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"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.
🙂
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.
😉


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.
🙂
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 🙂

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"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.
🙂
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.
😉


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.
🙂
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 🙂

Guest Project — Make DIY Painted Mason Jars!!

16 Mar
IMG_4076
Hey there!  I’m Celeste: wife, mother of three {a 7 year old son and 3 year old identical twin daughters} and
a DIY addict. 

myimage

I am so thrilled to be posting on Tatertots and Jello today! I just love Jen’s blog {it’s one of the first blogs I ever read} and all her fantastic ideas. She’s such an inspiration! After getting addicted to reading blogs, I decided to start my own blog to chronicle our adventures in updating our 1950’s ranch home we bought 2 years ago. We’ve redone the master bathroom, the kitchen {and built an island}, wood floors, board & batten, painted every room {some twice three times}, painted numerous pieces of furniture and tons of smaller projects. It’s all over on my ‘lil blog
My Greenbrae Cottage. 

As much as I love the big projects, today I’m going to share an easy project with you…
painting mason jars!  
 {both with glass paint and chalkboard paint}
 IMG_4071
I love all the mason jars I’m seeing everywhere in catalogs and blogland.  I especially adore the old vintage blue jars I’ve seen used for candles or flowers or anything for that matter.  Instead of searching thrift stores {not my children’s favorite pastime……..yet} I decided to make my own.  And it turned out to be super easy!

First I did a Freecycle post looking for free mason jars {do you freecycle? it’s like craigslist but all items are free}  I ended up with several dozen! Most of them are just spaghetti sauce jars, but when spruced up, they can fool you into thinking they are from an old vintage kitchen.
I picked up this glass paint from Michael’s….Vitrea 160, in turquoise.  I also grabbed some thinner from the Vitrea 160 collection.  IMG_2905
I gathered my materials: clean mason jars, paint brush {which I decided later was not the best way to apply the paint}, bowls to mix paint.IMG_2902

First I thought I’d try diluting the paint with regular ‘ol paint thinner. Made sense to me at first…
IMG_2906

but you’ll see on the right {above} the turquoise just beaded up when mixed with regular paint thinner.  So then I mixed it with the Vitrea thinner and it worked much better {tray on the left}.  I started with about a 50/50 solution of paint to thinner and later realized that I only need a TINY amount of the turquoise to achieve the faint blue color I was hoping for.

IMG_2911
I started off by brushing the paint on.  I used a large brush, hoping to have as few brush strokes as possible.
IMG_2936

Both of the jars above were done with a paint brush. The first was a 50/50 ratio or paint to thinner.  The second was about 30/70 paint to thinner.  {Noticed I used the least attractive of my jars: labeled pumpkin soup, for my guinea pigs!}
Then I switched to a rag for the paint application:

IMG_2926

I liked the rag MUCH better.  I got a smoother finish and less of that brush stroke look. Also I thinned the paint much more by this point.  I was using probably 20% paint and 80% thinner.

IMG_2935

Above are the next two jars that were done with the rag instead of a brush and with a ratio of around 20/80 paint to thinner.

IMG_2934

Here’s all 4 jars lined up for you to compare.  The far left is 50/50 paint to thinner and brushed on.  Next is 30/70 paint to thinner and also brushed on.  The last two on the right are both 20/80 paint to thinner and applied with a rag.

IMG_2935

You’ll notice you can still kinda see some strokes of paint {even with the rag} and also places where the paint is thicker than other places…but when you bake the color on and fill them with water and flowers, that all fades.
Once I had my technique mastered, I did a few more.

IMG_4022

Ok, so next step is to bake the jars in the oven. This step locks the color in, makes them dishwasher safe and gets rid of that tacky/sticky feeling they have.  First let them dry for 24 hours. Then bake the jars in a 325o oven for 40 minutes.

