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Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Child's Play at MoMA

    Here at Oopsy daisy, we're all about two things: art and kids. So you can imagine how our ears perked up when we heard about the Museum of Modern Art's new exhibit, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000.

    What we really love about this exhibit (full disclosure: we love just about everything about MoMA) is the fact that it brings together all sorts of child-centric design. A collection of toys would be interesting, but this collection of over 500 items goes far beyond that.

    Century of the Child takes its name from a book by Ellen Key, a design reformer and social theorist in Sweden. Her 1900 book posited that the upcoming century would focus on children in a new, progressive way: as important members of society in their own right.

    The MoMA exhibit, then, reflects on the century through Key's lens: it explores, in their words, "individual and collective visions for the material world of children." That includes not only toys but schools, fashion, political propaganda and advertising.

    it's an amazing overview of something that's often hard to quantify: How did the world change for children in the 20th century?

    And, MoMA's Century of the Child makes another point that we agree with wholeheartedly--the items that surround children are important. They reflect our values and opinions, and they help shape their world. That's why we at Oopsy daisy are so committed to the concept of fine art for children.

    And that's why we love this new exhibit. We think you will, too.

    Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 runs until November 5, 2012.

     

  • "Woodland Friends" Honored by Mom's Choice Awards

    From major Hollywood films to Baby & Kids Magazine, Oopsy daisy, Fine Art for Kids continues to be consistently recognized as the go-to source for parents searching for unique wall art for children. We’re thrilled to announce our latest accolade from the Mom’s Choice Awards! “Woodland Friends” Peel & Place™ by Meghann O’Hara has been selected as an Gold Honoree in the Gear & Accessories – Bedding and Room Décor category, meaning the fabric wall decal is named among the “best in family-friendly media, products, and services*”.

    “The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an international awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.*” Judged by a team of esteemed professionals (including experts in education, business, and media), each product is thoroughly inspected for elements such as design, cost, originality, and more. You can read more about the other honorees on the Mom’s Choice Awards Blog or Facebook.

    Oopsy daisy’s children’s wall decals are the perfect way to make a bold décor statement from your walls. Whether it be your child’s room décor or a playroom in need of pizzazz, these fabric wall decals replicate a hand-painted mural effect with the same vibrant color and brilliant clarity as our acclaimed canvas wall art for kids. Plus, all Peel & Place™ patterns are printed to order especially for you, made in the USA, and are non-toxic and phthalate free. Let your child’s imagination run free with these removable and repositionable children’s wall decals!

    Whether it be personalized growth charts, children’s wall decals, or canvas wall art, Oopsy daisy’s collections of art from hundreds of artists is sure to have what you need! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for sales and new releases, and check us out on Facebook and Pinterest as well.

    *From the MCA website

     

  • WaterBomb

    There has got to be some handy metaphor to describe the frustration of filling water balloons for a group of eager kids on a hot day. Come to think of it, we're surprised there isn't one already. There should be some go -to phrase, like "water-balloon blues" (ok, that's not it) that means "there was so much emotional buildup and then *poof* it was over before I knew it." Kind of like "it was a long run for a short slide," but making it clear that the run was more like a marathon and the slide was more like a blink.

    In other words, there are few things more sigh-worthy than spending hours (yes, hours!) filling up water balloons, only to watch them vanish in a seconds-long (yes, seconds!) water-balloon fight.

    Yes, one could insist that the eager kids play water-balloon toss (that's where they pair off and toss it back and forth, taking a step back after each successful catch), but let's be honest, isn't that actually a weary adult's way of making his/her hard work last longer? There are few joys to equal the unbridled joy of an all-out water-balloon fight, and that's what a kid will choose every time.

    Sadly, we've never found a place that sells pre-filled water balloons, which would be, by the way, a service worth its weight in gold and probably would make its purveyor rich (and too exhausted to enjoy a penny of it). Instead, we have found a couple sites that at least offer solutions to the filling problem. Here are some ways to eliminate the drudgery of filling the balloons:

    The most popular option seems to be the Tie Knot. Once you've got the hang of it, we're told, filling and tying takes less than 30 seconds. Nice.

    The Pumponator was reportedly invented by a 4th-grader. It's basically a mister-type bottle on which you can attach a balloon. A few pumps and you're done. It's wonderfully low-tech and looks like a great way to keep kids busy.

    The one from Water Bomb Factory boasts 100 balloons in 10 minutes. If that's the case, we are officially their pals for life.

    There you have it. Now, perhaps, a water-balloon fight can actually be fun (or not a totaly pain) for the adults, too!

  • Fabric Scrap Mobile by Annette Tatum

    Here’s how to make your very own fabric scrap mobile.

