Archives for March 2010

Little Bear Hooded Towel

Don't forget to enter my Happy Hundred GIve-Away by Wednesday, March 24th!!

My cousin's wife asked me to figure out a tutorial for making a hooded towel.  I have always wanted to try to make one, so I have researched a bit, and I will share the links of the tutorials I visited to put this one together.
So Tristan, this one's for you!!

I started out trying to find the cheapest towel and hand towel I could find.  I found this Better Homes & Garden towel set from Wal-Mart on sale for $8.  Plus I have a washcloth leftover now to go with the hooded towel!  But for this project, you will only need the large towel and the hand towel.  

I decided to make a pleat in the back of the towel so that it would be a little easier to wrap around my little guy.  So I took my large towel and found the center by folding it in half.  I marked the center and then measured 4 inches from the center on both sides.  (You could make the pleat larger or smaller depending on what you want, but I found 4 inches to be perfect!)

Next, I folded the left and right pins into the center, creating a pleat.  Pin it up, babe!

Next, I sewed over the pleat and prayed I wouldn't break a needle off my Mom's sewing machine like I did last week!!  Now it looks like this.  Pat yourself on the back because the body of the towel is done!

Now for the hood!  I took the hand towel and folded it in half the tall way.  

I cut out 2 large squares.  I measured mine 10 inches by 10 inches.  I think it's plenty large... but you could do it smaller for a baby if you'd like.

In the top left corner, I just cut a curve so the hood would be round.  No exact science here.  Just made a mess with my fraying!

I pinned right sides together and sewed along the curved edge all the way around.  To reinforce this, I zigzagged right next to my first stitch.  Then, I trimmed the excess fabric.  And there you have it, the hood is all done!  Moving right along...

I wanted to make some ears for this towel, so I cut 2 rectangles out of my scraps.  

I sewed each rectangle together lengthwise (the long way).  Are you ready for the hardest part??  You have to turn each tube inside out now.  I used my scissors to help punch it through the skinny tube.

I just played with my tubes until I got them to look like ears.  Then I sewed them together by sewing along the bottom of each ear so the 2 ends of the tube stayed together.

I know this is a bad-lighting picture, but I didn't want an opening in the backs of my ears, so I also sewed up the middle.  No donut ears for me!

Pin those ears on the top of the hood, centering from the middle seam. 

Sew, baby, sew!  It should look something like this!  If you wanted to put eyes (cute layered buttons or something?) or a whole face, you should probably sew the ears farther back than I did here to fit more of a face.

Now we just have to put the pieces together!  Line up the center seams and pin the hood to the towel (the pleat should be on the top.)  Sew, baby, sew!! 

We tried out this little bear towel the very next day, and my guy loved it!!  It was thicker, warmer, and longer than any of his other towels!!  I think this would be so cute made into different animals.  I keep wanting to make a skunk towel somehow for my stinky cutie pie!!!  

This was one of the easiest sewing projects I've done in a long time.  It took me 45 minutes--tops!! 
If I was about as clear as mud (good chances), here are a couple of other wonderful tutorials that helped me as I was figuring this out:
Hooded Kids Towel from The Crafty Cupboard **This one has a cute polk-a-dot hood!**
Bear Hooded Towel from Make It and Love It **Fabulous tutorial that helped me with measurements!**
Teddy Bear Hooded Towel from A Little Tipsy **Another great tutorial.**

Linking up to 

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

Pottery Barn Centerpiece {Super-Duper cheap!}

I think we can all agree that pulling off a Pottery Barn look-alike item feels pretty darn good.  Right???  And I think I like mine even better than the original piece I saw on the cover of this Pottery Barn catalog:

PLUS my version is super-duper cheap!  Don't believe me?!  Check it out:

I used a pretty plate that I got at my wedding and have seriously never used since.  I know I piled on the jelly beans, but that is only because I know I'm going to eat them all myself!!  And I really truly like my fabric egg and burlap eggs better than the ones in the Pottery Barn pic! 

Here's a better view of the old plastic eggs I wrapped up in burlap scraps.  Thank you, burlap, for another scrappy project!

