‘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

 

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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A Surprise Garage Sale Find!

Hi there everyone!

Today I’m here to show you the surprise find I mentioned in my Slow Cooker Craft post!

Eek!

So here’s some context.

Lately I’ve been interested in Hearts for Hearts dolls, specifically Consuelo, their Mexican doll. (What do you mean I just gave it away??) They are so pretty, and are a good size for little sisters for AG dolls.

So, lo and behold, as I was walking through a garage sale, there was a Consuelo doll sitting there, being sold for $1! 😮

And as you can probably guess, I bought her!

Meet Consuelo! 🙂

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Here she is before I cleaned her up.

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She came with her meet shirt, shorts from another doll (I believe they are Zelia’s shorts), the Hearts for Hearts bracelet (on her as a necklace), a yellow stretchy bracelet, and also a pair of underwear. She didn’t come with shoes or earrings.

 

She was actually in pretty good condition!

I didn’t have to do much. I basically cleaned off her vinyl, washed her clothes, and washed, brushed, and conditioned her hair.

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And here she is after!

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I’m excited and thankful to have found her! She was a fun surprise.

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Here she is with Caroline! I’m not sure if Consuelo should be the dolls’ sister or cousin.

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Pardon this last picture’s quality

 

That’s about all for now! I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun find! Stay tuned for a photoshoot I got of Consuelo, sometime soon!

 

Do you like garage sales? Should Consuelo be a sister or cousin? What’s a fun find (whether a doll, trinket or other) that you have gotten while thrifting or ‘garage sale-ing’?

 

I’m thankful for this surprise, and I hope you enjoyed seeing her, too; however, it is always good to be reminded that there is so much to be thankful for, with or without these things!

On this topic, don’t forget to add things you are thankful for in my Basket of Thankfulness activity! There’s only a few more days until Thanksgiving!

 

Have a blessed day!

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