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Downeast Home — Rug Giveaway and special discount!! {$200+ retail value}

13 Jan
Update: Giveaway closed. Winner is #98 

I have a really fun giveaway from one of my favorite stores:
This giveaway is for my local peeps in Utah and Idaho — 
you have to physically be able to claim the prize. 
It cannot be shipped…
As you probably know, DownEast has wonderful, stylish clothes — but they also have a fabulous furniture selection!! 
Many of their home furnishings are brand names 
{I can’t mention which brands on my blog, although you might recognize them!}

 I chose a pair of green rugs for Hannah’s room and the girls’ adjoining bathroom.
So cute! 
PLUS — while this giveaway is going on, 
Tatertots and Jello readers can get one of these Dot Rugs for 25% off.
And there’s a bigger — 8 x 10 size available too! 
**All you have to do to receive the discount is print off a copy of this blog post and bring it in to your local DownEast store!**
Here are a list of the stores:

Draper Home & Clothing Outlet
152 East 12300 South
Draper, Ut 84020

801-501-7377 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
Layton Home & Clothing Outlet
411 West 1425 North
Layton, Ut 84341
Logan Home & Clothing Outlet
1050 North Main, Suite B1
Logan, UT 84321

435-787-4109 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
Ogden Home & Clothing Outlet
2770 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT 84041

801-392-5067 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting  end_of_the_skype_highlighting     

Orem Home & Clothing Outlet
79 North State Street
Orem, UT 84057

801-434-4866 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
St George Home & Clothing Outlet
620 West Telegraph
Washington, UT 84780

435-627-8552 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting    
Sandy Home & Clothing Outlet
7880 South 1300
East Sandy, UT 84106

801-233-9480 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
Idaho Falls Home & Clothing Outlet
2385 East 17th Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

208-528-0738 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 

DownEast is giving away a pair of Dot Rugs
{5×7 and 3×5}
Perfect for a large bedroom or a bedroom and bathroom! 
And you can have your choice of colors. {$200 + value}
Here’s how YOU can win: 
  • What color rugs would you choose? one comment. 
  • Where would you use your new rugs? one comment. 
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your Blog. one entry each. 
{this giveaway and the 25% off promo will run until Monday, January17th}
Good Luck!! 

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Polka Dot Project — My Polka Dot Runner {rugs}!

4 May
I love polka dots. 
They are so cheerful and happy looking. I have them all over my house.
I polka dotted up some plates on my mantle and in my kitchen:
 And I made some polka dot pillows to go on my banquette:
 I even added a little bit of polka dots to my lamp makeover on my desk:
 I have been looking for a runner to go by my sink and dishwasher for so long with no luck. It seemed like everything I found was like $100 and I would have to order it. So last week I was tearing through WalMart with my kids, running to get toothpaste, I spotted some colorful little rag rugs. They were turquoise and kind of Spring-y and fun. I picked up three to see if I could make some sort of runner out of them. At $5 each — I figured it was worth it to give it a try.
I spotted this ribbon right before I hit the check out line. {and I actually didn’t end up using all of it — just 3 rolls of the polka dot and about 1/3 of the roll of black satin}
 Here’s what I started off with at the beginning.
And here’s what I came up with at the end. If you want to give it a try, here’s what I did:
I laid the rugs out on my craft table. I pinned the edges together so they would stay shut. Then I took the wide satin ribbon. {It’s actually outdoor ribbon and kind of rigid and crinkly} and pinned it on the back of the rugs with about 1/3 of it sticking out over the edge. I ran this ribbon all the way and around all the sides of the runner. Then I took it and ran it down the seams in the middle where the rugs came together.
Then I hot glued the ribbon onto the rugs. Pressing down as I went to get the best adhesion that I could. I made sure to run a continuous line of glue at the edge of the ribbon. Make sure that you still have that 1/3 of ribbon that is sticking out over the edge.
After that was done, I flipped the whole rug over and took my polka dot ribbon and matched up the edge of the wide ribbon that was sticking out from underneath and pinned that edge to the edge of the polka dot ribbon. I went all the way around the whole runner pinning it together. And where the rugs came together in the middle, I pinned ribbon over those seams too.
Then I hot glued the two ribbons together. I took the pins out and lifted up the edges of the ribbon and put a line of glue in the middle. I pushed down as I went so the ribbon would be smooth and would adhere to each other all the way around the runner. I hot glued the two lengths of ribbon at each of the seams too, smoothing the ribbon as I went so there would be no rippling.
**Make sure as you are going along, that you are making the edges straight. It’s helpful to have your cutting pad with the grid on it underneath the runner as you work to make sure that everything is straight. I also am not sure if the rug is washable because of the hot glue. For now I am shaking it out and spot cleaning. But eventually I am sure I will try washing it on cold and letting it air dry.**
So now I have a bright, Spring-y runner and it has polka dots too. 
Makes me smile every time I see it.

Let’s see what else can I polka dot-up around here – LOL!


Update! My friend Michelle added this about washing this rug — Michelle has left a new comment on your post “Polka Dot Project — My Polka Dot Runner {rugs}!“:

If it helps any I wash my daughters hairbows that I make and they have hot glue, just don’t dry it. I’ve ruint a few bows by accidentally drying them, it heats the glue back up. I love the rug and can’t wait to give it a try.