Sunday, December 21, 2014

Vacation Time!

Ready, Set, Go!

I am home from vacation! Here I am not too long ago, posing for a photo by my New Year tree before we took a cab to the airport.  My family has a tradition, from our time in Slavic countries, of sitting on our suitcases before we take a trip. It brings us good luck for our travels.

Do you and your family have any traditions for traveling? What are they?

I will update soon with more pictures of my vacation! Happy Holidays!

Love,
Inky

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Birthday Party!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Hello my friends! I'm so sorry I haven't written on my blog in a long time.  My life has been pretty busy and there are exciting adventures ahead! However, I wanted to share my birthday party photos with you.  I turned 11 on November 23rd and celebrated with a fox-themed party! It felt like I had waited forever and ever for my birthday this year. I was so excited when party day finally arrived! As you can see in the picture above, I had an assortment of treats for my guests to try out.

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

I was really lucky to have lots of delicious treats straight from Pippaloo! Here you can see rock candy and lollis in my party colors. Yum! Doesn't rock candy look like it would hurt to eat? It is so delicious though!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

I also had these tasty popsicles, which were also in my party colors. They were very tasty. I requested these because I have had Pippaloo's watermelon pops (which are the same shape) before and loved them! The folks at Pippaloo were so sweet to make these delicious popsicles just for me and my friends.  Thank you!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

My final special treat from Pippaloo was this mug full of fox cookies on sticks! They were so cute and so tasty too! My guests and I really loved them.

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

I had three guests come to my party. I like to have smaller parties. I just think they're more fun.  Sinéad, on the left in the dress and vest, came all the way from another borough! Coral, who is my best friend in NYC, also came.  And last but not least, my new friend Tenzin, who moved into my apartment building a few months ago, also came to my party.  We started things off with the cake! I made a wish and blew out my candles.  I'll tell you my wish! I had decided to do a No Presents Party, since I already have so many toys. Instead, I vowed to donate all my birthday money to the Red Panda Network! I wished that they would raise a lot of money on Giving Tuesday to help save red pandas! Don't you think it was a little silly to raise money for red pandas at a fox party? It probably was, but since I had a red panda party a few years ago, I didn't want to repeat the theme.

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Here's my cake before my mama put the candles on it. Isn't it cute? It was chocolate with yummy fox decorations!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Here's Coral enjoying some of the yummy chocolate cake! Looks like she got an ear!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

And here I am with Tenzin! The cake was really delicious.

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

What would birthday cake be without ice cream? My mom came out with the ice cream pops so my guests and I could enjoy them right away. Yum!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Here are Coral and Sinéad enjoying their popsicles!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Next it was time for a game of Pin the Tail on the Fox! Tenzin went first. We tied one of my hiking bandanas around her eyes.

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Then Sinéad spun her around and around!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

And off Tenzin went to stick her tail on the wall, hopefully near the fox!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Close! Tenzin put the tail by the fox's ear!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Tenzin was pretty surprised that she got the tail as close as she did!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

After Tenzin went, I spun Sinéad around! Can you see that she peeked? That was sneaky, Sinéad!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

Of course Sinéad got the tail right on the spot! The rest of us didn't know she had peeked though, so we cheered and cheered.

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

I went next and last! Coral doesn't like to be blindfolded, so she didn't take a turn.  Coral and Tenzin spun me around!

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

I stuck the tail pretty close to the right spot! Yay! That's when Sinéad admitted that she had cheated.  I was upset at first, but then Sinéad said she did it because she didn't know Coral and Tenzin before today and didn't want them to think she was bad at games! The rest of us forgave her after that.

Normally, I would open presents next, but instead my friends put cards on table for me to open later.

Inky's 11th Birthday 2014

I had a great party this year! The cake and treats were delicious and my friends and I had fun playing together, even if Sinéad peeked. I'm so happy to be 11!

Do you celebrate your birthday with a party? Have you ever done a party with a theme? What was it?

