Friday, March 14, 2014

The Prestigious Liebster Award!


Wow! I was thrice nominated for the Liebster Award by The Adventures of Steampunk Addie, Among the Dolls, and Snister's Flock! I don't often do these awards, but since three friends nominated me, I couldn't resist! The gist of the award is that the nominators ask the nominees 11 questions.  The nomimees must answer the questions and then ask 11 more questions of 11 more friends! Wow!

Let me get down to work answering those questions! 

Let's start with Steampunk Addie's questions:

What is your favorite toy ever made? To this, I would have to say Playmobil and Sylvanian Families/ Calico Critters. It's a tie!
What is your favorite toy you ever had? My hands down ultimate favorite toy is my plush Ice Bat! I love him and he sleeps in my bed with me and goes on all my trips.
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is red, but the real truth is that I love rainbows! So if I can answer that way, rainbow is my favorite "color."
What is your favorite scent? Hmm. My favorite nature scent is jasmine blossoms and my favorite food scent is nutmeg/ beef pirozhki!
What is your favorite moving picture? My favorite movie is Spirited Away!
If you could time travel, when and where?  Oooh, good question! I would travel back to the 1960s during the Space Race.  
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who?  I would meet my hero, Valentina Tereshkova! 
What event in history would you change, and why?  This is a really tough question.  I don't really think it's right to mess with history! 
Are you a geek, or a nerd? Hmm, I think I am a little bit geeky and nerdy, especially when it comes to loving space travel!
What would be your superpower if you could choose?  My superpower would probably be talking to animals, especially red pandas!
What would be your supername be? Why Super Inky of course!

Next, I'll tackle the questions from  Among the Dolls:

 How long have you collected AG dolls? I have collected AG dolls since 2007.  (P.S. My mama's answers to these questions would be very different than mine, but I'm answering from my perspective.)
Who was your first AG doll? My first AG was Kaya!
 How many AG dolls do you have? I have Kaya, Josefina, Ivy, and Saige!
Do you have any customs? How many? I don't!
Who's your next doll?  I don't really want any more dolls unless an awesome Girl of the Year comes out that I really want!
What's your favorite song? My favorite song? Probably the Red Cap Song sung by the Big Children's Choir. You can see a YouTube video of it at this link. 
What's your favorite book? I love to read! I love atlases and almanacs about animals especially, but lately my favorite book is the National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA.  I also love fiction, like the Starbuck Twins Mysteries by Kathryn Lasky! 
What's your favorite t.v. show? I don't watch a lot of TV, but I love Jeopardy Kids Week!
What's your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Spirited Away. 
What's your favorite food? My favorite foods are pirozhki, chebureki, and vareniki! Yum!
What's your favorite color? My favorite colors are red and rainbow!

Finally, I'll answer the questions from Snister's Flock:

If you could go back and live in AG time period, which one would you choose? I would choose Kaya's time period. I think I would really enjoy her lifestyle! It was difficult, but it looks so cool!
What's your favorite smell? Jasmine blossoms & nutmeg/meat pirozhki!
What's your favorite summer activity? Visiting National Parks of course! And hiking while I'm there.
What homework do you wish your dog would eat?  Probably my Russian language homework.  It can be so difficult!
How many times have you camped outside? I don't even know.  My family goes camping multiple times each summer.
If you could live in any kind of house, what would you choose (for the record, I'd live in a treehouse)? I agree, a treehouse like the one in Swiss Family Robinson would be awesome! If not that, I'd live in a big log cabin!
City or country? I love living in the city, but since I already live here, I'd like to try living in the mountains!
What magical skill do you wish you had? I wish I could talk to animals!
Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world, and why?  I would love to go back to Khabarovsk, Russia. I was adopted there when I was really little. I don't remember it very well at all and I would love to see where I come from! 
What would you travel by?  Mule?  Boat?  Wagon? I think I would have to travel by plane to get to Russia from New York City. Then, I would LOVE to take the Trans-Siberian Railway!
If you could jump into any painting, which one would you choose, and why?  I am not sure. I would love to be in a  Diego Rivera painting because I love the people's toes in his paintings!
Okay! Phew! I got through all the questions! I am going to tag the following people:

  1. Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis
  2. Aurora's Thoughts
  3. From Echo With Love
  4. Audra's Elements of Style
  5. Marsali N Taryn's Adventures
  6. Le Fabuleux Destin de Sophie Amélie
  7. Lissie & Lilly
  8. Ageha & Fiend
  9. As Told By Susie
  10. Karen Mom of Three's Craft Blog
  11. AND! Anyone who hasn't been tagged but would like to participate!
Here are the 11 questions to answer!
  1. What is your favorite animated movie or TV show?
  2. What is your favorite animal?
  3. Which animal are you most like?
  4. If you had the chance, would you go into space?
  5. Would you rather go on a boat trip to Alaska or the Caribbean? 
  6. What is your favorite holiday?
  7. Do you speak any other languages? Which ones?
  8. Do you collect anything? If so, what do you collect?
  9. What is your favorite candy? 
  10. What do you like to drink when you are especially thirsty?
  11. What is your favorite outfit?
Okay friends! Get to work! I can't wait to see your answers!

