Friday, October 31, 2014

~Halloween Hijinks~

A few updates:
Ginny: I changed Molly's costume, you'll get to see it below!
June: You'll get to see the girls' outfits for the first time because I forgot to do Snazzy Sunday ;)
The lighting in our basement was not good enough to do the who-dunnit story, so we improvised and made up another. Enjoy!
(Not watermarked)
 It was late Halloween night, and we were all exhausted. Kit and Ruthie were eagerly counting their candy.
 Isabelle and Emily were discussing the costumes they saw as they walked the streets. Maria was asleep, and Ariel was falling asleep.
 Marie was also sleeping while Grace, Molly, Felicity and Cecile discussed each other's costumes.
 Nicki watched them all. She too was exhausted, but she felt that maybe they should do something fun as cousins and sisters.
 She found a book.
(I know it's called the Big House, just ignore the title)
 "Do you guys want to read a scary story?"
Nicki looked over at her sisters, and saw that they did want to read a story.
 Nicki flipped to a page in the middle, to a story called The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.
 She began to read.
 Felicity said, "Uh, wait guys...I don't think we should read this story." Ruthie turned to her and said, "Lissie, are you scaaarrreeddd????"
"Well, no not really, I just think that a maybe Marie and Maria will be scared."
 Cecile said, "Oh c'mon now Lissie, they are not even awake. Why are you scared? Usually Grace is the one who gets scared by stories, but you Miss Tough Gymnast, no way!"
Grace laughed softly. "It's true, I am easily scared."
 "It's alright Lissie, if the story is scary, we will all probably be scared with you."
"Alright, that sounds fine, go ahead and read it Nicki."
 Nicki began to read about a murderous man with an obsession over his neighbor's eye.
 Nobody noticed Isabelle get up slowly and walk over to Lissie.
 She went up behind Felicity waiting for the right moment to strike.
 She pounced, knocking Lissie to the ground. Felicity shrieked.
 Isabelle began tickling until Lissie was laughing and gasping, "Stop stop stop Izzy!"
 Felicity got up after Isabelle stopped and tackled her in a hug. "That's payback for scaring me," Lissie said.
Isabelle laughed and said, "I only did it to have some fun with you!"
They all laughed.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Small Town American Girlz!
~<3Ginny~ and **June**

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blogger Recognition Award and the Famous People Tag

Hello everyone! So yesterday and today, we were nominated three times for the Blogger Recognition Award (!), and then today were nominated for the Famous People tag (or maybe it's tagged...hmmm....) We'll start with the Blogger Recognition Award:
Thank you Adaline, Carli, Charlotte, and Kelsey for nominating us!! You girls are fabulous! This award was created by Eve at Edge of Night.

The rules for this award are as follows: (from AG in the Shire)
  • Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you've nominated in the post. 
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you've nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL). 
First, our story=very long and probably very boring. We will give you a summary of our story, and you can check out the whole thing on the "About Us" page. 

First, our grandma got us into American Girl. She handed us a catalog and BOOM! Our love for AG began to blossom. We got Marie and Maria first; followed by Molly and Emily; then Felicity and Kit; and then mini Rebecca and Julie; then mini Kirsten;  then Cecile and Ruthie; then mini Caroline and Samantha; then Isabelle; then Nicki; and finally Marie-Grace. (Phew! That was a lot of thens!!)

However, before our collection was complete, we began to lose interest in dolls, and eventually stopped playing with them. Once we started discovering doll blogs such as AGD Time, American Girl Fan, and Living a Doll's Life. We also discovered GOTY 2014, and decided that maybe we wanted a blog too! For about a year, we wanted a blog, but didn't get one until June of this year. Our parents were VERY reluctant to allow us to get a blog, but our dad told us one thing: "I want you girls to do something different and unique on your blog, not what everyone else is doing." That is the basic philosophy of our blog (if any of you younger readers don't know what that means, it means that it is what we strive to do and what we have based our blog off of). It has never been about being the most popular or most commented on or any of that; it's always been about meeting people who share our interests, and getting to know them on a somewhat personal level (somewhat because obviously, we will probably never meet any of in real life, but hey, you never know). 

