Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Uppercase Living

As far as I know, Uppercase Living as a company is currently in limbo. While I haven't been an active demonstrator for quite a few years, I did keep my website active for custom orders. It looks like that is no longer an option. If you've come here looking for the 'customized breakroom' decal found on Pinterest, I'm sorry it isn't currrently available to order.

I have seen a few other copy-cat companies develop the same thing based on my design (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?), so maybe you will be able to find it elsewhere. Thanks to all my past UL online customers!

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Wandering
4ftx5ft acrylic on canvas

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Long Time, No See

Wow, a lot has happened since my last post in December of 2013!! I'm hoping to start actively posting again. I've got lots to show you from the past year and a half....

Stay tuned.

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Latest Paintings

These are all for sale. See my EyeCandy page for details.

Sold separately or as a set. Would be a great pop of color in modern home or office. Could also be used as a playful accent in any child's room!

Would look wonderful in a warm Tuscan inspired interior!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This Year's Christmas Mantlescape

This year I combined a touch of rustic browns with the more modern silver pieces and utilized our family initial as the centerpiece. Adding small white lights in combination with the large 'snowball' lights throughout the garland gives it an extra touch and helps the silvers/metallics sparkle just slightly.

I could have went without the silver arrangement but those were a lucky find this year, so I had to use them! Aren't they fabulous?!?!

The owl on the right side is new this year, also. You can't see it here, but the light from the garland shines through it creating a cool texture. 

PS. Is it mantel scape or mantlescape? Who knows... Regardless, it makes me happy decorating my mantle each holiday and especially at Christmas!

Peace On Earth On Reclaimed Wood

Here is a sign I painted on a piece of reclaimed wood.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Wood Blocks

Here are some holiday wood blocks I made this weekend. I thought these little pieces of "Holi-swag" would be cute on a desk over the Christmas season.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Custom Uppercase Living For An Office Breakroom

There seems to be a lot of interest in a custom design that I had done for an office break room. If you would like to order the same thing, I have created a 'recipe' which can be modified however you wish. If you just want to order this exact size, color, fonts, etc. simply login to my UL website and click on the Custom Design Tool. There should be a 'shared' design on the left sidebar that you can click and order.

click on this image to enlarge

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Little Tractor Custom Invite

Custom invitation design done with a tractor theme!

These are so fun to do! (and thanks for following my blog, JH!)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Latest Logo

How do you make an infrastructure project look sexy?

Like this.

odney/houston engineering/city of minot

Decorating A Dollhouse: A Mommy-Daughter Date Night

Last night was the night to decorate my daughter's dollhouse. I actually picked this up at an estate sale unfinished and vowed that we would paint it and spice it up a bit! Her and Grandma painted the outside and last night was our night to finish the inside together.

We've been mixing paints lately and learning color combinations so I usually have her start with just the primaries and white and black. Naturally she went for red and white and exclaimed that the inside shall be pink! (Of course it should!) So, she was in charge of the paint job. Then she announced that I should finish the decorating and surprise her while she took a bath. (Note: bath time is not enough time to 'finish' a dollhouse!)

But I was able to get a quick decorating job done. ;-) When bath time was over, she came to see what I had done. She gasped, "So cool!" So I guess I did ok.

Here is the start of our project and the progress we've made so far. The additions made during bath-time were scrapbook paper and modge podge. We may just add some curtains tonight!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Latest Painting

This was another donation piece for a Burlington, ND woman who is battling lymphoma. It was placed on silent auction. I wonder who bought it?!?!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


I'm celebrating '500 Likes' on my Facebook page! Stop on over today and comment on this post. Ends tonight at midnight!!

Have yourself an {eyecandy} Christmas!

Logo Design: When You Really Nail It!

"I don't even have words. You have made me tear up and... I don't even have words. It's really, real. You have gone above and beyond and slam dunked our idea."

"Seriously... so, so perfect! You really get us!!!! I can't even pick a favorite. They are all perfect."

These are a few comments that I recently received after sending the first few concepts of a logo design. Let me tell you, nothing fills my heart with such joy than to hear this kind of response from a design I have presented. In my day job, I don't really get to hear any of this positive feedback. A lot of times, I mostly get to hear what they DIDN'T like about it. So, not every project goes this well. But this was a logo done for a friend and her business partner (now friend, too!) where I probably feel even more pressure to get it just right!

With each design, whether for a friend or a stranger, I try to understand what 'the client' wants and what we need to communicate about their businesses. I try to capture the essence of that business. I try to add personality where needed or professionalism where required. I try to nail it each and every time. But when I really do nail it, in both my mind and the clients' eyes, wow does that feel good!

