An American Girl Doll Story

An American Girl Doll Story

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Photo Shoot...

I really wanted to get outside again today and shoot some pictures, and I loved the outfit I came up with for Grace, so I got outside and did a photo shoot! It's quick and doesn't really have a theme - I just wanted to practice my photography in nice lighting!
I'm still really, really trying to improve my photography, so any tips and suggestions would be appreciated! Tell me what you think.
Grace's outfit! Her face is a little blurry, but the camera focused in on her outfit - which is fine with me! I used my favorite outfit: the AG purple shirt and skirt. I'm pretty sure they retired these two items. The cardigan is from the Journey Girls Meredith doll. The coloring matched the stripes on the shoes, which are pictured below!
The shoes! The coloring of the stripes on the shoes nearly matches the cardigan. I have always loved these shoes!
The foil star with sequins! Ahhh! My favorite shirt!
The highlights in Grace's hair were looking beautiful in the fading sunlight. I love her side braid and haven't taken it out just because I love it so much and don't think I could replicate it the same.
Grace is just so beautiful. Her face is just so unique - with her unique freckly pattern and everything.
Grace in the sunlight. I love how the sun cast a small shadow on her face as she sat on the hill in my backyard!
Those green spots are tiny weeds. I took this picture while the camera was in the grass! It turned out looking a little weird, but I thought it was interesting enough to share!
I loved this picture. Sometimes pictures of dolls with their eyes closed look weird, but I like the ones I took today!
I've seen people do this heart thing with their hair, and I couldn't resist trying it out with Grace's beautiful hair! I thought that these sort of pictures were sort of overdone, but I just could not resist!
Now for my favorite picture from the photo shoot:
This! I love how her hair is shaped into a heart and she is just lying in the soft grass in such a serene way!
So, that is all I really have for that photo shoot, but I want photography tips on what I could do better when I do photo shoots like these! XD
Oh, and I promise I'll try and come up with a theme for the next photo shoot. This photo shoot was sort of all over the place.
Oh, and remember to check Part #1 of the latest episode of the Princess Annabelle series down below in the previous post and tell me what you think the comments!   

