Gratitude Tree Advent Calendar

Is it really November first?!

I'm a little sad that all of the Halloween festivities are over.  (And I'm trying to avoid munching on all of our leftover candy!)  Now bring on Thanksgiving!  In anticipation of Thanksgiving, I love focusing on gratitude throughout November.  So today we are starting this gratitude tree advent calendar that I created last year.

Just in case you missed this post last year, you can download your own leaves for the bottle caps and add one every day throughout November.  With each leaf, a member of your family can share something they are thankful for!  I call it an "advent" of sorts because we use it to count down the days until Thanksgiving!  And let's be honest--Thanksgiving is passed over way too often.  I like to give Thanksgiving its fair share of holiday recognition!

Here are a few more ideas perfect for encouraging gratitude:

I love the elegance of this thankful tree at simply vintagegirl.

Whipperberry's Blessings Board is a lovely way to have your Thanksgiving guests record what they are thankful for!

Simple As That offers the digital leaf files for this Thanksgiving leaf garland.  This would be a fun family activity!

No leaves here, but this grateful garland from Misfits and Remnants is gorgeous!

Roots and Wings Co. made a sweet thankful tree, too!  As the leaves fall off the tree, they wrote what they were grateful for.

Sweet Rach from Family Ever After just e-mailed me about this darling handsewn Thanksgiving advent tree.  So, so darling!!

I can't believe it's already time to plan for Thanksgiving!

How do you encourage gratitude?

Sunday’s Snippets: The Pumpkin Patch

If you're new to Oopsey Daisy, welcome!  On Sundays, I cherish the opportunity to spend time with family and take a break from my usual crafting routine.  Sunday's Snippets is my chance to show you a peak into our everyday lives.  Thanks for being here!

 

Pumpkin Patch Day might just be one of my favorite days of the whole year.  It's right there behind Christmas Eve!  The patch is everything I love about fall:  Vibrant colors... the outdoors... and pumpkins!!  When it comes to baking, I love all things pumpkin!  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies!  So just seeing fields of pumpkins makes me hungry!

We planned our outing to the Patch weeks ago.  And it was the perfect day.  The weather was gorgeous and the pumpkins were plentiful!

I realize that I take too many pictures, but I simply couldn't resist.

I just loved sitting back and watching Little Man experience the Pumpkin Patch for the first time he'll probably remember.

So many pumpkins--where to begin?

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Sunday’s Snippets: Fall Colors

Oh how I love Sundays!

It's my day to relax.  And even though I publish my Snippets post on Sunday, I actually write these posts and schedule them ahead of time.  I do my best to makes Sundays lap-top free!  I need this time to spend time with my family and take a break from my usual routine.

Today I am extra excited to share some snippets of our lives with you.  Every October, our family takes a drive to see the beautiful fall colors.  This year, we spent an entire 2 days in Estes Park, Colorado.  This is a part of Colorado I don't typically see--and I loved it!  Fall is simply my favorite time of year.

It really doesn't get much better than this!


Just as we pulled into town, we spotted 30-40 elk at a local baseball park.  Yes, apparently, these elk love baseball!  We watched as boys played ball all around the elk.  They hit baseballs--literally between the legs of this bull--and it weren't even phased!  During this time of year, elk are everywhere.  They are known to walk down the streets.

Only in Colorado can you hang out on a baseball diamond with elk!  It was incredible.

We spent the day exploring the state park, watching elk and listening to them bugle, and playing in the leaves. The aspens were turning yellow, and it was still 75+ degree in the Rocky Mountains.  What a beautiful day, and a beautiful part of the world!

Just a few of my favorite shots...

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Wednesday’s Wowzers

Fall is definitely in the air around blogging land.  There are so many inspiring projects, and I want to do them all--if only there were more hours in the day!  Right now we are swimming in tissues and struggling to keep up with our busy lives.  What is it about the changing seasons that always seems to make us sick?!

And although we are ALL sick, somehow Mr. Oopsey Daisy seems to be taking it the hardest.  Somehow when he is under the weather, he seems to act just like my toddler. 🙂

Here are a few of my top picks of the week:

Tasha's fabric pumpkins are so stinkin' cute!  I love how deliciously plump they are--and the raffia bow is the perfect touch!  Go stop by The Creation Corner to find out how to make your own.

