‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part Two – Nativity Craft!

Hi!! It’s Clara!!

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I’m excited to be here for my part of the “‘Tis the Season” Christmas series!!

Tis the Season!

Gracie wanted me to include the schedule…

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

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post

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

Yep, so we’re on part two, a craft post!!

Yippee!!

I love arts and crafts, pretty much any time of year. So are you ready to dive in?

The craft we will be doing is…

 

A Miniature (AG size!) Nativity!

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What do you think? It’s very simple, but I think it’s pretty cute. And it’s actually really easy, too!

 

Well… Let’s start!!

Supplies:

  • Paperboard (such as cereal box cardboard)
  • Glue/hot glue
  • Paint
  • Scissors

That’s it!

Here we go…

Take your paperboard and cut out little shapes for the various nativity characters. Here is a list of the figures you can cut out:

  • Baby Jesus/Manger
  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • Shepherds (as many as you want)
  • Wise men (Traditionally three. Trivia: the Bible doesn’t actually say how many there were!)
  • Animals (Sheep, Donkey, etc.) (As many as you want)
  • Stable
  • Star

You’ll also want to cut out a rectangle to put all of your characters on later.

Now don’t worry! We’re going to keep it simple and EASY!! 😀

I’ll show you the shapes I cut for my nativity (with my and Gracie’s hands for size reference):

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See? Not too hard! 😀 😉

Next we’ll paint all the pieces.

Again, it doesn’t have to be complicated! Here’s mine:

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Hot glue (Or glue), each figure onto the base, and hold them upright until they stay up on their own.

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And you’re done!

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I love how cute and easy it is! And nativities are a good reminder of the TRUE reason that we celebrate: Jesus come to earth, humbly, as a baby. What a glorious truth!

We weren’t sure where it would go in our (messy) dollhouse, so I think Gracie has just claimed it for her own room… Maybe once we clean we can ask it back XD .

 

Are you going to make this? Do you have a nativity?

And be sure to come back and see Grace’s and Julie’s posts for the series!

 

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‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part One

Merry Christmas!

Or, at least, Merry Christmas Season! 😉

I wanted to do something special for this wonderful time of the year! So I decided on a four part series where my dolls will each get a post to share something they love about Christmas and the Holiday season (thus, “tis’ the season” for…! 😉 ) ! Each post will have a certain theme, such as a craft or a photostory.

Tis the Season!

Here’s a quick look ahead at the schedule! (dates are my current plan, but could change)

     Part One, Wednesday, December 13: Caroline, Collection Post

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post

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

I hope you will enjoy!

 

I’ll hand it over to Caroline, now, for her post in this series!

 


 

Why hello. *waves*

I think we can all agree that Christmas is one of the best times of year. It’s so beautiful and festive, and filled with memories.

So today I’m here to start off this series with one of my favorite things in this season. And you may not expect it…

 

…Sweaters. 🙂 Pullover sweaters.

I love getting to wear my cozy, warm sweaters at this time of year (preferably with a cup of hot tea).

Ahhh. ☺

So today I am going to show you my collection of sweaters. It’s not very large. I’ll save my favorites for last.

 

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First is this pink sweater. I don’t believe I’ve actually worn this one before (oh dear), and that has been fixed in this picture’s very moment. Grace wore it before, though, in this post. She looked nice in it, don’t you think?

 

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These aren’t as winter-y, but here is a tank top sweater.

 

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And another tank top sweater.

 

Next I’ll show you my two favorites. ♥ ☺

 

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This one is my favorite. 🙂 Simple, and the first one Gracie made. And cozy. 

 

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This one Gracie just finished. She wanted to embellish it and enter it into Pixie Faire’s sweater contest… until she realized that, alas, it was due days ago. Though the previous sweater is my favorite, this one may take its place sometime.

Next are some bonus pictures from the photoshoot Gracie took for this post…

Here is Gracie’s family cat, coming to investigate this unusual setup ☺.

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And now are some other extra pictures!

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Gracie is considering this one to be my new profile picture. Thoughts?

 

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Christmas Wallpaper

She made a Christmas wallpaper for her laptop with a photo she got of the tinsel. You are welcome to use it, if you like.

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And here is another way I like to wear these sweaters: with a button-up underneath! Especially with long-sleeved pullovers.

 

And that is all I have to show you today. 🙂

 

Consuelo: “WAAIIT!”

Oh! Hello!

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Consuelo: Look! Look!! I have a sweater too!!

Why, how sweet! But… it looks a little big, don’t you think? Try this one. A tank top, but perhaps a step in the right direction.

