Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Past

A belated Merry Christmas to all XD

Wow, how fast did Christmas zoom past!!?? I love the build up to Christmas, the shopping, planning the Christmas dinner, catching up with dear friends, end of school concerts etc etc. I always feel a little defalted on the actual day, don't get me wrong Christmas morning is the best morning ever, but it's afterwards when the excitement subsides, it's a bit of a downer lol. But saying that I did have a fabulous Christmas this year. My brother and his soon to be wife stayed with us for a week. I forgot how much I miss my own family, it was so nice to have someone who knows me and what I was like as a child close to me. We got out the really old family photo album and sat around looking at pictures from when we were both babies *sniff sniff*. I got along really well with my future sister in law, we like a lot of the same things (she loved my dolls, so that was a bonus!).

Hubby bought me a lati body for my little lami vampire head, so finally she is complete! Still waiting for my vampire lea btw, we are fast approaching the six month mark of waiting. I also got Dragon Quest IX for ds which is why I haven't been around much lol. OMG it is amazing, I haven't felt this excited about an RPG since Final Fantasy VII. I may never see the light of day again!!! LOL. Anyone on my flist playing Dragon Quest IX?

So, how was your Christmas? Was Santa good to you? :o)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tick tick tick

It's not even the end of this year and already my mind is ticking away with doll/hobby plans for next year.

Number 1 cardinal rule for doll hobby next year is no impulse purchases!!!!! I am so bad for this, I get bored, browse the marketplace and before you know it I am buying a $1000 doll I had no intention of buying! I have to learn that it is ok to fall in love with dolls and to appreciate their beauty, I just don't have to buy the damn doll as well. This will be my mantra, no impulse buys no impulse buys no impulse buys!!!

Make the most of what I already have. I have some really wonderful dolls, I really do. Seems everybody else realises this except me. I have to make the most of them, treat them all like new dolls every time I decide to play. The whole reason I got into bjds was because one doll could have a million different looks, seems mine get stuck with the same old look and that's it. I would also like to get some dolls new face ups (Kurumi, Lin, Lishe) and really make them my own.

Pipos *sigh* I love those little anthos so much! I am going to be patient and hold out for them to do their 2011 release of Cheese Mouse, and maybe buy a Curo and basic Cheshire (white or grey or both ;D) sometime next year as well. Still hoping to find the limited star, shy, joky and moody cheshires on the secondary marketplace.

Two new (not new as in new, but not secondhand) dolls that I would love to buy but probably shouldn't and can't afford anyway are Leekeworld Carey and Soom Asil. I also love Volks Lieselotte but she always seems to sell for such a high price, like $1300 or more and I must have had a reality check or something because I just cannot justify spending that on a doll anymore. I think of how many light fittings, or curtains I could buy with that money instead. My god, does that mean I have "grown up" eeek! scary!

I'd love to buy a Re-ment fridge and maybe a little cupboard next year. I have my kitchen and table set now and I'd really like to make a little room set up in the expedit. I must, if it's the last thing I ever do - build my mothers old Victorian dollhouse next year!!!! Taryn, are you up for some woodwork? LOL. I've been putting it off, and putting it off. It just seems so daunting, like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Maybe it's also because mum isn't here to see it makes me not want to do it, I don't know. I do know that when it is done though, it will be beautiful and would look great in my front sitting room :o)

I'd still like to do a bit more card making and try my hand at digital scrapbooking. Finally get something done with the poor third child's baby photos, that have hardly been printed off from the computer. Also I want to make a gigantic family photo wall all down my passage way. I saw this at a friends place and it looked amazing!

Sewing wise, well I'm not much of a seamstress as we know lol. But I bought a pattern for a cat quilt that I plan to use as a wall hanging, so I am going to make a start on that next year. It may well take me all year to finish it lol.

Argh it feels good to get all those thoughts written down. I feel like I have a plan now, I like boundaries lol.

So what are your doll plans for next year?

Tis the seaon

We are officially on school holidays here in our household!! This is both good and bad, good because I love not having to race around like a headless chook in the mornings and I love being home. Bad because having three children running around the house soon becomes quite a messy affair and I am constantly picking up stuff. But other than that I am happy, I love not having to go out of the house everyday. I'm such a homebody, I like nothing better than knowing I can stay home all day :D

My Christmas shopping is pretty much all done, just a couple of little bits to buy (my brother & his girlfriend), kids are all sorted thank goodness. I haven't wrapped anything yet though, must have a look to see what wrapping I have and may need to buy more.

Food wise, so far the only Christmas food I've bought is little plum puddings. I am going to cook a more traditional lunch this year. Usually it's seafood all the way, which I love, but I think we are all getting a bit tired of it. So this year it will be roast pork, maybe a small turkey or large chicken and roast vegies, that sort of thing. All done in the bbq outside so we don't heat up the house more than necessary seeing as it will probably be about 35 degrees outside lol (if not more). I always remember one of our first Christmases in Australia and my mum had made a huge traditional roast dinner, in our non air conditioned house and she had an elaborate candle centre piece that melted before she even lit it because it was so stinking hot in our house.

My brother and his girlfriend arrive on the 20th, still have to make the media room into a bedroom which will be a challenge as hubby uses it as a study and he lives like a crazy hoarder with piles of paperwork everywhere, grrrrrrrr! Should be an interesting Christmas, have never met my brothers girlfriend and she is quite a bit younger than me (and he is quite a bit older than me, do the maths). Brets dad is coming for Christmas day and his mum for Boxing day. Ah dysfunctional families, don't ya just love them! If I could wish for anything in the world it would be to have a normal family, where my mum and dad are still alive and together, and Bret's parents are still together (and happy of course). To have a Christmas day where the whole family come together and celebrates happily toogether. I think if you are one of these people that actually have that at your Christmas then you are incredibly blessed, and really should take a moment to appreciate it. Of course I am thankful for my own beautiful family, just wish my kids had their maternal grandparents to share it with them more than anything.

So how are your Christmas plans coming along? Shopping all done? Presents all wrapped?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Time for tea?

First Re-ment pics :o) I cannot tell you how much tiny cakes make me go squee lol...