And with this little beauty right here, I just used pinking shears to cut scraps and mod-podged them right on, doing tons of overlapping.  It's my favorite part.  Plus, I like how the bow just adds a finishing touch!

Linking up to:  

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden
Punkin Seed Productions

 Show and Tell GreenDIY Project Parade
Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple
Today's Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Just Something I Whipped Up Monday at The Girl Creative
Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Made it Mondays at The Persimmon Perch
Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter
Toot Your Horn Tuesday at Silly Little Sparrow
Basket Dayz Tuesdays in March at Cheap Chic Home
Gettin' Buggy for Spring at Fantastic Finds
Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family
DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land
Lucky Linky at Lucky Star Lane
Show & Share Day at Just a Girl
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple

Happy Hundred Give-away!

I just have to say THANK YOU for following Oopsey Daisy!  This week, I kept watching my followers list grow, but I got stuck at 99 for a while.  Thank you for helping me get over that hundred hump!!  This blog has been a fun way for me to connect with many of you and get fabulous inspiration from all of the amazing, crafty, creative people out there!  Now I want to celebrate!

I have had a wonderful response to my burlap bunnies, so the winner of this give-away will win one of my sweet little burlap bunnies.  Not all of them are pictured above, but I will handpick one of my fav's to send to the lucky winner of this give-away.  It will arrive in time for Easter!  This makes me slightly nervous though.  By entering the give-away, you have to agree to the terms and conditions which are:
You can't laugh at my stitches!!
I never, ever promised to be a perfect seamstress, so if you see something you could improve upon, I would not be at all surprised.  Hopefully you realize this by the very name of my blog "Oopsey Daisy"!  

Agreed??  I hope so!  Now there are three ways to enter:
1.  Become a follower of Oopsey Daisy or leave a comment if you already follow.  Also leave me your e-mail address in your comment so I can contact you.
2.  Blog about this give-away and link back here. Leave another comment if you do this.
3.  Tell me what you like about Oopsey Daisy and leave another comment if you do this.

The give-away will close next Wednesday, March 24th at midnight, and I will announce the winner next Thursday.
Thanks for helping Oopsey Daisy to grow!  

Free Download: More FHE Goodies

The FHE exchange with my group took place last weekend, and I was so amazed at their talent and creativity!  The lessons I received were absolutely fabulous!!  I can't wait to do Family Home Evenings now.  Neither can Mr. Oopsey Daisy... he just has to pull out a file folder, and the work is done!  I am looking forward to doing another exchange soon.

Anyway, I love Fridays.  Here is one more download from the lesson I created on Family Love & Unity.  (If you haven't downloaded the flannel board story and family unity game yet, you can find them on my sidebar.)  

I think family time is so important, so I created a monthly chart where a family could track their progress with holding these activities: 
1) Family Home Evenings 
2) Family prayer 
3) Family scripture study 
4) Family meal time.
My idea was to laminate the chart so that you could use stickers or a marker to track progress.  On page 2, there are quotes from prophets about the importance of each one of those 4 activities.  I printed my charts so that these quotes were on the back.  It looks like this:

You can download the chart here.  I hope someone out there can use this!  Let me know if you like it.  Happy Friday and have a nice, relaxing weekend!

A decoration for TWO holidays!

I know!  I'm late!  I really don't like any holiday decorations after the fact, but I multi-purposed with this little decoration.  I saw this tutorial for photo blocks at How Does She and decided to make it work for 2 holidays! 
I made this side of the blocks for St. Patrick's Day with some green ribbon and glittery shamrocks.  **So I had 2 mini clothes pin all set for this project, and when I went to take pictures, they came up missing!!  So I just taped on pictures temporarily for these pictures.**  I have plenty of room for more kiddos as they come... for now, I just used a couple pictures of my precious little guy.

I decorated the opposite side of the 2 x 4 and blocks so it would work for Easter.  Don't you love the happy flowers for spring?!  All I have to do is flip everything around and voila!  I have a decoration for two holidays!!  I love multi-purposing!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: What I’m Lovin

There are so many talented, creative people out there!!  I get overwhelmed sometimes when I think of all the things I would like to make.  Someday.  Here's a few things I'm lovin lately:

Check out this Family Rules Canvas from 1 Crafty Mommy.  I love all of the different colors, patterns, and fonts.

