Is it Fall Yet?

So I’ve been slowly adding Halloween items to the shop because, as we all know, spooky season begins in August for Disney.

In addition to Halloween I have also added Mickey Ears, bows and more!

I’ve also been working on Fall custom orders, I try to open up 5-10 spots bi-weekly. My husband and I are celebrating 7 year wedding anniversary soon so I have been trying to get a lot of items stocked.

Also coming to the shop are new pins! I have a third parkhopper pin:

And thanks to Peter over at Bitter Sinful Dead I will be releasing a Halloween pin as well!

I hope you’re all doing great and getting into the fall season as well!

The latest for Dizcactus

It has been a wild ride opening the shop again on a new platform but the first big release went well! I decided Etsy wasn’t for me. It was full of restrictive practices and cost me over a quarter of my profit so it was time to say GOOD BYE! In the meantime I am using Big Cartel which is decent and works well in the expected realm of sales efficiency. The goal for my husband and I is to unroll our own selling platform early 2020 for small shops like mine to use and thrive on. It is called Tiny Seller and is being built by us from the ground up and will be 100% ram by us and used by myself for my own small shop. I can’t wait to share it with you all once it’s completed!

I am also working on a podcast with my sister in law which will be debuting soon, “Is She Confused?”. It will be a fun podcast where we discuss personal stuff,mental health and self car, political foibles, work, relationships and much more. I am very excited to have a voice beyond my typical work one where I do have to censor myself a bit for the sake of not offending anyone or running someone the wrong way unintentionally. I’m a generally nice person but I have strong beliefs and opinions and a pretty gnarly sense of humor that I’d love to express to the world and Tiffany can relate in a very real way. I hope you’ll check it out when we launch, the Instagram and Twitter are both under IsSheConfused.

Other than those changes life has been pretty great. I recently released a Mickey themed collection of new fabrics and this Friday I will be adding some restocks of Mickey items from past drops as well as some Star Wars stuff and possibly Lion King if I have the time. I have also started planning my Halloween collection because we all know Disney Halloween starts August 1st! I have so many plans for this shop and it makes me happy to know the things I’ve created are being worn and loves by people all over the world. I love my customers and the way they inspire me to keep making new and fun designs.

Thanks for taking the time to read my random thoughts! Have a great day.

-Robyn

Hello again!

It has been an eternity since I’ve blogged and it’s probably because I have very little free time to write and update everyone, but I’d like to work on that. Here are some of the things happening with me lately:

1) I will be moving my online shop off of Etsy. There are a few reasons for doing this but the biggest one is that Etsy takes a huge portion of my profits and that sucks. So I’ll be moving to a Big Cartel sure temporarily while my husband and I finish creating TinySeller! TinySeller is going to be a small shop selling platform created by us in an attempt to support small shops and the Disney community. Hopefully we can roll that out late 2019.

2) The shop has been doing amazing! I am growing and working hard to make and create new items including lanyards, wallets, keychains and pocket tees. I have an amazing group of brand reps who I am lucky enough to call my friends. I sell out a LOT which is because of my amazing customers and Reps. I feel beyond lucky to be thriving and don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

3) I am going to try and come back to Disney in early August! When I do I’d love to plan a meet up and hang out with some Disney friends. I’ll try to make more solid plans very soon.

Other fun stuff: My amazing friend Natalie has started a really really fantastic blog about her adventures in food, Disney and life in general! I hope you guys can take the time to check it out!

Just Your Average Human Blog

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I hope you’re all doing amazing!

Mom & Ben Disney Trip!

Last weekend Ben and I headed to SoCal to spend the last four days of his winter break with my family in Long Beach and then did a Disney trip. We had so much fun and I wanted to share with you guys all about it.

So we headed to Long Beach and spent the first day eating, walking downtown and shopping with my sister. We ate a this cute little falafel shop called The Hippea where I tried some delicious falafels and fries, all vegan , too! It was super yummy and they had really yummy dipping sauces as well. We went into some shops as well, one of which was making me so nostalgic I could hardly handle it. It was a super cute Roller Derby shop called Moxi and I was left day dreaming about my derby days. We also hit up a cute little place called SongBird, which has just about any pop culture item and neat little knickknack you could envision. We ended the night with a stop to PIZZANISTA!!! I love that place so much my heart exploded from happiness. I always try to eat there when I visit Long Beach. they have vegan options as well, and beautiful cacti out front.