    You will need:
    - 1 Embroidery Hoop (small or large)
    - a selection of colored and patterned fabrics (we used patterns from our Little House Collections, available at annettetatum.com)
    - scissors
    - fishing line for hanging

    Step 1:
    First, choose some fabrics that coordinate nicely together or just choose randomly to create a rainbow effect. Tear the fabrics into roughly 1 inch wide strips and as long as you like. Simply cut small notches in the fabric to start the tear. Keep them long or short, the inconsistencies just make each mobile unique!

    Step 2:
    Once you have ripped many long strips of the fabric start tying the strips in a row onto the embroidery hoop. Continue tying strips, switching up colors and fabric lengths, until you have filled the hoop.

    Step 3:
    Use the fishing line to hang the mobile. Cut a long piece of fishing line in to 4 pieces. Tie each piece of fishing line to the mobile and tie a loop so the mobile will hang evenly.

    Step 4:
    All done! You can add beads or other ribbon to add character if you like. Hang it anywhere…in a tree, in a window, over a desk or bed, the possibilities are endless!

    Enjoy,

    XO Annette

  • Annette Tatum Interview

    Annette Tatum has enjoyed a successful Home Décor, and Baby business for over a decade, although more recently she has endeavored into a direct relationship with her customers via her own online store, www.annettetatum.com.  Catering to consumers who want a more lifestyle driven design philosophy in their home or nursery, Annette has designed space after space, and now with her new design studio, is enjoying complete home design as well.

    At the root of all this creativity is Annette, who is a designer, an author, an entrepreneur, a wife and a mother to four children.  She is the quintessential multitasker who still takes the time to design every element of her line, putting herself into every piece and someone who recognizing how personal it is for a parent to choose artwork for a child’s room

    Oopsy Daisy: Tell us about your background.

    Annette Tatum: I graduated from UCLA with a degree in design where my studies included sculpture, textile design, mixed media and collage.  After graduating I worked at Tocca Casa, and several other designers where I cultivated my passion for textile design.

    I also grew up in a creative household where my Mom was always doing some sort of project whether it be painting, ceramics, macramé, crochet.

    OD: How about you, do you always have a project going?

    AT: [laughs] I have four children! I have lots of ideas that I’d like to find the time to do, it’s definitely a goal to do more creative exploration. I am however creative all day at the design studio which is very fulfilling.  One project that is special to me is a table that I created with my children’s artwork for their playroom.  It made the space more “ours” and special, everyone loved it.

    OD: So your children are growing up with an artist mom, just like you did. How are they being influenced by your work?

    AT: Kids have such a different environment now. “Creative” has been redefined. It’s on a phone now, or Instagram or their computer. I had a lot of time in the summer. They don’t. If they do find a moment, or if they’re making a homemade card, once you separate that out and take the time, they love it.  It’s just more challenging to carve out the time for traditional crafting yet I think they are all amazingly creative with the new media.

    OD: Speaking of phones and Instagram, do you do your work on a computer?

    AT: Yes. I do a lot of collages on the computer to visualize a design collection or the design of a room. We have a huge library of prints that have been developed over the years and a showroom of fabrics and textiles. We enjoy developing personas with these resources to create a statement for a room. We take the collage, new design work, and translate it into a collection. It’s based on one-of-a kind pieces that we do that are not necessarily created for children, yet work beautifully in children’s rooms.

    OD: How do you alter ideas so that the art fits into a child’s room?

    AT: We’ll often alter color palettes so they’re not so strong.  For instance, fire engine reds don’t necessarily work if we’re not going for a primary look. Or we will alter the style of the main element so that it’s more modern or vintage. Part of our plan is to see if this [pieces] can be more about a lifestyle and used in multiple locations throughout the home —can it work for a baby, child and a charming piece in the kitchen?

    OD: How does it feel knowing that your art is hanging in babies’ nurseries and children’s rooms?

    AT: Wall art is often the first décor piece in the child’s room. The baby hasn’t done any artwork yet! The mom wants something that’s personal to her and as a new mom she has so much on her mind. I want her to find a piece and think, “I’ve set this comfy, cozy nest up and this feels right in my nest.“ I hope my art gives her joy, and also a platform to add on to and grow with her child.

    OD: How does that hope translate into what you create?

    AT: I like to think, “If there were nothing else in the nursery, could a person tell a story with this art?” We are doing a piece that reflects the personality of the child or of the adult who is decorating the room. It becomes a part of a person’s personality. It’s like a bookshelf filled with travel books and things a person loves. Personalization is often an important element, too. My mom made me a Hickory Dickory Dock banner when I was a child and she customized the design with my name down the side. I kept it on the back of my door until I was eighteen! It wasn’t just the fact that my mom had made artwork; it was my name that made the décor special. By personalizing you start to build on a persona, and it means the mom is getting a sense of “this is what my little girl or boy is like.”

    OD: You seem very aware of the way early influences shape a child’s future and personality. What advice would you give to kids who are interested in becoming artists?

