Archives for October 2010

Spider Applique Shirt

I must have a disease.  Last year, every time a special occasion rolled around, I made Little Man some kind of festive holiday shirt or onesie.  This year, I told myself, "He's too old for that."  But still, I got sucked in to making Little Man a Halloween shirt.  He is just so fascinated with spiders.  I don't necessarily want to encourage the fascination with bugs, but I do love his excitement for Halloween.  So I grabbed some scraps, and came up with this spider applique shirt!
I love appliques.  I do.  But lately, I have had tons of problems with the sewing machine needle getting stuck in 100% cotton shirts, ripping a tiny hole in the process.  I would chalk it up as my own inexperience, but even my Mother has the same problem.  Anyway, after making quiet books and rediscovering my love for felt, I decided to use felt instead!  It worked beautifully!
I know, I know... my spider has 6 legs instead of 8!  But with 8 legs, he looked entirely too crowded, so I stuck with just 6.
Besides the black-and-white center of the spider, I used felt for everything else!  The spider is hanging by black ricrac.  He's a cute lil' spider, don't you think?!  Little Man begged to wear it as soon as he saw it.  Dang it.  I'll probably get sucked into making a Thanksgiving shirt.  Christmas, too!  Love that Little Man smile!
If you would like to whip up your own in time for Halloween, you can print your own template here.
Happy sewing!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Shout-outs for Fall

Hello, Oopseys!!  Happy Wednesday... it's hump day of this busy week!   Halloween parties, family in town, moving, mommy school and blogging... oh my!  So much fun.  So little time!  Here are my fall shout-outs for the week!
This would be the perfect addition to our Mommy School Leaves unit!  Delia Creates made these beautiful tortilla chip leaves!!  Amazing!
I have seen tons of "boo" and "eek" out there, but this is my favorite!  The Happy Scraps created these glittery letters.  Gorgeous!
I have big plans for this Mad Gab Halloween game from Sawdust and Paper Scraps.  I think this would be fun to play at our family Halloween party this weekend!   
How adorable are these stacking pumpkins?!  I love all of those spiders and different fonts!  What a fun display for your front door!  You can find out more at Simply Designing.

I am in love with all of the fun Halloween ideas that The Crafting Chicks shared on Monday!  I can't wait to get started on my own felt jack-o-lantern game
I simply can't believe Mandy's creativity!  She created this pillowcase ghost dress. Absolutely darling!!
Thanks for making Oopsey Daisy part of your day!

FREE Canvas

If you've been an Oopsey Daisy reader for a while, you know that I don't clutter my blog with sponsors or feature products unless I truly believe in them and feel they are relevant to YOU.  But every once in a while, I just have to share something with you that knocks my socks off!

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Cute, huh?  Perfect to display in the office.

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Chili and Cornbread

Nothing says fall like chili and cornbread!!  Growing up, we would eat this delicious meal on Halloween night!  We'd gulp down our chili, carve our pumpkins, and head out for some trick-or-treating.  I think my Mom felt better sending us out on those chilly October evenings with something warm in our bellies!
Now, just as soon as the weather turns fallish, I get excited to add soups to my recipe repertoire.  Chili is the first soup/stew that comes to mind!  I am proud to say that this recipe is an award-winner, too!  I won a chili cook-off several years ago when I cooked up this very recipe.
And I absolutely cannot think of eating a bowl of chili without cornbread!  This recipe for cornbread is more like cake than bread... that's probably why I love it so much!  It is moist, soft, and deliciously crumby.  Topped with hot honey, there's just nothing better!  I'll often grab a piece for snacking, too!  YUM!  The pictures simply don't do it justice!  
Crock pot Chili
1 lb. ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 large can tomato sauce (15-16 oz.)
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1/8 c. sugar
1 22-oz. can chili beans
Brown ground beef with onion.  Drain.  Mix remaining ingredients inside crock pot.  Add ground beef.  Simmer on low heat in crock pot all day long!  (Or on high heat for 4 hours.)  Stir around the edges a couple of times during the day.
2 eggs
1 c. milk
1 1/2 sticks melted butter (or 2/3 c. oil or applesauce)
2 c. Bisquick
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 heaping T. cornmeal
Beat eggs.  Add remaining ingredients in the order listed.  (If you don't have Bisquick, use 2 c. flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. baking powder.)  Mix well.
Pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350.  Enjoy!

