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Stenciled Napkin Pillows for my banquette — with Royal Design Studios!! {tutorial}!!

9 Sep
 I have been on a bit of a stenciling kick this summer…
stenciled projects
I stenciled a Chevron rug,  a Spray Painted Circle Rug, and then I tackled my kitchen window with some Faux Roman Shades and some painted pillows for my kitchen banquette.

And yesterday I stenciled this rug for my family room — only with thicker stripes!! It turned out SOOO good!! I’ll be sharing that soon. 

I thought it might be fun to make some pillows for my Kitchen Banquette with Royal Design Studio stencils and some white and patterned napkins I found at Target. {these are the Chain Link and Lattice Endless Circle Stencils}

Super easy!!
stenciled napkin pillows header
Here’s how to make them — 

Stenciled Napkin Pillows

stenciled napkin pillows collage
  1. The first thing I did was I mixed up some paint and Martha Stewart’s paint medium. This makes the paint softer and washable.
  2. Then I laid the napkin on my work surface and taped the Royal Design Studio – Chain Link Stencil and Endless Circles Stencil over the top with some painter’s tape.
  3. I used this really cool roller top that fits on top a container and it makes stenciling a breeze. It’s also from Martha Stewart’s new decorative paint line.
  4. Once it was painted, I laid the napkins out to dry.
  5. Then I sewed another napkin to the stenciled side and added a zipper.
So now I have some fun pillows that go with my new kitchen décor AND they were super easy to make!!
stenciled napkin pillows from the side
I love Royal Design Studio because they have amazing, modern design AND their stencils are made out of the highest quality materials and they have guide marks that make lining up the stencils on a wall a breeze.
three stenciled napkin pillows
Have a Fantastic Friday!!!

 PSDo you love Chevron as much as I do?? Check out the 22 Chevron DIY Ideas I shared on Babble’s New Home Ec today 🙂
PPSDid I say FRIDAY??? It’s my favorite day of the week. Why??? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! It’s YOUR time to show off what YOU have been doing. I love featuring YOU!!! The party starts at 6 pm MST.

See you then!!! 

Giveaway Monday — Win $100 to Barn Owl Primitives!! {one of my favorite things}

5 Sep
Happy Monday!! 
I know I mentioned this year that I wanted to feature some of my favorite things.
  Here’s another one — 
I am so excited about this giveaway from Barn Owl Primitives. I adore this shop!! 

Kristi’s signs are the best quality and so so adorable!! 

Here’s the one I have hanging in my family room: 
Here are a few other of my BOP favorites: 

Aren’t they just FABULOUS???? 
I think so!!!
Kristi is giving away a $100 credit to her beautiful shop. 
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek – so exciting!! 
Here’s how YOU can win!!!
  • Visit the BOP shop and let me know The Name of your Favorite sign. one entry. 
  • Blog, facebook, and/or tweet about this giveaway and leave a link. Here’s an example — “I want to win this awesome $100 #giveaway from @barnowlprimitiv and @jenjentrixie — one entry each.
Leave me a comment for each thing you do – so you can get credit 🙂 

**{all TT&J members are eligible to win! if you are not a member
already just click where it says “join this site” in the right sidebar!
thanks so much!!} 

Good Luck!!! 
{this giveaway ends on 9/12}
Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

This post sponsored by

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway and Back to School Ideas!!

30 Aug

Update — giveaway closed.
Winner was #414 — Mary Grace. Winner chosen via

It’s that time of year. 

My kids started school last week –I’m not sure where the summer went! We have some traditions that we love to make going back to school special for our kids. The first is documenting the first day of school.

Last year my friend Kami introduced me to Chalkboard Bubbles and I had such a fun time documenting the first day of school with them!! I did the same thing this year- it’s so amazing how the kids change from year to year!! 

We also have a special Crepe Party right before school starts. 
It’s a great special occasion where we talk about goals and plans for the up-coming school year. 
Today I’m so excited to have a special Back to School giveaway today from my favorite storeTarget!! 

Target is the place where we get the majority of our clothes, including back to school clothes. I LOVE that Target has great quality, fashionable clothes for such amazing prices. If you see my family or I on the street, the chances are about 100% that something we are wearing comes from Target.

Target’s Cherokee line is one of my favorite Target lines. We were just there last week looking at Fall coats and Hannah found this black wool Cherokee peacoat that she loved.

Want to win some $$$ for back to school clothes for YOUR family??
Target has given me a $100 gift card to give away to a TT&J reader!! 
Win a $100 Target Gift Card
$100 Target gift card

Here’s how YOU can win:

To get extra entries:

  • Leave a comment here with YOUR family’s favorite Back to School Tradition. If you don’t have one, what is one you want to try? one entry.
  • Tweet this:  “I want to win a $100 @Target gift card for new
    @Cherokee_usa clothes! #giveaway via @jenjentrixie”. one entry.
  • “Like” Tatertots & Jello on Facebook — where I love to feature projects and great ideas. one entry. 
  • “Like” Cozi on Facebook — Cozi is a FREE online calendar that helps you manage your family schedule. one entry.
Please leave a comment for each item you do above to get those extra entries!
**winner must be a Facebook fan of Cherokee USA.
{Giveaway ends Sept. 6th}

And… how would you like to win $1,000???

