As Independence Day slowly creeps upon us, the anticipation builds, until we (metaphorically) pop like a firecracker.
I love America, but I love my state as well. We’re popular for spicy foods, the untamed marsh, LSU Football, (GEAUX TIGERS), magnolia trees, pelicans, Alligators, benguets, Mardi Gras, Jambalaya, Crawfish, our crazy accents, jazz music, the weird way things are spelled, and so much more. (Now I’m hungry)
Which leads me to wonder,what do you like about your state?
I had the idea to do an Independence Day Blog Tour to celebrate our amazing country. Don’t get me wrong, I love other countries too! I’d love to live in Australia or Italy or an African country someday! But, I just thought that since most of the bloggers in our community are from the US, it would just be a US thing.
So, I’m not sure if anyone still reads this blog but for any of you who do, I’m hoping to post on here… more than once a year. XD Anyways, Molly and Carrie have an announcement, so I’ll turn it over to them. 🙂
Hey guys! So as you may know, my sister Carrie and I are going to be costarring in a upcoming series.
We need all of you to leave some questions in the comments, for a Q&A with the cast.
As a refresher the cast is me, Molly, Carrie, Claire, Heather, Charlie, and Afton.
And, if you leave ten or more questions, you will get a bonus entry to a surprise we hope will launch as soon as the series is over!
So, don’t forget to leave your questions down below!
Hello AGBC followers! I have a fun little announcement for you all today. First, I have to announce that I’m doing 25 Days of Christmas on my blog Build a Bears Furever! Don’t forget to check that out!
Anyway, yesterday’s post was a Virtual Christmas Card Swap! I figured I could share an AG Christmas Card with you guys!
If you don’t feel like checking out my blog, you can still enter this swap! Here are the rules:
Make a Christmas Card that you feel represents your blog
Either post it, and link back here, or send it to me at worldofagdollsblog(at)gmail(dot)com
If you do post it, include the tag Virtual Christmas Card Swap
Hey AG lovers! Since Camp Happy Heart is all wrapped up, I have a little bit more time to post over here. I think I’ll maybe post, every couple months? I know that doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but I want to be sure that all of the members get a chance to post. Anyway, you probably don’t want to hear a ton about that, so let’s get into today’s post!
Today, I have compiled a list of fun doll play ideas. If you’re bored with your dolls, pick an idea off this list, and you will be having fun in no time! I’ve used most of the ideas off this list multiple times, and I’m sure some of you have too. Also, another thing I’d like to add is that most of these don’t require some fancy $80 set from AG. Most of them are perfectly free! Anyway, let’s get started.
Pets definitely make our lives more interesting. Why not make your doll’s life interesting too? She can begin by selecting a pet(going to the stuffed animal shelter and picking the perfect pet is an adventure on its own), but then you can come up with more ways to involve pets in her life. Some of my favorite ideas include: Walking dogs, Giving a dog a bath, and taking your dog to the vet. (Dogs can be subsituted for cats, horses, fish, or any pet your doll desires.)
If you’re anything like me, you don’t associate school with fun. (learning can be fun, but there’s a difference) However, it can be super fun to play school! You can be your doll’s teacher and teach her some subjects that you already know. She can do her homework and projects. And, perhaps my favorite part of doll school is making crafts for her. I’ve made backpacks, pencils, textbooks, stationary, calculators, and even lockers!
This one’s a bit of a two parter.
First, it’s really fun to pretend like your doll is traveling, even if you’re still at home. You can turn her bedroom into a hotel, make sure she has room service, etc. You can pretend like she needs to pack her things, then get on a airplane, boat, train, or car. You can even have her go on tours of different countries and cities. I’ve always enjoyed pretending like my dolls go on exotic vacations.
Also, whenever you’re going on a trip, you can bring your doll along with you! However, there are some things you should consider before you do so, so I’m linking to a travel post I wrote a couple years ago.(I wrote it about stuffed animals, but you can easily subsitute “doll” for “stuffed animal”)
Another fun thing to do is to throw a party! Now, you probably won’t be hosting parties in real life very often, but you can totally throw a party for your dolls at any given time. All you really need to do is find a holiday that it works for. Also, just because it’s September, doesn’t mean your doll can’t throw a Valentine’s party! Dolls don’t have a perception of time, so if you want it to be Valentine’s day, it can be Valentine’s day! Doll parties are really fun.
