alternative christmas trees


six alternative christmas tree ideas

It’s decided. There will be no tree up at our house this year.

It’s not so much getting everything out and put up, it’s putting it away that I don’t feel like dealing with this year. Especially when we’ll be out of town for the actual holiday and barely home over the next two weeks to even enjoy it. So this year, I’m searching for a festive tree that’s fun to put up and comes with a super fast tear down. So here are some fun Christmas tree alternatives to bring some festiveness to your house with a much simpler clean up plan. (more…)

giveaway with uncommon goods – closed

UncommonGoods Giveaway

How’s that holiday shopping going? If you’re anything like me, you have a long ways to go. (read: not a lick of shopping done yet) Luckily today I’ve partnered with Uncommon Goods to help make shopping a little bit easier.

Uncommon Goods is a privately-owned retailer founded in 1999 and headquatered in Brookyln, New York that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. Over half of their products are hand-made and most of them are created here in the US. And if there’s one thing to know about this blog, I’m all about handmade, so this company is definitely one I can get behind!

On top of having a seriously unique product selection, they’re constantly encouraging creativity in the community with Design Challenges and How to Make It Events that connect local artists and designers and help creative professionals to improve and develop their businesses.

So what can you find at Uncommon Goods? Something for everyone! I perused through their Christmas Gifts ideas, personalized gift ideas and gifts for Women found herehere and here and picked out some of my favorites for everyone on your list. (more…)

how to knit a chunky infinity scarf

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…)

hello, december


hello december

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?

thirty thankful things part 3

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.

thirty thankful things part 2

thirty reasons to be thankful

Part 1 was probably about as sappy as it’s going to get around here. Maybe I should have saved that for the finale. Oh well. Here’s 10 more thankful things for Tuesday and some unrelated pictures of people I love. (more…)

Thirty Thankful Things part 1

thirty reasons to be thankful

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…)

Bedroom Updates

bedroom updates

I’m about ready to call it quits on the bedroom. There’s definitely been a huge improvement, and this past weekend it was so bright, sunny and happy in there that I just hung out and enjoyed the space. Here are the most recent additons: (more…)

diy ideas – no carve pumpkins

no carve pumpkin ideas

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?


Life Happenings


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:

FOTOparty Before

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!

FOTOparty after

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.


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