After a fun family day out Ben and I were ready for a Disney date the next morning. We dropped off our stuff at Motel 6 Maingate, our go-to hotel of choice, ad hopped on the ART to Disney! We spent the morning riding rides, eating beignets, and visiting Mickey in Toontown! We also got to have a nice lunch at the new Lamplight Lounge in DCA overlooking the Pixar Pier. We split a cheeseburger and watched people ride the Incredicoaster before finishing our meal with some delicious mini donuts. Then we hit the hotel for a power nap. After a well deserved rest we met up with some friends (Gina, Alex, Jaycee, Jacob and Daniel) who rode more rides with us and had a nice dinner. Ben was over the moon and told me it was such a fun day! I was really happy we got to see some of our friends and even met a few new ones. Gina even gave Ben his own churro money for the trip, it was so sweet!

Our second Disney day we rope dropped with some of my good friends, Arica and Ray, and our new friend Tina. It was a DAY. We had a lot of fun for sure, but it was pooooouring rain and we learned that ponchos and waterproof shoes were invented fro a reason. Let’s just say Disney got a lot of my money that day for some dry clothes….and that I should not ride Thunder Mountain in a downpour. Memories were made though, and that’s the most important thing in my opinion. I can honestly say Arica has become on of my closest friends and even if we didn’t do Disney stuff we would still be having a blast because we just connect that well. Highlights of our day were probably running to Zocalo for a table white getting drenched, riding the train around the parks in our ponchos, exploring the Disneyland hotel in the morning, and just being with the people I love.

I think our last day was by far the best of the trip, despite having to leave and head home at 2pm. Ben and I packed up and ubered to Disney for DCA rop drop. we have always done rope drop at Disneyland but never DCA so we were beyond excited, and it was worth it! The very first thing we did was meet the Mayor of Beuna Vista Street and she made Ben a lifetime honorary Disney citizen to Infinity and Beyond! She proclaimed it to all the passersby and Ben was so excited, I was living in the moment so I didn’t get photos but it was so fun! Then we met up with some friends, and ended up with a pretty big group! Natalie, Alexis, Katie, Peter, Alexa, Marisol and the two of us. We started at Flo’s Cafe fro breakfast, and it was so cute. We had never eaten there and it was delicious, we tried the Lightning McQueen waffle breakfast and loved it. Then we had some fun taking photo pass pictures and being silly. Peter was able to get us all on so many rides that day. We rode Radiator Racers, Little Mermaid, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, Indiana Jones and more. We also did the Redwood Creek Challenge and Ben is definitely in way better shape than I am. I genuinely feel like we all had such a fun time. It was great to spend so much time this trip around truly loving and positive people who treated Ben like family. I wish I could share every single detail about our trip but we has so many magical moments it was insane. I miss everyone so much already. I am hoping we are able to head back in April and that Chris will be able to join us this time.

It was a great way to end our winter break. Now Ben is back to school and I am in the middle of a major house organizing project as well as a shop restock! I hope you’re all doing well.

Shop Update: Princess Collection

I just released my Disney Princess Collection on Etsy…headbands and scrunchies with Disney princess fabric! I wanted to use a selection of fabric I don’t see often in the Disney small shops so some is special ordered. I also had removable bows on the headbands (they can be tied onto scruchies!) and the bows are all neatly top-stitched. The headbands are lightweight and don’t pinch you while wearing. My goal was to create items that were affordable, comfortable and beautiful!

The sale is live on the site now: Click Here to Shop

Hello Again!

Hello Again!

I am finally carving out some time to do a little blogging. I have really taken a step back and learned a lot from my hiatus and I am looking forward to sharing more about my Disney life and things I feel are more personal. I really want this blog to be about the things I enjoy and not just trying to “compete” with lifestyle bloggers. I see so many people out there making the whole blog thing and Instagram thing about the numbers, the likes and comments, etc…I have no desire to be internet famous and I am definitely not bashing anyone who wants to live their life this way, but it is EXHAUSTING trying to please other people. I am one person and I have so many things happening in my actual, real life that I have no time to try to look cool or perfect. I am who I am.

In other news, I have been making and selling some cool stuff on my Disney Etsy Shop, DizCactus Designs. I have been releasing collections of Headbands and Scrunchies, as well as designed a new pin currently up for pre-order. I have really been enjoying sewing and creating new products, especially when it comes to fabric selection. I spend hours searching online and in store for just the right fabrics for my customers. And I try to listen to what they want, as well as look ahead to what could be popular within the Disney community (seasons, movie releases, ride and parade updates). I genuinely want to make quality products for reasonable prices that people can use and enjoy. I have been doing well so far and I can only hope to improve.

