Random Updates

Today I am working on my blog’s menu. I don’t really know how to make it work, and it dosn’t seem to be saving right. It might look a little weird till I get it fixed.

I created an ‘About Me’ page, so go read it.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to review my current American Girl products yet, and American Girl stuff is mostly what I have.

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Be Nice

Hello Everyone.

A lot of people are complaining about American Girl’s changes. I think this is perfectly fine. I’m doing it myself. I’m not buying from American Girl anymore. I don’t think it’s worth it.

But here is something you should keep in mind.

Be nice.

I’ve seen tons of posts in the doll world about this, and while not all of them are like this, I’ve seen a few that were not all that nice to American Girl. (I’m not pointing fingers, I’ve just seen a few) Maybe even mine.

American Girl is made of humans. Humans make mistakes. (Believe me, I do.) They might have done something we don’t like, but they are still humans.

Even though a lot of us won’t support them anymore there’s no reason we have to be mean about it. We can say so in a nice way.

Would you like it if you made a change in your company and tons of people started cutting you down for it? I sure wouldn’t.

So if you write something about American Girl’s changes do so in a nice way. Don’t say anything mean, and don’t cut them down. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t want to hear.

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How To Make Valentines Day String Art

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Since Valentines day is really soon (Tomorrow) I have a craft for your dolls. Valentines day string art. You could make some to put in a valentines day scene, or make them at a doll party.

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Here is what you will need:

Scissors

Yarn

Paint (Optional)

A bowl

Tape

Paper

A box or thick sheet of cardboard

Pushpins (Not pictured)

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If you want your yarn to be multicolored dump paint on it. When it dries it will be more than one color.

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Start by making your box the size you want it. You can skip this step if you have the right size box or a piece of cardboard.

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Cover your box with whatever paper you want.

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Stick pushpins into your box in a shape or design. Since it’s valentines day I’m doing a heart.

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Wind your string all around it, in a design, or just random.

And that is how you make a simple string art thing.

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My Thoughts On The Underwear Outrage

This is NOT acceptable. I know that lots of people think it’s underwear, and it doesn’t matter, it won’t be seen, but this is not the real problem. The real problem is how much they are declining in quality.

A lot of my readers are not old enough to remember this, and I am not either, but there was a time when American Girl dolls were worth the price. They were well made, the outfits were just amazing, and they were just a reasonable price. I’ve seen them.

Even my oldest doll, Mia, is better than Gabriela. She is better quality.

Now the things that make American Girl worth the price are going away. The strings are being replaced with zip ties. The boxes are the same as any other dolls, not like the wonderful boxes that they used to have. The dolls are being sold in stores  other than American Girl. And now you won’t even be able to take the underwear off.

I’d be willing to pay the high price for the dolls, because the quality was worth it. But now they are just high priced dolls. What makes them special has been replaced with ways to make the company more money.

So I have decided I’m not a customer of American Girl anymore. They have lost me.

Some people are fighting for quality American Girl, but I’m not one of them. They have lost me. Even if they started making the dolls exactly like they used to, twenty, thirty years ago, I doubt I’d buy the dolls. American Girl isn’t worth it anymore.

I’ll still love my dolls, the ones that are worth having. I’ll still play with them. I’ll still read the magazine (At the library, where I don’t have to pay them for it) I’ll still read the books. And occasionally I might buy american girl products. But never from american girl anymore. They have lost me. They don’t deserve my money.  There are doll lines out there with better quality products that are less money. Things worth having. And yeah sure, if I happen to find an american girl with sewn on underwear at a thrift store in a couple of years, for a reasonable price, (Like $1) I’d buy it.

But if American Girl can’t even make underwear for the dolls anymore, than what they have isn’t worth having.

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Good Bye

A couple weeks ago I decided to send some dolls to a charity that uses dolls called Broken Dolls Healing Hearts. I sent all of the dolls that I had rescued from thrift stores (That I could find) except for Mia. There were six, and I took a photo shoot of them before they left.

