Who is running this blog?! My name is RiRi, I’m a twentysomething web professional living in the Pacific Northwest. I love sewing, crafting, and generally try to be DIY in everything I do, I’m also a big proponent of upcycling or recycling for all of your projects. I love giving pre-loved items a new life and purpose.
I started crafting with my mom and grandmother when I was very young. My grandmother was a very thrifty woman, almost nothing got thrown out in her house. You can always find a new purpose for something! As I got older I also learned how to sew and knit and crochet, by the time I was a teenager I was designing and sewing all of my own clothing and accessories.
In high school I also fell in love with Japanese pop culture, particularly all things ‘kawaii’ which means cute in Japanese. A fair amount Japanese kids get really into fashion and make their own clothing inspired by TV shows or even just certain aesthetics that they like, they often gather in Shinjuku on the weekends to show off their latest pieces. I felt a kindred spirit with them and it was not something I had really found other people were into in my home town.
I started studying Japanese language and a year and a half later I was on my way to Japan for a two-week trip. It was a lot of fun, I met so many wonderful people, and I spent a ton of money on magazines with DIY fashion and accessories patterns!
Nowadays there are so many patterns and resources available on the internet. Here are some of my favourite places to go for inspiration and ideas:
- Youtube is fantastic, so many wonderful users have taken it upon themselves to create in depth tutorials on sewing, crafting, jewelry making, hair styling, makeup application, you name it! If you are looking to learn how to do something you just need to type in ‘~ tutorial’ or ‘how to ~’ and you are sure to find tons of videos!
- Craftster has tons of tutorials with pictures and step by step instructions.
- Etsy if you feel like something might be a bit out of your skillset (I’m no good at leatherwork, personally!) there is a good chance you can find somebody who is here! If I’m not able to make something myself then the next best thing is to get it from a fellow craftsperson!