My old blog friend Savina sent me her handmade dolls from Korea for my three girls.

As far as I know, she’s almost my mom’s age and she has been making dolls for many years for the kids in Africa.

She doesn’t sell them nor get any material provides either. She spends her time and money for the people she hasn’t met and maybe never will. In her card she wrote her only wish is to see those kids grow up and still keep her dolls. And for that simple wish, she makes each doll very carefully and very firmly. I was so surprise when I touched her doll for the firmness of the body! It was like a hard rock! Her dolls will definately go for hundreds years.

While I was reading her card, no, actually very the first moment I opened the box, I was almost cry.

I think it’s the power of handmade gifts. You can imagine the countless hours and love someone put in this physical material and it become more than a thing, it becomes something invaluable, something that makes you decide to be a better person.


As I get older, I realized that the most expensive thing is time and I am quite selfish to share my time with others.

Whenever I receive something handmade or invited to an homemade dinner, I want to be a good person. I want to live like that person who shares one’s very important thing with other people.





My girls are at school at the moment and I am very excited to surprise them.

Shall I let them play with or shall I keep these dolls in a safe shelf? I want to see my girls giggle but I am afraid if it gets stain or ruined.

It’s happy yet hard decision I have to make. What do you think?


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get a nice surprise or surprise someone with your handmades.

Minki x


  1. You need to read the Velveteen Rabbit.
    It will help you decide if your girls should play with the dolls

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      Hi Trish,
      Thank you so much for your kind word. I should look up that book.
      My littel Claire plays with two bunnies every day. 🙂

  2. I think is ok to let your kids play with the doll, if they get dirty.. who care, the point is .. the dolls will bring smile into their face . there is story will stay with the dolls when the getting older.
    I love to give quilt to close friends, teachers who really nice to my daughter, to me.. I love when I met a retired vice principal and said my quilt has been use all the time.. That is the same with your friend too , she will love to hear that from you.. 🙂

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      Hi Fitri,
      Thank you so your thoughtful comment. I totally agree!
      I couldn’t wait to surprise my girls so I showed the dolls as soon as they came home from school. Chloe chose a girl doll and Claire chose one of bunnies. My oldest one said no, thank you. 😉

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