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.
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