Advice from Ginny: Obviously, our blog is pretty new, but there have been a few things I have come to understand about blogging. Those of you who want to start a blog need to take the first step and ask for one. Don't make a secret blog, or keep that desire within yourselves. Obviously, there will be no harm done if you are told, "No!" It just means that you don't get a blog, and you can always try again. Also, there is a such thing as too young for a blog. The blogosphere is seemingly innocent and safe, but it is not necessarily always so innocent and safe. So just be aware that the younger you are, the more vulnerable you are, and that maybe, you should wait a few years (no offense was intended in those last sentences, but safety is ALWAYS the number one priority). Lastly, don't become follower hungry, or comment hungry, or pageview hungry. Followers, pageviews, and comments will come in time, but realistically, you need to ask yourself, "Why am I writing on this blog?" If it is just to get followers and comments, then you are not viewing this the right way. Blogging is about having fun, and finding people who feel the same way as you do! As long as you keep that idea in mind, your blog will be successful. 

June's Advice: When Ginny and I started a blog I was very worried about if you guy's wouldn't like me, I was also worried that you guy's wouldn't read my posts. I have learned that you can't fret about it, the commenters/readers will pretty much like you and enjoy reading your  posts. Second, embrace your hobby. What I mean is that no one can tell you that you are to old for dolls, yes I try not to tell everybody around me that I have a blog, and I play with dolls, and I talk to my dollies as if they are alive, but don't stop your hobby just because somebody tells you to. Also, think before you write, you don't want to write anything mean, hurtful, or even kind of controversial.

We nominate/choose:
Remember: IF you don not want this award, just let us know! You don't have to accept it!
Thanks again girls!!

Now for the second award:

The Famous People Tag!! Thank you so much Adi and Hannah! Here are the rules: (from AG in the Shire)
~ The Rules ~
-Put up the 'famous people tag button' and link back to the person who tagged you
-Answer the questions
-Tag the ten last people who commented on your blog (excluding anonymytes or the person who tagged you)

Here are our answers:
1. Who is your favorite singer or group?
Ginny: ONE DIRECTION!!!!!!
June: Mmmmm....probably either whoever plays Anna, and Idina Menzel.
2. If your favorite male actor was in the same room as you right now, what would your reaction be?
Ginny: Well, I'm not really sure who my FAVORITE is....maybe Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. My reaction would probably be pretty ecstatic, although I'm not super into celebs :)
June: Josh Hutcherson, and my reaction would be kind of excited?
3. Is there a famous person who you used to love, but you've suddenly changed your mind?
Ginny: Yep, I used to love Taylor Swift but her music has gone downhill quite quickly...
June: I agree with Ginny, Taylor Swift.
4. Name a famous person you like whose name starts with a V.
Ginny: Ummmmmmmmm.......Victor Hugo? I don't even know who he really is, and I don't necessarily like him, but you know it's all I can think of. Plus, I don't even know if he is an actor.
June: IDK
5. What's one of your favorite red-carpet dresses?
Ginny: Like I said before, I don't really keep track of what is going on with celebs :)
June: Katniss' fiery red dress even though it is not red-carpet.
6. Who's your favorite Royal person?
Ginny: Princess Kate :)
June: Princess Diana (Ginny likes her too) :) I am terrible with famous people.
7. Who is your favorite child actor/actress?
Ginny: Umm...I really have no idea. 
June: IDK
8. Is there an actor/actress that you actually like the private lives of?
Ginny: Well, they're not actors, but I approve of 1D's private lives; they're not all jacked up. I also like Jennifer Lawrence's private life. 
June: ...
9. Do you think the actors/actresses have improved over the last 100 years?
Ginny: I am really not into this stuff, but I think the acting itself has improved, but not the attitudes and private lives of celebs.
June: Nope nope nope.
10. What is the weirdest famous people name?
Ginny: I will agree with June, because I really have no idea.
June: Shia LaBoeuf!!
11. Do you think you look like a famous person? Which one?
Ginny: I agree with Adi, I look kind of like Emma Watson as Hermione.
June: Elsa!
12. Share you favorite famous person quote.
Ginny: "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads, lives only ONE." -George R R Martin
June: "All dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney. 
13. Who's your favorite dancer?
Ginny: I have no clue.
June: Ditto.
14. Why is your favorite actress your favorite one? When did you decide that she was your favorite?
Ginny: My favs are Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence. I love them because they're Katniss and Hermione!! After I saw their acting in the movies :)
June: My favorite is Emma Watson. She is my fav because she is Hermione. She became my favorite when I saw the first Harry Potter Movie.
15. Have you ever met/seen/been near a famous person?
Ginny and June: Yes, we met Jennette McCurdy from iCarly downtown (downtown our home town, we can't tell you where). She was really really nice!

Thanks again Adi!
We nominate:
Carli G.
Mint4AG Dolls
Allison Ballenger
Treasured Friendships With a Flair
Doll Daydreams
American Girl Place
and Cinnamon Swirl

The questions above are the questions we ask you!!

