Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, 2017

I've been busy this month, so here are a couple of Halloween doll pictures from this October.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Feeling Shy

I decided to participate in Inktober this year. The idea is to do a drawing in ink every day of the month. For Shy, I decided to set up a doll scene and then sketch it.

I went with Ma Petite (by Helen Kish) hiding behind Gothic Romance (by Robert Tonner).

I love that they look like they could be parent and child.

I think the quick sketch turned out pretty well.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Germany and Holland

At the end of August, we took a Rhine River cruise. We started in Basel, Switzerland, and then had stops in  France, Germany, and finished up in Amsterdam (in Holland).

As a doll collector, I hunted for and found some local costume dolls as my souvenirs.

This little German boy is adorable and of really good quality. He was also more expensive than usual souvenir dolls. (But worth it.)

Look at that little face.

In Amsterdam, these cheap cuties were the best I could find. 

They are cute, but not on the level of the German doll.

They make nice additions to my souvenir doll collection.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Final 2017 Convention Post, I Promise

So, I won 2 second place ribbons at the convention. 

The first one was in the Kokeshi category.

The second one was in the Takara Jenny and Friends category. I entered my Ellie. She can be seen in this previous post.

And now for some closeup photos of the Mary Hoyer luncheon doll 

and the Convention souvenir doll by Helen Kish.

So, as you can tell, I had a great time at convention.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Post Convention - Disney Springs

The next day, my friend and I spent the part of the day at Disney Springs before flying home to Maryland. 

We had lunch at T-Rex. 

Licca was not afraid of the dinosaurs.

Disney Springs is filled with shops and restaurants. We really liked the Lego store, the World of Disney, the toy store, and the Christmas store. 

And the Pin Trading store! Can you see Licca in the photo below?

We had lots of fun pin trading with Disney cast members. From trading, I got 2 new Duffy pins, a Shellie May pin, and an Epcot pin. I call that a win.

We made it to the airport on time and had an uneventful flight home. Now I get to rest.

UFDC 68th Annual Convention, 2017 - Orlando, FL: Part 5

Saturday morning came quickly. I got up early and joined the other volunteers to assist with the Helper drawings. I love doing this. It is exciting to hear and see people when pretty dolls. Unfortunately, my lucky streak ended, and I didn't win any drawings. Oh well, this way I didn't have to ship anything home.

Next up was the Mary Hoyer Luncheon: An Evening at the Paris Opera.

The centerpiece was Madame Butterfly.

Licca got her photo taken with the opera star.

Another lady at our table brought her travel doll, too.

Mary Lynne Saunders, Mary Hoyer's grand daughter, was the luncheon speaker. She told us the story of the company.

The luncheon doll is beautiful.

Some Mary Hoyer dolls on display.

After the luncheon, I took a last walk though the sales room and purchased an adorable Kewpie repro from Lee Feickert.

Then it was time for a nap. And then, the big banquet.

Licca wasn't the only travel doll at our table.


The entertainment was a lot of fun - singing and dancing and Disney characters. And then it was time to get our convention souvenir dolls - Ma Petite by Helen Kish.

After a long week of fun and people and dolls, Licca and I went back to our room, packed our over-flowing bags, and slept. Convention was officially over.