Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from Disneyland

That's right. I went to Disneyland for Halloween. My friend, Nick, convinced me to venture to Fullerton and stay with him so we could go to Disneyland for Halloween. He lives very close to Disneyland, so how could I pass up an offer for a free place to stay and a visit to the happiest place on earth? I couldn't, so I packed my bags and took off!

Halloween is my most favorite time of year, and because I believe that love and joy are in the details, I knew Disneyland would do it up right. Every single little detail in the park was perfect and Halloween-related. I live for those sorts of things. It made me so excited to be around all that Halloween festivity.

My younger brother, Adam, lives in Los Angeles, so he joined Nick and I on a 16-hour excursion with the Mouse. Our day started with Mickey Mouse pancakes. We proceeded to get drenched on Splash Mountain and then we got to take a ride on one of my most favorite rides in the park... The Haunted Mansion. It was decorated with Tim Burton's, The Nightmare Before Christmas

I absolutely adore Tim Burton. I wish I could live in his mind for a day, maybe two. I love his imagination and creativity. That, combined with the Disney magic, made for a fantastic Haunted Mansion experience. 

I adore this chandelier in the foyer of the Mansion. I put my camera away so I could live in the moment and enjoy the ride with my two best guys. 

At some point during our journey in the Disneyland and California Adventure parks, we stopped off to check out the exhibit of Tim Burton's new film, Frankenweenie.

Everyone that knows me, understands that I love my dog and would totally turn him into a Frankenstein just to keep him with me for always (not really, but I shutter at the thought that one day I will have to live without him, so I might). So, I instantly fell in love with the idea of Frankenweenie... that, and my love of all things Tim Burton, were instant reasons to love the film.

The exhibit was amazing. There were all these sketches and models of the actual characters they used to create the film. Which, incidentally, was done in stop-motion so all the characters actually have moving parts and joints to make it appear that they are having visible reactions on their faces and in their movements. 

I learned how to sew as a kid, when my grandmother showed me how to make clothes for dolls and barbies. I don't know if it is nostalgia, but I have a very special place in my heart for doll clothing. Which is why I shrieked, like literally let out a loud sound, when I turned the corner and saw Weird Girl's (that is her actual name in the film) little shoes and costumes. My brother and Nick were over my desire to photograph everything, so I took some very quickly so as not to receive that ever so classic eye roll that boys like to give girls.

Everything was miniature. I wanted to touch everything. Good thing they had those glass cases because I would have tried to take everything with me. 

There were miniature sets of scenes of the film in each case. It seemed like each case was more amazing than the last. Each one of these characters would have fit in my hand, easily. I got so close for the photo that it looks like I could have been standing there in that classroom!

As with everything in Disneyland and California Adventure, the details here were not spared either. Each book has its name and title, every poster has legible information, bottles have their labels, and even the homework on the childrens' desks had notes from the teacher!! I was in awe the whole time I ventured through this exhibit. 

It was so much fun spending Halloween with the Mouse. I can't believe I braved the crowds, but I am so very glad I did. 

I have some other adventures to share with you while I spent some time in the City of Angels, but I will share them later. For now, I wish you a very Spooky and Happy Halloween!

Until next time.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dia de los Muertos Tote

It seems I was tardy to the Halloween sale at Michaels last week. I had in mind to buy a skeleton to fit inside of a large pumpkin and another skeleton to turn into a mermaid. When I arrived at the store, there was hardly anything left in the Halloween section. No matter how many times I walked around the store, I just couldn't manifest one out of thin air. So, I had to give up.

I was about to leave the store, when I found a flocked Dia de los Muertos patch of La Catrina. Apparently, the Crafty Chica designed these wonderful Dia de los Muertos items that Michaels carries. I couldn't resist the flocked patch and brought it home.

I have a stash of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos fabric and new that this patch would look great against some of these fabrics.  

It was a quick iron-on process. I had half a yard of fabric that I was able to turn into a quick patchwork with la Catrina centered. I was debating what to turn this into. Which is a problem I seem to have with lots of my WIPs. Considering I have quite a bit of fabric to work with, I decided to make a tote bag. Yes, I have a large collection of tote bags.

I used this lighter Dia de los Muertos fabric to line the bag and used the other piece of colorful fabric for the back side of the tote. 

I used some lightweight interfacing in order to give the bag some sturdiness. I have already overstuffed it with library books and embroidery projects and it held up nicely. 

I love how my new tote turned out, but I still would like to find two skeletons for my Halloween projects. If you happen upon any, send them my way, please!

Until next time.