Archives for September 2010

Owl Game

Happy Thursday, friends!!  
I had several questions about the owl counting cards that I used during O is for Owls Week.  I have to admit that I am a bit of a sucker for digital designer Crystal Wilkerson.  Anticipating owl week, I bought her adorable owl rub-ons and stickers using a bit of fun money.  I used them for TONS of projects and have plans for even more, so I think I am definitely getting my money's worth!  You can buy your own set here.

I thought I would share another quick and easy activity I made using this awesome kit!  I love repurposing trash!  I now collect frozen juice lids, among other things.  I used these frozen juice lids to make a little owl matching game for Little Man.

This is definitely an advanced game because the owls vary by colors and pattern.  I also used the same kind of background paper for each matching set so that would help identify a match.  We used this a bit last week, but he will grow into it even more as he gets older.  
I just printed off a bunch of these adorable owls.  I used my 2" hole punch to cut them out, and mounted them on scrapbook paper circles.  But not before distressing every edge I could get my hands on!
Then, I used mod podge to glue the owls on to my frozen juice lids.  I also added a layer of mod podge over the top to protect those cute lil' owls!
Is this little guy cute or what?!  
I just made 6 matching pairs, so there are 12 owls total.  I didn't want to overwhelm poor Little Man!
Now we're all set to play memory!
One last thought.... don't forget to bust out your Halloween advent calendars.  Tomorrow is the first day of October!  Bring on the Halloween fun!
PS I frequently receive questions via comments.  However, I can't reply to your comments because your account preference keeps your e-mail private.  You can find out how to change this here in Michele's amazing tutorial.  It kills me to leave you hanging!!  I try to reply to each and every question!

Vinyl Coasters

Let's continue on with our Dress it Up With Vinyl series!  I am having so much fun adding a simple touch of vinyl to items in my home so I can add my own personal touch!  Someday hopefully soon, we'll have our own home to decorate, paint, etc.  But the renting life is a little different!  
While we were on our honeymoon in Mexico, Mr. Daisy and I bought quite a few items for our home.  We bought this set of coasters from Puerto Vallarta, but they were just a bit plain.  I have a bit of an addiction to coasters, and I enjoy making new coasters frequently!  I had made some fun fabric coasters to match my living room pillows, but I started to get tired of them.  So why not switch them out for some new coasters?!
So I upcycled these "old" coasters to make them new!
Adding some stylish numbers adds just a bit of flair to these plain Jane coasters! I love up-cycling items, and what an easy way to do it--with vinyl!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Hungry For Fall!

We are mid-week already, and fall crafts are in full swing!  I know you must be hungry for more... just like me!  Halloween is way too much fun to celebrate!  I love that you can go ALL OUT when it comes to Halloween decor.  Here are some of my favorite ideas for the week:
These Rit dye Halloween tags are simply too cute!  There are several different styles, but I am loving this lil' spider!  You can find out how to make your own at the fabulous Yesterday on Tuesday.
I can't believe I didn't make one of these adorable little owls during our Owl week!  PonyTails and FishScales even made a little owl tooth pillow to carry the tooth/money exchange for the Tooth Fairy.  Super cute!
Surely you have seen this adorable Halloween sign at Poppies at Play.  All of those fonts and festive words just make me happy!  I am already dreaming up my own Thanksgiving or Christmas version.  
Can you believe that A Pumpkin and a Princess made this adorable candy jar?!  You have to go see for yourself.  So creative!  
I am loving all of the cute accordion-type banners and flowers lately!  This spooky banner at Crafting Chicks is fabulous!  "Spooky" is my kind of banner.  In the next few days, I actually will be sharing my own spooky banner that I made last year!  You have to go check out the close-up of the banner and check out the glitter letters!
How cute are these 2x4 mummies from Lyndsey's Craft Spot?!  I am a huge fan! These would look so adorable on your front porch!

