Monday, January 31, 2011

Framing A Frame


Once the nightstands were finished, the space between the stand and the accent wall border really bothered me!  I knew the lamp would help fill the space but it sooooo needed something else…..  that’s when I stumbled on this frame within a frame by Crafty Nest.  I wish I could say I was lucky and got mine frames from the thrift store like Ms. Crafty Nest but I purchased my frames new.


Here are the two frames that I am going to use.   The large one measures 16x20 and the smaller one holds a 4x6.  I went back and forth whether to use a 8x10, 5x7, or a 4x6.  I decided on the smaller 4x6 because it would provide more white matting, which is something that this room really needed!


  1. Remove glass and the backing out of the larger frame.  Set the glass aside you won’t be using it  {save for another project!}
  2. Cut a piece of heavy foam board the same size as the large photo frame. 
  3. Find the center on the back board that came with the frame. 
  4. Center your smaller frame on the back board and trace around the outside edge of the fame.  DO NOT cut on this line!!!  The small frame would fall through and you won’t have anything to glue the small photo frame to.  
  5. Now before cutting an opening, look at the back of the smaller frame, find out how much space is from the edge to where you insert the photo.  This is how much you can cut away.  My frame had a nice inch border around the back.


Only one problem with this!  I couldn’t get to the little tabs that open up the back of the small frame!  Quick fix by removing a bit more of the foam board on that side.   If you run into this same problem, remember the hole isn’t center anymore!


Now to cover the foam board.   

I had some white linen material that I found in the remnant  bin at Hobby Lobby a few months back.  It going to be perfect for this project because it is heavy and has a bit of texture!  

Cut a piece of  fabric a little larger than the foam board.   Okay you could cut your fabric the same size as the foam board but I hate stressin’ about lining up the edges perfectly, plus I wanted it to wrap the fabric around the back when I place it into the frame.  I’m hoping this will keep the fabric taut.   

Spay the back of the fabric with spray adhesive and then carefully lay the fabric over the foam board.  Press and smooth down well.  Cut the center out with a big X and wrapped the edges to the back.


Assemble the large frame by placing the fabric covered foam board in first, then insert the back board that came with the frame, and lastly press down the clips to secure in the frame.


Center the small frame on the front and glue. 


Lift the frame and double check that the opening is aligned and can be opened!


Allow the glue to dry for several hours.


I took this photograph through the master bedroom window while it was snowing a few weeks ago!  I thought it would be fun to change out the photos seasonally.


Close up of the linen fabric.


See how it really fill the space between the nightstand and where the accent wall paint begins.  Love this!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #10

Happy Sunday Everyone! 

Wow…. where did the week go?  I hope everyone had a great week and weekend.  I’ve spent the better part of  my weekend in the craftroom sewing curtains for my son’s room!   They turned out great and I’ll be posting photos later this week.  

Tonight I have an out of town house guest coming to stay with us for the week.   See my Hubby invited this west-coast guest to come and stay with us.  The problem….. I have never met this person.  Like don’t even know who they are!     So while the Hubby goes to work on Monday, I get to entertain, for the rest of the week!  This aught to interesting.    What do I talk about?  What do I cook for someone I don’t know?  Unfortunately, this is not the first time.  See I always say, “I can’t say NO to my Hubby and the Hubby can’t say NO to others”!  I have even gone as far as taking over the guest bedroom (aka “the craftroom”) thinkin’ this would solve the problem of unexpected guest but it HASN’T!  Please don’t think less of me.  If it was any of you ladies coming to visit I would be thrilled. See…..we would have something to talk about!  The Hubby’s guest…. I have nothing in common with! 

Has your Hubby/partner ever done this to you?    


Oh on another note….

I have decided to stay with the larger linky photos.  I really like to see your projects as well as so many others.  All I ask, if it begins to take a really long time to upload the blog page, please leave me comment letting me know.  Thank you and thanks for linking up.


This is so simple that it just caught my eye!  Thanks for linking up Junkin’ Junky

Valentine frame 3

A Vintage Vine does a fantastic knock-off memo board.

Love the look of this chair slip cover by Gracious Southern Living.

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I’ve been following Michelle from Emerald Cove as she built her daughter this new headboard, however, I was shocked to find out that she built the new one over the old headboard.  Very clever girl!!


I’m pretty sure I have everything I need to make this project!  Isn’t this just the sweetest Valentine’s art?!?!  Thank you Crafty Girls Workshop for sharing.

I could get into some serious trouble with these in the house!  Do you know how easy it would be to loose count eating something this fun and delicious shared by Sweet Baby Hiccups??? 1, 3, 5,……oh no 10!



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Thursday, January 27, 2011

I {heart} Craigslist!

After seeing all the wonderful finds you great ladies have been snatching up from Craigslist, I just had to check it out myself. 

