I’m Not Lucky, I’m Blessed {Printable}

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner! We didn't do much "green" decorating at all this year, but I'm hoping to still bust out a few fun St. Patrick's Day activities this weekend to celebrate with Little Man.  (I'll share a few of my ideas at the end of this post.)

This week, I came up with a quick printable to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year.

Honestly, I don't totally believe in luck.  Okay, maybe if it's something silly like finding a penny on the sidewalk or something.  But I am more inclined to feel blessed for something as silly as finding a good parking space!  And lately, I have felt very blessed!  Hopefully I'll be able to explain exactly why very, very soon!

Yes, this little guy is one of my greatest blessings.  I have always felt like my Little Man was a blessing meant just for me.  As you know, his Daddy travels every week for work.  That was one of my main reasons for starting a blog--so I could connect with people when I felt so lonely at times as a new Mom and sometimes a "single" parent.

This sweet Little Man has always been my little buddy.  I don't know how to explain it, but he just looks out for me.  Yesterday, he carried my basket at the grocery store because he insisted on being a gentleman.  He put away all his toys and set the table for dinner without even being asked.  I almost cried.  I just love this boy!

So I created this 5x7 printable in Photoshop and printed and framed it!

I used the cookie cutter tool in Photoshop to create a little shamrock out of one of my favorite pictures of Little Man.

All done!  Now I just need to make one with my sweet hubby, too!

If you would like to download this blank template, just use a shamrock cookie cutter or another shamrock pattern to trace around a picture!  Cut it out and paste it on.  You can download this blank 5x7 file here.

Here are a few more fun activities that we'll be doing this weekend:

I'm going to try out making scented shamrocks just like these ones at Education.com

I can't wait to turn our toilet water green, and those footprints will be a fun extra touch!  See the tutorial for perfect footprints at A Differentiated Kindergaten.

We'll print and play this Lucky Bingo found at The Crafting Chicks.

Just like last year, we'll probably have a family "Green Dinner" and get dressed up in funny green clothes! My Mom has quite the collection of fun green clothes!

I'll come up with some cute lunch--perhaps like this one with the footprints at Lisa Storms.

And of course we'll do our Treasure Hunt just one more time!

Wishing you lots of blessings and lots of luck!!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Shamrock Magnets

Hello friends!

First off, I just have to say that the Denver Bloggers Spring Soiree was incredible.  When I started blogging, I literally believed that I was the only craft blogger in Colorado.  Then little by litte, my Colorado crafting circle grew.  A small group of us met up at our new Ikea store last fall.  Now we have a Facebook page, To think that 115 people would come to Ashley's fantastic crafting meetup made me so happy! :) There's nothing like talking blogging with people who "get" it.   And to craft with people who genuinely love to create!  I think my poor husband is tired of hearing about it, but I really had a great time on Saturday.

I wil share more details just as soon as we get the photos!

Today I wanted to share one of the fun projects we made at the Spring Soiree:  These shamrock magnets!  I actually made mine yesterday!  I was so busy chit-chatting with new friends that I didn't make a single thing while I was there!  Luckily there were a few craft supplies left over!  So I snagged some and did my crafting at home.

I started out by creating a magnet board.  I took the glass out of and 8x10 frame and painted it with Martha Stewart magnetic paint.  I let each coat dry an hour and then gave it another coat!  I seriously love the new Martha Stewart paints.  I had to try it out on glass, and I was amazed that it really worked!  I recommend lots of coats!  This paint is definitely thick!  But it's meant to be painted over, so I was super messy!

We had many incredible sponsors for our Spring Soiree.  Pick Your Plum seriously hooked us up with all of the crafting supplies that we used for our crafting stations.  I snagged 6 of these wooden shamrocks.  Aren't they sweet?

I selected 3 kinds of scrapbook paper. I was loving the polkadots!

I traced each of the shamrocks and cut them out of the scrapbook paper.

I modpodged the paper on.  I couldn't resist distressing the edges too, and then gave them another coat of Mod Podge on top.  Then I hot-glued some magnets on to the back.  FYI... you will need very strong circle magnets to adhere to the magnet paint--especially through the scrapbook paper.

I added some scrapbook paper on top of the magnet board and slipped the whole thing into a frame!

All done!

I haven't done a whole lot for St. Patrick's Day, but these really make me happy!

I hope you're having a fabulous start to your week!!

Shamrock Pops with Printable Flags

We made it to Friday!  Where has the week gone?!

I have been super busy with preparations for the Colorado Blogger Spring Soiree!  I can't wait to have an official blogging meet-up here in lil' old Colorado.  Who would have thought?!  I'm giddy at the idea of it and can't wait to meet up with some of you tomorrow!!

