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Topic: Cal, My Newest Little Misfit Buddy! (Disney-Burton Inspired Plush!)  (Read 4629 times)
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« on: December 13, 2011 09:57:09 PM »

Hi there! Some of you may have heard me mention A LOT that I really love Tim Burton and Walt Disney. Along with Meat Loaf, those three men are my greatest heroes in life and have helped shape me into the person and artist I am today. So when I found out that the Tim Burton exhibit was in L.A. and was ending in October, my husband and I decided it was time to make a life-long dream of mine come true of going to Disneyland at Halloween time (I have also mentioned many time that Halloween is my favorite ever).  We worked our butts off and ate peanut butter sandwiches for months so we could afford it all, and we ended up going to the last week of October to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

It was the most amazing trip ever. Ever.

I came home so incredibly inspired by all the things I had seen and experienced. It was like an overload of everything I love up close and personal. I ended up spending a great deal of time crying because I was so overwhelmed. lol. Happy tears of course.

When I was at the LACMA, a little character popped into my head as I stared at all of Tim Burton's art. He stayed with me the entire trip, popping into my mind at every place we visited. And then when we returned home, he kept nagging at me to make him come alive. I was extremely busy with catching up on work and everything, but finally one very late night, I just had to push my other work aside for a moment and sew him into a plush 3D representation. I couldn't stand it anymore! And so, Cal was born!







Cal is named after California, in honor of everything that happened on that magical trip to L.A! His overall design is inspired by the drawings of Tim Burton who was my first style influence, but I still tried to make him my own. He wears Mickey Mouse ears to show my love for Walt Disney himself, the parks, the trip, and just my overall devotion to Mickey Mouse and all things Disney. I could have chosen any monster for him to be, but I chose a skeleton so he will forever remind me of my special Halloween anniversary trip. And I just love skeletons. The stripes are in honor of Tim Burton as well. His ears are actually a little removable hood that ties around his chin!



His name is also Cal, because my husband and I were so enamored with everything, we are saving up our money and planning to move to California so I can pursue my lifelong dreams. Lastly, because this was such a life-changing trip, he inspired our Christmas cards this year!





Sorry for such a lengthy explanation!  Undecided I just felt it was necessary to explain him since it is so personal and important to me. Smiley Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas!
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011 10:08:48 PM »

Love him!
And the story as well.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011 10:38:16 PM »

Thank you, Smmarrt! I really appreciate it!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2011 02:38:28 AM »

Oh! He is the perfect combination of Disney and Burton and yet, he's so obviously yours! I like him a lot Grin What a wonderful creature!
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2011 02:57:44 AM »

Aw, thank you BirdBones! Your comment just made my day!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2011 07:50:22 AM »

He is so cute Spooky, He is yours that for sure!! He has a little bit of Disney, Burton & your style too!! He's Fantastic!! I love your Christmas Cards too!!! Roll Eyes Good luck on moving to California!!.... Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011 01:11:04 PM »

Aw, thank you Sharalee! So kind and thoughtful!
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011 05:46:45 PM »

Aww, he's so sweet! Cheesy

I am so jealous you got to go to Disneyland at Halloween and see the exhibit all in one trip! That is so cool! I'm so glad I got to see the exhibit while it was in Canada at least. (It was amazing!) That sounds like probably the coolest trip ever though! Wow.
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2011 06:14:59 PM »

Thank you! It was amazing. We also went to Knott's "Scary" Farm for a day, saw The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood among a ton of other amazing things. It was just so awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2011 08:28:17 AM »

I love him! He is so amazingly adorable!!!!
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