What it’s REALLY like to be an AG blogger

Hey guys! Today I want to do something different. As I was outside, taking pictures for a photoshoot, I realized how hard it is to be a blogger- that too, one for American Girl Dolls. So here’s an inside scoop on what it’s like! This is a new series on BOTH of my blogs. Yeppers peppers, you heard right! 🌶🌶🌶

On Buzz About AG AND Capturing & Creating, I will be posting things such as behind-the-scenes of how my posts are made, and how me & other bloggers make decisions for our blogs.

Without further ado, here’s some info on what the AGBC {American Girl Blogging Community} is like!


First of all, getting dolls dressed. You know how models have a whole hair and makeup team? Yeah, for us AGBs, we are the whole hair and makeup team. We have to pick an outfit, pick a hairstyle that goes with it, and make sure the outfit compliments the doll. Picking outfits is one of my favorite parts of doing a photoshoot, actually- but it’s definitely hard. Look what my room turns into:

(Saige is half-naked because I wanted Brooke to wear the pants she had on. 😛 )

Look at all those clothes and accessories, though!

So here is problems in an actual photoshoot.

I’m pretty sure this amazing, totally not-out-of-focus pic of my shoe was taken (on accident) when I was picking Brooke up. That’s right…she fell. Which leads to the next thing: AG dolls not being able to stand! Everyone likes a picture of a doll when she looks like a real human, right? Doing a cute pose, or something? Well, that’s what I tried to do. I left Brooke standing on her own for a couple milliseconds while I grabbed Praline the cat for one shot. She was perfectly sturdy. But as I ran back to set Praline next to her owner…she was gone. Horrified, I looked over the edge and sure enough, there was Brooke, lying facedown on the ground, centimeters away from a bush and fallen tree branches. “No….nonononononono!” I moaned. I quickly grabbed Brooke and flipped her to face me. A smudge of dirt smeared her nose, and her hair stood up in all sorts of directions. Water from the fresh snow had gathered on one side of her face, and her earmuffs lay off to the side, completely yanked off her head.
All the preparation that goes into getting your doll ready can be ruined in seconds. Thankfully, I was able to wipe off the dirt and fix her hair.
Doll clothes are NOTHING against Mother Nature. They don’t protect them, they just look cute. Brooke’s leggings are soaked. :/ 😛

 

^^see the water??


Also, I was busy trying to be a ninja while taking photos. (Don’t tell me you’ve never done this.) I am SUCH a good multitasker!  Look at what I was doing:
  • Trying not to get my boots dirty
  • Freezing because the gloves I put on provide no protection whatsoever
  • Trying extra hard not to drop or ruin the camera
  • Holding a doll and a cat
  • Walking through the snow (I like to take minimal steps, and if I ever have to walk around, I just step back on those same footprints. Yaknowhatimsayin???)

GOING OUT IN THE FREEZING COLD OR SWELTERING HEAT. All you AGBs have been there. When you look out your window and think, “Oh, {doll’s name} would look really cute sitting by that plant.” Or, “Imagine the artsy (ish) and adorable photos I can take with {doll’s name} playing in the snow!”
So yes, the pictures might be great, but what’s gone through to get them…

You might have to sweat your face off (is that possible?) while your doll refuses to stand in the prickly grass.
Or you’ll get hypothermia. JUST KIDDING! You’ll just have numb fingers. But still.
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And if you’re wondering what I looked like when Brooke was outside looking all cute in her little outfit, you should stop. I had on my jacket, bright blue pajama pants, boots, useless gloves, and my mom’s purple hat.
Yeah.
*shudders*

Now for the last part: people seeing you take pictures. When I was out taking the pics for this AGPS, my neighbor, who was sitting in his backyard, yelled, “Are you taking pictures of me or the doll?” And for the 4th of July parade pics, which I had to take in the front yard, there were so many cars driving by. I even had to take a bunch of photos on the road, so I kept having to move my stuff (I WAS CARRYING A FAKE HORSE, DO YOU KNOW HOW CRAZY I LOOKED) back to the sidewalk. I got a lot of weird looks from strangers then. Also, during the You Belong With Me photoshoot, there’s that one scene where Taylor and the guy are sitting on the bench talking, and then the guy’s girlfriend appears. That part was also shot in my front yard & on the street.

