Fashion Show Competition – Cowgirl Edition

Hi!!! I’m so happy to be writing up another post.

As I mentioned in my New Year post, I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting because of school and work, but I’m happy to be getting another post up, and I hope that you will enjoy it!

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So, as I assume you saw in the title, today is the day for another fashion show with the dolls! We’ve done fall fashions, historical fashions, and this time three of the girls are modeling cowgirl-inspired fashion!

Each of the dolls will show their outfit, and at the end you get to vote on your favorite one! The winner will be announced in about a week (or perhaps two) with a photoshoot in their winning outfit!

Here are the dolls in the show today…

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Clara Gabrielle

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Grace Renae

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and Caroline Hope

 

Please welcome our first contestant to the stage… *drum roll*

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Grace Renae!

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Next up,

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Clara Gabrielle

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And our last contestant today is…

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Caroline Hope!

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Those are all of our models today!

 

And now it’s your turn!

Who will win?

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This photo is actually a fun Photoshop edit of a picture of each doll… combined into one photo of all three of them! :O Probably won’t be a regular occurrence, but it was fun to try out!

 

Have fun voting! I plan to post the winner, along with a photoshoot of them in their outfit, in 1 to 2 weeks!

 

Have a blessed day!

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P.S. Anyone want to see bonus/behind-the-scenes pictures when I post the winner? (Including our kitty who tends to like to pay a visit! 🙂 )

P.P.S Likely you didn’t notice it, but if you did, pardon the strange watermarks in this post. I used a couple different methods for them 🙂 .

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Pretty as a Princess – A Caroline Photoshoot with Photoshop Editing

Hi there!

Today I have a short photoshoot of pretty Caroline. She is modeling the dress I won in American Girl Fan’s giveaway. It is such a pretty, silky dress!! Thank you Rolling Rock Dolls and American Girl Fan! Underneath the skirt, I added a tulle tutu that I made, making the dress more like a full, old-fashioned-type gown.

Since I just got Photoshop, I wanted to use this photoshoot as a sort of Photoshop trial run. I edited each of the pictures using Photoshop.

After the photoshoot (note: it’s a pretty short photoshoot 😉 ), I’ll show you a few before and after pictures to show the difference from editing, and I also have one fun, play edit, as well!

 

Enjoy!

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Editing really helps bring out her pretty eye color!

 

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This is one of my favorites 🙂

 

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Another of my favorites 😉

 

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And one last look at her pretty dress.

 

 

That’s the end of the photoshoot! So…

Here are a few before and after editing pictures! Before is always first, and I’ll label them, as well.

 

Before:

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After:

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After:

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After:

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And lastly I have a fun bonus edit! I was going off of this tutorial, but eventually just added the sparkle/lights in a different way (I think I used the dodge tool, in case you were wondering), because the tutorial’s version of Photoshop didn’t match my version.

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Maybe not quite as magical as the tutorial, but I think it turned out pretty fun ☺ .

 

So, what did you think?

Editing really makes a difference, doesn’t it? I hope that you enjoyed the photoshoot, and editing!

Which picture is your favorite? Do you have Photoshop, or edit photos with something else? Any editing suggestions, tips, or critiques?

Would you like to see a post on how I edit (perhaps after I’ve had some more practice 🙂 )?

What other posts would you like to see on Smile and Craft AG?

Thank you for reading and Have a Blessed Day!

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Welcome to 2018 – Little update and Happy New Year!!

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A new year has officially arrived! I am so excited for a fresh, new slate with so much to be seen as God unfolds His faithfulness and perfect plan for the year.

God is so good, which should never be mistaken to think that 2018 will be full of idealistic good times and happiness, but it does mean that God has a perfect plan for us, to refine His people, and to one day return to judge the world and rule us perfectly in glory, wiping away the stain of sin and tears for those who have followed Him in this life.

 

A Small Update of Sorts:

I love blogging at Smile and Craft AG, and I hope you love reading and are encouraged by it. Last semester I had some trouble keeping up on posting, and this year will probably be even busier for me, as I plan to get a job on top of school.

