Archives for May 2010

Felt Star Garland

I realize it's almost too early to bust out everything patriotic, but I thought I would get a head-start on things. Besides, this could work for Memorial Day, right?!

Alright, I admit it: I am addicted to making banners, garlands--anything hanging from my mantel! It's been about a month since my spring banner went up, and I am already itching for something new. I probably need medication for something like this 🙂 Thank goodness my hubby has patience with me!!
But aren't these felt stars just fun and happy?! Well, if I can whip one out in an hour, so can you!! Here's what I did:

You can print your own star patterns by clicking here.

I am really loving my little star garland. I contemplated adding a couple more stars, but I like that it is simple and sweet! Here are a few more shots:

Have a wonderful weekend!!
SYS Thurs

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Decor Balls {Oopsey Daisy style}

Decor balls are hot hot hot right now!!

I have seen so many cool versions. Honestly, I knew I wanted a basket of decor balls on our coffee table because my hubby always complains that my centerpieces block his view of the TV when he is laying down on the couch. Lame, I know!! But I also thought this would be baby friendly--even though Little Man hasn't even thought to touch them yet! I wanted some hemp balls, and I searched high and low for different colors of hemp, but couldn't find any in my area. So I decided to dye my own hemp! I wanted some red hemp balls and some natural hemp balls, with a few grapevine balls mixed in.

This is a quick summary of what I did:
I am still admiring how this turned out!! It was a bit tedious winding the hemp around each ball--hot gluing it all the way--but totally worth it!! I was worried about mess when using my hot glue gun because let's just be honest, I make a lot of messes!! But I heard a quick tip about blow drying your craft after hot gluing to get rid of glue strings, and it really did work!

My only problem was that everything seemed too brown on my coffee table. I definitely needed a runner or some kind of cloth underneath these beauties.

So I whipped up a runner to match my pillows I made last summer. I searched every JoAnn's near me, but my pillow fabric was gone!! I wanted the same fabric from the pillows to match my runner. I had very, very few scraps left over from the project, but I used what I could to make this silky runner. Much better!

So what do you think?

Have a happy day! Hey--Memorial weekend is just 1 day away!!

Spring Birdie

I realize spring is almost over. Really and truly, I picked up this dollar store bird back in January even before the dollar store bird craze hit blog land! Last week, I finally decided I'd better get this happy little bird out for show and tell! (At least before it has to fly south for winter, right?!)

I wish I had taken pictures before painting. But... I didn't. I found this adorable candle stand at Hobby Lobby. I gave the bird and the candle stand a nice coat of heirloom white spray paint. I decided to try out the famous Ralph Lauren faux finish, too. I love the depth it added to the final paint job!! Gorgeous!
I added some green Spanish moss and gave the bird a little nest to sit on. It seemed rather plain -Jane until I added a little fabric. In case I haven't mentioned it before, I adore this fabric!! I used it here and here.
I love my little spring Bird! What a happy token of spring! (Which we are finally starting to feel here in Colorado!)

Wednesday’s Wowzers: TONS of baby ideas!!

Welcome to Wednesday's Wowzers, my friends!!
Here is another round-up of YOUR fabulous ideas!! I threw in a few of my favorites as well. I really am trying to feature EVERYTHING in categories, but whew that takes some time! So pretty please... make it all worthwhile by reviewing the ideas. And get excited for Baby Week!! I have some fabulous sponsors and guest authors prepared for you!

If you haven't linked up baby ideas yet, go for it! Just click here for the link party.

13. Initial bib by Modern Brady Bunch.
14. Vinyl tablecloth bibs by Just Another Day in Paradise.
15. Bandana bibs by Sew Pumpkin.
16. Bib tutorial and template with Homemade by Jill.
17. Dish towel bib with Create Everyday.

18. Cloth baby shoes by Home Sweet Home.
19. Little diva shoes by Home Sweet Home.
20. Baby shoes by Creative Itch.
21. Flower flipflops from Just Another Day in Paradise.

22. Booties from Crafted By Mama.
23. Slipper shoes by Delia Creates.

So check out some of these ideas that you love... I don't know about you, but I feel flooded by creativity!! Have a fabulous day! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Creating Silhouettes {Using Photoshop}

You do not have to have a Cricut to use this tutorial.
You just need Photoshop!

I absolutely adore my Sure Cuts A Lot software. I know I have mentioned this before, but if you have a Cricut, it is a must! I love that you can download any image, and then cut it out on your Cricut. BUT you have to make your image into a silhouette. You only want the outline of your image cut--not every single little detail. So I have tried to become an expert at making any old picture into a silhouette that I can cut out on my Cricut. (If you don't have a Cricut, you can always print your desired image on paper for your project!)

I am by no means an expert with Photoshop. In fact, the program frustrated me for a long, long time. So I thought I would share what I've figured out:

Ta-dah! You have a silhouette! Now I save this image and insert into my Sure Cuts A Lot software and cut it out. But you can print our your image on paper and use it just as easily!

I have no doubt that many of you will think--I know an easier way to do this. And I agree that with some pictures, I find it easier to create a silhouette simply by adjusting the Hue/Saturation... and I have no idea why this method doesn't always work for me!! But the tutorial I shared today works no matter what, and I like that I can control the itty bitty details.

