Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Holiday Photo Shoot

For the past several years, I've had special photos taken to put on my family's New Year cards.  This year was no exception.  In fact, we went in the early fall because my parents wanted to have the cards printed with enough time to mail them before New Year.

The photos were taken at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and at Lincoln Center Plaza. Please enjoy them!


Inky's Holiday Photos 2015

Inky's Holiday Photos 2015

Inky's Holiday Photos 2015

Inky's Holiday Photos 2015

Does your family take photos for holiday cards? Do you dress up?

In this post I'm wearing: outfit and shoes by American Girl

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Trimming the New Year Tree!

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Happy Holidays to my friends near and far! I hope you are enjoying this cheerful season.  Last night, my friend Brooke came over for a sleepover so that she could help me trim my New Year tree.  I had to giggle at Brooke because she thought we were actually going to cut the branches on the tree! I explained that "trim" can also mean "decorate."  Even though it was still quite early, we decided to put on wintry-themed pajamas and get to work.

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Brooke celebrates Christmas, though in a secular way. Still, she had never heard of a New Year tree! In my family, we celebrate New Year instead of religious winter holidays and we put up a tree to celebrate New Year, since I am Russian.  I don't know how to put up fairy lights, so my parents did that part for me.  All Brooke and I had to do was put on the decorations!

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Brooke wasn't satisfied to simply trim the tree; she put on antlers! Doesn't she look silly? We agreed that reindeer are very nice animals.

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Brooke and I helped my moms get the ornaments down from the closet. There were lots of sparkly ornaments, plus my favorite cute ornaments that I've had for many years.

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

First, Brooke and I had to get out the beaded garland! Last year, the cat really enjoyed eating the tinsel garland, so I decided to try the beaded kind this year. The new beaded garland was so long! I liked how the fairy lights reflected off the shiny surface of the beads- so merry and bright!

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

My favorite ornaments are the cute ones that my family got our first year in New York. Here I am with the penguin! He is so cute.

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Here is Brooke with the little snowflake! I think the snowflake is my favorite ornament. Luckily I have a few!

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

After we had hung all the cute ornaments on the tree, it was time to hang the sparkly stars and balls!

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

I love shiny things at New Year! It makes things so pretty. Look how bright the tree is! It's like a big ball of shininess!

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Finally, I climbed up onto my nightstand and put the blue star on top of the tree. Hurrah! It looks so beautiful. I can't wait until there are presents for my family and friends to put beneath the tree.

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Trimming the New Year tree really tired us out. Brooke and I both fell asleep to the light of the tree. Don't worry, my mama came in and turned off the fairy lights after we had fallen asleep!

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

I dreamed of delicious treats and sparkly fairies.

Trimming the New Year Tree 2015

Happy Holidays my friends! Which holiday or holidays do you celebrate in the winter? Please leave a comment telling me about your holiday traditions! I would love to hear them.

In this post I'm wearing: pajamas, socks, and hair scrunchies by American Girl.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Birthday Giveaway Winner!

Inky's Birthday Treats

Hello everyone! This is the official Birthday Photo Contest post! Just as a reminder, the prizes the winner will receive are 5 kelp cupcakes, 1 bowl of fish biscuits, 1 octopus bread bowl dip, and a selection of veggies!

The contest is judged, which means I, Inky, will pick a winner out of all the entries.   The winner has ONE WEEK to e-mail me at inkymarina@gmail.com with their address.  If that person does not contact me by December 11th, the second place winner will be contacted for their address.

Ready? Here are the entries!




Addy & Scarlett

Entry #1: Addy & Scarlett


Alex

Entry #2: Alex

Brianna

Entry #3: Brianna

Candace

Entry #4: Candace

catalina and charlotte

Entry #5: Catalina & Charlotte

Chelsea

Entry #6: Chelsea

Hfxgirltoo

Entry #7: Hfxgirltoo




So there you have it! There are seven fantastic entries. I loved them all, but there can only be one winner. And that winner is...

Entry #6: Chelsea!

There is also one runner-up, who will receive the prize if the winner does not contact me by December 11th. The runner up is...

Entry #4: Candace!

Thank you to all who entered! I loved seeing all your kind birthday wishes. It was a treat to see your awesome photos! 