I'm sorry I didn't write for so long! I'll be starting my series on my friends soon, so please look out for that! Happy December!

Love,
Inky!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friends!

Inky & her friend Sophie

One of the best things in life is friendship! This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with an old friend, Sophie. She came to visit me in NYC and we had a wonderful time together. In this photo, we are playing on the grass in front of the New York Public Library. Sophie and I have known each other for years now and we relished the chance to stay up late talking about our lives and dreams for the future.

Inky!

I am thinking of doing a series on my blog where I introduce all my friends. Would anyone be interested in learning more about the other girls in my life?

In this entry I'm wearing: etsy Uglydoll shirt, moto pants by Royal Doll Boutique from a Liberty Jane pattern.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Inky Reads Books!

Inky Reads!

Autumn has come to New York City! It's still pretty warm, but it definitely feels like fall.  So fall, in fact, that my parents and I have gotten a new year of homeschooling underway.  There are a lot of things I need to homeschool the way my family does it, but there is one thing that is more valuable than anything else.  What is it you might ask?

Inky Reads!

It's my library card!  I am lucky to live in a city with lots and lots of libraries.  My local library has many, many branches. The closest one is just down the street.  I read a lot, so sometimes I get library fines for returning my books late. Oops! Luckily, the library has a program where kids can go to the library and "read down" their fees.  For every certain period of time you read, some of your fees disappear! Awesome, right? I am also lucky to own many of my very own books as well.

Inky Reads!

Here's how Mama found me this afternoon! Both of my parents loved The Giver.  They gave me my very own copy recently and I read all of it as soon as I could! It is also a movie. My parents have a policy that if a book has a movie, I have to read the book first.  I am excited to go see the movie, but I am worried that it will be too different from the book. Has that ever happened to you?

Inky Reads!

Now that I've finished The Giver, I'm also reading one of Mama's childhood favorites- Swallows and Amazons! My Dedushka (grandfather) read this book as a boy too. He gave a copy to Mama when she was my age. Mama and I chose my copy at Waterstones when we visited London at New Year for my aunt's wedding. I'm the third generation in my family to read this series! It's so, so good. I'm really excited because my friend Nora has also read Swallows and Amazons; we are going to Skype to discuss it the next time our parents let us have a Skype session.

Inky Reads!

So that is what I've been up to lately! Reading and enjoying the beginning of the new season. Have you read any good books lately? What were they? What is your favorite book?

In this entry I'm wearing: fox tee by American Girl with internet decal and Moto Pants by Royal Doll Boutique from a pattern by Liberty Jane Clothing.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

World Cup 2014!

Inky's World Cup 2014!

Olé! Olé! Do you know which international sporting event is taking place this summer? It's the men's World Cup in Brazil! I prefer the women's World Cup, but this is awesome too! Do you play soccer/football? Like many kids watching the World Cup, I am thinking of learning to play. Of course, I had the same idea during the 2010 World Cup, so who knows if I'll actually do it!

Inky's World Cup 2014!

The World Cup is a very, very big deal in my neighborhood.  Since I live in New York City, there are families from all over the world.  Everyone cheers for a particular country and all the kids trade stickers in their World Cup Panani sticker books!  I was initially cheering for Russia, since I was born there.  I am also cheering for the United States and France.  Go USA! Allez les Bleus!

Inky's World Cup 2014!

Did you notice my special tee? It features Fuleco, the armadillo mascot of the World Cup.  You know what's also funny? The ball he is holding in the image on my tee looks really similar to my own soccer ball! I went down to our courtyard and practiced dribbling my ball until the super came out and told me to get off the grass!

Inky's World Cup 2014!

Hurray for the World Cup! What do you think of Fuleco? Is he a cute mascot? Are you cheering on your home country? If not, who are you cheering for?

In this entry I'm wearing: white tee with Fuleco decal, American Girl 2006 soccer outfit.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Building with Lego!

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Here in NYC, it's almost the summer solstice! It's been hot lately- over 90F! As a result, I've been staying inside and getting out some of my toys that I haven't played with before.

