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Hide And Go-Seek {Silver Sky Tales #6}

First off – happy belated birthday Issa! I received her April 1st, 2014.

Secondly, I apologize for the ridiculous hair in the following photostory. I am seriously considering getting both Issa’s and Autumns heads replaced at the AG Hospital. Their hair is getting super-frizzy, even though I’m using a wire brush on it. Any advice on how to fix it?

Without further adieu, here is Tale No. 5.


DSCN2125“One, two, three, four, five, six…”

DSCN2126Sophia crouched beside the slide, calling all the shots. “Lietenant, what number is she up to?”

DSCN2127Autumn poked her head above the railing.

DSCN2123“Thirteen, general sir.” she replied with a smirk at the undeserved titles. “Positions?”

“Indeed,” said Sophia. “Get to your position, Lietenant.”

DSCN2128“Twenty!” Issa called out. “Here I come, ready or not!”

Issa crept round the tree trunk, trying to sneak up on Autumn, and anticipating her surprised yelp.

DSCN2129But instead of a victim of a prank, she was met with something strange…

DSCN2130“Oh, glory!” exclaimed Issa. “A rope swing!”

DSCN2131She hoisted herself onto the impromptu seat

and began to rock rhythmically.

DSCN2137Meanwhile, beneath the slide, Sophia had begun to get impatient. “Lieutenant, lookout duty.”

“Yes, general, sir.”

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DSCN2141.JPG“It appears the enemy is swinging, sir.”

Swinging?!

“Yes, sir, on a rope swing, sir.”

Sophia snorted. “Tell her to stop! We’re playing a game!”

“But wouldn’t that disclose our location, sir?”

“True,” she regressed. “Back to your position, Lietenant.”

Twenty minutes later…

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“You know, General, sir, it makes me wonder if she’s forgotten us.”

“Forgotten us? Lieutenant, the idea is absolutely…” Sophia glanced over at Issa. “Possible. Oh, glory, look what she’s gotten to now.”

“What?”

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They realised it together.

“The playhouse!”

{The End}


My photography in this shoot was half-good and half-awful, though I did get some light spots and I was quite proud of it. Now, though, I need to think on their hair.

And Z Yang! I so want her and will probably wind up getting her.

{Tess}

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The Sunshine Blogger Award No. 2!

Rebekah from Stuffie Adventures nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This is the second time I have received it, but I always enjoy some new questions. Thanks, Rebekah! (BTW, her blog is just AWESOME. I really love how she makes the game we all played with when we were little into a ridiculously cool blog.)

Are you an indoor person or an outdoor person?
Definitely outdoor. I love the feeling of sun and wind and rain in my face.

What is your least favorite blog post that you’ve done?
Hmmm. That’s hard to say. I think this one, just because i was in a rush when I was making it. I wish I could go back and fix it.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people call American Girl Dolls “American Dolls”. That is SOOOOO annoying. The other one that gets me is when people call Thomas The Tank Engine “Thomas The Train Engine”. A train is the group of cars connected behind a locomotive, not the engine pulling them.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
That’s hard. I like the names Kseniya, Kaori, and Katarina. (I think “k” is a good letter). Katarina or Katherine is my favourite because you could then go by Kat, which was the main character of my Nanowrimo project in 2016.

Rollerskating or ice skating?
Rollerskating. I used to skate a lot, but I don’t skate very much any more. I still have the hand-me-down quads I used to use, though.

Who is the person, alive or dead, who has influenced you the most?
It’s a good thing you said the person could be dead. My favourite author, G.A. Henty, has probably influenced me the most with his stories of people not much older than me making big changes in this world. But a very close runner-up is my mum, who told me to read his books! Influence-ception XD.

What’s your favorite subject?
I love history. Something about times of long ago makes me excited. Plus, it combines two of my other favourite subjects – reading and writing!

Brownies or cookies?
Chocolate-chip cookies or bust!

What’s your least favorite food?
Gefilte fish. Ewww. If you’ve never tried it, DON’T. Trust me.

