Siren Nation and Disney Coffee Sleeves

I was a vendor at my first craft show in about 20 years last Sunday.  It was called Siren Nation, and was held at McMenamin’s Kennedy School in Portland.  For those of you from the area, you know the look that the McMenamin brothers are famous for, and this was no exception.  They are masters at making quirky and weird seem like the natural order of things.  We were at a table just inside one of the doors, and spent the day chatting with customers and vendors, while beating the sales goal I had set for myself.  I had a few friends and family members come to visit (thank you all!) and my daughter stuck with me all day. 

Codi and Staci at Siren Nation

Remember how I promised a DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve Kit to anyone who visited me and told me they read my blog?  One of my first customers took me up on it!  I was so excited I failed to make a note of her name, but she was here visiting from Pennsylvania (I think?) and decided to come by.  It made my whole day!

Look for a recap of my booth setup and some tips for getting ready for a show in a hurry coming soon.  I’ll also be sharing my tutorial for the cute vendor aprons my daughter and I wore.

Vendor Apron by Crafty Staci

In other news, it’s time for a new Disney project at Undercover Tourist!  I wrapped up a whole series on coffee cup sleeves last year, and made no promise you’d never see new ones from me again.  Turns out, I hadn’t covered my Disneyland obsession yet, so I made these before our trip in September.

Mickey and Minnie Coffee Cup Sleeves - Crafty Staci

To get the pattern and instructions, just visit me at Undercover Tourist.  These would make a great stocking stuffer for the Disney fan in your life!

My last bit of business involves Wedding Wednesdays.  I have a few more things I’d like to show you, but I’ve decided to suspend that series until after the holidays.  There’s just too much going on.  Look for the last few installments in February.

Join me this Friday for some make-able holiday gifts for the family – both here and on Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays!

Friday Favorites–Disneyland!

This time last week I was losing my voice on California Screamin’, waiting in the long line for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and trying to be the one person in the boat to not get soaked on Grizzly River Run.  That’s right my friends – I was in Disneyland.  It was a big family trip which included me, my husband, my daughter, her husband (technically on their honeymoon!), my son and his friend, who was a Disneyland newbie.  It was VERY hot, but we all had a fantastic time, and I’m still finding myself Disney dreaming now and then.  Since I’ve still got the mouse on my mind, I thought I’d share a few crafts today that relate to some of my favorite rides. Crafty Staci's Disneyland Crafts Friday Favorites

Pirates of the Caribbean

This one has always been one of my very favorite rides.  I think they did a great job of incorporating the movie aspects into the ride without ruining it.  This simple Felt Pirate Hat from Simple Simon and Company will have you feeling like a rowdy rapscallion in no time.  Also perfect for Talk Like a Pirate Day today!

Felt Pirate's Hat by Simple Simon and Company

It’s a Small World

The kids suffered through this one for me and my husband.  It’s a must-ride for us on every trip.  What would a day at Disneyland be without that song stuck in your head?  You’re welcome. If an occasional vacation isn’t enough for you, check out this It’s a Small World Kids’ Room Mural from Merryweather’s Cottage.

It's a Small World Mural by Merryweathers Cottage

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

My son was a huge Buzz Lightyear fan when he was a little guy.  We have a photo of him, beaming, next to the Space Ranger on a previous Disney trip.  He loves this ride now, but back then he would have flipped.  I remember at least one DIY Buzz costume, but this one from Fun at Home with Kids is really impressive.

DIY Buzz Lightyear Halloween Costume by Fun At Home With Kids

Sleeping Beauty Castle

We didn’t manage to get a photo out front or go inside the castle on this trip, but even without that it remains an unmistakable focal point in the park.  It’s also home to my favorite Disney villain:  Maleficent.  I think I just like that she turned into a dragon.  When you visit Paper Dolls by Cory’s Facebook page for this free download, you have to check our her other paper dolls.  They are incredible.

Maleficent Paper Doll by Cory

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

One of my favorite rides is my daughter’s most hated.  We started calling it the Tower of Terrific just to get her to ride it once.  After that we took a couple of turns sitting out with her so others could ride it again.  Yes, she hates it that much.  Maybe we need this iPod TV Dock from SHIFT! on Instructables so we can watch Twilight Zone instead of living it.

iPod TV Dock by SHIFT! on Instructables

The Haunted Mansion

We’ve been to Disneyland many times, but somehow we’ve always missed the Halloween holiday season.  This time we arrived on Tuesday and it started on Friday, which also happened to be my daughter’s birthday.  We managed to get through the Haunted Mansion with it’s special Halloween decorations only once, and the ride wasn’t even working right then.  I guess we’ll just have to plan another trip for the fall one of these days.  Darn.  In the meantime, we can get our scary fix with this Haunted Mansion 13 Hour Clock from DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Props.

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion 13 Hour Clock by DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Props

Radiator Springs Racers

Last time we were at Disneyland, Cars Land had opened less than a week before.  It was crazy.  My husband and I finally got to ride this by settling for the single rider line and happening by when it had just reopened after being down.  It was a little better this trip, but not by much.  It’s a popular ride, and for good reason.  Disney really did it right with this one.  Love him or not, Mater is a key component in bringing the world of Cars to life, and you can enjoy a bit of that at home with this Adirondack Chair from Jefferson Woodworks.

