Much Appreciated~ A Photostory
Hi everyone! I have a photostory for you today that I hope you’ll enjoy! Especially since the pics were taken in a room in my dollhouse… 😉 XD
Riven-Delle was super busy baking up a storm; she had already made cupcakes, cookies, muffins – now she had a blueberry pie in the oven! She had wanted to bake a cake, too, but she had received too many interruptions by her siblings that took her away from her baking several times that day. From Clara fainting twice to Lana causing an argument to the little ones getting underfoot time and again – Riven-Delle was at her wit’s end. She wasn’t even the oldest of the kids, yet everyone seemed to be coming to her for everything – just as they always did.
Kiara stepped into the kitchen just as Riven-Delle was putting a dirty bowl by the sink (I say “by” since it was overflowing with dishes already) and let out a quick gasp. “Wow! That’s a lot of goodies!” She said, eyeballing the cookies.
“Yeah, well, that’s what I like to do,” Riven-Delle smiled, “Do you need something?” she asked, trying to hide her dread.
“Oh, no, I just came in for a drink of water,” Kiara said and went to find a glass. Riven-Delle let her shoulders sink in relief and continued with her work…
…but she hesitated when she heard the faucet turn on and heard dishes clanking around. “Uh – Kiara? What are you doing?” Riven-Delle asked.
“There’s a mountain of dishes that need washing, so I thought I’d help you out and start washing,” Kiara said, soapy sponge in hand.
“Oh. Well, that’s nice of you, but really, it’s not necessary,” Riven-Delle said.
“It’s okay, I want to do this,” Kiara said with a smile.
Riven-Delle turned her head away, annoyance crawling up her spine. “Really, Kiara, you can go,” she said.
“Riven-Delle I don’t think you’re being very nice. I’m not going to disrupt your work by doing the dishes for you – in fact, I’ll be helping you along with your work by taking this load off your back,” Kiara said. Riven-Delle sighed and said, “You’re right. I’m sorry, Kiara. It’s nice of you to help me.”
The timer went off for the oven, so Riven-Delle got her oven mitts on to check on her pie while Kiara began scrubbing away.
While they were both preoccupied with their work, sneaky little Merida tip-toed into the kitchen and swiped a plate of cupcakes off the table and scurried off before anyone could notice she was ever there.
When Riven-Delle decided the pie was done baking, she took it out of the oven and set it on the table, only to be horrified by the emptiness that faced her.
“Where are my cupcakes?” Riven-Delle cried.
Kiara instantly stopped scrubbing the dishes and joined her sister’s side. “What on earth…”
“They’re gone,” Riven-Delle said, her voice shaky.
“Hey, it’s okay. I bet one of the little ones came in and took them – let’s go see if we can find them!” Kiara suggested.
“No, I’m sure they’re all gone by now anyway,” Riven-Delle said.
“Well, isn’t that a good thing? I mean, don’t you bake all these treats so we can eat them?” Kiara asked.
“Yes, but….,” Riven-Delle sighed, “Truth is, I’m not so upset about the cupcakes. I’m just so frustrated. I’ve been planning this baking day for weeks and I’ve been looking forward to having some time to myself, doing the thing I love. But all day I keep being interrupted by everyone and constantly dragged away from my baking. Why does everyone always want me?” Riven-Delle asked, a couple tears trickling down her cheek.
Kiara placed her hand on her sister’s shoulder and said, “I understand, everyone needs their own space, but really, think about how amazing it is that everyone loves you so much. I think just about everyone in this family looks up to you. And in a big family like ours, that’s something to be thankful for. You’re so appreciated in this house and I think you should learn to appreciate that.”
Riven-Delle smiled through her tears and hugged her sister tightly. She knew that lately she hadn’t been as appreciative of her family as she should have been and she was so grateful to Kiara for reminding her that appreciation goes both ways.
Challenge: This week show someone you wouldn’t normally think of that you appreciate them. It just may make their day 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day! (2017)
Bring Me a Package ~A Photostory
Hey guys! I have a fun little photostory for ya’ll today featuring the doll with the mystery name… I’ve decided to reveal her true name for you all at last because this has just been ridiculously long… XD See, I was going to buy McKenna and have her be her twin sister, which I still plan to do at some point, but let’s start using Jane’s real name, shall we? 😉
‘Twas six days before Christmas and ornaments elegantly adorned the Christmas tree…
Presents wrapped with care had been placed beneath the tree…
And decorations were scattered all throughout the house.
