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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make an Embellished Grocery Bag Container!! {great item to keep in your car}

21 Jul

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Jen is my bloggy bestie.  We run The CSI Project together, Crafterminds, and we are doing a web show together in the fall.  Yet I have never guest posted on her blog.  I wanted to have the perfect project before I posted here.  Well that day of perfection will never come.

However, I did come to share with you a fun little gift to give yourself or a friend for the summer…an embellished grocery bag container. 

These are perfect to throw in a beach bag for wet suits.  They are also wonderful to have in your car for summer road trips.  Whatever you reuse plastic bags for having a container full of them looks a heck of a lot better than stuffed in a drawer.  Plus they are so much more portable this way.
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I figured out how to fold them so that they are interconnected and one bag comes out at a time but pulls the next one out a little.

Supplies:

12 plastic grocery bags (I used Target ones)

coordinating fabric

Empty wipe container

Fabric Mod Podge

Foam brush

Spray adhesive

scissors or rotary cutter

quilting ruler

1.  Grab a dozen bags and flatten them out pushing all the air out.
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2.  Fold them in half again pressing all the air out.
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3. Overlap the handles onto the top of the previous bag.  Do this for all 11 bags lining them all up into one big row.
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4.  Fold the first bag’s handle upward.  This will be your middle and the first bag you pull out of the container.  All the other bags will be connected to this first one.
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5.  Now tightly roll up your bags tucking in the new handles as you roll.
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6.  After you roll up 12 bags you are ready to insert them into your wipes container.
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7. Tuck the first bag’s handles through the top.  Now you are done.
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Done?  What do you mean done? 
I can’t be at TT& J without embellishing right!? RIGHT!
8.  Cut out a piece of fabric roughly 8” x 10”.  With your foam brush “paint” Fabric Mod Podge onto the fabric.  The Mod Podge seals the edges and gives the fabric a durable water resistant surface.
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9.  After it is dry cut it to size.  For one of the Lysol wipes containers I cut mine 7 1/8” x 10 3/8”.  Then glue it in place.  I use a spray adhesive because it is quick and easy.  Overlap the pieces one over another. Adorable and practical! 

I LOVE IT!

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Here are some more summer fun ideas if you want to come to my house for a little bit:

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Thanks Beckie!! I have a whole drawer of those plastic bags and now I know what to do with them!!!
Beckie is awesome. Not only is she funny, but she’s smart, creative and has a big heart too.
Have you seen her signature “Roadkill Rescue” projects? 
I love this Changing Table turned Shelf she made for her craft space!
Of course I love this Chevron Trash Can transformation.
And you have probably seen Beckie’s “Countdown” Kisses Boards, she’s made different ones for several holidays. So cute! 

 And have you seen her Purple Board and Batten Bathroom?


Plus Beckie Runs Another fun site — Knock Off Decor. The girl is busy!!


You will love following along with Beckie as she scoops things up from the side of the road and transforms them into treasures at Infarrantly Creative!! 
xoxo

PS — Have you checked out Sandra at Sawdust & Paper Scraps’
series going on right now? 
 Today I am sharing Rolled Flower gift ideas — rings, earrings, necklaces and bookmarks.  
Something for everyone 🙂 

Guest Project — Create a His/Her Office and PB-Inspired Calendar Wall!!

11 May
 
Hey there tatertots!
My name is Karly Barker and I come to you from The Married Life.
I like to call myself a make do crafter and party planner.
I am no perfectionist but love to create a fun space, party, and even a little organization.
Like many of you my husband and I are newlyweds and just set up our first apartment.
And this very task required us to learn how to compromise for the first time.
(Boy are we getting used to that now)
 
 One of our first challenges was our second bedroom.
At the time we were both wrapping up our college degrees at BYU 
and my husband was planning to spend the next year studying for the CPA test.
So our second bedroom was turned into our office.
Only one problem…
I like color and a messy creative set up – while my husband prefers the structured life.
I set out to create a space where we could both work – a His and Hers office!
A room nearly split in half.
His personality on one end – mine on the other.

 

I decided to create a knock off pottery barn calendar and pinboard to help us stay on the same page.
  The cork board allows us to pin up wedding invitations on the correct dates
or even bills when they are due.
So without further to do –
here is a simple and affordable way to make a giant calendar.
 

