The Vlogging Tag +Other Awards and BIBPC!

Hi there!

So I have a few tags/awards that have been piling up, so I thought that I’d put them all into one post… as my post for the Vlogging Tag! (I was nominated by Hannah! Thank you so much!)

How about I give you the rules of the Vlogging Tag to explain…

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link  to their blog.
  2. Write a post (it can be about absolutely anything) and don’t edit it at all, like you would if you were vlogging. No back spacing or deleting allowed. (But if you make a typo that looks like an inappropriate word then you can delete it) It does not have to include pictures but if you do include them no editing allowed either.
  3. Nominate 5 other people and let them know you nominated them!

Um, I’m a little scared XD . (By the way, I haven’t started the no-editing yet… which may be against the rules… oops… I’ll tell you when I start XD 😉 )

Note: I repeated the questions I asked for a couple of the tags at the end of this post, so that if you are nominated you can have the edited version, rather than having to go through and edit my mistakes in your post 🙂 .

…and the no-editing now begins…! (And I’m probably going to (make that I am) typing really slowly) XD

I’ll put the vlogging tag nominations at the end of this post! Stay tuned!

Let’s start with the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! I was nominated by Anna at From a Doll’s Perspective! Thank you Anna!

I looks like there isn’t any rules, just to answer the questions 🙂

Here they are!

Why did you start blogging?

Oh dear… uhhh. Well I guess I was inspired by other doll blogs, and perhaps was starting to enjoy being the (I mean in the) blogging community and thought it would be fun… and here I am! I could share the longer story of how I came to even enjoy logs (I mean blogs! XD) but you can probably find that in another older tag post. There’s a shorter version 🙂 😉 .

What is the first doll  you ever got?

Julie! I remember picking her because her clothes looks the most modern, but now I like historical (or should I saw (say) earlier historical?) clothing!

Have you ever eaten Kale chips?

I don’t think I have! Are they good?

What is your favorite color?

I’m not really sure. I like blue,though.

What is your favorite food?

I like my mom’s corn bread. I also like pasta… and just bread … and chocolate… XD

What do you use to take pictures?

I luse my Nikon COOLPIX l840. It’s pretty simple, like a DSLR withought manual  mode. It’s nice though!

How would you describe your personality?

Oh my! Um… thoughtful? Compassionalte? (Ok, enough XD . Apparently a part of my personality is not likeing to talk about my personality LOL)

What is your favorite book?

Probably The Mysterious Benidict Society (Actually Benedict). Amazzing book! I prefoer book one as my favorite!

What is your favorite movie?

Oh, before I answer, add THE BIBLE to the previous question! (and that is the best one of all! I recomment=d it most 😉 :-))

I don’t think I actually have a favorite movie. Pete’s dragon was good/fun when I saw it recentsly! Frozen( 🙂 ) was great but then a lot of people seemed to turn againsty it (heard the songs too much, I guess 🙂 )

What color are the walls in your room?

Grey. I ahd originally wanted blue, but then I realized that grey is really versitile! (and it was the color the walls came painted with! 🙂 )

Those are all the quiestions! Thank you Anna!

I nominate…

(Oh and I was planning into (I mean to) put the feature image, but forgot, and since this is the vlogging tag, too… Sisterhood of the world Bloggers Award here you go!)

Ok, nominees now…

Emma

American girl doll Crafter

and Charis

My quiestions…

(Note: If I make a typo due to the vlogging tag, feel free to fix it ifyou do the tag! XD)

I’m going to reuse this first one!

Why did you start your blog?

Who is a blogger that you are inspired by/look up to/really enjoy>? (Or name a few!)

bWhat are some of your main blogging struglles?

What are some of your main blogging blessings? (Or, rather, ways you have been blesseed by blogging)

Baking or cooking?

Indoors or outdorrs?

What is your favorite dessert?

Who is someone you look up to and how?

Do you like sewing? If so, what do you lik e to sew?

Favorite song? 

