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Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Themed Birthday Parties!

    Have you noticed that birthday parties are getting more and more extravagant? What theme will you use for your kiddo's next birthday party? Well, we can help. We have awesome birthday banners that will make the “theme” choosing task a lot easier!

    We love parties at Oopsy daisy and we hope you do too! Check out some of these cool birthday themes for boys at Hostess with the Mostess: Pirate Themes, Dinosaur Themes, Cowboy Themes and lots more you can choose from! Oh, but let's not forget our girl themes: Garden Themes, Beach Theme, Fairy Themes and plenty more of them as well.

    To make it even more special for your child, you could add personalized  Oopsy daisy Birthday Banners, Placemats and Night Lights. We even have some matching Necklaces to make the birthday girl more anxious about her day!  So now are your wheels turning? We hope so!

  • April Showers Bring Adorable Umbrellas

    If April showers bring May flowers,  what do May flowers bring? (besides Pilgrims?)

    Umbrellas. There are few things sweeter than a child with an umbrella, out enjoying the rain instead of sitting inside moping about it. First off, we are thrilled to share this photo we just found--the UFO Cap Umbrella. This sits on the bubble between the cutest thing ever and the dopiest thing ever. We're undecided. What do you think?

    Speaking of bubble, there's one thing we're sure of: we love the bubble umbrella. That old-timey transparent eggshell that you can stand beneath and be covered on all sides, staring out through the vinyl windshield it creates. So glad to see these are still around.

    The froggy is an old standby now, and one that always brings a smile. But the pirate is a new twist on the design--check out the sword sticking up off the surface of the umbrella, just like the frog's eyes do. The opposite of that, kind of, is this lovely lotus flower, with smart little "petals" that flutter around the edges.

    A quick search on "umbrella" in our site brings up a whole bunch of sweet art for kids' rooms with a rainy-day theme, perfect for any type of day.

    While you enjoy looking through those, we'll be out (you guessed it) singin' in the rain.

    Enjoy!

  • Help someone AND Hang Out with Will Ferrell?! Sign Us Up!

    Oopsy daisy wants to  help where and when we can. There are so many opportunities out there, we find lots of ways that we can offer our services, products, proceeds, and time to causes and people who can benefit from them. However, when an opportunity comes along that involves hanging out with one of the funniest men alive and helping in some way, you bet you can count on us!

    On Saturday, April 14th, Will Ferrell came to our beautiful land of Saint Diago (San Diego for you non-Anchorman obsessed friends) to raise money for a very noble cause, and our adventurous founders got to participate. Will even signed some of our awesome Wheatpaste Posters that Stick to auction at the event.  Cancer for College is a non-profit corporation run by Will's close friend and college buddy  Craig Pollard. Craig, himself, is a cancer survivor- and he's made it his mission to help raise college funds for cancer survivors and amputees. College can definitely take a backseat in expenses when costs fighting cancer mount up.

    We thank Craig Pollard and all those involved for making college a reality for so many kids who've had to struggle too much already.  Click here to donate!

     

  • Brightening up House with Gale Kaseguma

    We are so happy that the Emmy Award-winning TV program House (going on their 8th season on the air) featured 3 of our very own Gale Kaseguma's art pieces in a recent episode. On last night's episode, you may have spotted Summertime with Birds, Spring Jazz Square, and Flower Stalks all in our white shadowbox frames in a scene or two. There's nothing like spotting our artwork on television to make us smile!

    Gale Kaseguma's  canvas wall art pieces will perfectly accent any House scene with bright and warm colors, and tissue paper cutouts. Her wonderful talent will be celebrated forever.

     

  • Get Your Paint On!

    Oopsy daisy artists Mati Rose & Lisa Congdon have an instructional online painting workshop for beginners and returning artists! Mati is a wonderfully talented artist with a whimsical look to her artwork while Lisa's unique canvas wall art is colorful and very stylish!

    This fabulous E-course “Get Your Paint On” - will be taking place for 5 incredible weeks and will be running from April 16th until May 20th. This course is designed to help artists further develop their talents while connecting and communicating with other like-minded artists for inspiration and insight. The workshop is being hosted by Mati Rose and Lisa Congdon and is sure to brighten your day and enhance your artistic abilities. This is an amazing opportunity so don’t miss out!

    Here’s what some past students have said:

    "Yay! As a newbie I was so worried that I was going to be out of my depth, but the two of you & everyone else made this space so relaxed and easy to take risks and the support and encouragement made me want to paint more and more and more. I have loved every moment and will be looking out for the next class. Thank you!"

    "Thank you to you Lisa and Mati! I have been so happy inside since I started painting. I have always known that I have this creative molten magma inside of me and now it is getting to come to the surface. I'm loving it!!"

    So are you ready to Get Your Paint On with Mati Rose & Lisa Congdon?!

    For information on what to expect and FAQs, visit the class website here. 

  • ImPressive Flowers

    Spring flowers are springing forth at last. All that color and the riots of scents are making us wish these blooms would last forever. Which is why we're spending our afternoons picking flowers and then pressing them.