Step #1: Tools

Most of the tools you will have right at home.
1. Giant slab of white board.  You can pick this up at home depot. Ask them to cut it into 12 x 12 squares. They will do this for free and its far cheaper than buying pre-cut squares. One slab will do the trick for a month calendar.
2. Next pick up three packages of 12 x 12 cork board squares.  These can also be found at home depot wal mart etc. You will need about 12 of these squares.  So proximately 3 or 4 packages depending.
3. Sharpie marker
4. Hot glue gun
5. Scissors
6. 30 velcro squares.
7. 31 circles/squares/scallops for numbering
8. 7 large circles/squares/scallops for labeling the days
9. Ruler 
10. Push pins
 Step #2
Using the ruler draw straight lines 1 1/2 inches apart on the cork board squares.
Step #3
Cut the cork board.
From each square you should get 7 cork board strips.
You will need 73 total.
This is by far the most time consuming part of the project.
So grab a good movie a start cutting!
Step #4
Gluing!
Line the edge of the cork board with a strip of hot glue.
Hold directly to the side of the white board.
Here is when math gets involved.
You are going to need:
18 white board squares that are lined with 2 cork board strips.
3 white board squares that are lined with 3 cork board strips
and 7 white board squares that are lined with 4 cork board strips.
Totaling 28 squares and 73 strips.
Following?
Just trust me.
It works!
 Step # 5
Place the velcro on the back of each square.
I found that if you place them at the top of the white board it holds well.
Step #6
Start velcroing to the wall.
Start with the top left square.
Place a square with two of the cork board strips there.
If you work from left to right through each week you will find that you will use the 
two sided squares until the 7th day.
On the 7th day you will use the 3 sided square.
Once you get to the 4th week you will use the 4th sided squares for the entire week.
As you go along this will make sense.
Step #7
The numbers and days.
You will notice the holes in between each of the squares.
This is where your number circles/squares come in.
Use your pins to pin the numbers right over the holes.
This not only hides the holes 
but also allows you to easily switch the numbers to the proper days each month.
Attach the labels for the days of the week using your velcro.
Voila!
It is a great way for this newlywed couple to stay on the same schedule.
And for more party ideas, crafts, 
and mostly newlywed laughs head on over to The Married Life.

Thanks Karly!!!

Isn’t she the cutest??? 
I just love her PB-inspired board and her blog!!

Be sure to check out her blog and say hi at  The Married Life.

xxoxo

Guest Project — Create a His/Her Office and PB-Inspired Calendar Wall!!

11 May
 
Hey there tatertots!
My name is Karly Barker and I come to you from The Married Life.
I like to call myself a make do crafter and party planner.
I am no perfectionist but love to create a fun space, party, and even a little organization.
Like many of you my husband and I are newlyweds and just set up our first apartment.
And this very task required us to learn how to compromise for the first time.
(Boy are we getting used to that now)
 
 One of our first challenges was our second bedroom.
At the time we were both wrapping up our college degrees at BYU 
and my husband was planning to spend the next year studying for the CPA test.
So our second bedroom was turned into our office.
Only one problem…
I like color and a messy creative set up – while my husband prefers the structured life.
I set out to create a space where we could both work – a His and Hers office!
A room nearly split in half.
His personality on one end – mine on the other.

 

I decided to create a knock off pottery barn calendar and pinboard to help us stay on the same page.
  The cork board allows us to pin up wedding invitations on the correct dates
or even bills when they are due.
So without further to do –
here is a simple and affordable way to make a giant calendar.
 