Another thing that always used to get me interested in my dolls again was whenever I got a new clothing piece for them. Now, I’m not saying you have to get a new outfit or anything, but making or buying a new outfit can be really fun! You can even have your doll be a model at a fashion show if you want.
I don’t actually recall doing this with my dolls, but one of my best childhood memories was one day when I made a “farm.” Basically, I pretended like there were crops to be harvested, animals to be tended to, and houses and sheds to be built. I see absoulutely no reason why your doll can’t do those things too.
One of my very favorite toys as a kid was my cash register. I would play with that thing for hours on end. So, make a cash register for your dolls and have her be a cashier for another one of your dolls, or you can be a cashier to her too.
Here’s another fun toy I had growing up, a doctor kit! It came with the essentials(stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cuff, etc.), though I can’t see it being too hard to recreate some of those if you don’t have them. Or, you can just use your imagination. Your doll can either be a doctor or a patient.
If you get super bored with your dolls, you can always do something sure to renew your interest in dolls – recreate your favorite book, movie, TV Show, or even song! You can even change something about it to see how things would be in an alternate timeline.
I know I already mentioned traveling, but I feel like this one deserves its own category. Whenever I was younger, I would get all of my stuffed animals and line them up into two rows. I would put a movie on, and designate one stuffed animal to be the flight attendant and bring out snacks. It was really fun, and I think it is a worthy inclusion for this list.
So what did you think? Did you like these ideas? What’s your favorite doll play idea?
Hey guys! I wanted to share with you guys a special project I’ve been working on all summer. It’s on my blog, buildabearsfurever.wordpress.com, and while I focus on stuffed animals, this camp can also be used for American Girl dolls too!
You can read more about Camp here, but if you don’t want to go there, I’ll sum it up for you. Basically, there is a new theme each week that has crafts, photoshoots, photostories, and more! This upcoming week will be called Out of this World, and focus on fantasy/superhero stuff, but there has been a variety of themes so far.
Surf’s Up was a fun week to do! Camp Happy Heart started at the beginning of June, but it isn’t too late to participate.
There have been many themes that you can catch up on, such as Battle of the Bear Bands (Music week). You can also send any pictures of your campers participating to worldofagdollsblog(at)gmail(dot)com, and I will share your photos at the end of camp! However, if you don’t want to read the past weeks, we still have one month left.
Also, for this week, there was an AG themed post! This week was Decades Week (or Blast from the Past) which included a fun challenge. Basically, you guys just have to send me a picture of your camper(preferrably a stuffed animal or doll) along with clothes and other memorabilla from your favorite decade! Hurry! The deadline is on the 1st of August!
Hey guys! Megan here. Over on my blog, I’m in the middle of my summer series, ‘Shadows’. I worked really hard on it so I would love it if you guys would check it out. For now I hope you enjoy this repost of the 1st part. 🙂
Carly was getting worried.
Mr. Cabot and the twins were at work and school respectively, but they should’ve been home by now. Carly was able to excuse the lateness for a while, but now that they were 2 hours late.
The tiny kitchen/dining room rang with the sounds of Carly keeping the supper warm.
She could hardly keep from imaging what might have happened. A few times she even contemplated going to look for them, but ruled that out. She was not allowed outside the house.
She was in fact so absorbed in these thoughts, that she jumped at the sound of the door opening. She heard heavy footsteps and knew that, finally Mr. Cabot was home.
She hurried to get supper on the table, saying as she did, “You sure are later coming home today, sir. How was work?”
There was no reply, so Carly looked up.
Mr. Cabot looked broken, dead. His face was white, and the coal dust that usually covered his cheeks was streaked by tears.
“Sir?” Carly gasped. She had never seen him cry, not even when Margret died. “Mr. Cabot, sir, what’s wrong? Where are the twins?”
“Gone.” his voice was flat, “They took them from the school…” he broke off in a sob.
The room went cold. Carly felt like she had been kicked, all her breath was gone.
Mr. Cabot had kept her ever since Margret had died. The reason he kept her? Carly wasn’t sure. But ever since their mother had died, she, had cared for the twins, Kenton and Coleson.
Losing Margret had felt like losing a mother, losing Coleson and Kenton, like losing little brothers.
Mr. Cabot continued to mutter under his breath, “They told me, they promised… but they lied…they were wrong…they can’t protect us…they can’t save anyone…I knew she would be trouble…”
He continued to sound more and more feverish.
Carly could only think of one question. “Why?” She asked, “Why would someone take them?”
