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┬ávintage, 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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beach bag essentials

beach bag essentials

I think this will be the 42,876th time I’ve mentioned it, but, B and I are headed to the beach this week! Woot! Design Sponge posted this awesome diy beach bag project out of a mesh screen and since I am completely in love with it, I used it as inspiration for planning my next few days of soaking in the oceanside rays. Here’s some of my essentials for beach days:

1. A good read. I’ve started this book already and I’m sure I’ll finish it up this week. // 2. Keep a hat on to protect your hair and scalp. How adorable is this hat from Target? // 3. Sunscreen is a must! I always put stronger, oil-free stuff on my face to keep up my youthful appearance ­čÖé // 4. Need to stay hydrated when the sun is beating down on you all day. // 5. I typically keep the books away from the beach because I don’t like to get them sandy, so I read magazines down by the water. I try to keep it well rounded balancing out the modern design with a healthy dose of celebrity gossip.

Alright I suppose I should actually pack instead of blogging about it! Enjoy your Tuesday!

operation front door // the painted door (finally!!)

operation front door

The time has come. I couldn’t put it off anymore. I sucked it up and painted the door. Quite a few people eagerly asked me what color I painted it, and I reluctantly had to say, “that same green color.”

Sorry, folks, this isn’t my house, nor was it my paint. But how fun would a bright purple door have been? Oh well, maybe someday when I’m a homeowner…but until then, I painted the door “that same green color.”

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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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