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Guest Project – Make a "Remember Quote Box"

1 Sep
Hello everybody!  I’m Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar and I am thrilled to be posting on Tatertots and Jello today.  Jen is awesome. 

This is me and my boys. 

Today I’m sharing a super simple idea that will help you remember the good times.  Sometimes kids say the funniest things ever. 
I guess he had heard me talking about product reviews.  No, he doesn’t have a blog 🙂
I always think I’ll remember what they’ve said, but the truth is my memory isn’t what it used to be.  So, this simple “Remember” Quote Box will help with that.
You can make one too by finding an old recipe box and giving it a makeover.
Here’s what I did: 


My mom had a recipe box she wasn’t using, so I spraypainted it pale turquoise.  Then I added a little red vinyl to dress it up.
Next I traced some of the tabbed index cards to make my own new ones.
I bought 4 packs of blank index cards to fill the box.  It’s back to school time so you can find them for about 65 cents a pack.  I gave each child a tabbed section and now when they say something funny I can open the box, jot it down, and remember it forever.
The other day my newly four-year old piped up to tell me this.  In case you can’t read it, it says, “If you’re not good, Santa doesn’t bring you many presents.  Like, if you kill someone – that’s pretty bad.  Then you only get a yo-yo.”  What?  I’m honestly not sure where that came from, but it made me laugh pretty hard.
I wrote down the month, year, and the age he was up in the corner.  You could even fill up the cards with something that isn’t a quote, but something else you want to remember.  I always want to remember how my boys make me wait till they are at the garage door before I can open it.  That way they can pretend they are lifting it with their super strength.

A kind lady in my neighborhood told me she did something like this and now that her children have grown they love to pull out the box for fun and read through it together.
I think it’ll also be fun to pull out on those hard days when my boys are making me crazy.  It’s always nice to remember the good times 🙂

Thank you SO much for having me Jen!

Cheri – that is such a great idea!! 

Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

If you don’t know I Am Momma Hear Me Roar – you are in for a treat. Cheri can craft, she can sew AND she can DIY. 
Check out these projects:

This SuperHero Room Cheri created is beyond cool!!

Such a good idea — upcycle old tees into a Cool Dress

Great post about how to make Printable in Picnik. Love this!
And if you have been thinking of painting your cabinets – check out this post!
Be sure to head over to I Am Momma Hear Me Roar – you will love Cheri’s ideas!! 
xoxo
PS — I am sharing my first Halloween project of 2011 at eighteen25 today — it combines FOUR of my favorite things — Halloween, Eye Charts, Chevron and Printables!! 
Plus pillows too 🙂 
I’m so excited about the Halloween Spooktacular!!
xoxo



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Great Ideas — Back to School {1}

13 Aug
Back to School Free Subway Art Printable @ Sweet Coconut Lime
Back to the Grind Teacher Gift @ Jac o’ Lyn Murphy
 Back to School Ideas @ Organizing Made Fun

 Teacher Pencil Vase Gift Idea @ It’s Always a Party at the Parkers
 Stuck on You Teacher Gift @ Crissy’s Crafts
 Back to School Traditions @ Gallamore West
Back to School Countdown Calendar @ Coley’s Corner
 School Printables @ Dixie Delights
 Back to School Dinner @ Hoosier Homemade
Ten Years of Back to School Cakes @ Dukes and Duchesses
Take a First Day of School Picture @ Just Drink a Coke
Back to School Artwork @ Tales of a Trophy Wife
Make a Teacher Survival Kit @ Purplest Pecalin

It so much fun to go through the links each week and see what everyone is doing!! There are so many great ideas linked up!! 
 Come link YOURS up for a chance to win $50 to Vinyl Crafts — beautiful signs and typography!! 
 xoxo
 
Another Great Ideas feature post is coming up tonight —
Have a Wonderful Saturday!!!! 

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make a Mod Podge Silhouette Canvas!!

20 Jul
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Hello!
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I’m Char from Crap I’ve Made, where I blog about….the crap I make. 

I love fountain Diet Cokes and cookies. I also love Jen and I’m kind of mad that my step mom (who is her neighbor) didn’t introduce us like 7 or 8 years ago.

