Archive | September, 2011

Great Ideas — 25 Fall Wreaths!!

10 Sep
Felt Flower Wreath @ Nest of Posies
Brass Thumbtack Wreath @ Madigan Made
 Yarn Wreath with Felt Flowers @ Home Stories A2Z
 Paper Plate Wreath @ Blue Sky Confection

 Ruffled Felt Fall Wreath @ K.I.S.S
How to make a Yarn Wreath @ My Blessed Life
Candy Corn Wreath @ The Cards We Drew
 Striped Burlap Wreath @ Life, Made Interesting
 Back to School Pencil Wreath @ Organize and Decorate Everything
 Fall Coffee Filter Wreath @ Craftberry Bush
 Witch Chevron Wreath @ CraftOManiac
Welcome Wreath @ Miss Lovie
Sweater and Burlap Wreath @ Today is My Someday
Burlap and Felt Flowers @ Quiver Full of Blessings
Halloween Embroidery Hoop Wreath @ The Thriftress
Grocery Bag Wreath @ Loo-La-Bee Simplicity
Fall Paper Medallion Wreath @ O. Alouette
Fall Burlap and Rosette Wreath @ The Tanners
Alma Mater Wreath @ Vintage Gwen
Fall Felt Wreath @ Lady Anne
Coffee Filter Fall Wreath @ Mary’s Meanderings
Spray Painted Wreath Redo @ Lookie What I Did
Shimmery Leaves Fall Wreath @ Crafts ‘n Coffee
Autumn Fall Wreath @ Homespun With Love
Wow – I am AMAZED at the ideas linked up!!! Seriously, I get recharged every weekends by looking at YOUR ideas!! 
Come link up YOUR ideas and win a $40 sign to Signs by Andrea. 

Have a SUPER Saturday!! 

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Weekend Wrap Up Party — and Signs by Andrea giveaway {2 winners $80 value}

10 Sep
It’s Friday — my favorite day of the week!! 

This week’s giveaway is from an adorable shop — Signs by Andrea. 

The thing I think I love most about Andrea’s signs are the fact that each of her signs is made from repurposed wood! 
So each sign is different and has such character!! 
 Here’s the sign Andrea made me – I love it on my Beachy Mantel.
I think these Plain Initial Signs would be so cute on each child’s door. 

Or you can get Initials with Overlays 
perfect for a family name. They also make great wedding or anniversary gifts. 

And there are all sorts of other signs you can get at Andreas site too. 

Another thing that Andrea makes and I love are her 
Wrapped Canvas Signs: 

And Andrea loves custom orders too!
***Use code TT&J5 in the comments section of your order
for $5 off each sign until 9/24.
Andrea is giving away 
TWO Monogrammed Signs 
w/Name Overlays
 {value = $40 each}

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Visit Signs By Andrea — what is The Name of your favorite sign? one entry

  • “Like” Signs By Andrea of Facebook  – where you can find out about Andrea’s latest designs and giveaways! one entry.

  • Link up YOUR ideas to the party:  each project linked up = one entry.

Good luck to all of you! 
 Have fun exploring Andrea’s site.

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.  {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! 


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Stenciled Napkin Pillows for my banquette — with Royal Design Studios!! {tutorial}!!

9 Sep
 I have been on a bit of a stenciling kick this summer…
stenciled projects
I stenciled a Chevron rug,  a Spray Painted Circle Rug, and then I tackled my kitchen window with some Faux Roman Shades and some painted pillows for my kitchen banquette.

And yesterday I stenciled this rug for my family room — only with thicker stripes!! It turned out SOOO good!! I’ll be sharing that soon. 

I thought it might be fun to make some pillows for my Kitchen Banquette with Royal Design Studio stencils and some white and patterned napkins I found at Target. {these are the Chain Link and Lattice Endless Circle Stencils}

Super easy!!
stenciled napkin pillows header
Here’s how to make them — 

Stenciled Napkin Pillows

stenciled napkin pillows collage
  1. The first thing I did was I mixed up some paint and Martha Stewart’s paint medium. This makes the paint softer and washable.
  2. Then I laid the napkin on my work surface and taped the Royal Design Studio – Chain Link Stencil and Endless Circles Stencil over the top with some painter’s tape.
  3. I used this really cool roller top that fits on top a container and it makes stenciling a breeze. It’s also from Martha Stewart’s new decorative paint line.
  4. Once it was painted, I laid the napkins out to dry.
  5. Then I sewed another napkin to the stenciled side and added a zipper.
So now I have some fun pillows that go with my new kitchen décor AND they were super easy to make!!
stenciled napkin pillows from the side
I love Royal Design Studio because they have amazing, modern design AND their stencils are made out of the highest quality materials and they have guide marks that make lining up the stencils on a wall a breeze.
three stenciled napkin pillows
Have a Fantastic Friday!!!

