Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cute Photo :)

I took this photo a few months ago for a contest that I entered. I didn't win, and the photo has just been sitting on my computer without being posted or anything. So I thought I'd share it with you, because I think it's pretty cute. I'm not sure about you, but I think this is one of my best indoor photos that I've ever taken of my dolls! It shows how much dolls all mean to us <3

Have a nice day (or rather, evening where I live)!

Craft Supply Mini-Haul

Hi! Yesterday, my mom had to go to Michael's so I decided to tag along with her! I had some items that I had been wanting to get for a while from there, and was finally able to! I'm going to show you what I got.

Here's the bag! hehe ;)

First off, I got some polymer clay to make some doll food! I have gotten some clay previously and made a BUNCH of food with it, but it wasn't modeling clay, it was more like a Play-Doh kind of clay, so it ended up growing salt crystals. I can still use it, but it doesn't look as nice.

Next I got some black and white felt.

I also got some black and white foam.

I got most of these things because I had seen lots of super cool crafts online and wanted to make them, but I didn't have the materials. So i got this, hopefully it'll cover most of the crafts I've been wanting to make!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog Changes- Please Read!

Hello everyone! As I discussed in a recent post, this blog is getting a complete makeover! I will be changing the background, header, and name of my blog!
The order the changes will take place in:

  1. Background
  2. Name
  3. Header
The title and header will pretty much be the same change, as the name will be on the header. The header will not be the same picture as before. I do not have a photo to show you, but I will be taking a photo of all my dolls that will be my new header.

Also, the URL for my blog will not be changing! it may change in the future to match my blog, but until everyone gets used to the visible changes, the URL won't be changing.

If you have any questions at all, please be sure to comment them down below and I will be sure to answer them! The reason I am telling y'all all this is I don't want you to come to my blog and think it's a different blog because it looks completely different from before. So I thought I'd give y'all a little heads up. ;)
I look forward to these changes! Feel free to comment some ideas, and if you read this after some changes have taken place, tell me how you like them!


Outfit of the Week: Week 11

Sorry the past two OOTWs were late! :( But here it is, no worries! The winner of last week was ☆♡Bridget♡☆. Great job, I love this outfit!

This week, y'all are going to be making outfits with dresses! I thought I'd change it up a bit. ;) I can't wait to see what you do with it!



Accessories (you may choose more than one):

How to participate:
  1. Pick an outfit. For each category, pick an article of clothing to put an outfit together.
  2. Pick a doll to wear the outfit. Which doll would this outfit look good on? Bonus- pick a hairstyle!
  3. Include your name! In case you win, so I can announce who wins. 

Be sure to include all aspects of the outfit. If you don't, you probably don't have a good chance of winning.
Also, remember I judge by creativity and originality! Be very descriptive when writing your comment so I know what you're talking about.
Have fun!



It's my one year anniversary for this blog, a.k.a. my BLOGERVERSARY!!! I have had this blog, Marisa's American Girls, for exactly a year and two days! hehe ;) 

Thank you SO MUCH for such a wonderful year, I look forward to many more! And thank you for 47 followers, all in one year!!! I can't believe it, I never thought my blog would ever be this popular, let alone in one year! 

I also would like to give special thanks to my good friend, Lu. I met her online shortly after I created this blog, so she has really been here for me since day one! Thank you so much Lu, I don't know where I'd be without you!!! I really hope we can meet in person someday. :) I'd also like to thank all my other friends I've met online, I love chatting with you all and learning more about you! 

This was the first photo I ever posted on my blog, it was in this  post! It's crazy how much my photography changed, as I knew almost nothing about photographing dolls back then!

This is a photo from my most recent photoshoot. See how it's changed? I absolutely love this photo, but I don't even know why I posted the other one in the first place! hehe ;)

Now for a question for you! What is your favorite post I've done on my blog? Tell me below in the comments!

Also, I'd like to discuss a little something here. I've been wanting to change my blog name for a few months now, so I thought now would be a great time to do that! I'm going to change it Seastar Studios, after my new YouTube channel! There will be more on the name change later, like when it will take place, what things it will change, etc. Also, I'm going to give my blog layout a makeover! I'm going to change all the colors and stuff, to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. ;) You'll see these changes take place over the next week or so, so be looking out for those! 

