A Bit of Business {and a Colorado Meet-up!}

Happy Leap Day!  Normally I don't post on Wednesdays.  But February 29 is a cool day to post... I couldn't miss it!  I have a few {very important!} items of business.

First up...

Remember this little gadget?  Well, I removed it from my blog a month ago because Google has announced that as of tomorrow, March 1st, this service will be removed from all non-blogger blogs.  (That's me!) Because Oopsey Daisy is hosted by WordPress, you will no longer be able to connect with Oopsey Daisy through Google Friend Connect.  And this begins tomorrow!

This is a total bummer for me because I have followed so many of your blogs through this handy little gadget!  But I would still love to be friends!  There are still many ways that we can connect, so I would encourage you to keep in touch!

I would love for you to join me here...

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Now speaking of keeping in touch... I have exciting news for Colorado readers!  Perhaps you have heard of a little blog called Make It and Love It.  Well, Ashley's amazing blog was the first blog I ever started reading.  In fact, her projects were the first ones I ever tried to make on my own.  Well, imagine my happiness when she moved to Colorado! And she's hosting a fabulous get together next Saturday, March 10 from 1-5 p.m.!

And I will be there!

I hope if you're in Colorado, you'll consider coming for snacks and crafts!  I'm even bringing cupcakes--a whole lot of cupcakes!  So I hope you'll be hungry for sweet treats!  Join us here:

Double Tree Hotel (one of their conference rooms), in Aurora, CO.  13696 East Iliff Place, Aurora, Colorado, 80014

I can't wait to meet some of you!  How very exciting!  If you're in the Colorado area, please consider joining us!  Just RSVP here! Have a great day!

Wednesday’s Wowzers {9}

It's Time For Wednesday's Wowzers!

Hello my friends!  Is anyone else ready for spring?!  Lately, I find myself browsing inspiration for spring and summer.  I'm ready for some sunshine!

Wednesday's Wowzers is brought to you today by Avery's Loft.  Remember how sweet Amy sent me an amazing cowl a few weeks ago?  I have loved my cowl during these chilly days in Colorado!  And I am dying to try out some more of Amy's lovely crochet goodies!

Last week's party was ah-MAZ-ing!!  The most viewed link of the week was {drumroll please!}:

Lil' Luna's Quote Gallery Wall.  Congratulations, Kristyn!  I absolutely adore this wall and would love one for my craft room!

Here are some of my other favorite features of the week:

Green Lovelies

1 - Lucky St. Patrick's Day Printables @ How Does She?

2 - Don't Eat Lucky Printable Game @ Pink Polkadot Creations

3 - Irish Mantle @ Homespun With Love

4 - Shamrock Shake Cupcakes @ Pink Cake Plate

Creative Lovelies

5 - Photos on Hanging Wire Photo Display @ Every Creative Endeavor

6 - Chalkboard Wreath @ Destination Craft

7- Bustle Skirt @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff

8 - Home Office Organization @ A Pumpkin and a Princess

9 - Ruffled Lamp Shade @ Days of Chalk and Chocolate


Delicious Lovelies

For the record, most times I have to start snacking while browsing links!  Your recipes look so yummy!

10 - Braided pizza loaf @ Six Sisters Stuff

11 - Thin Mint ice cream sandwich @ Shaken Together

12 - Thai coconut soup @ Mockingbird Cottage

13 - Brownie batter dip @ Crumbs and Chaos

14 - Biscoff white chocolate popcorn @ Key Lime Digital Designs

15 - Fried ravioli @ Mom on Timeout

Now let's get this party started!!

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Simple Clip-On Earring Tutorial {Titus 2 Work in Progress}

Hello my friends!  I am super excited to share Kristen from Titus 2 Work in Progress with you today.  Kristen is one of the sweetest bloggers I know, and I have had my eye on her from the beginning!  I absolutely love her ideas!  
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I am so excited to be sharing today at Oopsey Daisy. As you all know, Alison is so sweet, and Oopsey Daisy is one of the very first blogs I started following. Thank you for having me, Alison! My name is Kristen and I blog over at Titus 2 Work in Progress. I am a Christian wife and mommy busy crafting, cooking and living out Titus 2:3-5. Loving my family and being a homemaker are two of my greatest joys, but I am definitely a work in progress!

