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Mommy and Me

For Mother’s Day this year, my husband decided to book (read, let me book) a fun photoshoot for my younger step-daughter and myself.

The shoot was the last weekend in April, so that the photos would be ready for Mother’s Day. So, we drove down (technically up) to Phoenix Saturday morning, for our Saturday afternoon photoshoot. The incredible Stevie Rosalie dolled us both up, threw in some super cute LilaJo hair flowers, helped us doff our matching Alice in Wonderland outfits from PinupGirl Clothing (my top is from TOBS), we threw on super fluffy petticoats, and then had a blast shooting with Tara O. (And, believe it or not, none of these companies paid me to link them. lol. They are just some of my absolute favorites! Tried, tested, truly amazing!!)

 

What was really amazing, and totally messed my husband’s world up, was that his little, baby, tiny princess is wearing one of my dresses, my petticoat, my shoes. He was absolutely dumbfounded. She and I went searching her closet and mine to try to find something that matched at least a little. We had originally decided on these super cute Dumbo skirts, but, we couldn’t find tops that worked for both of us. So, on a whim, I decided to have her try on a few of my dresses…and for anything that was high cut in the chest, they worked for her. We have about the same size waist (mine is 1″ bigger than hers), and I have a major shopping problem, so I have several items that I own multiple styles of the same print. So, she narrowed it down to two choices, then I landed on Alice because it was way more fun and colorful than the other one.

Tara was excited to see our outfits, because she never gets to use her yellow backdrop, and was convinced it would really cause everything to pop. And she was right. It all came together and worked out just fantastically!

So, even though I didn’t get to see her for Mother’s Day this year (though I did get a sweet text Sunday and a beautiful card yesterday), I did get to spend it with my older step-daughter and get to sort through these fantastic photos.

 

 

This is my husband’s favorite. It is sort of blooper, but he loved it. We were messing around, and Tara does an awesome job of catching really good, candid moments.

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Alice C2C Square

I am part of a FB group that follows / idolizes / adores / fangirls over the incredible Sarah from RepeatCrafterMe. One of the ladies there posted these amazing Disney princess squares she had made using the C2C technique. The problem was, these squares were all different sizes and she wasn’t sure how to fit them together. So, I mentioned that I had made the same pictures into squares of equal size (18 rows x 18 columns, for about a 16in square when using an I hook, DC, and worsted weight yarn). One of the ladies asked me for them, so I figured, I might as well post it up here. I was waiting until I had actually completed the blanket, but it doesn’t seem like there will be time for that anytime soon. So, I will spend the next couple weeks going through the squares that I’ve evened out and written out the color changes for.
Now, I actually recommend doing the C2C with HDC or SC to make the squares smaller…but that depends on how many you plan on doing.
(I will also probably repeat this intro in each post…and as I go, I will link the other princesses / awesome chicks I wrote up.)

Pocahontas, Cinderella, Mulan, Merida, Alice, Tiana

Alice C2C Square

B = blue (background)
BL = black (shoes/hair)
DB = dark blue (dress/eyes)
R = red (lips)
T = tan (skin)
W = white (apron)
Y = yellow (hair)

 

Rnd 1 – 1B
Rnd 2 – 2B
Rnd 3 – 3B
Rnd 4 – 4B
Rnd 5 – 5B
Rnd 6 – 6B
Rnd 7 – 5B, 1DB, 1B
Rnd 8 – 1B, 2DB, 5B
Rnd 9 – 5B, 2DB, 1W, 1Bl
Rnd 10 – 1B, 2W, 1DB, 6B
Rnd 11 – 6B, 2DB, 2W, 1Bl
Rnd 12 – 1B, 2W, 2DB, 7B
Rnd 13 – 7B, 2W, 1DB, 2W, 1B
Rnd 14 – 1B, 1DB, 1W, 1DB, 2W, 1T, 7B
Rnd 15 – 5B, 2Y, 1T, 3W, 3DB, 1B
Rnd 16 – 2B, 3DB, 4W, 2Y, 5B
Rnd 17 – 5B, 3Y, 1DB, 3W, 2DB, 3B
Rnd 18 – 6B, 1T, 1W, 1DB, 3T, 1Y, 5B

