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Announcing The Winner!

Hello everyone! Today is the day you’ve all been waiting for – the day you find out the winner of the Maryellen Mini Doll! I had so many entries – 55! WOW! Thanks to all who entered! πŸ˜€

Now…. Who is the lucky winner? πŸ˜‰

The winner is LIZZY!!! Congratulations!! πŸ˜€ Lizzy said her favorite doll brand besides American Girl is Journey Girls – good choice :)

I will be emailing you soon about your prize, Lizzy, so be on the lookout for that! If I don’t get a response within a week, I will have to pick a new winner πŸ˜‰

Again, thank you all for entering! I loved hearing what your favorite doll brands were :)

~Jaclynn~

3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!!

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Here I am again, ready to bring you this very special giveaway! Are you ready to see what youΒ could win?

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I am giving away this adorable Maryellen Larkin Mini Doll! Isn’t she cute?!

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She is one of my favorite Mini dolls – just look at that face! :)

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The quality of her dress seems to be amazing!

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She also comes with a mini Maryellen book.

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The whole doll so you can see :) Look at her little shoes!! πŸ˜€

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The back of the box :)

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So, are you ready to enter to win?! Read the rules below to find out how!

How to enter:

1: Please get a parent’s permission to enter if you are under 18 years of age.
I will be needing your email and home address so I can ship your prize to you. Rest assured, I will not share your information with anyone. This is all only so I can get you your prize if you win :)

2: You must be following my blog either by email or through WordPress.

3: When you comment, say that you would like to enter. Then tell me what your favorite doll brand is besides American Girl πŸ˜‰

4: You have until Wednesday, March 30th at midnight to enter. All entries after that time will not be counted.

5. I can only ship to the U.S.Β 

Bonus Entries:

1: Follow me on Instagram – @littlehouseofamericangirl (Make sure to tell me your username you follow with so I know to count your entry!)

2: Favorite my Etsy Shop.Β (Make sure to tell me your username you follow with so I know to count your entry!)

3: Follow my other blog, Little Miss Fluffet.

4: Share about this giveaway with a friend, on your blog, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, then come back here and leave me a comment linking toΒ me where you shared it.

As stated above, the giveaway ends Wednesday, March 30th at midnight. I will reveal the winner on Thursday, March 31st.

Have fun and good luck to all who enter! πŸ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Morning Glow~ A Photoshoot

Hi everyone! Now that I got three Rey orders shipped out, I have time to make a post for you all :)

 
I took these pictures of Maryellen a few weeks ago on a chilly morning and some of them just seem to have that morning glow, so that explains the title :)

 
 

   
 
  
Oh gosh. Her hair is so beautiful, isn’t it? O.o

 
 

 
That’s all for today! I’m off to- hm. I don’t know yet actually. I’m really tired, so maybe I’ll read or maybe once I wake up a bit I’ll start cleaning my room. But I also feel like writing… Oh well, I’ll figure it out! :)

Do you have any plans for the weekend? 

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 7

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2 weeks after the proposal of marriage from the prince at my front door, I found myself walking in the palace, myΒ palace gardens with a wedding ring around my finger. How was I supposed to refuse such a generous offer? All I had to do was marry him and my mother and I would be saved from poverty.

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So I married the prince. And here I am, a princess.

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Any normal girl would feel delighted and honored above all to be a princess, but not me. I didn’t love the prince and, though I knew he was trying, the prince didn’t love me either. All I wanted was to return home with my mother and for everything to go back to the way it was before Frederic began to interfere with our lives. But at least my mother was taken care of. That was the important thing.

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“Liesel, may I speak to you for a moment?” The prince, or I should really say, my husband, called from behind me.

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I turned to face him and said, “Certainly. What is it?”

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He motioned for me to come to him, so I did. “Are you alright, Liesel?” He inquired. I stared at him a moment. I could tell him that I was miserable and felt very alone, but I didn’t. Instead I simply said, “Yes.” Jeremiah raised his eyebrow with concern. “Somehow I feel like that isn’t true.” He said skeptically.

