Crochet Mouse Ears

I’ll be joining a friend at her annual craft fair boutique in her home,  but when she asked, I didn’t have anything to sell. I knew I’d have to make some new items but what to make? I didn’t want to spend a lot of time crocheting products that didn’t sell and that I would have to store.

What to do? I made things I want for myself anyway or that the kids would like in the prize-box at work. Win win win for everyone.

I’ve been obsessed with Disney bounding and Mickey ears lately. I see all the cute ears when I go to Disneyland and imagine all the possibilities I could create with crochet. That got me thinking of headbands in general and I got to work.

I focused on kid friendly headbands that appealed to the kid in me as well.

Mouse Ears 

I love love love the Nightmare Before Christmas and wanted to try it out.

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Had to give princess ears a go too.

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Couldn’t pass up some holiday ears.

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Felt like I was missing something so I added pompoms. I like it! Might add some gold to it somewhere, might use flowers instead of pompoms…or just leave it and move on. To be determined. 🙂

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It wasn’t all about the mouse. Here are some other experiments. These are geared more towards my students.

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All in all, I’ve been busy! And what I don’t sell I can use!

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Fashion Show at the Koroneburg Festival 2019

The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival is over now and I’m so glad I went back to do the fashion show. I was so caught up in indecision, I almost didn’t go. I was invited to participate by one of the guild members who really liked my fairy outfit. I’ve always wanted to enter a costume contest and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Then why the hesitation? I was nervous. I also couldn’t decide if I wanted to wear the same fairy costume, my dragon cloak, or wear my mermaid outfit. This would be this fair’s first fashion show/contest, and I noticed that most people were dressed in period pieces versus the fantasy stuff. I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. But I WAS invited, so that meant they thought it was a good fit, right? Right!

I decided at the last minute to attend and went in my mermaid outfit. It was so hot (the weather)! It was much hotter than our last visit and I was sweating bullets. I found the place I needed to be and got registered. The other costumes were fantastic and I was right, no one else was dressed in fantasy garb. I stood out.

But everyone was so friendly and complimentary about my outfit. I made a little mermaid doll to go with me and offer me comfort when I got nervous.

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Corona fair_34.jpgI’m really glad I didn’t let me my nerves stop me from going. It was super fun and I even won first place with two other ladies. We each got $50 dollar gift cards to Joann’s, which I still haven’t used (but I will)!

That’s me almost ready to go up on stage. I was so nervous.

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EEK! Almost next! The mermaid doll was scared too.

I wanted to share some pictures of me up on stage but I looked so awkward! I’ll just share this one after I received my award. 🙂

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This will now be my new Ren Fair of choice. It’s close and it’s super fun. Can’t wait for next year!

Crochet Ariel Bounding Outfit

After a few request to show off my crocheted Ariel bounding outfit, today was the day. The weather finally cooled off enough that I could actually put it on (in the morning). I probably won’t be wearing the two pieces together because, you know, crochet overload, but they do make a happy couple visually, if not in practicality.

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It was morning but it was already getting to warm to keep on!

I’m thinking of making some new Ariel ears. Not sure I still like these.

Crochet Purple Top And Green Skirt For Ariel Bounding

Eek! I’ve had such a fun-filled and busy summer. I’ve been to Renaissance festivals, a short cruise, The Grand Canyon and Sedona, and lots of time spent with family. I’ve been crocheting too, but mainly, I’ve been getting my dolls done for my crochet book. Buuut, I spent some time working on my Ariel inspired bounding outfit and finally finished it. Sadly, it’s too hot for wearing anytime soon, but as soon as it cools down…

The purple crochet top I wanted for the Ariel bounding outfit came out nicely. It surprised me how much I liked it as I had very low expectations for it. I watched several Youtube videos on how to make the bralette part and then just made something up.

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eliza_3.jpgThe skirt was super simple and doesn’t look like much but looks very nice when I put it on.

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I’m not sure yet if I’m going to wear them together or pare each with something non-crochet. It might be crochet overload otherwise. LOL

Disney Bounding As Ursula At Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

My hubby and I were lucky enough to snag a reservation the opening month for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. I like Star Wars, but my hubby really, really loves Star Wars and had been anxiously awaiting the opening of Galaxy’s Edge since it was announced years ago. But honestly, I’d say he was waiting for something like this since he was ten years old. Being able to go on its opening month was very exciting.

Well, I could just go in plain-old clothes. As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to go in a Bounding outfit. For this trip, it would have to be my Ursula themed clothes. My Ariel crochet outfit wasn’t ready yet, but I thought I could whip up some quick Ursula ears and I did!

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Unfortunately, they flopped-over a little. It wasn’t bad, but I  knew I’d be trying to flop them back up all night. The choice was to leave them at home or try to do a quick fix to stiffen them up. In my infinite wisdom, I decided to stiffen them with glue water…the day of! Needless to say, they didn’t dry before we had to leave. Hubby thought we should take them anyway and see if they dried up on the way. They didn’t.

They almost did, but they flopped even more from the heaviness of the water, even though they were almost dry. Almost wasn’t going to be good enough. We left them in the car. Oh well, I was still happy with my outfit. And we had a really good time. The ears were perfect once they dried and are ready for the next trip. 🙂

As you can imagine, we took a ton of pictures to mark such a momentous occasion. I wanted to share all of them but I didn’t think anybody would thank me for that! I narrowed it down to my favorites.

Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge 2019: Through our lens

Not technically at Galaxy’s Edge yet, but we were happy to be inside Disneyland.

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Ursula Bounding!

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2019 Small Crochet Graduation Hats

It’s time for our 5th graders to leave our program and our school, as they get ready to go off to middle school. Every year, I make them a little crochet graduation cap  in the school’s colors. It’s my small way of letting them know I enjoyed knowing them and hope they remember me as they continue on in life.

This years presentation of the little caps was my favorite so far. I bought jumbo-size Jawbreaker lollipops and made the hats so they would fit snuggly. I used styrofoam cups and a styrofoam ball. The kids thought they were snow cones! Yeah, they did look like snow cones. 🙂

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The kids really liked them. I wrote a post and I made a YouTube tutorial about it when I originally made the hats. Here’s a look back at some of the previous years.

Koroneburg Renaissance Festival 2019

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Squeee! I finally got to attend the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival that happens in my hometown. A few years ago, I wrote about discovering its existence and wanting to go. But then it was canceled, and in spite of signing up for updates, never got one. I forgot about it and continued going to the one in Irwindale.

Then I saw someone post about the near one on Facebook, and I got excited all over again. Not only did it look like it was actually happening, it had already happened for years! What?! How did I miss it and for years? It didn’t seem that long ago that I was researching it. Turns out it was 2016. Oh well, I know about it now. We went and I loved it.

Comparison: Koroneburg Renaissance Festival to the Irwindale Pleasure Faire

Both fairs are super fun and hopefully I’ll continue to visit both. The most obvious difference is that the Corona fair happens on its own site and has permanent structures. I really enjoyed the look and feel of the place. Continue reading