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Disney World Trip 2013

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We are back from our trip to Disney World, and we had an absolutely fabulous time!  We used to visit the Disney parks quite frequently when I was younger, and it was very special going with my parents and brother once again, but this time with a new addition to our family: little Myla!  I thought I would share some photos from our trip taken by Ryan…

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The Magic Kingdom is still my favourite park :)  I love strolling down Main Street as Cinderella’s Castle unfolds before you!  Myla was surprisingly allowed to go on many rides, particularly in Fantasyland.  Her favourite ride was “It’s A Small World”- it was so cute seeing her eyes light up and dart around as she saw all the little colourful dolls representing different countries around the world moving and singing!

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I was really excited to dine at “Be Our Guest" in the Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland.  Making reservations was really difficult, but I managed to find an opening for an early dinner at 4:45!  We dined in the ballroom where Belle and the Beast danced, and it was beautiful!  All the detail were amazing, and we got to take pictures with the Beast at the end of our meal :)

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Epcot is my second favourite park as I love the different countries represented in the World Showcase, and “The Land" has one of my favourite rides: "Soarin’”!  It just so happened that we caught the tail end of the “Flower & Garden Festival” at Epcot, so there were many beautiful topiary displays throughout the park.  You can see Mickey and his friends in the pic above!

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Another gorgeous display at Epcot!

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On our first night at Epcot we dined at the UK’s “Rose & Crown" restaurant which has a spectacular patio view of Epcot’s night time show, "IllumiNations”.  It was awesome being able to sit down and enjoy the displays and fireworks as we were finishing up dessert!

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The Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom!  Love the lushness captured in this pic :)  One of my faves in this park is the “Finding Nemo" musical…we were singing some of the songs long after the show ended!

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One of the cool things we saw at the Animal Kingdom was this plant lady!  At first she was camouflaged as she lay on the wall with her face turning the other way….but then she started to gracefully move and walk away!  It was a very neat sight :)  We didn’t take too many photos at the fourth park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but I really enjoyed the American Idol Experience (the winner that night sounded just like Beyoncé) and the updated Star Tours ride since Ryan and I are big Star Wars fans too!

Since Myla was born in the Canadian fall/winter, this trip was the first time she was able to wear summer clothes!  It was fun bringing out the summer dresses, rompers and hats!  Here are some photos of our little cutie each morning before we hit the parks…

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I was a little bit worried about how Myla would do on this trip as it was her first long trip out of the country.  She did amazingly well, and of course it also helped that my parents and brother were there to help out!  We knew that this Disney trip would be very different from all our previous Disney trips since we were traveling with a baby.  We took a very relaxed pace as we followed her schedule, stopping to nurse and change her diaper whenever needed and working around her naps.  Disney was great as they had Baby Care Centers that were air conditioned places to nurse, change diapers and just rest in each park.  Their “Baby Swap”’ program was helpful as we didn’t need to line up twice for rides that Myla wasn’t allowed on (you can read more about this here).

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My parents bought Myla this adorable Minnie Mouse dress and we bought her a Minnie Mouse headband to match!  It’s cute because the ears are actually adult-sized, but the proportions looked so cute on Myla!  She loved wearing those big Minnie ears :)  We went around the Magic Kingdom and took some pics on our last day to commemorate her first Disney experience!

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Sitting down by Cinderella’s Fountain

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Myla was pretty popular around the park as she was getting a lot of smiles and “aww’s” from people….it was cute because many young children came up to her and said hi too!  They loved this little Minnie Mouse!

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All smiles in front of the castle!

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Finally a family pic with Ryan in it!  

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Of course, Myla’s first Disney experience wouldn’t be complete without meeting Mickey Mouse!  She even gave him a big kiss :)

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My parents also bought Myla the classic Minnie Mouse Ears hat and got her name embroidered on it!  Years ago, my parents bought me a similar hat and had my name embroidered on it….how time flies!  There is so much nostalgia and fond memories whenever we visit Disney…

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We had to add a little amigurumi in this Disney post!  Ryan spotted these knitted Mickey’s in a gift store- how cute are they?

Hope you enjoyed this little recap of some of the things we did on our trip!  Myla was a great little traveler, and we are so thankful that we could all travel as a family.  I missed crocheting, and I can’t wait to share some more crochet projects with you all in the coming weeks!  