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“Please forgive me, but I would really rather be alone.” I said as politely as I could.

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“Very well. I will see you at dinner.” He sighed and went back inside.

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I closed my eyes, trying so hard not to cry. I couldn’t let anyone see me crying, so I ran far away from any windows or servants.

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And I let the tears pour out. I felt so unwanted, but mostly, I felt unloved.

That concludes this installment of Masquerade! The next part will be up soon! πŸ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 6


I returned home from prison the day Frederic told me I was free to go. Although I was glad to be free, as I walked home I still felt like I was in a prison. All of my usual friends who would stop to at least say “Hello”, didn’t even give me a second glance. They walked right past me. They were shutting me out because they finally knew who I really was.
As I walked into my home, I saw a strange sight.

My mother wearing some old clothes, her hair up, and an apron around her waist. What was really strange though, was that she was looking sadly at a pile of her best dresses. “Mother?” I said to get her attention.

“Oh, Liesel! I’m so glad to see you. Are you alright?” Mother inquired, quickly looking over me, probably checking for any scratches or bruises.

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“Yes, I’m fine. How and what are you doing?” I asked, glancing over her shoulder at the table.


“I’m as well as can be expected, considering that everyone in the kingdom knows about your father now. I have been going through our things and selling as much as I possibly can.” Mother explained.

“What if we can’t sell enough to pay everyone back?” I wondered.

Mother hesitated before responding and pursed her lips together. With a sigh she said, “Then we will have no choice but to sell the house.”

Mother went back to her work and looked at me with sad eyes. “I’m sorry, Liesel, but I had to sell all your clothes and other belongings.” She apologized.

“You have no reason to be sorry. I’m the one who should be apologizing. It’s all my fault that everyone knows about Father.” I said full of guilt. “Oh, Liesel, don’t blame yourself. Your-” Mother was interrupted by the sound of knocking on the door.


Mother went to answer the door and I looked down at her pretty dresses.


I stroked her purple striped dress and admired the embroidery done on it. I felt so awful that my mother had to give her lovely clothes away and I wondered if we would ever be fortunate enough to have such luxurious gowns again.

“Oh, my. I – I – forgive me, but I am afraid I couldn’t possibly allow my daughter to do that.” I heard my mother saying to whoever was at the door.

“Mother, what is it?” I inquired.

Mother politely excused herself and said in a whisper, “The prince is here. He heard about the debt we are in and said he has been in search of a wife, but can’t find the right one. He says his father has been pressing him about the matter and now the prince says he would marry you in order to please his father and save us from going into poverty.”

That concludes part 6!! Look for part 7 coming soon! πŸ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Maryellen’s Birthday Dress~ Another Photoshoot

I’m really sorry about all the photoshoots lately, but I am really planning to put the next part of Masquerade up tomorrow :)

Anyways, you might have heard that I won Maryellen’s Birthday Dress in Madison’s giveaway! Well, it arrived today and it is SO STINKIN’ GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much again, Madi!! I love it SOOO much!!! πŸ˜€

On with the photoshoot!

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The colors of the dress and shoes and just everything is so pretty! And it looks just fabulous on Maryellen! πŸ˜€

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Oh, just an FYI- this is a long photoshoot and I got kinda experimantal with angles and whatnot so just be prepared for that πŸ˜‰

Doesn’t her hair look amazing up against the green?! AAAAH!

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I love how cute and simple the headband is! Of course there was a ginormous tag on it that had to be removed… Why AG? LOL!

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The contrast of pink in this outfit is so pretty! The little rose adds just the perfect touch :)

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And all the tulle is just gorgeous as well!

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Okay, these shoes are adorable!!! I love the white bows πŸ˜€

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Maryellen and I love this outfit to pieces and we recommend it 100%! I have no complaints about this outfit whatsoever! It’s gorgeous (as I’ve probably stated a gazillion times by now XD ) and is made of a great quality! I can see the Velcro snagging the dress, though, so I’d just be careful with that if I were you πŸ˜‰

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Well’p, that’s all for today! I think Maryellen is definitely getting a new profile picture. She just looks so beautiful, doesn’t she? πŸ˜€

Thanks again, Madi! I can’t tell you how much I love this outfit! :)

Which picture was your favorite?