I am so thankful for this talent, but even more so when I can use it to help others. Whether you are a small start-up trying to announce your place in this world, or a business looking for a new start or a revamped image or even an established business wanting to re-define its mission; designing a strong logo as part of your brand identity is crucial. Believe me, I don't get it right every time. Even with this reaction, we still worked together to tweak and shape their image past what I originally presented. And that's ok. They are invested wholehearted into their vision but may not have the capability of putting it all together. Working together we produced something we can all be proud of! And that is what it feels like to NAIL IT!

For Sale For Fall!

My poor lonely blog. I've ignored you so long! I'm so much more active over on my Facebook page.

I promise to share more posts featuring some projects I've been working on the past few months, both for work and for fun!

Here are a few:

These nifty fall boards are all acrylic on board with rounded edges. And each is for sale! Contact me if you are interested.

This piece can be left as is, or customized with a welcome message or last name!

This piece includes Uppercase Living vinyl lettering, three knobs and a ribbon for hanging your favorite photos or reminders.

This piece can also be customized with your family initial inside the pumpkin. The Welcome is made up of rope.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Making Garden Stepping Stones

The leaves from the squash plants in our garden are huge this year! The kids and I decided to try and make some leaf stepping stones from them. We probably attempted to peel the leaf off too early because the concrete wasn't quite dry. But so far, they turned out pretty cute.

The whole process was quite easy. We placed a plastic tarp beneath our work space and then mixed up concrete mix (just added water until we got a paste-like consistency) in a large bucket. We placed our large leaves flat on the tarp and sprayed the backside with vegetable oil so they wouldn't stick to the hardened concrete. Then we just scooped up the mix and placed it on top of the leaf (backside with the most veins). We tried one smaller leaf and it was pretty thin so that busted into pieces. It helps if the mixture is piled on thick.

We let them dry over night and then peeled the leaf off. I'm going to let them sit for a few more days to make sure they are completely dry and then we will spray off the remaining leaf remnants with a water hose.

Now that we know how simple the process is, next time we may try adding some paint to our mixture or even painting them once they are dry.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Color In Our World

North Dakota color palette

School days are just around the corner. Which means fall. Which means winter...UGH! I am not ready for our color palette to change. Have you ever thought about how color affects your every day life? Think about this for a minute. In North Dakota this year, we didn't even have a spring so I didn't include that in my graphic. (sad) Basically 7-8 months of the year the environment around us consisted of the bottom palette. Compare that to the 2 months of summer and 2 months of fall, give or take. By the time May comes around each year I am literally CRAVING color!! Now think about this: we change our decor and we change our wardrobe based on season. Soft pastels to welcome spring, bright bold splashes of vivid colors in the summer and warm tones of orange, yellow and brown once autumn arrives. Maybe we should re-think that. Perhaps this year I shall paint my pumpkins lime green, purple and turquoise and surround myself this winter with hot pink!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

From Drab To Fab: Dressing Up Two Side Tables

Before and After

My mom picked up these adorable little tables at a garage sale (thanks, ma!) and while they were ok as they were, I asked my lovely fans on my eyecandy page if I should paint them. Of course, we all know the answer to that was an astounding, YES!

One can of Rustoleum spray paint and some scrapbook paper later, I now have FABULOUS new side tables.

A different pattern on top. It's navy blue (even though it looks black on this photo)
Why scrapbook paper, you ask? Well, with my incessant nature to change things I figured I could change patterns whenever I want. I plan on laminating a few to interchange as the seasons change or as I move one from room to room. I may even add some holiday paper.

Looks great alongside my chair!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Love Me By Curtis Kulig

My co-worker just told me about LOVE ME by Curtis Kulig, who just happens to be her cousin. I love success stories about Minot peeps! I've always said there is so much talent in and from this town. Sometimes we never get to hear about it.

Choose your destiny, people. This guy moved away when he was 19 and apparently blazed his own path. Some of us are meant to move one, while some of us are meant to stay. Whether you are making a statement worldwide, or simply adding a little color to Minot, just keep doing it. Draw if you like to draw. Doodle if you like to doodle. Paint if you like to paint! And while the pressures of being a mom, a provider, a career women, a wife, a volunteer, etc. etc. etc. can get in the way of creativity, embrace those moments when you can just be free with your craft. You never know where it may take you.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Just A Few Pics

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Latest Logo For Gypsy Wagon

I made this logo for a friend of mine who is starting a little side business. Look for Tara touting her 'wares' to a rodeo near you! She does some beautiful bead work!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My New Perennial Bed

Remember this post where I was dreaming of having a beautiful landscape to replace our old rickety fence? Well, we have been working hard at making that happen and here is the progress! I'm just so excited to have a perennial bed. (and have sooooo much to learn!!) Although, mine is a much smaller scale than my aunt's gorgeous yard, I am still pretty happy with how it's coming along. My aunt has since passed away, but I think she would be proud of our efforts.

