Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ADAD 365/365

My exotic beauty, Ocean 💠

This has been an amazing year for my doll photography. I've learned a lot along the way about exposure, lighting and scenery. Also how to play with the sun to give more depth and dimension to my photographs. The biggest lesson I've learned was how to bring my dolls to life using my camera and lens. Next year will be even better as I grow and hone my skills as an AG doll photographer.

Thank you for taking this journey with me and goodbye 2013 A Doll A Day (ADAD) photo challenege. It was a blast! 

(American Girl Doll #49)

Monday, December 30, 2013

ADAD 364/365

Your eyes as clear and blue as the Ocean.

(American Girl Doll #49)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

ADAD 363/365

♥ Ocean ♥

I really like how this photo came out. This photo is completely unedited apart from adding my watermark.

(American Girl Doll #49)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Looking Forward to 2014

With 2013 coming to an end, I'm looking forward to having new adventures with my girls in 2014. Instead of doing the ADAD project, I'm going to work on posting more videos on my YouTube Channel. I really want to learn how to do stop-motion videos but I've never done an AGSM before so I know it'll take some time to get it all worked out but I'm confident I can do it. :) I'll definitely post my photo shoots on there plus AG hauls, reviews, tutorials, contests/giveaways... you know all the AG goodness we come to love on AGTube.

As for my AG Doll buys for 2014, they have changed quite a bit from an earlier wishlist post. I've already bought GOTY 2005 Marisol Luna plus received Ruthie Smithens and #49 from my hubby as Christmas/Anniversary presents. So the only dolls I really want to add to my collection next year are retired GOTYs Jess McConnell (2006), Chrissa Maxwell (2009), Saige Copeland (2013) and new GOTY Isabelle Palmer (2014). Hopefully I can find the retired GOTYs at a reasonable prices in EUC, hey I wouldn't mind NIB. (^_^) I'm also going to be finding new homes for a few more girls I feel need more love and attention as I add these new girls and hone my collection.

*** Shameful confession time *** I really had know idea how beautiful Saige truly is until I saw the Saige my daughter received for Christmas. I had her stored away from the moment we bought for 2 months but really didn't get a good look at her until my daughter opened her up and took her out the box on Christmas morning. Saige is stunning! Her eye, hair and skintone combination is gorgeous. I actually got to photograph her and she is a dream to shoot and now I regret not getting a Saige of my own.

My main buying focus for 2014 will be on accessories, food sets and furniture pieces. I plan on creating my girls world. Like I'm looking at building my own beds with the free plans I found on Ana-White.com. There are 3 styles of beds I'm really interested in making... the simple Kid's Kit Bed, Doll Trundle Bed and Bunk Bed  with Trundle bed which will give me six beds for my girls to sleep in. I also want to get the retired Curlique Trundle Bed and Kit's bed for Kit and Ruthie to share. I would still need a few more beds but it's a start. LOL

Lastly, I really will concentrate on my etsy shop. I've decided on a collection based approach consisting of limited edition coordinating separates and dresses plus accessories like headbands, crochet hats, etc. There were be no more than 3 pieces per style of clothing/fabric. For example, the Ani skirts I made for Aoki and Hope for Christmas were black and teal but I would make 3 of each color, if I were to use that fabric. I plan to post a new collection once a month with a few stand alone pieces every couple of weeks. I'm really excited about the possibilities. Look for those sneak peeks and updates to start showing up soon.

Good 2013 you were good to my doll family and hello 2014!

ADAD 362/365

Ocean and Nova 

My daughter allowed me to take a photo of her doll. I never knew how gorgeous Saige is until she came her to live with my daughter for Christmas. Now it's time for me to get a Saige to call my own. Too bad I didn't figure it out before she sold out. Now I'll have to pay her secondary market price. Boo!

(American Girl Doll #49 and GOTY Saige Copeland)

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Home for Felicity

Yes, Felicity (fka Renee) has found her forever home with a young lady who I know will love her to pieces. :-)

Felicity went to the little girl (we'll call her, Alexa) I take to school every morning. Alexa had been admiring my collection and on numerous occasions mentioned she'd like an AG of her own. I started thinking since I was changing the focus of my own collection why not give Renee to her instead of selling her. I thought it was brilliant idea and once I got the okay from Alexa's mom, I went to work on getting her ready.

