thank you. <3

Hello.

I’m back.

But I’m sorry to say it’s not for long.

Just this one post.

So you can probably tell what’s coming. I’m not going to be posting on this blog anymore. I have had one of the best experiences of my life on this blog, but it’s just not fun anymore. I haven’t been playing much with my dolls either. I’ve found it a struggle to write and do something with my dolls just for this blog. I stressed out about blogging, at the same time stressing out about school. A while ago I realized it was time to stop, and figure something out.

After several conversations with my parents, I decided that it was time to move on. No, I did not grow out of my dolls, I just moved on. ‘Growing out’ implies growing up. But I haven’t grown up. I’m still the same strange and shy teenager that is still trying to hold onto childhood a bit longer.

All I am doing is moving onto a new chapter of my life. This experience is something I hope to never forget, because it has helped me improve and grow immensely. I have learned so much from everything in this AG blogging community.

I am not going to give away my dolls. I will always keep them. They are going to stand up next to my desk, always there if I ever need them. I am not going to be closing this blog. I will not lose the many memories I hold very dear. I would love looking back on my old posts, remembering the happiness I achieved.

Thank you. :)

Thank you readers, for wanting to read my weirdness.

Thank you commenters, for making me smile.

Thank you new friends, for making me so happy, being so kind, and being there for me.

Thank you mother and father, for helping me get through this.

I really don’t know what to say. I just… this whole thing… it makes me feel sad. But, you know, ‘sad is happy for deep people.’

So. I have news, too.

GOOD news.

I am NOT stopping blogging.

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I have a new blog.

It’s a ‘me’ blog. I’ll have no limits to my posts. I’m looking forward to share more fun stuff about me there.

Thanks to my wonderful dad for helping me put it together (even though you managed to destroy and recover this blog in the process).

The blog address? It’s priyakate.com.

I’d love it if you stick with me through this new blog, but I’m not forcing you to. There will most likely not be any AG posts, so I know I’ll lose a lot of you readers. But nevertheless, I want to keep in touch with you all. Email me anytime at priya AT americangirlplayground DOT com and I’d love to hear from you.

I don’t know what else there is to say.

Au revoir (goodbye), I guess.

Or à bientôt (see you soon), for those of you moving along with me.

Once again, THANK YOU. :) The world of blogging and AG and dolls means so much to me.

 

Priya

‘Long live all the magic we made… one day we will be remembered.’ – Taylor Swift

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Hi.

It’s me. Priya.

I know.

Has it really been a month?

It hasn’t felt like a month.

Honestly, I haven’t had a single thought of posting something on here. I’ve had a nice month just focusing on school. And relaxing. Which is something I feel I haven’t done in a while. I think I’ve finally learned how to relax. There’s been so much writing going on school, too, that all of my writing-ness has gone towards that.

But thankfully, school is settling down. I get out of school in about a month. There’s really only three more weeks of actual learning/schoolwork for me, though, since there’s a 4-day school trip during one of the weeks.

I am so happy that school is almost over. I have changed so much over the past year, and I think I finally have realized what I like to do, what I want to do, and how to just relax.

I haven’t been photographing recently, either. Nor playing with my dolls. But same with the school-being-annoying thing. Even when I don’t have a lot of homework, my mind is so busy thinking about a lot of things that I just can’t do anything else. I like a clear mind when I’m writing and photographing. I just want to be happy and relaxed when playing with my dolls. When I do it any other way, it just turns into frustration.

I’ve been avoiding the topic, but I should talk about it. What are my decisions about my blog? I’m just not sure. But I’ll say in no way is my Tumblr taking over this blog.

I think I’m not into AG as much as I used to. I still love my dolls, but not as much as I used to. I don’t think I could keep up a whole blog about them.

Because of this… I’m thinking of changing my blog. So it’s about me. A ME blog. With doll stuff occasionally, when I feel like posting about it. Through this ‘new’ blog, I feel I could write more naturally, writing about what I want, without any boundaries or restrictions.

But again, nothing is certain. I’m going to wait until school and such is over, so I can sit down and think about what I want to do.

I don’t know when I’ll post again.

It might be tomorrow.

It might be in another month.

But I don’t want any of you to have any high expectations of anything for my next post. It might be another post like this one. I might not be ready to make a decision by then.

