Clara’s Top Ten Craft Materials and Supplies + The Craft Tag

Hi there!! It’s Clara speaking!!

Maybe you’ve heard? I love crafts!!

This in mind, Gracie thought it would be fun for me to share my top ten favorite crafting materials on her blog!

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And, as often happens, I forgot my glasses!

Gracie was also nominated for the Craft Tag by Lexie at Dolltastically Fun (Thanks, Lexie!), so I’ll also be doing that, in place of Gracie, later in this post!

So… let’s begin!

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This is my box of craft supplies!!

In no particular order…

 

1) Scissors

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This is pretty self explanatory. Cutting materials generally ends up turning out much better than tearing them. 😉

 

2) Tape

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Not only is tape useful for sticking your materials together, you can get many different types of tapes in many different designs, allowing you to use it not only for its practical benefits, but also for pretty decorative benefits! (Think washi (!!) and duct tape!)

 

3) Hot Glue

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Unfortunately I don’t have a hot glue gun, but Gracie does, and it is an amazing crafting tool! Normal glue is great, and can be used for some things that hot glue can’t, but hot glue works so much faster, and opens up new crafting opportunities. Just be careful and have an adult’s permission, it’s called hot glue for a reason!

 

4) Craft foam

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Craft foam is so much fun! It comes in so many exciting colors, and you can get different sheet sizes or thickness, if needed. It’s great for crafting doll food (think shredded cheese, coin-cut carrots, sandwiches, etc.) and more!

 

5) Clay

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Clay is a great material. Sometimes I think of it as separate to crafting, since you can basically form anything you want out of it, if you know how. It’s also great for doll food.

 

6) Paperboard (and cardboard)

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Don’t know what I mean by paperboard? It’s just the thin cardboard that makes cereal boxes and things like that. It is great for crafting! Plus, you can easily get it (free!) by recycling it from your empty cereal boxes! Normal cardboard is a wonderful supply as well, but you might need to be a bit creative if you want to hide those messy edges.

 

7) Paper/scrapbook paper

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White or solid colored paper is wonderful, and designed scrapbook paper is really fun too! (We especially like wood prints, and naturals like that). Paper is great for covering large (or small) crafts, to make them look nice.

 

8) Pens/pencils/markers

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And of course, drawing and coloring supplies are staple crafting tools, as well! I don’t think I need much of an explanation here…

 

9) Paint

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Paint is great! Whether your using it for art, or to color your latest project, it is a very good craft supply! I think acrylic is one of the best options for painting your clay, or other material crafts. (Tip from Gracie’s experience: Avoid painting your clay items with watercolor! It may chip off and not work well!)

 

10) Felt/fabric

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And last but not least, felts and fabrics are great materials for various craft and sewing projects. They’re great for sew or no-sew clothing, of course, but you can also use felts and fabrics for things like pillows, felted food, rugs, accessories, and more!

 

 

And now for the Craft Tag!

Here are the Rules:

Answer 5 questions

Create 5+ new questions

Tag people

What is the weirdest craft material you have ever used?

Good question! Once Gracie used real cinnamon and sugar for her clay snicker-doodle cookies! o_O That’s right! She made sure to cover over it in layers of mod-podge to seal it all in! She even sold several in her Etsy shop!

What kinds of things do you like to make?

Food (Our dolly kind, I mean) is a lot of fun to make! Furniture items are fun, as well. Gracie enjoyed crafting me and Grace’s bunk bed a long time ago 🙂 .

Do you use materials from the craft store, or do you use other things also, like recycled or up-cycled things?

Materials from the store are great, but we also love recycling paperboard and other random objects we may find to use in a craft! Once Gracie made a lamp using an old, golden-beaded candle-holder she found.

Are there any craft supplies that you hate or won’t use?

Not really, that I can think of.

Do you have a craft area / where do you do your crafts?

Gracie typically does her crafts at her desk in her room. I do my crafts either in my room or at the kitchen table!

