Happy Little Watermelon

Yikes!!  Just after posting my Halloween advent calendar, I realized I still had a couple of last summer projects to post!  Do you ever have a pokey little project that seems so simple but somehow takes forever to wrap up??  Admittedly, most of my projects turn out that way!  So let's rewind just a bit... we still have 3 more weeks of summer.  That's plenty of time to enjoy the season!

Let me introduce you to my newest creation:  This sweet little wooden watermelon.  August is National Watermelon Month, so I feel quite festive to finally have this hung on my porch!  I had so much fun creating this!
I started out by spray painting the bare wood that I bought at the Wood Connection.  If I haven't yet declared my love for this store, let me do it now!!  I love that this store supplies all of the bare wood to let me go craft-crazy!!!  (And watch out, because I think I bought out all of their fall wooden projects!)
Next, I cut out some watermelon seeds from the scrapbook paper.  I mod-podged them onto the red piece.  After those dried, I gave the entire top a good coat of mod-podge to protect it.
Next, I gorilla glued the two wood pieces together.  It needed overnight to dry completely.   My hubby drilled some holes in the top, and I added some wire to hang the melon and curled up the ends around a pencil.  I thought the bow would be my finishing touch... but it just needed a little somethin' something.  

So the cricut saved the day again with a bit of vinyl!  Ah... that's better!
I thought about hanging this on my orange front door, but this little melon is brightening up my porch now instead!!  I absolutely *LOVE* this bright touch to my summer projects!!  
Have a super week!

Temple Block Project

Remember when I featured Lil' Luna's amazing temple block project???  Well, Kristyn so generously antiqued a picture of my very own Denver Temple, so I sent the picture straight over to Costco to be developed.   I mod-podged it on some painted wood, added some ribbon and tule, and I was done in no time!!  Seriously... this was one easy project with Kristyn's help!
I wanted to be sure the block matched Little Man's room, so I added a touch of blue tule with the black and white bow.
Now I just need to figure out how to display it in Little Man's room!  Thanks again, Kristyn, for sharing your talents with us!

FHE Chart {Finally!}

Do you have a project that just sits at the back of your mind FOREVER just waiting to take a clear shape?  I have way too many to count!  Sometimes I have an idea, but I just can't "see" it in my head.  I had been dreaming and scheming up a FHE Chart for months.  I am proud to say that this Family Home Evening Chart is finally complete.  Once I had the vision, it just took a few hours to put together with a bit of help from the hubby.
It all started with this innocent piece of bare wood that I bought at The Wood Connection.  (You will be hearing a lot about The Wood Connection considering I came home with more than $100 of wood from The Wood Connection the last time we visited Utah!)
I really wanted a chart with both words and pictures.  I wanted Little Man to understand the chart even before he could read!  The hardest part of this project was finding the images to design my vinyl.  I love how simple the pictures are... perfect for kids to understand!
I adore the metal bracket (Can someone tell me the true name for this.... I don't think it's really a bracket!)  It just adds a bit of elegance, don't you think?  Mr. Oopsey Daisy got involved with this project, and helped drill in the beautiful bracket.  Thanks, babe!
Instead of just swapping little tags with our names, I loved the idea from You Craft Me Up of using our pictures instead!  I love the classy black and white pictures.  I found blank keychains on sale at JoAnn's, developed some pictures, and cut them down to size. I added a bit of ribbon as a finishing touch!

I love red!  It's so bold and beautiful and matches our room perfectly.  Isn't it silly that this little chart makes me so much more excited for Family Night?  
Have a great week, my friends!