Anyone else living with a three year old princess? Or is that just me? Either way, my little princess loves all things dress-up and I decided to make my little lady some clip-on earrings. These were very simple to make and inexpensive.

Here's what I used:

  • Clip-on earring backs purchased at Hobby Lobby (print a 40% off coupon from their website before you go!)
  • Embellishments or charms. I used a leftover strand of pearls I had on hand and some ceramic cabochon charms (you can find a great selection on Etsy)
  • Hot glue gun

I simply used my hot glue gun to adhere different embellishments to the clip-on earring backs. I would suggest testing out the earring backs before gluing, as I found there were a few duds in the pack I purchased.

Here's how the pearl clusters turned out:

 

And my personal favorites are the blue rose set:

 

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Isn't she wonderful?!  Here are some more fabulous ideas from Titus 2 Work in Progress:

Doily-stenciled onesie, embellished stretchy headband, kitchen reveal

Be sure to stop by Kristen's amazing blog and tell her hello!  I am so thrilled that she shared her ideas today!
Now be sure to come back tonight at 5:00 to link up YOUR great ideas!

S is for Seuss! {Mommy School Unit}

It's time for a new Mommy School Packet!

And it's a good one!

Download is available at the end of the post.

I have always loved Dr. Seuss books!  I have collected so many through the years. I have always known that I wanted to do a Dr. Seuss-themed Mommy School unit. I'm planning to spend the next 2-3 weeks teaching all about Dr. Seuss books!  And with The Lorax movie coming out, I think a mommy/son date to the movies will be in order!

This packet came along with a dilemma.  Each time I create a new packet, I obtain specific permission to use the graphics or clip art.  There are many companies such as DJ Inkers and My Grafico that have very generous terms of use when it comes to using their graphics for educational use.  I have spoken with the owners of these companies to obtain specific permission.  However, finding Dr. Seuss-specific clip art that I could share with you was a bit tricky.  Instead, I opted to offer a wealth of ideas centered on Dr. Seuss books with some helpful templates and patterns that I created myself.   I hope you understand!

But not to worry!  There are still 72 pages of fabulous ideas, all centered on some of my favorite Dr. Seuss Books!

Here are some of the concepts covered:

Letter of the Week: S

Number of the Week:  3

Shape of the Week: Diamond

Theme of the Week:  Dr. Seuss

Song of the Week:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Here are just a few sneak peeks:

Goldfish graphing to go along with One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Green eggs and ham ABC's to go along with Green Eggs and Ham.

Alphabet stamping activity to go along with Dr. Seuss's ABC.

And of course there are many more surprises in there!

Terms of Use (Please read before downloading)

* All Mommy School printables are created for Oopsey Daisy subscribers…. so join us by subscribing in your favorite way!

* This packet is in PDF format.  Please be sure that you have the most updated version of Adobe Reader in order to open the file.  This packet is too large to e-mail, so this download is the only way I have to share this with you.  If you run into issues downloading, please check the spyware and download settings on your personal computers.  I am not able to help with troubleshooting on technical issues, but you can read the "Download  Help" section here.

* These files are offered "as- is."  Thank you for understanding.

* This packet is for personal use only!  You may use this for your own preschool class or in your own home.  You may never sell or redistribute any part of this packet.

* I do have a copyright on my blog. You may not redistribute my Mommy School packets or host them on your own site.  Please link to my personal blog to refer a friend.

Now for the fun part!!

You can download your own S is for Seuss packet here. on 4shared or here on Scribd.

I would always LOVE to see if you post about your own Mommy School adventures.

Drop me a line so I can see what you’re up to!

Have fun!

Sunday’s Snippets: Hot Dog Bar!

Happy weekend!  I hope you are having a relaxing day today.  I love sharing snippets of our lives with you!

I hope you are not too tired of Mickey Mouse and parties!!  I promise this is the last post.  I shared the details of Little Man's Mickey Mouse birthday party with friends.  Well, I told you I was crazy, right?!  The following day, we hosted a family party.  We played all of the same games and had a very fun night together!  And I loved that I got my money's worth with all of my party planning by getting two parties for the price of one!

We turned our children's party into a family dinner party!

We hosted an entire hot dog bar!

We used our old-fashioned hot dog roller again, but this we had a few more options for our guests!  We offered regular hot dogs, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and pigs in a blanket!  My family loves bacon-wrapped hot dogs,so these were the hit of the party!