 PSDo you love Chevron as much as I do?? Check out the 22 Chevron DIY Ideas I shared on Babble’s New Home Ec today 🙂
PPSDid I say FRIDAY??? It’s my favorite day of the week. Why??? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! It’s YOUR time to show off what YOU have been doing. I love featuring YOU!!! The party starts at 6 pm MST.

See you then!!! 

Halloween Chevron Wreath {tutorial}!!

8 Sep

{{Happy Halloween}}
lol – I know it’s a little early but I just can’t help myself!
I think I’ve ordered every chevron color that is in existence. 
Yes, I
may have a problem.
But I thought — how cute would it be to make a
Halloween wreath out of THREE of my favorite things — CHEVRON, BAKERS
and GLITTER???

So that’s what I did. And let me tell you — this is a fast and easy project. And the end result is a whimsical tribute to one of my favorite holidays!!

Here’s how to make one:

 1. Supplies — Wreath Form. Fabric cut into 3 inch wide strip, black cardstock, bakers twine, black glitter and coordinating fabric to hang the wreath. 
2. Wrap the wreath form with the chevron fabric. 
3. Hot glue bakers twine onto the wreath. I get my baker’s twine from Twisted Sugar Twine. Pull the twine tight.
4. Cut out bats. I made mine with my Silhouette. But you could punch them out with a punch too. 
5. Glitter the bats. I Mod Podged them and then sprinkled the glitter over the top. 
6. Hot glue the bats to the twine.
7.Hang the wreath with some ribbon, or I hung mine with a couple strips of black and white chevron. 
8. Hang up the wreath. I used 3M Command Hooks. That way if I want to take it down later, there is no hole or damage to my Aqua Pantry Door!

So tell me — have you started making Halloween projects? What are YOU making?? I would love to know. I made ANOTHER Halloween Wreath today — with materials all from the Dollar Store. I’ll be sharing that one next week 🙂 It’s kind of a Gothic/Glam Halloween Wreath!


And speaking of Halloween — have you seen the Haunted Mirrors floating around blogland?? I made one the other day and it inspired me to make a Spooky Mirror round up over at Babble. Check them out – they are SUPER spooky and fun!!

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40 Martha Stewart Paint Projects and info on how to win some supplies for YOU!

8 Sep
For the last couple of weeks 41 craft, home and DIY bloggers joined forces with Crafterminds to launch the new Martha Stewart Decorative Paint line from Plaid Crafts. 
We got to play with the stencils and the new paint — there are 160
, 5 finishes and some amazing tools.

{I love the Martha Stewart paint colors!!} 
Plus it is a multi surface
paint that works on fabric, metal, glass, wood, ceramic, and plastic. Amazing!!

I fell in love with the roll on applicator tops. This is the most genius thing I have seen in a long time. They seriously make stenciling a breeze!! I plan to use them as I stencil a couple of my kitchen walls this week!! 

 I also have had quite a few emails asking if there will be some Martha Stewart giveaways. 

Plaid’s site Paint Me Plaid is celebrating this new paint line ALL September long with a  Month of Martha Celebration — featuring FAB weekly giveaways!!

So head over there to enter and win some of these FABULOUS painting supplies.

You can buy Martha’s new decorative paint line at Michaels Craft Store nationwide! Here’s a link to a 40% off coupon that’s good until Saturday.

But first — I LOVED seeing what these talented bloggers made using the Martha Stewart materials!! Check out their links below for great painting project ideas!! 

Have a SUPER night!! 
PS– coming up tomorrow my Halloween wreath 🙂 

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Halloween Eye Chart Pillow & Printable!! {plus file sizes to print it BIG!}

7 Sep
Chevron Halloween Eye Chart Pillow
You may know this about me —
I am a Halloween fanatic.
I get so excited when Fall hits!!!halloween eye chart printable chevron

I have loved seeing eye chart projects lately and I thought it would be so fun to make one for Halloween!! I made a Halloween Eye Chart Pillow for this spooky season, and then, just for fun I made a printable to share with YOU!
halloween eye chart pillow
{and.. scroll down to the end to get the FREE **Printable** Eye Chart Files!!}
To make the pillow, this is what I did: 

5 steps
  1. I created the eye chart in my Silhouette Studio program.
  2. I flipped the lettering so that it was backward.
  3. I printed out the lettering on Heat Transfer Paper.
  4. I ironed the lettering onto white canvas.
  5. I cut out the chevron material – 1 inch longer in width and length than the pillow form.
  6. I pinned the lettered fabric to the chevron front panel and used a zig zag stitch to sew the pillow together.
the printable halloween eye chart
Now I have a fun little pillow for this Spooky Season!!
And — I made a printable version to share with you!
All you need to do is click on the download button and you can print off a copy for your home.
And I included a little chevron just for fun!!  
You can choose between Orange or Grey.

