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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Remix


Two years ago, we saw a stunning dress and tutorial on the Needle and Ted blog that used a technique called “Subtraction Cutting.”  It is a technique developed by Julian Roberts and isn’t something we would have even considered for a child until we saw the Needle and Ted blog post.  Isabella was too young at that time for such an avant-garde look, but when she turned 5 and we were at Disney World, it was time to try it.


This was one of the most fascinating dresses to sew because it was hard to tell how it will look until you start sewing it.  We had a yard or so of the Disney princess fabric on hand and paired it with some rose printed fabric that Isabella’s great-grandmother had a dress made out of 60 years ago.


Isabella looked like a Disney princess, but in a whole new way.  No scratchy polyester.  No seeing the same dress and hair over and over.  It was a one-of-a-kind dress for a day at the Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian.


We got some amazing pictures of Isabella in front of the castle and in the elegant Grand Floridian and it was fun to do a more modern, custom Disney princess style for her.


Thank you Needle and Ted for showing how to make this dress for a child.  It worked!

Salagadoola mechicka boola
It’ll do magic, believe it or not


Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Carving!


Check out our Mickey Mouse pumpkin for Halloween this year!

Mickey Mouse pumpkin

We created this Mickey pumpkin out of three different pumpkins, one big one for the head and two small for the ears.  We soaked all the pumpkins in a bleach solution before carving and soaked the big pumpkin again after carving.

Mickey Mouse pumpkin

We used a pumpkin surface carving kit by Pumpkin Masters (found at Hobby Lobby) to carve the Mickey Mouse face.  We then drilled two holes in the side of the big pumpkin and one hole each in the two small pumpkins.  We inserted a dowel in each hole on the big pumpkin and stuck the small pumpkins on the dowel to hold everything in place.

Happy Halloween!

Disney Every Day – Episode 2


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

Get a free Mickey Mouse postcard!



A few months ago, we sent a letter to Goofy.  Last week we got a postcard back!  Isabella thought it was the coolest thing to receive her very own mail, signed by Mickey and his friends, no less!

You can get your very own postcard from Disney characters by writing to:

Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

(for Walt Disney World)


Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

(for Disneyland)

Real Life Versus #DisneySide



Our real life:  Hmmm… 16 degrees outside.  No power = no heat, nothing but candle light, etc. for the whole night (Brrrr….).  A freak southern snow and ice storm that shut down everything  and made venturing out on the unsalted/sanded roads sheer terror without any of the fun of a roller coaster.  Eating a bowl of freshly fallen snow scooped from the cleanest spot we could find – the hood of the car.

Versus our #DisneySide.   Eating a snow cone in Japan at Epcot in short sleeves.  Riding the Rockin’ Roller Coaster for our adrenaline rush.  And loving being in the dark watching the “Wishes” fireworks show.


Whooo Are Yoooou?


…said the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland.  We are a mother-daughter team committed to living a year of Disney.  We will explore crafts, recipes, sewing projects, and more all related to Disney and Disney parks.


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(Mom) A’s Interview
1.  Earliest Disney parks memory?  We took a family trip to Florida during the first year WDW was open.  I don’t remember a lot about it except for the fact that it felt like it was in the middle of nowhere because things weren’t built up yet.  The other thing I think I remember was riding the monorail.

2.  Favorite ride?  Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios

3.  Favorite character?  Goofy – that is because he interacted the most with my granddaughter on our last trip!

4.  Favorite park?  That’s tough, but I think Epcot because of the variety of rides and the fact that there is a lot of open area so it doesn’t feel as crowded.

5.  Best Disney memory?  Running the Princess Half Marathon with our daughter just two months after our granddaughter was born.  It was a big accomplishment and I knew it would be just the first of many Disney trips with our granddaughter, just like we enjoyed with our daughter.

6.  Worst Disney memory?  Sorry to say, especially because it was so pricey, but eating at the California Grill.  We’ll have a review of that later.

7.  How many times have you been?  WDW – at least 5.  Disneyland – at least 10.  We used to live close to Disneyland enough to hear the fireworks at night!

8.  What resorts have you stayed at?  Pop Century, Port Orleans, Bay Lake Towers

9.  Favorite Disney food?  Frozen banana

10.  Dream/ideal next trip?  A week or two at WDW staying at Bay Lake Towers or Wilderness Lodge with our family.  The beauty of staying for an extended time is that you don’t feel the need to jam everything in to just a few days.

(Daughter) E’s Interview
1.  Earliest Disney parks memory?  Watching the Main Street Electrical parade and riding the monorail at Disneyland.  We weren’t staying at a resort, but riding the monorail was the best ride ever!

2.  Favorite ride?  Soarin, Rockin Roller Coaster, it’s a small world, Space Mountain

3.  Favorite character?  Out of original Disney characters, I would probably say Minnie Mouse.  But now that Star Wars characters are Disney characters, Yoda or Obi-Wan.

4.  Favorite park?  Epcot

5.  Best Disney memory?  I have two:  Finishing the Princess Half Marathon and our entire last trip, which was the first time my daughter went to the parks.  Seeing all the Christmas decorations was so much fun, especially the fireworks on Christmas Eve.  We found the perfect spot to watch!

6.  Worst Disney memory?  I don’t have many bad memories, but probably eating at Les Chefs de France.  We didn’t enjoy the meal very much.

7.  How many times have you been?  Many times to Disneyland as a child (looking back at old pictures we counted 4 times before I was 4!) and 4 times to Disney World.

8.  What resorts have you stayed at?  Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside, and Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary Resort

9.  Favorite Disney food?  We haven’t had good luck with sit down meals at Disney World.  I would probably say chocolate covered bananas!  I do have memories of getting churros at Disneyland when I was younger that were pretty tasty.

10.  Dream/ideal next trip?   My ideal next trip would be staying at Bay Lake Towers again over Christmas.  I would stay for ten days to two weeks and have time to go to the parks for a longer amount of time and explore more resorts.