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How to install a UL clock mechanism…and vinyl, too!

Are you ready to install your clock from Uppercase Living?

The ClockNo matter which style you chose (and you have so many to choose from!), the clock mechanism will be the same. Here’s a short video that shows you how to assemble your clock mechanism like a pro.

Ready to install your vinyl lettering? Here’s how.

Want tips for adding your framed photos around your clock? Check out this blog post.

Questions? Please contact me for assistance.

She Believed She Could

What is your stretch goal? What are you working towards that, when you achieve it, you will have that sense of accomplishment that only comes with determination and sacrifice? You’ve got to put that goal out there where you can see it; you need to be reminded of it every day and work at it. Every. Day.

Here are a few ideas for keeping your Big Goal in your line of vision.


Gather pictures of what you’re working toward. Is it a destination? A new home? A more fit physique? A degree? There’s a pretty good chance you’ve already pinned some of these things from Pinterest, right? Create a vision board where you can place these pictures — along with inspiring quotes — to keep you focused on your goal.

Create a vision board. Shown here: She Believed She Could So She Did vinyl expression from Uppercase Living (item #21964) in Wild Raspberry on Creme Punched Metal Tile from Uppercase Living (item #300111). Click picture for ordering info.


Are you saving up for your Big Goal? Maybe it is a vacation or a kitchen make-over. Create a bank, pretty enough to put on your desk or your kitchen counter. (Here are more acrylic block ideas.)

Create an acrylic block bank. Shown here: She Believed She Could So She Did vinyl expression from Uppercase Living in Wild Raspberry (item #21964) on acrylic block from Uppercase Living (item #300130). Adhere scrapbook paper to inside of back of block.
Create an acrylic block bank. Shown here: She Believed She Could So She Did vinyl expression from Uppercase Living in Wild Raspberry (item #21964) on acrylic block from Uppercase Living (item #300130). Add ribbon and embellishments (such as costume jewelry, buttons, artificial flowers, etc.) to outside of block.


Be inspired. Put words of affirmation where you can see them: right on the wall or on your laptop. Whether you place them in a frame or adhere vinyl lettering directly to a wall or other surface, it is important that you have messages that uplift and inspire you every single day.

she believed she could and so she did

Beth's UL charm bracelet
Here are the achievement and event charms I’ve earned with Uppercase Living…sitting on top of the expression: She Believed She Could So She Did!

It’s not easy to achieve Big Goals. But, it’s important to set them, to work towards them, and to celebrate when you achieve them.

Spring Block Project

I know it’s snowing, but we can still think spring, can’t we?

Positive Walls with Beth Golik


· “Spring” vinyl expression in Bright White (item #17320 from Uppercase Living®)

· Sandpaper

· Craft paint in spring colors

· Wood blocks (cut from scrap wood, select pine or MDF board). Shown here, 3.5” select pine board from Home Depot cut as follows:

  • 3.5” x 2.5” – two needed (p and g)
  • 1.75” x 3” – one needed (i)
  • 1.75” x 5.25” – one needed (s)
  • 1.75” x 8.5” – one needed (branch)
  • 2” x 2” – one needed (r)
  • 3” x 3” – one needed (n)
  • 3” x 2” – one needed (bird)



· Cut wood according to dimensions listed above

· Smooth edges and surfaces of blocks with sandpaper; wipe clean

· Paint blocks according to picture (or choose your own color combo)

· When paint has dried, cut vinyl pieces and apply to individual blocks. (To apply vinyl, remove backing paper, apply sticky side to block surface, smooth with…

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Jingle All The Way

Here’s a fun DIY project that will make a thoughtful gift for friends & family and add a festive touch to your own home.

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Add the vinyl expression shown here to a shadow box for a fun and festive piece to display year after year. Add jingle bells…a little or a lot!

Here’s how to create one for yourself or to give as a gift.

Choose the “Jingle All The Way” expression in your color choice from Uppercase Living. (Order here.) Choose the 10″ x 10″ expression for a 12″ x 12″ shadow box.

Apply expression to the front of the shadow box. You can get shadow boxes at Michael’s and other craft stores. (Here’s a video that’ll show you how to apply decorative vinyl.)

Fill shadow box with jingle bells. (There are lots of bell options on Amazon.) You can use any color you’d like…and even use different colors to represent each generation in your family.

Here’s another idea for using Uppercase Living vinyl on shadow boxes.

Merry & Bright

Nativity Scene – DIY Project

‘Tis the Season for making handcrafted projects…perfect for gift-giving or for your own seasonal display. I like to do this project with friends — and even with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups. Combine the making of this Nativity Blocks project with the reading of the Christmas story (and maybe throw in a little Christmas cookie eating), and you have the perfect gathering this season.

Nativity Blocks

You’ll need the following materials:

Vinyl expression #19904 from Uppercase Living in your color choice (whipped creme shown here)

Blocks cut to the following specs, painted in your color choice.

Nativity Blocks

Click here for the how-to video.


Nativity Blocks 2013


Fall Decorating That’s Not Too Scary

I love decorating for Halloween! No, not the gory, creepy, make-you-scream type of decorating. I love bringing in lots of orange and a little tiny bit of spooky.

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Fall Mantel

Here’s my mantel featuring orange lights with black metal accents. And a gauze ghost that graced our front yard one year. (I think I need to make him again…he was quite the sight!)

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Gauze Ghost

Some of my favorite pieces are from Uppercase Living. Here are a few:

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halloween - on orange board in frame
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Halloween - happy halloween in frame
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Halloween - beware in frame
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Of course, you have to have a way to organize your fabulous fall decorations in the “off season.”

Halloween bins
Click for tips on organizing and storing Halloween decorations

Happy Halloween!

Buckeye Bank {acrylic block project}


Need a graduation gift for an Ohio State bound high school senior? Looking for something to give a Buckeye fan of any age? This acrylic block bank is easy to make and all supplies are available from Uppercase Living. Here’s another idea: fill with buckeyes for a graduation table centerpiece and tie with a scarlet and gray ribbon.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

STEP 1: Remove backing paper from the “O” 011 013 014 015

STEP 2: Smooth onto acrylic block and then gently remove transfer tape.

STEP 3: Cut around other vinyl pieces so you can get a better visual on placement.

STEP 4: Remove backing paper, smooth vinyl on to block and remove transfer tape (for leaf, circle and the tiny mocha brown embellishment).018

STEP 5: Finish project by punching out slit to make the block into a bank. Or, pull the front and back halves of the block apart, fill with buckeyes, and snap back together (to make a centerpiece for a graduation party).023