 

Next up… The Liebster Award! I was nominated for this by Hannah! (She also niminated be for the vlogging tag@!() (Oh dear, what a symbolic mess (Haha! XD ) )

Thank you Hannah!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (try to include a little promotion for them)
  • Display this award on your blog (by including it in your award post and in your widgets section)
  • Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional but highly recommended)
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs who you feel deserve this nomination and who have less then 200 followers!
  • Post “The Rules” on your blog
  • Link your nominees and inform then!

As a promotion for Hannah   (Nooo, the lik (link) isn’t stopping!! Oh well…) 

Hannah has a lot of fun crafts and sewing projects on her blog. Right now she’s starting a ATC series! Her design is pretty, too; I like the color schme! 🙂 Check out crafts of All Seasnons by clicking here!

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Now for ten random facts…

  1. (I’ve been wanteing to share this one for a while now XD ) Before I started blogging, I swould refer to myself as Redeemed when commenting on other’s blogs! 🙂
  2. I think cooking is pretty fun, but I don’t do it much.
  3. I just got a (knockoff) fidget cube ☺. It’s pretty fun,
  4. I like to Bullet Journal.
  5. I wear contacts (or glasses , cdepending the day)
  6. I’m not very good at making desisions. I tend to take a loong time.
  7. I’m working on a quilt.
  8. I like to rwrinte (Ugh, I mean write XD ) Bible verses out in an artsy way, with varying vfonts. 🙂
  9. I have a few old non-ag dolls, but only one of them has shown up (and only a little) in this post.
  10. I’m  participating in BIBPC! You can see my first entry at the end of this post 🙂

I nominate…

Emma

Kara

Anna

Kait

Jaclynn

 

And last but not least, The Sunshine Blogger Award! (I’ve been nominated for this one a lot o_O 🙂 )

I re. Scratch that 🙂

I was nominated by Bella at Doll Habit! Thank you Bella!

I reaslised that I was also nominated a while ago by Light4theLord! I don’t plan to answer her questions today (This post is getting kind of long), but thank you SO much for the nomination! 🙂 Maybe I can answer them in my next (assuming there is a next) tag post.

Here we go…

The sunshine blogger award

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominator has given you.
  • Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • List the rules on your blog and display the award!

And here are the questions!

Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?

Dark chocolate!

Would you rather never read another book, or never post on your blog again?

Eek! Never post on my blog again/. *makes a sheepish face* 

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate, preferably with some sort of chocolatey mix-in,.

Who/What inspired you to start a blog?

Probably three main blogs inspired me to make mine, American girl Fan, Fun with AG Fan, and MyFroggy Stuff. They were wonderful examples and inspirations! 

What is your favorite thing about having a blog?

I guess it can mbe dtricky to keep up on posting. I have trouble iwith that. I’ll wait a bit after making a post and see commnets and things, and then I need a while to make my next post, and then suddenly it’s been a week (more or less) 😮 🙂 

What is your least favorite thing about blogging?

OOPS I MIXED UP THESE QUESTIONS! please read the previous one as answer to this question, and the answer here as the andswer to the previous question . Oops! 

That was probably confusing,,, to read the wrong answer… XD 

So my favorite thing might be the fun of posting, reading comments, interacting. It gives me a good outlet to use my dolls, too! I really like being able to read and comment on others’ blogs, too.

Do you have any pets or animals?

Well, perhaps you remember Clifford our grey tabby cat. Sadly, he passed, so currently we don’t have any pets. :-/ 🙂 

What is your favorite holiday?

I really like thanksgiving. It’s a joy to see our family. Christma s is also great! A wonderful holiday, that basically slasts a month or so! (Perhaps I should have seaid, oh, nevermind XD )

What is the largest amount of followers that you have gotten in one day?

I don’t know. When I tried to look I saw only back to. Actually, when I looked again, I think 2. 

What is your favorite day of the week?

I don’t know. Friday? I haven’t quite started school yet, so that could changee things. 🙂 

Which do you prefer? Reading or Writing?

I really like wriitng but I ‘m going to go with reading!

 

I nominate:

En, oops.

