4.4.15

~The House You Built~


thank you adi for bringing lyric shoots to us

thank you hands like houses for the amazing song that makes me cry every time

thank you grace for introducing me to hlh

thank you to everyone has ever taken the time to look at DOMM,

and for sticking with me for an entire
Y E A R

{plot at the end}

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You used to know so well
those weathered hands,
when they were gentle,
when they brought the color to your cheeks.


They still do, but not the same,
because they turned their back on you,
and when she's hiding at your feet,
you know you'll stay.


These sentiments are second hand.
He's fighting for his heart but he is losing ground.
She's unintended, not unloved,
and you're the one to keep her safe and sound.


Don't look down,
even though they're looking down on you.
The house you built on solid ground
will be a home.
In time, you'll see it.


Don't look down,
even though they're looking down on you.
The love you built your house around
will make it home,
in time to see them through.


Her shoes are scuffed,
she drags her feet too much.
But baby, lift your face.
You don't need to justify your place.


So stay just what you are,
you've come this far.
If only I could show your future
you would light up like the sun.


These sentiments are second hand.
She's fighting for your future
and she's gaining ground.


You are protected,
you are loved.
So show them who you are,
make them proud.


Don't look down,
even though they're looking down on you.
The house you built on solid ground
will be a home.
In time, you'll see it.


Don't look down,
because there's no one looking down on you.
Your house is built on solid ground,
you'll be just fine in time.
Just see it through.


Hey, little light,
aren't you a big achiever?


Hey, Mrs.Might,
I know that you believe in her.


Hey, Mr.Beaten Down,
you found your heart again.


In the hope that you built your house around.


You gave your little light,


you gave your little light a brand new start.


Don't look down,


because there's no one looking down on you.


The house you built on solid ground


will be a whole new time,
you'll see it.


Don't look down,


because there's no one looking down on you.


Your house is built on solid ground,


You'll be just fine in time.
Just see it through.

***

Plot: A girl (Julie) loves photography, and take photos of her dolls. She loves what she does, and is quite good at it, too. One day, she has two of her "friends" from her photography class over (Scarlette and Emerson), and while she's in the bathroom, they find her dolls. They immediately deem her hobby childish, and don't take her photography seriously, even though it's better than most of their classmates' photography. The girl denies owning those dolls and says that they belong to her little sister. The two girls leave, and the girl is upset and questions whether she should continue taking doll pictures, or even photography as a whole. She ends up deciding that she will continue her hobby, just do it in secret. Later that day, she is taking photos, and one of the girls from her photography class comes back to pick up something she had forgotten there. The girl stands in front of her doll, trying to hide it, but her classmate pushes her aside and sees the doll. She questions the girl, and instead of denying that she was photographing dolls, she gathers up the courage to tell the truth and do it with pride. The girl is no longer afraid of admitting to being a doll photographer, and realizes that no one can look down on her if she doesn't let them.

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thanks for an amazing year, and many more to come ♥

-maddie and the crew

41 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning! Love the plot.♥

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    1. Thanks so much, Micaela! ♥

      -m

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  2. I'm not crying there's just a big freaking branch in my eye or something.
    *deep breathing*
    Oh, Maddie.
    I have always claimed I don't have a favorite blogger, but heck, I'm a liar. If there's anyone who has supported me to such a means, kept me inspired, and was always there, it'd be you. I love you and your blog, and heck yes, you are my bloody favorite. Your blog is such a prominent thing to me; whenever anybody even mentions blogging about AG, it's your's that first comes to mind.
    I can't believe you've been blogging a year, yet at the same time, it feels like forever. I can't imagine the blogging world without a dear such as you. Though I don't comment as often as I should anymore (I've been lost in my own little mind of late) I read all your posts and admire your gorgeous photos and gals.
    Never stop doing what you do. Otherwise I'll come hunt you down and smack you with my headphones.
    Love ya, Maddie. ^-^
    ~Adaline, that gal who can only wish to be as wonderful as you

