Best of Oopsey Daisy, 2011

Happy {almost} New Year!

Where has this last year gone?!  This year has been filled with all sorts of crazy adventures for our little family!  We settled into our very first home, watched our baby grow into a little person, and had the opportunity to travel to some really cool places.  Some days I wish time would slow down... just a little bit.

This has been a very busy year at Oopsey Daisy, too!  Today I want to slow down for a moment, and take a look back to share 12 of my favorite posts--one for every month of the year!

Here are some of my favorite (and your favorite!) posts of 2011:

You know I love all things ABC!  I started off January by sharing a rare paper crafting project:  This Gospel ABC Book.

February was a busy time, planning Little Man's Toy Story Birthday party.  I still don't know how I'll be able to top this party!

When I mixed up this leprechaun pie for St. Pat's Day in March, I had no idea what a hit it would be!  I have a feeling we will be making another batch this year!

In April, I shared these printable General Conference note-taking packets that I prepared for my Primary.

I LOVE mixing a little work and a little play.  In May, I shared my ideas for this monster play date, kicking off a memorable Summer Camp series.  I really enjoyed Summer Camp this year, and can't wait to do it again this summer!

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Win a Silhouette CAMEO {Plus Promo Code!} – NOW CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Isis Pedersen, our winner!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to YOU!

I have been bursting at the seams to share this exciting giveaway with you!

I sure was wishing that Santa would drop a Silhouette CAMEO down the chimney for me this year.  Well, the good people at Silhouette want to give one Oopsey Daisy reader a brand new Silhouette CAMEO machine!  Yes indeed.  One of you will be winning a Silhouette CAMEO, valued at $299!  

Here is how you can win your very own Silhouette CAMEO machine:

For U.S. Residents only, please.

1.  Follow Silhouette on Facebook.  Let them know that Oopsey Daisy sent you and leave a comment here!

2.  Follow Silhouette on Pinterest.  (I know, twist your arm, right??) Leave a comment and let me know!

3.  Follow/subscribe to Oopsey Daisy or let me know you already do.  Leave a comment and let me know!

4.  Spread the word via Twitter or Facebook.  Leave me a comment and let me know!  Feel free to copy and paste this tweet:

I just entered to win a brand new Silhouette CAMEO machine at @OopseyDaisy917!  http://bit.ly/vY9gqX

A giveaway winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 3rd.

As always, giveaway winners will be announced via Facebook/Twitter and then emailed directly.

But let's share the wealth with everyone!

 I just tried out Silhouette's brand new fabric ink starter kit, and it is ah-mazing! You can create oodles of designs on fabric using special stenciling vinyl.  I tried it out tonight and will share my creation very soon. All Oopsey Daisy readers can purchase a Silhouette CAMEO PLUS the fabric ink starter kit for only $299.  Save some bucks by using the code "OOPSEY" at checkout.  This promo code will only be good until January 5th.  (To use, add the Silhouette CAMEO and the fabric ink starter kit to your cart.  Then add the promo code at checkout.)

Also, if you already own a CAMEO and want to purchase just the Fabric Ink kit, enter code "OOPSEY" for 20% off also.  So everybody wins!

What a deal!  (So now is the time to talk your husbands into finally purchasing a Silhouette CAMEO!  You will love it!)

Good luck my friends!

I have some friends giving away Silhouette CAMEO machines, too.  

Go stop by these amazing blogs to increase your chances of winning:

Infarrantly CreativeTatertots & JelloToday’s Creative BlogCrap I’ve MadeSkip to My LouThe Idea RoomCraftaholics AnonymousMy Repurposed LifeWhipper BerryAll Things ThriftyEighteen 25Brown Paper PackagesSew Dang CuteShanty 2 ChicI Heart NaptimeTip JunkieHouse of Hepworths

Wednesday’s Wowzers: New Year’s! (PLUS an announcement!)

The countdown is on for 2012!

I can hardly believe that New Year Eve is just a few nights away!  Hopefully I will be able to stay awake until midnight this year!  Lately I have been searching for some fun New Year's Eve ideas. We are having a big family party on Saturday night, and I always love to throw in some fun and creative ideas.  As usual, Pinterest has offered a bit of inspiration.

