Thursday, December 27, 2007

Disposable Wedding Gowns?

I have no idea where this originated, but I received it this morning in an email. It's too amazing not to add it to my blog!


Important Note: Ok, I just found the website where these came from-- apparently whoever sent this email edited the winners for her/his personal favorites, and the winners are NOT as listed here (which annoys the HECK out of me!). If you want to see who actually won, go to --the results will surprise you!

Toilet Paper Wedding Gown Winners !!
One usually wears a Wedding Gown only once... So, why not make it DISPOSABLE!!?
The dresses entered in this contest were SO SPECTACULAR, that we HAD to award more prizes, this year. We even gave Hanah Kim a $200.00 'Second Place' award... as the detail on her dress is incredible! And, the judging was so difficult this year, that we also gave out THREE $50.00 'Honorable Mention' awards. It is hard to believe that ALL of theses wedding dresses are made from toilet paper....But, they are!! Watch out Vera Wang!! Not only did we have more entries than last year...[but]they just keep getting better and better. [Everyone]had a great time making their special wedding gown creations. Unfortunately, we can't put all of the entries on, but here are just a few of these unbelievable toilet paper dresses. Many Thanks to ALL Contestants!!

(Photos below go from 'Honorable Mention' to 'First Place')...

Honorable Mention:

Honorable Mention:

Honorable Mention:

4th Place:

3rd Place:

2nd Place:

1st Place:

Pretty amazing, huh? Now if the bride starts to cry, all she has to do is reach down...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Great New Year's Blessing!

I got this great New Year's Blessing via email from my friend Wasabi! I've never gotten one quite like it, and I must say, it's pretty darn cool! And now I am sharing it with all of you! Happy New Year!


My Wish for You in 2008

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............
May 2008 be the best year of your life!!!

Short Break

Ms Ava Moon is a diehard shopping fanatic and have invited the Monnaemi sisters to join her for the After Christmas Sales at their favorite shops. Well...they all got up before the crack of dawn to be at door number one by 5:30 in the morning, stretched, ready, waiting, and armed with Ms Moon's "Shopping Playbook," lists, sales coupons, and itinerary! Bewildered by Ms Moon's shopping strategies, Mimi and Jinamarie begged for a respite at a local bagel cafe after 4 hours of non-stop action. Since Bongie was still hungry and Ms Moon was very gracious, they did just that.
Yes... we are aware that it is only 10:15 in the morning, but Ms Moon loves wine, and Bongie needs her beer just as much as Jinamarie needs a major caffeine fix, and Mimi thirsts for her water...just play along, ok?

Bongie started chattering enthusiastically about the doll shops and toy stores that she wanted to visit, particularly the FAO Schwartz on Fifth Avenue. She talks about Tonner dolls, and the new Jason Wu Gene dolls, and particular fashion sets she wants to own.
Jinamarie, on the other hand, lamented the closing of her favorite store-- The Art of Cooking. She used to spend hours in there looking at the same things over and over again, carefully planning her future purchases. The only other cookery store that she loved just as much was Cook's Mart in Denver, where she bought her very first pasta maker. But she was open to visiting some of the other culinary shops Ms Moon mentioned. She also thought that this coming year might be a good time to learn to cook French cuisine.

Mimi, rendered incredibly star-struck and shy by the presence of Ms Moon, just nibbled on her bagel and listened to the chatter around her. She joined the conversation in her head. She pretended that she volunteered that what she wanted to do was go to an art supply store and buy more canvases and some new brushes.
Day after Christmas shopping... I have to admit that I really have never participated in this American pastime before. Usually, it's been because I generally do not have any money left to spend after the holidays, or because I've almost always had to work the day after Christmas (today is such the case). These days, I don't participate because I dread the very thought of the crowds and long lines. I simply do not enjoy chaotic shopping nor trying to navigate stores where things are literally all over the place (although, per an earlier post about finding miniature Vespas for the gang, I HAVE benefited from tripping over things in store aisles). However, I must admit that I have discovered the joys of online shopping!

