Hello, extraordinary person! I hope you’re having a phenomenal Monday. ‘Cause I am. And even if you aren’t, I hope this cheers you up! 

I’ve been working hard the past few days on the season 2 finale of Hang on to Hope. I had a goal of getting it done by last Friday, but as you can see, that just didn’t happen. ? Out of nowhere, unexpected things sprang up and I underestimated the amount of time it would take to get all the dolls and props ready. :?

At first I felt like a failure because I had said the finale was going to be ready by the Friday after my four-year blogging anniversary, and when it wasn’t, I was sorely disappointed. I sincerely apologize for letting you all down. :( But sometimes, in life, you have to be flexible. I’ve accomplished a few other things I had on my goal list, so at least I got some stuff done. :D

What took up most of my time was the two-week Bible school session I took. But this Sunday morning, I graduated! It’s a relief to have those five to six hours a day back to work on everything! (Don’t get me wrong, though, I was very grateful to get to go. ;) )

Anyway, I’m sure you’re dead tired of hearing me ramble about why there wasn’t a HOTH finale on Friday. I just wanted to share my heart with you and let y’all know that I have been working as much as I can on it – and even if I wasn’t able to get it all done by last Friday, I should have it up this week. Well, I better, because next week is going to be crazy with trying to make posts during Thanksgiving and vacation trips to Texas. ?

I have a few sneak-peek pictures (and other cool ones) I wanted to share with you today…

sp2First of all, LOOK AT THOSE LIGHT STREAKS! I DID IT, GUYS! No computer editing here like I did with Jazzy’s pictures. I was so excited to have caught some light streaks!

sp1It was late in the evening while I was taking the pictures for the first part of the finale, and I saw this patch of my backyard where the last bits of golden sunlight were hitting and would soon leave.

sp3I decided to try again some golden-hour photography and accomplish some light streaks, and I was so happy with how my pictures turned out! Do you think they’re an improvement from the last time I tried that with Ellie?


sp5I think Emelie makes a great spy, don’t you? (Don’t forget to vote on which spelling of her name you like best… the poll closes tomorrow!)

sp6I was also particularly liking the outfit Ellie was dressed in for the first part of the finale, so before the golden sunlight disappeared I took some pictures of her, too. Want to see them?

sp8I don’t like this one too much, but…

sp9… I like this one! :D

sp10No light streaks, but I love how golden everything is! Isn’t her outfit just darling? I think so. ;)

And now… for a real HOTH sneak-peek.

sp11*GASP* What do we have here? A secret meeting between Connor and his accomplice… the spy… under the cover of darkness? :o

sp12Her hair is on fire! ? Just kidding. It’s from the orange-yellow mosquito light thingy we have. :P

sp13Here’s a pretty shot of Cécile as Issa that I took, but it’s not included in the finale…

sp14… However, this one is! Could those be… glasses on the ground? *claps hand over mouth* I better sign off before I give everything away. XD

Oh, and just curious – would you consider taking a survey on how well you liked HOTH season 2 and what you think would be cool in season 3? I’d love to hear what you think!

And don’t forget to let me know in the comments below if you’re excited for the finale!