Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Wow, how time flies?!?!

This time of year is busy for everyone, that I know, but this year has been an even more busy and hectic  (and let’s add “flat out crazy” to the adjectives) on me and my husband.   See about two weeks ago some things presented themselves (most would just call them life).  My husband found himself in a situation at his place of work, a crossroads, if you will.   With a family to support, we had to make a decision quickly.  Our decision was to go into business for ourselves.      Without going into great detail, this type of work has been in my family for years.  My husband, at the age of sixteen, learned the trade from my father who learned it from his father.   I know we will be fine and business will be great but nevertheless it’s scary and exciting.       

As for me, I know I haven’t posted much in the last month and now you know why.  Christmas decorating has taken a backseat to the starting a new business only a few short weeks before Christmas.  I’m sorry I haven’t be a great source of inspiration lately and just know that I have several BIG projects to reveal, but they will need to wait for after the holidays and my short break.   Yes,  I will be on a short break from blogging until I can find a rhythm  to my new schedule.

I hope everyone has a wonderfully safe holidays.  Please take the time to enjoy your families and thank God for you blessings. I know I will!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nautical Custom DIY Frames

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When I posted my gallery wall frames, many of you requested a tutorial.  Well, it took me a little while to get back into the workshop but here it is! 

Warning:  Lots and Lots of photographs!  I’m a visual type person and I assume if you are a reader of Dittle Dattle then you are too! 


Here is the frame that I will showing you how to build today.  The one’s hanging on the wall are 8x10 photos with an over~all size of  14”x16”.


For this tutorial I will be using a 4”x6” glass taken from a dollar store frame.   I will be working through the layers starting with the glass size first.


For the second layer, choose some thin boards.  I have a verity of boards that I used.  It really doesn’t matter as long as it is thin and when everything gets painted you won’t notice if you do use two different materials for the next layer either.  I did and you can’t notice. 


Let’s get going….

Starting with your glass size, make the next layer 3/4” to 1” larger all the way around.  In my sample 4x6 glass, my next layer will be 5x7.


I used a band saw to cut my thin boards.  Don’t be intimidated!  This tool cuts like butter.  If you’ve used a electric knife in the kitchen you can handle a band saw.  Promise.

**I do use the guide (gray bar that the board is push up to) to keep my cuts straight.


Repeat the same step for the the third layer making it 3/4” to and 1” inch larger.  My third board measures 6”x8”ish.


Now for the fourth and final layer.

Because this is a smaller photograph, I am only going to go about an inch bigger over~all.  However, on my gallery wall, I wanted to make them larger so I went 3”-4” inches larger all the way around.

The overall height for this sample will be 9” inches.


The overall width of this sample will be 11” inches.


I scratched out a rectangle with my overall dimensions and knew that I wanted 5 boards, three wide and two narrow.  Then I figured out the size of each board.  I will cut the boards just a smidge narrower to allow the gap between each board.


Thought I share with you a quick pick of my Dad working on the other side of the workshop on a hand-turned wooden bowl.  I love the shape of that bowl!  Check out his Etsy shop:  Woodexpressions


For the final layer, I’m using pallet/rough sawn lumber. 

**Just make sure the thickness of the boards are the same!  It will make your life easier!!!


Cut the rough sawn boards and lay them out alternating wide and then narrow.  Use a square to make sure everything is straight. 

**I place a piece of tape on the square so I know my overall height.

***Lay the pieces upside down.


Cut two small strips of rough sawn wood SMALLER than your overall height.  Mine measured at 8” inches.


Glue and nail strips to the back of the boards.


Lightly sand and round corners.


STOP HERE!  I like to paint all my pieces first before final assembly.

Once the pieces are painted and sprayed with poly, glue and nail everything together except the glass.  I nail through all three pieces of wood under where the glass is.  The photo will cover any nail holes. 

**Just make sure your nail heads are just under the surface of the wood so that it doesn’t puncture a hole in your photograph.


These are the pieces you will need to mount the glass to the frame.

Drill a small hole next to the glass on center of all four sides.  Be careful NOT to over tighten the screw as it will crack the glass.  You might be able to put a rubber washer between the glass and the speed nut.  I haven’t tried it myself.  


I cut my own glass, that’s why it’s not straight! 


Check out more photos at the Wall Gallery post.   I’ll be back tomorrow to share why I haven’t been around lately.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #54

Christmas Cheer Window shared by A Creative Princess

Folding Rulers Christmas Tree shared by My Salvaged Treasures

Inexpensive Gift Wrapping Ideas shared by Space 46

Simple Evergreen Arrangement shared by Savvy Seasons

DIY Hand Warmers! shared by More Style Than Cash

Hot Dog Hand Warmers

Ornament Wreath shared by My Covered Bridge

Candy Cane Hearts shared by In His Grip


Christmas in the Kitchen shared by Debbiedoo’s


Amaze Me Monday Blog Party Link Up


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

No Ordinary Drum Shade

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Every Teen-Lounge needs a really cool lighting pendant!

And I think I found it with the help of Sarah Richardson and Arcadian Lighting!


Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!

light fixture

When I saw this home office makeover from Sarah’s HGTV show awhile back, I just knew I wanted this light somewhere in my house.   The interesting thing is this is not a light fixture that I would normally choice for my home.  It has a urban contemporary look with it’s casual wrapped metal-strap drum shade.  Way too modern for me!  But completely perfect for the “Teen Lounge”!!!  Don’t you agree?

So when I first thought about creating this loft-lounge area for my kiddos, I immediately when a search for this light.  Over on Sarah’s website she is so kind to share her resources, however, the lighting source was located in Canada.  Not only did this light carry a 4digit price tag but then I would also have to pay international shipping cost!!  Way more money than I planned to spend in the entirrrrrre room.

If you have followed  Dittle Dattle  for any length of time then you know the next thing that POPPED into my head was, “I can make this!” Yep, I thought I’m going to make this drum shade with items from the home improvement store!  And I could have…..

Lucky for me, Arcadian Lighting contacted me to do a guest post.  From there I was intrigued with their website.  And wouldn’t you know it…… I found a replica of the one that Sarah had used!  It is a dead ringer for Sarah’s, expect I do believe Sarah’s light has a bit more hour-glass curve to the drum shade.  Now that’s me being super critical! 


When it arrived it was much larger than I anticipated.  I was a bit worried that it would put out too much light for the space, but it doesn’t.  It’s perfect!  At least I think.  Yes, it probably is a bit over the top for this room and it is rather large.  When we first installed it (which takes at least two people, because of it’s size) it was all you could see in the room!  Now that more pieces have made their way into the room and the room is coming closer to being finished, it’s not the first thing that demands your attention but just adds another piece of “eye-candy” to the room!

Can you tell you I just love this light? 

It can with a really long cord so that it could be hung from a very high ceiling.  We shortened the overall height of the pendant considerably as not to be in the way when the kids play their video games. 


I must thank Arcadian Lighting for their generosity in making this lighting a dream come true.  Thank you.



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #53

Holiday Home Tour shared by the Ivy Cottage blog

Christmas Mantel shared by Forever Decorating

Glass Christmas Trees shared by Alderberry Hill

Christmas kitchen shared by Sunny Simple Life

Christmas Candy Trees shared by My Heart’s Desire


Josephine Dresser {before & after} shared by The frosted Gardner



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