March 31, 2016

My Alice in Wonderland collection - meeting Alice

That time I flew to LA to meet Alice in person, or at least the actress who was the  Disney Alice, Kathryn Beaumont.

She was super gracious and adorable when she met the fans.
It is little known that Disney would actually film real actors before starting the animation process.

Disney Wikia

Disney Imgur

In the caterpillar on my way to wonderland
Disneyland in California also has the only Alice "dark ride"...which is the coolest of them all (unbiased opinion, of course)

Video by Inside the Magic on Youtube.

March 28, 2016

Easter food...

 Home made cake. I awlays make the same cake for all occasions, only the decoration changes ;)

Dyed eggs.

Making "croquettes". Pretty much everyone owns a deep frier in Belgium...but it's not just for fries, we also love potato croquette and many people still make their own...with this lovely kitchen appliance: the Millecroquettes.
These days it has achieved a cult status (just Google Millecroquettes)...and can even be found on Amazon

Mine is vintage...

March 24, 2016

My Alice in Wonderland collection - Easter

Easter blog, cute but fragile...

The Disney version of Alice is an endless source of inspiration for Easter items and events. I suppose it's because of the white rabbit and flowers but it still is very strange to me as the whole film is really dark.
But I am not complaining about the happy colorful collectibles ;)
All the items in this blogpost are from the Disney Store and Disney catalogue around 1996.

 Hinged egg...

 A cute little fake paper bag

 An egg snowglobe. It is also a music box but it doesn't not play a song from the movie...

 A White Rabbit egg
 and an Alice egg...there was a third one but I never found it ;)

 My favorite piece from the series is this White Rabbit candy dish *_*

I suppose one day I'll look for the missing pieces in this collection...that third elusive egg and a cute eggholder...

March 21, 2016

Etsy is changing the shops appearance (again)...

 Well, that was bound to happen sooner or later as mobile devices are growing in numbers. The old familiar shop design no longer fits the requirements for those.
Here's a short summary of what you need to know about it...because the infos on Etsy are spread out on several different pages...

Shops banners are now called "cover photos", it is a bit like on Facebook.
You'll have 3 options:

1. Keep your old banner and your shop will look like this

   Be aware that the banner will only be visible on computer screens, not on mobile devices. Your shop will be bannerless on tablets and phones if you choose this option.

2. The new "cover photo" style.
  Your shop will look like this with the new cover photo

on a computer screen
On a tablet or phone (horizontal view)

On a tablet or phone (vertical view)
Note that the shop icon is slightly over the shop cover photo, so keep this in mind when designing your new "shop cover"
3. No cover photo. The first photos will be your listings. In my opinion this would be missing out on a branding opportunity, but some like the "down-to-business" style.

So far there's no way to check the new style in the Etsy app...currently there's no banner on the app but it seems that this will change.

Now if you decide to go for the new cover photo style here are some tips:

*  Minimum size : 1200 X 300  px
  Recommended size : 3360 X 840 px (yes, that's big)

* Don't add  your shop name UNLESS your name is also your logo (like in my case with The Captain Cosmos).
  If you go for text, keep it centered (my guess is that the cover photo sides will be cut off on the Etsy app, I may be wrong though) and big so it's still visible on mobile devices. And, as I've already written above), keep in mind that in the vertical view the shop icon covers the bottom of the "cover".

* Don't add your tag line. It wouldn't be very visible on mobiles devices + it would be redundant as it appears right under your shop name

If you are not familiar with Photoshop, Gimp or similar softwares you can use this: CANVA

Shop icons and profile photos don't change.
Shop icons are 500x500
Profile photos are 400X 400

The switch will take place on April 5, 2016

March 17, 2016

My Alice in Wonderland collection - more pins

 As you can imagine, there's no shortage of Alice in Wonderland pins. When they were a bit harder to find, I used to buy everything. These days there are 13 a dozen so the novelty wore off and I only get some I really like.

This one is a limited edition of 1000. It was from the Disney Auctions site. I love it because it has Dinah on it :)

 Also from the Disney Auctions site. This one was a limited edition of 500.

  Disneyland Paris 2010. And this one has Dinah now you've seen my 2 pins that feature Dinah.

 From Disneyland, California. Made in 2005 for the park 50th anniversary. It celebrates the opening of the Alice dark ride in 1958.

Another from Disneyland Paris. It is #690 from a limited edition of 900. It was part of a "train" series where each pins was a wagon and they could be linked together...but this was the only Alice wagon...

And those last 2 were sold at the Art of Disney exhibition in Japan a few years back.