200 Followers Celebration Shout-Out Activity!

Hello everyone!

As you read in the title, and have possibly seen in my sidebar…

Smile and Craft AG has reached 200(+) followers!!!

Wow!!

Thank you SO much to everyone who has followed my blog, liked, commented, or just stopped by and read it! It is so amazing that I’ve reached this many followers!

Glory to the Lord for ALL of this!

Honestly, I don’t really know how I managed to get here, except for God providing it, and I pray that He will use Smile and Craft AG for His glory. ♥

 

I had been wondering if I should do a celebration post. I wanted to do something different. I’ve done an advice post, a Q&A, and a giveaway, but what else could I do?

Eventually I came up with an idea!

In celebration of 200 followers, I want to shout-out the other amazing bloggers out there! But if I were to pick out a few, I would leave behind so many, so I decided, instead, to host a “Shout-out your Blog”-type activity!

I’ve seen Jessica and Madison do them before, so here goes!

 

Without further ado…

 

The Rules!

  • Comment down below with a link to your site (or make sure your comment name has the link), and ask to participate! (Please ask, or I’ll probably assume you’re just commenting)
  • You may also comment and let me know if you want to link someone else’s site that you enjoy and want to share!
  • You can have me link your blog, Etsy shop, or pretty much anything! Just let me know in your comment.

Then, I can post your site below with the link you provided!

  • BUT, If your site is not deemed appropriate by me and/or my mom, then I won’t be including it in the shout-out.

Come back to see more sites, as I update the list with more links!

 

Learning to Live: Struggling to Thrive     |     American Girl World

AG Doll Adventures     |     The Miniature Cafe     |     It’s Brooke Jade

Doll Notebook     |     Dazzling Dollies     |     Dolls N’ All

Crafts of All Seasons     |     My Homeschool Notebook     |     February Fairy

Forever American Girl      |    Kiki Through the Looking-Glass

AG Doll Dreams     |     A Dollop of AG     |     Stuffie Adventures

Title of Blog     |     Reverie Dolls     |     Embracing the Moment

American Girl Here and There     |     An American Girl Mom

 

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun!

 

And have a blessed day!

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P.S. Stay tuned for a Christmas post series I have coming up!!

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Cheery Consuelo – A Photoshoot

Good day!

Today I have the photoshoot that I had mentioned getting of Consuelo to show you!

She’s such a pretty doll, and it’s fun to play around with photographing her. H4H doll’s heads actually have a little wider range of motion than AG (their heads can move upward a bit), which adds some different posing options.

Please enjoy!

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I made the dress, shoes, and headband that she is wearing, all no-sew. The headband is made with some sheer ribbon, braided and tied around her head, the dress is sort of a half-circle of fabric with openings for her arms and head cut out, and the shoes are made with denim fabric, hot-glued onto craft foam soles.

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I hope you enjoyed!

Which picture was your favorite? Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?

I hope to do a Christmas-y post soon!

Also, Smile and Craft AG is nearly at 200 followers!! But… I don’t know what to do in celebration. Any ideas?

Have a blessed day!

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A Basket of Thankfulness – Results!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Everyone!! I hope you are all having a blessed day so far.

I Love Thanksgiving, and I’m excited to share the RESULTS of the Basket of Thankfulness activity with you!!

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This year, the TOTAL number of things we came up with to be thankful for is…

 

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150 Things we are Thankful For!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Can you believe it!? I loved getting in all of your amazing comments saying the things you are thankful for. Last Year we got about 55 things. So this year the number almost tripled! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and shared!

 

And NOW for the great big Basket of Thankfulness list!!

Please note that I took out repeats, so if you don’t see the exact thing you said, it should be somewhere else on the list.

After the list, I’ll share all of the contributors! Here we go!