Much Love,
Inky!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Rainbow Spirit Sweater by JayBirdFinnigan!

Rainbow Spirit Sweater

Hello my friends! Today I want to share a wonderful sweater with you! This beautiful white hoodie sweater is from a pattern by JayBirdFinnigan!

Rainbow Spirit Sweater

The sweater features an awesome rainbow pattern that carries over across the body of the sweater, the sleeves, and a hood.  It closes with a button at the collar.

Rainbow Spirit Sweater

The pattern also includes variations for making the sweater Hogwarts style- with instructions for different Hogwarts houses.  There are also instructions for making the sweater with a cute heart pocket. Of course, you can make the sweater in any colors you like as well!

Rainbow Spirit Sweater

All in all, JayBirdFinnigan's pattern makes an awesome sweater! You can check out JayBirdFinnigan patterns on etsy at this link or on ravelry at this link.  The designer also has an awesome Kangaroo Campfire Hoodie- if you are on Ravelry, you can also download free instructions to make a Team Canada variation for the Kangaroo Campfire Hoodie.

When you purchase the pattern, be sure to mention me, Super Inky, in the comments on your etsy transaction! Thanks for reading!!

In this entry I'm wearing: Rainbow Spirit Sweater by JayBirdFinnigan, orange pants and purple boots by American Girl.

**No compensation was received for the publication of this post.**

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hinamatsuri 2014

Hina Matsuri 2014

Hello everyone!It's Hinamatsuri again- or Japanese Girls' Day. I am celebrating the holiday with my friends Hanabi and Zoya Yumiko.

Hina Matsuri 2014

This is Hanabi, but she likes to be called Abi. She alternates between living in Japan and New York City. I'm glad she's here this year!

Hina Matsuri 2014

And here's Zoya Yumiko! She has a really cute set of dolls especially for the holiday. This year, she found a second set and gave the second set to me! Now I will always be able to celebrate the holiday with my friends! Thank you Zoya!

Hina Matsuri 2014

The dolls come in this special red and gold box. As you can see, the set is Hello Kitty themed! So cute, right?

Hina Matsuri 2014

All the pieces fit together nicely into little compartments. I love looking at them!

Hina Matsuri 2014

We carefully took all the pieces out of the box. Hanabi kindly folded the backdrop accordion-style for me. Zoya checked to make sure that nothing rolled onto the floor- the pieces are very tiny.

Hina Matsuri 2014

Here are the hina ningyo all set up! Aren't the little kitty emperor and empress adorable? I'm so happy Zoya Yumiko gave me this set!

Hina Matsuri 2014

Happy Hinamatsuri! Thank you for celebrating with me.  Have you ever celebrated Hinamatsuri or any other Japanese holiday? What did you do?

In this entry I'm wearing: a blue starry tee by LizzieBeeDesign. Abi is wearing a lace oxford shirt from Janie Jumps and Zoya Yumiko is wearing a tee from Royal Doll Boutique.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blog Anniversary!

Inky's New Hair Ties

Hello my friends! I don't have any new photos to share with you other than this one of me with my new Badtz Maru hair ties.  I just wanted to write a quick post because today is the anniversary of my blog! That's right!

As of today, I have been blogging for SEVEN YEARS! Whoa! I started this blog in 2007 with a post about getting a Sleater-Kinney t-shirt.  Happy Anniversary to me!

I hope you all have a wonderful night!

In this entry I'm wearing: yellow tee from Royal Doll Boutique and Badtz Maru hair ties from the Sanrio store.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Playing Re-ment

Inky!

Hello everyone! Yesterday morning I put on my BoscoSport Cheburashka tee to cheer on the Russian ladies skaters in the Olympics.  I had my eye on Yulia Lipnitskaya- she is awesome- but I was thrilled when Adelina Sotnikova won! I love Yuna Kim too and was sad that she didn't get to be a 2-time gold medal winner, but I was pleased a Russian won.  I was also so happy for Carolina Kostner! Did you watch?

