Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tweedle Dum and the Mad Tea Party sign!

Whew. It has been insanely hot around here, lately! I don't fair to well in the heat. I did my best to knock out several projects, but I didn't finish as much as I would have liked, but this week has been packed full of adventure and extreme temperatures. 

I don't write about my personal life a whole lot, but my best friend is in town and we've been hanging out a bunch. Usually when he is in town we are playing video games like fiends and then spend late night hours bowling at our local bowling alley and top the night off with more gaming. Surprisingly we've yet to touch a video game! Skyrim and Left for Dead 1 & 2  have been calling my name for some time, but to my Fiance's delight it has just been bowling, working, BBQ'ing and swimming! I don't miss the video games much because they overtake my craft time!

I finished cutting out Tweedle Dum and I had enough time to start my next project.. The Mad Hatter Tea Party Sign.

I unfortunately was too impatient when trying to remove the finished product away from the unused plywood. I'm getting better with the jigsaw, so I went around the entire outer dimension in one stroke. Mr. Dum was not coming loose and was binding, so I tried to pop him down and the legs got caught and of course the weakest link snapped. It didn't break all the way off, so I braced it on the back using some scrap pieces of plywood and mended it back together.

I almost met my match with Tweedle Dum. I had to SQUEEZE into the spot between his legs and guide my vehicle home the best I could.. it was quite a sight! I don't think I am going to ever do that again. Tweedule dum is the tallest character I've done so far.. I'm scared to do Alice or a Card Guard for fear that I won't be able to get them home!

This is a picture of the sign I am now making. I believe the image is from DaveLandWeb which is an awesome site for anyone that lives far away from Disneyland for some inspirational and or reference images! 


  1. These decorations are looking better and better.

    BTW, years ago I was on the Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland when it broke down. We had to walk through the ride to get out with full house lights up. Guess what? Most of the characters and set pieces were good old fashioned painted plywood.

    1. Thank you, Dave!!

      Is it weird that I thought of you once I safely arrived at home with my full 4X8 sheets safe and sound and am glad they did not take flight off my roof rack, haha!!

      Oh man, I'd give my right eye to walk through the ride with the lights on!! I got stuck on Roger Rabbit and everyone around me was so upset and I was ecstatic because we got to walk out with house lights on as well! It is not often you get to see the inner workings of a ride and see how some of them were created! Still waiting for the lucky day I get to walk through Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, heck.. any ride, lol.

      Painted plywood definitely has its uses! I've seen someone paint Alice figures on cardboard because he didn't have funds to get something that would hold up better and it broke my heart to see that they ended up in the garbage after all the time it took to paint them, so even if I don't keep them someone will get to cherish these for a while, hopefully!

  2. I would cherish them i live in the orange county CA. i wish i could have ur alice work its amazing !!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you! Wish I lived as close to the real thing as you! :)