Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Great Pumpkin Showdown! Part 2

"Welcome one and all! Prepare to be AMAZED at the level of creativity you are about to witness!!!" Ivy announced loudly.
"Ivy? Who are you talking to?" Emily asked.
"The AUDIENCE! Or, rather, the imaginary audience," Ivy explained. "And now! First up is Jessica's pumpkin!"

"This is my pumpkin Edna!" Jessica announced proudly. She stood up and walked over to Ivy.

"Ummm... Edna? Why Edna? It's YOU in pumpkin form!" Ivy was bemused, losing her game show voice.
"What I prefer to ask myself is not 'why'--- but 'why not?'" Jessica said. "Besides, I had to call her Edna! It was the first thing in my mind when I saw her... Such a beautiful sight..." Jessica trailed off.
"Uh, OK! Thank you, Jessica!!" Ivy resumed her announcer's voice.

"Umm... Excuse me..." Jessica grabbed her pumpkin's popcorn bowl and walked off.

"Oooh! Me next!" Jess eagerly said. "My pumpkin doesn't have a name unfortunately, but it looks just like me when I'm onstage performing!"

"My! This is impressive! Are those eyelashes??" Ivy asked.
Jess grinned. "Yes, they are!"
"Well, well! Great job, Jess!"

Ivy walked over to Samantha's pumpkin next.
"Well, Samantha! Tell me about your pumpkin!" Ivy was overly exuberant.
"Sure! My pumpkin is dressed up like me when I go birdwatching. I bring Jip with me whenever I go birdwatching (he's a wonderful birdwatcher), so I included him in my display. I tried to make my pumpkin's 'hair' curly just like my real hair, and I attempted to give my pumpkin bangs as well," Samantha explained.

 "This is wonderful, Samantha! I think that Jip thinks that it's wonderful too," Ivy said as she noticed Jip sniffing the pumpkin's face.
"And last, but certainly not least, Miss Emily! Give me the 'low-down' on your pumpkin, Em!" Ivy said.
Emily cleared her throat, "Well, my pumpkin is a very accurate representation of myself for several reasons- but I don't think I have time to mention them all..."

 "NO you do NOT! But I do see the resemblance!" Ivy said. "Great job, Emily!"

"Well, ladies, this has been wonderful! You have all made some incredible pumpkins, but there can only be one winner," Ivy said.

"I am now going to retire into my study, to decide who the winner will be!" Ivy dramatically announced. Then she swaggered out of the room, and entered her bedroom.

The four girls stayed in the living room to wait for Ivy's decision.
"Oh goodness, that girl is a nut!" Jess said, talking about Ivy's dramatic exit.
"I wonder whose pumpkin she thought was the best?" Emily pondered.
"I don't know, but we should know soon," Samantha said.
Jessica ate some popcorn, and starred at it. Then she said, "You do all know that Edna is the best, right?"
Now, here is your part! You are going to vote on whose pumpkin you think is the most accurate representation of the doll that made it, (or it's just plain your favorite) and the pumpkin with the most votes will be named the winner. I won't be publishing your comments until after the contest is over, that way the winner is a surprise to everyone. I will read your comments however, so don't worry about your vote not counting just because it isn't published.
Here are the close-ups of the pumpkins with some descriptions-

Jessica's Pumpkin "Edna."
Edna is dressed for karate, complete with a black belt. Edna's hair is pulled into a ponytail, she has green eyes just like Jessica, and a most important snack sits beside her.

Jess's Pumpkin-
Jess's pumpkin includes her favorite colors, eyelashes, lips, brown eyes, and black hair. A Rachel Lampa CD- which is actually one of Jess's CD's- sits with the pumpkin.
Samantha's Pumpkin-
This is Samantha out birdwatching. She has her binoculars, bird ID cards, and her faithful dog Jip. And as Samantha mentioned, her pumpkin's hair is curly, with bangs.

Emily's Pumpkin-
Emily's pumpkin has red hair (although it is very red), blue eyes, and a smile on its face. Emily loves polka dots, cardigans, and headbands, so this is a perfect example of her style. The pumpkin also has Emily's scrapbook and dog tags with it.
Don't forget to vote! The voting will last the rest of the week, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, so get your votes in before then. I know that the winner is a long way off, but I don't think that I will have the time to post the winner any sooner.
If you don't know the personalities of my dolls yet, then I would suggest visting the "Meet My Dolls" page, and reading previous posts. Good luck to all of the pumpkins!
XOXO Ginger Spice

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Great Pumpkin Showdown! Part 1

"OK, so Ivy leaves us all a note telling us to come here to the living room after dinner, and then she doesn't even turn on a light. What does that girl have up her sleeve this time?" Jess asked.
"I don't know! But I seriously wish that I could see," Samantha responded.

