Revealing My New Doll!

I finally got around to taking pictures of my mystery doll! I didn’t mean to make you guys wait this long to find out, I promise. I wanted to photograph her outside, but it’s been rainy here for awhile, so I ended up doing the photoshoot inside by our giant fern.

I know you guys don’t care and you just want to see the new doll, so here:

























The new doll is Felicity Merriman!

I promised to give a shout-out to anyone who guessed correctly, so here it is:

Kaitlyn | AGs in Alaska | Clara | Laura | Hope | Natalie | Sapphire | Sophia | Kiki | Madison | Rose | Persephone | Julia | Emma | The AG Homeschooler | American Girl Doll Crafter | Tory | Tori & Bella | Quinley | Sarah | Diamond | Ms. AGDoll | Arabella | ThePolkaDotPatriot | Allison | Miri | Kathleen

That was a lot of linking.

Other guesses: Lea, Jess, Nikki, Chrissa, Lanie, Luciana, Nanea, Tenney, Z, Kit, Saige, McKenna.

I think I threw some of you off with hint #3 (she’s been retired). Felicity is currently available to purchase, but I wasn’t technically lying. See, at one point she was retired (2011). If I had said she is retired, it would have been a lie, but the way I worded it saved me. ;)

As you can see by the purple dress, this Felicity is a Pleasant Company doll! I was scrolling through eBay on a whim when I found her for $56. She came in great condition, and with her entire meet outfit, except for the shoes and hair ribbon.

I can’t believe how nice her hair is. I’ve been playing with it all the time, just twisting it and fiddling with her pin curls. Super nice hair on a cheap, used doll isn’t something I was expecting, so it was a nice surprise.

Anyway, enjoy the photoshoot! :)

Felicity was on the cover of my first American Girl catalog, and she’s the one who got me into dolls in 2010. I’ve been looking for her on eBay ever since then, and I’m so glad that after eight years of searching, I’ve finally been able to add her to my collection.




Dear True Love | AGPS

 Dear true love,
I’m a farewell that came all too soon.
I’m a hand-me-down that dreams of being new
When I’m without you.

Dear True Love // Sleeping at Last

I found some fake flowers in the attic and thought they’d be perfect for a Valentine’s Day shoot. Parker’s eyes are too dark in some of the pictures and it makes her look almost demonic. Hope you enjoyed them anyway.

I never really do anything for Valentine’s Day. Last year I got roses from my friend, and a few days ago my mom gave me an orchid, but that’s about the extent of the festivities. As dumb as it might sound, I miss celebrating with my co-op class. We would print out memes and use them as cards and share candy and no one took it too seriously.

Update on the new doll: she arrived on Monday and I absolutely love her. But I’m going on a youth retreat this weekend, so unless I can photograph her and schedule a post before I leave, she won’t be revealed until next week. Sorry, I’m not pushing it off on purpose, stuff just keeps coming up.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Tell your friends you love them. ♥



If BeForever Characters Were Girls Today


Hello, I hope you’re having a good day! :)

I was wondering what the BeForever characters would be like if they were teens in 2018, so I created collages for all of them based on their hobbies. All of the currently available BeForever dolls are on here, except for Nanea Mitchell. I haven’t read her books and the personality section on her American Girl Wiki page is blank, so I thought it would be best to leave her off.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at these! They took several days to create, but I think it was worth it.

Julie Albright

– Activist (especially passionate about environmentalism and feminism).

– Has a zodiac Instagram account.

– The star of her school’s basketball team.

– Super positive and always trying to cheer her friends up.

– Loves to thrift shop because it’s recycling and good for the earth.

– Sells her crafts on Etsy.

Rebecca Rubin

– Musical theatre nerd!! She’s in all her school’s performances and probably loves Hamilton.

– She’s very proud of being Jewish.

– Runs a small business, selling things she’s crocheted or bought at yard sales and revamped.

– Owns several pet birds

– Does really extravagant makeup that looks great on her.

– Cher from Clueless is her role model.

Kit Kittredge

– Let’s be real, she would totally be a blogger. She would probably post interviews and political opinions.

– Restless and wants to explore.

– Always trying to help out and make the world a better place.

– Absolutely obsessed with Newsies the musical.

– Plays on her school’s softball team.

– Photojournalist and part of the yearbook committee.

Addy Walker

– On her school’s swim team.

– Very loyal to her family and is excited to start her own.

– Questions the status quo and social norms.

– Into activism, especially animal rights and racial equality.

– Wants to be a teacher so she can help children reach their full potential.

Melody Ellison

– Christian, and she shares her faith through her music.

– Listens to music 24/7. She likes lots of different genres.

– Plays in her school’s marching band.

– Attends lots of peaceful protests.

– Helps at her grandfather’s flower shop.

Felicity Merriman

– Doesn’t respect authority very much and gets in trouble because of it.

– Works at a stable in exchange for free riding lessons.

– Hypes up every girl she meets.

– Volunteers at an animal shelter.

– Wants to join the army.

Kaya’aton’my (She Who Arranges Rocks)

– Works as a counselor at a summer camp.

– She’s proud to be Native American and goes to powwows with her family.

