Archives for September 2011

I is for Insects Wrap Up

We've gone a little buggy lately! 

We have had SO much fun with our I is for Insects Mommy School unit!  We have actually spent an entire month having all sorts of fun with bugs, bugs, bugs!  Before we started this unit, Little Man was pretty squeamish when it came to insects.  Now he's at least a little more friendly with these creepy crawlies!

Using a little spray adhesive and felt (plus some very necessary antennae!), we had fun dressing up as some of our favorite bugs...

Here are just a few of our favorite crafts and projects...

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Giveaway – $30 Credit to My Grafico – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Kerry!

Happy Thursday!

It's giveaway time!

My Grafico is my new favorite spot to snag some adorable digital goodies!

My Grafico is filled to the brim with digital stamps, educational printables, invitations, patterns and backgrounds,  and all kinds of digi tools!  There are so many collections of illustrations and clip art available for extremely reasonable prices!  I am always on the hunt for cute clips, but don't have all the money in the world to spend on them.

After perusing their site, here are a few of my favorite finds:

I am eyeing these cars, trucks, and scooters pack... love that they already come as 2" circles for cupcake toppers, tags, etc.!  Genius.

You can snag all kinds of goodies like this Cupcakes and Borders kit for only $1!  That's so stinkin' cheap!

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Wednesday’s Wowzers: A bit of everything!

It's Wednesday!

So you know what that means... right??

It's time to be wowed!

There are so many incredible Halloween/fall projects floating around right now!  I easily could have dedicated this entire post to all things Halloween, but one of the things I love about my wowzers is a bit of variety!  I try to include all sorts of different projects that I love!  So here 's a little bit of everything!

This batty table runner from Miss Lovie is so festive!  I am loving Allie's Creepy Crafty Halloween series going on NOW!  Be sure to check it out!

My sweet friend Kirstin at Kojo Designs is hosting a darling pretty parties series right now.  This girl knows how to throw a party!!  So I am loving all of her ideas!  I've seen torn fabric garlands floating around Pinterest, so I love this step-by-step tutorial!  This is gorgeous and could easily fit any occasion!

Lil' Luna... Oh how I love Lil' Luna!  I love Kristyn's "Save the Date' vintage Halloween sign.  So stinkin' cute!

How cute is this DIY chevron memo chalk board?!  I love the colors, love everything!  The clothespins holding the pictures is just plain darling.  Whipperberry is so clever!

I love simple, stunning decor like Shanty 2 Chic's white pumpkins and pine cones.  I think I could pull off something like this!

I don't know if I can go a week without finding a pillow that I love!  This week I'm loving Sweet C's Designs' Pocket Pillows.  Courtney made these cute pocket pillows from her husband's old button-up shirts.  Great idea!

There are tons of great ideas here at this dessert table.  There are lots of fun ways to spruce up your Halloween party at Shindig Parties.

Last up.  This printable sign is PERFECT for Halloween night when you run out of candy!  What a fun way to let people know you're done for the night.  I stumbled upon this cute printable on Anything But Perfect.

What projects are inspiring you right now?  Or do you have a project you want to show off?

Leave me a link!!


P.S. Yesterday I posted at Miss Lovie as part of her Creepy Crafty Halloween series.  Go stop by and check out my printable Halloween subway art PLUS sparkly witches' hat display.

Bed of Clouds Tutorial {Our Wonderfilled Life}

I am thrilled to introduce you to Michelle, the fabulous author of Our Wonderfilled Life.  What an incredible lady... and what a fun tutorial!
Hello to all of Alison's lovely readers!! I am beyond happy to be here today at Oopsey Daisy!!  Alison's ideas are always so clever, and she is so kind to open her door to me!!

I'm Michelle, "mother wonder" over at Our Wonderfilled Life.  

I have FIVE very sweet little guys, including a set of two-year-old quadruplets, that I refer to as my boy wonders. While I am {just a bit} outnumbered, I spend my slivers of free time creating, designing, gathering inspiration, for our little corner of the world.  