But first:  I have a big announcement!  I am so excited to announce that beginning in 2012, my Wednesday's Wowzers will become a link party!  I realize that there are many link parties across the blogisphere, but I feel like this is my best chance to get to know my readers better!  I am looking forward to the chance to stop by all of YOUR amazing blogs and see what you're working on!  I will be highlighting YOUR projects from now on.  So I hope you will be ready to link up your latest and greatest project starting next Wednesday. I can't wait!

Now on to some fun New Year's ideas:

This New Year's printable is absolutely perfect!  One of these printables could find a frame near you... just stop by the 36th Avenue and tell Desiree how awesome she is!

 

I adore this idea from How Does She?  You fill 12 balloons (one for each hour from noon until midnight) with a piece of paper with a fun idea for kids to do.  This will definitely keep the kids entertained!  And your kids will think you're the coolest!

Amy at the Idea Room shared a similar idea, but using countdown bags instead.  So fun!

Alright, technically this isn't all about New Year's, but I am too excited about this organization idea for the new year.  I have to share!  Many times when I think of organization, I just get overwhelmed.  But My Simpler Life offers printable calendars for every month of the year during 2012.  Every day lists one simple organization task.  I can do this!
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Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I hope you enjoyed a fantastic holiday... in fact, just keep right on enjoying the holiday season.  We are!  We woke up first thing this morning to go sledding on the most enormous sledding hill I've ever seen.  I think I may have burned off all my holiday calories simply by walking up that hill at least 7 times.  We've continued the holiday fun with games, parties, and far too much yummy holiday food!

Our Christmas has been truly magical, and I just don't want it to end...

So I'm slowly easing myself back into the blogging world again!

Today I have a truly mouthwatering recipe to share with you!  It might just be perfect for your New Year's or holiday party... it's a yummy appetizer or side dish.

Just a few weeks ago, my sweet friend Sara brought this dip to our dinner party.  It was so delicious that I begged her for the recipe!  My mouth has been watering all day just thinking about this yummyness!

By the way, if you like this recipe, you can download it at the end of the post, so no need to copy this down!

 

Ingredients:

1 10-oz. box frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped

1 c. shredded parmesan-romano cheese mix

1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

10 oz. prepared alfredo sauce

1 tsp. minced garlic

4 oz. softened cream cheese

Pepper (optional)

I love this recipe because it was so easy!

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Scrabble Tile Ornament

This post was originally included in Sweet C's Designs' {Give Great Gifts} series.  Courtney has been sharing fantastic gifts all month long... be sure to check them out!  While you're at it, check out her vintage ski Christmas card display!  Love it!

Hello my friends!

This might just be the last time I post until Christmas.  Mr. Oopsey Daisy has finally arrived back in town after 2 weeks of busy travels, and we are in full-time Christmas mode.  Today's Scrabble tile ornament/gift embellishment is a quick-and-easy gift you can pull off in just a few minutes.  For the procrastinators (like myself!)...

I don't know about you, but time is short for me this holiday season.  Today I am sharing a quick-and-easy tutorial for creating a Scrabble Tile ornament.  You could give this as a gift, add it to a gift wrapping, or use it as a favor!  The best part is it's easy!

You know you're a crazy crafter when...

You take a brand new (but slightly dusty) Scrabble game and raid it for crafting supplies!

I searched my local thrift stores for a used Scrabble game, but came up empty!  Instead, I ransacked our very own game of Scrabble!  I justified this because we have never played Scrabble in our house.ever. It was begging to be used!

I started out by picking out the letters I wanted to use...

I love me a "Holly Jolly" Christmas!

I tried out a few types of glue, but I finally settled on the good stuff:  Gorilla Glue.  I have found that the secret to my success with Gorilla Glue is using the tiniest amount possible!  The hardest part of this project was waiting for the glue to set up.  I waited about an hour.

To make this an ornament, I hot glued a ribbon loop to the back.  Easy peasy!

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Wednesday’s Wowzers: Even MORE gift wrap ideas!

Happy Wednesday-Before-Christmas!

Whew, what a week right?  Visit with Santa.  Daily advent activities.  Christmas movies to watch and treats to bake. Tricks from "Tootles", our little Elf on the Shelf.  And wrapping gifts.  That's where today's Wowzers inspiration comes in.