Again, thank you so much everyone, I don't know how many times I've written 'thank you' in this post! ;D That's really all I can say, thank you so much! I wonder how my blog will grow in the coming years, and what other dollies will come live with us!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Outfit of the Week: Week 10

Hey guys! I'm back here for another OOTW! So sorry it's late...
But anyway, here's the winner from last week, Addy and Emma!

Are you ready for outfit selections this week? Here they are! And for those of you who don't know how to play, the instructions will be discussed after the pictures! :)




Accessories (you may choose more than one):

How to participate:
  1. Pick an outfit. For each category, pick an article of clothing to put an outfit together.
  2. Pick a doll to wear the outfit. Which doll would this outfit look good on? Bonus- pick a hairstyle!
  3. Include your name! In case you win, so I can announce who wins. 

Be sure to include all aspects of the outfit. If you don't, you probably don't have a good chance of winning.
Also, remember I judge by creativity and originality! Be very descriptive when writing your comment so I know what you're talking about.
Have fun!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Liebster Award (it's different now!)

As you read in the title, this award is different this time! Here are the rules.

 Post eleven facts about yourself. + Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you and then create an eleven-question set for the next group of nominees. + Choose eleven people to nominate and link them in the post. + Let your nominees know they've been tagged - and no tag backs. 

11 Facts About Me:
  1. My favorite animals are horses and owls.
  2. My favorite color is blue.
  3. My least favorite color is yellow.
  4. I only have one pet, and she is a dog (Beagle crossed with Pomeranian) named Puppers. She's named after my favorite stuffed animal when I was little.
  5. My middle name is Kendall.
  6. I have never been to another country.
  7. My favorite books are Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. (In case you're wondering, I'm on Team Peeta.)
  8. I am on Team Calita (Aspen Heights, I'm just a little too obsessed). Don't get me started on the subject.
  9. I never have a favorite song for more than a month, it's always changing as I hear new songs.
  10. I want to move to Japan someday.
  11. I dip dyed my hair blue this summer and I'm doing it pink next summer.
Questions for Me:
  1. If a man walked into an elevator with you, and was struggling to reach a button, would you press it for him? Yes...
  2. You are walking down the street and pass a shoe sale. What do you do? Keep walking and ignore it.
  3. Do you eat cranberries? Yes! I love dried cranberries (craisins) and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving!
  4. What would you do if you put your hands in the sand at a beach then they were stuck? Hmmm... I have no idea. Depends who I'm with, if I'm in the water or not, what I'm wearing... so I need more info!
  5. I man walks up to you and starts talking a weird language to you. He is waving his arms around like crazy and slaps you 3 times. You've never seen him before in your life. Do you:
    A. Call the police.
    B. Start trying to copy his language and talk back.
    C. Get an adult to help.
    D. Take a selfie with him and text it to a bff.
    I'd probably do none of these. I'd start running! Maybe I'd call the police (A) but I'm really not sure.
  6. Do you take selfies? I don't know if my horrible ones count, but yeah, sometimes I play around with my camera... But I'm not horribly obsessed with it.
  7. Do you text? Kind of... if you count using Google Hangouts with a few online friends.
  8. Can Auntie-Anne's pretzels be used as weapons? Who is Auntie-Anne?
  9. Name 2 weird things that you eat or drink. Uh, I eat straight-up lemons as if I was seating an orange and I eat capers... my friends think capers are weird, one of them called them rabbit poop.
  10. Why do you have a blog? To share my love of dolls with everyone online, and it's a more grown-up way of "playing with dolls".
  11. If you could go shopping with 7 bloggers, who would they be? They would be Lu from the Redhead's Blog, Ellie from the Little Dollhouse on the Prairie, Juliet from The Guys and Gals of Chestnut Street, Jennifer from AGPals (she has a blog for her YouTube account), Claire from Carrot and Claire, Clarisse (well, the human behind the camera) from Clarisse's Closet, and Xyra from Tea Time with Melody Q. That was tough!
Questions for Nominees:
  1. What is your favorite blog?
  2. What inspired you to create your blog?
  3. If you had to wear one shirt for the rest of your life, what shirt would it be?
  4. If you were only allowed to go on one website and no others, which would you choose?
  5. What time do you normally go to bed?
  6. What is your favorite fruit?
  7. If you were chosen to be a tribute in the Hunger Games, what weapon would you choose?
  8. What hairstyle do you want to do but don't know how?
  9. How often do you come online?
  10. Apple or Android?
  11. What is your favorite Bath and Body Works scent?
The Nominees:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GOTY 2015 Predictions

