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Cari2109
02-15-2012, 12:33 AM
Table of Contents:
Welcome - You are here
Introductions (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44051461&postcount=2)
Quick Update
(http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44100101&postcount=5)A Disney Project (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44146535&postcount=6)
Fish Extender! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44236261&postcount=7)
100 Days! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44425627&postcount=13)
FE Gifts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44602527&postcount=18)

Hello there. Welcome to my PTR.

There are two reasons I have decided to do a PTR and TR. The first is that I want somewhere to keep track of my countdown. After all, planning is half the fun. The second reason I want to do this is because I have truly enjoyed reading all of your accounts. I have spent hours pouring over these boards and really come to love this tradition of sharing. Thank you to all the TR writers out there.

I will be updating this regularly with my various shenanigans over the next coming months as we prepare for the trip. I also plan on taking way too many pictures once I get on the boat.

Anyway, thanks for coming along on this ride with me. I appreciate you taking the time to read my account and I hope you enjoy it-- or at least get a laugh out of it. Here we go. ☺

A little background story:

This is the closest I have ever been to a Disney Cruise Ship.
http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/66568900711940416_ahTTKa6G_f.jpg

I grew up South of LA as a Disneyland brat. I have so many memories of going to Disneyland as a little girl that have stayed with me all my life. Disney magic is the best type of magic.
At the time that I post this, it has been 603 day, 14 hours, and 35 minutes since the last time I set foot on Disney soil.
My boyfriend (Clint) and I will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary this summer.


Clint and I after our High School Graduation.
http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/n7959886_36512991_6351.jpg

Clint realizing that he is only feeding my obsession on a trip that we recently took to Disneyland.
http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/26416_10150118069020305_691050304_11187358_7880156 _n.jpg

Anyway, back to the story. Several months ago, I realized that this July was going to be our 10-year anniversary. I told Clint that we should do something. Go on a trip somewhere. Do something special to celebrate. He said something along the lines of, “That sound like a fun plan.” And I didn’t think much of it after that.

Fast forward to Christmas Eve, I come home from visiting my family and notice that there is a small wrapped box under our tree. Clint gives me a smile and says, “I am 99% sure that you are going to love your present.”

I smile back at him. I am convinced that there is no way he will be able to top the gift I got him. You ready for this? Bacon. That’s right, a membership to the Bacon of the Month Club. Every month, bacon would show up on our doorstep. It would be the gift that just keeps on giving. With this in mind, I laugh at him and say, “Not as much as you are going to like your present.”

Little did I know.

Christmas morning rolls around. Clint opens his present first. Since the bacon was not scheduled to arrive for a few more days, I had wrapped a certificate that I printed off the Internet. His jaw drops and then says, “Is this an actual thing?!? THIS IS AWESOME!” Needless to say, I thought that I had come up with the best gift ever.

Clint hands me my present. I open the box. Taped to the bottom of it was a $25 American Eagle gift card.

First off, I’m not a big shopper. In fact, shopping is pretty far down the list of ways I want to spend my time (This does not apply to craft stores. I once made the mistake of going to Hobby Lobby after getting my paycheck, but that’s a different story).

I felt confused. I look up at Clint and he as a huge smile on his face, “Do you like it? I know it’s one of your favorite stores.” His reaction took me by complete surprise. He was really selling this gift card and seemed really excited to give it to me.

“Yes,” I answer, “this is one of my favorite stores.”

“I figure you could get yourself a new swimsuit, or maybe a coat,” Clint says, continuing to act like this gift card was the greatest thing he has ever thought of. I nod. A few seconds of silence pass. “And,” Clint says reaching into his pocket, “I recommend that you get a swimsuit.”

He pulls out a folded piece of paper and holds it in front of me. It takes me a few moments to register that he wants me to take it from him.

I slowly pull open one of the corners and see the logo.

I start bawling.

I’m crying for a good five minutes before I can finally pull myself together and regain enough composure to answer Clint’s repeated questions of “Are you oaky?” and “Do you like it?” This is probably the closest thing to my own reaction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOpOhlGiRTM

I had no idea that he had even been planning this. I was completely taken by surprise. Thrilled does not even begin to explain how I felt. Not only were we going on a Disney Cruise, we would be celebrating it on our 10-year anniversary.

Best. Christmas. Ever.

Now the countdown begins. Here we go!

Table of Contents:
Welcome - You are here
Introductions (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44051461&postcount=2)
Quick Update
(http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44100101&postcount=5)A Disney Project (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44146535&postcount=6)
Fish Extender! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44236261&postcount=7)
100 Days! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44425627&postcount=13)
FE Gifts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44602527&postcount=18)

Cari2109
02-16-2012, 07:13 PM
Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44033477&postcount=1) - Welcome
Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44100101&postcount=5) - A Quick Update

Okay, I’m back.

