Archive | June, 2011

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Mason Jar Kiddie Picnic!! {and printable recipe too}

30 Jun
Hello, adorable Tatertots and Jello readers!

My name is Kimmie and I blog over at Sugar and Dots.

I’ll spare you my life story…basically, I blog about lots of random things and I enjoy sarcasm.
๐Ÿ™‚
I am so excited to be sharing “my” idea here today!
So here’s the deal…

For Easter, I was in charge of dessert and whipped up some little lovelies in Mason jars.
After posting, one of my readers said that my Mason jar idea would be great to take on a picnic.
Soon after that, I told my bloggy BFF Rachelle that I needed a fab post for Tatertots and Jello.
Rachelle went a step further with my idea and suggested an entire picnic created from meals in Mason jars.
Genius!
I decided to go with a kiddie picnic for my trial run.
Not that my kids don’t deserve an uber fancy schmancy picnic under the stars or anything, but you know; let’s try the hotdog thing before I bust out the filet mignon.
๐Ÿ˜‰


For this picnic I made:

  •   Homemade potato salad (printable below) 
  • Hotdogs with buns (cut-up and drizzled with their favorite condiments) 
  • And some homemade funfetti cake a la mode.
Easy peasy and super yummy.
Sometimes it’s nice to surprise the kids with a special meal and see their faces light up with excitement.
And sometimes it’s nice to envision that scenario in your mind and then try not to be totally disappointed when your three-year-old decides he despises your surprise and wants nothing to do with your picnic.
๐Ÿ™‚
You can’t win ’em all.

Next time it will be grown-up style:

  • delicious dips with pita bread 
  • warm breadsticks with tiny jars of marinara sauce
  • and a dessert under the summer sky that makes my husband swoon.
There are so many “quick and easy” recipes out there you could make!!
Splurge with something fancy and throw a Mason jar picnic playdate that makes you the envy of your MOPS group.

or

Bring a picnic basket full of jars of patriotic-colored fruit to your neighbor’s 4th of July BBQ.

The possibilities are endless!
Oh, and here is the printable for the yummiest potato salad of all time:

Thank you, sweet Jen, for having me here!
I know we all love reading your site full of ideas and inspiration; and I’m fairly sure this post will be the highlight of my blogging career.
xo

Thanks Kimmie!! 
My girls would love a Mason Jar Picnic!!
Kimmie is full of cute ideas. And, isn’t she adorable?? Really it isn’t fair that she is so cute AND talented.

Her daughter’s room is so cute. Check out the Tutu Bedskirt Tutorial!

Kimmie loves color as much as I do. I love this FREEBIE printable she made!

Kimmie turned her screened in patio into an Awesome Playroom too.

Plus, she has a fun linky party on Wednesdays — you should check it out. 


And, she made the button for my Summer Social party. Thanks Kimmie! 

So be sure to head over to Sugar and Dots.
You will love Kimmie and her ideas!!

xoxo

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

xoxo

PS — are you going to SNAP? It’s an awesome new CREATIVE blog conference in April 2012. I just found out that tickets are 10% off all day TODAY ๐Ÿ™‚

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Mason Jar Kiddie Picnic!! {and printable recipe too}

30 Jun
Hello, adorable Tatertots and Jello readers!

My name is Kimmie and I blog over at Sugar and Dots.

I’ll spare you my life story…basically, I blog about lots of random things and I enjoy sarcasm.
๐Ÿ™‚
I am so excited to be sharing “my” idea here today!
So here’s the deal…

For Easter, I was in charge of dessert and whipped up some little lovelies in Mason jars.
After posting, one of my readers said that my Mason jar idea would be great to take on a picnic.
Soon after that, I told my bloggy BFF Rachelle that I needed a fab post for Tatertots and Jello.
Rachelle went a step further with my idea and suggested an entire picnic created from meals in Mason jars.
Genius!
I decided to go with a kiddie picnic for my trial run.
Not that my kids don’t deserve an uber fancy schmancy picnic under the stars or anything, but you know; let’s try the hotdog thing before I bust out the filet mignon.
๐Ÿ˜‰


For this picnic I made:

  •   Homemade potato salad (printable below) 
  • Hotdogs with buns (cut-up and drizzled with their favorite condiments) 
  • And some homemade funfetti cake a la mode.
Easy peasy and super yummy.
Sometimes it’s nice to surprise the kids with a special meal and see their faces light up with excitement.
And sometimes it’s nice to envision that scenario in your mind and then try not to be totally disappointed when your three-year-old decides he despises your surprise and wants nothing to do with your picnic.
๐Ÿ™‚
You can’t win ’em all.

