Thank goodness it’s Friday! This week and I haven’t really been the best of friends, so I’m not sorry to say “Sayonara!” and welcome the weekend with open arms. Today also marks the beginning of my process of moving the blog over to a self-hosted site, so there may be some down time this weekend. I’ll be back up and running come Monday morning (fingers crossed!)

Enjoy your weekends! Do something fun and less nerdy than me ūüėČ


diy :: wrap bracelets

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

Whenever I go over to my gram’s house, more times than not she has a new pile of fun costume jewelry for me that she had found while going through some drawer or box in her house. It’s always fun to see what she used to wear before she was my gram. It usually provokes a story, too, which I cherish more and more as I get older.

diy bangles before :: stuff steph does

She gave me these plastic bangles a while ago. They didn’t come with a story, and I don’t think they’re really that¬†vintage, so I decided to add a little more color to them. Plus I’ve been seeing wrapped plastic bracelets all over the place and I decided to jump on the trend bandwagon.

The process is really simple. All you need are bracelet(s), embroidery floss, and a hot glue gun.

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

This project was even easier than I thought it was going to be. I was nervous about getting the transition from color to color neat, but it was cake. I ended up making four of these pups.

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

Check out all that arm candy! The middle one is a bit of an anomaly because it already had a black and white pattern on it. I just added a pop of pink for a little extra umph.

The orange and yellow bracelet was made by holding two colors at once simultaneously wrapping them around. Again, not as hard or tedious as you’d think.

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

You can see here, that the glue may not look the greatest on the inside, but you can’t tell at all when it’s on. Best to be sure the floss will stay put rather than worry about a little extra glue.

Happy bracelet making!

eat stuff :: cucumber tomato + quinoa salad

cucumber quinoa salad recipe

Recently my inbox and mailbox have been bombarded with ads of fall clothes and back to school specials meaning autumn is right around the corner and with that comes “warmer” meals likes soups and stews.

But even though the stores and catalogs say its time for fall, and admittedly, I am getting excited for fall clothes, I’m still sticking with easy summer salads for a little while longer.

I found this recipe and adapted it to be more cucumber, no mint, and added some quinoa since an open package of it had been sitting in the cupboard for a while and I thought it was about time to get it out of there. As an added bonus the quinoa is a good source of protein so it gave the salad a little substance.

Its definitely tasty, try it for yourself!

  • 1 C quinoa, cooked per package instructions
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1+tbs olive oil
  • 2+tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard

-Cook the quinoa per package instructions. While its simmering, chop up all the veggies.
-Combine cucumber, tomato, onion, and parsley in a bowl. Add cooked quinoa.
-Combine garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and ground mustard then pour over vegetable mixture. Toss to coat.
-Add salt and pepper to taste.
-Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the fridge.

[mid week refresh] Aurora Robson

aurora robson collage

It’s Wednesday.

The work week is in full force, and well, sometimes we need a little pick-me-up to keep the inspiration flowing for the remainder of the week. I came across Multi-Media artist Aurora Robson’s work while perusing the Columbus College of Art and Design’s lecture series this coming school year. Not only is she presenting at the school in September, but she will also open a solo exhibition at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that runs through April. I know I’ll definitely be checking that out!

The medium for these collages are ink and junk mail–yup, junk mail. I would love to see them up close to really understand the dimension of the work since these images almost look like vector graphics. Her figural style is also transposed into sculpture, painting, and installation work that you can see on her website.

We_Travel_We_Respond - aurora robson

Aurora Robson - Inga

A Community - Aurora Robson

The Only Mystery - Aurora Robson

all images via Aurora Robson’s Website

happy monday

Happy Monday!

B and I just got back from our Canadian adventure and are getting ready to get back into the swing of things, which includes catching up on the blog world and posting my usual Monday musings.

I still have some unpacking to do, but I wanted to share the new Mumford and Sons song, because, well, it’s cool.

Have you heard it yet? No? Remedy that right away by clicking play below.


columbus is cool :: Columbus Design Week


For those of you not from Central Ohio, and for those of you in Central Ohio that have been oblivious to nearly every storefront, poster, and local magazine/newspaper in the city, 2012 is Columbus’ 200th year. Yahoo! Tons of celebrations and events are happening all year to commemorate the occasion from giant birthday parties to bike tours to public art exhibits.

Coming up September 29-October 7 is a week dedicated to showcasing the awesome design scene Columbus has to offer. I have been working with a core group of about 10 designers as well as a number of fabulous collaborators to help make this event come to life. Links to official articles and websites describing the events and sponsors/affiliates will be at the end of the post, but first I want to highlight a couple of the great events we’ve been working on.

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lucy loves :: waterlogged

If Lucy had a say in this post, it wouldn’t be happening. She actually hates water. Being a terrier, she would rather dig in the dirt than dip one paw in the water. Regardless, here are three things that would be great for the water-loving dog.

1. Lifejacket. Lucy has a life jacket she wears when we take her on boat rides. She is less than thrilled with it. (see photo below)

2. Water Toys. West Paw Design’s Hurley toy is great for playing fetch in the water since it’s totally¬†buoyant.

3. Cooling¬†Bandanna. Dip this¬†bandanna¬†from My Outward Hound in water then tie it around your dog’s neck to keep them cool when it’s hot out (and they aren’t swimming). Lucy’s thinking this is a must have since she’s not a fan of those super hot summer days.

lucy in her life jacket

We’ll be dusting off her life jacket again this week at the cottage. I know she can’t wait!