Tatertots and Jello http://tatertotsandjello.com DIY decorating and crafts Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:30:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Halloween Wreath & Free Printables! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/halloween-wreath-free-printables.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/halloween-wreath-free-printables.html#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:30:38 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64694 enter if you dare halloween wreath at tatertots and jello]]> I’m having such a great time decorating for Halloween this year!

I wanted to do something a little different with this wreath. So as I was browsing Shutterfly, I found the metal ornaments — they’re lightweight, printed on metal, and have a pretty glossy finish. (I printed the same image on both sides.) You can do something similar:

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I found a wreath I already had and spray-painted it partially black. Then I tied the ornaments around the wreath using some black and white ribbon I already had … making sure I put the words in the right order :) !

 

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Then I tied some orange and black and white ribbons on the bottom of the wreath … and it was ready to go!

 

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I’ll share the free printables below, but first, notice that I …

… chose the printables to complement the raven (“nevermore”) and 31 printables I shared on Monday. And the “enter if you dare” goes with even more printables I’ll share with you soon! You might want to print these on Shutterfly ornaments, but you can print them any way you want as long as they’re fairly small (the images aren’t scaled for large printing). They’re square, so you could print them and trim or die-cut them into circles, too!

And here are the printables!

If you want to print the same kinds of “ornaments” for your Halloween wreath or decor, I’ve included the free printable JPG files below! (As always, they’re for personal use only.) They’re smaller files, so they’ll only work for printing small things like the Shutterfly ornaments!

Just right-click each image and choose “save as” or “save image as” to download the JPG file!

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And don’t miss your chance for a $200 Shutterfly gift certificate — visit Monday’s post to find out how!

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You will love Shutterfly’s Home Decor Items!

Shutterfly on Pinterest (Be sure to follow them on Pinterest – awesome ideas here!)

Shutterfly Home Decor on the Web

Shutterfly on Twitter (@shutterfly)

Shutterfly on Facebook

 Have a Creative Day!! 

xoxo

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shutterfly and as part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. I love Shutterfly and am excited to be a Shutterfly blog ambassador. See my disclosures.

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Loaded Peanut Butter Crispy Treats http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/loaded-peanut-butter-crispy-treats.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/loaded-peanut-butter-crispy-treats.html#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:00:38 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64681 Loaded Peanut Butter Crispy Treats]]> If my two favorite sweet treats were to get married they would be Mr. and Mrs. Loaded Peanut Butter Crispy Treats! I am Kelsey from the blog Poofy Cheeks – crispy treats and peanut butter are two of my guilty pleasures. I am excited to be back on TT&J sharing the recipe for a sinfully delicious sweet treat you won’t be able to resist. If you think you can stop at just one I dare you to try!

Loaded Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/2 cup mini Reese cups

Directions:

  1. In a large pot melt butter over medium heat.
  2. After butter is melted add marshmallows stirring constantly until completely melted.
  3. Once marshmallows are melted and smooth stir in peanut butter. Remove from heat and immediately stir in cereal.
  4. Stir cereal until well coated and then transfer to a greased 9×13 pan, using fingers to push evenly across pan.
  5. Allow cereal to cool for a minute and then pour Reese Pieces over top gently pushing them into the cereal. Repeat with the mini Reese cups, allow to cool completely (if you can), cut into bars and serve.

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I served these to my kids as an after school treat and I’m not sure they have been so quiet after returning from school before. There was chewing and no talking. I hope you enjoy this perfect marriage of treats as much as we did!

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Thanks Kelsey! Those look amazing. And, I love the yellow and orange treats on top. They look so perfect for Fall and Halloween parties too. Kelsey has great ideas on her blog. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

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Kids will love these Bloody Vampire Kid Cocktails! Wouldn’t these be so fun at a Halloween party?

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She also has some delicious apple recipes for fall. These Easy Apple Pie Roll Ups look so yummy!

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I love a word sign for a decor piece! Her Salvaged Wood Sign looks so perfect in her kitchen area!