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This is Lily  Anna. I found her at a thrift store spring of 2015. Here is how I restored her and two other dolls. She also stared in Lily Anna’s Troubles

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This is Abbi. I found her at a thrift store right before Christmas 2015. I probably wouldn’t have bought her because I already had a Springfield Abby, but she was .29, so I went for it. I gave her to my cousin for Christmas, and she later traded her out for a different doll.

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This is BridgetI found her spring 2016. She was actually an Our Generation Belle, but I changed her up some.

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passion

This is an Our Generation Ashley Rose, but I renamed her Passion. I found her summer 2016.

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belle

This is an Our Generation Audrey Ann found in fall 2016. She was in terrible shape, with no hair or anything, but I redid her eyes, her face paint, and gave her hair. Her name changed to Isabel. 

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And this is Katie Lee, a BFC ink Katelyn I found in winter 2016. She had more hair, but I cut some of it off.

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I miss having a zillion dolls, but I’m glad they are going somewhere people need them more than I do.

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New Friends Part Five

NEW GIRL POV

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My sister and I were in the kitchen. I don’t really now what we were doing, but I was homesick. I felt like no one here cared about me, except for maybe my sister. It was quite obvious that that other girl, Lea maybe, hated me.

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So it was a surprise when Lea walked in the kitchen, carrying two cupcakes (Where did she get them? I thought they kept cupcakes in the kitchen!) and flipped a light switch I hadn’t known about. Light filtered into the room.

Lea started to hand my sister a cupcake, but she wouldn’t take it. “We know you hate us!” she screamed. “Why would you give us cupcakes? Are they poisoned?

I know Lea was hurt, but she didn’t get mad. “No, they are not poisoned. I know I haven’t been very nice to you, but I want to make it up to you. I was missing my friend, who I thought you had replaced, but that was no reason to be so mean to you.”

“You thought we replaced your friend?” I asked.

Her face turned red. “I did, but now I know better. I was jealous of all the attention you were getting.”

“You, jealous of us?” I asked. “Really? You have friends. People care about you. No one cares about us.”

“My best friend left about the time you came. Lea explained. “We always hung out together, and none of the girls really cared about me.”

Suddenly my sister spoke up. “I can be your friend Lea.”

LEA’S POV

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I took the girls up to the family room. “Why don’t you start with telling me about yourselves?”

The older one spoke. “My name is Gabriela, but everyone used to call me Gabi. This is my sister Kierra. I’m fourteen, and Keirra is nine.”

After that conversation Gabi and I became friends. We did everything together. (Often with Kierra too,)  Gabi could never replace Isabel, but she was a friend.

Slowly I started to get over Isabel leaving. I never forgot her, but I wasn’t missing her all the time.

Side note from Lexie: Gabi and Kierra really are new, and Isabel really did leave. I sent six dolls to a charity, because I didn’t need as many dolls as I had. 

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The Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated for this award by Julia and Kaitlynrh1. Thank you so very much for nominating me!! And check out Julia’s blogs:  Julia’s Journal and The Joys Of Julia, and Kaitlynrh1’s blogs: Paws All In and Kait’s AG Crafts

On a side note: neither Julia nor Kaitlynrh1’s blogs had the blogger recognition award picture on them, so instead of ‘borrowing’ the picture from another blog, I just made my own.

Why I started this blog:

When I was eight or nine my sister had a blog, and I wanted one. (I don’t remember why) My mom helped me set up a blog for my guinea pigs, which I named Guinea Pig Stars, or Star Guinea Pigs, I don’t really remember which. When I started to get into dolls I changed the name to Creative Castle, (The domain name was Modern English 2) and used it for my mini doll stuff. After awhile I ran out of space to put pictures on, so I started this blog, Dolltasticallyfun. Last fall I started using Creative Castle again, just for words, because I wanted a place to put all my non doll related stuff. I really enjoy Creative Castle as a lifestyle blog now, and Dolltasticallyfun for dolls.

