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Giveaway Monday — win a $50 credit to Word Whipped {Homemade Typography Art}

25 Apr
Update — giveaway closed. the winner is #33 April. 

Happy Monday!! 

 
This week’s Monday Giveaway is from a great etsy shop —
{hand painted, custom typography signs}
 {Family Signs — you can add places, names, addresses}
 {What little girl wouldn’t love this Rosette Sign}
 {or have a custom sign made with any saying you want like this Peace, Love Happiness sign}

 {All sizes and colors of Keep Calm Signs}
 {Get a Custom Family Rules sign made with the things that are important to you}
Holly from Word Whipped is giving one Tatertots and Jello reader a
$50 credit to her shop. 
You can use it to buy anything you want!! 

Here’s how to enter: 

  • Head over to Word Whipped. What is The Name of your favorite item? one entry. 
  • “Like” Word Whipped on Facebook, and leave a comment. one entry each. 
 and if you want a couple extra entries:
  •  Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or on your Blog. one entry each.
 {this giveaway ends on May 2nd}
 Have a Wonderful Week!!! 

xoxoxo

PS — Have you seen all of the fun Teacher Appreciation Ideas over at Skip to My Lou this month? Come over and check them out and see what I made my girls’ 
teachers this year 🙂 

Giveaway Monday — win a $50 credit to Word Whipped {Homemade Typography Art}

25 Apr
Update — giveaway closed. the winner is #33 April. 

Happy Monday!! 

 
This week’s Monday Giveaway is from a great etsy shop —
{hand painted, custom typography signs}
 {Family Signs — you can add places, names, addresses}
 {What little girl wouldn’t love this Rosette Sign}
 {or have a custom sign made with any saying you want like this Peace, Love Happiness sign}

 {All sizes and colors of Keep Calm Signs}
 {Get a Custom Family Rules sign made with the things that are important to you}
Holly from Word Whipped is giving one Tatertots and Jello reader a
$50 credit to her shop. 
You can use it to buy anything you want!! 

Here’s how to enter: 

  • Head over to Word Whipped. What is The Name of your favorite item? one entry. 
  • “Like” Word Whipped on Facebook, and leave a comment. one entry each. 
 and if you want a couple extra entries:
  •  Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or on your Blog. one entry each.
 {this giveaway ends on May 2nd}
 Have a Wonderful Week!!! 

xoxoxo

PS — Have you seen all of the fun Teacher Appreciation Ideas over at Skip to My Lou this month? Come over and check them out and see what I made my girls’ 
teachers this year 🙂 

Guest Project — Make a Spring Subway Art CLOCK {with free printable}

5 Apr

Aloooooooha!
I’m Charlie, from Attempting Aloha and I’m visiting you today from the sunny island of Oahu! Wait!! Don’t leave because you’re jealous!! Can’t we still be friends? I promise not to brag about heading to the beach weekly or about doing yardwork and getting tanlines too much… 😉  Truly, I mostly just stay inside and work on our home renovations anyway (my hubs is in residency, so most of it gets done all by my lonesome). But if I find a contest for whitest legs on the island, I’m entering (only if food or cash is involved, of course)!
As Jen is the queen of all things subway art, I asked her if I could share one of my subway art clocks with you wonderful peeps. And she said Yes! And then I fainted. But I’m back. And here I am chilling with 11,000++++ of the coolest people on the planet. Can I say ALOOOOOHA and Mahalo to Jen for just being so dang wonderful?!
Back to business. Oh, but  here’s what I look like in case you’re the kind who likes to know who you’re dealing with:

And here’s my blog:


OK, so I’ve done a few clock make-overs during my 5 months of blogging (see my header…). And one was a subway art one for my daughter’s teacher as a Christmas gift. For that one I used a holiday clock I’d found at Walgreen’s for just over $3. They were a little more complicated since they’re wider than a standard 8.5″x11″ piece of paper, so I searched for a clock that would be easily accessible across the country and also had a face smaller than 8.5″.
Enter Wal-mart. Yes, folks, they truly do have everything. And chances are, there’s probably one near you or that ships to you.  So here’s the clock I chose:

Yep, he’s a pretty boring little fellah, but he was the size I needed, and the prize ($4) was awesome enough!  I chose black, so I could show you how easy it is to spray paint them, but it also comes in white and red, and spray paint comes in a huge range of colors!
Here we go!
Step 1)  Take your clock apart. You’ll need a small screwdriver to remove the 7 screws in the back. Then the frame comes off, and the glass comes out.

