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Race Car Snack

This week, I started "Mommy School" with Little Man.  I am having so much fun combining my 2 favorite roles--Mom and teacher!  Our theme this week is cars and trucks.  I will share some more details of our learning activities this weekend, but I wanted to share our yummy race car snack!
This race car is simply a pretzel rod, covered in frosting, decorated with M&M's (Little Man's favorite!), with marshmallow wheels.  I toyed with mini marshmallows for the wheels, but the big wheels were just so much cooler!  
One more day until the weekend!  🙂

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Here Comes Fall

Welcome to another weekly dose of Wednesday's Wowzers.  I have been almost overwhelmed with the intrusion of fall projects across the blogging universe!!  WOW!  I have a fire underneath me to begin my fall craft projects now... perhaps later this week I can actually get started.  Here are a few projects that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks...
Burlap AND owls?!  This vintage ric rak owl is absolutely darling!  Owls definitely scream "fall" time to me.  I love those button eyes!  I am so impressed with this project from The Little Green Bean.  (She also sells these owls in her etsy store!)
I have seen this scrap buster fall pillow from Cluck Cluck Sew before, but I can't get it out of my head.  I love the simplicity of this happy little tree.  What a fun way to dress up your sofa for the season!
  
I had already been dreaming up some kind of library tote when I saw these lovelies from Noodlehead!  I recently began helping Little Man checkout library books every week, but I am getting tired of stuffing them in my purse.  Some kind of library tote is definitely in order for me!
I have been searching for some kind of pre-Halloween fall wreath, and I absolutely adore this Halloween yarn wreath from Write It Down.  I love the color scheme, and I think the whole idea is just plain genius!
Speaking of burlap, I had already been dreaming up some kind of burlap pumpkins when I saw these at Middle Ground.  I love that she used actual wood for the steams.  These are adorable!!  I think I may need to throw some burlap in with my fabric pumpkins!
What a fun idea from Chicy Creations!!  I think even I could pull this off.  You could change "bloom" to "fall"  or other words to fit the season!  What a fresh idea!
Who can resist Jen's Halloween projects?!  She simply inspires me!  My latest favorite project is her painted Hallowen pennant pillows.  I love the polk-a-dots, the pennants, the "boo!"  Sheer genius.  Head over to Tatertots and Jello for more fall goodness!
Hope you were inspired!  Thanks for making Oopsey Daisy part of your day!

Quiet Book Question & Answer

Holy moly!!  I have been so tickled with your sweet comments about my Quiet Books.  I feel like I am celebrating the books' completion, so thank you so much for helping me celebrate!  One of the reasons I love blogging is the opportunity of sharing and benefiting from your feedback.  I learn so much from you and your comments!

Today, I am going to pause and answer a few questions about the quiet book process.  I made so many oopseys when making this quiet book!  I am no expert by any means!  I re-sewd the Tic Tac Toe page 3 times--yes, 3 times!  But here are answers to 3 of your questions:

Question:  Anonymous said, "I was just wondering how you did your letters for the cover?  Was it hard?"


Answer:  Thank you for asking this question because I actually meant to explain this previously!  Thanks to my cricut, cutting out fabric words for the quiet book pages was quite easy!  In the beginning, I tried to hand write titles on my Quiet Book using fabric markers.  Unfortunately, my handwriting looked a little tacky!  So I decided to cut out letters for the coconuts and titles using fabric instead!  I used my Sure Cuts A Lot software and cricut to cut out the words.  (You can find out more about cutting fabric on the cricut here.)  The process requires ironing on some Wonder Under for stiffness and using the proper cutting settings on the cricut.  After cutting the words out, I just ironed the titles onto felt, and sewed them onto the pages!  My Mom convinced me to sew over the letters to ensure longevity.  My Mother is so wise!  That was one of my last-minute steps before sewing the pages together.  All in all, the fabric words are one of my favorite features of the book, so I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Question:  EHC said, "Here's my question:  Is the 10 x 12.5 page size you mentioned the size of the muslin before sewing, or is it the finished page size?  I'm trying to decide how big to make mine so it doesn't take over the diaper bag!"


