While most people are watching "Game of Thrones," my husband and I have been relaxing by watching Resort TV 1, in which brother-sister duo Josh and Jenna live-stream while walking around the Disney Orlando parks.
We watched them eat a cookie at Pandora the other night. It was nice, and now I want to go to Disney.
To be truly ready for Disney, one must have the proper gear. There's the backpack stuff, and the stroller, blah, blah, blah. Then, there are the accessories.
One of my absolute favorite purchases is this Ursula-inspired jewelry set on Etsy:
We went to Disney World during Christmas before my youngest turned one, and I wore this jewelry set every day. Cast members everywhere commented on it, and I gave a side eye to a little girl who whispered, "She's got Ursula's necklace!" I told everyone I'd been trying unsuccessfully to get Son One to sing all weekend.
It was so much fun, but the top of the charm wore thin with my sweat and the pulling by Son Two. I was so bummed when it gave out in the corral while we were waiting for Festival of the Lion King. Still, an amazing find.
The next time we went to Disney, I wore the octopus earrings with a mini Perler bead set of Maleficent horns. We booked breakfast with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, and the ladies there pointed out the accessories as they visited. Some with feigned alarm - my oldest assured Aurora that I wasn't evil, and Ariel called me "Friendly Ursula."
So that I'm ready to dash off at a moment's notice (one never knows!), I was inspired to create a new shell necklace to pay homage to my favorite Disney villain. It's not as authentic as the one from Siren Hill, but it's baby-resistant, and I used glow-in-the-dark Perlers in soft orange to create a neat effect when the sun goes down.
When planning a Perler project, I can usually find a cross stitch pattern that fits my needs. However, the nautilus shell patterns I found were all too complex for this piece. I looked at them for the basic shape, then I created a rough outline in my graph paper notebook. From there, I was able to make a quick pattern on the computer, using different fill colors to illustrate the design.
The resulting charm has that neat pixilated look that Perler beads lend to accessories. After ironing, I took my knitting hook and cleared a hole in the top for the jump ring while the piece was still warm.
I'm so pleased with how it turned out! If you're not into targeting "poor unfortunate souls," this could also be made with whimsical pinks or blues for more tropical flair.
If you're ever in need of graph paper, but don't want to buy a whole pack, I found this great tutorial on how to make graph paper in Microsoft Word from eHow and Jeff. I trust Jeff. He has epic sideburns.