Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Baby Shower Gifting

It seems that every spring, I have a few baby showers to attend. This year, is no different. I'm happy that this one is for a close friend here in Portland. No traveling and I'll get to see the baby as frequently as I'm able.

Pacifier Clip | Red Circle Crafts

Part of the present is a pacifier clip. Surprisingly easy to make, it's a strip of fabric, a metal snap, and the clip from a suspender. The suspender clip is sturdier than what they use for most pacifier clips you can buy. So this one will actually stay where you put it.

I'm going to add some pacifiers to the package, but instead of giving an opened package, I drew a pacifier to attach to the clip so that the new parents would immediately know what they're looking at. Out of context, it really doesn't look like much.

Pacifier Clip | Red Circle Crafts

Some other baby shower ideas here and here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Printable Valentines

There are always tons of adorable Valentines running around the internet this time of year. These are just a few to get you in the mood for the big day. Is that really tomorrow already?

Printable Valetine from Frolic BlogThis printable from Frolic! is actually from 2012, but I still love it. It's actually one of my inspirations for the watercolor washed cards I made.


Star Wars Valentine from Design Wash Rinse RepeatThese printable Yoda Valentines from Design Wash Rinse Repeat are cute and clever. Using the mini glow sticks as light sabers is brilliant.


Printable Pop Up Valentine Card from Lia GriffithI'm a sucker for all things pop up. This card from Lia Griffith is lovely and easy to make (just print, cut, and glue).


Origami Heart Valentine Card from Design is YayThese cards from  Design is Yay are my personal favorite. A combination of easy to make and a little personal with the origami hearts tucked into their clever little paws.

J and I don't have anything planned really for Valentine's day. It happens to fall on his day off this weekend. If we're luck we may spend an hour or so somewhere nice drinking fancy coffee. Although I can't say we wouldn't do that even if it wasn't Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Admitting That I Don't Know

I don't usually write about personal dilemmas here; this one affects my blog (and business).

Red Circle Crafts still feels brand new and full of beginnings. I have some really exciting ideas for things I'd like to be working towards, but, to be honest, I'm not sure what that means for the short term. I've spent the last month or so avoiding this blog because I don't know what's next. And while I was really trying to avoid admitting that I don't know, it meant fewer posts here about the things I have been working on. Emotions sometimes get in the way of common sense though.

One of the things that J and I have been talking about for short term goals is becoming completely debt free. That would mean a great deal of freedom for us to work less and live more. We could travel; I could realistically pursue my dream of living in tiny house; it would be easier to have my own business. A little bit of math shows that if we both work full time jobs, we could be completely debt free in about 5 years. Five years seems like a lot less time than it used to.

I'm not entirely sure how this will change things. Historically, I need some sort of creative outlet or I will be really unhappy working in an office. I hope that this means that I will still make time to blog here. I hope this means I continue to create things to put up in my etsy store. But events like the Holiday Market will definitely be put on hold.

Nothing is changing too soon. We're still figuring out how this is all going to happen. In the mean time I'd like to get back to crafting and sharing it here.