The Beauty of the Earth

It has been rainy and cold for what seems like a long time, but now we are in the full bloom of spring – one of Felicity’s favorite seasons! Lissie decided to head outside and smell the little lilac bush I planted outside my house three years ago. There are so many more flowers on it than when Felicity had visited it last.

 “Oh my!” Felicity exclaimed, “It’s so huge now!”

 “Yes,” I agree, “you won’t be able to stand on the ground like you did before.”

 “I love how the blossoms are kind of two toned colors; light purple and white.”

 “They’re really pretty, aren’t they?” I nod, “I remember being so disappointed when I first bought it because I expected it to be dark purple like the most common lilac bushes. The tag’s picture showed the dark purple, however the bush itself wasn’t. But I’ve grown to really love the flowers from this bush.”

 “Oh my goodness! They smell so good!” Felicity took a deep breath.

 “Their scent is so strong, I can smell them all the way down the alley!”

“Every time I view the wonders of God’s creation in the springtime I often think of this hymn;

‘For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies,

for the love, which from our birth, over and around us lies,

Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this our joyful hymn, our hymn of praise.'”

Praise the Lord for springtime and flowers!

-Heather

ps. I’m writing this on Mother’s Day, so happy Mother’s day to mother who might be reading this!! God’s blessings!

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Doll Hairstyles (or at least, my attempts at them!)

Even though it’s been more than a month since I saw the musical, Hamilton, I have still been on a Hamilton high. Ha! I’ve actually been on a Hamilton high since I started listening to it way back in September, but it has escalated so much that I decided to memorize the entire musical! Yes! Every single word! I know, I’m a completely insane nut! But, it’s been super fun, and I’m actually finished!!  Yes! I can say every single word from the musical! I still need to work on getting some songs faster but at least I can spit it all out. One of the ways I ‘study’ Hamilton is by doing something mindless, like doll hair. I am not AT ALL even close to the talent that so many of you bloggers can do with doll hair. Jessica over at americangirlfan JUST posted a stunning tutorial on a circle braid. I tried it and there’s no way I can get it to look so perfect. Madison over at delightfulworldofdolls also does incredible things with her dolls hair and there are so many more of you who do the same!

I use books to do doll hair. My favorite book, DIY Braids is what I used the most for this post. I can’t do any of it on my own hair, I could probably do it on another human’s hair but I’ve only actually done that once! I use the book all the time for my dolls. The other book I used for this post is the American Girl doll hair book. So, for the past couple weeks, I did the opposite of how I normally dress/get my dolls ready. Normally, I decide what doll I want to play with, then what clothes she’ll wear, and finally what hairstyle she’ll look good in for whatever story/scene I’m setting up. For this post, I picked a hairstyle I wanted to do from the book first, decided what clothes might look good with it, and then chose the doll who would wear it! It was different but a really fun way of playing with my dolls that I will probably continue to use.

 The simplest and easiest is actually something I do with my own hair – make a loose pony tail, make a hole just above the hair tie, and flip the pony through – and you’ve got a pony-tail flip! Here’s Miranda with the ‘do:

 I did a double ponytail flip on Ashleigh and it almost looks like a fancy fishtail braid but it’s not!

 Suki’s hairstyle is easy but time consuming. It’s a ponytail veil. You make 3-4 ponies at the top of the head, split each pony in half and combine them together with elastic. I could have kept going, splitting the ponies but I stopped after 3.

 Lea’s is also super easy: just twist, add more hair, twist again, repeat, and clip it.

 Kaya’s is actually a normal braid, except instead of using three equal strands of hair, I used one thick strand and two very thin strands and braided them together to get this different look:

 Kirsten’s hair looks fancy but it’s really just two braids wrapped around her head. I did not divide the hair evenly in the back, instead I made a side part so more of the braid could wrap around her entire head.

 Getting a little more complicated with Nicki, this is an under-sided (in other words, the braid is braided upside down) Dutch French braid.

 Amy’s ‘do is just a normal French braid.

 Julia’s French braid is a little variation of a French braid. You make it on the side, and instead of adding hair to every strand you cross over, you only do it to one side. I find it’s actually easier to do than a regular French braid because of that.

 Tanya’s is the same as Juila’s but this time I added strands from the front instead of the back of her head.

 Raven’s hair looks like a French braid but it’s called a skeleton braid because you make it really loose so you can see the holes in between the added strands.

 I am so bad at making corn rows. Here’s my attempt on Melody. I was at a market in France one time and I got to watch someone make corn rows on a little girl’s head. I could not believe how fast her fingers moved and how quickly she did it, and so tight too! I thought about getting my hair done that way, but blond haired people look terrible with corn rows!

 I did a four stranded braid on Kanani! It looks like her hair is about to become a basket! You even weave the hair like you would a basket too! The tricky part of a four stranded braid is holding all the strands in between your fingers.

 One of my favorite braids is a fishtail braid and I think it goes so well with Emma’s Celtic outfit.

 This is my first attempt at a French fishtail braid. Lauryn and I think it turned out rather well!

 There are different ways to do rope braids. I think the most common is to take two strands and twist them. But with Rose’s hair, I used three strands, twisting the actual hair the opposite way I twist the strands together, if that makes any sense. Doing that makes it look much tighter than if you just use two strands.

 I saved Jessica for last. She is wearing my very favorite hairstyle, and I’m still not good at doing it! Everyone says it’s easy, but I always have such a hard time with it! A waterfall French braid!

 I still need to practice more to get it even better, but this attempt isn’t too bad.

What are some of your favorite hairstyles?

‘Til next time!

-Heather

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I Know that My Redeemer Lives!

Happy Easter everyone!

Christ is Risen!!

He is risen indeed!

Alleluia!

I know that my Redeemer lives!

What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!

He lives triumphant from the grave;

He lives eternally to save;

He lives all-glorious in the sky;

He lives exalted there on high.

He lives to bless me with His love;

He lives to plead for me above;

He lives my hungry soul to feed;

He lives to help in time of need.

He lives to grant me rich supply;

He lives to guide me with His eye;

He lives to comfort me when faint;

He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears;

He lives to wipe away my tears;

He lives to calm my troubled heart;

He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;

He lives and loves me to the end;

He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;

He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

He lives and grants me daily breath;

He lives, and I shall conquer death;

He lives my mansion to prepare;

He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to His name!

He lives, my Jesus, still the same;

Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:

I know that my Redeemer lives!

Happy Easter everyone!!! My dolls had a great time dressing in their Easter dresses and having Easter brunch and singing Samuel Medley’s I Know That My Redeemer Lives.

I know I’ve been neglecting my doll blog lately and will continue to only post every so often but I haven’t stopped playing with my dolls, I’m just busy with other things and other people.  Thanks for understanding.

-Heather

 

 

 

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