 

We came up with every possible hot dog topping we could dream up!  (I was shocked at how many toppings my hubby could think of!)  We offered chili and cheese so our guests could build a chili dog.  We also offered barbecue sauce, relish, barbecue beans, and vegetables like tomatoes, cabbages, and chopped onion!

Our side dishes included:

* Pluto's Potato Chips

* Daisy Duck's Delicious Vegetables

* Clarabelle Cow's Creamy Potato Salad

* Donald Duck's Deviled Eggs

* Minnie Mouse's Fruit

For our place settings, I had a Mickey ears with each guest's photo.

Each guest received a personalized candy bar.  I loved doing personalized candy cars!  I did these last year in Toy Story style, too!  What an easy favor!

Little Man is completely spoiled!  His aunt and uncle drove to Colorado for this party, and Little Man could hardly open those gifts fast enough!  Don't you love how he squints his eyes closed when he smiles??

These 2 cousins are best buds!

The proud grandparents

The whole crew! (minus me behind the camera!)

Whew. I absolutely love throwing parties.  But I think I need a week off now--or a vacation!  Thanks so much for your sweet comments about this party.  Your advice via comments and Facebook has been so helpful!  It's been fun to share with you! (Let's be honest--you give much better party advice than my husband!)

Come back this week for a new Mommy School packet! (YAY!)

Typography Wall Art Review {13 Pumpkins}

I hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start!

This week, I received a very pretty package in the mail from one of my new sponsors, 13 Pumpkins.

13 Pumpkins is an adorable etsy shop brimming with all sorts of typography wall art goodness!  Marrianne, the shop owner, writes, “We like to write on walls here and hope to be writing on other items soon too. If you see something you like but need a little change – let me know. We will customize current selection or create something new for you.”

This week, Marrianne sent me this lovely Paris typography wall art.

Absolutely amazing right??

This will be a stunning conversation piece for any room.  And I couldn't agree more:  Paris IS always a good idea!

What I like about this typography wall art:

* I adore the distressed look.  I have typically only seen a very modern look to typography, so this is refreshing to me!

* I love that it came perfectly packaged in the mail so that not a single corner was scratched or bumped in the shipping process.

* The color of this piece is so lovely!

* I LOVE how the typography of the background peeks through in a subtle but stunning way.

What I didn't like about this typography wall art:

* Because of the high quality of this piece, the price is steep.  But it's most definitely worth it!  This is an investment for a unique and lovely typography wall art that will light up any room.

 

And if you are looking for something fun for St. Patrick's Day, definitely check out this Dublin Ireland typography or this Irish cities subway sign.  These would be so fun for St. Patty's Day!

Do you like typography as much as I do?

 

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

It has literally taken me all week to download and edit the crazy amount of photos I took at Little Man's birthday parties last weekend.  I'm beginning to think I have a real photo problem.  Photographers Anonymous, perhaps? Anyway, there were so many fun things I wanted to share about this party, so this post is a long time in coming!

We had SO much fun with this Mickey Mouse theme!  Are you ready to {finally!} see the details??

Who hasn't had a Mickey Mouse birthday party?!  This was my dilemma in planning this party.  I wanted to steer clear of the commercial Mickey party gear and somehow reinvent this classic party.  It took some work and planning, but I think I was more excited on party day than Little Man!

Isn't he the cutest little Mouseketeer you've ever seen?!

Little Man's favorite part were his Mickey gloves!  I sewed them out of white felt and simply used a sharpie to draw on the lines.  Little Man wore these for 3 days straight!  He loved them!

Mickey Mouse invite with stitched pocket!  You can see the full tutorial for our Mickey Mouse invitations here.

Our party was all about red, black, and white with polk-a-dots!  We decorated our "un-mantle" with a quick pennant banner, some wooden letters, my mason jar apothecary jars, my wooden frames from Cut it Out, and of course Mickey!

This is my favorite part!

I created a Mickey Mouse backdrop for our food table using a vinyl tablecloth.  I love the paper lanterns with the buntings and the Mickey shape!  Can I tell you my secret to cheap party decor??  Wrapping paper!  I love using wrapping paper as my go-to source for decor.  There are 3 types of wrapping paper in this photo!  I use it for everything!

Our party table!