Kelsey is super talented. You don’t want to miss her amazing blog posts, so visit Poofy Cheeks and

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Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe Kelsey! You are amazing!
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Halloween Haunted House Decor Ideas, Free Printables and $200 Shutterfly giveaway! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/halloween-haunted-house-decor-ideas-free-printables-200-shutterfly-giveaway.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/halloween-haunted-house-decor-ideas-free-printables-200-shutterfly-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:29:44 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64664 nevermore halloween free printables at tatertots and jello]]> nevermore halloween free printables at tatertots and jello

I love this time of year! Halloween is my favorite. So when I was thinking of Halloween projects – I knew a big Haunted House vignette in the entryway of the #1905Cottage would be so fun!! And I love the Edgar Allan Poe poem “The Raven” – I thought it would be so cool to design a Halloween printable around “The Raven” and have it paired with a spooky haunted house on the wall.

Nevermore Poe Halloween Printables

 

 

You might not have a photo of a spooky house handy — I didn’t! I found a great one, though, online. You can use stock photo sites like the one I used — DepositPhotos. I chose that one because it’s inexpensive and has a good license for personal use (not commercial use, which is why I can’t share it with you here.) In fact, that’s a good tip for any of these projects — you’re not restricted to using only your own photos! You can find them on inexpensive stock photo sites, too.

I printed the spooky, haunted house picture in four pieces on matte metal prints from Shutterfly!

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That said, take pictures of all kinds of things while you’re out and about — brick walls, wood fences, anything that might make a great decor project someday. (I’ll share a project with you later this week where I did exactly that!)

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Here are the printables!

Pillows:

If you’d like to reproduce the same pillows I did at Shutterfly, you can download the high-resolution JPG images instead of the PDFs below.

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For the “Nevermore” pillow, right-click this link and choose “save as” to download the JPG. Then use it with the 18×24 size Photo Gallery Pillow at Shutterfly, and don’t fill in any text as a caption.

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For the “31” pillow, right-click this link and choose “save as” to download the JPG. Then use it with the 16×16 or 18×18 size Photo Gallery Pillow at Shutterfly, and don’t fill in any text as a caption.

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5×7 Printables:

If you don’t want to create a pillow, I created two versions of the “nevermore” printable for you — black on white and white on black!

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For the black on white printable (like in my pictures at the beginning of the post), right-click this link and choose “save as” to download the PDF.

For the white on black printable (like in the picture above), right-click this link and choose “save as” to download the PDF.

 

As always, all of these printables are for personal use only!

 

 

 

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And now I get to give away a $200 credit to Shutterfly. YAY! 

Here’s how to enter: 

Head over to Shutterfly’s Home Decor and leave a comment here telling me what Halloween decor you’d create if you won! 

You will love Shutterfly’s Home Decor Items!

Shutterfly on Pinterest (Be sure to follow them on Pinterest – awesome ideas here!)

Shutterfly Home Decor on the Web

Shutterfly on Twitter (@shutterfly)

Shutterfly on Facebook

 Have a Creative Day!! 

xoxo

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shutterfly and as part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. I love Shutterfly and am excited to be a Shutterfly blog ambassador. See my disclosures.

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Gift Idea: Easy Decoupaged Tile Magnets! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/gift-idea-easy-decoupaged-tile-magnets.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/gift-idea-easy-decoupaged-tile-magnets.html#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:05:15 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64651 decoupaged-tile-magnets-7]]> Hi, everyone! It’s Amy from Positively Splendid, and I’m excited to be here today with a super simple craft project that would make terrific gifts for the upcoming holidays.

These decoupaged tile magnets require just a handful of supplies and a very short amount of time to make, and they are a wonderful stocking stuffer idea or little gift idea to surprise a special friend, teacher, or neighbor. They are also a great project to make to get your kids involved!

Let me fill you in on all of the details.

Decoupaged Tile Magnets by Positively Splendid

For this project, you will need…

  • Small ceramic tiles (found in home improvement stores)
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Small magnets
  • Hot glue
  • Tools: Scissors, Pencil, Foam Brush

Directions:

Use the pencil to trace around the outer perimeter of the tile shape on the scrapbooking paper. With scissors, cut out the shape just inside the traced line.

Decoupaged Tile Magnets by Positively Splendid

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile with the foam brush.

