Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Violin Girl {Short Photo-story}

Hey there guys! It's me, Sam. It's rainy and dreary here today, so Mama Hen and I (with some help from Kirsten) put together a photo-story for you. Enjoy!

Biding her time, Sam was waiting for her aunt to come pick her up. New York in the early 20th century was full of activity, so she had no shortage of entertainment. 

As she was watching a shiny new motorcar passing, she caught sight of someone standing on the corner and walked forward to investigate.

A young Irish girl, no more than 9, was playing reels on a violin and tapping her feet to the beat. A case was open on the ground for passerby to toss coins in. 

The girl looked up just as Sam reached her. 

"Hello there," her Irish accent only just showed through her speech. "Can I help you?"

Sam shook her head and smiled. 

"No, I was just listening to you play. You sound beautiful. How long have you been practising? 

Twirling her bow around her finger, the girl scrunched up her nose in thought. 

"My whole life, I guess. My Da taught me before we came over, which was 6 years ago yesterday."

"Could you play a jig for me?" asked Sam. 

"Much obliged," replied the girl as she put her bow to the string.

Sam dug in her pockets for change to give, but, finding none, threw in a music button instead.

This caught the attention of the girl, who set her instrument down to examine it.

"Thank you!" she exclaimed, "I've never been given an award before."

She tucked inside her case for safekeeping.

Carefully Sam opened her trunk and pulled out her camera. She asked the girl to pose, and snapped a picture.

Then, thanking the girl, she turned and left.

We hope you liked it!


Samantha, Kirsten, and Mama Hen

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Liebster Award!

Thank you to American Girls and Books for nominating The Pony Tales Sisters for this wonderful award! I've seen it going around the blogging community, and now it's come to us. Alright, let's get started!

1. What is the name of your blog? Why?

My blog is called The Pony Tales Sisters. I decided on that name because all of Chickadee and I's dolls are sisters, and Chickadee is my "real-life" sister. :-) Pony Tales is our house nickname (it's a long story).

2. Why do you think you got this award?

Lydia has been really sweet and commenting on some of my posts, so I'm assuming that's the reason. Thank you, Lydia! (By the way, I love your name! It reminds me of Jane Austen. :-)

3. Do you have the slightest idea what/who "Liebster" is? (I don't)

Nope, not a clue! As long as he/she/it had nothing to do with Justin Bieber, then I'm fine. ;-)

4. Do you have, or would you make, any custom dolls?

Hmm... Well, I've been thinking of hunting Goodwills to find a used doll and restore her, but as of this moment I'm not that good at major doll customizing, barring hair trimming/curling. I could probably replace a wig, but tightening limbs scares me. Someday I'd love to customize a doll or two, though.

5. Would you ever dye your hair?

No, probably not. The most I'd do is put blonde highlights in, but nothing more than that.

6. Night owl or morning person?

Somewhere in between. It depends on what day it is, what I'm doing, and how I'm feeling, but I can be both. The early morning is better for picture taking, though.

7. Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it and why?

"Mama Hen" is my blogging nickname, but I do have other (confidential) nicknames. I chose Mama Hen because it's initials are the same as my name, and I love chickens. I'm also sort of the "mother" to my dolls. I am not, however, a mother in real life.

8. Was it hard to pick 11 people to nominate?

Because I was nominated way after this award started going around, yes. There aren't too many people left!

9. Least favorite book character and why.

Mr. Collins, from Pride and Prejudice. He's so slimy and sleazy and...ew.

10. Was it hard to answer #9? Why?

Yes, it was fairly hard. I've read quite a few books with multiple characters that I don't like.

11. What job do you think you'll have in the future (for adults, what job do you have now)?

I'm not sure, but I'd love to be an author or a graphic designer, or maybe run my own business. Photojournalism sounds fun, too.


I nominate anyone who wants to do this tag. There are so many amazingly wonderful doll blogs out there, but all of the ones I know of have been nominated at least once. If you want to do this tag, go for it!


1. Who was your first doll?

2. Who was your favorite Girl of The Year?

3. Do you have any non-AG dolls?

4. Do you sew/craft things for your dolls?

5. Who is your favorite historical doll? (Retired or not)

6. How many dolls do you have?

7. Have you ever been to the American Girl Store?

8. If you could create any custom doll, what would he/she look like?

9. If you were in charge of the next Girl of the Year, what would he/she be like/look like/do?

10. What is your favorite American Girl book (historical, MyAG, or otherwise)?

11. Would you ever open an Etsy shop for dolls?

Please leave a comment if you answer these questions, and have fun!

~Mama Hen