Headbands with topknot bows that are removable in Mickey and Minnie collection fabrics

I am going to be headed to the parks in about a week with my son, Ben, and we will be creating a bucket list of things we want to do while we are there, including snacks we want to try. If you have any ideas for our list please send them my way! Robyn@DizCactus.com

My Mini Studio

This fall I decided I needed to try and build my own at home mini studio. I have a great space in my garage and could see potential but I was never brave enough to go for it. One morning I woke up with a client who needed a space to do a specific kind of session and I was inspired once again to create that space for myself. 

This was my garage before:

My husband and I cleared out a substantial area and then we went shopping for some supplies. We bought two bike hanger hooks, some PVC pipe and caps and a roll of seamless backdrop paper. Then we installed the hooks on the garage wall. 

 

Then I hung the roll of seamless paper on the PVC pipe and used the hooks to hold it. When I unrolled it I used clamps to hold the paper in place and painters tape to secure it to the flooring. My backdrop roll isn’t very wide so I put up some white cloth behind it on the wall and laid some out on the floor beneath my staging area.  I used the lighting I already owned, purchased on amazon. 

It only takes up about 1/4th of my garage space, and I can roll it up and have it out of sight when it’s not in use and park my car inside again.  But this small mini studio has the potential for so many creative sessions. 

before editing:

after some very basic editing:

I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this low cost, 2 hour project (including shopping time). I can’t wait to utilize it on many more projects!

Quick update!

Hello Friends! I am so sorry I haven’t been very active on my blog. I have been focused on school, work and family…all very important (albeit time consuming things). I hope you have all been great.  I will be resuming blogging very soon, just need to get my life a little more organized…until then feel free to catch up with me via Instagram: Eventful Magic   DizCactus (Disney account)

 

Hope you all have a fantastic week, and don’t forget to vote!!!

also, be sure to check out my latest photography special for the holidays:

Disney Halloween Trip!

Early this month my family and I took a trip to Disney to enjoy The Disneyland Halloween event. My in-laws were kind enough to gift us with Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets and we were all able to go together! We have been to Disney several times during the Halloween season but have never been able to attend the actual party, so we were really excited to see it all. The kids had such a great time in their costumes while they were trick-or-treating in the parks! They give you SO MUCH CANDY!! And there were so many rare villains out at the end of the night for the parade. Villains are Ben’s favorites and he was able to meet and interact with quite a few while we waited for the parade to begin.  They had the Headless Horseman in the parade and dancing ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, it was really awesome. I didn’t bring my good camera that night because I was trying my best to take everything in and not distract myself from making memories. 

The next morning our group met up for breakfast at this really fun spot called Pann’s Diner. It was a really neat old school style diner with REALLY yummy food. We enjoyed our big family breakfast and then the boys went with the grandparents for the Hot Wheels Convention!! My Father-in-Law collects Hot Wheels and the boys were stoked that they got to go to their first convention together. While they did their thing Chris and I met up with our Disney Family! We have met so many amazing people through my Disney Instagram account and now we look forward to seeing them and spending time together each trip. Our group met up and we went on a bunch of rides and just spent time goofing around and doing some photography and Instagram stuff together. They even talked us into going on The Incredicoaster! Chris and I are huge chickens when it comes to the big fast rides so we were really nervous but it was so fun! You can even smell cookies in one of the tunnels on the coaster. I am definitely planning on going on it again. I don’t really know how to describe all these people, but I can say with 100% confidence that they are accepting of all kinds. They didn’t have to hang out with us and put up with our awkwardness but they have been amazing. They really make me feel like apart of their circle, and I am a better person for having met them. 

Our final day of the trip was really neat! I took my camera into the parks to get some shots for myself, and of some pins for a company that  I Brand Rep for (CastelBabeCo). Then later in the morning i met up with some other Instagrammers for the first time. It was very fun to host my own little meet-up! I had goody bags for everyone with Halloween treats and I was fortunate enough to have 5 ladies show up and come hang with me at Disney. We went on some rides and took some cute castle pics and even spotted a Backstreet Boy while getting off The Jungle Cruise! It felt great getting to know these girls and spending time with them, and I hope to see them again soon. I am not able to get back to the parks for a few months so I am in the process of planning a Central Valley Disney Meet-Up here in Fresno and I am excited to see who shows up! Later in the day Chris and Ben joined me and we went on our all time favorite family ride, Pirates and then did a little shopping before getting back on the road and heading home.  Ben wanted me to include that he was extremely happy he got to eat at Burger King on the way home.

We had such an amazing time and I miss everyone already, but we made a lot of family memories and I feel so fortunate to be able to do things like this. Until next time, have a great week!

If you’d like to see more on our trip: IGTV TRIP VIDEO