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!


diy: personalize your hat

personalize your fedora

I’m completely in love with this fedora craze that’s been going on lately. I’ve always loved wearing hats and now its even more trendy to fashion your noggin with cute toppers. The problem with trends, however, is that there is a good chance of seeing yourself walk down the street since there’s only so many hats to choose from. I’ve decided to lower my chances of seeing double by giving my plain, Old-Navy-purchased fedora some custom modifications.

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create your style – GIVEAWAY!!

Since I started this blog it seems to have run the entire gamut of all things craft except for beading. Until now. Swarovski Elements just released a new magazine called Create Your Style which is chock-full of ideas for jazzing up everything from chandeliers to make-up bags to phone chargers with Swarovski Elements beads.

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round up: colorful planters

Ok, ok, so my obsession with brightly colored planters isn’t quite done yet, but I think this might just be the final post to really get it out of my system. When we stopped by my Grandma’s house to pick her up for the Mother’s Day luncheon she couldn’t wait to take me out to her back patio and show off her latest project. As soon as I saw this array of brightly colored spray painted pots–a day after making this stacked planter and a week after making my hanging garden tins–I thought there’s no denying that I come by all this honestly. Even my 85-year-old Gram needs to add some bright whimsy to her garden!

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diy: hanging flower tins

coffee can flower pots

I started this project nearly a month ago back when I was working on the anthro-inspired flower pillow. I was waiting until the fear of frost was gone for Central Ohio to finally plant my herbs and was told May 15 is the magic number for frost free nights. I cheated on May 5 after looking at the 10-day weather forecast and there was no frost in sight, so I’m taking the gamble a few days early.

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I’ve been noticing lately that there is a lot of state pride in product and craft design. At least once a week 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.

Ohio Round Up

  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!

anthro-inspired pillow plus FREE template!

anthropologie inspired pillow

A couple weeks ago I told you about my works in progress and posted this pillow from anthropologie:

orimono pillow anthropologie

via 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.

anthropologie pillow diy

 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.

anthropologie pillow diy

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!

pillow back

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.

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diy: sock bunnies

diy sock bunnies

Last week while I was in Toledo installing Mason’s letters and taking fanatical pictures of his cheese dip at lunch, my mom had made these adorable little sock bunnies. I thought they were too cute not to share on here! She saw the idea on pinterest and made her way to lil blue boo’s blog that has a fabulously detailed step-by-step.

If you want the detailed diy, go there. If you want the quick and dirty how-to, I’ll provide you with a simple analysis of the sock bunny anatomy:

sock bunny

If you want to see what else my mom has found on pinterest, follow her!

sock bunny

works in progress

I’m in the midst of a few projects at the moment. I have two very different ones happening right now that I’m not ready for the full-out post, so I’ll just post the two inspiration pics for you and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what I’ve been up to.

anthropologie pillow

via: anthropologie

blue tin can garden

via: flickr

Can you believe I have something from Anthro as one of my inspiration pics? so out of the blue, right? heh heh. You can find both these pics on my pinterest boards and the garden pic is making its second appearance on stuff steph does (see the first one, and lots of other garden ideas, here.)

Hopefully I’ll get to posting the real deals soon. Don’t hold your breath for this week though. I was working on both projects this weekend and had to take a break to go out and buy a metal drill bit and a seam ripper…a step forward for one project and few steps back for the other. ho hum, and so it goes.

What sorts of projects are you all working on now?