The project I am sharing with you today has great gift potential!  It has been appropriately titled, by my 6-year-old, BED OF CLOUDS, sounds dreamy right?!  I was thrilled to have the chance to make something girly for my niece's upcoming seventh birthday!!

This sweet little bed is made up of 5 pillows all enclosed in separate cases.  The cover is removable, and washable.  It is perfect for a slumber party, at home movie night, lounging.  The best part is that you can use your own spare pillows to cut down on some of the cost.  As this was a gift, I bought new pillows at Target for a very reasonable $4 a piece.

Black and White Pumpkins {2 tutorials}

Over the weekend, I dug out my decorations for fall.

Admittedly, I've been pretty terrible with decorating for holidays lately.  Besides digging out my plastic Easter eggs during the spring, our decorations are simply creating dust in the basement.  But not now.  I'm busy decorating for fall!  Of course my old decorations needed a few new additions, so I got to work.

I have always been a huge fan of black and white.  So I am in LOVE with these beauties on my front porch.  Both of these pumpkins were inspired by pictures I found on Pinterest.  (Pinterest is definitely my new go-to source of inspiration!)

Just because it's Monday and I could use a double dose of something wonderful, today I want to share TWO easy pumpkin tutorials with you:

A jeweled spider pumpkin

PLUS a tights (or panty hose!) pumpkin

Let's get started...

Normally I'm not a big creepy crawly fan, but I am lovin' this jeweled spider!!

I bought a large white pumpkin at Michael's.  Here's what I did..

1.  I just had to try out the new Martha Stewart line!  So I mixed the glaze with the acrylic "pearl" paint.  I got a lovely shade with tons of shine and texture.

2.  I gave the pumpkin a few coats and let it dry.

3.  Also at Michael's (there was a great sale!), I purchased a spider jewel sticker by Martha once again.  I found some black jewels that matched the color and size of the spider fairly well to create the spider's trail.

4.  Once the paint was dry, I applied all of the jeweled stickers to the pumpkin.  Easy enough!


Here is my finished spider pumpkin!

Prettiest spider I've ever seen.


Now on to tutorial #2!  I have seen a few versions of panty hose pumpkins and I had been dying to try it out!

I found these 2 lovely little orange pumpkins at Wal-Mart for cheap.  I tore off the stems and gave these little guys a shade of Heirloom white spray paint.


I had an old pair of tights laying around--lucky for me it had an interesting pattern!  So I cut the tights in half--one leg for each pumpkin!


I just squished the pumpkin through the leg of the tights.  It was a bit tricky to get it to fit at first, but it just took a bit of pushing.  I tied a knot at the bottom of the pumpkin and cut off the extra.


At the top, I decided I wanted something stem-like.  So I stuck in a finial that happened to fit beautifully where the stem was.  Then I hot glue the bit of tights left around it to create a stem.


I LOVE how this turned out.  I love how the pattern of the tights gives the pumpkin so much personality!


These just makes me happy.

So how are YOU decorating for fall??


Sunday’s Snippets: Surprise 80s Birthday Bash

Last weekend I turned 30 years old.
Yes, the big 3-0.  I had been dreading this milestone for quite some time because even though I feel as young as ever, something about the number just sounds awful.  I had hoped that the day would pass quickly and quietly with as little freaking-out as possible.
But instead, I got to party in style!
I pride myself on sensing surprises.  But I have to admit--I had NO CLUE that this one was coming.  Little did I know that weeks ago, a Party Planning Committee (my husband, sister, and Mom!) had formed.  And they had been busy!

Last Friday night I walked into a hot 80's-themed birthday party!

The night before my birthday Mr. Oopsey Daisy announced he was taking me on a birthday date.  Nothing about this seemed odd to me.  We typically celebrate our birthdays with some kind of date night.  This night was nothing too special.  We ran some errands. A bit of dinner.  Hubby convinced me to eat a vanilla/chocolate twist ice cream cone at Jason's Deli, so I obliged.
When we got out to the car, my sweet hubby blindfolded me!  He drove me around town, but I had a sneaky suspicion that we were getting close to our house.  And I was right.
He carried me piggy back right up to my very own doorstep where he took off my blindfold, and I was greeted by an enormous, "SURPRISE!"  My house had been turned into an 80's party zone, and about 40 friends and family were decked out in 80's clothes.  I didn't even recognize half of them!

