The Emmie Awards 2018 Winners!

Hey marshmallows, and welcome to the 2018 Emmie Awards! I’m your host, EmeraldPhoenix or Emmie for short, and I’m ready to announce this year’s winners!

But even if you didn’t win an Emmie Award, you’re a fantastic blogger! The votes were super, super close on a ton of these awards, and I wish I could give these to all of you! Keep blogging!

A quick note to the winners – you can use your winner graphics to display on your blog, and you don’t have to give credit! You can put them in your sidebar, awards page, post, featured image, YouTube video, and more! Congrats, you guys!

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Our first category is the Best Doll Blog Award. This award goes to a fabulous blogger with stunning photographs and unique blog features, who’s co-written several books and created countless photo stories and successful contests…and her name is…

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Light4theLord @ Dolls N’ All!

Congratulations, Light4theLord! You’re an awesome blogger, and you totally deserve this award! Let’s give it up for Julia! *applause*

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For our next category, we have the Best Book Blog Award! The winner of this award is a well-known book blogger who’s practically a professional. Not only does she juggle maintaining a consistent blog along with life, writing, and dance, she also offers a book editing and blog design service! Her name is…

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Charis Rae @ Charis Rae!

I’m so happy for you, Charis, and congratulations! You’re a fantastic blogger, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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The winner of the Best Lifestyle Blog Award has hosted and co-hosted well-known contests throughout her time on the blogosphere. She’s got some serious photography, graphic design, and writing skills, and an awesome blog overall. Her name is…

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Meagan @ A Barefoot Gal!

Congrats, Meagan! Come on up for your acceptance speech!

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! (and if you didn’t, bah humbug. just kidding) I’m so thrilled to have won this award! Not quite sure how an acceptance speech should go, but I accept this award. XD Am I supposed to thank people? Ultimately thanks to God for blessing me in all the different ways that have let me blog, and I pray that my blog will always, somehow, bring glory to him! Also, thanks to my Mom for having me do a homeschool curriculum that had me start a blog, thanks to my sister Allison for being featured on WordPress and giving me like 300 followers overnight (xD BUT FOLLOWERS AREN’T THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. REMEMBER THAT.) and lending me her DSLR sometimes, thanks to my donkey – Eeyore – for being adorable.  Welp that was probably a weird acceptance speech BUT THANKS EVERYONE! DONKEYS ARE GREAT!” – Meagan

*applause* Thanks for the awesome speech, Meagan! Time to move on to the next category!

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The winner of this blog award has a blog so amazing, you never would’ve known she just started it this year. Her photography is gorgeous, her writing is stunning, her posts are unique, and her name is…

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Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive!

Awesome job, Jo! Time for your acceptance speech!

“Wait, what?

I won?

I actually won an award?

Oh my word, I can’t believe it.

Thank you people for deciding I had the best new blog of 2018. I’m so shook right now. I can’t believe that a whole bunch of you thought I was good enough to be nominated for an award. Thank you so much to my parents, for letting me have a blog, to my brother and sister for inspiring me to start one,  to Gracie M, Clara, Rebekah, and Enni for encouraging me to keep going, to my bell pepper plant for being the source of my inspiration, to my laptop for not shutting down on me, to every single one of you who voted, to my fellow nominees, you deserve this more than I, and finally and most importantly to God for giving me the gift of blogging.

We have the amazing freedom of speech, of expression, and of marshmallows. Let’s use that freedom to build each other up and make someone smile this year!” – Jo

*wipes tears from eyes* That was amazing, Jo! Time for the next category!

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Our next winner has a gorgeous blog design and fantastic photography. She’s hosted and co-hosted tons of well-known challenges and written hundreds of posts, along with several fan-favorite series. Voted Blog of the Year in 2017, her name is…

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Clara @ Clara & Co!

Congratulations, Clara! You totally deserve this award!

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This half-of-a-collab is a stunning tutorial that is easy-to-follow and super creative. The photography is flawless, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous result if you follow it! That craft tutorial is…

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Clara @ Clara & Co, with her tutorial ‘Five Ways To Decorate Your Bulletin Board’!

