Archive | April, 2010

Happy Friday! Some Great information about the giveaways!

30 Apr

Do you want to make some cute flowers?
Oopsey Daisy has corralled THREE DOZEN flower tutorials 
over at her site. 
This is a great resource of flower tutorials all in one place. 
You should check it out!
And, more information about next week’s huge giveaways!!!!
 
Have you been over to Alice.com? It’s a wonderful resource  where you can buy all your home essentials and the shipping is always FREE, plus they have auto coupons you can use! Go check it out and see what you think!
Remember — This THURSDAY is the big day. 
It’s the Mother’s Day Extravaganza!!!!
I have even more giveaways lined up. It’s going to be so fun! Plus, the grand prizes that Alice.com and BlogFrog are giving away!!! 
And guess what, you can start earning entries right now! All you have to do is go over to our BlogFrog communities and comment. 
And, your comments can bring people over to YOUR blogs too! You see, BlogFrog communities are all linked up. So someone can search for a specific thing like “Favorite Crafts” and any BlogFrog community that has a discussion about “Favorite Crafts” will pop up. So that person will come over and read your comment and they can come over to your blog that way. 
It’s a great way to increase YOUR traffic! So go over to any of our communities, join the communities and in the discussions OR start a topic that YOU are knowledgeable about! Each time you comment on one of the BlogFrog communities, you will be entered into the pot for the prizes!
Alice.com Mother’s Day Giveaway Extravaganza
We will have thousands of dollars worth of giveaways. Which means, you can win LOTS of great prizes, because there are so many things being given away.
All you have to do to enter them is checkout our communities, and the more comments you make and communities you visit, the higher chance of winning! 
 So start commenting and visiting now, 
because all comments count as entries!
 
 
Here are the Blog Frog Communities that are participating in the Mother’s Day Extravaganza Giveaways!! Check them out and earn entries:
And a reminder, The Weekend Wrap Up Party post is going up at 10 PM (MST) tonight (hopefully)!!
XOXO

Cute and Funny Guest Project from Somewhat Simple

30 Apr
Happy Friday Everyone!!!
I’m Stephanie from SomewhatSimple
I am super excited to be on Jen’s darling blog. It seems like Jen and I run in the same creative circle, but have yet to cross paths! Time to change that here today!

Today I thought I would share with you a very simple project that should get a few laughs if you make one for your home. I call it “The Exercise Block” and before any of you tune me out, let me remind you that this is funny, no exercise required!

Take A Look:

Materials Needed:
1 block, any size. (mine was a 4×4)
Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Ribbon
Printed Directions
You can use this image if you’d like:

(Right click on the image to save it, then copy it to a word doc, adjust the size to fit your block and print. I make things easy for you!) 

Here are the Easy Directions of this Tutorial:
1. Cut 6 squares of your scrapbook paper to fit your block
2. Mod Podge the paper to the sides of the block by adding a thin layer of Mod Podge to the wood, then lay your paper on that, then add another thin layer of Mod Podge to the top. Let it dry completely.

3. Mod Podge your Directions Sheet to one side of the block, then let it dry completely.

4. I chose to distress the edges with a sander just a bit, but that is up to you. Now just pick a ribbon and tie it up with a bow.

And that’s it!!!!
My kind of exercise!

I would love to have you come visit me at somewhat simple and see what else I’ve been up to! Every day is different and each day is something fun! If you come right now, you can still add your link to our Strut Your Stuff Link Party that I host everything Thursday. Consider yourself personally invited!

Jen, thanks for having me as your guest today!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thanks Steph! If you haven’t made your way over to Somewhat Simple — you are missing out big time! Steph’s blog is a beautiful wonderland of crafty goodness! 

I’m sharing a little polka dot project over at Somewhat Simple today!
And a reminder — the Weekend Wrap Up Party will be starting tonight at midnight. I have a great new sponsor and giveaway this week for those of you who want to come to the party! See you then!!!
XOXO

Cute and Funny Guest Project from Somewhat Simple

30 Apr
Happy Friday Everyone!!!
I’m Stephanie from SomewhatSimple
I am super excited to be on Jen’s darling blog. It seems like Jen and I run in the same creative circle, but have yet to cross paths! Time to change that here today!

