Four Year Blogiversary!

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I have a shameless love for Potter Puppet Pals.

We made it!

Today marks my fourth year of blogging. And to tell the truth, I didn’t think I was going to make it this far. I came so close to quitting last year. Really, the only reason I stuck with it is because there are thousands of dollar worth of doll stuff in the basement, and I would feel guilty if I never touched them again. Plus, this blog has been part of my life for so long that I would hardly be the same person without it. Without blogging, I would never have gotten into photography and writing, and I wouldn’t have made so many amazing internet friends.

I’m so glad that I’m still blogging, even if I don’t post as much as I used to. And thank you all for sticking with me and my erratic posting schedule!

If I keep talking about how much blogging and my internet friends mean to me, I’ll start crying, so here are some “fun” stats for you:

– 475 followers
– 533 posts
193,318 words
– 12,445 comments

Weirdest searches that led to my blog:

– medical bag for american girl dolls
– ag thing i had around my house
– happy house of ag what is she doing? (Ha, I wish I knew.)
– dolls poetry of dear diary
– upset doll image (Do my dolls look that sad to you?)
– for chritmas i got a home (Chritmas is my favorite holiday!)
– no american girl dolls in the house (This sounds like my mom when I asked for my first AG.)
– america gril doll blog (An easy mistake.)
– how get 2015 free ag doll package delivered to your house (If I knew, I wouldn’t have had to pay for my Grace doll.)
– josie falling asleep (You sound like a stalker.)
– when truly me dolls get there
– jappy house of ag (I know what I’m going to rename my blog!)
– national friendship day coloring page
– how to make an american girl sized sword (I’ve actually made a wooden sword for my dolls . . .)
– dolls with very large dolls
– moping around
– women long transparent pvc raincoat size petite
– marshmallow jane american girl (What does this mean??)
– drum roll for soccer games
– Also: “American Girl” spelled in various, increasingly wrong ways

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How am I planning to celebrate my blogiversary?

With a giveaway! It’s not ready yet, and it will definitely never top any of Madi’s giveaways, but it’s still something. Multiple somethings, actually. I’m still figuring everything out, but I’ll definitely post it before the end of April. (Hopefully in early April, but really, who knows.)

So . . . I guess that’s it. I’m not very good at this kind of post. I hope you enjoyed it anyway, and thanks for four years of bizarre games, mediocre photoshoots, poorly planned/unfinished photostories, and countless lovely blogging memories. I’m looking forward to another year. :)

How long have you been reading my blog? Let me know in the comments!

xo

Loren

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Ivy’s Guide to Snow Days

This winter, we’ve gotten lots of snow days. And it snowed again yesterday, about 6-8 inches. School has been cancelled two days in a row and while I’m kind of bored, I’m glad that I have so much extra time to work on blog posts.

Anyway, Ivy is going to show you how to have the perfect snow day. Enjoy! :)


Step #1: Wake up and realize that something is different. The light coming in through the window is too bright and someone’s let you sleep through the start of school.

Step #2: Sit up so fast you get dizzy and peek through the blinds. It’s so white out there and the window is cold against your hand. It’s snowed overnight!

Step #3: Snap a low-quality photo with your phone and upload it to the internet, where your friends have already posted dozens of similar pictures. Don’t forget to put snowflake emojis in the caption.

Step #4: Scramble out of bed and dig your heavy winter clothes out of the closet. Acknowledge that your ensemble doesn’t match at all, but it doesn’t really matter as long as you’re warm.

Step #5: Make sure to grab your camera before heading outdoors. What’s the point of venturing into the wilderness without a way to document it?

Step #6: Bounce around in the fresh snow until your head starts to hurt from the light and you get snow in your boots. Run back inside to warm up.

Step #7: Decide that you should do a photoshoot with one of your dolls. Instead of going to get a doll yourself, yell for someone to bring one to you, using “I have snow on my shoes!” as an excuse. Keep hollering until one of your sleepy siblings gives you a doll just to shut you up.

Step #8: Shout some more because your sister, who hasn’t bothered to memorize your dolls’ names, has brought the wrong one. Order her to go get the correct doll.

Step #9: Repeat steps 7-8 until you’re holding the doll you asked for in the first place.

Step #10: Cautiously set up your $100 doll in the snow and photograph her until your fingers start to freeze. Discover that you like looking at snow more than being in it.

Step #11: When your doll inevitably topples over onto her face, scream and rush over to her while worrying that she’ll get silver eye.

Step #12: Take all your gear back inside. Once you’re sure that the doll is safe, shed your coat and make some hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.

Step #13: Change back into your pajamas and spend the rest of the day ignoring your homework, editing the pictures you took, and staying warm in your bed.


What’s your favorite thing to do on snow days?

xo

Loren

Review: OG Brighten Up a Rainy Day Outfit

Our Generation Brighten Up a Rainy Day Outfit

I bought a cute new Our Generation outfit for my dolls recently. I’m kind of in love with it and had to do a review (full-length photoshoot coming soon!).

The set is OG’s Brighten Up a Rainy Day Outfit. It’s $18 and comes with four pieces: an umbrella, rain jacket, dress, and rain boots.

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The periwinkle babydoll dress is a simple item that cuts off just above the knees. I like how basic it is because it works as a plain sundress, or you can add accessories for a fancier look.

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There’s a lace overlay on the bodice, and the dress velcros in the back.

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Next up: the raincoat. It’s made of clear vinyl with a coral pink pattern that looks like flower petals to me. I like the pink and blue together, it’s young and vernal.

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The jacket closes in the front with two plastic snaps.

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Unfortunately, there are no pockets, but the coat does have a hood.

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I found it kind of difficult to pull the hood over my doll’s hair. I had to unbutton the jacket and push all her hair over her shoulders, and even then, the hood was a bit tight.

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While I did get the hood to fit, I think it would work better on dolls with shorter hair, so you don’t have to try and stuff some of it down the back of the jacket.

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I have mixed feelings about the rain boots. They’re made of pale mint green rubber and are quite cute, but I had some problems with them.

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They’re too small for American Girls. To get the boots to fit my dolls, I had to cut slits down the backs. Plus, the minty color doesn’t really match anything in the outfit.

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Finally, the best part of the outfit: the umbrella!

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Here’s the inside of the umbrella. The opening/closing device (idk what it’s actually called) functions just like a real one.

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To help the doll hold the umbrella, there are elastic straps on the handle.

Our Generation Brighten Up a Rainy Day Outfit

When the umbrella is closed, a thin piece of fabric can be wrapped around it and velcroed in place to keep it shut.

I was disappointed that the shoes don’t fit American Girl dolls, and I think there are too many shades of blue, but I do love this outfit. It’s adorable, perfect for spring, and I’m a bit obsessed with the tiny umbrella.

I hope you enjoyed the review! Have a good day, friends. :)

xo

Loren

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:

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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.

xo

Loren

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. ♥

xo

Loren

If BeForever Characters Were Girls Today

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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)_/¯

xo

Loren