 

  1. The Gospel!
  2. Light
  3. Creativity
  4. People being unique
  5. Our freedoms
  6. The moon
  7. The total solar eclipse
  8. Smiling and others smiling back
  9. Jesus
  10. The sky
  11. Art
  12. Eyes
  13. People
  14. Water
  15. Purpose
  16. Cold weather
  17. Road trips
  18. My family
  19. Laughter
  20. Books
  21. My home
  22. The Bible
  23. Nature/the outdoors
  24. DSLR cameras
  25. Musical instruments
  26. Southern Gospel music
  27. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us
  28. A hot shower at the end of the day
  29. Encouraging music
  30. Constant encouragement from friends
  31. Flakes of snow falling from the sky
  32. Having the freedom to read God’s Word and pray to Him in our country
  33. For living in the United States
  34. For having a wonderfully cute dog
  35. Chocolate!
  36. A hot cup of tea
  37. For having the ability to write for God’s Glory
  38. For God blessing me with a magazine ministry
  39. For computers and technology
  40. Gel pens!
  41. The Internet
  42. Tripods
  43. Happy memories
  44. My church
  45. God
  46. Pets
  47. Art supplies
  48. My sewing machine
  49. My dolls
  50. Good teachers
  51. My parents
  52. My brother
  53. My aunt and uncle
  54. Hashem and everything he has provided for me
  55. Writing
  56. Friends
  57. The AMAZING blogging community
  58. Food
  59. Thanksgiving
  60. Christmas
  61. Winter
  62. Salvation that comes to me through the Holy Spirit
  63. Good works that, through God’s grace, I am able to do
  64. Strength that God gives me to get through each day
  65. Each day that God gives us to live, laugh, and spread His love to those around us
  66. Cinnamon rolls
  67. Courage to live God’s word fully
  68. Modern technology so that I can “know” people that I have never met
  69. Beautiful sunsets that we enjoyed this year
  70. Warm weather and swimming!
  71. The Holy Spirit
  72. Macaroni and Cheese
  73. Horses
  74. Cartoons
  75. Crafts
  76. Hobby Lobby
  77. Purple
  78. Sleep
  79. Socks
  80. Butterflies
  81. Songs
  82. Dodgeball
  83. Toys
  84. Playing with my brother
  85. Jeans
  86. Bikes
  87. TobyMac
  88. Owl City
  89. Color
  90. Bunnies
  91. A beautiful place to live
  92. Our farm
  93. Safety
  94. The amazing human body
  95. The ability to access education easily
  96. Health
  97. Warmth
  98. Blankets
  99. Pen pals
  100. Internet so friends could stay in touch
  101. My Saviour
  102. Doctors
  103. The police
  104. Our veterans
  105. Fresh water
  106. Being homeschooled
  107. Friends
  108. My pawpaw and mawmaw
  109. Cars(not the movie)
  110. TV
  111. Our president
  112. Our chickens
  113. Gods grace
  114. That God forgives us and sustains us
  115. For the big green earth
  116. Trees
  117. Fresh air
  118. My sewing machine
  119. I can walk
  120. I can talk
  121. I can sing
  122. I can help my mom to take care of my siblings
  123. Donkeys
  124. Different seasons
  125. Tastebuds
  126. Baseball
  127. Animals
  128. Being able to worship God freely
  129. The book that God helped me write published
  130. YouTube followers
  131. Being able to make people laugh
  132. The people who have inspired/encouraged/blessed me
  133. All the people who have invested so much into my life
  134. Being born in the USA
  135. Our Founding Fathers
  136. PureFlix (Christian movies)
  137. The Calling that God has put on my life!
  138. Peanut butter
  139. Frozen yogurt
  140. Whoppers
  141. Pizza
  142. Clothes
  143. Forgiveness
  144. Candy
  145. Plants
  146. My teacher
  147. My great aunt
  148. Being alive!
  149. Summer
  150. Cats

 

I hope that you enjoyed reading (or skimming!) through this list, and that it encouraged you this Thanksgiving. I hope that it gets you thinking, and that you will remember how much there is to be thankful for.

 

Before I name the contributors, I also want to give a shout-out to Rita from New York North Fine Art. Rita came up with a plan to give to others and to stop world hunger. You can check out her video about the idea here or on her blog!

 

Here are all of the contributors!!

