Monday, August 9, 2021

Goofin' Off and Cruisin' Through the Jungle (with Project Updates)

Do you like puns?  Mr. Goofin' Off really enjoys a good pun.  He's a really punny guy!

If you've ever been to a Disney theme park and experienced the Jungle Cruise, you'll know what I'm talking about when I say it's a very pun-filled attraction.  For that reason, we were pretty excited to get to go see the Jungle Cruise movie this weekend.  

Jungle Cruise Attraction
Photo Credit:  Disney Destinations

It (and the puns) did not disappoint.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was like a mix between Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean--but with a Jungle Cruise storyline.  It was full of puns--some of which were taken from the attraction while others were new to us.  

In a nutshell, the film's storyline follows the captain of a small riverboat who takes a scientist and her brother through the jungle in search of the Tree of Life.  The scientist wishes to use the petals that on the bloom of the tree to heal the sick of the world...a very noble motive.  But not everyone is quite as noble as her.  

It had some good twists and turns.  And there was definitely a good chemistry with the cast of the movie.  But I'm a huge Emily Blunt fan, so I may be a little biased.  (I thought she was practically perfect in every way as Mary Poppins.)

The film got two thumbs up from the Goofin' Off family.  

Project Updates for Week as of 8/9/2021

Time seems to keep slipping away.  But progress is progress, right?  I got a little bit of sewing time in last Friday.  I was able to take the strip cut pink flamingo units and add strips of 2" pink fabric to finish the units into blocks.  We now have pink, pink flamingo quilting blocks!  Yay!  At this point, I'm just hoping I get the quilt top before the end of summer.  

Pink, Pink Flamingo Quilt Blocks Finished

I also managed to get another approximately 800 stitches in on my Mickey and Pirate Friends full coverage piece.  

And when you pull away to look at the whole picture, you can see how the details and confetti really pull the piece together.  I apologize that something was wrong with the lighting, so it appears darker than it really is.  

Thank you so much for all of you who patiently put up with all my Disney projects and posts.  It continues to be so much fun keeping up with all my fellow blogging friends.  I really appreciate your comments and email messages.  They mean the world to me.  

Have a magical day!  

P.S.  If you're a Disney fan, here are the top three posts from my "other" Disney blog from last week!  

Blog Post:  Cheshire Cat Tails Copycat Recipe

Blog Post:  Disney Banana Bread Recipe Copycat from Riviera Resort

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Stitching Friends Blog Hop 2021

Stitching Friends Blog Hop

I have been slowly returning to my hobby blog of cross stitch and quilting projects the past few months.  It has been great to see so many of my old blogging friends still around...and been making some new blogging friends.  

When I saw Jo at Serendipitous Stitching ask for people to participate in the Stitching Friends Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to participate.  I really enjoy getting to know my fellow bloggers.  

The assignment was to introduce the blogger that I was given.  And then choose a cross stitch design I thought they might enjoy.  

Here are a few fun clues about my blogger:  

  • She is from Germany.  
  • The name of her blog is an indication of things that she enjoys doing which include needlework, books and video games (to name a few).
  • She recently knit a pair of Hufflepuff socks for a friends she met in a Facebook group.  As someone who likes to think of herself as a Hufflepuff herself, I thought these were awesome!  
  • She likes to cross stitch pieces of different sizes, but as someone who enjoys full-coverage stitching, I think my favorites are her full-coverage pieces (especially the Darth Vader piece)
  • She began her blog back in December of 2013 while working on her Master's degree.  
  • In June of this year she finished a piece called "Age is Irrelevant" which I totally fell in love with.  
Here are a few pictures I took from her site:  

Hufflepuff Knit Socks

Age is Irrelevant

The designs that my blogger chooses to cross stitch are quite varied.  That made it difficult to choose just one piece I thought she would enjoy.  I finally chose "The Child" by Tilton Crafts.  It goes along with her Darth Vader stitching...and, of course, it does have a Disney connection.  LOL

Have you guessed yet who my stitching friend is?  You can visit her blog and see all her fun projects over at Needle, Pen & Sword!  

Thanks again to Jo for such a fun blog hop!  

Have a magical day!  

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Goofin' Off with a "Silenzio, Bruno!" and Project Updates

Have you heard me shouting "Silenzio, Bruno?" lately.  I've certainly been guilty of saying it a lot.  

Photo Credit:  Disney Destinations

I just might be guilty of shouting this endlessly ever since I saw Luca.  Mr. Goofin' Off and I recently watched the Disney/Pixar movie Luca on Disney+.  I adored this movie.  It took me right back to our trip to Italy back in 2018.  Maybe one day I'll get to return?  Maybe.  Gotta save up that money first.  

So where does "Silenzio, Bruno" come from and what does it mean?  In a nutshell, it's all about learning to believe in yourself.  

