Wow…that was a lot longer that “a bit.” 😉 Sorry about that! I’ve really missed reading all of your blogs while I was away, too. 🙂
Well…as you’re about to read, things have changed a bit and long story short, I won’t be posting on this blog anymore….BUT I will be posting my doll stuff in another place very soon, just with a new focus. 🙂
To give a quick update on what happened while I was gone, I finished the anatomy class with an A (thanks to lots of gum, coffee, and my amazing family)! 🙂 I took some time over the next month for family stuff and the things that I’ll talk about later, but then something truly crazy happened…
…my family and I drove a total of 44 hours (round trip) to Iowa! We found out that our all-time favorite band (from Ireland) was playing at an Irish heritage festival there, and since they only tour the US like once every 3 years, we actually drove there, and it was amazing! My family has a mix of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry (in case you couldn’t guess by my crazy red mane 😉 ), so this also turned into a super cool vacation in an area of our lives that my family has never gotten to explore before. I petted some really sweet (but HUGE) Irish wolfhounds, ate some incredible Irish food, saw a LOT of people in kilts, and best of all, met my favorite band EVER. You know, besides the fictional ones. 😉 I actually got to meet and talk to the band members after each of the three concerts they played at the festival, which was something I’ve been dreaming of since I was literally a little girl! They were so sweet, and they even played one of their new songs that’s (coincidentally) called “Grace” for me at one of the concerts…so yeah, I was literally melting onto the floor. 😉 It’s not an exaggeration to say that my facial muscles hurt after that weekend because I smiled CONSTANTLY. 😉
Even though I haven’t been posting during this time, I’ve been doing a lot of planning and behind the scenes work, and I have to say that it’s been refreshing to take a break, although I’ve missed you all loads! Big thanks to those of you who wrote me to ask if I was okay, too! I love you all so much! 🙂
….but this brings me to the bittersweet part. I’ve written and re-written this more times than I can count, but here goes.
Let me start by saying that I’ve LOVED every moment on this blog. You all are the most amazing, supportive followers I could have ever asked for, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the happiness and joy that you all have given me over the past two years. 🙂
However, things are in the process of changing (in a good way) in my life right now. I’m in high school now, but I’ve been “dual-enrolling” at our local college for the past several years (taking two college classes a semester). I started there when I was 13, and this fall they’re letting me take a full load of 5 classes. I’m actually starting on the prerequisites for their nursing program (it sounds awesome, but I can’t start officially till I’m 18), and I can’t wait!
But…I don’t think I’ll have time for blogging. That anatomy class I mentioned that I took earlier this summer was great (only 8 weeks!) but CRAZY. As in, an-exam-and-lab-practical-every-week crazy, since it was condensed into half the normal time. Even though I’ve taken up to three classes a semester before, I honestly don’t think I would be able to fit in blogging from this fall onward with a full load, since I was unable to do any hobby stuff with even this one crazy class.
However, the story doesn’t end there. I’m definitely NOT giving up crafting and sewing…it’s been a huge part of my life since I could walk! 😉 Here’s the other part…remember how I mentioned I want to go into nursing school? Well, specifically, I want to go into pediatric nursing. See, ever since I started my business entertaining at kids’ birthday parties as characters like Elsa and Anna, I realized that I have a huge enthusiasm for building up kids. By “building up”, I mean encouraging them and giving them confidence. Sometimes when I hug a little girl, take a picture with her, and autograph her Elsa notebook at a party I’m working, I can tell that maybe she’s never gotten to eagerly tell anybody about how her Elsa doll is her favorite, or how she really wants to get some sparkly shoes like mine. I was lucky enough to have a mom and dad who homeschooled me, and siblings that were happy to play imaginative games with me and listen to what I had to say, but many kids don’t get that kind of attention.
The My Little Pony camp that I was able to run last year through 4-H narrowed my focus. It’s not hard to see that today’s world is riddled with eating disorders and low self esteem in girls, and building them up with confidence and joy before they hit those teenage years is something that I was blessed with the opportunity to confront with my camp. I saw thirteen girls between the ages of 5 and 10 walk into camp shy and nervous to participate. By the last day, they and the teenage camp counselors were complimenting each other and helping each other during crafts, and I couldn’t imagine a better outcome than the one I saw when those little ones waltzed out of camp with their heads held high with confidence! 🙂
What I’m leading up to saying is that I’m shifting audiences. Adult collectors and older kid collectors are awesome, too, but I really want to start creating media that younger kids will enjoy, and that I can maybe, eventually, incorporate some self-esteem building material into. See, there have been a lot of times that I start to write something or film something for this blog, but end up thinking that it’s too baby-ish or not professional enough. I have a lot of ideas for silly little videos that don’t have a super clever storyline, but they make me laugh and remind me fondly of the games that my siblings and I played…and maybe, just maybe, other kids will want to watch, too.
