Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Hey guys!  Nothing exciting...just thought I'd stop in to say "hi" and let you know I'm still alive. ;)  I spent most of yesterday doing laundry and sorting paperwork.  Ugh.  It wasn't a fun job, but I got a lot accomplished.  I can't tell you what a relief it is to get something done that you've been putting off for way too long. :}

I have more blogging scheduled for this evening, but first I'll be doing some running around with my mom this afternoon.  We may have some fun doll goodies to share with you after today, so I'll be sure to keep you posted. :)

I also wanted to officially mention, for those of you who don't already know, that I won one of the $35 gift cards from The Doll Wardrobe's photo contest.  I'm very happy for the gal who won.  Her "Surreal" photo was lovely and well worth first place.  I hope she enjoys her new doll. :)

While I was just a wee bit disappointed at first about not winning a doll (I am only human, after all), ;) I can honestly say that I am happy with the results.  It will be great to have $35 to spend next year if we end up at an AG Place for my daughters' birthday trip.  I really didn't need a new doll right now anyway (when do we ever need a new doll, right?).  I'm happy with the way my photo turned out and honored that I ended up in the top four.  Thank you so much for all of you who left such lovely comments about my entry. :)

This will be my last time entering a Doll Wardrobe photo contest...or any of their contests, for that matter.  As many of you know, my Emma doll was a result of one of the random drawing giveaways from the Doll Wardrobe blog (my husband's name was chosen).  I have not entered any of the drawing giveaways since, but I have participated in the photo contests.  I felt that it was acceptable to enter when it was something I was winning by my own merit.  I also enjoyed the challenge of the contests. :)  But now that I've placed in a photo contest, I feel it's only right to move on and let others enjoy the benefits.  In some ways, it's better that I won the gift card anyway.  I wouldn't want anyone to feel like I was hogging the dolls. :}

I'd like to thank Nora and the whole Doll Wardrobe team for providing us with such delightful activities, and for the many generous giveaways they've done through the years.  I know there are many others out there who have also benefited from their kindness.  I've also appreciated learning more about photography through  the challenges of their photo contests.

Okay, now it feels like I made this into an Oscar speech or something, which was not my intention at all. :{

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week.  I am going to have posts ready for you even if it means I have to duct tape myself to my chair. ;)  This lack of organization thing is really getting ridiculous. :}

Talk to you again soon!


Jessie said...

Congratulations on placing in the contest! I know exactly what you mean by not wanting to 'hog all the dolls'... I feel like I can't enter any more of the contests because I won the FDC--it's only fair to let others have the chance to win, right? It's just as fun--if not even more fun ('cause what kind of fun do pressure and deadlines bring, right?)--to just watch the other entrants send in their hard work. Some of the entrants' photos (like yours!!) are just beautiful Congratulations again!

beastsbelle said...

Thanks, Jessie. Congrats on your win as well. I agree, it will be fun to step aside and see what everyone else comes up with for future contests. :)

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you and all the other winners! All of the pictures turned were so cool! I'll have to pop on over to The Doll Wardrobe to look at them all again. :)
Do you know what you want to get with your gift card?

--Kate :)

beastsbelle said...

Thanks, Kate! :) I agree, there were some wonderful entries this time around. :)

I haven't really decided what to get with my gift card yet. A lot will depend on how much I save up between now and next March. ;) I've always wanted to pick out a doll at an actual American Girl place, but even if I save up enough, I don't know whether I'll be able to justify spending that much. If I don't feel comfortable buying a doll, I might get one of the dresses I've been eyeing, like Addy's Blue Dress (formerly Addy's Flower Picking Dress), Kit's Holiday Dress, Ruthie's Holiday Dress, or something else that catches my fancy. ;) I was going to say the Purple Party Outfit, but it appears to be sold out (I can't find it on the American Girl website). :(

I'll be sure to let all of you know once I've spent it. :)

Smith Girls said...

Congratulations! Addy's blue dress is beautiful. The only thing is that it's a little thin, but a petticoat helps. (Mine was the photo with the Gotz Emily wearing that dress)

beastsbelle said...

Thanks, and thanks for the tip, too. I loved your pictures! :) Emily is one of my favorite Gotz dolls, and she looked perfect in that dress. :)

Smith Girls said...

Thank you! Emily was my first doll and has remained my favorite throughout the years. She's been very well loved, too. Her latest problem is silver eye-not sure how I'm going to get that fixed! :-( Anyway, I love the Gotz dolls' faces!

beastsbelle said...

There's always something special about your first doll, isn't there? :)

Sorry to hear about her silver eye. I know there are tutorials and tips for fixing it on (on the forum and message board), but I've never tried it myself. It might be worth looking into, though. :)

I love Gotz doll faces, too. They have such a sweet, innocent expression. :)