The room, which had turned cold a second ago, began to rise in temperature as Mr. Cabot slowly stood up.
“You.” He whispered, “It’s all you.”
What? Me?” Carly asked in horror.
“Yes. You. They told me it was no problem… Why would they target you? I knew something like this would happen… I didn’t want to get close to you…. Why did I say I would take you? What was I thinking promising things like that?!” Mr. Cabot began to sound delirious.
“But… I don’t understand…why? Why would someone try to hurt you, because of me?” Carly asked worriedly. Had she caused this?
Mr. Cabot didn’t seem to hear her. He continued in his feverish conversation, “They warned me…they told me I would regret keeping her…but maybe… maybe they would trade… I could give her to them now…I can save my children… It would be the end of their plan…but… I have to save my boys!”
Carly suddenly didn’t like the direction this was going.
“Mr. Cabot what do you mean, ‘her’? What’s going on?”
“Your coming with me!” Mr. Cabot whipped around and lunged for Carly. She ducked and ran to the other side of the room knocking over the chair as she went.
Carly grabbed the chair and held it out in front of herself like a lion tamer.
Mr. Cabot jumped at her again. After a few seconds struggle he wrenched the chair from Carly’s grip, and threw it to the floor. He slowly came towards her, a manic light in his eyes.
In a last desperate attempt Carly shouted, “What about your promise?!”
Mr. Cabot froze. Just like that the blood drained from his face.
“How do you know about that?”
Carly’s fear quickly turned to anger, as the danger seemed to pass. That was it. She wasn’t going to stay in this house for one more second. She ran for the door.
“Wait Carly! You can’t!” Mr. Cabot called, but it was to late. Carly was gone.
“Oh boy. I shouldn’t have done that. I hope they’re ready for her…the plan is in motion now.”
So that’s the first part! I hope you enjoyed, and if you like this part, the next three and the prologue are already up on my blog. 🙂 Thanks for reading guys!
Hello! Happy Independence day friends! Hope you have a fabulous one! Today I have a fun 4th of July hair style to share with you! So hope you enjoy!
A wig brush
These are amazing, it’s like they were made for hairstyles! XD
5 itty bitty bands.
3 red, 2 blue, and a random band of any color you’d like.
8″ long ribbon
This is optional. Some people mist their dolls’ hair, some don’t. So whichever way you’d like to do it 🙂
……… You might need this, but I don’t know. Just in case I’ll be keeping Josie with me.
Hair pick with a stick on one end
Does anyone know what these are even called? Because I have no clue. Anyways, this is optional as well. It’s just helpful for separating the hair in the beginning.
Let’s get started! First things first, lightly mist hair (If you decided not to wet your doll’s hair, you can skip this step), Making sure to cover dolly’s eyes so no water gets in. If you neglect to do so and your doll gets silver eye, then I shall drive to your house and glare at you, and no one wants that.
Brush out your doll’s hair until smooth and knot free.
Alrighty! Now brush the hair in front back over the top of your doll’s head.
TIP: If your doll has super slippery hair like Josefina, then you may need to hold the hair on top. No worries if the front side sections fall, we can grab those in a minute.
Slide stick under hair to create middle section.
Wrap hairband around this section.
Use our sticky friend to pick up hair on side of head,
And wrap another hairband around it.
Repeat on other side of head. You should now have 3 sections.
Take the middle section, and like a super karate ninja, split it in two.
Spilt one of the 2 sections into 3 parts. Then braid 6 times.
NOTE: In this hairstyle, I’m counting each time I pass a section over the middle piece. I.E. Left over middle counts as one, then passing right over middle is two, etc.
Once you’ve finished braiding, slide on bobby pin to hold until you’ve completed the rest of the sections. Repeat braiding and bobby pinning with other half of middle section.
Grab either the left or right section and split it into three. braid 8 times.
Then secure with bobby pin, repeat on other side.
Okie dokie, time to join the braids!
Take the two braids on the left side and hold them together in one hand, pull out the pins.
Take a blue band and wrap braids together.
please do the same on the right 🙂
Braid both of the two sections 6 times.
Now for the hardest part…… Wrap the two braids together with the last band 😉
Doesn’t it look beautiful?
Last thing to do is to tie the bow around the last band and you’re done!
Your doll is now ready for an awesome day!
I hope you enjoyed this hairstyle and that you had a wonderful 4th! Sorry if anything is a little wonky in this post, never used WordPress before XD If you have any questions on this hairstyle, feel free to ask! Have an awesome day friends!