Today I thought I would share with you a very simple project that should get a few laughs if you make one for your home. I call it “The Exercise Block” and before any of you tune me out, let me remind you that this is funny, no exercise required!

Take A Look:

Materials Needed:
1 block, any size. (mine was a 4×4)
Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Ribbon
Printed Directions
You can use this image if you’d like:

(Right click on the image to save it, then copy it to a word doc, adjust the size to fit your block and print. I make things easy for you!) 

Here are the Easy Directions of this Tutorial:
1. Cut 6 squares of your scrapbook paper to fit your block
2. Mod Podge the paper to the sides of the block by adding a thin layer of Mod Podge to the wood, then lay your paper on that, then add another thin layer of Mod Podge to the top. Let it dry completely.

3. Mod Podge your Directions Sheet to one side of the block, then let it dry completely.

4. I chose to distress the edges with a sander just a bit, but that is up to you. Now just pick a ribbon and tie it up with a bow.

And that’s it!!!!
My kind of exercise!

I would love to have you come visit me at somewhat simple and see what else I’ve been up to! Every day is different and each day is something fun! If you come right now, you can still add your link to our Strut Your Stuff Link Party that I host everything Thursday. Consider yourself personally invited!

Jen, thanks for having me as your guest today!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thanks Steph! If you haven’t made your way over to Somewhat Simple — you are missing out big time! Steph’s blog is a beautiful wonderland of crafty goodness! 

I’m sharing a little polka dot project over at Somewhat Simple today!
And a reminder — the Weekend Wrap Up Party will be starting tonight at midnight. I have a great new sponsor and giveaway this week for those of you who want to come to the party! See you then!!!
XOXO

What To Do With Mismatched Silverware: Part II

29 Apr
Here’s another project you can do with mismatched silverware. Remember last month when I made this wreath flower out of old spoons?
I was wondering what else I could make out of mismatched silverware. And since it’s Spring I thought it would be fun to make some 
garden markers.
I also made a little Spring saying to go in a pot on my kitchen table.
“Oh Come, Gentle Spring.”
And I thought — why not make some magnets out of old silverware to go on the magnet board in my kitchen?
Or maybe a little saying or decoration for a present or birthday plant?
I put an ad in my local Freecycle for old silverware. But you can also find bins of mismatched silverware at your local thrift store. Mine had bins with silverware for 25 cents each!
So, if you want to make any of these projects with your mismatched silverware, this is what I did:
I took my silverware and used a hard surface (the concrete in my backyard — with a cutting board on top) and pounded it as hard as I could with a hammer to flatten the forks and spoons. Depending on what the spoon is made out of, it might take a few swings or several dozen.
https://i2.wp.com/i.ehow.com/images/a04/qm/bh/use-metal-stamps-200X200.jpg
After my silverware was flat, I took it to my workbench and stamped it. I found my stamps on ebay — the size I used was 1/4 inch — but you can buy the stamps in all sorts of sizes. I practiced first on a piece of left over sheet metal. It’s good to practice for awhile, to get the spacing figured out. But I like the imperfect look, it adds character.
I used a sharpie and marked off the places I wanted to put the letters by putting a little dot on that space. The way that I found worked best was to hit it with one hard strike. I found that if I did several, the stamp moved a little and the letters were blurry. 
After the letters were all stamped, I filled in the spaces with black Sharpie marker. Then I filed it off with a nail file. The Sharpie will stay in the grooves of the stamp, making the word easier to read.
After I finished this project, I discovered a couple other great tutorials with fun silverware:
IMG_0826
Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative made a fantastic 

onion
And Manuela @ The Pleasures of Homemaking also has a 
Feb10




So be sure to check those out too!

If you’ve made anything out of old silverware, let me know and I will feature it!