This is Rachel Crane. She's 12 years old, and loves music. Every time you see her, she's either singing, writing song lyrics, listening to music, or playing her guitar. Rachel has always loved music, ever since her parents sung her lullabies as a baby. What she loves to do most is play her guitar. She writes song lyrics and loves to perform her songs in the annual school talent show. This year's talent show is different, though. One of the biggest music stars, who also happens to be Rachel's favorite, is coming to watch it this year! Rachel is determined to impress her, and maybe get to meet her! But when Rachel's dad loses his job, all hope is lost. Her family has to sell almost everything they have to keep their house, including Rachel's guitar. Rachel is devastated, and doesn't know what to do now that she has no guitar to practice with. It couldn't get any worse for Rachel, until her family finds out that they'll be evicted from their house unless they can come up with the money to pay for it. What will happen now?

What do you think about my prediction? Well, the story isn't really a prediction, it's just something fun I made up. It's probably not what the GOTY 2015 story is, but whatever. The picture is a prediction, though. I edited a picture from AG's website.
What do you think the GOTY 2015 will be like?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Julie Dilemma

Okay, this post is all about y'all's opinions. I'm gonna need 'em. So...

If you didn't know, this is Julie. She was my very first 18" doll. I got her on Christmas in 2009, I believe.

Well, anyway, the reason she has duct tape on her is, her leg broke off. We can't send her to the doll hospital anymore, because Madame Alexander sold their company and closed down their doll hospital.

I can't use Julie at all, the duct tape isn't working anymore and there's no way to fix it. I was thinking about just putting her away in a box for safekeeping.
What do you think I should do? Please comment down below your suggestions.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Beachy Blogger Award!

Hey there! I have just received the Beachy Blogger Award from Sofia from That's So Me. Thanks, Sofia!

Answer the 10 questions I give you below and give the people you nominate 10 more.
Let the people whom you nominated know that they were nominated.
Put the award on your sidebar.
Nominate 10 bloggers.

Questions for Me

If you could live in any state, which would you choose?
I wouldn't move to a different state. I'd go to Japan.

Rain or Snow?
Snow. It never snows here.

Summer or Winter?
Summer. Even though you'd think I'd get tired of the eternal summer here.

What is your favorite color?

If you could change your name, what would you make it?
I wouldn't change it.

Chips or Crackers?
Chips. Especially potato chips. Extra salty.

Red or Blue?

Do you like the beach?

Have you ever ridden on a huge roller coaster?
I have no idea.

Do you like chicken?
Yes. Yes I do like chicken.

The Nominees!!!

Questions for the Nominees

What is your favorite doll? 
What is your favorite thing about having a blog?
What is the worst thing someone has said to you on your blog?
Do you have a doll house?
When did you get your first AG doll?
What is your favorite article of doll clothing that you have?
Who is your best online friend?
Who is your favorite AGTuber?
Do you watch Aspen Heights? If so, are you Team Belita or Team Calita?
Which of your dolls' personalities is most like you?

Congrats to everyone who was nominated! BTW, sorry for so many posts today! It was important. :)

Summer Beauty: A Photoshoot

Today I decided it was beautiful enough to go outside and do a photoshoot. I think Liz looks absolutely gorgeous in these photos, I believe it may be one of my best photoshoots. Enjoy! (By the way, I noticed after I uploaded these to my computer, that there was apparently a smudge on my camera lens when I took these photos. Whoops!)

