Archives for February 2010

Going For Gold

This last weekend was a crazy weekend for our family.  Besides celebrating Valentine's Day, this sweet little boy turned one! He also started walking in the last few weeks--and that means tearing up our apartment in a big-time way!  Oh yes, and my entire family was in town for the occasion.  I feel like I am still recovering from all of the fun and festivities.  So this week I will be featuring some of my birthday ideas and crafts.
I was racking my brain trying to decide upon the perfect theme for the big birthday bash UNTIL I realized that on the very day of his birthday, the Olympics would begin.  Score!  So we had an Olympic-themed birthday party.... and it was a blast!  I will share lots of the events of the evening with you.  But to start with:  

What's the Olympics without a gold medal?!  Everyone at the party would definitely need to earn a gold medal.

I started out with some wooden circles that I found at Michael's.  The hardest part of the entire project was peeling off the **sticky** labels off of each circle.  Thank you, Goof Off.  

I found a package of wooden stars (also at Michael's) and used Gorilla Glue to glue a star in the center of each wooden circle.  Less is better with Gorilla Glue.  I always have to remind myself of that!  It easily expands.

I spray-painted the medals with a nice shiny gold, of course.

I found this patriotic ribbon at JoAnn's, and used hot glue to secure it to the back of each medal.


All done!  This would be a really fun craft to do with kids, especially with the Olympics going on right now.

At our party, everyone was a gold medalist!  Enjoy watching the Olympics (I am watching right now!)

Do You Fondue?

A little valentine recap....

I had TWO valentines this year.  Aren't they handsome?!

I made candygrams for both of those handsome guys.  Even though my hubby doesn't enjoy sweets, he enjoyed the sentiment.  As part of our 14 Days of Love we also heart-attacked doors for each other.  There was  no shortage of hearts in our house.  
Everything we ate was in the shape of a heart!  We had pancake hearts for breakfast and personal heart pizzas for dinner.
  It was a wonderful day of love, and it couldn't have ended any more deliciously... my entire family got together for a little fondue.
I absolutely adore fondue.  The chocolate, the dipping, the candle-light... so romantic.  Chocolate-dipped strawberries are my kind of heaven.  There are tons of fondue recipes out there, but here is my favorite.  It is so simple to make, and not too rich.  We made 2 different recipes last night, and this one stands as my fav:

Easy Chocolate Fondue

1 cup chocolate-flavored syrup
7 oz. (1/2 can) sweetened condensed milk
Dash of salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1.  Place chocolate syrup and milk in sauce pan (or in fondue pot on medium setting).  Heat and stir on medium-low.  Stir in salt.  Cook and stir 12-15 minutes.
2.  Reduce heat to warm and stir in vanilla.
3.  Warm in fondue pot and enjoy!

Some of our favorite morsels to dip are pretzels, bananas, apples, strawberries, vanilla wafers, nuts, angel food cake, and animal crackers.

It’s Not Too Late To Decorate for Valentine’s Day!


I realize that not everyone loves decorating for Valentine's Day.  BUT if you want to throw something up just in the nick of time, here are 2 easy ideas to decorate in a flash!

This heart garland would be lots of fun to make with kids.  
First, cut out a ton of hearts!  I am a sucker for red/black/white together, so I scrounged up some scrapbook paper and started cutting.  (Well, actually, I let my cricut do all of the cutting.  If you cut them by hand, just use a standard template so your hearts are all the same size.)  Then fold all of the hearts in half.
To make the hearts 3-dimensional, I took 3 paper hearts, and glued them together, fold to fold. 
Then I punched a few holes, and strung them together with red ribbon.
Ta-dah!  I went a little crazy with the hearts, so I had enough to do 2 heart garlands:  One for the mantel and one for the hallway.  I have a whole set of small hearts, too, that I think I am going to save and use to make a valentine tree next year.

My last Valentine's project for the year:  I found these cute frames in the dollar bins at Michael's and just couldn't help myself.
Then I printed out some vintage sheet music for a song called Moonlight and Roses.  Perfect! I traced some ovals to fit in the frames an distressed the edges.
I added letters to each frame and added them to a bare bookshelf that needed some sprucing up.
Seriously took me about a half hour.  So easy.  

Winner, Winner!

Winner of My First Give-Away!



The winner of My First Give-Away is Kellie Spiker!  I used the Random Integer Generator, Timestamp: 2010-02-13 15:45:36 UTC.  Congratulations, Kellie!!  I will contact you with details for your very own quote tile.  Way to go!


Thank you, everyone, for your support.  It has been so rewarding for me to be able to use this blog as my creative outlet and share ideas!  I appreciate your input!

What to Give Your Husband on V-Day?

