Yesterday I made this dress for Blythe and am giving it away in the Blythe Pay it Forward group on Facebook. Head over there to comment and be entered to win it!
I finally finished all the holiday knitting I had on my list and decided to make another Katie Cardigan for my Blythes. I love this pattern (if I do say so myself) and it is a really nice piece for pairing with a dress, so I decided to make a new dress to go with it.
I’m so excited that Ellis is back!
Big thanks to Sarah at Kaleidoscope Kustoms!
I recently got an etsy gift card for my birthday (thanks, Jessica!) and decided to spend it on some Blythe staples. Here’s a video!
Much as I adore YouTube, I don’t make a ton of time for watching content there. There are a few channels in my subscriptions that I try to watch everything, but mostly I dip in and out and don’t worry about completism. I have started my own channel on YouTube and found out recently that there is a way for buying youtube views. It really helps grow your channel.
One of my new favorites is @maidensuit‘s channel, where she publishes doll-related videos that are awesome in a number of ways. They are produced in a way that really suits me: the sets and production are not complicated and they’re shot in a really intimate way that enhances the feeling that you’re right there in the room seeing what she’s showing. The background music is relaxing, her voice is soothing, and the pace is so unhurried that it truly stands out from almost everything else I see on YouTube.
How comforting is that! Seriously. It’s maybe even a little ASMR-inducing. She also has a great wardrobe of Blythe clothing, which is fun to see and inspiring for me – I always get a few ideas of things I could make or colors I’d like to use. (Not to mention shoes and other accessories I’d like to acquire!) She also explains her thought process and the things that appeal to her in terms of Blythe fashion and such, which I love to hear. It’s so fascinating to find out the things that drive a passion you share with someone else. She also seems to have a great sense of humor.
Nothing puts a person in the mood for the holidays like the Peanuts xmas music.
photo CC licensed by Paulo Ordoveza
The wind was really blowing yesterday evening, and the sun was shining, and there was a really cool shadow of the skeleton on our storm door.
The mint is blooming like crazygonuts, and it’s been absolutely filled with insects enjoying the sweetness. It was mega sunny (not to mention swelteringly hot) yesterday, but we managed to get a little bit of decent footage.
You really can’t get the sense of just how many insects are in this area unless you’re actually here, but trust me when I say there are dozens at any given moment. Possibly over a hundred!
I took some close-up shots of some of the insects. I’m not sure what any of them are for certain.
Some sort of wasp?
A very delicate blue butterfly?
EDIT: Identified! Summer Azure Celastrina neglecta
A fly? Bee?
EDIT: possibly a Bot Fly
This might be the same guy from a different angle:
EDIT: identified! Yellow Jacket Wasp
And I think this one might be a Great Black Wasp (Katydid Killer):
I can’t fathom how skinny this thing is:
If anyone knows what any of these insects are, I’d love to know.
Lots more photos at Flickr.
No matter how many times I read this or listen to this book, it gets me every single time.
Every time! Knowing that the President digs this book gives me even more respect for him.
The phone calls that are made to the winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards are so exciting. Having been part of the process, it’s hard to convey the emotions you feel when you’re speaking with and listening to the award and honor winners so early in the morning, when they can hardly believe what’s happening. Hooray for AL Focus for listening in on this year’s calls and sharing them with us all.