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Happy Pi Day, Disney Style

What better way to celebrate Pi Day, March 14th (3.14), than with something Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse is designed with a variety of circles. Different size and shapes of circles put in a specific configuration can make the iconic Mickey Mouse design. 

 Image from  Disney Family

Image from Disney Family

I found this image from Disney Family. Check out their fun post, "5 Disney-Inspired Pies for Pi Day."

Happy Pi Day!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Magic Holidays at Lowe's - 2017

There is less than 80 days until Christmas. The Halloween season means that you also start seeing Christmas stuff popping up in many stores. I love Christmas so I get excited to see all the new merry offerings. 

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I went to Lowe's the other day to pick something up and saw that they had all their Christmas lights and decorations out. Last year, there were a lot of fun Disney themed lights. This year, there are even more. (You can click each image for a larger view)

I went ahead and bought the Mickey Mouse LE Lighted Wreath. It came well packaged as it is fairly large. I'll let you know how it looks outside when the time comes to decorate outdoors. 

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Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Mickey Street Art at Disney's Animal Kingdom

I am currently visiting Walt Disney World this weekend and today I was at Disney's Animal Kingdom (DAK). I had some time to just wander through all the nooks and crannies of this park. One of my favorite things to do is to look at all the signs, posters, and art that is at every land. This includes looking at the decor and style of the restaurants, shops, and buildings of a particular land. There is so much detail at DAK.

I loved these two things that I spotted in the buildings located within the Harambe Market Place in the Africa section of DAK. All the walls have signs, posters, graffiti-like words/phrases to make it look like an authentic market place. Looking at the details of what the things on the walls say is always an interesting way to pass time and appreciate these minor touches.

Here are two Mickey Mouse related wall art that I saw in the Harambe Market Place area. 

 Located in exterior wall. 

Located in exterior wall. 

 Located on an interior wall.

Located on an interior wall.

I will write up a couple more things about my Walt Disney World trip soon. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Mickey Mouse Paper Punch & Rubber Stamp = Fun Cards

I have a lot of paper crafting supplies so when I need something for a project, I eventually find other treasures. I found this Mickey Mouse head paper punch and decided to play with it and make some cards for my Disney loving friends. I think it was made by EK Success paper punch. I am going to have to make some kind of template with the negative punched image. I'll share that project another time.

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This was my starting point. I knew I wanted to use this iconic shape for my friend cards. I used to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so I have plenty of inks, stamps, cardstock and so much more. Here are a couple cards I made using some of my stamps from Stampin' Up! stash.

 I wrote "Trust, and Pixie Dust" on the inside.

I wrote "Trust, and Pixie Dust" on the inside.

 Yellow splatter stamped image from COLOR ME HAPPY stamp set by Reverse Confetti.

Yellow splatter stamped image from COLOR ME HAPPY stamp set by Reverse Confetti.

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 Stampin' Up! Stamp Set: Happy Everything

Stampin' Up! Stamp Set: Happy Everything

I have boxes of plain patterned cards that I buy at TJ Maxx and they make for easy card making. I usually stamp my images on white cardstock and then adhere them on these blank cards. These next cards were made from a wooden rubber stamp that I found on eBay and a stamp set from Reverse Confetti called, Color Me Happy.

 I used some markers to color in Mickey's pants and shoes.

I used some markers to color in Mickey's pants and shoes.

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Off to make more fun Disney-themed cards for my friends. If you want me to send you one, leave me a comment about why you like HAPPY MAIL and I will choose a couple recipients. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Magic Holiday (Cmas Lights at Lowe's)

The other day, Disney Fashionista (they are a great source for all things Disney products) posted information about some new Disney Christmas lights. I knew immediately that I needed some of them...okay most of them. 

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The DISNEY MAGIC HOLIDAY Christmas light collection is only available at Lowe's. It was really hard to decide which ones to get. I started to view what was available online and the ordered them for pick-up. I figured that this was the best way to make sure I got them. I figured that if I didn't like them, then I could return them. Here are the ones I decided on. 

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I shot a very quick video and posted HERE is you want to see the Mickey Mouse head projection light and also the firework projection light (below). 

 Front of box - Projection light

Front of box - Projection light

This firework projection light is kind of fun. I figured that I can use for parties or just when I feel like I need some Disney magic. You can adjust the projection size/image with distance. So, depending on how large or small you want the projections, you move it far or closer to wherever you want to project the image. There is also a fireworks sound with the firework projection machine. You can control the volume or simply turn in all the way down.

 Back of Box - Projection Light

Back of Box - Projection Light

This Mickey Mouse Christmas pole is next on my list. I LOVE Christmas! I was married a week before Christmas. I am one of those people who love Christmas in July and happily starts holiday shopping. So when I saw these new Disney Christmas lights, it was an easy decisions. 

