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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Feagan's Art from the Nursery to Pages in a Book

    The cut paper loveliness that is Alice Feagan's artwork, can now be seen on every page of her new picture book! We know her for the magical escapes she creates for children through nursery wall art and artwork for kids rooms. We all have a new way to enjoy her treasures now, when the little ones are getting tucked in, or there's a quiet moment when you can snuggle and look at a good book together. Enjoy Alice Feagan's gorgeous illustrations, along with Linda Martin's fun tale of a family and their exciting find of some lost newborn bunnies one summer in The Summer of Rabbits.

    We hope there is more to come!

  • Marbleized Eggs with Chicks Craft

    Items needed:
    - 2 cookie sheets
    - shaving cream
    - food coloring
    - toothpicks
    - squeegee
    - paper
    - decorative or patterned paper for the chicks.

    You can download the  chick pattern here.

    Instructions:
    1. Squirt a line of shaving cream on cookie sheet
    2. Spread it out on cookie sheet in an even layer about 1/4" thick
    3. Drop dots of food coloring on shaving cream (at least 2 colors)
    4. Swirl food coloring with a toothpick
    5. Press paper on swirled shaving cream
    6. Lift off and squeegee off shaving cream
    7.  Enjoy your fabulous marbleized paper  -cut into egg shapes
    8.  Use other papers of your choice for chicks
    9.  Add paper grass and flowers or insects, etc.

    Have fun,
    Mendy & Megan

  • Inventive Easter Eggs

    Easter's on its way (as well as Spring in general, for those who don't celebrate Easter but still love to decorate eggs!).

    Got the eggs? Got the bowls? The white vinegar? The fizzy color tablets?

    Not so fast. We've found a bunch of Easter egg decorating ideas that are entirely different from the way we, at least, have always done it. Over on our sister site, greenboxart.com, you'll find a bunch of gorgeous Easter egg styles that are fun to look at or maybe for a crafty grown-up to try. But here on Oopsy daisy, we've got some ideas for new egg-decorating methods that little ones can do.

    Here's a couple blissfully simple ideas that end up looking seriously fancy: ribbon-decorated eggs, which only require ribbons and school glue (or even double-sided tape!) to create. Glitter eggs are so obvious, but we'd certainly never thought of them before: what could be better to match a little cutie's sparkly Easter shoes? Even these decoupage eggs offer a lot of artistic bang for your effort buck.

    A little more in-depth is this geode egg, which requires a few things you may not have around the house but can easily pick up. These are so cool-looking when they're done, and not all that hard to do, especially for older kids.

    Finally, we love the idea of using healthy veggies like beets, red cabbage, and onion skins to create natural dyes to impart subtle, earthy colors on eggs. Pair this project with a trip to the farmer's market for a day of educational fun. (How-tos for all these are linked)

    If you want something that will last way beyond Easter, we recommend this simply sweet canvas wall art for kids' rooms by Creative Thursday by Marisa, an Oopsy Daisy artist. What a great reminder of the incredible potential found in every Spring, every egg, and every child!

     

  • Pregnancy & Newborn February 2012

  • Take a Tour with Oopsy Daisy artist Suzy Ultman

    Suzy Ultman, one of our very talented artists, is well known for the fun and playful fantasy worlds that she creates in her children's wall art. She is said to explore the worlds within our worlds, the little things that make us smile, and the connections that make us all part of the global community. Having her as an Oopsy Daisy artist has definitely been a fun filled adventure and a true delight!

    It’s not every day that we get to take a peek inside the private lives of our artists, but thanks to our friends at Apartment Therapy, Suzy is giving us the chance to take a look inside her own chic home! In this feature article, we're lucky enough to get a tour of her lovely mid-century home which features some of her designs and most treasured toys. We get to see her personal interior decorating style as well her artist workspace. So, have yourself a little fun and take a world class tour through Suzy’s home today! You're gonna love her style-

  • April Fools' Day Meal

    Yes, we are a little bit early. But that's because this is important and you need time to prepare. April Fools' Day is coming up and with it, the hands-down ultimate chance of the year to score some "cool grown-up" points. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, neighbor, whatever, with just a little preparation you can become a legend. All you need to do is go all-out on April Fools' Day.

    Here's how. Plan an April Fools' meal. Personally, the kids in our house will be chowing down on cheeseburgers and layer cake this year (shh!). The prank, of course, is that the cheeseburgers are actually nilla wafers with peppermint patties and the cake is really meatloaf slathered in mashed potatoes.

    There are all sorts of recipes like this, starting at breakfast with a bowl of cereal that's actually cauliflower soup and extending to Twinkie sushi. Yes, it is immature. And silly. And if you try it, we guarantee, you will be an April Fools' Day hero.

    (By the way, over here are www.oopsydaisy.com, we've got nearly 175 fun placemats for kids to eat their April Fools' meals on, like this one by Maria Carluccio. And that's no foolin'!)

  • Megan & Mendy Winborg Interview

    For the Winborg Sisters, “all in the family” isn’t just an expression, it’s a way of life. As children, sisters Megan and Mendy were surrounded by art. “Our dad is an artist,” Megan says. “He worked in our house, and we always worked with him. So we’ve been around art all the time.” Their younger brother is now an artist who works with their father creating landscapes and portraits in oil. Their older sister is a photographer. And their mother has a degree in interior design with an interest in textiles.