Head on up to the stage for your acceptance speech, Clara! Congrats on your awards!

“Thank you so much to everyone who nominated/voted for me in the Emmie Awards this year! I’m very honored that you enjoy my blog design and that you liked my bulletin board post. 🙂 Your support means so much to me! Thank you! <3” – Clara

Thanks for the fantastic speech! Onto the next category!

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This tagline is short, sweet, and hilarious and goes perfectly with the theme of this blog! The blog itself is a fan-favorite, hilarious blog that has completed some daring challenges! The tagline that won Creative Tagline Award in the Emmie Awards 2018 is…

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Tess @ Steeplechase, with her tagline ‘I Can Explain’!

Congratulations, Tess! Both your blog and tagline are awesome, and I’m so happy for you! Onto the next award!

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The winner of this award owns both a fabulous YouTube channel and a gorgeous blog. Her stop-motions are flawless, unique, and creative! The winner of this 2018 Emmie Award is…

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Carlye @ Silverfox Studios, with her AGSM ‘Game Night!’

Congratulations, Carlye! Come up to the stage for your acceptance speech! *hands her the mic*

When I first started out doing stop-motions I had no idea how far I would go. I did it because I enjoyed it. Sure it may be embarrassing that my 6th-grade teacher subscribed to my channel and now teaches math in high school and inquires about it in front of everyone. But I don’t care. Do what you love and don’t let others mould you into another shape. If I let other peoples hate bring me down then I would never be here getting this award. Thank you to every one that believes in me! I’ll leave you with this, God put you where you are for a reason. Don’t try to change that.” – Carlye 

Awesome and inspiring speech! You deserve this! Time for the next award category, Best Photography!

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The winner of the Best Photography Award not only runs a fan-favorite AG blog, but she also has a successful Etsy shop and is the creator of several photostory series! Not only has she accomplished all this, but she’s also hosted some awesome contests and giveaways, too. This is the first doll blogger to receive the best photography award, and her name is…

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Dara @ Small Dolls in a Big World!

Congratulations, Dara! You’ve got awesome photos and are the master of lighting! Now, for our next award!

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This award goes to an awesome, unique photo series! The photos are gorgeous, the storyline is concise, and the “actors” are adorable. The votes were super close, but in the end, the Best Photo Series Award 2018 goes to…

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Rebekah @ Stuffie Adventures, with her photo series ‘Joy To The World’!

Congrats, Rebekah! Head on up here for your acceptance speech!

“I‘m so blown away right now & truly honored to be up there with all the blogs I admire and love! Thank you so much to Emmie for hosting these awards and to everyone who nominated/voted. It means a ton to me that even though my blog is currently inactive, you guys would still remember Joy To The World for this (I honestly don’t even think the series was that great, which adds to how surprised and honored I am!)” – Rebekah

You definitely deserve this award! And you’re welcome for hosting! 😛 Now, onto our second-to-last award!

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This year’s Best Photostory Award goes to a unique, creative, and high-quality photostory with awesome photos and a hilarious plot! The winning photostory was written and created by an iconic AG blogger who has awesome photostory series, giveaways, contests, challenges, posts, photography, design skills, writing skills, and more! The winner of the 2018 Best Photostory Award is…

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Madison @ Delightful World of Dolls, with her photostory ‘How to Not Be Bored at a Hotel’!

*claps* Congratulations, Madison! Come on up for your acceptance speech!

“Thank you so much to everyone who nominated/voted, and to Emmie for
hosting the awards! Making photostories is one of my favorite parts of
running Delightful World of Dolls and I’m tickled pink to know that
others enjoy them just as much as I do. I have many more planned when
I come back to blogging! Thanks so much again, and keep on blogging.
😊” – Madison 


You’re an awesome blogger, Madison! Thanks for the speech! Now, onto the next and final award, Blog of the Year!

15And now, for the most coveted Emmie award of all…The Blog of the Year Award!

