Thursday, April 24, 2014

National Princess Week day 5

Song Stuck on the Brain: Maroon 5 - Payphone & Disney - Some Day My Prince Will Come Mashup w/ Felicia Day!

Welcome back to #NationalPrincessWeek! A week for us to celebrate the little girl (or not so little girl) in all of us that at some point dreamed of being royalty and finding her Prince Charming.

 photo Curly-Locks.jpgI love to dance. I wear my dancing slippers as often as Mama will let me. (They go really well with my princess hat.) It’s so much fun to think of dancing all night. This one is another favorite at bedtime.

 photo 12DancingPrincesses.pngThe Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brigette Barrager

“In this fairy tale, twelve princesses wake up every morning to find their shoes are worn out and they are totally exhausted! A handsome suitor discovers that the princesses are enchanted, and that each night, in their sleep, they travel to a magical world to dance at a ball. Will this handsome suitor be able to break the spell and rescue the princesses?”

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As much as I love SciFi, I’ve got something different in mind for you today. Do you know how hard it is to limit the number of Princess books I share with you?! There are so many good ones to choose from. I’ve always been drawn to the writing style of Shannon Hale. Although she has many great titles, I just want to feature a few of my favs.

The Princess Academy

 photo PrincessAcademy.jpgMiri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

The Goose Girl

 photo GooseGirl.jpgShe can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother. When she is shipped off to a neighboring kingdom as a bride, her scheming entourage mounts a bloody mutiny to replace her with a jealous lady-in-waiting, Selia, and to allow an inner circle of guards more power in the new land. Barely escaping with her life, Ani disguises herself as a goose girl and wanders on the royal estate. Does she have the pluck to reclaim her rightful place? Get ready for a fine adventure tale full of danger, suspense, surprising twists, and a satisfying conclusion.

Enna Burning

 photo EnnaBurning.pngWhen her mother dies, Enna leaves the city and her friends to move back home with her brother, Leifer. She thought life would be simpler and more manageable in the forest. But Enna's was not meant to be a simple life, and when Leifer brings home a mysterious piece of vellum and starts setting fires-without a spark, without flint-something seems wrong. Enna cannot decide if that something is a power she wants for herself, or if it's a power that should be extinguished forever. And when her country, Bayern, goes to war, that choice becomes unbearable as her friendships are tested and her sense of self nearly lost in the fires she creates. Ultimately Enna and her best friend, Isi, take a nearly impossible journey in search of a cure for the war around them-and for the wars within themselves.

Rissa is back with us today with another great project for the week. Welcome, Rissa, show us what you’ve got?

I was trolling and found some great creative ideas that I had to share. When I saw this video for how to make a Princess Costume without sewing I knew that it was a perfect addition to the hat we made earlier in the week. This is super simple. Make it in under 15 minutes and for less than $20-$25. SO much cheaper than buying a costume that she will outgrow in months.

How to Make a Princess Costume

The project I really want to share with you today, though is how to recreate a journal like Kianna’s. In Dysfunction Junction Alexa gives Kianna a blue journal with silver foil shooting stars across the front. It’s Kee’s Dream Big Journal. A place to record her songs and writings as she pursues her dreams.

 photo Kiannasjournal.jpgI think everyone needs a Dream Big journal, even if you aren’t writing songs. You can record so much to help motivate you toward that success you desire. All these modern day princesses being featured on April’s Facebook page have accomplished great things, Princess isn’t all they have on their resumes.

To create your journal you’ll need to purchase:

A baby blue (or your favorite color) journal. A leatherette type cover would probably work best.

A shooting star stamp that has a pretty solid surface. If you want, purchase varying sizes to create a pattern.

Next, watch the two videos below and decide which technique works best for you and purchase the supplies recommended in the video ( unless you already have them. BONUS! ) - Applying Stamp-N-Foil with a Heat Gun


Homemade Foil Transfer Rub Ons

Using your chosen technique, stamp your stars in a falling pattern from top right descending to bottom left of the corner. Want to go crazy? Do the back too!

Then sit down and record those Big Dreams and what you’re doing to pursue them. I think you’re going to love this quick and easy project so much, you’ll be making Dream Big journals for everyone you know. Have fun!

Only 2 more days to go! Princess week is almost over, but don’t leave us yet, there are still great things to go all the way through Saturday.  If you haven’t stopped by my Facebook page yet, be sure to check out the spotlight on Modern Day Princesses around the world. Being a princess is more than wearing pretty jewelry, now they have big aspirations. These girls are well educated and have careers of all kinds that benefit their community. Do you have a favorite princess? Tell me about it in the comments below!

But before you go, don’t forget to enter to win!

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