Just like last year, I created a birthday subway art centered around the birthday theme.  Did you know that there are real Disney fonts?  This Walt Disney font and these Mickey Mouse fonts were the stars of this subway art!

Edited to add:  Yes, I do sell a digital version of this Mickey Mouse subway art.  I can customize it for your child's birthday.  Please e-mail me for details!

On every.single.picture of Little Man in the house, we added little Mickey Mouse ears!  I keep finding random pictures around the house with Mickey Mouse ears!

This sign was propped up outside our front door.  I created this image in Photoshop and just modpodged the photo to a wooden plaque.

Remember this chicken wire frame?  I displayed pictures of Little Man from the last year and used the buntings to tie in the colors of the party with polk-a-dot ribbons.

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Cut It Out Frame Giveaway {3 Winners!}

Have you heard of Cut it Out?

Cut it Out is a fantastic shop that offers decorative wood cutouts.  You can find wooden alphabet, numbers & symbols, seasonal/holiday decor, or even create your own custom order!!  But my favorite part of Cut it Out is their unfinished wooden frames!  Cut it Out offers frames in a variety of sizes from 4 x 6 to 20 x 30!

I had my eye on these frames for a while, and I was thrilled to review some frames for myself!   I love that the frames came unfinished so that I could customize them.  The unique shapes are so much fun!

Because I've been up to my eyeballs in birthday parties, I decided that these frames would make their debut at Little Man's birthday!  I am anxious to finally share all the details of the Mickey Mouse birthday party with you tomorrow.  It has taken me all week  to edit the pictures!  (Have I mentioned that I take WAY too many pictures?!)  I have just a few sneak peeks to share with you today.

I selected these lovely 8x10 Balboa frames.  Don't you love the shape?  As a crafter, seeing this unfinished wood just staring at me was quite exciting! Ohhh the possibilities!  And you can't beat the price on these quality frames!

I gave each frame a coat of red spray paint.  (This took some planning and coordinating with the weatherman considering our cold winter days here in Colorado!) I added some glass and propped them up on easels on my "un-mantle"!

I taped little Mickey ears on every single picture of Little Man!

This really set the tone for our Mickey party--these were the first thing our guests spotted when they walked in the door! Enough teasers.  The party in detail is coming to the blog tomorrow!

Here are some more fabulous ideas from some of my friends who have also tried Cut It Out frames:

Birthday subway art @ The Diary of Dave's Wife

Children's portrait wall @ Lolly Jane Boutique

Joy frame @ Every Creative Endeavor

Birthday frame @ I {Heart} Naptime

Amazing right?? You can help support Cut it Out by "liking" them on Facebook.  Although Facebook Terms of Use prevent me from asking you to do this as part of the giveaway, definitely stop by their page and say hello!

Now on to the giveaway!  Cut It Out is offering three lucky Oopsey Daisy readers an 8x10 frame of their choice!

Here is how you can win an 8x10 frame from Cut it Out:

U.S. Residents only, please.

Required:

1. Check out Cut it Out and let me know what frame shape you would selet in a comment.

Extra:

2.  Share this giveaway!  Leave a comment and let me know. If you're tweeting, feel free to copy and paste this tweet:

Enter to win a unique and fun wooden frame from Cut it Out at @OopseyDaisy917!  Three winners here! #giveaway http://bit.ly/zu8Afl

3.  Tell me in a comment what you would do with the frame if you won.

This giveaway will remain open until Wednesday, February 29 (what a cool date!) at midnight!

The giveaway winners will be announced via Twitter and on the original blog post.  Winners will also be e-mailed directly.

Good luck my friends!

Wednesday’s Wowzers {8}

Welcome to Wednesday's Wowzers!

I hope you're ready for a fabulous party!  Speaking of parties, we are just now popping all of the balloons and throwing away all of the crumpled pieces of wrapping paper.  I'm afraid that I'm a bit sluggish taking down the party I worked so feverishly to prepare!  But I can't wait to share Little Man's birthday party with you!

Wednesday's Wowzers is brought to you today by Choffy!  Remember how I tried Choffy a few weeks ago?  It's a healthy alternative to hot cocoa or coffee with a natural energy boost.  Perfect for winter! E-mail independent distributor Sarah McKenna at [email protected] for information or for a sample!

