I Will Tell You a Story…

You’ve probably been wondering why I haven’t posted anything about my dolls in 3 months, and when I have, my posts have been few and far between.

In short, I’ve been busy!

In the bittersweet truth, Smile and Craft AG is coming to a conclusion.

But to explain, as well as to celebrate many years of doll fun, let me tell you my story of how my love of American Girl, this blog, and now my departure from it, came to be…



I received Julie, my first American girl doll, when I was 7. I remember looking at an American girl catalog to pick out a doll I liked. I didn’t want a doll that looked like me. Rather, I chose Julie because I thought her clothes were the most modern of the historical dolls! (Interestingly, now I love and prefer the more historical dolls and clothing.)


I had Julie as my only doll for a while. Eventually I decided to get Clara. I tried to pick out a doll that looked like me, and chose “My American Girl” #55 as the closest choice.


Funny fact: I didn’t know about different face molds at that time. I thought that Julie’s (the Josephine face mold) was the only one, so when I got Clara I was surprised at how her face looked! It took me a while to get used to her.

Even though she is my look-alike doll, her personality eventually became probably the most different from me out of all my dolls, besides that she likes arts and crafts.

My next doll was Grace, Girl of the Year 2015, who I picked out at the American Girl Store. She, surprisingly, had my name and looked somewhat like me as well!


Later on, I believe it was in December of 2015, I was at Costco with my mom and saw Caroline being sold there! Caroline was one of the dolls I was interested in getting, and I was ecstatic! I started talking about the possibility of asking for her for Christmas, but soon the excitement wore off and I decided that I didn’t really want her that much.


Then, that Christmas, my grandparents handed me a doll-box-shaped present… and sure enough, it was Caroline! She is such a pretty doll, and I was blessed to be surprised with her.

Somewhere along this line (I think I only had Julie, and possibly Clara, at this point), I met a very good friend who was also into American Girl dolls, and had a few of her own. We would play often. It was through this friendship that I grew in my love for dolls, and even started on the path towards blogging!

We enjoyed making crafts for our dolls, so she introduced me to My Froggy Stuff, which has many amazing craft tutorials and printables for dolls. I would go searching a lot online, scanning the internet for new sites with great crafts. From my searching I became interested in Fun with AG Fan and American Girl Fan. Eventually I started reading these blogs for their posts, and not just the crafts. I chose the pseudonym, Redeemed, when I commented.

Those three blogs became huge inspirations for me to make my blog, Smile and Craft AG. I learned about posting and high quality crafting from them, and finally made the exciting aspiration to create my own blog.

So on June 6, 2016, I made a WordPress account and out came Smile and Craft AG and my very first post, Hello World!

It was exciting gaining readers and seeing comments, as well as finding many new blogs to follow! It has been such a good creative outlet.

At this point, I think I pretty much assumed that I would be blogging indefinitely. I was encouraged by how there were (and are, I’m sure) even adult doll bloggers! Even though I was getting older, dolls were still fun, and I wasn’t planning on “growing out” of them anytime soon. However old you are, dolls can still be a great joy!

But now I realize that though “growing out” of things can have to do with changing interests, it can also, instead, have to do with simply getting busier as you grow up.

Probably big factor in my posting decline has been due to starting early, duel enrollment college classes (during high school) in the fall of 2017. School is busy! Eventually I got a job as well. Posting had to be pushed back, though I still kept it up for another year or so.

And now we come to the present. I haven’t had much motivation to make posts. Even over the summer and Christmas I haven’t posted much. One day, pretty recently, I walked into my closet (where I keep my dolls) and realized that my dolls had been literally gathering dust! Not to mention the doll house has been a huge mess for a long time (poor dolls! 🙂 ). Pretty soon, I’m even planning on going off to university!

I realized that my seasons are changing, and it is time to turn the page and bring my years of doll fun and blogging to a close.

Life flies!

I’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and met many amazing people through this blogging adventure!

Here are a few stats…

Blog Age: 2 years, 9 months

Followers: 303… Thank you so much for 300 followers!!! ♥ ❤ ♥

Posts: 183

Words Written: 73,246

Visitors: 7,126

Views: 16,386

Most Viewed Post: “Wellie Wishers at Target!?” (I wouldn’t have guessed that! What was your favorite post?)

And, of course, I’m not vanishing! I still love reading and interacting on others’ blogs, and I even have a personal blog, Joyful in Hope,  that I plan to post on! 🙂 If you haven’t seen this blog yet, you can take a look here!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, probably my last post on Smile and Craft AG. Thank you all for reading, following, commenting, and making my time blogging very blessed! I cherish the memories made here, and hope you have been blessed by this blog as well. 🙂

To conclude, I am so thankful to the Lord for this opportunity and journey that’s made up a piece of my life. I pray that He will bless you all.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 


Blessings to you, ♥

Gracie Sign Off

P.S. Here is a Loooooooooong photo mosaic with photos from all throughout Smile and Craft AG’s blog-life 😉 . How many do you remember?


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! 🙂

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 🙂 )

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



I buckled her in for the ride 😉 🙂




I photographed some neat, drippy tree sap.



Yay for bokeh! XD





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



It was fun trying to get shots of wildlife.


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


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




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*)



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



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


crawled out of his box,


and took off!





This cute bunny was sitting on the road.





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


And this one, too!







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





The squirrel posed so perfectly for this picture! 🙂




I think this one looks so funny XD



We also visited a goat farm! This little guy was pretty cute! 🙂



There were llamas too!





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.


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



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





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 )


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



And back in the car! 🙂


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,





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 😉 . 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 :



‘Till next time!



Redesigning Plans


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!! 😉 )

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


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! 🙂



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?