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Good Bye

A couple weeks ago I decided to send some dolls to a charity that uses dolls called Broken Dolls Healing Hearts. I sent all of the dolls that I had rescued from thrift stores (That I could find) except for Mia. There were six, and I took a photo shoot of them before they left.


This is Lily  Anna. I found her at a thrift store spring of 2015. Here is how I restored her and two other dolls. She also stared in Lily Anna’s Troubles



This is Abbi. I found her at a thrift store right before Christmas 2015. I probably wouldn’t have bought her because I already had a Springfield Abby, but she was .29, so I went for it. I gave her to my cousin for Christmas, and she later traded her out for a different doll.



This is BridgetI found her spring 2016. She was actually an Our Generation Belle, but I changed her up some.



This is an Our Generation Ashley Rose, but I renamed her Passion. I found her summer 2016.



This is an Our Generation Audrey Ann found in fall 2016. She was in terrible shape, with no hair or anything, but I redid her eyes, her face paint, and gave her hair. Her name changed to Isabel. 



And this is Katie Lee, a BFC ink Katelyn I found in winter 2016. She had more hair, but I cut some of it off.


I miss having a zillion dolls, but I’m glad they are going somewhere people need them more than I do.



How To Make A Tissue Paper Tutu

dscn44361                          I wanted to make something special for Halloween, so I decided on a tissue paper tutu for Lily Anna’s paper princess costume. I love the way the skirt looks with Lily Anna’s eyes. Here is how to make the skirt. It is made just like a normal tutu, except with tissue paper instead of tulle.  dscn44321                        Start by ripping or cutting tissue paper into strips. (Side note, you do not have to use new tissue paper, I used wrinkled paper because that’s what I had, and it turned out just fine.) dscn44331                        Use a ribbon or tissue paper to use as a base. Fold a strip in half and stick it under the base. dscn44341                        Now pull the ends through the loop you made. dscn44351                       Continue till the skirt is as full as you want it. dscn44361                        Then you can tie or twist the ends of the base together to hold it on. I love this tutu!


Lily Anna’s Troubles, Easter Version Finale

DSCN7802[1]         “I’m going to get some help. I won’t be gone long.” DSCN7804[1]         Faith was checking email. Suddenly the email to Lily Anna came up.

“Lily Anna must have run away! Why didn’t she come to us for help? We could have helped her! Running away won’t solve anything. It only made us lose her! She only cares about herself.” DSCN7805[1]        “Faith?” Joy asked.

“Yes, Joy?”

“Lily Anna showed me the email, and I just thought she was making things up. That’s why she ran away.” DSCN7807[1]     At that moment Lily Anna came rushing in.

“Lily Anna you are in so much trouble!”

“You have to help me!”

“You will be in much more trouble if you send me on wild goose chases.”

Lily Anna didn’t hesitate a moment. “Ida is worth more then any consequence.”

Then Lily Anna told Faith where Ida was, and to go get her, and bring her in. That was when Faith realized that Lily Anna wasn’t thinking only of herself. DSCN7808[1]       Ida lay on the ground, shivering. DSCN7809[1]       Faith picked her up to take her inside. Then she realized how sick Ida was, and how lucky Ida was to have Lily Anna. DSCN7810[1]     She set her on the bed, and sent Lily Anna off to find an Easter outfit. DSCN7811[1]        There Lily Anna was. Home, safe, and pretty. It was a dream come true. Ida and Lily Anna were in a safe home together once again.


Lily Anna’s Troubles Easter Special

DSCN7706[1]         I peeked around the corner. DSCN7708[1]      Grandma and Grandpa were arguing over Ida, who was sleeping.

“This little girl is so sick we used up all our money caring for her, and now we don’t have a house! We need to get rid of her.”

“But if Lily Anna comes, like we told her to, Ida must be there.”

“Doesn’t matter if Ida is there or not. We will force her to be a maid and give all of her money to us.”