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Consuelo: Hmmm, Ok! Yeah this one’s great! 

I’m going to finish off the post now, OK?

Consuelo: Okey Dokey!

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I do hope that you all enjoyed seeing my sweaters–and Consuelo’s as well! ☺ ♥

 

And I also hope that you will come back and enjoy my sisters’ posts coming up soon.

 

Which sweater was your favorite? Are you looking forward to the rest of the series?

 

Farewell and Merry Christmas!! ♥

Caroline

And

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200 Followers Celebration Shout-Out Activity!

Hello everyone!

As you read in the title, and have possibly seen in my sidebar…

Smile and Craft AG has reached 200(+) followers!!!

Wow!!

Thank you SO much to everyone who has followed my blog, liked, commented, or just stopped by and read it! It is so amazing that I’ve reached this many followers!

Glory to the Lord for ALL of this!

Honestly, I don’t really know how I managed to get here, except for God providing it, and I pray that He will use Smile and Craft AG for His glory. ♥

 

I had been wondering if I should do a celebration post. I wanted to do something different. I’ve done an advice post, a Q&A, and a giveaway, but what else could I do?

Eventually I came up with an idea!

In celebration of 200 followers, I want to shout-out the other amazing bloggers out there! But if I were to pick out a few, I would leave behind so many, so I decided, instead, to host a “Shout-out your Blog”-type activity!

I’ve seen Jessica and Madison do them before, so here goes!

 

Without further ado…

 

The Rules!

  • Comment down below with a link to your site (or make sure your comment name has the link), and ask to participate! (Please ask, or I’ll probably assume you’re just commenting)
  • You may also comment and let me know if you want to link someone else’s site that you enjoy and want to share!
  • You can have me link your blog, Etsy shop, or pretty much anything! Just let me know in your comment.

Then, I can post your site below with the link you provided!

  • BUT, If your site is not deemed appropriate by me and/or my mom, then I won’t be including it in the shout-out.

Come back to see more sites, as I update the list with more links!

 

Learning to Live: Struggling to Thrive     |     American Girl World

AG Doll Adventures     |     The Miniature Cafe     |     It’s Brooke Jade

Doll Notebook     |     Dazzling Dollies     |     Dolls N’ All

Crafts of All Seasons     |     My Homeschool Notebook     |     February Fairy

Forever American Girl      |    Kiki Through the Looking-Glass

AG Doll Dreams     |     A Dollop of AG     |     Stuffie Adventures

Title of Blog     |     Reverie Dolls     |     Embracing the Moment

American Girl Here and There     |     An American Girl Mom

 

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun!

 

And have a blessed day!

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P.S. Stay tuned for a Christmas post series I have coming up!!

Cheery Consuelo – A Photoshoot

Good day!

Today I have the photoshoot that I had mentioned getting of Consuelo to show you!

She’s such a pretty doll, and it’s fun to play around with photographing her. H4H doll’s heads actually have a little wider range of motion than AG (their heads can move upward a bit), which adds some different posing options.

Please enjoy!

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I made the dress, shoes, and headband that she is wearing, all no-sew. The headband is made with some sheer ribbon, braided and tied around her head, the dress is sort of a half-circle of fabric with openings for her arms and head cut out, and the shoes are made with denim fabric, hot-glued onto craft foam soles.

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I hope you enjoyed!

Which picture was your favorite? Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?

I hope to do a Christmas-y post soon!

Also, Smile and Craft AG is nearly at 200 followers!! But… I don’t know what to do in celebration. Any ideas?

Have a blessed day!

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P.S. Thoughts on the new sign off?

A Basket of Thankfulness – Results!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Everyone!! I hope you are all having a blessed day so far.

I Love Thanksgiving, and I’m excited to share the RESULTS of the Basket of Thankfulness activity with you!!

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This year, the TOTAL number of things we came up with to be thankful for is…

 

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150 Things we are Thankful For!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Can you believe it!? I loved getting in all of your amazing comments saying the things you are thankful for. Last Year we got about 55 things. So this year the number almost tripled! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and shared!

 

And NOW for the great big Basket of Thankfulness list!!

Please note that I took out repeats, so if you don’t see the exact thing you said, it should be somewhere else on the list.

After the list, I’ll share all of the contributors! Here we go!

