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Disney Villains – The Horoscope Collection

Hi Friends,

I have been thinking for some time about making a collection of artwork based around a theme. Villains are obviously my favourite of all Disney characters and with it coming up to Halloween the majority of my inspiration ideas centred around villains.

After much deliberation and doodling I decided to do a series of Disney Villains as Horoscopes, not only did I want to depict them in the specific style of the Horoscope signs but I also wanted the ‘negative’ traits of that sign to be representative of the villain that I chose … quite the task I set myself!

The idea behind this Collection is that all of the designs will eventually be added together to create a fabric that will be used to make bespoke border skirts with the entire Horoscope represented and obviously 12 villainous favourites. I will be releasing a character per month in line with the star signs changing, which means that the final design will be August – September 2019 just in time for me to get the fabric made for next Halloween! (didn’t I plan that well)

So, who is the first design you my be asking?

September 23 – October 22 = Libra

Libra negative traits include; Impatient, indecisive, insensitive, complainer, manipulative, Co-dependent, self-indulgent, Gossipy, Fragile, Selfish and Sulky

To me, these traits perfectly represent Yzma

Yzma is shown with her arms in a scale like position to represent the Libra scales with Kronk’s good and bad conscious on each hand for balance.

I have made this design available on my Redbubble on a variety of items, I will shortly have prints available too.

This particular design works well as a standalone and during consultation a lot of non-Libyans asked for me to make it available on its own without the Horoscope so you can purchase Yzma without her Horoscope branding on products here and she looks like this

The next design will be released mid October, I really hope you like this idea and enjoy this series, I have put a lot of heart into this.

Thanks in advance for being supportive as always

With love

Alyssa xx

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Cath Kidston X Snow White Collection – Sneak Peek!

A sneak peek of the AMAZING new Snow White collection by Cath Kidston has just dropped into my mailbox and all I can say is WOW!

You all know I’m a HUGE fan of all the collaborations that Cath Kidston have done with Disney. I own pretty much all of the Alice Collection (even as far as buying clothing items that didn’t go up to my size that I amended to suit!) which was, by far my favourite collaboration. However, the designs coming out for the original OG Princess Snow White are really something special!

I thought I’d share some of my faves from the items that I’ve seen so far.

The scattered blossom and singing birds collections are by far my favourite

There are also some lovely clothing items and pyjamas that caught my eye

The whole feel to the items that feature Snow is very simplistic and feminine staying true to Cath Kidston Style.

This bag is by far my favourite item of the collection and I may not be able to resist treating myself …

The collection drops onto the Cath Kidston website and in stores on Thursday the 20th September, be sure to be quick as the popular items can sell quite quickly!

Which items are your faves?

Who would you like to see a collection for next?

Alyssa xx

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Ursula

When I grow up, I want to be Ursula.

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I have loved the Little Mermaid since it was released in the UK in 1989. Even way back then I had more of a love for the villains than the princesses and this is where my love affair with Ursula began. I’ve always been more drawn to strong and vibrant characters and for me, the princesses haven’t ever been that until recently.

When I visited Disneyland Paris recently I was fortunate enough to see the display of the concept art of Ursula in the Disneyland Paris Studios. The designs varied quite greatly between artists but both myself and the friend that I was with at the time agreed that the final character was by far the best of the options.

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I was pleased that the day we visited the studios was the day that I decided to wear my Ursula themed outfit with my fabulous Ursula ears from the Disney villain ear collection that was released a couple of years ago. I will do a separate post about my Disney outfits as they were a *bit* outrageous in comparison to the jeans and t shirts that majority of the other guests were wearing.

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I have attended one fancy dress party as Ursula and whilst I was relatively pleased with the results at the time, I have since started working on a costume for myself that will knock my initial attempt out of the water. I have no event to go to wearing this new costume, but it was something that I wanted to make for myself and has been a work in progress for some time. I am confident that the end result will be something spectacular, my dream would be to attend a Disneyland Halloween party in it – the opportunity to wear fancy dress into the park for an evening would be my dream come true …. Sadly I still need to find that millionaire ….

I think that Ursula is somewhat of an icon in the plus sized community, she’s a strong and powerful woman that definitely embraces her curves. Who can forget that iconic “and don’t underestimate the importance of body language” wiggle during ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ that certainly gets me cheering and wishing I had a large round voluptuous bottom instead of a thutt! She makes no apologies for who she is and is certainly a commanding presence in every scene she appears in.

I hope this goes a bit towards explaining why my Etsy store is called QueenUrsulaUK and that you can understand a bit more about my love for this amazing character.

Who is your favourite Disney Character?

Are you a Princess or Villain fan?

Until tomorrow Poopsies!

Alyssa xx

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Inspiration

I go through phases creatively and can often flit from project to project when I am not wholeheartedly inspired. However, since visiting Disneyland Paris for the Swing into Spring festivities in April this year I have been overflowing with creativity and loving every minute of it.

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One of my favourite attractions at Disneyland Paris was the Alice in Wonderland Maze. Now, I know that this attraction isn’t for everyone and I know that it could do with some work and a lick of paint here and there, but I loved it. Alice in Wonderland has been one of my favourite books and films since I was young and I actually skipped around the maze singing ‘We’re painting the roses red’ and behaved like a giddy child which was fabulous!

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The Giant Cheshire Cat face with the spinning eyes in the flowerbed is so lovely, the mad hatters chairs for photos are awesome and the view from the top of the castle was pretty incredible too.

If you have taken the time to look at my Etsy store you will see that all of the items listed at the moment are Disney themed.

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The majority of these are hand painted silk designs from scarves to pillow cases and I am working on a few new bits at the moment that will be uploaded when I finish them. I am particularly proud of the Cheshire Cat silk cushion cover that I painted all by hand, it turned out way better than I expected it to and I just love the effect of the writing on the back of it as it means it can be displayed either way.

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When you are a creative person, being really inspired is like having a new love, you eat, sleep and drink ideas and probably bore your friends to tears with the fact that everything that comes out of your mouth is about what you’re working on currently or what you’re planning to do next. I find myself spamming all of my social media with pictures and links I’ve found that inspire me and though I know it’s boring to most people – I can’t stop!

The reason I actually started my Etsy store is to save the money to get back to Disneyland next year. It was such an amazing experience that I am hooked and want to do it again. Sadly, having not found a millionaire boyfriend yet, I need to make the money myself. I’m hoping that people with love what I’m doing as much as I love making it and help me find my way back to my inspirational home by buying what I’ve made.

What is your inspiration?

Alyssa xx

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