Katniss’ Red Fire dress

One of my sisters commissioned me to make this for our youngest sister’s Christmas gift. 🙂 Katniss’ interview “girl on fire” dress from The Hunger Games movie. It differs from the original dress in that I added cap sleeves for modesty. It’s a red silky materiel with an attached ruffle of sparkly red lace, and a red wire ribbon flounce/bow.


It was fun getting to go back to my old hobby! 😀

2012 in review

Praising God for a wonderful year 2012 and praying for His continued leadership and blessing in 2013!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to all my readers for your continued support! God bless!!! 😀

Flowered Peasant Dress For Sale!

The Flowered Peasant outfit—$25

This one-of-a-kind, handmade doll dress is currently for sale (and comes with the doll)! Outfit includes a drawstring skirt, white chemise, and blue felt vest. Please let me know via the form below if you are interested in purchasing it. Thank you 😀

Also see the Red Velvet Elven Dress for sale here!

Sailin’ the High Seas: The Adventures of Tintin

One of our family’s favorite movies is The Adventures of Tintin.

I took these shots using a digital camera while the movie was playing on our TV (this was our family’s way of keeping memories of movies we liked—we used it before we figured out how to take screenshots on the computer :)).

This is a picture overview of the movie The Adventures of Tintin (SPOILERS THROUGHOUT).

Young British reporter Tintin is out enjoying himself at market…

…when he acquires a model ship that is the start of his adventure.

Doing his research…

Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy soon find out the ship is part of something bigger than they had thought—a secret treasure that was lost years ago when Sir Francis Haddock’s ship The Unicorn went down.

A visit from a mystery man…

…an unfortunate run-in with a pickpocket…

…and being kidnapped…

…whet Tintin’s zeal for the answers.

Escaping from the ship on which he he is held captive…

…Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock, a down-on-his luck sailor with a penchant for drinking…

…embark on a quest to prevent Sackharine, the descendant of ruthless pirate Red Rackham, from getting to the lost treasure first.

By boat…

…by plane…

…and by foot through the desert…

All the way, Captain Haddock struggles to recall the stories he’d been told of his heritage, and what happened on that day when his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock’s ship went down.

Rescued at last…

…fresh clues set the trio on a course to the Sultanate of Bagghar, where they are joined by bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson…

…and together they await Sackharine’s next move.

This turns out to include using a budding prima donna…

…as an unwitting accomplice to a dastardly scheme.

A fruitless chase ensues through the streets of Bagghar…

…and Tintin is ready to give up until Captain Haddock spurs him on.

Invigorated, they plan an ambush for Sackharine…

…and a final showdown leaves Captain Haddock the victor over both his arch nemesis and his drinking addiction.

Deciphering the messages of 3 cryptic notes…

…guides them to their destination.

The real riches gained, however, are for Tintin, the satisfaction of solving another mystery and ridding the streets of a devious criminal, and for Captain Haddock, a new appreciation for and desire to live up to the heritage and values of his honorable ancestor Sir Francis.

At the end of the movie, Tintin finds a clue which very nicely sets the stage for a sequel.

Here’s a cool song that has all the flavor of a high seas adventure (it also brings to mind Horatio Hornblower, Treasure Island (the 1950 version is the best!) and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie :D).

(courtesy of http://www.benbotkin.com/)

So what was your favorite part of the Tintin movie? 🙂

Esther Doll

Trinity Christian City International is Trinity Broadcasting Network‘s (TBN) building in Southern California.  TCCI is such a fun place to visit—they have gardens, fountains, a cafe, a gift shop, a museum with paintings, sculptures and ancient Bibles, a recreation of the Via Dolorosa, and a really cool movie theatre where they show movies TBN has made: The Revolutionary 1, The Revolutionary 2, The Emissary, Omega Code, Megiddo, and One Night With the King–the Bible story of Queen Esther (click the names to watch the movie :)). On certain nights they do free live recordings of their “Praise the Lord” TV program. Lots to do and see! 😀  (Find your local TBN TV station here.)

We recently visited TCCI with our grandfather and he got some gifts for his grandkids at the gift shop. I got this neat little Esther doll.  She’s about 5 inches tall. Although I plan on recreating some of Esther’s “One Night With the King” dresses for her, I really like the outfits she came with—a peasant one, including a brown tunic and pink top with a rope belt and tambourine…


…and a queen outfit, a shiny white dress with orange trim and a necklace.


Isn’t it pretty? 🙂

This doll is a special part of my collection.

Pink & Blue Picnic Dress

I made this dress for my cute little 3-year old cousin, who likes 1) dolls and 2) pink :).

The straight, blue-flowered skirt was one of the first pieces of doll clothing I made.  Then I used the complementing pink-eyelet cloth (which I also used for the Pink Picnic Dress) to make a top.  A sheer blue ribbon sash and hair bow complete the outfit.

Pastel Peasant Dress

Pastel Peasant Dress

I really like peasant dresses!  They are pretty easy to make and are so versatile!  All you need are 2-3 complimentary colors and/or patterns, and a variety of dresses can be created, in different styles.  (You can see the first peasant dress I made here.)

This dress I made as a birthday present for my very good friend Hannah, who was also my music teacher before we moved.  Her favorite colors are yellow, green and blue, so I used the pastels I had in all those colors.

There’s the yellow chemise with gathered neck and sleeves, the blue skirt (a half-circle this time), and the green felt vest, laced up in back.  Also worn are a yellow flowered apron and a headband, made of a piece of pink trim.

Salwar Kameez

Salwar Kameez

My grandmother, knowing how much I like pretty doll clothes, sent me this doll for my birthday!  She is dressed in a traditional Asian Indian outfit (which I didn’t make :)) called a Salwar Kameez.

First there’s a tunic, which is sometimes slit up the sides to about the waist (this doll’s top isn’t slit–it’s closed like a dress).  Underneath are worn loose pants that are tightened at the ankle.  A dupatta (long rectangle of cloth like a shawl) completes the outfit.  There are many different ways to wear a dupatta; I just draped this one over the doll’s shoulder and put in a few stitches at the side to hold it.

Indian clothing often contains many beautiful, vibrant, complementary colors and patterns, and this outfit is no exception!

The doll is accessorized with a gold necklace, bangles, and earrings.

Without the Dupatta                                 Back view

Peasant Dress

Peasant Dress

This dress I made as a Christmas gift for my second-youngest sister (also the one I made the 40’s style dress for).  The dress is similar to the Hobbit dress I made. As my sister’s favorite color is yellow, that’s what I made the theme 🙂  There’s a shirt/chemise of a pastel yellow, gathered at the neck and elbows with embroidery thread.  The skirt is a patterned, straight skirt, gathered at the waist with a drawstring.  The vest is the from Hobbit vest pattern, only in yellow felt.

The doll came from a different dollar store than where I usually get dolls, hence those funny pink shoes that don’t match at all 🙂

Picnic Dress

Picnic Dress

I made this dress as a Christmas present for my youngest sister (she likes pink :))

The material is from my grandmother’s sister. It’s a nice light pink with decorative eyelets sprinkled throughout. The dress is two layers of cloth while the sleeves are one. Hems are finished with a serge-type stitch on our sewing machine. A green satin ribbon belt cinches the dress at the waist and completes the outfit.

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