Here’s the orange version:
Halloween Eye Chart (Orange) tatertotsandjello.com
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And here’s the grey version:
Halloween Eye Chart (Grey) tatertotsandjello.com
(function() { var scribd = document.createElement(“script”); scribd.type = “text/javascript”; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = “;; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();

PLUS, I have also included a way to print these off BIG!!
Here is a link to the .JPEG files — so you can send these down to Costco or similar and get them printed out in a BIG size!!

The one I printed fits PERFECTLY in an Ikea 19 3/4 x 15  1/2 frame (IKEA Ribba (200.783.33)). You can send the file down to Costco and they can print it up THE SAME DAY. It cost $6 to print!!!

Here’s the full collection of PDF printables, hosted on Scribd.
  Just click the download button to download the PDF. If you’re going to print these at Costco or some other photo processing shop, you might prefer to use the .JPG or .PNG files, linked below the Scribd files.

 Note that there are five (5!) versions. The first is a “fancy” version that includes all of the classic eye chart numbers and frippery.

The two 8.5 x 11 ones are above, and here’s the PDF version of the “fancy” one in 8.5 x 11. After that I’ve linked all the sizes in PDF, JPG and PNG.

Halloween Eye Chart 8.5×11 (Orange Fancy) tatertotsandjello.com
(function() { var scribd = document.createElement(“script”); scribd.type = “text/javascript”; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = “;; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();

If you don’t want to use the scribd links above, you can download the PDF versions to print at home using these links:
8.5×11 “Fancy” Orange PDF
8.5×11 Orange PDF
8.5×11 Gray PDF
(Bigger sizes won’t work for PDF)

 If you’re planning to print these at Costco or another photo printing place, I recommend you use these JPG files. Warning: they’re huge files, especially the ones for the large frames.
8.5×11 “Fancy” Orange JPG
8.5×11 Orange JPG
8.5×11 Gray JPG
Big Frame Orange JPG
Big Frame Gray JPG

 And if the JPG files aren’t working for you, you can also use these PNG file links instead. Warning: they’re fairly large files, especially the ones for the large frames.
8.5×11 “Fancy” Orange PNG
8.5×11 Orange PNG
8.5×11 Gray PNG
Big Frame Orange PNG
Big Frame Gray PNG


***Coming up tomorrow — my Halloween Wreath {there might be some chevron and glitter involved, just sayin….}

PS — It’s
Autumn and time to think about Fall get-togethers, Tailgating and
Autumn revelry. Here are 19 of my favorite Fall Centerpieces that I am
spotlighting at The New Home Ec 🙂

Get your Fall party on!!

And be sure to check out Eighteen25’s Halloween Spooktacular – where I shared this project originally. It’s such a fun party!! 

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Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging {tutorial}!!

6 Sep
I have LOVED all of the fun tutorials featuring embroidery hoops floating all over blogland lately. 
There are so many awesome projects using these humble sewing tools.  

ashley at the flaunt store

 So when my *CUTE* sister Ashley called me up asking what a trendy Fall Wreath project would be — of course I answered — “something with embroidery hoops”.
And here’s her fun and whimsical Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging!!

I love it!!

 Here’s how to make one: 

Take it away Ashley —
10″ embroidery hoop (or whatever size you want to use)
Linen or fabric to place in center of hoop
embroidery thread
fall colored felt
burlap garland (I found mine at Jo-Anne’s in the floral section)
  • First off, I put the linen fabric in the center of the embroidery
    I made it taut and left the extra fabric hanging out the sides.
    You will need to tighten the fabric again at the end.
  • Decide on what you want the wreath to say and sketch it out on
    the fabric.
    I chose the saying “hello fall” and used the two different
    fonts to make it interesting. I had to google how to embroider and used
    this website as my guide: Needle ‘n Thread. I used the
    chain stitch for “fall” and the stem stitch for “hello”.
  • After I had the phrase embroidered on the fabric, I started cutting
    out leaves and grouping them together.
    I also used some leftover fabric
    from a tank top that I shortened to make some rosettes and to add
  • Lastly, I added the burlap
    garland around the edge as a ruffle.
    I threw in a wide stitch through
    the garland edge and pulled it tight until I had the right size. Once I
    tied it off and brought the two edges together, I turned over the hoop
    and hot glued the ruffle to the back of the wreath.
  • I love the bright colors of the design and natural textures of the linen and burlap together!

Thanks Ashley!!! 
 {isn’t her little boy the cutest?}

And if you are in the Bay Area – check out Ashley’s Boutique Flaunt in Danville, CA.

It is the ultimate in casual cool. 

Tell her I sent you!!!

flaunt danville

flaunt inside

And I am so excited — Ashley is going to share a monthly tutorial with us!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

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