IMG_4026

And then I thought I’d accessorize them just a tad by adding some wire around the neck and as a handle.  I bought this steel wire from Home Depot. It bends pretty easily, but the next thinner gauge would have worked well too.
IMG_4033
I just wrapped it around the jar and cut. I crimped down the ends with my wire cutters.
IMG_4037
IMG_4042
Then I eye-balled how long I wanted the handle, added a bit more for twisting it on and cut.

IMG_4059 

And there you go! “Vintage” blue mason jars! IMG_4071
I just love how the color came out. So faint and refreshing……just beach-y!              
I want to share one other way I’ve painted mason jars and that’s with chalkboard paint.  I just love chalkboard paint and am so excited when I discover another way to use it.  I wanted to create a place to write my kids’ names on these jars. So I taped off an area with blue painter’s tape.  I just eye-balled it.
IMG_4076
IMG_4012

Then I painted the small area with chalkboard paint.
IMG_4016 I love this chalkboard paint from Rust-oleum!  Did you know it comes in a rainbow of colors?  But the scariest most exciting thing is that it also comes in a tint-able white!  Oh, help me!  I’d be at the paint counter for days trying to get just the right color.  So for now I’m sticking with black!

IMG_4019 IMG_4023
                       
One coat                                                Two coats
IMG_4029 IMG_4032
                    
Three coats                                                  Four coats
After 5 coats I peeled back the tape and Viola!  A cute spot to label your jars. IMG_4067
IMG_4069
I use mine for our family’s positive discipline incentive program.  We fill them with wooden balls to be redeemed for a special treat. 
IMG_4083
You can read all about our ball jars here!
Also, I think they’re cute in the bathroom…
IMG_4078
I’m sure you can think of dozens of ways to use them!
Well, folks, that’s all for now! Thanks SO much for stopping by to learn a little about me
and what I love to do. 
And thanks a million to Jen for featuring me on her amazing blog today!
 Thanks Celeste!! 
What a fabulous project. I love those mason jars. 

I have had my eye on My Greenbrae Cottage for awhile. Some of my favorite projects have been: 
[IMG_3740[9].jpg]
[IMG_1872[5].jpg]
You will love following along with Celeste at
xoxo

This post sponsored by

Guest Project — Make DIY Painted Mason Jars!!

16 Mar
IMG_4076
Hey there!  I’m Celeste: wife, mother of three {a 7 year old son and 3 year old identical twin daughters} and
a DIY addict. 

myimage

I am so thrilled to be posting on Tatertots and Jello today! I just love Jen’s blog {it’s one of the first blogs I ever read} and all her fantastic ideas. She’s such an inspiration! After getting addicted to reading blogs, I decided to start my own blog to chronicle our adventures in updating our 1950’s ranch home we bought 2 years ago. We’ve redone the master bathroom, the kitchen {and built an island}, wood floors, board & batten, painted every room {some twice three times}, painted numerous pieces of furniture and tons of smaller projects. It’s all over on my ‘lil blog
My Greenbrae Cottage. 

As much as I love the big projects, today I’m going to share an easy project with you…
painting mason jars!  
 {both with glass paint and chalkboard paint}
 IMG_4071
I love all the mason jars I’m seeing everywhere in catalogs and blogland.  I especially adore the old vintage blue jars I’ve seen used for candles or flowers or anything for that matter.  Instead of searching thrift stores {not my children’s favorite pastime……..yet} I decided to make my own.  And it turned out to be super easy!

First I did a Freecycle post looking for free mason jars {do you freecycle? it’s like craigslist but all items are free}  I ended up with several dozen! Most of them are just spaghetti sauce jars, but when spruced up, they can fool you into thinking they are from an old vintage kitchen.
I picked up this glass paint from Michael’s….Vitrea 160, in turquoise.  I also grabbed some thinner from the Vitrea 160 collection.  IMG_2905
I gathered my materials: clean mason jars, paint brush {which I decided later was not the best way to apply the paint}, bowls to mix paint.IMG_2902

First I thought I’d try diluting the paint with regular ‘ol paint thinner. Made sense to me at first…
IMG_2906

but you’ll see on the right {above} the turquoise just beaded up when mixed with regular paint thinner.  So then I mixed it with the Vitrea thinner and it worked much better {tray on the left}.  I started with about a 50/50 solution of paint to thinner and later realized that I only need a TINY amount of the turquoise to achieve the faint blue color I was hoping for.

