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Old 10-02-2011, 01:35 AM   #1651
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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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I hung mine next to my desk at home. It holds my reading glasses, aspirin, chap stick, vitamins and "stuff" that keeps my desk clear. I also ordered it from gradysmommy from Ebay. I use it everyday. If my kids were younger, I'd use it for the end of the week allowance or treats for good school work. Now that I think about it, I can still use it when my 19 year old takes out the trash. I can put a note in there that says "good job, you can keep your cell phone today!"
Or "great, you can drive your car today - the one we pay insurance for! Keep up with the chores! The week end is coming! "

You could hang it by the garage and put your car keys in there. I just love looking at it every day. I also have some of the FE gifts that we received all over. I cut a book marker and taped it to my computer screen - it has our cruise logo on it. My garage fridge has all my magnets on it. Just some thoughts
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:43 AM   #1652
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glassslipper: Now that I think about it, I can still use it when my 19 year old takes out the trash. I can put a note in there that says "good job, you can keep your cell phone today!"
Or "great, you can drive your car today - the one we pay insurance for! Keep up with the chores! The week end is coming! "
OMG!!!!

I thought you were talking about my 19yo!!!!!!!

That sounds like me - trash - dishwasher, but best yet, the phone I PAY FOR!!! THE CAR I PAY FOR!! The insurance too!!!!! How about college - cause he's got no job!! LOL
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:58 AM   #1653
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Absolutely no idea how to sew beyond a button. So, I have read and read and read EVERYTHING I could find about FEs. I then decided to do a no-sew version. Upon telling my DH about it, he suggested asking my MIL for help. Well, long story short, I did. She said she could help me sew one.

So, I researched more here, gathered all my facts, got some tips on fabrics after one feeling-clueless trip to JoAnn's.

Then, headed to my mother-in-law's with five different sets of FE instructions (from here and another site) loaded on my ipad and all of my ingredie - err - materials.

Upon arriving, she informed me that her friend who sews a lot was going to help us and we were driving over to her house. Uh --- okay. I'll take any help I can from any willing party.

We walked into her house and were invited into her - wait for it - sewing room. This woman had EVERYTHING! I came to find out over the course of the next few hours that she made her own clothes for many years, quilts beautifully, and had some tools that made my eyes pop out. And she was on my FE team!

I certainly did NOT make this FE, but I can say, "I helped!" (if ironing on interfacing and reading instructions counts as helping! )

And here it is... I think it's super cute! We also made a design-alternation and made the bottom pocket a little larger in case anyone gives out taller gifts. (Oh yeah, and I tied the bows!)



and a close up



Oh yeah, I also ironed on the cute rose!

Thanks, everyone, for your tips, posts, various instructions, and photos. I tried to convince my MIL's friend that she and I could go into business together: She makes them and I market the heck out of them and list/sell them on ebay. She siad she was very happy she could help Mandy's (my MIL) daughter-in-law, but she would pass on the business venture. Eh, well, it was worth a try. If only I could sew.....

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Old 10-06-2011, 12:30 PM   #1654
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Absolutely no idea how to sew beyond a button. So, I have read and read and read EVERYTHING I could find about FEs. I then decided to do a no-sew version. Upon telling my DH about it, he suggested asking my MIL for help. Well, long story short, I did. She said she could help me sew one.
This is adorable! Does anyone know of a video somewhere to show how to make a FE? I dont have a sewing machine and am not a seamstress. I would love to learn how to make a no sew one. Ive looked online but could not find a video for one. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:33 PM   #1655
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This is adorable! Does anyone know of a video somewhere to show how to make a FE? I dont have a sewing machine and am not a seamstress. I would love to learn how to make a no sew one. Ive looked online but could not find a video for one. Any thoughts?
I know there are a lot of versions out there but the one I used was on Scrapping theMagic. http://www.scrappingthemagic.com/for...ead.php?t=2237 there are step by step pictures and it was really easy to follow.