Liz's dress almost looks blue in this picture!
I love this picture, it almost looks like the flower is glowing!
Out of focus. Sorry guys.

This is my favorite picture out of this photoshoot! Liz looks so smart and sophisticated.

Not my best photo ever. :(

I hope you enjoyed this photoshoot! I like how most of the pictures turned out. The smudge on the camera lens really annoys me in some of the pictures, but doesn't look too bad in others.

What is your favorite picture in this photoshoot? Tell me below in the comments.

I am entering this photoshoot in Ellie's contest from Little Dollhouse on the Prairie. Go check out her blog! It's great.

Lots of love,

Last Chance for Saige Items!

Today AG added some Saige items to the sale section- go check it out! If you missed any Saige items in 2013, go get them while they're still here!

Go here to visit the sale page! Are you going to get any of these items? I might, we'll see.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Outfit of the Week: Week 9!!!!!

Yes, Outfit of the Week is BACK! I know how much everyone loved it, so I've decided to finally bring it back! For those of you who weren't here for it, here's what happens:

Every Sunday, I will show you pictures of some of my doll clothes. You will use the different articles of clothing I have given you to make an outfit. Post your outfit and what doll (of mine) you want to wear it in the comments, and next Sunday, I will pick my favorite outfit. I will put it on the doll of your choice, take a picture, and post it. Then, in the same post, I will give you another set of clothes and you will do all this again.

Don't worry if you don't completely understand. I'll simplify the instructions at the end of the post. But for now, let's get on with the clothing items!




Accessories (you may pick more than one):

How to participate:
  1. Pick an outfit. For each category, pick an article of clothing to put an outfit together.
  2. Pick a doll to wear the outfit. Which doll would this outfit look good on? Bonus- pick a hairstyle!
  3. Include your name! In case you win, so I can announce who wins. 
Be sure to include all aspects of the outfit. If you don't, you don't have a good chance of winning.
Also, remember I judge by creativity and originality! Be very descriptive when writing your comment so I know what you're talking about.

Happy Designing!

P.S. If you'd like some ideas, go check out the past OOTWs!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Daisy Chain Award!

Hey guys, I'm back from my vacation (yes there'll be pictures in another post) and I've got an award here! It's called the Daisy Chain Award, and I was nominated by Mint from Mint4AGDolls. Thank you, Mint!
Now let's get started.

1.  If you were asked by American Girl to create a GOTY 2015, what would she look like and what would her personality be? That's for another post- I've got it all planned out! ;)

2.  How many more dolls do you plan to get in the future and what doll are they? Oh, goodness... So many more dolls to come in the future... I haven't even decided which ones! I'd like to get Caroline, Saige (yeah, I know), and some MAGs.

3. What is your favorite article of doll clothing? Ex; shorts, tanks, crop tops, jeans, etc. Hmmm... I really love crop tops, they're super cute and unique! I also love shorts.

4. What season do you like best for doll photography or anything related to dolls? Spring, not too hot and not too humid (where I live).

5.  What was your best doll-sized find? I got an awesome guitar that was originally a Christmas ornament for $2!

6.  MAG, GOTY, or Historical? I love them all, but I'd probably say my favorite is MAG.

7.  What do you think of American Girl Historical dolls changing to Beforever? Hate. It. Enough said!

8.  If you watch Aspen Heights, Ben and Elita or Callan and Elita? Totally Callan and Elita, ALL THE WAY!!!


All of you who were just nominated above, go ahead and answer the questions below on your own blog and nominate 8 more people!

  1. What is your favorite AG doll?
  2. If you could have any AG doll, which one would it be?
  3. If you could unarchive a doll, which one would you unarchive?
  4. Do you prefer straight, wavy, or curly hair on your doll?
  5. What's an AG doll that you will never get?
  6. What is your favorite AGTube web series? (Aspen Heights, Realm of Arragara, etc.)
  7. If you like Frozen (I mean, who wouldn't!) do you like Anna or Elsa?
  8. Who is your favorite AGTuber?

