Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hanging out with Mia

Inky & Mia

Do you ever just get overwhelmed by cleaning your room? I do! Today, my friend Mia came over and helped me to clean my room. There were clothes everywhere. We had to take everything off my shelves and dust the shelves and the knick knacks. It was a lot of work!

When we finished, Mia put on her new dress to show me. Doesn't she look lovely? I think she does!

Do you like to clean your room? How do you motivate yourself to do it?

In this post I'm wearing:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Year of the Sheep!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Hello my friends! This Thursday there is a very special holiday- Lunar New Year! This year is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat). One of my favorite Lunar New Year traditions is making cards for my friends.

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Here are my supplies.  I use red cardstock (red is a lucky color!), white labels, scissors, and gold and red pencils.  To decorate my cards, I use adorable pins with art by Joyce Wan of Wanart. I use her pins every year because they are so cute! Okay, are you ready to make cards with me?

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

The first thing to do is cut out cards from cardstock. I used a ruler to try to make sure they were the same size.  Even so, they were not perfect. Oh well!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Next, I put white labels on the cards.  You can make the cards without labels, but I like them because they make my name pop when I sign the cards.  I use Martha Stewart brand kitchen labels, which I bought at Staples.

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

The next step is putting the pins on the cards! The pins are so, so cute.  I love the little sheep. The pins are 1 inch wide and also have the Chinese character for sheep on them.  You don't have to use the same pins; use your creativity!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

I carefully put my pins near the top of the card. Be very careful not to prick yourself with the pin. That could hurt!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Next, I use a gold pencil to write "HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!" on each card. There are lots of fun greetings for Lunar New Year; try using the internet to find some!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

My last step is signing my name on the white label. Remember, you don't have to use a label if you don't want to! I wrote "Love, Inky" on each card using red pencil.

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

The cards are done! Ta da! Now I'll ask my moms to help me address envelopes and take them to the post office so that I can send the cards to my friends. Happy Lunar New Year my friends!! Happy Happy Year of the Sheep to you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day my friends! I had a wonderful time celebrating with my family.  I heard from many of my friends that they received my valentines safely. Hurrah!

Of course, now it's almost time for another of my favorite holidays- Lunar New Year!  Do you have a favorite holiday? What is it?

In this post I'm wearing: jeans by Liberty Jane Clothing and shoes and shirt by American Girl.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine Contest Winner!

Hello everyone! It's me, Inky! I am happy to showcase the entries for my Valentine Contest! The theme for the contest was "LOVE!" Please check out the photos below. At the bottom, I will announce the winner! The winner has until Wednesday to email me their mailing address for the prize. If I do not hear from the winner by then, I will contact a runner-up.  Without further ado, here are the photos:

Entry #1: Annalise

Annalise

Entry #2: Doll Mag Editors

Doll Mag Editors

Entry #3: AJ

AJ

Entry #4: Magical Glimmers

Magical Glimmers

Entry #5: Bella

Bella

Entry #6: Kris

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Entry #7: Kirren

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Entry #8: Alexis

alexis

Entry #9: Simply Sapphire

simply_sapphire

Entry #10: MrRubyDoo

MrRubydoo

Entry #11: DIY American Girls

diy american girls

Entry #12: The Midnight Rose

the midnight rose

Entry #13: Hazel Squared

hazel squared

Entry #14: Cinnamon Cake Studios

cinnamon cake studios

Entry #15: Callie is a Doll

callie is a doll

Entry #16: Christian Homeschooler

christian homeschooler

Entry #17: Paper Doll World

paper doll world

Entry #18: Jackylina

jackylina

Entry #19: Wild Spark Studios

wild spark studios

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I loved looking at your photos. They were all very creative. Unfortunately, I can only choose one winner. The winner is:

!!! Entry #6: Kris !!!

Kris A

Congratulations Kris! You have won a valentine from me and two chocolate-dipped fortune cookies made by Ann's AG Miniatures! Thank you for your beautiful photo!

Thank you again to everyone who entered! Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Contest 2015!

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Hi everyone, it's me, Inky! February is the month of one of my favorite holidays. Can you guess? It's Valentine's Day! Since some of my friends live in other countries, I made my valentines early so that they had time to get to their destinations.

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I spread out all the things I needed on my table.  I was using an idea from Pinterest for the actual cards, so there were lots of steps to making the cards. I also had lots of yummy treats!

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I had these delicious macarons from Pippaloo to sample while I worked. They're so delicious! Have you ever had a macaron? They're very trendy, but for good reason; they're delicious!

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I also had these yummy heart-shaped whoopie pies! Yum! They come in three colors with three different fillings and they're also from Pippaloo.

