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.)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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, ♥

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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?

 

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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!!

One Hundred Followers!! +100 Follower Q&A

 

UPDATE: THE Q&A IS NOW CLOSED.

See the answer post, here.

 

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*claps hands to cheeks* *bugs eyes out*

Today is a very special day!

Thank you all SO much for your support of my blog, getting Smile and Craft AG to 100 followers!

It has been so fun making posts for you, reading and replying to comments, reading blogs, and just being involved in the blogging community! I’ve been blogging a little over a half year, so… wow. Thank you!

And may all the Glory be to God, who enabled me to write and create this blog!

Psalm 127:1 – “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”

 

How about some stats?

Posts: 96

Views: 4,150

Visitors:  1,315 *blinks* *processes* *passes out*

My top 3 commenters are…

  1. Madison
  2. Kaitlynrh1
  3. Kiki

Thank you all so much!

Well, I suppose we should celebrate a little, right?

In celebration of 100 followers, I’m doing a…

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 Q&A!

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Here’s how it works:

  • You can comment down below with up to 5 questions for me to answer. You can ask me about pretty much anything, but if you ask something that I (and/or my mom) find inappropriate or too personal, I won’t be answering it.
  • In a week or two, I will make a post answering the questions!

 

Thanks again for all your support! ❤

 

Later,

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P.S. I have been working for a while on a photostory! It’s not done yet, but I hope to get it up soon!

P.P.S. There is a great giveaway going on at Faking it Mostly for a mini Maryellen doll!! Check it out here.

Christmas Doll Haul

Hiya! Merry After Christmas!

 

I thought I’d show you the things I was blessed to receive for Christmas from my parents, siblings, and others! But since this is a doll blog, I’m showing the things I got for my dolls!

 

 

How about we start with the smallest thing…

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These cute headbands from Jessica‘s Etsy shop, Creative Doll Crafts!

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They fit very nicely, and the little loop in the middle can hold a clip (as shown above), or hide at the nape of the dolls neck

 

I’ll be showing them on my dolls in a couple pictures later on 🙂 .

 

Next, I’ll show you the Our Generation (Target’s 18″ doll brand) clothes I received! (Our Generation is great, isn’t it?! 🙂 )

 

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I received the “Warm Days” outfit! I think it’s really cute!

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Next up, “Perfect Strike.”

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It came with the bowling pins/ball. And I really like the little bowling shoes! (The undershirt is not included)

 

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“Summer Style” is up next! (Julie is modeling a Creative Doll Crafts Headband, not included in the outfit; Also, the undershirt, again, is not included)

 

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The above one was on my wishlist! I really wanted the shortalls for Clara! It’s called “Sweet Strawberry.”

 

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And last but not least, “Business Class”! (The headband is from Creative Doll Crafts, and the leggings are not included, either)

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I got one more outfit; this one is not Our Generation, and I’m not sure what it’s called.

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But here it is! 🙂 (YAY! I have FRINGE BOOTS! 🙂 ) (headband from Creative Doll Crafts again)

 

And lastly,

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I received this super cute bed from a friend of ours!

 

Thank you to everyone who gave me gifts! I really appreciate them!

 

Did you enjoy seeing the things I got for my dolls for Christmas? What was your favorite thing you received for Christmas?

 

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50 Followers!!!

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Wow!! I have fifty (four!) followers! Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone!

I love reading all your amazing comments, and seeing your blogs! You guys are awesome!

I only started this blog last June, so this is pretty amazing!

For a little bit of celebration, would you rather…

  • I do a post on blogging tips (I’d probably do this from a reader’s perspective, since I’ve been reading blogs longer than writing them 🙂 )
  • OR a Question and Answer post
  • OR something else you would love to see?

Let me know in the comments!

Thank you again, SO, SO, much!

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