Yep, she’s definitely crazy. People probably thought.
As I was going inside after finally finishing the parade pics, three dolls and a horse tucked under my arm, a guy on a run looked up, made eye contact with me, and then his face twisted into a confused expression. I hurried inside. That was really weird. Bleeeehhhh.


Then there’s the whole thing about uploading pictures, which takes forever. (Btw, the rest of Brooke’s photoshoot will be up soon)


Whelp, all in all, being an AGB is very fun and rewarding, but there’s a whole bunch of things that goes into it.


Like this post? Let me know by dropping me a comment! 

~Rutvi ❤

You Belong With Me

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend
She’s upset, she’s going off about something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor like I do
I’m in the room, it’s a typical Tuesday night.
I’m listening to the kind of music she doesn’t like.
  
And she’ll never know your story like I do.
But she wears short skirts
I wear t-shirts

 

She’s cheer captain
And I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time.
If you could see
That I’m the one
Who understands you.
Been here all along.
So, why can’t you see
You belong with me,
You belong with me.
Walk in the streets with you in your worn out jeans

                                 

I can’t help thinking this is how it ought to be.

Laughing on a park bench thinking to myself,
“Hey, isn’t this easy?”
And you’ve got a smile
That could light up this whole town.
I haven’t seen it in a while
Since she brought you down.
You say you’re fine, I know you better than that.
Hey, what you doing with a girl like that?

She wears high heels,
I wear sneakers.
She’s cheer captain,
And I’m on the bleachers.
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find

That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time.

If you could see
That I’m the one
Who understands you,
Been here all along.
So, why can’t you see

You belong with me.
Standing by and waiting at your backdoor.

All this time how could you not know, baby?
You belong with me,
you belong with me…
Oh, I remember you driving to my house
In the middle of the night.
I’m the one who makes you laugh
When you know you’re ’bout to cry.
I know your favorite songs,And you tell me about your dreams.
Think I know where you belong,

Think I know it’s with me.

 
Can’t you see
That I’m the one
Who understands you? 

 

Been here all along.
So, why can’t you see
You belong with me.
Standing by and waiting at your backdoor.
All this time how could you not know, baby?

 

You belong with me,
You belong with me.

 

 

You belong with me…

 

 

Have you ever thought just maybe…

 

 You belong with me?

 

You belong with me.
❤ ❤ ❤

 

Ruthie wants to tell you something…..

Hello, world!


It’s a special day!

 

Anyone know why?

Because TODAY, Buzz About AG hit 100 followers!!!

We’ve been waiting for this day!

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So Thank You!

Now for some fun facts:

*Rutvi started her blog on Weebly, then moved it to WordPress.

*Loren was her first follower!

*Rutvi drooled over Brooke in a catalog for months before we finally got her.


I’ll be taking over now. 🙂

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! You all deserve cake, hugs, your dream custom doll, and cake. Oh, and did I mention the cake?

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First picture I ever posted: Picture

This is one of the first, if not the very first, doll pictures I’d EVER taken with a camera.

First Photostory I ever read: A Magical Encounter in the Woods

I tried to create my own photostory after reading this. But I’d never made one before and I ended up having zero ideas. It turned out to be almost an exact copy of Loren’s photostory. Whoops. I never posted it, but I’ll give you a small part…

It was a normal Saturday afternoon, and I was BORED. I decided to go for a hike. I slung a backpack over my shoulders, and called, ” Bye, Mom! Bye, Dad! See you in a bit!”

Ugh. Embarrassing.