I can't get enough pillow ideas!  This fall pillow from Pickup Some Creativity is so bright, colorful,  and cheery!

Here's a great idea:  Make a Halloween tree!  And not just ANY Halloween tree--a Pottery Barn Knockoff Halloween tree!  Kiki Creates is the genius behind this.  (Love that Chevron table too, by the way!)

My sweet friend Amy from Positively Splendid is busy preparing for a sweet babe to arrive.  I am loving watching her baby's nursery get organized!  I love the transformation of this dresser!  Don't you love the gray?  And those vinyl embellishments?  Perfect!

I am constantly amazed at the creative wreaths I see around blogging land!  And this pencil and cork wreath just screams school!  And of course it would be perfect for an office!  Stop by Organize & Decorate Everything for the details.

This pumpkin toss game from A Little Tipsy is genius!  And frugal!  And simple!  I know Little Man would love this.

I think that this chocolate spider web cake in a jar looks both scary and scrumptious!  How fun for a Halloween party!  Get the recipe at I Am Baker.

Last up today:  I am totally smitten with this fall leaf garland.  I have plenty of felt that would be perfect for this project.  You've got to see the tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess.

What do you think?
Fall is a time for supreme inspiration!

The Creative Carousel and HUMONGO Giveaway – CLOSED

Giveaway Now Closed.

Introducing...

Today is a day I have been SO excited to share with you!  I am excited to announce a little something new at Oopsey Daisy.  I am working with several talented bloggers on a collaboration event called The Creative Carousel.  The idea is that we will select a theme each month.   All week long, we will share tutorials revolving around that theme!

This month, we are focused on FALL!  I am so incredibly excited for fall's arrival and to finally share so many fun projects with you!  Here is a little sneak peek at the projects we have in store for you:


You can be inspired EVERY DAY this week by visiting some incredible ladies and following along with their tut's on their home blogs.  So hop on the carousel and join us!  Here is this week's schedule:

Tuesday - Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous

Wednesday - Tam from Sew Dang Cute Crafts

Thursday - Kara from Kara's Creations

Friday - Amanda from Every Creative Endeavor

Saturday - Kristyn from Lil' Luna

Sunday - ME!

Now the best part is that we are inviting YOU to celebrate with us.  We have some seriously fabulous sponsors, and I am  THRILLED to have them on board!  Because these shops are full of creative goodness!  They are offering over $300 in creative goodies to help us kick off this fun event!  We are so grateful for their willingness to be a part of this!

We will have 2 winners, each receiving a humongo prize package!  Are you ready for this??

Prize Package #1

Aubrey Plays

Adorable woodland owl bag from Aubrey Plays

Sweet C's Designs

Gorgeous flower cone with fall bouquet from Sweet C's Designs

Ryens Marketplace

Set of autumn fall bowl fillers from Ryens Marketplace

Bombshell Bling Jewelry

$30 Credit to Bombshell Bling Jewelry

Milkdust Creations

$25 Credit to Milkdust Creations

Prize Package #2

Deck the Halls Blog

Set of pumpkins from Deck the Halls (Also the owner of Hall or Nothing etsy shop.)

Creative Details

Fall button wreath from Creative Details (Who also happens to be Allison from A Glimpse Inside!)

the pleated poppy blog

$25 Credit to The Pleated Poppy

Tinker B Boutique

An amazing set of four custom fall Scrabble tile pendants from Tinker B Boutique

Pick Your Plum

Chic set of leaf earrings from Pick Your Plum.

 

Here is how you can win:

There will be 2 winners, each winning their own incredible prize package!  Here is how you can win!

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1.  Tell us what you love about fall.  We want to hear it!  Is is the goodies?  Those fall sweaters and boots?  Halloween or football?

2.  Tweet about this giveaway, and be sure to use the hashtag "creativecarousel."

Feel free to copy and paste this tweet:

I just entered to win an incredible fall prize package at @oopseydaisy917. Come join in the fun! #creativecarousel http://bit.ly/pUlsGI

This giveaway will remain open until Saturday, September 10 at midnight, and the winners will be announced along with my tutorial and Creative Carousel wrap-up on Sunday.

Good luck!

And stay tuned for a week full of fun fall tutorials!

Thanks again to our fabulous sponsors!

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