Start decreasing

Rnd 19 – 4B, 1Y, 4T, 1DB, 1T, 6B
Rnd 20 – 6B, 1W, 1T, 1R, 1T, 1DB, 2Y, 3B
Rnd 21 – 3B, 1Y, 4T, 2Y, 5B
Rnd 22 – 5B, 1Y, 4T, 2Y, 2B
Rnd 23 – 2B, 1Bl, 1Y, 3T, 2Y, 4B
Rnd 24 – 4B, 1Y, 1T, 1DB, 2T, 1Bl, 1Y, 1B
Rnd 25 – 1B, 1Y, 1Bl, 1Y, 2T, 1Y, 4B
Rnd 26 – 4B, 3Y, 1Bl, 1Y, 1B
Rnd 27 – 1B, 1Y, 1Bl, 2Y, 4B
Rnd 28 – 4B, 3Y, 1B
Rnd 29 – 7B
Rnd 30 – 6B
Rnd 31 – 5B
Rnd 32 – 4B
Rnd 33 – 3B
Rnd 34 – 2B
Rnd 35 – 1B

 

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Our Happy Disney Halloween, Goofy’s Kitchen, Musical Chairs, Pan, and more!

So, I had mentioned in a previous post that I was hoping to be able to whip up a quick Halloween costume for my daughter. Well, I did manage to do something between the few hours I had Friday morning and the few hours early in the morning on Saturday before we had to head out. It was supposed to be a full on candy corn dress. well, I ran out of time, so it became a candy corn jumper. It was also too big. I didn’t have the kid available for sizing, so I grabbed one of her shirts. What I didn’t realize was that I had actually grabbed one of my shirts that she had stolen from me a while back…so I grabbed a shirt that was already too large on her…and sized it to that. So, she had to wear a tank top under it, but it will great for next year, because it will definitely fit.

The highlight, of course, is the fact that I managed to score some Mickey and Minnie Mouse candy corn colored buttons off of a shop on Etsy. They have tons and tons and tons and tons of amazingly cool buttons. So yay! They were a great finishing touch for her outfit, especially considering it was for our morning of Character dining and hanging out at Disneyland.

So, we headed out bright and early (not really…but it was like 9:30am on the first day I should have been able to sleep in for the last 10 weeks!) to the Disneyland hotel to do another character dining. This one was Goofy’s Kitchen. Now, I still stand by that the Surf’s Up breakfast at the Paradise Pier hotel has the best character interaction. This one was better than Ariel’s Grotto, but still didn’t come close to the Surf’s Up. However, this one had some really amazing food. It was a buffet style breakfast, and I am not a huge fan of buffets. But, everything we ate was really quite good, and I was thoroughly impressed with the buffet. So, where it stands for now with character dining…

Surf’s Up has the best character interaction, but the buffet is just so-so

Ariel’s Grotto has really crappy character interaction (but it is the princesses), but the lunch is to die for…and the dessert should be illegal it is so amazing

Goofy’s Kitchen has so-so character interaction, but the buffet is really amazing.

Apparently, my husband was a middle aged man for Halloween. :-: I at least put on a spiderweb skirt for the occasion!

Haley was so excited for this character dining, because Goofy is her favorite of the “original” characters. Dumbo is actually her favorite, but Goofy is a pretty close second. She was ecstatic because Goofy loved her outfit. He kept miming that he was going to eat her and candy corn is tasty. 🙂

After breakfast, we headed over to Disneyland for a couple hours. We had planned on spending 2 hours in the park, riding a couple rides, and heading home. What actually happened was that we walked up just as Alice, Mad Hatter, and Red Queen were getting ready to start musical chairs. So, it had been a really long time since Haley had gotten to do it, and Chris and I had never seen it, so we stopped so Haley could play. She ended up tying to win with another little girl.