So that was who sent the message. I realized that it would be a wonderful thing that I am here, if they ‘got rid’ of Ida. She was so sick that she would die if not cared for. DSCN7709[1]   Grandma took Ida and dropped her in the street. DSCN7710[1]   Then she turned and walked away. DSCN7711[1]     “Now are you happy!” DSCN7712[1]        I ran to get Ida. I couldn’t leave her to die! DSCN7713[1]        I picked the sleeping girl up, and went to find a place to sleep. DSCN7717[1]    We found a place to spread out the blanket, and fall fast asleep. DSCN7715[1]      In the morning we sat and talked for awhile before setting off. She told me that she had been a maid, been exposed to toxic stuff, and gotten sick. That was when our grandparents sent the email. They wanted me to be the maid. I told her that I was going to come and get her so she wouldn’t have to be with whoever it was. DSCN7716[1]    After awhile we wet out again. The pace was slow going, and we stopped to rest several times.  After half an hour, Ida couldn’t walk anymore, and I had to carry her. DSCN7718[1]         She got a piggyback ride, and we walked for a few hours. Just when I knew where I was… DSCN7719[1]         I lost my footing. DSCN7720[1]       And we fell. No doubt about it, we had to stop and rest.                                Lexie

Lily Anna’s Troubles

I have no idea what part this is, so don’t ask me. This is an Easter special. It will probably consist of three parts before Easter. DSCN7655[1]        I sat on the bed, checking my email. Suddenly one popped up. I didn’t know who it was from, but in my life time, I learned to not trust anyone, and they way people have been mean to me and my sister, it could very well be true. Here is what it said.

I need you and your sister. I am your only relative, so I own you. You must come, or I will find you, and kill both you and your sister. Got it? 

I ‘ll admit it. I was scared. I knew that he would carry through with it, and although I am 11, and can care for myself, Ida is only 7. DSCN7656[1]        I slammed the computer shut. I didn’t want to deal with it. DSCN7657[1]     As I got ready for bed, Faith came to read me the Easter story. DSCN7658[1]       Suddenly I couldn’t take it. I propped myself up. “WHY DO YOU HAVE TO READ THIS! I KNOW HE WOULDN’T DO IT FOR ME!”

Faith was surprised. “Why of course he would.”

“Then why does he let bad things happen to us?”

Faith didn’t answer.
DSCN7659[1]        I turned over, tears slipping down my cheeks, and cried myself to sleep. Faith was quite confused, but she continued on like nothing had happened. DSCN7660[1]   The next morning I talked to Joy.

“Why would a God die for us, if he lets such bad things happen to us?”

“He wants it to make us stronger.”

“Won’t it just ruin us?”

“What are you even talking about Lily Anna?”

So I told her about the email. She didn’t believe me. She just thought I wanted attention.DSCN7661[1]   She put her hands up, confused. “I don’t know what’s wrong with you!”

All at once, I knew that no one would ever believe me. I still had to save Ida. I decided that I needed to go save her. DSCN7662[1]     And Joy was left alone. DSCN7663[1]     After breakfast I started on my journey. I knew it was the right choice, and I didn’t care if I died. Anyway I was all alone in the world. No one would believe me, and for the time, I stopped believing. How could I? No God would die for some one that he is doing such mean things to. DSCN7664[1]        Several hours later I arrived at the house. I was going to save Ida, whether anyone liked it or not.


Spring Doll Clothes

DSCN7638[1]DSCN7637[1]DSCN7633[1]          First day of spring! It’s time to change out your winter clothes for spring ones. But what if you got your first doll in winter, and it doesn’t have any spring clothes? It’s time to make her some!

DSCN7627[1]   You will need:

Random stretchy fabric (Stretchy fabric doesn’t need to be hemmed.)

A big circle for tracing around.



DSCN7629[1]   For a dress or shirt trace around a big circle. DSCN7630[1]   Like so.DSCN7631[1]    Fold it quarters and cut a neck hole and arm holes. DSCN7632[1]   Making the holes bigger if needed, try it on your doll. Use ribbon or string for a sash. And that’s it! To make it a shirt, make it less long, and for a skirt cut a waist hole. DSCN7633[1]    Here Eileen is modeling the dress.  DSCN7637[1]    Isabella is wearing the skirt and a shirt. DSCN7638[1]   And Lily Anna is wearing a pant leg cut off to make a skirt, and a sock with holes cut in it.

Now you can make your dolls some easy spring outfits!


Lily Anna’s Troubles, Part Three

These next posts are short, but they have a lot of story in them.



We all stood to sing. I decided something. 


I went to the front. “Faith?” 

“Yes Lily Anna.” 

“I have decided something. I want to be baptized.”  Cheering was everywhere. “But first I have to ask him to be my savior.”  Faith prayed with me. 

“You will be baptized at the closing ceremony tomorrow. 