Princess Annabelle: In the Woods Part #1

It was so nice outside today that I knew I had to begin shooting a new photo story! Plus, since I'm homeschooled, my schedule is pretty flexible (I'm basically finished school for this year), which means that I now have free time to work on my blog (and do other stuff too). I'll be able to post on here all day whenever I want (or whenever I have time - school is only one thing in my list of business!XD). So, I decided to start a new Annabelle episode, since I was feeling kind of inspired by the recent birth of the Princess! XD (Not that I'm into that stuff, but it was kind of hard not to hear about it!)
Here is Part #1:
One afternoon, Princess Annabelle was going on a rather long ride through the woods near her home. She felt as though she had been riding for hours, but she didn't really know because she had forgotten to bring her pocket watch along. Besides noticing that she had been riding for longer than usual, she also noticed that her horse, Toffee, was starting to slow and grow tired.
"Alright, I'll let you have a rest. You certainly deserve an apple and a sip of water," Annabelle patted her horse and smiled, before making a small noise with her tongue as a cue. Toffee was an older, less spirited horse who was very intelligent and knew cues without having to be whipped or wear a special lead for the spunky horses. Annabelle enjoyed the pleasure of riding him more often now that he was retired from the Royal Fox Hunt Team.
Annabelle dismounted from Toffee's saddle and prepared his apple and drink of water.
As Toffee finished up the last of his reward, Annabelle looked over her shoulder at her surroundings. She didn't spot anything unusual - just the common trees, shrubs, and overgrown bushes all around.
"Alright, I suppose we shall be on our way, Toffee. Mum may be having visitors for high tea. Oh, how I will enjoy spying," Annabelle giggled. Annabelle spoke to her horses because she liked to believe that they knew exactly what she was saying.
Toffee seemed to know, because he stood up like he knew Annabelle was about to mount his saddle once more.
Just as she was preparing to mount Toffee, she noticed a human - what she, from a distance, figured must be a girl. She was lying in the grass and appeared to be sleeping.
Annabelle didn't recognize, from where she stood, the servant uniform she wore. She was certainly not one of the palace servants!
"Now you stay here, Toffee - wait for me to come back," Annabelle ordered in a stern yet soft voice that she had learned from the gentle stable hands. Toffee was very good at listening, and Annabelle had no doubts that he would stay. Annabelle was a bit nervous, but she loved to help people and escape on a new adventure, so she was more excited than anything.
She rushed towards the tree branches that had long grown out to the point that they resembled a wire fence, crossing and overlapping every so often. Annabelle didn't want to ruin her new knit sweater, but she did know that she had to figure out who this strange girl was and why she was there.
Annabelle parted the branches a bit and proceeded to slip through the tiny opening. She felt her petticoat tear in quite a few places but she resisted the urge to worry. What were petticoats compared to going on an adventure with a mysterious girl?
I'll sew it secretly in the nursery - or deliver it to Miss Buckle to fix. No one will find out, She tried to assure herself that tearing her petticoats were okay - but she wondered if it was. They had been made out of fine spun fabrics all the way from Asia. Her father's trade handler had traded many valuables to get the fabric and Annabelle didn't want to seem like she wasn't careful or cautious, even if she really wasn't!
Annabelle cautiously walked on tip-toe towards the girl. She appeared to be asleep, but Annabelle felt a shock of panic rush through her. Suppose the girl was unconscious and she was blamed? Or, what if the girl was worse than unconscious? What if she was...dead? The girl had clothes on that appeared a bit too big, so Annabelle couldn't tell whether or not she was breathing. She bent down and lightly picked up the girl's warm hand and held it lightly in her hand. The girl's eyes fluttered open in a look of terror.
"What on earth are you doing?"  The girl sprang up and frowned, taking a step back from Annabelle, who tried her best to act calm and welcoming.
Annabelle was a bit startled, but, she figured, the girl must've been startled too. "I'm - I - I'm sorry," Annabelle stuttered out, obviously in more surprise than she herself even knew.
"You startled me," the girl looked at her angrily.
"I didn't mean to - really, I didn't," Annabelle was a bit hurt. She had startled the girl, but she wanted her to see that she was just trying to help.
"Well we all seem to do things we don't mean to, don't we?" the girl retorted in a sassy and hurt voice.
"I was really just trying to help you," Annabelle looked at her.
"How?" the girl raised an eyebrow.
"Well, you're on my father's property and he would be enraged to find that you were sleeping here. I can see you off," Annabelle offered gently; regaining her confidence. "Are you alone? Where are you from?"
"I don't need no help," the girl frowned, speaking in improper English. "My parents dropped me off - they couldn't afford me no longer and 'course I'm alone. Ain't nobody want me is what they said."
Annabelle cringed at the girl's terrible English. Despite wanting to be a commoner, Annabelle had never heard anyone speak so improperly. It was like nails scraping on a chalkboard - it just sounded so wrong.
"Someone wants you - of course they do. But no one is going to want you if you act like that," Annabelle winked playfully.
"I don't find it funny," the girl looked stern. "Now you better get away. I'll leave in my own time."
Annabelle felt a little intimidated. "I could get you some nice clothing, a basket of food, or anything you could need."
The girl shook her head defiantly. Annabelle didn't want to take no for an answer. She wanted to help the poor girl.
"New shoes?" Annabelle asked weakly; beginning to lose hope.
"I already got shoes," the girl went along speaking in her improper way once more.
