Archives for November 2011

Gifts For Guys at Kojo Designs

Guess where I am today?

I feel like a rockstar, joining forces with the amazing Kojo Designs gals! I find so much inspiration on their blog... I find myself pinning their projects like crazy!

Kirstin happens to be one of my favorite people.  She lives in Denver, and I absolutely adore her!

Plus my Little Man adores her Little Man, too!  We joined them for a VIP tour of the Denver Zoo a while back.  It is SO wonderful to meet up with local bloggers!

Guys are totally neglected in the crafting world, don't you think?  Well, these clever girls are hosting an entire "Gifts For Guys" series.  This is a treasury of great ideas for man shopping.  So smart!

Here is a tiny sneak at the project I am sharing today...

Don't tell my husband I said so, but I think that every guy secretly wants to be pampered. This year, I whipped up a couple of {simple} stocking stuffers to help pamper my man!

I hope you'll stop by to check out my project here.

Have a great day!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: All About Turkey Day!

Hello friends!

I received an e-mail the other night that absolutely made my day.  One of my former students sent me the most distinguished letter.  She wrote to say hello, to ask if I remembered her, to share what she remembered about me, and to tell me that I was still her favorite teacher.  I have no idea how this sweet girl found me after so many years.  (To think that this sunshiney girl I knew as a 6-year-old is now in 6th grade makes me feel truly old!)

This is the season of gratitude.  I am so grateful for the 100+ first graders who changed my life over the years.  They taught me so much, but most importantly they really taught me about being a mother.  What happy memories this brought to mind!

Today let's give Thanksgiving its due credit! This edition of Wednesday's Wowzers is 100% decorated to Thanksgiving ideas.

There are oodles of fab ideas on this Thanksgiving table for kids at anna and blue paperie.  Be sure to check out the yummy turkeys using pirouette cookies!  YUM!

I need to get my pumpkins out again!  I adore this mantel! The "Give" and "Thanks" are so clever.  Go check out A Diamond In the Stuff for all of the details.

This "With a Grateful Heart" printable would make a lovely addition to any Thanksgiving table.  Go print your own from Landee See, Landee Do.

That Kierste from Brown Paper Packages is so clever!!  These mini pumpkin place cards are the perfect touch for a Thanksgiving plate!

Love everything about this entire display at The Crafting Chicks!!!  But this thankful banner is darling!  I love all of those embellishments!


Aren't these turkey tins fun?!  Imagine them filled with goodies.  I want one of these cute favors from Burton Avenue!

Holly from 504 Main created this family Thanksgiving frame.  Don't you love the metallic feathers in the corners?!  I am loving metallics this fall!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving ideas this year?

And are you READY for Thanksgiving this year??

Roll a Turkey! {With Printable}

Thanksgiving is sneaking up on me this year!  My big plans for turkey day projects are quickly giving way to big plans for traveling, cooking, baking, and perhaps even a Disneyland trip!  Time is flying by way too fast.

Little Man and I had so much fun with our Roll a Jack-O-Lantern game at Halloween, I decided to make this "Roll a Turkey" game the very same way!

If you are interested in creating your own game, definitely check out this post where I described how to make the Roll A Jack-O-Lantern game.

Here's the quick rundown:

I covered a magnetic burner cover from the dollar store with cardstock and a protective coat of mod podge for the turkey body.  Then I raided my scrapbook paper stash, cut out and laminated the different body pieces, and applied magnets to each piece.  For this game, you will need:

At least 2 googly eyes

 At least 2 feet

At least 1 head

 At least 1 beak

 At least 1 gobbler

At least 5 feathers

The fun part about this game is that because you are likely to roll a number more than once, your turkey may end up with 3 eyes, 8 feathers, and 2 beaks!  So having extra parts comes in handy!

By the way, I store all of the parts in a ziplock baggie on the underside of the burner cover.  Because of the magnets on the backs of each piece, they stick nicely all on their own!

 

Want to play?

You can download your own "Roll a Turkey" game sheet here.

I printed mine on yellow cardstock and laminated it.

We are using the same dice I created for the jack-o-lantern game, although you can definitely use a regular game dice!

Gobble, gobble!

Oreo Dessert

This might just be my favorite dessert of all time.

I can't wait to share this recipe with you!  My mouth has been watering all day while I've been gawking at these pictures....