On this particular day, a girl sat on the loveseat motionless. Listening. Waiting.
Her head snapped suddenly at the sound of a truck outside that sounded very much like the mail truck.
Without a moment’s hesitation, she had leaped off the couch and dashed out the front door screaming; “THE MAIL IS HERE!!”
Her sisters, Saige and Rebecca followed the screams outside, bewildered by the sight they saw.
The screams had stopped and they found Mariah standing as still as a tree. “Uh, Mariah, are you okay?” Saige inquired.
“Wait.” Mariah said as she watched the mail carrier intently, waiting for her to come up and hand her a small brown box addressed to Mariah Johnson.
Rebecca and Saige joined her side now, looking at her quizzically. “Mariah? What are you doing?” Rebecca asked. Mariah let out a disappointed gasp as the mail carrier returned to the truck.
“WAAAITT!!! COME BACK!!” Mariah screeched. Her sisters held her back as she dashed forward.
“Mariah, what on earth is the matter?” Saige asked. Mariah whimpered and kept saying; “No. No. No.”
“It didn’t come…. I’ve been waiting for days…” Mariah said with a sniffle.
“What was it?” Rebecca inquired.
“A gift from my pen pal…,” Mariah said.
“Oh, Mariah, it’s okay. I’m sure it’ll come soon. You shouldn’t be so upset, though,” Rebecca said sweetly.
“BUT SHE ALREADY HAS MINE!! I WANT MY PRESENT! IVE BEEN WAITING ALL DAY!!” Mariah screamed.
“I know it’s disappointing, but really, you’ll get it soon, I’m sure. You just have to take your mind off of it,” Saige advised.
Mariah sighed and bent over dramatically.
“You’re right. I’m going to go hermit,” Mariah said, turning toward the house.
Saige and Rebecca watched their sister walk groggily back to the house and noticed just how pitiful she looked in her bare feet pattering against the cold concrete.
Mariah wrapped herself in a soft Christmas blanket and sat in front of the tree, staring blankly at the presents.
“What is life anymore…?” Mariah mumbled.
“Mariah! A package just came!” Saige announced with a smile, but Mariah just leaned back and closed her eyes with a sigh.
“It’s probably for someone else, Saige. My package was coming in the regular mail,” Mariah said.
“No, they came back! She said she missed it in the truck. It’s your package!” Saige explained.
Mariah’s eyes jerked open. “WHY DIDNT YOU SAY SO?!”
Mariah leaped up and ran past Saige so fast, she fell to the floor.
Saige remained on the floor, groaning inwardly at her insane sister and could hear her screaming, “GIMME MY PACKAGE!!!”
I hope you enjoyed! I had fun making this story. XD
People, I actually went out front to take pictures. And guess what?! A FEDEX GUY CAME AS I WAS TAKING PICTURES. So I looked back and he was looking at me quizzically so I gathered my dolls and hurried inside. Then a little bit after I had to go back out and set them up and start again. XD THEN the regular mail came by again and since it was a woman I was like – eh, whatever. So she came up and handed me the package and asked if one of my dolls was Grace. I thought that was kinda cool that she knew what my dolls were. XD
Do you like getting packages?
MERRY ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!
Pretty Plaid Shirt & Purple Play Shorts ~Review and Photoshoot
Hi everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting a ton lately, but I’m gonna try to change that 😉
I was going to post Masquerade last night, but that didn’t end up working out, so I’ll probably have it up tomorrow 🙂
Anyway, a week or 2 ago, a package from AG arrived with some surprises from my mom! Today I finally got to take pics for a review and photoshoot of 2 of the items, so let’s get on with it, shall we? 🙂
Here is the Pretty Plaid Shirt. Right when I saw this online, I died (but then, what else is new? XD)!
The shirt is made a of a very thin material, but I don’t see it ripping or anything. It is dark blue with stripes of, I’d say sea green and pink. Everyone sees colors differently, and that’s what I see when I look at the shirt 🙂
It has 4 working buttons which are surprisingly easy to use. I prefer to leave the top button unbuttoned at the collar.
