I was born in Portland, and over the years, I’ve seen it change an incredible amount. It’s been discovered by the world as a place full of amazing artists, makers, and creatives. Having lived in other cities, I know firsthand that not everywhere has the DIY spirit that’s so obvious here, so I want to help spread it.

How? First, by sharing my own DIY projects and inspiration. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been making things, and I’ve been blogging since 2009 (at this blog’s previous incarnation, Transient Expression). I take most of the photos you see here, sew, build furniture, make jewelry and accessories, knit, cook and bake, grow plants, do home renovation, roast my own coffee beans, and probably a few other things I’m forgetting. If I don’t know how to do something myself, I can probably learn, and so can you!

I also want to feature the work of the creative people who inspire me. Do you have a project, technique or recipe that you’d like to share? Please send me an email at rachel@diyinpdx.com so we can talk about how we can collaborate!

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