Friday, May 29, 2015

Back From Denver. Leaving Again Next Week.

Double Rainbow

I have a whole slew of photos from my recent trip to Denver and Golden, CO. I haven't had a chance to go through them yet. Delayed flights, tired days and realizing we leave again in a week for 10-days in New York basically means not a lot is getting done right now. (Or too much is?)

So enjoy this double rainbow, photo from J on one of our last days in Colorado. We had crazy weather. I got sunburned in the morning, hailed on in the afternoon, and thunder storms would pop up any time.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hostess Gift Ideas

We're traveling a lot in the next month. We're going to be seeing people we don't often see, attending a few weddings, and staying with friends. Now that we're adults and lucky enough to have friends willing to house us, we bring host(ess) gifts with us as a small thank you. I prefer to bring something special from Portland or something I made with my own two hands.

I'm trying to keep in mind that whatever I bring needs to travel in my suitcase across the country; so small, light weight, and not too fragile is best.

Some of the ideas I'm considering:

Apple Stamped Table Runner from Design SpongeI think table linens are almost always an excellent gift. I love this apple stamped (with a real apple) table runner tutorial from Design Sponge. It has an easy to follow tutorial with beautiful photos.

Textured Picture Frame from A Beautiful MessA Beautiful Mess has a fun tutorial for turning a plain jane picture frame into something special. This would make a special gift filled with a meaningful photo.

Stash Baskets from The Purl BeeFor a crafty friend especially, I love the gift of a few stash baskets. Maybe with a few crafty bits and bobs to add to their stash or get it started. This tutorial from The Purl Bee is detailed and straight forward.

Triangle Bag from Between The LinesI know that everyone has a million cloth shopping bags these days. But mine certainly don't look like this. I'd be happy to trade a few of my boring ones in for these stylish canvas bags. I can only imagine my hosts would be happy to do the same. The super simple tutorial from Between the Lines is here.

Note: All photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Art to Covet

Art Wall | Red Circle Crafts

J and I have been buying art lately from some artists that we really admire. We're lucky enough to afford to deck our walls in awesome prints and a few original pieces. Here's some amazing artists that we're fortunate enough to have a few pieces from.

Maryanna Hoggatt - Animal Battle: Eyes + HandsMaryanna Hoggatt | website |shop | instagram

Great & Small - Rhino! Mounted Animal HeadGreat & Small | shop | instagram

Laura Frisk Art - Block Printed Wall HangingsLaura Frisk Art | shop | instagram

Berkely Illustration - Cheetah Art PrintRyan Berkley Illustration | shop | instagram

I'm sure these artists have other forms of social media. But my personal love of Instagram wins out on the linking party happening here.

Note: All of these photos (excepting the first) belong to the linked sources.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crafting For The Dapper Baby

Bow Tie Onesie | Red Circle Crafts

A friend of mine was trying to find a dapper outfit for her newborn son to wear to a Twenties-Style wedding reception. Surprisingly difficult to accomplish. Which is fair, because who wants to put their newborn in anything but onesies or those little kimono shirts.

Everything changed when I found this tutorial from Make It & Love It for a vest and bow tie onesie.

I modified it a bit, but frankly it's brilliant. I already have plans for adding snaps to larger sizes of onesies and re-using the bow ties. So this kid can continue to be dapper for the rest of his baby-hood. I hear that it's the sort of thing that can continue into adulthood if you plan correctly.

Bow Tie Onesie | Red Circle Crafts


  • Pinstriped knit fabric for the vest (no need to finished the seams because knits don't unravel the same way that other woven fabric does)

  • I added a little bit of transfer fusing web* to attach the vest in a few key places before I sewed it on so that it didn't get stretched out or slide around when I was sewing it into place.

  • I also used my own pattern for the bow ties, but the bow tie pattern here should work just as well.

I've been on a roll making baby clothes lately. Did you see the adorable 18 mo size baby shirt I made for a first birthday present on my Instagram? Also aren't these baby harem pants adorable! Those green ones are just an excuse to use some of the scraps of Better Than Jam fabric I still have lying around.

Baby Harem Pants | Red Circle Crafts

*This is an affiliate link. I make a few cents if you purchase this product through this link. Mostly though I want to show exactly what I'm talking about.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Handmade Mother's Day Cards Round Up

I am not at all prepared for May this year. Three birthdays, Mother's Day, a wedding to attend out of state and all I want to do is be outside in the beautiful weather. Having spent the last few days in the sunshine, I feel much more prepared to tackle to my to do list. Top of that list is making Mother's Day cards so they can go in the mail this week. (Hi Mom.)

Here are are a few that grabbed my attention. Apparently flowers are the thing this year.

Paper Flower Card Tutorial from The House That Lars BuiltI love all the paper flowers from The House That Lars Built, but this is perhaps my favorite DIY from there.

Monogrammed Printable Note CardsOn the other end of the spectrum for time invested in card-making are these lovely floral printable cards from Elegance and Enchantment. I think the M makes a nice Mother's Day card, but a handful of blank ones with Mom's initial wouldn't be remiss either.

Mother's Day Pop Up Card from Martha Stewart I love pop-up cards. This is a pretty fancy one from Martha Stewart. The comments say that the tutorial is a little lacking, but the video makes it all much clearer.

Mother's Day Card | Red Circle CraftsLastly, here's what I made last year.

All photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites (except the last one which is mine).