Archives for December 2011

Gingerbread Man Theme Day

I have been missing Mommy School.  A lot.  But let's be honest--Christmastime is a crazy time!  I haven't found a second to spare.  But I have wanted to enjoy some fun Christmas activities with Little Man.  So I compromised.  Instead of attempting daily activities, I decided to do weekly theme days.  It's basically an all-day party!

 

Last week, we had an entire "Gingerbread Man" day.

You might remember that we had a similar gingerbread party last year.  It's so fun to see how much more I can do with Little Man in just 1 year!  We had so much fun with last year's party that we decided to make this a tradition!

Little Man loves our Christmas book advent SO much!  Every morning he wakes up and runs downstairs to discover the latest Christmas book wrapped up under the tree. On this day, he woke up and found "The Gingerbread Man" story book.  He wanted to read this over and over again all day long.

We ate gingerbread pancakes for breakfast.  YUM!

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Stocking Stuffers For Guys

This post was originally part of Kojo Design's Gifts for Guys series. 

 

I la-la-la-LOVE this Gifts for Guys series!

Guys are totally neglected in the crafting world, don't you think?

Don't tell my husband I said so, but I think that every guy secretly wants to be pampered.  I know mine does.  Especially when he's sick.  Or tired.  Or had a long day.

I have a theory that if my husband could go to a spa completely anonymously, he would do it!  Let's face it, he travels for work all week long, so he probably deserves it!  But this gift brings the spa straight to his stocking!

This year, I whipped up a couple of {simple} stocking stuffers to help pamper my man!  I created some homemade lip balm, body scrub, and foot scrub to stuff in his stocking.  He may pretend to be underwhelmed, but I happen to know that he will secretly indulge in these little goodies!

My hubby will literally turn around and drive back home if he is missing his chapstick!

So I knew he would appreciate my homemade lip balm.

This is SO easy!  To make your own lip balm...

1.  Gather your supplies.  You will need beeswax, organic shea butter, safflower oil, and your favorite organic oils.

2.  I grated 1/4 c. beeswax to start.  I combined it with 3 T. organic shea butter and 2 T. safflower oil in a plastic bowl.

3.  Then I started microwaving this until the beeswax melted completely, and the liquid was completely clear.  Then I added 2 tsp. of peppermint essential oil and just a touch of food coloring.  (I wanted this to be peppermint-like!)

4.  As quickly as possible, I poured the liquid into the chapstick containers I found at my organic grocery store.  I refrigerated this to be sure it hardened up, and it turned out beautifully.

Who knew it was this easy to make lip balm?!  I will be making more very soon!

I love Google.  I simply googled "brown sugar body scrub" and selected my favorite recipe!  Again, this was so simple to make with just a few simple ingredients!

I used a recipe for peppermint foot scrub that I found at The Idea Room.  Perfect for Christmas!

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Santa Tags & Toppers {Aleene’s Dry Adhesives}

Ho ho ho and Happy Friday!

There are only 16 days left until Christmas, so let the gift wrapping and party throwing begin!

I decided to get in Christmas mode by creating some Santa Claus tags and toppers!

I am not the best paper crafter.  Let's begin there.

But this time, I was armed with some brand new tools to assist me in my paper crafting...

Recently, I was selected to review Aleene's new line of dry adhesives.

I kind of feel like these products were created for me and all of my oopseys!  Their products are mess-free, and lucky for me, you can use them without leaving fingerprints!  (Leaving messy fingerprints seems to be my Oopsey trademark!)  These adhesives don't leave lines and you don't have to wait for them to dry because they're not wet!

Aleene's carries a tape runner, tacky sticker sheets, and tacky dot and line rolls.

First off, I created this Santa stuck in the chimney silhouette in Photoshop.

Using my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot software, I cut out the boots on black cardsotck; the legs on red cardstock; the snow and fur on white cardstock.

Then it was time to put Aleene's adhesives to the test!  I decided to make some tags and toppers!

To create a gift tag, you will need:

1 sheet of cardstock (I used white), about 5x7

1 smaller piece of patterned paper, about 4x6

1 To/From tag, about 2x3.5 (If you would like to print your own To/From tags, just click here.)

Santa pieces:  Boots, legs, fur, and snow

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Elmer’s #Looks4Less Giveaway {2 Winners} – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Lillian and Maggie!

Last Friday, I shared these 2 tutorials as part of Elmer's Looks For Less Challenge.

I created 2 projects for Little Man's airplane bedroom--and they only cost me $5.73 for both!

Now you can start creating your own looks for less because...