 

The holiday season is just around the corner.  Unfortunately for my waist-line, I have been eating sweets like crazy for a few months now.  Some days my sweet tooth can really get the best of me.  Over the weekend, we hosted a dinner party, and I served this scrumptious Oreo dessert.  I am ashamed (or proud?!) that I single-handedly ate half of the entire dessert in the days to follow.  But it's simply melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

And it includes Oreos.  Need I say more?!

Plus it's simple to whip up!  You only need 4 ingredients.

Are you curious to see if you have all the ingredients on hand?

Well, you just might!

 

Ingredients

(1) One small package of Oreo cookies.  (You will need at least 16 cookies to make a nice crust.)

(2)  1 cup dinner mints cut into small pieces.

(3) 2 c. miniature marshmallows

(4) 1 pint whipping cream

Directions

Smash the Oreo cookies and place on bottom of 9 x 13 pan.

Whip the cream and add the marshmallows and mints.

 

Sprinkle some Oreo crumbs on top and place in the refrigerator.  The flavors all soak in as they chill together, and your mouth will thank you!

 

Enjoy each and every bite!!

 

Little Man is slightly Oreo-obsessed so he loves this dessert, too.

Even after a good cleaning-up, he's still sporting a few Oreo crumbs around his mouth!

Don't write anything down!  If you would like a printable copy of this recipe...

Just click here!

What are you up to this week?

Where’s Waldo, Blogging Style

This week, you could play "Where's Waldo?", blogging style.

I have been sharing Christmas projects across the blogisphere!

 

I love connecting with other bloggers and swapping posts at times.  It just so happens that I've had the opportunity to meet all 3 of these talented bloggers at Creative Estates.  They each have incredible blogs.  PLUS I know them all, and let me tell ya.... they are down-right adorable in person, too!  So it was my pleasure to share some fun Christmas ideas at their blogs this week.

I hope you will come stop by to see the projects I shared...

Sweet Jamielyn from I {Heart} Naptime is hosting a "Crazy Christmas Crafters" series all throughout November.  This series is oozing with fun ideas!

On Sunday, I shared this chevron holiday plate.
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My friend Allison from A Glimpse Inside is right in the middle of a move to Colorado.

I am jumping for joy at the thought of having my friend move to my home-state.  So I was only too glad to help take over while she was gone!

 

I am sharing this burlap-covered star over at her place today!

 

Amy from Positively Splendid is enjoying a sweet new baby boy!  Be sure to stop by her place and tell her congratulations!

Today, I am also participating in her "Swell Noel" series.

 

I will be sharing my Christmas Tree wall art at P.S. today.

Come join in the fun!  It will be a great way to jump-start your holiday crafting!

 

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

 

Vinyl Crafts Giveaway – Closed

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Janet, comment #93!

Happy Thursday!!

I can't wait to introduce you to a talented lady with a fabulous etsy shop... and you may just find something you need for the holidays!! 🙂

 

Meet the amazing Becky!

Becky writes...

"I am happily married to one amazing man and mom to nine incredible children. My days are filled with all the wonders, joys and frustrations that come with a house full of people ranging in age from teenagers to babies. The creative outlet this shop provides helps balance out my sanity {and I realize “sanity” and “nine children” are not often used in the same paragraph}

I have taken my love for home décor and my love of crafts and combined them to produce the items you see in my shop. I hope you will find something you enjoy and that can add beauty to your home."

I adore everything in Becky's shop.  She specializes in signs, vinyl lettering, and subway art.  Besides the incredible items already in her shop, Becky also takes custom orders. (This might just make a perfect Christmas gift!  Hint, hint!)

I know what you need now:  A bit of eye candy.  Well, here goes:

I LOVE this Christmas subway art sign.  Amazing right??

These zinnia flower silhouettes are handpainted and simply lovely!!

I would have so much fun customizing a family subway art board like this one!

 Becky is generously giving one Oopsey Daisy reader $60 to spend in her shop!!  Wow!  You can do some serious damage with $60!!

Here is how you can win $60 to Vinyl Crafts:

** Required entry ** 

Go visit my friend Becky at Vinyl Crafts.  What catches your eye?  Just leave a comment and let me know.

Additional entries:

1.  Like Vinyl Crafts on Facebook.  Let them know that Oopsey Daisy sent you!

2.  Spread the word on Facebook or Twitter about this giveaway.  Leave a comment and let me know!

This giveaway will remain open until Wednesday, November 16 at midnight.  Winner will be announced on Facebook/Twitter.