See a few nights ago, as I was hopping into bed, I said to the Hubby, “I think I need check out Craigslist to see if I can find Austin a nightstand”.  So the very next morning, I hopped (what?  you don’t hop in and out?) out of bed and jumped onto the computer, typed in Craigslist, and spotted this “perfect” nightstand in less than 2 minutes.  With a few emails and phone calls, I was making arrangements for the Hubby to pick them up!!!  How lucky am I?

Value City Nightstand

I was asking so many questions (he he) that the seller sent me a link to Value City furniture store to check out the nightstands that he purchased a few months ago and now had for sale.  

The cost:  $50. for two!




Here they are in my Dad’s workshop stripped of hardware and getting ready to be painted.

{Sorry for the poor quality photos.  I have never been impressed with my Blackberry camera}




My Dad has a really nice paint sprayer that hooks up to a air-compressor!  Now I have no idea how to set it up and really need to have some lessons….. because I jumped right in feet first and ended up with a few runs and other issues.  Not to worry… my Dad to the rescue (again)!  After I sanded it down, HE applied a nice even coat of paint for me.   Thanks you Dad!


I didn’t have to do anything with the knobs.  Love them just as they are!

I know I have been asking questions from a few of you that were also refurbishing furniture about the same time I was working on the nightstands! Since taken these photographs, I have added a couple coats of Polyurethane to protect them.

headboard and nightstand molding

I really like the way the molding on the nightstands compliment the molding on the bed.


I kicked poor Austin out of bed and made his bed in a hurry so that I could get some photos.  Probably should have taken a little more time to fix the details.  Oops

While out looking for curtain fabric, I found Euro pillow forms on sale!  These white pillow shams came with the bedding and I think this is exactly what it needed along. 

If you have been following along during this makeover, you know that I have been struggling with all the black in this room.  I’m not a decorator but doesn’t the addition of the white just make this room POP?


We’re getting closer to finishing!

I got two great projects to share with youcoming soon!  The large frame (shown on the nightstand) I have a tutorial on that and also the most fabulous addition to this room yet!!!!  This one makes me think this room could be in a magazine! Can’t wait to share it with you.Carrie

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shaklee Giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed.

I am so excited to bring this giveaway to you. 

I mentioned on Facebook earlier this month that I was looking for some new cleaning products.  So you know how happy I am when a Shaklee Distributor contacted me about a giveaway!!! 

Get gets better…..

NOT   1


10 Lucky Winners

will receive a sample of the Shaklee Basic H2

BasicH2 image

That’s enough to make 2 16oz. bottles of cleaner!

I got the opportunity to review the Basic H2 myself and here is what I love about it:

  • Non-toxic
  • Made from natural sources
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No harmful fumes
  • Not tested on animals
  • Rinse free, no residue
  • has a pH of 6.5 (right in the range of human skin)
  • Ultra concentrated!!

and you must check out this AMAZING before and after

Fabric PAINT on carpet!

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I don’t care who you are…… that there is impressive!!!

How to get your own Shaklee Basic H2 sample?

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment saying        “Clean”


Additional Entries:

1.   Become a follower of Dittle Dattle and leave a comment stating that you do.

2.  “Like”  on Dittle Dattle facebook and leave a comment stating that you do.

{That gives you 3 possible entries!!!}


This giveaway will end Tuesday, February 1 at 10:00pm est


Good Luck!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dinner Conversation Starter

How’s your family dinner conversations?


A few years ago, I decide that I needed to do something to spark our family conversations at dinner time. 

Well, when you homeschool your three children and your with them 24/7 it’s hard to sit at the dinner table at night and make small talk.   See I can’t exactly ask the kiddos

“What did you do at school today?” 


“Did you learn anything exciting?” 

Because I already now the answer!! 

Now how am I going to have the “Clever” family dinners that I always dreamed of????? 

Let me share an inside family joke……  before I had children, a na├»ve me  told my Dad that I was going to have Beaver Cleaver kids!  They would say yes Ma'am or no Ma’am and would always look and act proper.  Well now that I am a mom of three children and on the rare occasion (ha ha)  that they should act out, my father will KINDLY (ack ack ack..let me clear my throat) remind me of my earlier words!

For the last few years we have used these 365 desktop calendars to help start a fun (yet educational) dinner conversation.  Everybody loves them and even dinner guest join can in on the fun.








But as much as much as I have loved this idea, I was looking for something new for this year.  Something that’s quick, educational (always a bonus), and  fun for all ages. 

While I’m lookin’….

I’d love to hear if you have a creative way to ignite your family dinner conversations?


Monday, January 24, 2011

Modern Wall Mirror

Another idea for broken or odd size mirrors!!!


Framed Broken Mirror Art

While working in my dad’s workshop, on another project, I spotted some pieces of mirror, that were all different sizes.  Later that night I was flipping through some catalogs (PB and Ballard’s to name a few), I got to thinkin’ about those pieces of  mirror and how I could create something modern, edgy, and FREE for my son’s bedroom.

Here’s what I came up with.

Broken Mirror collage wall art

And here’s how I got started.

DIY Mirror Frame Art - step 1

I dug out an old black metal frame that I have had a long time (like 20 years!)  It measured 20x30 and is still in good shape.