TWO lucky Oopsey Daisy readers will win an Elmer's Prize Pack including the following items:

  • Black 20x30 Foam Board
  • White 20x30 Foam Board
  • Craft­Bond All-Purpose Glue Stick
  • Craft­Bond Repo­si­tion­able Glue Stick
  • Craft­Bond Extra-Strength Glue Stick
  • X-ACTO Designer Series Grip­ster Knife
  • Painters Assorted Col­ors Set

Here is how you can enter to win one of the Prize Packs:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1.  Let me know in a comment what you would like to make or what you plan to do with your prize pack.  (I'm telling you, this foam board is amazing!)

2.  Spread the word about this giveaway!  Blog, Facebook, or Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link in a comment.

This giveaway will end on Wednesday, December 14th at midnight.

As always, the winners will be announced via Facebook/Twitter and e-mailed directly.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Wowzers

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

(I've been listening to that Andy Williams Christmas tune all week long!)

 

It is the most wonderful time of the year, but Little Man has been so sick that we really haven't left the house in the last week.  The frigid temperatures have encouraged us to stay inside even longer.  I tell ya... I've never been so anxious for my Little Man to feel like himself again!  I've decided that dealing with a sick toddler must be similar to dealing with a teenager.  Mr. Oopsey Daisy and I have been learning all kinds of new tricks and distraction methods for administering medicine.

But our decorations are up, and we are definitely enjoying our advents here in our home!  Little Man loves beginning each morning with our book advent.  Our Santa's beard is growing day by day, and we have plenty of other fun traditions keeping us busy here at home!  I love watching the magic of Christmas unfold for Little Man... this is such a fun age!

I adore these printable gift bags from 30 Days!  Aren't they lovely?  And the bakers twine is the perfect touch!

I love seeing projects that emphasize the real meaning of Christmas... you know, putting the Christ back in Christmas!  So I love that Kojo Designs created these 25 names of Jesus and used them as an advent... I would love to include this in our Christmas advent traditions somehow!  Great idea!

I've always loved stars this time of year.  I am in awe of this amazing "Wise Men Still Seek Him" sign from Laura at Corner House.

If I had a little girl, I would be sewing one of these lace Christmas tree shirts.  Right.  Now.  Go check out vixenMade for the tutorial... I adore this!

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Gingerbread House {2011}

Don't you love holiday traditions?!

We have oodles of them, and yet every year we seem to create even more!

 

Last night, we ventured out of the house for one of the very first times.  Little Man has been very sick for over a week now. With the frigid temperatures outside, we just haven't left the house very much for fear it will make his infection worse.  But we bundled up last night to join with Grandma, Pop, aunts, uncles, and cousins to create our very own gingerbread houses!

My parents started this tradition while they were dating, and my sweet Mother has it down to a system!  She has a pattern for each piece of the house, the perfect gingerbread recipe (perfect for gingerbread house constructing, though a little tough for eating!), and an amazing frosting recipe that works as cement.  This year, she even gave us our very own Santa candle to perch on the top of our houses!

Forgive me for the picture overload, but I am really quite proud of how our house turned out this year!

Normally my hubby holds back a little bit for fear my OCD will quickly correct his decorating style. 🙂 So this year, he created a 3-car garage on the side of the house.  He has decided he prefers building to decorating, and that is just fine with me!

 

We save all of our candy all year long so it's good and stale!  We also water down some of the frosting and use it as a snowy glaze to paint over all of the candy.

 

 If you would like print your own gingerbread house pattern and recipe, just click here to view last year's post!

Have fun!

 

Scallop Posie Pins {Nest of Posies}

Today Kellie from Nest of Posies wanted to let you know about a fabulous new item available in her shop.  Kellie's Scallop Posie Pins are only $5!   They come in oodles of adorable colors, and aren't those scallops delicious?!   I plan on using these as stocking stuffers.  But they are only available to order until December 12th.   So hurry!

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Because we all know that accessories make the outfit.
And 'tis the season for all things merry & bright.
Why not give the gift of handmade to your friends, family or yourself?

Delicious wool felt made into Scallop Posie Pins to coordinate with any outfit.
15 yummy options.
You pick your colors.
Just $5.00 each.
Use 1, 2 or 3 to embellish anything. A perfect accessory to add to your coat, scarf, cardy, purse, hair & ________.
Hurry!  Last day to place an order for all wool felt products is Dec 12th.
Visit Nest of Posies Shop to see the entire collection & buy handmade for the holidays.
Aren't these amazing?!
I am so excited for all of the possibilites!
Go stop by and pick up some stocking stuffers!

