Sunday, August 28, 2011

Big & Small

Warning: This post is actually on time!

This week's Big & Small is one of the first ideas that inspired this segment. When I received my European Grandmother's Kitchen series, I noticed immediately that the little cheese grater was a perfect replica of our IKEA Idealisk grater! I wanted to take a picture in the store with my tiny today I did!

I couldn't even help it. After I snapped the big and small shot, I wanted a picture with an army of Idealisk I did that too. Find the bitty one!

See you next week...or maybe even mid-week if I'm on my game this week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Reflections on 365 Days of Cassie Part 2

I had to break this into two posts, because I wanted to write a lot, and also show a lot of my 365 photos. I'm very proud of many of the pictures that I took of Cassie. I feel that for as many as were last minute, and not at all creative, so many others were well done and creative. To pick up where I left off, it was just after Christmas...

My best friend Jeannette got a Blythe doll for Christmas! She named her Simply Mango, Melinda. I was so happy that one of my 'real life' friends had the Blythe bug too!

The creativity that sometimes flows through me inspired this photo; Cassie's own dollie-photo adventure. I feel like Cassie probably wouldn't play with dolls! Haha.

365 certainly makes you want to continually have new things. Photographing your doll in the same clothes and with the same props gets pretty boring, pretty fast. I was happy to finally pick up some Lucky Blythe mags from ConfettiLexi. I felt like about this point Cassie came into her own 'style' as well.

Meet Oceanna! The second 'real life' friend to get a Blythe doll...Kristi! I was really surprised that she wanted a doll at all, and more so when she decided she had to have a blue-haired Can Can Cat! It has been really fun sharing my doll hobby with friends that I thought would only admire from afar!

One thing I finally did was to make Cassie an IKEA uniform out of one of my old shirts. I did this for a Physical Challenge, and I had a ton of fun using this shirt as a prop for other photos:

I got more and more into Re-ment and collecting it, using it for props (like the iron above!) I also participated in several personal swaps and the Blythe Swap group on BK. These awesome hairbows are from DollyBird.

Some of my photos got very boring. Others took a lot of time and a lot of shots to capture.

This one for "May the fourth be with you" Haha.

I actually spent a lot of time creating things to 'celebrate' Cassie's birthday, which is May 15.

In June we organized and went to our first Blythe Meet!!! It was at Longwood Gardens and several girls (flesh and Blythe) came out! It was so exciting to meet a Kenner. I of course couldn't decide between my girls and just brought them all! By this point there were six!

As I neared the end of my time with 365, I tried to take Cassie out more and do more exciting photos of her. I took her to work with me for the early morning kitchen planning session one weekend:

Cass had a spa day:

And finally, it was down to our last photo. I poised Cassie, my 365 Queen, with her celebratory spirits, a crown of congratulations, and her camera 'hung up' for the year (NOT!)

The 365 challenge was difficult. There were days where I had a great photo op, days where the LAST thing I wanted to do was take a pic, weeks where I fell behind, weeks where I had too many photos to choose from, and times when I was flat out disappointed with how my photos looked (snapped in haste in the crappy dining room light...ugh) I think that for the good photos that came of this project, it was worth it. I like that I can say, I made it, difficult or no, for 365 days of photo taking. I didn't think that I would (make it). I'm a little sad that it is over, and while I contemplated doing a new 365 set, I don't know if it will be the same. Cassie is especially special because she is my first girl, and the one who came everywhere with me. It's weird to look at the girls and actually choose one to accompany me, because now it doesn't *have* to be Cassie. I think she is a bit sad too, to see it go. Maybe she and I will do another photo project sometime. For now, I am trying to balance the love between my six girls, and figure out if my little family could stand an addition or two ;)

If you get the chance, try out the 365 challenge on flickr. It is a worthwhile project.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Big & Small; Two-fer-One

It's like buy one, get one free. I missed last Sunday, so this week features two Big & Small moments.

The first is brought to you by my newest Re-ment piece, the garden hose! I have been obsessed with finding/getting this set for the LONGEST time, and I finally got it on the bay. It came with the cute little bucket, soap, and sponge (and hubby joked that the girls have nothing to wash 'cept a few bikes. We'll fix that!) The seller sent me a kind note and a beautiful little origami crane!

Sticking with the outdoors theme, the other Big & Small isn't Re-ment! Oh my! It's a pair of my sunglasses, paired with (pun intended!) a small pair for the girls! I bought them on the bay, and they were actually one of my earliest purchases for Cassie. Here's an old-school pic of her donning them:

See you all next week, when my post with be (ahem) on time for a change!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

GBaby Interview and Giveaway

So, one of my favorite blogs,, recently brought an interview with Gina, better known as GBaby. Her custom Blythe girls are stunning, and fetch incredible prices in the Blythe community.

Picture stolen from Michelle/Blythelife

Michelle interviewed Gina, who shared her start to customizing, her signature aspects, and how it feels to be a Blythe-world celebrity! Gina hand paints eye chips, as well as offering full custom face-ups, reroots, etc. She is giving away a set of custom eye chips through!!!

Read the interview with Gina/GBaby and visit Blythelife to read Michelle's other awesome posts.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Big & Small

Little bundt-cake, meet giant pound cake.

I love the little bundt/tube pan and cake set from European Grandmother's kitchen. Convenient that I made my own cake today. :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Breakfast Bunch

Sleepovers aren't complete without a huge breakfast the next morning. The girls' table and chair set arrived today, so I got to set up this little scene after work.

Cassie, Lilah, Fawn, and Yula (arm on the right) are chowing down on waffles, fresh fruit, 'Top Smarts' and pastries.

The little Re-ment talbe is perfect. I didn't realize that it came with a couple different top covers, including this cute polka-dot one.

We also got our Summer Road Trip Swap package in the mail! It was a pretty boss mail day! Ellen sent us glam sunglasses, a Re-ment blind box, which turned out to be DELICIOUS ICE CREAM!, a beautiful handmade dress, and a little purse with a map in it. I love everything so much!

Hooray for breakfast tables and swaps!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Grown-ups Have Sleepovers too...

...and then they play dolls and their dolls have a sleepover.

My bestie stayed over tonight and we whipped up some PJ pants and set up a sleepover scene with the girls. It was a great way to unwind after working all day!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dear Diary... was perfect.

Found Mini Marina Anchors at Target after a great morning of spoiling the kiddo.