Cast of Characters:

Me: I’m a self-proclaimed Disney addict, Star Wars freak, renfest junkie, and chef extraordinaire (okay, that last one might be an exaggeration).

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/66568900711940416_ahTTKa6G_f1.jpg


I’ve been to Disney World twice and Disneyland more times than I remember.
This will be my first Disney Cruise and second cruise ever. I remember begging my parents for years and years to go on a cruise when the Magic and Wonder set sail. Alas, I would have to wait over 15 years for that “Dream” to come true (haha – gotta love puns).

&

Clint: My boyfriend. I’m still learning the disboards lingo when it comes to all the acronyms, so I’m not sure what to call him. BF? DBF? TGWITMOADC (That guy who is taking me on a Disney Cruise)? Suggestions?

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/clint.jpg

Clint has been on several cruises dating back to the Big Red Boat. He doesn’t live and breathe Disney (like several of us self admitted addicts here), but he enjoys the movies and had a great time on our trip to Disneyland.

A few year’s ago, Clint and I took a trip to Disneyland together. This was Clint’s first time there and our first Disney experience together. I was bouncing off the walls. Even though we had been together for 8 years, I knew that this would be the final test. If he could handle a trip to Disney and still love me when we got back home, this relationship was truly be meant to be. Lucky for me, I didn’t scare him away or turn him off of the idea of taking another Disney trip.

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Trip.png


Cruise:

Now for some of the basic cruise details. We will be taking a four night Disney Dream Bahamian Cruse. We leave on the 4th of July. I’ve been searching the boards to see if Disney does anything special on the 4th. From what I’ve gathered, not much goes on. Anyone out there have experience with this?

The second day will be Nassau. Both Clint and I are SCUBA certified, so I think we will take the excursion to Stuart Cove. The Bahamas is known for its amazing SCUBA and with Atlantis not too far away, maybe we’ll catch a glimpse of a mermaid :)

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/scuba.jpg


The third day is our day at sea. I am looking forward to exploring every single inch of the Dream. Like I said in my previous post, I plan on taking way to many pictures. Not that anyone on these boards ever complains about a post having too many pictures.

Day four is extra special. Castaway Cay and – drum roll, please – our ten-year anniversary. I can’t imagine a better way to spend our last night on the Dream.


That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44033477&postcount=1) - Welcome
Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44100101&postcount=5) - A Quick Update

jedijill
02-19-2012, 02:44 PM
I'm in! You both give great Christmas presents!

Jill in CO

Cari2109
02-20-2012, 02:05 PM
I'm in! You both give great Christmas presents!

Jill in CO
This is so exciting! Thank you!

Cari2109
02-21-2012, 11:17 PM
Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44051461&postcount=2) - Introductions
Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44146535&postcount=6) - Starting a Disney Project

Today I discovered Fish Extenders.
That is all.

Cari2109
02-26-2012, 06:11 PM
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Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44236261&postcount=7) - Fish Extenders!


128 days to go… Academy Awards Day!!!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Oscar Sunday. Here’s a picture of some of my college friends and I on the “red carpet” for an Academy Award viewing party several years ago.

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Oscars.png

The red carpet interviews are going on as I type. Love the dresses! And to make things even better, Billy Crystal is back!! With this in mind, my update is going to be pretty short so that I don’t miss the opening number.

Back to cruise planning. Last week I discovered Fish Extenders. After scouring the boards for more information, I knew that this was something I needed to get in on. Lucky for me, one of the other members of my cruise meet group asked if anyone in the group was interested in partaking.

After checking out a bunch of different designs that people have uploaded to the FE thread (many of which are absolutely amazing), I decided to go with something simple. My goal is to do something that can be completed in one day (two at the most). This way I will have more time over the next few months to work on my FE gifts.

I came up with a design that pays tribute to two of Clint and my favorite characters. Here are the material swatches that I will be using. Can you guess the two characters that served as my inspiration?

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Material.png

Here’s a draft of my FE design:

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/FE.png


I’ll post pictures when I finish. Hopefully it comes out the way I picture it my head. ☺


Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44100101&postcount=5) - Quick Update
Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44236261&postcount=7) - Fish Extenders!

Cari2109
03-05-2012, 11:57 PM
Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44146535&postcount=6) - A Disney Project
Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44425627&postcount=13) - 100 Days!

118 Days to go!!

FISH EXTENDERS!!!!

I now have my very own Fish Extender and am one step closer to being ready for my Disney Cruise. In my last post, I drew a digital mock up of an idea that I had. Over the past week, I have been hard at work collecting the supplies and figuring out just how to tackle this project.

The design is based on Clint and my favorite Disney characters. Clint has always had a fondness for the Genie from Aladdin. Me? I’m a Tinkerbell girl.

