I’ve been nominated for a few blog awards lately, and I am so honored that the bloggers thought of me for the awards. First, Beverly of Redbamsews gave me the Liebster blog award (a while ago, and I honestly forgot to post about it until I got the other awards) and both Faye of ButtonsandBeeswax and Esther of WhollyKao nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks everyone!
It’s cold and dreary here in Columbus today. There’s been a pattern lately of gorgeous sunny days during the week and then rain and colder temperatures on the weekend. Something’s not right about that! How am I supposed to work on Operation Front Door when its wet and cold outside? Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about it, I’m just waiting for the weather to cooperate with me. (but secretly, I’m not that bummed when I’m not able to paint the door…)
This week’s lunch pics had to do with peeling – peeling paint, mailbox labels, cladding, and oranges.
I’m on a real orange kick lately, so good!
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Have a great weekend!
via // design*sponge
Design*Sponge always has “sneak peek’s” into tons of awesome homes and I usually quickly glance over them, but I saw this place today and completely swooned. What really got me was the eclectic mix of pillows on the couch. I love pillows. As I’ve started filling up our house with various pillows I’ve made (here, here, and here) I’ve been wondering where to put all of them because I’ve been stuck on the concept that a well-styled sofa or bed should have one or two “accent” pillows amongst more neutral coordinating pillows. But that couch is chock-full of accent pillows, and it looks great!
I’m being quite the foodie this week having two recipes in a row! But it wouldn’t have been very hospitable of me if I just served my guests insane amounts of sangria with nothing to eat! Granted, other people brought some very tasty food, but I wanted to use the get together as an excuse to try out a fancy appetizer. I figure anything with the words “goat cheese” and “prosciutto” in the title will sound high class no matter how easy it is to make. And this is sure easy!
We had some friends over this past weekend and I went a little fruity-wine-crazy for the occasion. I usually default to white wine sangria, but lately I’ve been favoring red wine, so I wanted to give its sangria counterpart a try. Consequently I made too much of each to fit in my fabulous containers that I had no other choice but make a combination of the two.
Happy Monday! I don’t have any related pictures for this post, so I’m defaulting to pictures of Lucy.
first, a bike fail:
The weather was so nice last week that I was able to ride my bike to work almost every day. On my way home one day I was approaching a red traffic light where I need to turn right. Most times there aren’t any cars coming so I don’t have to completely get off my bike at that light.
But ugh, this time, there’s a car coming, I try to just go slow to time it right, but I got to the intersection and I had to get off the bike to stop.
Just as I get off the bike I realize the car was stopping. I look up and see I have a green light so I try to get back on the bike fast, but I didn’t really give myself a ‘push’ to get moving, and I can’t get my foot in the pedal! (The pedals that came on the bike are the kind that you put your foot into)
So I’m trying to get my foot in the pedal as the bike slowly stops moving and next thing I know, I just tip over. I’ve never been cow tipping, but I feel like it was sort of like that–how the standing cow just falls over, that was me on my bike.
I completely fall off the bike! And I wasn’t even moving! To make it better, there are a ton of cars just stopped at the stop light with nothing better to do but watch this silly girl attempt to ride a bike. One woman rolled down her window to make sure I was OK and assured me that she has had the same issue of not being able to get her foot in the pedal…
I awkwardly chuckled at her comment while proceeding to get back on the bike as fast as possible.
I was really OK, just ended up with a bruised knee and ego…
Lucy made this spot of dirt and an identical one on the other side of the tree in our backyard. Brandon and I had noticed she dug the one spot but we didn’t realize she did it for the purpose of laying in it. Maybe the dirt is cooler than the grass. Whatever the reason, that’s her spot she made in the yard.
In other news: I started a Stuff Steph Does facebook page. Exciting, right?! I have a link over in the side bar on my site or you can click here to go there and check it out. I need 25 likes to get the url I want for it. So if you want to “like” it and keep up to date with all things stuff steph does via facebook, that would be awesome!
In the spirit of my bike riding abilities (or inabilities, rather) this week’s song is the theme song from Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Adventure. Remember that movie?? Maybe the song will jog your memory.
