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Porch Makeover Part 1 — Chevron Door Hanging {tutorial}

27 Apr
chevron door hanging straight on
It snowed here yesterday, but that didn’t stop me from trying to Spring-ify my front porch. 
I am so ready for some warm weather!!  
I started off with my front door.
wood frame
I had a unfinished wood frame in my garage, so I pulled that out. My inspiration for this door hanging is this beautiful chevron fabric I found on Fabric.com – I’m a little obsessed with it right now.
premier prints yellow chevron fabric
I used the same stencil that I also used for my Spring Chevron Subway Art.
chevron stencil
First I painted the frame white and then I stenciled the chevron pattern on the wood. 

rosettes close up
Super easy. Then I made a few fabric rosettes – I have a tutorial for those if you want to make some. And then I thought it would be fun to make a part in the middle of the frame where I can spell out different things.
beautiful chevron paper
 chevron paper with a sheen
So I printed off some words using this beautiful new paper from LifestyleCrafts (they are the people that also make the Epic LetterPress – more on that at the bottom). I love this paper. It has a sheen to it. So pretty!
 (and it’s on sale this week)
chevron paper
I also added some pretty Washi Paper to the outside of the frame: 
I printed off a few different sayings that I can switch out.  Hello.
chevron hello wall hanging
And Welcome.
chevron welcome door hanging
I attached a piece of ribbon to the inside of the frame with hot glue. And then I used these cute teeny tiny clothespins from Canvas Corp. The last thing I did was added some ribbon at the top to hang it on my door.
the hello canvas
I love how my door hanging goes along with the little canvas pennant I made a few weeks ago. I put on a little table by my front door.
And coming up tomorrow afternoon – Part 2 of my porch!!
xoxo

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PPS – Here is the winner of the LifeStyle Crafts Letterpress package: 
#35 — Simply AJ @ Queen of My Nest
And if you didn’t win —
**Lifestyle Crafts is also offering YOU  20% off ANYTHING at  lifestylecrafts.com, through the end of April (including the Epic Letterpress)!! Just type in TATERTOTS at checkout to get the discount! 
Yippee!!!

Neighbor Gift Ideas Series!!

5 Dec
Have I ever told you how much I love Kari from Ucreate?? 
She is such a sweet person. I was lucky to meet her and some other fabulous bloggers for lunch a few months ago. I love meeting bloggers IRL – I feel like I know them already!!

 {I grabbed this photo from Meg’s blog – thanks Meg! Joanna, Me, Wendy, Kari, Tauni and Meg}
Kari is running a wonderful Neighbor Gift Ideas series right now. There are so many fantasic tutorials so far. I can’t wait to see them all!
And today I am sharing my Tiny Bunting Dish Towels tutorial!


Be sure to check out all of the ideas plus the Ucreate Holiday Boutique
 with over 50 fabulous handmade stores! 
xoxo
PS — Thanks everyone who has linked up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party this weekend!!! Almost 600 projects so far!! I am so amazed by the wonderful ideas!! Another Great Ideas post coming up in just a bit!!!


My Pennant Pantry — plus a couple cool things!

16 Nov
I had a terrible sinus infection last week, and got all hyped up on Sudafed. On Friday night at eleven-o-clock I thought it would be an awesome idea to rip my pantry apart and paint it. So that’s what I did.

I’m not saying it didn’t need it. It totally did!!
 
