Thursday, July 26, 2012

New for Hearts for Hearts Girls: Tee shirt pattern and complete sewing guide

Girls all over the world wear tee shirts! Did you ever think about that?  It's a fashion staple from Canada to Chile and Siberia to Australia. So of course, all your new Hearts for Hearts girls need a cute fitted tee.  I just developed a pattern especially fitted for the 14 inch  Hearts for Hearts Girls. Click here for pattern site. It's a great pattern and tutorial for beginning seamstresses or for people who don't have time to make a pattern for this smaller doll. She is much tinier than American Girl. I made the tee shirt pattern because I am going to make her a sari costume and use a cropped tee for the top.
 If you haven't "met" the Hearts for Hearts Girls yet, you will love it when you do. They are from different countries and have great life stories. They are sturdy and have great hair and accessories to their outfits. The web site carries stories about real girls from the countries represented by all the dolls. Sales of the dolls help children around the world through World Vision.
The picture is my Nahji Hearts for Hearts Girl whom I named Anusia. See my previous post.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Anu's New Friends

Dolls: largest: My Twinn, Midsize: American Girl, Smallest: Hearts for Hearts
 Anu (Nahji) close up
The top image says it all.  Friends can be different sizes, colors, etc.!  The smallest one is my new Hearts for Hearts Girls doll  Nahji whose story has her born in a poor rural section of India.  She sells duck eggs to go to school. The book that comes with her is very interesting. Nahji is  just 14 inches tall. I like her little sandals and outfit.  She comes with jewelry. She doesn't want to get married at 13 like her sister. Whoa! That would be hard. She wants an education. Since this doll Nahji has moved to my house in the USA, I have renamed her Anusia after the lovely daughter of  friends with Indian heritage. Her nickname is Anu. My dolls are her new friends. I will probably make Anu some other clothes this summer. I'd like to make a sari that is age appropriate for her. She's supposed to be 10. If you have suggestions, let me know. Have you seen the other new Hearts For Hearts Girls? They represent different countries. The funniest part is that eventhough all my modern dolls including American Girl represent different countries or nationalities, they were all born in China! I'm thankful for the effort and detail that are created in these dolls by people so far away from me. So many children (of all ages) find joy in them. Do you know that reminds me we were all created by God eventhough our earthly homes are so different and far away from each other. And He loves us and created us to be all different sizes and colors. He really wants us all to be in His family with Him forever. (You can find it in God's Message to us, the Bible: John 1: 1-14. In this passage the Word is Jesus.)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

McKenna Shoots for the Stars: how do you like it?

I'm watching the movie now.  Tell me what you think.  I love the gymnastic moves! She's under a lot of stress though.
Update after the movie was over: I really liked it. So heartwarming. I like the message that you can think you can do everything but you can't. I like the balance message which to me includes that God is one of the persons caring for me so no worries. I loved the routines! Sure wish I could do them!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

BFC Ink Dolls Discontinued!

My Yuko, Kaitlin and Aleisha in tears at the news!
What? We're Discontinued!
 Sorry, my sweet dollies, but it's true.  I just received a confirmation from MGA Entertainment.  The BFC Ink line has been discontinued! I had a good suspicion when I could not get onto their website and the BFC Ink logo had disappeared from the MGA Entertainment site. What a bummer! The BFC Ink dolls are no longer being made. I can't believe it! However, there still seem to be a bunch for sale here and there. I had just purchased two. Well, girls, hold on to your BFC Ink dolls because they are collectors items now! And, I for one, will still sew for them! And I never made my video yet!

Final few days to win an American Girl Doll

This is an easy contest from the Doll Wardrobe.  All you do is post and give your name and e-mail which is kept private. Winner gets choice of 3 dolls! Like it!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Korean Hanbok jeogori (Jacket) and skirt (chima)

Spotlight on Korea!

BFC Ink Large doll jegori and chima
My doll Diette (BFC: Yuko) dressed Hanbok style

For many years I have admired the Korean women's traditional dress style called Hanbok. I have such a sweet new Korean friend who showed me her beautiful outfit: her Jeogori (top jacket) and chima (empire style skirt). She also had under slip similar to the outer chima.  The real hanbok clothing is so beautiful. As I learned more about it through exploring the web, I learned so much about Korea.

Special Message! Do you know what this Korean writing says? Click on writing below to enlarge.
This is Korean for John 3: 16-17

(You can read how much Jesus loves us in English and many other languages by clicking Maybe you could even share another language for these verses with us.)

There are many Christians in South Korea. South Koreans send many missionaries around the world. Even as their bright Hanbok traditional clothing is so beautiful, they express the beauty of Christ. They have such a desire to unite with their relatives in North Korea and to be able to really share with them their freedom in Christ.

 Currently, North Korea is a dark place. Please pray for their freedom and especially their freedom in Christ! I believe the Lord led me to read a book recently entitled: Escape from Camp 14  by Blaine Harden. It is not for young readers. This is a true story of a man born in a political prison camp in North Korea. (Whole families are sent to prison if someone says or does something against their dictator so it's not uncommon for children to be raised in the prison camps.). His name is Shin Donghyuk. Through only the Grace of God he made it to freedom in the West.You may want to read this book, but if you are a minor, talk to your parents first. Maybe they would like to read it with you. It really impressed upon me that the condition in the camps in North Korea for 150,000- 200,000 political prisoners including children is very similar to the Jewish holocaust in Europe during Hitler's dictatorship. Indeed worse, because many of the children there have never known any hope or love, and it has lasted 12 times longer! Unknown thousands have died from cruelty or starvation.
In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin's life unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden's harrowing narrative of Shin's life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world's darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival. (review from

These sweet ornmental socks were a gift from my friend.
As I was sewing the hanbok dress for my doll, I had an opportunity to pray for North Koreans. In upcoming blogs, I am plan to share more about making these lovely Korean dresses. It is my hope that you will like to join me in prayer for North and South Koreans to be united in Christ as well as nationally as we learn more about these  beautiful, courageous people. Thanks, Sylvia

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy to be celebrating freedom!

Saluting our Soldiers!
Saluting our Leaders!
Praising Our Father! 
May God Bless America and may we praise Him for our freedom through His Son Jesus.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Target has a BFC Ink large doll sale.

Hi, BFC Ink Doll fans, has a great sale on Britt, one of the "pen pals" for $13.98 plus shipping.  That's about as low as I've seen them.  She is fully poseable eventhough you can't tell by this picture, according to the review I read. I'm not sure how long the sale is, might end today. No, I do not have stock in Target or MGA Entertainment who makes these dolls. I really like them so much due to poeseability. Carmen and some others were on sale but for $19.99.
I've almost finished my Korean Hanbok dress and jacket that I made for my Yuko doll.  Stay tuned!