In an effort to up the ante on my photographer’s eye, I’ve been taking advantage of my lunch break as a time to get out of the office, enjoy the fresh air, and find some detail of the city and view it in a unique way. To give myself some sort of direction, this week I chose the theme of circles — excluding manholes, printed logos/seals, and starbucks signs. Next week will be a new theme… I have no idea what it is yet. Want to see what I do before next Saturday? You can follow me on instagram @ stuffstephdoes
I’ve been noticing lately that there is a lot of state pride in product and craft design. At least once a week fab.com has something that’s state related: graphic tees, baubles, or even wall art all have a little state flare. Since I’ve been a lifelong citizen, I did a round up of state of Ohio items, which was actually harder than it would seem since googling anything with the words “Ohio” and “state” in the same line garners millions upon millions of buckeye-themed results.
1. Cheese tastes better on an Ohio cheese board. via AHeirloom’s etsy // 2. These Are Things makes tons of letterpressed maps // 3. Miss Make’s awesome Ohio quilt // 4. An Ohio Embroidery Hoop via Blue Leaf Boutique // 5. Poppy and Pinecone has a ton of these fantastic watercolors in every state! // 6. A simple and elegant Ohio Necklace by Red Giraffe Designs // 7. Cool Ohio string art via Curiously Wrought’s Etsy shop
I’ve been itching to do my own Ohio-themed project. Haven’t quite nailed it down yet, but this is some good inspiration to get started!
People have been posting this video on facebook for the past week, but I didn’t watch it until just now when Brandon showed it to me. I suggest you check it out. Fair warning: I did get a little teary-eyed (in a good way) It makes me happy to see imagination and originality be celebrated like this. Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago I told you about my works in progress and posted this pillow from anthropologie:
Welp, I made my own version and I am in love with it! Seriously. I look at it and it just makes me smile. I think its just so cheery and bright and springy. Aren’t you smiling now just looking at the picture? You should be! No? Scroll back up and look at it again…
…there we go, you’re smiling now, right?
Anyway, like most things I tackle, this pillow was quite the process. Not quite as involved as my felted loops pillow (both part I and part II), but still, there was a bit of a learning curve. But lucky for you I’m giving you the template I used to save you the time and headaches I went through and you’ll be able to make your own make-me-smile pillow without all the hassle!
But before we get to the freebie, let me tell you a little about the pillow.
The process is actually quite simple, and unlike the anthro pillow I simplified the pieces so there’s only 16 different pieces (most are repeated once) and they are bigger so there isn’t as much to sew.
Cut out all the pieces out of whatever kind of fabric you have and lay it out per the template onto your base fabric. This is a great way to use up some scraps that are really too small to make anything substantial with but you just couldn’t part with them.
Once you have all the pieces laid out on the fabric, you can just use a regular glue stick to tack all the pieces down so you don’t have to deal with all the pins.
Once I had it all lightly glued down, I just went for it and started zig zagging over the pieces. Not the best idea. The fabric started puckering and it wasn’t looking so hot. Solution: Top stitch over all the pieces first. This may seem redundant and monotonous, but it really doesnt take that long and it is sooo worth it.
Once its all top stitched start satin stitching over the straight stitching. This is where all the magic happens. Smiles will start appearing mid satin stitching… you won’t know what came over you.
btw: Satin stitching is just adjusting your zig zag stitching super close together. I practiced with different combinations of widths and zig zag closeness on a scrap before going at it on the pillow.
You can see the puckering at the bottom of the pillow. That’s where I started zig zagging without any top stitching. I’m telling you, don’t do it!
(It’s going to sound like a bit of a cop out for my next step to be, “finish the pillow like any other pillow”, but, I’m going to do it.)
Once you have the flower all sewn on, finish the pillow like any other pillow!
I used just a simple green fabric for the back. I used the same fabric on one of the petals on the front for some consistency. The piping was in a more contrasting fabric. I originally thought I would write a “how to make piping” post last week when I was working on this, but, turns out, I’m not that good at it yet. I can’t very well give you guys a how-to on that when I’m barely getting by on it! Give me a little more time and a few more piped pillows and then I’ll be an ace and share my new skills with you.
Alright, time for the free template! I hope you all make something awesome with it! I’m so excited to be
sort of giving away something for the first time on my blog and to share this happy pillow with you, but please remember to give credit where credit is due. If you use the template and post it on your own site or somewhere else please credit me and link back to my site. 1) because its respectful and 2) because I want to see what you did!
Click on the link to download! Printable_OrimonoPillow_StuffStephDoes enjoy!
note: this is not a full blown pattern for making a pillow, it is only the template for the flower design.