Step 2)  If you’re going to spray paint your frame, be sure to cover up the hands. I just used a paper towel and taped it down. I’m classy like that. 😉  I did one coat of spray primer and one coat of spray paint. Worked great! I also chose to use a black acrylic craft paint to paint the red second hand black. It felt a little high-school-gym-ish with the one red hand…

Step 3)  Later, when you slip the new clock face on, the little tail end of the second hand will be a problem if left as is, so I simply clipped mine right down with a pair of scissors!

Step 4)  Download and print the clock face. Sscroll to the bottom of this post for the actual downloads. This spring version is available in pink, blue, and green. Be sure your print options don’t say anything like, “fit to print margins” as that will shrink the clock face, and it won’t fit properly. It should fit just right. Then you’ll cut it out right along the outside black circle and then cut out the small black center circle as well. Then go to your kindergartener’s school supply stash and bust out the glue sticks!! Purple is preferred but optional. 😉 
Push all three hands together (Ehhh…that would be hands on the clock. Sorry if that was confusing for all of you out there with three actual hands…and might I add that you are the envy of every mother with more than two children…) and slip your new clock face over them. My pic was taken before I painted the red hand, but you get the picture, right?

Be sure to push out the bubbles like in that last pic.

Step 5) There are a couple tricks to putting your clock back together. First, I recommend putting a battery in, so you can make sure the clock hands are working properly. Tilt it up like it’s hanging on the wall and watch it go around at least a full minute. I had somehow bumped my hour hand loose, so when I tilted it up, it immediately flopped down to 6:00. It just took a little bit of tweaking. I just pushed down on that one hand and set it until it was firm on there.

Then put your glass back on, and you’re in business!

Here are the faces available to download for free! I’ve made them in green, pink, and blue. Simply click on the down arrow underneath the image to download in pdf format.
http://www.embedit.in/XmdAugL8WB.swf
http://www.embedit.in/DMO4Zp6aUm.swf
http://www.embedit.in/Yub9q6Yg5y.swf

Such a fun way to add personality to something so functional! And it took less than 15 minutes!  I think I’ll be making them for summer, 4th of July, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Stop by my blog if you’re looking for a quick way to change up your home for the seasons or holidays!  We love tourists any time of year. 😉
Aloha, and thanks again to Jen for letting me chill over here today!
Charlie

 Holy Moly, Charlie — I love that clock!! 

What a cute idea!! 
And thanks for the free printable so WE can make them too!!!
If you haven’t been over to Attempting Alohayou are missing out!
Here are some of my favorite projects she has done lately: 
{I love these pretty Pleated Drapes}
{This is such a great idea — she made Faux Grain Sack Chairs, stamped with places they’ve lived!!}
And so many other awesome tutorials.  
Attempting Aloha is one of my newest favorites!!


xoxo



 

Guest Project — Make a Spring Subway Art CLOCK {with free printable}

5 Apr

Aloooooooha!
I’m Charlie, from Attempting Aloha and I’m visiting you today from the sunny island of Oahu! Wait!! Don’t leave because you’re jealous!! Can’t we still be friends? I promise not to brag about heading to the beach weekly or about doing yardwork and getting tanlines too much… 😉  Truly, I mostly just stay inside and work on our home renovations anyway (my hubs is in residency, so most of it gets done all by my lonesome). But if I find a contest for whitest legs on the island, I’m entering (only if food or cash is involved, of course)!
As Jen is the queen of all things subway art, I asked her if I could share one of my subway art clocks with you wonderful peeps. And she said Yes! And then I fainted. But I’m back. And here I am chilling with 11,000++++ of the coolest people on the planet. Can I say ALOOOOOHA and Mahalo to Jen for just being so dang wonderful?!
Back to business. Oh, but  here’s what I look like in case you’re the kind who likes to know who you’re dealing with:

And here’s my blog:


OK, so I’ve done a few clock make-overs during my 5 months of blogging (see my header…). And one was a subway art one for my daughter’s teacher as a Christmas gift. For that one I used a holiday clock I’d found at Walgreen’s for just over $3. They were a little more complicated since they’re wider than a standard 8.5″x11″ piece of paper, so I searched for a clock that would be easily accessible across the country and also had a face smaller than 8.5″.
Enter Wal-mart. Yes, folks, they truly do have everything. And chances are, there’s probably one near you or that ships to you.  So here’s the clock I chose:

Yep, he’s a pretty boring little fellah, but he was the size I needed, and the prize ($4) was awesome enough!  I chose black, so I could show you how easy it is to spray paint them, but it also comes in white and red, and spray paint comes in a huge range of colors!
Here we go!
Step 1)  Take your clock apart. You’ll need a small screwdriver to remove the 7 screws in the back. Then the frame comes off, and the glass comes out.

