The least legit curtain ever

Today on “Stephanie Makes Things” I made a curtain. More accurately, I hung a yard of fabric up and called it a curtain.

My bathroom window is half frosted, half normal glass, with ugly, cheap plastic apartment blinds. Easy solution: remove blinds and revel in 50% privacy afforded by the frosted lower half of the window. Because I can look out the top half straight out to someone’s front porch across the street, that idea weirds me out.

Here’s the window with the blinds:


Meh. Also, please note that I had to stand in the shower to take that photo. My bathroom is that small.

Better solution: a curtain. I wanted something semi-sheer to still allow light. After all, what good is having a window in your bathroom if you’re going to block all the light? Off I went to the fabric store with my coupons!


Since this is a rental and I don’t have a drill, I opted for the least legit curtain hanging method ever–3M hooks and some plastic shower curtain rings. This is also because I already owned these things and didn’t want to go buy a tension rod.

Serious bloggers, please shield your eyes. I didn’t even hem my fabric. #SorryNotSorry


The SassCat loves it. Below is her realizing that if she stands up, she can see out the non-frosted top pane. A whole new world of bird watching just opened up.


Gingerbread House Decorating Party

gingerbread houses

Alternate title: The Return of Craft Day.

My coworker hardcore mocked me for this today, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I like to host craft days. Yes, I’m twenty-something years old; yes, I have friends; yes, I like to go out…but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from constantly going out, spending money on dinner/drinks/appetizers, and not really having anything to show for it other than a Facebook check-in and maybe a picture of your dinner. It’s nice to sit down at someone’s house/apartment, have a few drinks with friends, and make something. Plus, I like themed activities.

Past craft days have included terrarium building (epic fail) and snow globe making (much more successful). This winter, I decided on gingerbread house decorating.

building gingerbread houses

gingerbread house decorating

We used graham crackers instead of actual gingerbread. This is:

1. Because I didn’t want to buy 10 gingerbread house kits, and

2. Because I think it encourages creativity when you’re not forced into one specific house shape.

I used this royal icing recipe, which didn’t dry as quickly as I was hoping, but when it did dry, it dried like cement. These gingerbread houses are not coming apart any time soon.

eggnog martinis

Going along with the winter theme, eggnog martinis and winter beers were served. I asked everyone to either bring a seasonal beverage or a bag of candy to decorate the houses with. We ended up with a plethora of candy to choose from and some very festive gingerbread houses.

gingerbread houses

gingerbread house

And yes, I created a “gingerbread house gallery wall” for inspiration and decoration.


Craft days are the best days. You heard it here first.

DIY Lamp Part Two

I finally finished my bedroom overhead lamp project.

After determining that my clearance West Elm shade fit and looked good, I took the lamp shade down again and started making very faint pencil marks on the shade where I wanted to tape off some lines.



You can see the lampshade that inspired my design in the background of the second photo. I used artists tape, not painters tape, mostly because I already had it left over from a diy wall art project but also because it’s easier to find in smaller widths. However,  it doesn’t seal as well, so you do get some paint bleeding under the tape edges. I was okay with that because I wanted a less precise,  almost watercolor-esque design.


I did not measure the diagonal tape strips. If you want this even, you definitely should.

And then I painted. And painted. And muttered evil things about large lampshades.

Until I ended up with this!


Things to note: the silver paint is fairly opaque, so the shade doesn’t let as much light through as it did before I painted it.  Light still comes through at the top and bottom and through the parts that were taped off. I have two other lamps in this room, so it’s not an issue for me. Just don’t paint your entire lampshade black and then wonder why your room is suddenly so dim.

The Lamp Imposter

The new apartment has some ugly overhead light fixtures. Turns out, at one point Young House Love (one of my favorite blogs), had the same ugly light fixtures in their house. Inspired by how creatively they disguised their ugly light fixtures, I have embarked on Operation Pretty Ceiling Lights. Or PCL, if you want to sound like you’re doing something really weird.

The before:


So my floor lamp isn’t that pretty either. Whatever. I snagged a pendant drum shade from west elm on clearance and then let it sit in its box for a good week before getting around to testing whether or not it fit on the light fixture.

Spoiler alert: it fits.



This is not the end of the project though. I want to paint the lampshade so it goes better with the bedroom decor. Oh and then I’m going to tackle the living room ceiling light! Gosh my life is exciting.

DIY Kitchen Wall Art – Painted Spoons

spoons on canvas

I saw this spoon art on Pinterest and decided it would be super fun to do for my kitchen, using paint colors from my color scheme, of course. I already had acrylic paint in the right colors, left over from this wall art project, so I just needed a canvas and a million spoons.

I went to Goodwill first. I was thinking about doing just 3 large serving spoons centered on the canvas, instead of tons of small spoons. But I couldn’t find any cool old spoons at Goodwill, so I ended up getting a couple boxes of tiny appetizer spoons from the Grocery store. They’re actually plastic, but very metal looking. Plastic was a good idea in the end; I think metal spoons would have been too heavy to hang on the wall.

First I set all the spoons on the canvas to determine exactly how many I needed. 56. Ugh.

unpainted spoons

Then I poured paint on the tip of each spoon and rolled it around to look like they’d been dipped in paint (the spoons were just ever so slightly too large to fit into the bottles of acrylic paint, of course). I left them on paper to dry overnight.

painted spoons drying

Then I hot glued each individual spoon to the canvas. This took forever, but it was worth it in the end.

closeup on spoons

finished spoon art

The final product looks really good up on my kitchen gallery wall. No pictures of that because it’s not quite finished…