Wedding Block {Great Anniversary Gift!}

Last week was CCCCCC-RAZY!  Within 3 days, I had my sister's birthday, my parents' anniversary, my best friend's wedding, and a trip to prepare for and just about everything went wrong.  Little Man and I both got sick, had no sleep, and my computer and printer both crashed. Somehow, I even survived blogging from my husband's PC (and I am completely a MAC person!). 
I haven't been the best about planning ahead this summer, so I sprang into action with little time to spare.  I needed a wedding and anniversary gift--and FAST.  So I decided to create a customized wedding block for BOTH events.  Here is what I did:
I started out with a wooden block from Hobby Lobby, and drilled holes in the top.  (I have finally learned my lesson about drilling holes BEFORE I paint or mod-podge!) 
Next, I gave the blocks a couple of good coats of black spray paint.
I sanded up all those edges for a nice, rustic feel.  (Sorry about the blurry picture!)
While the paint was drying, I used my Cricut to cut out the temple silhouettes out of cardstock.  I painted each temple with silver paint, and I added just the slightest touch of glitter glue.  Very subtle, I promise!
**Updated to add:  Several people have asked where I got my temple templates.  Because I use the Sure Cuts A Lot software, I can easily download any image from the web, and have my Cricut cut it out.  I did a simple search for "LDS temple silhouettes" and came across quite a few temple silhouettes, and downloaded them to my computer.  Also, you can create your own template by creating a silhouette out of your own photograph.  You can read more about creating your own silhouettes by clicking here. **
After mod-podging the temple silhouettes onto the wood, I cut out my vinyl.  This was my first time ever using contact paper to apply my vinyl.  Let me just tell you--contact paper is genius!!!  Using this method, my vinyl is much more straight, clean, and crisp.  
I did the 2 blocks just slightly different.  Because of the shape of the Salt Lake Temple, I felt that I needed to add the last name across the middle.  There was just much more space to fill.  
My parents' block, with the Provo Temple, is much more simple and sweet.
Last but not least, I threaded ribbon through the holes and tied a nice big bow.  I must confess, I think the bow is my favorite part!!  I love red with black and white!  My best friend's wedding colors were black and pink, so pink was the best touch for hers.
Now I just need to make one for ME!!  Perhaps for our third anniversary..... What do you think?
Enjoy your week!

Framed Burlap Monogram

This project is a crowd-pleaser!!   

The framed burlap monogram is the perfect project if you don't like to sew or just need something quick and easy to whip up!  Plus--what a great gift idea!  You can personalize it for anyone!  
Yesterday was my baby sister's 21st birthday, and I wanted a homemade gift to add to the stash!  She loves turquoise, and this piece will match her college apartment room just perfectly.  I admit I did NOT have cute bedrooms in college... but my sister sure does!  I am proud to say that I just added to the cuteness 🙂
I started out with this $2.50 frame from Wal-Mart.  Man, I love Wal-Mart!  You can't beat the great deals!
I wanted a nice antique look to my frame, so I didn't sand it first.  I simply spray painted right over it.  See how the color doesn't all absorb easily?  That leaves some brown to show through.  Lovely!
This particular frame did not come with any kind of matting, so I made my own!!  I just traced the glass and made a mat out of a cardboard box.  (We have way too many cardboard boxes at our house because my hubby receives packages for work at least twice a week!)
I knew I wanted burlap as my background.  Yes, I am still loving the burlap!  I cut out a piece with plenty of extra room on all 4 sides so I could wrap it around the back for added security.  I just mod-podged the burlap right on to the cardboard mat!  I had to press and hold the burlap on the back just to be sure it dried nice and tight.
Next, I found some coordinating fabric for my monogram.  Don't you love the brown/turquoise color combination??  I am always looking for shortcuts, so I cut out my monogram using my Cricut.  You could definitely use a template from a computer to cut out your fabric monogram, too!  In order to cut my fabric on the Cricut, I ironed Heat N Bond onto my fabric.
I peeled off the back of the Heat N Bond, and adhered the fabric to the Cricut mat.  (For more info on cutting fabric on your Cricut, you can read this post.)  Then I let the Cricut do the rest!
You could totally mod-podge the fabric right on to the burlap... but I already had the Heat N Bond backing, so I just ironed my monogram onto the burlap!  It took about 30 seconds.  Voila!  I inserted my burlap monogram into my frame and here is the finished product:
 What do you think?  My sister loved it!!  
Let's see that before and after just one more time....
The total cost of this project was about $3.00!!  Cute.  Frugal.  Fast.  All in a day's work!!

