Saturday, November 23, 2013

Totoro Birthday Party!


Hello everyone! Today is my 11th birthday! I woke up extra early, because I was so excited to celebrate.  My parents surprised me with a balloon bouquet and we went downstairs behind our building to take a photo.  Aren't the balloons enormous and awesome? Hurrah!  After a delicious breakfast of pumpkin pancakes, we hung up paper chain and bunting in the living room and waited for my guests.  Soon they arrived (except for my new friend Chihiro, who let me know she'd be a little late.).


Soon, Piper, Coral, and Violet were around the table singing me the birthday song.  Piper had come all the way from Washington, DC to celebrate with me; I was so pleased she could make it!


As I blew out the candles, I made a secret birthday wish. I'm not going to tell you what it was- or it won't come true! My party was later in the afternoon this year, so the photos are a little dark. I hope you don't mind!


Next, it was time for a game- my mama made me a Totoro piñata! I spun around and smacked it as hard as I could, but Totoro just spun and spun in circles.


Then it was Violetka's turn! She whacked Totoro right on the head! Go Violetka!!


It was Piper's turn after Violet. Thwack! Piper hit Totoro right in the middle of his belly and he cracked a little. Luckily, Chihiro walked in just then.


Chihiro grabbed the stick, spun around three times, and hit Totoro as hard as she could!


She had hit Totoro right off the rope! Down he went and candy scattered over the floor. We all scrambled to fill our laps with it. (Don't worry, the candy was in plastic wrappers!)


After the piñata, it was time for presents! My friends had all stacked their gifts on the table and I had two presents from out-of-town friends as well.


First Coral handed me a big brown box with a blue bow. I shook it- what could be inside? Coral had told me that my present had come all the way from England!

It was the Sylvanian Families Sea Otter Family! They are so cute! I love the little shell necklace and purse! Thank you Coral!


Next, Piper gave me a Calico Critter silk cat baby and boat.  She knows I have the silk cats, but not the baby. Thank you Piper!


Chihiro brought me a kosodoro neko- a cute stuffed kitty toy from Japan! Arigato Chihiro!


Then Violet came to the table with a giant green box with a pink bow! "My dad got this for you in Japan Inky! I hope you like it!" she said.  Violet and her parents know me just as well as my own moms, so I knew it would be a great gift!


Wow!! It was a Sylvanian Familes breakfast set with the cutest little bunny waffle maker!! I love it so much- isn't it awesome?


Then Violet handed me an envelope and a blue box with a Totoro on the front! These presents were from our mutual friend, Sophie! Wow! I was so happy that Sophie had sent me a gift, even though she couldn't be there to celebrate with me and my other friends.  Thank you Sophie!


When I read the card, I smiled. Sophie always sends the sweetest messages! Then it was time to open the box. It had two smaller gifts inside. Inside the first packet was a Lisa Frank pin! I laughed and laughed- Sophie and I both love Lisa Frank and we both like to gripe over how our parents won't buy us all the Lisa Frank supplies in the world. Thank you Sophie!


The other present held an assortment of adorable little toy animals! Wow! They were so sweet and tiny! Thank you Sophie!!


Then it was time for my very last present. This was a special package that came from my friend Danica in Canada! Her bright green package was decorated with a rainbow pin- how festive!


Inside the package was a birthday card- so pretty- and a long letter that Danica had written very carefully. Wow! I tucked it away to read after my friends left.  Then, the best- a panda sketchbook!! Wow! I love it so much! Thank you Dani!! What a thoughtful gift!

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What a great birthday! I'm glad Chihiro, Coral, Violet, and Piper were there to celebrate with me! Thank you for all your kind birthday wishes too! К сожаленью, день рожденья Только раз в году! (It's such a pity that birthdays come only once per year!)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Steph Wylie Knitting Patterns

Today I'm going to share some beautiful knit clothing with you! My friends and I love Steph Wylie Knitting Patterns, so today you will see us modeling some of her Steph's designs.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the patterns, they are sold at Steph Wylie's etsy shop, Qute.  There are several more patterns that aren't featured here, so make sure to check out the shop!

Without further ado, here are the sweaters and hats!

Eva Cardigan Sweater

This is me in the Eva Cardigan. I love the design- doesn't it look like peacock feathers?

Ella Henley Tee Sweater

Here's Coral in the Ella Henley Tee Sweater.

Amélie Open-Front Cardigan

Iris is wearing the Amélie Open-Front Cardigan.

Amélie Open-Front Cardigan

This is the back of the Amélie Open-Front cardi.

Helena Lace Cardigan Sweater

Miko wears the Helena Lace Cardigan Sweater.

Helena Lace Cardigan Sweater

A full body view of Miko in the Helena.

Pip Round Yoke Cardigan

Sonali in the Pip Round Yoke Cardigan.

Pip Round Yoke Cardigan

More of Sonali in the Pip Round Yoke Cardigan.

Gwen Slip Stitch Turtleneck

Marisol in the Gwen Slip Stitch Turtleneck.

Gwen Slip Stitch Turtleneck

Another view of Marisol in the Gwen.

Mae Hooded Pullover Sweater

Zoya Yumiko wears the Mae Hooded Pullover Sweater.

Mae Hooded Pullover Sweater

Fiona Azalea also wears the Mae Hooded Pullover, though hers is in a deep red.

Marigold Ear Flap Hat

Here's Sonali wearing one of the styles you can make with the Marigold Ear Flap Hat pattern.

Rosamund Beret

Zoya Yumiko is wearing the Rosamund Beret.

Marigold Ear Flap Hat

And once again we have Miko. She's wearing the other style of the Marigold Ear Flap Hat.

What do you think? Aren't Steph Wylie's designs lovely? You can learn more about them at Steph's Facebook page for her designs.

Please leave me a comment and let me know which design is your favorite! Are you more of a hat or a sweater fan?

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Birthday Invitation!

happy bday inky 2013

Hello everyone and Happy November! November is my birthday month and you are all invited to my birthday party on my birthday, the 23rd!  I'm really excited because my birthday is on a Saturday this year, which means it's on the actual date of my party- that rarely happens!

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