Friday, May 11, 2018

Theodosia in New York // August 2017

Hello! Last summer I took a trip to New York state with Theodosia, specifically Cooperstown and Ithaca, NY. It's been 9 months since then, but better late than never, right?

These first photos are of Theo in front of an original 1700's church that some of my ancestors went to when they first settled in New York! 

These next ones were taken on the porch of the place we were staying at in Cooperstown, NY. 

Cooperstown is an old town, made famous by the Baseball Hall of Fame that makes its home there. While that didn't interest me, there were still many beautiful places like the Finger Lakes and an art museum. 

I wish you could see it, but the house in the background had the most beautiful garden! I can't wait to have my own home so I can make a big, magical garden, too.

Here is Theo at the Farmers' Museum, an old working farm and replica village made from real buildings from the 1700's.

I hadn't taken doll photos in public in a while and it was a bit scary, honestly! But I needed the practice again.

One of the pretty gardens there.

Then I took some pictures in downtown Cooperstown in a little courtyard area behind the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

It was so peaceful and secluded here.

Me in Cooperstown (with Theo in my backpack!)

We also went to Ithaca, NY, which is a bigger city but there are so many waterfalls around the area (this one was my favorite). We stayed in a more rural area, but we did explore the city for a day.

One of my favorite places in Ithaca was the Cornell University Library, which was so amazing! This picture is terrible, but I'll have one of me in the library below.

Lastly, Theo came to explore some waterfalls with me! This was the only one I could take pictures with her in it because the rest were too busy, but I like how these came out at least.

This waterfall is called Buttermilk Falls.

I have plenty of travel plans for the future, so hopefully I can post about those not too long after I go on them, unlike this trip! :)

Have a good weekend xx

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mona at Gettysburg // Autumn 2017

Hello! In October of last year I went back to Gettysburg for the second time. You may remember Elisabeth's trip to Gettysburg back in 2014, and that was when I still used my point and shoot camera! So I brought Mona along this time, and even though you may not be able to tell she's at Gettysburg from these photos, I took a few in a quiet spot.

Between five hundred and one thousand women disguised themselves as men and enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies, according to Bobbi Miller, who wrote The Girls of Gettysburg (a good read!). "Only the letters written by three women soldiers have been found. Diaries, if any existed, have not survived. Only two women soldiers, Sarah Edmonds and Loretta Janeta Velazquez, published their memoirs after the war." Imagine all the heroines that history never tells of!

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Have a great rest of the week! xx

Friday, April 20, 2018

Some Photos of Caroline // Sunshine Blogger Award

I've come to the conclusion that I'm never going to catch up on all the tags everyone has so graciously awarded me (sorry!), but I found this one that Abriella Animated tagged me in that I thought would give me the chance to reintroduce myself.

And hey! This is my second post this week, which means I'm a better blogger than I've been the past two years.

Interspersed throughout this post I have some more old photos from last summer- this time of Caroline (and the dolls' pet kitten).

1.) Which doll is your favorite?

I could never choose just one! But I have to say that my newest dolls are my favorites, just because the older ones I probably wouldn't get now, except they mean too much to me now to ever think about getting rid of them. So, Simona (Rebecca), Artemesia (Gabriela), and Theodosia (custom Kaya) are my favorites. But Caroline and Nellie are very close seconds!

2.) How many dolls do you have?

I had to think about this for a minute! I have 9 AG dolls- Elisabeth Dominique, Emily Jane (who desperately needs a trip to the doll hospital), Dakota Rose (going by Rose now), Evelyn (Eve) Piper, Caroline Reinette, Nellie (Nell) Ophelia, Simona (Mona) Hermione, Artemesia (Art) Phoenix, and Theodosia (Theo) Violet. I sold Clara Gabrielle about a year ago just because I didn't connect with her (and needed the money for Theo!). I also have a Heart 4 Heart Girls doll, Nahji, and various other little dolls. 

3.) What got you into American Girl Dolls and blogging?

AG- the Pleasant Company books. My dad got me a random assortment from a garage sale, there was a phone number in the back to get a free catalog, and it all went from there!

Blogging- MyFroggyStuff opened the world of doll crafting to me, and Doll Diaries was my first inspiration for doll blogging!

4.) What are your future career plans?

