Archive | April, 2010

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!

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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

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!
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 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!

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/magnetboardclose1.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!

Birthday Board Giveaway!!

27 Apr
I had a blast going on Studio 5 showing the How Does She Birthday Board. This is such a cute project!!
How Does She has a wonderful tutorial over on their site. I just love this idea! It’s a fantastic way to celebrate your child’s birthday for their whole birthday week. You can sit down with your child before and have them come up with the menu they want for the week. And you get to plan little activities to do that week as a family with your child too!
{you get 3 of these with numbers 1-6}
I was thinking about it and it would be fun to do this for your husband’s birthday. The kids would love to pick out his special meals for the week and come up with some fun activities that they can do with their dad. So many possibilities!
{the back of the board — for the actual birthday – day!}
The How Does She girls were so sweet to give me one to give away to YOU! So here it is!
You can find the tutorial on how to make this fantastic idea HERE.
To enter:
1st entry: Leave me a comment on this post.
2nd entry: Go over to How Does She and leave them a comment.
3rd entry: Mention this Giveaway on Facebook
4th entry: Tweet about the giveaway

Leave me a separate comment for each thing you do!

This giveaway ends on Sunday Night — 5/2 at midnight (SMT).
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
I’m going on a field trip with my daughter’s class.
What are you doing today?
XOXO

Colorful Silhouettes Tutorial

27 Apr
I love the silhouette revival that’s been going on!  I had some cute silhouettes that I had brought home from Disneyland many years ago. I thought it would be fun to combine my older silhouettes with new ones that are bright and happy looking.
before:
After:
I had them all on my mantle, but it was a little too crowded. So I did a little edit and put some of them on my console table too.
I am sure you have all seen the tutorials where you take a picture of your child’s profile, print it out and trace it onto paper and then cut the silhouette from that paper. 
I did mine a little differently. 
  1. I found pictures online of things I wanted to make a silhouette from — like the chairs, and the Eiffel Tower. I printed them off and then cut them out. 
  2. Then I traced around the cutout onto the paper I wanted to use for the silhouette. 
  3. Then I cut that silhouette out. I am sure either way would work. I did most of this project at night so this version worked best for me with no sunlight.
{I found these on Ethan Allen’s website}
I cut them out using small scissors. On a couple of the silhouettes I needed to use an exacto knife to make small cuts.
For the frames I used some Dollar Store ones I had around the house, a couple from Walmart and this one I found at the thrift store. They gave it to me for a quarter.
I also added a few little details to some of the silhouettes this doily to the woman’s silhouette:
To finish it off, I made a little pennant out of MAPS. I hot glued some buttons on it. It adds a little festivity to the mantle!
Now that the mantle is done, I need to work on getting the house cleaned up!
I am linking this project up to:

The Fabulous Beth’s — Ready Set Vignette Party!

And These other Amazing places. Go on over to see such creative energy:

And tomorrow I will start the How Does She Birthday Board Giveaway!
Don’t forget to enter to win one of 
TWO awesome scrapbooking kits from Bad Girls HERE!
Have a Terrific night and Tuesday!
XOXO

Colorful Silhouettes Tutorial

27 Apr
I love the silhouette revival that’s been going on!  I had some cute silhouettes that I had brought home from Disneyland many years ago. I thought it would be fun to combine my older silhouettes with new ones that are bright and happy looking.
before:
After:
I had them all on my mantle, but it was a little too crowded. So I did a little edit and put some of them on my console table too.
I am sure you have all seen the tutorials where you take a picture of your child’s profile, print it out and trace it onto paper and then cut the silhouette from that paper. 
I did mine a little differently. 
  1. I found pictures online of things I wanted to make a silhouette from — like the chairs, and the Eiffel Tower. I printed them off and then cut them out. 
  2. Then I traced around the cutout onto the paper I wanted to use for the silhouette. 
  3. Then I cut that silhouette out. I am sure either way would work. I did most of this project at night so this version worked best for me with no sunlight.
{I found these on Ethan Allen’s website}
I cut them out using small scissors. On a couple of the silhouettes I needed to use an exacto knife to make small cuts.
For the frames I used some Dollar Store ones I had around the house, a couple from Walmart and this one I found at the thrift store. They gave it to me for a quarter.
I also added a few little details to some of the silhouettes this doily to the woman’s silhouette:
To finish it off, I made a little pennant out of MAPS. I hot glued some buttons on it. It adds a little festivity to the mantle!
Now that the mantle is done, I need to work on getting the house cleaned up!
I am linking this project up to:

The Fabulous Beth’s — Ready Set Vignette Party!

And These other Amazing places. Go on over to see such creative energy:

And tomorrow I will start the How Does She Birthday Board Giveaway!
Don’t forget to enter to win one of 
TWO awesome scrapbooking kits from Bad Girls HERE!
Have a Terrific night and Tuesday!
XOXO