Would you consider yourself more introverted or extroverted?
I think I’m more extrovertive, as much as I would love to be introvertive. In fact, this blog is proof that I’m an extrovert.

Pencils or pens?
I have tried pens and I still prefer a good Ticonderoga #2. I actually have sharpened one all the way to the eraser.

 

And now, my questions:

  1. Have you ever swum in a lake?
  2. What do YOU do with balloons when they’ve lost all their air?
  3. What does a perfect pizza look like to you?
  4. Have you ever gone cow-tipping?
  5. What is the longest you’ve gone without sleep?
  6. Do you suck or bite lollipops?
  7. Do you think it is criminal to wear socks and sandals?
  8. What fictional character do you wish was real?
  9. Do you think Barbie is a negative role model for girls?
  10. Do you believe in Karma?
  11. Have you already decided what you’ll name your kids?

I could have given you guys a lot more, but I decided not to. 🙂

I nominate:

MilesJumper from Art Style

Bella from The Daydreaming Damsel

Julia from The Joys of Julia

And anyone else who hasn’t received it yet. 🙂

{Tess}

Silver Sky Tales

Taiso Senshu {Silver Sky Tales #5}

In this brand-new episode, I’m building up to something exciting. And an update on the series I said I was going to make – I may hold off on that and just focus on the dolls backstage. Because everyone has serieses (?), but no one has stories that happen backstage. Don’t beat me to the idea!

Without further adieu, here’s the next tale.


“Issa, could you come to the Junk Room for a minute?”

Issa hated going to The Junk Room, as the dumping ground was affectionately called. There was always a flurry of stuff in there, and most of it was Autumn’s. Autumn was out at a friend’s for the day, so if Sophia called her to The Junk Room, that meant she was going to have to pick up Autumn’s stuff for her.

Reluctantly cracking open the door, she was about to plead for mercy with Sophia (couldn’t they clean it up when Autumn got home?) when she stopped short.

DSCN2354.JPG“Ta-da!” said Sophia with a port-de-bra-like flourish. “The Junk Room is junky no longer.”

DSCN2359.JPG“Sophia…!” said Issa excitedly. She couldn’t think why, but she started a little dance.

DSCN2362.JPGFirst a basic tendu, just like the one she’d seen Sophia do so many times;

DSCN2366.JPGthen a port-de-bra;

DSCN2367.JPGthen a step forward, to prepare for the jete,

DSCN2369.JPGwhich she landed in a perfect, arms-up split.

DSCN2370.JPGSophia’s eyes nearly bugged out. “Why, Issa,” she said, splitting down next to her, “that was beautiful!”

“Thanks,” said Issa sheepishly. “I’ve just been -”

“Practicing?”

“Not really.”

“Issa,” said Sophia, “you know that both your parents were dancers. You ought to be one, too. It’s what you were born to do.”

DSCN2371.JPG“Two corrections,” Issa said, standing up like she was about to do something. Sophia got out of the way. “First off, my dad was an accountant who danced with my mom as a hobby. Secondly, I wasn’t born to dance.”

DSCN2372.JPGShe hunched her shoulders forward, bent her knees, and

backflip.pngflipped backward into the air like an esteemed gymnast. What she didn’t realise about her trick was that the ceiling was too short, so when her feet clobbered on it, and nearly busted a light,

DSCN2375.JPGher backflip collapsed, and she landed on the gorund, knocking the breath clean out of her.

“Are you okay?” asked Sophia, knowing somehow that she would be.

DSCN2376.JPG“I’m fine,” she gasped, trying to regain air.

“So you want to be a gymnast?”

“No,” she answered. “A taiso senshu.”

“What?”

“It’s Japanese,” Issa laughed. “It literally means a gymnast, but that’s not really what it is.”

“Explain?”

“Sure. Taiso is a form of free-running. Kind of like what you need to be able to do if you want to be a ninja.”

Sophia’s eyebrows went up. “You want to be a ninja?”

“No, but I really, really want to learn it nonetheless.”

“Why?”

Issa laughed. “Why not?”

“And where have you been learning this?”

“I’ve been reading a lot about it.”

