Rapunzel no more. Locks of love.


Okay, so Rapunzel is out of my league, but still my hair was really long. Yep, I said was. I seem to often get caught up in life, family, projects and lately I have felt the need to give back to society. Like many people I volunteer at my kids’ school, give to charities and my church, but I just wanted to do something… more. Something different. The holidays do this to me every year. I have been looking for a good cause, something that I could do and finally found it. Locks of Love, a charity that creates wigs for people with cancer or alopecia (you can also give to cancer patients through Pantene, I added some highlights last summer so Pantene couldn’t use my hair). Honestly I cried once when I cut bangs, I needed a higher purpose to take the 10 inch plunge. My brother-in-law has stage four cancer, this cause just fit for me perfectly.

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It’ll take some getting used to. After my hair was cut my 5 year old, and total photo bomber, wrapped his arms around me and said, “Do you need a hug mom? You know, because you’re not very pretty anymore.” Kids always tell the truth. I hope there’s a little girl out there that will soon have a pony tail from me!


I hope you create something beautiful and give something beautiful today!

Easy Shadow Frame – for like ever.

shadow frame finish

For some reason this project took foreeeeeever (make that for like ever), even though the different parts were each quite easy. I have always loved the original “for like ever” poster:

Pink & Red

found here, but wanted to put my own twist on the words.


  • glass– pick the size, I used 16×20
  • 1×2 wood, enough to cover perimeter twice
  • spray paint
  • frosted glass paint
  • stencil
  • 3″ wood screws
  • wood glue
  • hot glue gun
  • mitre saw
  • battery operated lights

To build this project, or any shadow box frame, start by using a stencil or Cricut to cut out lettering backwards and attach to the backside of a clean piece of glass. Spray paint the BACKSIDE of your glass. I made this mistake originally and painted the front side… I have seen a lot of spray paint in my day, but could not get the splotches out on the front side of the glass. If you spray paint the back you will get a smooth, nice look to the project. You will need at least two coats, I used three. When dry, remove the lettering:

remove lettering, shadow frame

And spray the clear glass with a frosted glass:

frosted glass, shadow frame

Next, build your frame. Build a perimeter frame connecting the 1″ side of your wood, so the frame is tall. This allows you to use lights without burning your wall.  To build:

  1. Cut your wood to the size of your glass, no angles on this project, just straight cuts
  2. Connect with wood glue and brackets (and brad nails if desired to help hold shape)
  3. Allow the glue to dry
  4. Then secure on the ends with 3″ wood screwsperimeter frame, shadow frame glue glue board

Now, build the top frame piece that will lay on top of the first frame. Follow the same steps above, but this time connect the frame on the 2″ side for a flatter, wider frame.

second frame, shadow frame second frame bracketspermiter and top frame

After the two frames are made glue them together and attach with brad nails. Use brackets to hold together while drying for a secure bond.

Now time to paint! A couple of coats will do it.

spray paint, shadow frame

When the frame is dry use a glue gun to attach the glass to the inside of the frame:

hot glue glass into place, shadow frame

Then use the glue gun again to attach battery-operated lights. Leave enough cord to attach the battery pack to the outside of the frame for easy use.

Add lights, shadow frame battery pack, shadow frame

Now the frame is ready to hang and enjoy! I hung ours between the boys bedrooms. They love it, especially the fade-in option and the flashing lights setting. I’m not huge on flashing lights, but it was never for me anyway. Just want my kids to know they are loved.

Happy Creating!

Project Update – Master Bedroom

Am I the only person that neglects my personal space, working on the rest of the house first? It might be because I feel like the only time I spend in the space is sleeping or showering. It’s funny, I consider myself a read-in-bed-at-night kinda gal, but I get like 2 pages in before I’m totally asleep. I am excited to say, that is changing. My 2014 project list has several projects outlined for the master bedroom. I’ve only finished three of the ten and and I’d like to complete them all before the holidays.

First, thanks for the votes on the accent wall, after many comments and emails “Cascade” won hands down. And guess what just arrived:


I am so excited about the stencil, that projects is going to be started this weekend…

Remember the crab shack? Well the sliding glass walls separating the master from the add-on are about to come tumbling down:

crab shack before

Well, hopefully not tumbling per se, but down for sure– making way for some FABULOUS barn doors, I can hardly sleep at night I’m so anxious!

I have a few other things up my sleeve. So we’ll see you all soon!

Happy Creating!

Desperate Decision for the Bedroom

Okay, not so desperate, I just wanted to get someone’s input on my next project.

It’s time to focus on the master bedroom. I have posted on the crab shack (plans for that are coming along great), but it is really the entire area that needs attention. This is how the room looked when we bought the home:


Shocking isn’t it? Here’s how it looks now:

master bedroom before nov

And in a few weeks it’s going to look amazing! After much debate I have decided to paint an accent wall. I had my heart set on grasscloth wallpaper, but that is like a bajillion dollars, so this is the next best thing. I want the bedroom to be relaxing because I love sleeping more than almost anything, ever. It can’t be too feminine, because I share the room with a dude. I want to paint a pattern using a glossy paint of the same color as the current eggshell paint for a subtle, but distinct upgrade. I am drawn to more modern or Moroccan patterns so if anyone out there could weigh in on their favorite I would appreciate it! I am down to three options:

Cascade, stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils


Large Herringbone by Royal Design Studio

LAage Herringbone Stencil

Or Moroccan also by Royal Design Studio

Atlas Moroccan

So friends, thoughts?

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