Sorry I'm late with my recap of the show. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I forgot my camera. And no, I didn't even think to use my phone camera--I don't know how to get pictures out of it. So, yes, I'm wearing my dunce cap. It's really tall, too...makes me duck through doors.
But the show promoter/manager, Dorothy (who is fabulous and runs an incredible doll show twice a year) has a very helpful hubby, who, while not a professional photographer, generously comes around getting pictures. I am grateful to him, because now I do have evidence I was there!
The show set up was very different this time...I have made these giant backdrops out of foam core board. With cloth and glue hinges, I connected two big pieces for the corners, and then one large piece for the center. Since they're separate, I can change the set up depending on the table arrangements we're given to work with at each show. Dorothy is a great show manager, but even she can't change the building structure! Like that great stone column behind my booth. It gave the backdrop something solid behind it, and box-hiding space as well.
Also, I got rid of the layers (and layers) of crocheted table clothes and doilies...I loved them, but did not love the two hours it took before I could even begin setting out dolls! So I dyed an old chenille bedspread, and voila! Several ladies said they liked the more cohesive, less "busy" effect of it...but I do miss all that lovely antique crochet.
I have several Izannahs available, and will notify those on my mailing list of them once I get some good "dressed" photos of the dolls. They showed well in this set up...taking center stage, and looking very old, if I do say so. The show itself went well: I came home with three empty boxes. Using a credit card this time made a big difference, and it just couldn't have been easier!
Doll shows are also buying trips for me--I scout out good doll wigs, old lace (thank you Judy!) and antique petticoats, etc. for future work. This show was successful on that count, too. I was very good and did NOT buy any dolls for myself, as I have sworn to bring home no more til I dress the poor naked ones already here.
It always take me a while to get everything sorted through when I get home, and until I do, there are big boxes all over the living room...sort of the reverse of the Giant Set Up Rehearsal. I have the most wonderful and understanding husband in the world.
I think I'll keep him.