Lizzy

Sara

Clara

Sassafras

Olivia Bell (aka Livy)

Rebcake

vanamangirls

Cherry Cola22

Diamond

kingofthecowboys1943

Hannah

agdolldreams

blackiesunshine

Allison

Laura

Melissa

Mary E.

Megan (A Barefoot Gal)

Bella

The Chloe Blog

AAG

Evy

Thank you all for contributing, and thank you also to anyone reading!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

~Psalm 136:1

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

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A Surprise Garage Sale Find!

Hi there everyone!

Today I’m here to show you the surprise find I mentioned in my Slow Cooker Craft post!

Eek!

So here’s some context.

Lately I’ve been interested in Hearts for Hearts dolls, specifically Consuelo, their Mexican doll. (What do you mean I just gave it away??) They are so pretty, and are a good size for little sisters for AG dolls.

So, lo and behold, as I was walking through a garage sale, there was a Consuelo doll sitting there, being sold for $1! 😮

And as you can probably guess, I bought her!

Meet Consuelo! 🙂

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Here she is before I cleaned her up.

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She came with her meet shirt, shorts from another doll (I believe they are Zelia’s shorts), the Hearts for Hearts bracelet (on her as a necklace), a yellow stretchy bracelet, and also a pair of underwear. She didn’t come with shoes or earrings.

 

She was actually in pretty good condition!

I didn’t have to do much. I basically cleaned off her vinyl, washed her clothes, and washed, brushed, and conditioned her hair.

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And here she is after!

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I’m excited and thankful to have found her! She was a fun surprise.

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Here she is with Caroline! I’m not sure if Consuelo should be the dolls’ sister or cousin.

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Pardon this last picture’s quality

 

That’s about all for now! I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun find! Stay tuned for a photoshoot I got of Consuelo, sometime soon!

 

Do you like garage sales? Should Consuelo be a sister or cousin? What’s a fun find (whether a doll, trinket or other) that you have gotten while thrifting or ‘garage sale-ing’?

 

I’m thankful for this surprise, and I hope you enjoyed seeing her, too; however, it is always good to be reminded that there is so much to be thankful for, with or without these things!

On this topic, don’t forget to add things you are thankful for in my Basket of Thankfulness activity! There’s only a few more days until Thanksgiving!

 

Have a blessed day!

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A Basket of Thankfulness – Thanksgiving Activity!

It’s NOVEMBER!

And November means that Thanksgiving is knocking at the door (here in America, anyways)!

What do you think of when you think Thanksgiving?

Maybe you think of all the delicious food: Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie. Or perhaps you think of family and friends that you’ll see that day. Maybe the Macy’s Day parade or another festive tradition.

Pumpkins. Baking. Falling leaves. Cool weather.

Giving thanks.

Today we’re here to dive into that last one. Being thankful is so important. God calls us to give thanks. Gratefulness can change our whole outlook on life and the situations we’re in, good or bad.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” -Psalm 100:4-5

 

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So, like last year, I have an activity for us to do to help us think and reflect on how much we have to be thankful for!

I hope that through this activity you will take some thought into how you’ve been blessed, and how much you can be thankful for, whether it is easy for you to think of, or difficult.

Here’s How it Works:

  • Comment below and list things you are thankful for! It can be one thing, several things, or as many as you want!
  • Be sincere. Try to put some thought into it, and think outside of the box. There are many noticeable (and wonderful) things to be thankful for like family and friends, which are fine to put, too, but try to dig even deeper into things that are less on the surface, or that others may not think of as much.
  • Spread the word! Okay, so this is not required, but I would appreciate if you decided to share this activity, whether on your blog or other social media so we can gather up many things to be thankful for!
  • Then, on November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) I can post everything that we’ve said in a great big list of thankfulness, along with the names of those who contributed!

This year I plan to put the list as one big list, with repeats taken out, and with contributor names at the end. 🙂

 

I’ll start us off with five things I am thankful for.

  1. The gospel!
  2. Light
  3. Creativity
  4. People being unique
  5. Our freedoms

 

And now it’s your turn!

Comment down below and let’s fill up this year’s Basket of Thankfulness!!

 

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