I have some experience with sewing projects. I’ve made my renaissance costume and past 5 Halloween costumes, so I have an idea of where to start. But that’s where it ends. With the help of the boards, I am able to put in a plan of action. Here are the steps I took to complete my Extender.

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/pic_1.png


Here we go!

Cut the material. I cut the swatches to be 12 inches wide. My plan was to make the pockets a few inches wider than the final 8-inch Fish Extender so that I could pleat the pocket. This way it would be able to stretch to fit goodies.
The cummerbund. This was a pretty simple process. I simply scrunched the maternal and ran it though the sewing machine.
Attach the cummerbund to the “chest” and “pant” material swatches.
Line the inside of the pocket. The final pocket measured 10 x 12 inches.


http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Genie.png

The second pocket follows the same basic steps. I measured out the material for the “dress” portion and the cut the trademark jagged Tinkerbell pattern into it. On a whim, I grabbed some green tulle when I was at the fabric store. This is a little fairy touch that I added to make the dress special. Once everything is sewn together, I add a lining and hem the pocket to 10 X 12.

Since I want the final pocket to fit on the 9-inch Fish Extender, I go ahead and pin the pockets to reflect this. Now that I have my two pockets, I attach them to the Fish Extender backing.
http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2.png

Here is the final product and a few close ups of the pockets. To make the title at the top of the Extender, I bought some scrapbook letters at the store. My sewing machine doesn’t have any fancy embroidery settings and I don’t trust myself to write them out by hand. From what I can tell, these letters are going to stick just fine. Finally, I added several feet of ribbons to dress up the sides of the dowels.

http://carissadesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Detail.png

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Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44425627&postcount=13) - 100 Days!

Linda67
03-06-2012, 02:10 PM
OK sign me up for this one :)
I am loving your PTR so far
Congrats on 10 years and what a wonderful way to celebrate!
I am very impressed with your fish extender; I couldn't begin to make anything like that
Keep it coming!! :)

Cari2109
03-07-2012, 03:22 PM
OK sign me up for this one :)
I am loving your PTR so far
Congrats on 10 years and what a wonderful way to celebrate!
I am very impressed with your fish extender; I couldn't begin to make anything like that
Keep it coming!! :)

Welcome abord! And thank you for the compliment. I think I got a little carried away with the ribbons, but I really enjoyed making it.

giftcard
03-10-2012, 05:27 PM
Today I discovered Fish Extenders.
That is all.

:thumbsup2

Loving this so far. And love your FE! It's awesome!!!!

Cari2109
03-12-2012, 02:41 PM
:thumbsup2

Loving this so far. And love your FE! It's awesome!!!!

Thank you! I am thrilled to hear that you are enjoying my TR.

trish.
03-23-2012, 12:37 PM
Girl - that is the BEST FE I have ever seen. :goodvibes

I'm in! :banana:

Cari2109
03-25-2012, 11:25 PM
Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44236261&postcount=7) - Fish Extenders
Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44602527&postcount=18) - FE Gifts

Today – 100 days to go!

We are officially in the Double Digits!!!

Sweet Disney torture has been popping up all around me lately. Now that the Magic is sailing out of Galveston, there has been no shortage of billboards, posters, and advertisements to constantly keep the cruise top of mind.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q638/cari2109/Ads.png

The days have been slowly trickling by on my calendar. I’m counting down to the 90-day mark where we will be able to book our excursions and such. It’s finally just around the corner. In other news, we recently receive our flight information from Disney (looks like we should be making it to Port Canaveral around 12:00) and a nice little media piece with information about the cruise.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q638/cari2109/Media.png

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking as to what I’m going to make for my FE gifts. I’m probably going to make one packet per stateroom. I want to include something with a bit of a Texas vibe. Maybe a mini cookbook and some BBQ sauce. Thoughts?

Along with a “taste of Texas” I’ve assembled the materials to make a scrapbook per room. I really wanted to make something that families would be able to enjoy for years to come… and I love making scrapbooks. Here are a few spreads from the book I made when Clint and I went to Disneyland.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q638/cari2109/Scrapbook.png

That's it for tonight. Stay tuned for more.

Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44236261&postcount=7) - Fish Extenders
Next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44602527&postcount=18) - FE Gifts

Cari2109
03-25-2012, 11:29 PM
Girl - that is the BEST FE I have ever seen. :goodvibes

I'm in! :banana:

Thank you so much!

Disney9.9.10
03-26-2012, 07:14 AM
Hi! Just joining in :)

Your DBF is one thoughtful guy getting you a Christmas gift like that! And 10 years is a great milestone, congratulations to you both!

I look forward to reading more about your trip

Cari2109
03-28-2012, 11:38 AM
Hi! Just joining in :)

Your DBF is one thoughtful guy getting you a Christmas gift like that! And 10 years is a great milestone, congratulations to you both!