Owl Cookies

Every fall, I get the itch.  It usually hits me around the first week of October.  I have to make owl cookies!  I remember making these cookies with my Mom and siblings when I was very young, so the memories are as sweet as the cookies.  This year, I got the itch just a bit early.  I had to include them in our O is for Owls week!  You don't want to know how quickly I am gobbling them up!  Because besides being cute, these cookies are also delicious!
I know, I know, you're dying to make some.... and I just happen to have the recipe!  Remember:  You don't have to copy this down, you can click to print at the bottom of this post.
Owl Cookies
Sift together:
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
Cream together:
3/4 c. butter or margarine
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend ingredients together.  Take out 2/3 of dough and set aside.  Combine 4 1/2 T. cocoa and 1 1/2 T. margarine with remaining 1/3 of dough.
Roll out half of the white dough into a rectangle, about 10 x 4.5.  Roll half of chocolate dough into 10" snake.  Place the chocolate snake on top of the white dough and roll up.  Repeat with remaining dough so you have two rolls.
This is what it looks like before you roll it up!
Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Slice into 1/4 inch slices. 
You will slice into the roll like this...
Place 2 slices together and pinch corners up for ears.  Put a chocolate chip in the center of the chocolate pieces for eyes.  
Ready to bake!
Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and add candy corn for a beak.  Place in the oven for 1 minute longer (NO LONGER!).
 Cool and enjoy!
Be sure to let me know if you try these!

Halloween Peek-A-Boo Book

Seriously... I was just sane enough to finish TWO quiet books, but here I am, doing it again!  But how could I resist?!  Halloween is all about the kids!  Little Man knows nothing about Halloween, and this will be the first year he really understands and remembers it somewhat.  So I wanted to make a little peek-a-BOO to show him what Halloween is all about.  Little Man loves playing peek-a-boo and loves reading peek-a-boo books.  What better time to bust out the BOO's than on Halloween?!
First of all, I cut the fabric for my 6 peek-a-boo flaps.  I bought the cheapest Halloween fabric I could find, and cut out squares that are about 3.5 inches by 4 inches.  I planned 6 simple pages--nothing fancy--but I liked the idea of being able to add to this if I wanted to later on.
It's hard to see in this picture, but I decided I wanted the peek-a-boo flaps to have a bit of crunchy sound!  I cut out a square of plastic gift wrap and pinned it all together!  I pinned right sides together, with the plastic square underneath.  I sewed almost all the way around, flipped it inside out, punched out the corners, and then top-stitched around the entire flap.  I did this 6 times for each peek-a-boo flap.
Now for the fun part!  I cut out some cute Halloween images using my handy-dandy cricut.  I discovered this incredible site for Halloween clip art.  Because the images are already silhouettes, they were easy to cut out on the cricut using my Sure Cuts A Lot software!  Score!  Because cutting fabric on the cricut requires using a layer of Heat-N-Bond, the cut images ironed right on to the center of my pages!  
I used white squares of muslin left over from the quiet book as the pages.  They were 6 inches by 6 inches.  Next, I sewed the peek-a-boo flaps so they would cover the images.  I zigzagged the flaps so they would endure all of the turning over and over!  I sewed some flaps on the right, some on the left, some on the top, and some on the bottom!  I like to switch things up!
I made a front and back cover out of more fabric left over from... yes, the quiet book!  I also cut the title out of fabric using the cricut.  My Mama taught me that Heat-N-Bond isn't quite enough over the long run, so I sewed over all of the fabric ironed on!
Now it's time to sew the pages together!  Just like the quiet book, I wanted some stiffness to the pages.  So I sewed a layer of interfacing in between pages.  I sewed 2 pages together, right to right together, with interfacing underneath.  Flip it inside out (this is a little tricky because the pages are so stiff!) and top-stitch all the way around.
Voila!  Now I inserted the eyelets and bound it all together with a book ring!  Of course the book ring looked awfully bare without some ribbon to brighten it up!
Try not to too scared!  Peek-a-BOO!  Here's a sweet little ghost...
And a jack-o-latern...
Frankenstein is awfully cute, I think!
One of my personal favorites:  The witch on her broomstick!
And her friend, the black cat...

