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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Personalized Growth Charts Help Us Watch Our Family Grow

    Oopsy Daisy is all about art for the family. For starters, we want to bring art into the lives of children as soon as possible! That's why we think our personalized growth charts are the perfect touch to a newborn baby's room or older child's room. Not only does it bring fine art full of color and whimsy to a place a child can see and touch, it serves a purpose: to create lasting memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Our own Oopsy Daisy family is growing, and we'd like to share its newest and tiniest members as they grow, grow, grow and we track their heights on their own personalized growth charts!

    Our biggest little one is Sebastian, adorable son to one of our über-talented graphic designer extraordinaires, Christina. Sebastian is 3 years, 1.5 months old in this picture - and 40" tall!! Unfortunately, the growth chart doesn't measure how wide his precious smile is. Sebastian's personalized growth chart is a very hip choice called Alien Invasion by Carolyn Gavin.

    Next in line is her little royal highness Alejandra, daughter to Thelma - one of the friendly voices you hear when you call our studio and reach our fabulous customer service team. Alejandra, with her absolutely gorgeous big, brown eyes and darling curls is 1 year, 2 months and 28" tall in this picture! Alejandra's personalized growth chart is fit for the pretty princess she is, and it's called Her Royal Highness by Shelly Kennedy.

    Mr. T-bolt Teigan, our second to the youngest, is the sweetly animated sprout of Carly, our creative director with the Midas touch. This picture shows Teigan getting measured on his first birthday, healthy as can be and 29" tall, flaunting those pinchable cheeks no one can resist. Teigan, too, likes the little funky visitors in his personalized growth chart Alien Invasion by Carolyn Gavin. View her popular collection here.

    Our newest addition to the Oopsy Daisy family is lovely Lila, a dainty gal with an angelic face, daughter to Steve, proud Daddy and head of our artist relations. Little Lila is only 6 months old in this picture, but is a long and lean 25" tall. Lila's personalized growth chart is a perfect choice for her ethereal demeanor, Flower Tree Friends by Creative Thursday by Marisa.

    These wee ones have already grown far too quickly for all of us around here, and we're going to keep watching how it doesn't slow down! Follow along as we track these precious milestones, and please share your family photos with our family! That's really what we're all about.

  • Winners of Oopsy Daisy's Animal Scavenger Hunt on Pinterest!

    We gave our fans a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates to spend on fabulous kids wall decor and room accessories at www.oopsydaisy.com and it was a roaring good time! We asked Oopsy Daisy lovers to complete a few simple and fun steps to enter our contest via Pinterest. The entry resulted in a Pinterest board called "Oopsy Daisy's Animal Scavenger Hunt" for each participant. You can see all the original and official rules here https://www.oopsydaisy.com/pinteresthunt/ . We asked for the boards to consist of specific pins of animal themed artwork to make things a little more interesting.

    Three lucky winners get to enjoy these fabulous prizes and get busy shopping. Congratulations to Stacey, Ted, and Helen! We want to thank all those who entered, and encourage everyone to join our mailing list and follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter to be the first to hear of future contests like this one!

    Examples of winning pins:
    1. An animal wearing clothing - Animal Rainbow by Robin Rosenthal
    3. An animal and a balloon - Float Me Away by WP House
    10. An adult and baby animal - Charlotte & Cedric by Meghann O'Hara

  • Eric Carle Interview

    We couldn't be happier to have the esteemed pleasure to reproduce the colorful art of Eric Carle. His most famous work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has nuzzled its way into millions of homes worldwide and it's no secret as to why. We were fortunate enough to get to bring to light some of the magic behind the curtain. Here's what we found:

     

    Oopsy Daisy: You’ve been living with this little caterpillar for 40 years! Tell us what you think about the little guy now -- and why do you imagine he has been such a popular icon for children?

    Eric Carle: I don’t give it much thought really! It’s something I did, one of my books… I feel like children identify with [this] small, insignificant, ugly, little caterpillar -- because we are born little and ugly and helpless. [But then we grow up. And we have our own families and our own homes.] And that is the message of the caterpillar, to grow from an insignificant ugly thing into a beautiful butterfly flying into the world. It’s hope and encouragement. I think that’s what’s behind the caterpillar. It’s a wonderful message, isn’t it?

     

    OD: How did a green worm became a beautiful butterfly?

    EC: With The Very Hungry Caterpillar, it started out as a green worm. Actually, I started punching holes into a stack of paper, and I looked at the holes and I said, "That's a bookworm." Then I developed the story with a worm, and the idea was pretty much the way the caterpillar is – except it ended up with this big, green worm. And my editor said, "I'm not so sure about a worm. It's not very appealing." Then we discussed other insects. I said something, she said something, and at one point she says, "How about a caterpillar?" And I said, "Butterfly!" And the book was finished. So often working with an editor, it's not that you have hours and hours discussing things. Sometimes it's a little remark…

     

    OD: What exactly makes picture book art “art”?

    EC: I keep saying there are good pizza pies and bad pizza pies, there are good dentists and bad dentists, and there's good art and there's bad art, and there's good picture book art and there's bad picture book art. Just by saying picture book art doesn't make it good.

     

    OD: What do you think is the key to reaching children through picture book art?

    EC: Well, all children, first of all, are artists and are creative, and [books] for young children start with pictures only, and then gradually words are added to it. So the picture is the first thing of a book, and I think it stays with children for a long time, those early pictures. I remember the earliest things in my life, and they still are with me.

     

    OD: If you had a chance, what other artists/ author would you like to collaborate with?

    EC: I have been very fortunate in my collaborations, in particular with Bill Martin Jr from whom I learned a great deal about the heartbeat rhythm of the words in a story and creating books for children. But over the years I have come to discover that I enjoy both story and illustration and that my non-collaborative books seem to ring more true to my own creative expression.

     

    OD: If you could be any animal from your books what would you be and why?

    EC:  I love all animals and can see how each creature is unique and appealing in their own way. But I am retired and while I am still at work on projects in my studio, I might like to be the sloth from my book "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth" and have a lazy day every once and a while.

     

    OD: When you are VERY HUNGRY what do you like to eat?

    EC: Well, I love good food. And I have always fantasized about being a chef! I like the idea of cooking up delicious dishes and tasting and testing all of the flavors. But two of my favorite foods are dark chocolate and Black Forest honey. During the war, when I was a child, food was scarce and pancakes was a meal my mother could make out of simple ingredients. One egg, a cup of flour, and so forth. These foods were still obtainable. And even though it was simple food, when all the ingredients were combined and fried in a pan, topped with strawberry jam, it was a special treat.

     

    View Eric Carle's Oopsy daisy collection here

     

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