I look forward to reading more about your trip

I agree, he is very thoughtful. :)

Thanks for joining!

annabug
03-28-2012, 01:06 PM
So sweet:lovestruc
I'm along for the ride
I will be disembarking with my little family the day you embark !!

I can't wait!
Sharing your anticipation

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate your anniversary than on CC:cloud9:
Just awesome !
Annabug

Cari2109
04-15-2012, 10:53 PM
Previous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44425627&postcount=13) - 100 Days
Next - Coming Soon

Yikes! It’s been a while since my last update. Rest assured that I haven’t fallen off the Disney wagon and given up my Disboard-loving ways. With the server change, I managed to get myself locked out of the system. I forgot my password and the “send me my password” link wasn’t working. Good news, I’m back (and have my password conveniently stored).

Back to the countdown. The past few weeks I’ve been spending my free time working on my FE gifts. If you are in my exchange, I highly recommend that you stop reading now so that you don’t spoil the surprise.












I mean it…
















Stop reading…














Okay, I warned you…












A while back I said that I was considering making some kind of mini scrapbook. Since then, I have been checking Google and youtube for ideas. After narrowing it down to a few different styles, I decided to try my hand at a paper bag scrapbook. They seemed to be the most versatile scrapbooks and leave plenty of room for personalization. I also liked the idea of being able to create pockets to hold little odds and ends that are collected over the course of the trip.

Satisfied with my research, I took a trip to the store and picked up a couple packs of paper bags and dug out my scrapbook supplies.

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg585/CarissaWrites/Supplies.png


Progress on these books has been coming along nicely. Once I figure out how I want to layout the pages, it only takes about 10 minutes to assemble the rest of the pages for the other books.

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg585/CarissaWrites/Spreads.png


Those are the spreads that I've created for my books! I'm super excited with the way that they are coming out. So far there have only been a few people who signed up to be part of the FE exchange, so I'm done with the major parts of my books. I'm now adding the little touches that will make the books extra fun, such as the Polaroid page. This spread has a "Polaroid" flap that doubles as a "Key to the World" holder. There is also a set of "Polaroids" that pulls out of one of the side pockets.

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg585/CarissaWrites/Detail.png


I also created some Dreams for the cover of the books.

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg585/CarissaWrites/Dream.png

Let me know if you want tutorial for how I made these books and I'll throw something together.

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Next - Coming Soon

Cari2109
04-15-2012, 11:01 PM
So sweet:lovestruc
I'm along for the ride
I will be disembarking with my little family the day you embark !!

I can't wait!
Sharing your anticipation

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate your anniversary than on CC:cloud9:
Just awesome !
Annabug

Thank you so much for joining in!!!

Disney9.9.10
04-16-2012, 07:05 AM
Your paper bag scrapbooks are looking amazing! I hope you post pictures of the finished products!

luvslikepi
04-16-2012, 12:26 PM
Loving the PTR - wish my hubby could better understand my Disney obsession. Looking forward to reading more.

Cari2109
04-17-2012, 03:33 PM
Your paper bag scrapbooks are looking amazing! I hope you post pictures of the finished products!

Thank you! I'll probably post a video or something along those lines that flips through all the pages.

Loving the PTR - wish my hubby could better understand my Disney obsession. Looking forward to reading more.

Thanks:) Clint says he'll never really understand it, but he gets a kick out of how excited these things make me.

Sereina
04-17-2012, 03:36 PM
Your paper bag scrapbooks are awesome! I love the ships you made for the cover.

MandyMommytoReaghan
04-17-2012, 08:52 PM
Loving your TR so far!! Great ideas with the scrap books and you did a wonderful job on you FE. Can't wait to hear more!:goodvibes Congrats on 10 years!

Cari2109
04-18-2012, 06:41 PM
Your paper bag scrapbooks are awesome! I love the ships you made for the cover.

Thank you very much! I'm having fun making them.

Loving your TR so far!! Great ideas with the scrap books and you did a wonderful job on you FE. Can't wait to hear more!:goodvibes Congrats on 10 years!

Thank you! I'll add some more pictures of the scrapbooks as I finish with the embellishments.

giftcard
04-25-2012, 01:45 PM
Your FE gifts are awesome!!!!!

ByKnight
04-25-2012, 02:41 PM
I Think your FE gifts are Great I would love to see the finished product. I may have to get more creative before our cruise in September.

Congratulations on 10 years!

wlbbcb
04-29-2012, 05:37 AM
What a wonderful gift and Happy Anniversary in advance. You will love the Dream!

I am not a craft person at all yet I might be able to do that scrapbook idea for our FE next year! Can't wait to see a how-to video.