I was given 5 minutes to change clothes to fit in with the party.  And thanks to my sis, I had an 80's outfit ready to go.I rocked a butterfly top, pink mini skirt with leggings, animal print sandals, and a side ponytail with one of my old purple hair bows!
My family had decorated with some of my old Care Bears and stuffed animals as centerpieces.  Everyone was given slap bracelets (yes, they DO still exist!) and glow sticks.  They had also plastered 80's posters everywhere.  Nothing says 80's like Michael Jackson's moon walk! My Mom even made not one but TWO Care Bear birthday cakes.  I really was obsessed with Care Bears back in the day...
Prizes were given out for the best dressed, and my sister had a few fun games...
* "Guess the Lyrics" to 80's songs.
* "Guess that 80's movie" with props to jog our memories!
* You know you were born in the 80's if...
We even had E.T. projected on the side of the house on a sheet!  While we cleaned up the party, the boys were very well entertained.
Yes, I am now the dreaded 30.
But I feel so blessed.
I have incredible family and friends.   Life is good.
What were the best parts of your week?

Rolled Canvas Giveaway {UPrinting} – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.

Yay!  It's Thursday!

I love giveaway days--a chance for an Oopsey Daisy reader to win something really cool!

UPrinting is an online printing company.

On their website, you can find a variety of printing services from business cards to greeting cards... From stickers to yard signs!  I checked out UPrinting's website today, and here are a few things that caught my eye:

I am incredibly impressed with the prices of UPrinting's greeting cards.  I think this is the best rate I've seen... and it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas cards!

Listen up business owners!  Using the services available at UPrinting, you can create your own yard signs, vinyl banners, magnets, window clings, and more!  You can upload your own images or design them online.

But here is my favorite part:

UPrinting also specializes in canvas printing.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE canvas prints!  I love the texture.

Today UPrinting is offering one 16 x 20" rolled canvas print to 1 lucky reader!  That's huge!

A rolled canvas is a fraction of the cost of a stretched canvas print.  And you can preserve your art in a cute frame!

Here are some more details on this lovely prize:

You can customize this canvas so it includes a 2-inch border or no border.

This includes free shipping with a 1-business day turnaround.

For U.S. residents 18 years old and above.

Here is how you can win:

1.  "Like" UPrinting on Facebook.  Tell them hello and let them know you're stopping by from Oopsey Daisy!  Let me know in a comment.

2.  What kind of photo you would print on this rolled canvas?  Let me know in a comment.


This giveaway will close on Wednesday, September 28 at midnight.

The winner will be announced via Facebook/Twitter and then e-mailed directly.

Good luck friends!!

You can read my full disclosure statement here.

Wednesday’s Wowzers

Fall is definitely in the air around blogging land.  There are so many inspiring projects, and I want to do them all--if only there were more hours in the day!  Right now we are swimming in tissues and struggling to keep up with our busy lives.  What is it about the changing seasons that always seems to make us sick?!

And although we are ALL sick, somehow Mr. Oopsey Daisy seems to be taking it the hardest.  Somehow when he is under the weather, he seems to act just like my toddler. 🙂

Here are a few of my top picks of the week:

Tasha's fabric pumpkins are so stinkin' cute!  I love how deliciously plump they are--and the raffia bow is the perfect touch!  Go stop by The Creation Corner to find out how to make your own.

I can't get enough pillow ideas!  This fall pillow from Pickup Some Creativity is so bright, colorful,  and cheery!

Here's a great idea:  Make a Halloween tree!  And not just ANY Halloween tree--a Pottery Barn Knockoff Halloween tree!  Kiki Creates is the genius behind this.  (Love that Chevron table too, by the way!)