My advice:

Be unique. Don’t do what other people are doing. It may be fun to read something the first 67 times it’s done, but after awhile it gets old. Do things that you haven’t seen done before. Often you can gain followers that way. When I come across a blog because it has content I’m looking for I’m very likely to keep reading it.

Don’t stress out about how many followers you have. It doesn’t help. You can, however, do things like participate in blog shout outs and comment on other people’s blogs.

I nominate:

Steeplechase

Spreading My Joy

Mallory’s Wee Blog

Creating By Courage

For All Who Wander

Little House Of AG

Journal Of Two Dolls

In DollyWood

Heart Of Dixie Dolls

Day Dreaming Dolls

Awesome AG Club

American Girl Fan

Her Story AG

A Doll’s Wardrobe

AG Doll Play

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created

Thanks again Julia and Kaitlynrh1!

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New Friends Part

The last part.

LEA’S POV.

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I walked past the room (Isabel’s old room) where the new girl and her sister were. I was wearing a new dress, which obviously was too big for me, and I was trying to make it work.

Suddenly the taller one spilled the cards. They got everywhere. I could have helped pick them up, but I was still too mad.

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But when I spilled rubber bands everywhere.

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The new girl helped me scoop them up into the container. Even though I wouldn’t help her.

NEW GIRL’S POV

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I went to get something out of the room I was going to share with my little sister. Suddenly I saw Lea in the room. The lights were turned out, and she was crying. I wanted to help her, but I knew she would only snap at me if I asked what was wrong.

“Hey Lea!” I called. “Can I do your hair?”

“Are you saying my hair looks bad?” She snapped. So much for not having her snap at me.

“No, not at all. It actually looks quite nice, but I like to do hair, and I thought you might like your hair done.”

“Well, okay.” Lea agreed.

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I flipped the lights on and started on her hair.

LEA’S POV.

The new girl wanted to do my hair, and I agreed. She said it looked good, but I knew she was just being nice. I didn’t know why she was being so nice to me after she’d been so mean, but I wasn’t going to complain.

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Suddenly the younger one skipped into the room.

“Mail for you Lea!”

“Thank you!”

It turned out to be from Isabel. She said: ‘I miss you Lea, but I’m glad to be home. I heard about the new girls, but I wanted you to know, I didn’t leave to make room for them. I would have gone anyway. And they would have come even if I hadn’t left. I think you should give them a chance. They probably could use a friend like you. I know I did.’

My anger started to melt away.

Maybe the girls weren’t so bad. Maybe we could even be friends?

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BIBPC The Fourth Entry

I am participating in Megan’s BIBPC photo contest this time. Here is my entry.

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I took this picture at a zooish place in South Dakota when my family went on vacation. It was in a garden with a bunch of flowers, but the plant is actually rainbow chard, a vegetable.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I am finally getting around to this! Yay!

Madi just nominated me for the award, so I went to see if anyone else had nominated me, (I didn’t think so) and in my drafts section I had written Sunshine Blogger Award. But there were no words, so I had to dig through my history to find the post where Jordan nominated me  (Actually she said YOU! Yes, you right there, random reader!) for the award, and then again because I forgot to leave the tab open.

Anyway thank you so much for nominating me, Madi and Jordan!

First Jordan’s Questions:

Favorite movie? 

I don’t know. There have been so many good ones I’ve seen. Grace Stirs Up Success is pretty good though.

Longest plane trip you’ve ever been on? 

I’ve actually only been on a plane once. It was at a small airport. They had a children’s flying program or something. I got to ride in the plane with my sister and a pilot. I actually got to fly the plane for a few minutes.

If you could invent a color, what would it look like? 

Um, well, it would be…Glittery. And girly, but also rain forest/ocean inspired. It would be cool.

Can you do a cartwheel? 

Kinda. I used to be a lot worse than I am now, barely getting my feet off the ground, but now I can do a semi decent cartwheel.

Is your hair long or short? 

LONG! Definitely long. It’s so long that I always keep it in two braids, but even in braids it comes all the way down my back.

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Here’s a picture of my hair in pigtails a couple of months ago. It’s a bit longer now.

