As you guys know, I have been slacking on the posts and there truly is a good reason for this, accessibility! I haven’t been able to access the site to post as conveniently as I was in the beginning. So for the New Year I will be moving to somewhere I can get to where ever I get the itch to write. I want to thank all my followers and friends who support me and hope you will follow me to the new page. I will post the link as soon as it is up.
Until then I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Happy Halloween Everyone!
We made it to one of my favorite days of the year, finally. All the planning and slaving has come to an end and now it is time to “reap” the rewards.
This year at home, I did a play on “Snow White” only twisted. I thought, hmmm, what if the queen won! So that is what I did starting outside with a tempting poison apple wreath to tempt Snow White to her demise.
Once inside we are in the Evil Queen’s chamber for a moment, with the man in the mirror and the queen’s hands magically appearing in the wall to once again offer the naïve victim a seemingly innocent tasty apple.
From there the unsuspecting Snow White and guests must venture through the dark forest where Snow White will promptly meet her end and you will only then find her in the queen’s catacombs.
Once the queen is assured of her victory you will see Snow White’s heart proudly on display.
Snow White will also be the guest of honor at dinner, or her ribs will be that is. Just like in the Grimm Fairytale version, the queen not only wants Snow White dead but she wants her for dinner.
The table is decorated in hearts and mirrors, to show the references to the queen and the silverware are hand crafted to resemble Queen Grimhilde’s dagger from the movie.
You can also glean the Queen’s spell area, complete with handmade spell book and cupboard of potions.
So that is my Halloween at home. Hope your turns out great with lots of special tricks and treats.
And as a final treat for you, here are some bonus pictures of hubby and I at work as Red Riding Hood and the Wolf!
I have made some one of a kind Vanellope Von Schweetz candy hair clips that I am selling on eBay and soon my etsy shop.
I am using the funds for a super-secret 30th birthday trip for hubby next year!
If anyone is interested in purchasing these cuties, you can buy them here for $6 (plus shipping). You get 3 clips per order and they vary.
Each set has three alligator clips:
One random gummy bear
One sparkly peppermint
One marshmallow shape
These are all handmade and one of a kind. If you have any questions, comments or requests please comment and I will get back to you
So weather postponed us in chicago tonight. So after a million calls, a few tears for a missed flight, and a very long day, we hopped the subway to try some authentic chicago pizza. Taking off again tomorrow to paris!!!
We can now claim we have A) been to Chicago B) rode the subway and C) had real Chicago pizza
We ordered a small pizza and couldn’t finish it! We ended up with one delicious piece left for breakfast before our flight!
Ok, I lied. Sorry but I thought I would be able to go from that last post to Paris and be fine but I have been driving everyone I know crazy bouncing off the walls on a excitement filled, pumpkin spice latte fueled Paris frenzy and now… it is your turned to be driven insane
See, it isn’t a bad thing, now is it?!
I can’t help it, really the unknown of this Disney trip is really a new thing for me, being a seasoned Disney pro, so this excitement is brand new type.
I was packing and planning my wardrobe and hubby brought up something I would never worry about at Disneyworld or Disneyland California, clothes for photos.
I mean it is Disney right? Why does wardrobe matter other than the prerequisite that it should have some touch of Disney in it.
But he was right. This is Paris, a place of fashion, style and chic people. So I had to rethink living in my new Disney World 1971 hoodie the whole week (I am intending on wearing it but more on the plane and at night.)
I mean it is an awesome new piece of my Disney closet and I love it. However, here is my chic and functional welcome to Paris Disneyland look.
I LOVE color, I know not the best for Paris, I have heard over and over again, “wear black,” so I will. However, I will also have my color in my accessories.
So first we start with my awesome clip on Minnie ears, I can’t go to the park without them but they are small so I can stash them in my purse for the flight and the train ride there.
Next, remember the black bleach Mickey head shirts we made for WDW? Well I figured it is a chic version of my Mickey shirts and it is mostly black, so that is my top.
I added a coral cardigan since we are going from 90s here in Texas to low 60s in Paris.
Also, I am a scarf fanatic, so I am using the fact that the Parisians love scarves as a chance to don all my Disney scarves. Multi colored Mickey scarf today!
For the bottom half a pair of black skinny jeans and my new black Delaney boots and viola!
We are ready for Paris. I also added my Peridot version of this ring because I love it and it is Disney.
So in less than 24 hours, we will be boarding our plane for Paris and I hope I am chic enough for the adventure. I will let you know when we return!
Oh my gosh! I am SO excited, I am Paris is 3 days. Did you hear me? Well I guess you didn’t seeing as I am writing, so let me rephrase that. Did you see that?! 3 days away!!! Also I am excited since it is now officially my favorite season…. FALL!!