– Plant mom!! Her room is filled with succulents and potted flowers.

– Enjoys camping and getting in touch with nature.

– Writes short stories inspired by Nez Perce lore.

Josefina Montoya

– Loves traveling and experiencing other cultures.

– Keeps a nature/art journal.

– Always tries to be optimistic and help others look on the bright side, too.

– Plays piano and writes her own songs.

– Likes growing plants, especially ones with healing properties and mini cacti.

Samantha Parkington

– She takes gymnastic lessons because she tumbled in the yard and swung on trees so much as a kid.

– Huge feminist and has no problem calling people out on their sexism.

– Likes to paint, especially flowers and landscapes.

– Reads fantasy books to escape from her life.

– On her school’s debate team.

Maryellen Larkin

– Part of the Girl Scouts.

– Plays roller derby.

– Has an almost childish style that she pulls off well.

– Has a small science lab in her garage.

– Reads and draws comics.

Which character are you most similar to? I’m a mix of Samantha, Kaya, and Melody, with a bit of Rebecca thrown in (I love theatre and Cher Horowitz).

Before I go, here’s an update on the new doll situation: she’s now supposed to arrive sometime tonight or on Saturday. So you guys will have to wait a little longer to find out who she is. Sorry. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Guess My New Doll | Hints (2)

(Inspired by Natalie)

Hello, friends! I’ve got some more hints about my new doll for you today. :)

Hint #3: she’s been retired.

Hint #4: she likes adventure.

Also, some of you said it can’t be Lea, since I already have her (mine is named Eve). But if she fits the clues, I wouldn’t rule her out just because of that. I could always be making a custom. And I’m not confirming anything, I’m just saying you should have an open mind. ;)

She’s supposed to arrive on Thursday and I can’t wait. I haven’t bought a new doll in just over a year (Parker was purchased in January, 2017), and it seems I’ve forgotten how exciting it can be. With school, scouts, and gymnastics going on, it might be difficult for me to squeeze in time to photograph her for an introductory post, but I’ll do that as soon as I get a chance.

Do these new hints change your mind about which doll I got? You can update your guess in the comments, or stick by your old choice.



Guess My New Doll | Hints

(Inspired by Natalie)

Well, friends, I did it again. There is another American Girl doll for me in the mail.

She’s going to be my fourteenth AG doll — oops? I really don’t need anymore, and I wasn’t planning on buying one anytime soon, but I have money leftover from Christmas and poor impulse control.

The doll isn’t due to arrive until the 8th, so in the meantime, I thought I’d post a few hints as to which one she could be.

Hint #1: she has a film.

Hint #2: she loves animals.

I’ll hopefully post more clues before she gets here, so you guys can have a better chance of picking the right doll. :)

Who do you think she is? Leave your guesses in the comments! (Except for Sam and Rutvi, you two aren’t allowed to guess.) Anyone who gets the right answer will get a shout-out.



Behind the Scenes: The BFF Tag

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Hey, guys!

I love reading behind the scenes posts, because it’s fascinating to see how other bloggers put together their content. How long it takes to write/photograph, the order they do things in, bits of their process that are unique, etc. are all really interesting to me. So I thought I’d share how I made one of my recent posts, The BFF Tag With Saige & Isabelle.

First of all, the idea itself came from those best friend Q&As you see on YouTube. I searched “BFF tag questions” and ended up on YouTube Society, which is where I got all the questions from. I copied and pasted them into WordPress and wrote my story around them. I usually create my photostories the other way — pictures, then writing — but I did it differently that time for some reason.

Next, I set up the scene in the kitchen, where there’s great natural lighting. I wanted the setting to look like the rooms you see on Pinterest: clean and modern, lots of lights and plants.

The background is just a poster board with Christmas lights taped on it. I use it as the backdrop in lots of posts, because it’s easy to change up the way it looks by draping fabric across it, putting up a poster or decorations, etc.

I see photos of cute polaroids strings all over the internet, so of course I had to include some. :) I posted a DIY for them here.

I got this mini chalkboard for Christmas one year (I think it’s from Michaels). The other side is a dry erase board. I thought the plants were a cute touch; the one on the right is my mum’s orchid, and the one in the back is mine (it’s name is Barakat, learn more about it here).

For the first picture in the photostory, I wanted my dolls’ camera in the frame. But the only tripod I have is ridiculously short (and broken . . . I stepped on it once after my first AGSM endeavor). So I stacked some Tupperware containers and balanced the tripod on top of them so it was the right height.

I balanced my camera on the edge of a chair so I wouldn’t have to put it down while setting up my next shot. Also, I put a pillow in front of the chair so that if the camera fell, it wouldn’t break.

What they’re wearing:

Saige: Molly McIntire’s meet outfit sweater, shorts from the retired AG Skateboard Set, socks from Our Generation, and earrings from the AG Fresh and Fun Earring Set.

Isabelle: sweater and leggings from the retired Frosty Fair Isle Set.


I hope you guys enjoyed getting a quick peek behind the curtain and learning about my blogging process! Would you like to see more (hopefully longer) behind the scenes posts in the future?