Best of luck!

PS Go stop by Creations By Kara today and see her lovely Creative Carousel project!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Gratitude

Oh my friends.  I fell asleep twice writing this post.  Yes I did.  I fell asleep with this laptop in my lap.  With Mr. Oopsey Daisy's travels picking up quite a bit, my Mommy time seems to be dwindling!  It may seem silly, but I need this Mommy Time.  Even if it means staying up till 1:00 AM, I will find some time for me!

And today I desperately needed that.  Today was just one of those days.  The phone didn't stop ringing.   I felt myself pulled in a million different directions.  There were deadlines to meet and appointments to make.  It seemed I was always forgetting to do something or neglecting someone.  I had some Mom moments that I am simply not proud of.

Maybe because our family recently started our gratitude tree, my thoughts have been filled with gratitude.  I really am blessed.  For many reasons.  I am blessed to be the Mom of the sweetest Little Man ever.  He has a natural instinct to take care of his Mom, and I love that about him!  And I am blessed to have a sweet, hardworking, determined husband.  And yes, today I am even grateful that, when I discovered in the middle of a project that I hadn't purchased the appropriate paper ahead of time... somehow just the right amount of paper showed up in my paper stash.  Hey, sometimes it's the little things! 🙂

 

It must be that time of year because I seem to be loving projects with neutral colors!  Here are a few projects that caught my eye this week:

I am loving everything about this clay flower.   Craftberry Bush used this as a napkin holder.  Gorgeous!

This Thanksgiving chevron frame is perfect.  I can't think of another word to describe it.  Choose to Thrive used gleaned wheat to create this frame.  I adore it!

Bev from Flamingo Toes has done it again!  These Anthro penmanship gift tags would be a lovely addition to any Christmas gift.

I have been in a serious recipe rut lately.  This cheesy pesto pasta salad has definitely peaked my curiosity!  I will definitely be making this in the very near future.  YUM!  Thanks, Smashed Peas and Carrots!

When I saw Michele's eclectic braided bracelet, I gasped outloud.  It's stunning, and I think I need one!  You can find the tutorial at The Scrap Shoppe.

Pitter & Glink made the most adorable pillows!  I love the ruffled pillows just as much as I love the Love {You} More pillow!  These were all created using dropcloth!

I hope you are following along Positively Splendid's "A Swell Noel" series.  I am finding all sorts of fun holiday inspiration!  I love this book page ornament that Creations by Kara shared.  I would love to have this hanging on our Christmas tree!

Be sure to stop by Lolly Jane to see these talented gals and their contribution to the Creative Carousel!

This post is brought to you by My Grafico.  I love their affordable, adorable graphics!

JOY-ful Christmas Display {Creative Carousel}

It's that time again!

This month's Creative Carousel is hosted by Amanda at Every Creative Endeavor.  Every day this week, you will find some incredible creative tutorials-- all centered on holiday decor.

For my project, I created this JOY-ful Christmas display on my mock "mantel".

I miss having a mantel.

Our home doesn't have a real mantel--just a high ledge... A ledge so high that I have to get a chair and stand on my tiptoes to decorate.  But I do love decorating the top of my DVD cupboard!

I have always loved the red and aqua color scheme for Christmas, so I set out to create a happy, colorful display to welcome in the holidays.

I started out with these large letters from JoAnn's.  I had the O from this P-O-P frame project!  And I used coupons to purchase the other letters.  I am proud to say I spent less than $10 on everything!  Not bad!

Here is a rundown on how I decorated each letter:

1.  I gathered some felt I already had on hand.  I probably used close to 3/4 yard of red felt to completely cover this letter.

2.  I put on a movie, and just started cutting out tons of red felt circles about 2-inches each.

3.  I folded each circle in fourths and pinched the bottom point.

4.  I just started hot gluing each folded circle to cover the J.  (Don't tell, but I only covered the front of the "J" because I realized no one would see the back!)

5.  I love the texture of all that felt!  Doesn't it remind you of rose petals?  Love.

Next up:  Letter O!

1.  For this letter, I grabbed an old book that I found at Good Will a year or so ago.  I cut each page into strips about 2 inches wide.