Emmie

blackiesunshine

Kiki

Oops, I just realized that I ‘ve nominateed Kiki for this award already! But since this is the vlogging tag, you can sitill do it again, if you want to! 🙂 😉

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Erin

Alyse

That is only siz (*sigh* *six) , but I’m going to leave this a bit open, so if you would like to be nominated for the sunshine Blogger Award, comment down below and I can nominate you!

 

My Questions:

  1. Board games or card games
  2. Fidget spinner or fidget cube?
  3. Do you like to sew or craft?
  4. What advice yowould you give to someone starting a new blog?
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. Do you enjoy graphic design>?
  7. What is a unique or strange habit that yuo have or used to have?
  8. Thoughts on the new American Girl create your own line?
  9. Who do you look up to?
  10. Name a blogger that you would like to meet.
  11. What is one practical way you can think of to make a difference in tihis world?

Please feel free to edit my vlogging tag typing mistakes! 😉 :-/

(Yay, soon I can go back to editing, we’ve almost made it!!!! XD )

 

Now for my vlogging Tag nominations!

(and the feature image that I forgot in the beginning)

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I nominate,…

Sassafras

Zielle

Sara

Clara

Samantha

 

IT looks like… That’s it!

Did you make it through this post, or flee when you saw the bad grammar? Do you want to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award? Which tag/award was your favorite?

 

Signing out,

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(I’m editing now! 🙂 )

P.S. What is one of my most funny mistakes that I made in this post?

 

So I wanted to include the questions for each tag again, but edited, so that you don’t have to do it yourself if you do the award! 😉

So here are the questions I did for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award (Ah, it feels so nice to backspace XD )

Why did you start your blog?

Who is a blogger that you are inspired by/look up to/really enjoy? (Or name a few!)

What are some of your main blogging struggles?

What are some of the main ways you’ve been blessed by blogging?

Baking or cooking?

Indoors or outdoors?

What is your favorite dessert?

Who is someone you look up to and how?

Do you like sewing? If so, what do you like to sew?

Favorite song? 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award:

Board games or card games?

Fidget spinner or fidget cube?

Do you like to sew or craft?

What advice would you give to someone starting a new blog?

Do you have any pets?

Do you enjoy graphic design?

What is a unique or strange habit that you have or used to have?

Thoughts on the new American Girl create-your-own line?

Who do you look up to?

Name a blogger that you would like to meet.

What is one practical way you can think of to make a difference in this world?

 

Lastly (this has been a long post!) I want to include my BIBPC (Boring into Beautiful Photography Contest) entry!

I’m on Team Kiwi! Whoop Whoop! 🙂

The theme is fruit!

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Story: At first I thought I would just photograph some sort of fruit from the store, but then I remembered our grapefruit tree! So one morning I went out and got some pictures. (the lighting looked pretty, so I went out even though I wanted to go back to sleep XD .)

 

Our Generation “It Seams Perfect” Sewing Set REVIEW + sewing instructions

I recieved a really fun OG set for my birthday! (Which, by the way, I’m not saying is recently… or long ago… or somewhere in between… 😉 😉 )

So today I’m here to review the Our Generation “It Seams Perfect” Set! (Yes, yes, you probably already knew that 😉 )

This is a super cute set, and I look forward to showing you it.

Here goes!

It Seams Perfect

 

Here is the set, out of the box…

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It’s really cute!

 

Now let’s dig in, shall we!? 🙂

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First off, here is a roll of cute heart printed fabric and a pattern that it came with. I think this is a super neat thing for Our Generation to include, since you can actually make a dress! I’ll be showing how the dress I made turned out, later, and go into some more detail of what I think of this part of the set. I also wrote up some instructions for making the dress.

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It also came with a dress form, which is really neat! The dress form is able to rotate around it’s base. I have Julie next to it to compare sizes. From the front, the form is slimmer than her. It does fit clothes on it, but wider necked outfits may be hard to rest on the small dress form shoulders. I also noticed that the letters on the form can come up too high if your dress neck is kind of low. You might be able to fix this by using the dress form backwards. 🙂

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The side also looks a little slimmer than Julie.

