Friday, September 30, 2016

So, You Think You're Growing out of Dolls...

Hi everyone!
I've got a post I hope is gonna be interesting, so let's get right into it!:D

So, you think you're growing out of dolls. You haven't really played with them at all, you haven't wanted to make blog posts, and you're worried you're growing out of dolls. I know how this is first-hand, and occasionally, I'll still feel it.
Lately, I haven't been really wanting a new doll. Usually I have a new doll I want all of the time. I get a new doll, and within a week I'm like- THIS IS THE NEXT DOLL OF MY DREAMS!XD But right now, I have a certain doll in mind if I get any new ones, but I'm still not needing her like normal.
It can worry me if I have lost interest in what I think I should be loving, and I'm like- I don't want to grow out of dolls! I love my dolls! I wanna keep doll blogging!
My perspective and my desire can change, and that is okay. Because it's fine to have your thoughts swap themselves out.
(Wanna just throw out there that no, I'm not growing out of dolls or leaving my blog or anything.XD)
As of late, I've been really into making posts that aren't photostories or photoshoots. I loved making the posts like "What I Would Do If I Owned American Girl" and "The Truth About Being a Doll Blogger". They're unlike what I've done before, and I love it! I've realized that although I still really enjoy making posts about my dolls' lives, my preferences changed. And it's made me feel better about my blog than I ever have! It's made me feel that I am finally where I should be and have figured out what I love to do on this blog.
So, you might not be growing out of dolls, guys. You might just be going into a new part of your love for dolls.
Don't jump into anything or delete your blog just because you haven't been feeling it lately. You wanna know how many times I would have deleted my blog because of feeling that way?
That's my thoughts on it. You might just be growing into a new time of doll love. But in case you're not, and it really is time for you to move on, know this---
It is entirely okay.
We all have different seasons in our lives, and you might be entering a new one. Yes, it might be sad, but I have a friend who got back into dolls, made a blog, then left, and she tells me sometimes just how happy she is that she left and that it was the right decision.:)
I don't know entirely where this post is going now that I have written it all down, but I hope it was interesting to read or helped you in some way. If not, I'm sure next time my post will be better.;D
Have you ever felt that you're growing out of dolls? Which doll do you want next?:)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sadie's Hope - Part Six

After nearly a whole year I am posting the next part of Sadie's Hope. Since all of you know you need a refresher, here are all of the parts in order so you can read and remember what the heck has happened---
(Disclaimer: Earlier, the lady who had dragged Sadie and Amy down to the basement was played by one of Jaclynn's dolls. But now, she is played by Elizabeth. Just wanted you to know...they are the same character.:))
*lights go down*
Sadie had gone to bed directly after her conversation with Ida, and hadn't gotten up until the wiry lady jabbed her in the side with her knife-like fingers.
"Wake up, one hundred and twelve!" she hissed and pulled the covers off of Sadie. 
"Hey!" Sadie shouted and grasped for the stained blanket. Sadie had a feeling she would be hating this lady even more than before- if possible.
"Get up!" the lady howled. Sadie curled her fingers into a fist.  
"Here is a list of chores you must complete before tonight. That is, if you wish to eat." She shoved a long list at Sadie. 
"Oh, please. You keep it. I'm honored though, really," Sadie said sarcastically, pushing it away. 
The lady yanked Sadie up to her feet by her hair. Sadie cried out, biting back tears of pain. 
"It is not an option. You get to do chores, you scum."
Sadie winced at her throbbing head but said no more. She definitely knew she hated this lady. Almost as much as Mark.
Weeks had gone by, and Sadie still waited in the dirty orphanage for some way of escape, somehow managing to get dirtier than when she arrived. 
She had gotten  used to the lady who always gave her a list of chores in the morning. But the good thing was that she and Ida had become great friends, which made the orphanage tolerable now that she had someone to speak with. All she needed was an escape plan. 
"One hundred and twelve!" the lady, also known as Miss Hallowell, shouted. "Somebody is here to adopt you."
Sadie and Ida looked up from their chores. Sadie panicked. She wasn't supposed to be adopted! This would ruin everything!
"Scum, wash your face off!" Miss Hallowell demanded. 
Sadie scrubbed at her face with a rag, still panicking. She had to get back to her brother, Amy, she had-- 
 Her frantic thoughts were interrupted by Miss Hallowell as she thrust her down the stairs. Gingerly stepping downstairs, Sadie saw a lady dressed in nice clothing waiting at the desk.
"This one has been here for about a month now," Miss Hallowell said.
"Hello, what is your name?" the woman asked, her voice gentle and soft.
"Sadie. Sadie Darrel," she replied.
"Hello, Sadie, I'm Mrs. James. I want to adopt you," Mrs. James said sweetly.  
Sadie shot a glance to the door. She couldn't be adopted! She had things to do! 
"Go back to your room so that we can discuss things, Sadie," Miss Hallowell said. Sadie noticed the use of her name and felt a sense of loathing rise inside her. Of course, she was using her name now that she had someone to impress.
Sadie scrambled up to her room, forgetting about the evil Miss Hallowell. She thought about making an escape right now, but all too soon, Miss Hallowell dragged her back down the stairs.
She didn't even get to say goodbye to Ida.
"She's going to adopt you," Miss Hallowell informed. Numbly, Sadie followed Mrs. James into her sleek black car.
Mrs. James chatted all of the way to her house, but Sadie blocked her out. What about her brother? What about Amy? What about Ida?
She needed to tell Mrs. James her problems, so she opened her mouth...and spilled. 
"Mrs. James, I have a brother that is in another orphanage, and I promised him I would get him out and come back for him! Please, do you expect me to not help him and leave him in an orphanage for the rest of his life?" Sadie prayed she would reply saying what she hoped she would say. 
Mrs. James stuttered, shocked at this new development. She drove the car to the side of the street and turned it off.
She twisted in her seat after a minute and said, "Sadie, I wouldn't think about leaving him in an orphanage. Families ought to stay together."
Sadie let out a shaky breath, smiling. They were going to get her brother.
"But I really should check with my husband before we do anything. Then we'll figure it all out." Mrs. James smiled warmly and turned the car back on.