Next time it will be grown-up style:

  • delicious dips with pita bread 
  • warm breadsticks with tiny jars of marinara sauce
  • and a dessert under the summer sky that makes my husband swoon.
There are so many “quick and easy” recipes out there you could make!!
Splurge with something fancy and throw a Mason jar picnic playdate that makes you the envy of your MOPS group.

or

Bring a picnic basket full of jars of patriotic-colored fruit to your neighbor’s 4th of July BBQ.

The possibilities are endless!
Oh, and here is the printable for the yummiest potato salad of all time:

Thank you, sweet Jen, for having me here!
I know we all love reading your site full of ideas and inspiration; and I’m fairly sure this post will be the highlight of my blogging career.
xo

Thanks Kimmie!! 
My girls would love a Mason Jar Picnic!!
Kimmie is full of cute ideas. And, isn’t she adorable?? Really it isn’t fair that she is so cute AND talented.

Her daughter’s room is so cute. Check out the Tutu Bedskirt Tutorial!

Kimmie loves color as much as I do. I love this FREEBIE printable she made!

Kimmie turned her screened in patio into an Awesome Playroom too.

Plus, she has a fun linky party on Wednesdays — you should check it out. 


And, she made the button for my Summer Social party. Thanks Kimmie! 

So be sure to head over to Sugar and Dots.
You will love Kimmie and her ideas!!

xoxo

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

xoxo

PS — are you going to SNAP? It’s an awesome new CREATIVE blog conference in April 2012. I just found out that tickets are 10% off all day TODAY ๐Ÿ™‚

10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?

10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?

Michael’s Creative Crew Blogger Event!

29 Jun
A few weeks ago I was in Texas, as part of the Michaels Creative Crew. It was a whirwind two day trip filled  amazing information, fun, new friends and crafts galore!!  
It was such an honor to be one of the bloggers at this fun event. And I think the thing I loved the most about this trip was getting to know the people behind the Michaels brand.
First of all, I have to say how impressed I am with the people behind Michaels. They are so genuine and they really care about their customers.
The first night we met and learned how to needle felt. I had never tried that before — I love it! Then we had a fabulous dinner at Gaylord Texanโ€™s restaurant Zeppole — it was so delicious! 
The design team is led by Jo Pearson, who has been with Michaels for 20 years. The next day we toured their work space. I LOVED seeing their design studio. What a dream job it would be to work there – I can only imagine!!! 
One of the big things I learned is that Michaels has developed their own lines of products that are high quality but more affordable than other designer lines.

Michaels had tables set up with the different lines and crafts made by their design team at each table.
It was so inspiring seeing all of that creativity!!
Then we were treated to lunch at Jo’s house – it is incredible and deserves a blog post all of it’s own! 
She has the most amazing studio!!
This is her yard! How cute is that turquoise trailer? I wanted to take it home with me!
Isn’t her home incredible?
Then we headed over to the Southlake Michaels store for my favorite part of the trip — crafting with the amazing Michaels Team and the other creative bloggers! We decorated cakes, made necklaces, cards, and these beautiful art journals with Kathy Kromer.
And made our own stamps with foam — I loved this so much!! 
Every single thing about this event was so fun!!
Thank you Michaels for such a wonderful experience.
 I loved learning more about you and the people behind the scenes!!

I had such a fun time getting to know these ladies. They are all so creative and friendly. 

The “Creative Crew”: 

Amy from Amy Atlas Events, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Amy from Living Locurto, Kari from UCreate, Alison from HowDoesShe, Cindy from Skip to My Lou, Kami from No Biggie, Kelly from Make Grow Gather, and Ashley from Make It and Love It.

Get to know Michaels: 

  • Michaels on Facebook & Twitter

  • Michaelโ€™s YouTube Channel โ€“ great ideas and inspiration!

  • Find a Michaels Store near you.



  • Disclosure —  Michaels Craft Stores paid for my travel and accommodations. They did not require that I blog about this event — I am blogging about it because I was so impressed. All opinions are 100% mine.
    And a BIG thank you to Empower Media Marketing who did an awesome job making this event happen. 

    Have a Fantastic Day!!! 
    xoxoxo

    Michael’s Creative Crew Blogger Event!

    29 Jun
    A few weeks ago I was in Texas, as part of the Michaels Creative Crew. It was a whirwind two day trip filled  amazing information, fun, new friends and crafts galore!!  
    It was such an honor to be one of the bloggers at this fun event. And I think the thing I loved the most about this trip was getting to know the people behind the Michaels brand.
    First of all, I have to say how impressed I am with the people behind Michaels. They are so genuine and they really care about their customers.
    The first night we met and learned how to needle felt. I had never tried that before — I love it! Then we had a fabulous dinner at Gaylord Texanโ€™s restaurant Zeppole — it was so delicious! 
    The design team is led by Jo Pearson, who has been with Michaels for 20 years. The next day we toured their work space. I LOVED seeing their design studio. What a dream job it would be to work there – I can only imagine!!! 
    One of the big things I learned is that Michaels has developed their own lines of products that are high quality but more affordable than other designer lines.