"Your wish is my command!!" came a voice in the dark. Suddenly the lights came on, revealing Ivy, looking very excited.
"Oh, good, light!" Emily said.
"OK, so why did you call us all together like this?" Samantha asked.

"Because! You four are now entering the GREAT PUMPKIN SHOWDOWN!!!" Ivy loudly announced like a game show host. "Each of you will receive a giant pumpkin to decorate. The challenge is to make it look like you! There are supplies here that you can use to get started, but you can use ANYTHING else in the house to decorate your pumpkin!!!"
"Can I use someone else's pumpkin to decorate my pumpkin?" Jessica asked.
"No, you cannot use someone else's pumpkin to decorate your own pumpkin," Ivy explained.
"But you said..." Jessica started.
"ANYWAY! Are you in, or OUT???" Ivy asked.

The four girls looked at each other. Then Samantha stepped up.

"This sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun!" she declared. "I can't wait to decorate my pumpkin!"

"Yeah, me too! I'm totally in!" Jess decided.

"Yes, I am in as well. This is so exciting!" Emily said.

"Jessica, what about you?" Ivy asked, still sounding like an announcer.

"Hmmmm... Will there be popcorn?" Jessica queried.

Ivy sighed. "Yes, Jessica, there can be popcorn if you want," Ivy lost her announcer's voice.

"Yay! Then I'm gonna do it too!!" Jessica celebrated.

"Alrighty then, ladies!" Ivy resumed her game show host impression. "You will have one hour to complete your pumpkin creations. I will be the judge, and whoever's pumpkin represents it's designer the best, that girl will win this special blue ribbon!"
"OK!" everyone but Jessica shouted. Jessica was rather... Preoccupied at the time.
"Good luck everyone! I'm so going to beat all of you!" Jess laughingly taunted.
"Oh ho! No, it is I who will beat you!" Samantha quipped.
"We will see about that!" Emily joked.

"Mmm... Popcorn..." Jessica stared.

"Counting down!" Ivy picked up some pom-poms and lifted them into the air.
"Three... Two... One!"

"GOOOOOO!!!!" Ivy yelled as she flung the pom-poms down.
The race was on!
Oooohhh... I can't wait to see all of the girl's pumpkins! And guess what? You (not Ivy) are going to be deciding whose pumpkin is the best (sorry, Ivy...)! So stay tuned for the revelation of the pumpkins.

XOXO Ginger Spice

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Quick Update

Today I added Emily and Ivy onto the Meet My Dolls page. Check out their bios and leave me a comment on which doll on the page you either like the best, or are the most like. I have more dolls that I will continue to add onto the page, but the five girls on the page currently are all of my American Girl dolls. I'm planning on making a photo story tomorrow, but for today, enjoy getting to know Emily and Ivy!
XOXO Ginger Spice

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ivy and Emily's Trip to Sea World

Ivy Ling was ready. She had been ready for this day for a long time- the day that she and Emily would go to Sea World together! She had planned out her outfit days in advance so that she would stay cool during the warm day, she had slathered up in sunscreen, and she was now beyond ready to experience this grand adventure with one of her best friends.
"Emily! Are you ready? I want to get going!" Ivy called.
"Yes, I'm ready now, Ivy," Emily came out of her bedroom dressed in a skirt, with a sweater wrapped around her shoulders. She looked very nice, but she didn't look like she was ready for a long, active day at an amusement park!
"Um, OK... It's just that, well, your outfit isn't exactly what I thought you would wear to a day at Sea World. We're going to be walking a lot! And why are you bringing a sweater? It's going to be blazing hot!" Ivy said.
"I'm bringing a sweater in case the weather should take a sudden turn onto the cold side. It never hurts to be prepared. And don't worry about my outfit, Ivy. I am perfectly comfortable," Emily calmly replied.

"OK, fine. Well, if you're sure that you're ready, then let's go!" Ivy walked out the door, Emily following behind.

Once they had arrived at the park, they stopped in front of the big wave that stretched across the entryway to the park.
"Ooo, this is the perfect backdrop for our very first photo. Let's take a picture here!" Emily suggested.
"OK, but let's make it quick, so that we can actually go and experience the park!" Ivy urged.
Emily asked one of her fellow park-goers if they wouldn't mind taking a picture for her, and they said they would gladly take a photo. Ivy and Emily stood next to each other underneath the wave and posed.
"Thank you!" Emily took her camera back.
"Ooo goody! Let's go on that new roller coaster! Manta sounds like it's going to be fun!" Ivy pointed to the ride in the distance.
"Uh, well, I'm not much of a roller coaster person..." Emily's heart started to race a little.
"Oh, don't worry. Look at how smooth the coaster's cars are moving! It isn't going to be a big ride-- just fun!" Ivy persuaded.