Share your best First Day of School photo on Cherokee USA’s Facebook Page for a chance to win!

Prize package includes a $1000 shopping spree from Cherokee and $300 smart phone from Cozi. 

Thanks to Cherokee USA and Cozi for sponsoring this super giveaway!
*this is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.


 PS — I am over at the amazing 30 Days Blog— sharing some fun Stenciled Pillows today. Come over and say hi!! 

Love a Local Business and enter to win an iPad2!!

24 Aug

My friend Susan is an amazing seamstress. She creates fabulous, modern items that she sells in her store – Freshly Picked. I found out that Intuit is having a Love a Local Business Campaign, and I’d love to help her expand her business to the next level with a $25,000 grant. Wouldn’t that be awesome??

I met Susan last year at my Holiday Cookie Exchange. She has the most darling little boy and we just hit it off. Her little boy left his stuffed bear at my house and I ended up mailing the bear back to them. I was so surprised and delighted when Susan sent me a handmade wallet as a thank you.
It was my first real introduction to her shop and I fell in love with her items!!

She makes the most amazing little children’s moccasins! What a heirloom to keep.

Plus amazing modern pillows, walletsand bags. They kind of have a nautical vibe.

And, Susan also has a blog – Freshly Pickedwhere she shares all sorts of awesome ideas and tutorials, like this Crafty Tool Belt. I love it!

As soon as I heard about Intuit’s Love a Local Business Campaign I knew I wanted to nominate Susan since she is local to me and her shop is so inspiring!!
I love the idea of supporting our local handmade businesses I think it’s so important.

Intuit is awarding over $1 Million in Intuit Small Business Grants!I love this!

Here’s how you can help:

Click here.

  1. Click on “I’m a Fan of a Local Business.”
  2. Type “Freshly Picked” in the search bar.
  3. Click on “Freshly Picked” in Provo, UT.
  4. VOTE!
That’s all you have to do – and Freshly Picked could win a $25,000 business grant!

And this is SO cool – if you leave a comment about what business YOU would like to start, you can win an iPad 2. 

{I’ve turned off my regular comments — to leave a comment and be entered to win an iPad2, respond in the Intuit box below}

Have you ever dreamed of starting YOUR own business? What dream business would you love to start? By replying you will be entered to win an iPad 2!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Intuit’s Love A Local Businesscompetition. The opinions and text are all mine. Contest runs August 10 to September 1, 2011. A random winner will be announced by September 6, 2011. Official Contest Rules 

So cool!!

PS — I am over at Amanda’s Serenity Now blog today in her very cool series — Blogging and Beyond  – sharing some of my Blogging tips and tricks. Come on over and say hi 🙂

Blogiversary Giveaway — Nest of Posies!! {two winners}

23 Aug
Update – this giveaway is closed. 
winners have been posted on the TT&J FB page 🙂

It’s my Blogiversary — 

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog and been so supportive of me these past three years!! 
And as a thank you — I have a super giveaway to celebrate– 
Another of my Favorite Things!!!
It’s from one of my favorite bloggy friends and shops. Kellie from Nest of Posies.

Kellie has the most adorable blog where she shares her creativity like this Christmas in July Birthday Party she threw for her twins a couple weeks ago:

Kellie has amazing Fall Decorations that she has made, like: 

And, she holds a wonderful party in the Autumn — Fall Festival.  

I am SO excited for it again this year!!

Plus, she has a beautiful, stylish shop
 I carry the bag she made me everywhere: 
You can get a bag made with ANY NAME you want! 
I love these new ones she just put in her shop — 
PLUS, how cute are these Scarves with felt flowers — eeeek I want one!! 
Adorable for Autumn!!!
**And — check this out — for the rest of the August, get an extra 15% off of ANYTHING in Kellie’s shop, just by entering “TATERTOTSANDJELLO 15” at checkout.  
These bags make wonderful Christmas or birthday gifts 🙂
Kellie is giving away TWO Custom Bags
any style, any name, any color!!
{there will be TWO winners}
Here’s how you can win:

  • Go over and check out Kellie’s shop Nest of Posies. Let me know The Name of your favorite item. one entry.
  •  Comment or Follow Kellie’s blog — Nest of Posies {you will love it – promise}. one entry each.