    AT: I get asked a lot, “how do you get to do this?” I used to say, “well, what are you studying?” But in the last few years I have been saying “what are you good at? What makes you happy?” These thoughts are going to feed out into the universe and people will be attracted to these intentions. Take the path of least resistance by doing what you love and use your talents. In other words, if I stepped into a boat, where would it take me if I didn’t have an oar? Life is a journey, so just get in the boat and enjoy the ride.

    OD: Any advice for parents who are choosing canvas wall art for their child’s nursery?

    AT: Keep an open heart and mind. You can always change it!  Lives change, people change so be open to evolution and transition for your home, and your nursery.

    OD: One more question, Annette. If you could be any type of animal, what would you be and why?

    AT: My first thought is a bird. They have so much freedom and I’d love to have the vantage point of being way up above—it’s an interesting perspective. But on second thought, I’d have to say chameleon. In terms of design, people ask, “what’s your favorite style of design?” I like everything. There’s beauty in an old rusty elevator door, urban art, architecture, fashion—I am sort of an openhearted chameleon. We’re both sort of free spirits, not worrying what others think but just being ourselves.

    Feel free to browse Annette Tatum's Oopsy daisy collection.

     

     

     

     

  • Shelly Kennedy in Where Women Create

    Shelly Kennedy (Drooz Studio) has been an artist for Oopsy daisy, Fine Art for Kids for many years, and her collections of kid’s wall décor, children’s night lights, and personalized growth charts are top-sellers as gifts for children. We are excited to announce that Drooz Studio’s work is featured on the cover of this quarter’s Where Women Create  and you can also read about her process in the article within!

    Getting to know the artist behind the art is one of the most inspiring ways to enjoy their work. Where Women Create  is a quarterly magazine that takes the reader behind the scenes so that fans can experience the creative process of talented women artists. It covers fine art, dance, music, and all sorts of wonderfully inspirational women and their workspaces.

    We encourage fans of Drooz Studio to take a peek at the magazine and enjoy getting to know Shelly! If you aren’t familiar with Drooz Studio, her extraordinary collection of artwork for kid’s rooms is exclusively available at www.oopsydaisy.com.

  • Pregnancy & Newborn July 2012

  • Treasures In Miniature

    Some things, due to their overwhelming size, need to  be seen to be believed. Times Square, for instance. Or the Great Wall of China.

    Or the Great American Dollhouse Museum. The first two examples, of course, overwhelm with enormity. The Dollhouse Museum, in contrast, overwhelms with minutae. Big time.

    Located in Danville, Kentucky, the museum is worth the trip, no matter where you are. Its focus is on "the depiction of American social history in miniature." To that end, there is a massive series of interconnected glass cases, containing more than two hundred houses, buildings and display boxes. This is a place for kids of all ages, and not only dollhouse enthusiasts.

    That's because it's really more like a museum presented in miniature than it is a showcase of dollhouses. You'll see three separate major exhibitions: the first is a timeline of United States history, beginning with Native Americans and continuing through the Colonial period, Old West, early Southwest and the modern era. The second exhibition is a complete miniature town circa 1910. It includes homes, businesses, stores and factories, as well as a Shaker village. Guests are invited to solve mysteries (what does that letter say?, why are those boys fighting?) and get involved with the fictional lives and scenarios presented in the town.

    Finally, as if all this weren't fantastic enough, guests are invited to enter fantasyland. The final section of the Dollhouse Museum contains an enchanted forest, complete with faeries, elves, witches, trolls and a walk-in dragon cave. (And then there's a real store, speaking of enchanted!)

    A trip through the Dollhouse Museum will take you far less time than a trip through, say, Times Square. But the "oohs" and "ahhs" will be just as big.

     

  • Happy Campers, Part II

    A couple weeks ago we blogged about Oopsy daisy's adorable necklaces as the perfect love-from-home item to tuck into a girl's duffel bag for camp. And we promised we'd think about comparable thinking-of-you items for boys.

    So here we go! (Actually, all these ideas work for girls, too.)

    1) Got a kid who's a little nervous about leaving home? In our house, we love these road id bracelets. They're exactly like those bracelets that show your support for causes or groups, except these have removable, stainless-steel engraved ids on them. You can choose from 4 sizes and 7 colors, so there's somthing for every kid. It's a practical item that a child can wear on his or her wrist to have a constant reminder of home. Just engrave important names and numbers and the child can wear it at all times, giving a sense of home and security.

    2) How about sewing a little note inside the sleeping bag? Just get a square of fabric, write a sweet "I miss you note" on it and sew it inside the bag, 6 inches down or so. No one else will see it, but the child will know it's there.

    3) Or use the same idea as #2 but sew one of those plush pets for backpacks on instead. You know, the little stuffed animals on keychains that kids attach to their backpacks. Instead of on a backpack, sew the loop inside the sleeping bag. It's a nice little surprise for that first lonely night away.

    As for parents, what's the cure for your first night when your kid's at camp? That's another post for another time.

     

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