Sadie sat in silence, wondering.
What if Mr. James doesn't want my brother? What if I never see Michael again?
There were too many what ifs in Sadie's life, and she was getting tired of being out of control.
*lights go up*
LOL! I hope you liked this part! I plan to crank these parts out as quickly as I can, because I'm really eager to finish it! It's just been stretched out for WAAAY too long.;)
Now. To make myself pumpkin pancakes!
*skips off to set the griddle*

Friday, September 16, 2016

Faye's Top Five Ways to Know You. Are. A. Fangirl.

Hi everyone!
I'm here today with a post from Faye, so I'll just hand over the computer to her now....
(My post?! This is your post! But fine. I'll get you your chair.) 
Emma. This is not my chair. GET ME MY REAL CHAIR!!!
(What's the difference? It's still a cha-)
(UGH! Fine.-.-) 
Perfect. Thank you. I was wrong, Emma, you aren't as useless as you look.
NOW! Onto this post! I am here to bring down THE TRUTH!!! THE OFFICIAL WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE A FAN GIRL. LET'S DO IT!!! 
You find yourself making sounds such as- EEP! GAH!!! and asdfghjklaaaaaa!!!!!
Trust me. It's a sound. If you didn't know that, you're probably not a fangirl. 
You cry. Over everything. 
Character development, deaths, costumes, that characters tiny mole on the left side of their neck. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. 
FEELS. Similar to crying over everything...but different. 
Feels will tear your heart and soul out leaving you breathless crying for MERCY, MERCY, which there is none. If you have never experienced the aching heartache of feels, take your bags and get on the next train to Normalville. 
You MIIIIIIIGHT have more fandom shirts than "actual clothing".
Emma, I told you to make me five of these all with numbers on them!!
(i got hungry) 
Ack, fine.
Number FIVE!!
You have at least once spent your time stewing and hating your fandom. Most likely in your PJ's. Whilst eating comfort food. With a stuffed animal. 
It is a truth that most people in the fandoms absolutely hate everything in their fandom 'bout 89.9995% of the time. You will suffer, but you will enjoy it. 
I hope y'all fangirls enjoyed my post, but if you read it and said- I haven't done that, nope, nope, definitely not, maybe, but no -then YOU AREN'T A FANGIRL. SORRY.
Stay obsessed, kids.
Well. Some of those things I don't do, so I'm sure Faye is going to tell me I'm not a fangirl.
Anywhoo, I hope you liked the post!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Wack-A-Doodle-Dolls's Blog Favorites of August 2016

