Welcome To The Jungle Cruise...

Please exit the boat the same way you entered...pushing and shoving. 

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Did you know that the Disneyworld Jungle Cruise has this crazy awesome cave you go through?  It is totally winning over Disneyland.


I love the Jungle Cruise ride, and I feel it is underappreciated next to the more popular Disney cousins, Pirates and Indiana Jones.  You can imagine how excited I was to discover that my soon-to-be born nephew's nursery is jungle themed!  Brilliant.  Time for a jungle mobile!  I was a little worried it would be Star Wars, and there ain't anything I can do with Star Wars.  Because this is all about me.

Se here are the pictures -- there is a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo!  And some hand-painted Macaw type birds that I kind of invented!  Baby Cockatiels!  Jungley vines!  And all held together by one vintage cheeky monkey.  And by cheeky, I mean cheeky, because when I dropped him on my foot, he was really f$&%ing smug about it.  Just for that, I had him hold everything up, instead of lazily swinging from a vine like I had originally planned.  (That, and he was kinda heavy, and I already didn't trust him at this point.)  Enjoy, and congrats to my big brother and his lovely wife!

What the baby sees, but with more twirling (I hung the vines and 2 birds on a branch separately, so they can move at slightly different paces.)

This jerk again.  He sure is adorable though.

Visit my Etsy shop here to see my available mobiles, or to order a custom-made mobile. 

Narwhal Madness, Classic Moby and a Butterfly Infestation

I feel like narwhals may be my spirit animal.  They combine my two favorite things in the entire world, unicorns and the ocean, and if I had my druthers (and an easily affordable way to time travel) Ariel would have had a narwhal friend named Mika instead of the very whiny Flounder.  But not Sebastian, he can stay.

It turns out that making fins is hard work.

Mika II could totally hold his own against Voldemort.  Get it?  Because he's the unicorn of the Sea? Sigh.

Fred actually has a wee little tail on him that is very hard to see, but looks spectacular in low light.

Enter Mika II and his fish friends, including a misunderstood humpback anglerfish.  If you google humpback anglerfish, you will veritably encounter numerous images that will haunt your dreams as they now haunt mine.  However, this one, whom I have named Fred, is quite sweet and has yet to bite me.  I tried to keep this mobile relatively simple so it would work for a range of design styles and would even be a great grown-up mobile.

Fish Friends that are way less annoying than Flounder.  My apologies in advance to Flounder defenders.

I also decided to make the not creatively named Moby the Sperm Whale Mobile that is not yet a mobile and a brimming with butterflies mobile that may wind up in the room of my very soon to be born niece, Oogledorff (she is due tomorrow, and that is the name I have chosen for her after I won a bet.  Say what you will, she will be the only Oogledorff in her class).  You can find my Narwhal Mobile on Etsy here.  Enjoy!

Flork The Stork

Flork The Stork

I have a habit of personifying inanimate objects.  A beloved (and mischievous) Mermaid pinata named Princess Fan-Fan is an inside joke amongst friends, I once refused to throw out an old coconut named Poppi after drawing a face on him (however, the mold got to be too much to bear) and I have brought my fake green cat, Pancake, to entirely too many restaurants to ever be considered a proper lady.   I'm thrilled to introduce my newest pet: a beloved creation of fabric, foam and branches: Flork the Stork. Soon to be appearing on an Etsy shop near you (hint: it's mine), I have come to terms with the fact that this girl will be given up for adoption, but it is still a tough cookie to swallow as she and I have grown quite attached.

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Man these fairies are difficult

Man these fairies are difficult

As you know from this post, I am venturing into the world of fairy houses.  Since this is my first time, I have been experimenting with some ideas and failing at quite a few of them, which has been incredibly frustrating. I've found that it helps if I envision a pissed off little fairy bossing me around, at which point I obviously sass back, and this turns into a full blown confrontation and the only benefactor of this is my cat, who no longer has to deal with me yammering away at him all day.

Anyhoo, progress is moving along on the fairy houses, and I no longer feel like throwing them at the wall.  Not to brag or anything, but I think the boy fairy house (above) is looking somewhat decent.  Last I checked in, the house was a cream colored mess and kinda lumpy.  I decided to smooth over some bumps and add texture with some papier mache:

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Fairy Houses!!

Fairy Houses!!

 A few weeks ago, I was talking to my lovely sister-in-law about possibly switching my focus over from mobiles to building fairy houses, because let's be honest, fairies are the best, and I would prefer to live the majority of my life suspended in a reality where fairies do exist but will settle for living vicariously through the innocent eyes of an excited young'in.  At that point, it was still in the "I've had a few drinks this is a great idea" phase, but being the ever-supportive sister she is, she promptly commissioned me to make one for my niece and nephew, which is fantastic, but also prompted an "oh crap, I need to learn how to make a fairy house right now" freakout.

I have been brainstorming for awhile, and testing out some ideas, so I figured I would show the process here, and also because my SIL is probably wondering what the f&%* is taking so long.  For my hippie, lovable niece, I thought I would do something involving lilies as a roof, and for my super-smart nephew, something a bit more masculine with branches and moss.

Here is the progress of the flower child house.  I could swear I took some photos of the in progress, but that's why your mother said swearing is wrong, because I didn't.  But basically I made a papier mache house with two windows and a door, and will be adding some vines and other accents, and maybe work on a few other towers to accompany it possibly?

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Vicodin fueled mushroomed baby mobiles and an ornery peacock

Vicodin fueled mushroomed baby mobiles and an ornery peacock

There is nothing like acute back pain to remind you just how fast one might perish in a zombie apocalypse.  Due to a cocktail of terrible LA drivers and ballet, every few years my back will wrench itself into a hunchback-like state that would drive Quasimodo into a jealous rage.  I am now on day 5 of  my first world hell, and while I feel like I have come a long way from passing out on the bathroom floor at 5 am and ugly-crying (day 1), I am still unable to function without my personal nemesis, pharmaceutical drugs.  On the plus side, as I am currently attempting to create a flurry of baby mobiles to sell on Etsy, I now have a valid excuse for a. talking to myself and b. Personifying and naming every woodland creature I have created.  Allow me to introduce you:

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