Sunday, October 31, 2010

i went to ireland

3 days in ireland were lovely. the weather wasn't always great and my health wasn't tops for a trip, but we made the best of it. visited my bestie and her campus at NUI maynooth and all the good stuff in dublin (guinness storehouse, book of kells @ trinity college, walking around the city). a great trip. flora joined us and had a lovely time, too.

pretty pinks
flora in a lovely reflecting garden at the NUI campus

busts in dublin
interesting busts in dublin

woohoo! guinness time!
flora was pretty excited to visit the guinness storehouse and learn the history of the black stuff

resting pints in progress
we learned to pour a perfect pint. ours rested before being topped up.

eeps! beer!

we'll definitely be going again sometime.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

things and stuff - autumn loves

here are some things that i'm really loving lately. all for fall! (or autumn, if you so insist):

it's nearly halloween. and julie of tickled pink has made this charming witchy blythe dress. very seasonal and super-cute!

i came across this gorgeous oak leaf hairclip by punch drunk princess on etsy. she also has a maple leaf style. i think it's just the perfect accessory to any outfit as the air gets crisp and wind gets brisk. here in london, the leaves don't seem to get those beautiful sunset hues, but nothing is as autumnal as the changing leaves.

for me, fall is about family. something about the colder days and coming inside around the fire and such. i haven't been home to celebrate a thanksgiving in a few years, but i still keep my family close in thoughts and phone calls and emails.

katie daisy's shop the wheatfield has such gorgeous artwork and prints. the scot and i haven't decorated our bedroom since we moved a few months ago and this print is one that i've been thinking of. it has such lovely tones and a little ampersand can convey a much greater meaning. i think it's wonderful.

(more of katie daisy's great work can be seen on her flickr).

family is about togetherness. and, like that sweet ampersand, this one is just a charmer. i saw this shop (whimsylove) on etsy last week (front page maybe???) and fell in love with this little bottlecap pin.

just like carl fredricksen got from his ellie.

the last little bit of my entry is more about family than fall. my sister has pet allergies. so she can't have dogs or cats. years ago, she discovered that african pygmy hedgehogs are great for those with cat/dog allergies. her 2nd hedgie, cochon, died this week. she was at least 4 (not sure how old cochon was when she arrived at my sister's) and went peacefully in her sleep. little hedgies tend to live 3-5 years, so cochon had a great one. this sweet print from trafalgarssquare made me think of her.

i hope everyone is enjoying the ever-changing season. halloween is soon upon us and i hope to share some fun costume creation pics soon. at least for the dollies and most likely for me (we've said we're having a party, but not sure if we'll have guests who can make it!).

happy sunday!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tastes like leftovers

A few days a week I enjoy leftovers for dinner. Such as this week when I made a huge vat o' potato soup on Tuesday and enjoyed it again on Thursday and again on Saturday. Tastiness. But today, I've spent the past 5 hours or so taking photos of all the leftover goodies from BCUK. Thankfully I packaged them in such a way that I could do it without too much trouble.

BlytheConUk stock

I don't think I've ever had so much stock in my shop. I hope it's not a waste. The summer was spent making things to take to Oxford and, in the end, the raffle table was far more popular than my little 1/2 a stall spot. A few of the sweaters had been sitting around for ages, but most were made over the last while in preparation. And I'm pretty much in love with my wee skirts.

Maybe you are too?

Maybe if people take to my creations, Christmas will come a little easier. That'd be nice. After BCUK and then booking my upcoming 3 1/2 days in Ireland (to see my bestie!), the slight income of supply/substitute teaching isn't really making life smooth. Less takeout, more leftovers! Yum.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

bouncing back from blythecon

what a weekend. we took the train to oxford on friday night and came back to london late on saturday night. just over 24 hours in oxford. nearly all of them just fabulous.

almost all the girls

blytheconUK was a blast. the day went by so fast and i didn't get to talk to everyone i hoped to talk to, but it was still marvelous. so many beautiful things for sale and lovely dolls to see and fabulous people to meet.
my stall at BCUK!

the selection of wares form the various stalls was really top-rate. the choices ran the gamut and pretty much everyone was friendly and welcoming.

i met a cavey at the raffle table and we hung out a bit during the day. sadly, she didn't come home with me. BUT a pretty pink panda cavey did. i had said i wouldn't start collecting anything else, but then i met a cavey in person. and found out they're not super expensive at all (mine was £12). so i might just need a couple more...
oh, hello.

and then, the raffle! we had about 60 prizes. from small to big and simple to high-ticket items. 2 dolls, some trendy doll fashions, fabrics, jewelry, vouchers, and general awesomeness all-around.

most of the raffle loot!

i got to use my teacher voice to dish all the prizes out at the end of the day. sadly, i didn't win anything myself (well, the boy technically bought/held the tickets). but it was fun nonetheless. and, best of all, we raised over £640 for the little princess trust!
Dishing out Raffle Prizes
(photo from hey cavey)

the scot was a super duper assistant, helping out at my stall (which i shared with peacheysteph) - even though i didn't sell much - and hawking raffle tickets while i wandered around and met people and did various organizational things.

we must do this again next year. i already said i'd be happy to take the lead. i love these sorts of things. good dolls, good fun, good friends. win win win win win. i met some lovely gals i've been talking to for ages (some for 2+ years!) and some who i only recently came to be online friends with, but all were fabulous. and i made some new friends too. blythe is magical.

29 goldies = a lot of trouble

until next year...

Friday, October 1, 2010

BCUK. like FCUK, but cooler.

this evening, the boy and i will board a train to oxford. this is exciting. not only because neither of us have even been there, but even more so because we'll be attending BLYTHECON UK!!!!

i'm not working today. i took the day off to fit in a quick check up at the dr's and then get everything ready. the current task is weaving in the loose ends on about a dozen sweaters and then adding snaps to 20-25. and maybe sewing some more skirts??? i can always sew snaps on the train and at the b&b tonight. but my sewing machine will be unavailable to me after 6pm.

this is incredibly exciting. i'm in charge of the raffle. and the raffle has turned into a crazy beast of awesomeness. prizes ranging from wee dolly accessories to shop vouchers to hats to dresses to outfit sets to an amazing customized dolly and a NRFB nicky lad! the rather extensive (and mostly accurate) list can be found here.

as much as i chat with dolly people on flickr and twitter and such, there are so many online dolly friends that i have yet to meet. i think that's what i'm most looking forward too. oh, and selling hats and sweaters and dresses and skirts, too!

please come say hi! i'll be at my stall (sharing with peachysteph) and the raffle table (which i hope will be next to my stall!). i have 3000 raffle tickets at the ready.

bring it on.