Beth’s Craft Picks of the Week! – 5/13

Hello all!  I’ve got another fresh batch of awesome craft projects for everyone!  This week I’ll be focusing on cross-stitch projects I’ve found around the internet recently, so hopefully everyone’s got some Aida cloth and an embroidery hoop handy!

Wreck-It Ralph Bad Guy Affirmation


I featured this pattern a few weeks ago over at Geek Crafts, and figured it was definitely worth a mention here!  I do love Wreck-It Ralph, after all, and I plan on making this pattern myself, framing it, and hanging it in my living room.

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Beth’s Craft Picks of the Week! – 4/15/13

Hello all!  I hope your Monday went well – mine was a bit of a mixed bag.  Ah well.  I’ve got a fresh batch of crafty picks for everyone this week!

Case of the Mondays Cross-Stitch Kit

hatemondaysSpeaking of Mondays… this would be a hilarious addition to anyone’s cubicle, haha.  It’s in a handy dandy kit, put together by Purple Hippo Stitches, and also part of their Tax Day Sale!  I’m half done with my own set, and plan on sticking mine in my cube once it’s done.  It’s really simple, and an easy intro to cross-stitching if you’ve never done it before.

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Tiny Review – Vanellope von Schweets talking doll!

I will proudly admit that I am a huge fan of Wreck-it Ralph.  I’m pretty sure that’s no surprise at all to anyone who follows my blog.  I’ve got quite a few Wreck-It Ralph figurines – there was a set of them I received as a holiday present from a close friend, and there’s a couple of Vanellope figures I picked up, and I’ve also got an awesome Wreck-It Ralph poster – and a Vanellope plush as well!  I’m eagerly awaiting March 5th, when the DVD comes out – of course I’ve got it preordered.  So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that when I found out Disney made a talking Vanellope von Schweets doll, I had to have one of my own.

It took a while to actually track one down – before the holidays, every Disney store I visited was out of talking Vanellopes.  I visited three stores in two different states, and no luck!  (I did manage to get the plush Vanellope in Syracuse, NY, however, so it wasn’t entirely a waste!)  Then, when I finally did find a talking Vanellope…

Vanellope from Toys R Us…she was $50.00.  And talked a lot about getting her hair done, and had some ridiculous hair extensions.  Granted, yeah, this was the Toys R Us version, and not the Disney Store version I’d initially been looking for, but I was definitely shocked by the $50 price tag.  I’m not going to lie – I almost bought her, but realized $50 would also buy a lot of My Little Ponies, and talked myself out of the purchase at the time.  I’m glad I did, because I found the version I was looking for on the Disney Store’s website, for half the price of the crazy hair-extension version, and I had a 25% off coupon too!  So, I picked her up, because it was a lot easier for me to justify dropping $20 on a talking doll instead of $50.  And on my sick day at home earlier this week, she came!

Vanellope, boxedI’m not going to lie, I de-boxed her almost immediately.  I am a horrible toy collector, I de-box all my toys.  It saves space, and honestly, why collect if you can’t have a little fun with your toys?  So yes, I freed her of her box (which was a very nice box, definitely made for displaying, if you’re into that) and instantly started poking her to make her talk.  She says around 10 different phrases, and they’re all straight from the movie, I think – definitely in Sarah Silverman’s voice.  I recorded her talking a little bit, for those curious…

She’s definitely nice and loud, as you can tell, and she says some of her catch phrases from the movie.  (Bryan and I are a little disappointed that she didn’t make any doody jokes, though.  Yes, we are apparently eternally 10 years old, haha.)   She’s put together really well, and stands on her own pretty well too.  She’s got a lot of styling product in her hair, though, and some parts of it are tied into place – I guess that’s to help it keep its style?  I’ve got no idea.  I do know, though, that I thoroughly enjoy this Vanellope doll, and I’m definitely glad I picked her up!  If you collect Disney memorabilia, or loved Wreck-it Ralph, you should definitely get one for yourself – you won’t be disappointed!

Printable Valentines – Wreck-it Ralph Style!

Since Valentine’s Day is about a week away, I thought it might be a good idea to make my own valentines for the special people in my life!  (I mean, I do have a stash of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic valentines… but those are collector’s items!  I can’t use those!) And it came to me – why not make some Wreck-it Ralph valentines?  There aren’t any currently out there on the web anywhere, and Wreck-It Ralph is such an awesome movie – so why not make some Wreck-it Ralph inspired valentines?

These are all about 5 inches square, or 5 by 6 inches for the bigger one, and should print out really nicely on cardstock!  There are tiny little watermarks in the images, but hopefully they’re not too obtrusive.  I did draw the images used for these cards, in case you were curious! 😀

I hope everyone enjoys them – and if you use them, leave me a comment and tell me how you used them! 😀  I’d love to see how everyone likes my valentines!