Decoupaged Tile Magnets by Positively Splendid

While the Mod Podge is still wet, center the paper piece onto the tile, and press down gently, rubbing out any bubbles under the surface.

Decoupaged Tile Magnets by Positively Splendid

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper, working from right to left, and making sure to seal the edges of the paper as you work. Allow this layer to dry for 10-15 minutes before applying a second layer, this time brushing from top to bottom. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely. Affix a magnet to the center back of the finished tile with hot glue.

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Your new set of stylish magnets is complete!

There are so many fun ways to personalize and switch up the look for these simply by using different patterned papers and different tile shapes.

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Thanks so much to Jen for having me over again this month! I hope y’all will stop by Positively Splendid soon to say hello.

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I just love Amy’s style! Here are a few of her recent projects I adore:

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How awesome is this Metallic Mason Jar Vase?

And you know I love wreaths, so I really like these two projects:

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This colorful and easy Fall Feather Wreath, and

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This beautiful Elegant Fall Wreath!

(I liked the peacock feathers in the first and third projects above — what a perfect yet unexpected touch!)

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I’m so glad to have Amy on my contributor team!

Visit Positively Splendid and

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Great Ideas — 25 DIY Home Fall Projects! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/great-ideas-25-diy-home-fall-projects.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/great-ideas-25-diy-home-fall-projects.html#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:52:04 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64620 25 diy fall home projects]]> When the weather cools, I spend more time inside … and I love a good DIY home project! So I’m excited to feature these …

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25 DIY Home Fall Projects! Get inspired with these great ideas:

 

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Fall Tablescape @ Chaotically Creative 

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Gold & Wood Fall Sign @ For My Love Of 

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 Wood Block Fall Banner @ Thistlewood Farms

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 Spray Painted Gold Tree Stump Side Table @ Thrifty & Chic

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Silhouette Memory Board @ One Krieger Chick 

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DIY Fabric Pumpkins @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom 

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 Fall Decorating Tour @ An Oregon Cottage

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Mini Cloche with Pedestal Base @ Restoration Beauty 

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Fall Home Tour @ Upcycled Treasures 

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 Fall Dining Room Tour @ The Golden Sycamore

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Industrial Modern Bar @ Tiny Sidekick 

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Copper Pipe Desk @ Upcycled Treasures 

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 Farmhouse Table Makeover @ The Diary of Dave’s Wife

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Fall Entryway Decor @ The Golden Sycamore

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 Fall Home Tour @ A Prudent Life

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 Easy Fall Acorn Wreath @ The Little Farm Diary

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Easy 5 Minute Fall Wreath @ View from the Fridge 

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Two-Tone Modern Furniture @ Refresh Restyle 

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Painted Wood Slice Pumpkin @ A Night Owl 

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Bias Tape Pumpkin Pillow @ The Silly Pearl 

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Easy Fall Mantel @ Echoes of Laughter 

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Cork & Feather Place Card @ Homework

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DIY Adventure Room @ The Heathered Nest 

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 Simple Window Pane Mirror @ A Diamond in the Stuff

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DIY Burlap Table Runner @ Seesaws and Sawhorses 

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s giveaway for Ashley from Make It and Love It‘s new book!

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Here’s how to enter to win this week’s giveaway: No-Sew Love: Fifty Fun Projects to Make Without a Needle and Thread:

Visit this week’s Link Party Palooza and leave a comment telling me your favorite no-sew project!

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What are your new fall decor ideas?

Tell me what you’ve been working on in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

xoxo

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Great Ideas — 20 Halloween Party Ideas! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/great-ideas-halloween-party-ideas.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/great-ideas-halloween-party-ideas.html#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:35:34 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64593 20 halloween party ideas]]> ‘Tis the season to be spooky already — and Halloween party planning is already underway!

To help in your party planning for kids or adults, check out these great ideas …

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 … 20 Halloween party ideas — get inspired!