Tow Mater Child's Adorondak Chair by Jefferson Woodworks

Indiana Jones Adventure

Our son bought an Indiana Jones hat on our last Disney trip.  He brought it along again this time and wore it all week.  He even had people comment on it.  I think we’ve joked about him needing the whip to go with it, and now he can have it, thanks to Skip to my Lou’s Duct Tape Bullwhip tutorial.

Duct Tape Bullwhip by Skip to my Lou

Peter Pan’s Flight

This is another required ride whenever we visit the House of Mouse.  There’s just something special about flying in a pirate ship over London that makes you feel like a kid.  This Peter Pan’s Escaped Shadow Costume from Tikkdo is a stroke of genius, and it would keep trick-or-treaters from eating candy before they get home.

DIY Peter Pan's Shadow Costume by Tikkido

The Enchanted Tiki Room

The line for the pineapple treats outside this ride never let up while we were in the park.  The nearly 100 degree weather could have played a part in that, but I can tell you the pineapple float I enjoyed while watching the show inside the air-conditioned building never tasted better.  Now I can make them at home with this recipe from Finding Bonggamom.

Dole Pineapple Whip by Bonggamom

Stay tuned for the Disney craft I made the night before we left - coming soon!

Mousekeeping Tip Envelope

I am extremely appreciative of the housekeeping staff whenever we travel.  One of my favorite things about leaving home is that I get a break from all my usual cleaning duties, so the people willing to do it for me are my heroes.  We always make sure to leave a tip when we check out, but I never thought to leave it in something cute.

My friend Erika sent me a link to a cute envelope someone had made to leave a tip for the housekeeping staff at Disneyland, otherwise known as Mousekeeping.  When we were planning for our recent trip, I decided to come up with one of my own.  I thought Mickey’s wizard hat from Fantasia was appropriate.  I was able to make this using only simple shapes in MS Publisher.  The font is Waltograph and can be found at Dafont.

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Mousekeeping 1

Just click on the image below to download the printable PDF.  Print out on white cardstock.

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Cut out, cutting around the two yellow tabs at the bottom and carefully cutting the two black slits just above the writing.  Cut around the top of the ears and hat only above the faint yellow line (do not cut the line).  I found the best way to do this was with an Exacto knife.

Fold in at the bottom of the red area and at the faint yellow line.  Tape or glue the sides of the red area closed.  Slip in the cash (I promise we left them more than $1 – this was for the photo)…

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Mousekeeping 3

…tuck the tabs into the slots and leave somewhere for Mousekeeping to find.

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I’m anxiously looking forward to the next time I can make use of one of these envelopes!

Friday Favorites–Disney Inspired

As you read this, I’m in Disneyland.  Yep, probably waiving my arms in the air on California Screamin’, trying not to get “It’s a Small World” stuck in my head or standing in a line in the new Cars Land.  I know two things – I am having fun and I’m not coming back until I have to.

We’ve made many trips to Disneyland over the years and counted down with the kids for a couple of them, but never with a Mickey Chalkboard like this one from Happy Clippings.  Now I feel like I missed something.

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This countdown from Crafting in the Rain is a clever way to show the little ones how many days are left before they understand numbers.

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When my kids were each about two years old, they had a favorite Disney movie.  When I say favorite, I mean we had to watch it at least once every day.  For my daughter, it was The Lion King.  That was back in the days of VHS and she watched it so much it developed a permanent green line at the top of the screen.  Hakuna matata.  This Simba Cutie Papercraft from Disney Family is for her.

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My son’s daily dose of Disney was Toy Story.  I think we all fought the tears a little at Toy Story 3, because not only was it sweet, but it was the end of an era for our boy.  When he feels nostalgic, I can surprise him with these Green Alien Cupcakes from Disney Family.

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Speaking of cupcakes, what better Disney decoration than the Mouse himself?  Love these Mickey Cupcakes from Sweet Tooth.

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I saw these Mickey Mouse Washer Necklaces from A Creative Princess on Pinte…err…the internet a while back and immediately stashed the link away for future use.

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There are a bajillion tutorials for Disney shirts out there (I even did one myself recently), but what I love about these DIY Disney Shirts from Two Oh Two Seven is that pirate scarf.  I can’t guarantee I’m not wearing one of these right now.

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Whenever we have a Disney trip planned, I find myself getting in the mood well in advance.  I start wanting to put Disney stuff everywhere, which is why these Mickey Mouse Hotpads from Taffy Talk would be perfect in my kitchen.

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This Disney Travel Activity Kit from A Creative Princess would be a perfect plane or car activity for the commute to the Happiest Place on Earth.

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It seems like you always need a bag for something while in the park, and this simple little DIY Drawstring Backpack from Brassy Apple would be perfect.

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If you want to get your Disney on in more of a tote style, check out this bag from Disney Family.

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If you’re older than 9 you cannot wear a costume into a Disney park.  It’s a rule I completely agree with and understand the reasoning behind.  But if you want to wear an outfit inspired by your favorite Disney character that’s perfectly fine and the brilliant young lady behind DisneyBound is here to help you with your look.  I could spend hours looking through her style boards.

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Since today is also my 21st wedding anniversary, I’d like to tell the world what an amazing man I married.  He’s generous, supportive, funny, thoughtful and I’m lucky beyond words to be his wife.  Now we’re going to take a romantic tumble down the Tower of Terror together.  See you next week!