This floral shelf liner had been on the shelves since we moved in 8 years ago, and even then it wasn’t my favorite. I told you I was a procrastinator – lol. 
I painted it my favorite color — this bluish-green. And since it was midnight by the time I was ready to paint, I rummaged around and found this left over paint from my 
Beachy Bathroom Redo.
Saturday I decided that it just needed something else. And you know there are so many great pantry makeovers out there. I love Shelley’s at House of Smiths and Beth from the Stories of A to Z recently did a great pantry makeover too.
I decided to make some pennants on my Silhouette. I started experimenting and discovered that there were a set of three downloadable pennants at the Silhouette Online Store and for .99 cents, that was so much easier than trying to design my own!
So I printed them off and had a fantastic time adding a little whimsy to a part of my house that we use more than anything else!  
And at the top of the pantry I hung a real pennant. 
I just love it!!
{And another great thing about vinyl is you can peel it right off when you are ready to change things up again}  
I had a hard time getting the lighting right since it’s a pantry and pretty dark. I almost went a little crazy and wanted to hang a chandelier in there, but ultimately I thought that would be going a little too far for a pantry. But, who knows — maybe I still will. A very small chandelier!
 I couldn’t find any shelf liner that I liked. Then I remembered that I had bought some patterned felt placemats on sale at TJ Maxx last year — so I used those on the shelves. It’s lucky that I bought four sets. I guess it was fate – lol. And, I had some empty silver containers that I had bought for my office and never used. Perfect!
I also printed some vinyl labels off for some canisters I found at Ikea.
 It was great to organize all of our food. I had some wire baskets that I had bought for my Laundry Room Redo and never used, so I brought those out. 
 And then on a trip to Ikea on Saturday, I found some round gift tags. I brought them home and sprayed them with some Chalkboard Spray Paint to make little tags. I’m still loving those Chalkboard pens. If you don’t have those — put them on your Christmas list! You can find them at Michaels.
I added a few pennants to the front of the pantry door too. And I printed off a Thankful list so my kids can think about what makes them thankful every day. {And yes, I used to have a darling knob, but it fell off and broke – so now I am back to the beautiful gold fixture. I need to spray paint that!}
Another thing that I love is the over-the-door organizer that I bought. It is a great place to keep things that get a lot of use, like salt and pepper shakers and big spice containers. It frees up much needed shelf space. 
 I am really excited to have a place to keep extra serving pieces and glass water pitchers. 
And I even found a spot for my Silverware Wreath!! 
So there you have it — my weekend Sudafed project! 
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I have a bunch of tutorials that I am so excited to share. I am going to sneak them in this week, along with the other fun stuff that I will be sharing.
And speaking of sharing, I am guest posting a Burlap Scrabble Thanksgiving Wreath on a super fun blog — Living Locurto! 
If you aren’t familiar with Amy’s blog — come over and check it out! 
Amy has so many great ideas and tons of amazing printables on her blog and in her shop: 
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And, I’m having a giveaway over on my Tatertots & Jello Facebook page!! 
Check out TWIG — an awesome shop I found a couple weeks ago!! 
It’s run by the cutest couple — Michelle and Steve.
 They make really cool, modern gifts. 
Come over and see what they are giving away!
XOXO

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties  – check them out!!
 
  

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Guest Project — Make a Back to School Banner!

16 Sep
Hi to all of you wonderful TT & J readers!
I’m Sarah from Restorative Living and I’m so grateful to Jen for allowing me to share this tutorial with you today!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TIZPUaaJnSI/AAAAAAAAAfM/NtqtVzWTPIg/s1600/sun+behind+pennant.jpg
Today I’ll be sharing my Alphabet Pennant Banner, but first, I want to share with you the inspiration for this project. 
My friend, Chris, has been volunteering with a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life – both physically and spiritually – for people living in Nicaragua. Recently, he moved to Nicaragua to dedicate 9 months of his life to this cause. He’s living within the impoverished community, helping run the organization’s preschool and administering meals to starving families. When he explained the impact this organization is making, I couldn’t help but be moved.
Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t thought about Nicaragua. I knew there was pain there, poverty, malnourishment, and a lack of education, but I wasn’t doing anything about it. Our friend, Chris, however, is doing something.
The organization’s preschool, with limited resources, is changing the community. Students who attend receive a meal (likely the only meal they’ll eat that day), start their education, and learn about God. As I listened to his story, I thought about my friends here in Texas who had just prepared their classrooms. I remembered their cute bulletin boards and curriculum ideas, and the joy that a well-organized and decorated classroom brought them. I couldn’t help but think that the teachers of this Nicaraguan preschool would feel the same joy in adding functional decoration to their classroom as well.
Now, whether or not God needs me to make an alphabet pennant banner for this preschool in Nicaragua, who knows? But what I do know is that He wants us to love his children in Nicaragua. This banner is my attempt to show them God’s love. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy tutorial. Who can you share this banner with?

I started with fun, bright colors.