Thank you for another fabulous party last week!  Going through your links is the highlight of my week!  However, I must encourage many of you to consider turning off word verification on your commenting.  This extra step doubles my time commenting (especially when I'm tired and going cross-eyed looking at those jumbled nonsense words!), and I really would love to continue to comment on each and every link!  Just something to consider. :)

This week, our most viewed link was Craftionary's 60 free St. Patrick's Day printables.

Check out some fun printables here!

Here are some other favorites:

Sewing/Crochet Lovelies

1 - Simple clutch, vintage version @ Flamingo Toes

2 - T-shirt Dress @ Keeping It Simple

3 - Crochet wrap button boots @ I'm Topsy Turvy

4 - Shirred dress and bag @ Threading My Way

Yummy Lovelies

5 - Best sugar cookie recipe @ 517 Creations

6 - German Salad @ Sweet Little Gals

7- No Bake Thin Mint Truffles @ Six Sisters' Stuff

Great Ideas

8 - Bakers twine storage @ The Scrap Shoppe

9 - Distressed Photo Art @ Midwestern Sewing Girl

10 - Hoo Loves You pops @ The Seven Year Cottage

11 - Superman Party @ The Diary of Dave's Wife

Home Decor Lovelies

12 - Rustic wine cabinet @ Rain and Roses

13 - Hutch@ Retail DIYet

14 - Sheet music candles @ Decor & More

15 - West Elm Origami Throw Pillow Knock-off @ The Little Waffleflower

16 - Ruffles & Bows Pillow @ Woven Home

Now let's get this party started!!

This is a party!  Stop by and leave a few comments!  We can all use some positive words!

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Paper Tree Tutorial {Think Magnet}

Today I am hosting a very creative guest!  Shelisa from Think Magnet is here sharing a project inspired by a children's book!  You might remember our Summer Camp series from last year where guests shared ideas centered around a children's book.  Well, Shelisa's idea today would be perfect to correlate with The Giving Tree or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

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Hello! My name is Shelisa, and today I am sharing a tutorial for creating a paper tree.

Start with 3-4 rolls (depending on how much space you have for your tree) of brown wrapping paper priced about $4 a roll. OR, save up free packing paper from boxes shipped to your house.

Unwrap. Scrunch as you unroll. Scrunch and crunch. You can't mess this up! Great for kids to help and build those fine motor muscles.

The scrunching and crunching will take over the room. A scrunchy, crunchy serpent.

This is the fun part. The STAPLE GUN! Protect those pretty eyes, people.

Wrestle one paper serpent at a time. I start my stapling with a center branch. Twist, stretch, turn the paper as you go to build your tree. Make it perfectly imperfect. Don't forget to bring it up and on the ceiling....

Because little ones love to lay underneath it!

Embellish by hanging butterflies dangling on fishing line, tuck a few birds inside, leaves or apples, and hot glue some bugs on it. My handy husband built the wooden fence we secured at the bottom of the tree. Great to stick flowers in! Without a fence, just widen,shape, and merge the paper into the trunk to the bottom of the wall, stapling as you go.

Don't forget to read The Giving Tree under your child's new bedroom or playroom tree!

You can call me tree crazy. The paper tree was fitting for my oldest daughter's garden room. But I choose a palm tree for my middle daughter's beach room. While I was thinking about how to make a paper palm tree, I found this one on clearance and couldn't pass it up. They love reading under a palm tree at the beach.

But I did get to make a paper palm tree with my 5 year old son once. Which leads me to a question for you...

I want to add a special tree in to his "Adventure Room" (maps, travel, binoculars, sleeping bag bedspread)...but I'm not sure what tree grows in an Adventure Room. Maybe you can share a tree idea with me?

Happy Trees!

Shelisa

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Here is some more inspiration from Think Magnet:

Tangram sandwichNumbers partyEdible Lincoln log houses

 

Bio: Think Magnet was officially published January 12, 2012, but incubated in my head since about 2006 in my most chaotic years of managing 3 children under the age of 3. I survived. Barely. I have a Master's in Education, a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and a Doctorate in Chaos;) My goal is to share teachable moments while keeping it real through my inadequacies, embarrassing moments, and battle with clutter. Above all, I hope to make you laugh, and know that we're all in this thing together. You'll find Think Magnet in a corner of the blogosphere where there's an open fridge policy, but the floors may be crunchy. Welcome. Make yourself at home.

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