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Halloween Twinkie Mummies @ Frugal Coupon Living 

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Easy Halloween Party Ideas @ The Crafted Sparrow 

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Orange Brownie Trifle @ Wine and Glue 

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Halloween Gumball Letters @ My Sister’s Suitcase 

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Printable Candy Bar Wrapper @ Today’s Creative Blog 

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe @ Cincy Shopper 

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Ghost in Jar Halloween Craft @ Landee See Landee Do 

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Candy Corn Pudding Cups @ Club Chica Circles 

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 Easy Halloween Banner @ The Crafted Sparrow

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 Easy Pumpkin Patties @ Mom On Timeout

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Jack O’ Lantern Treat Jars @ Stubbornly Crafty 

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Cheesecloth Mummy Lanterns @ A Pumpkin and a Princess 

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Halloween Black, White, and Glitter Treat Bags @ Homework 

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Easy Halloween Cupcake Toppers & Wrappers @ The Crafted Sparrow 

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Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs @ Frugal Coupon Living 

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Pumpkin Donuts @ Your Homebased Mom 

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Easy Halloween Treat Boxes @ The Crafted Sparrow 

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Monster Eyeball Pretzels @ Princess Pinky Girl 

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Halloween Treat Containers @ Simply Designing 

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Milky Way Pumpkin Pretzel Bites @ The Cards We Drew 

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s giveaway for Ashley from Make It and Love It‘s new book!

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Here’s how to enter to win this week’s giveaway: No-Sew Love: Fifty Fun Projects to Make Without a Needle and Thread:

Visit this week’s Link Party Palooza and leave a comment telling me your favorite no-sew project!

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Do you have any Halloween party traditions?

Tell me what you’ve been working on in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

xoxo

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Link Party Palooza — and No Sew Love Giveaway! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/link-party-palooza-sew-love-giveaway.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/link-party-palooza-sew-love-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:00:25 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64579 2014-09-26 10.24.03]]> It’s Friday!!

Welcome back to the …
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We’ve combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap Time, Lil’ Luna, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots & Jello and Today’s Creative Blog to make a giant link party. You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts — just like we always have!

So be sure to check with each site to see which of the amazing ideas were featured! I’ll have two “great ideas” posts this weekend!

This week’s giveaway is from Make It and Love It!

Ashley from Make It and Love It (one of my favorite people!) just released a book of some of her best ideas!

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It’s called No-Sew Love: Fifty Fun Projects to Make Without a Needle and Thread and there are so many cool different projects in here from kids to accessories to scarves — you don’t even have to know how to sew!

Link up your projects, find out more, and enter to win after the break:

There are 250 pages of 50 awesome projects for you and your kids!

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The projects are perfect for holiday gifts, too, especially for those hard to shop for teenagers! I love this infinity scarf.

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The how-to instructions are super clear with step-by-step photos for each project!

 This week’s giveaway is a copy of Ashley’s new book, No-Sew Love: Fifty Fun Projects to Make Without a Needle and Thread!

To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite no-sew project!

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Be sure to check out Ashley’s main site, too — Make It and Love It — she’s such a lovely person and her projects are amazing!

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Now it’s time to link up your projects! I can’t wait to see YOUR ideas and feature YOU! Remember, you only need to link up once here to be listed in all of the sites’ parties — but be sure to check out each site through the weekend! We’ll each be featuring our own picks from all of the fabulous ideas! (When you add a link, please mention on your site that you linked up at Tatertots and Jello (here’s a link: Tatertots & Jello).
Please visit and comment on TWO links above you and TWO links below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit. {We all love comments!}
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P.S.: It’s been a busy week at TT&J! Here’s what you might have missed:

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I took you all on a walkthrough of my new Fall Decor at the #1905 Cottage!

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And I shared the printables for this Halloween Pennant beneath the Owl’oween Mantel!

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And I used those printables to help finish up my Halloween Printable Pennant Wreath!

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My contributors have been getting spooky, too!

On the left are Printable Party Favor Tags & Tips from Spaceships and Laser Beams,

 On the top right is Polka Dot Chair’s Trick or Treat Tote Bag,

And on the bottom right are Easy Candy Halloween Treats from Design, Dining, and Diapers!

