My time as Merida

I had the best night last night! I posed for Toons on Tap for their Brave session where I got to dress up and play as Merida all night! There was so much talent and so much joy in that room that I left feeling like I was floating off the floor. Such an awesome time.

Here’s my gallery (all taken on my iphone! I can’t wait for the professional shots to come in later – don’t worry I will post those as well because I’m a huge nerd!)

Merida by Eden B Me as Merida by Eden Bachelder
(click to go to the gallery on facebook)

My favourite quotes of the night were:

“You’re better than Batman! We sold out!”
“You’re so fun to draw!”
“When will you be back – you’re coming back right?!”
“… model dressed as Merida from brave and she just blew me away.”

Here’s some of the Artists’ high rez scan of their art:

I had such a great time that I am trying to think of who I could be next! Do you have any suggestions? Hmmm… red heads…

What did you do tonight?

Oh, who, me? Well, I curled my hair for nearly 2 hours…

(well my fake hair)

Merida Hair Test 1
Merida Hair Test 1

I’m very pleased with this first round of hair shaping! It goes well past my hips which isn’t necessary so I need to figure out what I want to do with it. Plus I want to add bulk without the weight. Hmmm… All this needs to be done for next week! On June 4th I am Merida!

I am Brave

I am beyond excited to play dress up for Toons on Tap on June 4th at The Rhino as MERIDA!

by Jeremy Cardarelli
by Jeremy Cardarelli

I hope to see you there! I will have my hair extensions, my “brother bears” and of course my bow and arrows 🙂

You can also hire me out to be your Brave friend – I would love to be the invited guest of a little ones birthday party!

Here’s a trailer to get you in the spirit – as I will try to use my very underused Scottish accent:

And finally, here’s me at the range recently:  *note the near bullseye!


Archery archery 2














Playing Dress Up

Have you ever had a Disney Princess that you adored? For a time – it was Belle. She was the only brown eyed somewhat auburn haired princess I could relate to. She liked books. She was independent and brave. Then came along Merida (from Pixar/Disney’s Brave) and I was OVER THE MOON! A red head with a stubborn attitude, a love of archery, a “no man will define me” view of life… hey it’s like they read my diary 😉 Sure there was the red headed Ariel – but I’m not part fish. And Merida fought while Ariel sang.

So I’m excited to be Merida – I’m trying to get into the character scene as her. I have my own bow and arrow (horseman’s bow) and I have owned a horse in the past so I want an Angus for sure! When I dressed up as her for Hallowe’en (my step-mom made me the dress and I felt like a giddy 7 year old all over again!) my friend’s daughter saw my pics on facebook and said “She’s Merida! I want my picture with her!” and so we did just that…


I hope to bring Merida out to teach girls to be independent and brave in their own lives. Maybe teach them a thing or two about combat and archery and of course safety. Maybe I can team up with a stable and have some riding lessons with them? Who knows! I just know I’m excited to have played dress up this past weekend with a little princess 🙂

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