Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Teen Lounge Gallery Wall

I know I should be working on Christmas projects but I am in full swing with this Teen Lounge.  The room is surprising coming together quickly (at least by my standards).  And I have to admit, it’s a pretty cool space to hang out in.   I just finished up a few large painting projects and hope to get on to my Christmas decorations later today.


A few weeks back I posted a gallery wall collage of some ideas that I came up with in Photoshop.  I invited you to “LIKE” your favorite and leave a comment.  Thank you to everyone that voted and shared your ideas!  I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day.

I was thrilled that #6 was the most “LIKE”ed option!  Why?  because it was my favorite too!!  That really shows me that the readers of Dittle Dattle get me!  ha ha     I guess us like-minded people gravitate to one another.





But Wait!!!!

So why did I choose #4?

Well, I have a couple of reasons. 

  • First my teenage son thought the room was getting too “busy” looking.
  • Secondly, I have a little something up my sleeve for the adjacent wall and if he thinks it busy now he might be completely overwhelmed if I over do the gallery wall.
  • Thirdly, my kids liked #4 the best and ultimately it is their room. 





I purchased a whole group of frames at Ikea.  you know the ones?? basic black with white mats.  As I was laying them out on the floor it just seemed boooooorrrrrring!  With the oversized clock in black,  those black frames weren’t working for me. 

Well, I remembered seeing some really awesome frames in a boutique during our summer vacation in Upstate NY, and then I also remember I bought a quart of ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)  in Providence that I hadn’t even popped the lid to yet.  So before I knew it, I had a project in the making.


Just using scrap wood, glass, and paint, I have four amazing frames for FREE!  yeah!


The glass and photographs are held by simple square nuts and screws.  Look closely…… my glass cutting is not square!  LOL  That just adds to the charm!

The ASCP Providence was a bit bright for me at first so on the second coat I mixed in a little ASCP Old White.  With the sanding and distressing it really gives the frame another dimension. 


Don’t you just love them?

Would you like a tutorial?

Honestly they were easy to make and I’m sure I will be making more.


I still may do idea #6 but I’m waiting to see how the other wall comes out first. 

Teen Lounge Updates

And one last update I wanted to show you… the new rug.  I showed you an Ikea one that I purchased a month ago that was made of natural fibers, but that had to be returned!  You could not walk across it with out it feeling like thousands of needles were poking your feet! ouch!!  I have seen the same rug all over the internet and NO ONE mentioned how uncomfortable it was.  That’s not me.  That’s not this blog.  I will always give you my honest opinion.  And I always have an opinion!!! he he

While browsing around Ikea, again, I spotted this colorful one, and with my mother’s confidence, I brought it home and was completely delighted!  The kids like too, which is also a bonus.  The coffee table is something that the Hubs and I had in one of our first apartments.  It was actually sitting at the backdoor waiting to go to Goodwill when I thought….. “what if….. I sprayed it black?”  It’s not the look I’m going for but it will do for now.Carrie

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #51

DIY Book Page Trees shared by I Craft With Love

Thanksgiving Subway Art shared by Sand and Sisal

Thanksgiving Subway Art 3 (1024x990)

How to Clean Oven Glass shared by DIY Home Sweet Home

Noel Christmas Banner shared by Sugar Tot Designs

Mercury, Glass, and Burlap shared by Gracious Southern Living

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I don’t tell you enough just how wonderful you all are!  Everyday you bless me with your sweet comments and each week you are kind enough to share your creations on the Amaze Me Monday meme.  You’ll never know just how many smiles you have placed on my face….

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!


No, I’m not one to eat my Thanksgiving dinner next to a Christmas tree (except for the year that the Hubs didn’t take care of the tree!).  My life is rush, rush, rush as it is now.  There is no reason to not enjoy each holiday before jumping onto the next.   Maybe I’m getting a little too sentimental as my kids get older and I know that there will be very few opportunities for us to be together. 


Last year at the Wood Worker’s Show, I spotted a photo of these napkin rings and knew that I wanted to make some for myself this year.  During the big storm back in May,  it took out one of the very large Pecan tree in our front yard.  I snag a small branch and wrapped it in newspaper (drying the wood without it cracking).  

I simply cut the small branch into inch disks, drilled a hole out the center with a spade bit, sanded the center’s smooth, and sprayed with a poly finish.   Cute huh?


Recently my mom and I went out shopping where my mother talked me into I snagged a couple of zebra Parson chairs from Kirkland’s!  They definitely add a little fun and whimsy to the kitchen. 


