Recently I became really intrigued by the combination of thread and brass. I don’t think it was any one piece that inspired me, it was more a slow accumulation. But after I started making tassels for my basket, I realized that I wanted to try another take on tassel earrings. And so these babies […]
One of my favorite elements to use in my home is rocks. Which doesn’t sound very attractive, but I’m not talking about any old piece of earth. I prefer chunks of marble, fossils, minerals, and crystals. Mostly they just sit around and look pretty, but these particular rocks have a job to do: holding back […]
It’s been kind of a long time since I’ve done any clothing projects. But I’ve been seeing net and mesh used in a lot of cool ways this Spring (some of which I rounded up here), and I was feeling inspired. So I took a pencil skirt that I’ve had for a long […]
Recently I saw some striped bars of soap, thought they looked cute, and had the classic, “I could make that!” realization. I had soap base leftover from my coffee mint soap, so all I needed was some soap colorant. Turns out it’s just as easy as it seems: pour colored soap […]
I’ve wanted to try making my own soap for a long time. Actually, real soapmaking involves making the soap base from scratch, using lye, oils, and precise measurements. But melt-and-pour soap couldn’t be much easier. It’s all in the name: melt the base, stir in additives like essential oils, herbs, colors or scrubby bits, […]
My name is Rachel and I live in wonderful Portland, OR. Transient Expression is about fashion, style, and DIY. I love to share craft projects, cute outfits, recipes, and inspiration for living a handmade life.
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