Now over to my Dad’s workshop…… 

I cut a piece of plywood board to fit inside my frame (20x30).  Like a puzzle, I began penciling out how I wanted the mirror pieces to lay out.   Sketching and erasing until I came up with a design that I liked. 

20 individual square and rectangle mirror shapes that need cutting!

DIY Mirror Frame Art - tools

Tools needed to cut the mirror:  ruler (preferably with a cork backing), goggles, mirror cutter, and utility knife.  

Because mirrors have a backing, the utility knife is used to cut through the  backing after the mirror is snapped into two pieces.

DIY Mirror Frame Art - cut mirror

Don’t let me kid you -----  Cutting 20 piece of mirror took the better part of an afternoon!

But I did learn a thing or two about cutting mirror/glass.  I will have to create a video tutorial to show my new found knowledge.

Please excuse the dirty mirror and the 10,000 finger prints!  My mother was appalled when she saw me take this photo and I hadn’t clean the mirror first.  (Do I sound like a 10 year old being scolded by her mom!)  

Broken Mirror Frame Mounting

Okay, so moving and relocating to my kitchen table……...

I wanted each individual mirror to have different lifts and levels.  So some of the mirrors would be tilted up, some tilted to the right or left, and some tilted towards the bottom.  (see the very first photo) 

Again my Dad to the rescue!  He had some gray foam.  I really don’t know what this foam is used for but it is exactly what I was looking for.  The foam measured about 1/4” thick. 

All I did was cut the foam into strips and began playing with how I wanted the mirrors to tilt.

Broken Mirror Collage

Once I had that figured out….. (it’s kind of hard to see the lifts from this camera angle) 

*notice the mirror is a little more clean*

Mirror Collage Art

Next, I removed all the mirrors but first I made a paper sketch layout of the mirrors,  numbering the back of the mirrors, foam, and the sketch.  

I painted the plywood board black and mounted into the frame.

For the next task……. how was I going to adhere the foam to the board?  At Wal-Mart, I found a double sided foam tape. (see the photo collage above)

Laying out Cut mirror for wall art

Basically I created a sandwich of foam and tape.  

  • Double sided tape on the bottom (to stick to the board)
  • Foam in the middle
  • Double sided tape on top  (to stick to the mirror back)

Just to make sure the foam and tape wouldn’t be seen on the finished project, I went back outside and sprayed the foam piece black.  I left the paper backing on the sticky foam while painting and let the paint dry.

While the paint was drying…..

Mirror Wall Art-use for Gorilla Tape

I still had one more thing to do.  I didn’t want to leave the mirror edges raw.

  But how to treat the edges……hum…..finger tapping on chin…..

This is were I had a lot of input from family members: 

  • Some suggested edging like stain glass window panes  (great idea but I had know idea how to do that, didn’t have the materials involved, and I really didn’t want to invest any money into this project)
  • Some suggested grouting the mirrors to the back board (another great idea but that would give me a different look than the one I was trying to create plus I worried that it would be super heavy)

Then it dawned on me…….

I had received Gorilla Tape in a contest from DIY Club!    I have never used it before but it looks a lot like duck tape.  The tape was wider than I need, so I used my utility knife to cut the strips in half. (see photo above) Then all I did was set the edge of the mirror down on the manufactured edge, rapped the remaining tape to the back, and trimmed the sides of the tape.  Repeat on all four sides.

taped edge mirror

See how I cut the edges instead of folding over?

DIY Broken Mirror Art - taped edges

Press the edges really good.  I even applied heat from a heat gun over the taped edges. 

My theory…..  the heat would melt the glue, getting it to adhere to the edge better, and the heat slightly shrank the tape to make a really tight fit around the mirror.

DIY Mirror Frame Art - closeup

Remove the paper backing of the sticky foam tape and place the mirrors  on the board pressing down well to stick to the double sided tape.  Leave the frame flat for 24 hours.

DIY Mirror Frame Art - lifts and levels

Warning UPDATE:  While the  mirror was leaning against the wall, waiting to be hung up, about 3 mirrors in one corner came loose.  I’m not sure if I didn’t press them down well enough or what??? They didn’t break thank goodness.  I did a quick fix with E6000 glue and I haven’t had any problems since!  If I had to do it again, I would have used the E6000 glue along with the sticky foam.  Better safe than sorry.

Mirror Art

I know this isn’t your typical mirror that most would put in their homes. unless modern is your style, but I thought it was a pretty cool project for my son’s bedroom.  HEY…. and it was free!  Gotta love that!!

Maybe this will inspire you the next time you have a piece of broken mirror???


Oh my goodness, so last night while writing this post, really I’m on the last sentence, and I’m hopping around the internet looking for some shades (really cool project coming ahead)  when I see this over at         Lamps Plus

Uttermost  Sherene 30" Square Wall Mirror

Uttermost  Sherene 30" Square Wall Mirror

for $217.91!!!!  Seriously???

With some square mirror tiles, you could recreate this for a faction of the cost!!


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