This year’s winner is a talented blogger, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. Not only does she blog consistent and beautiful posts, but she also runs a successful Etsy shop that sells gorgeous handmade items and is writing a novel! She’s hosted several giveaways and an awesome photo contest.

Without further ado, the winner of the 2018 Blog of Year is…

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Me!!!!!

I’m so happy to accept this award, thanks people! You’re the best! *kisses* MARSHMALLOWS FOR EVERYONE!!!

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Just kidding, I didn’t win.

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Are you ready to find out who actually did?

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The winner of the 2018 Emmie Awards Blog of the Year Award is…

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Hannah @ Crafts of All Seasons!

Congratulations, Hannah! The votes were super close! You’re an awesome blogger and great job on your award!

A huge congrats to Hannah and all of the other nominees and winners! Thanks for voting, nominating, and participating in these awards! You guys are what keeps the Emmie Awards running, and I’m super grateful for all of you!

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P.S. I have some exciting news! We’ve reached 200 followers (201, to be exact!) Along with posting flashback. A Christmas AGSM, do you guys have any ideas? Should I do a blog party like I did for 100 followers, or something else?

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Farewell Fall & Welcome Winter!

Hey marshmallows! If you’re wondering why I’m posting the day after the winter solstice (jk you’re probably not), it’s because yesterday was my 2-year blogaversiary! You can check out the post and an AGSM movie trailer here! Anyways, on to the post!

It’s officially winter, which means it’s time for another seasonal wrap-up! First, we’re going to look at some of the pros + cons about this fall.



cons

  • In September I got a bug bite that got infected, which made me anxious and kind of sick
  • The big surprise got canceled because there was only one person that sent in a photo story that didn’t have to be disqualified, which is REALLY disappointing because we worked super hard on it for half a year. 😭😭 BUT, Natalie & I hope to bring FPC back this summer.
  • We had to switch math teachers in the middle of the year, which was a little confusing, but I feel like with the new teacher I understood the lessons a lot better. And we’re going to have to get ANOTHER math teacher when we get back from winter break so that’ll be crazy.
  • I got sick during Thanksgiving break
  • Otherwise, I had an okay fall!

pros

  • MY BIRTHDAY
  • Halloween!
  • I got a new domain and redesigned American Girl World!
  • The first semester of 5th grade was AWESOME
  • Nutcracker!!!
  • I feel like I’ve really improved in ballet this fall, and I did great on the Christmas/winter recital!
  • I got Paris!
  •  Thanksgiving
  • I had an all-As report card
  • Christmas shopping/prep/traditions
  • SCHOOL 👏 GOT 👏 OUT 👏
  • Lots of filming for Flashback. A Christmas AGSM Movie
  • Fall was pretty good!


stats

Since I already shared all-time stats in my last post, I’m just going to be doing stats from this fall!

september

Most popular post: All three posts were tied with exactly 29 views each!

My favorite post: A Day in the Life of Jade Palmer

Likes: 61

Comments: 25

Views: 254

october

Most popular post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

My favorite post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

Likes: 77

Comments: 77

Views: 395

november

Most popular post: Z Crew News: Episode 2 | Coverage You Can Count On (Featuring Clara from Clara and Co!)

My favorite post: Isabel’s Bad Hair Day AGSM

Likes: 104

Comments: 89

Views: 570

I think that besides September, I did pretty well stats-wise this fall!



did i complete my goals?

  • NaNoWriMo! (which I may or may not be participating in. I’m still deciding.)

I finished the planning goal of 114 pages during the first 20 days of NaNo, and then on the last day crammed in 3,000 words so I could reach my goal of 3114 words! It was really hard to complete it, and I had to bring down my goal a few times on the last day, but I have most of the first chapter done!

  • I WILL finish the first draft of my novel!

Ummm…not really. Once again, I hit a block in my novel and wasn’t sure how to continue. I just now picked it up again, and I hope to finish it by the end of 2018!

  • THE BIG SURPRISE (for real this time!!)

Yup, but, it didn’t do as well as I thought it would. (See above cons)

  • I will gain core and foot strength from my pre-pointe classes!

