Happy Valentine’s Day! (A photo story)

Millie is at a Valentine’s Day party. (Well, really, it’s just a few of her girl cousins.)

They are making flower crowns and eating bonbons, although so far, only Ivy has finished hers.

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Why? Because something was left outside their door this morning.

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3 Crush cans, with no name on any of them. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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“Umm, guys?” says Millie.

Shirley and Kit are too busy discussing the possible suspects to notice, but Ivy hears.

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“Guys?

I left them! Winston walked with me to the store an’ everything, an’ I can’t write real good yet but Winston said ya’ll would know they’re from me!”

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Ivy giggled and took a sip.

“Mmm, it’s DE-licious, Millie. Thanks!”

“Guys, SSSH! We’re trying to figure this out!” admonished Shirley. “Kit, do you think we could set up a security camera or something?”

“Maybe, but it wouldn’t do much good. Valentine’s Day is over.”

“Oh, right,” Shirley said, disappointed.

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Millie grinned at Ivy and snatched a bonbon off Shirley’s plate.

“Hey!”

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Spacey Places: A Photo Shoot and Review

Hello lovelies!

My temporary AG Store closed at the end of January *sob*, but before they did, I managed to pick up something from Luciana’s collection!

Stuart wants to be a pilot, so he’s quite happy in this flight suit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was around 10 degrees and windy while taking these photos (notice Stuart’s slightly crazy hair ๐Ÿ˜€ ) but I’m so glad I did! Especially since the ground is once again completely covered in cold white stuff.

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Tweed came along to play with Stuart. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The set retails for $28. The suit is made of a lovely blue material that is very sturdy.

DSC_5945(2). C.jpgThe patches are thin, but do stick up slightly.

DSC_5944(2). C.jpgThe pocket on Stuart’s right thigh is real, although it doesn’t have a closure. The other ‘pockets’ are just stitching. The little straps in front are attached with velcro.

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DSC_5935(2).crop C.jpgThe shoes are darker blue, although they look almost black in some lights. The laces are stretchy and are pre-laced, like most of AG’s newer shoes.

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The one thing that disappointed me in this outfit was the soles of the shoes. Instead of being nice rubber they are are made of hard plastic, which really cheapens them.

DSC_5936(2). C.jpgOverall, this is a wonderful outfit. Just please don’t make doll shoes out of hard plastic, AG. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The cuteness… โค

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Vibrant Leaves: A Photo Shoot

Hey!

So…I’ve not been feeling very inspired to take photos lately. It’s been cloudy and rainy and slushy and generally gross out. Although I did get a new AG outfit, and it’s the cutest thing! *Ahem*

I’m not going to say what it is, though…you’ll have to wait until the weather clears up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I stumbled across a photo shoot I did with Charlotte (surprise, surprise… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and thought now would be the perfect time for some bright colors!

First: My location. And old trail that, in all likelihood, leads to an oil well. (The ones around us mostly do.)DSC_5261(2) C.jpg

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“Hello!” says Charlotte.

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I love these overalls so much!
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It seems one of the dolls is always wearing them.

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It was windy the day I took these…towards the end poor Charlotte fell face down in the sand! I was pretty distraught but I guess it means she’s being loved. :-/

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I have a pair of overalls in my closet, too. They’re floral and rather adorable, but a little outside my comfort zone.

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Perhaps I shall wear them when Spring finally arrives.

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The trees above us. โค

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Okay, would anybody be interested in doing an editing swap/collab?

We’d swap photos (probably over email), edit and post them (with credit, of course).

Click here and fill out my Contact form if you are interested. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Meet Winston: A Photo Shoot

Hey!

So…did you go check out Winston’s profile?

Winston says you better have! ๐Ÿ˜€

When Winston was informed that as a new doll, he’d have to go out for a photo shoot, I’m pretty sure he enjoyed all the attention. He’d hardly ever seen snow, so he was excited for that, too.

After a few preliminary shots indoors, we headed outside…

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And that’s when Winston realized that snow is pretty cool.

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Literally.

And he’d only brought with him his leather jacket–which had been more than adequate for Kentucky…

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Ignore his very wrinkled jeans! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And…it looks like we’ve used up Winston’s patience (and warmth!) allotment for the day, and he’s now leaving…guess that wraps it up for now, folks!

 

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How to: Restore a TLC Doll!

Hello!

(As you can see, I’m posting this first…check back Monday for Winston’s first photo shoot.)

So, I recently purchased a TLC doll, who ended up as Winston. While I didn’t take many (okay, any, actually) pictures during the process, I would like to share with you the things I’ve learned.

Hopefully some of this information will be useful to you if you ever attempt something similar!

NOTE: I am not responsible for any damage that may result to your doll due to these tips. Please check with an adult before attempting anything dramatic. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, if it’s written in REDย I do not have personal experience using it.

Okay, here we go:

Skin:

Be sure to keep all skin cleaning solutions away from your doll’s eyes, hair and cloth body!

*Baking Soda:

For very light surface stains, American Girl advises this:

  • Dampen a soft washcloth with
    lukewarm water.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and lukewarm water.
  • Rub the vinyl gently in a circular motion with the paste.
  • Wipe with a wet washcloth to remove residue, and rinse washcloth frequently with lukewarm water.
  • Towel dry your doll.

