A Framed Catch-All with DreamGreen DIY

Hi Friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! D and I went camping over in central Oregon and had a great time. Stay tuned for a little bit more about that later this week. I’m so excited to have Carrie from DreamGreenDIY here today to share a fun little project with you all. This is something I’ve been wanting to make for awhile and Carrie offers a great tutorial on how to make a Framed Catch-All. Thanks again for sharing Carrie!

Hello, Bullfrogs and Bulldogs readers! I am thrilled and honored to be here…Before I get started, I just wanted to extend a big thank you to Amanda for inviting me over for a bit!!

Today, I thought I’d tell you the story of a little framed catch-all that I created at home…I don’t know about you guys, but I have a lot of little nostalgic things that I like to keep on hand, mostly for the sweet memories. You know, things like birthday cards, photos and even recipes – Things you don’t necessarily want cluttering up the refrigerator, but things you also don’t want to toss.

To make the most of this collection of paper, I decided to treat them like art by putting them inside of a frame. But I also wanted to make sure that they were accessible and changeable at the same time. So, instead of capturing them behind glass, the idea was to clip them to chicken wire instead.

First things first, a frame…I picked this one up at our local thrift store for a song (to the tune of about $2). I liked the decorative edge, but wasn’t too into the traditional gold color. To bring it into the modern, contemporary age, I spray painted it a bold royal teal color.

After that, it was simply a matter of filling the middle with chicken wire. Using a collection of bolt and wire cutters, I carefully trimmed out a section of the wire to match the dimensions of my frame. Then I used a handful of strategically-placed push pins to keep it in place.

Why push pins and not nails? In the past, I’ve made the mistake of using a staple gun and nails to attach things to the inside of a frame, only to have the extra force damage the delicate edges of the wood. Not good. Tapping or pushing in several push pins is a much gentler way of getting the job done without damaging the frame.

A couple of pre-drilled holes in the top of the frame and in the wall, along with some flat-head black finishing screws, and we called this project “done.” Then it was just a matter of filling ‘er up with keepsake cards and memorabilia.

Enjoy and thanks again for having me, Amanda!

Carrie Waller is a freelancer, copy editor and page designer in Lynchburg, Va. She is also a contributing writer and blogger for Breathe Magazine. For a real-time rehash of her and her husband’s home renovation project and other DIY how-to’s, visit her blog at DreamGreenDIY.com. You can also find DreamGreenDIY on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Sponsors Spot

I’m really excited to announce that Bullfrogs and Bulldogs is now all set up to take sponsors! I’m using Passionfruit which I highly recommend and is super easy and user friendly.

So what kind of ads are we offering?

Here is a little run down and what comes with each spot.

All spots last for one month. If you’d like to secure your spot for longer just notify me or you can always just sign up again for the following month!

I’d love to work with other blogs, businesses or etsy shops and if you have a fun products you’d like for me to giveaway or review I am more then happy to do that as well as long as it is something I truly believe in.

Current Ad Spots Available

The Big Dog $10

A 200 x 200 ad space that comes with lots of love. A Feature Friday post that is all about YOU, inclusion in a monthly sponsor spotlight highlight post plus lots of facebook and twitter love throughout the course of the month. 

The Middle Dog $ 7

A 200 x 100 ad space that comes with inclusion in a monthly sponsor spotlight highlight post and lots of facebook and twitter love throughout the course of the month. 

The Small Dog $ 5

Sponsor Spotlight mention and lots of facebook and twitter love coming your way!


You know that good ol’ saying what goes around comes around? Well how bout we give each other a little good karma? If you are interested in doing an Ad Swap I have a few spots left, first come first serve. Promo Code is swap.

As with all new things it’s quite possibly there could be a few bumps in the road but I will fix anything that may arise ASAP!

Can’t wait to work with you!

And without further ado, I’d love to introduce you to June’s current sponsors!

Carrie @ DreamGreenDIY

Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family

Katie @ The Terpblog

Paige @ The Eloping Stethoscope

Courtney @ Live in Love Always

I’m so excited to work with you ladies!

If you would like a June ad spot Passionfruit makes it really easy! Go straight to my sponsor page and to the ad size you’d like. Clink on it, fill out the info and viola! You are pretty much all set up! Easy as that!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and spoiled your dads and husbands!

the versatile blogger award…and the winner is

Thank you Debby for nominating Bullfrogs and Bulldogs and giving me The Versatile Blogger’s Award. I really appreciate it and feel honored.

Please check out Debby Frisella Designs, Debby’s blog full of her own artistic creations of watercolor and photography. I especially love the watercolors!

By accepting this award, I must follow some rules.

Here are the rules that come with it:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award and link this to their blog
  • Nominate 15 Bloggers for this award, and notify them about the nomination
  • Tell your readers 7 things about yourself

I nominate and want to recognize the following blogs:

The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife

Design, Dining and Diapers

Daily Garnish

She Let Them Eat Cake


Come on, ilene!

One Hundred & 80 Days

Tamara Out Loud

Pretty Handy Girl

Farmgirl Fare

A Spoonful of Sugar

One Shabby Chick

Eat Live Run

Running With Tweezers



Here are the 7 things about myself:

1) I have a dream of writing a book one day and have several stories in my head
2) I recently moved from Seattle to the wine country in Oregon known as the Willamette Valley
3) I live on a vineyard and currently we make  beautiful Pinot Noir. Our label  is called Omero Cellars
4) I love the way a photo captures a tiny moment in time
5) I love and appreciate my family more than I think they realize
6) I lived in Taiwan for 8 months when I was 29.
7) I have so much gratitude for those who follow my blog, have read my blog, and allow me to share with them.


Thank you all for reading my blog!