And what would Halloween be without bats?!  
Little Man LOVES this book!  It's simple, it's sweet, and he loves lifting the flaps!  It keeps him busy in his crib just after he wakes up from his nap while I put away all of my craft supplies!  I think this took me about 4 hours start to finish, and I only had to purchase the orange fabric for a dollar or two.  Keep in mind, I'm a slow poke, and if you only knew how many oopseys I make along the way!
Have a BOO-tiful day!!  

O is for owls

This week at Mommy School was so much fun!  I admit I wish that O is for owls could continue for another week or so!  Owls are perfect for the beginning of the fall season, and I chose the theme partly for me and partly for Little Man.  He knows owls and loves to "hoo" his little heart out!  And what can I say?!  Owls just make me happy, too!
Plus, I like to fit my themes and concepts based on what Little Man knows and loves.  He recognizes the letter O.  (Funny enough, I would always tell him the "O is for olives", and that kind of stuck!  He finds an "O" and says "olives!")  He also recognizes the color green... not sure why.  But this is why I chose the concepts for the week.  I love the flexibility of adapting to Little Man's interests!
Before I show off all of our fun this week, I wanted to show you how I structure my lesson plans.  Each day, I try to be sure to hit all of my concepts:  The letter of the week, color/shape, number, nursery rhyme, theme activity, and some kind of story.  You can download my plan by clicking here.
We started out our week reading lots of books about owls!  We practiced flying around the house with our finest "hoo's"!  We also watched videos of real owls hooting on You-Tube.  Some of our favorite owl books were:
White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies
Cock-a-Doodle-Hoooo! by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
Good Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear.
* We made an owl lunch using lunch meat, cheese, crackers, and olives.  This was a hit, and we made it a couple of times during the week!
* We made owl cookies.  (Stay tuned for a post about these next week!)
* We made owl s'mores.
* We created this O is for Owl craft.
* Little Man and his cousin made owls using pine cones.
* We made an owl puppet.  We collected leaves outside to use for the owl's wings.
* We used different colors and shapes of buttons to form eyes of an owl.
* We used felt shapes to create an owl.
* We practiced "One Little Owl" flannel board story throughout the week.
* We did an owl counting game using Easter eggs and a basket as a nest.  Different owls had different numbers on their bodies, telling us how many eggs to place in the basket.
We did some other activities with the letter O, too!
* O is for ocean.  We read ocean books, did our ocean I-Spy bag, watched Finding Nemo, and played with our ocean in a bottle.  (You can make your own by filling a plastic bottle with equal parts of water, oil, and add blue food coloring.  I also added a bit of sand to my bottle.)
* O is for octopus.  We made an octopus craft using a toilet paper tube and some blue paper.  We sang "In an Octopus' Garden."
* We found other things that were the same shape as the letter O, like this exercise ball holder.
* O is for olives.  We made English muffin pizzas with olives, Little Man's favorite ingredient!
Also this week...
* O is for oranges.  We ate oranges for a snack!
* O is for opposites.  We learned about opposites using opposites cards.
* We made an "O" on the floor with painter's tape and played Ring Around the Rosies on it.  Little Man LOVED this!  We also did a bean bag toss on the "O" on the floor.
* We used window crayons to practice writing the letter O on our windows!
We had A LOT of fun with the color green this week!!!
* We went on a nature walk and made a box full of green things we found.
* We used our Five Green and Speckled Frogs to sing the song all week.
* I made lime slime jello, and let it set up with matchbox cars inside.  Then, Little Man had a sensory experience with the lime slime jello!  I had the hardest time convincing him to get dirty here!
* We talked about how Apple Jacks looked like the letter "O."  Then, we sorted them into green and orange and made a bracelet with green Apple Jacks.
* We played Red light/Green light.  I think we need some practice with stopping on red!  🙂
* We graphed all of the green cars we saw during the week.
I think Little Man's favorite green activity was having the entire family dress in the color green!  He also enjoyed his green-themed Muffin Tin Meal!
* We traced the number one and placed one pompom on the one.  We used index cards to count just "one" car.
* We used green glitter glue to color the numeral one.
* We did several fun "one" songs and games, including a train rhyme, helicopter game, and castle song.  In the picture above, Little Man is enjoying riding to the train rhyme.
Thanks for the fun e-mails and comments!!  I am thrilled to hear that some of you are starting up your own Mommy Schools at home.  Awesome!  I bet your kids are loving it!

