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Old 09-07-2011, 09:45 AM   #1606
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Awesome. Did u use iron on transfers or fabric!?
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:55 AM   #1607
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Awesome. Did u use iron on transfers or fabric!?
I sewed it, but it's a little crooked since my tensioner is going cuckoo. The pix at the top and the mickey heads are iron-on transfers i bought from Dis'er amymickey
Also, here is a pix. of the one I made for us for our last cruise the we will be re-using. Wanted my in-laws to be similar but different

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Old 09-07-2011, 10:27 AM   #1608
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Call me an FE snob but, for my money, no one makes a better FE holder than gradysmommy at eBay. We've used ours on 4 cruises so far and it still looks brand new, holds up well, and is really extremely well made.

When delivering FEs you get to see everyone's FE holders and, quite honestly, some of them are terrible (i.e., the plastic bag from a clothing store that someone stuck on their fish -- really, people, you could at least use a Disney bag ) and some home-made ones were really difficult to use (the pockets extended all the way down so your FE gift disappeared down the hole) or looked like they were about to fall apart or were already ripping from the weight of the FE gifts.

I'm crafty and can sew but it was just so worth it to me to spend $30 to get a quality product. It would have cost me far more than that in materials and valuable time to make my own. And it's kind of cool to see others that she's made -- you feel like you're in a special club.

Ours is going on our 5th and 6th cruises this year, so my cost per unit value is down to about $5 a trip. Does this mean that after 30 cruises, it's free?!
Okay, you're a snob

I completely understand what you're saying, but from the other perspective of making your own it's very rewarding. I'm not crafty at all but when my daughter heard about the FE concept she was gung ho from the start. So this has turned into an awesome Daddy/Daughter project and it's coming out very nicely. We're having a ton of fun making it together and when it's completed we can say it's ours and it's original.

Yeah, it's costing my probably twice what a purchased one costs and is taking way too much time, but it's one on one time that you can't put a price tag on!!!
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:52 AM   #1609
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Okay, you're a snob

I completely understand what you're saying, but from the other perspective of making your own it's very rewarding. I'm not crafty at all but when my daughter heard about the FE concept she was gung ho from the start. So this has turned into an awesome Daddy/Daughter project and it's coming out very nicely. We're having a ton of fun making it together and when it's completed we can say it's ours and it's original. Plus

Yeah, it's costing my probably twice what a purchased one costs and is taking way too much time, but it's one on one time that you can't put a price tag on!!!
I agree with ya! While I do think the ones bought on ebay are nice, I like having mine that I made that is one of a kind. Is every stitch perfect, no but when I stand back and look at what I made with input from my family, I am very proud of myself. My most recent one I sewed the entire thing by hand and DH and DD helped me with the cute Slinky Dog/Barrel of Monkeys holder. It stood up for 15 nights being crammed full on some days. Heck, if it can withstand getting gifts from 96 other cabins during those 2 weeks, I think it's pretty sturdy.

Yes, hanging a grocery store bag up would appear kinda lame but perhaps their luggage got lost, or they accidentally left it behind, or something spilled on it in their luggage? This is all for fun
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:52 AM   #1610
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Okay, you're a snob

I completely understand what you're saying, but from the other perspective of making your own it's very rewarding. I'm not crafty at all but when my daughter heard about the FE concept she was gung ho from the start. So this has turned into an awesome Daddy/Daughter project and it's coming out very nicely. We're having a ton of fun making it together and when it's completed we can say it's ours and it's original. Plus

Yeah, it's costing my probably twice what a purchased one costs and is taking way too much time, but it's one on one time that you can't put a price tag on!!!
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:12 PM   #1611
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Okay, you're a snob

I completely understand what you're saying, but from the other perspective of making your own it's very rewarding. I'm not crafty at all but when my daughter heard about the FE concept she was gung ho from the start. So this has turned into an awesome Daddy/Daughter project and it's coming out very nicely. We're having a ton of fun making it together and when it's completed we can say it's ours and it's original.