Love,
Inky

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Octonauts Birthday Party!

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Hello my friends! Last week, I celebrated my 11th birthday! I decided to have an Octonauts-themed party and invited my friends Coral, Brooke, and Petra Gray.  Since my birthday was on a Monday this year, we celebrated on Saturday the 21st.  My moms surprised me with a balloon bouquet, so I had to go out to the courtyard for a photo.  That afternoon, it was time for my party!

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Even though most people save their cake until later in the party, my friends and I voted to have it right away! I had blue velvet cake with green icing.  Yum! I closed my eyes and made a secret wish.  I hope it comes true.  I love the smell in the air after I blow out my candles- it smells like birthday-time.

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On a table off to the side of the room, my moms set up my party treats, presents, and goody bags.  The goody bags are little boxes that look just like Peso the Penguin Medic's medical bags from the Octonauts!

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The party treats were so delicious! Ann's AG Miniatures made them just for me and they were just as tasty as I had been hoping.  There was a special octopus-shaped bread bowl with spinach dip and lots of tasty veggies.  There was a bowl of "fish biscuits" from the show. Don't worry! They didn't taste like fish- they're little crackers! Finally, I had awesome little "kelp cakes." They didn't taste like kelp either- they were cupcakes! Thank you Ann! I loved my party treats!

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The little "kelp" cupcakes were so tasty! Do you like the paper chains? Brooke and I made them a few weeks ago with lots of colorful paper and a stapler.

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Coral is a serious dance student, so she doesn't eat many sweets. Still, she had a piece of cake and then stuffed herself on broccoli.

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One of the silliest parts of my party was the photo-op! My mom got a giant plush Captain Barnacles for us to take photos with! We all took turns posting with him.  Now that I think about it, I should have made Captain Barnacles wear a party hat too!

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Brooke took her picture with me and Captain Barnacles. She lives in Manhattan, but she is originally from Seattle. She's really nice and a great new friend. I haven't known her very long, but I'm glad I invited her to my party!

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Then it was time to open the presents my friends brought me! Last year, I asked my friends to give donations to the Red Panda Network instead of bringing presents, but this year, Coral said she really wanted to bring me a present. I decided to give my birthday money from my family to the red pandas instead.

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Petra Gray gave me her present first. I shook it, but I didn't hear anything. Hmm? What could it be?

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Petra Gray gave me a William plush! William is the blue hippo mascot of the Met Museum! He lives in the Egyptian Wing. You can see a photo of him with my friend Summer in this post from a few years ago. Thanks Petra Gray! William is an awesome gift.

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Next, Brooke came up with her present. Brooke and I share a few interests, so I wondered if it could be something that we have in common.

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Yes!! It was Ice Batman, or rather, Ice Bat dressed as Batman! Wow! Ice Bat even has a little cape. Thanks Brooke! It's fantastic!

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Finally, it was Coral's turn to bring her present. We laughed because the presentation of gifts was so silly and formal. Coral always gives fabulous gifts. What did she bring me this year?

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Wow!! A custom messenger bag from A Bee Line! Coral knows me so well. It has two sturdy buckles and it's Junior Ranger green! It's perfect for my adventures. Thank you Coral!

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After I had opened my presents from my friends, I gave them each a goody bag to take home, with treats and surprises inside. I had a great birthday this year. I'm so excited to be 11! Thank you all for your sweet birthday greetings!

Your friend,
Inky

 In this post I'm wearing: tights, shoes, and skirt by American Girl; shirt by Royal Doll Boutique.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Birthday Giveaway 2015!

Inky's Birthday Treats

Hello my friends! This is just a reminder that I am hosting a giveaway contest for my readers on the occasion of my 11th birthday! These are the prizes you may win, minus two kelp cupcakes.

To enter, you need to:

 1. Take a photo of your doll or other toy with a sign wishing me a Happy Birthday.
 2. E-mail your photo to inkymarina@gmail.com.
 3. Include your first name (or Instagram username) in the e-mail. That's all! Please be aware that you MUST have a parent or guardian's permission to enter the contest if you are under 18. Should you win, I will be mailing you the prizes, so your parent/guardian will need to send me an address to ship the prize to.