I am finally getting my St. Patrick's Day act together.  Recently I raided my pantry and used up some leftover Valentine's Day candy to create these festive shamrock pops!  These were so.easy!

I am all about rainbows right now.  I am craving some bright colors and some springtime!  See those rainbow flags?   Yes, you can print those.  But first... let's make some shamrock pops!

So I raided my pantry and found these heart candies from Valentine's Day.  I had these left over from Little Man's ABC valentines.  (Although this would be even easier if you had a heart mold!  Because I realize that dipping chocolates in chocolate might be just a little bit silly!  So yes, use the mold.  Or a heart ice cube tray!)

My idea was combining 3 chocolate hearts to create a shamrock.

Here is what I did:

I melted some green candies.  I made sure it wasn't TOO hot so it wouldn't melt the chocolate!

I stabbed a small hole in the center heart.  Don't do what I did and just jam it inside the heart.  Use a fork.  It works better!

Then dip your 3 hearts in the chocolate.

Combine together and let dry on wax paper.  These held together surprisingly well!

Now decorate!  I covered up my messy dipping with some fun sprinkles !  Little Man even helped decorate a few.

These will be fun to give away to friends!

And don't forget these rainbow flags!

If you would like to print your own "Lucky Me" rainbow flags (you could even wrap these around a straw if you would like!), just click here to download the PDF.

We're feeling pretty lucky lately.  Good things are happening for us right now.

Have a fantastic weekend my friends!!

St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt {Printable}

It's probably about time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day right?  This weekend I started thinking "green."  Today I am sharing a fun and easy idea to do with your kids for St. Patrick's Day.  (Or before!)

Each year as a first grade teacher, I would leave daily notes from "The Three Green Stooges."  (Think Elf on the Shelf in leprechaun form!).  On St. Patrick's Day, the Three Green Stooges would leave one final note and lead my class on a treasure hunt leading to a pot of gold at the end.  So I decided to revamp this idea for Little Man.  Remember how we hunted for Pluto's Bones at his Mickey Mouse Birthday Party?  Well, this was his favorite game, and he is STILL talking about it!  So I knew he would love to go on another treasure hunt.

And I created these clues in printable form... so you can do this, too!

There are 10 clues leading to a pot of gold filled with prizes at the end.  I was thinking a little poetic, so these clues rhyme!   Some clues even require actions like hopping, running, walking backwards, etc.

After designing the clues in Photoshop, I printed out the clues, laminated them, and cut them apart.  Done!

I hid the clues around the house.  (I have to use a cheat sheet to do this because I always get confused at which clue needs to be hidden and where!  I'll show you my cheat sheet at the end of the post...)

Little Man couldn't wait to get started!

Daddy helped read the clues.

And finally, after lots of hiding and hopping, we found the pot of gold in the fridge!

Little Man was so excited to find his Pot of Gold filled with treats, gold coins (he asked me if he could put these in his Piggy Bank!), a new Matchbox car, and one last note.

We had so much fun, and we can do this over and over again!  (And I have a sneaky suspicion that we will!)

If you would like to go on your very own treasure hunt, then go print your own clues!

You can download the ten Treasure Hunt clues here or here on Scribd.

Plus I make a little cheat sheet so I know where each clue should be hidden and where it will take us!  Otherwise I always screw up hiding the clues!  If this helps you too, you can download the Treasure Hunt cheat sheet here.

Are you thinking green yet?

Have a great Monday!

Printable Scratch-off Card {Easy Peasy Valentine}

We made it, folks!  It's finally Friday.  And that makes me one happy girl!

Today we are snuggled inside watching the snow fall outside.

Today's easy peasy valentine could be adapted as a Valentine's Day card for anyone you love.  This would be fun to make for your hubby, your kids, your parents, or even a friend!  I created this card for my hubby, intending to give this to him on February 5.  This way, he can scratch off 1 heart every day until Valentine's Day!  (Of course you could start this at any time!)

Everyone loves to scratch off a card.  Lottery tickets.  Prizes.  Is it the element of surprise that we love?!  Anyway, I knew my husband would love the idea!

To create your own scratch-off card, you will need:

-- Clear contact paper

-- Silver metallic paint

-- Dish soap

-- Your design {I'll share my printable if you would like to use that!}

--Scrapbook paper or cardstock to mount the card

First, I created this template in Photoshop.  If you would like to download your own, just click here.  Using Photoshop, use the text tool to write the reasons why you love that special someone inside the hearts.  (You could also write the reasons by hand.)

Print out your design on cardstock. I cut mine down to 5x7.

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Valentine Chair Pouch {Creative Carousel}

The Creative Carousel is back!

I am so excited to share some Valentine's Day-themed inspiration today!!

