It’s December! It’s cold! It’s time for scarves and other warm things!
If you’ve been into any retail store the past month or so I’m sure you’ve seen these chunky knit accessories gracing every display shelf and mannequin. I thought they all looked so warm and cozy and not to mention FUN to make so I decided to make one of my own. Since it’s made out of thick yarn and huge needles this is a quick project that is perfect to work on road trips (or really any time you feel like knitting). Keep reading to see how I did it! (more…)
December is here and I am totally not ready for it.
Last week, and really all of November, I was filled with the Thanksgiving season and feeling grateful for everything and everyone in my life. However, now it’s time for the official Christmas Season and I’m totally not there yet. I came across my “monday musings” post from this time last year and I already had the tree up, cookies baked, and new holiday diy’s ready to be posted. I was a certified holiday superstar. What happened?
B and I walked Lucy through the our neighborhood’s season opener, the Village Lights tonight and I tried to snap a few pics to get a bit of holiday spirit on this post today. But when I came back to look at the pictures they were all (well, the two I took) blurry, and not that cool bokeh blurry, just bad, blurry photos. Even my camera is being a scrooge today.
I’m sure I’ll get into the spirit soon; once presents start to get wrapped and the holiday parties begin the holiday cheer will just be overflowing. But not today. Today I am not ready for December.
Who knew a late Thanksgiving would throw things off so much? What about you? Are you ready for the holidays?
The final installment of thankfulness!
ready, set, go!
21. I’m thankful for my city. Columbus is awesome. There’s so much going on here and it’s continually getting cooler.
22. It snowed today. Winter is here (for this week, anyway) but that’s OK because I’m thankful to have four seasons every year here.
23. I’m thankful to have been a part of Columbus Design Week[s]. The program has been more successful than I could have ever imagined. I can’t wait to see how it grows.
24. I’m thankful for this blog and the welcoming community that goes along with it
25. and that I have access to internet basically whenever I want it.
26. I’m thankful for our upcoming wedding. It’s still a year out, but I’m thankful we get to plan a day to celebrate us
27. I’m thankful for the scenic drive we have coming up this week to see Brandon’s family
28. The three (yep, THREE) Thanksgiving dinners we’ll have.
29. And the hilly roads I’ll go running on because of the above dinners.
30. And finally, I’m thankful that today is my last day at work for the week!
I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, and tasty holiday! Happy Thanksgiving.
Hello? Anyone out there?
In case you were wondering, I am alive and so is the blog! Even if its just been very quiet around here this past month.
Since Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few short days, I’m focusing on gratitude this week. I find myself getting caught up in everything I don’t have lately and seeing stuff out there that is “better” than what I have and I end up feeling like I’m coming up short. This is just a ridiculous thing to do because I’m so incredibly fortunate in so many ways that I could lose all the “stuff” I have and still be one insanely lucky person. So it’s time to stop wishing for more and be happy with my life as it is right now. Because really, it’s pretty freaking great.
There’s been a Facebook trend this month of saying one thing you’re grateful for every day. I’m consolidating that exercise into three blog posts on here. I’ll sprinkle in some photos along the way to keep things more fun. (more…)
Carving pumpkins as kid was so much fun. Getting to stick your hands in the pumpkin goop, picking out pumpkin seeds, and deciding if you wanted your pumpkin face to be happy or scary (I consistently picked happy year after year) was one of the best things about October. Now, the quintessential fall activity has lost its allure for me. But painting a pumpkin gold and putting some sparkle on it?! Fantastic. Here are my favorite no-carve pumpkin ideas to try out this year:
(From top left) Make a confetti pumpkin using push pins. Such a simple idea from A Subtle Revelry || The Small Shop blog did a more edgy variation with pops of gold. || Why not draw your design on with a paint pen like Chelsea from Lovely Indeed did. || I love the placement of of the sequins on this gold painted pumpkin by Sarah from Lacquer and Linen || How amazing is this gold ombre pumpkin!? Anna from In Honor of Design nailed it.
Want some more ideas? Apparently I had the same aversion to carving pumpkins last year, too, because I did another round up of painted pumpkins almost exactly one year ago.
Inspired yet? Or do you prefer to go the more traditional jack o’ lantern route?
Three significant things to note for today / this past week:
1. This week is the 2 year anniversary for Stuff Steph Does. My how the time has flown.
2. Today is my birthday! however my birthday present came a few days early because of
Yup. That happened! B proposed this past weekend at our Design Week[s] Opening Party! I was completely surprised (so were the guys in the photo) because we had all been working so hard for the past few weeks planning this party and all of the upcoming events that I have no idea how he possibly had any time to do this, too!
After months of planning, our past week started out like this:
which meant basically living in a dirty warehouse until at least midnight every single night cleaning, hanging lights, installing the exhibition, or creating the graphics for the presentation.
And by Saturday Night we had the coolest warehouse party in Columbus!
An hour or so in to the party, we had opening remarks where there was a slideshow playing that was supposed to be charging the audience with questions about the city and how to improve the neglected spaces, but Brandon had his own agenda in the slides! You can see for yourself since he made sure to have some of his fellow conspirators catch it all on film:
These are the slides that were up there:
So that was definitely the highlight of the night!
*Sigh* I snagged a good one I did.
Dang! It’s October! My absolute favorite month of the year and it’s flying by before I can even sit for a second to enjoy it. Even though I haven’t blogged here in a while, I did manage to write a little something for Aileen over at At Home in Love while she’s on vacation, so head on over there to check out 3 easy (and renter friendly) ways to refresh your bathroom.
Stay tuned because I’ll be back soon with some very fun news!
So remember way back when I was going to do that whole living room project? Yeah, well, most of that kind of fizzled out into vapor, but I recently actually accomplished one of the tasks! The Gallery Wall! This also means I finally gave B his birthday present from 2011….two and a half years late, but who’s really counting?
Anyway, the whole process was really seamless with minimal holes in the wall so I wanted to share how I did my gallery wall. (more…)