Step #1: Tools

Most of the tools you will have right at home.
1. Giant slab of white board.  You can pick this up at home depot. Ask them to cut it into 12 x 12 squares. They will do this for free and its far cheaper than buying pre-cut squares. One slab will do the trick for a month calendar.
2. Next pick up three packages of 12 x 12 cork board squares.  These can also be found at home depot wal mart etc. You will need about 12 of these squares.  So proximately 3 or 4 packages depending.
3. Sharpie marker
4. Hot glue gun
5. Scissors
6. 30 velcro squares.
7. 31 circles/squares/scallops for numbering
8. 7 large circles/squares/scallops for labeling the days
9. Ruler 
10. Push pins
 Step #2
Using the ruler draw straight lines 1 1/2 inches apart on the cork board squares.
Step #3
Cut the cork board.
From each square you should get 7 cork board strips.
You will need 73 total.
This is by far the most time consuming part of the project.
So grab a good movie a start cutting!
Step #4
Gluing!
Line the edge of the cork board with a strip of hot glue.
Hold directly to the side of the white board.
Here is when math gets involved.
You are going to need:
18 white board squares that are lined with 2 cork board strips.
3 white board squares that are lined with 3 cork board strips
and 7 white board squares that are lined with 4 cork board strips.
Totaling 28 squares and 73 strips.
Following?
Just trust me.
It works!
 Step # 5
Place the velcro on the back of each square.
I found that if you place them at the top of the white board it holds well.
Step #6
Start velcroing to the wall.
Start with the top left square.
Place a square with two of the cork board strips there.
If you work from left to right through each week you will find that you will use the 
two sided squares until the 7th day.
On the 7th day you will use the 3 sided square.
Once you get to the 4th week you will use the 4th sided squares for the entire week.
As you go along this will make sense.
Step #7
The numbers and days.
You will notice the holes in between each of the squares.
This is where your number circles/squares come in.
Use your pins to pin the numbers right over the holes.
This not only hides the holes 
but also allows you to easily switch the numbers to the proper days each month.
Attach the labels for the days of the week using your velcro.
Voila!
It is a great way for this newlywed couple to stay on the same schedule.
And for more party ideas, crafts, 
and mostly newlywed laughs head on over to The Married Life.

Thanks Karly!!!

Isn’t she the cutest??? 
I just love her PB-inspired board and her blog!!

Be sure to check out her blog and say hi at  The Married Life.

xxoxo

Great Ideas — Organization/Storage {1}

17 Apr
Transform a bathroom closet into a beautiful vanity area @ Liz Marie Blog
There are so many amazing organizing ideas in this amazing craft room @ Sew Many Ways
Make a pretty Laundry Drying Rack @ Little Lucy Lu

Turn an old window frame into a fun accessory holder @ Life. Love. Larson
Love this — Make a Framed Jewelry Wall @ Blue. Lace. House

Make a Diaper Clutch your husband will want to carry around @ See Kate Sew
Create more storage out of cement forms and a pair of old shutters @ Girl in Air
Stack wooden crates to create storage in a playroom @ Fingerprints on the Fridge
Use baseball card pages as seed starters @ Thrifty Decorating
Upcycle old formula cans into stylish kitchen storage @ 1st Lady of the House
Use a vintage crate to corral art supplies in a play room @ Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Turn an old mailbox into a unique storage system @ Morning by Morning Productions
Create faux built ins out of old bookcases with paint and a pretty stencil @ Windgate Lane
Make a PB tile system knock off for under $30 @ Goddess of Gifts
Make a pretty fabric-covered magnet board @ Nuestra Adventuras en Texas
Create a spring herb box on wheels @ Blissful Craziness
Cool makeup storage solution @ Liz Marie Blog
Great closet tips @ Lamb Around

WOW — 800 awesome projects linked up so far!  
There are tons of great Easter ideas, DIY projects, refashions and sewing projects and even Chevron projects! 
Come check them out and enter to win $50 to
Another Great Ideas feature post coming up soon!!! 
xoxo
Have a Happy Day!!

Guest project — $5 DIY Organization Bins!!

18 Feb
 Hi! I’m Jessie from
 I’d like to share my DIY Organization Bins with you. 
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I
wanted to buy some organization baskets for our new built-in desk area
but instead of forking over the cash, I decided I would make my own.
 Well, I decided Mike would make some for me.  We have some scrap wood
in our garage that Mike cut to size (10 inches long) and nailed together
for me.
 He nailed 1×4 pieces of wood for the front and 2×2 pieces of
wood for the sides and bottom.  Here is what it looked like:

I then covered them with this cute polka dot fabric.  I didn’t really have any scientific method
to covering it, I basically tried to wrap it like a present.  Folding
and stapling  and cutting in a few places until it was covered to my
liking.



Next, we added some little hangy things (is there a name for these?) and put some nails in the wall to hang them from.

