Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Beverly

This needs no words :-)


 
Have you tried Beverly?
 
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Silhouettes on Main Street

Hey folks, it's been a while... so long in fact, that most anyone who comes across my blog these days doesn't even know who I am, the others may have forgotten.

Anywho, I'm hoping to start blogging again. I have a lot from my last trip that I never got around to posting. So without further ado, let's get on to what I wanted to share today...

We arrived Saturday afternoon and had lunch at our resort. We finally made it to Magic Kingdom that evening just to check things out a bit. We made our way around to a few rides, but it was hot and people were tired from our travels that day. I found the perfect thing to do while we waited for the second Main Street Electrical Parade of the evening... 

The very first night I was looking up all things Disney as I prepared for our May 2011 Disney Trip I came across what came to be one of the most insightful Disney blogs I'd read, The Mouse Connection. I've said it before, and I'll say it again- Ginger has some great information on her blog. I read the whole thing in one sitting that night. One post in particular caught my attention as it was something I knew I had to do while I was in Disney- the Silhouettes on Main Street.

We found Jim tucked in a nook on Main Street, hot, but waiting patiently for someone to come along so he could get to work. Bug plopped down first and Jim's busy little scissors came alive at the guidance of his steady hand. It was amazing to see Bug's profile come out of this white paper so quickly and easily. 
Bubby, who, by the way, now goes by Dude, was pretty pooped. He chose to sit in my lap as Jim worked on his profile. That didn't bother Jim any. Neither did the pacifier in his mouth.
What an awesome talent. Jim was very polite, but very focused on what he was doing. It amazed me how quickly his hands whipped around to pulled my children's faces from that plain paper. 
After he got the silhouettes cut out I wanted them framed. You could just purchase the silhouttes and frame them at home, but I loved the little oval frames. They weren't that expensive so I opted to have it done there.
Oh, and I'm not quite sure how or why it worked out that way, but since there were two kids I got two copies of each of their silhouettes. Which was perfect because I was able to give Grandma & Grandpa one, too!
And the finished product!
For only $34 we got two framed silhouettes of both children. Money well spent in my opinion!

Poor Jim, it was sooo hot!! He was so nice though. I'm not sure the policy, but we tipped him for his work. He was blown away by that. He insisted he didn't need it, that he really enjoyed his craft, but we also we blown away by his work and that he should take it. I think it made his day. I still can't get over how much they resembled my children. He got Bubby down to a T!! 

This is by far my favorite souvenir! We may lose some trinkets along the way, or outgrow the stuffed animals or characters (dare I say! some of us never will), but regardless, these silhouettes will be something we'll forever cherish!

Have any of you done the Silhouettes on Main Street? Is it something you'll be looking for on your next trip?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Winnie the Pooh Diaper Cycle

Hey all! I know it's been forever since I've posted, but I saw Disney Donna Kay's Pinterest Inspired Project post the other day and thought I'd share one of my own...

Back in January we celebrated the coming arrival of my nephew Baby M, my bonus-sister's son. Her cousin hosted a lovely shower at my dad and bonus-mom's house. And since Baby M's nursery theme is Winnie the Pooh, it made decorating for the shower pretty easy (and absolutely adorable).

Before we get to a few of those photos I thought I'd share the diaper cycle I made for the shower. It was a big hit... especially with my family since my dad and bonus-mom ride Harleys...

As I already mentioned, this little project was definitely Pinterest Inspired. I came across two diaper cycles that I really liked and figured I could do something with. While the two looked about the same, I noticed they had a couple small differences in assembly. I kind of merged the two together to come up with my final masterpiece ;-)

The folks who first created these, and posted the instructions for all to see, deserve the credit for these little creations, and they certainly do a better job of showing you how to do it. So, head to those blogs for detailed instructions. The sites are www.sweetaprils.com and www.baby-shower.com but you can find the specific instructions here and here.

Here's what you need if you're going to make your own:

  • About 40 Size 1 diapers (as a mom, I prefer Pampers Swaddlers)
  • Two cloth bibs (I used burp cloths)
  • One washcloth
  • Two (or three, depending which design you prefer) receiving blankets in like colors (I did three)
  • A pair of baby mittens or socks (I used mittens)
  • One bottle
  • One (or two, again depending on which you do) of the baby chain link toys
  • Ribbon to wrap around the "tires"
  • Stuffed animal of your choice
Optional items I used to add a little fun:
  • Toy keys
  • Birth announcement pillow for seat
Make sure to coordinate your blankets, bibs, and wash cloths to keep things looking clean. I used Winnie the Pooh receiving blankets to go along with my theme. The blankets and the pillow had some green, so that's what I chose to use for the fabric pieces. On www.sweetaprils.com you can see several examples of coordinating colors and themes.

I used the "tires" from one because I liked the look of them better. Putting them together in the round pans like this just made them look a little neater I think.

Since I found the Winnie the Pooh birth announcement pillow and thought it would make the perfect seat I decided to use the other's instruction for connecting them with the blankets because it left a little more room between the tires. Both had the same concept for the handlebars, headlight, and "fenders". Oh, and one used elastic instead of ribbon to wrap the tires. While I think that was pretty practical and kept a better hold of the diapers, I like the look of the ribbon better. I ended up using a wide solid ribbon and then layering a thinner Winnie the Pooh printed ribbon over it.


Here's the final product!


 And here are a few photos from the shower :-)

I loved the clothesline with the baby items! Such cute decor!
Her cousin made a cute diaper cake and a plaque for his room with a quote from Winnie the Pooh

Again, the motorcycle was a big hit!

Pooh bath toys floating in the punch

My bonus-sister and I
(Wow, that striped shirt is not doing me any favors! That was 8 pounds ago though...)

 
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: {One of the Many} Disney Icons

This week's theme at Focused on the Magic was Disney Icons. Of course the classic is Cinderella Castle, and how could you go wrong there? But I wanted to do something a little different.

We all know and love Spaceship Earth, but most shoot it from the front. I, on the other hand, love the view from the back. The fountains just add so much. I immediately thought of a photo I quickly snapped on our way of the park back in 2008. It was a night, and Spaceship Earth was a reflecting beauty. Add in the glistening fountains and you can just imagine! Sadly though, I apparently don't have the photo on this computer... That's okay, here's a nice alternative.



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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: TWIGA means...


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Who's That Doggy in the Window?

The theme at Focused on the Magic today is Disney Details. I just love this theme because I can imagine there will be so many wonderful photos. Disney puts so much into everything they do, right down to the little details. They go above and beyond anything we could imagine and it is so evident throughout the parks, resorts, shopping, movies, and so on. If it has the Disney name on it, you can bet a lot of time went into making it special!

I know the quality of the photo isn't great, but this was one detail I loved! When the kids and I ate at Tony's Town Square Restaurant we were seated near this "window" which featured the silouhette of someone you might recognize. This truly made me smile, and the kids were very intrigued. It's those little details that truly make the experience all the more special!

Window in Tony's Town Square

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: KIBOKO means...

  

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