So on our excursion this weekend to finish gathering our travel supplies for France; we felt the cool of Fall on the air and also found Halloween stuff! But what is even better than Halloween Stuff is Disney Halloween Stuff and we found some!
First stop, Target!!!
Target never seems to disappoint when it comes to Halloween. I always find the best stuff there. I mean, check these out! Awesome foam Medusa wigs, don’t we look chic?!
They also had some must have animated creatures that I would LOVE to add to my already extensive collection of Halloween goodies. An owl who hoots and his head rotates, a red eyed raven in a cage who caws and his eyes flash, plus this adorable bat candy dish who talks, flaps and also has flashing eyes.
There is also a new line of paper goods, including these plates and napkins which I bought for my Halloween theme. There are also these super cute goody bags that resemble monsters in cages.
There is no shortage of treats to adorn these lovely plates and gift bags either. They had royal sugar pumpkins wearing moustaches, pumpkin bars, pumpkin cheesecake cakes, candy corn Oreos, and a variety of gummies to make my hubby drool. The gummies range from cute to cleverly grotesque all in one end cap. You could choose anything from gummy pumpkins to ground zombie and gummy tongues. Oh how I LOVE Halloween!!
Now onto the Disney stuff, Target had monster plushies of Mike and Sulley from “Monsters University” (Mike even has his retainer on.) As well as Muppet plushies of Kermit and Fozie all dressed up to scare. And speaking of dressing up, they had a variety of ways to Disney-ify your pumpkin as well. The line up included princesses, Avengers, Star Wars and Mickey and Minnie kits. So whichever branch of Disney you chose, your pumpkin will be covered.
Now onto CVS!
CVS has a small aisle of Halloween; however there were still some note worthy Disney items to be found.
There were figurines of Mickey as pirate (my favorite), Pluto as a clown, and Minnie as a witch. Also there were mini snow globes and pumpkin picks to dress your pumpkin up like that silly old bear, Pooh.
While we are on the subject of Disney Halloween, the Disney blog had some amazing prints that will be shown in the month of October.
Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s “Bride” will be shown on October 19th at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as part of the current exhibit, titled Pop Fusion from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
Also Haunted Memories (Eddie Allen) “Marsh” can be seen October 5 – October 27
All this Halloween stuff just makes me giddy and I am bouncing off the walls waiting for Paris already.
I just can’t wait for all these exciting things. Next time you see me, I will be back from Paris with an incredible Disneyland Paris trip report. I can’t wait!
So as Mickey would say in French, à bientôt réel! (see ya real soon!!!)
Hi everyone, sorry these last few weeks have been hectic but I am back with another birthday themed post for you. I know how much everyone loves birthdays and this one is special, not just because it is mine but because this one was made by someone other than me. Heather and My wonderful husband are responsible for this birthday and as a bonus it is Disney!
“Monsters University”, to be exact!
I walked into work and the first thing I could see was this GIANT Mike Wazowski balloon, isn’t he cute!?
As I approached my desk I could see a nod to the original “Monsters Inc” movie with a adorable pink door reminiscent of Boo’s. Those are mine and hubby’s nicknames for each other, so I thought that was perfect.
There were also MU pennant everywhere and really awesome pictures from the movie.
I also got special balloons.
I even received my own MU id card, so I can attend
After I was done admiring all the hard work from my friends and family, I got to open presents. I mean, who doesn’t love present?!
I received the coolest Pascal purse from Windy! I also got my very own play set with all the monsters from the movie, a roll and pop Sulley (he is SO cute) and Heather even crocheted the COOLEST Mike Wazowski I have EVER seen!
Check him out!
So yeah, I guess I am a little spoiled, but it was a WONDERFUL birthday! This was just the beginning; hubby planned more stuff for that evening and my actual birthday (which was the next day.) Stay tuned for the rest of the birthday fun
Happy Friday guys!! Continuing on my many birthday projects, today I will show you the project I made for my best friend.
As many of you know, I am a bit of a geek.
What?! *gasp* you don’t say!
Well yes and being a geek, I also have my collection of geek friends to share my many dorky and nerdy obsessions.
One of these obsessions is Warehouse 13.
I LOVE this show!
Heather and I love this show so much, that we have decided we what to start our own Artifact collection agency.
So to do this, I thought is only appropriate to supply Heather with her supplies to take on the task of Warehouse agent
I pondered long and hard with how to approach this task and finally narrowed it down to a recruitment kit from Mrs. Frederic herself
I searched long and hard to see if anyone else had created a recruitment letter for said Warehouse, but alas, I found none.
So I looked at Sci-Fi related letters to get some inspiration and came up with this (feel free to use it,) letter (it had her last name on it though.)