Yeah, I think I’ve really improved!

  • LOTS of Nutcracker prep

We just BARELY made it up on the wheelbarrow (a giant stunt where ten of us hook our legs on to each other wheelbarrow style and have to hold it for two whole eight counts. It’s a lot harder than it sounds!) but Nutcracker went pretty well, and I got to be one of the lead polis!

  • My birthday!!!

You can check out my birthday post here!

  • And, just so I can annoy my future self…

Oh boy. 🤦

  • SO MUCH MORE! 😉 😉

No comment. 😂



so you’ve been rambling about this fall…what happens in winter?

  • Christmas will be totally awesome!
  • 2019 will be the best year yet!
  • Some really cool post videos and posts I’ve got some ideas for!
  • Posts at least once a week, maybe even twice a week!
  • I will post more on and redesign my faith blog, Standing Firm in My Faith!
  • School will get back and I will do great!
  • I will finish my novel before the end of 2018 and then continue Paris Takes the Shot!
  • I will improve at ballet/contemporary/pre-pointe!

That’s it for the post! Thanks for reading, marshmallows!

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paris + pumpkins| A Photoshoot

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Hello, people of the Earth! (#flashback) A few days ago, my little sister’s class had a playdate at a pumpkin patch. I tagged along with Paris and my camera! (Okay, my iPhone, but technically it was a camera still) 

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“This is the perfect pumpkin!”

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The lighting was really harsh, so it took a lot of editing to get her eyes to show up.

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When the lighting is right, though, Paris is so photogenic! I’m thinking about entering her in Cycle 3 of AGNDM with this photo. What do you guys think?

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I really like the lighting in this photo, but looking back, I wish I had posed Paris differently. She’s just kinda standing there, staring off into the distance…

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I was inspired to name her Paris by an old NTTM, actually! (Somehow an N kept sneaking into the end of that acronym, looking back at my featured images. Name That Truly Me Now?)

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Since I got Julie’s Basketball Set for my birthday as well, I decided to make her a basketball player! I’m even going to write her ‘meet book’ as my NaNoWriMo project!

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 Thanks for reading this quick little post! See you guys later!

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Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

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Eleven.

Wow. That seems…crazy, I guess. It’s hard to believe. You know what’s also hard to believe? How amazing Wednesday was!

And no, I’m NOT bragging, I’m sharing my adventures, so please no hate in the comments! (everyone knows virtual marshmallows are so much better)

Wait, that’s not right. I’m not sharing my adventures…Paris is!

*crickets*

Oh yeah, did I forget to introduce the new doll, Truly Me #53 doll, Paris? *squeals with excitement* She’s so cute! I love her! *brushes her awesome hairstyle* I even made a little unboxing video to kick off the post – and here it is!


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Can I take it over from here? Sure, Paris! OK!

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Hi, I’m Paris! Right now, I’m at the AG Place for Emmie’s birthday.

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“This morning, Emmie woke up to the birthday song – a family tradition! Then, she opened the wrapping paper and quickly made an unboxing video for her YouTube Channel.”

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After that, we ate breakfast and then headed over to the mall.

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This nice girl at the Grand Hotel let me take a selfie with her! However, when it was time to take the picture, she got distracted by this:

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Apparently, Z is leaving by the end of this year! Emmie’s really sad about that – she thought that Z was one of AG’s best dolls. 

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Emmie thinks this picture is artistic…I mean, if you squint your eyes and tilt your head it looks a bit artistic – Hey!

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“Whoooooooo is that girl IIIIIIII see, staaaaaaaaring straight baaaaack at meeeeeee?”

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Strike a pose!

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No offense to this CYO model, but she’s kind of creepy.

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You can get your ears pierced at the AGP now!

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After we looked around the store for a bit, we headed over to The Children’s Place for some shopping!

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Everything seemed to be 40% off for some reason.

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After stopping at Crazy 8, we headed over to California Pizza Kitchen for lunch. I had a ton of fun with the kids menu!

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More selfies!

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The pineapple pizza I ate was super good! Tenney photobombed, LOL! She came along with me to the store, and we’ve become pretty good friends.