I love the Creative Carousel because it's my opportunity to join forces with some truly talented ladies.  After assigning a theme, we all set to work on a project.  It's so fun to see everyone'e individual creativity  shine.  After taking a look at my project, I hope you'll stop by to take a look at the other fabulous tutorials also!  Here is my contribution to the Creative Carousel:

 

As you know, I adore felt and have plenty left over from my quiet book and countless other projects!  Well, it's making another appearance today!  I first spotted similar chair pouches at Sheek Shindigs, and knew I wanted to create my own!   These will be our own little Valentine's Day mailboxes.

These were really quite simple to put together!  I sewed all 3 pouches for our family in an afternoon.   So let's get started!

For this project, you will need:

-- Felt (I used red and white)

-- Jumbo ricrac

-- Sewing velcro

-- Flocked heat adhesive vinyl from Silhouette (optional)

-- Ribbon or other embellishing supplies

-- Sewing supplies

To start, I created a heart pattern from freezer paper.  If you would like to use the same pattern, just click here to download mine.  I did resize the pattern so it would fit a 12x12 sheet of paper.  After creating the heart, I pinned it to white felt and just cut out the scalloped heart (the back) by hand.

I also cut out a second red heart and chopped off the top to create the pouch.  To hang the pouch on the chair, I cut a long strip of felt about 19 inches long, but this was custom for our individual kitchen chairs.

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Burlap Love Banner {Pinterest Club!}

I am on a roll with Valentine's Day crafts.  All of this red and pink is really brightening up my winter!

I am very lucky that I have friends who love to craft, too.   It's always more fun to create with a friend, right??  So some of my friends and neighbors created a little "Pinterest Club."  Basically, we find a craft (usually from Pinterest!) and attempt to recreate it.  It's a perfect time to get our kiddos together to play so we can play, too!

On Friday, we got together to recreate this burlap love banner that my friend Sara spotted on Groopdealz.  It was originally created by Auntie Lolo Crafts.

It had been a while since I dug into my burlap stash, but I "love" how this turned out!

And guess what?!  It took less than an hour to put together.  I love a quick and easy craft.

Start out by cutting 6 pennant/triangle shapes from burlap. Or try out another fabric if burlap isn't your thing!

I cut out some freezer paper stencils using my Cricut, and then ironed them onto the pennants.  I also ironed on a scrap piece of freezer paper to the back of each one to be sure the paint wouldn't bleed through.

Using a foam brush, I painted the letters black and the hearts red.  I love that it took no time at all for the paint to dry.  Like I said, a quick-and-easy craft was perfect for us today!  Especially with whining kiddos.  Yes, I'm afraid Little Man wasn't on his best behavior.

I strung all of the pennants together using thick twine. I just separated the threads a bit to create a hole and strung the twine through.

Because I have already decorated my un-mantle, I added this banner to our dresser mirror instead.

And yes, that's me in the mirror!

So just in case you still need to decorate for Love Day OR if you just want to make something fun with friends, this is the perfect craft!

I can't wait for our next craft together!

Have a great week, friends!

ABC Valentine {Easy Peasy Valentine}

Hooray for Friday!

So much has happened this week {exciting and heartbreaking!} and I'm looking forward to having a few days to relax and have some fun!  I'm glad you're here with me today because I have another easy peasy valentine to share with you!

I get a touch of crafting ADD at times.  I created this fun alphabet valentine, and I found that it was quite versatile.  Before sharing the download links, I am going to show how I used this printable 3 different ways.

So I created this ABC Valentine image in Photoshop.  I just typed up the alphabet, but inserted a heart shape for the "O." I tried out all sorts of different backgrounds and text colors!

Option #1:  I thought this would be a fun valentine for Little Man to give his friends.  So we just glued a heart candy  after printing out the image on neutral cardstock.  And of course a little ribbon embellishment doesn't hurt!

Hmmm loving this option.  Especially for school.

Option #2:  I resized this image a bit smaller, printed it out on cardstock, and turned it into a card!

Love the aqua and red!

But the pink chevron is delightfully cheery too.  I'm very indecisive.  One of each please! :)

Option #3:  I printed out the image at Costco and framed it!

Are you ready to download your own?

There are plenty of options here!

All images are 8x10.

Please remember that these images are for personal use only!  Please do not sell anything you create with these images.  And link back to oopsey daisy to give credit!

Click below to download the image of your choice:

Yellow 

Black 

Aqua 

White 

Purple 

Gray  

Red 

Gray chevron 

Pink chevron 

Aqua chevron 

So which one is your favorite?  I still can't decide.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Linking up to TIdy Mom, 30 Days, Creation Corner, Whipperberry, Flamingo Toes

Felt Heart Garland

Hello, my friends!

