First things first. Did I stick to my 10 doll limit for the year? I just went back through the year and counted the dolls twice, because I couldn't believe how few dolls I actually purchased. Here is the final count and list.
Dolls that counted towards the 10.
1. AA Chelsea ballerina
2. 2014 AA Holiday Barbie
3. American Girl Doll of Many Lands (Asian)
4. American Girl Doll of Many Lands (England)
7. Our Generation Mini Girl #1
8. Our Generation Mini Girl #2
9, Our Generation Mini Girl #3
10, Our Generation Mini Girl #4
Dolls that DID NOT Count
1. Two Girl Scout dolls purchased for cookies and
2. Two Science dolls purchased for microscope and
I bought a total of six male dolls; two PowerTeam guys, JT, a Starting LineUp hockey guy, Emmit Smith, Troy Aikman, and Terrell Davis.
So I was very successful in limiting the number of lady dolls that entered Morristown. That was my initial goal. Technically, I only added one official Barbie to the group. Not bad! Having the ten doll limit helped out tremendously. There were times when I had dolls in the cart at the stores and on-line, and I took them out knowing I would have to add them to the list.
In the beginning of the year, I dubbed 2015 the year of learning new things. I have done a great job sticking to that. A lot of that learning was in the form of expanding my sewing and my cooking skills. Thanks to Dasia, I sewed a lot more than I expected to this year. I learned new techniques while building her wardrobe. I sold clothing for the first time in my Etsy shop and it was quite a successful venture. I became an avid baker and will hopefully sell my baked goods starting in 2016. I also got my bartender and barista certification. I don't drink, but I've always wanted to know how to mix drinks. If times ever get tough, I can always become a bartender. Lol. Line dancing was another activity I started this year. Talk about fun! Definitely something I will continue.
As for my health, I spent 2 - 3 days of almost every week this year, sick in the bed from chemo. I am happy to report that my numbers are the best they've been since being diagnosed, and I am officially on a chemo break as of the beginning of this month. Yippee! We don't know how long the break will last, but I'm grateful for whatever time I get.
2016 will be the year of "Getting it in!" That means I will be participating in a lot more activities outside of my craft and doll rooms. I've already started, which is why the last few weeks have been so busy. I attended my first symphony recently, and just last week I went to my first ballet, The Nutcracker. I've already bought tickets for my next ballet, Moulin Rouge. Two weeks ago I flew to Culpeper, VA to have a cousins reunion with all my first female cousins on my dad's side. There are 17 of us, and 14 of us were there for the big slumber party. I didn't know most of them, but it was one of the highlights of my life. At the end of January I'm flying to Los Angeles to see my godson play in his final college football game. I can't believe how quickly that four years went by. If you recall, his name is Quentin. He's headed to the NFL. I'll keep you posted about which team. Oh yeah, in a couple of hours I'm headed to a local music concert to see Tyrese, Keith Sweat, BBD, Silk, and Jagged Edge. Most of you won't know who these singers are, but I will probably be very hoarse tomorrow from all the screaming I plan on doing.
Moving forward, there will be another limit on my doll buying. I don't know what the number will be yet. I will make a valiant effort to get all the Kidkraft houses furnished, so we can have lots more stories. There may be one or two more Kidkraft houses in 2016. I just bought a new lathe (machine for woodworking), so I plan to offer handmade pens for sale this year on my website. I will also continue to sew and sell clothes for Dasia. Below is the next sweater that will be offered.