I just found out that Country Living did a feature on this recently, I really need to get a subscription to that magazine 🙂 

Have a Happy Night!
XOXO

What To Do With Mismatched Silverware: Part II

29 Apr
Here’s another project you can do with mismatched silverware. Remember last month when I made this wreath flower out of old spoons?
I was wondering what else I could make out of mismatched silverware. And since it’s Spring I thought it would be fun to make some 
garden markers.
I also made a little Spring saying to go in a pot on my kitchen table.
“Oh Come, Gentle Spring.”
And I thought — why not make some magnets out of old silverware to go on the magnet board in my kitchen?
Or maybe a little saying or decoration for a present or birthday plant?
I put an ad in my local Freecycle for old silverware. But you can also find bins of mismatched silverware at your local thrift store. Mine had bins with silverware for 25 cents each!
So, if you want to make any of these projects with your mismatched silverware, this is what I did:
I took my silverware and used a hard surface (the concrete in my backyard — with a cutting board on top) and pounded it as hard as I could with a hammer to flatten the forks and spoons. Depending on what the spoon is made out of, it might take a few swings or several dozen.
https://i2.wp.com/i.ehow.com/images/a04/qm/bh/use-metal-stamps-200X200.jpg
After my silverware was flat, I took it to my workbench and stamped it. I found my stamps on ebay — the size I used was 1/4 inch — but you can buy the stamps in all sorts of sizes. I practiced first on a piece of left over sheet metal. It’s good to practice for awhile, to get the spacing figured out. But I like the imperfect look, it adds character.
I used a sharpie and marked off the places I wanted to put the letters by putting a little dot on that space. The way that I found worked best was to hit it with one hard strike. I found that if I did several, the stamp moved a little and the letters were blurry. 
After the letters were all stamped, I filled in the spaces with black Sharpie marker. Then I filed it off with a nail file. The Sharpie will stay in the grooves of the stamp, making the word easier to read.
After I finished this project, I discovered a couple other great tutorials with fun silverware:
IMG_0826
Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative made a fantastic 

onion
And Manuela @ The Pleasures of Homemaking also has a 
Feb10




So be sure to check those out too!

If you’ve made anything out of old silverware, let me know and I will feature it!

I just found out that Country Living did a feature on this recently, I really need to get a subscription to that magazine 🙂 

Have a Happy Night!
XOXO

Wenderful’s Anatomy of a Snapshot: Part 4 — Composition

29 Apr

Some Hot News — tons of giveaways coming up!

29 Apr
Things are a little out of control in my Tatertots world right now — but in a good way! 

I wanted to update you about some things that are coming up really soon!

https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/savethedatecamewithtissuepaperandinstructionsonhowtocreateatraditionalmexicanflower.jpg?w=226
I am teaming up with Alice.com, BlogFrog and Hoosier Homemade, The Thrifty Mama, Faithful Provisions, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and The Happy Housewife for:
A Mother’s Day Extravaganza! 
Thursday, May 6th

There will be THOUSANDS $$$ of prizes 

like:

  • An ALL-DAY Spa Package!!
  • THREE Months of FREE Housecleaning!
  • Flowers sent to THREE of your Favorite Moms on Mother’s Day!
  • Two $50 Gift Certificates to Alice.com
  • T-shirts and other prizes
  • TEN Free Blog Frog PREMIUM Memberships ($60/each)

Plus each of the blogs are going to be giving away prizes EVERY HOUR.
So — that’s more than 60 prizes!

{If you have an etsy shop or business and would like to donate something and be spotlighted that day, shoot me an email — it will get you a lot of exposure. If I get enough giveaways, I will run the giveaways through the weekend!!!}

Some of the prizes that I have to give away here at Tatertots are:

  • Flirty Aprons
  • Scentsy Packages
  • Boutique Items
  • Photography Session and Clothing Giveaway
  • Jewelry
  • Accessories
  • And much more!!!

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The next day, Friday May 7th is the DIY Club’s Debut challenge. 

So get your projects ready!!! 

There are wonderful prizes there too! Including:

  • A year’s worth of Gorilla Glue, 
  • A year’s worth of Deco Art Supplies 
  • A year’s worth of DISChangers
  • $50 gift certificate for a beautiful clock by Craftify It
  • A $50 gift certificate to Southern Living At Home!!!

That’s over $200 worth of prizes for the winner!!

Click HERE for all the details on how to enter!

