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Some Big Solutions

Over the last nine years with Uppercase Living, I have had the opportunity to help thousands of customers (both individuals and businesses) select the perfect vinyl expressions and decor for the places and spaces where they live, work and play. Some of the custom expressions that I’ve designed have filled up entire walls, like this one for a bookkeeping firm:

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This salon has their entire menu of services displayed on their wall:

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Recently, I had the opportunity to help a church solve a problem and implement their vision.

They wanted a way to provide welcoming signage that clearly stated where families should enter on Sunday mornings. At first, they had a large banner hung across the windowed entrance, secured by heavy steel cables.

PROBLEM: heavy winds caused the banner to tear and the cables to knock against the glass.

SOLUTION: Create the general design of the banner (silhouettes of children in action) in Uppercase Living vinyl!

IMG_2940IMG_2934With the assistance of a friend and a cherry picker (yes, that’s us in the bucket), the silhouettes were applied to the front of the building, one by one.

Here’s our view of the parking lot from the bucket!

Here’s the final result:


Have a problem — big or small — with your business’ walls? Contact me and let’s talk about a solution.

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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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


Why, oh why? (Why, let me tell you.)

For someone who doesn’t particularly like appearing on camera, November 2014 is shaping up to be my video debut month! I was asked to be a presenter for Key Ministry’s Inclusion Fusion ~ a worldwide disability ministry web summit. (Registration is free…please check it out!)

Then, I was invited by Uppercase Living to share my “why” with everyone. Here it is.

If being part of something positive — something that uplifts and inspires others — is important to you, I invite you consider joining my team. Here’s a no-obligation FAQ and other info. Have questions? Want to learn more? Let’s chat.

Driving Away

Today I watched my oldest son back the car out of the driveway and drive away. Now, granted, he was in a car marked “STUDENT DRIVER” and he arrived home safe and sound with his instructor (who had his own set of brakes in the passenger seat) two hours later, but still.  It is a weird experience. I got so verklempt I had to retreat into the house so that he didn’t see me get a little weepy.

But, I realize that’s how this whole thing works. Eventually they do fly (drive?) away from the nest. And that’s a good thing. So, please just bear with me while I get used to the whole idea.

roots to grow

Together may we give our children roots to grow and wings to fly

Thinking Orange

keep calm and think orangeLast week I was in Atlanta for Orange 2014 — a Children’s/Student Ministry conference — along with 6,000 other attendees.

For us, “thinking orange” means embracing the faith strategy that combines the two primary influences that impact a kid’s life: three color dotsred is the heart of the home and yellow is the light of the church. 

What does the color orange mean to you?

BElieve in YOUrself

orange is the happiest color

keep outOrange is an attention grabber. Think traffic cones and construction zones.

A true orange is fun and vibrant when paired with bright blues, crisp greens or deep reds.

tangerine tangoOrange provides a pop of color to a spring or summer color palette. The Pantone Color of the Year in 2012 was Tangerine Tango.

halloween wine bottlesFall is my favorite decorating season. Whether your style is the terra cotta shade of fall foliage, or the valencia orange hue of a pumpkin patch, the color orange is a must for your autumn decor.

orange - bird on branch

Where can you add a little — or a lot — of orange in your life?flower vine on fridge - orange

orange - when all else fails