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Fall Centerpiece Tutorial and #1905Cottage Fall Home Tour! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/fall-centerpiece-tutorial-1905cottage-fall-home-tour.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/fall-centerpiece-tutorial-1905cottage-fall-home-tour.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:33:19 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64549 fall white pumpkin centerpiece basket]]> white buffalo home tour

Hi! Welcome if you are coming over from Desert Domicile! I’m so thrilled to be part of the The White Buffalo Styling Co.  — Bloggers Stylin’ Home Tours! I have been so INSPIRED by all of the amazing ideas shared this week!! It’s been so fun to see all of the beautiful homes and ideas!

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I have BIG changes happening at the #1905Cottage. I am so excited to share all of the news soon! In the meantime, things are a little torn up over there. So I thought I would show some of the Fall ideas I have going on there as well as a SUPER easy Fall centerpiece idea that you can keep up all the way through Thanksgiving!

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Here’s the front of the cottage. I made a pumpkin wreath with gold accents and I love the way it look with the yellow dutch door.

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So festive!! I also made a big GOLD Autumn sign that I propped up in front.

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Here’s how I made the White Pumpkin Centerpiece:

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5 small pumpkins in a couple different sizes

white spray paint

moss

branches

a basket

burlap ribbon

a chalkboard tag

easy fall centerpiece idea

I found this little basket at Michaels – and it was half off so that was fun!

It already had a liner inside, but if you basket doesn’t you can line it with a layer of burlap.

I added some ruffled burlap ribbon to the edge of the basket

I spray painted the pumpkins white. And to keep the stems from being white, the easiest thing to do is take a small section of tinfoil and cover the stem, scrunching it around the stem tightly. It works really well.

When the pumpkins were dry, I laid them inside of the basket, arranged the moss and the branches and added some little balls of twine for texture.

Then I clipped the chalkboard tag on and wrote a little fall saying.

I found the little metal letter also at Michaels and hung that in front as a final touch.

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So easy!

 

Here are a few other fall things going on at my house. My Owl-o’ween mantel.

Free Halloween Bunting Printables at Tatertots and Jello

And another fall wreath I made – this pumpkin and plaid wreath. I think the grey and turquoise are a different take on the traditional fall colors.

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And I also made a mini version of the Halloween printables and made this Black & White Pennant Wreath!

 

Blak and White Halloween wreath and free bunting printables. #halloween #wreaths #freeprintables

Blak and White Halloween wreath and free bunting printables. #halloween #wreaths #freeprintables

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Be sure to head on over to the next beautiful home on the tour – Retro Ranch Reno. You will love it!!

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Be sure to see all of the amazing Fall ideas at the Bloggers Stylin’ Home Tours:

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And here’s the rest of today’s line-up:

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Tuesday’s tours:

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Wednesday’s tours:

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Thursday’s tours:

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simple-stylings

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 Friday’s tours:

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retro-ranch-reno

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Have a Beautiful Day! 

xox

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Halloween Party Favor Printables and Tips To Throw a Halloween Party!! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/free-booo-bbles-printable-party-favor-tips-throw-halloween-party.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/free-booo-bbles-printable-party-favor-tips-throw-halloween-party.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:00:53 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64512 halloween-party-favor]]> Hi Tatertots and Jello Readers! I’m Stephanie Keeping, and I blog over at Spaceships and Laserbeams.  I’m a mom of boys, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. I love to celebrate boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where I talk about all things boy and birthday party.

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I’m so happy to be here to share with you a fun Halloween Party Favor Printable perfect for party favors and some tips for throwing a successful Halloween Party!

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Halloween gives people an excuse for dressing up in silly costumes and indulging in way too many sweets—maybe that’s why it’s my favorite holiday! Is there a Halloween party in your future?  You don’t need a crystal ball to know it takes work to put a party together…but just what details do you need to cover? Here are six tips that have worked for me.

