Friday, January 11, 2013

a little bit of Magic

What a week!  So much to see, to do, to eat, to plan (especially to plan.... seriously, if I can't sew and I'm barraged by inspiring imagery, is anyone surprised that I'm dreaming in quilt?).

at the Magic Kingdom
at the Magic Kingdom

rollercoasters!
they LOVE roller-coasters!

turquoise, coral, tangerine and curry
Charmed by turquoise, coral, tangerine and curry

a sunny color scheme
a Sunny color scheme

oh, these faces!
oh, these faces!

a magical evening
a magical evening - my favorite!

at Epcot Center... see the Sashiko?
at the Epcot Center. See the Sashiko embroidery pattern?

interesting shapes
such an interesting shape

goofy
I heart this fountain (oh, and those goofy kids!)

candy patchwork?
mmm...Candy Patchwork

new Emerald purse, from Morocco
my new *Emerald* basket purse, from Morocco

neutrals at sunset
neutrals at sunset

This week we've visited all four parks at Disney World. Today my inlaws took the kiddos back for one last day at the parks, and Brandon and I have opted to stay "home" and slow down.  Because, Disney is exhausting!  Yes, fun, interesting, exciting, memorable, but exhausting is the operative word. 

If I were to give you a word of advice, I'd say 3 days at the park are plenty.  And, I'd alternate days at the park with days resting, drawing, playing games and just being together without all the lines and crowds and noise.  Haha, I sound a bit grinchy, don't I?  Well, in my normal life I spend days at a time at home with the children not having to go anywhere.  And I love it!

My kids don't "know" most characters, as they are TV-free and we avoid highly marketed characters in general.  They loved the rides (the scarier the better!) and some of the more creative experiences.  Disney is definitely a classic childhood experience, so I am thankful they've had a chance to enjoy it all. One thing I've found inspiring during this week is reflecting on how the creative genius and hard-working spirit of Walt Disney left such an amazing heritage.  It goes to show that creativity has been and will always be a great force in our world. 

Tomorrow is another long car ride back home and then... and then.. back to the routine.  See you then!

21 comments:

  1. I love Disney World! My DH and I never went as kids so we enjoyed it as much as ours did...you picked a great time of year to go.

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  2. Love that your kids are tv free! Your pictures inspired me!especially the sunny color scheme. I have blocks Im trying to set and a narrow border of blue would work perfectly!

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    1. Oh, that's wonderful! I really wanted to dive into my fabric stash at that moment and pull that scheme out. Maybe I still will!

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  3. You guys are such good parents to take those kids to DL, i got away without ever doing it! It is pretty amazing though,,,,for a day! LOVE your photos, very inspiring. A pagoda quilt would be so wonderful! And why not different pagodas towering next to each other. Such interesting shapes. Cannot wait for class to start.
    Cat

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  4. It's a magical place, that Disney environment. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

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  5. Looks like you guys had a great trip -- and you were able to find many (many) inspirations for your next projects ;). Win win!

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  6. I am so glad y'all are having a nice time. And now I am content. My two favorite things in the world - Disney and Sewing/Quilting - have been combined. :)

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    1. So glad I could do that for you!! Now, next time you're there you're going to be finding inspiration too =)

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  7. My mom comes out every year and takes us all to Disney for a few days, and while I looooove Disney, I totally agree about three days being more than enough. I just can't handle anymore after that. I think it's just way too stinkin' overstimulating...for all of us.

    I loved that you were inspired but everything around you...I get like that with plants when I go to Epcot. :)

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  8. If you ever go to California Adventure, you should definately go to the cartooning presentation. They show you how to draw classic disney characters, and you get to follow along with your own pencil and paper. SO COOL. My husband and I went a bunch of times when we were there - it was also a nice break from the hot sun.

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    1. They did have a drawing class just like that at the park we went to yesterday. It was my favorite part of the day! We did it a couple of times =)

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  9. now see I would say that the way to do disney is at least 7 days...because then you can slow down and enjoy everything they have to offer. If you try to do it in three days you'll go mad! Happy, Alice in Wonderland mad, but mad still the same! lol They have water parks and downtown Disney and mini golf and the hotels themselves!!
    Can you tell I'm a fan? lol

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  10. I was just thinking how Moroccan the tiles were and then you mention your Moroccan purse! Looks like you had great fun and found inspiration!

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  11. Disney World is so fun! Glad you and your family have been having a great time. I for one love the chaos of those parks, but I understand how overwhelming they are too.

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  12. I love that your brain is seeing colours and blocks everywhere! I can here your kids saying "look at that ride!" and you saying" Yeah, great combination of colours!" Hehe

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  13. Rachel I've so enjoyed your pictures of lots of things at Disney. When I was a little girl all I wanted was to go to Disneyland, which was only in Ca then of course, and I so wanted to be Annette Funicello. Well I got my wish as I, like her, have MS and I have visited the two parks on many occasions though not in the past 15 years.

    The thing that impressed me the most was that you don't do TV at home I just can't tell you. It's so unusual these days and such a delight to hear. I know my grandchildren watch too much TV IMHO, including here in my home. But for my eldest Granddaughter's 10th birthday in March I am buying her a sewing machine and we shall do lots more crafty things and spend less time with the dreaded box.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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  14. We just went to Disney World too! We went the day after Christmas and loved it. I have to agree, it was exhausting. We went with our daughter, son in law and a five year old and three year old. Long days and short nights. lol

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  15. I thought you captured Disney in a new beautiful way. I have been many times to Disney since I lived there for several years but I have never seen it like this. In your picutres, I don't see the crowds, the lines, tired or hungry parents or kids. I see fanesty, beautiful structures, colors that pop out at you, and two very happy to be there kids. I love that quilting can open up our eyes to many new ways of experiencing life.

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  16. We have lived near Disney for 11 years, and I find your advice perfect. :) I LOVE how you see color!

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  17. Love your pictures! I agree, 3 days of Disney is plenty. We went 2 years ago and spend 3 days in the park and 1 day in Paris - one of the advantages of Disney World Europe :)

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  18. We just came back from 7days at Disney on Saturday. I, too, took pics of the tiles in Morocco thinking of quilts.

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