Month: May 2015

Pooh Bear’s Trip

The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil–Walt Disney

 

 

Being a Disney fan, I have a large Disney movie collection, especially on VHS.  We also own DVD and Blu-Ray, but my older daughter was raised on using a VCR to watch her favorite characters.

When my oldest was 6, we sold our home and moved 300 miles away. It was difficult for her to deal with the changes: a new home, new friends, a new school, but her trusty Pooh Bear was always by her side…until he fell into a storm drain. You know, one of those really deep ones with rushing water. It was devastating.

Being a Disney fan, we always watched Disney movies and had recently seen Fantasia 2000.  fantasia2000

In the movie, a toy soldier falls down a storm drain and goes on an adventure, which eventually leads him back home.  My daughter immediately asked me if Pooh Bear had to go somewhere.  I told her, “He probably went back to Disney to visit his friends.  I hope he has a safe trip and we’ll see him soon.”

A few weeks later, my daughter received a postcard from Pooh Bear

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and miraculously (thanks ebay), he returned to our doorstep after his adventure.

To this day, she still smiles about that time in our lives (and still loves Pooh Bear)

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Have fun exploring the World!

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Storybook autograph book

When we do fantasy, we must not lose sight of reality–Walt Disney

 

Meeting characters is like meeting rock stars for kids. They have seen these characters on television, in movies, in video games and in storybooks.  So, it is nice to have something tangible to remind them of their visit with that special character, typically a picture and an autograph.  Autograph books are sold in the parks and at the Disney store, but you may want to do something a little more creative.

Disney Princess autograph book from Disney store
Disney Princess autograph book from Disney store

So on our last trip to Disneyland, we decided to use my daughter’s favorite Princess storybook as her autograph book. These were the characters she was looking forward to meeting the most 🙂

Princess Storybook Collection
Princess Storybook Collection

It was a really great experience for her as the princesses spent extra time reading their story and speaking with my daughter.

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Meeting her favorite princess, Jasmine

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She couldn’t stop giggling all day 🙂

Princess Giggles

For our next trip to the World, she’s on a mission to get her princess shirt signed (I’ll add a post on that when she gets it done).

Have fun exploring the World!

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Minnie bag

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing–that it all started with a mouse. –Walt Disney

 

My youngest daughter has recently expressed an interest in sewing. Since we are taking a trip with her Girl Scout troop to the World later this year, we decided to make Minnie bags for her friends. I chose pre-made bags and helped her add the embellishments.

Supplies:

  • Pre-made cotton canvas bags (I ordered 10-inch by 12-inch bright colored bags from Oriental Trading) These are thin, but work well for someone just learning to sew
  • Decorative fabric
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Wonder-under fusible paper backed webbing
  • Iron
  • MIckey head template
  • Ironing cloth (I use an old plain pillowcase)

 

  1. Decide on a design and trace or cut on smooth side (paper backing) of fusible webbing.  photo (15)
  2. Iron onto decorative fabric.  This will be a reverse image of what will appear on the bag.  Since it’s Minnie, it looks the same either way 🙂
  3. Cut out fabric, remove paper backing and place webbing side down onto bag.  photo (16)
  4. Cover with damp ironing cloth and iron on wool setting for 5-10 seconds (Ironing cloth will be pretty dry once finished ironing).
  5. Using a decorative stitch setting (we chose a zig zag style), stitch around design.  Be careful NOT to stitch through front and back of bag together OR through bag handles (yes…we did that)

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6. Create a simple bow from the coordinating ribbon and hand sew onto your Minnie ear design.

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Of course, my daughter’s had to be different, so she added a jeweled crown 🙂

Princess Minnie
Princess Minnie

Have fun being creative!

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Disney ‘bounding’ tutu

I believe in being an innovator — Walt Disney

Disney ‘bounding’ is new phrase for me. It means dressing LIKE your favorite character, without dressing AS the character. Pinterest has some great boards with Disney ‘bounding’ ideas.  My youngest daughter is preparing for our next trip to the World by creating a Disney ‘bounding’ tutu for each day.  We started with a character t-shirt and chose complimentary headband ribbon and tulle colors.  We also chose accessories from Hot Topic to tie it together.

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Coordinating tulle and headband ribbon

 

To get started:

  1. Choose a character and decide on your color scheme.
  2. ariel shirt
  3. Raid your closet for possible coordinating choices or start with a character shirt
  4. Cut headband ribbon (waist size plus 2 inches).
  5. Sew headband ribbon together.  I used another coordinating piece of ribbon in between to hold them together while sewing.  ribbon
  6. Cut tulle into 24-inch lengths.  Fold in half and run loop through two holes of headband ribbon, then run ends through loop.  We used the two center rows and left the top & bottom rows free.
  7. To help keep the ribbon taut, we placed it around a pillow.  This helped my daughter with locating the correct holes for running the ribbon through.

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Finished Ariel design
Finished Ariel design

Have fun being creative!

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Design your own Disney t-shirt

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible — Walt Disney

 

Have you ever wanted a custom Disney t-shirt, but didn’t know how to start?  With so many great ideas, it is easy to create your own.

Items needed:

  • freezer paper
  • t-shirt
  • fabric paint
  • iron

 

  1. Choose a design and trace on the back of freezer paper (smooth side).
  2. Carefully cut out the design.  If you have a Silhouette machine, you can cut out just about ANY design.
  3. Iron the design, rough side down, onto your t-shirt.
  4. Place a cardboard layer and extra freezer paper inside your t-shirt (to separate front and back).
  5. Once cool, paint around your design.  You may need several coats.
  6. Let dry for several hours, then carefully peel off design.
  7. Place a protective fabric over the design before ironing to set the paint.  (I use an old pillowcase).
  8. Design should be washable after 3 days depending on the fabric paint used.  Read directions on paint before washing.
This design was created by the best Girl Scout Troop Leader ever! Thanks Melanie 🙂

Have fun being creative!

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