Archives for February 2010

Ladybug Valentines

My son has been sick all week, and now I just caught it, too.  So I am taking a break from my naptime crafting to surf the web for ideas, while curled up on the couch.  Maybe I'll even take a nap, too!!  


I bought regular old Mickey Mouse valentines for my son to give to family... but I changed my mind.  I think we are going to make these instead.  I found the idea at Skip To My Lou.  Have you seen this site? It has adorable ideas for kids, and tons of free downloads.  I am a huge fan.

So act surprised, family and friends!

Ribbon Jar

Don't look too closely!  
Please don't judge me.  I only have 995 square feet to work with.  This is what my "craft room" looks like.  I claim half of my son's closet for crafting supplies, as well as the space between shoes and hanging clothes in our master closet (the picnic basket doubles as my current project basket!).
The reason that I post these embarrassing pictures is to emphasize my craving for organization.  In my apartment, if even one thing gets left out, then the whole place looks like a wreck!  I try not to be OCD about it.  But truly, I look for better ways to organize myself.  Here is one of my favorite new discoveries:
The ribbon jar!
(Again don't judge me on the fingerprints on the lid... my son loves to clang it to make noise.  He was doing this just before our photo shoot.)
I got a package of old-fashioned clothes pins and unwound my spools of ribbon.  I tucked the end of the ribbon in the slit and then wound it right up. 
I secured the end with a pin.  So neat and tidy.
I don't have tons of ribbon yet.  But for now, everything fits perfectly into this jar.

P.S. This is my old "treat jar" from when I was a teacher.  So I still get warm fuzzy feelings when I take off the clanging metal lid to reward myself for a craft well done.  

X’s and O’s

This is a quick craft I whipped up in the valentine spirit.  I saw wooden hearts at Hobby Lobby and couldn't pass them up.  I wasn't quite sure how they would end up, but I gave them a couple solid coats of red spray paint as soon as I got home.  Gotta love these sweet red hearts.
Then of course I sanded my edges.
I traced the heart onto several black and white papers.  I am a sucker for the red and black/white combination.  I mod-podged the papers on and then used my nail file to really meld the paper with the wood.
For a couple of weeks, I have had these hearts just waiting to be finished.  I debated about several messages including "I love you" or just "L.O.V.E.", but then decided we all need some extra X's and O's.  I cut out some red paper on the Cricut (I am trying to save my vinyl as much as possible--paper is cheaper!).  I couldn't resist adding a bit of glitter.  Bling, bling!
So now they sit on my mantel, just waiting for more valentine decor.   One step at a time.

The Ever-Popular Heart Wreath

Is everyone making this wreath for Valentine's Day?
I kind of like that.  Nice affirmation of my good taste.   I love the look of this wreath.  It reminds me of rose petals. And it's easy.  I only had to cut out circles and push pins.  I can do that!  I first saw this wreath at The Idea Room.
I started out with a yard of red felt, a heart wreath, and a box of straight pins. I also got a chance to try out my new fabric shears.  (The baby safety plug is NOT part of the wreath....)
I traced a glass from my kitchen, and cut out a couple of circles at a time.  I kept thinking, "Okay, now this is enough circles."  But I used up every single scrap of red felt.  Not kidding.  Confession:  My circles looked more like lemons.  Or acorns.  Take your pick!
Once all those pesky circles were cut out, I took each one and folded it in half.  Then I folded that in half again.  I think it kind of looks like a fortune cookie, don't you think?!
I took a straight pin and secured each "rose petal" into the syrofoam heart and just started pinning away.  That was the fun part for me.
I was so excited to hang my finished wreath until I realized how terrible it looked on my orange door.  Talk about a clash.  Good thing this won't be my door forever.  Silly orange door.
Looks much better against a white background, don't you think?  My baby sure thinks so.  He is ready to tackle it.  It is on his blankey, so it's fair game.

14 Days of Love

Have you ever heard of the 12 days of Christmas?!  
Well, here are the 14 days of Love!

If you haven't heard of the blog Love Actually, you have got to check it out!  I find the cutest romance ideas here, and I frequently refer my husband to these awesome ideas.  As we are approaching Valentine's Day, I really loved the idea of a Valentine's countdown calendar.   I was inspired.  So I decided to make my own "14 Days of Love".  Mr. Oopsey Daisy thinks that this is one of my best projects yet!  Here is what I did:


1.  Ideas.  I thought of 14 romantic (for him) or thoughtful (for me) ideas to do for each day--1 for each of 14 days.  Some examples:
* Write and send each other love letters.
* Read your old wedding cards.
* Dance to "your" song together.
* Bring home a favorite treat for each other, etc.
Be creative!  Then, I created a card with instructions on what to do for that day. I also laminated them for longevity.  (Make sure the cards will fit snugly into an envelope.)


2.  Pockets Then, I made 14 pockets to hold these delightful thoughtful-romantic gestures.  I took an actual envelope (a long one), cut it in half, and then mod-podged cute Valentine-ish paper to the front.  I cut a triangle to form a "lip"of the pocket, and glued corresponding numbers on to each one.  This is what the assembly looked like.... Grabbed a half envelope, glued the paper on, cut the lip, glued on the numbers.

Here is what each pocket looked like:

Guess what I did with each pocket?  Yep, I laminated them! (If you take a razor blade, you can slit the opening after your laminate the pockets.)


3.  Final Assembly.  Then I put each card into the corresponding pocket.  Look how cute they look?!  I told my husband that there is no peeking.  He has to wait until each morning to pull out the card.


4.  Sign.  I had some leftover paper, so I made a little sign out of some scraps and cut out the letters on my Cricut.  Also laminated.


5.  Ready to go!  Last night, I used sticky tack to hang this up in our bedroom.  Can you believe that today is already February 1st?!  Today we pulled out our first activity...

Now it's just too bad that Mr. Oopsey Daisy is going to be out of town for 8 out of the 14 days of love!!  Oh well, we will have extra to do when he is in town!!

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