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Wednesday’s Wowzers: Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

After a long day at Disneyland today, we are all tired and sore, but 100% happy.  We have decided that it takes loads of work to have loads of fun!  Of course as I see Little Man sleeping peacefully, snuggled up with his favorite Mickey Mouse stuffed animal, I know it was all worth it.  Memories were made today.

This has been quite a week.  After celebrating at the happiest place on earth here in California, I will be shifting gears pretty quickly as I fly to Utah to honor my sweet grandmother who passed away on Sunday.  Although she will be missed dearly, I feel such complete happiness and gratitude to think of the legacy she left us--her 8 children, 43 grandchildren, 110 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.  Sweet Grandma was the best person I've ever known.  So in the midst of heartache, I feel completely grateful for the life she lived.

This time of year really does make me want to snuggle my loved ones a little bit closer.

Now on to some creative inspiration!!  Lately I feel like I am constantly drooling.  There is just not enough time before Christmas to make all of these projects!!

Here are some of my favorite ideas this week:

I am swooning over this pointsetta pillow from Sweet C's Designs.  I love a great Pottery Barn knockoff, and Courtney created something truly beautiful here!

I have always loved this scripture, and I can't wait to print my very own from Jones Design Company!  What a lovely way to decorate for Christmas this year!

Delia Creates constantly amazes me.  I love that she created her own family game using a bi-fold foam board!  What a great Christmas gift for the family!

This DIY paper tree (an Anthro knockoff) is an incredibly clever idea!   Go check out The Wonder Forest for the full tut!

To begin with, this date night basket is beyond darling!  I mean the embroidered initials??  SO CUTE!  I'm lovin' that burlap too.  But I love what's inside even more!  Miss Lovie created all sorts of date ideas to include in this basket.  Wouldn't this make a great Christmas gift for your husband?!

One word:  YUMMY!!  These cookies would be fun and festive for any kind of holiday get-together!  My mouth is watering thanks to Something Swanky!

More pillows?!  Yes, more pillows!  I'm just blown away by The 3t6h Avenue.  These letter to Santa pillows are absolutely darling!!

What has inspired you lately?

Festive Chevron Holiday Plate

Right now at this very moment, our family is enjoying Disneyland!!

In the mean time, I thought I would share the full tutorial for my chevron spray painted holiday plate!

I think Santa would be proud!

I added a little spray paint, a little chevron, and a little ho-ho-ho!

I started with an extra plate I had at home.  Nothing too fancy.

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Apple Lollipops {Mommyapolis}

I am thrilled to welcome a fabulous guest!  Shannon from Mommyapolis is here, sharing a wonderful idea that would be perfect for back to school time!

Hi!

My name is Shannon, and I feel so honored to be a guest on Oopsey Daisy today! I blog over at Mommyapolis, a site geared towards all of us extremely busy mom's who need some quick ideas to keep our little ones busy!

I am the mommy of 3 little boys we call the "S" brothers ages 5, 4, and 8 months.   I have been a teacher for the past 12 years teaching everything from first grade to elementary reading and most recently, morning Kindergarten.  Teaching half-day Kindergarten allows me the opportunity to be a little bit professional and a little bit stay-at-home Mom!  This year I'm going to try out being 100% stay-at-home Mom.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Today I thought I'd show you a quick and easy craft you can do with your kids that has a bit of a fall or back to school theme. I call them "Apple Lolli's."

Where we live school doesn't start until after Labor Day, but I have plenty of friends that are starting back in the next couple of weeks. You could maybe make these for your child's teacher and bring them to open house night... They are super quick, easy, and low on the messy scale!

Apple Lolli's

What You'll Need:
Red and Green Jolly Ranchers (I used 4 reds and 1 green for ONE sucker)
Craft Stick/Popsicle Stick/Lollipop Stick
Tin Foil
Gallon Size Bag
Cookie Sheet
Oven
DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 250F and sort through all those colorful Jolly Ranchers.

