Archive | July, 2011

Great Ideas — Parties {2}!!

31 Jul
 Birthday Cake Brownie Pops @ Munchkin Munchies
 Hawaii 5-0 @ My Insanity
Beachy Wedding Cake @ The Caffeinated Globe

 Light Up the Dark Party @ Moore Minutes
Tea Party @ Two Little Reasons
 Wedding Suitcase Decor @ Holiday Snob
 Going Away Party @ Worley House
Dino Party @ Holiday Snob
Movie Star Party @ Social Salutations
Pink Cupcake Party @ Laura’s Crafty Life
Farm Party @ Life is a Party
Baseball Party @ Savvy Southern Sisters
Toy Story Western Party @ Maddycakes Muse
Welcome Home Party @ How Sweet It Is

These are just a few of the ideas linked up this week!! 

And speaking of parties —  link up YOUR great ideas –to win $100 to Loralee Lewis!! {amazing party packages}

{be sure to check out her “Friday Freebie” on her blog too}


Happy Sunday!! 

Have a great day!

Great Ideas — Free Printables {1}!!

30 Jul
 Make Your Own Washi Tape @ The Bonjour!
 Recipe Card Printable @ Positively Spendid
 Sunshine Printables @ Kiki Creates

 Brush Your Teeth Printable @ 30 Handmade Days
 Be Awesome Printable @ Kiki Creates
Subway Kids Art To Do List @ My Computer is My Canvas
 Emily Dickinson Printable @ Seven Sisters
 Pillow Boxes Printables @ Kiki Creates
 Love Your Choice Printable @ {Junk in Their Trunk}
 Yellow Chevron and Printable @ The Crafty Scientist
Seuss File Download @ The Scrap Shoppe
Dumbledore Printable @ Capital B
 Alphabet Printable @ The Letter 4
 It’s another week of AMAZING ideas. 
I am so inspired by YOUR projects!! 
Come by and see the inspiration and link up YOUR great ideas — plus, you can win $100 to Loralee Lewis!!

Have a Happy Saturday!! 
PS — Come back for another Great Ideas feature post tonight 🙂 

Weekend Wrap Up Party — and $100 to Loralee Lewis {party packages}!!

30 Jul
 Welcome to the party!!

I have sweet giveaway for you this week from — Loralee Lewis!!

Loralee throws some of the most fabulous events I’ve ever seen in blogland! 
 Take a look at one of her parties:

Loralee is offering a 

$100 gift certificate to her Etsy Shop 
 to one randomly drawn winner. 
 Here is just a sampling of what that lucky winner will get to choose from:

If you would like to enter this week’s giveaway, sponsored by Loralee Lewis, you may do any (or all!) of the following:

Here’s how you can win:

  • Visit the Loralee Lewis shop on Etsy.  Pick out your favorite product there, and leave a comment below telling me about it. one entry
  • “Like” Loralee’s FB page – where you can find out about her newest party ideas and giveaways. one entry.
  • Visit Loralee Lewis’ blog, No Fuss Fabulous.  Follow or leave a comment. one entry.
  • Link up YOUR ideas to the party — each project linked up = one entry.
**PLUS, check this out — order anything in the shop this week and enter “TT&JRocks,” to receive a FREE  8×10 Sign coordinating with your order PLUS 10% off.

Good luck to all of you! 
 Have fun exploring Loralee’s gorgeous
products and events, and enjoy your opportunity to get to know her.

A couple other things:
Join us Saturdays at for
 the weekend wrap up party!

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Please link up the Wrap Up button {a text link is great too — Tatertots & Jello}
so everyone can join in the fun!
Please comment on TWO posts above you and TWO posts below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit. 

{That way everyone gets some comments — we all love comments}
Have fun!!!

I’ll start going through the links tonight.
I can’t wait to see what YOU have been doing! 


Summer Project — Houndstooth Pedicures!!

29 Jul
With four girls in our household, we are into all of the glitz and frilliness that go along with being girly. One of our favorite parts of Summer are pedicures!! We love giving each other pedicures and inviting our friends over for them too!

