Nope, not a lot of stuff though I now have a t-shirt that says “To err is human, to ARR is Pirate” – tehehe – but I took home ideas, crafty things I would love to replicate or gain inspiration from for future projects. For example there were several areas in It’s a Small World that had these great flowered & leafy vines draped from the ceiling; they appeared to be thick paper or thin cardboard cutouts painted bright colors then knotted on painted rope: tada! jungle vines!! How fun would that be for a kids room or party decoration? Piles of inspiration were there for the taking.
We stayed at the Grand California Lodge there at Disneyland (with their truly AWE-some 6-story Great Room Lobby (it was like a fridge in there!) but otherwise it was a bit overpriced) and I fell in love with some of the craftsman decor. Michelle and I threatened to rent a moving van and steal a lovely grandfather clock, some sideboards, really fabulous ceramic bird statues and a huge vase in the middle of the Great Room, along with whatever else we could fit – these items would look just right in my home (you did realize all of it would all have gone to my house, right Michelle?? = ) so I took pictures of a few I could replicate myself:
Sheet metal + jewelers saw = intricate cut metal decorations, though these could be tricky in spots (I’m guessing Disneyland’s suppliers have laser cutters, darn them!). I wouldn’t mind replacing several outdoor lights with something more like the first sconce, maybe in a pine tree motif to match our home environment.
Have I mentioned I’ve dabbled in screen printing and love that “posterized” style of art? Well then I couldn’t pass up pictures of these large screenprint-like images at the parks. They’d make fun acrylic paintings (I don’t have the space or setup to burn the screens and print something this large), once again in a child’s room or the right home – can we say mural, anyone? I didn’t notice signatures on these, to give credit where it’s due, but aren’t they great?
Bold, graphical images, bright colors, crisp lines, YUM.
Well that wraps up my trip to Disneyland. If anyone ever tells you it’s just for kids, push them down in the hallway – this 35-year-old had a blast! Next time I need 2 full days at each park … or maybe a week… or a guest spot in the parade…or an artist residency…