Then we made sure they were level and hung them.  I left 5 inch gaps
between the boxes when I hung them to leave room for the mail/papers we
will store there.

The last thing we did was put a nail on the front and hang little
chalkboards for bin labels.
 Ya know that cute little dog I talk about
all the time?  Well sometimes he does things that aren’t that cute.  One
of those things?  We blame him for being one chalkboard short.  The
culprit has been known to eat things and since I had 3 chalkboards
laying on the desk yesterday and can only find 2 today…yep, we’re
blamin him.  So my middle box is missing it’s label but it’s fine for
now.  I can always get another one for $1.00 next time I’m at Joann’s.

Anyway, here’s the final product:

Cute, huh?

Total cost
for the project: $5.  
 
I had a coupon for Joann’s and got this fabric
for $3.50 and then found the chalkboards there too for $1.50.
 Cheap,
easy, and functional.
Jessie
Thanks Jessie!! I love this idea.

You can make the holders any size and use different fabrics to match any decor!! 
Jessie has great DIY ideas.
I love her entryway. She made these projects and the bench she made from boards! 
I love her DIY built-in desk space. She also made the stool cover and has a helpful tutorial on how to do it: 
Her Kitchen Island is another great project. She painted it, added beadboard and a new top. So pretty! 
Be sure to stop by imperfectlypolished.com for some DIY inspiration!!!
xoxo

PS — It’s Round 3 of Amercian Crafter — come vote for YOUR favorites!!!
The theme this round is — Vintage!! 

PPS It’s Friday. My favorite day of the week!!! I hope you will stop by tonight for a little fun at The Weekend Wrap Up Party. I am excited to see what YOU are working on!!! The party starts at 6pm {MST}. 
 

Organization Project — My Kitchen Command Station!!

16 Feb

One of my goals for 2011 is to get more organized. 
I decided to start off with my kitchen desk area…

**Kitchen Command Station**
I have a little corner in my kitchen that I originally set up to hold all of the kids’ important school papers, directories, plus paper and pens for taking messages. Unfortunately that area became a dumping ground for all sorts of things — catalogs, papers and odds and ends. And that area became so messy that phone messages would sometimes get lost!
I decided I needed a simpler way of keeping track of papers and messages.

The transformation started off with some vintage bread pans and jello molds I discovered at a thrift store. 
I used the jello molds to hold small items like tiny post-it notes, paper clips and clips.

Then I found a clear file folder holder at Target ($2.99) that could be hung on the wall — freeing up valuable counter space.

I had some Martha Stewart laser-cut paper with a quatrefoil design.
I attached a sheet of it to the inside of the clear file folder rack. I used some 3M Command strips to hang it so I wouldn’t have to put any holes in my wall. I like these strips because when I want to remove them someday, they’re easy to just pull them off and they won’t damage the paint or finish.

Once I cleaned out the drawers, I put an Ikea tray in each drawer to corral the directories and other items that might slide around by themselves. I used a couple of the vintage bread pans to hold extra pens, pencils, scissors and other items that are used in the desk area.
I made a file folder for each person in the family to keep their current papers like permission slips, current homework and things that people need right away. I let everyone pick our a paper that they liked for their file folder. Then I traced the file folder onto the paper and cut it out.
And used spray adhesive to attach the paper to the file folder.
To finish the file folders, I printed out each person’s name using printer labels.
And then I used my Silhouette machine to print out some label frames that I put on top of the labels.
Now I have a place to put everyone’s school papers and other important to-do papers.

 The last thing I did was brought a tray in to hold all of the desk materials.

I’m so happy with my new message station. 
I feel like I can find everything so much easier.

It’s a great way to start off a new year!!
xoxo

PSWhat do YOU use to keep your papers organized??? If you have blogged about it and can leave a link to it in your comments, I would love to see it and write a post up with other people’s organizational ideas too!!