I don't know about you, but my husband is pretty tough to shop for.  



He's not exactly the sentimental type.  He already has what he wants and does not like the idea of me spending money on him.  I really had to rack my brain to come up with something.  I have a few little things... a travel case to carry his toiletries for when he is gone on business trips.  And a heart pillow I sewed up with a pocket to carry pictures of me and our son (also for when he travels).  Totally corny, I know.  But his coworkers won't see it... he can just toss it in the suitcase and take a little part of us with him because he travels a lot.  I used up my scraps to make a couple other little pillows, too, and threw them around our bedroom.  I love the quilted look of the fabric. 

But then I got to thinking about a gift that might help solve a particular problem we have.  We really try to have date nights every week.  We have mapped out the entire year of who is in charge of planning the date that week.  But, still, whenever it's his turn and I ask my hubby what we are doing for date night, he looks at me with his eyes glazed over and I realize that he has no clue.  I am sure many of you understand that look and that frustration.  So why not give the gift that keeps on giving?!  

I made my husband a book of date ideas!!  In the beginning, I thought that I would make a date jar and pull out an idea and go do it.  But knowing my husband, he likes to see all of his options, so I thought that flipping through a few might be beneficial for him.  I only picked activities that I could actually picture us doing together... nothing too elaborate or cheesy.  I created the date cards, laminated, and cut them out.

I punched holes with my heart punch and bound it together with another one of those metal circle-clasp thingeys (what are they called?!).

I made a silly front and back, added a few ribbons, and called it a day.  Now I am hoping that our date nights will be more meaningful.  Adding a little romance all year long... a gift to both of us, right?!


So, for any of your procrastinators out there who still need a gift, I have a free download for you.   You can download my date cards here or here.  (You won't see a preview... just go to File<Download.)  The document includes the front and back covers.  There are a couple of blank cards, too, for those of you more creative and daring than me.  Write in your own! 

Enjoy!  

Tic Tac Toe: 3 Hearts In a Row!

The sewing machine and I just recently became friends.  But I don't have a whole lot of patience.  I am a fan of quick, easy projects.  I dreamt this one up and knew I could handle it.   Here is what I did:


Let's start with the front.  I wanted a checker-board look to the front of the board.  I needed 9 squares, so I cut 4 white squares and 5 black squares and arranged them into a tic-tac-toe pattern.  

Then I cut 4 strips of fabric to line the 4 sides of the checkerboard.  

My seam allowance for the whole project was 1/4 inch.  I pinned the squares, right sides together, and sewed them together, a row at a time just like a quilt.  I learned the hard way that pressing your seams open is not optional.  So press your seams every step of the way!  (I guess the iron and I still need to make friends!)

Next, I pinned 2 of the strips to 2 sides of the checkerboard, right sides together.   Sew those together and cut off the ends of the strips so they are even with the checker board.

Now sew on the other two strips, and the front is done!  Don't forget to press open those pesky seams.

Then I cut out a square of fabric that was 12 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches.  This will be the back of the tic-tac-toe board.  I pinned this to the front, right sides together.  **It would be a cute idea to sew a little pocket on the back to hold the hearts.  I wish I would have thought of that before!**

Then I sewed up 3 sides of the square, leaving 1 entire side open and snipping corners.

The inside of the tic-tac-toe board is a foam board square.  I cut it 11 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches to be sure it would fit into the fabric cover, and it did.  Nice and snug!  Hooray!
The fourth side has to be sewn up by hand.  I did it last night while watching American Idol.  
There are so many cute things you could make for the tic-tac-toe pieces.  If I was a truly patient person, I would have done X's and O's.  Instead, I just did red and pink hearts.  I wanted them to be thick, so I cut out 5 pairs (10 total) of red hearts and 5 pairs (10 total) of pink hearts.  I used a 3-inch heart template to cut them.  I just pinned 2 hearts together, and stitched all the way around.  


Now play tic-tac-toe to your heart's delight!!  

PS This was my first sewing tutorial, so leave me a comment if it does not make sense!

Instead of a Regular Old Card…

Don't forget to enter the give-away by Friday!

This year my husband and I decided to spend less for Valentine's Day and make more handmade gifts.  Easy for me, hard for him. Hee, hee.  Anyway, I decided that instead of buying one of those cards with the built-in music that I always get sucked into buying on Valentine's Day, that I would make him something a little more meaningful.  In fact, I decided to make one for both of my boys--my son gets one, too.
Have you been checking out all of the amazing deals in the dollar buckets at Michaels?  They have cute chipboard books for $1!  So I bought two of those and some coordinating paper.  I mod-podged paper on the front and back of each page and distressed my edges with distressing ink.