2. Put your red jolly ranchers in a plastic baggie and crush them with a hammer to form smaller pieces (don't crush too much because you don't want super small pieces). Repeat this process with your green jolly ranchers. I'll be honest, I had my kids do this and they LOVED it.... I thought maybe we should do it outside, but after experimenting myself I found it doesn't take much to smoosh the jolly's so we did it inside!


3. Place a lollipop stick on your baking sheet lined with tinfoil.

4. Arrange all your broken red pieces in a circle at the top of your lollipop stick making an apple shape. Make sure all pieces are touching so it melts properly. I sprinkled any "dust" my kids made over the entire apple shape just to make sure it would all stick. Add the green pieces to the top of the red to form a "stem"...


5. Slide your cookie sheet in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until completely melted... At the end, it melts quickly so it's fun to watch!

6. Remove your apple from the oven and allow it to cool before peeling it off the foil. One thing to note is that these are "free formed" lollipops. If you prefer your lollipops to be perfect you could use an apple shaped metal cookie cutter to help you out.  This suggestion was made by my very professional pastry chef of a sister-in-law, and I think it's a fantastic idea!

7. Wrap it up for your favorite teacher OR eat it yourself! YUM...
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Aren't those sucker fabulous?!  Here are a few of my other favorite projects from Mommyapolis:

I really want to try these fun bath paints with Little Man!

I adore Shannon's handprint crafts like these Santa's.

You will find all kinds of yummy recipes too... like these homemade popsiciles!

Go check out some more fun projects at Mommyapolis!

Happy Tuesday!

All you need is {love}

Slowly but surely, we're getting a little Valentine's Day decor up around this house!  Santa brought my hubby a new saw for Christmas--I don't know who was more excited:  Me or him!  I thought he might need to try it out, so being the thoughtful wife that I am, I asked him to help me out!
The very sweet Mr. Daisy cut me 3 blocks--two 7" blocks, one 6" block, and one 8" block.  I gave them a couple coats of red spray paint and sanded up those edges.
Next, I traced the blocks on scrapbook paper and mod-podged them on.
I cut the l-o-v-e out of cardstock using my Cricut and mod-podged them onto the blocks.  A last coat of mod podge on top was the final step.
I decided to hot glue some ribbon around 3 sides and tie a bow up top.  (I learned the hard way that if I glued the ribbon on the bottom that the blocks wouldn't stand up!)
I'm quite excited with how they turned out...
I am still deciding where to put all of my Valentine decor!  I am such an indecisive decorator, especially in a new house!!
Have a happy day! Seriously--thanks for reading!

Book Advent: Day 14 {Rudolph Flannel Board}

It's almost 1:30, but here I am typing away.  I have a real problem.  I love climbing into bed and going to sleep.  But I also have a hard time stopping and going to bed!  Like many of you, I'm a night owl!  I know I'll be hating life tomorrow morning, but I still can't help myself!  Please, tell me that some of you can relate!  Or am I the only one with the night-owl disorder?!
We continued our Christmas book advent with another classic book:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!  This particular version was a bit long for Little Man, but we plowed our way through it.
When he woke up from his nap, he found a Rudolph flannel board.  BUT Rudolph didn't just have a red nose--he had many different colors of noses!  Little Man had fun trying on all of the different noses.  He kept trying to get the little felt noses to stick on HIS nose!  This was a great way to review colors, too.  Little Man is just beginning to say his color words.  {So exciting!}
We did a flannel board story that describes Rudolph with all different colors of noses!  Finally at the end of the story, Rudolph is ready to help Santa because his nose is red.  It's a short and sweet rhyming story--super cute!
The flannel board visual aids were super easy to make.  I just cut a face out of tan felt, antlers out of brown felt, and circles out of different colors of felt.  I just added google eyes and drew on the mouth with sharpie!
If you would like to download the Rudolph story, you can print it here or here on Scribd.
Have a happy Wednesday!
Thanks for being here!!
PS Michelle from Musings of Me also has a printable Rudolph book using this same story.  You can print the story and use colored pompoms or buttons for Rudolph's nose on each page.

