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Once Upon a Dream…..

17 Oct

Continuing on with the Disney theme….

In June, I went to Disneyland with two friends.  One friend was getting married the following month and to memorialize our awesome Disney trip and to give her something completely original as a wedding gift, I decided to make her a Disney themed shadow box where she can store her pins.

I wanted to make the shadow box in the shape of Sleeping Beauty’s castle since it’s an iconic image in both Disney parks and Disney films, and Sleeping Beauty is my favorite classic Disney movie.

Here’s how it came out.

Here’s how I made it.

  1. First, I scoured the internet and found an image of the castle that I liked that didn’t have too many details to make it easy to cut out.
  2. I enlarged the image and printed it out.  I used paring knives and a cutting board (hahaha, I know, ghetto right) to cut out the image because I don’t own an exacto knife and cutting mat.
  3. Using a pencil, I then, lightly traced the image I cut out onto the back of a cardstock piece of scrapbook paper.  I used painters tape to hold down the cutout to keep the paper from shifting.
  4. I cut out the image I traced on the scrapbook paper (again using a paring knife and cutting board) and turned the scrapbook paper over to see if the image looked liked it was cut out neatly.
  5. On the back of the cardstock scrapbook paper, I placed small sticky magnets on all four corners.
  6. On a separate sheet of scrapbook paper (in a different color or pattern), with the paper facing up, I placed the mates to the magnets on each corner to match with the magnets on the cardstock paper.
  7. Then I put the two pieces of paper together and let the magnets magnetize (I guess that’s what you call it) and placed the two layered sheets of scrapbook paper into a frame the same size.  And voila!  There you have it!  you’re very own homemade shadow box!

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Disney Moments – Part II

10 Oct

I wanted to share another fond Disney memory of mine.  A few years ago, I went on a road trip to Disneyland with my brother and a few friends and we had an amazingly fantastic time!  Around this time, my brother and I grew close, and this trip brought us even closer.  I love my brother deeply.  He’s a pretty awesome sibling : )  He’s always looking out for me even though he doesn’t always show it. And, I’m lucky that we share the same group of friends.  We can all hang out together and shoot the shit, so to speak.  To this day, even though he’s thousands of miles away, I still feel like we’re very close.

Here we are on Splash Mountain and in front of the main entrance.

Getting back to my first Disney post, on the most recent trip I took with my two friends, we also visited California Adventure’s new Carsland.  I was completely awestricken walking around Radiator Springs.  The imagineers did an amazing job building the Carsland to look and feel like it was straight out of the movie!  Something that really caught my eye in California Adventures, was a new store imagineered to look like an old-school gas station named after Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt’s first animated character.

The best part of the trip was eating at the newly opened Carthay Circle Restaurant, inspired after the Carthay Circle Theatre, where many movies were premiered during Hollywood’s Golden Age.  There, I had a Hemingway Daiquiri, which was phenomenal!  We also each ordered a lamb dish which was cooked perfectly and was extremely tender.  I definitely want to go back with Normakins!  I think he would love the food and cocktails.

In addition to all of this awesomeness, my other friend, who is a HUGE Disney-fanatic, got me into pin-trading, my new addiction.  hahahaha, I got two lanyard because I had waaaaay too many pins, and next time we go, Normakins can take one and pin-trade too!

Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year: Disney Moments – Part I

4 Oct

Ok, I know it’s been an extremely long time since I posted anything of substance and I apologize.  I’m hoping to come back into the blogging sphere with a vengeance and make it up to you guys.

For my first post back  I’d like to write about something special to me…. DISNEY.  I’m sure there are a few people rolling your eyes as you read this, and that’s fine, everyone has his/her opinion.  Continuing on, Disney, Disneyland, Disneyworld, Walt Disney, all mean something very important to me, and I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings with you.

If you know me, then you know I’m some-what of a Disney fanatic.  I’m not a hardcore fanatic, just a lover of Walt work, his vision, his thirst for adventure, and his positive mission.  When I was younger, some of the best memories I’ve had were at Disneyland/world.  The last family trip I took with my family was to Disneyworld, where we stayed at the New Orleans and ate beignets and creole food, and went horseback riding.  I remember riding the teacups with my father and laughing my ass off spinning in circles.  The best part was breaking bread with Goofy for the character breakfast with my family!

I can go on forever about this but to get to the point….

This year, I felt like I was losing the Disney spirit.  The word “Disney” was turning into Hannah Montana merchandise, and I felt Disney was veering from Walt’s original vision depicted in features like Snow White, Silly Symphonies, and Goofy teaching you how to play football.  I was a member of the Walt Disney Family Museum, so I got the opportunity to learn more about him, and came to respect him so much more from doing so.

Lucky for me, a few friends asked if I wanted to join them on a weekend getaway to Disneyland.  I’m glad I jumped at the opportunity to go because it reignited my love for the place.  All my doubts were replaced with great new memories made on this trip with my two friends, one who was getting married the following month.  Here are a few pictures from this recent trip.  All I gotta say is…..

I soooo wanted to get that Mickey sweatshirt with the ears but they only had it in a kids large which was too small for me.  Another highlight of the trip, Oswald making appearances here and there in the parks!

Needless to say, this trip saved me from doubting anything further, and even though Disney has been changing and evolving, I can still cherish memories I have from past trips, as well as make new ones because Walt’s vision and dream are still encapsulated in Disneyland, just look at the revival of Oswald!

I will be posting about more awesomeness from this trip so please STAY TUNED!

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