Back from Summer Break + PHOTOS

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Hi guys! Today, I’m officially back from summer break. I’m so excited to be consistently blogging again, but I enjoyed taking a short break as well.

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Summer Photos:

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SMORES!! It was SO hard to get a good picture of these. I had around 20 that I deleted, and even this one isn’t great.

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My sleepy sister- XD!

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She loves the little tie- so sweet.

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She decided to pose for me ūüôā

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Now she fell asleep on me…

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My crazy brother posing for me- he’s so silly!

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Comment below if you know what book this is!

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I tried to get some good pictures of our Jamaican cherry tree.

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I don’t know why I like this picture, but I do.

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‚̧¬†B U L L E T¬† ¬†J O U R N A L¬† ¬†P I C S ‚̧

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This post was shorter then normal but hopefully short and sweet.

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I’m launching an email list??

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Hello everyone! Today, I have a surprise that’s not really a surprise if you read the title.

I’m launching an email list!

I finally decided to launch an email list. Yay! Here’s what you will see if you sign up.

Mondays: Weekly Newsletter

This email will contain:

  • Books I’ve been reading + Book Spotlight
  • Posts coming up
  • Goals for this week
  • Spotlight: (Music, Product, etc…)

Fridays: Post Update

This email will contain:

  • Sneak peek of the post + notifies you that new post is up.
  • Behind the scenes of the post that just went up

If you’re interested¬†in the content I will be providing, please sign up for my email list here.

I will be sending the first email on Monday at 1:00 PM EST, so please sign up by then if you would like to see that post. I will also be putting the newsletter every week in the sidebar for easy access.

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Reveiw of Design Pique Studios+New Blog Design!

Hey guys! As you probably know, Mukta recently redesigned my blog. If you haven’t¬† seen it yet because you’ve been reading my posts in your reader or your email¬†or not at all, then come see it! It’s absolutely¬†gorgeous. Mukta took my hard to understand vision and made it into the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen.

Let’s take a look!

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What Mukta did:

  1. Picked a new theme (I love the open, clean layout)
  2. Designed an AMAZING header.
  3. Designed a blog button and post schedule.
  4. Designed headers for all the site pages and sidebar elements.

Check out the site if you haven’t already. I am in LOVE with the design *heart eyes emoji*

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Review Of Design Pique Studios

Design Pique Studios is Mukta’s professional unprofessional business (you’ll see what I mean in a moment).

One thing you must know about Design Pique Studios is that it is an unprofessional business¬†that designs professionally. Mukta’s business¬†is free, but her designs are professional. This may make you think twice, but when you see the designs she’s done (she does book covers too), you’ll fall in love with her company.

Design Pique Studios has designed plenty of blogs and book covers, so naturally, Mukta is very busy. However, she was very kind (even when I disturbed her on vacation… twice) and always found time for our emails. We were able to get the design completed in less than two weeks.

Overall: I love Design Pique Studios and recommend¬†it to you, whoever you are :). It’s very professional, not pricey at all, and easy to do. She makes the process so simple and easy and I really do recommend¬†her.

Check Design Pique Studios out here!

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I also have something extra special for you…

Interview with Mukta

You guys are going to love this. Definititly check¬† out Mukta’s blog and design website.

How long have you been blogging? (also, can you send a link to your blog in the answer?)

I’ve been blogging over at my personal blog,¬†Born Free¬†for four years now! (I know right, sounds like forever ūüėČ )

 

What are your goals for your blog and business?

For my blog, well, my dreams are like anyone else’s. To meet and get to know people who share my interests, and to hope that every step I take is towards improvement. As for my business, it began as an experience for my working in the design field, and by far it has proved to be worth every minute I spend in it.

 

What are some interesting facts about yourself?

Well, I am an excessive sweater no matter what time of the year. I am an INFP-T and a somewhat fitness freak. ūüėõ I can officially not dance if my life depended on it, haha. AND I have both sleepwalked and sleeptalked on some long-gone day in my life, I trust.