Sophia laughed. “I didn’t get good at dance just by reading, Issa.”

“Well, I want a teacher, but there aren’t any here. I have, however, been talking to someone through the ‘Net who’s been giving me pointers.”

“Really.”

“Yes. Her name’s Hanoka Norman. She’s been teaching taiso for five years now. I really want to learn from her, but she lives in Saskatchewan.”

“No good there.”

“Yeah. No good.”

“Well, Issa, I’m sure something will come your way. You’ll just have to be patient.”

Issa smiled. “Sure.”

“And Issa, why is your hair wet?”

She covered her hand with her mouth. “I forgot to tell you – I finally got the fruit punch out of my hair!”


Disclaimer: taiso senshu is NOT actually real. I made it up for the purpose. You’ll find out more about it in tales to come.

Disclaimer: Do not backflip in the house. It will mess you up.

Disclaimer: I did a horrible job editing the backflip photo. Forgive me!

Disclaimer: This is the last disclaimer.

Hope you enjoyed!

{Tess}

 

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IT IS OK TO LIKE DOLLS

Samantha could not have said it better. Reblog, if you like!

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Today, 1 in 7 teens give up something they love so others like them more.

So many girls today will not play with their dolls because they feel pressured to “grow up” by their peers.

So I’m here to tell you it’s OK to like dolls at any age.

My name is Samantha, and I’m a pretty normal tween.  I play sports, I have lots of friends, I make jokes.  Except for one of my hobbies:

Dolls.

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It’s not bad to love dolls.  I think AG dolls are a fantastic hobby as in collecting and photography.  I’ve been collecting my 9 dolls for almost 4 years now, and for 2 of those years, I’ve used them as characters on this blog, agdollawesome.

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They have really helped me express my creativity.  To me, dolls are just another activity, like sports or reading.  They’re like my own little actresses.  So if somebody…

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Blogosphere Participation

Bella’s Questions

This goes on the trophy list of TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY. *gasps for breath*. For someone who hardly posts once a week, I’m pretty psyched.

Bella sent me a list of ten AG questions she wanted to hear my opinion on. Fire away, inner filibuster!

1. If you could get any retired AG doll, which doll would you get?
Ooh, tough. As far as retired dolls go, I like all of them, especially because their collections are a lot more interesting. But out of them all, I think I’d get Marie-Grace and Cecile. (I know that’s two, but when you get one, you get the other.) I was actually looking into a pair I’d found on eBay, but the bid went way higher than I could pay. I was a little bit crushed. 😦

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2. Do you watch American Girl Videos on YouTube? If so, what are your favorite channels?
I can’t say I’m an avid AGTube viewer, particularly because I’m usually watching Jockeycams instead, but I subscribed to American Girl Ideas after seeing their adollable Redbox machine.

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3. What is your favorite American Girl Movie?

This is also a tough one. I have actually only seen two AG movies all the way through, and between Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight and Grace Stirs Up Success, I liked Grace better. Although I think Patrick Kirst gets paid per cheesy song. XD.

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4. What is your favorite Girl Of The Year?

Out of ’em all? Probably Jess McConnell, even though she’s sort of little known. She has my favorite face mould and is definitely on my wishlist. If I could get ahold of one.

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5. What do you think of Logan Everett?
I’m going to be perfectly honest, and I know my opinion is not going to be popular – I HATE HIM. Well, hate is a strong word, but I think that American Girl ought to stick to girls. I don’t think it’s wise to let girls think having a boyfriend is okay, and before you say that he’s not her boyfriend, you know every girl’s going to play him that way. :/ Please don’t lynch me.

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6. What would your dream custom AG doll look like?

Oh, what a good question! I’ve been making up a GOTY named Katherine McKittrick. She’s a half-British equestrian who lives with her dad because her mother is sadly passed. She would have Kit’s blue eyes, freckles and wavy brown hair. Something like this:

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A little bad, but it’ll do. Hand done.


7. Which one of your AG dolls is your favorite?

Hum. I think I’d rather not say, lest I become wildly unpopular with my dolls.