Book Advent: Day 8 {Baby Jesus Ornament}

I hope you are enjoying our little book advent this holiday season!  I love sharing my favorite Christmas books with you.  This is my way of sitting back, enjoying the holidays, and simplifying my crafts a bit and trying to make them more meaningful.  It's also been fun to enjoy more crafts with Little Man!
Today we read an adorable story that one of my readers recommended: Mortimer's Christmas Manger.  This is a sweet story about a mouse who wants to leave his dingy hole and decides to set up camp in the manger--right in Baby Jesus' bed!  As much as I love the Santa stories, I really love reminding Little Man *and me* about the real meaning of Christmas!
This Baby Jesus ornament is super easy to make.  Simple and sweet--perfect for me!  For this project...
* Start with a small craft basket.  You can find these at craft stores.
* Stuff the bottom of the basket with Spanish moss.  You won't need much. Now you have your manger.
* To make Baby Jesus' head, you just need a small wooden circle.  You can also find these at craft stores.  Add a face.
* Use a stronger glue to attach the head to a bundle of fleece or muslin, just wrapped in a tight little bundle.
* Wrap the body a couple of times with a gold cord.  We also wrapped the head once to add a touch of nobility.
Here is an up-close view.  This would also make an easy nativity piece.
A great way to remember the real meaning of Christmas!
Enjoy your day!!

Book Advent: Day 6 {Candy Cane Mouse}

Hello, my Oopsey pals!!  
I was a little behind today and didn't get today's book under the tree until this afternoon.  Little Man woke up from his nap, ran over to the tree, picked up his book and said, "Book! Book!"  He immediately ripped the paper off and wanted to read today's book!  It melted my heart that he's already figured out this routine and loves it!  I needed some of that affirmation.  It makes all of the legwork 100% worth it!
Today we read The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland.  This book has stunning illustrations.  It is the story of a mouse who wants to meet Santa and ends up joining him in his travels across the world.  Very sweet.  
For our project today, we made candy cane mice!  We used to make these with my Mom as easy holiday favors.  I took one apart to use as my pattern, and it was so simple to re-create!
To make your own candy cane mouse....
* Cut an oval out of felt.
* Cut 2 slits in the center.
* Cut a long oval for the ears.  It should by wider than the length of the slits.
* Tuck the ears through the slits and just gather them like a bow.
* Slide a candy cane in between the ears and the body.
* Hot glue a pom pom nose and google eyes.
This is how the back will look.

 The candy cane is supposed to look like the mouse's tail.
We made one for Little Man plus Mom and Dad!  Little Man keeps carrying his around and comparing it to the mouse in the book.  Such a smarty pants! 
Thanks for reading Oopsey Daisy!

Book Advent: Days 4 and 5

Weekends at our house are NOT relaxing!  Usually Mr. Oopsey Daisy is only in town on the weekends, so we are crazy busy running errands, organizing, and just trying to get our "family stuff" done.  We kept our book advent going, but we did activities instead of crafts.
Day 4 - How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  Another genuine classic!  I love all things Dr. Seuss, so I snuck this book into our advent even though I didn't think Little Man would make it through the whole story.  Boy, was I wrong!!  He sat through the whole book and just soaked it up.  He loved it!  For our activity, we watched the movie of How The Grinch Stole Christmas and had a pajama party!
 
While we watched the movie, Little Man's Daddy was putting together a sage bench for me. (I am having way too much fun shopping online, although I think the hubs is getting sick of assembling all of my new furniture!)  Little Man sat in the drawers, called it a "choo-choo-train" and had a great seat for the movie!
Day 5 - How Santa Got His Job.  This is a darling book describing Santa's previous job experiences.  Very, very clever.
For our project, Little Man wrote his first letter to Santa!  Very exciting.  Granted I actually did the writing, but Little Man did hold the pen with me while I wrote!  That explains the messy writing--it's very difficult to write with a toddler's hand in the way!  But he liked helping.  We talked a lot about the gifts he hoped for (gifts that Santa may or may not have already prepared!).  
Isn't the Santa stationary adorable?!  You can download your own stationary at Stay and Play where Holly generously offered her printable!