 

How did you first get into blogging? 

It began with my dad, actually. I had no idea what a blog was, and my dad started it to post some of my early writings and such, but now it is taken over by me completely and am glad it is so.

 

How would you describe your blogging style?

I would say… all over the place? It doesn’t have a fixed theme, really, so I post anything that I enjoy. The whole purpose of my blog revolves around the idea of preserving what I enjoy, so to say.¬†J

 

What are some tips for beginning bloggers?

Well, I certainly would say that it takes time to get in the groove. Rocky days are normal, not feeling motivated is normal, so if you want to be a blogger, you’ll have to be up for all of it.

 

What is your favorite design tip?

Well, my work motto (the one I just made up a moment ago) is ‘When all else fails, clipping masks are your saviour’. And seriously, if you’re having trouble designing your blog, take it easy- find a font you like, find a texture you like, put the texture on. That works magic, trust me. ūüėČ

 

Did y’all enjoy that? I loved hearing Mukta’s answers!

 

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Whoops//Changes coming up

Hey guys!

First of all, So sorry that I haven’t posted in OVER A MONTH! Seriously, that’s awful! There are a couple changes coming up on the blog, just wanted to let y’all¬†know.

  1. Mutka (https://designpiquestudios.com/) is redesigning my blog! She’s amazing and so easy to work with. I can’t wait to get the new design up. Not sure when we’ll be done, hopefully in the next couple weeks or so.
  2. IDENTITY CRISIS!! Ahh! Okay, I exaggerated a little bit, but I’m not super sure what you guys want to see C & C (my little nickname for this blog) become. That is one of the reasons that I haven’t posted in a while; I’ve had ideas, but I haven’t been sure of what Y’all want to see.

Possible Post Examples:

And now my mind goes blank…

Books I’m reading:¬†Do you guys want to see what I’m reading? Not sure if that would appeal to you, but it wouldn’t be¬†too¬†hard to post; I’ve been reading a LOT lately.¬†

Book Review(s):¬†A couple of books I’ve been reading might be fun to review on here. If you want to see this, let me know!

Writing:¬†I’m in the planning stage of my new novel¬†that doesn’t have a title¬†so if you want to see that journey on here, I could do that.

Modesty/Clothing/Fashion:¬†What do you guys want to see in this category? I could post a couple ideas that I’ve used for myself and maybe you would enjoy that. Not sure, though. ūüôā

Art:¬†Warning: I am NOT an artist.¬†This may not be the best category… LOL. I’m not SO great at art… enough said.

Organization/Minimalism/Downsizing: This has been on my mind a lot, so if you want to see this let me know.

School: Okay, okay, sounds super boring, but maybe you want to see this. IDK

 

What are some of your ideas for what C&C should become? I’d love to know, so comment below.

Christina

Summer Review: ANOTHER Surprise?

 

Welcome to Christina and Camera!

Welcome to the very first post on Christina and Camera! Sadly, I can’t change the URL right now, but I am considering upgrading the site.

 

The tag

 

So, Megan says this is a sort of ‘tag’. Clara did it first, then Allison did, and she did it saying that Clara did it, then Charis did it and said the Clara and Allison did it, then Megan did it, saying that Clara, Allison, and Charis did it.

I’m to lazy to put a bunch of links.¬†

Clara- https://clara-and-co.com/

Allison- https://afarmgirlslife.wordpress.com/

Charis- http://charisrae.com/

Megan-¬†https://abarefootgal.wordpress.com (Did you notice she’s renovating her blog? It looks AWESOME!)

Hannah- https://craftsofallseasons.wordpress.com/

So, I am doing this ‘tag’, and Clara, Allison, Charis, Hannah and Megan have already done it!

 

If you’re confused, read this:

This isn’t really a tag, but I would love to see you do it! Please send a link in the comments!

The post

Wow! It’s taken a while to get here! XD

Sadly, I don’t have photos from the summer, but here are some highlights:

Summer Diaries:¬†I didn’t finish Ava’s diary, but you can check out all of the completed summer diaries here.