 

 

I Nominate…

Sophie

Sassafras

Kaitlyn

Rebekah

Hannah

 

Questions:

  1. Favorite craft you’ve ever made?
  2. Worst craft you’ve ever made?
  3. What are a few of your favorite craft materials?
  4. Which do you prefer: crafting or sewing?
  5. You are told to craft a bed for your doll/stuffie only using three materials, besides a pair of scissors. What three things do you chose?

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!!

Do you like crafting? What are some of your favorite craft supplies?

 

Until next time!

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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 .)

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award… Times 2!

Hello there!

I haven’t done an award in a while!

I was nominated twice for the Sunshine Blogger Award, (Possibly more, sorry if I missed yours!) so I’m going to answer the questions for both in this post! Thanks so much to Rebekah and Diamond!

I hope you’re ready for a bunch of questions!

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Rules: 

  • Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  • Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • List the rules and display the award.

 

I’ll start with Rebekah’s questions!

1) Are you an indoor person or an outdoor person?

Indoor 🙂

2) What is your least favorite blog post that you’ve done?

Probably The Thomas Family Pets Part 4… I just felt like the storyline got really boring, but I like the first three parts pretty well 🙂 (It was my first photoseries!).

3) What is your biggest pet peeve?

I’m not sure… But hearing people eat isn’t very fun. XD

4) If you could change your name, what would you change it to? 

I don’t know, I like my name. 🙂 How about Grace? XD LOL

5) Rollerskating or ice skating? 

Ice skating, but I guess rollerskating is more practical.

6) Who is the person, alive or dead, who has influenced you the most? 

I’d say my Mom!

7) What’s your favorite subject?

Perhaps history. Writing and reading are good, too!

8) Brownies or cookies?

Cookies. (Though brownies are Amazing!)

9) What’s your least favorite food?

Raw tomatoes? I guess oysters are weird to eat….

10) Would you consider yourself more introverted or extroverted?

Introverted.

11) Pencils or pens?

Pencils. Even though they can be lighter and more smudgy.

 

 

And here are Diamond’s!

1) Have you ever taken your doll on vacation with you? 

Yes! I took Julie to Colorado!

2) What piece of doll clothing do you wish came in your size? 

I don’t think I had ever really thought of that before. But the Our Generation outfits A Real Cool Cat and For the Frill of It are really cute.

3) Do your friends and family know about your AG blog?

Yes. Well, not everyone, but my immediate family does, and several friends/family.

4) First thing you’d do if you won the lottery?

Probably freak out… Ok, ok, um, probably do some serious planning. (Yeah I guess that wasn’t much better…)

5) If you had to give away one of your dolls, who would it be?(I know, so hard!)

I didn’t see this one coming! Oh dear… but… but… well, I can’t do Julie, because she’s my first… and Grace is so pretty… and Clara has such a fun personality… but Caroline, though! AAAH! I guess Caroline, but thankfully I don’t have to 🙂 .

6) How long do you think you’ll be posting on your blog?

I don’t know, probably a while! 🙂

7) Favorite AG tuber?

I don’t really follow AG tubers much. Does MyFroggyStuff count?

8) Which one of your dolls personalities are most like yours? 

Good question! Maybe Grace, except she might be more outgoing.

9) What color is the room you are in?

The walls are a grey color!

10) Favorite pet you’ve ever had?

Our current cat, Clifford. At least, as far as I can remember he’s my favorite.

11) Favorite subject in school?

As mentioned earlier, probably history, writing, or reading. 😀

 

That was fun!! I hope you all enjoyed, (and fantastic job if you made it through all those questions!)

