Archive | August, 2011

10 Favorite Fall & Halloween Tutorials {plus a little something for you}

31 Aug
Tomorrow is September and, in my mind, the beginning of Fall. 
And since I’m such a Halloween Freak — I am excited for Halloween!! 
The other day the new Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine came in the mail — and I was excited and honored to have my {Creepy} Specimen Art included in this issue.  
So fun!! 
This issue has a many fun Halloween ideas PLUS 78 Winter Holiday projects — including ornaments, wreaths, pillows and stockings!!
And all the info on how to make the projects, including patterns for many. 
So, in the spirit of Fall and Halloween, here are 10 of my past Fall and Halloween projects to get you in the Autumn mood: 

I’m so excited for Cooler Weather, Wearing Boots and Soup in the Crock Pot!
I have a copy of Holiday Crafts for one of YOU! 
**To enter — all you need to do is leave a comment with what YOU love most about Fall! 
Have a Wonderful Day!! 

PS — I will be sharing my first Halloween Project tomorrow over at the Halloween Spooktacular at eighteen25. It’s going to be fun!!!

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway and Back to School Ideas!!

30 Aug

Update — giveaway closed.
Winner was #414 — Mary Grace. Winner chosen via

It’s that time of year. 

My kids started school last week –I’m not sure where the summer went! We have some traditions that we love to make going back to school special for our kids. The first is documenting the first day of school.

Last year my friend Kami introduced me to Chalkboard Bubbles and I had such a fun time documenting the first day of school with them!! I did the same thing this year- it’s so amazing how the kids change from year to year!! 

We also have a special Crepe Party right before school starts. 
It’s a great special occasion where we talk about goals and plans for the up-coming school year. 
Today I’m so excited to have a special Back to School giveaway today from my favorite storeTarget!! 

Target is the place where we get the majority of our clothes, including back to school clothes. I LOVE that Target has great quality, fashionable clothes for such amazing prices. If you see my family or I on the street, the chances are about 100% that something we are wearing comes from Target.

Target’s Cherokee line is one of my favorite Target lines. We were just there last week looking at Fall coats and Hannah found this black wool Cherokee peacoat that she loved.

Want to win some $$$ for back to school clothes for YOUR family??
Target has given me a $100 gift card to give away to a TT&J reader!! 
Win a $100 Target Gift Card
$100 Target gift card

Here’s how YOU can win:

To get extra entries:

  • Leave a comment here with YOUR family’s favorite Back to School Tradition. If you don’t have one, what is one you want to try? one entry.
  • Tweet this:  “I want to win a $100 @Target gift card for new
    @Cherokee_usa clothes! #giveaway via @jenjentrixie”. one entry.
  • “Like” Tatertots & Jello on Facebook — where I love to feature projects and great ideas. one entry. 
  • “Like” Cozi on Facebook — Cozi is a FREE online calendar that helps you manage your family schedule. one entry.
Please leave a comment for each item you do above to get those extra entries!
**winner must be a Facebook fan of Cherokee USA.
{Giveaway ends Sept. 6th}

And… how would you like to win $1,000???

Share your best First Day of School photo on Cherokee USA’s Facebook Page for a chance to win!

Prize package includes a $1000 shopping spree from Cherokee and $300 smart phone from Cozi. 

Thanks to Cherokee USA and Cozi for sponsoring this super giveaway!
*this is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.


 PS — I am over at the amazing 30 Days Blog— sharing some fun Stenciled Pillows today. Come over and say hi!! 

Giveaway Monday — Virtual Mini Room Design {$175 value}

29 Aug
Update – giveaway closed. 

Winner is Katherine at Yellow Galoshes!
Happy Monday!! 

Today I have a special giveaway for you!! 
Do you have a room that you are just drawing a blank on? 
I do!! I have been trying to finish my Master Bedroom for almost TWO years!! 

If so, I have someone you will want to meet

Autumn not only has a degree in interior design and experience in the industry, but I LOVE her style!! She loves classic interior design, but with a MODERN twist!!

And I love her philosophy that everyone deserves a house that makes them smile {even on a tight budget}!!

You will be amazed at the rooms she has designed. She has been featured in several magaiznes as well as one of my favorite blogs – Design Sponge. Check out this room. She took a dining room and turned it into a library. I love that she wallpapered the CEILING. Awesome!! 

Here’s another amazing transformation that she did: 

Autumn is a mother of
She’s from the east coast, and has recently moved to salt lake from tennessee.
And she offers various local and e-design services:
1. a phone consult with follow up
2. a mini-design plan: a phone call plus a one page idea board
a full design plan: phone call, preliminary idea boards, and a
multi-page design plan complete with floor plan, elevations, an idea
board, and all links to suggested furnishings, major accessories,
suggested paint colors, and all notes the customer will need to
transform their room. (price depends on the size of the room)
Her Design Boards are amazing .
This is the Design Board that she made for the above dining room:
 And look at this pretty board she made for a master bedroom: 

 Autumn is giving away one — Mini Room Design {$175 value) 
This includes a phone call and an idea board for one room.
 **{And if the winner is in the salt lake area (within
20 miles of downtown salt lake), Autumn will swap out the phone call
for a one hour in-home consult, plus the idea board.

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Head over to Autumn’s site — Design Dump. Leave a comment with which space you would want to have Autumn’s help with. one entry. 
  • Follow Design Dump – where you get great interior design information and inspiration. one entry. 
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your Blog. one entry each. 
{this giveaway ends Sept. 5th}
*Leave me a comment for each thing you do so I can make sure you get credit 🙂

Have a Wonderful Monday!!! 

Great Ideas — Painted Projects {1}!

