Category Archives: That’s Life

Happy Christmas

Merry Christmas from Red Circle Crafts
I’m taking a short break from blogging to properly enjoy the holidays. Which, I must say, have not been nearly so enjoyable (read: low-stress) in years. I’ve got a few surprises up my sleeve though, so I’ll see you shortly before the new year, back right here.

If you’re celebrating any holidays of light in the darkest time of the year, I wish you a very merry celebration, whatever that entails.

Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving from Red Circle Crafts

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Most of all I’m happy to have put further roots down in Portland and feel like I have a great group of friends that I’ve grown closer to this past year.

J and I had the chance to do a huge amount of traveling this year. More than even we realized. So we’re looking forward to a quiet holiday season here at home.

Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating today.

Happy Halloween!

Vampire Pumpkins | Red Circle Crafts

Wishing you all the Halloween puns you can find and cavity inducing sweetness you want for this ghostly holiday.

I had planned to show off my Halloween costume here today, but, while it is finished, I haven’t put it all on yet. Stay tuned to my instagram to see photos this weekend!

Street Art in NYC Part 2

New York City View | Red Circle Crafts

I’m back from New York. I keep having to remind J that we left New York for a reason and how much we love Portland. There were so many good things about being back there, but ultimately it’s too manic for me. Too much of everything, even all the things I love.

NYC Street Art | Red Circle Crafts

Apparently I spoke too soon about the lack of temporary (also illegal) street art in New York City. I was just hanging out in the wrong places. A trip down to Lower East Side and East Village produced far more than I could capture (at least that my friends were willing to wait for me to photograph).

NYC Street Art | Red Circle Crafts

It’s different than the street art I see here in Portland though, which is not surprising. Here I see lots of hand-drawn stickers, paper put up with wheat paste, and spray painted stenciled images (like this one).

NYC Street Art | Red Circle Crafts

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Ok. Back to crafty posts again. If this is the sort of thing you’re interested in though, I regularly post the street art I see in Portland on my instagram.

Street Art in NYC

I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for art in my wanderings around the city. While there’s less illegal street art (not including tagging) there are more murals than I remember. I like the trend, but there’s something about the temporary nature of street art that seems raw and real that I miss.





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.

Admitting That I Don’t Know

I don’t usually write about personal dilemmas here;┬áthis 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┬átime 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.