I got nominated!¬†I don’t think many of you have seen this post, because so far, only two of the 11 people I selected did it. So… it’s a free for all! Check out the post here, because only 9 people get a chance to do it. Just because it’s free for all doesn’t mean we can exceed the limit of people.

Emma joins the family:¬†This is most definitly a big thing. Emma is such a cutie and I’m so glad that she got to join us this summer.¬†I know it’s October, y’all! But technically, Fall just started two weeks ago, so… Anyways, if you want to see a picture of beautiful Emma, check the post out here.

And the biggest thing-

CHRISTINA AND CAMERA!

I am so, so excited to share with you Christina and Camera. The site is still under construction. Hence the horrible orange site under construction graphic. XD

I have tons of posts planned, and I have another huge surprise for you guys! To celebrate 20 followers, I’m also presenting… The Camera Club. Of course, you don’t have to have a camera to sign up, but since this is Christina and Camera…. It’s the camera club. Basically, the Camera Club will have a sign up form in this post and one on the sidebar. (If I can figure out how.) Anyone can sign up, though you do need to have an email. Those who sign up will get the password to The Camera Club Page, and there we can chat and have fun! I will post contests and other exclusive things to members of the camera club. And here’s another rule. I would really prefer it if you were a follower of me, but I don’t want to exclude anyone, so if you aren’t a follower, you can join. Though, I request that if you are a member of the camera club, you follow me, though it’s not required. ūüôā Hope that wasn’t TOO hard to understand.

 

Thank you so much for reading!

 

Are you excited for the camera club? Talk to me in the comments!

 

 

 

6 months of blogging: HUGE SURPRISE!!!

On March 31, 2017, I clicked the ‘create blog’ button on blogger. My blog was held on blogger for 2 months, but then I switched to WordPress. I have seen people on blogger with Bee-u-tiful blogs! But for a new blogger, WordPress is much easier to use. I’ve met so many friends throughout my 6 months of blogging. And I have 20 followers!! It might not seem like a lot, but for me, it is! I am so grateful to those people who put an encouraging comment, liked one of my posts, and followed!

So yeah…. I have a surprise!

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Okay. No more scrolling.

 

My big surprise is….

Dolls by the Dozen is becoming:

 

Christina and her Camera!

I will be changing the web name and blog button and header, but you will still be a subscriber and it will still be the same site. However, I’ll be posting random photography (not just doll photography), bookish fangirling, and tons of other awesome things! The Dolls will still be here and on the blog often, so… yeah!

 

Are you excited about Christina and her Camera? Talk to me in the comments!

 

 

Meet….

 

  1. Emma
  2. Elena
  3. Erika
  4. Emilia
  5. Elyse
  6. Celeste
  7. Hazel
  8. Michelle
  9. Paige
  10. Cassandra

Those are the names I like! I’ll be revealing her and her name probably on Saturday!

Please comment saying the name you think I should name her. I wish I had a picture, but I don’t have one yet.

 

 

 

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Yay! i finally made my signature!!

Crafting a Doll Spa Basket

Hey guys! Sorry if these images are bad quality, I’m still learning ¬†how to take good photos. If y’all have any tips, PLEASE SHARE. Or a link to the blog post, or someone else who shared how- anything would be awesome! Anyway, I’ve just been really enjoying taking photos and feeling an inspiration to blog a ton lately, so hopefully I’ll be able to do that more. Also, if you guys have any post requests (I ¬†have lots of ideas, but I want you guys to see things you like on here.)

So, since poor Hannah died, just take a minute to cry with me here. 

I got something.

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Look at the web page name, not the reborns. (I used to love reborns and drool over them but i never bought them) 

Y’know, web page name? 14 inch Curly Hair Brown eyes?

i have given away too much!!!!