And that leads me to the final part of this story…YouTube. Since I got my new camera back in the winter, I’ve been experimenting with video in addition to photos. I have to say, I’m liking video more and more. I recently uncovered my ancient green screen, and I’ve tried some stuff that I never thought I was capable of, like actual on screen tutorials and doll webisodes with complex backdrops that I don’t need to print and fiddle with! To tell you the truth, it’s getting quicker and way more enjoyable for me than photos…enough that I think I can do it even with a full load of classes, especially by filming lots of them while I have free time now and then editing and posting them later. It also gives me a chance to exercise my voice acting skills, which is a hobby I hope to expand on in the future.
I’m not expecting to make it big on YouTube…heavens, no! But I am having an absolute ball making videos that I would have loved watching when I was a kid.
I’m also not expecting a ton of you guys to follow me over there….I know it’s really different than what I’ve done before, so it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to. 🙂
I’m also rebranding myself…I don’t really want to use a name with the word “doll” in the title, since I’ve expanded to other topics, too, like DIY costumes, makeup tutorials, cooking tutorials, and sewing tutorials. (In fact, I just put the final editing touches on the first costume tutorial the other day…of Princess Courtney from Barbie: Rock ‘n Royals, and it was a BALL! 😀 ) I just wouldn’t feel right posting a ton of that stuff over here when the title promises doll stuff! Plus, like I said earlier, a lot of it is aimed at younger kids.
Whew. 😉 With all of that out of the way, I present to you the new me…Gracie Glitterton!
I’ve already uploaded a tutorial video over there, and my new uploading schedule is each Saturday. Urban Princesses will continue, and I’ll be reposting the pilot episode there too, but I’m also introducing a new series called The Time Team. Something I’ve never mentioned here on the blog before is that I love historic stuff…Colonial Williamsburg is my favorite place EVER, and I almost have more historic costumes than I do Disney Princess ones! 🙂
Over on the YT channel, I’ll be posting The Time Team series, about three teenage girls taking care of their aunt’s antique shop for the summer, where they discover a key that whisks them back in time. The only problem is…all over history, things are getting mixed up, and the girls have to fix them! In this first series of episodes, the girls must help Paul Revere make his midnight ride to warn the patriots of the British invasion on Lexington and Concord, and help the Revolution. I’m hoping to bring in my other favorite time periods over the course of the series, including the Jane Austen Era (approx. 1800’s England), the Little House On the Prairie Era (1880’s America), and the 1940’s. Even though it might sound like a history class, I’m trying to throw in a good dose of humor and period fashion montages, so hopefully it’ll be fun! 🙂 I’m also starting a video series called The Glitterton Network, which is basically a doll talk show, with interviews and such. 🙂 To top it off, I’m starting some tutorials for crafts for humans and dolls, AND some easy costume tutorials that adults and kids can both make. (To be perfectly honest, though, I just want an excuse to get all dressed up 😉 )
OH! And, I’ve got a new Instagram, if you’d like to follow me…it’s @gracieglitterton. 🙂
So………….I realize that was a lot of unexpected news at once, and a lot more personal stuff than I usually share, but I wanted to fill you guys in because it isn’t like some catastrophic thing is happening that is causing me to quit blogging…it’s more like I’m shifting focus. 🙂
From the bottom of my heart, I thank every single reader and follower…you guys are amazing! Like I said earlier, I realize that you may not want to follow me over on the new channel, since it is pretty different, but I’m putting it out there. I have no idea where my career will go from here…it’s all up to God, but I hope and pray that it will involve impacting kids in a positive way, whether through nursing or otherwise. This YouTube channel is a start in that direction, and we’ll see where it goes.
I could say so many wonderful things about how much fun I’ve had on this blog, or how much I’ve enjoyed meeting you lovely followers, but I’m afraid that would fill 10 posts, and I’d probably short-circuit my keyboard with tears of joy before long 🙂 ……and so, dear, dear readers, I’ll end my last post on this blog with a quote from my favorite book of all time, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnet. She’ll be able to say what I feel better than I ever could. 🙂
“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes happy, kind laughter is the best help of all.”