Saturday morning came very quickly. I was up early, early, early so I could help out with the Helper buckets at 6:30AM. That is right, 6:30. We got all the Helper buckets to the ballroom and then removed all the labels and lids and put them into the buckets so that the drawings would go quickly.
At 8:30AM I took my leave from the drawings to attend a 9AM workshop: Sister Mary Laetitia - Your Nun's Story which was taught by Fr Francois Sainte-Marie.
We started with a doll made by the sponsoring club, and a bag of partially fitted outfit pieces.
The Father than had a veil and naming ceremony for each doll as he pinned the veil on.
I then quickly made my way over to my luncheon, Dolley Madison - Our Nation's Kindred Spirit. In fact I made my way over so quickly that I forgot to go up to my room and get my table gifts. Oh, well. There were plenty of goodies on the table, already.
After a tasty lunch, a historian and Dolley impersonator gave a speech on Dolley Madison and the invasion of D.C. It was very informative and well done.
The souvenir doll is a Cissette as Dolley Madison, she is fabulous.
After lunch I went to the Helper room to see if I won anything. I did! I won 2 dolls.
Doll #1 is a large Mariquita Perez.
Doll #2 is this lovely Cissy! I came to the convention wanting a Cissy, and I went home with one. I was so happy, and surprised that I actually got her.
I did a last little walk around the Dealer's room in the last 15 minutes they were open, and managed to buy one last doll. A cute little Island cutie by Judy Porter.
Totally exhausted I went back to the room and took a nap. I think I fell asleep the moment my head hit the pillow. When I woke up an hour later I felt like a brand new person.
Eventually it was time to get dressed up and take up my position of table host in the ballroom. The table centerpieces were a simple vase and fake flowers.
This time I did remember to bring my table favors.
The ladies at my table were a lot of fun. We even got shushed by someone at a nearby table once. Oh, well.
The souvenir doll was passed out at the end of the banquet.
She is a lovely Heather Maciak vinyl doll with soft features and bright red hair, named Anne.
She even has own little doll.
Some of the other dolls I got from the dealer's room earlier this week are Jill,
Ginny as Tinkerbell, and Ginny as the Sorcerers Apprentice. All three were from the Vogue booth. I tend to always visit their booth first thing and find some lovely items.
After the banquet I packed up all my clothing, and items, and dolls, dolls, dolls, and went to bed.
It was a great convention and I look forward to the next one, but now I need to sleep for a week or two to recover.