The Blogger Recognition Award!

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I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Ginnie from Faking It Mostly–thanks Ginnie!

First…the rules!

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Write a post to show your award
Give a brief story of how your blog started
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
Select 15 other bloggers for this award
Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

Give a brief story of how your blog started:

Let’s see, how my blog started…  I actually started writing about my dolls on my other blog, but decided that perhaps I needed to start a separate one since that really wasn’t the main idea for that blog.  I had a lot of craft ideas in mind that I wanted to share.  I had absolutely no idea what to expect as far as people actually reading and following, but now here I am, 2 1/2 years later with around 100 registered followers and who knows how many people who just pop in randomly from bookmarks, other blog referrals and web searches.  Thank you so much for reading the blog and for your continued support!

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers:

The first one I can’t emphasize enough: BE ORIGINAL!!!  Just because other bloggers are doing something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the path you have to follow.  I’m going to be brutally honest here–if I see the same thing from blog to blog to blog, I quit reading.  I know that sounds a bit harsh, but I can only see the same thing over and over again before boredom sets in and I lose interest.  Variety is the spice of life!  Keep in mind that I have worked as a photographer in the past.   Do you see doll “photo shoots” on my blog??? NO!  There is a good reason for that.  It’s been done to death.  I don’t feel the need to do something that everyone else has, I want my content and ideas to be fresh and unique.  My favorite blogs are ones that have original ideas, not cookie cutter ones that all look the same.  Just because your friend’s blog does this or that, doesn’t mean you have to.  Find your own way of blogging.

Number two kind of goes along with number one in a round about way–use original content!  DO NOT use photos from other blogs (unless you have permission) or websites.  Just because a photo shows up when you do a Google/Web search does not mean it’s public domain.  Taking and using someone else’s work is essentially stealing, and if you do it out in the world of professional graphics/art, you might find yourself talking to someone’s lawyer!  If you see a photo you really want to use, then do the extra leg work to find out who the original owner of the photograph is, and ask permission.  They may say no, but at least you know that you went about it the right way and not only are you avoiding potentially hurt feelings, but a lawsuit as well.  Just doing that right click and copying is wrong, don’t do it!

Select 15 other bloggers for this award
Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

This is going to be hard because so many people have already been nominated, so I’ll see what I can come up with!  If I nominate you and you’ve already been nominated and I’m not aware, no biggie.

When All Else Fails A Little Doll Will Do It

The Redhead’s Blog

Cozy Comforts and Dolls

Mommy’s Doll Club

The Dolls Between Us

Julie Newman’s 70’s Time Capsule  (Sharry, you can answer in the comments section here if you like!)

That’s it!  Thanks again Ginnie for nominating us, such a fun award!  And thanks again to everyone who reads and comments, this has been much more fun than I ever imagined, and I’ve met so many nice people because of it.

 

Guest Post: Meet The Boys/Boy Story Action Doll Review

Hi everybody! It’s Sharry from “Julie Newman’s 70s Time Capsule”. This is a review of my Boy Story Action Doll Billy (renamed Marc), and how he compares to my other boy dolls.

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Meet the guys:

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First we have Jason. He’s a Hybrid doll w/ an American Girl Samantha head, and a Battat Collector’s Lane flexible body.

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Next we have Kyle. He’s a custom boy made from an Our Generation solid body.

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Here we have Danny. He’s also a customized OG doll on a flexible body. (Sadly one of his legs hardened).

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And finally my Boy Story Action Doll, Marc.

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Marc’s head turns and pops up so he can look up at the sky.

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Marc can cross his legs and rest his head on his hand while just relaxing.

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If Marc and Kyle ever want to practice their karate moves, Marc is capable of a more realistic stance.

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Here the boys are stripped down to their skivvies (sorry guys) so we have a better view of their joints.

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Let’s see those muscles, boys! As you can see, Jason and Marc can bend their arms at the elbow, while Kyle has solid straight arms. Jason’s arm caves in to bend, while Marc has ball joints, and Kyle’s arms don’t bend.

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Let’s see some lunges, now boys!

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Jason can bend his knees in the same way he bends his arms, and can keep a pretty straight lunge pose.

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Marc has a bigger body than OG dolls (and AG dolls too!) and skinnier limbs, so while his knees can bend w/ ball joints, he can’t maintain a straight lunge pose.

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Kyle can do the splits, but he cannot lunge.

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Marc and Kyle can stand on their own in bare feet.

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Jason must stand against the wall barefoot (and w/o certain OG hard shoes).

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Marc and Kyle can maintain a walking pose with bare feet as well.

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Marc’s hands are also on ball joints. Look he can even salute!

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How cool is this? Marc can sit “criss cross applesauce”. (since I’m a pre-school teacher, this is most important! Hee!)

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Unlike my OG boys, Marc has fixed eyes (w/ very soft realistic lashes) and molded hair. Since he is African American, this saves me from maintaining unruly curly hair! (and I’m a black woman, so I know!)

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The Boy Story Action doll was made so that boys can have 18 inch dolls like their sisters. Since boys sometimes play a little rougher than girls, they don’t have to worry about getting these guys wet or dirty, since their vinyl limbs and heads wipe clean, and their clothes are machine washable and line dryable. They pose much like action figures, hence the term “action doll”. Their heads, bodies and feet are bigger than most 18 inch dolls, (but certain Collector’s Lane shoes will fit), so while bigger shirts and jackets may fit, pants may have to be customized.

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To all of our crafty customers wanting to make patterns for our dolls, and to the others who just love our dolls…

Boy Story Action Doll Measurement Guide

I hope this review has been informative and helpful. I really love all my boy dolls for their all of their unique features, and really wouldn’t change a thing about any of them. Remember a doll doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be loved! So good-bye from me and the guys!

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Sharry, Danny, Jason, Kyle and Marc

Thank you Sharry for all of that useful information!  In case you haven’t checked out Sharry’s blog already, you can check it out here:  Julie Newman’s 70’s Time Capsule.   It’s a fun trip back to the 1970’s!  Hopefully you can write another review or craft post sometime in the future. 

Sew, sew, sew!!!

Last year one of the things I wanted to do more of in regards to my dolls was sew.  Unfortunately I didn’t do so well at it due to a multitude of issues, so I decided to try and do MUCH better this year.  My goal has been to sew one item, no matter how big or how small, each week.  I’ve done well so far!  The first two items were gifts and repeats of things I’ve made before, so I’m not even going to show you those.  I hate reruns of blog posts.  But the third item was something I’d really been wanting to try ever since I saw it, and I have to say that I am very pleased with the results!

2 years ago (yes, that long!) Jessica over at American Girl Fan showed where she made some cute infinity scarves for her dolls and included the instructions on how to do it.  If you want to see the original post, you can find it here.  I dug around in my fabric stash to see what I had and finally decided on a piece of fabric.  This is a super easy sewing project, it works up very quickly.  In fact it probably took me longer to set the ironing board up and iron the fabric than it did to actually make the item!

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Once finished, it easily wrapped twice around Shivan’s neck, then I just had to arrange it so it looked right. LOVE IT! I may have to make some more of these out of some other fabrics I have in my stash. Now on to the next project, not sure what it is going to be. I’m determined though to whittle away at this collection of fabric I have sitting around. Thank heavens for all those freebie patterns from Pixie Faire. Thank you to Jessica for sharing this idea with everyone, the measurements are spot on!