Monday, March 2, 2015

For Girls Like You by Wynter Pitts

Book review of For Girls Like You by Wynter Pitts (Harvest House) by papertapepins

Tween girls have access to an unbelievable amount of media and information with just a simple click of the remote or mouse. Every outlet they turn to attempts to subtly influence their worldview…and what they believe about themselves directly affects how they live.
Wynter Pitts, founder of For Girls Like You magazine, gives girls a new devotional showing them a correct definition of themselves, opening their eyes to God’s truth and the difference it makes in their lives. Each daily devotion includes a prayer to help girls apply the lesson.
This is a wonderful resource for any tween girl, ages 10 - 12 or so. Each daily devotion is a page and a half long, easy to read and right on for the things they face today. Not edgy or over the top in any way but applicable really to anyone. Each day has a devotion, a short prayer and here and there are steps to practically apply one day's topic or a related activity to try. There's no pictures but there are cute little doodles, and there is some color used throughout. I am very impressed with this and my daughter is excited to read it.
I received this book from Harvest House for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Harvest House.

About the Author

Wynter Pitts

Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a ministry to girls that includes a print magazine, and the niece of Dr. Tony Evans. She has a drive to introduce young girls to Christian values so they can walk passionately and boldly. A native of Baltimore, Wynter resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Jonathan, and their four daughters.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sewing 18" Doll Clothes - the Liberty Jane Flounce Skirt and Peplum Top

Sewing 18" Doll Clothes - the Liberty Jane Flounce Skirt and Peplum Top

another version of the skirt...
Sewing 18" Doll Clothes - the Liberty Jane Flounce Skirt and Peplum Top

My daughter has had Kelsey, a Journey Girl doll from Toys R Us for a couple years now and absolutely loves her, but she didn't have many clothes to choose from. I had whipped up a few when she first got the doll, but they were all made from free tutorials or my own ideas and they weren't great. Not that tutorials don't work, but they were all for American Girl dolls which are a slightly different shape and I didn't have much fabric to work with then. I decided to make her a new wardrobe for Christmas, and this time I had quite a bit of small pieces of this and that, most too small to work for anything child sized but perfect for doll clothes.

Sewing 18" Doll Clothes - the Liberty Jane Flounce Skirt and Peplum Top

I discovered Pixie Faire patterns. They are fairly inexpensive and the clothes they turn out are impressive! My favourite are the Liberty Jane patterns. The Pixie Faire website has just added Journey Girls to the dolls they sell patterns for, but they weren't there yet when I made these before Christmas. I found, though, if I hit the 'shrink to fit' option when printing the pattern pieces and then lengthened them a tiny bit the patterns for the AG (American Girl) dolls fit Kelsey just fine. I didn't shrink the Peplum Top in the picture above, so it's a bit big. By the time I made it we had decided to get her another doll for this Christmas, a Newberry Doll from Sears, Allie. She's closer to the size of the AG dolls. We find all the clothes work can be worn on either doll and that's a real bonus.

Sewing 18" Doll Clothes - the Liberty Jane Flounce Skirt and Peplum Top

Kelsey has a plastic upper chest as opposed to Allie's cloth body up to the neck so tops like this peplum one look better on Kelsey.

The skirt Allie is wearing came with her and the leggings are from the free pattern and tutorial by Sew Adollable. They are so easy I made a few pairs in different lengths. I checked off 'shrink to fit' for this pattern as well.

Peplum Top 18" Doll Clothes Pattern by Liberty Jane from Pixie Faire

Picture Day Outfit Flounce Skirt and Top for 18" Dolls by Libery Jane from Pixie Faire

Did you know? Pixie Faire gives a pattern away for FREE every Friday. Awesome, right? They also have free tutorials and patterns, so go take a look!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book by Kelly Pulley

book review of The Beginners Bible Come Celebrate Easter by Kelly Pulley (Zondervan) by papertapepins

A sticker and activity book for Easter featuring the classic art from The Beginner’s Bible!

The Easter story comes to life through age-appropriate puzzles, activity pages, and stickers in this friendly and fun The Beginner's Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book-featuring classic art and simply written content from The Beginner's Bible. Priced for impulse purchases making this a great addition to the Easter basket.

My 10 year old and 2 year old had fun doing this sticker and activity book together. It's probably best for an age range of 5 - 7. It's brightly coloured with nice quality pages and stickers that don't tear too easily. I really appreciate that there is a quality activity book for Easter without bunnies or eggs. Telling the true story of a holiday such as Christmas or Easter is often done in a less exciting way than the commercialized story. Thank you Beginner's Bible for doing such a good job of simply presenting the important story of Easter in a fun and engaging way that youngsters can understand and enjoy!

This would be a great Easter gift either alongside or instead of the chocolate and candy that often comes with such an occasion.

I received this book from Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan!

About the Illustrator

Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of The Beginner's Bible® books for over ten years. He started his career as an artist working on licensed character T-shirts for an apparel company. He currently lives in Tennessee.

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