Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lalaloopsy Update!

The folks at MGM have been busy making lots of new Lalaloopsy minis, and unlike previous sets, I have actually had good luck finding them!

Series 15 with Queenie Red Heart and Candle Slice 'O Cake were released and found almost immediately (my mom got them for me for Christmas) Series 16 was listed on the Lalaloopsy Wiki, but there were no photos; just links to their larger counterparts.

The other day I decided to visit Toys R Us, and was shocked to find a whole batch of new tinies (the ones with hair; more about them later!) new tiny play-sets, and SHOCK! Star Magic Spells and Pearly Seafoam! It wasn't long before I found Goldie Luxe and Furry-Grrs-A-Lot. :)

I was further floored when I went to Target near our main office at lunch. For some reason I wandered to the Valentine's stuff and there, sitting on the shelf was the new Easter exclusive! Her name is Bouncer Fluffy Tail (wow) and there isn't a wiki page for her yet. I was super surprised to see her stocked so soon, but snatched up a couple of them!

The puzzling set for me are the Sugary Sweets girls that are just a mish mash of pieces and recoloring of other girls. I don't usually mind the recolors, but this set...they seem like they were just rushed to make something and get it on the shelves. The minis are a lot of color all at once, and I like their original versions better.

There is a new Sugar Fruit Drops (her hair and shoes are slightly different from the original), Grapevine Stripes (Mint E. Stripes) Blush Pink Pastry (Dollop with two tone hair puffs...and Twist E. Twirls' dress) and Whirly Stretchy Locks, who might be the only original looking one. Her dress isn't one I can place (so it might be new?) and her hair looks like a modification of Sweetie Candy Ribbon's hair (it has more decoration to it) TRU had 20% all Lalaloopsies, so I snatched this set up at $3.99 a piece

As much as I love new mini Lalaloopsy dolls, I hope they take a break for a little while! I can barely keep up with what is out now. I am trying to make shelves to display all of my minis, and at this rate...I will never have enough! :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Dawn of a New Era

It's the end of the world as we know it...

Or at least the end of a two year era of 730 photos of Pocket. It's a little crazy to think about it that way! Maybe I should stick to 365 Project x2.

Last year when I 'finished' my 365 with Pocket, I couldn't bear the thought of not taking her photo everyday. It's more than just the photo; it's having her with me all the time, spending time with her even when I am exhausted, and telling her story. I wasn't ready to be done telling her story.

So I did what any crazy Blythe owning girl would do, and started a second 365 back to back with the original. That first photo of super Pocket is one of my favorite pictures of the project. I of course muddled the numbers 33 days in and so I finished late, but still!

This year I decided to embark on a new 365 victim candidate. Darcy, my new All Gold in One is going to do a photo a day for 2015 (and a few days of 2016, as we started late. Haha) So far she is a LOT of fun to capture, and I haven't even been that lax about photographing her!

Darcy is slowly taking on a personality, but I want her to be different than Pocket. Pocket was into BA dresses all the time and cowboy boots, and her lalatroop hat. I will be interested to see what Darcy's preferences are...she seems to be able to wear just about anything!

Right after starting my 365 with Darcy I was motivated to finally make a 365 photo book. I priced one for Cassie a long time ago and it was outrageous. Between the time to upload and organize, the price was really high. I finally was able to upload all of Pocket's photos from her first 365 to Shutterfly, and between a credit and coupon codes and sales, I got what was a basically affordable book! It is one of the 8x8 books and I have to say, I LOVE IT.

I want to start working on Cassie's and eventually Pocket's second 365. I am hesitant about that second least 31 of my photos were about how miserable my job change/job made me feel. Five of those were about how upset I was leaving IKEA...the rest were face down, hiding under blankets, eyes half closed looking "meh" about my new job. I noticed that almost every BA Friday after starting my new job said, "TGIF because this week sucked," or something to that effect. :( I am wondering if it is best not to chronicle that year, but it was a year of my life, be it good or bad.

This year with Darcy is going to be GOOD. I can feel it in my bones, and I am trying very hard to not let job stuff creep into my photos and taint her 365. All good things come to an end, but eventually, the bad things have to end too :) Cheers to a great year!