We'll be back with more crafts tomorrow.
Are you enjoying your own book advent this year?

Book Advent: Day 3 {Christmas Trees}

It was another fun day in our book advent!  While I am waiting for my library books to come in, I have been relying on all of my own childhood favorites to get us started.  Today, we read The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree.  
I adore this story about the animals who decide to decorate the fir tree they live in to attract Santa's attention.  I had to pin down Little Man to listen at first, but he was quickly absorbed.  He was intrigued with the idea of the tree being a house, too.  
Today was all about Christmas trees! These stacking Christmas trees are so fun!  I made them out of paper, although I am imagining a super cute felt version (Someone please try it out and send me pictures!)  I found a pattern to make these here at The Small Object.
I am quite pleased!  These stacking trees are very age-appropriate. Little Man is really into building towers right now, and I have been teaching him about identifying the sizes of items in order to stack them.  He loved stacking the layers of the trees, and he was really concentrating on the task.  It was hard to STOP him when it was time to go to bed.  Of course Little Man found another use for these, too--he loves yelling into the cones!  (It's like a backwards megaphone!)
I actually became a little addicted to making these happy little trees.  I think I ended up with six.  I used all of the My Mind's Eye paper scraps I had left over from this project.
Just in case we didn't get enough Christmas trees today, I dreamed up these little cuties last minute!  I picked up some sugar cones, covered them in frosting, and decorated them with some of our favorite treats.  Little Man is OBSESSED with M&M's, so I know that little tree won't last long.  I will probably munch on the marshmallow tree all day long tomorrow as I unpack my craft room!  I can't wait for Little Man to wake up and discover his yummy M&M Christmas tree!
I am wondering about making these to go along with our gingerbread houses.  The possibilities of candies are endless!
 Enjoy your weekend, my friends!

Christmas Book (& Activity!) Advent

I would be foolish indeed to think that I could keep up a regular Mommy School routine this month.  Let's face it--we're all swamped during the holidays!  I want to truly enjoy all of the fun, festive events.  Although I am anxious to dream up fun learning activities and packets, I decided to simplify my life a bit.  I am still unpacking, organizing, PLUS I have some serious shopping to do.  (Not that I'm complaining about the shopping.  Some of it is for myself, so that's fun!)
Instead of Mommy School, I have another plan.  Introducing (drum roll, please!)...
My book advent will be a bit different, however.  In addition to reading a Christmas story each day, we will do some kind of craft, project, or hands-on activity to go along with the book!  I will probably slide some selfish Mommy crafts in with Little Man crafts and other family holiday festivities.  It may be a bit rushed this year, but I am still excited to get started!!
I got the books wrapped during naptime today.  I just made some book number tags and taped them to the books.  So this is what he will see when he wakes up... Are you dying to know what book is wrapped up for Day 1?  Well, stay tuned!  Each day, I will share our book advent adventures!
I have tons of Christmas books from teaching, and I shop the used book sales and constantly pick up more.  PLUS I dominate the library reserve system.  I have been reserving Christmas books for weeks so I could have plenty of options.  I am still waiting on a couple of books to come in from the Library, and I may shift my books a bit.  But here are the books I am planning on including so far:
Santa's Toy Shop
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Snowmen at Christmas
How Santa Got His Job
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Corduroy's Christmas
What Santa Can't Do
The Mouse Before Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
Jingle Bells
The First Night
The Polar Express
Merry Christmas, Curious George
Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad
The Gingerbread Man
The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree

Do you have any other favorite Christmas books that would be appropriate for a toddler?  Stay tuned for a report of Day 1!

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