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Lollipop Framed Art with a Sweet Quote


Lollipop Framed Art with a Sweet Quote

This DIY ended up not being so half-assed.  It took a little longer than I anticipated.

I super LOVE to color.  It is my way of relaxing and sorting things out in my head.  I colored this picture of a Lollipop with bright neonish colors.  Isn’t it so cute?!!  I really love it – the picture itself makes me happy.  So, my first thought is…..  what can I do to this so that I can see it everyday???  Well, duh Kari, add a quote, frame it and hang it in the kitchen.  Perfect!

Now it was time to decide what to put on it this amazing picture.  I must say, this was the hardest part!  I started with song lyrics.  They were all very 90’s inspired.  Which I love but just wasn’t feeling it, for example, “I Want Candy”, “Candy Shop” or “Lolly Lolly Adverbs”.  Nope.  Those weren’t going to cut it.  Then what about listing the ingredients – that was a big fat no because, I have no idea what those ingredients even are!  Finally, I thought about some sugar quotes like: Dreams taste like Candy or Lollipops, Life is short make it sweet, Life isn’t always sweet, eat the damn treat, Life is a combination of magic and candy.  Then I finally settled on the quote, “Kindness is like sugar, it makes life taste a little sweeter,” by Carla Yerovi.  That was the one!

I whipped out my computer and Silhouette to make the letters in vinyl (here is the Silhouette that I have and the vinyl).  I needed to decide where exactly this quote was going to go on the lollipop. That was my answer – on the lollipop.  I found a font that I loved and then started to design.  Don’t forget to measure so that it fits in your area how you had envisioned it.  Once the design of the quote was done, it was time to cut the vinyl out.  Another option if you do not have a Silhouette are stencils or free hand draw on the picture.

I also had to find a frame.  My thoughts were to go very clean and simple or super gaudy.  Gaudy it was!  Forrest and I put some black paint on the frame – to help draw out the black in the lettering.  But not perfectly painted, because I wanted some of that fantastic gaudy gold to shine through!  You know I just love this frame!


After everything was dry and I had applied the vinyl to the lollipop picture we had to cut it down to size, place it in the frame and BOOM!  There we go!  It is pretty cute and it will make a “sweet” piece for the wall (ha ha – pun intended :)).


I hope you enjoyed this sweet little DIY (okay-okay, I get it, enough with the puns!)


Design on, in this beautifully undesigned life,


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Mom Life

Motherhood: Learning From The Clouds


Most children look to the clouds and see angels, dragons, dolphins, or cars! Just about anything that they see on the ground can be seen in the clouds – but not my little man!


Look to the clouds – Quote by Forrest:

“You see that up there, in the clouds, that’s me holding my little brother and sister’s hands!”


I look over at Carl and both of our eyes well up with tears.

Well, this wasn’t in the parenthood manual!  (By the way, if you find that manual let me know I would like to purchase it.)

What do we do or even say!?!  This is not what I expected.  This is not how my life was designed in my mind!  We do everything that we can to give Forrest everything that he needs,  wants and deserves.  But I cannot give him a brother or sister.  It is just not possible – I wish it were possible, but it is not.

But wait….. Forrest is not sad!  He is excited that he gets to be in the clouds with his brother and sister.


As I think back to this moment in time, I am somber and even bitter.  But yet, my heart is so crammed full with warm fuzzies too!

What the hell did we do right!?!

And what the hell is going on up in those clouds!

I think he is on to something.  What is the view like up there?  In the clouds you can do anything!  How courageous of him.  He is happy there.  How many of us just hang out here on earth with our heads in the sand or even look to the sky and don’t see a thing?  I want to go where my imagination can be free.   Where no one is saying, “be realistic”.  As we get older we lose all of that.   That day I learned  from Forrest!  Is there some sort of chapter in this parenthood manual that tells you about the things your own child will teach you while looking at clouds?  Cause that would be a friggin’ amazing chapter!


I am learning to look to the clouds while still having my feet on the ground .  Thanks Forrest!!!




Design on, in this beautifully undesigned life,




Half-Ass DIY, Mom Life

Being An Adult, Do I Get An Award For That?

Hey Guys, Hey!

Do you ever get done with a day and think to yourself:

That was a long day!

I’m so glad this day is over!

I hated today!

I need a friggin’ drink!

Is today ever going to end!?!

