The Must List: Tatertots and Jello

by Chris on April 16, 2012

O.M.G. If I could give an award for the nicest blogger in blogland, it would clearly be Jen. Have you ever known someone so nice that you can’t even imagine them with an angry face? Orrr am I the only weirdo who does that? Either way, that’s Jen. So nice, I can’t see her with an angry face. :)

I can’t say enough great things about Jen. From her work ethic (think Energizer Bunny) to her willingness to help others, she is a class act. Why wouldn’t I ask her to participate in this series? Enjoy!

The Must List tatertots and jello

Hi lovely Just a Girl Readers! Can I just tell you how excited I am to be here today?? Just a Girl was one of the first blogs I started reading. The day Chris featured me was one of the happiest blogging days I have ever had. So being here is just amazing.   Chris asked me if I would share some of my favorite, can’t live without Crafting Tools. cordless glue gun The first one has to be my hot glue gun. I use it on almost a daily basis. And for Valentine’s Day my husband got me a CORDLESS hot glue gun. How cool is that?? It’s so handy to use when I am working on a project and don’t have an outlet handy or if I want to craft in the car (just kidding, I don’t really do that LOL)

Silhouette cutting tool

The second tool that I absolutely love is my Silhouette Craft Cutting tool. I seriously use this at least once a week. I’ve made all kinds of projects with it from Home Decor, to t-shirt projects, Holiday projects, pretty much any type of creative project.

button maker A tool that I just discovered this year is the iTop Button Maker. It’s a nifty tool that can be used for some great creative projects. I also love that you can use it with scrapbook paper.

staple gun

I also can’t live without my Staple Gun. I use it for all kinds of projects from furniture refinishing to making magnet boards. Martha Stewart stencil And I found a really wonderful tool for stenciling from Martha Stewart Crafts. You load the paint in a dispenser and then squeeze. I have used it on fabric stenciling projects as well as walls and it is fabulous.

washi tape

Another fun thing I have discovered in the past year is Washi Tape. I know that it’s not technically a tool. But I love all of the different colors Washi Tape comes in and experimenting to use it in unusual ways.

washi tape wreath Thanks Chris for letting me stop by and share a few of my favorite Creative tools. I love your Must List and I have enjoyed reading the other Must List posts! And I’d love to hear what YOUR favorite creative tools are.   xoxo



Courtney {a thoughtful place} April 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

Oh, I love Jen! Such a talented woman. I am so excited to learn about some new things here. That Martha Stewart brush roller seems wonderful and I had no idea about that cute Washi tape. Do I really live under a rock. This has been a great series, Chris. Thank you!

Chris April 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Oh, I love that you said that friend. I appreciate the comment for her!

TracieOB April 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I “must” tell you that I am really enjoying this series. The bloggers you have featured are great and inspiring. I have gotten lots of tips from them. Thanks so much

Chris April 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Oh, I’m so glad to hear you say that TracieOB! Comments are so low in blogland nowadays, so it’s really hard to gauge if people are liking it. I’m glad it’s helping, and you’re enjoying it! Thanks again!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers April 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Love all of these tools, I haven’t tried the iTop Button Maker but that looks intriguing! Thanks for having such awesome bloggers this month!

Erin @ How to Nest for Less April 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Umm… absolutely LOVE this series. You’ve been having the coolest guests! And great tips from Jen. I would love to try that cordless hot glue gun. I’d be curious to know what your top tools are though, Chris?

Chris April 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Well, let me just clarify that I didn’t even KNOW there’s an electric glue gun. DAR! Gonna be looking for that one. Let’s see…what do I like? I have an electric staple gun that probably changed my life. :) I believe you should have an over-abundant amount of craft brushes. Foam, bristle, you name it. I don’t like to worry about rinsing them out every time, so I like to have lots on hand. I just pick them up at the hardware store. I also love my razor blade/scraper. I use that thing for everything from Silhouette cut-outs to scraping bad paint jobs. I think it was like .49 cents. :) Big spender. Hmmm…good question, Erin! I think I’d like to know what all kinds of people say on that one!

jen @ tatertots and jello April 18, 2012 at 1:07 am

Chris!!!! Thank you for the sweetest compliment. You are wonderful and being here on your blog is amazing. Thank you so much!!!!! I loved sharing some of my favorite tools. And I love your series. It has been so fun to learn so much from everyone. You are so talented and I adore you!


Jill Hassell April 21, 2012 at 12:36 am

Where is the lattice stencil from?? I’ve been looking everywhere for one like it!

Trisha Winters June 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Yes, me too! Please let me know, when you find out! My email address is


Shannon April 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

Such a great series with so many helpful tips! Thanks a bunch!!

The Enchanted Yankee

Paula Shepard October 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I stumbled on your blog and I am enjoying it.

Could you please let me know where you got the lattice stencil?
I have been looking for exactly this size/shape.


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