I thought of 10 reasons why I love my husband (and 10 reasons why I love my son).  I pasted them onto the pages, and embellished a little.  I still don't go over the top with embellishing.  Simple is better for me and my boys.  I punched out a few hearts and pasted them on.  Voila! I tied a few ribbon scraps onto the metal circle-clasp-thingey.

Here is a view of the back of my son's little book.  I think I will present these on Valentine's Day morning.  I gotta say.  I love this more than the traditional card.  (Do you think my husband will remember if I do the same thing next year?  Probably not...)

Wednesday’s Wowzers

I am constantly amazed by the talent out there. It's humbling, actually. But I learn so much by reading others' creative blogs and it keeps my inspiration flowing! So each Wednesday, I am going to feature a snippet of some of my favorite ideas of the last week or so. We'll call this my weekly dose of {Wednesday's Wowzers}So check out some of these fabulous ideas:

Becca at Blue Cricket Designs is a genius!  She used wonder under to make photo valentines.  Two of my favorite things in 1 cute craft:  Wonder under and photos.  But I never would have thought of it!  I am definitely using this idea for my son's valentines next year... heck, I am sure I can think of a reason to make cards before that! 

Admittedly, I am probably too festive.  And I love festive meals.  That is why I love Craft Rookie's idea for a valentine drink.   This will go well with our heart-shaped pizza on Valentine's Day.



I have mentioned my banner obsession, and The Polka Dot Chair made a cute Be Mine banner using vintage book pages!  I am going to try to squeeze this in before Sunday!  (Then again, I did all of my Christmas crafts in January, so who's to stop me from making this banner in March?!)  



It's probably the teacher in me, but I am in love with some of the ABC displays I've seen for children's play rooms lately.  I am dying to make this already.  How Does She? shows how to make her ABC's with vinyl.  I am in love....


I love Brown Paper Packages' entire playroom.  I loved her ABC's, too, and now I know why.  They are Pottery Barn!!  You have to see the entire playroom, though.  I am so jealous.  



And finally, I think these baby info blocks make the most adorable baby gifts ever.  Nap Time Crafts is too stinkin' cute. Question:  Is it too late to make these if my son is almost one?  🙂  

My Little Heart Breaker

Thank you so much for your kind comments yesterday!!  They really made my day!

Another one of my recent discoveries is freezer paper.  How did I not know about this before?!  No, I do not use it in my freezer.  I have been using it for painting some cute shirts for my cute little guy.  At first I was a bit annoyed about the large roll, but I think this will be my lifetime supply!  I let my son play with the box, so it's a little awkward, but still intact.  🙂
Yet another reason to love my cricut:  It can cut freezer paper stencils.  You could also print out your desired shape off of the computer, and use a razor blade to cut out a stencil.  I've done that before and it works beautifully.  But this saved me a lot of time and effort!  It was a little tricky to not lose the "donut holes" on the insides of the B, e, a, etc.  
After I had my stencil, I ironed it on--shiny side next to the fabric--onto my t-shirt.  The paper almost yellowed from the heat, but it was good and stuck.   I also ironed a larger piece of freezer paper--again shiny side DOWN on the fabric-- onto the opposite side of the shirt.  This keeps any paint from bleeding through.  Genius.  I feel this method is pretty foolproof.  I should know.  I mess up plenty, especially when painting.  Definitely not an artist!
Then I got into Picasa mode.  I used real fabric paint this time, Tulip brand.  I painted right over my stencil, still on the ironing board.  I was worried at first when the paint seemed a bit too pinkish....

 



















Phew!  By the time the paint dried, it came out a good shade of red.  I don't think my hubby could handle his son in pink.
It looks much better on him, don't you think?!  Yes, he stole my sunglasses out of my purse.
He will be sporting this on V-Day.  Thank you freezer paper.  Thank you cricut!

My First Give-Away

On your marks, get set....
I don't pretend for a second to be a professional blogger, and I realize that my total readers are few and far between.  (So your chances of winning are quite good.)  But this week marks  1-month since starting this blog and I would like to celebrate Oopsey Daisy!!  A year ago, I would have described myself as neither crafty nor creative... and I am still far from either one.  But I am trying!  So here is my first official give-away.  Humor me people.  

Right now my followers is totaled at a big fat ZERO.  All you have to do is become a follower of Oopsey Daisy and then leave me a comment and you could win one of these lovely quote boards:
This is one of my favorite quotes... lots of warm fuzzies and great for Valentine's Day.  I will make another quote tile like this one and send it straight to your door.  You can hang it or display it on an adorable easel (like I keep meaning to do).

You have until Friday, February 12 to enter the giveaway.  Then I will do a random drawing to select the winner.

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