Answer:  I considered the SAME thing for sizing--will it fit in the diaper bag?!  BEFORE sewing, each muslin page was 10 x 12.5  I tore my muslin to speed up the process, and it tore straight as an arrow!  I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing the pages together, so the pages ended up roughly 9.5 x 12 inches.   I found that this was the perfect size for me because I do everything BIG.  I definitely sewed close to each and every page's edge!  But I tried to plan the pages according to where the eyelets would be punched on either side of the page, so the eyelets wouldn't interfere with the page at all.  I do wish I had made my covers slightly larger to encompass all of the pages a bit more.

Question:   Lindsey asked a very important question:  "My question is approximately how many hours did this take?  And how much did it cost?"


Answer:  Whew!  This question really made me stop and think.  As best I can figure, I worked on this book approximately 80 hours.  Since I made 20 pages, you can average that about 4 hours a page, start to complete finish.  Keep in mind how many mistakes I made... how many times I resewed pages or changed my mind... and I still consider myself a beginning sewer.  I feel like I have to "check off" my work with my Mother to ensure that the way I did it makes sense!  Many pages were easier than others.  For example, I whipped up the bus page in less than an hour.  But the more pieces and details a page has, the longer it takes!  You can go much simpler than I did!

I wish I had kept receipts to answer the cost question.  Here are my major expenses:
* Muslin - About $4.  (I bought 3.5 yards when it was on sale at JoAnn's.  I still have plenty left over to make more!)
* Felt - About $18.  (I bought 3/4 yard of most major colors of felt when it was also on sale.  Again, I have plenty left over!)
* 3 packages of large eyelets - About $8.
* 1.5 yards of Pellon for interfacing between pages - About $4.
* 2 packages of sewing velcro - About $5.
* 3-4 packages of colored ric rac - About $6.
* Fabric for covers - About $3.
So at about $48 total, that averages about $2.40 per page.  I consider this an investment!  My Grandma  made the quiet book I used growing up.  Now, my nephew continues to use this same quiet book, and it has lasted extraordinarily well.  I planned for my quiet books lasting that long, and that is why I took some extra time in the details.  Even Mr. Daisy, the money-cruncher, agrees that every single cent toward these quiet books was well spent.

Several of you have expressed a desire to download templates for pages, so I will get started on my drawings, and have some goodies available for you this Friday for Free Download Friday!  Stay tuned for that!

The Quiet Book Makes Its Debut!

My friends, I thought today might never come.  When I decided months ago to tackle the quiet book, I think I was a bit ambitious--or perhaps crazy!  I planned 20 detailed pages for my book, and attempted to finish one page each week.  Page by page, piece by piece, the pages came together and I have been dying to show you the finished product!  I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to have actually finished this big (more like enormous!) project!  
No, you aren't seeing double!!  By the time I painstakingly finished each page, with each and every tiny velcro piece, I realized my book would be enormously thick!  I finally decided to make TWO quiet books.  This way, Little Man won't tire of the same book over and over... I can alternate which quiet book I bring with us to church, the doctor's office, or even on a road trip!!  I can also switch out pages and create a whole new combination of quiet book fun!

So come take a peek inside the books with me!  I will share some helpful hints at the end of this post...

{Just click pictures to enlarge}
Build a Hamburger Page
Skill:  Decision making, food knowledge, imaginative play.
Using burger accessories stored in the McDonald's bag, you can build your own hamburger, complete with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.  Accessories are secured with velcro.
Ladybug Page
Skill:  Buttoning.
The ladybug's spots can be buttoned and unbottoned.
Stoplight Page
Skill:  Matching colors, learning about traffic rules.
This page was the first page I tackled because it was the easiest!!  You can match the green, yellow, and red stop light colors to the stop light using velcro.

Road Page
Skill:  Motor skills, imaginative play.
A matchbox car, attached with string, is parked in the garage.  You can drive the car around the little neighborhood.

Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
Skill:  Knowing body parts, practice with dressing.
This is still my favorite page!!  There is a bare potato body sewed on the page, and you can secure the spud face and accessories with velcro.  Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head have a variety of accessories, and I love that I can continue to make more!  You can see this page in detail here.

Basket of Accessories!
  
Skill:  Using clothes pins.
This page is directly next to the Potato Heads.  All of the extra accessories are stored in the basket, and you can hang them up by clothes pins also.  
This is how the 2 pages look next to each other.
Balloon Page
Skill: Snapping, knowledge of shapes, matching.
Shape balloons are matched and secured using snaps.  The ribbon can also be tied and untied.

Counting Page
Skill:  Counting.
Beads are used to count the watermelon seeds by sliding the beads from one side of the ribbon to another.

Peek-A-Boo Bus Page
Skill:  Motor skills, guessing/predicting.
Behind each window and each wheel, I sewed vinyl windows.  I slid pictures into each window so you can open and close the flaps to play peek-a-boo like this:

Telephone Page
Skill:  Imaginative play, snapping, number knowledge.
The phone receiver, attached with a curly shoe string, can be snapped to the phone receiver.  You can pick up the phone receiver and have pretend phone calls!

Tic Tac Toe
Skill:  Reasoning/logic
The playing mat is also a pocket so that the X's and O's store neatly inside.  You can play tic tac toe quietly all through church if you wish... Mr. Daisy and I tested it out today!

Baseball Page
Skill:  Motor skills, matching.
The baseball and bat can be removed and matched using velcro.  You can put your hand inside the leather baseball glove!

Chick-a Chick-a Boom Boom
Skill:  ABC's.
The coconut letters are stored on the next page.  The letters can be added to the coconut tree, attached with velcro.

Boat Page
Skill:  Zipping.
The coconut letters are stored inside the boat, which is opened with a zipper.  Here is a view of the 2 pages side by side:

Barn Page
Skill:  Imaginative Play.
The barn doors open to a pocket full of barn animal finger puppets!  (That is the one thing I still have left to do!)

Ice Cream Page
Skill:  Imaginative Play, knowledge of food.
The food truck is opened with a flap that holds numerous other ice cream flavor scoops.  You can build your own ice cream cone by securing your scoops with velcro.

Clock Page
Skill:  Telling time, number skills.
The minute hand and hour hand rotate, and can spin to tell a new time!
Gumball Machine
Skill:  Matching colors.
Gumballs are matched by color, using velcro to secure them in place.

Tie A Shoe Page
Skill:  Tying shoes.
The shoe can be tied and untied.

Notes Page
Skill:  Drawing, writing.
I sewed 3 pockets to hold a notebook along with a pen, pencil, or crayons, or little love notes.
Here are some helpful hints for the entire process:
* I chose to sew my pages on white muslin.  Each page is 10 x 12.5 inches.  
* When I was done with each individual page, I sewed the pages back to back with another layer of muslin ironed onto a sheet of interfacing for extra thickness, stiffness, and durability. 
* I used A LOT of felt.  I think I bought 3/4 yard of each of the major colors of felt.  I have used most of it!
* I decided to make a 3-ring book because of the flexibility it offered me.  I could take pages out to pass them down to children down the pew.  I could take them out to wash them or even to fix up the sewing in case of wear and tear!  I could make the book bigger or smaller, or even add pages to it!  (I am already dreaming of a Halloween jack-o-lantern page or a Christmas tree page!)
* I used large eyelets  and used a piece of notebook paper as my guide to create the holes and then put it all together with book rings.
* I sewed my covers with regular cotton fabric, slightly larger than the pages.  Again, I sewed a sheet of muslin with interfacing in between them.





* Each quiet book has a button strap to keep it closed... I don't want all of those goodies spilling out any time soon!  On the back of the book covers, I sewed a pocket just in case I feel like throwing in a treat, a love note, or in the event that some pieces that DID fall out last minute.  Or maybe it will just hold some candy for ME!