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Here is the table and chairs! The chair cushion is a slightly different color than the table. I like the polka dots!

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They fit in each other.

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Julie fits, too! It looks a little small, to me, but is still nice (better to fit in small nooks of your doll house 😉 )

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If there was a wall behind the table, Julie’s feet might make it a little awkward to sit at the table.

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One great part about this table, is that the top flips out! There is a little switch that you pull on the side to…

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flip out a small bar to…

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support the flip out part! This is really nice, because the table has a lot more room. Also, the sewing machine fits into the hole in the main part of the table, like in old fashioned sewing tables! (On another note, this picture shows the relatively large tag on the chair. Not too big a deal, you could cut it off if you wanted.)

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This is a bad picture, but should get the point across 😉

One thing that’s kind of strange, is that the flip out doesn’t exactly make contact with the support bar… so, I’m not sure it actually helps…. I probably won’t end up using the support bar much.

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Now onto the sewing machine!! It’s plastic, and lightweight. I really like that OG made it pretty interactive. The silver flower knob spins around loosely.

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The green knob on the side turns to move the needle up…

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and down.

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There is also a lever in the back to move the presser foot.

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Like so. 🙂

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The set also came with this sewing box. The lid is removable.

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And all of the little accessories fit inside!

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There are two wooden spools wound with thread. One pink, and one white.

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There is a tiny thimble that actually fits on Julie’s finger!!

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My set came with four buttons, though the packaging advertised eight. Black, white, pink, and yellow/green.

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I hadn’t known about this tool before. OG calls it a buttonhole measure tool. I think it’s actually a sewing gauge, which can probably be used for buttonhole measuring.

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And here is a ruler, which looks just like the one from an OG math set I reviewed a while ago.

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Here is a tape measure, which I find strange because… it’s human sized. We can pretend otherwise 🙂 . It has inches and centimeters.

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Here is a little plastic chalk pencil, so your dolls can mark on their fabric! It looks like the other end has a little fake sewing machine cleaning brush.

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Here are some cute little scissors! They open and close and are also made of plastic. They fit in Julie’s hand, but can be hard to position so that it fits.

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Last of these sewing supplies is a plastic tomato pincushion. It has a hard band so that it can be worn by your dolls like a bracelet. I managed to pull it over Julie’s wrist, but I don’t plan to do that again, because I don’t want to damage her arm with the tight, hard band.

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And that’s everything! Here is Julie enjoying the sewing set. She is the main seamstress of the Thomas family household.

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I think it’s a super cute set, with a great play value!

 

I also made the dress with the fabric and pattern that came with the set!

Here it is…

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The dress pattern was very simple, just two pattern pieces, and three fabric pieces to cut. I felt like hemming the neckline and armholes was kind of tricky. The dress turned out cute, but I felt like it was a little short, and the shoulders seem a little small on Caroline. The fabric is also quite thin. I still like it, though, and think it’s quite cute! I think Clara will probably like this outfit 🙂 .

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Here’s how the back of mine turned out. I was kind of confused on how to attach the velcro, but I figured out a way.

I also think it would have been good for OG to include instructions on how to sew it. It could be confusing for young girls trying to sew this.

I thought I would include some of my own instructions…

  • First cut out the paper patterns.
  • Fold your fabric in half.
  • Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Make sure the piece with the side labeled fold is laid with that side on the fold. Then cut out the fabric. You should now have three pieces of fabric.
  • You can iron the pieces if you want.
  • Line up the shoulders of the dress. One back piece to one front shoulder and the other back piece to the other front shoulder. Make sure the good sides are together.
  • Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the shoulders.
  • Next fold the edges of the armholes in about 1/4 inch (the fold should be wrong side to wrong side) and pin it as you go. Do the same to the neckline.
  • Then sew those folds.
  • Next line up the sides of the dress, good side to good side, and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the sides up to the armholes.
  • Fold the bottom edge of the dress (wrong side to wrong side), and sew the hem.
  • Put the back of the dress together good side to good side and sew a 1/2 inch seam about halfway up the back.