Before…and after. Cheesecake successfully annihilated. 

Then, Emmie went ice skating! I couldn’t go, sadly, because I don’t have any skates. Emmie and her sister were the only people on the whole rink! It was super cool!

Thanks for the post, Paris! I filmed a little outro for you guys while I was on the ice:

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« falling into a new season »


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Please excuse the bad pun 

Hey, marshmallows!

It seems crazy that it’s already Fall. Can you believe that? School has started, the weather is cooling down (in everywhere except Texas), and the trees are beginning to turn orange and red.

Basically, how my seasonal wrap-up posts work, I list the pros and cons of the past season (in this case, Summer). Then, I’ll share some stats, and conclude with goals for the future and what I got done this summer!

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Z Crew News: Episode 1 | Coverage You Can Count On

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This post was inspired by The Sunshine StopThanks, Julia, Liz, Enni, and Jo for the help on this post!


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Hi, everybody! Welcome to Z Crew News, a reliable source of news from around the blogosphere. I’m your host, Z Yang, ready to tell you all about the news our reporters have collected.

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Camp NaNo has come to a close, and we have discovered that chocolate has disappeared from the fridges of Camp NaNoWriMo participants everywhere.

Enni crosses the finish line of Camp NaNo with 50,000 words of her novel, Blizzards! (Tess’s newest fictional “crush” is her tritagontist, Ixon.) Jo and Tess reached their goals just hours before July ended! Emmie, my only reporter, also joins the winner’s circle on July 30, just hours before the last day of Camp.

Camp NaNo was a fun and productive experience for many writers around the blogosphere. Hey, that reminds me of our segment, Around the Blogosphere!

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Around the Blogosphere is a segment telling you just what’s up in the blogging community, the best segment in all of ZCN!

Madison’s writing break/blogging hiatus continues, and Enni states that “Madi, as always, has kicked the devil to the curb again, though it’s not an easy fight to win!” I couldn’t agree with her more!

Enni, Tess, and Jo compete for Queen of the World. Rebekah is managing Enni’s campaign. (Thanks for the tip, Liz!)  Who will win? Is there going to be a vote? Will everybody forget about the winner’s title like what happened in the Blogging President Elections? The information is coming your way…right after the break.

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Alright, welcome back to ZCN! Jo says, “I have no clue [how it will be decided],” whereas Enni thinks “A vote, of course!”

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BREAKING NEWS: Emmie has just been appointed Princess of the World a few minutes ago. As the heir to the throne, she will probably help the future Queen of the World perform her royal duties and steal all of the spotlight.

Rebekah, Enni’s campaign manager, gets to do a class with Grace Dunn! I’ve assumed this class will be an acting one, but it could be for something totally different. According to her ‘twin’ Julia, characters from Rebekah’s world are showing up in real life! We’re not exactly sure what this means, but thanks for the tip, Julia!

Changes are coming to the well-known blog Dancing Among the Stars. The blog will be completely redesigned, the name changed to Pink on Purpose and switched to a new platform. For more information, please visit this post. Rose has also changed blogs.

We’ve noticed a tag trend going on right now. The Avocado Tag and Social Media Tag are going crazy in the blogging community, posts popping up left and right. If you’ve been tagged for these awards, you’re in luck! These tags are fun and relaxing to read and write.

Word on the street is, Ash might be leaving the AGW Crew! A post is coming your way soon with more information.

Now that we’ve talked about what’s going on around the blogosphere, let’s discuss what’s been going on right at this very blog, AGW!

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August 5 was Jade’s birthday! She’s 16 now! A huge Sweet Sixteen party should be coming to the blog soon.

Sadly, there hasn’t been a post on here since the 12 of July! I can’t promise more posts this month – Emmie will be very busy with school starting and stuff. Hopefully, back to school will have a special post.

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Speaking of special posts, what about that big surprise you keep hearing about? This photo is a clue to what it is. Any guesses?

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Thank you so much for reading. This has been Z Yang, star reporter, and anchorwoman for Z Crew News. Z Crew, out!