28 Aug
Painted Chandelier @ How Does She
Painted Sofa @ Johnny in a Dress
Chevron Wall Painting Tutorial @ The Tall Chick
Painted Nursery Dresser @ Never a Dull Moment

 Stenciled Basket Liners @ Blissfully Ever After
 Make a Farmhouse Table @ The Real Housewives of BC
Painted Lamp Transformation @ She’s Crafty
 Painted Thrifted Table @ Organize and Decorate Everything
 Tray Makeover @ Coley’s Corner
Paint with Chalk and Stencils @ 504 Main
Spruce up a table with Paint @ The Craft Monkey
Painted Dresser Redo @ The Prezidential Life
 Painted Sun Sign @ Erin at Lemon Tree Creations
Painted Pew @ Harbour Breeze
 Stained Countertop @ Nest Nesting Nested
 Painted Pink Cabinet @ Girls in the Garden
Contact Paper Stencils @ Always in Wonder
Painted Headboard @ My Jadie Cakes
Kids Table Redo @ A Grace Full Life
Homemade Bed @ Kristin Duke Photography
Painted Kitchen Cabinets @ Projects Around the House


I am AMAZED at all of the wonderful ideas linked up. I wish I could feature each of them!! 
Come check them out and  link up YOUR ideas and enter to win $50 to:


Happy Sunday!! 


Great Ideas — DIY Inspiration {12}

27 Aug
Pallet Day Bed @ La Famille Blog
Restoration Hardware-inspired Concrete Fire Column @ In My Own Style
Shutters become Bathroom Counters @ Cleverly Inspired
DIY Photo Display @ Shanty 2 Chic

Entryway Makeover @ PB&J Stories
 DIY Dry Erase Calendar @ SAS Interiors
Houndstooth Pendant Lamp @ A Girl and a Glue Gun
French Opera Sidetable @ Lovely Etc.
DIY Subway Art @ My Life as a Mrs.
DIy Message Center @ Sweet Serendipity
Yellow Bookshelf and Plate Wall @ By The Brook Designs
 Window Chalkboard @ Poofy Cheeks
Sassy Gallery Wall @ Sassy Style
Pretty Bench Redo @ The Remodeled Life
Pallet Toy Crate @ Onesie Twosie
So many great ideas going on this week!! 
Come link up YOUR ideas and enter to win $50 to:
Have a Happy Saturday!! 
PS — Thanks for the sweet words on my Stenciled Circle Rug!! It was a fun project to make. I am sharing 10 other Stenciled Rug Tutorials over at The New Home Ec today. Come over and get inspired to paint a rug for your home!!! 

Weekend Wrap Up Party — and Sweet Floweret Giveaway!!

27 Aug
Update – giveaway closed. Winner is comment #48 — Debran.

Happy Friday!!

Welcome to the party!! 
This week’s giveaway is from Sweet FloweretRings, Customized Scripture Key Fobs, Wristlets, Scripture pillows and more!

**And 50% of profits in August are going to “The Food Fund” to help feed 12 million people starving in Africa.

 The rings are so pretty and each ring comes in a sweet fabric pouch – perfect for gift giving!! 

And I love the Scripture Key Fobs. You can get ones for you and for HIM! So cool.

Plus, how sweet is this Scripture Pillow? 
And I love the Oilcloth Wristlets for birthday gifts!

Plus, Sweet Floweret’s creator, Christina has her Sweet Floweret blog where she shares recipes, tutorials and other cool stuff!!

  Christina from Sweet Floweret is giving away a 
$50 credit to her shop!! 

Here’s how YOU can win: 

  • Head over to Sweet Floweret – what is The Name of your favorite item? one entry.
  • Link up YOUR ideas. one entry for each project linked up 🙂 
 and if you want an extra entry: 
  • Like” the Sweet Floweret Facebook Page — and you can get an EXTRA 10% off your order while this giveaway is going — by typing in SFFBFRIEND at checkout!! 
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 and 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 be writing a feature post in the morning – I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!!

Stenciled Circle Rug Tutorial {Spray Paint Project}

26 Aug

Have I ever mentioned that I have a slight obsession with the Disney Show “Good Luck Charlie”? 

I was sick last Spring and spent about 5 hours straight watching it in some sort of “Good Luck Charlie” marathon – lol! I adore the use of color in the “Good Luck Charlie” house!!

Like their turquoise couch! So fun. I developed a bit of a crush on the rug from that set. So I tracked it down and discovered that it is the Key Turquoise Rug from Suzanne Sharp – a famous rug designer and also several thousand dollars. Update — just requested the price list and yes, it’s $5,000 – yikes!!! I think I’m going to try to recreate this rug for my family room 🙂

And while I was obsessing about this rug, I fond another rug. Also by Suzanne Sharp and decided to try to recreate that — it’s the Sellarsbrook rug.

Here’s what I did: 

1. I used cheap rolls of shelf liner. 
2. I traced two sizes of plates onto the liner. 
3. I cut out the circles. 
4. I laid the circles on the rug and overlapped them, three rows.
5.Then I taped rows on top of the circles. And taped the edges up.
6. Then I spray painted the whole rug. 
I bought the rug from Ikea. It was $24.99. In retrospect, I should have rolled the paint on instead of spray painting. The rug has ridges, so it was hard to get the rug taped with the ridges, so some of the spray paint did get underneath the tape. If I had rolled it on, I think the edges would have been a little crisper. 
But overall I’m really pleased with the rug. It looks so pretty in my garden — with my striped yellow benchI love turquoise and yellow together!! 

So now my patio is extra colorful!!! 
and instead of the $3000 price tag — mine was under $40!!
Thanks for stopping by – I appreciate it!! 
Have a Fantastic Friday!! 


PS— This post is linked up with Beth!!