    Michaels had tables set up with the different lines and crafts made by their design team at each table.
    It was so inspiring seeing all of that creativity!!
    Then we were treated to lunch at Jo’s house – it is incredible and deserves a blog post all of it’s own! 
    She has the most amazing studio!!
    This is her yard! How cute is that turquoise trailer? I wanted to take it home with me!
    Isn’t her home incredible?
    Then we headed over to the Southlake Michaels store for my favorite part of the trip — crafting with the amazing Michaels Team and the other creative bloggers! We decorated cakes, made necklaces, cards, and these beautiful art journals with Kathy Kromer.
    And made our own stamps with foam — I loved this so much!! 
    Every single thing about this event was so fun!!
    Thank you Michaels for such a wonderful experience.
     I loved learning more about you and the people behind the scenes!!

    I had such a fun time getting to know these ladies. They are all so creative and friendly. 

    The “Creative Crew”: 

    Amy from Amy Atlas Events, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Amy from Living Locurto, Kari from UCreate, Alison from HowDoesShe, Cindy from Skip to My Lou, Kami from No Biggie, Kelly from Make Grow Gather, and Ashley from Make It and Love It.

    Get to know Michaels: 

  • Michaels on Facebook & Twitter

  • Michaelโ€™s YouTube Channel โ€“ great ideas and inspiration!

  • Find a Michaels Store near you.



  • Disclosure —  Michaels Craft Stores paid for my travel and accommodations. They did not require that I blog about this event — I am blogging about it because I was so impressed. All opinions are 100% mine.
    And a BIG thank you to Empower Media Marketing who did an awesome job making this event happen. 

    Have a Fantastic Day!!! 
    xoxoxo

    "Summer Social" Guest Project — Make a Ruffled Soda Can Holder from an old handbag!! {tutorial}

    28 Jun

    Hey there TT&J readers! 
    I’m stoked to be here to share a fun summer craft with you crafty ladies!!
     
    I’m Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous.
    I am a hopeless Craft Addict with a blog….because its cheaper than therapy! I share tutorials for almost every craft I do and I love featuring creative ideas and creative bloggers. I also host a biannual Handmade Gift Exchange which is loads of fun!!
     
    Today I’m going to show you how to make Ruffled Soda Can Cozies from an old handbag.
    A fab repurpose project that helps you sip your Diet Coke in style AND be earth friendly. yay!!

    Supplies

    • vinyl/fake leather handbag
    • scissors/rotary cutter
    • sew on 3/4″ velcro
    • sewing machine
    • Fabric Marker


    Cut off the handles and remove the lining {if your bag has it}
    Cut off the bottom of the handbag.
    Cut as many 2.5″x9″ strips as you can. {I got 4 from my bag}
    With the left over pieces, cut 1″ strips. {mind are 1″x12″}
    Cut 2.5″ strips of velcro and sew onto the ends of the 2.5″x9″ strips. For example: sew the loopy velcro side to the backside of the vinyl strip and sew the hook side of the velcro to the right side of the vinyl.
    **Tip: be careful when sewing vinyl or fake leather because even though you may unpick a seam, the holes will remain in the material!**
    Use a straight edge and draw a line 3/4″ away from one long side. I used a disappearing ink fabric marker.Take one 1″ strip and fold over the edge and sew it next to the velcro that is on the right side of the vinyl. Sew the 1″ strip on in the center of the strip and make pleats/ruffles as you sew. Use the line you drew as your guide to make sure your pleats are straight. If you need more length to complete your ruffled strip, start the next strip by folding under the edge and continue sewing ruffles/pleats. When you get to the end, tuck under the edge of the 1″ strip. And you’re done!!
    Enjoy this cute little Soda Can Cozy to keep your fingers dry and your can in style this summer!
    Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your fun series, Jen!! I hope you’ll stop by Craftaholics Anonymous and say hi! I would love to meet fellow Craftaholics!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    happy crafting!
    Linda
    Thanks Linda – that Ruffly Drink Holder is awesome!!! 
    You all probably know Linda’s amazing blog — 
    but if not, be sure to head over there for fabulous ideas like: 
    Check out her Gorgeous Headboard Makeover, not to mention those beautiful pillows!!
    How adorable are her Ruffled Ballet Flats?
    I think I gasped the first time I saw her T-shirt Pom Poms – they are so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ 
    Be sure to check out Craftaholics Anonymous
    If you aren’t a craftaholic before you head over, you will be after you see all of the amazing ideas!!
    xoxo
    PS — I am sharing my ideas on Decorating with COLOR over at Beth’s amazing place — Home Stories of A2Z today. Come over and check out this amazing series with tons of decorating ideas from dozens of fabulous decorating bloggers. You will love it!