First Birthday Giveaway, Week One

Happy Birthday, Mouse on the MindWelcome to the very first day of our very first birthday celebration!!

Tracy and I started this blog about 368 days ago as a creative outlet: a place to write about something we love and a way to meet other people who love it, too. In that sense, it’s been an amazing year! It’s hard to overstate how grateful I am for the friends I’ve made and the ways you’ve changed my life.

I think the most astonishing thing is how close I feel to so many of the people I’ve met through the blog—I’d hang out with you … in fact, in a lot of cases, I have hung out with you (and wish I could spend more time with you). I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I know Tracy feels the same way.

To thank you for supporting us (and for being generally awesome), we’ve planned a series of giveaways. So we hope you’ll join in the birthday fun—leave a comment, get to know some other Disney nerds and maybe win some prizes fit for a Disney princess.

This week’s giveaway is a gorgeous pendant created by amazing Makeup and Special Effects Artist Tara Ryan and worn by the sea witch Ursula herself!

Ursula's Pendant
It’s she who holds her tongue who gets her man.

“I think Ursula is a very interesting, strong female character,” says Ryan, of the pendant‘s inspiration. “Her strong will and manipulative power make it difficult to sympathize with her though much of the story: until the very end, she really seems to have it covered!”

Tara’s been visiting Disneyland since she was a kid and draws inspiration from the Walt Disney Presents television show. “I was fascinated watching Walt Disney discuss the process of creating Disneyland rides and especially by the episode discussing prosthetics and special effects makeup,” says the artist.

You can enter to win one of Tara’s original designs below, but make sure you visit her online portfolio to check out her sick designs or visit Midnight Moxie, her Etsy store, for some amazing fashions designed after Nightmare Before Christmas, the Little Mermaid and Snow White.

And because Tara loves you all as much as I do, every Mouse on the Mind reader who shops at her Etsy store and uses the coupon code MOUSE10 will get 10% off their purchase throughout the month of January.

So what are you waiting for? Enter to win … and then start shopping!!

Now for some fine print: You must use the PunchTab entry form above to enter the sweepstakes. One winner will receive one “Medium Ursula Inspired Golden Spiral Shell Pendant Necklace” handcrafted by Tara Ryan for the Midnight Moxie Etsy store. The winner will be notified via e-mail by noon on Monday, January 7, and will be announced in the Tuesday Round Up post on Mouse on the Mind on Tuesday, January 8. Good luck!!

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