If you ever want to talk, or say hi, feel free to email me (priya AT americangirlplayground DOT com). I would appreciate it if you didn’t ask about the next time I’ll post, or about my dolls or photography, because I will most likely be stressing about it if people ask. And I stress enough already.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to talk to you soon. I don’t know what I would do without this whole blogging community. :)

Love, Priya <3

“In this moment now, capture it, remember it.” – Taylor Swift, Fearless

An Award Post

Hey! I’m back. Vacation was pretty good.

So I took a lot of photos in the place I went to. Which was…… NEW YORK CITY!!! So yeah, it was fun. I did go to the AGP, but I was only able to go for about 10-15 minutes. Do you guys want me to post some of the photos I took in NYC? Let me know!

Thanks to Mikaela for tagging me!

1. If you could have a flower pen name, what would it be?
Hmmm, I’m not sure. I don’t think the name of any flower would suit me well.

2. What is your favorite Bible verse?
I can’t answer this one since I’m not Christian.

3. Which blogs inspire you most?
Loving Your American Girl Doll, A Dancer’s Pointe, My Thoughtful Spot, and American Girl Studios.

4. If you and your friends could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I don’t know about my friends, but I would want to go to England and France.

5. Award 5 blogs.
1. A Dancer’s Pointe
2. American Girl Studios
3. My Thoughtful Spot
4. My American Girl’s Story
5. Uhhh…. anyone else who wants to do this tag!!

Congrats to you girls!! :)

Now, I have something important to bring up. So, lately, I haven’t been playing much with my dolls. I have been dressing them up occasionally, but that’s pretty much it. I don’t have the inspiration to take pictures of them, make videos with them, or even play with them! I am desperate for inspiration to get back into playing with them, but I am really stuck. Maybe after school settles down I will get some, but I’m not sure.

Also, I’ve had a hard time writing on this blog recently. It used to feel natural just to write and post things. But now, I have to think a lot about everything I write and post here. Instead of looking forward to posting, I think, “Oh, it’s been a week since my last post, I should post again.” I think that I should post, even if I don’t want to. Which is completely wrong. I have to remind myself I’m not blogging for you, I’m blogging for me. If I’m not enjoying it, it’s not worth it.  I have two ideas to resolve this problem: 1, I take a break from this blog until I feel like wanting to post again. Or 2, changing my blog so that it will be AG and non-AG, so I’m not restricted to just posting about my dolls and AG.

I just don’t know what to do… I will think about this and then come back and let you all know my decision. But I never, ever, want to stop blogging permanently.

However, I have been having fun posting a lot on my Tumblr blog, so you could check that out.

Thanks for reading.

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An Important Update

Hi all! I’m back with a new post for you all.

It feels like forever since I’ve last posted, even though it’s been only a week or so. And to be honest, I…. really haven’t played with my dolls or taken any photos in the past couple of weeks. I’ve had a lot going on at school, so I’ve had to put all of my thinking power into that.

But now, it’s spring break! Later today I am going to be traveling, and I won’t be back on my computer until Thursday or so. I’m probably not going to post immediately when I get back, just because I do have a lot of homework I need to get to. Just so I don’t have a lot of things to check when I get back, please try to send me as few emails as possible. :)

Also, I am definitely bringing my camera with me, so I’ll probably post some photos I took sometime afterward.

Alright, so I guess that’s it! Sorry for such a short (and boring) post. I really need more post ideas….. Maybe if I did some non-AG posts I would have ideas…? Would any of you be interested in a few non-AG posts (like some Doctor Who posts) now and then?

Just because I want some pictures to be in this post, here are some really cool pictures from recent Doctor Who episodes (from Google).

Sorry again for such a terrible post… I just wanted to let you all know that I’m traveling this week. :)

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Two Year Blogoversary Contest RESULTS!

Hi everyone! I finally have the contest results for you. :) Sorry for the long wait! In no particular order, here are all the entries I received:

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Asmita’s Entry

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Nina’s Entry

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Alyssa’s Entry

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Yan Li’s Entry

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Maddie’s Entry

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Mikayla’s Entry

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Paris’ Entry

Now, to reveal the winners! :)

1st place goes to………………………………………………..

ALYSSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats Alyssa! Your entry is beautiful, amazing, and definitely inspiring!! You win the Bears Sew & Stuff Kit, a doll-sized poster, and an online award. Please email me ASAP with your address so I can send you your prizes!

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2nd place goes to………………………………………………

YAN LI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats Yan Li! I love how you made a collage of AG pictures. I agree, AG inspires me too. :) You win a doll-sized poster and an online award. Please email me ASAP with your address!