That being said, I’m not completely sure what the coming year/semester will look like with posting consistency, so I just wanted to give a little heads-up about that. Hopefully I’ll still be able to post relatively often, but I’ll have to wait and see! 🙂

 

So anyways, Happy New Year!!

So this post isn’t picture-less, here’s a dramatically lighted picture of my cat, Callie, sitting at the piano (with the beautiful song, Blessings, on the stand). (Edited in Photoshop)

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What are you looking forward to for 2018? What would you like to see on Smile and Craft AG this year?

 

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A Few Received Gifts

Hello!

It’s crazy that Christmas has already passed! I hope you all had a wonderful day!

Today I’m here to show you some things I received for Christmas! That being said, I want to add that although gift-giving and receiving is fun, I hope we will all note and remember that the true reason for Christmas is God’s free gift to us: His Son, Jesus, to save us from our ultimate debt!

Since this is a doll blog, I’m just here with three things that are for my dolls or relate to my blog!

I hope you will enjoy! And a big thank you to my brothers who gave me the gifts in this post!

 

First off, I received two Our Generation (Target brand) outfits for my dolls!

Here’s one:

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It’s called “Tennis Togs.” It comes with a white dress, grey cardigan with embroidered tennis rackets, orange plastic sneakers, a fuzzy tennis ball, and a tennis racket. Looks like Julie has a new hobby! (Note: Julie can hold the ball and racket with the help of hair elastics.)

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I especially like the dress in this set. It seems like it’s really versatile! Here I layered a vest.

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Or you could add tights.

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Or leggings!

Next up…

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“So Deer to Me.” It includes a button up top (fastened with velcro), pink pants, a royal blue belt, brown plastic sneakers, orange glasses, and dark pink socks.

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Clara popped in to give a quick look at the socks and glasses. I think my favorite part of this outfit is the pants, though it’s cute overall! 🙂

The socks actually do fit under the sneakers. Another thing to note is that the belt is sewn to the pants, causing the buckle to be un-centered when tightened. I’ll probably use my seam-ripper to un-attach the belt. 🙂

And that’s all for the doll items!

However there is one more thing that applies to this blog! My brother kindly gave me Photoshop (Elements 2018). I look forward to playing around with it, and using it to edit photos for my posts! I used it a little for this post, but I have a photoshoot of Caroline that I’m excited to show you soon, in which I’ve been working on editing the pictures with Photoshop!

Well, that about wraps up this post! Thank you again to my brothers! 🙂

What are some things you got for Christmas? What are some things you gave for Christmas?

Have a blessed day!

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‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part 4 – Joyfully Messy Christmas: A Photostory

Hi there!

It’s Julie, by the way.

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Are you ready for the final part of our Christmas series? It’s been so fun 🙂

     Part One, Wednesday, December 13Caroline, Collection Post {Check!}

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post {Check!}

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post {Check!} 

     Part Four, Friday, December 22: Julie, Photostory Post

Today I get to share something I love about Christmas… decorating!

Um… yes… there is indeed only 3 days until Christmas and we haven’t decorated… :O

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Oh… and just yesterday the house was a huge disaster…

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But now it is much better! And today we can actually decorate!!

Let’s go! *looks around* Clara! Caroline! Grace! Come on out! It’s time to decorate for Christmas!

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Clara: Ooh! Yay!!

Grace: Yes! I’m coming!

Caroline: Sounds great! Though, we’re starting a bit late, don’t you think?

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Julie: Better late than never. Alright, then! Caroline and I will prep the tree. Grace and Clara, you can–”

Grace: May we work on the gingerbread house?

Clara: Oh yes! Yes!

Julie: That would be fine! Ok, Caroline! I’ll start fluffing up the tree.

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Caroline: I’ll go dig out the tree skirt.

Julie: Um, Caroline?

Caroline: What?

Julie: We don’t actually have a tree skirt.

