Tag Archives: Children

Boy Doll Striped Zip-Up Hoodie

I up-cycled this hoodie from a human boy hoodie, and made it almost identical to the big version!  I altered this pattern, using Sweatshirt F.  I used the back pattern pieces as the front.

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The back of the hoodie.  The hoodie has a point sort of shape to it, so when it is on the doll’s head it looks like an elf coat or something 🙂IMG_1834

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Cause and Effect

I have officially announced my next novel, Cause and Effect, on my website: The By Kids for Kids Series! It is in the beginning stages of writing.

Here’s a little history on the story. I first had the idea for Cause and Effect about five years ago, while on vacation. After writing thirty pages, and drafting many ideas about the life in Melena’s school, the manuscript lay aside as I waited for a plot breakthrough idea to come to me. Meanwhile I wrote California Girl, Only 7 and Next Stop. In the beginning of 2014, after much thought, I was struck with a brand new back story idea for Cause and Effect. Since then, I have been writing and writing getting my new idea together!

Here is the (current) official summary of Cause and Effect which I published on my website:

At the age of eight, Melena is taken to an isolated school. She struggles with friends, loss, and bullying. Her life is changed one night, and she realizes she has more potential than she ever could have imagined. She and her friends are faced with a tough decision that could have big consequences.

The ozone layer has been polluted dangerously. Death has occurred in many areas, and scientists decide to investigate. Surviving children, who suffer from mysterious amnesia, are placed in isolated schools to be observed. Could the observations lead to one of the greatest scientific discoveries of mankind?

My sixth novel, Cause and Effect, can be expected to be published in eBook format on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in 2015. In the meantime, check out my other books here!

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A Poem: A Girl in the Forest


By Victoria L. Smith

A girl walks along the forest edge

The new fallen leaves crunch beneath her feet

A stream runs near her

Bubbling over the rocks and stones

In the waters path

The trees are bent

From pounds of snow

And winds that blow

The soft green forest ground

Is covered with hard brown leaves

The girl’s nose is red

And her feet are bare

She wears old torn clothes

And not a glove or sock

Yet she is happy

She is home among the animals of the wood

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The By Kids for Kids Series

The By Kids for Kids Series by Victoria L. Smith

Victoria L. Smith is a gifted children’s author who has published numerous works in a variety of children’s genres.

The By Kids for Kids Series ebooks are available to read on Kindle, Nook, iPhone, iPad, and more.  Number of pages is approximate.

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Book 1

Ellanora Brown

Ellanora faces the trials thrown in her path by The Great Depression. How will a girl of 12 make her way? Read this first book in a series of stories written to entertain and to intrigue. Ellanora will capture your fancy and your heart.

(63 pages)

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Oregon Girl-- Adventures of Saphrena

Book 2

Oregon Girl: Adventures of Saphrena

In this heartwarming story of difficulty and triumph, Saphrena embraces a new culture with courage and respect. Saphrena will charm you with her spritely personality and loving spirit.

(90 pages)

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Book 3

California Girl: Adventures During World War I

Cameron works her way through jams and joys, and never loses her grasp on what is important.

(82 pages)

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Book 4

Only 7

Amelia’s mother passes away when she is seven years old. Her father, Mr. Justus turns into a depressed, taciturn man. He remarries quickly, and sends Amelia away continually; however, he keeps his two step-sons and four children at home. Amelia works hard to triumph over the grievous details of death, but will she succeed? Will she be able to help her father, too?

(112 pages)

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Coming Soon

Book 5

Charlie Enslow’s father works away from home on the great railroad.  His family receives regular monthly checks from him to support themselves.  When the money suddenly stops, and no word from Mr. Enslow is received, Charlie and his family must make sacrifices.

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A Poem: The Lonely Book



A book lies untouched

On the place where dust lies

Atop a doily of lace

The books sits and cries

For they know not his context

But they do not read

They look on him

As a time taking, worthless task

‘We have no need of him’

They say,

‘We have our electronic books’

They ignore the old and growing older book


‘No, I will have hope’

Dreams the book

There may be one

Who would enjoy and appreciate me


The years pass, however

And the book is not touched

He loses all hope

Of sharing his knowledge

With an unexpectant reader

All hope was not gone,

For there was still a drop left

The hope came in the form of a young boy

The boy gazes at the book in wonder

He has only merely seen pictures

Of these long ago, old fashioned things

For he learns from computers

And reads books of wires and screens

Not of paper


The boy gently lifts the book

From where it has lain for so long

The boy takes the hardcover

Between thumb and fore

And opens the old book

As he reads there opens a door


The reading does not last for long

But the book is happy

He got his dream come true

His dearest wish granted

He had been read by a child.


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