Happy New Year! Can you believe we’re now in 2018? Hard to believe the whole Y2K brouhaha happened 18 years ago. Eighteen years, people! And we’re still here. 

That reminds me of the Y2K OOAK (One Of A Kind) Barbie I did for 2000:

I had this description on my website:

Yasmine, the Y2K Fairy, helped see the big ‘non-event’ of Y2K through safely. Armed with a small actual working flashlight, she is perched on a nice cherry wood quartz battery operated mantel clock, with her celebratory bottle of champagne chilled in ice. She also comes complete with a silver basket containing a ‘human sized’ silver flashlight, two votive candles, and extra batteries.

This OOAK Barbie has had a complete facial repaint including rooted eyelashes, matching lips and nails, and her hair has been styled in a unique up-sweep adorned with the same bead-work contained in her dress and wings. Her custom designed dress is gorgeous, with a shimmer you can’t see in the pictures, with high quality sheer black material with intricate bead-work.

Her finger-less gloves add that extra touch, also made with the same bead-work. Her necklace and earrings are custom made from emerald cut ruby Swarovski crystals and the same beading used in the dress. Careful attention was paid to every minute detail, she comes complete with everything you see, along with and a Signed Certificate of Authenticity.

The person who bought that creation loved the fact that I’d done a fairy in all black – and that I had specifically done the opposite of a typical fairy because of the whole Y2K non-event thing.

That was a fun creation to make – I used to do OOAK’s regularly until Princess Nagger was born, then stopped because I didn’t have a craft room that I could close off to keep little fingers from getting into stuff they shouldn’t be getting into. Now that I have a bonafide dedicated craft room in our new house, once I get it all set up I’m jonesin’ to make more of those creations.

New Years Eve was foggy – but I did manage to get a shot of the almost full moon above our tiny town before the rest of the fog rolled in:

I posted it to Instagram and Facebook with this verbiage:

The almost full moon is glowing brightly over our tiny town, the air is punctuated with the occasional boom of fireworks as those antsy souls impatiently await the arrival of midnight and the New Year.

The poor dogs were going crazy with all the fireworks going on outside – it was kind of cool to watch the fireworks from our deck in the fog, because it gave the fireworks more dense colors. Of course I didn’t take any pictures, because we had to keep going inside to warm up. How was your New Year’s?

Now for some funnies – I thought this gingerbread house was genius:

Maybe something to aspire to next year.

Lots of people apparently got the Instapot for Christmas – I thought about getting one, but talked myself out of it since I’ve never done any pressure cooking. A friend of mine posted this image on Facebook (not her kitchen, but indicated that if she were to ever get one, it would end up like this):

That, of course, was a ‘traditional’ pressure cooker – probably one of the reasons many people choose not to actually use them. Scary stuff!

And this totally cracked me up – if you need to enlarge it, you can click on it for the full size (it will open in a new tab):

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  1. Stacy,

    WOW, I haven’t thought about “Y2K” in forever! Isn’t it funny to look back at this and think, “What a fuss” My presence online was minimal in those years. I used the internet mostly for research and email. Social media was the furthest thing from my mind, mostly because I was too paranoid to get sucked into that trap. It took another four years before I decided to check out Facebook. I kept thinking, “Why are people so drawn to this website anyhow?” I was purrfectly content up until that time to keep to pen palling as my only source of “social nonmedia” connection. After all, I had 150+ snail mail buds from around the globe I wrote to regularly. Anywho, once Facebook had its claws dug deep in me I discovered I was addicted to Farmville. I spent all of my free time on that silly game and when I was away from the Internet I worried about my virtual crops and animals. Who would take care of them while I was gone? *sigh* In 2010 I started blogging but I was still quite hooked on Farmville but I knew I needed to give it up. How healthy is it to be that absorbed by a game? I reckon it took me another year beyond the launch of my first blog before I was able to quite Farmville cold turkey. But, then…yep, you guessed it blogging became my newest obsession which was nearly as bad as playing Farmville. lol These days, I’m not so twisted up in it all but have finally gotten to the point of just rolling with the punches and enjoying the art of blogging. I’ve grown a lovely network of new friends in Blogosphere. Something I really did not even give thought to when I began this process but am deeply grateful for having gone down this road to meet each person, including you. 🙂

    Great capture of the full moon over your little town! It’s been too darn cold here that I have not stepped outside since Friday. I know there are other people who are experiencing far colder weather than us but this is the south. If I can make it through this week then maybe I’ll be okay. Currently, it is 9º and that’s just horrible to me until I look at the temperature in Brunswick, Maine (-7º) where DD#2 & DSIL live now. Then, I think it’s not so bad after all. lol However, I’m more than ready for spring. Bring on your temperature swing, Mother Nature!!

    Pressure cookers are horribly dangerous. I never gave these things a second thought when I was younger. Canning was such a way of life for most families in southern WV when I was a kid. It wasn’t until after adulthood I realized that explosion happen sometimes with these gadgets. I’ll just stick with buying my green beans from Walmart’s freezer.

    The newly defined everyday words is a hoot and a funny I may have to borrow. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and hosting such fabulous random fun. Here’s to a fabulous 2018, my friend!

  2. Sweetie’s mom used a pressure cooker, but i never could get the hang of it. That Barbie is amazing, i would never think to do such things.

    Happy New Year!

  3. I love those Washington Post contests; they’ve had some really good ones over the years. Well, yes, I remember Y2K, too. And, like Cathy, I am a former FarmVille addict. It was an important lesson although I do find myself somewhat addicted to blogging. Fortunately, I have an understanding husband (it allows him to disappear into the kitchen for hours, and we don’t have an Instapot, either.)

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