IMG_2911
I started off by brushing the paint on.  I used a large brush, hoping to have as few brush strokes as possible.
IMG_2936

Both of the jars above were done with a paint brush. The first was a 50/50 ratio or paint to thinner.  The second was about 30/70 paint to thinner.  {Noticed I used the least attractive of my jars: labeled pumpkin soup, for my guinea pigs!}
Then I switched to a rag for the paint application:

IMG_2926

I liked the rag MUCH better.  I got a smoother finish and less of that brush stroke look. Also I thinned the paint much more by this point.  I was using probably 20% paint and 80% thinner.

IMG_2935

Above are the next two jars that were done with the rag instead of a brush and with a ratio of around 20/80 paint to thinner.

IMG_2934

Here’s all 4 jars lined up for you to compare.  The far left is 50/50 paint to thinner and brushed on.  Next is 30/70 paint to thinner and also brushed on.  The last two on the right are both 20/80 paint to thinner and applied with a rag.

IMG_2935

You’ll notice you can still kinda see some strokes of paint {even with the rag} and also places where the paint is thicker than other places…but when you bake the color on and fill them with water and flowers, that all fades.
Once I had my technique mastered, I did a few more.

IMG_4022

Ok, so next step is to bake the jars in the oven. This step locks the color in, makes them dishwasher safe and gets rid of that tacky/sticky feeling they have.  First let them dry for 24 hours. Then bake the jars in a 325o oven for 40 minutes.

IMG_4026

And then I thought I’d accessorize them just a tad by adding some wire around the neck and as a handle.  I bought this steel wire from Home Depot. It bends pretty easily, but the next thinner gauge would have worked well too.
IMG_4033
I just wrapped it around the jar and cut. I crimped down the ends with my wire cutters.
IMG_4037
IMG_4042
Then I eye-balled how long I wanted the handle, added a bit more for twisting it on and cut.

IMG_4059 

And there you go! “Vintage” blue mason jars! IMG_4071
I just love how the color came out. So faint and refreshing……just beach-y!              
I want to share one other way I’ve painted mason jars and that’s with chalkboard paint.  I just love chalkboard paint and am so excited when I discover another way to use it.  I wanted to create a place to write my kids’ names on these jars. So I taped off an area with blue painter’s tape.  I just eye-balled it.
IMG_4076
IMG_4012

Then I painted the small area with chalkboard paint.
IMG_4016 I love this chalkboard paint from Rust-oleum!  Did you know it comes in a rainbow of colors?  But the scariest most exciting thing is that it also comes in a tint-able white!  Oh, help me!  I’d be at the paint counter for days trying to get just the right color.  So for now I’m sticking with black!

IMG_4019 IMG_4023
                       
One coat                                                Two coats
IMG_4029 IMG_4032
                    
Three coats                                                  Four coats
After 5 coats I peeled back the tape and Viola!  A cute spot to label your jars. IMG_4067
IMG_4069
I use mine for our family’s positive discipline incentive program.  We fill them with wooden balls to be redeemed for a special treat. 
IMG_4083
You can read all about our ball jars here!
Also, I think they’re cute in the bathroom…
IMG_4078
I’m sure you can think of dozens of ways to use them!
Well, folks, that’s all for now! Thanks SO much for stopping by to learn a little about me
and what I love to do. 
And thanks a million to Jen for featuring me on her amazing blog today!
 Thanks Celeste!! 
What a fabulous project. I love those mason jars. 

I have had my eye on My Greenbrae Cottage for awhile. Some of my favorite projects have been: 
[IMG_3740[9].jpg]
[IMG_1872[5].jpg]
You will love following along with Celeste at
xoxo

This post sponsored by