Annabelle glanced at them and nodded slightly; not wanting to stare, yet still wanting a better glimpse at the girl's strange shoes.
"Crafty huh?"
"Yes, yes," Annabelle replied hurriedly, blushing as she tended to do. Had she stared at the strange, raggedy shoes for too long?  
"I made 'em out of some old animal hides I found in the woods by an old camp. Then, I tied it and bound it with string. See, I have shoes. I don't need any of your fancy junk."
"Okay," Annabelle replied. "I was just trying to help. I really can get you help."  
"Now leave!!" The girl roared, smoothing her skirt out so her ragged shoes weren't visible.
"This is my property and I'll do as I please," Annabelle was tired of acting so gently and kind towards such a rough and defiant person.
The girl reached out and pulled her necklace. "I bet that costs a lot of money."
"Get off of my necklace!" Annabelle screamed in fright, before dashing off. The girl acted unimpressed with anything that she didn't have at first, but she seemed overcome by the sight of the beautiful jewels. It was a fairly new necklace that Annabelle had received from the Princess of Sweden.
Annabelle raced off; desperately trying to slip through the crack in the tree branches once more. It was hard and her hair snagged more than once as she tried to navigate through the leafy tree. She hopped over tree branches and ran as fast as she could carry herself. She looked over her shoulder, but she couldn't spot the girl.
Suddenly, as Annabelle was trying to hurdle over a branch about 2 feet high in the air, the branch caught onto the buckle in her shoe and she felt as though she was about to fall. She couldn't tell if the girl was behind her or not, but she was afraid, so she tried not to lose her balance.
Unfortunately, her efforts were to no use. She lost her balance quickly, yet still in slow motion. Her hair flung every way and she thought she heard her sweater tear in the back.
Soon enough, she had face-planted the ground. She had a mouth full of squishy mud and crumbly sand. She thought she heard footsteps behind her, so she spit twice and ignored the rest as she fled the strange girl.
The strange girl watched as Annabelle galloped away on her horse. She had been terribly mean, but somehow she liked Annabelle - she didn't want to admit it, but she wished she had accepted Annabelle's help. Luckily for her, she didn't think it was too late.
Back at the stables, the stable hands were at lunch in the servant lunch hall. Annabelle put the saddle away and then began to get the little carrying packs off of Toffee.
Annabelle hung the little messenger pack on its proper nail. She knew her work was just about done in the stable. She put a blanket over Toffee's back and set out the pail of oats. She had watched the stable hands and servants do it so many times that she felt as though she were a pro at it herself!
However, as she went about her tasks, she felt a strange sensation - something did not feel right.
Sure enough, the strange girl was hiding in the stable - she had trailed Annabelle back to the palace grounds. She didn't know how to reveal herself, and she was pretty nervous; now that she was at the palace and had walked so far, there was no turning back.
She coughed nervously, and it must not have been as quiet of a cough as she thought, because Annabelle spun around in fright.
"Who is there?" Annabelle looked worriedly over her shoulder, trying to back up against the wall so that no one - whoever or whatever it was she had heard - could sneak up on her.
"I guess we got even," the strange girl stepped out from behind a corner in the shadows. "I startled you and you startled me."
Annabelle was more surprised than startled, but she didn't say so. She collected herself and looked towards the girl. After the aggressive move the girl had made by grabbing Annabelle's necklace, Annabelle was a bit wary of her. She had found that even a child stranger could be angry and maybe unsafe.
"I didn't want to come get you," the girl looked at the ground. "I don't usually need help from others." She looked at Annabelle when she said 'others.' "But I need to know how to get off this property. I may not have much of a life - but the last thing I need is the dungeons and cells."
Annabelle nodded, "I quite agree."
"Well, tell me how to get out," the girl stood before Annabelle, once again, intimidating her - almost.
"I can't let you leave tonight," Annabelle shook her head. "It's much too late. It takes hours to clear our property and it'd be well past dark by the time we got there. My nurse would wonder where I was and you may have trouble navigating. I invite you to spend the night in the servants' homes. I know a kind lady there - Miss Buckle. She'll watch you for the night without asking questions - she respects a stranger's privacy like that."
"Alright," the girl sighed, "I guess I could use a small rest with a real roof over my head for the night."
"Very well. I'll show you there. I'm Princess Annabelle Charlotte Victoria Windsor. It is a pleasure meeting you," she curtsied slightly. Now that she was inviting the girl to stay at the palace for the night, she remembered her manners and introduced herself.
"I'm Winifred Morgan," the girl - Winifred - shrugged; obviously not understanding the curtsy. "Nice to meet 'ya," she mumbled half heartedly after saying her name.
Annabelle took the girl's hand and the two walked off secretly towards the servants boarding.
End of Part #1 (I am expecting this to be a 2 part series)
I hope you enjoyed reading through Part #1! Part #2 will be up whenever I take the outdoor scene pictures. XD (Hopefully the weather will hold up so that I can actually get outside to take pics!) Until then, I'll be doing some photo shoots and stuff, so keep looking back, please!
I am trying to come up with ideas for other photo stories for the Little House on the Prairie photo story series, but I was having  a bit of a creativity block, so I decided to write an Annabelle photo story instead!
I don't know whether this is one of my favorite Annabelle episodes; I still think I like the episode where she finds her long lost sister, best! If you like the few Annabelle photo stories I've done on here, do you have a favorite "episode"?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Grateful Blogger Tag!