Someone may die today if they are not careful!

Is it Friday yet?

I am going to punch them in the throat! (I don’t know maybe this one is just me.)

I deserve an award, ribbon, trophy or some kind of sh*t for today!  Yeah, I am with ya (and sometimes these thoughts don’t even make it to the end of the day).

One of the things I like to do when I am feeling down or stressed is to do something kind for some one else (you may have been a victim of my snail mail hustle).  It makes me feel better – you kind of forget your own problems for a little bit.

Some days it is hard to even get out of bed!  Life has a way of getting you worn down and depressed.  So rather than give you some inspirational quote or a list of things you will never do to make yourself feel better, I thought, why not give an award!  They could be a fun way to get smiling or someone else smiling!  Plus I love to do stuff like this!  So I went ahead and made some award pins for things that you really do deserve to get an award for!!!!  Things that seem funny because, you are supposed to just do this stuff as part of life- but some days, damn it, they are hard!

Look at this (Snapchat filters are amazing)!  I am such an angel that I have a friggin’ halo AND an award for being NICE!!!! HA!

Print one out or send it via email or text to someone (or yourself) that could really use the recognition.  You know….  a co-worker – who is having a bad morning, your kid – wiped his own damn butt, your sibling or parents- made it through the Holidays without saying something rude, the list goes on.  These awards that I made are more of an every day kind of success.  Check them out!

NOTICE: If you do not have a sense of humor about life I recommend not reading these.  You clearly would not understand the power of them to bring smiles. (Just sayin’)


I mean, really, we all know someone that deserves to have these (that may include yourself)!  Life is not what we have designed in our minds but we sure as hell can have some fun with this undesigned life of ours!

Design on, in this beautifully undesigned life,



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Half-Ass DIY

Half-Ass DIY Cactus Garland

Hey Guys, Hey!

Today we are going to talk about the Half-Ass DIY Cactus Garland!  I am unsure why, but lately I have been really into Cactus sh*t.  I have been going over and over and over different ideas for over the couch art ideas.  Then I found a canvas cactus watercolor print at Hobby Lobby for pretty cheap and thought – THAT’S IT!  It’s in my budget and I like it – win  win!  So there was my jumping off point.  Then I found a smaller canvas with a almost identical watercolor print.  Now what could I do to add some texture and movement to the wall????  I thought what about some kind of garland that I can design?  Then evolved the Cactus Garland idea.  I decided to go with felt – that would add some texture and then I could get some other things to add to it to get the texture I was looking for.

The list of supplies to get started:

  • Heavier Felt (11×17 – 3) – I went with dark green for the base of all the Cacuts shapes.
  • Felt (8×10 – 2 of each color) – I picked a lime(y) green and aqua.
  • Leather Cording
  • Pom Poms (of coordinating greens and a pack of small white)
  • Fabric Glue/Hot Glue Gun – For me this fabric glue did not work- I ended up going with the regular glue gun.
  • 4 – 8.5×11 plain card stock pieces of paper
  • Marker
  • Hole Punch
  • Yarn (was for the decorative tassels at the top of the photo)


I suggest getting a treat to get this Half-Ass Sh*t DONE!!! Add a coffee or soda put on your fave playlist and you have a great afternoon set to go 🙂 (by the way, that brownie was amazing)

First make a stencil.  You can get some pics off line to trace or free-hand them like I did.  They ended up being around 7.5″ tall.  You can make any size that works for your space.  Then I cut out the card stock and traced them onto the heavier felt. Since I am a half-asser, I wasn’t sure how many I would need (I could have measured the spot that I wanted to hang them and that jazz – but, NAH)  – so I just fit as many to a sheet that I could.

Now comes the fun part!  Time to get creative!  If you have Little’s this is a fun project to do.  Let me remind you that this does NOT have to be perfect!  The imperfections of your designs are what make this unique and enjoyable for the eye to look at. (Remember that!!!)

I separated all the different colors into little bowls and we sat down and got to designing!  FUN!!!  Look at that level of concentration!

After some trial and error on the different shapes this is the final document that we ended up with.  I let them dry on the stove, pulled all the hot glue strings off and then punched a hole in the top to string the leather cording through.  I had trouble getting the cacti to stay exactly where I wanted on the leather cording so I hot glued them on the back.

And here is the finished look!!!!



Design on- in this beautifully undesigned life,



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