The Creative Call|Headbands of Hope


Design for a Cause

Here’s a great contest that Spoonflower is running with a great cause. It’s been a while since I’ve thrown my hat in the ring in a contest but I had a fun GIRL POWER print and I said why not.

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If you’re a independent surface pattern designer, this contest is a great way to embrace your creative call for a great cause.

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The Creative Call|Upcycled Mini Kitchen Hack

So often the creative call in my life involves projects I’ve done with or for my son. When he was about 3, he was particularly interested in play kitchens but I had no interest in buying him a kitchen that I didn’t think he’d use for long. So I decided to do a hack/makeover of an old nightstand from IKEA that I wasn’t using and I could see that it would make a perfect stove and oven.



First, I had to nail the drawer shut. He wouldn’t need that anyway. Then all the wood (not the back) was primed with white primer(I let the primer set overnight), I got a metallic spray paint and sprayed the whole nightstand and the piece of wood that I was using as the door. I did have to break out the power saw for the door, the back and the microwave oven (I’ll talk about that later). As long as you know the measurements you can have someone at the hardware store cut the wood for you.

The door was cut to fit inside the nightstand opening. I cut a 6 x 7 rectangle in the middle for the oven window and used a piece of plexiglass (from Lowes) and screwed it on the inside of the door over the rectangle.

BAM! Oven window.

Then I used another piece of wood larger than the opening and nailed it closed in the back.


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To attach the oven door, I used hinges at the bottom and strong magnets on the corners of the door and the edges of the opening. I found that the door slammed to the ground, so I added ribbons and stapled them on the inside of the door to keep it from slamming to the floor when he opened it up and then added a handle. Once I did that it really started looking like an oven.


Our oven is blue on the inside so I painted his oven blue inside as well. I didn’t do it but while it’s still wet you could sprinkle in some glitter to give it more of a real oven affect. The finishing touch inside was a cookie cooling rack that sat on two pieces of 1″ thick wood screwed on either sides of the oven.

While I was at Lowe’s, I picked up a set of 5 oven knobs. I drilled five holes in the drawer front and inserted dowel rods. Then I put the knobs on the dowel rods. *Don’t glue them in because you want your child to be able to turn them.

You can use CDs painted black or anything round or you could paint the circles directly on the nightstand but I used black furniture movers to make the burners. Sorry about the front two burners but my son put stickers on the burners.

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After I finished the oven, it looked a little lonely and I wanted to add a microwave. I found the perfect one at IKEA but it was too wide for the nightstand, so my husband cut down the wood and re-screwed it together. Perfect fit.  I used wood glue to attach it to the nightstand, let dry over night and we had an oven/microwave kitchen set.

Up-cycle hack complete!

Below is a breakdown of materials.

Items Needed:

IKEA DUKTIG top section for mini kitchen
IKEA LANSA Handle 9 5/8″
3 Cans White Primer
2 Cabinet Hinges
3 Cans of Krylon’s Stainless Steel Spray Paint (The stainless steel paint gave it a modern kitchen look)
5 Oven Control Knobs



Cooling Rack

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Instead of buying plastic pans and pots, I actually found mini pots and pans from Marshalls and bought food from Amazon. For a good while he LOVED it but as I suspected he grew disinterested. I couldn’t bear to part with this awesome creation so I’ve stowed it up in the attic for now. We’d like to adopt and maybe soon it will find a new life and be a new love for another child.

Who knows?

Stay classy!

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The Creative Call|When Your Dream Job Sneaks Up On You


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Teaching Art Print via Paper Canoe Printables

The other day I ran into an acquaintance and I was telling her about my plans to leave my current job to become a teacher. And she asked me something that no one has when I tell them my plans, she asked me if it was my dream job. I paused for a second before responding “Yes, mentoring and teaching so yes I think it is.”

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The Creative Call to Jump

After attending the Women’s Empowerment event, I had to repost this video.

Happy Thursday!


The Creative Call|Stand Out

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Wow, what a day I had yesterday. Absolutely one of the best day I’ve had in a long time. I started the day at a Women’s Empowerment event and ended the day with a little wine and painting.