This is where I got kind of confused, and this is just my method for doing the velcro, but you may have a better one…

  • Cut the hem perpendicular (90 degree angle) to the seam, at the edge of where your seam ends in the back so that the two flaps of seam allowance can overlap easily.
  • Pin velcro on the good side of one, and sew (you can hem the flap a little, if you want).
  • Then pin velcro on the bad side of the other and sew (again, you may hem).

And you’re done!

 

That’s it for this review! Overall, I think this is a really fun set.

Do you have the OG It Seams Perfect set? Do you want it? What is your favorite piece in the set? Did my sewing instructions make sense?? XD

 

Before you go I want to give a shout-out to Sam over at Beezus the Bear. Would you join me and others in praying for her as she goes through a very hard time? You can read her post here.

 

Have a blessed day!

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P.S. I was scrolling down through my many images to fish out my sign off, and just daydreaming and thinking along the way when suddenly I found myself at the bottom of all of my images (As in, the end of all the images I’ve used in this blog) XD HAHA whoops!

A Walk in the Forest – A Grace Photoshoot, with a New Look…

Hi!

Today I have the photoshoot I got of Grace in the woods! I hope you will enjoy.

The new look, you ask?

For one, she’s in a special outfit, but that’s not really it…

In this shoot, she has no bangs!

BUT WAIT! Don’t panic! I just tied and pinned them back into her braid XD hehe.

Enjoy!


 

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Which picture was your favorite? Do you like Grace better with or without bangs? Thoughts on the watermarks (Too distracting/noticable, Hard to read, etc.)?

 

Have a blessed day!

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Grace Explores the Woods

I took the pictures for this photostory while on vacation! Enjoy!

Grace Explores the Woods

 



 

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Hi there! It’s Grace here! Today I’m going to explore the woods around the cabin!

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Ah, it’s so beautiful out–

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EEK! I nearly ran into that web! *shudders*

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Well, here we are! The great outdoors!

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That way is towards the road, so I won’t explore that way…

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But instead I’ll explore this way!

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Hmm, what’s around here…?

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Oooh look! A swing!!

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But… it’s to tall for me… *sigh*

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There are a lot of pine cones around here! They’re so interesting!

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Now this looks like fun!

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Woohoo!

Oh, wait… um, where’d the cabin go?? I certainly don’t want to get lost! (although, I suppose, the last time turned out pretty interesting!)

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Phew, false alarm! There it is over there!

Now, let’s see, what else is there to do around here?

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Ah, look at that! A cliff to conquer!!

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*heaves*

Al…most… there…!!

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Yes! I made it!!

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Well, this has been a whole lot of fun, but I guess it’s time to head home (or, that is, to the cabin) now.

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Bye everyone! Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned for a photoshoot of me later on!!


 

Did you enjoy Grace’s little woodsy adventure? Like Grace mentioned, stay tuned for a photoshoot I got of her on vacation (In a special outfit!)

 

Have a blessed day!

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Help Decide My New Header! +Extra Pictures

Hi!

{I was planning to post one of the posts that I had planned while on vacation, but since I ended up making some headers, I decided to do this first! So my vaca photos should be coming up next!}

I want a new header for my blog, and have two to choose from.

But instead of picking one myself, I want your input on which I should use!

So, I’ll show you the headers, and then you can vote in the poll for which one you think would look best on Smile and Craft AG!

Here they are…

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And Header 2:Smile and Craft AG (3)

 

 

Cast your votes by Saturday, and then come back to see the winning header!

 

And now for all the extra pictures I took! When I went out to get a header picture, I got a lot more pictures for each scene… so here they are!

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Now for the other photoshoot 🙂

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I thought that our wall would work great, because it is green, like one of the colors I want in my blog, but it turned out more grey in the pictures, so I just edited it to be more vibrant in the header.

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And then I took a couple of bonus shots (not for the purpose of a potential header) because I didn’t want to stop yet!

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I hope you enjoyed!

Which header did you choose as your favorite? Which picture (of the extra ones) was your favorite? How do you like the changes made so far to Smile and Craft AG’s design?

 

Bye!

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