I needed something cheery to get me started this week!  Over the weekend, I worked hard on my Valentine's Day mantle.  I needed a garland of sorts.  During the fall, I saw all sorts of felt leaf garlands on Pinterest.  To me, there is nothing more "homey" than felt.  So over the weekend, I sat down and created something to help spice up my Valentine's Day decor.

This was the perfect project to work on while Mr. Oopsey Daisy was out of town. I watched a couple of chick flicks, and hand stitched these hearts together.

You can make your own with some scraps on hand!

Let's get started!

I started with the felt.   I secretly wanted to use all wool felt, but my frugal conscience got the best of me.  So I purchased the red and mustard wool felt, and I had the other colors on hand.  I LOVE the color scheme!  The mustard and turquoise were fun and unexpected pops of color.

Then I sat down and just started cutting out a whole lot of hearts!  I didn't use a pattern--just used the old traditional method of folding the fabric over to achieve a symmetrical heart.  I think I cut out about 90 hearts total.

It was 12:30 AM, and I couldn't thread the yearn through the needle for the life of me.  Finally I tried this trick of taping the end with masking tape. Duh!  It worked perfectly.

I knotted the end of the yarn to prevent fraying and then started stitching!

I made sure that I had plenty of excess yarn so I could sew as long of a garland as possible.  (I didn't want to have to thread that needle any more times than completely necessary!)

I wanted to be unpredictable, so I didn't repeat the colors in any certain pattern.  Crazy, I know!!

I just knotted the very end of the yarn, and started draping!

So what do you think?

Do you want to know something silly?

I really don't have a mantle--just this built-in area for our TV.  I avoid showing pictures of this area for some reason.  This might be its very first reveal on Oopsey Daisy. I am never sure how to decorate this little spot especially with the distraction of the television.  But one of my goals for 2012 is to be more real.  So this is us!

And I love how this little garland make our home so cheery and homey!

Thanks for reading!

Candy Bar Love Notes {Easy Peasy Valentines}

It's Friday!  That makes me very happy!

After being out of town for 6 days this week, Mr. Oopsey Daisy comes home today.  After battling the sickies, I have not been the best Mom this week.  I am so looking forward to having our family together again!  And having a little me-time will be nice, too!

Are you ready for another easy peasy Valentine's Day idea?

 These candy bar love notes are intended for the Mister in your life...   

It's not often that I get to share my handsome hubby with the blogging world, so I am going to take full advantage right now!

Here is the short version of our very own love story:

My sweet husband and I met while I was teaching first grade and he was doing real estate/going to school in Utah.  Instead of asking me out, my husband hired me to do secretarial work for his business over the summer.  I started "work" (if you can call it that!) on Monday, and we started dating on Friday!   And I loved him so much, I even agreed to sit in a freezing cold lake at sunset in frigid temperatures for our engagement pictures!  

 

 

So we were married.  Handsome hubby graduated and secured a job that brought us back to my home in Denver.   Little Man joined our family, and we were thrilled!  But here's our only problem:  Handsome hubby travels a lot for work.  That can be hard.  Very hard.  I am always looking for fun ways to let him know that I am thinking of him while he's away!

I don't know who said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but it seems to be pretty accurate in our marriage!  Handsome hubby loves to eat!  So I grabbed some of his favorite candy bars and made an arsenal of candy bar love notes!  This way, I can grab one and stuff it in his suitcase for him to discover in a hotel later on.

So here is how you can make your own!

YOU WILL NEED:

-- Candy bars

-- Candy bar love note images (provided)

-- Scrapbook paper or colored cardstock

-- Ribbon

-- Scrapbook supplies (scissors, glue, hole punch, etc.)

-- Embellishing supplies (distressing ink, etc.)

I started out by selecting several of his favorite candy bars at the grocery store.

I created some tags in Photoshop.  (Download will be available at the end of the post!).  Some of the labels were created to fit a 2-inch circle punch (blue).  Some were created just to be regular old tags (yellow).  I printed them on scrapbook paper and colored cardstock.

So I got to work with my circle punch!

I mounted them and distressed them a bit.

I wrapped the larger candy bars in scrapbook paper and glued them shut.

Some of the notes are intended to be thoughtful.  Some a little more fun.  But now I have a bag-full of sweet nothings that I can use to show my husband how much I care!

Which one is your favorite?

Fast Break

M&M's

Nerds

Take 5 (my personal favorite!)

Skittles

Mounds

Twix

If you want to create your own, you can download the tags for the circle punch here and the larger tags here.

And you know if I do something this thoughtful, I should definitely get flowers in return!  Ha ha.

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day with your hubby?

Have a very happy weekend!

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