parties here on the blog - the regular Really Crafty Link Party and the Holidays Celebration link party, strictly focused on holidays related posts.

This year, however, I'm totally underwater at work and there's no way I can host two different parties - I had to come up with a way to merge both. So during the month of December, in addition to the usual three "crafty" features we will have one special Holidays Celebration feature - four features in total!

Since old posts are welcome too, go and find all your Holidays posts from previous years and share them with us. And, of course, show us what you've been working on lately too.

And as this is a party, please try to visit at least a couple of other links and share on social media - 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 (all four of them) on Friday, December 8th.

Did you miss last week's amazing features? Click the image blow to check them out:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2017/12/the-really-crafty-link-party-95-featured-posts.html


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 add as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome! During the month of December all Holidays related posts, crafty or not, are welcome too!

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 everyone loves to discover new parties!




Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

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!

keeping it real, craft blog






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 or sending me a message to keepingitrreal@gmail.com.

Santa Hat Headband - tutorial & pattern

Hello and welcome! Today I'm sharing with you a Santa hat headband I made for my daughter's ballet class Christmas show. I have no idea what the girls will be dancing exactly, but parents had to produce the Santa hat headbands by this week at the latest. I searched several stores last week for mini Santa hats and found none, so I had to go the usual route - I made my own.

Santa Hat Headband - tutorial & pattern


Here's the tutorial in case you want to make one too:

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