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Dressing Shellie May


We are having so much fun making outfits for Shellie May, aka “Princess”, to wear both at home and at the parks.


We made these “cast member” shirts using iron on transfers that we made up.  Shellie May’s t-shirt was made from a Liberty Jane free t-shirt pattern here.  It fit her perfectly.

For an Epcot day, we made a kimono from McCalls 6670.  We wished we had Shellie May close by when making it because sadly, it ended up a little too small through the waist for her.


She didn’t mind, though, because the Japan store and gallery are her favorites and the cast members there oohed and aahed over her in her kimono.  She even got a sneak peak at Gelatoni in the Kawaii exhibit!



Disney Footprint Art – Roller Coasters and Chewbacca


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.  Disney Footprint art - 3

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:

Disney footprint art - 4

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!

Disney Footprint Art

And here’s from the year she turned 2 at Disney World:

goofy footprint art 1

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.




Disney Sparkle T-shirt DIY – Take 2


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

Smocked Yoda Top with free Smocking Plate


Smocked Yoda Toddler Tunic


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I did a lot of smocking and heirloom sewing.  Over the years, my skills have gotten rusty and smocking has fallen so far out of favor that even the venerable Sew Beautiful Magazine is ceasing publication.  One of the problems is that smocking hasn’t adapted to a more modern aesthetic.  The other is that smocking plates with popular characters can’t be sold due to copyright, so there is little incentive for an experienced smocker to design one unless they are feeling very generous.

That leaves it to those of us who are amateurs.  With some smocking graph paper in hand, I took some colored pencils and drew out Yoda.  If you have ever done picture smocking, you should be able to follow the graph.  Yoda’s cane was stitched going across two pleats down the length of the cane.  This will mean doing a few half cables to fill in his cloak.  It isn’t colored in that way on the graph, but, since it is free, who can complain?!



Originally, Yoda was going to be inset in the yoke of this Oliver and S Class Picnic Blouse, but in a size 3T, the yoke was too short to accommodate him, so he became a pocket.  For a good tutorial on how to do a smocked insert, click here.  The pocket was made by inserting the smocking into a piece of Kona cotton, putting another piece on top of it right sides together and stitching almost all the way around.  It was turned inside out through the opening that was left in the stitching, the opening was stitched closed and the pocket stitched on.

The lack of an embroidery machine meant hand stitching the words, but I may unstitch them because they look a bit too sloppy for my taste.

Here’s the “smocking plate” that I drew up.  Feel free to print it out and give it a go.  As Yoda says, “Do or Do Not, There is no Try.”

Yoda Smocking Plate


This Disney Look for Less again cost $0.  The green fabric was from my stash and was won in a giveaway several years ago.  The yellow was leftover from a quilt.  The Oliver and S pattern was one I already had and the smocking materials were on hand already as well.

Gwarsh!!! It’s the Best Disney Souvenir Ever!


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.

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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!

goofy footprint art, #DisneySide


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.

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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”!


Sharing Some Disney Love


As part of our “Year of Living Disney”, we plan to share our projects, trip planning ideas, etc.   First up is a new t-shirt ready for Valentine’s Day and you can make one just like it!

Valentine Disney shirt

To make Isabella’s Valentine’s Day t-shirt, we started with a new cotton t-shirt and a package of June Tailor Print ‘n Press Iron-On transfer paper.  This paper should be readily available at your local craft or fabric store.

Then, we designed a heart in the iconic Mickey Mouse style.   If you want to make someone happy with their own custom Disney Valentine shirt, just right click on the image below and save it to print as is.   Or import into your favorite photo editing program to add a name like we did.


If you choose to add a name to the design, don’t forget to flip it horizontally (mirror image) before printing.  Set your inkjet printer to plain paper/normal quality setting and insert the transfer paper and print.  Wait a minimum of 30 minutes before ironing on the transfer.

Trim around the image and press with a hot, dry iron.  The t-shirt can be machine laundered inside out after wear.  The transfers have held up extremely well in our experience.

Coming up in the next few days are some treat ideas to go with the shirt, a trip report from our Christmas stay at Walt Disney World, and how we are going about planning our next trip for later this year.