Using a Google search, I found a triangle pennant pattern here and traced it onto a folder to make a template. Then I traced it onto my fabric.
I used pinking shears to keep the fabric from raveling and to save time. In the end, I like the way the cut edges look. Then I laid out the cut pieces and decided my pattern.
I used Adobe Illustrator (but you could use paint.net or Word) to make the alphabet stencils. Each letter is approximately 2″x2″ to fit appropriately on the flags. Hmm…time to buy a new ink cartridge.
I cut out each letter, then used them as templates and traced them (backwards!!) onto Wonder Under. It’s cheap and you can find it by the yard at fabric stores.
Following the instructions on the Wonder Under, I adhered the traced letters to a scrap piece of brown fabric I had on hand. I highly advise ironing the letters on in blocks. If you cut each one out BEFORE you iron it on to the fabric, you’ll have a difficult time cutting the fabric around it and waste a lot of time.
After cutting out the letters, and ironing them on to the flags, it was time to sew them all together. I sewed them left to right onto 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon, leaving about a foot of extra ribbon on each end for tying. The flag placement is easy to eyeball, so I recommend not using pins. After sewing the length of each flag, it’s important to put your needle down and lift your presser foot to add the next flag.
You can see here that the flags are right-side down and lined up with the edge of the ribbon. Don’t forget to back stitch at the start and finish to lock your threads, and to use Fray Check on the ends of your ribbon so they won’t ravel away over time.
And that’s it!
You’ll notice a few extra letters since this is the Spanish alphabet. I was so relieved when my husband reminded me about that. And I minored in Spanish! How embarrassing would that have been?!

This truly was an easy project to whip out over the weekend. Solid cotton fabrics and grosgrain ribbon made it a cheap one as well. My total for the entire project was around $5.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TIZOTTp8A2I/AAAAAAAAAeM/KYy6OpRDPos/s1600/full+shot+2,+pennant.jpg

As I sewed, I prayed for the Nicaraguan children who would be looking at this alphabet almost every day. It’s just a few strips of fabric, a few hours of work, a measly few bucks invested. But I hope that this one small contribution will impact their lives. That it will speak to the teachers who receive it, that they will feel appreciated, loved and prayed for.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TIZOEpGzQrI/AAAAAAAAAds/MIKIOqfwfJU/s1600/alphabet+pennant+full+pic.jpg
From one child of God to another.

 Thank you for taking the time to read this post! For more sewing, recipes, DIY, furniture refinishing ideas, and my general musings, stop by my blog, subscribe to my feed or become a follower: restorativeliving.blogspot.com
I’d love to hear from you!
How wonderful! 
Thank you so much for sharing it with us! 
I love how simple and easy it is but so colorful! 
I am sure the children in Nicaragua will love it.
I just love Sarah — she is the sweetest person.
Restorative Living Blog
Check out her blog and you will see how creative she is!
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TI0ZNG8eacI/AAAAAAAAAfs/JdOGlc2MfM8/s1600/both+placemat+pillows+after.jpg
{Placemat Pillows}
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TE85bu3F61I/AAAAAAAAAYA/4r5PBV-yPh0/s1600/burp+cloth+final.jpg
{Ruffled Burp Cloth and Blanket}
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/fullshot_bag1.jpg?w=234
{Mommy’s Non-Diaper Bag}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TBzt3lEtSOI/AAAAAAAAAT4/dUuszvig5MI/s1600/full+below_after.jpg
{Garage Sale Table Redo}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TBZWGB7x4KI/AAAAAAAAATQ/Ad0GZr1Osls/s1600/rolled+up_crayon+roll.jpg
{Fabric Crayon Roll}
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/S_6B3IYqcBI/AAAAAAAAAQI/QjVsd6JqZDg/s1600/final+with+arrow.jpg
{Clearance Tray to Magazine Rack}
Such wonderful, creative projects!!
Thanks again for stopping by, Sarah!
XOXO

Guest Project — Make a Back to School Banner!

16 Sep
Hi to all of you wonderful TT & J readers!
I’m Sarah from Restorative Living and I’m so grateful to Jen for allowing me to share this tutorial with you today!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TIZPUaaJnSI/AAAAAAAAAfM/NtqtVzWTPIg/s1600/sun+behind+pennant.jpg
Today I’ll be sharing my Alphabet Pennant Banner, but first, I want to share with you the inspiration for this project. 
My friend, Chris, has been volunteering with a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life – both physically and spiritually – for people living in Nicaragua. Recently, he moved to Nicaragua to dedicate 9 months of his life to this cause. He’s living within the impoverished community, helping run the organization’s preschool and administering meals to starving families. When he explained the impact this organization is making, I couldn’t help but be moved.
Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t thought about Nicaragua. I knew there was pain there, poverty, malnourishment, and a lack of education, but I wasn’t doing anything about it. Our friend, Chris, however, is doing something.
The organization’s preschool, with limited resources, is changing the community. Students who attend receive a meal (likely the only meal they’ll eat that day), start their education, and learn about God. As I listened to his story, I thought about my friends here in Texas who had just prepared their classrooms. I remembered their cute bulletin boards and curriculum ideas, and the joy that a well-organized and decorated classroom brought them. I couldn’t help but think that the teachers of this Nicaraguan preschool would feel the same joy in adding functional decoration to their classroom as well.
Now, whether or not God needs me to make an alphabet pennant banner for this preschool in Nicaragua, who knows? But what I do know is that He wants us to love his children in Nicaragua. This banner is my attempt to show them God’s love. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy tutorial. Who can you share this banner with?