Have a great day!!

Little Man’s Growth Board

Do you remember Lyndsey's Craft Spot guest post about making a growth board during Baby Week?  Ever since then, I knew I wanted to make one.  I have such happy memories of stretching up on my tippy toes while my Dad measured me on the wall in our Laundry Room.  The marks are still there--the story of our growing up!  
I followed Lyndsey's tutorial perfectly, so I won't re-has it for you... I'll just show off the finished product!  First and foremost, I am slightly heartbroken because I can't show it off in all its glory! The real growth board does not say "Little Man"; it obviously says his first name.  But in the interest of preserving Little Man's privacy, I did a little Photoshop trick to write over his name.  His name is written in brown vinyl, and it looks stinkin' cute!  Use your imagination!
This was such a fun project! Little Man has an airplane nursery... his Daddy is a pilot  So Mr. Oopsey Daisy really got into this project, helping me to design all of the details.  I bought the wooden airplane at Hobby Lobby, always wondering what I would do with it.  I gorilla-glued that bad boy right onto the board!  It's a splendid finishing touch!
This was the fun part!  We measured this big kid against his growth board for the first time.  Little Man is very tall and skinny for his age... he is 90% for height, but only 10% for weight.  He is already 2 feet/8 inches!
Sticking with our airplane theme, we decided to mark his progress with vinyl airplanes.  I marked the date and his current height on the airplane.  I can't wait to track his progress as he grows with a twisty turvy airplane trail!
I marked each inch using a paint pen and ruler.  (I actually bought paint pens to write in the quiet book... I don't love how they work on fabric, but they worked just fabulous on wood!) I demonstrated each foot marker with polk-a-dot scrapbook paper, distressed each, and added the brown vinyl words over the top.  I did the same for his name.  To finish up, I drilled holes and added the wire to hang it.  The bow was the cherry on top!
What a fun addition to Little Man's room--perfect for that skinny wall in his room!

Distressed Wooden Sign

I am super excited with how this project turned out.  It was one of those delightful moments where something turned out even better than I had envisioned.  I just couldn't stop looking at my rustic Western sign.

The goal:  My sister threw an amazing cowboy hoe-down party for my nephew's 3rd birthday on Saturday.  I will be sharing some details of the party later on because it was rip-roarin' fun!  She asked me to make a rustic sign that said, "Anderson Ranch" to hang up on a tree in the back yard.  Here are bits and pieces of my journey:

I was able to walk out of Home Depot with this piece of wood for FREE!  Great start!

The only problem was that my piece of wood was silky smooth, and I needed it to look rustic.  Can you believe that I have never ever distressed something before?!  I had so much fun with my mallet, screw, and screwdriver that I am having visions of distressing every piece of furniture in my home!  This was excellent anger management!!!  I went to town on my wood until I realized that the opposite side of the wood was actually much more naturally distressed.  It had a fabulous knot in it and was already a bit more rough.  I didn't even mind the extra distressing... I seriously LOVED it!  (What does that say about me?)
I started out by giving the distressed wood a good coat of brown spray paint.  See that fabulous knot?  

Next, I applied my vinyl on top of the brown coat.  I used a fun Western font called "Playbill."  I was so tickled with how Western it looked!

Now I gave my sign a good coat of Heirloom White.  I sprayed right over the top of my vinyl.  I loved how all of my distressing really showed up after this coat.  Check it out...

At first, I was a little disappointed because I found that my vinyl peeled up around some of the edges, so some letters were a bit blurred.  I contemplated fixing them up... and then I realized it simply added to the rustic look!  Oopsey turned into a daisy!  I even took it to the next step by sanding the edges of the letters so the brown would blend into the white.  Of course I sanded the sign's edges too.

I realized I didn't have any wire strong enough to hang this bad boy... but I came up with a frugal solution!!  I untwisted a wire hanger and used my big muscles and rusty wire cutters to fashion the wire into a sign hanger!  It was nice to find an easy solution around the house!

