Meet featured blogger Jen Hadfield (tatertotsandjello.com) and get step-by-step craft tutorials from her blog.
Jen Hadfield loves the positive side of blogging and wants her site to encourage the creativity that lives in every one of us. She enjoys seeing the possibilities–making something beautiful out of nothing special. The mother of four, she’s into wreaths, refashioning clothing, and dollar store transformations. See what Jen is up to via her blog and learn more about her below.
CW: How did you get started with creative crafting and decorating projects? Why did you launch a blog?
Jen: I’ve always been creative and was an art major in college. After my husband and I moved into our first home, we spent years fixing it up. (I think DIY is in my DNA.) My sister, who’s also a blogger, encouraged me to start one, too. Although I didn’t think I had anything to say, I launched a family blog. It quickly turned into a place where I’d share my projects. Since then, blogging has grown into a full-time job that I passionately love. One of my favorite parts of blogging is promoting other people’s ideas. That’s why I began my Friday night Linky Party—a place where people can show off their great ideas. Last week we had over 1,200 projects linked up!
CW: How has your blog changed since you started? What surprises, challenges or rewards has it brought you?
Jen: I started it on a whim, 3-1/2 years ago, as a way to stay in touch with family. It’s now a DIY craft/decorating blog with a new idea shared every day. I occasionally post about my family. My husband travels a lot in his work, so blogging has created a second family for me. I can’t imagine life without it now.
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers? What posts or subjects have proven most popular?
Jen: I love my readers. In fact, I started a Facebook page so I can connect and share ideas daily and find out what everyone is up to. My readers love home DIY projects–a few of my most popular posts include my craft tutorials for the Snowman Votive Holders and the Family Organizer & Message Center.
CW: We have to ask. What inspired your blog name, Tatertots & Jello?
I started my blog right after our family moved to Utah—and two things were often on my mind. One was our kids (tatertot lovers) and the other was something that struck me about my new home state. There seemed to be an extraordinary number of church potlucks…and more recipes for jello salads, molds and desserts than I’d ever imagined. The combination just sounded like a fun name for a blog. It has a hint of mystery that makes people want to check it out.
For more information about Jen and her blog, visit her at tatertotsandjello.com.