Yeah, it's costing my probably twice what a purchased one costs and is taking way too much time, but it's one on one time that you can't put a price tag on!!!
I see both sides, cause I was on both sides! We are traveling with my husbands siblings, since I am the crafty one, I volunteered to make ours and two more. It was fun! They are not perfect, yet they love them as much as I enjoyed making them. My darling husband even offered up my talents to another traveler who we have never met, isn't that the Disney way? I wish I could post photo's I am just not thaaaaat talented!
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:37 AM   #1612
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Okay, I see your points. It it makes you happy and you find it fun, go for it!
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:21 AM   #1613
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Call me an FE snob but, for my money, no one makes a better FE holder than gradysmommy at eBay. We've used ours on 4 cruises so far and it still looks brand new, holds up well, and is really extremely well made.

When delivering FEs you get to see everyone's FE holders and, quite honestly, some of them are terrible (i.e., the plastic bag from a clothing store that someone stuck on their fish -- really, people, you could at least use a Disney bag ) and some home-made ones were really difficult to use (the pockets extended all the way down so your FE gift disappeared down the hole) or looked like they were about to fall apart or were already ripping from the weight of the FE gifts.

I'm crafty and can sew but it was just so worth it to me to spend $30 to get a quality product. It would have cost me far more than that in materials and valuable time to make my own. And it's kind of cool to see others that she's made -- you feel like you're in a special club.

Ours is going on our 5th and 6th cruises this year, so my cost per unit value is down to about $5 a trip. Does this mean that after 30 cruises, it's free?!
Seriously? This is suppose to be fun - what do you know, maybe the Target bag family made the most awesome FE gift you've ever gotten... and vice versa, fancy pants FE could give out total crap!
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:34 AM   #1614
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I didn't say it was a Target bag ..... hmmm ..... But I do think they should have at least tried to get into the spirit a bit more than the barest minimum effort.
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I'd have to agree that a little more effort than a plastic bag would be nice. But, you never know, they very well may have made the coolest FE and something happened to it. Like Laura said, to each their own, whatever makes you happy is most important!!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:44 AM   #1616
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Thanks, Mickeygolf! Your support is nice salve to such a sting.
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I really did try to read all 108 pages of this thread. I'm sold on FE. I'm trying to figure out how to put one together and if I can't, I now know where to go to get one. I've also got some ideas for FE gifts. Thanks to everyone who has contributed!

One question (and, I apologize if it has been addressed somewhere between page 35 and here) . . .

Does anyone do anything practical with their FEs at home or somewhere else? I can see dropping $40-something on one if I can use it more than for the 7 nights (or hopefully more nights on DCL) it was initially intended.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:31 PM   #1618
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I didn't say it was a Target bag ..... hmmm ..... But I do think they should have at least tried to get into the spirit a bit more than the barest minimum effort.
They more than likely just forgot their FE at home. I can't really believe that someone would sign up for the FE gift exchange without planning to have a FE. I'm sure they MEANT to have something appropriate! I could totally see myself in tears if that happened. Make an awesome FE and then forget to pack it! Arrive on the ship and not realize until that first night that it's not there! I would cry cry cry. And then have my dearest Husband tell me not to worry, Disney people aren't SNOBS! heh.
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I really did try to read all 108 pages of this thread. I'm sold on FE. I'm trying to figure out how to put one together and if I can't, I now know where to go to get one. I've also got some ideas for FE gifts. Thanks to everyone who has contributed!

One question (and, I apologize if it has been addressed somewhere between page 35 and here) . . .

Does anyone do anything practical with their FEs at home or somewhere else? I can see dropping $40-something on one if I can use it more than for the 7 nights (or hopefully more nights on DCL) it was initially intended.
I would like to know as well.
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Me too.

I loved having the FE and all the anticipation, but now we're home and I've got this cute FE and nothing to do with it.
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