First comment:

(this was on my post Farmer Girl)

Catlover02

February 10, 2016 at 11:51 pm 

Cute! I’ve always wanted some doll overalls.🙂

First follower: Loren @Happy House Of AG


I never thought this would happen so fast, and I’m grateful that I’ve met you-every single one of you, in fact. Not just because you follow my blog, but because you are loyal commenters and supporters. 100 followers. Wow. It’s just insane!

I’ve had some great opportunities since I’ve started this blog. For instance, collabbing with the lovely Meg, Michelle, and Ginnie! Our dollympics posts were a success, and even though I only posted one story (school got hectic, what else is new) it was so fun.


Me and Sam from AG Doll Awesome both hit 100 followers at the same time-how cool is that? We also have a lot of other things in common like fandoms, dolls, clarinet, etc.

BYE.

A Royal Dream~Part 1

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Week 7, Day 3 of Camp Dolliwatha. In case you don’t know, my theme is fantasy/fairytale! I haven’t been able to post during the week, obviously, so I’m making up for it this weekend. 🙂 I picked a bad time to do this, though, so my Camp Dolliwatha posts are kind of scattered. 😦 Anyways, I didn’t want to pressure myself into blogging this past week, what with school and sports starting back up. :/

Here’s part one of a very royal photostory…


When Brooke woke up, her head rested on a soft, cloud-like pillow. The blankets, instead of being carelessly wrinkled and tossed around, were carefully arranged. Her folded hands held a rose. Her pale green nightgown felt soft against her skin. Wait…nightgown? She’d gone to sleep wearing sweatpants and Ruthie’s old soccer jersey…
On a normal school morning, Brooke would wake up 10 minutes before her bus came. She’d quickly throw on a t-shirt and shorts, shovel cereal into her mouth, and literally run to her bus stop. But not today. Her outfit was set out for her, a pink dress and a pink tiara. She shuddered. So much pink. She put it on anyway.
The room was pink like her dress. It felt oddly like being inside a large bubblegum. Brooke made herself down the very royal staircase, only to find a very royal sitting room, and outside it, a royalkitchen bustling with royal maids.
One of them gasped at the sight of her and then smiled. “Princess Brooke Rosalie must be hungry!” She exclaimed. “I am?” Brooke said, confused. Honestly, she’d lost her appetite at the sight of the puffy pink dress. After complimenting her dress, hairstyle, and shoes, the maids served her tea-and yes, in a very royal teacup.
One of the innocent maids informed her that tonight was the night of a ball! But she couldn’t care less about meeting a prince.
And then she was running. From what, she didn’t know, to where, she didn’t know either. But still she ran.

 

Her sandals began to make her feet ache and she was tempted to take them off. It wasn’t the only thing bothering her. Her crown felt heavy on her head.
She took it off and flung it into the grass. The princess resumed her running, then stopped and glanced back.
The tiara glinted in the green leaves. She didn’t go back for it.
Back in the castle, the maids screeched. Princess Brooke Rosalie was missing.


And that ends part 1!
Bonus photos:

 

 

GAH SHE’S BEAUTIFUL ♥

 How’d you like that? Part 2 coming tomorrow!

I can finally use this signature, hehe! XD

Camp Dolliwatha, Week Seven: Make your doll into a Knight in Shining Armor!

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to week seven of Camp Dolliwatha! My theme is Fantasy/Fairytale. 🙂

Loren, Clara, Marissa, Josie, Grace, Anna, and I have been working hard to come up with crafts- and their posts were great, so be sure to check them out! 🙂 Here’s how to turn your doll into a knight in shining armor.

You will need a lot of tinfoil, scissors, a doll dressed completely in black, and tape.

Start by ripping/cutting out rectangles of foil. Two smaller ones for the arms, a larger one for the bodice, and two medium-sized ones for the legs.

Wrap the foil around your doll’s arms. Always do arms first! Here you can see that her arms are finished and that she has a large piece of tinfoil on top that looks like a poncho.

Wrap that around your doll’s stomach to get something like this:

Half done! 😀

I polished up my mistakes- in this photo, you can see that the top of her “armor” looks less sloppy. To do this, just take pieces of foil and cover any open areas. It should resemble a long-sleeve t-shirt.