Winking smile I’m a mom to 4 insanely cute kids

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(See?)
who are all home for the summer and driving me a *little* bit nuts. So, I wanted to come up with a project we could work on together. 
We came up with this silhouette canvas.
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Supplies: 
  • Canvas 
  • Old magazines &; scissors 
  • Mod Podge 
  • Acrylic craft paint
    Stain (optional) 
  • Sandpaper
1. First, you’re going to let your kids go nuts cutting up magazine pages.
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(The kid on the table in pajamas in the middle of the day in the background is totally optional.)
We tried to pick pages with a lot of color (as opposed to black and white text), but that was really the only direction I gave them.
2. Once you have a whole bunch of cut up magazines, you’ll want to Mod Podge them to a canvas. There’s also no rhyme or reason to this, just make sure you cover the entire canvas.
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No need to have a panic attack that everything’s not smooth…some lumpy/puckered/not perfect parts are encouraged!
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3. Once it’s good and dry, trace your silhouette with a pencil on the canvas.
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I went with this bird on a branch design from the Silhouette library. I think a big initial or monogram would look fabulous as well. Or how about a chevron pattern on the whole thing? (That was for you, Jen Winking smile)
{lol – thanks Char!!}
4. Once you’ve traced, you’ll want to fill in the rest of the canvas with craft paint. There are no pictures of this step because my daughter/back up photographer and I were both doing the painting.
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YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY STOP NOW. I like this look and I probably would have stopped now if our silhouette had been something more graphic.
I decided to take some sandpaper to the painted area so that some of our magazines would peek through.
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Again, YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY STOP NOW! There’s really no wrong way to do this…just go with what you like!
5. I applied some stain next.
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I put it on streaky and wiped some off.
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YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY STOP NOW.
6. I, however, did not. I watered down a few more shades of acrylic paint and did some more streaking (not that kind…what kind of blogger do you think I am?) and a little splattering.
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YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY STOP NOW…because I totally did.
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Isn’t she awesome?????  
I adore Char.
1. First of all — She’s insanely funny!!
2. Secondly, she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
3. She a great mom and friend.
4. She loves COLOR — just like me!! 
And 5. She’s talented and so smart (she knows math – ha).

Check out her great ideas—-

Have you seen Char’s Green Shutters?? I may come and steal them out of her house one of these days….
Another item I plan on stealing — her Yellow Buffet. So pretty!
I’ve seen this Laptop Sleeve in person — it’s so cute!! Char knows how to sew too!!
You will adore Char — just like I do. 
Make sure to follow her for great ideas AND laughs!!! 
xoxoxo

PS — If you are going on a trip this Summer – print off some of these Free Luggage Tags from Living Locurto! 
Aren’t they fun?

Have a Happy Day!!

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make a Summertime Activity Caddy!! {tutorial}

7 Jul
Hey fabulous Tatertots & Jello crafty friends!
I’m Myra and I blog over at My Blessed Life where I share diy crafts and home decor, seasonal projects, recipes and more to inspire you to creatively thrive in your home. I just love Jen and I’m thrilled to be guest posting for her today!
My two year old and I spend a lot of time outside playing with bubbles, chalk and little toys that seem to get scattered here, there and everywhere. Ahem. So, I created a Kids’ Activity Caddy to keep all of his little toys organized. Oh, how I love organization!
Kids’ Activity Caddy
This project can be customized with your favorite colors and labels for whatever you need to organize!
Supplies Needed:

  • 3 clean tin cans {spaghetti sauce cans work well}
  • Spray paint – red, yellow, blue
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • 9001 glue
  • Scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
Don’t stress over getting all the sticky stuff off because it will be hidden.
Rustoleum’s Summer Squash, Krylon’s Cherry Red and Rustoleum’s Lagoon spray paint.
Aren’t the colors so much fun?!
1. Spray paint residue and sharp edges aren’t cool.
2. Measure the height of the can and cut scrapbook paper approximately 5 1/5 inches wide to line each can.
3. Use hot glue to secure the scrapbook paper.
Next, hot glue a 2″ band of paper on the outside of each can.
Hot glue ribbon on the top inside edge of each can.
Next is the fun part of gluing all the cans together! 🙂
Place the cans in a triangular shape and mark where they meet each other. Then use 9001 glue to stick them together.
If the cans don’t meet flush together, don’t freak out. I’ve got your back!
Tie the cans together with a few pieces of jute twine. Easy peasy.
I told you not to panic!
Gather bubbles, chalk, toys or whatever suits your kids’ fancy.
To finish off this project, add labels to each can. Use a Silhouette machine or scissors to cut out circles from scrapbook paper and card stock. Write whatever you want on your labels and hot glue them in place.
This simple organization project has made it much easier to keep Ridley’s little outdoor toys all in one place!
Enjoy more peace this summer and less searching for toys with a Kids’ Activity Caddy!
Thank you so much for having me as part of your fabulous Summer series, Jen! 🙂 I would love for y’all to connect with me at My Blessed Life. There’s a cold glass of amazing Southern sweet tea and a cozy seat waiting on you!