Birthday Book

In case you missed my guest post at Lil' Luna last week, here is my tutorial for my birthday book!  

I whipped up this birthday book last week with birthdays on my mind.  I love any occasion to celebrate, but birthdays only roll around once a year!!  I think that sending a birthday card is an excellent way to keep in touch with the people I love!  I send birthday cards to some of my friends from preschool--no lie!  I also keep in touch with many of my first grade students by sending them birthday cards.  Lately, I've had a harder time keeping up with my birthday cards, and I definitely needed a cute and convenient way to keep track of all those birthdays!

I created the pages using thin cardboard squares.  (I actually asked Costco for the cardboard inserts they put into their picture enlargement folders to prevent them from bending.  Costco generously gave me quite a bit of cardboard!!)  The cardboard squares are roughly 7x7.5 inches.  I mod-podged cardstock to the front and back of each square.
I created this project thinking ahead to 2011!  (This would actually be a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!) I made a calendar for each month in 2011, and printed them on cardstock.  I mounted these on fun scrapbook paper.  I only used scotch tape because I wanted to be able to switch out the monthly calendars, year by year, without tearing the book to pieces!
I printed my birthdays right into my monthly calendars. 
I cut monthly headings out of coordinating cardstock using my Cricut and mod-podged them on!
I distressed just about every edge with distressing ink!  Then, I decorated my front and back covers and bound the whole book together with a book ring!  Don't you love those fun cupcake stickers?!  And I couldn't resist adding some fun ribbon embellishments to my book ring.
I absolutely LOVE having all of my birthdays at my fingertips in a fun and colorful way!!  
Let's spread around a little more birthday joy!  If you would like to make your own birthday book, I have created a set of 2011 monthly calendars that are blank.  I deleted my birthdays so you can add in your own friends' and family's birthdays.  You can download your own month-by-month 2011 calendars here.  You can whip up a birthday book as a fun stocking stuffer or a birthday gift bonus!  

ENJOY!  Happy weekend!

Blog Swap With A Glimpse Inside

Hip hip hooray, it's Friday!!  Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to my good friend, Allison from A Glimpse Inside.  She is incredibly creative, and sweet, too!!  She has a few pumpkins to throw in our Oopsey Daisy pumpkin patch.  Take it away, Allison

Hello! I am so excited to be blog swapping with Alison today! Alison is so sweet and fabulously talented and I am so happy she wanted to have me over for a "visit" in her world today.

First off, let me introduce myself. My name is also Allison (just with two L's) and I am from A Glimpse Inside. I am an Army wife with a creative side. I LOVE to craft, paint, sew, take photos, decorate, go thrifting and more!

The dear husband, Travis, and I are currently living in KY. We just moved here in May from our first duty station in VA. We won't be here long but we enjoy being close to our home state of TN. He is super supportive and encourages me to create anything that comes to my mind.

But enough about me... I bet you all just want me to get to the good stuff. 🙂

On my blog, I share pictures and stories of our life along with my crafts, recipes, thrift finds, decor, and more. I started blogging almost a year ago and it has become quite an addiction.

Here are some things you'll find.

We bought these crates at a Flea Market and they are now a table in my husband's "man cave."

On Tuesdays, I share yummy recipes.
This one is AWESOME and a must try- Dalmatian Cupcakes.

I love to share furniture or project transformations. It is always so fun to see what something will turn into when you are finished.

Coffee Table Upcycle

Mail Center Redo

But I mostly share crafts! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to craf t! I love to share the tutorials on how to make them too.