    This is a great way for kids to get into the groove of gardening for the upcoming season, not to mention a fun way to spend time together.  And it's so totally low-tech that it's a nice change of pace. All you need are fresh-picked flowers, a piece of newspaper or paper towel to place them in, and then a phone book (got one of those?) or other heavy tome, plus more to put on top. Just place the blooms the way you want them to look, put them in the folded paper to absorb dampness, and weight the whole thing down. Leave it for 2-3 days, and there you have it. Pressed flowers, perfect for making cards for Grandma or bookmarks for little bookworms.

    And if you love flowers as much as we do, check out all the blooms on our sweet  necklaces for little girls, wall decals for kids' rooms, and canvas growth charts, personalized art and mural banners.

    Spring is here!

     

     

  • Lemon Shortbread Candy Birdhouse by Shelly Kennedy

    Each holiday we make elaborate gingerbread houses, it's a tradition from my husbands family. One year we did holiday/winter bird houses... and i kept thinking how fun it would be to make it in the spring and decorate with a palette of spring candies.

    So this year I did!

    I tweaked our gingerbread recipe to a lemon shortbread, added lemon extract to the royal icing and the finished touch -covered it in spring candy. It smells soooo good, fresh and springy! Embellished with gum-balls and set on a blooming bed of mint jellies. I gave this edible bird house the "drooz studio" treatment!

    Maybe not really a traditional craft, but some serious fun for the entire family!.. and a great way to get rid of leftover Easter candy.

    So here it goes:

    You need 2 batches of shortbread dough..(so double the ingredients list below for purchasing)

    BUT: mix one batch at a time otherwise it will not fit into the mixer/bowl

    yield: makes one bird house and about 8-10 cut out cookies for decorating.

    Ingredients
    (this makes ONE batch - you will need TWO: pls don't double - it is best to mix 2 separate batches )

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine , at room temperature
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup corn syrup
    • 6 tablespoons powdered lemonade
    • 2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 4 tablespoons water

    Royal icing Ingredients
    • 4 egg whites (*see note below)
    • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

    Gingerbread House:
    In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter add brown sugar, corn syrup, lemonade, baking soda and lemon extract together until the mixture is smooth. Blend in the flour and water to make a stiff dough. Chill at least 30 minutes or until firm.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    Step by Step:

    1. Cut paper patterns for the gingerbread house, click here to download the templates.

    2. Roll gingerbread dough out to approx 1/4" thick (thicker is better than thin) (i like to cut the dough on parchment paper or a silpat baking mat- this makes for an easier transfer to the baking sheet)

    3.Place paper patterns onto the rolled out dough. With a sharp, straight edged knife, cut around each of the pieces, transfer to baking sheet. (lightly grease baking sheet if NOT using parchment or silpat baking mat)

    4. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes until dough feels firm.

    5. Once cool, assemble house. Please note that the sides of the completed birdhouse are angled a bit. it is easiest to assemble “on end” (see picture) ... start with back of birdhouse on surface, add sides, front (use lots of icing!, prop in place with with heavy items while icing dries... preferably overnight!) add roof, and decorate!

    Directions for Royal icing: (use with piping bag and round tip)
    1. Beat egg whites in a clean, large bowl with mixer at high speed until foamy.
    2. Gradually add sugar and lemon extract. Beat at high speed until thickened.
    *NOTE: instead of egg whites, i prefer to use meringue powder (such as Wilton's -found at craft stores) very easy to work with - and not the risk of raw eggs.

    Be creative and have fun!

    Shelly

  • Shelly Kennedy Interview

    Here at Oopsy daisy, we love art most of all. Wall art for kids’ rooms, to be exact. But we also love the art of a well-turned phrase. And there’s nothing like a child seeing his or her own name in a piece of personalized art.

    And that’s why we love Shelly Kennedy’s work. She’s an endlessly talented artist who often incorporates catchy phrases into her work. She also creates many of the personalized art options we have here at Oopsy daisy. Recently, we had some choice words with her:

    Oopsy daisy: 
Let’s start with your background. Are you formally trained in art?

    Shelly Kennedy: Umm, sort of.
 I took art lessons form a very early age (it was always my favorite “hobby”);
attending classes from local artists, at my elementary art teacher’s home in the summers, and any group class I could find! Some [classes were] fun and casual while some were very old school, teaching traditional methods and techniques.

    I attended Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. 
I started my college career in the School of Fine Arts, aiming towards a degree in Illustration. But in my sophomore year I realized that long term, I really wanted to start my own creative business someday and so I switched to Marketing and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Business.

    OD: You incorporate text into some of your art. Do you start with the phrase, then add the art, or do you start with the image you like and then find a quote to go with it?

    SK: Both!
 Sometimes I see an image and it sparks an idea/quote/message. But sometimes I have a message I’d like to share and then I have to develop a visual to accompany it.

    OD: Do you use clip art with the phrases or create the illustrations yourself?

    SK: Both. I adore the look and feel of 19th century engravings and I often use those. But I also use images and my own photography or drawing, which I then manipulate on the computer to look vintage or etched.

    OD: Your name pieces also incorporate text.
Do you have a particular love of words?