    Megan and Mendy create their art using paint, paper, pens and paint markers. The sisters have six children between them, and their kids are growing up around art just like their moms did.

    OD: You two get along so well now. Was there a lot of sibling rivalry between you growing up?

    Megan: Not really. I am the middle of the three sisters [Mendy is two years younger than Megan]. The oldest and youngest had rivalries, but I was always the peacemaker between the two.

    OD: As a team, how do you approach your work? Does one of you generate the ideas and the other one sketch them out?

    Mendy: We have a huge list of pictures we want to make and we’re both always adding to it. Then when we get together we start cutting and laying out and setting down before gluing—moving stuff around as we work. It’s a collaboration.

    OD: Where do you work?

    Megan: Mendy has a studio room in her house. Our kids love to play with one another so we get them together and tell them “entertain each other while we work.” I have a teenager on down to a seven-year old, and Mendy’s three daughters are younger.

    OD: Do your kids give you art ideas?

    Mendy: They’re really our biggest inspiration—what they draw and think of. We try to get the whole spectrum of what’s cool wall art for kids from them and find out what wall art they’d like in their own rooms.

    OD: I’m guessing a lot of your artwork for kids' rooms  ends up in your own kids' rooms.

    Megan: Our kids have tons of our artwork in their rooms. Sometimes our husbands think it’s a little too much!

    OD: What’s the best part about working together?

    Mendy: We have a lot of fun together. We always laugh and embarrass our kids. We sing songs, do cheers, order pizza, make a mess. By the time the project’s over the house is a disaster. And the kids play together while we work. We hope they’ll remember those times together.

    OD: If you could invent an ice cream flavor, what would it be?

    Megan: Probably Diet Coke with something in it, because I love Diet Coke with anything in it. Diet Coke with orange is my favorite recently.

    OD: What’s on your iPod?

    Mendy: Lots of kids’ games, photos and videos of the kids. Actually, I lost my iPod for about five months. We looked everywhere for it! It was in my six-year-old daughter’s puppy purse. She’s very girly and has lots of purses. She takes my makeup too.

    See the Winborg Sisters' Oopsy Daisy art collection.

  • Butterfly High

    March may come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but in our book, it floats like a butterfly, too. Peeking flowers are a wonderful sign of Spring, but we'll take the glimpse of a flittering butterfly any day.

    So that's part of the reason we're excited for this month's butterfly event at the Missouri Botanical Garden. (The other part is that we love, love, love the name: March Morpho Mania®, and yes, they like it so much it's registered!) Throughout the month of March, those electric-blue morpho butterflies, thousands of them, will be filling the Tropical Conservatory at the Garden's Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

    There's also educational stuff about butterfly farms in Costa Rica, but our eyes will be glued to these marvelous morphos.

    For those of you who don't live near Chesterfield, Missouri, or for those of you who do but just can't get enough of these winged harbingers of Spring, you're in luck: we at oopsydaisy love butterflies too. Some of our favorite artists have celebrated them, and they're available as canvas wall art for kids' rooms or any other room where you want to take wing!

  • Filming Kids' Events

    If you’re anything like us, you dutifully record your kids’ big events. Soccer games, recitals, school plays, science fairs, Scouting awards—you know what I mean. You find a good spot in the audience, whip out the phone or video camera, and press record.

    Then what? Well, again, if you’re like us, nothing, that’s what. Maybe you show part to your child afterwards, maybe you upload it or parts of it, but let’s be honest; how many hours of unwatched events are hanging around your hard drive?

    Because here’s the thing. Your kids are terrific—miracles, wonders of nature, really—but come on, an entire soccer game? A whole school play in which your child has only one line? Those things can be hard enough to watch once (admit it!) let alone again. If you and your family have an hour of free time together, are you going to pop some popcorn, settle into the TV room, and watch the entire grade-school spring music concert? Right. Neither are we.

    So let’s free ourselves from the point-and-shaky-shoot-for-a-whole-hour thing. Here are some tips for filming kids’ events:

    1: Brace yourself. Hold the camera against your body to minimize shaky frames. Or invest in an inexpensive (but priceless!) stand. Try a gorillapod, which you can wrap around the branch of a tree or the back or a folding chair.

    2: Be picky. What's the most interesting part? Your kid's appearance, of course. But if you familiarize yourself with the event beforehand, you can make some educated guesses about when the interesting stuff will take place. In a sporting event, maybe it's the team huddle, the coin toss, the high-fives at the end. In a play, find out when the action scenes or best songs take place. For a telent show, pick a few acts to record. Just get the highlights.

    3: Shhh. Let the action unfold. Don't narrate. If it's not interesting enough to stand on its own, is it really interesting enough to film? There's nothing worse than haveing voice-over narration interrupt important parts of the scene.

    4: Wrap it up. Include an interview or two. How does your child feel about this event? Is he nervous? Did she have fun? Ask Grandma, on-camera, what her favorite parts were. Those moments may turn out to be the biggest treasure of all.

     

     

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