We’ve been faithful about gathering a footprint from Isabella after each Disney trip, but got a little behind on finishing them up, so today, we’ve got two to show you.
First, is her footprint from our 2014 trip.
This was the first year that Isabella was tall enough to ride a “big” roller coaster and she loved it.
The next footprint is from our trip last month:
This year, besides roller coasters, Isabella was crazy for Chewbacca. Chewbacca will not sign an autograph, so this is our way of remembering her interaction with him.
It’s hard to believe that Isabella’s first Disney footprint was when she was only 2 months old. Her feet were so tiny!
And here’s from the year she turned 2 at Disney World:
We’re having fun making a little collection for her and trying to guess what her 2016 footprint will be! Making these is turning out to be one of our favorite (and free!) souvenirs.
It’s beginning to look and feel like Christmas and this year, we have a new Christmas tree skirt. The idea was to make one that looked kind of like a Disney viewfinder reel.
The pictures in the viewfinder reel are all paper pieced quilt blocks sized to 10″ square. Most of the patterns are available free on the fabulous Fandom in Stitches website. It is a treasure trove of paper piecing and embroidery patterns for fans of everything from Harry Potter to the Muppets to Disney characters. Alice in Wonderland was a previously untested pattern from the very generous and talented Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting. In addition to her patterns, she has held a year long “Stretch Your Skills” series that has been really fun to learn from.
Here are what some of the blocks that Alida designed look like closer up:
Pluto was a relatively easy block to make if you have any paper piecing experience.
I didn’t do a good job picking a background for Mickey because his white gloves don’t show up well enough, but it seemed like a lot of work to go back and remake it, so it is staying put.
Alice was a challenge to say the least. The pieces are TINY and there are so many of them that this was the most difficult block of them all. But, Isabella had such a fun experience with Alice in Wonderland on our last visit to Disney World, so I persevered.
Here’s hoping that it looks good under the Christmas tree with the Monorail running around it!
Another little “happy” headed out in the mail for Isabella. This time the manila envelope is decorated with Anna from Frozen.
There are some great video tutorials for drawing Disney characters on the Disney Parks blog. This sketch was from that series of tutorials.
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.
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.
Isabella loves Goofy. At age 2, she hasn’t gotten into the princesses yet, but couldn’t get enough of Goofy on our Christmas trip to Walt Disney World. We wanted a way to remember the sight of her running up to meet her beloved Goofy. We took lots of photographs, but wanted a little something more to commemorate our trip.
I have been printing handprints and footprints from Isabella since she was born for a future quilt. As I looked at them, an idea popped into my head. A little paint, some cardstock, minimal drawing skills and a little bit of time and we now have the perfect personalized memento of our trip! And best of all, it was FREE!
It’s very simple to make your own. First, apply a generous amount of acrylic paint to your child’s foot and press it on the cardstock.
A heavy coat of paint gave a better base shape for Goofy’s head than a light one. Let the paint dry. Then, paint the eyes in with the bottom of them at about the halfway mark of the footprint. Add an oval nose at the bottom center, ears at the sides, facial wrinkles and whiskers and last of all, Goofy’s quirky hat resting on the heel of the footprint. Done!
Next time, we’ll do it before we go and get Goofy to sign it. “Yaaah hoo hoo hooey”!