I am not even a headband kind of girl, but I am still in awe of this headband made from a tie that Craft Envy teaches us how to make.  Now I know what to do with my husband's old ties!!  I think I will make one of these for my sister.  She can pull off a good headband.

These $1 wooden frames are HOT right now.  I am amazed what people come up with, and I'm in love with these picture frames from Life in the Pitts.  This is one of my new favorite blogs!!

I love Nannygoat's idea of making a floating shelf!!  I could imagine this looking lovely in every single room of my house!

I just found these fabric carrots that Sassy Style made.  I need them to go with my burlap bunnies!!  See what I mean??  Adorable!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

softest.sugar cookies.ever

Seriously, they are so soft and yummy.  I have tried out several sugar cookie recipes, but this one is the best by far.  They stay soft forever... At least as long as I can keep from eating them all!  And the recipe is easy-peasy.  Don't believe me?!  Try it out!!

Softest Sugar Cookies Around
1 c. sugar
1 c. butter
3 eggs
3 tsp. baking powder
3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients.  Chill 1 hour.  Roll and cut.

Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.

** For extra softness, store cookies with a piece of bread in an airtight container. **

I frosted these happy little shamrocks with a mixture of evaporated milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  The only problem with how soft they are is that they break easily... and what's a girl to do but eat them?!

I made these little bags tonight for the ladies I visit teach.  I want to go drop them off tomorrow.  I made this bag topper in Photoshop and folded it over a ziplock bag. 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
PS It's also my half-birthday today, too.  Yes... my half-birthday.  

There Will Be No Pinching

Because I will be wearing this on St. Patty's Day! 
 Yes indeed, I have gone burlap flower-crazy!!  One day last week, I spent 2 hours making oodles of them.  Some with fabric on top.  Some with burlap on top.  Some with green and natural burlap together.
I added some burlap flowers to my Lucky banner, and look how cute!!
The burlap flowers add so much!!
Pretty sure that burlap flowers have changed my life.  


St. Patty’s Day Wreath

I am a little late in posting this.  After all, this wreath has been hanging on my door for a week or two now!  

I was inspired by Crap I've Made.  Char made an adorable shamrock wreath, and I had to try it.  I glued 4 styrofoam hearts together to make the shamrock shape.  This was a little tricky, but I finally used layers of hot glue and felt in between the hearts to secure it.   (I debated about adding a stem, and finally did AFTER taking the pictures!)  I have to admit that I got a little sick of cutting circles out of green felt by the time I was done.  But I dare you to find ANY styrofoam peeking through!!

Many of you know my struggles with my very orange apartment door.  There's just nothing I can do about it. I don't mind how my shamrock looks on it.   But it looked like a giant green blob.  I had to do something about it.  

So I added a little burlap flower in the center.

Much better, don't you think?!
Okay.  Just one more view.

** I am pretty much obsessed with burlap flowers right now.  If you want to learn how to make your own burlap flowers, check it out.  The Tidy Nest has a great tutorial!!!**

Have a wonderful weekend!!!  

Free Download: FHE Game

I had the best day yesterday!  Thanks, Kari, for featuring me on U Create!!  I kept checking my e-mail all day long, and the happy comments seriously made my day. It makes me want to be better at commenting myself so I can help spread the love!  You guys are awesome!

Let's celebrate the week with a little Free Download.  I think I have mentioned that I am part of a Family Home Evening group.  This was the perfect way for me to build up my FHE files.  I created my lesson on Family Love and Unity.  Whew!  It was a lot of work, but I love that it is all done and can't wait to see what the other team members have come up with!  Anyway, I created two games for the lesson, and I want to share one of them with you.

It includes a gameboard that looks like this:

The full download includes this gameboard with instructions and over 50 game cards.  Basically, you have a game marker to represent each family member.  The game cards represent scenarios that INCREASE or DECREASE family love and unity.  Each card tells the player to move forward or backward on the trail of hearts toward the End.  The first player to reach the End, wins!  

I hope some of you can use this game.  You can download it from my sidebar or by clicking here.

 Happy Friday!!!
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