My sweet friend Amy from Positively Splendid is busy preparing for a sweet babe to arrive.  I am loving watching her baby's nursery get organized!  I love the transformation of this dresser!  Don't you love the gray?  And those vinyl embellishments?  Perfect!

I am constantly amazed at the creative wreaths I see around blogging land!  And this pencil and cork wreath just screams school!  And of course it would be perfect for an office!  Stop by Organize & Decorate Everything for the details.

This pumpkin toss game from A Little Tipsy is genius!  And frugal!  And simple!  I know Little Man would love this.

I think that this chocolate spider web cake in a jar looks both scary and scrumptious!  How fun for a Halloween party!  Get the recipe at I Am Baker.

Last up today:  I am totally smitten with this fall leaf garland.  I have plenty of felt that would be perfect for this project.  You've got to see the tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess.

What do you think?
Fall is a time for supreme inspiration!

Festive Halloween Soaps

I originally posted about these Halloween hand soaps at Every Creative Endeavor's Fall Fever.  Be sure to check out Amanda's blog for more Fall inspiration!
I know it's only September, but I am already itching for Halloween to arrive!
When is it TOO early to decorate for Halloween?  I have an adorable little Pottery Barn owl that is begging to make an appearance!


I was thrilled when I saw Bath and Body Works' new line of Halloween hand soaps launch back in August.  They were adorable! My first inclination was to purchase at least a dozen or so-- Mr. Oopsey Daisy had to hold me back!  But then I realized I could create my very own festive Halloween hand soaps for a fraction of the cost!
Are you ready to make your own?
I started out by purchasing a handful of soaps at the dollar store.
I was hoping to find a soap that was already orange. Instead, I simply purchased clear soaps and added a few drops of food coloring to color it orange. I just used the hand pump to mix it up!  (Before adding the food coloring, I did a bit of research first to be sure it wouldn't dye our hands!  Most soaps already have dyes in them, and as long as the dye is mixed up, it will NOT dye your hands.  Pretty cool!)
Peeling off the labels was a piece of cake!  I just used a bit of Goo Gone to completely remove the label stickiness.  Love that stuff!
Next, I found some darling Halloween images in the Silhouette library.  I found several jack-o-lantern faces for each of the orange soaps.  And a haunted house for the purple soap.  I used the Silhouettte Studio to size the images correctly...
And then I cut them out of black vinyl using my Silhouette machine.  (If you don't have a Silhouette, you could do something very similar using black stickers or even by printing and applying a transparency.)
Then I applied the vinyl to each soap.
I added a bow to each soap, and that was it!
I plan on giving these out as little gifts to teachers and friends.
A simple project... but these will add so much fun and festivity to our house!

Canning Pears

I have not always been a canning fan.

My sisters and I grew up helping my Mom can pears, applesauce, tomatoes, and peaches.  But I dreaded it.  In fact, I once fainted in a toasty kitchen while canning peaches.  While being revived, I vowed to never participate in canning again by choice.  But then I grew up.  (You may or may not know that I turned 30 over the weekend, so lately I DO feel very grown up!)

Over Labor Day, my sister made the journey to Colorado's Palisades orchards.  She returned with boxes of lovely pears and apples for the entire family!  Although I don't eat a lot of fresh pears, I love making baby food from canned pears.  I love throwing canned pears in a blender and having a meal ready to go.

I always worry that I haven't learned everything that I need to learn from my Mother.  So last week when we got together to can pears, I took notes!  So this tutorial is for me...

**Although I am sure there are many ways to can, this is my Mama's style.  I realize there are many new gadgets and methods, but this it the way my Mother has always canned.  And her Mother.  And her Mother's Mother.  So here's to keeping tradition alive!

My sister, Mom, and I formed an assembly line to cut up boxes and boxes of pears. We each took charge of 1 of these tools:

Peeler, coring tool, knife

After hours of peeling, my sister was thrilled to show off all those peelings!  That represents a ton of hard work!

Now it was time to fill those jars...

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