Hi everyone!
I totally forgot about doing this when I was supposed to, but better late than never! My August favorite posts! In no specific order---
This photoshoot and outfit that Victoria made was so beautiful, I couldn't exclude it in this line up! I mean, her custom doll, Beth, is just insanely gorgeous!;) 
This skirt is so adorable! Like- agh! I always like to see what my bloggy friends are sewing, so this post was so fun to read!:) 
This photoshoot. Like. It was one of my favorite photoshoots I've ever seen! AGH! SO BEAUTIFUL!:D There are a ton of pictures to go through, so make sure to check it out!
I feel as if American Girl Doll Artist is always the first to know the most recent news! And this piece of news did not disappoint! FELICITY IS POSSIBLY COMING BACK?!?!?! Read the post for all of the amazing details!:)
These pictures... MELODY. I have never wanted Melody, but when I saw these photos, I was like- SHE'S SO GORGEEEOUUSS. I can't. SHE'S SO CUTE! The review was great, but those pictures...AMAZE!XD
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favorite August reads! Faye has a post coming up that I think y'all be excited to read.:) That might be next week, who knows?;)

Friday, September 2, 2016

What I Would Do If I Owned American Girl

Hi everyone!
I am here posting with my new schedule! I can already tell I'm gonna like only posting once a week! It totally gives me the time I need to make quality posts!:)
This post is about what I would do differently if I owned the American Girl company!:D Let's get right on into it-

1. Lower the ding-dang prices
SERIOUSLY. I remember the times when I was younger and dolls only costed like $95 and the furniture was $60, and everything was WAAAYYY cheaper! I would bring it back down to that so more people could afford it. And if more people can afford it, more people will buy it, which means MORE MONEY FOR ME!XD

2. Get the advice of some reputable bloggers
Everyone knows that we bloggers have some amazing ideas that American Girl needs to follow. And I really do think that someone in the AG company does look at some of our blogs because does anyone notice the lack of pink in the most recent releases? That was all of the people who didn't like it getting their voices heard! (So, that means that people need to stop complaining about all of the blue and purple. THERE'S NO PINK SO TRY TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!!!XD)
But since bloggers have such great, creative ideas, I would hire some occasionally to give me ideas to make AG better.:)
3. Clothing...
I have lots of thoughts about AG clothes...I couldn't pin this change down to just one idea. So here are all of my ideas for changes to AG clothes-
More neutrals! I think that having some outfits that include neutrals would be a great idea for more of the older doll collectors. They could still be super cute and fun, but not all colorful.;)
More pieces! Is it just me or do you think that the prices are getting higher, and there seems to sometimes be fewer pieces in the sets? I'd change that!
Things would ACTUALLY go! Yeah, the outfits would actually match or at least compliment the other colors. Because some of the outfits AG has come out with need to have some color changes.XD

4. New face molds
I have no idea if this would be hard, but I would want to do it! Because I am getting a little tired of the classic face mold and Josefina face mold...
Plus, how about they make another doll with the Marie-Grace face mold? Huh? HUH?!
5. Stop. Making. Movies.
I would stop making GOTY movies! They're terribly cheesy most of the time and the acting...*shudders* AND if the American Girl's age is 11, I'd ACTUALLY get an 11 year old to play the part, not a Justice model who looks like she is 14!XD
Adding onto this idea, I would bring back the Historical Character movies. I'd make them like how they used to be made- AMAZING.

6. Character creativity
It can't be just me who thinks that American Girl reuses a lot of the same themes for their dolls (especially GOTY). We've had at least three somewhat tropical Girl of the Years... We've had tons who love horses or animals in general.
I think it's time to get some new ideas!
How about a brainiac who wants to grow up to be an inventor? What about a girl who has a passion to help people who suffer. The story would be all about her helping kids at hospitals or helping out at elderly homes! A girl living in the U.S. who comes from a Mexican heritage, and some family emergency occurs, pulling her out of America and forcing her to go back to Mexico and get in touch with her roots! 
These are just some random ideas off of the top of my head, but we could use some diversity for their stories and interests! 

I would do this so hard. You would be able to make a custom doll in store and get her within a couple weeks or so! I have no idea how realistic this is, but I would love to do it!:D
So, those are just some ideas I have that might help make the company better. You know, for when I become CEO in 10 years.
I love AG, and this wasn't a post where I could complain, but just some ideas I have.;) I hope you enjoyed!
What kind of changes would YOU make to American Girl if you had the chance?:)