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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

**{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!!! 

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Great Ideas — 20 Handmade Gifts to Make!!

4 Sep
There were so many fun handmade gift ideas linked up this week!
 I just had to share a few with you! 
 Painted Coasters @ Positively Splendid
 Mini Polaroid Necklace @ Polish The Stars
Vintage Fabric Notebook @ Homework
 Make Mustache and Lip Suckers @ The Idea Room

 Geography Love Pillow @ In Between Laundry
 Hexagon Quilt @ See Kate Sew
Personalized Gifts @ She’s {Kinda} Crafty
Stamped Washer Necklace @ Fancy Frugal Life
 Play Swords @ Simply Homemade
Magnetic Necklace @ A Creative Princess
 Mini Cherry Pies @ Homespun with Love
 Fabric Baby Blanket Cake @ 2 Little Hooligans
 Photo Blocks @ Our Lil Blessed Nest
 Painted Plates @ Show Tell Share
 S’more Fun Gift Toppers and Printable @ My Insanity
Braided Rhinestone Bracelet @ Miss Lovie
Baby Name Embroidery @ Lines Across My Face
Dimensional Magic Necklaces @ Artsy Fartsy Mama
Carved Wood Plaque @ The Little Giggler
Rosemary Tomato Pesto @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Peach Cobbler in a Jar @ Life is a Party

And come link up YOUR projects and enter to win — 8 Piggy Paint colors plus chemical-free nail polish remover {$64.99 value}!! 



PS — Fall is almost here!! I’m sharing 
at Babble’s new Home Ec today!!
PPS — Thanks to everyone who applied for my helper opening. I have been overwhelmed with the response and am still going through the emails and resumes. I will update you soon!!

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Great Ideas — Free Printables {2}!!

3 Sep
 Do Your Best @ Kiki Creates
Trick or Treat Printables @ I Heart Naptime
Autumn Subway Art @ Vintage Marigold
Weekly Meal Plan @ Mine For the Making

Keep Calm @ Lil Luna
Bridal Shower Cupcake Toppers @ One Rad Mother
Football Party Squares @ She’s {Kinda} Crafty
Thanksgiving Printables @ Crissy’s Crafts
Candy Corn Banner @ My Computer is my Canvas
Back to School Subway Art @ Balancing Home
Make Beautiful Things @ Landee See Landee Do
 First Day of School Apple Printable @ Jaysey’s Crazy Daisy
 Lunch Jokes @ Sprik Space
 Clever Thoughts @ Sweet Bee Buzzings
 Proverbs Printable @ Agape Love
Fall Subway Art @ House of Bledsoe
LDS Sept. Visiting Teaching Printable @ Sugar Tot Designs
Do Small Things with Great Love @ The Creative Paige
 Fall In Chocolate @ Our Forever House
Autumn Leaves @ Mine For the Making
September 11th Printable @ Junk in Their Trunk
School Subway Art @ While He Was Napping
Once again, amazing projects!! 
I love the weekend and seeing YOUR ideas!! 

And come link up YOUR projects and enter to win — 8 Piggy Paint colors plus chemical-free nail polish remover {$64.99 value}!! 


 Have a Happy Saturday!!

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Weekend Wrap Up Party — and Piggy Paint giveaway {$64.99 value}

3 Sep

T   G   I   F  !!

It’s time to party!! 

This week’s giveaway is from Piggy Paint

Say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and hello to Piggy Paintโ€ฆitโ€™s as Natural as Mudยฎ!

Do you ever wonder what’s in the nail polish you put on your little girls nails? Melanie, the founder of Piggy Paint didn’t until she was painting her daughter’s nails and a glob fell on a foam plate and ate through the plate! She decided then that nail polish that ate through foam was unacceptable to put on her girls’ hands {which would end up in their mouths). And through that experience Piggy Paints was born! 
Piggy Paints is water-based polish that is specially formulated of natural ingredients.
It is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates,
biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone… and made in the USA.

I was so excited when I learned about Piggy Paints. I have often wondered how safe traditional polishes were. But I also wondered how well water-based polish would hold up. Piggy Paints sent me a couple bottles of their polish. I can tell you that my girls love it.
Even my 15 year old got excited about the polish when she saw the cool BLUE color! 

And not only is there Piggy Paints for kids, but they have Refined — a more sophisticated line for adults too! 
I love the colors!

 To add even more wear time to their polish, Piggy Paint also has a cool topcoat and primecoat.

And, they even have polish for your PUPPY!! Puppy Paint is made for dogs and comes in fun colors too!

**Piggy Paint is offering 10% off ANYTHING in their store for TT&J readers while this giveaway lasts. Use code โ€“ tatertotsandjello10 for online orders.

Piggy Paint is giving away a 
Color Me Happy Gift Set
{$64.99 value}
8 Piggy Paint colors plus chemical-free nail polish remover!! 

Here’s how YOU can win: 

  • Head over to Piggy Paint – what is The Name of your favorite color polish? one entry.
  • “Like” Piggy Paints on Facebook – where you can keep up with their new colors, products and giveaways. one entry.
  • Link up YOUR ideas. one entry for each project linked up ๐Ÿ™‚ 
A couple other things:
Join us Saturdays at for
 the weekend wrap up party!

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Please link up the Wrap Up button {a text link is great too — Tatertots and Jello}
so everyone can join in the fun!
Please comment on TWO posts above you and TWO posts below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit. 

{That way everyone gets some comments — we all love comments}

Have fun!!!
I’ll be writing a feature post in the morning – I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!!

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Friday {Bonus} Giveaway — $100 To A Touch of Whimsy Designs!!