The Disney Magic Holiday is only available at Lowe's. These will go fast. If you are thinking about them, run to your nearest Lowe's soon. Don't forget that you can order them online. You can also go online to see which Lowe's in your area have them in stock. If you definitely know that you want a particular set or light, you can order it for pick up, then go into the store and check out the entire collection (if they have them). I've tested the items I purchased and ran them for an evening and they will work great with my holiday decorations. A little Disney holiday magic is always a good thing. 

Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Copper Mickey & Minnie Molds

One of my favorite things in my kitchen is this set of Mickey Mouse and Minnie House Copper molds. I remember buying these at the Disneyland Market House (now Starbucks). In the mid-90s, the Market House use to carry a variety of Disney kitchenware that including decorative items like these copper molds.  

 Mickey Mouse Copper Head

Mickey Mouse Copper Head

 Minnie Mouse Copper Head

Minnie Mouse Copper Head

They were sold individually. They are purely decorative as opposed to real copper molds that one might use to make cakes. They are hollow on the back and it came with the decorative ring element so you could hand on the wall. 

It's fun to have these simple yet classic pieces adorn my kitchen. Mickey & Minnie keep me company while I make some yummy eats in the kitchen. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 10 (MM Ornaments)

My Mickey Mouse Ornaments

I have plenty of different kinds of Mickey Mouse ornaments on my Christmas tree. Don't you think that is true of most Disney fans? There are so many out there.  I only get the ones that I really like or ones that have a special memory with it. Here are most of my Mickey Mouse ornaments. 

 Radko - Glass Ornament

Radko - Glass Ornament

 Walt Disney World Exclusive - Glass Ornament

Walt Disney World Exclusive - Glass Ornament

This Mickey Mouse graduate ornament was one I bought to commemorate my daughter's graduation. Someone else gave her the blown glass diploma so I try to keep them together on the Christmas tree. 

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These next Mickey Mouse ornaments are from Hallmark Keepsake collection, Mickey’s Movie Mouseterpieces series.

This next Mickey Mouse ornament is one that I purchased from the Walt Disney Studios. It helps me to remember my visit and how much my family and I enjoyed our tour.

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This next ornament is one I bought maybe 20 years ago. It is resin and a bit heavy. I think that Santa's sack with a little Mickey Mouse ready to find a home is so cute. 

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These next set of ornaments have a Mickey Mouse shape. They commemorate the Disneyland 60th Celebration. There are currently many anniversary ornaments available but I decided that I wanted to the more elaborate and fancy 60th ornaments. After all, Disneyland only turns 60 once. 

Finally, I have this very old Mickey Mouse vintage looking ornament. It is very special in that it used to belong to my mother-in-law. My husband says that it was always on their Christmas tree when he was growing up. His mom cut out the felt ears to replace the worn ones. I don't know what the original looked like but I just love this ornament for all the sentimental reasons.

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Merry Christ-Mouse!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 9 (Disney Figurines)

Disney Figurines

Nine days into December! How did that happen? Today I wanted to share two of our oldest Disney decorations: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Christmas Carolers. I love their vintage and classic colored outfits. 

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One of the reasons my husband and I are crazy for Christmas is that we got married one week before Christmas. I bought these two animated Disney Carolers 22 years ago as part of our wedding reception decorations. At that time, I was still working at Disneyland so there were some Disney touches. 

These Mickey and Minnie Christmas carolers are animated. Their arms slowly move back and forth. The candle that Minnie holds and the lantern in Mickey's hand light up. There is a button for music, too. When you press it, it plays "Winter Wonderland." When my kids were young, they loved seeing this as part of our Christmas decorations. I still get pleasure getting them out of their boxes every year. When I look at them, I can enjoy many Christmas memories in my heart. 

My mother-in-law gave this beautifully detailed Wonderful World of Disney Christmas Tree to my kids when they were young. They were enthralled by all the the characters and movement on this tabletop decoration. There are many details to take in. 

The good news, you can have one of your own to enjoy. This Wonderful World of Disney Christmas Tree is still available over at the Bradford Exchange

Next up are two more figurines I have. They are small but lots of character. This Donald and Daisy Duck figurine is designed by Jim Shore. It is called 'Donald and Daisy, Mistletoe Moment.' It's special to me because my husband bought several years ago as an anniversary present. I love all the detail and colors on this piece. 

 Donald & Daisy, Mistletoe Moment by Jim Shore

Donald & Daisy, Mistletoe Moment by Jim Shore

Finally, here is probably my smallest Disney Christmas figurine. Who can't love Santa Goofy. 

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Here's another view so you can see more details. I really like the way "SANTA" is carved on his chair. Look at that mischievous face on Donald's nephew. Oh Goofy! So gullible. 

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Hope all is merry & bright!

-Daisy

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12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 6

Disney Christmas Village Buildings

We've had a Christmas village since our kids were small. We don't have a specific collection. We have enjoyed finding specific buildings and figures that represent some of our hobbies or moments in our life adventures. 

