What I Decided To Do

Here’s what I decided:

I am going to keep posting, but not four times a week. Not twice a week. I decided to post only once a week, on Fridays.

I still love my blog, and I still love my dolls. I’ll always love my dolls, but maybe I’m growing out of them some. I’m not the eleven year old I was when I started this blog. I’ve grown and changed-a lot. I just can’t keep up with a post every school day, and I’m relizing maybe I don’t want to.

I want my posts to be better qulity, and that means I spend more time on them. I still love making posts, but it’s just to stressful to try to get them up as fast.

So I’ll still be posting, just not as often.

With posting less often, and having more time to get a post ready I think I’ll enjoy it more.

And that’s what really matters.


I Don’t Know

You probably don’t want a long list of excuses (But if you do, read my long list of excuses)

Anyway I know I haven’t been posting much.

I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do yet.

Ever since I decided to stop supporting American Girl, things have been…different.

I still love my dolls, but maybe I’m starting to outgrow them. Most of the time I only use them on my blog, rarely in real life anymore.

I think I still want to keep this blog going, but I just haven’t had much motivation to post.

It takes a lot longer to make a post, and I just can’t get one up every day. I might be able to get two up a week, but maybe not.

I’m still deciding, but I’ll let you know what I decide.


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.


De New Schedule

First of all thank you to all the people who voted on my poll. I got five other votes, three other votes, two no but keep Joy’s Journal on Tuesdays and one I don’t care.

After some thought I finally decided what I am going to do. One of the suggestions from other was keep a schedule for  Monday Wednesday and Friday, the others free choice. (Thank you to whoever said that) I liked that idea a lot, so I’m kind of going to use that,

I like knowing what I am going to post, but keeping a schedule can be really annoying. So I decided I am going to do almost what I did last year, but loosen up the categories quite a lot.

I think this schedule will work better then what I had, with still being a schedule.

On Mondays instead of a craft I am going to do some kind of tutorial.

On Tuesdays I am going to stick with Photo stories. Most weeks it will be Joy’s Journal, but sometimes it will be something else.

Wednesdays I will show something off, whether it be a review, fun find, or pictures from the American Girl store.

I don’t post on Thursdays most weeks, but when I do it will be free choice.

Friday is free choice also.


In Which I Rant About Gabriela McBride

I know I said I was going to show you what I got today, but I want to do a nice photo story, so instead I am going to rant talk about the new girl of the year, Gabriela McBride.


First of all, Gabriela is not a real girl of the year. The website, the catalog, and even her box say ‘Available through 2017 and beyond’. This means that she is a modern character, but not a real girl of the year. So why are they advertising her as a girl of the year if she’s not? Is she going to be the last doll released on January 1? Are they going to turn her into a modern character at the end of the year and release a new girl?

She’s also not unique. I’ve seen people say that she looks like 56, and American Girl said so by offering a free meet outfit to anyone who has 56. I think they could have made a lot more money by making Gabriela a little different. She could have had longer hair, a different part, and a different color of eyes, maybe amber, instead of just being a Truly Me doll with a story.

If she is the last girl of the year that might explain why she is black, but really. Come on American Girl! You should offer black dolls even if they aren’t going to be the last girl of the year. And releasing her right after Melody is kind of strange.

Gabriela’s collection is quite small. I’m glad her ‘big’ item isn’t expensive, but it’s the only furniture item she has. Lea had a kayak, fruit stand, and rain forest hut. The dance ‘studio’ isn’t expensive, but really, it’s not unique. If you have Isabelle’s dance bar, which is the same as Gabriela’s you could easily make a background to put in your scene. It’s nothing like Lea’s rain forest house which can be recreated, but nowhere as easily as Gabriela’s studio. I wish they had done something amazing this year.

Her outfits are kind of strange. Her meet outfit is okay, but it could have been done better, with stitching on the jeans, and maybe another accessory. She has no skirts or dresses in her collection, which is really weird. I can’t recall any doll not having any skirts or dresses. And her practice outfit is really strange. It would be good for mix and match, but I have never seen anyone wear anything like that, and if I owned that outfit my dolls would never wear the entire outfit at the same time.

The tap shoes are really cool, but way overpriced, and the taps are plastic! Real tap shoes are only about twice as expensive, and they have real taps. In my drama group we do some tapping, and while at least twenty people have tap shoes, none of the shoes look like that. I just don’t think it’s worth it.

In fact almost nothing from her collection I really like. Maybe there will be good stuff for the summer release, but the way American Girl seems to be going I would not be surprised if there wasn’t.


The Best I Can Be

Lately I have not been all that happy with this blog. I know it’s grown quite a bit since I started, and I’m really happy about that, but the posts are not super great. Some of my pictures look more like a girl playing with her dolls than a photo story, and I want to change that. Starting with my next post I am going to start editing the pictures I use, and try to take better pictures anyhow. And I am going to spend longer on my posts too.

And that means some days I might not get posts up. I might move to an every other day schedule, I’m not sure.

And what about what I post? Should I keep a schedule of what I post, (Monday: Craft Tuesday: Photo Story etc) or just post what I want to?

What do you think?


I’m Back!

Last week I didn’t post because I wasn’t here. I got to go to the Operation Christmas Child proccessing center.

While I was gone my conputer died. Not all of the pictures made it over, so I can’t post. And my camera cord is still packed, so I can’t post new pictures.

However I am going to get a post up on my other blog Creative Castle

Tomarrow I should have something good up.


More Changes

So, as you can see I changed the theme again. The old one really just didn’t work, so I changed it. I might change this one around a bit, but I love the background, so that probably won’t change.

There are going to be more changes around here too. You might have noticed that I haven’t really been posting lately. That is really only because I have been sick since Monday, and so I haven’t done it…. It’s not hard to keep up with the posts, but I haven’t liked the quality lately, which might mean I do less posts, but better, longer ones. I haven’t decided yet.

What do you think of the new theme?


A New Look

As much as I loved the old look of my blog, it was time for a new one. This one functions pretty much the same way, but looks a little different. I hope you enjoy the new look!

I Got A New Camera!

After a very frustrating forever, (okay, two weeks) I got a new camera. It is pretty much the same, silver instead of purple, it has WI FI, and it is a S3700, but it works the same. I am so happy to finally take pictures with it. I will be at the AG Columbus store tomorrow taking pictures of the Wellie Wishers, so I am glad to have a real camera.


I thought that you might like to see a picture of my old camera, now that I can take a picture of it. Here is the camera that served me faithfully for two years!

Till next time!