Little Bright Dress

Sara Barnes of My Modern Met posted an article about a fabulous designer, Nephi Garcia.  You can see her article here.

Nephi Garcia from Little Bright Dress

Creating Disney-inspired items makes me happy, but I was blown away by the amazing designs by Nephi Garcia of Little Bright Dress.

Nephi Garcia from Little Bright Dress

He makes these GORGEOUS dress up gowns for his daughter and coordinating outfits for his family. I REALLY want one for ME!  He has a few tutorials on YouTube if you are inclined to make one of your own!

His designs are inspirational and currently VERY pricey, however he is working on a Designer Daddy line, which accommodates all budgets. Take a look at his website and be inspired to go overboard. LOVE IT!
Have fun being creative!


Thursday life

The most important thing is family–Walt Disney


Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your life?  It is easy to get bogged down by the minutiae of everyday and not feel God’s blessings.  I have this quote hanging on my wall and it always makes me smile.  It reminds me to let go of the little things and focus on my blessings:  my kids, my husband and my crazy dogs.

We love these crazy dogs!


I think Walt would be surprised at how influential his life, thoughts and dreams have become to others.  He was not a perfect man, but then none of us are perfect people.  Perfection is an illusion that limits our ability to enjoy what we are given.  So, give up on perfection and smile at the little things.



Have a blessed and beautiful day!


New Frozen ride


Kenny the Pirate of Character Locator is my go-to expert on meeting characters at WDW. His app is consistently more accurate than the others for finding characters, especially for the special Characterpalooza.  If you want more info on his app, I wrote a post on it previously.  You can find that post HERE.

As many times as I’ve been to Disney, you would think I’ve done it all, but there is always something new to explore and Kenny posted this video of the NEW Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot.  It is in the Norway area of the World Showcase, in the previous home of Maelstrom.

There is also a new meet and greet for Princess Anna and Queen Elsa in this area.  If my daughter wants to dress up again, we’ll have to make new shoes.  Here’s a link to the previous post on her Elsa shoes 🙂

Have fun exploring the World!


Disney & Pixar: Aren’t they the same thing?


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I ran across an article about Disney and Pixar this morning and my daughter asked, “Aren’t they the same thing?”  I guess if you’ve grown up watching their collaborative creations, you would think so, but they are different aspects of the same company.

Disney And Pixar Fight To Rule The Mouse House (you can read the article by Nicole LaPorte for FastCompany here)

Disney is synonymous with animation, as they should be since Walt created the industry with his first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937.

Although other studios have jumped onboard the animation train, Disney and now Pixar seem to dominate.  In the 1980s, Pixar became the innovator for animation, demonstrating how computer-generated imagery could appear realistic and just as emotionally captivating as traditional animation.

In the early 1990s, Disney and Pixar agreed to work together on one computer-generated animation film and with the enormous success of Toy Story, they agreed to work on 5 more films over 10 years.  Since that time, there have been many amazing collaborations:  A Bug’s Life, Toy Story sequels, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Up, Wall-E, Cars, Brave, Ratatouille and now this summer’s biggest animation debut, Finding Dory.  You can see the full Pixar timeline here.


We’re excited about seeing this sequel and plan on making Finding Dory headbands or hair bows to wear for the movie, so I’ll have to post on how to make these once we’re done.

Have fun being creative!


Costume shoes

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My girls love to dress up, especially at Disney. Queen Elsa is all the rage in our home, but the thought of my daughter wearing plastic shoes to the World kills me. So, we decided to decorate plain canvas tennis shoes for our day to meet the Arendelle sisters.

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Initially we planned to dip them in dye, but my daughter preferred to have varying shades of blue, so we used fabric markers. Tulip offers a large set with 5 dual-tipped blue ones, which worked perfectly for her idea.  The next time we decide to make costume shoes I will try this tie dye method I learned from Brook at Made in Michigan, using Sharpie markers and alcohol.

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She added a hand-drawn bow in silver paint Sharpie and we dyed her shoelaces (much faster than coloring them with markers).  To make them sparkle, we sprayed them with fabric glitter spray.

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Now the outfit is complete 🙂


Have fun exploring the World!


Disney pin board


I love collecting Disney pins. There are so many styles and patterns with every character represented, but what to do with them when you return from the World?  There are lots of different opinions, but I like having them on display to remind me of my happy place everyday.

Bulletin boards come in various sizes and price range, however we were lucky enough to find these cork board frames at Target for $3 in both blue and pink.  They are perfect for a small board and since the frame is already colored, it was ready to go once opened.  I think it might be cute with a pretty bow on top, too!

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Have fun being creative!


I am heartbroken…

This has been a difficult week for Orlando.  It started with the tremendous loss of Christina Grimmie.  She was one of my family’s favorite singers on the Voice.  She was not much older than my own daughter and I was stunned to hear of her murder.

The very next day we woke to hear the terrible news about the shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub.  So many families forever changed…

Then today, it felt like my heart was beyond broken to hear the tragic news of the toddler and gator.  I recalled how many times my family has enjoyed the beautiful beach areas at Walt Disney World, without any thought of alligators.  That could have been my family, it could have happened to any one of us who gets lost in the Disney bubble and forgets that we share this land with nature’s creatures.

I am praying for all of the families affected this week and my heart is broken for you, for the tears you shed and the immense feeling of loss.  I also pray for the City of Orlando, for the city that welcomes me as I return to the World, my happy place.  I hope you heal and continue to move forward.  You are always in my heart