"Spooktacular" Subway Art

Fun Fall Garland using toilet paper and paper towel rolls

But today I want to share with you a tutorial on how to transform these ugly plastic pumpkins into gorgeous Glitter Pumpkins. It's SUPER easy!


- Plastic pumpkin(s) of any size
- Glitter (I love Martha Stewart Glitter)
- Glue (I also love to use Martha Stewart Glitter Glue)

How To:
I highly recommend to put something down in your work area to catch the glitter. They sell pans that are for this but I actually like to just use a cookie sheet with wax paper on it. That way when you are done with one color, you can just pick up the paper and put the extra right back into the glitter bottle.

Also, just be ready to be COVERED in glitter. You will see glitter all over you, your pets, floor, kids, husband- it just appears! lol

Cover the pumpkin with glue.
Work in small sections at a time especially if working with larger pumpkins, otherwise your glue will start to dry before you get the glitter on.

Cover with glitter and knock off the extra. I chose a shade of orange glitter.

Continue working your way around the pumpkin.
If you accidentally mess up a spot, no biggie, just cover with a little more glue and glitter.

Once you have the main pumpkin done, set aside and let dry.
Depending on how thick your glue is, it can take a few hours to even overnight for the glue to dry.

Once the pumpkins is dry, you can now add glitter to the stem.
I chose a dark brown glitter for the stem.
Knock of the extra, set aside to dry and your done!
You can even add a couple leaves to the top if you like for a little extra embellishment.

From ugly and drab to Gorgeous and Fab!

Add to your decor.

You can glitter larger pumpkins and set them together for a fun grouping.
This is a my set of pumpkins I created two years ago. They are perfect to use outside as well and shimmer so pretty in the sun. They last in the rain just fine, in fact, even after two years they only needed a little touch up.

I would absolutely LOVE for you all to come visit me in my neck of the woods and take a glimpse inside my world. Stop by, take a look around, stay awhile and maybe leave a comment or two. Who doesn't love those comments? I know I do!

Thank you Alison for having me over to share this tutorial and blog swapping with me!
You are a fabulous host! 🙂

Those pumpkins are gorgeous!  Go stop by and visit Allison' fabulous blog today!  Stay tuned for your Friday freebie!

Vinyl Canisters

Welcome to Part 2 of my adventures with vinyl--Dress It Up With Vinyl!!  I had completely decided to dress up my canisters with chic numbers until my husband begged me to actually add vinyl titles to the canisters.  (He still gets mixed up with the sugar and salt!  It's kind of cute!)  I love how this turned out!  A bit of vinyl adds a lot of character to my tiny apartment kitchen!  In my rugged apartment life where I can't paint or poke a lot of holes in the walls, it's nice to be able to personalize my kitchen with vinyl!
The only tricky part about this project for me was selecting the "perfect" font.  My friend Alisa at The Tidy Nest does a lot of fun vinyl projects, and she recommended the font I was looking for.  It's called "Pharmacy" and you can find it here.   Thanks, Alisa!
Here are a few more shots of the finished products... P.S. I did realize during the photoshoot that I needed more sugar and promptly refilled my canister!!  
It's almost Friday!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Pumpkin Patch at Oopsey Daisy!

Welcome to Oopsey Daisy's little pumpkin patch!  And when I say "little"... I mean almost 40 different kinds of pumpkins!!  Fall is so delicious to me.  I love everything about it, but pumpkins have got to be my favorite.  I am amazed at the creativity out there.   There are so many different ways to make a pumpkin:  From corn husks to wood pallets; dryer ducts to sweaters! So what you can YOU use to make a pumpkin??  Take a look around, peruse the pumpkin ideas here, and go share some love with your favorite links!
9.  The tutorial that started it all... Fabric pumpkins from Sunshine In My Soul.

Whew!  I know I'm inspired by all of this creativity... makes me want to try a pumpkin a day!  Anyone up for that task?!
Thanks for making Oopsey Daisy part of your day!
PS A big thanks to Someday Crafts and Be Different... Act Normal.  I found tons of pumpkin inspiration here!
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