Thanks Myra!! I love your Summer Caddy – what a great idea!!
Speaking of great ideas, Myra has tons of them on her blogs — My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project! Here are a few of my favorites: 
And at The Casabella Project, Myra is making over her home one project at a time: 
Be sure to stop by My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project — you will love Myra’s crafty inspiration!!! 
xoxo

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make a Summertime Activity Caddy!! {tutorial}

7 Jul
Hey fabulous Tatertots & Jello crafty friends!
I’m Myra and I blog over at My Blessed Life where I share diy crafts and home decor, seasonal projects, recipes and more to inspire you to creatively thrive in your home. I just love Jen and I’m thrilled to be guest posting for her today!
My two year old and I spend a lot of time outside playing with bubbles, chalk and little toys that seem to get scattered here, there and everywhere. Ahem. So, I created a Kids’ Activity Caddy to keep all of his little toys organized. Oh, how I love organization!
Kids’ Activity Caddy
This project can be customized with your favorite colors and labels for whatever you need to organize!
Supplies Needed:

  • 3 clean tin cans {spaghetti sauce cans work well}
  • Spray paint – red, yellow, blue
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • 9001 glue
  • Scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
Don’t stress over getting all the sticky stuff off because it will be hidden.
Rustoleum’s Summer Squash, Krylon’s Cherry Red and Rustoleum’s Lagoon spray paint.
Aren’t the colors so much fun?!
1. Spray paint residue and sharp edges aren’t cool.
2. Measure the height of the can and cut scrapbook paper approximately 5 1/5 inches wide to line each can.
3. Use hot glue to secure the scrapbook paper.
Next, hot glue a 2″ band of paper on the outside of each can.
Hot glue ribbon on the top inside edge of each can.
Next is the fun part of gluing all the cans together! 🙂
Place the cans in a triangular shape and mark where they meet each other. Then use 9001 glue to stick them together.
If the cans don’t meet flush together, don’t freak out. I’ve got your back!
Tie the cans together with a few pieces of jute twine. Easy peasy.
I told you not to panic!
Gather bubbles, chalk, toys or whatever suits your kids’ fancy.
To finish off this project, add labels to each can. Use a Silhouette machine or scissors to cut out circles from scrapbook paper and card stock. Write whatever you want on your labels and hot glue them in place.
This simple organization project has made it much easier to keep Ridley’s little outdoor toys all in one place!
Enjoy more peace this summer and less searching for toys with a Kids’ Activity Caddy!
Thank you so much for having me as part of your fabulous Summer series, Jen! 🙂 I would love for y’all to connect with me at My Blessed Life. There’s a cold glass of amazing Southern sweet tea and a cozy seat waiting on you!

Thanks Myra!! I love your Summer Caddy – what a great idea!!
Speaking of great ideas, Myra has tons of them on her blogs — My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project! Here are a few of my favorites: 
And at The Casabella Project, Myra is making over her home one project at a time: 
Be sure to stop by My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project — you will love Myra’s crafty inspiration!!! 
xoxo

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Ideas to keep your kids busy this summer {and printables too}!

16 Jun
Hi Tatertots and Jello friends! I’m Mique from 30days. 
 I am a stay at home momma to three. 
I share creative ideas and tutorials on 30days and I co-own the Queen Bee  Market, a handmade market in San Diego with my talented sister.  
I absolutely adore Jen and am happy she let me share some ideas today.  

Summer has started at our house!  

Which means sleeping in (not), no schedules and a whole lotta time.  Without fail my kids are bored by the end of day one.  So I have a couple of ideas to have fun and keep some sort of structure.