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Doll boards sales, DoA Marketplace, eBay, online shopping carts, Paypal, Internet SSL Security-- these are the new shopping buzzwords that gets me excited about spending money, probably in the same way that Day After Christmas Sale and Doors Open at 5a.m. affects others. In fact, I humbly confess that I spend hours on eBay every week just searching for the perfect miniature this and that for the Monnaemi Sisters' (and now Ms Ava Moon's) tiny worlds. And I get distracted. A lot, lol!

So anyway, no matter how you prefer to shop-- online or in person-- here's to successful bargain hunting and getting that special something that you've always wanted but needed a sale to afford. Go get 'em!


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Shopping Two Days Before Christmas

Ms Ava Moon is VERY brave. Just because the sun is shining over here, she decided to fly to Denver for some last minute Christmas shopping with friends...she'd heard that shoppers here were a tad more cheerful and the crowds less intense. (She heard wrong-- tempers are flaring everywhere, and little unattended children running amok in the aisle, risking shopping cart grill marks on their precocious little cheeks.)

Sporting some comfortable walking shoes and her favorite celebrity sunglasses, Ms Ava first hit the shops at The Cherry Creek Mall where she discovered Anthropologie and the little paper store, Papyrus. And of course, she found that she was no more immune to those little blue boxes from Tiffany & Co than any other woman before her. After a brief stop for a little treat at the Godiva Chocolatier, Ms. Ava hired a taxi to everyone to the Blue Bonnet Cafe for lunch. After a few hours (and lacking the good sense to just go home), Ms Ava and her friends continued on with their manic shopping spree simply because they didn't want to do anything else. They ran into more screaming, wailing devil-children and their zombie parents.

Finally, with 4 hours left before her return flight to New York, everyone went to see I Am Legend because Ms Ava's favorite actor would grace the screen with his presence (and cute ears). Satisfied at last, Ms Ava headed back to DIA for a red-eye flight back to the City.

She had a very nice day.


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Meet Ms Ava Moon!

Although she is renown as a jazz vocalist, Ms Ava Moon has also been trained in opera and has been voted as the people's favorite for the lead in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. If you're lucky, you may be in town when she takes the stage at the Blue Note or the Lennox Lounge. You might also catch her singing around town with the Jazz Mobile. Her current project is a Carnegie Hall concert series featuring the Songs of George and Ira Gershwin with renown conductor James Levine.

Ms Moon recently bought the flat above The Monnaemi Sisters' place and has plans for hiring a redecorator. Little does she know that the Sisters are going to have a huge impact on her life!

Ava Moon is a Tinybear Moona in dark tan. I LOVE this little thing and I'm so excited that Bongie and her sisters have a new neighbor!


Monday, December 17, 2007

In Memory of Agostino David Mastroguisseppe

My friend Augie died 11 years ago this month and it still pierces my heart with sadness to remember him.

I was thinking of him last spring when I took this picture. I named the doll (43cm Narae) after him-- her name was Augie Nicole. The photo is simply titled Mourning.

I'll always remember my friend with fondness...


A TINY'S Very Own Miniature Dollhouse

There is life in 1/12 scale-- it's 1/44th scale!! It's so cool how my dolls can share my love for both dolls AND miniatures....
For those who don't know-- Bongie is a very small six inches tall Elfdoll, her room is an American Girl Iluma room, so as you can imagine, those are some TEENY dollhouses!
I am filled with such glee!



I had a GREAT Tiny Prop find at Walmart last night-- a set of 4 Vespas for Bongie and her sisters! I couldn't wait until Christmas, lol! I HAD to open it this morning!

They're SOOO cute-- one military type with a gunner (oh the possibilities, lol!), one in shimmery sage, one silver, and one bold red baby!

It's such beee WiiiiIIiiIIIIiiild!


Friday, December 14, 2007

Snow's Only Deep Enough for a TINY!

Wheeee, it's snowing again!!!!

Look how deep the snow is! It's up to my knees and I can hardly walk!

"Pssst! Hey!!!"



Happy Snow Day