So, we were going to go head to a ride and head home…but the Dapper Dans were getting ready to start, and since their Halloween songs and jokes are my favorite, we had to watch. We were fortunate, Haley’s favorite Dan, and favorite cast member, was there that day…actually, the group was my 4 favorites…so it was a pretty perfect end to Halloween for us at the park.

I always get so excited when we see Jon. It is the interactions like this that make it worth the obscene amount of money. All of these guys know Haley, and Jon loves this little girl. He is great to her. And you can see her spirits lift when she sees him. It is always just so cool in my book.

Well, after the Dapper Dans, we  didn’t really have time to do anything else, so we headed home. Haley was spending the trick or treat time of Halloween with her mother, so we needed to get her back home before pick up. We stopped by Cold Stone, had some amazing ice cream, and then turned the kid over. Chris and I hung up our very limited Halloween decorations, and got ready for trick or treaters.

It was devastating. We only got 2 trick or treaters the entire night! And they were by accident! They were looking for my next door neighbor because she is their teacher. So…I have, like, 10lbs of candy to eat now. When Chris was coming back from picking Haley up at her mother’s, he called me to tell me why we had no trick or treaters. We live at the end of a cul de sac, and apparently, we were one of the only houses on the street with the lights on. And, since our street has no street lights…apparently, it looked like murder street looking down the road. So…no trick or treaters for us. Maybe next year we can line the street with Jack O’Lanterns or something and lure the kiddies in. 🙂

After Chris got back with Haley, we headed out to the movies. We went to go see Pan, which was actually really, really good. There was sort of a weird scene…with pirates singing “Smells Like Teen Spirit”…but other than that, it was pretty amazing. I was impressed.

Sunday was a lazy, lazy day. We bummed around the house and did chores…lots of laundry, dishes, yard work, that sort of stuff. I headed out in the evening to get a new tattoo, and that was really it for the weekend. 🙂

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H-A-double L-O-W-double E-N spells Halloween!

That was totally my favorite Halloween song when I was a kid. 🙂

Halloween is BY FAR my favorite holiday. Candy, costumes, annoying random neighbors…it is great. As a kid, I didn’t really fit in, so Halloween was like, the one time of year when no one thought I was weird or strange. I fit right in, and I didn’t even have to wear a costume. 🙂

As an adult, it is still my favorite holiday. I love to decorate for it. I love to make stuff for it. I still want to trick or treat. I still love to dress up. I love seeing little kids dressed as their FAVORITE EVER!! It is just so exciting.

Last year, I really did some hardcore crocheting for Halloween. I introduced my candy corn photo prop / costume , which you can read more about here, I made my daughter’s costume, I made a trick or treat bag for my niece (which is also where the candy corn costume came from…the costume I made for my nephew), and I made a custom stay puft marshmellow man costume!

The candy corn is my best seller, by far, as it turns out. I sold over 50 this Halloween season alone! So, next year I plan on having plenty more in stock than I did this year!

The following picture is my sweet, pressure nephew at their church trunk or treating. Isn’t he the most adorable ever?

The below picture is the costume / bag that I sent to my best friend / sister for her adorable newborn and 3 year old. Obviously, he was candy corn, and she was wearing a Minnie Mouse dress that I had snagged at Disneyland. So, she needed an awesome bag to go with it!

  

 

 

This costume was SOOOO MUCH FUN to make! It is absolutely adorable. The hat is my favorite part. It made me so happy the entire time I was making it.

  

My daughter’s costume was a beast. A nightmare. She really wanted to be Absolem, the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland…and she wanted to be the one from Tim Burton version. Well, guess what costume is impossible to find ina  child size? Sigh…so…I had promised her I would find something, and after like 2 weeks of searching and coming up empty, I said, “Don’t worry! I can make it!” Boy oh boy was that dumb. This costume took over 60 hours to make…and that is probably estimating low.