First I repositioned and reconditioned her wig. I think she looks a lot cuter with a center part instead of the side part. Next I cleaned her up by removing any and all shines she had from being handled. Finally made her a new outfit in the Alexa's favorite colors. Now all that was left was how to actually give Alexa the doll. I didn't have any spare AG doll boxes and my DD13 told me to look for a very large Christmas stocking to put her in.  

As luck would have it, she actually came over to borrow 2 eggs and before she left I handed her Felicity. She was super surprised and I think she loved her... well you can be the judge for yourself. :-)

ADAD 361/365

Everyone please meet Ocean! She is so beautiful and I ♥ her so much! My hubby and daughter hit the proverbial nail on the head with her. I'm so grateful!

(American Girl Doll #49)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

My AG Christmas/Anniversary Gifts!

I wasn't even expecting any AG things for Christmas. I was more focused on my daughters AG wishes than my own BUT I have the most wonderful hubby and 13yo daughter in the world. This afternoon they braved the Los Angeles traffic and after Christmas gift card shoppers at AGPLA to get these gifts for me. My hubby and I celebrate our Anniversary on Saturday. He made my dreams come!

They gave me:
Blue Two-tone Glasses
Butterfly Twist Dress Outfit

I feel like the luckiest wife and mom!

ADAD 360/365

It's more Spring like than 5 days since the start of Winter.

(American Girl Doll of the Year Marisol Luna)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

ADAD 359/365

Vintage Christmas! 

(American Girl Doll of the Year Marisol Luna)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

ADAD 358/365

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Tomorrow will be a day filled with enjoyment. Savor the moment.

(American Girl Doll #30 and GOTY Kanani)

Monday, December 23, 2013

ADAD 357/365

Aoki is so excited because there are only 2 days until Christmas! She heard there may be some new girls arriving for her to play with. 

(American Girl Doll #30... I think)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

ADAD 356/365

Waiting patiently for Santa to bring the presents. Only 3 days left!
(American Girl of the Year Kanani Akina)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

ADAD 355/365

Only 4 days left until Christmas! Who else is excited?

(American Girl Doll #30... I think)

Friday, December 20, 2013

ADAD 354/365

Getting ready for the holidays! 

(American Girl of thr Year Kanani)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

ADAD 353/365

Isn't Aoki beautiful? 

I just love taking photos of her. I don't know if I'll be able to let this sweet face go. I ♥ my Aoki! I'm sure Jess is amazing seeing how Aoki is the same face mold but what if I don't get a doll with an expression I♥? I'll be sooo very, very sad. Am I willing to gamble on that? No... I'm not! My mystery Jess face mold doll is here to stay. 

(American Girl Dol mystery Jess mold)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ADAD 352/365

No snow for us! Sending warm weather to all. :-)

The weather has been so strange. It's been quite warm considering Winter official startsin a few days. 

(American Girl Doll #30)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

ADAD 350/365

Enjoy the warmth on this beautiful December day.

(American Girl Doll GOTY Marisol Luna)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

AG Girl of the Years

With Saige's reign of GOTY 2013 quickly coming to end and I may have missed adding her to my collection... I could always look for her on the secondary market. (^_*) Plus the addition of Hope (fka Marisol Luna), I started thinking about what direction I want my collection to go. I really would like to add more GOTYs to my collection and rehome some of the other girls... I'm thinking the Historicals like Felicity and Josefina but not Kit because she's one my faves along with Gisele (Marie-Grace) and Kiele (Cécile). I'll add GOTYs who I think are beautiful vs their AG stories because once they're here, I give them a new story.

I think part of my focus for 2014 will be to add a couple GOTYs, namely Chrissa, Jess and Saige. Since I'm convinced Aoki is MyAG #30 and not Jess, I will have to add Jess in place of MyAG #30 and she'll become Aoki. Chrissa is such a beautiful doll and I think she'll compliment my collection nicely seeing as I don't have any light skin Josefina mold dolls. I really like her combination of skintone, eyes and hair. Plus Saige is such a beautiful unique classic mold doll and I also don't have any redheads in my collection.

Good thing I have all of 2014 to decide if I want to add the new GOTY. For more info on her (because I don't want to post any spoilers here on my blog), be sure to check out Dolly Dorm Diaries, they have an amazing blog with stunning photography and they did a great spread on GOTY 2014. I know for a fact I'll get her mini doll like I did for Saige. I'm actually thinking about getting a couple minis as giveaway prizes for here, Instagram,  Facebook and/or YouTube, so be sure to follow, like and/or subscribe. (^_^)

Will you be getting GOTY 2014 or do you have any previous AG GOTYs?