Hello Kitty Sushi Re-ment

However, I still had several hours to go before the event aired at 10am, so I got out a favorite toy- my Hello Kitty sushi Re-ment! Re-ment is a company that makes tiny miniatures. I am not usually a big Hello Kitty fan (I prefer Badtz Maru and Chococat), but when I saw the sushi set in the case at Toy Tokyo, I knew I wanted to collect them! I've had these toys for over a year and never gotten around to sharing pictures. My internet friend Echo, from the blog fromechowithlove.com, posted about her Re-ment and she told me I should share mine too!

Hello Kitty Sushi Re-ment

So here it is! There are several sets to collect and they come in blind boxes- which means you don't know which set you'll get until you open it!  I was lucky to get a complete set.  I love sushi and I really like this set.  I love the little Hello Kitty sushi set.  My favorite thing in the set is the little thing on the black plate with the Hello Kitty face and bow on it!  I also like the little white Hello Kitty in the black bowl- I think it's supposed to be mochi.

Hello Kitty Hina Matsuri re-ment

Then today I was so excited about playing Re-ment that I got out one of my other Re-ment sets- the Hina Matsuri (Girls Day) sweet set! (Do you remember when I celebrated Hina Matsuri last year? You can check out that post here.) I don't have the complete set of the Hina Matsuri Re-ment, but I wanted to share it anyway. It's all traditional Japanese sweets- yum!

Hello Kitty Hina Matsuri re-ment

Here is a little bit of a closer look at the different sweets. My favorites are the pink cup of matcha and the red and white box of bunny-shaped treats.  So cute!

Do you have any special collections? What are they?

In this entry I'm wearing: homemade black Russia tee and white American Girl tee with homemade iron-on decal

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cheering for the Olympic Athletes!

Sochi Olympics 2014

As most of you know, I was adopted from Khabarovsk, Russia when I was a toddler.  I am proud of my heritage and I was really excited with Sochi, Russia was chosen as the site for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.  However, I'm also proud to be part of a two-mom family and I have been really sad to see the way that people from LGBT families are being treated by the Russian government.  I really struggled with whether or not I wanted to watch the Olympics this year, but in the end, I decided to support the athletes from around the world and their hard work.

Not too long ago, I got out my Russian flag and invited over some friends from my Russian-language kids group to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies on TV! I go to the group so that I can maintain my Russian language skills.  It's a great way to meet other kids who speak Russian too! My mama speaks Russian with me at home, but my mom doesn't speak much Russian, so we mostly speak English.  The group gives me a chance to speak Russian with other kids.

Sochi Olympics 2014

This is my friend Ksenia. She joined the group a few years ago.  She is part Russian and part Kazakh and grew up in Almaty, Kazakhstan until she moved to Brooklyn with her family.  She brought over Kazakhstan's flag and waved it proudly!

Sochi Olympics 2014

And here's the newest addition to the group- Polina! Polina is from Kharkov, the same city in Ukraine where my mama lived as a teen.  She just moved to New York City at the beginning on February.  Polina is really nice and it was fun to talk with her about Kharkov.  I have visited Kharkov several times and I was really excited to find out if my favorite places where the same as Polina's!

Sochi Olympics 2014

I really enjoyed having my friends over to watch the opening ceremonies! We have been watching our favorite sports and keeping track of how our home countries are doing. My favorite sport to watch is figure skating! What is your favorite Olympic sport? Are you watching the Olympics this year?

In this entry I'm wearing: red shirt and corduroy pants made from Liberty Jane patterns and Kit's Work Boots by American Girl.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Making Valentines

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day to you!  One of my favorite traditions is making valentines for my friends.   Since I am homeschooled, I don't have school friends to exchange cards with- so I send them to my blog friends! I used to give cards to my friends in ballet class, but now that I am no longer studying dance, I don't do that either. (Psst, sorry my shirt is so wrinkly! I was so excited to wear it that I didn't bother asking a mom to iron it for me.)

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

I actually made my valentines several days ago, so that I could mail them in time to arrive at my friends' houses before the holiday.   I decided to make cards with pins, since I *love* pins! I also included valentine-themed puzzles for my friends.

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

I buy little pins all year round, just for occasions like this. Here are some of the the little pins I chose to use.

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

The first step was putting the pins in the corner of the little pink cards.  I tried to pick photos with a love theme- like these cute owls! I also chose a sticker for each card.  On this card, I chose a glittery pink peacock.

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

Next I wrote "Happy Valentine's Day!" on each card and signed my name in pink ink. I don't usually like to wear pink or use pink in my crafts, but something about Valentine's Day puts me in a lovey mood that makes me love pink!

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

After I signed my cards, I carefully slid the cards into pink and red striped envelopes. Very cute!

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

Once I had put my cards into the envelopes, it was time to put these adorable name labels on my cards. As you can see, this one is for Sophie, my French friend!

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

Then it was time to choose a puzzle for each friend- I bought woodland-themed puzzles.  Some of them had owls, others foxes or hedgehogs! So cute, right?