Now take the pieces that you’d cut out for the leg and d what you did for the arms. Wrap it around, and tape in place if needed.DSC07665Now, you have two options for this. You can either just wrap it around your doll’s waist like a skirt, and tape in the back, OR you can put the sheet under the doll, and fold it up on her diaper-style. XD I went with the second option.

Here she is, in all her glory!!!

This. Is. So. Uncomfortable. 

She was pretty much falling over when I tried to get this pic XD


Now it’s time to make a fun prop. Materials needed:

I used thick white craft foam for the sword, in case you were wondering. 😉 

Cut out pieces shaped like this. The one on the right is basically a T shape. 

Take that one, and a long piece of black electrical tape. Wrap it around the handle of the T.

Now, cover it with tape,

Trim off any excess,

Until you are satisfied. (The handle ended up being too long, so I cut it after I took this photo)

For the blade, cover the triangular shape with a smaller piece of foil. Trim. Because I was lazy, I just taped it onto the handle. 😉 As a detail, I used some shimmery nail polish on the handle.I think it looks pretty cool! 😀


Now for some extra pictures: 

A brave knight and a fine steed. <3<3 ❤ ❤


Did you like this craft? It is a bit time-consuming, but worth it in the end! 🙂 If you do make this, email Loren (happyhouseofag@gmail.com)  up to 3 pictures and they will be featured in her Camp Dolliwatha recap post on Saturday.

Bye!

Bidding Summer a Bookish Farewell

Hey guys, it’s Saige! Saige this is not a Youtube channel


So, one of my favorite blogs, Red Head with a Book, always ends her posts with.

Bidding you a bookish farewell,
Redheadwithabook ❤

It is sadly time to end this summer, and I wanted to bid summer a bookish farewell. 🙂 Here’s a photoshoot of me reading one of my favorite books, with a title that has something to do with my favorite blog.

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I thought it was funny that I was reading “Meet Kit” in a treehouse because Kit’s dream is to have a tree house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Soaking in the nature……

 

 

Bidding summer a bookish farewell,
 

What’s The Buzz~ June 2016

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, what’s up, lovelies? 😀

Sorry for being absent from the blogosphere for a while. :/ I’m back, though, and I’m also really sorry I haven’t been posting as much.

So!

Welcome to this month’s edition of What’s The Buzz! (click the link to see last month’s) If you don’t know, these are monthly posts in which I share posts from other doll blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading so that others can read them too. 🙂

{please note that these pictures are not my own}


First up is a post from Loren’s blog, Happy House of AG. If you want a good laugh, click this lovely link: Isabelle’s Vlogging Dilemma .


Clara has come up with this GENIUS thing called the Blog Treasure Hunt. It’s SO fun. 🙂

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Jaclynn from LHOAG has been working on her series, Masquerade, like crazy, and her hard work is paying off- I love it.  (seriously, when are you going to post the next part? :P) It’s so suspenseful. 

GO READ IT.

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p.s. take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Maryellen is while you read the series. 😉


Also, I’m loving this post from Kait’s AG Crafts. It might not be doll pictures, but it’s pretty adorable: 


Next! This post from Hello Dollie Blog has very good quality pictures (and it was posted on my birthday) 😛 Nice, Kara! 


Annnnnd Faking it Mostly makes the list again! They did a fantastic DIY on their blog and I was mindblown. LOVE IT.

You need to read that. Please. 🙂 You’ll thank me later!


I just couldn’t pass up another post from the same blog. 🙂 They gave a Kit who needed a LOT of TLC just that, and she looks darling. ❤


Well, guys, that’s it! Wait, no it’s not.

News: I ran a 5k today! It was hot, but really fun. 🙂

Oh, and guys, don’t forget to sign up for my writing contest! You can find more details by searching for ‘introducing’ on my blog. I really need more people to enter! 🙂

Bye!


~Rutvi ❤