I was just looking back at some old comments and it seems that on May 14, I was awarded the Grateful Blogger Tag, by Nikki ( and I didn't realize it! I guess I've really been taking a break from the blog thing lately, huh? XD Well, like I said in previous posts; I am back!
 Thank you SOOOO much for this award/tag Nikki! I love your blog (though I hadn't looked at it this month, which is why I did not see the post about this tag! XD). Everyone who sees this should definitely check out her blog at:, and make sure to comment and follow on her blog!
Now, here are the 10 things that I'm beyond thankful for. They are supposed to be deeper things than the latest electronic or whatever, which is fine with me. Yeah, the following things I'm thankful for may be a little "cheesy" but oh well. I dug deep I guess. XD XD  
1. Family. Really, I am SOOO thankful for them. They are funny and make me laugh and they are also there when the serious stuff is going on too. We make a lot of memories together and just do so much together. I love my whole family (this includes everyone in my family; grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc., not just my immediate family) and I'm so thankful to have them.
2. God! I am so thankful to Him. Without Him, I wouldn't be here and neither would my family or the other things I'm thankful for! He is always there for me and is even closer to me than my family. He is always there for me, no matter what and no matter where I am. He gives me so much and I truly love him so, so, so much. Without Him, I'd be nothing!
3. Opportunities. Yes, I am thankful for the gift of opportunity. I know it sounds crazy, but it is true. I have been given so many amazing opportunities from God. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people, to start up a blog, to write a novel and get into the first stages of publishing, and to actually audition for things like movies. These opportunities are just so amazing and I am beyond thankful for them - they are what make my life extra exciting!
4. Friends. Friends are like family, but I felt like I could still be thankful for them separately. I am so thankful for my friends. I don't have a ton of friends in real life, just about 4 close friends; but that is just the right amount for me! My friends are exciting, they keep me calm yet go along with my crazy ideas, and they love to have fun and are really open to all sorts of new ideas, crafts, and everything else. I just love them so much!!! Online, I have a lot of friends too, and though we have never all met in person, you are all still so special to me and I enjoy coming online and chatting!
5.  Dolls. I know we were supposed to think deep, but this is deep for me. I love my dolls so much and I actually feel like I have a relationship with them. They are more to me than just a little toy to collect; they feel like friends - like family. They make me happy and they brighten my day. I love them! XD
6. Animals. They are so important to life! They make lives happier and healthier. They are like living medicine - pets can actually heal people by making them feel better and stronger. You can really form close bonds with them and they all have such unique personalities!
7. Libraries. I love to read and books are very important for everyone. You can go on different adventures without leaving your chair! You can also learn a lot from them too! Libraries have every book you could ever want right there!