Crochet Baby Button Boots

As you all know, I LOVE going through Ravelry and seeing all the beautiful projects that people have designed or are working on.  While I was searching for crocheted baby items, I absolutely fell in love with these "Crochet wrap around button infant boots" designed by Ashlee of I’m Topsy Turvy, and I was ecstatic that she was offering the baby and infant patterns for free!  I really liked the gold yarn she used in her baby boots pattern, and it just so happened that I had plenty of gold yarn left over from the amigurumi Scarecrow that I designed last year for Halloween.  And so, I began working on these adorable boots immediately!  I decided to start with the infant pattern (0-3 months) because I wanted to make the smaller versions first :)

I started off by crocheting the sole of the boots.  This reminded me of the Crochet Slippers I made a couple months ago, except of course these soles were much tinier!

Next I worked on the shoe part: the boots were starting to get some height!

After some decreases in the front, the result was a beautiful little shoe/slipper!  I think I just might make some more of these in different colours and maybe add some flowers or straps!

But of course these gold ones were going to be boots!  Next I crocheted the boot cuffs that would wrap around the other side…

For this pair I decided to go with the scalloped edging.  This makes the boots look very lady-like, don’t they?

Since the boot cuffs need to wrap around opposite sides (i.e. you can’t crochet the right and left boots the same otherwise the boot cuffs would wrap around the same side), you’ll notice that one scalloped edge is the “right side" and one scalloped edge is the "wrong side”.  When you start working on the boot cuff, the pattern states where to slip stitch to join the yarn back, but it does not explicitly state which direction you should crochet.  To clarify, for the right boot you need to ”sl st in the 7th stitch from the seam" and crochet counter-clockwise while for the left boot you need to “sl st in the 11th stitch from the seam" and crochet clockwise

And to finish off the boots I sewed on these little wooden buttons!  I love picking buttons for crochet projects :)  Buttons add such beautiful embellishment!

Ta-da!  The finished product: my gold infant button boots with scalloped edging!

Since I loved the look of my finished infant boots so much, I wanted to try making a bigger version without the scalloped edge, so I used Ashlee’s baby boots pattern (closer to size 4 as stated in the pattern).  However, I made some modifications to this pattern, including:

  • adding three extra rows to the boot cuff to give the boots more height (1 row of sc, 1 row of dc and then 1 row of sc)
  • I used very large buttons (don’t they remind you of Tory Burch?) so I had to make the button hole much larger.  This involved leaving a gap that was 1 stitch wide and 2 rows in height.  I had to cut off the yarn and rejoin at different locations in order to crochet around the hole.  This also allowed me to have the “right side” of the last row facing outwards as I was crocheting around the edge.

The grey baby boot compared to the gold infant boot!  These grey baby boots turned out larger than I expected, probably because the grey yarn I used was thicker than the gold yarn… 

I thought it would be really cute to compare MY button Ugg boots with these baby ones I just crocheted!  I really love my warm, comfy Uggs and I get a lot of wear out of them since it is very snowy and cold where we live in the winter!  Now our baby can match me with these stylish crocheted button boots :)  It looks like I have giant feet when you see these delicate little booties balancing carefully atop my boot!

If you are expecting or if you have friends who are expecting, give these beautiful boots a try!  They are absolutely adorable, and I can’t wait to see our little one wearing these!  Don’t forget to follow me on facebook, twitter and instagram (@AllAboutAmi) to get updates on my latest projects ^-^  Happy crocheting!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Crochet Baby Button Boots (free pattern via “I’m Topsy Turvy”)

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Crochet Baby Button Boots (free pattern via “I’m Topsy Turvy”)

Here is another earflap hat I made from Alli’s Crafts.  It is essentially the same as the newborn earflap hat pattern (I blogged about them here), but this one is sized for 6 month old babies (pattern found here)!  I switched to brown for Row 9 and used the pattern for the “Loopy Six-Petal Flower" found here, also adding a button in the centre.  I think pink and brown make a lovely colour combination, don’t you?  Check out Alli’s blog as she also has earflap hat patterns for premies, newborns, 3, 6, and 9-12 month old babies and toddlers as well!

Here is another earflap hat I made from Alli’s Crafts.  It is essentially the same as the newborn earflap hat pattern (I blogged about them here), but this one is sized for 6 month old babies (pattern found here)!  I switched to brown for Row 9 and used the pattern for the “Loopy Six-Petal Flower" found here, also adding a button in the centre.  I think pink and brown make a lovely colour combination, don’t you?  Check out Alli’s blog as she also has earflap hat patterns for premies, newborns, 3, 6, and 9-12 month old babies and toddlers as well!

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