Hope that helps.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:39 PM   #1656
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I know there are a lot of versions out there but the one I used was on Scrapping theMagic. http://www.scrappingthemagic.com/for...ead.php?t=2237 there are step by step pictures and it was really easy to follow.

Hope that helps.
Thanks! Ill check that out!
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:31 AM   #1657
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You can find the "Cruise Meet" from your sail date, and find out there. That's how we found ours. Have fun!
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:35 AM   #1658
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I am sailing on the Fantasy April 4/14/2012 . This will be our family's 4 Disney cruise. We always see the fish Extenders and our children really want to be a part of it. We have 2 rooms I have found some great ones on ebay. However I don't no how are where to start talking to people on my cruise I am a newbee to DIS.

Hoping some on can help.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:26 AM   #1659
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I have a question for all the past FE participants that I haven't been able to find an answer to yet. We are planning on taking our FE gift bags and FE in our carry-on luggage. Is there anything we need to be concerned with from a TSA perspective? Would the rod the FE hangs on cause any problems and what about any candy, pencils, or trinkets in the gift bags? I'd just hate to go to all the trouble of putting this together to find out it never leaves my home airport

Thanks for any feedback!!!
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:38 PM   #1660
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I have a question for all the past FE participants that I haven't been able to find an answer to yet. We are planning on taking our FE gift bags and FE in our carry-on luggage. Is there anything we need to be concerned with from a TSA perspective?
If you are flying in at least a day before the cruise, you could consider shipping a box of FE stuff ahead to your hotel. Then you can either re-pack it at the hotel or carry it onto the ship yourself. I found that to be a very easy way to handle the issue. The only caveat would be if you are flying internationally--I found out the hard way that there are customs fees to pay if you ship a box internationally (we went to Vancouver for the Alaska cruise this summer).

I haven't ever tried to ship a box directly to ships at Port Canaveral, but if you look in the DCL FAQ thread there is information for how to do that as well.

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Old 10-09-2011, 09:20 PM   #1661
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Finally!!

I've finally finished our family FE!!

DH chose the pirate theme and everyone added ideas - it was a lot of work but I think it was well worth it!

I made separate pockets - a shared one for me & DH, and one for each of the kids - so that we can change it depending on who is going on the cruise and whether we have one or multiple cabins. Each pocket looks like a drawstring "booty bag" and has elastic loops on both the top and bottom to attach it to the swords above and below that hold it all together:



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Old 10-10-2011, 01:22 AM   #1662
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I've finally finished our family FE!!

DH chose the pirate theme and everyone added ideas - it was a lot of work but I think it was well worth it!

I made separate pockets - a shared one for me & DH, and one for each of the kids - so that we can change it depending on who is going on the cruise and whether we have one or multiple cabins. Each pocket looks like a drawstring "booty bag" and has elastic loops on both the top and bottom to attach it to the swords above and below that hold it all together:
I like these... very unique...
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:19 PM   #1663
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Great FE's guys.

Here was ours from June. We tried for the Pirate look also. It's made from leather like material and the gold piping is the top of a pocket.

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Old 10-20-2011, 10:16 PM   #1664
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Finally read thru this thread! Can't wait to get started on my own FE. What fun!
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:19 AM   #1665
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We are a long way off before our cruise we have only been on two cruises and this will be our first Disney cruise.

A few questions about FE extenders
1. Does each cruise have their own theme or do you just do a FE that fits your personality (pirates, Mickey & Minnie)?
2. Each person traveling with you has there own pouch?
3. From what I am reading you bring FE trinkets with you and when you see an FE extender you drop the trinket in each pouch?
4. Is there a specific day or anytime?

I know I am a newbie to Disney cruising don't want to miss out on any of the fun stuff. On our second cruise we had a meet and greet and did a gift swap which was extremely fun meeting new people.

Thanks for the help, will get dd working on the fish extenders.
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