2 Sep
Happy Friday!!
Where has this week gone???
As to get you ready for the long weekend, I have a special {bonus} giveaway for you from a 
A Touch of Whimsy was started by Gina, a lifelong New Yorker, who moved to NC with her husband and three boys. A Touch of Whimsy is an amazing place to procure personalized stationery, as well as note cards, plates and platters, stamps and personalized lunch boxes!!
 I adore the plates, platters and bowls that you can order in many different prints. AND you get them personalized with a family name or monogram!

And won’t your child be the envy of the playground set with a Personalized Polka Dot Sippy Cup?
I want one for ME!!
I have a picky eater, I think my daughter would LOVE a Personalized Lunch Box to take her special lunches each day!
I also especially love these adorable Cell Phone Covers.
I think these are my favorite designs – so pretty!
And I love this idea — Print out these mommy cards. they are a great thing to give out to babysitters or other parents at the playground.
** And while this giveaway is live — you can get 15% off  in the Touch of Whimsy Store by typing in TTJELLO at checkout!!  (coupons aren’t valid on purchases of gift certificates or sale items).
Gina at A Touch of Whimsy is giving ONE TT&J reader a 
$100 gift certificate 
 to her store.


What a great way to start off the weekend!!!

{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 – to keep up with the fun giveaways and tutorials}

Here’s how YOU can win: 

  • Head over to Touch of Whimsy— what is The Name of your favorite item? Let me know in your comment. one entry. 
And, if you want a few additional entries: 
  • Share this giveaway with your friends via — Twitter, Facebook or your Blog. one entry each.
{this giveaway ends 9/9/2011}
PS — It’s Fall! I’m sharing my TOP 10 Favorite Fabric Pumpkin Tutorials over at the New Home Ec Today. From whimsical to modern, spare to ornate, any of these tutorials will take the bite out of the fall air ๐Ÿ™‚
PPSAnd, It’s Friday – my favorite day of the week!!!
The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts tonight. 
I am SO excited to see what You are doing and feature YOU!!! 
The party starts at 6 pm Mountain/8 pm Eastern ๐Ÿ™‚

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Guest Project – Make a "Remember Quote Box"

1 Sep
Hello everybody!  I’m Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar and I am thrilled to be posting on Tatertots and Jello today.  Jen is awesome. 

This is me and my boys. 

Today I’m sharing a super simple idea that will help you remember the good times.  Sometimes kids say the funniest things ever. 
I guess he had heard me talking about product reviews.  No, he doesn’t have a blog ๐Ÿ™‚
I always think I’ll remember what they’ve said, but the truth is my memory isn’t what it used to be.  So, this simple “Remember” Quote Box will help with that.
You can make one too by finding an old recipe box and giving it a makeover.
Here’s what I did: 

My mom had a recipe box she wasn’t using, so I spraypainted it pale turquoise.  Then I added a little red vinyl to dress it up.
Next I traced some of the tabbed index cards to make my own new ones.
I bought 4 packs of blank index cards to fill the box.  It’s back to school time so you can find them for about 65 cents a pack.  I gave each child a tabbed section and now when they say something funny I can open the box, jot it down, and remember it forever.
The other day my newly four-year old piped up to tell me this.  In case you can’t read it, it says, “If you’re not good, Santa doesn’t bring you many presents.  Like, if you kill someone – that’s pretty bad.  Then you only get a yo-yo.”  What?  I’m honestly not sure where that came from, but it made me laugh pretty hard.
I wrote down the month, year, and the age he was up in the corner.  You could even fill up the cards with something that isn’t a quote, but something else you want to remember.  I always want to remember how my boys make me wait till they are at the garage door before I can open it.  That way they can pretend they are lifting it with their super strength.

A kind lady in my neighborhood told me she did something like this and now that her children have grown they love to pull out the box for fun and read through it together.
I think it’ll also be fun to pull out on those hard days when my boys are making me crazy.  It’s always nice to remember the good times ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you SO much for having me Jen!

Cheri – that is such a great idea!! 

Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

If you don’t know I Am Momma Hear Me Roar – you are in for a treat. Cheri can craft, she can sew AND she can DIY. 
Check out these projects:

This SuperHero Room Cheri created is beyond cool!!

Such a good idea — upcycle old tees into a Cool Dress

Great post about how to make Printable in Picnik. Love this!
And if you have been thinking of painting your cabinets – check out this post!
Be sure to head over to I Am Momma Hear Me Roar – you will love Cheri’s ideas!! 
PS — I am sharing my first Halloween project of 2011 at eighteen25 today — it combines FOUR of my favorite things — Halloween, Eye Charts, Chevron and Printables!! 
Plus pillows too ๐Ÿ™‚ 
I’m so excited about the Halloween Spooktacular!!

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10 Favorite Fall & Halloween Tutorials {plus a little something for you}

31 Aug
Tomorrow is September and, in my mind, the beginning of Fall. 
And since I’m such a Halloween Freak — I am excited for Halloween!! 
The other day the new Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine came in the mail — and I was excited and honored to have my {Creepy} Specimen Art included in this issue.  
So fun!! 
This issue has a many fun Halloween ideas PLUS 78 Winter Holiday projects — including ornaments, wreaths, pillows and stockings!!
And all the info on how to make the projects, including patterns for many. 
So, in the spirit of Fall and Halloween, here are 10 of my past Fall and Halloween projects to get you in the Autumn mood: 

I’m so excited for Cooler Weather, Wearing Boots and Soup in the Crock Pot!
I have a copy of Holiday Crafts for one of YOU! 
**To enter — all you need to do is leave a comment with what YOU love most about Fall! 
Have a Wonderful Day!! 

PS — I will be sharing my first Halloween Project tomorrow over at the Halloween Spooktacular at eighteen25. It’s going to be fun!!!