  1. Select a theme to create a mood. Halloween parties can be silly fun, dark and scary, or gruesome and gory. But the real beauty of Halloween is that you can make anything work. In the past, I’ve held mad science themed Halloween parties as well as circus themed events to offset the traditional Halloween fare that people are seeing everywhere. If you want to take this alternative route, the most successful themes are ones that have a big, bold concept that fit the “over the top” nature of the holiday.
  1. Make sure guests know all costume requirements so no one turns into a monster. Are the kids just dressing up or do you expect everyone in costume? Does your theme dictate costume choice or is it an “anything goes” type of event? There is nothing worse than being the one person who does (or doesn’t) dress up, so clearly express your party details in your invite to ensure no guest is left behind.
  1. Focus decorations on a few key areas to make sure your budget doesn’t get too scary. I like to pull guests into the party atmosphere as soon as they arrive. I love to carve pumpkins and we have tons of pumpkin stencil designs to choose from — that will fit virtually any theme. Inside, I like to focus my decorations in one or two areas. When budget is a factor, you can’t go wrong with creating a spectacular food table and letting it be the star. Your themed food can do double duty as decoration and since most people congregate where there are good eats, you’ve put all your effort where it will be seen the most.
  1. Offer a mix of healthy and sweet food options to give your kids a real treat.Since food is so closely associated with Halloween, a fun menu is a must. Whether we’re talking savory or sweet, I tend to theme all the foods I am serving. Options can be as simple as allowing guests to pick their poison with a drink/juice mixing station or as elaborate as creating themed homemade treats. White candy apples “stabbed” with fake knives (which are used as handles to allow easy eating) and cheese pizzas made to look like jack-o-lanterns have been popular with kids at past parties.
  1. In addition to marveling at costumes, games and activities can keep the party energy going. Classic activities like apple bobbing, catching a hanging donut with just lips, and pin-the-head on the skeleton remain popular. Kids can paint pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, make a Halloween themed craft, even watch a scary movie. Many games morph into a Halloween special with a little imagination!

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  1. Send tricksters home with a party favor. Halloween makes cleverly packaged treats or toys an easy decision. I love the looks on little guests’ faces when then get a favor at the end of a party — it turns Halloween into Christmas! Since there is an overabundance of sweets this time of year, one of my favorites is a non-food item like bubbles. In fact, I’m sharing with you some sweet “Booo-bubbles” printable favor tags that you can use for your own Halloween party.

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I’ve found that decorations, food, activities and favors are the details you need to conjure up memorable Halloween fun. Ghosts and goblins are optional!

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Just download your free printables here. Or Click on the image below.

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 Thanks for having me Jen!!

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Thanks Stephanie! Those party favors are so cute! And, her tips for throwing a great party are so perfect! Spaceships and Laserbeams is such a fun site full of great ideas! Here are a few I think you’ll love:

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They have tons of great party ideas on their blog. I like this post with 3 Fall Fling Birthday Party Ideas perfect for kids born in the fall!

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And, if you’re throwing a Halloween party for kids, these Pumpkin Cheese Pizzas would be so fun to make!

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Last, they are always rounding up fun idea posts, and this one caught my eye. 451 Halloween Printables all in one place!

I’m so glad Stephanie could stop by today to share her cute printables and tips.

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Free Halloween Pennant Printables! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/free-halloween-pennant-printables.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/free-halloween-pennant-printables.html#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:58:21 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64529 Free Halloween Bunting Printables at Tatertots and Jello]]> Free Halloween Bunting Printables at Tatertots and Jello

I had such a fun time making my Owl Halloween Mantel.

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I thought the mantel needed a little something else. And so I made a little paper bunting to go with the mantel. And I’m sharing it with you!

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And the bunting is easy to make! You’ll just need to print out and cut out the bunting (see the printable below). I used a paper cutter to make the edges straight. Once cut, use a hole punch in two corners of each piece.

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Then you can use baker’s twine or ribbon — and just customize your bunting to fit your home! I added coordinating ribbon bows to the ends of the bunting. I think it’s so cute!

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And here are the printables!

Just right-click this link or the image below and choose “save as” to download the printable PDF. Choose the pages you need and print as many as you like!

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As always, these are for personal use only.

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Blak and White Halloween wreath and free bunting printables. #halloween #wreaths #freeprintables

I also made a smaller version that you can use on a wreath or as a Halloween cake topper!

 

 What projects are YOU working on for Fall or Halloween?? 

Let me know in the comments. 

I would love to see YOUR ideas! 

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