I couldn’t wait. 

“But you said that everything was too terrible and you couldn’t, Maria said “What happened” 

I started a story. “I decided that no matter what happens to me, I want to be able to rely on Jesus. And I guess I just got used to it. I decided That I need him.” 

“But what happened?” 

I was quiet for a moment. I was remembering things that I didn’t want to remember. When I spoke it was much quieter. “When my parents got divorced, my Mom lost it. She got drunk, and often left my sister Ida and I alone. A few months after it happened, I ran away. I was on the streets for awhile, but soon I ended up in an orphanage. It was terrible. When I was running an errand, I saw something about this camp. I escaped, and ended up here. Now I have nowhere to go. “

“Oh Lily Anna. You shouldn’t be dealing with this alone.” 

After Faith did some research, we found out that Mom had died. Ida was with my grandparents, who didn’t want another child, even me. I was a orphan. I was supposed to be in  foster care, and Faith offered to foster me until we could find a permanent place. 


Lily Anna’s Troubles

This is sort of the rest of the story of  evening activities.  

I had been growing and learning a lot, but at the end of the day I sort of zoned out. It was a christian camp but I never would have anything to do with it.



At the end of the day we always sang and then had a lesson. They started to sing but I was in the corner.

“Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips. Your praise will ever on my lips, ever be on my lips. ” 

Well that was true. A lot of us went around singing and never stopped.

“Christ forEVER GLORIFIED. So come on, come on, sing out to God, now with all we’ve got.” 

Also true. They always glorified god and sang.

“The song is getting louder, WE CAN’T HIDE THIS LOVE AWAY. There’s nothing to fear now, send us in your power. Jesus take us all the way. FROM THE ROOFTOPS SING! I’m not ashamed of the one who saved my soul.” 

They weren’t ashamed. Everyone knew I wasn’t comfortable  with Christians but they went around being nice to me anyway. Everyone was so nice to me. Maybe that was what was what Christians had.

Faith started talking.

“I know that some of you came here unwilling. Christ can take your problems away if you take him into your heart, but you have to believe. Some of you came here to escape past problems. Things so bad that you can’t bear to think about them. I know that some of you have had it so bad that you can’t trust anyone anymore, but the rest of the summer will be terrible if you hold on to past things.


There was more but I didn’t hear it. I felt like she was speaking to me. I just wasn’t ready to open up but I wanted to forget it all.


Joy came over to me. She was a leader this week.


I made room for her to sit.


She asked what was wrong.

“Oh Joy. I feel like she is specking to me. I have had past problems. I am not a christian but everyone is being so nice.”

“You can always confide in Christ.” She said. “He can take everything away. I know you are not ready yet but we are just here to help. I understand. I had something like that too. I kept holding on the the problems but I became new in Christ. In Christ you are a new creation.”

I thought about what she said. Then without a word I got up and left.


I climbed into bed but it was a long time till I fell asleep.


Aquarium week


This week at camp was Aquarium week. That meant we were on a field trip. I was paired with Sandie and we went to this fish tank, with guppies and snails.


There were a lot of guppies.


I stood up to feed the fish, wondering how many fish would come to the top.


Most of them went to the top.


Then we went to see how the filter works. The pump sucks up water and runs it though a filter. Then it goes back to the tank. It was a fun beginning to the week.

The fish tank is mine, in my room. It is actually next to camp.


Lily Anna’s Story

I used to  be played with. I acted out my stories and my hair was brushed till it was frizzy. Then One day after my hair had been colored, I found myself naked on a shelf at a thrift store. People walked by and some picked me up, but I was always put down. None wanted me. Then came a little girl that looked like me. She picked me up.

“Mom can I get her?”

“Look at her! She is terrible”

“I can fix that!”

Sigh “It’s your money.”

She carried me around the store. I went home with her and two other dolls. At home I was restored until I was better.

This is Lily Anna’s story. Now I am going to do a review on her.


This is Lily Anna, head to toe. I dressed her in the closest to her meet outfit I could.


She has a sweet face. Blue eyes, and a soft smile.


Here is her hair. It is VERY frizzy.


The top is shiny but it is still bad hair.


It is best in braids, like on her book cover.


I got the book from goodwill, a couple of months before I got Lily Anna. The cover has a nice picture on it.


The back of the book tells what is about.


It is in black and white, and it has a few pictures.