ADAD 348/365

Hope is such a beautiful girl. I ♥ how photogenic she is.

(American Girl of the Year Marisol Luna)

Friday, December 13, 2013

ADAD 347/365

Meet Hope... she is my new girl and my Christmas present to myself. I'm really happy with her. She is such a beautiful doll in person.

(American Girl of the Year Marisol Luna)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

ADAD 346/365

Her golden brown hair.

My new American Girl arrived the other day but I have been waiting to reveal her on my instagram, yesterday I posted this photo of her.

 I named her Hope and her big reveal will be tomorrow's ADAD photo. (^_^) So excited to officially welcome her to the family.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ADAD 345/365

Had a little fun playing with some editting software.

(American Girl Doll Marie-Grace)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

ADAD 343/365

The sky's the limit.

(American Girl Doll Marie-Grace)

My AG Cyber Monday Haul!

Last week was amazing for me. I took part in the American Girl Cyber Monday sale and purchased some awesome goodies. It was my first of many more to come. (^_^) 

First things first... my Cyber Monday orders arrived on Friday only 4 days after placing my order. Yes I placed 2 orders. LOL I placed a second order shortly after the first one because I forgot to add Saige's DVD. Come on, I couldn't pass it up for $5 with free shipping... okay it was $5.38 because I had to pay tax. XP Funny thing is my second order (placed at 1:09am CST) with just the Saige DVD shipped before my initial order placed at 12:05am CST. But both orders arrived the same day, one throught FedEx SmartPost and the regular USPS 1st class mail. **My USPS 1st class package had no tracking though.**

However, my Cyber Monday orders arrived a lot quicker than my Jill's Steals and Deals order which took almost a week before it even shipped out but not complaining because I'm super grateful I was able to get my sweet Gisele for such an amazing bargain. I'm really happy with what I purchased and the speed in which they arrived considering the nature of the sale where most of the items were 50% off and I'm sure they had a lot of orders. 

Here's a quick shot of Nevaeh enjoying a cup of hot chocolate in her new jammies. (^_^)

So cute!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

ADAD 342/365

Beautiful Sunday morning!  

(American Girl Doll Marie-Grace)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

ADAD 341/365

Always look on the bright side! 

(American Girl of the Year Kanani)

Friday, December 6, 2013

ADAD 340/365

Sending a bit of sunshine your way.

(American Girl Doll GOTY Kanani)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

ADAD 339/365

Sweet day in December.  

Where I live it doesn't snow but it gets really cold... well cold to us anyway. The temp this morning was 34° and I even had to turn on heater. LOL 

20 days til Christmas! Who else is excited?

(American Girl of the Year Kanani)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ADAD 338/365

Life is beautiful!

This photo is SOOC (straight out of camera) no edits were done apart from adding my watermark. Wow! Look how vibrant the colors are.

(American GirlDoll GOTY Kanani) 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ADAD 337/365

Nevaeh wishes all a beautiful morning. It's sunny here but chilly out.
(American Girl Doll GOTY Kanani)

Monday, December 2, 2013

ADAD 336/365

This black &white photo of Aoki looks classy.

(American Girl Doll MyAG #30)

Cyber Monday 2013

Yep, American Girl is running their annual Cyber Monday Sale which started December 2nd at 12am CST or 10pm PST where I live. (^_^) It was my first AG Cyber Monday and I'm really happy with my purchases. I was in and checked out within 5 mins... according to my receipt, my order was received at 00:05 CST. Here is what I picked up for my sweet Nevaeh.

Rosy Red Outfit for Dolls + Charm
Price: $18 Sale!
was: $36
you save: $18

Reindeer PJs for Dolls + Charm
Price: $13 Sale!
was: $28
you save: $15

Saige DVD
Price: $5 Sale!
was: $14.95 
you save: $9.95

Well, the movie is for my girls and I to watch. I mean it was only $5 with free shipping, that's a deal I couldn't pass up plus we enjoyed watching the movie. I was also going to get the Kit and Molly movies since they are $5 also but I found this on Amazon:
This set I've seen direct from Amazon as low as $10.19 plus shipping and if you're a prime member, you get free 2 day shipping. Either way it makes more sense to buy it this way and save close to $10. If you get them as individual movies from AG for $5 ea plush $5.95 shipping plus tax, if applicable, which I have to pay tax from both sites. XP

Guess it's time to get the kids ready for school. LOL Happy Cyber Monday!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

ADAD 335/365

Love this girl. Aoki is so photogenic. 

(American Girl Doll #30)