Now stay tuned for tomorrow.... I am going to show you what I made with my silhouette! I am quite excited about my project!

London Canvas

My youngest sister is enjoying a semester abroad in London right now. Words can't describe how jealous I am!! But I just know she will be crushed to return home to America. So I thought I would make her a little something to remind her of London.
Can you believe this was my first-ever canvas project?! I felt like such an artist!!
I mixed up a cool turquoise color by mixing up all of my blue's and green's together. I found that the foam brush worked the best--so that my strokes really blended in. I gave it 3 good coats of paint. My sis loves turquoise!
Then I cut out my vinyl. I used the silhouette tutorial from yesterday to create the London Bridge picture and just added the "London" title. (Like any real artist I used vinyl instead of paint! hee hee) I felt like it was missing just a little something, so I added some ribbon around the canvas edges. Don't you just love the polk-a-dots?!
I was really mad at myself for getting Mod Podge on the front of the canvas (I have a real problem leaving fingerprints!), so I decided to give it a good coat of Mod Podge all over the front to cover my tracks. I actually loved the effect! Yay for oopsey's when they turn into daisies!
So, sis, your London momento will be waiting for you (this is her bed at home!).
Just one more shot. (Have to show off my purple tulips from Mother's Day!)

We Have A Winner, Folks!

It is so fun for me to announce winners of giveaways!! I really look forward to it! So it's 1 A.M., and I am up way too late... but I did select a winner for the CSN Stores Giveaway. Well, actually, Random Integer Generator did all of the work for me 🙂
Comment #43 was Amy!! Amy said:
Congrats, Amy!!

Please e-mail me at oopsey{dot}daisy{at}yahoo{dot}com by Monday night.
Just e-mail me with the best e-mail to contact you. CSN Stores will e-mail you with all the info you need for your $60 gift certificate. Man, I am jealous!

Sunday ABC Book

Happy Friday, my friends!!
I am so ready for the weekend! And how about some warm weather?! We had snow in Colorado this week. Blah! The Little Man and I are pretty stir crazy right about now, and I think the hubs would appreciate us staying out of the stores.

Sundays are a real problem for us. Still. It's just so hard for Little Man to sit and be quiet. I am counting down the days until he starts nursery! I really wish my quiet book wasn't taking so long!! But he loves books. That's a good thing. Lately, I have been putting together little photo books of things he loves. For example, I downloaded tons of pictures of puppy dogs, and had them printed to make his own little "puppy dog" book. He loves it!

Then I had a light bulb moment--I should make a Sunday ABC book. I love all things ABC--must be the teacher in me. I had to search for a little brag book photo album that would hold 52 photos (2 for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet). I finally found this album at Target.
On each page, I created an image in Photoshop that said "E is for..." Each letter had a different color background. I wanted this to be very colorful! Then I downloaded clip art from Sugardoodle to illustrate each letter of the alphabet. I had all of these pictures printed and inserted them into the book!
Here are a few more examples of some of the pages:

You can download my full list of ideas for every letter here. Some of those letters like "X" and "U" got a little tricky... so you can see what I did if that helps.

This was a quick and easy project, and I think Little Man will like this! And I am going to be sure to keep it as a Sunday-only item so it seems extra special! I will let you know how it goes!!

PS This is the last day to enter the CSN Stores giveaway! A winner will be drawn tonight!!

Temple Silhouette Plate

Say hello to my latest vinyl project!

A while back, I was recruited to serve on the Enrichment Committee so I could make these posters advertising our Relief Society Birthday Celebration. They had a definite vision for what they wanted: A large white temple silhouette on a black background. Of course my Cricut came to the rescue. I figured out how to use my Sure Cuts A Lot software to cut out a temple silhouette that I downloaded. But I realized that there were so many cool things I could make with a temple silhouette! Like this:

I found this red charger plate for 1.99, cut some vinyl, and now I have this keepsake on our shelf. It displays a silhouette of the Denver Temple where we were married. Our friend Andrew built this shelf for us, and I love it!!
I have been trying to add more red into our living room, so I love this!
What do you think?
PS I will be doing a little tutorial on creating silhouettes in Photoshop next week!!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Featuring YOU

I am so excited with all of the fun links you've added to our Baby Week Celebration Party... and keep them coming! I'm doing my best to feature ALL ideas by featuring them within categories. So here is my round-up of
All kinds of baby clothes!
(I am going to have to do a whole separate post on baby shoes. I'm impressed with all the ideas for that!!)

Go check out some of these ideas and leave some love when you find an idea you like!!

3. Baby dress by All About Mommies.
4. Itty bitty dresses by Home Sweet Home.

5. This little guy deserved a category all his own! Dapper baby boy outfit by Fresh Poppy Designs.

10. Adorable idea for big bro/sis! Big sister shirt with matching little sister onesie by Pink Tea.

This is where I roll!! Love the boy stuff for obvious reasons 🙂

This also needed a category all to itself! I love the ruffle bum onesies!! Wish I had a girl!
17. Ruffle bottom onesie by Blue Eyed Freckle. (This is a new blog find... fabulous!)
18. The original ruffle bum onesie by Crap I've Made.
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