Thursday, May 31, 2012

Guest Post!

First, I want to thank you all for the love and encouragement sent to our family following a difficult week. We had one of those “triple whammies” that left us shaken but thankful for the solid rock of Jesus as our foundation.  I plan to get back to blogging now that the storm is passing, but today I wanted to share this sweet guest post with all of you!

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My name is Mya and I am 9-years-old. I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This year Santa brought me baking items and I started my own blog: Cupcake Bossette. I have started a baking business and I am earning money. I hope to be able to help with gifts for our friends through Compassion International.

My family and I sponsor two children with Compassion International. Our first friend is Aaron from Burkina Faso. He is 12-years-old. We have been sponsoring him for over a year now and he writes us letters. Our second friend is from Nicaragua. Her name is Stephania and she will be 9-years-old soon. I am learning about Stephania and her family.

My mom and I wanted to send Stephania something special. Mom said that if we make something it is more special than if we buy it because we took the time to make something. For my birthday I got tracing paper and we decided to use it to make paper dolls. First, Mom traced a paper doll with a black pen. (We used this book.) Then I took over the project. I used colored pencils to color the dolls.

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After I colored the dolls I used stick glue to cover the back of the tracing paper. Then I glued the dolls to the back of a cereal box (the brown side). I smoothed the dolls down and the paper stuck very well. Mom said we could send the dolls like this, to compassion, but I wanted to see what they would look like. I cut out the dolls with scissors and then made a strip that will serve as a stand for the dolls.

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Finally, I took tracing paper to create the clothes. Mom said she will take the outlines to a Xerox shop so we can make copies of the clothes. I plan to color them and make designs on them with my colored pencils I will not cut them out before I send them because they could get lost in the mail to Nicaragua. Mom said it would be a good idea to send a Xerox copy of the clothes without color too, so Stephania will be able to color some for herself.

This was a fun project to do with my Mom and I hope that Stephania in Nicaragua will enjoy the paper dolls. Now that I have them done I am glad we made them instead of buying them. It took time to make them and we talked about Stephania while we made them wondering if she will like them.

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Mya, thank you so much for sharing this cute idea with the BFTB community!

If you would like to submit a guest post to appear on Blogging from the Boonies, please feel free to contact me with your ideas.  You can email me at mjw4compassion@gmail.com.