Sunday, July 27, 2014

Getting Crafty: Snow White Inspired Minnie Mouse Ears

I love the Minnie Mouse ear hand bands sold at the Disney Theme parks.  I was thrilled when I saw there were some villain inspired ones, however, the evil queens ears (the apples on the wire) left a lot to be desired!  I so wanted to like them too.  I decided to try out my crafty-ness and make my own pair of Snow White inspired ears.  I spent a bunch of time watching videos and reading how-to articles, but most of them were for children (really?  Kids like these too? who knew!) and the ears were not like the plush versions you find in parks.  So I came up with my own version.  Here are my materials:

Here are the supplies needed: red and blue felt, yellow sequin ribbon, hot glue, thread (red and blue) and needle, foam sheet, fabric scissors, head bands (from Target) and batting (not shown).
And this is the process I used:
First, I came up with a concept sketch.  I wanted the headband itself to be yellow, but decided that that would no work well because the blue ears go around the headband.  So I changed that right away.  As you can see from the sketch, I meant the bow to be much smaller too.
Every template I tried was much smaller than I wanted (I am measuring against a pair of real Minnie ears.)
I ended up enlarging the template making a custom version.  I traced that and cut out two of blue felt
Next I stitched around the edges leaving a small area so I could stuff the ear. 
I turned the ear inside out and put in two foam circles.
I cut out four of these foam circles, two for each ear.
I put batting on both sides of the foam circles.
Next I cut felt that was twice as large as the thickest part of my hair band.  The felt sheets were not long enough to fit so I ended up using two pieces.
Wrap and glue the felt around and then trim-off excess felt

Next, slide ears into position and stitch the ears closed.
Time to start with the red - cut out two pieces of red for bow.
Cut a hole in the middle of the back and stitch around the entire bow
Turn bow right side out through the hole in the back
Make some gathering stitches and sew up the hole in the back (it will get covered - doesn't have to be pretty).  Cut some more felt to make a band in the middle of the bow.  I folded mine over to make it thicker and keep the edges pretty.
 I spent some time doodling the accents for the ears (inspired by Snow White's sleeves)
Cut four out - two for each ear, being sure to flip one of them backwards.
I used hot glue to attach the accents
I also hot glued the yellow sequin ribbon onto each side of the head band

And on the bow
 
Attach the bow by stitching it to the area you sewed close on the ears

And there it is...my finished product!

 I want to make a few changes in the next version.  I feel the bow is too big and I got the ears just a little off center, but otherwise, I'm ready to rock my Disney side!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pocket Princess

I don't know about you, but I have way to many blogs coming into my Feedly account...and I just keep adding more.  Recently I bumped into work by Amy Mebberson.  She has done art for Disney and several of her prints were available in parks.  I fell in love with her pocket princess series.  They are cute and funny takes on what life would be like if all the Disney Princesses were roommates.  Check it out.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Disney XD to premiere 7D

I still find it hard to believe that I'm typing this, but Disney is ready to launch a new cartoon feature the... seven dwarfs?  Well, they don't look like the dwarfs I remember:

You can also download the app that was released to celebrate the opening of the Seven Dwarf Mine Train attraction in the Magic Kingdom.


 
And here is Disney's take on the most interesting man in the world:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Disney Movie Rewards Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Pin

Almost a month ago, I found out that Disney Movie Rewards program was releasing a limited edition pin (check out my previous post here.)  I received my pin in the mail a few days ago.  I'm quite impressed with card in came on, it's a nice touch and makes it more exclusive to the Disney Movie Rewards Program.
Pin on the card

Back of pin

Back of the card


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Production Art from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Some time ago I bumped into a French fan website dedicated to the art of Walt Disney films.  In an article posted in 2008 are some of the most fantastic production artwork pieces.  Many of these images are the ones that were displayed at the Walt Disney Family Museum for the Snow White: The Creation of a Classic (see previous posts here and here).
Check out some of these beautiful images, and be sure to visit the website for even more!




I used many of these images in a crafty project I made recently, post to come soon!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

D23 talks about preserving Disney cells

Did you see this week's D23 article about the Getty Conservation Institutes collaboration with the Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) (they are on facebook!) to protect and preserve animation cells?  It's an interesting read and features several shots of Snow White animation cells.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Be the 8th Miner

How photogenic are you?  Got what it takes to win?  Disney's latest promotion for the Seven Dwarfs Mine train is to take selfies of yourself meeting the challenges set out by the seven dwarfs.  It's Dinsey's Be the 8th Miner contest.




Each week a different dwarf will post a challenge and the weekly winners get $500 and a Mine Train Pin.  One winner will win a trip to Disney World!
The first challenge is Grumpy:
Enter your grumpiest photo by 6/10.  Good luck!