Thanks again to all of you!
~<3Ginny~ and **June**

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

~The Small Surprise~

Whoop-whoop!! My package finally got here!!! 
I got.......

 The Sweet School Dress!!! I have always adored this dress, but I was no table to get it when AG had it on sale which equals giant sad face :( However, I found it for $22 on eBay, NIB, with free shipping!! That equals double woo-hop as my friend T would say :)
 It came with the "proud" square charm.
 The dress is made out of really pretty fabric and feels pretty sturdy. 
 The shoes=total adorableness.
 The barrette is pretty normal, but still, it's adorable. 
 I didn't open the socks, but they look like they're pretty nice.
Overall, I really like this outfit (or as my teacher in orchestra, Mrs. B, would say, "I like this outfit." She hates the words really and very.) It is excellent quality, and just so dang cute!! i give it a 10 out of 10!! I'll try to post a photoshoot with this dress and another outfit I bought recently very soon. :)

UPDATES: So, I was curious if you guys would like a mini Halloween series that will continue through Friday. Teachers are being really lenient this week as far as homework goes, and June and I have a long weekend. It would be a who-done-it type of thing, and would involve all seventeen girls. I'm still working out the details since after all, it was our dad's idea :)What do you guys think? 
P.S. These photos were totally EWWWWWWWWW because I took them with my phone, so sorry for making you want to gouge your eyes out ;)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween~A Photoshoot

Bonne journee everyone! In case you were curious, that means good morning or good day :D Anyway, hello. I know I told you June and I would post this together, but she decided she wanted to do her first Snazzy Sunday with a Halloween theme. Sooooo....I couldn't wait all the way until Sunday (note: this post was started on Friday, I'm not that impatient ;)), so I decided I would post it today!! I will post about the girls' costumes, but I have a feeling they will want to add in sub-comments. =D Ooh, one more thing. Today in one of my classes dealing with photography, we went to this fabulous website that taught all about shutter speed and exposure. So, here is the link-------> :D. Please look at it!!

 Molly is Miss Victory!
 She's wearing her shoes from her Meet Outfit.
Molly: I wanted to wear my tap shoes, but noooooo mom said, you have to keep those looking nice. Anyway it doesn't really matter now.

She's also wearing the socks from her meet outfit, and the leotard and skirt from her tap dancing set. Her hair is in a simple bun.
 To be totally and completely honest, I'm not really sure who Lissie is...
Lissie: Ugh, I've told you this a thousand times, I am an Agent of Shield/CSI agent.

Well, okay then.
 Her shoes are from the Brocade Holiday Dress from AG.
 Her coat is a raincoat from AG, and I have no idea where the skirt and shirt are from.
 Her sunglasses are from and OG accessory set (one of the retro ones), and her hair is in a somewhat messy high pony-tail.
 Cecile is Clara from the Nutcracker!!
Cecile: Yes, our idea was kind of from the Isabelle movie. :) And let me just say, I am super psyched to be able to wear pajamas all day on Halloween! :D
 Her ballet shoes are from a local quilt shop. (Not handmade though)
 Her dress and robe are her PJ's from AG. Her long underwear underneath is from her Meet Outfit. Her hair is in her Meet Style.
 Caroline is the Nutcracker. Cecile will carry her around on Halloween. Her shoes and stockings are from her mini Meet Outfit, the skirt and shirt are Barbie clothes. Her hair is in a messy bun.
Caroline: I can't believe I have to be carried around by my older sister. After all, I'm nearly thirteen!!
 Nicki is Sarah Crewe from A Little Princess.

 Her whole outfit is Rebecca's Lace Dress from AG.
Nicki: Unlike my sisters, I have no complaints!!
 Marie-Grace is a professional chef!
 Her shoes are from OG, her pants are from ???, and her Chef's outfit is also from OG.
 Her hairstyle is ind of hard to see, but it is her Meet Style with a bun.
Grace: I agree with Nicki; I have no complaints!
 Marie is going as Dorothy Gale.
 I made her shoes from duct tape using *this* tutorial.
 Her dress was given to me many years ago; I have no idea where it's from.
 Her hair bow is from OG. 
Marie: Mooommmmm, I think I need to take Posie (the girls' dog) with me!! She could be Toto! *dog whimpering*
Julie is a Malibu Chick, or somethin like that :) She is wearing her Mini Meet Outfit Shoes, and a dress I made. Her hairstyle is her Meet Style.

What do you guys think? They aren't the most creative costumes ever, but hey; I had a lack of resources :)

I better go before Marie tortures the dog some more, and before Julie goes berzerk on her sisters (and maybe me since I made her wear the dress). 
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