But, in preparation for¬†Elaine? Evelyn? What should I name her? Something that starts with E¬†This unknown thing. Maybe it’s a 14 inch drawing of something with curly hair and brown eyes. No?¬†WAHH I HAVE NOT SUCCEED IN KEEPING HER A SECRET\

Ahem. Moving on.

No, I’m serious!!!

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So first, you’ll gather everything you’ll be putting in.

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You’ll need a container to put it in. I used a round plastic container.¬†WP_20170919_13_52_23_Pro

I also grabbed a baby washcloth to use as a mini towel. You should be able to find it. Also a small bath washcloth would work.

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I folded it and put it in the basket.WP_20170919_13_52_51_Pro

The next thing I grabbed was a small brush thing. Like a big scrubber for the dolls? WP_20170919_13_53_00_Pro

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I also had a mini travel toothbrush (unused) and a mini toothpaste as well. These you will probably get at your local dentist/orthodontist, so I’m sure you have some around.WP_20170919_13_53_49_Pro

I put a small baby comb in there as well as some hairbands/doll headbands.WP_20170919_13_55_49_Pro

I added a mini floss thing (behind the pocketbac), a mini hand sanitize, and a chap stick thing.

 

Did you like it? I really do!!!

Christina 

(I’m going to make a signoff soon… I promise!!!)

 

 

 

I’ve been nominated!

Thank you so much Ag’s Wondrous World

So, this is what I’m going to do, and what you need to do if I nominate you.

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions and ask 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 people.
  • Let the nominees know.

My nominees are:

Madi at http://delightfulworldofdolls.com/

Light4theLord at http://dollsnall.blogspot.com/

Flo at https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/

Samantha at agdollawesome.wordpress.com

Clara at https://clarascraftcorner.com/

Bella at https://mydolldays.blogspot.com/

Sophie at http://projectagrunway.blogspot.com/

Christian Homeschooler at https://treasuredfriendshipswithaflair.wordpress.com/

Megan at https://abarefootgal.wordpress.com/

American girl Artist at http://smalldollsinabigworld.com/

Rebecake at https://stuffieadventures.wordpress.com/

Congrats y’all! Now I get to answer some questions!

What’s your favorite song/band?

I really like Newsboys and I like the song You are always Good.

What’s your favorite outfit? (For yourself)

Something comfy and cute!

Who’s your favorite doll that you don’t have? (Retired or available)

That’s a hard one. I really love Maryellen, Molly, and Lea. Lea is probably my favorite though.

How long have you been blogging? What’s your favorite kind of post to make? (Photostories, photoshoots, challenges, etc.)

2 months! I really enjoy making the Summer Diary’s¬†.

What’s your favorite movie/book quote?

I love the movie Princess Bride… “As you wish….”

What are some of your hobbies? (Besides blogging)

Babysitting, drawing, reading, and writing. I also love photography even though I’m not awesome.

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?

Y’know, I’m actually not a fan of mythical creatures. What are they anyways?

Which 3 book characters would you like to know?

Nancy Drew, Pollyanna, and Anne Shirley.

What’s your favorite app?

I don’t know. Scripture Typer is an awesome one.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?

1 Peter 1:7

 

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My questions:

  1. What’s your favorite post you’ve ever done on your blog?
  2. What’s your favorite photography tip?
  3. What season is your favorite? (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)
  4. Do you play an instrument? Which one?
  5. Do you like to cook or bake? What’s your favorite thing to make?
  6. What’s your dream doll? (Custom, retired, available, leaked are options)
  7. Where would you like to go if you could go anywhere?
  8. What do you want to do when you grow up?
  9. Do you prefer things you craft or things you save up to buy?
  10. What’s your favorite bible verse?
  11. What’s your favorite school subject?

 

Thanks for nominating me!

@agswondrousworld

 

-Christina

Welcome to DBTD’s new site!

My site used to be over here:¬†https://dollsbythedozen.blogspot.com/, But wordpress had better features, so I decided to move over here! Hope you enjoy. Please check out the link to view our previous posts, as I won’t be moving them over here. I’ll be keeping the basics, like my post schedule, though!