The Women’s Empowerment event was moving and spiritually awakening. I didn’t know what to expect. A girlfriend from work sent me the invitation and I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to go, but I did. So glad! I heard lots of moving stories and although not a Christian event, the room was full of women that recognize the power of Christ in transforming their lives. All the speakers were magnificent and all I could think was that I have to find a way to work with these women. This is a great organization. They are helping to empower women and girls in Southern Maryland much like I’m working on as well. Truly a wonderful experience and I cannot wait until next year’s event.

Photo: Southern Maryland Woman
Photo: Southern Maryland Woman

If you live in the area, next year this conference is a MUST! Unfortunately I had to dip out early to go to another event. A fellow Taurus was celebrating her birthday at Wine and Design and I can never pass up an opportunity to flex my creative muscles. Of course, I had to put my little spin on the painting.  What do you think?




Today was a FABULOUS day!


Stay classy!

Soul Suga’|It Took 40 Years To Be This Person

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Last year this time, my husband and I were still understanding our different diagnoses of Lyme disease, thyroid diseases and pre-diabetes, after many trips to the ER and several types of tests and doctors.  For my husband that meant an answer to health issues that had plagued him since 2013 and a long road to recovery. For me that meant losing weight and taking special care of my body.  We completely changed our families diet much to the confusion of our aged parents. We turned to more natural remedies to support our health and I made exercise my new routine.

2015 has been a road to recovery for both of us with ups and downs and some setbacks. After 40, the weight just doesn’t want to fall off no matter how hard you work. In March, after an emergency situation that ended up shutting down my local post office, I resolved to change my life. I’d been limping along on for some time knowing that I needed to make a change. I simply didn’t like my job and every day was a struggle. But just as years of pressure on coal, creates a diamond, the years of pressure that God allowed helped me to become something new and beautiful .

The teaching profession has been calling me in some capacity for a while. After much prayer and discussion with God , I decided to take the steps in that direction this year. I spent the first half of the year studying my butt  off so that I could pass the Praxis II for Art and the ACT. Both tests necessary for certification with MSDE. It’s been between 13-16 years since I’ve had any art classes and the last time I took the ACT, I was a junior in high school. By the grace of God, I passed both tests and I moved on to signing up for classes to satisfy teaching content. I applied for a teaching position but I didn’t get it. I’m not ready but I showed the school system that I was determined and serious about my dedication to teach.


We traveled to Orlando for a much-needed family vacation and we had blast. I got time to spend time with my close friend and her family. A much-needed rest for me because I had to come home and take a test that same week.

I submitted my application for transcript review to the state and I started classes in September. I hit those classes HARD. I registered for four classes but I ended up with three after I got my transcript evaluation back. Every minute I had or could steal, I was doing schoolwork. I have a great family support system and this is such a blessing. It’s crazy to think that in 7 months I’m going to walk away from a job that I’ve had for the past 12 years, for the fairly uncertain but I’m standing on God’s promises.

We-must-lose-fear-of-being-wrong-to-live-a-creative-life I’m excited and nervous but solid in my decision. It’s time. Like the title says it took me 40 years to become this person. A healthier, more spiritual, more self-aware person ready to step out on faith. A person that’s ready to embrace creativity on a daily basis, on a full-time basis from now on. This blog is just one of the many ways I intend to do that. Some of my other creative goals include:

  1. Writing a children’s book
  2. Teaching art and/or fashion design
  3. Making and selling Pink Koala bags again
  4. Create a line of inspirational t-shirts
  5. Locate and renovate a mobile unit for an after school program
  6. Create a Shutterfly recipe book with my mom
  7. Designing prints and patterns, and
  8. Being creative with my family
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This is just the beginning. I’m finally getting back to my roots. Following my creative calling. The more creativity I use, the more I have. I hope We are F.A.S.H.I.O.N can inspire others to follow their creative calling too. Wishing you all a Happy “Creative” 2016. Happy New Year!