    SK: I do love fonts (and words, singularly and strung together!). 
I collect vintage children’s books. I love to study the fonts used, and it is even more of a special treasure when the book has a nameplate or TO/FROM sentiment/signature. Priceless.

    OD: Those books sound inspiring. Is that where you get your inspiration?

    SK: I get inspiration from the favorite illustrators of my childhood, like Richard Scarry, Tasha Tudor, Maurice Sendak, and Beatrix Potter. I also love vintage anything! Fabric, wallpaper, jewelry, books.
Also, my children (now 13 & 14) inspire me, with their ever-changing tastes, interests, and talents.

    OD: What do you do when/if you get “artist’s block?”

    SK: Oh, I get it!
 I’ll take a trip to an antique or thrift store. 
Flip through stacks of old magazines and books in my studio.
Open a new box of crayons (it is always packed with 64 colors and loads of ideas!).

    OD: 
What advice do you have for children/young people who want to become artists?

    SK: Just create!
keep making, drawing, painting, building, inventing! And to parents I’d say this: do your best to document and save what your kids create. It is priceless to look back on for later inspiration and can sometimes spark ideas of greatness later in life! As a parent, I know that those creations can add up fast! So be sure to scan or photograph all 2D and 3D creations before they “disappear.” That includes but is not limited to: naughty wall doodles, memorable fashionista moments of independence, tree forts, snowmen, cookie decorating, and recycled trash sculptures.

    OD: Complete this sentence: [Blank] stifles my creativity.

    SK: Letting the dog in and out 100 times a day stifles my creativity.

    OD: What’s the most recent YouTube video you watched?

    SK: My kids are always showing me something! But the last one I watched (by choice!) was one of my daughter (when she was ten years old) doing a rendition of 
I Love Lucy’s “Vitameatavegamin.” It makes me laugh so hard! It was for a 4th-grade American History project. The school creates a wax museum of famous American figures. She was to stand and not talk (you know, “wax-figure like”) but she learned the entire skit anyway! Yes, she is a natural (and crazy) redhead!

    OD: Any advice you’d give the you of ten years ago?

    SK: Trust yourself! Follow your gut and intuition.
 Try not to second-guess yourself. Your first impression/reaction is usually the right one (and the one you will return to after much deliberation)!

    OD: Complete this sentence: 
I really shouldn’t, but I...

    SK: …just ate an entire bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs.

    OD: Would you want to trade places with your pet if you could?

    SK: Oh YES! Definitely! 
Because she is the most pampered, well-cared-for animal I know! She naps all day in a heated bed, eats homemade food, never picks up after herself and gets away with attitude without consequence.

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

    SK: Mocha Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle
(with maybe a touch of granola for crunch).

    OD: If you could be any color, what would it be?

    SK: Dark, dark warm grey. Bold, mysterious, dramatic, and potentially moody!

    See Shelly's Oopsy daisy kids art collection.

  • It (Swim)Suits You!

    Bathing suit season is almost upon us, which means that the worst part of it is here already: bathing-suit shopping. For lots of moms, and some dads, trying on swimsuits is not exactly an event that's met with excitement.

    Which is where the kids come in. As uncomfortable as adults may feel in a swimsuit (even when they look terrific!), kids look adorable. All kids, of all ages, look adorable in swimsuits. It's a known fact.

    And turns out it's always been true, based on these photos and drawings of kids in vintage swimsuits. The line-drawing of boys in suits, as well as the color drawing of boys in suits and shirts, appeared on vintage sewing patterns, while the girl in goggles and the two cuties are both present-day suits made in a vintage style. (Based on our cursory web search, it seems that if you have a girl, you can buy her a vintage-style suit pretty easily, while if you have a boy, you'll have to make it yourself. Huh. Any thoughts on that discrepancy?)

    And if buying swimsuits is not your thing, or if your family is already all set for the season (good for you, by the way!), how about turning your attention to bathing suit or swim-inspired canvas wall art? Here at Oopsy Daisy, we've got mermaids, a darling duck, a double dipping bunch of animals and a retro-art option.

    This art for kids' rooms features happy swimmers of all shapes and sizes. Just like all those real-life little bathing beauties we'll see this summer!

     

  • Party in a Box - Wall Art to Bring us Together

    Everyone loves a party! At least, that's how we feel. Oopsy daisy, Fine Art for Kids wanted a way to bring kids together to have fun, encourage an appreciation for the arts, and literally give them a canvas on which to color and draw- be the artiste!

    Some of our longtime Oopsy daisy selling boutiques agreed to hold a Party in a Box featuring canvasses with a line drawing from our creative artist Robin Rosenthal. No color on the art- that's up to the little creators that attend the soiree. While in store, parents can peruse the Oopsy daisy items and get a 10% discount on Oopsy products they purchase that day from the store and on custom orders placed in store. Oopsy daisy is all about getting children interested in the arts, showing the value of the arts, and inspiring  possible Rembrandts to see it as a valid career choice. Art enriches lives, and we intend to find ways  to open those avenues to kids, teens, adults - everyone.

     

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