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    1. I'm not crying either, it's just raining very hard inside my room.
      *grabs a multitude of tissue boxes*
      Adi, you just made my day, week...no, life is more appropriate, I think. :')
      I'm not gonna lie, ever since the day you started AGITS, I knew you were gonna be one of my favorites. Saying that you're a "favorite" is a crazy huge understatement--but I'll save that speech for another day, perhaps *your* one year celebration. ;)
      Ah, I feel ya, it's quite rare that I drop a comment on *anyone's* post anymore, despite reading them.
      Love ya, too, Adi. ^_^ ♥

      -maddie, the girl that's crying because of how sweet you are

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  3. Basically, ditto everything Adi just said.
    Your blog is perfect, and you are such an amazing friend, and *whispers* my favorite blogger, too.
    I can't believe it's been a full year since you began, but I can't imaging the AG blogging community without you.
    I hope you will always continue blogging, or else I will join Adi with my own set of headphones. ;)
    Stay amazing, Maddie.

    ♥ Shelby who can also only wish to be as talented and wonderful as you ♥

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    1. Oh and I love all the girls' outfits! I especially loved the elbow patches on Julie's sweater ^_^

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    2. Oops, I can't believe I forgot to mention it in my original comment, but
      OH. MY. COW'S. POTATOES.
      THESE PICTURES ARE STUNNING AND THE STORYLINE---ugh, it's just too perfect. This was so amazing and totally worth the wait ♥

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    3. BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON 50+ SUBSCRIBERS.
      YouTube was being a butt today and didn't want to let me comment on your video, so I guess better here than nowhere, right?

      Aw, Shelby...♥ :')
      You are, and always have been, the sweetest person I've ever met. Your comments are always so meaningful, and they always make me so very happy. ^_^ thank you so so much. ♥
      Ooh, double threat, I'd better make sure I keep blogging. ;) xD
      Love ya, Shelby. ♥:)

      -maddie, who wishes she could be as sweet as you

      Thanks! Hehe, I like the elbow patches, too. ;)

      Thank you so much! ♥ I'm so glad you like it. ^_^

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  4. Wow! Amazing Photos! Huge congratulations on a year of blogging, you have came so far!

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah!♥

      -m

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  5. Congrats on a whole year! You really are an amazing photographer. ^_^ You also don't know how much I look up to you and your blog. Especially when I was new to blogging. I've just always loved your blog! It always puts a smile on my face.
    P.s. Don't stop what your doing! ;)
    ~Leah <3

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    1. Aw, thank you, Leah! ^_^ you're a wicked talented photographer, too, I always look forward to new shoots from you. Thanks again for being amazing! ♥

      -m

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  6. Congrats Maddie on One year!!
    I don't even know what It would be like without you. I'm not kidding,Your blog is so great, and your photography is always stunning and so perfect. I always feel so inspired after looking at one of your photoshoots.
    Every one really looks up to you as an amazing Blogger and a friend.
    I think the AG blogging community would be incomplete without you.

    I really like the plot of this photoshoot/story it's seems like something that's happened to me. And dang,I love Julie's shirt, those patches on the elbows are soooooo cute!!!
    - Zoë

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    1. Thank you, Zoë! ^_^
      Aw, you're so sweet. ♥ I could say the same about your photography, your photos are always so beautiful.
      Aw, Zoë, thank you. ♥

      Thanks! I thought it would probably be at least slightly relatable so some. ;) hehe, thank you, I love the patches, too. ^_^

      -m

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  7. *sniffles* *reaches for tissues* *blows nose obnoxiously loudly*
    Dang, Maddie.
    Amazing song, gorgeous dolls, beautiful photos, perfect message.
    Congrats on one year.
    Here's to many more to come <3.

    - Ellie

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    1. *hugs you*
      Ellie, Ellie, Ellie...♥
      Thank you so much. ^_^♥

      -n

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  8. I am not crying. I am not crying. I am not crying. OK, I'm totally crying!!!
    These pictures are really incredible--I especially loved 6, 7, 18, and 20.
    This story is a lot like my own--whenever I had friends over I'd shove my dolls under the bed and if they found them, I'd say they belonged to my sister. But one day I was honest with my friends, and they didn't make fun of me like I thought they would.
    But enough about me. :)
    Happy blogoversity! (or however you spell it). I hope there will be many more to come--you are a great blogger and someone that is great to have in life. Not to mention an awesome person!
    Congrats.