Royalty Clock

Then on Monday, May 10th is  
A WEEK OF GIVEAWAYS 
celebrating the announcement of something that has been in the works for over 6 months! 

It is really exciting and will be tons of fun — I promise!!!
I’m so excited – I can barely contain myself!!!

So Mark your calendars — you don’t want to miss out on these giveaways/prizes!!

Thursday, May 6thMother’s Day Extravaganza!
Friday, May 7thDIY Club link up!
Monday, May 10thA Week of Giveaways and Big Announcement!

Whew! And when that’s over I’m taking a really long nap – lol!

Have a great night!
XOXO

Some Hot News — tons of giveaways coming up!

29 Apr
Things are a little out of control in my Tatertots world right now — but in a good way! 

I wanted to update you about some things that are coming up really soon!

https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/savethedatecamewithtissuepaperandinstructionsonhowtocreateatraditionalmexicanflower1.jpg?w=226
I am teaming up with Alice.com, BlogFrog and Hoosier Homemade, The Thrifty Mama, Faithful Provisions, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and The Happy Housewife for:
A Mother’s Day Extravaganza! 
Thursday, May 6th

There will be THOUSANDS $$$ of prizes 

like:

  • An ALL-DAY Spa Package!!
  • THREE Months of FREE Housecleaning!
  • Flowers sent to THREE of your Favorite Moms on Mother’s Day!
  • Two $50 Gift Certificates to Alice.com
  • T-shirts and other prizes
  • TEN Free Blog Frog PREMIUM Memberships ($60/each)

Plus each of the blogs are going to be giving away prizes EVERY HOUR.
So — that’s more than 60 prizes!

{If you have an etsy shop or business and would like to donate something and be spotlighted that day, shoot me an email — it will get you a lot of exposure. If I get enough giveaways, I will run the giveaways through the weekend!!!}

Some of the prizes that I have to give away here at Tatertots are:

  • Flirty Aprons
  • Scentsy Packages
  • Boutique Items
  • Photography Session and Clothing Giveaway
  • Jewelry
  • Accessories
  • And much more!!!

<br /><img src=”http://www.brentriggs.com/images/diy2.jpg&#8221; width=”220″ height=”393″ border=”0″ usemap=”#Map” /><br /><br /><map name=”Map” id=”Map”><area shape=”rect” coords=”-10,276,225,389″ href=”http://www.itssoverycheri.com&#8221; target=”_blank” /><br /><br /> <area shape=”rect” coords=”67,230,218,248″ href=”http://whisperwoodcottage.blogspot.com&#8221; target=”_blank” /><area shape=”rect” coords=”52,215,169,231″ href=”http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com&#8221; target=”_blank” /><area shape=”rect” coords=”89,200,218,215″ href=”http://www.itssoverycheri.com&#8221; target=”_blank” /><area shape=”rect” coords=”83,185,156,198″ href=”http://504main.blogspot.com&#8221; target=”_blank” /><br /><br /><area shape=”rect” coords=”2,249,197,265″ href=”http://www.bystephanielynn.com&#8221; target=”_blank” /><br /><br /><area shape=”rect” coords=”1,2,224,180″ href=”http://www.itssoverycheri.com&#8221; target=”_blank” /><br /><br /></map>

The next day, Friday May 7th is the DIY Club’s Debut challenge. 

So get your projects ready!!! 

There are wonderful prizes there too! Including:

  • A year’s worth of Gorilla Glue, 
  • A year’s worth of Deco Art Supplies 
  • A year’s worth of DISChangers
  • $50 gift certificate for a beautiful clock by Craftify It
  • A $50 gift certificate to Southern Living At Home!!!

That’s over $200 worth of prizes for the winner!!

Click HERE for all the details on how to enter!

Royalty Clock

Then on Monday, May 10th is  
A WEEK OF GIVEAWAYS 
celebrating the announcement of something that has been in the works for over 6 months! 

It is really exciting and will be tons of fun — I promise!!!
I’m so excited – I can barely contain myself!!!

So Mark your calendars — you don’t want to miss out on these giveaways/prizes!!