Z. Crew, Out!

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5 Things You Never Knew About AGW

Hey, marshmallows! I haven’t posted on here in what feels like forever…I’ve been so busy with Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m having a blast working on my story.

Alright, back to the post. I’m going to be sharing 5 things you never knew about American Girl World that you never wanted to know in the first place.

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1. We have 2 unfinished/unposted photostory series

It’s true! You may have heard of Undercover, the series that has no plot and no photos and needs to be rewritten. However, nobody knows about Camp Celestial Falls, the abandoned summer camp series that was plotted and…that’s it.

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2. All of my dolls go to an imaginary boarding school called AG Academy

In my photostories / when my sister and I play American Girl Dolls, we pretend that our dolls go to AG Academy, an imaginary boarding school that focuses on a talent (like ballet) and gives a curriculum based on what your talent is (aka my dream school).

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3. Ashton was named after a character in my book

Ashton’s namesake is the can’t-say-what-his-character-role-is-for-the-sake-of-sparing-you from-spoilers from my book, The Huntress! The only thing left to make him exactly like Ash Wolfe is eye-swapping his eyes to be brown…

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4. I’ve had 9 signoffs

I keep changing them, (I’m very indecisive, okay?) resulting in a grand total of 9 signoffs.

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5. AGW was originally on Blogger

Yes, AGW was originally a Blogger blog! I sadly lost the link… When I tried Blogger, I didn’t like how I had to upload every photo to Google photos and then to Blogger, so I switched to WP!

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That’s it for today’s post! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! I might not be posting very consistently this month due to Camp NaNo.

With love and marshmallows,

emmie

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Lea’s Golden Hour Adventure {a photoshoot}

Hello, my marshmallows! Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be an introduction to Lea and her personality, and a photoshoot! (Why do I sound like a YouTuber? It’s annoying.) Lets just…start the post.

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Hey guys! I’m Lea. I love adventure and the outdoors! Don’t you just love this location? I’ve always wanted to take pictures here! Lea is so photogenic!

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Lea is daring and adventurous and loves to try new things. This photo was really hard to get – I tried to balance her, but she kept falling! In the end I held her up, with my hand out of the frame.

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Her motto is Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so Lea sometimes lets Isabelle give her makeovers. I’m working on an American Girl Doll removable makeup tutorial! I just love using this technique on my dolls, they look so pretty!

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After a bit of tree climbing, it was time to rest on the bench. Lea is ALMOST looking at the camera. ALMOST.

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I just love Lea’s outfit and her beautiful hair! I learned how to fishtail braid on it.

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Q: What would you do to get a good picture of your doll? A: Climb up a tree, dangle my iPad off a branch, and twist my body weirdly so I can press the shutter button. XD

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I love how this photo makes it look like it’s nighttime in the background and someone is flashing a light at her.

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I can’t get over how beautiful this doll is! I have some ideas on how I’m going to incorporate her into Forever Season 2…

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Speaking of scripts, I’ve decided that my Camp NaNo project is going to be a script for my Christmas Special stop motion! (I plan wayyy ahead XD) If anyone wants to invite me to their cabin, my username is Emmie10.

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After a nice evening of exploring, it was time to head home. Lea walked back towards the house as the sun sunk below the horizon and into the lake.

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I hope you enjoyed this little photo shoot! Stay tuned for the doll makeup tutorial!

With love and marshmallows,

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What Time is It? It’s Summertime! (Series Announcements + Photoshoot)

Well, for me at least! My school is a university model school so I get out in early May and go back in late August. Yesterday was my last day, and I am really excited for the summertime! This means:

  • I’ll be posting more videos/stopmotions/photostories/tutorials etc.
  • I’ll be starting a new series!
  • When Mutka replies to my email then AGW will be getting a brand new design!
  • My sister and I are starting a dog walking business! (OK, this is not relevant, but I am so excited for our business!)
  • Lots of vacation posts!
  • The BIG SURPRISE I’ve been dropping hints about here and there! (Hint: It involves another blogger!)
  • And so much more!

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