Keep Calm and Jingle On {Plaid Simply ScreenKit}

Hello my friends!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Colorado!  The snow has been falling, and I finally have my Christmas decorations up.  This holiday season, "JOY" has been my mantra.  I am trying to avoid being overwhelmed and focus on spending quality time with my family.  So I decided to make a little something for me!  Not for the house, not for a gift, not for Little Man, but for me!

I think it will be fun to have a shirt I can wear each Christmas season!

Keep Calm and Jingle On!

I had so much fun creating this shirt.  I had the chance to try out something brand new to me:

Recently, I was selected to review Plaid Crafts' Simply Screen kit.  I couldn't wait to try this out!  I've made shirts using freezer paper stencils and flocked heat transfer vinyl before, so I was interested to see how this kit would stack up to the other methods!  After conquering the learning curve of this simply screen kit, I am excited about all of the possibilities!

Creating the screen

The most difficult part of the process was creating the screen stencil.  I read and re-read the directions over and over again.  But it still took a bit of practice.  Here is what I did:

1.  I started with a plain red t-shirt found at my local Hobby Lobby.  I created my "Keep Calm and Jingle On" artwork in Microsoft Word and just printed it out on regular printer paper.  I love that I can customize my artwork!  Plus I didn't need to reverse the image or have to print it on some kind of transparency. It really was simple!

2.  I followed the instructions to stick my artwork to the blue screen, and then used the squeegee included to be sure that it would stick well.

3.  With the paper side face up, I used painter's tape to secure it to the bottom of the actual exposure box.  I realized that the only way I could get crisp, clean lines on my stencil was by placing a sheet of glass on top of everything.

4.  It took about 25 minutes to expose the screen.  I followed the directions to soak the screen in water and scrubbed away until the screen revealed crisp, clean lines on my stencil!

Tips

The instructions recommended using 10-lb paper, but I only had 20-lb paper on hand.  So I experimented with the test strips until I found the right exposure time.  I just needed a couple of more minutes than the instructions recommended.

I found the the screens that came in the refill pack actually worked better than the other screens.

Placing a sheet of glass on top of the artwork/screen in the exposure box was key to my success!  Finding a piece of glass that would fit across the entire screen was a little tricky, but it made all the difference for me.

Instead of using the attached plastic tub in the box, I found it easier to scrub the screen gently in my kitchen sink.

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Sunday’s Snippets: Happiest Place on Earth

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 creative routine to share a few glimpses of our everyday lives.  There is nothing glamorous about our normal days, but I treasure them!

Last week, we left snowy Colorado to visit family in sunny California!

You may recall that last week was a rollercoaster ride for our little family.  But it began here at Disneyland... the Happiest Place on Earth!  Just looking at these pictures makes me want to go back!

I realize we are completely spoiled, but every year we go to Disneyland for just 1 day.  Mr. Oopsey Daisy's family lives in California, somewhat close, and visiting Disneyland with my in-laws has just become our "thing." So this was actually Little Man's third time visiting Mickey Mouse and friends!  This year we even survived an entire day at Disneyland without a nap!   This year we were foolish enough to plan our trip to Disneyland just 2 days before Thanksgiving, so we battled long lines, crowds, and aching feet. But of course I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Just in the last few months, Little Man has truly fallen in love with Mickey Mouse.  (I am thrilled about this because "Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse" is one children's TV show that I actually enjoy myself!)  So his little Mickey Mouse traveled with us to meet the real Mickey Mouse!

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Airplane Room Decor {Elmer’s Looks For Less}

I rarely show pictures of our home decor.  And for good reason.  We are renting our home!  It can be really difficult to decorate the way I want to in a rental property.  There are many things I would LOVE to change.  (Take, for example, the pinkish hue of the paint color on the walls in my entire home.)  But more often than not, I just don't attempt much decorating at all.  I know that's pathetic, but it's true.

However slowly but surely, I have been making progress on Little Man's Big Boy airplane bedroom.  Elmer's gave me the opportunity to add some fun and easy decor and on the cheap!  I participated in their "Looks For Less" challenge. Using their supplies, I re-created several items I had my eye on... but my projects cost me next to nothing!  Easy on the eyes, easy on the pocket book.  🙂

Today I have TWO tutorials to share with you!  I'll show you how I created the faux airplane canvases plus the faux wooden "FLY" letters using Elmer's products.

If you can believe it, I only spent $5.73 on both projects.  Not bad, eh?

Elmer's sent me some fabulous supplies to use for these projects.  They generously sent me:

1 - Black and 2 - White 20x30 Foam Boards

Several glue sticks (they are by far my favorite glue sticks!),

X-ACTO Knife,

Several Painters sets

Plus $25 to spend on supplies (I considered this a challenge to spend far less!)

Are you ready for TWO cheap and easy tutorials?  Let's get started!

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