It has a cute little pocket that you could actually put something in.
The sleeves go down to about an inch above the wrist where they cuff up. They can not be rolled down as it is sewn on the side.
On the bottom of the shirt there’s a little metal American Girl tag.
The shirt is made to be tied in a knot. I think they made it long enough for people to tie easily, but then, I do have tiny hands 😉 I was really glad that my doll could still wear the shirt tied without it exposing the stomach. I was a little worried about that at first 😉
This is what the shirt looks like untied. Not very appealing, but maybe if you wanted to pair it with a skirt tucked in, you could do that 🙂
The Purple Play Shorts are adorable and match perfectly with this outfit! As you can see, they are a bit too short, but all AG’s shorts and skirts these days are too short. Thankfully they’re just dolls 😉
There are only 2 belt loops in the front, which I think is a little odd… The lavender shorts have coral stitching.
An American Girl tag is on the left pocket.
If you pull down the shorts just a tad, your doll can put her thumbs in her pockets which looks super cute 😉
Just another shot 😉
I rate the Pretty Plaid Shirt 5 out of 5 stars. I don’t have a problem with it at all!
I rate the shorts 4 out of 5 stars due to the length and only 2 belt loops. That just seems really strange to me XD
So, now it’s time for a long photoshoot because Jocelyn looks adorable and I got up early to take these pics, so I had to take advantage of the shade and non overwhelming heat while I could! XD
I got so much bokeh in my photos today!! *squeal*
I haven’t taken a photoshoot in forever, guys! I didn’t realize how much I missed it! *cries* LOL! JK ;D
Do you ever suddenly find a cut on yourself and you’re like – where on earth did that come from? XD Okay, that was random…..
Everybody in their Sunday best…. (I’m trying a new thing. Putting random thoughts and whatnot into my photoshoots. How do you like it? XD)
I was really happy with how this turned out 🙂
Which one do you like best – this one or the other one?
Oh bokeh, oh bokeh, I love you so much. You bring spots of gladness into our lives. Why then, oh bokeh, must you be so hard to get in my photos?! XD
Isn’t Jocelyn so pretty? *heart eyes*
All done!! If you read this entire post, I congratulate you! XD
I should have another review and photoshoot up soon, so stay tuned! 🙂
Do you ever say something completely random that makes no sense? I’m asking because I was just going to end this post by asking “what do you want for waffles?” XD I think I’m tired….
Have a wonderful day!
Review of Truly Me #44
Hey everyone! I recently had a request from Daisymermaid to do a review of Kiara (TM#44), so that’s what I’m doing today, as you can already tell by the title XD
First, let’s talk about her hair. It’s amazing, really it is, but it lays pretty awkwardly and is rather frizzy. This is picture of how it looks just doing its thing.
And here’s how I normally have it. Those few front curls are always in her face and have weird frizzies that get in her eye, so I usually just tuck them back 🙂
The curls are beautiful! They can be a challenge to tame, but in the end it’s worth it. What I usually do to tame the frizzies and get it looking nicer, is I grab a squirt bottle and squirt a bit of water onto my fingers. I rub them together and then grab a curl and just sort of wipe it down and then twist it. I do this to every single curl. It takes a while 😉
She has about 4-5 layers of curls – this gives it it’s bigness ;D
The very bottom layer of curls is really weird. They’re super short and just kind of crazy. Thankfully you can’t see them cause they’re hidden by all the other curls 🙂
Her hair is dark brown with golden-red highlights that can only be seen when she’s in direct light. It’s so pretty 🙂
Kiara has the classic face mold, feathered eyebrows, and hazel eyes.
She has a medium skin tone. Here is her skin color (left) compared to Grace’s (right).
Kiara (left), Lea (right). Their skin color is very close. I’m having trouble being able to tell whether it’s the same or not… I want to say that Lea’s skin is the slightest bit lighter, but they probably have the same color skin 🙂
And here’s Kiara (left) next to Kanani (right). Again, super close, but Kanani’s is definitely darker.