"Well, if you're sure that it isn't a big ride, then let's do it," Emily plucked up her courage.

Ivy wrapped her arm around Emily's shoulder. "Don't worry, this is going to be fun!"

When they had finished the ride, their coaster car pulled up into the station.
"Woohoo!!! That was awesome!" Ivy exclaimed, her arms still up in the air.
Emily's throat hurt from her non-stop screaming, her heart was still pounding, and her headband had been knocked askew by the force of the ride.
 "That. Was. Not. FUN!" Emily declared.
Ivy still had her arms up. She saw the awful look on her friend's face and said, "I'm sorry that you didn't like it. How about you choose what we do next?"
Emily gave a small smile. "Alright."
"This is should be fun!" Emily said joyfully as she sat in the bleachers of the stadium.
Ivy sat next to her. "So, what exactly is this?"
"It's the dolphin show," Emily explained. "The only thrills that we should be getting from this is from watching the dolphins jump in the air."
Ivy looked at Emily, slightly disappointed. She wanted to do something that was exciting! Ivy pointed out to the front of the stadium. "What about if we sit up near the front, in the splash zone? That would make this more fun!"
Emily said, "No, Ivy. I don't want to get wet; this is a nice skirt!"

Emily pushed Ivy's pointing hand down.

"Oh! The show is starting! I'd better get my camera ready!" Emily grabbed her camera, ready to snap a photo at a moment's notice.
Ivy sat through the show, wishing that she could get splashed by the dolphin's tails, like the people in the front rows, while Emily snapped picture after picture of the show.

After the show was over, Emily and Ivy got out of their seats and proceeded to leave the stadium.
"That was amazing! The dolphins were so beautiful!" Emily gushed.
"Yeah, but I bet we could have seen them better from the front row..." Ivy muttered to herself.

"Oh! Let's go see the dolphin exhibit!" Emily suggested.
"OK," Ivy agreed.
Once they found the exhibit, they looked through the glass into the water. The water was so blue, and it reflected its color onto the pair.
"Do you see any dolphins?" Emily asked Ivy.
"No... Maybe they aren't here right now," Ivy hypothesized.
"Oh! There's one!" Emily pointed at the cute dolphin.
"Nice. They're really cool looking," Ivy saw.

After Ivy had discovered just how cool the animals looked up close, she didn't complain about looking at the other Sea World critters. Emily and Ivy discovered the arctic seal next. They both thought that it was absolutely adorable.

Then they ate lunch at the Shamu restaurant, where none other than Shamu himself was eating his own lunch- in the aquarium, of course.

After lunch, the girls decided to visit one last animal before going home.
"I love polar bears. I'm so excited that Sea World actually has one here!" Emily was delighted.
"Yeah, I think it should be pretty cool!" Ivy agreed.
"I noticed a sign that said this wall is actually solid ice. Let's touch it!," Emily said.
"Alright, but it's probably not all that cold," Ivy doubted.

The girls leaned in to touch the ice wall and found that...

"It's COLD!!!" Ivy and Emily squealed.
"Not only is the wall cold, but this entire exhibit is cold! I'm glad I brought my sweater," Emily grinned.
Ivy shivered.

The polar bear was by far Emily's favorite animal of the day. Ivy still preferred the dolphins.

The girls decided to leave the park, since it was starting to get darker out.
As they started walking, Emily said, "Hey, Ivy..."

"Yeah?" Ivy responded.

"I just wanted to say thank you for taking me on that roller coaster. I've never done anything like that before. Yes, it was scary at the time, but now, it's going to be a wonderful memory for me. So thank you," Emily said.

Ivy smiled and said, "Oh, it was nothing. And... Well, thanks for forcing me to see the dolphin show. I found out that I actually like dolphins... A lot! They're my favorite animal now. So, yeah, thanks to you too!"
"Looks like we both had a fantastic day!" Emily beamed.
"Yeah. And it wouldn't have been nearly as fantastic without you there," Ivy said.
"I agree. Only, about you," giggled Emily.

The two friends wrapped their arms around each other and walked home.

I hope that you enjoyed this photo story. It was a lot of work (and also a lot of fun) trying to make the sets and environments for the dolls to pose in. This story was inspired by my trip to Sea World, and while this story certainly doesn't capture everything that I did that day, it does capture the fun that I had. When was the last time you went to Sea World?
XOXO Ginger Spice