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

I bought little kraft paper bags to hold the valentines and puzzles, so that they would make a cute package to send to friends.  I carefully slid a puzzle and card into each envelope, making sure not to rip the bag.

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

By the time I had made valentines for my blog friends, I had a big stack of valentine bags! Hurray! Happy Valentine's Day!

Inky Makes Valentines 2014

And that's all! I love making valentines. I'm looking forward to hearing if my friends liked their valentines and puzzles! Did you make valentines this year? What kind did you make?

In this entry I'm wearing: narwhal appliqué shirt from Dynamite Threads, grey pants from Liberty Jane Clothing.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Inky's New Year 2014

Happy Happy New Year! Now, I know it is almost February.  Since my family went to England for the holidays, I didn't have a chance to celebrate New Year.  My family didn't do presents this year, because we went on a big trip and bought some amazing souvenirs.  Still, some of my dear friends sent presents for me and I wanted to open them! I also refused to take down my New Year tree until I could open my gifts!

Inky's New Year 2014

There were three adorable gifts under the tree when I came home from Russian Language Youth Group last night! There was a cute gift wrapped in gnome paper from my friend Aurora, a package from my dear friend Sophie, and a candy cane-wrapped gift from Coral.

Inky's New Year 2014

First I decided to open Coral's gift. Hmm, what is it? When I shook it, lots of little pieces rattled around.

Inky's New Year 2014

Wow! A Lego animal set! I love these sets so much. I have the turtle from the first series on my nightstand.  I can't wait to build the deer! Thank you Coral!

Inky's New Year 2014

Next came Aurora's gift. Aurora and I are internet friends.  If you'd like to check out her blog, click here!

Inky's New Year 2014

Wow!!! A family of Calico Critters! There was a black father cat and a calico mama and two daughters. How sweet!

Inky's New Year 2014

I knew my parents would groan- they think I have too many Calico Critters, but they are so, so cute! I love these cats. The funny thing is, I already have the babies to this family! Now the babies will finally have a family! Thank you Aurora!!

Inky's New Year 2014

Then it was time for my last gift, a lovely package from my French friend, Sophie. Sophie and I have been friends for many years and have a very good friendship. I miss her so much! I actually saw her in Washington DC earlier in the month, but I already miss her again!

Inky's New Year 2014

Hurrah! Sophie's gift was three Playmobil pirates! Sophie knows me so well. Merci beaucoup Sophie!

Inky's New Year 2014

Here are all my gifts! Don't the kitties look silly next to the very serious Playmobil pirates? I can't wait to play with my new toys.

Inky's New Year 2014

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope everyone had a fabulous New Year celebration. What were you doing as the clock changed to 2014?

In this entry I'm wearing: Sparkle Party Dress by American Girl!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lunar New Year: Year of the Horse!

Lunar New Year 2014: One

Hi! It's me, Inky! Today I am getting ready to celebrate Lunar New Year on January 31. This year is the Year of the Horse. It's very special because my grandfather was born in a horse year! Since I really enjoyed making Lunar New Year cards last year, I decided to make them again this year.

Lunar New Year 2014: Two

Here are the supplies you'll need to make the cards, Inky-style. You'll need a pair of scissors, a gold pencil, a red pencil, labels, red cardstock, and 1" pins. I got my pins from Wanart.

Lunar New Year 2014: Three

First you'll need to cut your red cardstock into square shapes. Mine are a little rectangular. You don't have to use rectangles/squares- you can do circles or hearts or whatever you like best!

Lunar New Year 2014: Four

Next, get out your pins! I like Joyce Wan's Wanart pins because the art is really cute, but you can use any pin. It doesn't even have to be 1 inch wide.

Lunar New Year 2014: Five

Pin your pin into your card near the top of the pin. Again, you can do it however you'd like- I like mine in the center, but off the side looks cute too!

Lunar New Year 2014: Six

Next, take your label and stick it to the bottom of your card. I like white labels because they really pop against the red background. I used Martha Stewart Home Office kitchen labels by Avery. I bought them at Staples.

Lunar New Year 2014: Seven

Next, take your gold pencil or pen and write a message on the card above the label but below the pin. I wrote "Happy Lunar New Year!"

Lunar New Year 2014: Eight

Finally, take your red pen or pencil and sign your name on the label!

Lunar New Year 2014: Nine

And you're done!

Lunar New Year 2014: Ten

Here is how the card looks up close. I think it's cute, don't you?

Lunar New Year 2014: Eleven

Then, go ahead and make as many cards as you'll need to give to your friends and family. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Lunar New Year!

In this entry I'm wearing: red shirt and grey pants by Liberty Jane Clothing.
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