~Jaclynn~

“With The Glory of Golden Hair”~ A Photoshoot

I LOVE Maryellen’s hair!!! I know I’ve said it before, but it is seriously beautiful, so I just really had to do a photoshoot of Maryellen with her hair down :) Oh! The name of this photoshoot comes from a song in the movie Emma. Just in case you were wondering πŸ˜‰

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Her hair looks so golden!! AAH!!! πŸ˜€ <3

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I think this might be my favorite picture! :)

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I edited this picture so that all that was colored was her hair. I messed up a bit, though, but oh well! :)
In case you are wondering, I have not once touched her hair with a hairbrush. I only ever finger comb through it and kinda shape the hair with my fingers πŸ˜‰

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I don’t know why this picture has a black border… It happened after I added the bokeh πŸ˜›

So, it was a really short photoshoot, but there is a reason to that! It was super hot outside (like 102-ish) and it’s getting harder for me to take pictures because we unfortunately don’t have anything really pretty in our yard…. Hopefully I’ll start getting more creative and inspired soon :)

I hope you liked the pictures! I’ll try to get the next part of Masquerade up today or Friday πŸ˜€

What do you think of Maryellen’s hair?

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 5

The palace guards had caught me red-handed with the Rainbow Stone and dragged me down to their deepest dungeon. I was to stay there until further notice. I worried terribly about my mother who would wake up the next morning to find me missing and discovering that I had been sent to the dungeon in Ethenia.

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I felt like I was awake all night, but knew it wasn’t so when I woke up to a gentle voice saying, “Liesel. Liesel!”

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I opened my eyes and saw my mother standing on the other side of my cell wrapped in her golden shawl and carrying an old folded up blanket. “Are you alright, darling?” My mother inquired, her voice quavery.

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“No, I’m not, but I am better now that you’re here. Mother, I’m so sorry about all – ” I began, but Mother interrupted me,

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“It’s alright. Here, I brought you a blanket to keep yourself warm.” She said as she handed me the blanket through the cell bars.

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“Thank you.” I said gratefully and wrapped it around my shoulders. “Mother, truly, I am so sorry. I should have told you about my meeting with Frederic, but I was scared. I thought I was doing the right thing by keeping our secret, but I ended up getting put in jail. I’m so sorry.” I apologized as a few tears entered my eyes.

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Mother wrapped her hand around mine and said, “I know, dear. And it’s okay. We’re going to work this out.”

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“Times up.” The jail guard said and mother looked back at him sadly.

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“I have to go now, but don’t worry. I’ll be back soon. I promise.” Mother said sincerely. “Goodbye, Mother. And thank you.” I said and watched her go with an aching heart.

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The next morning, I lay on the floor of my cell sobbing. I missed my mother, my home, and I absolutely hated being locked in the dungeon. I was beyond miserable and completely depressed.

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I heard footsteps stop at my cell and looked up, expecting to see my mother, but instead was disgusted at the sight of my visitor. “What are you doing here?” I inquired angrily.

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“I’m here to give you the good news. I’ve spoken with the king and he has agreed to let you go.” Frederic said with a broad smile that made me suspicious.

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“Why are you smiling?” I asked suspiciously.

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“Oh, maybe just because I know that you’ll end up poorer than a lowly servant before long.” He replied with a grin.

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“What? What did you do?” I demanded of him.

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His face grew serious. “You didn’t get me the Rainbow Stone and now you never will. Therefore, our deal has fallen through. I told several people back at your home kingdom the truth about your father and by now the word is spreading like wild fire. Before long, you and your mother will be in so much debt that you’ll be forced to sell your home and all your belongings. You’ll be living on the streets!” Frederic finished with a merry laugh.

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I turned away and said, “No…”

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Frederic began walking away, but he said over his shoulder, “You really should thank me. After all, I just gave you back your freedom!” He may have given me back my freedom, but now my life and reputation was destroyed.