Spider Topiary

The apartment is FULL to the brim.... completely oozing with Halloween goodness!  But yet I keep going.  I tell myself I will have more fun decor when we move into a house!  
This project was definitely inspired by Little Man.  Shocker.  He inspires a lot of projects! Ever since I made the eensy weensy spider, Little Man has recognized and loved spiders.  Normally, I probably wouldn't encourage this, but it's Halloween!!  So I created this little spider topiary.  This is a quick and easy project, and it's a kid-pleaser for sure!
Isn't he cute?!  Come along with me, and I'll show you how to make one!
I started out with black sparkly yarn, a styrofoam ball, and spray adhesive to make the spider's body. You could use your hot glue gun instead of spray adhesive, too. I think the black sparkly yarn really gives the spider some "sparkling" personality!
Just start wrapping the yarn around and around the ball.  I used spray adhesive, but I did start by hot gluing my center to give it a sturdy anchor before wrapping.  The key to wrapping is tightness!  Be sure not to leave any gaps between layers of yarn!
Once you're all done covering the styrofoam ball with yarn, it's time to give that spider some legs! I used 8 sparkling black chenille pipe cleaners.  They stick easily into the styrofoam ball.  I decided to make their legs curly, so I just wrapped them around a wooden dowel to give them some shape.
I found this fun bucket in the dollar section at Target.  I secured a half wooden dowel into just a tiny square of styrofoam inside the bucket.  I covered up the styrofoam with candy corn... what a fun fall treat!  I can't get enough!
I wrapped the half dowel with bright Halloween ribbon, using mod podge to secure the whole thing.  I just stabbed the dowel right into the spider's body. 
I couldn't decide between button eyes and google eyes, so I used both!  I used a bit of hot glue to secure them to the spider.
Normally, I'm not a spider fan, but this little guy just makes me smile!  His curly legs are out.of.control, and I like it!!  Little Man keeps pointing at it and giggling, too, so I think it's a success!  He also keeps digging out the candy corn in the bucket and bringing them to me... hopefully we'll still have some left inside!!!
Make it a great week!

L is for Leaves

Happy fall, y'all!  This was a fabulous week for Mommy School, and we are definitely enjoying our Leaves unit!  I was much more relaxed knowing that I had 2 weeks to pack it all in, and Little Man loves repeating the activities after I introduce them.

Here is what we are learning about along with a picture peek through our week:

Theme:  Leaves
Letter:  L
Number:  2
Color/Shape:  Yellow
Nursery Rhyme/Song:  In the Leafy Treetops
1.  We made lemonade playdough to spotlight the color yellow.  We used a cookie cutter to cut out leaves and sang songs about them while we played!
2.  We created these marbled leaves (tutorial coming later!)
3.  We went to Grandma's house and used the small wheelbarrow to collect leaves for the week's activities!
4.  We learned one-to-one correspondence by placing fall-colored M&M's on the fall tree.  After we placed the "leaves", we ate them, of course!
5.  Little Man loved to play in his sensory tub including dollar store leaves and gourds, plus red and white beans.
6.  We learned about the number 2 by gluing 2 paper leaves on the numeral 2.
7.  We played a fun color game!  I traced Little Man's hand and cut out colored hands out of felt.  I asked him to give the yellow hands a "high five."
8.  After reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, we made our own leaf creatures.
9.  This happened a little spontaneously.  While I was cooking, Little Man wanted to mix up his own "leaf soup" with silk leaves and a plastic spatula!
10.  We sang songs as he "raked" the leaves.
11.  This was a Mommy craft!  I made melted crayon leaves to hang in our windows.  I love how they turned out!
12.  We counted out the appropriate number of leaves to match to the number tree.
**You can find out more about these activities plus MORE in my download today!**