I'm not entirely sure yet, but definitely something creative. I'd love writing, illustrating, design, film making, maybe a photography business on the side. I'm currently writing a novel, but we'll see where that takes me. :) 

5.) How many countries have you traveled to?

Currently none but the one I live in, sadly. But I just got my passport this month! I'm most likely visiting Canada in the next year or two, but my dreams are set on the UK as my next destination after that. I'd also love to see some of the Nordic countries, Japan, Spain, New Zealand, to name a few. But first, I need those Scottish Highlands!!

6.) What are some of your other hobbies?

Like I said before, I enjoy many creative things, like writing and drawing. I also occasionally play the piano or ukulele. I'm not very athletic, but I very much enjoy ballet, tap, and jazz dance, plus I love figure skating and taking long walks in the forest. So wait, does this actually make me athletic? 

7.) What is/was your favorite subject in school?

World history and literature, plus foreign language. I'm in my second year of French, and though I love it, I'm kind of over it now and want to learn other languages! I hope to either take Japanese or Latin next year and I'm slowly learning Gaelic on my own just for fun. I even enjoy teaching myself Elvish (Sindarin, specifically)!

8.) Where do you get clothes for your dolls from?

I honestly can't even remember the last time I got doll clothes...but they were probably just from AG. I think I've only bought from Etsy twice, and while sometimes I think it might do me some good to get more modern outfits for my dolls, the historical clothing wins the inner struggle! I can never resist them. Although, I hardly ever get new clothes for my dolls, so it's usually just like a two-outfit circulation between all the dolls for each season.

9.) What is your favorite season?

Autumn is my favorite, I think! Winter is a close call, at least in December. After that (and especially this year), I'm kind of done with it. Spring sounds mighty fine right about now!

10.) Do you watch TV shows? If so, which ones?

I still enjoy Doctor Who and it is my favorite. Besides that, I like Sherlock, Stranger Things, Victoria, Once Upon a Time (at least the earlier seasons), and I'm currently watching Downton Abbey. I also watch the occasional cartoon, specifically Voltron!

11.) How old are you?



Thank you for reading this, and I hope this helped reintroduce (or introduce) myself to you all! I hope you have a good day xx

Monday, April 16, 2018

Meet Theodosia Violet!

Hello again! How have you been, if anyone is still around? At this point I don't think I could ever guarantee a full comeback to this blog (and post as often as I used to!) , but I definitely want to start posting again. I'm still active on my Instagram and take new doll photos as often as I can. So I will probably post the ones I've taken in the last year over the course of the next few weeks (or months, let's be real)!

Also, I cannot believe that this year I will have had this blog for 6 years! That is insane to me, and looking back you can see just how much I've changed. Especially during those years in middle school, phew, I feel bad if you kept up with this blog during that craziness! But now, in my second year of high school, I like to think I'm a bit nearer to my personality when I first started this blog (but hopefully a lot more worldly and less cringe, haha!).

Anyways, onto the subject of this post-- I got another doll! Actually, technically she's not even new anymore since I got her March of 2017, but I never got around to posting about her yet.

She is a custom Kaya doll with watercolor freckles and Lea eyes, who I bought from a fellow AGIGer. I'm never one for customizing but always wanted a custom doll, so I couldn't resist her! She was an impulse buy (at least for me), which I never do, let alone for something expensive. But I am so glad I got her because she is one of my favorites.

Her name comes from a book series I loved as a child, Theodosia Throckmorton, and Violet just because I love flower names. I had originally picked out Theodosia as a name I would use if I got a Kaya doll, and then I found this doll! The original owner even had named her Theodosia, which I never realized until later. I guess it's the perfect name for her then!

These photos were taken in July of 2017, as the photo opportunities were much nicer than they are now. I fear Spring may never come! For now, here are some photos that take me back to that hazy, rose-fragranced period of late July.

"The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn."
- The Picture of Dorian Gray; 1890

"There's a flame of magic inside every stone & every flower, every bird that sings & every frog that croaks. There's magic in the trees & the hills & the river & the rocks, in the sea & the stars & the wind, a deep, wild magic that's as old as the world itself. It's in you too, my darling girl, and in me, and in every living creature, be it ever so small. Even the dirt I'm sweeping up now is stardust. In fact, all of us are made from the stuff of stars."
- Kate Forsyth; The Puzzle Ring (which I really must read!)

"Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live."
- Nora Roberts

Hope to post more soon! xx
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