Once the letter was complete and printed, I signed it in ink with Mrs. Frederic’s signature (don’t tell Mrs. Frederic) and enclosed it in a warehouse purple handmade envelope and created a faux wax seal out of polymer clay and used a wax seal stamp to give it the finishing touch.
Note: I was out of sealing wax or I would have done it the old fashion way
I also created a laminated badge for her to prove she was with the Warehouse (even though they always say they are secret service, hmmm…)
Ok, so I’ve got an idea and a letter with a badge, now what?!
I had to think, what all does a warehouse agent need? Well, my favorite agent is Claudia and she has some pretty cool toys, so I focused on that idea and came up with….
Yep, that is right, Goo.
I got some of the alien slime in purple from the Dollar Tree; it resembled the purple traditional neutralizer that all the warehouse agents lug around. Then, I created a fun label and viola, Warehouse issued Goo!
But, I decided to take it a step further, because I think Claudia has created some awesome toys and I also made the aerosol neutralizer (I used a can of purple silly string for this, which I also purchased at the Dollar Tree.)
So we have goo in two kinds but as you know goo is not used on its own, nope, we now need neutralizer bags and purple (have to be purple) rubber gloves (we assume they are imbued with the goo, hence the color) to handle these pesky artifacts.
These things, I went to eBay for, I bought some little static bags to resemble the metallic bags on the show and some purple household kitchen gloves since I could not find them anywhere in town. I know weird, huh? Among these items, I also purchased goggles rather than making them, thought that might be a bit hard, only glasses I’ve made a the red and blue paper 3d ones for the Doctor Who birthday and those were hard enough.
Now we have a recruitment letter and some items to neutralizer our dangerous antiques, next we need some more accessories and how about something to hold all of these great gifts.
I decided to get a paper mache briefcase from hobby lobby and sprayed it silver then lined the inside with foam, so it would resemble a gun case and stashed all the goodies in there. I also purchased some awesome stickers from red bubble to adorn the briefcase and then continued to fill the box with goodies.
Next on the list was a weapon, what kind of secret agent doesn’t have a weapon, right?
And since this is Warehouse 13, they use Tesla guns, which are fun and steam punk and resemble Marvin the Martian’s ray gun. I again went to my go to, the Dollar Tree, and found a neat looking blue water gun to make into my steam punk tesla gun. I used model paint and painted parts, black, silver and bronze; wrapped wire around the nozzle of the gun, and then I adhered some gears to give it more flair.
Hmmm, lets see, what else does the box need?
An artifact and the most important accessory for any Warehouse agent…
Heather loves elephants and the show just so happened to have an artifact which is a jade elephant that trumpets and shoots electricity, so I scoured the internet to find a jade elephant. No luck. Then I was going to make one of out clay and I stumbled upon the perfect elephant, a keychain on neatoshop.com, in which he trumpeted and his eyes lit up blue (perfect for lightning.) All he needed was paint, no biggie, I painted him and he was great! I made him a paper craft crate (found on deviantart.com). I also made a description card for the artifact.
I really think he looks just like the one from the show only much smaller!
Now onto the big project, the Farnsworth, the Warehouse’s version of video chat
For the inside, I started with my cricut and that gold scrapbook paper I used on the Winnie the pooh bookmark and I used the same “etching” technique by flipping the blade upside down and engraving the shapes onto the paper, then cutting out the rounded rectangular shape of the Farnsworth.
This is the template I created in cricut to do the etching and cutting.
Once the shape was cut out, I distressed it with a little brown paint and embellished it with dials (also bought at Hobby lobby,) knobs (one made of clay and one an old paint tube top,) and round stickers to replicate the look. The final piece was the lens, which I purchased on eBay and a round mirror inside the lens to give the video look (I also added a little brown painted to give it the same grungy look the rest of the piece has.)
For the outside of the Farnsworth, I bought a paper mache book at Hobby Lobby for the case. I then painted it with black, brown and a bit of bronze to give it that old oxidized look.
Once dry, I added a Styrofoam block to the inside and glued the inner panel piece into the book, then secured it with straight pins to finish it.
Tada! Farnsworth with moving dials!
I also made one more small thing, just a fun piece of steam punk jewelry to give my new recruit for her birthday.
Now our box is complete.
We have a recruitment letter, badge, bags and gloves, goo and aerosol goo, goggles (safety first), a tesla gun, a dangerous artifact to practice our snagging and bagging, some awesome jewelry and a Farnsworth.
I put it all in the box and it was ready to meet our new agent on her birthday
That is all for this project, I know it was a lot for one blog, but I would love to know what you think.
Also feel free to use any of the labels or the letter; just give me credit if you are reblogging.
If you have any questions or comments. I would love to see them
Have a happy weekend