The doll show was awesome. I made more than enough to make it worth all the work and had a wonderful time while I was at it. I met two really great ladies...okay I met lots of nice ladies, but these two were my booth mates to the right of me. They buy, refurbish and dress vintage Barbies and such. We shared body parts jokes (they boil whereas I paint) and so many laughs through the day. They were a joy to be around.
As I promised Martha and Judy, I took pictures of the Izzies I finally made dresses for. Good thing too, because two of them found new homes. One of the ladies wanted me to switch dresses--I generally don't like to do that, but this was the sixth doll this lady has bought from me at shows. So, for her I did it. She wanted the blue-eyed Izzie in yellow, but she wanted the fluffy white dress. Funny...I was wondering if that white dress would go over well. The doll in the pink dress sold as well, to a lady up in Austin who runs the annual doll show there. It felt good, the response I was getting from established "Doll People" this time. It's as if they've decided that I'm here to stay. This was the first anniversary of my first show. I wonder how the twentieth will feel? :~) Dorothy, who runs this one, referred a customer to me for a commission to make TEN DOLLS. So I'll be more than a little busy over the next couple of months--especially with Austin coming up in a month!
|Blue eyed Izzie|
|Now this one wears the yellow dress, but it fits her fine.|
|She's only as far as Austin, so I can still visit her.|
|She's such a sophisticate!|
My set up is getting better. Still not entirely happy with it, but it's getting there. For the last year, I've been collecting old crocheted table clothes and doilies, etc. Trying to unify the color scheme a little because with all those dolls and their chairs, etc., it gets looking so busy. It must be working; people stopped to take pictures of my booth. (They asked permission first. Doll People are generally polite.)
One lady suggested I remove the hoods and bonnets from the Izzie dolls--or let their bonnets rest back on their shoulders. Said seeing their little heads made them look more Izzie-like. I had to agree, but with mixed feelings. They look so cute with their bonnets on!
New developments...I know I have tried to limit myself to three shows, but I was invited to participate in a show about a day's drive east of me, and I think I'm going to have to give it a try. This really is so fun.