    -Seven Little Daisies

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    1. Thank you so much. ♥ ^_^
      That's wonderful that they didn't judge you, I know how difficult it is to tell your friends about your dolls sometimes. It took me forever to admit to liking dolls, and even longer to tell my friends about my blog. Some still dont know, to be honest. :P
      Thanks so much, you're so sweet! ♥

      -m

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  9. *sniff sniff* so sentimental...

    even though i found out about your blog after you started it, you never cease to amaze me and you inspire us all. <3

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    1. okay that isn't my style of celebrating so...

      HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY MADDIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Aww, thank you so much, Claire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(let's pretend I have as many exclamation marks as you...I'm lax what can I say) ♥

      -m

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  10. Maddie.
    YOUR BLOGGY VERSY.
    I dang love your blog and your photos and you.
    Thanks for making this community a much more fantastic place for an entire year.
    LOVE YOU.

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    1. Thank you so much, Leah darling. ♥
      LOVE YOU TOO. ^_^

      -m

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  11. Aww, maddie. THIS. IS. SO. AWESOME.
    Oh yeah and I think i'll just join Claire with all the exclamation marks too =)
    Congrats on one year :) I honestly love your blog so soo much, and every time I see you posted I can't wait to read your posts. Your photography is just...just..just..I literally never have words to describe it and I probably never will. It's like amazing, stunning, professional, beautiful, and all the synonyms of those words. You're crazy talented at it, and don't ever quit :) You're like one of the absolute best doll bloggers out there, and your presence literally makes the doll community way better.

    OK .... before my comment gets any longer and confusing....HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (yep)

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    1. Haha, good try Autumn, but my exclamation points are better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Thanks so much, Autumn! ♥♥
      Aww, you're such a sweetheart, and a crazy talented photographer yourself. ;) thanks for being such a wonderful friend. ^_^

      -m

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  12. Congrats on one year! Your blog is amazing! These photos are stunning, I love the outfits.
    -Shannon

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    1. Thank you so very much, Shannon! ♥

      -m

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  13. Maddie,
    First of all, congratulations on one year! I remember the very start of this blog and might I say, you have come a long way.
    Secondly, thank you for everything you do! Your photography is beautiful whether your taking pictures of your dolls or just something else you find interesting.
    You never fail to inspire me and many others. Keep doing what you're doing and I can't wait to see many more years to come of this blog. :)

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    1. Thanks! ^_^ Aww ♥ always remember that you're the one who inspired me to make a blog. ;)
      Aw, you're welcome, even though you're the one to thank. :)
      Thank you so much, J. ♥

      -m

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  14. Happy one year of blogging Maddie!
    Ohmygoodnessgroceries those pictures are AMAZING. And the story and lyrics are perfect...

    I may or may not be crying because that is so beautiful. It might just be rain on my face.

    You are so incredibly inspiring and a wonderful photographer and internet friend. I hope that you'll never give up your photography and sewing because you are freaking fantastic!

    ~Mama Hen

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    1. Thanks so much!

      That means so much to me, especially coming from such an A M A Z I N G photographer such as yourself. ^_^

      Aww, thank you so much, Mama Hen. ♥ you're so incredibly sweet, and dont get me started on how talented you are ;)

      -m

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  15. WHOA THOSE PHOTOS ARE JUST PERFECTION.
    ~Kathryn

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    1. Aw, thank you, Kathryn! :)

      -m

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  16. Great shoot. The outfits are stunning the photography outstanding. I love the use of the mini in this shoot.

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it. ^_^

      -m

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  17. Congrats on one year! You've accomplished a lot by then! Lovely photos, BTW ^_^
    And where did you get their outfits? I love them.
    ~J

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    1. Thank you, Jana! :) ♥
      Julie's outfit consists of a pullover made by me, the skirt from AG's Flower Sweater and Skirt set, and shoes from Hobby Lobby. Scarlette's outfit was made by me with the exception of the necklace (AG's Saige's Sparkle Dress) and shoes (Amazon). Emerson's outfit was again made by me with the exception of the boots, which were from Amazon. :)

      -m

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  18. AHHHHHHHH!!!! That was so beautiful!! Happy blog-birthday!!! ;D
    -Lydia

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