Kiara (#44) is a gorgeous doll and I’m so happy to have her as part of my doll family! I’d probably rate her a 9 out of 10 just because her hair is kinda crazy XD Also, just an FYI, Kiara is the JLY version, so I’m not sure if the TM version has any slight changes or not 😉
Do you have #44? What are your thoughts on her?
My GOTY Collections~ Grace Edition
Hiii! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. There’s been so much going on, this is the first day I’ve stayed home in days! But, I’m here bringing you a new series on my blog! *celebrates*
After each GOTY doll retires, I will be showing you what I got from their collection. I’ll have to do a few this year since I have a few GOTY dolls, but I think it’ll be something fun to do and plus, it’s always fun knowing what people have in their doll collection, right? ;D
This is everything I got last year from Grace’s collection! Yep, it’s all clothes! While I did love her entire collection, I didn’t end up getting any of her accessories, which is totally fine! I loved her Baking Accesories, but maybe I can get them on eBay sometime 🙂
Here is Annika modeling Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit! This is one of my absolute favorite outfits of hers – and probably just in general! I love the colors and the style- so, so cute!
And obviously, I got Grace (although she was renamed to Riven-Delle)! SHE IS THE MOST PHOTOGENIC DOLL ON EARTH!!!!! *dies*
Ahem. Sorry about that. But seriously, isn’t her hair amazing? Like, come on, those highlights! :O (also, I couldn’t find her charm bracelet at the moment, so that’s unfortunately not shown…)
Here’s Caroline in Grace’s Travel Coat! This has to be one of my favorite pieces ever! I use this coat so much, I think at least one of my dolls is always wearing it!
And (haha, I almost revealed her true identity to all of you XD ) here is JANE (yes, Jane… *smirk*) modeling Grace’s Opening Night Outfit! Again, I couldn’t find the headband, so that’s not shown either. UGH! I literally JUST saw it yesterday and now it’s gone! *sobs over the loss of the lovely headband* Anyways, this dress is gorgeous!! And those SHOES!!!
I shadowed Annika with the black side of my reflector – dark and beautiful 🙂
Awesome camera + miraculous reflector = beautiful picture. In case you didn’t know, I got a reflector for my birthday and it is AMAZING!! These pictures would have been so much darker without it!
Now I’m using the gold side of my reflector- see how the lighting changed? 🙂
Well, that’s all for today! I’ll be back soon – hopefully to show you my dollhouse along with an announcement! 😀
What did you get from Grace’s Collection?
A Birthday Wish~ A Photoshoot
Hi there!! 😀
Sooo…. How many of you know what today is? IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!! I am 17 years old today! Isn’t that crazy and weird? XD
So the plan for today is that we’re gonna eat lunch and then my mom and I are going clothes shopping! We’ll come back and celebrate with a Star Wars themed birthday (I’ll probably be posting pics of the decorations and stuff later) and instead of a cake we’re going to stack up some Krispy Kreme donuts and have those. So yeah, I’m really excited!! 😀
Now, let’s move on to the photoshoot, shall we? 🙂
Does Kiara look adorable or what? I love her hair 🙂
I love the lighting on this one 🙂
And this is probably my absolute favorite!! I just love the closeup on my camera 😀
Well, I gotta go now! My Grandpa (AKA Papa) is here for my birthday as well 🙂
Donuts or cake?
THANK YOU!!! & A Celebration Photoshoot
Oh my gosh!!! I’m so excited right now, I think I might burst! 😀 Literally, this was one of those, run out, squeal, and hug your mom moments! XD
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! I received my 70th follower this morning!! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the day I would reach 70 followers on this blog, and I’m SO excited and oh, SO thankful for every one of you! When I first started this blog, I didn’t expect to ever get this many followers, but I am so thankful for each of them! Just knowing that 70 people of the world are following this blog amazes me, and it makes me wonder how many more are reading right now! Thank you all so, so, SO much for your support, your encouraging comments, your prayers during the hard times, and just for who YOU are! 😀 Not only are you followers and supporters of this blog, but you are my friends, as well! 🙂
To celebrate, I took some photos of Clara all fancied up, and we’ll just count this for my Valentine’s Day post, too! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the pictures! Be sure to let me know which one was your favorite! 😀
What are you/your dolls doing for Valentine’s Day?