Motherload download!  As I was browsing ideas and creating my plan for this unit, I wanted to be more organized!  I typed up all my ideas and inserted visual aids into one huge document!  I am sharing this big fat packet with you today!  Even if you don't use the whole packet, I feel like there is something for everyone.   The packet includes:
* Unit activities and games
* Art, science, math, and literature connection ideas for the unit
* Snack ideas
* Book ideas
* Songs and finger plays
* Ideas for the color of the week
* Ideas for the number of the week
* Ideas for the letter of the week
* Visual aids for flannel board stories
* Tons more visual aids and materials

Just a note:  To be clear, I did not invent all of these ideas--I just compiled them!  Many of the ideas I did bring with me from my teaching experience, and I did create many of the visual aids.  However, please review the credits on the last page of the packet to see the sites I visited to compile the packet.

I am sharing this with you because I believe in helping our kids learn at home! But please understand that I am sharing my hours of work with you without compensation.  You can download your own L is for Leaves packet here or here on Scribd. **For personal use only.**

* Clip art designs &/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers.

I love sharing ideas with you, and if you use these ideas at home, I would love for you to share with me!  ENJOY!

Blog Swap with The Country Chic Cottage

Hello friends!  I am truly excited to introduce you to Angie from The Country Chic Cottage.  Angie's blog is full of charming ideas... just take a look and you'll be hooked!  She has a special tutorial all whipped up for us today!
Hello all!!  I am Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and I am THRILLED to be here on Oopsey Daisy!  Y'all are welcome to visit the cottage anytime!  Crafting, transformations, decorating, tutorials...all while on a tight budget!

The Country Chic Cottage

Okay I must admit I love maps!  I framed some a few weeks back.
Swoon!  I also have them in my etsy shop.  I decided to break out the maps and the mod podge!       
Yep I am decorating that often-forgotten area above my door!  For me maps and arrows just go together like peas and carrots....  🙂  So get you some maps and a scrap piece of wood from a project that did not work.  (Surely y'all have those too!)  Oh and an arrow cut from card stock.
I cut my maps into pieces and mod podged them onto the wood.
After that dried I added my arrow.
Then sand all of your edges to remove any excess paper. 
I just set mine on that little ledge we all have above our doors.
Why do I always forget about that area??  Well forgotten no more!
Y'all be sure to stop by and see some of my other projects.  You don't want to miss my NO SEW Sweater Sleeve Pumpkins!
Many thanks to Alison for letting me guest post today!  🙂  It has been tons of fun!!  I heart Oopsey Daisy and it is an honor to be here!  Y'all stop on by the cottage, take your shoes off, and stay a while! 

Enjoy your weekend, my friends!  Thanks for being here with me!

Vinyl 101

The last few Thursdays, I have been sharing some ideas for dressing up everyday items with vinyl. Last week, several of you asked a question similar to this one by Domestic Nerd:

I am loving all your vinyl projects! This might be a stupid question...but how do you "do" vinyl? I read that you print it out...on paper, onto vinyl?  Do I buy printable vinyl? Sorry...I know it sounds dumb, but I'm new to this & would love to label the canisters in my pantry. Thanks!

I am SO glad that several of you echoed this question.... because I was wondering the very same thing just about a year ago!  This is not a stupid question at all.  Vinyl is new to me too, but I am loving the new addition in my life!  🙂  Vinyl offers me so many more options in my crafting world.  So THANK YOU for asking this question!  

I thought I would walk you through the vinyl process--at least in my own simple way.  There are many others who have a greater knowledge of vinyl, but I'll walk you through a vinyl adventure, Oopsey Daisy style!