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I took this photo.


8. What made you want to get your first AG doll?

Story time!
I was a-walking around Barnes and Noble when I stumbled upon a beautiful display – the big letters beckoned to me: WIN AN AMERICAN GIRL DOLL. I nearly flipped. After filling out four entires (one for me, my mother and my two sisters), I prayed. And prayed. And prayed. I prayed every night for three months. I prayed whenever I thought about that gorgeous blonde doll in the display.
April 1st, 2014: My mother received a call. I thought it was an April Fool’s joke. I took my doll Sophia, whom I’d gotten for Hannukkah in 2012, and I got my first AG doll.
Although they took my photo, I don’t have it. I was probably so smiley that it blinded the photographer. XD.

Well, that concludes the questions. Thanks Bella! I’ll prepare eight questions for you, and send them to you.

From, Tess

 

 

 

 

 

Blogosphere Participation

The Barefoot Tag

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I’ve finally started a tag! Hooray!

The rules for this tag are simple.

  1. Take a photoshoot of your doll – but she has to be barefoot.
  2. At least half of your photos must be unedited.
  3. Post every photo you took, regardless of whether it’s good or bad.
  4. Tag one and only one person.

I tag: Gracie from Smile And Craft AG!

Since I am the originator of this tag, I submit my photoshoot.

I took these at about 8:00 am. The sun is so pretty on Autumn’s pretty red hair!

However, I need to do a Doll Spa Day – where I get the smudge off of Autumn’s face (a Breyer horse fell off my shelf and scratched her on the cheek), tigthen Issa’s limbs, and clean everyone’s skin. They’re all smudgy.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to use on that nasty scratch? I really need to get it off, it looks like a scab. LOL.

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Award Ceremony!

Good afternoon, ladies and gentledolls. Thanks to BellasBeehive and Lexie, I have been nominated for two awards! Thanks so much, you two!

Instead of copying and pasting the rules over and over, I’ve made a free use rules photo that is totally copyable, so when you get nominated, you can repost it.

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It isn’t the best, but it will work. Someone with excellent photoshop skills ought to make a better one.

Now, for the questions:

I started this blog in 2015, when I wanted to be cool like everyone else. Well, not really. I wanted to have a website to go with my name, more like.

My advice to ye bloggers is to TRY YOUR BEST. This sounds corny, but stick with me. If you’re not trying your hardest, it shows. Try to produce the best content you can possibly make.

Nominations? I think nearly EVERYONE has received this award. So anyone who has not received this award and who follows my blog is nominated.

Lexie also nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Hooray! These questions look fun.

Do you keep a journal?
Yes, yes, YES! I have journalled for a bit over two years now and am on my ninth spiral notebook. My advice: IF YOU DON’T WANT IT READ, DON’T WRITE IT. #beentheredonethat

What is your opinion on socks?
I wear just my socks much too often. I should probably wear my sneakers more often.

If you could live on a farm would you?
Oh yes. Farm life means HORSES. LOTS OF HORSES.

Long skirts or short?
Definitely long. I don’t wear short skirts. It’s usually jeans or long skirts.

What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
Hmmm. Apologising to this kid in kindergarten for saying very mean things. I gave him a Three Musketeers bar and said I was sorry. Now whenever I see a Three Musketeers I think of him. 😛

I like your skirt.
I’m actually wearing jeans today. Hmm.

How many batteries does the clock in your kitchen use?
I think it uses two AAAs.

If you were put on a stage and told to talk what would you talk about?
I would talk about Thomas The Tank Engine, telling the story of the franchise from the beginning. #weirdfandom.

What is in the tab to the left of this one (right if there isn’t one to the left) on your device?
The Online Tube. It is suggesting a lot of TTTE right now.

What time is it?
Dinner time. Well, not really. 12:46 pm.

What color is the towel hanging in your parent’s bathroom right now?
It is white. I think. I should know, because I share a bathroom with my mum.

Again, I nominate any follower of mine who has not been nominated yet.

Well, there you have it. Thanks so much, you guys! Love you!

-Tess