Archives for March 2011

5-Step Ruffle Skirt

Since I first discovered ruffle fabric, I have been itching to create something for ME.  Can you believe that this is the first time I have ever sewed something for me to wear?! I don't know what was holding me back because this skirt was easy.  In just 5 simple steps, I was ready to wear my ruffles!
Are you ready to make your own?  YOU CAN DO IT!  Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it, too!
I started out by creating my pattern.  I searched my closet for a skirt that I absolutely LOVED, did some measuring, and created my pattern using some butcher paper.  A straight skirt is the best kind of pattern when it comes to this ruffle fabric.  (The skirtI used as my pattern ended up being much too A-line, but I easily corrected this later on).  I really just needed a rough guide to get started.
I pinned my butcher paper pattern to the back of the ruffle fabric, and then cut out a front and back.  **When using ruffle fabric, try to be sure that you cut both front/back in the same part of the ruffle pattern.  So if you line up the top of the front to the top of a ruffle strip, do the same with the top of the back of the skirt.**
After I had cut out the front and back pieces, I measured my waist. I added 2 inches for seams and divided by 2.  I needed to know how much gathering I needed to do before sewing the elastic.  (My waist was 30 inches, I added 2 inches, divided by 2, and got 16.)  I now knew that I needed the top of the front/back piece to be gathered to 16 inches length.  So I sewed a basting stitch, pulled one of the threads to easily gather the fabric.  (This ruffle fabric gathers SO easily!)  Then I sewed over my gathering to secure this.
Ruffle fabric also sells super wide elastic, so while you're buying your fabric, throw in some elastic too! I had 2 elastic strips (both 16 inches) for my front and back.  I pinned the elastic to the skirt with right sides together, and just sewed them together.  (Have I convinced you of how EASY this skirt is yet?!) Do this with both the front and back.
The last step is simple--with right sides pinned together, just sew up the sides!  The beauty of ruffle fabric is that you don't have to hem!  What a beautiful thing!
I should mention that I realized my skirt had way too much of an A-line after I sewed it up.  But I easily corrected this and sewed the edges in a straight line and cut off the extra fabric.  I just kept modifying things until it had the shape I wanted.
I laughed out loud when I saw these pictures!  My hubby was sweet enough to take them for me, but I felt so silly, I couldn't stop laughing!  I am definitely not a model.  But we sure did have fun!
I'm pretty proud of myself...
I just love the swishy feeling of these ruffles!
Attempting to show the "swooshiness"  of this skirt in my own awkward way!
Ha!
If you have ever wanted to purchase your own ruffle fabric, now is the time!!
You can use promo code "Daisy" at checkout for 10% off!
This deal will only last through tomorrow at midnight... so hurry!
PS If you're looking for more ideas using ruffle fabric, be sure to check out my ruffled Easter egg basket and the ruffle pillow.

Dr. Seuss Playdate (& Download!)

Yes, Dr. Seuss' birthday is today.

You can always tuck away these ideas for next year.  Or you can just keep celebrating all week long.  (That's what we'll be doing!)  Actually, we are celebrating Dr. Seuss tomorrow when  Little Man and his cousin will be having an entire Seuss play-date.

Unfortunately, I'm a very last-minute kind of gal.  My best ideas come late at night... I get these strokes of genius around 11 p.m. and just go for them full throttle!  I decided that I wanted Little Man and his cousin to dress up like Thing 1 and Thing 2 for their play-date tomorrow!

I found $2 red shirts at Wal-Mart... you can't beat that!  To create the shirts, I used the same printable iron-on fabric transfers that I used to make this Toy Story character pennant banner. Piece of cake!

Of course they wouldn't really be Thing 1 and Thing 2 without the blue fuzzy hair.  I had no time to order blue wigs, BUT I finally came up with a suitable substitute last night.  At US Toy, I found 50-cent blue derby hats along with matching feather boas.  (I never really imagined using a feather boa in a project for Little Man, but it worked out perfectly!)  I just wrapped the feather boa around the hat using some hot glue.  I absolutely can't wait to see how cute they look in their Seuss costumes!
We have all kinds of Seusstastic fun planned for tomorrow, highlighting different Dr. Seuss books.  Last night, I created a new hands-on activity.
After reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish we will graph a small cup of rainbow gold fish before eating them as a snack.

 

Nothing too fancy--I just want them to classify their goldfish by colors and see which color has the most or least.

You are welcome to download your own goldfish graphing sheet here.

I hope you're enjoying a happy day!

Vintage Lace Earring Frame Giveaway {MilkDust Creations}

One of the best parts of blogging is sharing what I *LOVE* with you!  
I like to share... 
The people I love.
The food I love.

The moments I love.
The ideas and creations I love.

Today I get to share one of my favorite people with you along with some of her new creations--that I absolutely LOVE.  MilkDust Creations has a brand spankin' new etsy shop!  Today she is giving away this gorgeous vintage tea dyed lace dangle earring frame to one lucky Oopsey Daisy reader.  Don't you just love the aqua satin with pearls?!  What a fun way to organize your earrings!
 
I love everything about this frame!!  And one of you can win it!
Although MilkDust is the new kid on the block, I have known the wonder woman behind the shop for years and years!  I am here to tell you--I know you will love her creations!  Here are just a few items that I am lovin':
It's hard to find a cute wipes case for boys.  I could definitely use this one for Little Man! There are more fun items for baby in the MilkDust shop.
I am definitely crushing on these adorable Easter bottlecap magnets!
You can find fun digital invites in the shop like these Easter egg hunt invites.

So who's ready to win the gorgeous vintage lace earring frame?!
You have 5 ways to win!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.)

1.  Browse MilkDust's etsy shop and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
2.  "Heart" MilkDust on etsy.
3. "Like" MilkDust on facebook.
4.  Send out a tweet to spread the word about this giveaway. 
5.  Follow Oopsey Daisy or let us know you already do!

The winner will be selected this Saturday at midnight and will be announced on Sunday.
Good luck!
Tomorrow, tune in for my favorite ruffles project yet!

Pesto Pasta Salad

It's probably no secret that I am one festive gal!
And yes, even St. Patrick's Day is a day to remember.

 

Growing up, my Mom always cooked up an all-green meal for dinner on St. Pat's Day.  We even drank milk colored green with food coloring!  In honor of the Irish, I am always on the look-out for tasty, green foods to serve at my St. Patrick's Day meal.  So for the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite green foods with you!
I have always been a HUGE pasta gal.  Pesto always seemed so complicated to me until I tried this recipe.  It's simple and delicious.  I like it hot or cold.  And doesn't it look just plain cute on bow tie pasta?!
Now that you're craving pesto, I won't make you wait any longer... here is the mouth-watering recipe!
Pesto Pasta Salad
1 package fresh basil (1/2 oz.)
1/3 c. pine nuts
1-2 cloves garlic
1/3 c. olive oil
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
2 T. hot water

In a food processor, combine basil, nuts, and garlic.  Chop fine.  Slowly pour in the olive oil and add cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Thin with 2 Tablespoons of hot water.  Fold into hot pasta and serve.
Thanks for reading, and have a happy day!
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