Step 2)  If you’re going to spray paint your frame, be sure to cover up the hands. I just used a paper towel and taped it down. I’m classy like that. 😉  I did one coat of spray primer and one coat of spray paint. Worked great! I also chose to use a black acrylic craft paint to paint the red second hand black. It felt a little high-school-gym-ish with the one red hand…

Step 3)  Later, when you slip the new clock face on, the little tail end of the second hand will be a problem if left as is, so I simply clipped mine right down with a pair of scissors!

Step 4)  Download and print the clock face. Sscroll to the bottom of this post for the actual downloads. This spring version is available in pink, blue, and green. Be sure your print options don’t say anything like, “fit to print margins” as that will shrink the clock face, and it won’t fit properly. It should fit just right. Then you’ll cut it out right along the outside black circle and then cut out the small black center circle as well. Then go to your kindergartener’s school supply stash and bust out the glue sticks!! Purple is preferred but optional. 😉 
Push all three hands together (Ehhh…that would be hands on the clock. Sorry if that was confusing for all of you out there with three actual hands…and might I add that you are the envy of every mother with more than two children…) and slip your new clock face over them. My pic was taken before I painted the red hand, but you get the picture, right?

Be sure to push out the bubbles like in that last pic.

Step 5) There are a couple tricks to putting your clock back together. First, I recommend putting a battery in, so you can make sure the clock hands are working properly. Tilt it up like it’s hanging on the wall and watch it go around at least a full minute. I had somehow bumped my hour hand loose, so when I tilted it up, it immediately flopped down to 6:00. It just took a little bit of tweaking. I just pushed down on that one hand and set it until it was firm on there.

Then put your glass back on, and you’re in business!

Here are the faces available to download for free! I’ve made them in green, pink, and blue. Simply click on the down arrow underneath the image to download in pdf format.
http://www.embedit.in/XmdAugL8WB.swf
http://www.embedit.in/DMO4Zp6aUm.swf
http://www.embedit.in/Yub9q6Yg5y.swf

Such a fun way to add personality to something so functional! And it took less than 15 minutes!  I think I’ll be making them for summer, 4th of July, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Stop by my blog if you’re looking for a quick way to change up your home for the seasons or holidays!  We love tourists any time of year. 😉
Aloha, and thanks again to Jen for letting me chill over here today!
Charlie

 Holy Moly, Charlie — I love that clock!! 

What a cute idea!! 
And thanks for the free printable so WE can make them too!!!
If you haven’t been over to Attempting Alohayou are missing out!
Here are some of my favorite projects she has done lately: 
{I love these pretty Pleated Drapes}
{This is such a great idea — she made Faux Grain Sack Chairs, stamped with places they’ve lived!!}
And so many other awesome tutorials.  
Attempting Aloha is one of my newest favorites!!


xoxo



 

Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

29 Mar

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.

 
And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon 🙂 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS – I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 
xoxo

Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

29 Mar

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.

 
And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon 🙂 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS – I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 
xoxo

Giveaway Monday — Sweet Designs {Custom Typography Art}

14 Mar
Update — giveaway closed.

Winner is #596 Kelly 

{Happy Monday}

It’s time for another fun giveaway. 
This week’s giveaway is from a really cool shopSweet Designs Boutique.
 Sweet Designs specializes in wall art and custom wood signs. 
Like these: 
 {How cute would these signs be as a wedding gift or in a bedroom?}


Decorative Birth Announcement Date or Adoption Typography Keepsake Plate
 {Decorative Plates with Special Dates}

 And Candi from Sweet Designs also makes these awesome Family Rule Subway Style signs: 
And guess what??? 
Candi is giving away a  
Family Rules Subway Sign 
to one of you!!! 

Sign is made from 11-1/4″ x 24 x 3/4″ pine wood. Painted with Ivory
base coat and a colored topcoat. Lettering is painted Ivory (no vinyl).
Sign is hand sanded and antiqued for a distressed and vintage finish.
No two signs will ever be exactly the same due to the technique used in
making these signs. Characteristics in the wood are to be expected such
as knots and grain markings. Sign hangs from saw tooth hanger.

Here’s how YOU can win: 

  • Head over to Sweet Designs. What is The Name of your favorite item? one entry. 
  • Heart Sweet Designs on etsy. one entry. 
  • “Like” Sweet Designs on Facebook – where you can find out about their specials and new items. one entry. 
  •  Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your blog. one entry for each. 
{Leave me a separate comment for each thing you do. Giveaway ends March 21st}
PS — I finished my DIY Entertainment Unit Redo. I will share it tomorrow. AND, I have another Spring Sweater Refashion coming up this week 🙂

 xoxo

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