I started with fun, bright colors.

Using a Google search, I found a triangle pennant pattern here and traced it onto a folder to make a template. Then I traced it onto my fabric.
I used pinking shears to keep the fabric from raveling and to save time. In the end, I like the way the cut edges look. Then I laid out the cut pieces and decided my pattern.
I used Adobe Illustrator (but you could use paint.net or Word) to make the alphabet stencils. Each letter is approximately 2″x2″ to fit appropriately on the flags. Hmm…time to buy a new ink cartridge.
I cut out each letter, then used them as templates and traced them (backwards!!) onto Wonder Under. It’s cheap and you can find it by the yard at fabric stores.
Following the instructions on the Wonder Under, I adhered the traced letters to a scrap piece of brown fabric I had on hand. I highly advise ironing the letters on in blocks. If you cut each one out BEFORE you iron it on to the fabric, you’ll have a difficult time cutting the fabric around it and waste a lot of time.
After cutting out the letters, and ironing them on to the flags, it was time to sew them all together. I sewed them left to right onto 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon, leaving about a foot of extra ribbon on each end for tying. The flag placement is easy to eyeball, so I recommend not using pins. After sewing the length of each flag, it’s important to put your needle down and lift your presser foot to add the next flag.
You can see here that the flags are right-side down and lined up with the edge of the ribbon. Don’t forget to back stitch at the start and finish to lock your threads, and to use Fray Check on the ends of your ribbon so they won’t ravel away over time.
And that’s it!
You’ll notice a few extra letters since this is the Spanish alphabet. I was so relieved when my husband reminded me about that. And I minored in Spanish! How embarrassing would that have been?!

This truly was an easy project to whip out over the weekend. Solid cotton fabrics and grosgrain ribbon made it a cheap one as well. My total for the entire project was around $5.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TIZOTTp8A2I/AAAAAAAAAeM/KYy6OpRDPos/s1600/full+shot+2,+pennant.jpg

As I sewed, I prayed for the Nicaraguan children who would be looking at this alphabet almost every day. It’s just a few strips of fabric, a few hours of work, a measly few bucks invested. But I hope that this one small contribution will impact their lives. That it will speak to the teachers who receive it, that they will feel appreciated, loved and prayed for.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TIZOEpGzQrI/AAAAAAAAAds/MIKIOqfwfJU/s1600/alphabet+pennant+full+pic.jpg
From one child of God to another.

 Thank you for taking the time to read this post! For more sewing, recipes, DIY, furniture refinishing ideas, and my general musings, stop by my blog, subscribe to my feed or become a follower: restorativeliving.blogspot.com
I’d love to hear from you!
How wonderful! 
Thank you so much for sharing it with us! 
I love how simple and easy it is but so colorful! 
I am sure the children in Nicaragua will love it.
I just love Sarah — she is the sweetest person.
Restorative Living Blog
Check out her blog and you will see how creative she is!
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TI0ZNG8eacI/AAAAAAAAAfs/JdOGlc2MfM8/s1600/both+placemat+pillows+after.jpg
{Placemat Pillows}
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TE85bu3F61I/AAAAAAAAAYA/4r5PBV-yPh0/s1600/burp+cloth+final.jpg
{Ruffled Burp Cloth and Blanket}
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/fullshot_bag.jpg?w=234
{Mommy’s Non-Diaper Bag}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TBzt3lEtSOI/AAAAAAAAAT4/dUuszvig5MI/s1600/full+below_after.jpg
{Garage Sale Table Redo}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/TBZWGB7x4KI/AAAAAAAAATQ/Ad0GZr1Osls/s1600/rolled+up_crayon+roll.jpg
{Fabric Crayon Roll}
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nJUXOdrrwCg/S_6B3IYqcBI/AAAAAAAAAQI/QjVsd6JqZDg/s1600/final+with+arrow.jpg
{Clearance Tray to Magazine Rack}
Such wonderful, creative projects!!
Thanks again for stopping by, Sarah!
XOXO