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This set is from the Lego Friends line; it's a little penguin on a little iceberg! I'm excited to build it, especially because thinking about the freezing Antarctic sounds very appealing right now.

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The first thing I did was dump out all the pieces on my table. I know some people like to put the pieces in little dishes, but since this set is so small, I didn't think it was necessary.

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As I carefully assembled the little iceberg home from the penguin, I thought about what it would be like to be a scientist studying polar animals. That would be so cool!

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Legos are so fun! The worst thing about Legos is when you leave one on the floor and step on it in the middle of the night when you're going to the bathroom. Ouch! Has that ever happened to you?

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Soon I had almost completely assembled the iceberg house for my penguin! Hoorah! The house even has a little slide- have you ever seen videos of penguins sliding around? I think my toy penguin will also be a fan of sliding on her belly down her little blue slide.

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I attached the slide to the iceberg house, put my penguin's fish in its little dish, and put a silly bow on the penguin's head.  It looks adorable, don't you think?

Have you ever built a project with Legos? Also, what do you think I should name my little penguin?

In this entry I'm wearing: Journey's Girls London tee. (P.S. Can you tell I left a little plastic thingeroo sticking out of my tee? Yikes!)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Basket Contest Winner!

2014 Spring Basket Contest

First of all, I'd like to apologize for the delay in posting the Basket Contest entrants and winner. Things have gotten really busy! Here are the entrants in the contest, which was generously sponsored by Ann's AG Miniatures:

1.  First off, we have an entry from Aoife featuring Rebecca!




2. Next is an entry from Trish and Emma.




3. Third is a photo submitted by Linda and Jess.


4. Fourth comes a photo sent in by FeFe Mae.


5.  Next is a photo from Sapphire.


6.  Sixth we have a photo from Jessie.


7. Seventh comes a photo from Kaitlyn.


8. Eighth we have a photo from Megan.


9. The last photo is from Tilde.



And the winner is:  JESSIE! Jessie, you have until June 22 to claim your prize by e-mailing me at inkymarina@gmail.com.  If I do not hear from you by then, I will select a runner-up to receive the prize.

Thank you to all who entered! I loved all the photos and it was difficult choosing one winner! Happy Spring!



Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 Spring Basket Contest!

2014 Spring Basket Contest

Well, it's been a while since I hosted a giving on my blog, so I thought it was time. This time around, I'm celebrating spring by giving one lucky reader a spring basket filled with goodies made by the wonderful Ann at Ann's AG Miniatures!

2014 Spring Basket Contest

What could be inside this lovely green basket?

2014 Spring Basket Contest

First of all, you get this green basket, tied with a coral ribbon.

2014 Spring Basket Contest

Here are the goodies that come inside! Wow, when you look at it up close, that chick looks pretty deranged!

2014 Spring Basket Contest

The first item made by Ann is this adorable chocolate cupcake with roses and green frosting. It fits perfectly inside this little box!

2014 Spring Basket Contest

The next item, made by Ann, is this little Tootsie Pop inside a little flower holder. Isn't it adorable?

2014 Spring Basket Contest

Finally, the last item sponsored by Ann is this adorable box of Spring-themed cookies. You get a ladybug, leaf, flower, and butterfly. So cute, right? They also fit perfectly into their own little box!

2014 Spring Basket Contest

So by now you're wondering "how can I win this adorable Spring Basket?" Never fear! Here's what you do!

1. Take a photo of your doll enjoying the spring.  Do you live where it's not spring? That's fine! Take a photo of your doll enjoying your current season!

2. E-mail your photo to my e-mail, inkymarina@gmail.com.  Include your name and your Instagram username if you're a member there!

3.  Make sure you do this by Friday, June 6 at 9pm Eastern Standard Time.  The photos and winner's name will be posted on Saturday, June 7.

4.  Since this contest includes a physical prize, you will need to have permission to give out your address so that I can mail you the prize basket.  International entries are welcome!

5. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below!

Good luck- and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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