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Here’s a participant award for everyone!

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Thanks again!! And remember to email me at priya AT americangirlplayground DOT com if you won. :)

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11 Days of Dollie Who: Day 11!

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I can’t wait until tomorrow- it’s when The Bells of Saint John comes out!!! :) Here are three of the official pictures that were released:

Now, here are some really cool edited AG/DW pics for you!! I came across this awesome setting on PicMonkey, and I just went all out and used it on a bunch of pictures. :)

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So! I hope you enjoyed these photos. I am sooo excited to have found this setting!!! I am definitely going to be using it more in the future.

I hope you all have a good Easter, if you celebrate it! I don’t religiously celebrate it, but my family is getting together to decorate eggs.

Are any of you watching The Bells of Saint John tomorrow? If you are, I’d love to know!

Overall, I think Dollie Who was an okay post series… Some of the posts were actually good.

I went outside and did a little photoshoot with Rebecca…. maybe that’ll be up soon? Oh, and I’m almost done with the contest results, too.

Talk to you all later!

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11 Days of Dollie Who: Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 everyone!! Only one more day left! :)

For today’s post I’m going to share with you some new photos I’ve taken. Rebecca gave decided to give her Doctor-y clothes to Penelope, who’s the most excited for the big premiere (she’s the biggest Whovian in the family, though all the dolls like the show), so I took some pictures of her in her new clothes, and of a Doctor Who magazine cover.

(Please note, these aren’t quite the best photos I’ve taken, since I just took them tonight.)

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For those of you who didn’t know, Entertainment Weekly’s newest magazine has two Doctor Who themed covers. My mom bought one of them, and, after reading the Doctor Who article, I put the cover up on my bulletin board. Penny wanted to pose with it for a couple of photos.

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Thanks for reading! Penny and I are excited to watch The Bells of Saint John together on Saturday while eating fish fingers and custard. :)

See you guys tomorrow, for the last Dollie Who post!

Maybe sometime after that I’ll post Easter photos.

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11 Days of Dollie Who: Day 9

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Argh!!!! Yet again I have missed another post. :( I am so sorry everyone!! Yesterday was Passover and my family and I were celebrating it. I hope I won’t miss Days 10 and 11!!

Anyways, today’s post is only going to include one thing, which is both AG and DW.

It’s an edited photo I made inspired by the picture below (which is from the official Doctor Who Tumblr page). :)

Now, here’s mine!

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The quote is from the most recent Doctor Who episode (The Snowmen).

I hope you like it!

Only three days left (until the premiere of the new episode) !!!!!!! :D :D

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11 Days of Dollie Who: Day 7

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I am so so so SO sorry for missing Day 6 yesterday!!!!!! I had a pretty busy day and wasn’t feeling too well at times. So, I’m just going to skip Day 6 and keep moving right along.

Today’s video clip is one of the most hilarious moments from The Eleventh Hour, the first episode that Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) stars in. After he regenerates from David Tennant to Matt Smith, he meets Amelia Pond, and he gets her to make him all sorts of food, but he can’t figure out what he likes (“new mouth, new rules”).

Guess what?! Today is Penelope’s birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve had her for three years now. :D Here are some old pictures of her I found in iPhoto.

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Here’s a random Doctor Who edited picture of Penelope, just to relate it to Dollie Who a bit. :) It’s like a picture from a comic, sorta.

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A Weeping Angel is an alien that can only move when no one is looking at it, so Penelope is staring hard at it so it won’t move. If she even blinks, it could be right in front of her in an instant.

The Silence are aliens that can only be remembered while they are being looked at. Penelope drew tally marks on her face so that when she looked away from one, she could see the tally mark in her face (by looking in a mirror) and know that she saw one.

Out of all my dolls I think Penelope is the super-Whovian (like me), though all my dolls like to watch it.

I hope this was a better post than the last one! :)

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11 Days of Dollie Who: Day 5

Before I start off today’s post, I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who entered my photo contest!! I got about 7 entries. Hopefully I’ll have to results up in a week or two for you all! :)

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Today’s video clip is the PREQUEL for THE BELLS OF SAINT JOHN!!!!! (That’s the new episode coming out next week.) :D

I’m afraid that’s it for today; no AG elements. I think I’ve run out of ideas for the moment. Hopefully by tomorrow I can think of some good ideas for posts! :)

Oh, and this is my 300th post!!!!!!! :D :D I can’t believe it!!!!

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