2.  I used mod podge to wrap each strip around the O.

3.  I gave the entire O a coat of mod podge over the top, too.

4.  After allowing the letter to dry completely, I covered the other side of the letter, too.

5.  I added a jingle bell flower in the corner!

 

I think this is my favorite part of the entire project!

Lucky for me, the Y was the quickest!  I had it done in about 10 minutes!

1.  I found some plush aqua yarn for this letter.  I wanted lots of texture!

2.  I used spray adhesive to adhere the yarn to the letter.  I just wrapped it around and around, as tightly as I could.

3.  Once I had wrapped the letter tightly with the yarn, I went over it again loosely to give it a messy look.

I put together the rest of the display using items found around my house....

I wrapped an empty box, found a spare frame (I used the frame and its beadboard matting), and threw in a few other random items!  I wanted the letters at varying heights, so I used a candlestcik holder and wrapped an empty box to create levels.

 I have a lot of gold in my Christmas decor, so I thought the gold beads might tie in nicely!

I created a few quick garlands--a paper doily garland along with a messy ruffled felt garland.

I am so thrilled with how this turned out!  This makes me want to drink hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music!

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This is only the beginning of a whole week of fabulous holiday decor projects!

Here is a tiny sneak peek at the crafty goodness coming your way:

Be sure and stop by Lolly Jane tomorrow for another fun tutorial!

 Plus...

Every Creative Endeavor is hosting a huge giveaway with some incredible prizes.

There are 3 prize packages, each valued at over $150.  You won't want to miss out on all the crafting goodies!  So head on over and enter...

I would be thrilled if an Oopsey Daisy reader won!

 I am so stinkin' excited about all of the fabulousness in this line-up of sponsors!

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Have a great day!

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Sunday’s Snippets: Highlights

If you're new to Oopsey Daisy, welcome!  For me, Sundays are all about family!  So each Sunday, I take a break from my usual crafting routine to share a few glimpses of our everyday lives.  This is nothing glamorous about our days, but I treasure them nonetheless. 

 

Hello my friends.  I just walked through every room in the house and adjusted all of our clocks.   (Of course there is always that one clock I seem to forget!)  I am almost giddy at the thought of that extra hour of sleep tomorrow.  Thank you, Daylight Savings!  Tonight I feel bone-weary.  The holiday season must be just around the corner because I feel it!  That sense of busy-bee-ness has hit!  Surely I am not the only one... Are your days filled with busy goodness too?

This week has been full of random highlights, and I will share just a few:

Can you believe that I convinced Mr. Oopsey Daisy to dress up for Halloween?

I feel like a lucky lady that he would wear these silly costumes with me! He is one hot spud!

 

Little Man soaked up every moment in his Halloween costume.

(I must confess that I finally hid his Buzz Lightyear costume after Halloween!)

 

We have had a couple of big snowstorms already this week.

This is the first time Little Man remembers snow, so we've been having lots of fun playing in it!

 

We celebrated Grandma's birthday.  What a sweet lady!  I am so blessed to call her my Mother.

My sister Kara came to visit... LOVE her!  Uncle John also came to visit, and he kept his nephews very, very busy during his stay!

Mr. Oopsey Daisy has been traveling a lot lately, so I have been playing single parent a bit.

But this sweet Little Man sure does take care of his mommy!

What have you bee up to lately?

Did you enjoy your extra hour of snoozes this morning?

A is for Apples Wrap Up

We finished up our A is for Apples Mommy School unit just in time for Halloween.  Even though we did this same unit last year, we added so much more this year.  I am such a Mom... I am so amazed at all the new things Little Man can do.  I love how Little Man loves to learn.  Every day when he wakes up from his nap, he will march down the stairs and announce, "Let's do Mommy School!" And that, my friends, makes all the work worthwhile!

 

Here are just a few of our favorite crafts and projects:

We also bobbed for apples

Did a bit of fingerpainting - for the very first time!

Another first!  Little Man ate his first caramel apple.

We created our own sidewalk chalkboard apple tree

We learned a lot about Johnny Appleseed

And did a little more eating!  This time, we munched on apple Oreo pops!

We cut out our own apples out of apple pie-scented playdough!

Painted our own paper plate apple pie using red paint, cinnamon, and nutmeg!

Made apple "muffins"

(I made the real deal while Little Man made his own version!)

Cooked up our own crockpot applesauce

You can download your own A is for Apples Mommy School packet here.

Now hopefully a new unit will magically create itself very soon! 🙂

Have a happy weekend!

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