Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Another Skirt

Good news! My computer is almost fixed. Or rather a work-around has been reached until we get a chance to reformat our hard drive and no data has been lost. It was pretty touch and go for a few days while we both got frustrated with our machine.

So back to crafting.

Ruffled Skirt

I've been sewing like mad lately. I'm not sure if it's because it's really the only crafting supplies I didn't move to the studio or if I'm just excited about these projects. Although I have to admit that I sew a lot no matter what else is going on.

This skirt is the third of the final installment of skirts for nieces. I used a pattern from Burda Style. I think it came out rather well. Don't mind the wrinkles in the ruffles. I was avoiding ironing and pretending that it wasn't noticeable.

Invisible Zipper Detail

I don't usually sew much in the way of clothes. I'm still learning how to read patterns instead of making it up as I go along. The actual sewing part was not terribly complicated. But I did find it a bit tricky figuring out what the pattern was telling me to do. Plus I put in an invisible zipper! I was pretty proud of myself for that.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

DIY Coat Hooks


This is a super easy project. I wanted to add some coat hooks to the class room as decoration and storage.

I started with a piece of plywood. I chose one that I had previously painted a sign on, but was no longer using so I could have this asymmetrical design on it. I cut it down to fit exactly in the space between the two doors and attached two hooks that I bought from the hardware store. I like the modern look of these and they were pretty inexpensive. Then I screwed it into the door frame. If it had been on a different part of the wall I would have screwed it into a stud instead. Dry wall is not sturdy enough to support heavy coats.


Just a note. Blogging may be pretty spotty for a bit. My computer is sick. We're still trying to diagnosis it. While my phone is adequate for a lot of things, lengthy blog posts is not one of them.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!


I took some time off from blogging this week. Snow days when J stayed home with me involved romps in the snow, coffee dates and blanket forts. Then I was preparing like a mad woman to be commitment-free (as much as possible) while my mom is in town. She flew in last night. It's her first time in Portland and I can't wait to show her around.

Wishing everyone much love today whether you're celebrating or not.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Portland Snow Day


Happy snow day! I'm out with J today around our neighborhood enjoying the way everyone acts like this is a holiday.

Part of me can't believe this little snow shut down the city, but it's a novelty I'm not willing to waste.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Warm & Cozy Projects

Projects to Stay Warm and Cozy | Red Circle Crafts

I've been holed up at home as much as humanly possible lately. I know that we don't even have the worst of it in Portland. According to the weather forecast it was 25 degrees yesterday, but felt like 13. I wholeheartedly agree with that. Standing outside waiting for the bus in the middle of the afternoon was excruciating. When we have weather like this, I like to work on projects with lots of warm, heavy fabric. It makes me feel like I'm nestled in blankets and still doing things!

Here are some projects perfect for this time of year.

Hand Warmer Tutorial from  Rae Anne KellyThere are tons of DIY hand warmer tutorials on the internet. I particularly like this one from Rae Anne Kelly. They're adorable, have an easy to follow tutorial, and I currently have all of the supplies in my apartment.


Firewood Tote from Whip UpI wish I had a need for this one. I love to sit in front of a fire. This tutorial on Whip Up seems like a perfect solution for hauling your firewood around.


Sherpa Blanket Tutorial from Purl BeePurl Bee has so many tutorials for almost anything warm and cozy you could think of. I love how they break down their instructions into simple steps and include lots of photos. This isn't a difficult project, but it would be nice to have an excuse to sit with several layers of fleece on my lap.


Tissue Holder Tutorial from Such Wild LoveI'm always stashing tissues in my bag this time of year because I inevitably find my nose running every time I come in out of the cold. This tissue holder tutorial from Such Wild Love is wonderful.

Hope you're staying warm!

All the photos except the one of my hot chocolate belong to the site linked below it.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Drawer Dividers Tutorial

Utensil Drawer Divider Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

I think all of the drawers in my kitchen are a custom size. I have never seen an in-drawer utensil holder that fits in my drawers. Some of the adjustable ones would work, but I decided it would be better to just make my own. This is the second set of boxes I've made. I remade them slightly differently when I reorganized recently.

These would also work for great for pencils and pens or sized to fit your own odds and ends. Hooray for organization!

Utensil Drawer Divider Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

What you'll need:

Bone scorer (optional)
Paper (I used matboard*, but you could use card stock)
Printable Template (Prints on legal-size paper)

Print out the template. Use this template to cut out your drawer dividers from your card stock or matboard. Cut along the solid lines and score along the dotted lines. I usually just use a pair of somewhat dulled scissors to score because I don't have a tool specifically for scoring.

The matboard I used is really sturdy, but if you don't have matboard, card stock works fine. It just won't last as long.

Staple the flaps inside against the short side of the box.

These boxes measure 7.5" x 2.5" x 1.75" when finished.

It should be pretty easy to figure out how to make these to fit your own dimensions. Do keep in mind that if you use thicker paper, you'll need to take that into account when measuring the space it will fit in. My paper is 1/16" thick so the inside base of the box is 1/8" less in both the width and length than the outside dimensions.

Utensil Drawer Divider Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts*This link is an amazon affiliate link. I make a few pennies off of any purchases made through links like these.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Class: Hand Cut Your Own Paper Art on February 22nd

Note: This class has been rescheduled for April 19th.

Red Circle Crafts classes have started! Check out the Classes Page to see more information. You can register online and all supplies are included! Gift Certificates are available as well.

Hand Cut Your Own Paper Art with Emily Brown
on April 19th

Paper Cutting Class on Feb 22nd | Red Circle Crafts

Learn how to make your own delicate, hand-cut paper art. In this two-hour class, you will learn how to choose an image for cutting, how to cut without tearing or over-cutting, and the best way to look at an image while cutting. At the end of class, you'll have created your very own floral paper cutting art ready to frame and hang.

This class will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm.
All Red Circle Crafts Classes are located at 1720 NW Lovejoy Street, Suite 304, Portland, OR.

Price: $40
Materials Fee: $15
Total Cost: $55

Click Here To Register Online

This class is taught by local paper artist, Emily Brown of Bird Mafia. You can find more of her hand-cut art at her etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/birdmafia

Paper Cutting Class on Apr 19th | Red Circle Crafts