I started doing a theme per week a couple of years ago. 

Before school gets out, I ask the kids what they would like to learn about.  In the past we’ve done: circus, animals, artists, our country, and everything in between.  I then plan activities, books, and worksheets around that theme. 
This year I made a simple printable and laminated it, added magnets on the back and stuck in on the fridge. Easy peasy.  

Last year I had a more elaborate activity board (that sadly was broken by our painters mid summer). 

Download your own Weekly Theme PDF
For personal use only please.

For example this week we’re focusing on Dads:
I print out age appropriate worksheets for my 3 kids:

My favorite free worksheet sites:

We then put all the worksheets into this little sorter:

 

It’s not all worksheets all the time. We have fun doing art, cooking and baking and going on outings around the theme too. 😉

 This year we’re also trying something new. 
I saw the idea to do mom bucks (idea originally from Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and created
family bucks. 

I used pretend money templates and added pictures of Josh and I to the dollars in Photoshop (you could use any editing program you want). 
After my kids complete their chores, they will have opportunities to earn a Mom Buck ($1) or a Dad Bucks ($5). 
I plan on catching them doing nice things (ie playing with their sibling nicely on their own) as well as asking them to do things to earn bucks.  The family bucks can be traded in for real money.  They can then use it for treats or whatever they choose (within reason). 

Hope you have a happy (peaceful) summer!

What great ideas, Mique!
I love the idea of having a theme each week with my kids this summer!! 
I just adore Mique and love her ideas – she makes adorable printables!!

{Cute as a Button Teacher Printable}

{I can’t decide which of her Rule The World printables I like best… They are all awesome!}

{And even more!}

{And print off a few of Mique’s bookmarks for your kids to use this summer!}

Be sure to follow 30 Days for amazing projects, tutorials and printables!
You will be glad you did!! 
xoxo

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Ideas to keep your kids busy this summer {and printables too}!

16 Jun
Hi Tatertots and Jello friends! I’m Mique from 30days. 
 I am a stay at home momma to three. 
I share creative ideas and tutorials on 30days and I co-own the Queen Bee  Market, a handmade market in San Diego with my talented sister.  
I absolutely adore Jen and am happy she let me share some ideas today.  

Summer has started at our house!  

Which means sleeping in (not), no schedules and a whole lotta time.  Without fail my kids are bored by the end of day one.  So I have a couple of ideas to have fun and keep some sort of structure.

I started doing a theme per week a couple of years ago. 

Before school gets out, I ask the kids what they would like to learn about.  In the past we’ve done: circus, animals, artists, our country, and everything in between.  I then plan activities, books, and worksheets around that theme. 
This year I made a simple printable and laminated it, added magnets on the back and stuck in on the fridge. Easy peasy.  

Last year I had a more elaborate activity board (that sadly was broken by our painters mid summer). 

Download your own Weekly Theme PDF
For personal use only please.

For example this week we’re focusing on Dads:
I print out age appropriate worksheets for my 3 kids:

My favorite free worksheet sites:

We then put all the worksheets into this little sorter:

 

It’s not all worksheets all the time. We have fun doing art, cooking and baking and going on outings around the theme too. 😉

 This year we’re also trying something new. 
I saw the idea to do mom bucks (idea originally from Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and created
family bucks. 

I used pretend money templates and added pictures of Josh and I to the dollars in Photoshop (you could use any editing program you want). 
After my kids complete their chores, they will have opportunities to earn a Mom Buck ($1) or a Dad Bucks ($5). 
I plan on catching them doing nice things (ie playing with their sibling nicely on their own) as well as asking them to do things to earn bucks.  The family bucks can be traded in for real money.  They can then use it for treats or whatever they choose (within reason). 

Hope you have a happy (peaceful) summer!

What great ideas, Mique!
I love the idea of having a theme each week with my kids this summer!! 
I just adore Mique and love her ideas – she makes adorable printables!!

{Cute as a Button Teacher Printable}

{I can’t decide which of her Rule The World printables I like best… They are all awesome!}

{And even more!}

{And print off a few of Mique’s bookmarks for your kids to use this summer!}

Be sure to follow 30 Days for amazing projects, tutorials and printables!
You will be glad you did!! 
xoxo