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! <3
Here’s a bonus pic that I edited!
Discouraging Words~ A Photostory
Hi everyone! I got to thinking how it’s been a super long time since I’ve made a photostory, so today I set aside some time to make a short photostory for you all. I hope you like it! 🙂
“Aren’t these guitars great, Dallas?” Eli asked with an excited smile.
“Yeah! That was awesome of mom to buy them for us!” Dallas agreed.
“Oh so this is where all that music is coming from.” Lana observed as she walked in the room.
“Yeah, mom bought Dallas and me some guitars! Aren’t they cool?” Eli asked.
“Oh, sure. They look cool, but how do they sound? Go on, play something, Eli.” Lana urged her brother.
“Well, okay.” Eli agreed and strummed a few notes on his electric guitar.
“Hm. That wasn’t so bad.” Lana said, not sounding very impressed.
“Your turn, Dallas. Play something.” Lana ordered her brother.
“Yeah, come on, Dal!” Eli urged him.
“Well, I don’t know…” Dallas said, not feeling very confident.
“Ha! I bet you don’t even know how to play!” Lana sneered.
“I do, too!” Dallas defended himself and placed his fingers on the strings and began to play.
When Eli heard him, he felt sorry he had encouraged him to play. He just knew Lana was going to pick on him, but when he looked at her, she seemed to be smiling. He wondered if perhaps she was enjoying it.
Dallas strummed the last chord and looked at Lana who had her nose up in the air.
“That was the worst thing I have ever heard in my entire life. I can’t believe mommy wasted her money on a guitar for you! You can’t even play! She should have spent that money on something that could actually be played well by somebody. Like a piano for me!” Lana said full of disgust.
“It’s not a waste! I just can’t play very well yet!” Dallas shouted angrily.
Lana leaned over and said, “Dallas, you will never play the guitar well because you don’t have the skill it takes to play it.”
When Lana had left the room, Eli tried to cheer up his brother. “Aw, don’t worry, Dal! Lana always says things like that to everybody. You’ll learn!” Eli encouraged him.
“No, Eli. I think she’s right.” Dallas mumbled as he set his guitar down. Eli frowned and decided it would be best to leave Dallas alone for a while.
After about ten minutes, Jocelyn walked in the room. “Hey, Dallas! What are you doing?” She inquired.
Jocelyn sat on the floor and gave Pepper some love. Then she said, “So I heard mommy got you and Eli some guitars. Why aren’t you playing it?”
“Because I can’t. And, well, Lana heard me play and she said I’ll never be able to play well.” Dallas explained.
“Ooh, I see. Well, have you ever played the guitar before today?” Jocelyn inquired.
“No, this was my first time.” Dallas answered.
“Well, look, you can’t expect to be the best guitar player ever after just 5 minutes of playing. And that goes for anything. If you’ve never done it before, how could you know how to do it perfectly? Just give it some time. Keep practicing and some day you’ll be so good that Lana will wish she had never said what she did.” Jocelyn said.
“I guess you’re right… Thanks, Jocelyn.” Dallas said gratefully.
Jocelyn smiled and said, “No problem.”
Arent the guitars so cute? I got them at The Dollar Tree a few weeks ago! I think they’re perfect for dolls, but I just wish they could hold them more realistically. Oh well, it still works great! 🙂
Do any of your dolls play the guitar?
Freckled Beauty~ A Photoshoot
Hey everyone! I hope you all aren’t tired of photoshoots cause I’ve got another one for you! 😉
Shelby-Grace requested a photoshoot of Trulyme #55, in other words, my Annika, so since I had been feeling like taking pics of her already, I decided to do a photoshoot of Annika today! 😀
So, I had taken a full body picture, but it didn’t look good, so I’m sorry to say that there is no full body pic… But she is wearing the sandals from Grace’s Opening Night Outfit 🙂
This might be my favorite picture… 😀
Isn’t Annika so pretty? I feel like she may be one of the most popular TM dolls! I just feel like so many people have or want her! It’s quite understandable though. She is so beautiful and her coloring and- AGH! She’s just so pretty! 😀
I hope you enjoyed the photos!
Who’s your favorite Trulyme doll?