Disney Sparkle T-shirt DIY – Take 2

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Princess silhouette t-shirt diy

The package of sparkle iron on material that we used for the castle t-shirt came with 4 different sheets of glittery goodness.  So, we put it to use again.  This time with a princess silhouette that we found doing an image search.

This top is another free pattern.  It is the size 4-5 basic t-shirt by Dana at Made.  To make it look a little more princess-like, I added a self-drafted circle skirt.  The fabric is a cotton interlock from Joanns.

sparkle princess t-shirt diy

Sparkle Castle T-shirt with Free 4T pattern

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DIY Disney castle sparkle t-shirt

 

We’ve already started sewing for our next Disney trip (or just for playing princesses every day!).    This shirt came about when we saw these Tulip Glitter Iron On Sheets at Hobby Lobby.

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First, we cut a simple cap sleeve t-shirt out of white cotton interlock.  Here is the pattern for the t-shirt that we drew:

3 step t-shirt pattern

 

 

You will need to draw it out full -size with each square equaling one inch.  Cut out the t-shirt and apply the glitter applique to the front before you sew it together.

We just did an image search for a castle silhouette and traced around it onto the back fusible side of the shimmer material.  Then, cut around it and iron in place.

sparkle castle applique

Sewing the t-shirt together is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Just follow the instructions on the diagram.

Everyone deserves a little sparkle!

 

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly – Photography at Disney

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Not too many years ago, there were only film cameras and a trip to Disney might mean upgrading from a 24 exposure roll of film to a 36 exposure roll that had to last you for the whole day or even trip.  One or two shots were taken per character and you didn’t realize the image would have bad lens flare until you got your prints back from the developer.

The amount of photography taken at Disney parks is insane.  One site states that 100-200,000 photos are taken each day just by Photopass photographers and that is probably a conservative number.  Add in cell phones, iPads, digital cameras, etc. and the numbers must be staggering.

Now, I will go out on a limb and speculate that many of the images/videos/etc. that are taken, will not make it beyond Facebook or Instagram and stand a good chance of being lost when a hard drive crashes or phone gets dropped in the lake.  But, that is each person’s individual problem and their responsibility to prevent.  And to be honest, it’s easy to assume that many of the images are never looked at again, anyway.

ipad blocking view at WDW

 

That is what makes some of the photography trends at Disney parks kind of interesting to look at.  This was what we saw over and over in 2013.  Huge tablets with full keyboards videoing EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of the Christmas parade.  We even saw one person carrying a 17″ laptop through the park during Christmas week.  Crazy.

ipad as camera at disney world

Luckily, it seems as if the iPad is not a Camera message was getting through, because 2014 was the year of the “selfie stick”.  And in my opinion, it is a HUGE improvement over the iPad craze.  At least you can see through it and don’t have to watch a live event in the screen of the person in front of you.

Disney sketchbook

I didn’t take any pictures of the selfie stick craze, but you can see it in my sketchbook.

A lot of articles are floating around seeking to ban the selfie stick at theme parks, but if that means the return of the iPad as camera, I say keep the selfie sticks around.

No matter what the trend of the day is, it would be fascinating to know if many of the thousands of photos and videos get edited and make their way off of the phone/tablet/etc. and into a easier to view format?

As for me, I will stick to whatever images I can get while carrying the least amount of gear – a Sony RX100 II.  At 2.3 inches by 4 inches and a weight of about 9 ounces, it is a great theme park camera.  Unobtrusive, lightweight, and a battery that lasts 2 days since the flash is almost never used.

ISO 3200, f1.8, 1/250

ISO 3200, f1.8, 1/250

 

Disney Every Day – Episode 3

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Along with the standard question, “How long until we are going to Disney World?”, another frequent question is “What day do we do __________?”  So, to help Isabella learn days, months, time, etc., we made her a Morning Circle Time Board.  It has a calendar, learning clock, weather station, etc., but her favorite part of it is the moveable monorail to change the day of the week.

DIY Monorail - Days of the Week activity

 

The board is a simple foam core board with various elements glued or laminated on.  For the monorail track, we cut a slit in the foam core with an exacto knife above the days of the week.

We searched for a simple image of the monorail and printed it off on cardstock.  We used ModPodge to adhere it to a piece of balsa wood (from Hobby Lobby) and sealed it with a top coat of ModPodge.  The balsa wood was easy to cut with an exacto knife.  We glued a small sliver of foam core to the back of the balsa wood to hold the monorail in the track and glued a flat washer to the back of that.

Disney Every Day – Episode 2

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Isabella loves her play kitchen and has all variety of play food  to “cook” with, but one thing that was missing were treats similar to what we get in Disney parks.