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*Shocked look* Caroline: Oh. Well, I guess… I’ll have to find something… or make something.

Julie: You know there’s only three days until Christmas…

Caroline: It will be easy… I think. Give me a minute.

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I just shrugged and began to hang lights on the tree. Soon I heard Clara exclaim from the kitchen.

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Clara: WE FINISHED!

Grace: Yeah…

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Julie: Oh good, you can– oh! It’s, um, smaller than usual?

Grace: Uh-huh. Clara dropped a sheet of gingerbread so we had to improvise…

Clara: But I think it’s cute!

Julie: *nods* You can set it over there!

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Caroline: Do you think this will work for a tree skirt?

Clara: A tree skirt? That’s too small!

Caroline: *sighs* I know, I know. But it’s all I could find!

Clara: You should have asked me! I have a stash of fabric upstairs! *runs to bedroom* But please wait before hanging the ornaments!!!

Caroline seemed relieved. Soon we had a tree skirt, a prepped tree, and a tiny gingerbread house. Things were starting to come together, and now we could finish decorating the tree!

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We all had fun doing that.

Julie: Alright! Time to put up the star!

Clara: Oooh! Can I do it this year!!

Julie: Ok. Here’s a chair.

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Clara: I can’t reach. I’ll have to stand on the back!

Caroline: Is that sturdy?

Grace: Clara, I’m not so sure–

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Clara: Just a little furthur…!

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Clara: AH! TIMBER! HELP!

Grace: Oh dear! *Braces self* OOF! Erm…

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Julie: Oh my goodness! Amazing catch!!

Caroline: That fall would have been awful…

Grace: Clara, you… have. to. get–Off!!

Clara: I cannot!

Grace: Some help, please! I’m holding the tree and Clara!

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Caroline: Oh, of course!!

Grace: Push!!

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Clara wobbled off of the now-upright tree, while Grace gasped from the effort.

Julie: Crises averted! Grace, you just saved the day and Clara!

Clara: Well… *nervous chuckle* on the bright side, I did get the star on top!

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Suddenly, the door bell rang, I left to get it while Clara and Grace recovered. It was our cousin, Consuelo.

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Consuelo: Hi guys!! I wanted to come over and help you decorate,

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Consuelo: but it looks like you’ve finished! It looks pretty in here.

Clara: I’m glad! You should have seen it two minutes ago…

Consuelo: I brought something for you to add!!

Caroline: How sweet!

Grace: What is it?

Consuelo pulled out a small nativity she had been holding under her arm.

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Consuelo: It’s a nativity! Christmas decorating can’t be complete without one!

Julie: That’s wonderful, Consuelo! Thank you! Let’s put it in the center of the table over here!

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Caroline: Perfect.

Julie: This is a great reminder of the true reason we celebrate. Not presents or Christmas trees or gingerbread houses, but Jesus, our Savior. Even if everything is falling down and seems hopeless (whether it be Christmas trees, or other things in our lives), that doesn’t mean that Christmas is ruined, or our lives are ruined, because that’s not what it’s really about.

Caroline: We need to fix our eyes on Jesus, this season. And all seasons, for that matter. He is all we really need in this life, as our Savior, joy, and hope for eternity.

We all nodded, and were quiet for a few moments before I broke the silence.

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Julie: I think it’s time to turn on the Christmas tree lights, don’t you?

Clara: Yes!!!

Grace: Um, Julie?

Consuelo: Yayy!!

Grace: Julie??

Julie: Yes? What?

Grace: We, uh… don’t actually have an outlet in this room.

Julie: *blinks* What?? You’re saying–? Oh NO!

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Caroline: Well, at least we all know that’s not the true reason for the season!

Julie: Yeah….

Clara started to laugh.

Clara: What a mistake! No outlet for the Christmas lights!

And then we all joined her in laughter. No late decorating, tiny gingerbread houses, falling trees, or lack of lights was going to keep us from joy in the true meaning of Christmas!

♥ ♥ ♥

 

Julie