I nominate:

Ruthie-Grace

Kait

Victoria

Tenley 

Rutvi 

Mirra

Kara

Clara

Christian Homeschooler 

Kiki

Hannah 

 

My Questions:

  1. What are you wearing right now?
  2. Do you prefer a Ponytail or Braid?
  3. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would you choose?
  4. What is your favorite word?
  5. Reading or writing?
  6. Would you rather read a book while sitting under a tree, or in a tree?
  7. If you could take a week-long vacation to any one place in the world for free, where would you choose?
  8. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  9. Tea or coffee?
  10. What is one of the strangest dreams you can remember?
  11. If you could choose a superpower to have, what would it be?

 

I hope you enjoyed this/these tag(s)!! 😀

Do you have a least favorite blog post? A least favorite food? What is your favorite pet that you had/have?

 

Buh-bye! 😉

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The Barefoot Tag (With a Photoshoot!)

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Feature Image from Silver Sky Dolls (blackiesunshine)

I was nominated by Blackiesunshine (the creator of this tag) for the Barefoot Tag! Thank you Blackiesunshine!

The Rules:

  1. Take a photoshoot of your doll – but she has to be barefoot.
  2. At least half of your photos must be unedited.
  3. Post every photo you took, regardless of whether it’s good or bad.
  4. Tag one and only one person.

 

Stay tuned for the nomination at the end!

 

I hope you enjoy this photoshoot! I had wanted to get a shoot of Clara in this outfit, and doing it barefoot is just perfect! I’m including all the photos except one repeat, and I cropped most of them, but edited only about half (as the rules say).

I took this at golden hour, so it was fun playing with the light! 🙂

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New profile picture?

 

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Or maybe this should be new profile?

 

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It was kind of short, but I hope you enjoyed!

 

And finally,

I nominate:

Anna @ From a Doll’s Perspective!

 

What picture was your favorite? Do you think one of these should be Clara’s new profile picture?

 

Have a lovely day!

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2016/2017 Tag +BIBPC

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Kiki nominated me for the 2016/2017 tag! Thanks Kiki!

The Rules:

  1. Mention creator of tag
  2. Use the image in the article
  3. Mention blogger who has chosen you
  4. Answer the question
  5. Tag 9 other bloggers to do the post

The creator is David

The Questions:

1: Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Different, Moving, Exciting

2: Write the names of two people who characterized you 2016.

My mom and, uhh, I’ll say my pastor/youth pastor (ok, that’s two, but let’s pretend it’s only one XD ).

3: Write the most beautiful place you visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much:

Colorado! I really liked the hills, and the nature everywhere, too.

4: Write the most delicious food you tasted in 2016.

I ate a lot of food in 2016, but I did enjoy eating sweet potatoes more XD . A more meal-like food that I really liked was a dish my aunt brought us that was basically like a chicken, ham, cheese casserole.

 5: Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016?

Does this mean an event that impacted me? If so, I guess I’ll go with moving 🙂 .

6: Write the finest purchase you’ve made in 2016. 

My Nikon l840 camera!

 7: Write three good intentions for 2017.

 

Grow in the Lord

Be more diligent

and do a bit more day/thought journaling.

8: Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017. 

I don’t really know. Someplace outside of my state? We don’t really travel too much, so just someplace new would be cool. Hey, it’d be awesome if I traveled to the state of a blogger friend and met them! But that’s probably not happening. Must. not. say. that. XD lol

9: Write one food you want to eat in 2017. 

Chocolate! Oh, you want to hear something more irregular than that? XD

It’d be fun to try an exotic fruit. 🙂

 

I nominate:

Grace

Kaitlynrh1

Jaclynn

Clara

Rebekah

Christian Homeschooler

Danielle

Samantha

Life of a Farm Doll

 

I hope you enjoyed!

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This BIBPC entry is a little late, but hopefully it will still count.

I’m on team owl!

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It is the moon shining through a tree. The moon looks like a spotlight!

Story: The category is night, and I had already taken pictures of the full moon, so I looked through and narrowed it down to two, a straightforward one of the moon, and this one. I asked my mom and brother, and when they saw this one they were like, “Oooh! That one!”