A little plywood, small dowels, a few cuts on a bandsaw, acrylic paint, and Polycrylic sealer and we’ve got Mickey Ice Cream Bars that never melt!

DIY play food Mickey ice cream bars

A Little Bit of Disney in Our Day

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We play a lot of “Disney World” at home in between trips.  Stuffed animals are buckled in to the Mine Train (aka the couch), laundry baskets become It’s a Small World boat, and some “rides” even require the use of a fast pass.

So, we made our own “fast pass reader”.

DIY "fast pass reader"

 

It is made with a simple tap light similar to this available at Home Depot, Lowes, or even the dollar store:

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We lightly sanded the underside of the dome and painted it with acrylic paint before re-assembling it.  If we were doing it again, we might paint the Mickey outline with a brush and spray paint the rest with a yellow/gold paint to get a smoother finish, but Isabella doesn’t seem to mind the uneven paint job.

diy fast pass reader

 

And at least we’ve found a way to play with the little collection of Magic Bands we are starting to acquire!

Seven Dwarfs Ruffled Peasant Tunic

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Isabella wanted to meet Snow White on our second day at the Magic Kingdom and she was just tall enough to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so the search was on for an outfit to fit the occasion.

A trip to Joanns yielded this adorable seven dwarfs fabric which was perfect for that day:

Seven Dwarves fabric

 

Isabella’s top was a basic peasant-style tunic with a ruffled collar attached and princess style sleeves.  There are a number of free peasant dress patterns and tutorials online including this one from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and this one from Create Kids Couture if you want to make your own.

Girls Seven Dwarfs top DIY

We used the free Flounced Ruffle Capri pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in a cotton interlock for her pants.

Our goal is to find/make unique, but comfortable outfits for Isabella.  Snow White gave this one her seal of approval.

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Disney Trip Sketchbook

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This is the second year that I brought along a watercolor sketchbook to WDW.

The reason I bring a sketchbook (even though my artistic abilities are minimal and we don’t stop for a lot of sketching breaks) is that there are things you just can’t capture with a still or video image.

For instance:

Disney sketchbook - Donald in Mexico

While waiting in line to see Donald in Mexico, it was fascinating to watch the family in front of us.  This year, we saw many children (big and small), sitting in strollers glued to iPads.  The boy in line in front of us never looked up until his parents insisted he get out and get a picture with Donald.  A couple of quick snapshots and he was back in the stroller playing a game on the tablet.

It seemed kind of sad that even Disney World was not enough entertainment for so many children, much less the adults who couldn’t pry themselves away from Facebook or Instagram to enjoy the experience.

Last year, I used my beloved Circa punch and discs to make a sketchbook.  This year, I brought a Strathmore 400 Series Hardbound Journal.  This year’s choice was a mistake.  I didn’t like not being able to fold the book back on itself like a disc or wire binding allows.  And a small water bottle leak in my backpack caused the binding to disintegrate, even though none of the pages were damaged.  I’m going back to a Circa disc bound sketchbook as soon as I finish the Strathmore one.  The flexiblity of adding and removing pages at will just works better for me.

Tinkerbell Christmas T-shirt Printable

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Isabella’s favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells.  As we got ready for our Christmas break trip to WDW, she started singing “Tinkerbell, Tinkerbell, Tinker all the way!”

SO, her clever Mama designed a graphic for a shirt for her to wear to the Magic Kingdom to meet Tinkerbell.

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It was one of the only Tinkerbell shirts we saw on this trip and Tinkerbell herself heartily approved!

The shirt is made from our trusty Oliver and S Raglan t-shirt pattern and a cotton interlock from Joanns.  We used an iron-on transfer paper to get the design on the shirt.

Here is the graphic if you want to make your own.  Remember to flip it horizontally before printing or the text will be backwards when you iron it on.

Tinkerbell Christmas Iron-on Printable

Tinkerbell Christmas Iron-on Printable

Disney + Star Wars DIY Shirt (free printable!)

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We’ve just come back from another amazing trip to WDW and this time, we planned ahead and came up with shirts for each park.  The first one was for Hollywood Studios.

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Star Ears – May the Mouse be With You!  Perfect for Isabella who likes Star Wars, but loves Mickey.

Isabella’s clever Mama came up with the idea which we then “designed” in Word.  Here are 2 versions if your little Jedi wants one for their next Disney trip.

Star Ears Printable

Curved Mickey Head Star Ears

Star Ears Printable

Star Ears Printable

We used iron-on transfer paper from the fabric store on a purchased dress.  Just make sure to flip the image horizontally before printing or the text will be backwards when you iron it on.