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 πŸ™‚

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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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Family Game Night Olympics

Hi!

I’ve finished putting together the photostory!

I hope you will enjoy…

AG Family Game Night Feature Picture

 

Here we go!


 

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Julie walked into the room where her sisters had just sat down to eat dinner.

“Girls,” Julie said, “I have something I’d like to say before we start!”

The girls turned to look at her, and Clara mumbled something about being hungry.

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“Tonight we are going to have a family game night!”

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“Sounds nice,” Caroline replied softly and cheerily. “It’s been a while.”

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“But Julie!” Grace countered. “I was going to hangout at Therese’s house tonight!”

Julie shook her head, “Sorry, but this is non-negotiable. We need some family time!”

“Oh alright; I’ll text her, then…” Grace said (with a tinge of a sigh).

“What do you think of it, Clara?” Julie asked.

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“Well,” Clara said thoughtfully, “My stuffed animals were going to have the Grand Stuffielympics after dinner, but I guess a game night sounds like fun; the Olympics will just have to wait!”

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Julie smiled, “It’s settled then! After dinner, we’ll have our game night!”

Then Julie prayed over the food, and the girls ate.


 

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Once they finished eating, they all worked to clear the table, and Julie told them meet in the living room afterwards.

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Soon they had taken their seats and gathered around the coffee table.

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“Grace, will you bring out the games for us?” Julie requested.

Grace readily agreed, and headed out to get the games.

DSCN3128Β She came out with an unstable looking armful of games.

“Oh my!” Julie said, standing up. “Do you need help?”

“Neh, eh got et.” Grace murmured under the cards that were balancing against her face. But when she leaned over to put the games on the table…

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they all came tumbling down!

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“Oh no! I guess I did need help after all!” Grace exclaimed. Julie giggled and helped her put the games back in order, while Caroline and Clara gathered cards from the floor.

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“So,” Grace gasped, after plopping back down onto the couch. “What game should we play?”

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“Why not all of them?” Clara said suddenly.

“Like a family game night marathon,” Caroline commented.

“Yes, but I was thinking a bit more on the lines of a family game night Olympics!”

The sisters all nodded their agreement, and they began the first game of the night’s ‘Olympic Games’, “Racing.”

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The girls rolled dice and their playing pieces took off down the colored board. Julie (Yellow) was taking the lead, followed closely by Clara (Red), and further by Grace (Green). Caroline’s blue pawn lingered behind them all.

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The game started a bit mellow, but soon the sisters were really getting into it!

Clara: Caroline!! How did you pass me so quickly!

Caroline: *giggles and shrugs*

Grace: This roll oughtta pull me ahead! *shakes dice vigorously*

(It did pull her ahead! πŸ˜‰ )

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After the game finished, Julie drew a scoreboard to keep track of the night’s Olympic games scores.

The scores for “Racing” were as follows:

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Julie: (4th); Caroline: 1st; Grace: 3rd; Clara: 2nd

Next up, Snakes and Ladders (Also played as Shoots and Ladders)

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Clara (red) took a quick lead, but then Julie (yellow) happened upon a ladder!

 

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Soon the playing pieces were nearing the end! Poor Grace (green) was at the back of the line-up.

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Clara (who was currently in the lead as the red piece) was on her turn to roll when…

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she rolled a two which sent her straight down the worst snake (shoot) on the board!

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“NOOO!” she exclaimed (falling to the floor dramatically). Julie tried to stifle a giggle.

“Now I’m SO far behind!!” she wailed.

“Don’t worry,” Julie said brightly, “you may catch up quickly! Besides, it’s all about the fun and the family time, right?”

“Yes, you’re right,” Clara agreed, sitting up to continue playing.

And she did, indeed, catch up quickly!

Until she fell down that same snake.

Twice.

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And the game continued on, and Grace, with a quick recovery from her losing start, finished first! The other girls soon followed.

Julie recorded the scores for Snakes and Ladders:

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Julie: 2nd; Caroline: 3rd; Grace: 1st; Clara: (4th)

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Next was Chinese Checkers! But after a few long minutes of tediously setting up several of the many little game pieces, they realized that it was only a three player game. So they put it away and crossed it off of Julie’s chart.

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By this time the girls were getting a bit worn out.

“I think we need some popcorn!” Julie offered.

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The girls brightened.