  •  Share this handmade shop through Twitter, Facebook or on your blog. one entry each.
And if you want an extra entry: 
{this giveaway will run until August 30th}
PS — Check out what I made today — MORE stenciled pillows. I may need pillow intervention – just sayin… I’ll be sharing them soon!! 

Stenciled Pillows {tutorial} — New Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line!!

22 Aug
Last week I came home to a big box of craftiness!! 

 It was the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line. And let me tell you – this line has things that have never been available before!! 
For one thing, the colors of this line are beautiful — 160 colors to choose from, in all sorts of finishes: Glitter, Pearl, Satin and High Gloss!!

I love this idea — there are special applicator tops that convert paint bottles into tools!! So you can add your paint to the bottle and then screw on an applicator top and you are ready to stencil without having to keep dipping your roller in a paint tray. Not only is it convenient but it also saves on materials and clean up!!

And my favorite thing might be the revolutionary Spray Paint Kit that lets you turn any Martha Stewart paint color into a spray paint.

{What??? Yes, it’s true!!!} 

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I am not going to be boxed into a project just based on the limited spray paint colors that are available at the hardware store. Now I have 160 colors of spray painting options for projects. This is genius!!

Plus, there are really cool mediums like Chalkboard, Gilding, Glow-in-the-Dark, Etching, Metal Primer and they work on all crafting surfaces including
wood, metal, glass, ceramic, Terra-cotta and fabric.  PLUS,  it’s
indoor/outdoor safe and  is dishwasher-safe when used on glass. And it’s non-toxic, so it’s safe to use around your kiddos. Amazing!! 

 Just think of the project possibilities – the sky’s the limit!! 

I was on vacation when my package arrived, so I only had one day to play with the products, but I am SO excited to try out all of the different products in this line.

And the stencils are FAB!!

I made a few different pillows for my new Kitchen Makeover.

Stenciled Pillows Tutorial:


  • Measure your pillow form and add 2 inch to the width and length of your pre-washed fabric.
  • Add Paint and Fabric Medium to Roller Container.

  • I found the trick was to roll the paint on and then use the smaller sponge to smooth the paint over the fabric. This smoothed the paint and made the surface even. 
  • Then, once the painted dried, I ironed the pillow fronts to “set” the paint. This makes the paint washable.
  •  The last thing I did was I sewed the pillows together. And guess what?? I made my first zippered pillows. So fun!! A tutorial on that coming up soon!! 

I also made two other pillows using Martha Stewart supplies. The first was I made over this star pillow. I used the Spray Paint Kit. It was incredible. It works just like regular spray paint!! It is a little pricey — so save your 40% off coupons 🙂 **I have a link to a coupon at the bottom of this post.

Then I used one of the special brushes to make lines on the pillow. I love that it looks hand done!


And the last pillow I made I added rows of ruffle fabric and stenciled the word “Family” with another of the Martha Stewart Stencils.

I had such a ball experimenting with this new Martha Stewart craft line, brought to you exclusively by Plaid Crafts. The product is available at Michaels stores in the US and
Canada starting the last week of August. You will love all of the possibilities this new line will bring to your creative projects!!

**Here is a link to a 40% off Michael’s coupon

All opinions are 100% mine.
Full post disclosure here.
And, there are so many wonderful tutorials using this line coming up in the next two weeks from dozens of creative bloggers. I can’t wait to see all of the fun projects!! Be sure to check out the ones today from: 
Have a Wonderful Day!! 

And if you want more information, here’s a video from Martha demonstrating this line:

PS — If you want to win some product from this new Martha Stewart Craft Paint line, some giveaways will be coming up. I’ll let you know about them. So stay tuned 🙂

Summer Cooking — The Most Delicious Corn Salad Recipe!!

28 Jul
I don’t post a lot of recipes here at Tatertots and Jello. So if I do post one, you know that it is delicious!! This is my favorite Summer Salad Recipe EVER! 
It’s perfect for this time of year. Be sure to use fresh cilantro and tomatoes. I use frozen corn, just because it’s easy, but fresh corn is even better!! 
This is a dish that people will talk about and want the recipe for.  
And best of all, it’s simple, fast and easy to make!!!

Fresh Summer Corn Salad: 

  • 8 ears sweet corn OR 4 cups of frozen corn.
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped, or 25 mini tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut the fresh corn off the cob or add the frozen corn to the pot and steam for 3 to 5 minutes in
1/4 cup water.
2. Remove lid and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more or until
water evaporates.
3. Toss the corn with all other ingredients and chill.

**Be sure not to overcook the corn.

Makes about 6 cups.

Seriously, I could eat this every single day and not get tired of it.
And, it’s even better the next day 🙂
Have a Wonderful Day!!

PS — Are you thinking about going to The Creative Connection?? It’s an amazing creative conference with dozens of handmade classes. Well, right now TCC is giving away TWO conference passes AND hotel — so you AND a girlfriend can go!! 
So fun!