Two specific village buildings we have are the Disneyland Fire Dept and the Disneyland Emporium. 

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In the early 1990's, Department 56 released a Disney Parks Village Series. There was this Disneyland Fire Dept and figures. There were several Walt Disney World buildings. This series has been retired but if you do a search on eBay, you can still find them and they are not too unreasonable. 

When I first bought the Fire Dept, I was working on Main Street. I had to have it as a great addition for our Christmas village and since it was sentimental to me. It is such an iconic building on Main Street USA. 

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When I started working at Disneyland, they placed me at Main Street Merchandise. I spent many hours working at the Disneyland Emporium. Abut 5 years ago, this building was produced so I had to have it. I love how Minnie Mouse is at the entrance holding all her wrapped packages. She looks excited to deliver them to her special friends. 

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Yesterday I posted about my new Walt Disney Partners ornament and Disneyland 60th castle. These two pieces inspired us as to how we would build and arrange our Christmas village this year. With the 60th Celebration we thought, "Why not?" create our own Main Street scene for our Christmas village. I had two buildings, the Disneyland Fire Dept and Emporium, so I set those in its proper configuration. 

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We didn't put out most of the houses that we actually have in order to create our Main Street scene. We usually have several tiers but had to change our landscape in order to make the Disneyland 60th Castle the focal point. 

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t's the most simple Christmas village that we've ever put together and most fun, too. 

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Wishing you lots of merry!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 4

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 4

Christmas Stockings

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Here are our family Christmas stockings. The two on the left, Mickey & Minnie belong to MacSparky and me. The two on the right belong to my two kids. I bought the Mickey and Minnie stockings from the Disney store in the early 90's. They are pretty large. They have some fun appliqué details.

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These next two belong to my kids. I bought the Tigger stocking in 1996, when my oldest daughter was born. I bought it from the Disney store. I was happy that the appliqué theme coordinated with the Mickey and Minnie stocking. 

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This next Christmas stocking was one that I purchased after my second daughter was born in 2001. I also got this one at the Disney Store. That year, this Snowman Mickey was their design theme. I also like the Mickey Mouse snowflakes that are on the cuff. 

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By the time my second daughter was born in 2001, Christmas stockings with the foot facing left were hard to come by. That is one of the reasons the Snowman Mickey stocking is a little bit smaller than the others. My choices were limited. I am not sure when left foot facing stockings were phased out but I just felt lucky enough to find one that matched the rest of our family. 

If you look at most of the character type Christmas stockings in the stores today, they are all right foot facing. How about yours? 

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My family loves to our Christmas stockings and looks forward to having them filled with goodies. We usually wake up Christmas morning and take turns to open our gifts that we have picked out for each other. Then we have breakfast. It is after that when we see what Santa left in our stockings. It is great fun to reach into out Christmas stockings and find all kinds of surprises. 

Ho! Ho! Ho!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3 - Stocking Holders

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3

Christmas Stocking Holders

 12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3 - Christmas Stocking Holders

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3 - Christmas Stocking Holders

 Mantle design by MacSparky

Mantle design by MacSparky

These are our Christmas stocking holders. We finally added this mantle over our fireplace a couple years ago with these in mind. They are very heavy so my husband, MacSparky, designed the ledge to be sturdy enough to hold these. 

MacSparky and I have had our stocking holders since 1993, the year we got married. I got him this very detailed Mickey Mouse stocking holder which I purchased at Disneyland. It has all kinds of fun elements all the way around that include the small Alice in Wonderland doll to the present with the gift tag addressed to Minnie Mouse. 

My stocking holder was the perfect one for me. I have this awesome handmade watch cabinet that MacSparky made me so it kind of ties in. It compliments my watch collection. My stocking holder coordinates with this timepiece ornament that hangs on my Disney watch cabinet. The vintage pie-eye Mickey Mouse that sits at the top of the stocking holder is such a classic image. I can't remember where I bought this but it's 22 years old and looks great on my mantle. 

When my daughter was born, I purchased this Winnie the Pooh stocking holder from the Disney Store. You don't see this detail right away but Piglet is behind Pooh holding onto him. It's a very fun design to look like Pooh and Piglet are being strong to hold up what my daughter hopes will always be a full Christmas stocking. 

Finally, this next Mickey Mouse stocking holder was something that my youngest daughter purchased last year. We had been never been happy with her stocking holder so this was a great replacement. The design is great as it is the most sturdy and stable of all the stocking holders we have. The gold Mickey Mouse shaped base holds both Mickey and his vintage style ornament. It's fun to see him peaking from behind it as if he is up to something. 

I'll show you our actual Christmas stockings tomorrow. I have a funny story about them as they were all bought at different times but all coordinate.

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Happy Christmas!

-Daisy