I know it's not a professional landscape by any means, but with limited time and budget, it's going to be great! I had initially thought of using pavers and making an actual retaining wall. (a more polished look) but this seems to fit the feel of the rest of our home and yard. Using rocks (that came directly from my uncle's farm!) and wood borders gives it a softer, more natural feel as it compliments the white  picket fence. But do you know the best thing about it? It is right next to my garden and the kids' play area, so I can enjoy it while playing with them! Now, if only summer was much longer. It's a shame to only enjoy it for a few months.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My Latest Painting

My latest piece. A little more whimsical perhaps? It is for sale and you may contact me for details through my eyecandy page if you are interested.

More Metal In My Garden

You see a rusted old three burner stove? I see an adorable garden accessory/plant holder! YAY! Check out my newest addition to the garden. I still have to add some more plants/flowers to the side, but this is a great piece I got from my aunt and turned into a planter. (( Ignore the mess surrounding it. That's a work in progress. ))

It paired nicely with my metal frog and rustic birdhouse. I'd like to add a little something to the top, too, but with ND wind as strong as it is I don't think I'll take a chance. Hopefully once the flowers grow, it will fill up nicely.

What do you think?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Metal Garden Art and Planters

I've been in love with metal garden art for awhile. There was a little shop in Pepin, Wisconsin that I ran across a few years back that had the most adorable garden art made from old springs, screws, hammers and just about anything metal.

The art form seems to be gaining popularity and recently I discovered two very talented North Dakota metal artists. Their work can be seen here and here.

This is my first purchase from Thomas Ironworks in Bismarck, ND. His little creatures are a true work of art, but double as adorable planters. The pop of color he provides in his pieces is a nice touch. These little whimsical creatures he creates seem to have a personality of their own! I look forward to filling my pot every year with something new!

My favorite of Karman's work is her creations from kitchen gadgets and appliances. I would be more inclined to display her work indoors rather than out in my garden. But each artist has a unique style that I just love!

Next on my creative bucket got it, learn to weld! I can't wait to hit the farm and search for junkin' treasures!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Latest Painting

Click image to enlarge

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Latest Painting

Out of frustration and disappointment comes beauty.... I literally was feeling both of these things when I told my hubby, "I have to go paint!" It was a wonderful release and I was very proud of what came out of it.

This piece is the largest one I've done (besides HOPE HEALS) and is measured at 4ft x 5ft.

Titled "You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray"

Click on image to enlarge

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Personalized Baby Announcement

I had the pleasure of taking photos and designing an announcement for this new little bundle of joy. Because her name is pronounced Mad-e-LINE, not Mad-e-LYNN I figured a DIVINE announcement would suit her. And since mommy is a B-52 pilot at the Minot Air Force Base, the "stork" was changed just a bit! Talk about dropping a special delivery!

Personalized baby announcements are always so fun to design!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Experimenting with a photo series. Here's a sneak peek...


Monday, May 13, 2013

A Mother's Love

I don't share many photos that I have taken...I'm not sure why. Perhaps I should. I enjoy photography and I have a series that I am currently working on that I will post soon. In the meantime, to honor Mother's Day yesterday, (hope all the mommies had a great one!) here is a photo I took recently for a friend that just captured my heart.

Latest Painting

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

HOPE HEALS Artwork Continues To Raise Money For Roosevelt Zoo!

As our community anticipates the re-opening of Roosevelt Park Zoo this weekend, HOPE HEALS continues it's journey to raise funds to help bring them back. How does that happen? Well, thanks to the generosity of area businesses and in this case, our community credit union.

Town and Country Credit Union will be displaying HOPE HEALS this May in their lobby at 615 South Broadway in Minot. With their $500 donation to the Greater Minot Zoological Society, Town and Country shows their true community spirit and investment into one of our city's finest family destinations! Thank you Town and Country!

If you are interested in displaying HOPE HEALS and making a contribution to our zoo, please contact me at 701.240.4478.

There is no date set to auction this piece. As long as our community continues to support it and keeps raising funds for the zoo, it will continue it's tour.

Don't forget this weekend is OPENING weekend at the zoo!!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Andrew Crockett Memorial Basketball Tournament

Here are some graphics I designed for the upcoming Andrew Crockett Memorial Basketball Tournament. T-shirts will be sold to raise funds. The quote on the back was something Andrew used to say.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Minot Talent!

For a number of years now, a group of area designers have held Minot Fashion Week. I have never attended. I always meant to, but just didn't make it. Plus I am a little 'fashion challenged' so I may not fit in so well!

This year, though, they are holding an auction for these beautifully designed chairs. iKeating Furniture World donated the chairs and each designer/artist added their own flair. They are on display at Studio 18 and Sweet & Flour Patisserie before the event night held at Otis & James Photography.

Now, this is something I can get excited about!! These chairs are fabulous! A few of them were done by some very talented ladies that were once students in my design class.


I'd like to tell you to bid on them and support a great cause, but with the understanding that you may have to fight me off as the time on the silent auction expires!