“Oh, yes!” Clara exclaimed.

“I’ll come with you!” Grace said as Julie stood up to go get the popcorn. Only Julie noticed Grace wink.

Soon Julie brought in a large bowl of popcorn,

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and Grace followed behind with a plate of chocolate chip cookies! Clara whooped.

“I made them a earlier today,” Grace explained, laying them on the coffee table.

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After several cookies and handfuls of popcorn were devoured, the sisters were ready to continue their games. Caroline dealt out the UNO cards.

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The girls took turns in silence. (Due to them still eating, of course)

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“Yikes, Grace! How many cards do you have?” Clara said, after finishing her second cookie. (Julie told her she’d had enough when she tried to nab a third.)

“Well, a lot,” Grace grimaced at her handful.

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Suddenly, Caroline called “UNO!”

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“Uno?” Grace called, surprised by Caroline’s sudden cry. “I still have eight!”

Caroline won on her next turn, and the game continued around. Grace, who seemed to be very good at comebacks by now, finished soon after Caroline.

Julie wrote out the scores…

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Julie: (4th); Caroline: 1st; Grace: 2nd; Clara: 3rd

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Next up, Caroline dealt out cards for Go Fish, while Clara tried to get her attention to insist that they need a Go Fish “pool” rather than a Go Fish “pile.”

“How can we ‘go fishing’ if all the cards are stacked up neatly?” Clara reasoned. “They have to be in a lake so we can fish for them!”

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And so, Caroline set up a Go Fish “pool” in the center of the table!

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The game began, and continued around.

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Several matches and “go fish’s” had been made when Julie stood up, suddenly.

“Wait a minute,” she said, “I’ve got something to get.” (Clara wondered [or should I say hoped] if it was more cookies)

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Julie strutted back into the room, holding her camera, and announced, “It’s picture time!!”

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“NOOOO!” Clara cried.

“Just give me a minute, my hair is a wreck!” Caroline pleaded.

Grace just giggled.

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Grace managed to convince her sisters to come over and pose, after reminding them that Julie was still taking pictures of them.

They piled in, and actually looked fine, in spite of their original distress.

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Julie attached her camera to her tripod, set the timer, and jumped in to join them in a picture.

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Then Julie decided that was enough photos, and set her camera on the table. That is, after viewing the ones she had taken and giggling over the results. Clara and Caroline hesitantly agreed that Julie could keep the crazy pictures, and laughed along with her.

Then they sat down to finish their round of Go Fish.

The scores were as follows:

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Julie: 1st; Caroline: 2nd; Grace: (4th); Clara: 3rd

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The last game of the night was “Slap” (also known as Egyptian Rat Screw, and I think other names, too.)

It got quite intense, as the girls crowded around the table, trying to prepare themselves to slap the deck at a moment’s notice!

These were the ending scores for “Slap”:

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Julie: 3rd; Caroline: 2nd; Grace: 1st; Clara: (4th)

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“That’s the last game!” Julie told them.

“What!?” Grace exclaimed. The girls began to discuss how fun the night had been as Julie added up the final scores.

She finished, and looked up at her sisters, smiling.

“Ready to see our Family Game Night Olympian Winner!?”

“Yes!” they exclaimed in Unison.

And the winner is……

 

 

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CAROLINE!

With Grace in 2nd and Julie in 3rd!

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“Oh my goodness!” Caroline said excitedly.

Clara frowned as she noticed her own score, but quickly caught herself and was the first to get up and congratulate Caroline.

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“Congratulations, Caroline!!” Julie said after her sisters had a chance to see the scoreboard.

“Yes, Great job!!” Grace agreed enthusiastically. They were happy that their quiet, humble sister, Caroline, won the whole tournament!

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“Honestly,” Clara said, “This was a lot of fun! Winning or not, it was better than my Stuffielympics would have been!”

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“And though Therese’s house would have been great, it was good to get some family time in,” Grace added.

Julie gave a mischievous grin, “Aw, this is great! Just lovely! It’s the perfect time for another group picture!”

Nooo!!” The girls chorused.

“Don’t worry! I’m kidding!” Julie said, her eyes twinkling.

They all laughed.


 

What did you think? It was fun to put together! πŸ™‚

Did you recognize Therese’s name from Grace’s school day photostory?

Have you ever played any of the games featured in this photostory? Does your family ever have family game nights?

