Sunday’s Snippets: Valentine’s Day

I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend!  If you are new to Oopsey Daisy, welcome!  For me, Sundays are all about faith and family!  On Sundays, I take a break from my usual creative routine to share little snippets of everyday life.

This week has been a time of celebration at our home!  Besides all of the birthday celebrating with our big 3-year-old, we also enjoyed a lovely Valentine's Day at home, too!  Mr. oopsey daisy and I actually went out on our official Valentine's Day date last weekend.  Although he traveled the day before and the day after, somehow mr. oopsey daisy managed to be home with us on Love Day.  I loved my day at home with my boys!!

Just look at how spoiled I am...

We heart attacked each other's doors.

Little Man handed out these ABC valentines to his family and friends.

We had a fabulous night of fondue as a family.

I was treated to sleeping in PLUS breakfast in bed (It doesn't get much better than heart-shaped French toast!),

And TWO handsome boys surprised me with a bouquet of gorgeous roses!

Little Man was thrilled to open up his valentines after breakfast!  After weeks and weeks of waiting, he finally found the Mickey Mouse socks he helped me pick out at the dollar section of Target!  Although he may have loved the Valentine's Day mailboxes more than anything else.

After being spoiled for breakfast, I didn't have to make lunch either!  We went out for lunch at Red Robin.  Yum!  Nothing beats those fries with ranch dressing!

Watching Little Man feed his Daddy fondue made my entire night!

Whether it was romantic or relaxing, I hope you enjoyed a fabulous Valentine's Day, too!

I hope you'll tune in this week... I have lots of fun things to share with you!

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!

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!

Heart-Shaped Brownies {With Strawberry Marshmallows}

Be sure to link up your projects at my Wednesday's Wowzers linky party here.

There is just something about sharing sweets that makes me very happy.  You can't go wrong with a tasty treat!  Today I am sharing my all-time favorite brownies recipe.  We have been making these marshmallow brownies in our family for years.  The original recipe came from a friend of ours growing up in St. Louis, Anita B.  They're not your average brownie... Yummy marshmallows sandwiched between a layer of brownie and scrumptious frosting!

For a fun Valentine's Day twist, I used pink strawberry marshmallows and cut them into heart shapes!  It's a sweet treat to share with someone you love!

My mouth is watering all ready...

Here is how you can make your own!  (Don't forget that you can print your own recipe at the end of the post.)

First the brownie layer!

Brownies

2 sticks margarine

2 c. sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

4 eggs

1 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)

2 tsp. vanilla

1 pkg. miniature marshmallows (I used 1 pkg. of large strawberry marshmallows)

Mix butter, sugar, and cocoa together.  Add eggs; beat well after each egg.  Add flour, nuts, and vanilla.  Spread mixture in a greased cookie sheet with sides (9 x 13).  Bake 25 minutes at 350.

Take out of oven for 3 minutes.  Cool for 1 hour.  I found that I had to break apart the big marshmallows just a bit in order to spread them across the entire pan.  But aren't they so pretty and pink?

Frosting (my favorite part!)

1/2 c. margarine

1 2/3 c. powdered sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

1/2 c. canned milk

Mix and spread on top of marshmallows.


I left them in the refrigerator overnight to be sure everything set up and they would be completely firm before cutting them into heart shapes.  I used the cookie cutter as a guide, and carefully went around the shape with a knife.

Simple and sweet with just a hint of pink!

You can print the recipe for marshmallow brownies here.

While we're talking sweets, you might also like these:

Heart-shaped cake pops with printable tags.

Do you have a favorite sweet treat for Valentine's Day?

Pride and Prejudice Quote Board

If you are not a Pride and Prejudice fan, I apologize.  This makes two back-to-back P&P crafts.  But Pride and Prejudice makes me think of classic romance which is perfect for Valentine's Day!  It brings to mind slumber parties with my sisters in our pajamas.  I have one sister in particular who will most likely have a Pride and Prejudice-themed wedding someday.

We love it that much.

I decided to make a quote board of my favorite Pride and Prejudice quotes.  This is the same quote used on the Valentine cards with sewn hearts.  The only problem was that I had two quotes I was dying to use...

So this quote board has two sides!  I can flip the board over whenever I wish! :)

Here is how I made it:

I dug through my stash of unfinished wood and found this 12x12 board--with beveled edges as an added bonus!  It wasn't exactly spray painting weather, but we made do.  I gave it a base coat of white.

I designed these two quotes in Photoshop.

Don't you love the silhouette of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy?!  It's my favorite part!

I firmly believe that contact paper makes the best stencils.  So I cut out the first quote from contact paper using my Cricut.

I made the mistake of buying clear contact paper.  Man alive, this took some serious concentration to cut out my stencil, transfer it with transfer paper, and apply to my board without missing a dot of an "i."  I will be headed back to the store to get white contact paper ASAP!

Then I spray painted the board red.  This way the letters would stay white.

Once the paint dried, I peeled up the vinyl, and it looked perfect!  Oh how I love my contact paper stencils! :) Now I was ready to begin the back side of the board, so I used Painter's tape to tape up the edges...

And I gave the back side of the board a nice coat of black.  Because of the hook-hanging-holes (very technical term!) on the back side, I used a different method...

I applied white vinyl to scrapbook paper, and modpodged it onto the back side of the board.

I seriously LOVE how this turned out!

And I love the versatility of flipping the board over and having a whole new quote!

Now for tonight:  I plan to snuggle up on the couch and have  a date with Mr. Darcy!

Have a happy day!

Linking up to Tidy Mom and these great parties.

Valentine Cards With Sewn Hearts {Easy Peasy Valentines}

Happy Friday!!

Are you ready for another quick-and-easy valentine today?

Here are some simple cards with sweet nothings for someone special in your life.  And they are printable!

I must tell you that I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice.  I love me some P&P.  So this card just happens to be my favorite, though I did make a variety.

I created these 6 images using Photoshop.  It was a great chance for me to use as many fonts as possible. :)  Which one is your favorite?

I printed the images on a plain, "brown paper bag" type paper.  There were 6 different cards, so I printed 2 on a page. You can download your own images here if you would like to make your own.

Just cut in half and fold.

I love how the words printed out--they look stamped.  Absolutely lovely!

They were just a little plain, so I sewed a heart to the front of each card.  I raided my pile of scraps to cut out some hearts.  Don't you love using up scraps?!  I do!  These would be much cuter if they were hand stitched.  But, well, I avoid hand stitching whenever possible.

All done!

I'm thinking of giving one to my hubby every day during the week of Valentine's Day.

Have a super weekend!

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