Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Logo and Shirt Design!

As you all know, I really love the Flower Crowns & Disney Bound Girl designed and drawn by my friend Rachel Oakes, and available on shirts.

But I also felt like I wanted a design that had the name of my site on it. Since I love the play on words of "Flower Crowns & Disney Bound" and felt like it was worthy of a shirt too. So I drew one up!

And it's now also available as a shirt!

I styled up my last FC&DB Girl shirt up as a tunic top with the design tall and long on the front, but I intentionally designed this one to (hopefully, won't know for sure till I buy one and confirm it) be a small enough printed area that you can wear the women's cut shirt tucked into a skirt and still see the whole design above the waist band, or wear a looser style belted and not cut off any of the design.

I can just see this shirt worn with a long floral maxi skirt sweeping around your ankles, like this chiffon number from Amazon.

And perhaps this adorable Minnie flower headband, in shades of purple instead?, from Etsy seller PixieDustPrettiess

Or of course the classic flower crown mouse ears.

As per TeePublic's usual practice with new shirt designs, this design will be available at a discounted rate for the next three days or so, and then the cost will go up, unless they are having one of their occasional $14 shirt sales. So grab one now, here!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Vacation Projects - Dress and Shirt

My vacation ends tonight, but we got my last project I wanted to do on vacation done....the dress I've been hoping to make with the Minnie Mouse floral fabric I bought a few months back. And I LOVE IT.

And we also finished altering my Flower Crowns & Disney Bound shirt (which btw is on sale again right now for $14)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lengthening a Beauty and the Beast Skirt

The grand sewing and crafting extravaganza continues!

Several months ago, I ordered this Beauty and the Beast skirt, in one size fits all, which is normally not an issue. And the waist band wasn't an issue: the length was. It was so short, I couldn't even excuse wearing it anywhere. When I did wear it, I'd have to either pair it with leggings or with a longer skirt, and honestly it was so short, both of those options looked a little silly.

Well, we fixed it!!

We added a band of, of all perfect things, a William Morris fabric I had on-hand thanks to my friend Briony, to the bottom, and covered the seam between with lace. I honestly adore how it looks now.

The Morris pattern looks like roses among thorns, so it's perfect not only color-wise, but theme-wise.

Once again, a before and after:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Trip Outfit Crafting!

So as I announced yesterday, we are planning a trip back to Disney World this December! Which means...outfit planning, sewing, and ear making!

Making my Minnie Friendship Faire Flower Crown ears the other day was so fun, I decided to make a couple more the very next day.

First, a Cinderella (2015) themed pair of ears to wear with my Cinderella's castle skirt on our trip.

And I wasn't sure what ears would look good with my Flower Crowns & Disney Bound girl shirt (once I get it altered and jazzed up), but when I saw these black and white silk flowers, I knew they'd be perfect!


I also found this cute pair of leggings on Amazon that I think might look good with the shirt too.

And you may remember I bought a Haunted Mansion wallpaper dress off Amazon...

But I wanted to add some personality to it, so mom and I added some lace detail:

Still so much to do, but I'm excited about what I've done!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Trip Announcement!

Because once in a year isn't enough time to be at Disney World.

We will be going back December 1st through the 6th, and I already have all sorts of plans in the works. I'm on vacation until September 15th, and you better believe Disney trip outfit sewing is happening. And Mickey ear flower crown makings.

I have lots to share, and am excited to do so! Stay tuned!

Monday, September 5, 2016

DIY: Minnie Mouse Flower Crown from Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire

Today I wanted to share with you a how-to on the flower crown mouse ears I just made, inspired by Minnie's amazing new outfit in Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire.

Supplies Needed:

Hard headband. I picked these up in a five-pack from the Dollar Tree.

Black craft foam sheets. One sheet should be enough to do your ears if you like them about the size I do, but I always pick up an extra just in case.

Pencil and whatever object you want to trace to get your ear shape. This is the third pair of ears I've made using this glass tumbler from my kitchen, so at this point I know it's a size I'm going to like.

For this particular pair of ears, you'll also want some ribbon in the colors of your flowers. Minnie's original crown has a more plummy purple, and a more teal-ish blue, but my flowers work better with these colors, so that's what I bought. I picked these up from Walmart for something like $.39 or $49 per roll.

Flowers! Also a Dollar Tree score. To be honest, I find it easier to make flower crown mouse ears when I use cheaper flowers. They're easier to pull off their stems, and "flatten" a bit more easily too to conform to the headband shape when I need them to. I took a photo of Minnie's headgear to the store so I could match the flowers as best I could.

Also needed, scissors, and a hot glue gun. I also recommend using a Quaker Oats container to actually work on when you're creating your ears. Try not to glue your ears to the container, but even if you do, the paper should tear off and you can clean up later.

(Side note: These containers also make magnificent Minnie ears storage holders)

Lay your traced object on the craft foam and create a shape similar to this...two circles of identical sizes, connected by a small strip. Cut out the shape including the center strip. 

Sandwich the two circles around the headband, hot glue in the center and along the strip. Make sure you know where you want the placement of your ears before you glue them in place. For instance, I prefer smaller ears, and wider placement instead of right on the top of my head (because I have a long face shape, and don't need any more height added)

Place your ears on the container and use your photo reference to start gluing your flowers to the headband and ears. Important note: When at all possible, try to cut off any remaining "stem" on your flowers as you can. This will make your headband more comfortable and keep plastic pieces from jabbing into your head all day when you wear them. Not fun.

 For the ribbons, I cut each color to the same length, layered them in the same order on each side, and then hot glued the living daylights out of them. I covered this hot glue mess with more flowers.

And you're done! One great thing about flower crown mouse ears is that if you have any hot glue or rough edges showing, you can add more greenery from your flowers, or a little flower piece, or whatever.

Now to wear them to Disney!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Flowers for Minnie Ears!

I bought my flowers today to make my Minnie Royal Friendship Faire flower crown ears! I hope to make them early next week!