And here is the lovely finished product, hanging on the tree:

Deliciously rustic, don't you think??  

PS My friend Kelsey from Tattered & Inked was my paint distressing consultant on this project!!  I seriously e-mailed her to ask her advice.  She knows her paint!!  If you haven't checked out her blog, swing by and say hello!

Flag Firecrackers

In case you didn't get enough firecrackers yesterday, here is the second set I made!  I was truly inspired by the firecrackers I saw on Amber Packer.  (via UCreate, of course!) I love her stars and stripes!  I realized that I could really make mine look like a flag! 

Can I just tell you how much I love Home Depot?!  My local Home Depot knows me pretty well by now, and they are so good to me.  I bought an insanely long piece of wood that was somewhere around 3.25 x 2 feet... it was only $1.87.  SCORE!  I had plenty of wood left over for future projects, too.  I had 3 pieces cut-- 6 inch, 10 inch, and 14 inch pieces.

After painting my wood white and sanding it down, here is what I did:

Now for embellishing!!  How about some stars?

And a few stripes:

I used the same methods from yesterday's firecrackers to add a bit of wire to each one.

I tied it all together with some twine.  I think it adds a nice rustic touch!

I must say, I absolutely adore my star firecrackers, but I am loving these ones even more!!  On Saturday, my hubby took Little Man to Costco for the morning (definitely their favorite spot!) so I had a couple of hours to work on these guys.  Thanks, babe!

 SYS Thurs

MuralMaker and More

Star Firecrackers

One week until Independence Day... the countdown is on!!  I have been trying to finish up my patriotic crafts all weekend.  I actually created two sets of firecrackers, and here is the first set.  

I painted up my stars, sanded the edges, and embellished with ribbon and buttons.  I used a bit of distressing ink on the white star.

I have so much fun with craft wire!  I just love the spontaneity of its twisting and turning. Here is what I did:

Now these lovely stars are brightening up my mantel!

Stars are just so happy!!  I will be showing off my second set of firecrackers later on!
Enjoy your week, my friends!!

**If you haven't noticed, I am giving my blog a bit of a facelift!  Bear with me until I get it all finished! **

 SYS Thurs

Calendar Blocks Plus Three Giveaway Winners!

I was so thrilled to meet some new friends last week during Baby Week.  If you are new to Oopsey Daisy, welcome!!  I hope you'll enjoy my cozy little crafty corner.  Don't be shy... I'd love to hear from you! 

You know you're a craft nut when you plan your vacation time around buying or making crafts!  When we visited Utah, I convinced my husband to stock up on tons of wood from the Wood Connection.  I maximized all of my suitcase space with my new purchases!  I have so many fun wood projects to work on now.  But I am especially excited about my new set of calendar blocks.  They are sitting happily in my tiny kitchen window.

So in case YOU are wondering what day it is today:

Or what day it was yesterday:
I bought this set of bare wood blocks and base from the Wood Connection craft store.  But you could definitely find scraps from Home Depot, too.  (I'm at the point now where my Home Depot men just give me scraps for free!  Love it!)  

I painted them all a nice espresso brown, and mod-podged my paper on--which I distressed of course.  I cut the vinyl for the numbers and months on my Cricut.  I wanted to be able to interchange my months, so I just put velcro on the wood base with matching velcro on the months. I store the other months in a bag near by.

Here are a couple of other cute combinations:
Don't you just love the brown with the turquoise?? I am definitely NOT a morning person, but I somehow get pleasure out of waking up and changing my blocks every day!!

Baby Week Winners
If you entered a Baby Week giveaway, be sure to check in and see if you've won!  I will be selecting giveaway winners each day!! 

Ess is the winner of the adorable Knits & Reads baby booties giveaway:
The Simply Designing bracelet giveaway is especially exciting because we have TWO winners!! 

Congratulations, ladies! Please contact me at oopsey (dot) daisy (at) yahoo (dot) com.  I just need your e-mail and shipping address to pass along to the giveaway host.  

Make it a fabulous day!!
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