When Beckie was out filming our webshow this weekend, she mentioned a new (to me) product — nail polish strips. I immediately had to buy some to try with my girls. The brand that I tried was Sally Hansen Salon Effects. I love all of the different patterns and colors that are available in this line.

PLUS, they are so easy to apply. The strips stick to your nails and you don’t even have to wait for them to dry. Genius!! Beckie said that hers had been on for two weeks and they still looked awesome!!

I bought the Houndstooth pattern, just my style! 

So yesterday Ella and I experimented with them. This is what we did:

1. Make sure your nails are clean and dry.

2. Hold the stips up to your nails and decide which size will work best.

3. Peel off the clear plastic coating, and then the white backing.

4. Place the strip right up next to the cuticle of your nail and then stretch it slightly so it really grabs the nail. Then trim the excess.

5. Do this to all the nails. Then come back and use the pink nail file (which is provided) and Shape the strips to fit the nail exactly.

And you are done!! 
In 15 minutes I had a pedicure that didn’t have to dry. And it has a really cool pattern too!

And another company that has cool nail patterns is Jamberry Nails.

Here are some other great pedicure ideas:


  • You can always have a Glitter toes Party like we did. One of my favorite posts of all time 🙂 
**In case you were wondering, I wasn’t paid to write this post. I just thought this was a really cool product 🙂 
Have a Fantastic Friday!! 

PS — I just found out that today you can get nail shields for FREE if you sign up at  Save More. They have 40 different patterns to choose from. Such a great deal!!


PPS — It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! I am SO excited to see YOUR ideas. The party starts at 6 pm {MST} tonight!!

Summer Cooking — The Most Delicious Corn Salad Recipe!!

28 Jul
I don’t post a lot of recipes here at Tatertots and Jello. So if I do post one, you know that it is delicious!! This is my favorite Summer Salad Recipe EVER! 
It’s perfect for this time of year. Be sure to use fresh cilantro and tomatoes. I use frozen corn, just because it’s easy, but fresh corn is even better!! 
This is a dish that people will talk about and want the recipe for.  
And best of all, it’s simple, fast and easy to make!!!

Fresh Summer Corn Salad: 

  • 8 ears sweet corn OR 4 cups of frozen corn.
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped, or 25 mini tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut the fresh corn off the cob or add the frozen corn to the pot and steam for 3 to 5 minutes in
1/4 cup water.
2. Remove lid and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more or until
water evaporates.
3. Toss the corn with all other ingredients and chill.

**Be sure not to overcook the corn.

Makes about 6 cups.

Seriously, I could eat this every single day and not get tired of it.
And, it’s even better the next day 🙂
Have a Wonderful Day!!

PS — Are you thinking about going to The Creative Connection?? It’s an amazing creative conference with dozens of handmade classes. Well, right now TCC is giving away TWO conference passes AND hotel — so you AND a girlfriend can go!! 
So fun!

Make Summer Fabric Rosette Jewelry!! {tutorial}

27 Jul
I love making Rolled Fabric Flowers  jewelry!
There are so many possibilities! 
You can make all sorts of jewelry with this little flowers, plus add them to home decor items like pillows, placemats, dishtowels and more !

rolled flower jewelry tutorial

So the other day, while my sister and her family were visiting, we sat down for a little “craft hour” and experimented making different Rolled Flower Gifts.
It was so much fun!!!

rolled flower necklace

In case you haven’t tried making these Rolled Flowers — here’s what you do:

maddy cutting out the fabric
1. Cut a 1-inch wide strip of material. We used fat quarters and cut one strip for a small flower, and combined two strips to make a larger flower.