Who is Bruno?  Well, he's that voice in your head that's always telling you things like:  "You can't do that."  "You'll never be able to make it work."  Bruno is annoying, sneaky, and outright rude.  But don't fear!  When you shout "Silzenio, Bruno!", you're chasing away all those doubts and giving yourself permission to just try.  

As a quilter and cross stitcher, I'm constantly having to remind myself that it's okay to try new things and be okay with it whether they work out or not.  Things do NOT have to be perfect.  There is joy in making the effort whether or not it is successful.  

Honestly, many of blogging friends encourage me just this same way.  And for that, I thank you!  

Update:  Flamingo Crossing Quilt

Although progress is much slower than I would like, I continue to make progress on this whimsical quilt.  I was able to complete strip sets for the next set of blocks for my Flamingo Crossing quilt.  

I then sub-cut the strip sets into smaller units.  

Woo hoo!  These aren't quite as "pink" as the last set of units I cut.  Looking forward to finishing the blocks and getting them assembled.  

Update:  Mickey and Pirate Friends Cross Stitch

This past weekend, I finished an additional 800+ stitches on Mickey and Pirate Friends.  I believe we're starting to work on Goofy again.  

I am pretty sure the next update will include a more definitive picture of Goofy popping up...and then maybe...just maybe...we'll see Mickey begin to appear.  In the meantime, here is the piece as a whole.  (Sorry for the wrinkles in the fabric, but I hesitate to press it too often.)

Thank you so much for popping in and visiting.  I always enjoy hearing from you and enjoy making new blogging friends!  

Link Parties I'm Participating In:

Happy stitching and have a magical day!  

Other non-stitching but Disney-related articles I've been up to:  

Over on my "other" Disney blog, I've put together the following articles and resources.  If there is something you're interested in, feel free to check it out.  

Banana Bread Copycat Recipe from Disney's Riviera Resort

How to Choose the Right Exercises for YOU!

What Characters Will Be at Avengers Campus?  

What Walt Disney World Resorts are Reopening Fall 2021?

Friday, July 2, 2021

Goofin' Off with Heroes and Villains...and a Few Project Updates

Have you ever watched a movie and wished you could see the clothes the actors are wearing up close and personal?  Yep, this girl most definitely has!  And let me tell you, when I got the chance, it did not disappoint!  

Mr. Goofin' Off and I recently got to attend the "Heroes and Villains:  The Art of Disney Costume" exhibit at the MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture) in Seattle.  It was absolutely fascinating.  There were so many of the original costumes warn in Disney live-action films, we stayed until we literally had to leave because our time was up.  

The four costumes above were all worn by Cinderella in live-action movies and TV by Disney.  Can you guess where they came from?  

  • Top Left:  Warn by Lily James in the 2017 movie "Cinderella"  The details on this were stunning with hundreds of beautiful little butterflies sewn onto the dress.  
  • Top Right:  Dania Ramirez in the seventh season of the TV Show "Once Upon a Time" 
  • Bottom Left:  Warn by pop singer Brandy in the 1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical film "Cinderella" made for ABC.   
  • Bottom Right:  Warn by Anna Kendrick in the 2014 movie "Into the Woods."  
Each interpretation done of Cinderella's ball dress fits perfectly within the production.  I have a whole new appreciation for the designers.  

While my projects are not nearly as stunning as these dresses were, I do have a few updates.  

Flamingo Crossings Quilt

I've decided to name this quilt "Flamingo Crossings" after the Flamingo Crossings Village just outside of Walt Disney World.  (I have to get in that Disney reference somewhere.  LOL)  It's where the Disney College Program students are housed during their tenure working at the most magical place on earth.  

The first thing I did was sew some of these strip sets together.  I love the pretty pinks...and know they are bright.  But it will all be toned down when I add some the black fabric further down the road.  

Next, I sub-cut these strip sets down to get started on the blocks.  Not a whole lot of progress, but it's better than nothing.  

On my cross stitch project of "Mickey and Pirate Friends," I started a new row of pattern pages.  I got through approximately 800 stitches since the last update.  I know some people can do that in a day, but this baby has tons of confetti.  And, quite honestly, finding time to work on projects can be difficult to fit in.  

And this is how the entire piece looks right now.  Hoping to get more stitching done this week.  But Mr. Goofin' Off has a bit of time off, so that often eats into my stitching time.  I'm not complaining, though.  I love to spend time with Mr. Goofin' Off.  He is my personal Goofy!  

Link Parties:  

Have a magical day!

Other Disney Things I've Been Up To

Over on my "other" Disney blog, I've put together the following articles and resources.  If there is something you're interested in, feel free to check it out.  

Tutto Italia Ristorante's (at EPCOT) Rigatoni Bolognese Copycat Recipe