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Finally, I had some yummy chocolate-dipped fortune cookies from Ann's AG Miniatures and a glass of milk. The fortune cookies are super cute; they have little hearts on them!

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Here's my table with everything all laid out! At this point I had already made the cards, so I just needed to put them into little envelopes to keep them safe during mailing.

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I wrote my friends' first initials on chalkboard heart stickers and then put the stickers on faux bois (false wood) patterned envelopes.

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See my cards? I love this idea! In the past, I've done cards with little pins, but this year I decided to use lollipops (from Ann's AG Miniatures) to make these special cards. My mama took a photo of me and then printed them out.  I made two cuts in the photos so that I could slide the lollipops through. Then I attached the photo to cardstock and voila! The cards were ready!

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However, when I finished making cards for my friends, I had an extra one! Here's where you come in. I'm going to have a photo contest to give away my last card and the two chocolate-dipped fortune cookies! To enter, here's what you do:


  1. Email me at inkymarina@gmail.com with either your Instagram username, blog name, or first name and last initial.  
  2. Include a photo of your doll. The theme of the photo is "Love."
  3. If you are under 18, make sure to ask for permission to enter the contest AND give me an address if you win. DO NOT give me your address unless I email you to tell you that you are the winner.  
  4. The winner will receive a lollipop photocard in an envelope as well as two "chocolate-dipped" fortune cookies for dolls.  
  5. The entry period for the contest will end on Saturday, February 6 at 10pm EST.  I will notify a winner on Sunday, February 7.
  6. Good luck! May the odds be ever in your favor! Please comment below with any further questions!

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Thanks so much for considering entering my Valentine contest!  Happy early Valentine's Day!

Love,
Inky!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Blizzard that Wasn't

Snowmageddon 2015!

Hello Hello! Early this week, New York City prepared for a blizzard.  I was thrilled- even though I am homeschooled, my parents let me have a day off whenever NYC schools are called off.  The subways were shut down and the roads were closed to traffic. But then? The snowstorm didn't deliver! We got a lot of snow, but not even a third as much as we were expecting.

Still, I had a lot of fun playing in the white stuff! Our building doesn't let us play on the grass in the courtyard, but there is an exception for snow, it seems.  Lots of kids (and adults!) from our building were playing in the snow.

Snowmageddon 2015!

Did you have a snowstorm this week? How about this winter? Do you live somewhere that experiences snow?

In this entry I'm wearing: snowsuit by American Girl.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy 2015 everyone! In my family, we do not celebrate Christmas. Instead, we celebrate New Year! We put up a New Year tree, watch The Twilight Zone and a Russian movie called the Irony of Fate. Then, at the stroke of midnight, I open my gifts! Are you ready to see what I received this year? Hurrah!

Happy New Year 2015!

My first gift came wrapped in this little package with a gnome on the front. What could it be? I squeezed it and it was hard, but a little pliable. Hmmm!

Happy New Year 2015!

A Rhodia notebook! These notebooks are classic and are excellent quality.  I wonder how I will use this one. There is something so exciting about all the clean, new pages in a new notebook.

Happy New Year 2015!

After the Rhodia notebook, I found a package with penguin and owl gift wrap.

Happy New Year 2015!

Inside this package I found two Smithsonian books about a walrus and a beluga! I love both animals, though walruses are much less cute in person in my experience.

Happy New Year 2015!

Yay! My next present was two square, blank canvases for me to paint.  Just as I love a new notebook, new canvases are also exciting! I wonder what kind of art I will create.

Happy New Year 2015!

I had two packages left- a small box and a big box.  The little box said "Open Me Last," so I reached for the big box excitedly.

Happy New Year 2015!

Inside the box was the Sylvanian Families Bouquet skunk family! I was thrilled to get this special present from England.  When I was in London last year, I could only afford to buy so much at the Sylvanian Families store; I wasn't able to purchase the skunk family.  I did, however, buy the skunk baby girl! So now Baby Girl Skunk can be reunited with her family at long last.

Happy New Year 2015!

Finally I reached for the last package. What could be inside? It was really, really heavy!

Happy New Year 2015!

Huh? It was a u-lock for bicycles! But... I don't have a bicycle. I thought it was some kind of mean joke gift! "Inky!" said my mom, "turn around!"

Happy New Year 2015!

Wow!!! I couldn't believe my eyes as my parents wheeled in a brand new bike, just for me!  I'm so excited! The bike even had panniers for me to store my things, such as my new u-lock.  It was a great New Year. I was so excited I could barely get to sleep.  I hope 2015 will be a wonderful year for me- and for you!

Does your family celebrate any winter holidays? Do you receive gifts?

In this entry I'm wearing: Reindeer PJs by American Girl.
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