I’m still recuperating from a bad cold, so it’s a good day to stay inside and catch up on some crafting. My magnetic doll brooches were getting low in stock, so I made a bunch. My cat really wanted to help with that project!
My 1:6 scale Japanese style fans have been selling briskly lately, so I made about a dozen more.
Now my fingers are covered in glue, so it must be time for lunch!
My sister has been knitting up a storm. We’ve been having trouble keeping the blush pink stoles in stock, so while she was making more in pink, she also made a few in white and what I like to call gray fox. All three colors are now available in my Etsy shop.
This fashion is made from a vintage shadow work embroidered hankie. Shadow Work is a type of embroidery worked on semi-sheer or sheer fabric, with the bulk of the embroidery on the back of the design so that the color of the thread – or rather, a shadow of the color – shows through on the front of the fabric between two solid-colored outlines.
This fashion was sewn entirely by hand from a vintage hand embroidered hankie and lined in cotton fabric. Waistband and bow are made from coordinating green handkerchief linen. Dress is fastened with metal snaps. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Last fall, a production designer contacted me and asked if I would sign a release so one of my products — the vanity tray and bottle set — could appear in a national advertisement.
I had no idea what kind of ad it would be, but today I discovered it was a tv ad for Andersen Windows. You can see my trays and perfume bottle sets in two scenes — on the end table in the living room of a dollhouse, and in the bedroom. I also recognized items in the dollhouse from other Etsy shops. So cool!
Below is a link to the ad on YouTube and a couple screenshots where I’ve highlighted where to find my product in the scene.
This morning we set out for Animal Kingdom again. We first took the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Along the way, you can see various animals in their pens who are taking a break from the safari. Today we saw rhinos, an elephant, and an ostrich.
Once you arrive, you can visit the affection section to pet sheep, goats, and other domestic animals. Always a favorite stop for my husband.
Inside the building, you can view snakes, frogs, and other reptiles.
You can also sometimes see veterinarians working on an animal. On one trip, we saw a tiger getting a root canal. This time, a Komodo dragon was getting an ultrasound to find out why she was having trouble laying eggs.
They’ve also added a new drawing class taught by a Disney animator. We missed the start of the class but were able to watch on the big tv screens. I believe they were drawing a hyena.
After a quick lunch, we used our fast pass to get a good seat at my favorite show in all the parks: Finding Nemo, the musical. If you’ve seen the Lion King on Broadway, it’s a similar concept in that the performers are using puppets while they sing, dance, and do acrobatics. I think I’ve seen the show 4 or 5 times now, but each time I marvel at it.
This is our last full day in Florida. Which seems like a good time to reflect on our stay. Previously, we’ve stayed at the Beach Club or Yacht Club, both of which are on a small lake by the back entrance of Epcot, along with the Boardwalk, Swan, and Dolphin resorts. The convenience of those resorts is very appealing to us. We can walk or take a boat to either Epcot or Hollywood Studios. We can take the monorail to Magic Kingdom. Which means we only have to rely on the Disney busses for trips to Animal Kingdom or Disney Springs.
For this trip, our favorite resorts were already fully booked, so we had to look elsewhere. We ended up deciding on Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The downside of Animal Kingdom Lodge is we’re reliant on the buses to get anywhere, and we’re further away from most parks, so sometimes the bus ride can take up to a half hour, not counting waiting for the bus to come. And at the end of the day, buses are packed and you could end up standing for the entire ride … not something I recommend with tired feet.
However, the upside of staying here is you get to see animals all the time: outside your window, while walking down the hall, dining at Sanaa, and at the look out off the lobby. We love seeing the zebras run and play! We’ve certainly taken a more relaxed approach to our vacation by staying here. Plus, two of our favorite restaurants are here: Sanaa and Boma.
Here are some of the views we’ve had outside our windows.
So would I recommend staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge? Yes, it’s been fun. But next time, we’ll probably head back to the Beach Club/Yacht Club area for the convenience, and come to Animal Kingdom Lodge for a couple meals and some time with the animals.