Thursday, May 6thMother’s Day Extravaganza!
Friday, May 7thDIY Club link up!
Monday, May 10thA Week of Giveaways and Big Announcement!

Whew! And when that’s over I’m taking a really long nap – lol!

Have a great night!
XOXO

Guest Project: Chicken Wire Frame Tutorial & Clutch Giveaway!

28 Apr

Good morning! I have a treat for you today. I would like to introduce you to a really fun girl — my friend Jen from Dangerously Domestic! Seriously, how cool is that logo? Jen is a really upbeat, creative girl full of fun ideas. She is here to share a fun tutorial AND she is having a fantastic giveaway too! Take it away Jen!!!
Hi there Tatertots & Jello fans. I’m Jen of Dangerously Domestic. 
I kind of feel like I snuck in here because I certainly don’t belong . 
OH but I’m super happy to be here. 
I adore Jen , she is not only super talented but just a very generous and kind gal.
Thanks for having me today young lady!
Alright just let me finish my lunch and then lets get to the Tutorial!
It was a rainy , rainy day today just want to put that out there in defense of my pictures!
I’ve been dreaming of using some chicken wire in one of my projects ever since we put some over our square foot garden to keep the neighbor cats out of it.
Here’s what I came up with.
I’ve had this frame layin around for awhile and it was already white so I thought voila!
I just took the mat board out and the glass. You can save them for a different project . Ok, don’t know the technical name for it but you know the thing that holds all the pictures in on the back. You know! Well, that is what you are going to be attaching everything to. I knew that I would be adding some width to the sides of it so I just took some sharp scissors and cut a bit off the edges.
I measured the back thingy and then out to the garage I went to cut my chicken wire. You can buy chicken wire at places like Home Depot or Lowes. Using some wire cutters I cut the wire just about a half square bigger then the back board.
Spray painted it black. Put something under it or you will have a neat faux finish on your garage floor. The hubby won’t appreciate your handywork.
Pick out a great piece of fabric and like the wire cut it about 1/2 inch to an inch bigger all the way around. I went with gingham . Something about gingham & chicken wire.
I used to hate gingham – no I really hated it. Now I’m in love with it. This was a bit bright for where I wanted to put it.
No biggie! I just dipped it in a little bath of Tan Rit Dye and I had the color I was after.
You don’t have to do this step but I think it makes it look nicer. I added a layer of warm & white . Just hot glue it on or use any adhesive of your choice.
Next, I wrapped the fabric around and glued it to the back. It looks sloppy but I swear I neatened it up a bit. No one will see it .
Now this part was a bit tricky but only because the wire wants to curl up. I just held it flat with one hand and stapled it with the other. A regular old stapler did the trick just fine.
Now just pop it into the frame and secure it with a bit of hot glue at the corners.
Now just make your favorite fabric flower and embellish it.
If you would like to know how I made my fabric flowers hop over to my blog &  I will be glad to show you!
Again, sorry about the pics !
Here are a couple of my past projects.
Pear Shaped Book
T-shirt makeover

Just for fun I thought i would have a little giveaway for Jen’s readers. I’m giving away one of these clutches. Do you recognize this pattern? Noodlehead has the pattern for these over on her blog. http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/
Come over to my blog & find out how to enter.


Thanks for listening to me go on & on! Thanks again Jen. This was fun!

Smiles & Big Big Love,
Jen

Thanks Jen! What a happy project. I love it and the flowers are so cute! That picture of you eating the tatertots and jello is cracking me up!!!

Feel free to take this button for sharing your tutorial with us. 

And thanks for having such a great giveaway too — I will be over in a minute to enter!

Also, be sure to stop by Beth @ Stories of A to Z’s Vignette party today and see all of the loveliness!

XOXO

Project to Try: Metal Flower Embellishments!

28 Apr
How cute are these? 
I have some scrap metal sitting in my garage just waiting to be made into flowers!
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/magnetboardclose.jpg?w=300
 Amy @ Positively Splendid has the tutorial on her site. 
Check it out!
XOXO
 And don’t forget to enter my two great giveaways this week. Two great scrapbooking kits from Bad Girls and the Birthday Board from How Does She. They are at the top of my sidebar!