Entries from all over are eligible, but an international winner will not receive tracking on the package. The contest will be judged by me, so do your best in making the sign and taking the photo!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Birthday Invitation & Giveaway 2015!

2015 bday invite

Octonauts to the HQ! I am having my 11th birthday party on November 21st! It will be Octonauts-themed, of course.

I will also be doing a special giveaway! You can win my party food, made by Ann's AG Miniatures! There will be three different food sets that one winner will receive.  I will show pictures of the food in the party post, and then in the next post, reveal the winner.

To enter, you need to:

1. Take a photo of your doll or other toy with a sign wishing me a Happy Birthday.
2. E-mail your photo to inkymarina@gmail.com.
3. Include your first name (or Instagram username) in the e-mail.

That's all! Please be aware that you MUST have a parent or guardian's permission to enter the contest if you are under 18. Should you win, I will be mailing you the prizes, so your parent/guardian will need to send me an address to ship the prize to.

Entries from all over are eligible, but an international winner will not receive tracking on the package.

The contest will be judged by me, so do your best in making the sign and taking the photo!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

An Afternoon in Seneca Falls

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On my trip to upstate New York, I also had the chance to visit a very important National Historical Park- Women's Rights! I had been hoping to visit this park for years, but it's a long drive from New York City so my family didn't go until this trip. Are you ready to learn about the park? Women's Rights National Historical Park commemorates the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. The convention was organized by five women- Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martha Wright, Mary Ann M'Clintock, and Jane Hunt.

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Here I am with some of the statues from Lloyd Lillie's The First Wave. It shows the organizers of the Women's Rights Convention and some of the people who attended it. I really liked wandering around the statues and looking at the different people.

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Can you tell who the man in the middle of the group of statues is? That's Frederick Douglass! He was a very important Black orator and statesman. He was present at the Women's Rights Convention and signed the document that was created during it- The Declaration of Sentiments. One of the organizers of the convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was the primary author of the Declaration of Sentiments.

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Here I am with a really cool podium. It was in the Wesleyan Chapel. In fact, it may be the very podium used at the Women's Rights Convention of 1848! Historians aren't sure, so I decided to pose with it just in case. Even if it wasn't present at the convention, it's still old and awesome!

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The Visitor Center at Women's Rights National Historical Park has tons of exhibits and artifacts. I really like this banner. It's hard to read because the focus in the photo is on me, but it says "Women Vote in Our Native Lands."  One of my favorite exhibits in the museum portion of the Visitor Center lets visitors imagine themselves in different professions.  Park ranger was on there! So was President of the United States.

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After I had explored the museum and filled out my Junior Ranger booklet, it was time to receive my Junior Ranger badge from Ranger Brock! Ranger Brock was very nice. In addition to giving me my official badge, he also showed me where to stamp my parks passport and sold me some souvenirs. If you ever go to Women's Rights NHP, make sure to say hello to Ranger Brock!

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After I earned my badge, I went outside to explore the area near the Visitor Center.  The Wesleyan Chapel is where the convention took place.  It was closed by the time I had finished my Junior Ranger booklet, but I enjoyed seeing the outside! I was proud to pose with my badge next to it!

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The park next to the Visitor Center has a beautiful wall with the words of the Declaration of Sentiments carved into it, with a waterfall coming over the wall. So cool! If you would like to read the text of the document, check out this link.

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Before my parents and I left the park, I posed for a photo in front of the reconstructed Wesleyan Chapel. Can you see where the original walls are? They are a different color than the rest of the walls.  I loved visiting the park. I hope to come back someday soon to visit the homes of the different organizers of the convention!

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We spent the night in Ithaca and on the way there, my family stopped at Taughannock Falls. The waterfall is amazing! You can walk all the way down from the top of the gorge to the bottom where the water flows into Cayuga Lake.  I was impressed; it is so beautiful!

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Upstate New York is beautiful. I loved seeing the waterfall, the historical park, and all the changing leaves. Have you ever traveled around different parts of your home state or province? Was it very different from where you live?

In this post I'm wearing: Junior Ranger vest custom-made for me by Ardently Admire; corduroy trousers by Liberty Jane Clothing, tee (with homemade decal) and boots by American Girl.
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