"If you don't like something, change it." Mom said to me when I was younger. She dragged me through thrift shops and discount stores against my will but I soon saw the things she saw with her creative visions. Mom was a pro at purchasing an item and then altering it to fit her needs. In doing so she made an item completely unique and filled her house with very personalized items. My memories are filled with driftwood lamps, redwood clocks, and shadowboxes redone in wonderous styles. One year she taught me how to take a hardcover book and shellac it into an open pose, upon the two pages showing I pasted a poem I wrote for my father in calligraphy. That was 30 years ago and he still has this piece of my artistic history. A couple months ago I stumbled across this shadow box in IKEA for 9.99. Within it held three black and white photos that were very pretty but not what I need. This item wasn't meant to be taken apart and altered but I'm a photographer and could instantly picture my own creations within this shadow box. Here is a picture of the beginning product. I removed the backing, it took a heavy duty staple remover. I printed out my own photography in the color scheme I wanted for my kitchen. I glued them to the heavy backing over the black and white pictures and then carefully stapled it all back into place. In the kitchen I'm leaning towards green and black with splashes of color, I am also going for the organic look, the natural side of things. This is what I came up with. I haven't hung it up yet, I still need to paint the kitchen, but you get the idea. My pics in a shadow box, a nice, personalized touch to my kitchen.