The skirt was the easy peasy part. It actually didn’t take that long, and was fairly simple design.

The hood proved itself more difficult. I could not figure out a way to make it not pointy…so, instead, she just got to be a pointy headed caterpillar.

The sleeves ended up being a little short. But, I had already made them and taken them apart like 3 times…so I wasn’t about to do it again.

I added fuzzy yarn trim to the sleeves and face in order to make it look furry. I think it turned out cool. I made a few extra arms, stuffed them, and then added suckers to her legs. I even added the bright yellow spots that he has on his sides / back. Oh, and the antennae…pipe cleaners with yarn wrapped around. 🙂

The costume went over so well. She won the costume contest at Mickey’s Halloween party. And! She won a $10 prize for best costume and best homemade costume while we were trick or treating! I try to hang this up in my booths at festivals, it definitely gets people talking.

  

I am still working on a project for her for Halloween this year (as of Thursday night when I am writing this). I don’t know if I will finish it in time, or if it will even fit…so it may end up being a project for NEXT Halloween…but, I am excited about it either way.

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A Very Mickey Wedding

Earlier year, I went into a little bit of detail about our wedding plans for next year. Now, these plans are still set, we have put down our deposit, we have a planning session in 6 weeks, we are good to go. However, due to some family concerns, we decided to “elope.”

We told almost no one and ran off to Vegas for the weekend (July 25th) to get married. Now, I grew up in Vegas, so eloping there isn’t quite the run to a chapel and have Elvis marry you affair. My mom, gramma, little brother, aunt, cousin, his two sons, my great uncle, his husband, and his sister in law, were the only guests, and the only ones who had any clue what we were doing. My gramma’s close friend, mentor, and one of our pastors did the ceremony, and it was beautiful. We got married in my great uncle’s backyard, which his husband had gone crazy decorating and making absolutely amazing for us. We were blessed with relatively mild weather, and great traffic for driving up there that day, especially considering we still had to go get our marriage license!

I wore a sundress that I had bought years and years ago, Chris wore khaki shorts and a short sleeve button down, everyone was dressed down and relaxed. Chris and I wore Mickey and Minnie bride and groom ears, our Pastor wore Fantasia Mickey ears, and my great uncles wore Pluto and Goofy hats. My gramma had her amazing friend make us this stunning, and delicious, Mad Hatter cake.

We said our vows, shared our kiss, ate some amazing hot dogs and burgers, and went to cut the cake. Now, with Chris not having a death wish and all, we decided to bypass the shoving cake in each others faces. My aunt was not okay with this, so she ensured to smash my face, hair, and dress with cake. Don’t worry, I got her back though…however, we do not have photos of that. lol. We don’t have many photos at all actually, we weren’t initially planning on telling people, so we just kept it hush hush, and I was squinting through the whole ceremony, as I was staring into the afternoon Vegas sun. 🙂

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Like I said, we still have our big 200 guest ceremony and reception planned at Disneyland next year. But, this ceremony was so important to me. My great uncle is one of the greatest men I know. He has always been there for me, and I have always felt like we are the most closely related. He gets me. We are very similar, and I have so much respect for him. He is a brilliant man and the kindest soul. He hasn’t been doing well over the last few months, and is on oxygen full time. So, he isn’t traveling. And I could not imagine having a wedding without him there. So, I convinced Chris to elope with me, so that I could have this amazing man hold my hand and share in the happiest moment of my life.

I am eternally glad that I did this. I was actually taken aback by how much it meant to everyone else, our pastor, my uncle, his husband, my gramma…everyone. I did it out of purely selfish motives. I needed him there. And I was so amazed to find how much he needed to be there as well. That ceremony is a memory I will cherish forever, not just because I got to marry the love of my life, but because I got to bring joy to some of the most important people in my world. And I am so unbelievably thankful to everyone who helped plan it and pull it off, and to Chris for agreeing to risk pissing off his family to help me take care of mine.