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long over do….

Posted by Nina on Jan 2, 2008

The holidays are over.. we’re preparing to take down our tree…. and it’s a fresh start of a new year. Some of us are planning weddings, some of us are anxiously anticipating a new birth, and some of us are trying to adjust to new lives… which ever category you fall into, Happy New Year! 2008 brings us lots of hope… lots of possibiities… and happy endings. So, what’s on my plate for 2008? Have a look!

I joined Goddess Knits winter mystery shawl (knit-a-long) and while the final (5th) clue was give just after Christmas/Yule, I have yet to complete the 4th. I spend most of my time ripping back and readjusting stitches… to make matters worse, I am not entirely in love with the complete design. I was hoping for a more lacy shawl but this has quite a bit of stockinette stitch. Don’t get me wrong, its a beautiful shawl, it’s just not one I would knit again… but I have high hopes for the February shawl knit along. 🙂 I have also picked out yarn for the Spring Shawl Surprise (Surprice) knit-a-long. The first clue was given on New Year’s day but I still haven’t even swatched for it yet!

I’ve recently discovered my love for bento boxes and have vowed to use them for my daily lunches and occasionally dinner. The portion sizes are ideal and they are a really cute way to dress up a boring lunch. I have quite a collection of bento boxes and items…. if you know me really well, you know that my love for asian things doesn’t just end with the boxes… it carries on to furniture, culture, food, and yes, even dolls.

Meet Blythe. In 1972, Hasbro introduced a big-headed doll with eyes that changed color with the pull of a string. They scared most kids. They were only manufactured for a year, and then countless unsold dolls spent decades in discount shops gathering dust. A few girls kept theirs, not caring that the rest of the world found their dolly a little freaky. In the late 1990s, Gina Garan discovered Blythe for cheap on eBay, started dressing her up and photographing her and blammo — a modern glamour girl was discovered. Gina is now Blythe’s official photographer. The best thing about Blythe is she is fully customizible. You can change out her eye chips, her hair, her clothes, and even her body! She comes with many different hair color choices and you can wig her if you don’t want to take your doll a part. The one posted above is the one I have… I haven’t worked up the courage to take her a part yet… but I am slowly getting there 😉 Take a look at some customized Blythes. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

And last but not least…. Sewing… I was able to finish the star baby quilt I was working on.. and I even made a little blanket to send off to my friend Katie who just had her little boy. I am working on a pink version like it for my friend Tonya who just had her little girl. Bella celebrated her 3rd birthday on Christmas Eve, with vanilla vegan cupcakes with peanutbutter frosting.

2008 promises to be a good year to us… we’re buying a house this year… and hopefully we will find our new life, much happier and more fufilling than our previous……. which wasn’t so bad 🙂 So, from my family to yours… Happy New Year!!

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