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Guest Project — 3 Tips to a More Organized Day {and organization giveaway}

26 Jan
I’m Jenny from the blog, Planner Perfect and am excited to be here on Tatertots and Jello! I’m a homeschooling mom of seven and love keeping my home and life organized.
I’d love to share 3 different things I do in my day that create amazing results! 
When applied, I am in a fabulous mood, have cleanliness, order, and spiritual and mental renewal. Planner Perfect is set-up to keep me on top of my game by harnessing these pinnacle epiphanies in the days when I need them. Written statements of intent create personal growth…and  I need to make these 3 disciplines, habitual…as I have the propensity for scratching my planned days to blog with my pajamas on ’till noon. Of course, I have regret once I look at the aftermath of my neglect… messy dishes scattered throughout the kitchen from children helping themselves to breakfast, Skillet, booming through speakers of an upstairs bedroom, and smaller children blissfully making snow angels out of packing peanuts on my living room floor.
Was pursuing my interests at the expense of chaos worth it? Hardly. No matter what keeps you off track… heed these disciplines and make them a habit because these are 3 habits all Planner Perfect women must keep!
Get up before your children. If I can get some coffee in my system before my 2-year tells me his plans for the morning–I’m starting off well. It is important for moms to have alone time and it is important to plan for it. Also, as you all know, being a mother means you need to always adjust, as things usually never go as planned. Have a plan B such as planning the time for yourself at night when children are asleep.
My initial plan is to have my devotions, look over my planner, and have some coffee in the morning before all seven children come down and hit the ground running. Get it written down, your statement of intent for the day…it’s what sets apart the truly organized and the, not-so-much…
Plan a morning routine and stick to it! Make breakfast, take out the clean dishes out of the dishwasher, and clean up breakfast dishes…don’t forget to recruit your children to help. The kitchen is the main hub of the house, keep this room functioning at it’s best and it will keep you feeling organized. Get dressed, make beds, and whatever else you want your family to get done in the morning. Make it a team effort and write these morning routines in your planner to show you’re serious. You’re half-way there when you write it down. Planner Perfect, harness life plans, beautifully and keeps you organized… it’s all in the details.  
Plan time in your day for your interests. Do you ever have that stressed out feeling in your busy days that you’ll never get to that project you’re working on? Feel that stress no more! When you plan your time slot for yourself…you know it is a saved slot just for you. Depending on where you put it in your day…you could plan to have it out at a coffee shop and arrange babysitting, you can dive in at home and have your kids watch their favorite movie (just make sure they don’t find a box of packing peanuts!), or wait until evening when they are in bed. Whatever energizes you, however you want to achieve it, you won’t be able to without a plan. Plan out in detail not just when in the day you’ll get it done, but how.
Do a quick pick-up of the house before bed. Ever wake up in the morning to a house that looks like you’ve thrown an all-nighter? I have, and it’s a nightmare. One hour before bed, recruit the kids to help, and get the main areas of your home picked up. Make this a habit and your morning just got better.
There you have it! 3 fundamental habits Planner Perfect women must keep.
With just these three…you will be set-up for success in your days.
You can do it! (me too!!)
I am trying to get more organized in 2011 — so this is great advice!! 
Jenny’s is a mom of SEVEN — and her blog has tons of great organizing ideas!! 
 Like: 
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 {Organizing your Tupperware}
Plus — Jenny has a food blog Planner Perfect Meals  — which is dedicated to the tricks and tips on creating homemade foods from scratch, simply.
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Jenny has also created — Planner Perfect, a planning system that helps people stay organized for life!

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And she has a great ebook which shows you how to make your own Planner Perfect system. 
Wow – she is a busy lady!!!
 Jenny is giving a FREE copy of her 
Planner Perfect ebook 
to one of you!!

e-book giveaway


Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book will get you organized. I give tips from party planning, keeping your home clean, relationships, to utilizing you strengths and talents. Planner Perfect harnesses a life that lives to the fullest. Let Planner Perfect be a springboard for your aspirations and dreams.With over 40 beautiful pages, it is a complete guide that takes you step-by-step on how to become all God has designed you to be as well as complete instruction on how to create your very own Planner Perfect.

Learn how to become a master life planner with Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book. Start today, to become all God created you to be and making your dreams a reality.

Here’s how YOU can win:
  • All you need to do is leave a comment with YOUR #1 Organizing Tip!! 
  • And if you want an extra entry, go over to Jenny’s blog, Planner Perfect and follow it or leave a comment!! 
xoxo
PSI’m off to Blissdom!! I’d love to meet you if you are going too!!