8. Winter. I love the winter time, it makes me feel so cozy and happy. I can run outside my door and throw snowballs and I can stay inside and sip hot chocolate while reading a book. I love this time of year so much and it sounds crazy, but I am so thankful for it!!!
9. Random Acts of Kindness. I am thankful for the random acts of kindness that generous people perform. It can be as simple as holding a door for me or asking me to go first in line. It all means so much and every act of kindness that is unexpected makes me feel so good.
10. Love. I am so thankful for love and emotions like it. Love is so, so powerful and it makes me feel so content and happy. It is all you need and something that money cannot buy.
Well, now that I have listed my 10 things, here are 10 people that I would like to nominate:
1. Alone in Doll World (
2. 7 Little Daisies (
3. Everything AG (
4. Glowy Zoe (
5. The Abbott Doll Family (
6. Our AG Adventures (
7. The Pony Tales Sisters (
8. Simply Dollightful (
9. Fun With AG Fan (
10. All Things Doll ( - I know she was already tagged, but I like her blog! XD)

Thank you so much, Nikki! I'm so pleased that you like my blog and have nominated/tagged me for different awards! Thank you so much!

Now, for the 10 people that I tagged/awarded...Here are the rules:
1. Post 10 things you are thankful for (things other than an iphone or television).

2. Nominate/Tag 10 different bloggers.

3. Put the picture in this post (the Grateful Blogger Award pic at the beginning) on your sidebar thing on your blog!

Thanks once more for nominating me!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Grace's Photoshoot and an Announcement!

Well, earlier I posted that I was back in the AG blogging world, and here I am! This is just a post with a small photo shoot starring Grace (w/Shola making a small appearance and Kirsten too!). I just wanted to post something to get me started back from my blogging break. At the bottom of the post is some small news/mini announcement about a new photo story change that I am making to a new photo story that you may/may not know about!

I love this pic I took of Grace. It captures her so, so well. She's shy and casual, but she has an air of style about her! XD This is my favorite shirt on her, even though I didn't really expect it to be!

Shoes. I love the shoes that came with the skateboarding set. They look really cute with a pair of shorts and this shirt. They are so easy to get on and actually have mesh sides (AG should pay me as an official advertiser! XD).

Grace and Kirsten hair comparison for no reason. After all, their hair is obviously different colors and it is somewhat noticeably a different texture too.

Kirsten and Grace side by side. Grace is slightly taller, even when both girls are flat feet against the ground. I'm kind of confused about that, and when I put all the girls together they are all different heights - like people. XD (Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, Ivy was about the tallest and Kit was about the shortest)

Grace has become great friends with the others. I know I started out a photo story earlier in the year, but she became friends and they got over anything they had been fighting about, quickly. Well, Grace may not be totally comfortable with Ivy and Payton right now..yet. XD
Grace's charm bracelet.

Eiffel tower.
I love the charm bracelet!!!

Shola and Grace. Grace actually looks really old in this pic, like as in 15 or 16 years old, I think. I really like the height difference between the H4H girls and the AG dolls.
Shola looks up to Grace.

Grace and Grace!? Yep, the two Graces (Grace #1 and Grace #2 instead of Thing #1 and Thing #2). The Graces are friends. XD

Grace #2 (the dog) is mainly just focused on stealing the spotlight. What's new with that funny basset hound?!

"Play with me!" Grace #2 the Dog always seems to be parking...even when Grace had an important phone call meeting. Oh Grace #2.

Grace is getting into her character. This is actually about to be where the announcement is, so keep reading if you are interested it (you better be! XD JK XD). :P
The announcement: Some of you may remember when I did a small "pilot" episode or kind of a test to see how the readers would react to a photo series I came up with, about a girl named Virginia who lives in NYC with her older and younger sisters. Well, I've decided to start filming the official first episode. I have made one minor/major adjustment. Instead of the main character being Payton, I decided that "Ginny" the character would be better played by Grace! SO, Grace is the new Ginny from NYC! I've also made a few tweaks to her personality that you'll see whenever I post the first episode.
One of the adjustments to the photo series' main character, Virginia (Gin/Ginny) is whether or not to give her glasses. So, I'd like for everyone to tell me in the comments whether you think she should have glasses or not, because I really would appreciate some advice from readers!
Here is a bit of her personality: Ginny is rambunctious and desires to be different. She likes to tell things how they are, outsmart her parents, study her older sister, and "teach" her younger sister. She's very much her "own" person. I see her as having glasses like the picture below, but I really don't know! XD The pic above shows her without glasses in her character and below is the character with glasses.

With glasses!

Grace with Shola!

Shola is wearing an obviously-too-big outfit. I was desperately trying to find more ways to fit all the outfits to her. This is kind of cute, but just too big to be realistic, I think.

Shola and Gracie! Random pic. XD