To be continued in Part 6!! πŸ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 4

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As I was walking up to my home I saw my mother standing straight and tall waiting for me. “Liesel, where were you?” She inquired with a sound of worry.

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“I got a little distracted on the way home.” I explained. There was a bit of truth to that. I got distracted when I saw Frederic on my way home and went to speak with him. So at least I wasn’t lying completely…. Well, okay, maybe I was….

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“You said you’d be back by teatime. I had to entertain our guest on my own because you weren’t here.” Mother stated with annoyance. I knew by the look in her eyes that the guest was Mrs. Oppenheimer – someone my mother and just about everyone in town found it hard to get along with.

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“I’m sorry, Mother. I didn’t realize I was gone so long.” I apologized.

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“Well next time try to remember to keep your promises. I was about to send for the carriage and go in search of you.” Mother said in distress.

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“I will, Mother.” I promised.

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“Good. Now let’s go inside out of the sun before we freckle.” Mother suggested and we headed into the house.

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That night, I met Frederic in front of Wilcott Palace in Ethenia. “Well, I’m here. What do you need me to do?” I inquired impatiently. I just wanted to get this over with as quickly as possible.

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“There’s a stone inside the palace known as The Rainbow Stone. I need you to steal it.” Frederic explained.

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“Here, you’ll need this.” He said as he handed me a small black pouch.

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“Why won’t you do it yourself? Is it dangerous?” I questioned.

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“Why would I risk my life like that?” He answered my question with a question.

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My eyes widened in fear when he said that. I sighed and said, “Well, looks like I have a stone to steal.”

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I sneaked into the palace through an open window and looked around the dark room. Then I spotted a pedestal with a small stone placed atop a pillow. “That must be The Rainbow Stone.” I thought.

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I opened the drawstring pouch and placed the stone inside.

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As I pulled the strings tight, I gasped as I heard a man’s voice shout, “Hold it right there!”

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I quickly spun around with my hands in the air and saw a palace guard facing me with a gun in hand.

DUN DUN DUN DUUUNN!

That ends part 4! The next part will be coming soon! πŸ˜€

Oh, and here’s a bonus pic I took of Jenna for you –

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Have a great rest of your day! :)

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 3

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As I was taking a stroll a couple of days after the ball, I noticed Frederic standing not too far away. “I must do anything.” I told myself and mustered up some courage to go speak with him.

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“Ahem.” I said to get his attention.

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When he faced me, his face lit up. “Ah, Liesel. I’ve been wondering when I would run into you again. What brings you here?” He inquired, trying to sound as kind and polite as he possibly could.

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“I’m here to discuss that deal you mentioned at the ball. What do you need me to do?” I asked reluctantly.

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Before answering, he looked around as though to make certain that no one else would hear what he was about say.

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“It’s not safe to speak here.” He said and looked at aΒ man who was walking by. “I need to know the details, Frederic, although I will do anything to keep my father’s true nature a secret.” I stated firmly.

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“I’m glad to hear it.” He said with a grin and reached in his pocket.

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“Take this. I need you to meet me at the written destination tonight at midnight.” He issued as he extended his hand out for me to take the paper. I looked down on it and sighed. “How do I know I’m not walking into some sort of trap?” I inquired. “You don’t. But you’ll just have to trust me.” He said sternly.

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I hesitantly reached out and took the folded up piece of paper.

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“So, it’s a deal? I do what you need me to do and you promise you’ll keep my secret?” I confirmed, still worried that he wouldn’t follow through.

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“You have my word. And don’t forget; midnight tonight. I’ll be waiting.” He reminded me and walked away.

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I watched him for a moment. Did I really just do the right thing? How did I know I could trust him?

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I unfolded the paper and read the note which said, “Wilcott Palace, Ethenia.”

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I let out a big sigh. Somehow I knew that I was going to regret this deal for the rest of my life.

To be continued in Part 4! πŸ˜€

~Jaclynn~

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