*Magic Eraser:

If you have an older doll that’s been on lots of play dates, try using a Magic Eraser. This truly can work magic–by removing surface grime and wear, it can brighten face paint and remove some shine marks, giving your doll a new lease on life. If you use this on your doll’s face, please try by the edge of her face paint first. While the magic eraser did not remove any of my dolls’ paint, I’ve heard some report that it has. So please exercise appropriate caution!

*Non-Acetone Nail Polish:

This will remove nail polish and surface paint spots.

DO NOT use the stuff with acetone. It can melt doll vinyl!ย ย Don’t use near doll eyebrows, lips, or blush.

Hair:

*Steamer:

To calm frizzy hair, I used a handheld portable clothes steamer. I brushed through lightly misted hair, before trying this. Make sure you cover the doll’s eyes to prevent them from getting damp, and don’t do it too near the wig cap, as this could cause mold. (Since I was planning on removing the wig anyway, I didn’t worry too much about that.) This will make the hair straight, so don’t do this if you aren’t okay with that! (You could probably try it with some type of curlers in to keep permanent curls.)

More Major Stuff:

*To remove a wig:

Please don’t do this without parental permission/help!ย 

While there are many methods to remove AG doll wigs, this is the one that works best for me, and, with a little practice, removes the wig with the least amount of damage.

You’ll need:
*Q-Tips, Non-Acetone Nail Polish, Bent Needle-Nose Pliers, and a good supply of Patience

Tie the doll’s hair back from her face. Feel around the edge of the wig for slightly looser spots–these are usually on the sides of the head, just in front of or behind the ears.ย  When you find one, rub a Q-Tip with a little nail-polish remover there.

Now, take your pliers and get as close to the edge of the wig as you can. Pull gently at first. The beginning is the hardest part, and you don’t want to rip off the hair wefts along the edge if you can help it! Rub the Q-Tip along the edge more as needed, pulling the wig loose with the pliers.

Once you get the edges all loose, you’ll find it’s also glued down in the center. Rub another nail polish remover dipped Q-Tip along here, working it loose with your hands. Ta-Da! The wig is off!

I usually try to rinse out the nail polish remover from the wig at this point.
(Warning: With the exception of AG’s special dolls without hair, normal AG dolls look pretty creepy without a wig… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

 

So…any TLC doll tips that you’d like to add?

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Storytime! (+ Pics)

Hello!

So, after I received Kit for Christmas, I decided I needed to do something I’d been considering for a while. Customize Shirley.

At AGHT, Shirley and Ivy are sisters. Neither are adopted, but they really don’t look alike. I wanted to fix that, as well as add another mold (well, variant, at least) to my collection.

A month or so ago, I ordered a wig for one of my ‘eventual customs’, but couldn’t pick it up until after Christmas break.

Anyway, I found what I thought was a Truly Me with a Jess mold for a great price online. When I got the doll, it turned out to be Jess. And Jess had a lot more issues than I’d expected. (The nail-polish I’d been prepared for, and the slightly crazy hair, but not the paint splotch, dye transfers and general grime.)

DSC_5804(2). C.jpgWell, I got Jess cleaned up^^ (with the exception of the dye transfers–you need sun for that) and asked around for someone in my area to eye swap for me.
Nothing.

Last week I picked up my ordered wig, but we were on our way someplace so I popped it into my suitcase and forgot about it.

When we got home, I decided, since I was also going to wig swap Jess, I might as well remove the Jess wig and start playing around with the few different wigs I have (for Charlotte and a couple customs I have in mind). None of them looked right, to me. Cool.

Then I remembered the other ordered wig in my suitcase. I pulled it out and slipped it on.

I was kinda disappointed at first–it didn’t look the way I imagined. But I played around with it and it’s starting to look better (hopefully it’ll settle down even more…it’s still a little crazy!).

So…

Here’s Winston.

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I had his story in mind (as well as this wig) for a different future custom, but I guess it just belongs with him!

Go check under Meet the Dolls to learn more about Winston’s personality!

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So…would you rather see tips on cleaning up a TLC doll next (I don’t think I have any pictures for it, unfortunately) or a photo shoot of Winston?

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Charlotte Goes Skiing: A Photo Story

Hello!

Guess what? Charlotte had never been skiing before.

She happened to mention that her current movie was going to need a skiing scene, so Rose, self proclaimed hockey and cold weather sports expert, lent her equipment and told her to give it a go.

Charlotte put the gear on with Rose’s help, then Rose stood a safe distance away to watch and shout the occasional instruction.

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At first, things definitely weren’t going very well.

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But pretty soon, Charlotte started to get the hang of things.

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Looking better already!

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“I think I was making this harder than it really was. It’s actually pretty fun!” Charlotte said.DSC_5586(2). C.jpg

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“Umm, Charlotte?” Rose said.

“Yes?”

“Those are downhill skis. You’re supposed to go down the hill, not just back and forth by the parking lot.” DSC_5580(2). C.jpg

“Oh.” said Charlotte.

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Have you ever gone downhill or cross country skiing?

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