I also purchased a basic set of white dishware from Ikea and the placemats came from TJ Maxx.  TJ Maxx didn’t have enough of one style placemats so I had to mix and match the circles and the squares.  The platter is from Wal-Mart and the bowl is custom-made from my dad.  I believe it’s made of Pecan, too.  The oversized acorn set where purchased from Big Lots.

I have been so crazy busy lately with work, kids, and my so many unfinished projects!  This weekend will be the first weekend in 7 weeks that I don’t have something on the calendar!  But don’t think for a moment that I will be sitting around with my feet up (at least not the entire weekend!).  After I host Thanksgiving dinner and the dishes are done and everyone leaves the house, I have a project for me and the Hubs.  No shopping for me, unless it’s at the hardware store!   I set a timeline for us so that we can get it done, but still have time to enjoy the long weekend. 

Want to know what it is????  Join me on Facebook.  Many of the projects that I have done haven’t even made it to the blog yet (sorry I have been soooooo busy), but I always try to keep you up-today with my Facebook statuses.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend,


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #50

Easy Burlap Knot Wreath shared by Farm House Porch

Pilgrim Shoes shared by Can’t Stop Making Things

DIY Washi Tape for Christmas shared by Funky Time

Faux Throw shared by Blah 2 Beautiful

Good-Bye Orange Minibar shared by Creative Outlets of a Thrifty Minded Momma

Trellis Walls shared by Watch Me Daddy

Thanksgiving Tablescape shared by It’s Over Flowing!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

I am grateful….

Last week Catherina from Catherina’s Creative Corner linked up her {{GRATEFUL}} sign and I just fell in love with it {and her silver turkey} that I just had to do a grateful sign for myself.


This framed started out as a framed mirror that I bought years ago and I don’t think I have ever hung it up.   I liked it I just could never find a home for it.  I even tried to paint over the cherry finish to black but it still never felt right.  That is until I spotted Catherina’s frame.  I just knew I had the perfect frame! 

I pulled out the Old White chalk paint and gave it a quick coat over top.  Ahh yes……So much better!


I wrote all my words of gratitude out on some brown craft paper with a black Sharpie marker. 


I found a “I am grateful for” free printable that sparked the idea for the vinyl over at I {heart} Nap Time and found the SVG turkey file at Bea Original.  Thank you ladies.

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I have used the Cricut!


It’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year and as soon as I get the dining room cleared out of all our classroom clutter I’ll share some tablescape photos. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

App Magnets


I hope everyone is having a good start to their week.  I have an exceptionally busy week ahead of me.     So if you have noticed that the projects that I have been showing lately have all been quick projects that’s the reason why.  I have a few big projects that I am working on as well but with my limited time they are taking even long to complete.


I forgot to mention that the chalkboard door is also a magnet board!  Before painting on the chalkboard paint, I painted a few coats of magnetic paint.


Of course the magnetic/chalkboard door needed some really cool magnets and Pinterest didn’t let me down with supplying a few dozen wonderful ideas.  However, the IPhone/IPod touch apps won hands down on the cool factor. 


These were really pretty easy to make, but you can purchase them for around $16.00 or here is a tute to make your own with a FREE printable from Infarrantly Creative.   Thanks Beckie.


Beckie had some magnets that fit the shape and size of an app perfectly. 

I had to improvise:

  1. I printed out the free printable on cardstock. 
  2. Each app measured around 1” square, so I cut some scrap wood to size. (I’m sure that you can purchase tiny wood pieces at Wal-mart or at a craft store.)
  3. Painted each tiny wood square black.
  4. Used Mod-Podge to glue the paper app to the wood and to seal the paper.
  5. I applied a dimensional craft glaze to the seal the top.
  6. Lastly I glued a super-strong magnet (purchased at Michael’s) to the back with E-6000 glue.

App Magnets


VoilĂ !  Super cool and fun App Magnets for the “Teen Lounge”.   

**My kiddos think these magnets are really cool!  Which make my think they would also make an awesome gift!!  Think of the possibilities…..  a set of these magnets packaged with a new IPhone/IPod or how about a magnetic board in the shape of a cell phone or IPod custom to fit in a locker!   


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #49

Curbside to Kitchen Cart shared by It’s Over Flowing!

Birch Coffee Table Tutorial shared by Love Where You Live


Printing on Paint Chips shared by bles-id

Turkey Menu Chalkboard shared by The Shady Porch

{{GRATEFUL}} sign shared by Catherina’s Creative Corner

Thanksgiving Place Cards shared by 52 Mantels

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