Cubicle Makeover with Wayfair

How to Make Over a Cubicle | Frock Files

When Wayfair approached me about putting together a post for their blog, I was just settling into my job at the university and I was so excited about having a cubicle of my own. Yep, while everyone is always complaining about the dreadful cubicle (my English friends can’t believe we still have them at all. “That’s so…90s!”), I loved the idea of having a space dedicated to my work, outside of my home. Ahh, the freelancer’s brain.

That said, my cubicle is in a basement, with no window, and everything about it is pale grey. I knew that I wanted to spruce things up, and the kind folks at Wayfair were in helping me to infuse the space with personality and light.

Want to see the final look? Head on over to Wayfair for the reveal!

Easy Sweet Cornbread

Easy & Sweet Cornbread | Frock Files

My mom’s sweet cornbread recipes was one of the first that I posted here. It took me a solid two hours to take the dark and, frankly, uninspiring photos that I posted. When I whipped up a batch of this family favorite earlier this week, I decided that it’s time for this cornbread recipe to see the light again. It’s so easy and such a crowd pleaser! The perfect thing to accompany steaming bowls of soup and stew in the coming weeks.

Easy & Sweet Cornbread | Frock Files


1 ½ sticks butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups Bisquick
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 ½ cups milk

Easy & Sweet Cornbread | Frock Files


1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease a 9″ x 12″ baking pan.

2. Mix all the ingredients with a hand or stand mixer until well combined. Pour into the pan and bake 35-40 minutes.

Easy & Sweet Cornbread | Frock Files

Calligraphy Workshops with Bedsidesign

Bedsidesign Calligraphy Workshops in New England! | Frock Files

A year ago, I shot these photos for my friend Christie, who was just launching her calligraphy business. She had quit her full-time job to jump into entrepreneurship feet first, and since then her business has blossomed.

I’m so thrilled that she’ll be coming to the Greater Boston area to teach a calligraphy workshop at Mill No. 5, which is one of the coolest spaces ever. The three-hour workshop includes instruction, your very own calligraphy kit, a swag bag, and local delicacies. I’ve been wanting to learn calligraphy for years and years, and I’m beyond excited that I’ll get to learn it from Christie.

If you live in New England, I hope you’ll join us for an afternoon/evening of learning, style, and fun. I’ll be at the 12-3pm workshop and I would love to meet you!

P.S. Christie is also teaching classes in Philadelphia and Syracuse this fall!




Ice Box Cupcakes: Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes

Ice Box Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes | Frock Files

Whew, that’s a mouthful! (Literally!)

As most of you know, I love cake, and since today is my birthday I’m digging in with some of my favorite flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and Nutella. It’s been cool here, but I still don’t really want to turn on my oven, so these no-bake ice box cupcakes fit the bill. These bad boys are about as easy as they come.


Oreos or similar sandwich cookie (These are the 365 brand from Whole Foods)
Whipped cream
Strawberries, sliced

Ice Box Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes | Frock Files


1. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Separate an Oreo, laying one half in the bottom of the cupcake liner and putting a generous dallop of Nutella on the other. Set aside.

2. Put a tablespoon of whipped cream on the bottom cookie, then layer with sliced strawberries. Place Nutella’d cookie on top.

3. Plop another 1-2 tablespoons of whipped cream over the top cookie. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

While the cupcakes are in the refrigerator, the cream will soften the cookies to give them a cake-y consistency. Top with strawberries when you’re ready to serve!

Ice Box Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes | Frock Files

P.S. Love ice box cakes? Try these cute Boston Creme Ice Box Cupcakes!

DIY Typographic Mouse Pad

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

It’s such an honor to be participating in this back-to-school DIY series with some of my favorite bloggers! Since kids are doing so much work on computers these days, I opted for a tech-friendly DIY with a customizable mouse pad.

When James saw the plain white mouse pad sitting on our kitchen table, his reaction was, “Woah, old school!” But even though I use a cordless mouse that works on any surface, I’ve found that my desk (both at work and at home) are getting terribly scratched up. After lots of searching without finding one that felt quite right, I finally decided that the only option was to make one of my own.

You’ll Need:
  • 1 Single Blank White Mouse Pad (for some reason this listing has a heart shaped, patterned mouse pad where the white one should appear. I took a leap of faith and ordered anyway. Lo and behold, a white one showed up.)
  • 1 sheet heat transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Computer/Printer

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

1. Create a design of your own or use the one that I’ve created here. In a design program, flip the image so that it’s the mirror image of what you want to appear on your mouse pad. Print it out on the heat transfer paper.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

2. Lay your design on your mouse pad to ensure that it ends up where you want it.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

3. Pre-heat your iron on high (no steam) for five minutes. Lay your mouse pad face up on a table or ironing board. Put your design face down on the mouse pad. (Some heat transfer sheets require you to lay a pillow case over the mouse pad/design.) Apply pressure as you move the iron slowly over the transfer sheet/pillow case. Use the instructions that came with the heat transfer paper for guidance on timing.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

4. Allow everything to cool for at least 10 minutes. Trim the edges of the transfer paper. Slowly peel the backing off.

Your mouse pad is ready to use! I’m pretty sure I can already hear my desk thanking me for ending the mouse-scratching abuse.

Don’t miss all the other awesome back-to-school DIY posts this week, including MJ’s reusable lunchbox note board, which also goes live today! Here’s a complete listing for you:

Tan of Squirrelly Minds – Printable math game
Rachel of The Crafted Life – Color blocked pencils
Lidy of Hello Lidy – DIY sequin planter
Sara of Confetti Sunshine – Printable back-to-school poster
Lyndsay of Coco Cake LandApple pie donuts + apple toppers
MJ of Pars Caeli – DIY reusable lunchbox note board

Back to School Series

P.S. A special hello to Mrs. Oshiro, my second grade teacher, who I just learned is a Frock Files reader! Mrs. Oshiro, you taught me so much about kindness and creativity, and I am so thankful that you helped to shape my life.

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