Whew!
Can you see why this took months to finish?!  I think it was probably crazy for attempting this, but I am so glad I was that crazy!  I {heart} these books!  Little Man gave his stamp of approval today in church, and I can only imagine that they will get years of experience and use!  
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Now, I realize I didn't go into a whole lot of details about the creation of each and every page.  I wanted to show off the entire product first!
SO now it's your turn, my dear and lovely readers! 
* Do you have a specific question about the process? 
* Would like to see one page in more specific detail?
* Would you like me to create a downloadable template for a specific page?
Leave me a comment with your questions, and I will probably type up a question and answer post if there is enough interest.  
Enjoy your week!
You can see the Quiet Book Question & Answer post here.  
You can download your own 9 templates here.  
PS  Thanks to these blogs for the inspiration:

Halloween Love Note

I'm going to be short and sweet today, my friends.  It's been a crazy week, and I am looking forward to lots of R&R this weekend!

I have a quick and easy idea for you involving Halloween and romance!  I am always looking for creative ways to let my husband know that I love him!  It seems like it was so easy to do cute things like this when we were dating, but it takes a little more forethought to come up with something now!

I actually made this little mummy for my husband last year.  (So please excuse the shabby photo... I snapped this before my blogging days!)  Mr. Daisy had been out of town all week, and when he returned, I had mummified a Sobe, his favorite drink.  It was waiting for him upon his return.  I must say he was quite impressed!
This little mummy was so easy to make!  I actually just used toilet paper to wrap up the Sobe bottle fairly sloppy, knowing he would immediately want to drink it!  But you could use white tissue paper to make these even cuter!  I added some eyes, orange ribbon, and attached this little note using my favorite DJ Inker's clip art:
Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend, my friends!
PS  We all know and love Amy from Positively Splendid.  She is fresh, creative, and super sweet!!  Well, today she featured lil' old ME in her Reader Spotlight!!  Hop on by and check out her amazing blog!!!
Positively Splendid

One Last Summer Project!

Hello Oopsey Daisies!!  

I'm back!!  It's been a slow week on the blog for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I put in about 15 hours in a mad rush to finish my quiet book!!  Since I don't even own a sewing machine, I've been practically living at my Mom's house as I've finished it up.  I was just about ready to move in, toothbrush and all!  But as of late last night, it is complete!  I am bursting at the seams to share the finished product with you.  So stay tuned for that!

Also, I ran out of photo storage on blogger.  I paid for an upgrade, but it took 24 hours to kick in!  And blogging without photos?!  I just couldn't do it!  But thank you for your kind comments throughout the week that have motivated me to come back as soon as possible!

I feel sheepish sharing my last summer craft with you, considering how Halloween has already completely taken over blog-land!!  But I am going to justify this project for a few reasons:
1.  I wear flipflops year-round, even here in Colorado.  So this project is relevant to me year-round!
2.  I will also share how to repurpose this project even after the summer season is over.
So with that justification, let me share my upcycled flipflops with you!

I saw so many cute ideas for flipflops that I wanted to use all of them!!  So after buying a cheap pair of flipflops at Wal-Mart, I started taking my scraps and created little flowers and rosettes.  I absolutely adore the zipper rosettes!!  I also made satin rosettes and red pinwheel flowers.  Love those polk-a-dots!  It has been so fun to interchange embellishments!

I hot-glued a piece of felt to each flower/rosette, and then hot-glued an alligator clip to the felt.  Using clips, I could interchange my embellishments to match my outfit or even my mood!  (Not to mention they can also double as hair accessories!)
I really, really love the combination of red, black, and white together.  So I have worn these little beauties a whole lot this summer....
But I love the simplicity of the white satin layered flowers.  These were super easy to make.  I just layered satin circles, burned the edges, and hot-glued them all together!
And then this dark, chic combination!  Love, love, love the dark zipper rosettes with gold teeth!
So what can you do with these embellishments after stashing away your summer flipflops??
Well, I have a few ideas....

These make super cute hair accessories!  (Don't make fun of me for the pictures I attempted to take of myself!)

Even my new Coach purse looks cutsified with a little embellishment!
And this red pinwheel looks just charming on my finished Quiet Book.... here is your sneak peek!!  The full reveal is coming on Monday! 


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