2. Fold the strip in half width-wise and add a dot of hot glue, then immediately roll up the material {keep it folded in half} about 10 rolls. Then secure with another drop of hot glue.
roll up the fabric
3. Now fold the material in toward the center of the flower and continue rolling the material around the center of the flower. Hot glue a dot every rotation.
4. Continue this way until you run out of material and secure the end of the fabric to the flower.
hot glue flowers to felt
5. Put hot glue on the back of the flower and attach it to a piece of felt.
6. Once the glue has cooled, cut around the flower on the felt.
glue flowers together
7. Now you have a flower you can make into a pin, hairclip, or ring. Combine more than one flower to make a necklace by attaching the flowers to a piece of felt. Put pieces of chain underneath the flowers to secure the chain to the felt and flowers. Then cut around all of the flowers and attach a clasp to the end of the chain and a jump ring to the other end.

rolled flower necklace on
rolled flower earrings

And an even easier and faster gift idea is hot gluing embellishments to the ring blanks or hairclip/bookmark forms.
button clips and bookmarks
We also covered some buttons with fabric and hot glued them onto the blanks.
This makes a great gift.
Add the bookmark to a book or bookstore gift card for a fun stocking stuffer!!!
button bookmarks
And if you make some Rolled Flower Jewelry, get your friends together for a Girls Craft Night.
 Projects are always more fun with friends!!!
burlap hair clip
burlao hair clip on
rolled flower rings
I also made a little video on how to make the flowers if you want to check it out:


Happy Wednesday!! 

PS — We finished shooting the web show last night. Boy were we tired!! 13 episodes in two days. But it was SO much fun and there were so many great ideas that we featured with tutorials. I think it’s going to be awesome!! Oh — there’s a FB page all About Get a Little Creative too!1


"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make Pinwheel Placemats!!

26 Jul
Hello, everyone! 
My name is Amy, and my blogging home is Positively Splendid, a little creative haven where you’ll find everything from simple craft ideas to sewing projects, and just about everything in between. I would love for you to stop in for a visit!

I am so excited to be taking part in Jen’s Summer Social! Today I’m going to share a quick project with you to punch up your table decor during your next outdoor gathering.

These fun  pinwheel placemats are a terrific project to complete with fabric scraps you might have lying around!

All set to see how these are made? Let’s get started!
For this project, you will need…
Fusible web, such as Wonder UnderIronFabric scraps in various printsPaper and paper trimmerDisappearing ink markerClear rulerScissorsHot glue gun and glue sticksButtonsRibbon and/or rick-rackBamboo placemats (I found mine in the Dollar Spot at Target)
step 1 / Use your paper trimmer to make square templates of various sizes. I found that squares of 4″, 3″ and 2.5″ work well. Fuse contrasting pieces of your scrap fabric together, wrong sides facing, following the instructions for your fusible web. Use your disappearing ink marker to trace your square templates onto your fused fabric pieces, and cut your squares out. (You will need three squares of descending sizes for each placemat.) Using your ruler, draw lines diagonally through the center of your squares with your disappearing ink marker, as shown.

step 2 / Use your scissors to snip about 2/3 of length of the lines you just drew, as shown.
step 3 / Add a dab of hot glue to the center of each of your trimmed pieces. Fold every alternating corner of your snipped sections up to this center point, as shown, pressing them firmly into the hot glue to secure them.
step 4 / Add a button or other embellishment to the center of each pinwheel to conceal the glued corners. Cut strips of ribbon or rick-rack that are the width of your placemats and adhere these to the left side of your mat with hot glue. Hot glue three pinwheels of descending size, from largest to smallest, along this ribbon, as shown.
All finished!

Aren’t these little guys so festive and fun? 

Thanks, Jen, for having me over today! I hope y’all will stop by Positively Splendid sometime soon. You can also find me hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

That is absolutely adorable!!!
I want to make some RIGHT NOW!! 
Amy is one of my favorite blogging friends. We met for the first time at Blissdom and then we were able to hang out again at Creative Estates in April. 
{Here we are, along with another of my favorite people, Lara from Less Cake {More Frosting}.
There are so many reasons that I love reading Positively Splendid. One of the main reasons is Amy’s love of color!!
I love her Boy/Girl Room.
And her pillows are amazing. So so cute!
I could spotlight every single project that Amy has made on Positively Splendid, because I love them all so much and you will too!! 
Be sure to head over and give her a big TT&J hello!!

PS — We finished shooting Day 1 of the Get a Little Creative Show yesterday. Check out the fun set. Chevron!
{thanks Shelley @ House of Smiths for the great pic}