Last week's gift wrap inspiration came at a perfect time for me.  I am wrapping our gifts a little at a time all week long. And guess what?  Literally in between wrapping my gifts, I am searching for more beautiful ideas on Pinterest.  I'm collecting all sorts of gorgeous gift wrapping ideas on my Gift Wrap Pinterest Board!  So I decided to share a few more ideas here on our Wowzers today!

 

Brown paper packages tied up with string really are one of my favorite things!  But this whole package is just perfect.  I love that touch of muslin, the vintage print, the twine, and the whimsical flower.  Well done, The Thrifty Crafter!

My sweet friend Kara (Creations By Kara) wrapped up her brown paper package with rolled paper roses.  These would be lovely any time of year!

Heather at Whipperberry shared 2 fantastic gift wrap ideas, and I can't decide which one I love the most!  That wax paper bow is just amazing, but I can't get over how sweet the pompoms are!  Check out both ideas!

Speaking of pompoms, using coffee filters to create a pompom is incredibly genius!  Creature Comforts Blog is so, so smart!  I have quite a few coffee filters that are about to turn into lovely gift wrap accessories!

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Bling Bling Christmas Tree

This tutorial was originally shared at Sumo's Sweet Stuff "Spread Christmas Cheer" series.  Be sure to check out Summer's fab series for more great Christmas ideas... PLUS tell her congratulations on her new baby girl!

Christmas is practically here!

Are you ready??  {I'm NOT!} But I'm excited for this fun week-before-Christmas!

Today, I want to share one of my latest and greatest Christmas projects:

This "Bling Bling" Christmas Tree is sparkly, shiny, and simple, too!

Typically, I don't love gold, but when Christmas comes around, I love to decorate with something sparkly!  This little tree has made a grand entrance with my Christmas decor.

Are you ready to make your own?

Let's go!

Last year sometime, I found a box of gold buttons at JoAnn's.  They were all different shapes and sizes.  They have been sitting in a drawer all year, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make good use of them!

For this project, I also used a styrofoam cone, some gold ribbon, and gold bows I found at the dollar store.

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The Scrap Shoppe’s Homemade Christmas

T.G.I.F.!!

The weekend is here... and somehow that seems even more exciting when it's Christmastime!  I hope you're gearing up for a weekend full of festive fun.  Today I am joining in the fun of The Scrap Shoppe's Homemade Christmas series.  In Michele's series, you can find fabulous decor ideas, crafts, and recipes.

And guess what?

I'm sharing something near and dear to my heart:  FOOD!

This yummy spinach artichoke dip is my new favorite... I've been devouring this all week!

It's a holiday appetizer that's sure to please at your holiday party!

Come stop by and say hello!

A Pocket Full of Sunshine Giveaway (CLOSED)

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Terra!

 Happy Giveaway Day!

Are you doing some last-minute Christmas shopping?  If so, you may just love A Pocket Full of Sunshine Boutique.

A Pocket Full of Sunshine boutique offers high quality, unique and trendy items for kids age newborn - 10 years.  Your little ones will steal the show while dressed in these product!  You will find all sorts of adorable hair accessories, knit hats, pettitskirt tutus, and even some goodies for the boys!

Here are some of my favorite items at A Pocket Full of Sunshine:

I love this entire adorable outfit!

I love this ruffle petti top with pettiskirt and hair clip.

These little polka dot soft sole shoes are exquisite!!  Talk about making me baby hungry!

Moms of little boys (like me!), you can't beat a $5 tie!  These little boy ties are amazing!

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Wednesday’s Wowzers: All About Gift Wrap!

 Happy, merry Christmas season

Like most of you, this week I am busy baking, shopping, running errands, cooking, and {almost} gift wrapping. Time is short, but I find myself still running to Pinterest for last-minute inspiration!  So today's edition of Wednesday's Wowzers is dedicated to gift wrap ideas.  So if you're like me and have gift wrap on your mind, you might just find yourself inspired to try something new!

Here are some fresh new gift wrap ideas:

I LOVE everything about this packaging:  The Baker's twine, the newspaper, the glitter, and the monogram tags!  I found this little beauty at Allora Handmade.

These pine cones, twine, and pine gift wrap from HGTV are so beautiful and natural.

Which row do you love the best?  I'll take them all!  Love this red, white, and aqua from Camille Styles.

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