Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meet My Friends: Jess

Folding Cranes

Ready to meet another of my friends? This post is about my friend Jess. She's really cool and probably one of my friends who is most like me. We both love adventure! Jess and I met the year after she got back from living with her archaeologist parents in Belize. She is the one who turned me on to kayaking, something I enjoyed doing with my friend Raven in Sabino Canyon, Arizona. Of course, Raven and I didn't make any archaeological discoveries- but Jess did! In this photo we are getting ready to celebrate New Year. Jess knows how to make origami, so she taught me to fold paper cranes to put on my New Year's Tree!

Lion Dancing at the Olympics!

Here's Jess practicing to perform the Lion Dance at a local celebration for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jess is quick to tell you that she is Japanese, not Chinese, which is the culture the Lion Dance comes from. She is proud of her Japanese background, but equally proud of her Irish heritage! Both of us understand what it's like to have a multicultural family. She and her siblings have one Japanese American parent and one Irish American parent. As for me? My mom is European American and my mama is American Indian- but I was born in Siberia!

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I wish I had more photos of Jess! I haven't seen much of her since I moved to a new neighborhood in 2010. In fact, all these photos were taken in my old room, before we moved to a different part of NYC!  In this photo, she's wearing her soccer jersey. Jess loves soccer! I do too, but I'm terrible at it. Jess is quite good and plays for her school team and a local team.

This post has inspired me to ask Jess over to hang out soon. Do you have any friends you've known for a long time, but that you don't see very often? The nice thing about Jess is that even when we haven't seen each other in ages, we get right back into the swing of things. So that's Jess!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Meet My Friends: Marisol

Marisol at Ailey

Hello and Happy Friday! I'm here to introduce the next in my series of posts about my friends. This post will focus on Marisol, one of my oldest friends. I've known her as long as I've lived in New York.  Marisol lives on the Lower East Side, which is a very fun neighborhood.  She's a student at a prestigious ballet school in Midtown, near the Hudson River.  You can see she's wearing her ballet school uniform in this photo!

Marisol at Ailey

Marisol is serious about dance and goes to lessons almost every day after school.  Marisol attends a charter school for girls on the Lower East Side.  She is also pretty serious about school!  She loves to get empanadas from a little stall on Avenue C.  We don't see each other very often as Marisol is quite busy, but when we do, we have a fabulous time together.

Marisol at Ailey

Marisol's best friend, Meritaten, goes to ballet school with her. I'll do a post on her later, as she is my friend as well. Marisol is a native New Yorker, which means she was born here! She is very proud of this and knows her way all around the city.

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So that's Marisol! She is such a sweet friend and I'm really lucky to have her in my life.  Do any of your friends have hobbies in common with you? How about hobbies that are different than yours?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Inky!

Hello my friends! Today is St. Patrick's Day. I am not Irish (I was born in Russia), but my mom is!  Every year my grandma sends us a package full of fun goodies to celebrate.  This year, I received Girl Scout cookies (yum!), crayons, and Celtic-themed coloring books. Thank you Grandma!

I also received a small package from the UK! What could be in it?

Happy St. Patrick's Day Inky!

Inside the package was a shamrock card with a lovely ribbon and badge, just for me! My friends Audra and Charlie at the Bruton School sent it. Thank you girls!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Inky!

Of course I put on the badge right away! It's right on my green shirt. I've heard that you should wear green on St. Patrick's Day so no one pinches you. I hope I don't get pinched!

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Are you of Irish descent? How do you celebrate? Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my friends!

In this post I'm wearing:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meet My Friends: Iris

Iris's new hat!

Do you recognize this face? It's my friend Iris! I'm finally starting my series on my friends near and far.  Iris is one of my oldest friends so I knew she needed to be first.

Iris and I met in 2006, back when I lived in Wisconsin.   We went to the same ballet school.  In fact, Iris even lived with me for a few months after I moved to New York City! She has a really cute dog- a chihuahua named Mulder! Mulder came to live with my family as well.

Iris in a new shirt

After we had settled into New York City life, Iris moved to England! She was a student at a prestigious ballet school that required her to live on the campus. I really missed her, but she did come back to visit occasionally.

Iris

During Iris's time in England, we e-mailed and chatted all the time, often about our ballet studies. However, I decided to stop dancing because it was too stressful for me. Imagine my surprise when Iris also stopped dancing! She has some issues with her hearing that were making it more and more difficult to hear music.  She was devastated.  Iris is an amazing dancer- definitely the best in our school back in Wisconsin! That's why she was picked to attend ballet boarding school in the UK.

Iris!

So now Iris is living with her family again, back in the United States. They live in NYC now too, so I've gotten to see Iris much more often.  I know she is facing a lot of heartache over having to leave ballet school, so I am actively working to be the best friend that I can be to her.

Cozy Sweater Outfit

Hmm, what else can I tell you about Iris? She loves stuffed animals, Thai food (especially pad see euw and massaman curry!), and being silly with her friends. Her hero is Misty Copeland, the ballerina. She loves dogs, especially little ones!

I'm so happy to have Iris as a friend. She is my oldest friend, since she has known me since I lived in Wisconsin- even before I met Violet (who I will introduce soon).

Who is your oldest friend? What are they like? Tell me! :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Show Me Your Riffs!

Show Me Your Riffs

Hello my friends! What do you think of my new shirt? It was made especially for me in the style of one of my mama's favorite Sleater-Kinney shirts.  (Sleater-Kinney is my favorite band!)

Do you have a favorite band? What is it? And what's your favorite of their songs?

In this post I'm wearing: 

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!
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