 

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I’m Back! +A Bunch of Photos

Hello! I’m back!

I’m back from the trips I took, and look forward to posting more now!

The first trip I took was for my youth group’s summer camp and it was wonderful–especially the sermons!

The second one was a family trip to a friend’s cabin in the woods. It was a very fun trip, and quite relaxing! πŸ™‚

I got a lot of pictures from that trip, including pictures for a little photostory with Grace, and a photoshoot! I plan to share those in two other posts!

But today I want to share other pictures I got, including a few of Grace prior to heading to the cabin, and heading home, as well as a bunch of nature pictures I got! I don’t normally share nature photoshoots and things like that that aren’t doll related, but I hope that you will enjoy seeing them! (Note: I edited some of these πŸ™‚ )

To start, here is Grace, ready to head off on the trip!

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I buckled her in for the ride πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

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I photographed some neat, drippy tree sap.

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Yay for bokeh! XD

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We went to an antique store, and I discovered a kitty laying in a basket under a table! (The cat was not for sale. πŸ˜‰ ) It was very cute, and quite feisty!

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It was fun trying to get shots of wildlife.

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See that little grey blur in the mid-right part of this picture? Well, if I zoom in…

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Then you can see two birds flying together (are they fighting or playing???). I also edited this photo a bit.

 

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I picked some pretty wildflowers and things to make a little bouquet. I think it turned out pretty sweet, although I had to watch out for spiders while picking (*shudders*)

 

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This funny little squirrel would crawl into this box and just sit there with his head out. πŸ™‚

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Then we went outside for a walk and he got scared of us below him…

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crawled out of his box,

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and took off!

 

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This cute bunny was sitting on the road.

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There were some very interesting looking trees in the woods, like this one!

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And this one, too!

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We spotted an elk! It was hard to get a good picture of him, but fun to try.

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The squirrel posed so perfectly for this picture! πŸ™‚

 

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I think this one looks so funny XD

 

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We also visited a goat farm! This little guy was pretty cute! πŸ™‚

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There were llamas too!

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Then we had a lovely rainy afternoon, and I got to go outside later and photograph water drops. The above picture is during the rain, though.

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These drops were on a car. They were so shiny and reflective!

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I think these plants are so interesting; their leaves spread out like fans and circles. Anyone know what kind of plant it is?

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And here is Grace at the end of the trip, ready to go home. (Note, be extremely careful when standing your doll on a porch railing! XD )

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Here she is looking out at the woods for a last time before heading out!

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And back in the car! πŸ™‚

 

Next I plan to post that photostory that I had started before my trips, and then I plan to do the posts that I took pictures for in the woods!

Which picture is your favorite? Have you ever stayed in a cabin or camped in the woods?

 

Until next time,

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Updates!

Hello!

I was planning to post a photostory but wasn’t able to finish it tonight (and I have to get up at 4AM. AAAAH!)

I’ll be going on a couple of trips (one of which is my youth group camp!) and wanted to inform you all of my absense πŸ˜‰ . I’m planning/hoping to post the photostory in between the two trips, but if not I may be gone a couple of weeks.

On the second trip I plan to bring a doll and get pictures! I’m thinking Grace, but who do you think I should bring?

Sooo, I guess that’s it!

Here’s a picture of Clifford to end this post XD :

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‘Till next time!

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Redesigning Plans

HELLO!

One of my summer goals is to re-design my blog. I feel like the design isn’t quite… up to date, perhaps?

I want to make it cleaner and more professional (and pretty!! πŸ˜‰ )

I’ve made a color palette, inspired by Megan and Clara‘s DIY Design, and I thought I’d share…

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It’s basically like my current one, but it’s fun to put it in a palette. What do you think?

 

So you may see some changes around here for a while, and I would love to hear your feedback and ideas!

 

What are your thoughts on Smile and Craft AG being redesigned? What do you like and/or dislike about my current design? Do you have any suggestions for the new design?

 

Also, is anyone doing July Nano and in need of/have room for a cabin member? I’ll be gone for some of July, so might not be able to be super active, but would like to join a cabin for Nano, if I can find a good one, and would love to be with blogger friends! πŸ™‚

 

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Hmm, maybe I’ll even make a new sign-off!

P.S. Anyone know where I can find a cute yellow watercolor (or something like that) daisy graphic for free?