Best short story you’ve ever read (as in, on a blog)? 

The best short story I ever read wasn’t on a blog, it was on a friend’s laptop. (she wrote it)

The best short story on a blog was this one.

Do you make your bed every morning? 

Heh heh, no. My bed is a bunk bed with the bottom bunk taken out so it’s really hard to make my bed, only in rare occasions do I make it. I have been known to make friends beds for them, or make my bed in a hotel. I like making beds that aren’t mine.

Candy canes or hot chocolate? 

You mean I have to chose? Can’t I have candy canes in hot chocolate? I guess I’ll chose hot chocolate, since I’m drinking it right now, but I like candy canes too.

Do you have any jewelry? 

Yes. I am usually wearing a zillion bracelets that I wear till they fall off (Right now I have only three), I usually have a basic pair of earrings in that I change occasionally, and often I am wearing a necklace.

What’s your toothpaste flavor? 

This awful mint stuff.

Christmas present that you really want (or wanted, if you do this after Christmas)? 

A stand mixer.

Madi’s questions:

  • What inspired you to start your blog?

This is a long story…

When I was eight or nine my sister had a blog, and I wanted one. (I don’t remember why) My mom helped me set up a blog for my guinea pigs, which I named Guinea Pig Stars, or Star Guinea Pigs, I don’t really remember which. When I started to get into dolls I changed the name to Creative Castle, (The domain name was Modern English 2) and used it for my mini doll stuff. After awhile I ran out of space to put pictures on, so I started this blog, Dolltasticallyfun. Last fall I started using Creative Castle again, just for words, because I wanted a place to put all my non doll related stuff. I really enjoy Creative Castle as a lifestyle blog now, and Dolltasticallyfun for dolls.

  • How well do you like the design of your blog?

Meh. It’s fine, but it could be better. I have changed it more times than I care to count, but I guess I like it now.

  • What are your blogging goals for 2017?

I want to try to make better posts, and I want to try to keep posting every day, which isn’t working all that well so far because I’m editing my pictures now, which takes a long time.

  • What was your favorite blogging memory of 2016?

That’s hard. I started Joy’s Journal, which I loved. Maybe when I started sharing Joy’s Journal with my friends instead of keeping it secret? Since I told some of my friends about Joy’s Journal it’s been fun to talk about it with them, and have them help me with inspiration.

  • How do you come up with inspiration for a blog post?

Often I’ll just be doing something random and an idea will come to me. I try to write those down so I can do them. But other times I try to come up with something, and fail. Sometimes I’ll just randomly ask my siblings for ideas.

  • Which blog post of yours is your favorite?

I really like In Which I Rant About Gabriela McBride.

  • What is your favorite thing to blog on – computer, phone, laptop, etc.?

Well most of the time I do it on my computer during school hours, since I don’t have anything else. Once or twice I’ve done it on my mom’s Ipad, but I hate doing that.

  • How long does it usually take you to make a blog post?

It used to take me 1/2 an hour or less, but now it’s taking an hour or two.

  • What do you think is the hardest part of blogging?

When WordPress refuses to let me make a post.

  • What do you think is the easiest part of blogging?

Posting publish!

  • What is your favorite part about blogging?

I like writing the posts, and taking pictures.

I nominate:

 

Hello Dollie Blog

Silver Sky Dolls

Sew Sweet Dollies

Rolling Rock Dolls

Fun With AG Fan

Dolls And Dance

Hidden Hollow AG Crafts

Epilepsy Fun For Kids

The Lucent Logophile 

The AG Doll Dreamer

Little Miss Fluffet

My questions:

Do you keep a journal?

What is your opinion on socks?

If you could live on a farm would you?

Long skirts or short?

What is the hardest thing you have ever done?

I like your skirt.

How many batteries does the clock in your kitchen use?

If you were put on a stage and told to talk what would you talk about?

What is in the tab to the left of this one (right if there isn’t one to the left) on your device?

What time is it?

What color is the towel hanging in your parent’s bathroom right now?

Congratulations if you read all that! 😄

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