 

  1. The Gospel!
  2. Light
  3. Creativity
  4. People being unique
  5. Our freedoms
  6. The moon
  7. The total solar eclipse
  8. Smiling and others smiling back
  9. Jesus
  10. The sky
  11. Art
  12. Eyes
  13. People
  14. Water
  15. Purpose
  16. Cold weather
  17. Road trips
  18. My family
  19. Laughter
  20. Books
  21. My home
  22. The Bible
  23. Nature/the outdoors
  24. DSLR cameras
  25. Musical instruments
  26. Southern Gospel music
  27. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us
  28. A hot shower at the end of the day
  29. Encouraging music
  30. Constant encouragement from friends
  31. Flakes of snow falling from the sky
  32. Having the freedom to read God’s Word and pray to Him in our country
  33. For living in the United States
  34. For having a wonderfully cute dog
  35. Chocolate!
  36. A hot cup of tea
  37. For having the ability to write for God’s Glory
  38. For God blessing me with a magazine ministry
  39. For computers and technology
  40. Gel pens!
  41. The Internet
  42. Tripods
  43. Happy memories
  44. My church
  45. God
  46. Pets
  47. Art supplies
  48. My sewing machine
  49. My dolls
  50. Good teachers
  51. My parents
  52. My brother
  53. My aunt and uncle
  54. Hashem and everything he has provided for me
  55. Writing
  56. Friends
  57. The AMAZING blogging community
  58. Food
  59. Thanksgiving
  60. Christmas
  61. Winter
  62. Salvation that comes to me through the Holy Spirit
  63. Good works that, through God’s grace, I am able to do
  64. Strength that God gives me to get through each day
  65. Each day that God gives us to live, laugh, and spread His love to those around us
  66. Cinnamon rolls
  67. Courage to live God’s word fully
  68. Modern technology so that I can “know” people that I have never met
  69. Beautiful sunsets that we enjoyed this year
  70. Warm weather and swimming!
  71. The Holy Spirit
  72. Macaroni and Cheese
  73. Horses
  74. Cartoons
  75. Crafts
  76. Hobby Lobby
  77. Purple
  78. Sleep
  79. Socks
  80. Butterflies
  81. Songs
  82. Dodgeball
  83. Toys
  84. Playing with my brother
  85. Jeans
  86. Bikes
  87. TobyMac
  88. Owl City
  89. Color
  90. Bunnies
  91. A beautiful place to live
  92. Our farm
  93. Safety
  94. The amazing human body
  95. The ability to access education easily
  96. Health
  97. Warmth
  98. Blankets
  99. Pen pals
  100. Internet so friends could stay in touch
  101. My Saviour
  102. Doctors
  103. The police
  104. Our veterans
  105. Fresh water
  106. Being homeschooled
  107. Friends
  108. My pawpaw and mawmaw
  109. Cars(not the movie)
  110. TV
  111. Our president
  112. Our chickens
  113. Gods grace
  114. That God forgives us and sustains us
  115. For the big green earth
  116. Trees
  117. Fresh air
  118. My sewing machine
  119. I can walk
  120. I can talk
  121. I can sing
  122. I can help my mom to take care of my siblings
  123. Donkeys
  124. Different seasons
  125. Tastebuds
  126. Baseball
  127. Animals
  128. Being able to worship God freely
  129. The book that God helped me write published
  130. YouTube followers
  131. Being able to make people laugh
  132. The people who have inspired/encouraged/blessed me
  133. All the people who have invested so much into my life
  134. Being born in the USA
  135. Our Founding Fathers
  136. PureFlix (Christian movies)
  137. The Calling that God has put on my life!
  138. Peanut butter
  139. Frozen yogurt
  140. Whoppers
  141. Pizza
  142. Clothes
  143. Forgiveness
  144. Candy
  145. Plants
  146. My teacher
  147. My great aunt
  148. Being alive!
  149. Summer
  150. Cats

 

I hope that you enjoyed reading (or skimming!) through this list, and that it encouraged you this Thanksgiving. I hope that it gets you thinking, and that you will remember how much there is to be thankful for.

 

Before I name the contributors, I also want to give a shout-out to Rita from New York North Fine Art. Rita came up with a plan to give to others and to stop world hunger. You can check out her video about the idea here or on her blog!

 

Here are all of the contributors!!

Lizzy

Sara

Clara

Sassafras

Olivia Bell (aka Livy)

Rebcake

vanamangirls

Cherry Cola22

Diamond

kingofthecowboys1943

Hannah

agdolldreams

blackiesunshine

Allison

Laura

Melissa

Mary E.

Megan (A Barefoot Gal)

Bella

The Chloe Blog

AAG

Evy

Thank you all for contributing, and thank you also to anyone reading!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

~Psalm 136:1

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

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