Congrats for the nominees and please know that, just because you weren't nominated, doesn't mean I don't like your blog. In fact, I may not know about it! Comment your blog down below so I can go check it out! :)


P.S. Sorry for the white highlighting on some of the words in this post, I was trying to fix that but I couldn't.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New AG Items and My Opinion: Part 3

Hey there! Here's Part 3 to my 3-part post with all the new AG items! Before we get started, be sure to read Part 1 and 2 from yesterday and the day before!

This Bouquet Bed and Bedding is cute and all, I really like the bed style, but the price- $213?! Yeah no. My dad can make one of these for me if I really want it that bad. (He made another doll bed for me based on Julie's bed. Thanks Dad!)

Gosh, this Bouquet Nightstand is horrible. Have you seen the price?! You can get a human nightstand for the same price! Plus, we can just use a jewelry box as a nightstand and it is a lot less expensive.

This Dining Table is cute and all, but nothing special. I do really like the chair covers, though.

I know this part of my 3-part post was a little short, but there wasn't much furniture for me to post about. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my 3-part post, I like giving my opinion of these items, even though AG will never read this and even if they do, they won't listen to my opinions and advice.

Did you enjoy this 3-part post? What was your favorite set? Did you agree/disagree with anything I said? Tell me below in the comments!

~Marisa <3

Friday, July 4, 2014

New AG Items and My Opinion: Part 2

Hey there! I see you're back for Part 2 today! If you didn't read Part 1 yet, be sure to go check it out before you read this!

Hmmm... Isabelle's Makeup Set... this is cute I guess... but it really only teaches girls to paint their faces over and cover up their beautiful natural features. Yeah, I get that Isabelle has to wear makeup for dance, but... I still don't like this set.

The Sunset Sleepover Bag isn't anything special. I don't like the colors, and heck, the suns look like pizzas.

I love the Jewel Highlights Set! I have the Bright Highlights Set, and I think these would be a great addition to my highlight collection.

Really? Accent Braid Clips? Are these really needed? Just braid your doll's hair... 

This Doodle Backpack Set is perfect for back-to-school! I love all the colors. I'd love to get this set sometime.

These Trail Accessories aren't anything special. It looks too much like something from Saige's collection. It's nice and all, but I could probably make everything.

The Sunset Sleepover Tent is okay, I'm not crazy about it, though. I could get one for less money ($85? Seriously AG?) that comes with more things from Our Generation at Target.

Once again, this Camp Treats Set isn't anything special. I could make all the food with clay, and get the rest somewhere else for a lot cheaper.

Sure, this Aqua Earring Tree is nice, but I know how to make them. 

This Wrap Watch is nice, but I don't have a need for it. I do like this better than their other watches though.

I'm not sure if I like this Violet Heart Watch. It it was a real watch, I think it'd be hard to read, don't you think? And the colors are too girly for me.

These Pets Earrings are cute, but I liked AG's other pet earrings set better. What about you?

I love this Doodle Earrings set! They're so cute- especially the bows! I'm totally getting this set.

I'm glad they came out with this 3-in-1 Ring Set, but it takes away the uniqueness of Saige's ring. I think these rings look cheap and plastic though, so Saige's is a lot nicer. Plus, I can make my own nicer rings for my dolls.

I don't like the new pets. I think they ruined them, they looks like stuffed animals now. And the prices- $28? Really?

I like that they finally came out with collars and leashes. The themed sets (in case you didn't notice, each set matches a certain bed) are cute.

See? The leash matches this pet bed. (The flower set is my favorite, that's why I picked it.) ;) I really like the pet beds, they're very cute. Surprisingly they're less money than the pets.

This Seaside Tote Set is adorable, it would be great in Kanani's collection, don't you think? It's so pretty, and I'd really love to get it. Kanani would love it! 

This Beach Chair Set is wonderful too! I love the summery, Hawaiian colors. I'd really like to get this, and again, Kanani would love it. :)

I hope you enjoyed Part 2! Stay tuned for Part 3 tomorrow.

What is your favorite item? Do you agree with what I said? Tell me below in the comments. :)

~Marisa <3

P.S. Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a safe and happy day! ;)