To get your hands on your own vinyl, you have 2 options:
1.  You can order your own custom vinyl through a vinyl company.  I have never bought vinyl online, but there are many reputable vinyl-producing companies online who find out what text or design you want cut, and then send it right to your door! I have never purchased vinyl this way, so I don't know much more beyond that!  
2.  Using a Cricut or Silhouette machine, you can cut your own vinyl.  This is what I do!

Come along with me on a regular everyday adventure with vinyl...

Yes, I squeezed in one more Halloween decoration!  I just had to have a white pumpkin, and why not add a monogram?!  I hope this helped explain the vinyl process a bit more (at least in simple Oopsey Daisy terms!)  Enjoy your day!  

Wednesday’s Wowzers: The creativity is oozing…

Some days, I resist browsing through the linky parties.  Y'all are so intimidating with creativity oozing out of your ears!!!  Sometimes I feel my ideas are so humdrum OR I want to make everything I see!  Do you ever try to dream up something outside of the box?!  I find myself dreaming of crafts, which can be a good thing and can be a bad thing.  Sometimes I get incredible inspiration just as I'm drifting off to sleep.  Sometimes, I am racking my brain and just get frustrated!  So now I psyche myself up before viewing the array of talent out there... I tell myself Let's celebrate all the craftiness!  So bring on the celebration of craftiness with this week of Wednesday's Wowzers!
Can you believe this spider web table runner from The Crafty Cupboard?!  She created her own template and cut it out by hand!  Bravo!  Melanie even shares her printable pattern if you'd like to make your own.
If you don't follow A Girl and a Glue Gun, you really should!  Besides being talented, Kimbo is also hilarious!  Lately, I've been cracking up at her every post!  Anyway, she painted this incredible family tree a while back.  She made it festive for the season by adding leaves!  Brilliant!

I really love my candy advent calendar, but holy moly!  Narrated by Lucy created this adorable countdown to Halloween, also using a magnetic cookie sheet.  Love this!

Candy corn are one of my favorite parts of fall!  If I had the skills to put this wreath together right now, I would do it!  Crae's Creations is the mastermind behind this beauty.

I can't believe I have never used terra cotta before.  These adorable candy jars have been floating around blogland, but I love this jazzed up version by I Heart Naptime.  Great work, Jamielyn!  That vinyl is darling!

Rachel Berry (of Made With Love and Glue) is my favorite!  Have you seen her framed black crow?  So easy, but so incredibly cute!!  
Man, I can't narrow it down today!  One more fabulous idea!  I found this adorable tutorial for making felt acorn at Me Making Do.  So cute!
Go stop by one of your favorite links and share some love!  
Thanks for making Oopsey Daisy part of your day! 

Burlap Candy Corn

In case you missed my post at Naptime Crafters, here is my tutorial for burlap candy corn!
I LOVE burlap and LOVE candy corn, so I knew the combination had to be great!  Come along, and I'll show you how I made these two beauties!
I started out by cutting a rough candy corn shape out of burlap.  You will need a front and back for each candy corn.  I decided to make a large candy corn and a smaller candy corn.  
Next, I painted each piece of burlap--fronts and backs--with acrylic paint.  I just eyeballed where I wanted to paint, and it turned out fine! I decided to leave the top part plain instead of painting it white.  I let these dry overnight. 
Next, I pinned the candy corn together, wrong sides together.  
I left more than an inch in seam allowance.  I sewed almost all the way around the candy corn, but I left a large opening in the bottom.
I stuffed the candy corn, using a pencil to help punch out the corners completely.  Then I sewed up the opening!
I decided to use pinking shears to cut around the seams.  I love the effect!
I looked at these for a solid week, knowing that they needed something to jazz them up!  I decided on some ricrac!  I just hot-glued the ricrac around the candy corn right in between paint layers.
Don't they make a nice back drop for my spider topiary? (Even before the ricrac!)  You can check out my spider topiary tutorial today at Moo Moo's & Tutus, where I am guest posting for the talented Daphne's blogiversary bash! 
 I love Halloween crafts!  I am having way too much fun with fall decor.  I think I now have more decorations than my tiny apartment can handle!
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