So my first blog in a while is about how much fun I'm having getting ready for IFDC. The truth is that this will be the first convention where I will be an official attendee. My friend, Mary, and I just show up at conventions, go to the room sales, meet people, etc. But last year, thanks to Jim Faraone and Doll Divas, I won the convention package for IFDC this year in Las Vegas!! if that isn't enough to restart your interest in dolls, I don't know what is!
First, I had to find a travel doll, then I had to figure out what she would wear. This meant going through a lot of clothes and dolls and getting excited all over again about how wonderful all my little beauties and their outfits are. I started looking at the doll boards again to see what was out there and what people were saying about all the conventions. I dusted off my camera and started taking a few pictures.
Over the years, depending on what was going on in my life I've been more and less active with my dolls, but whenever I fall in love with them all over again, I wonder why I let them get pushed aside. They are such a joy.
Since my friend, Mary, is going with me, we got all excited about doing table gifts and got a little carried away. We have hats, furniture (including some hassocks from Steelcase, an internationally known manufacturer of office equipment that is headquartered in our city), diorama objects, etc., to give away, and if the convention were postponed for another month, we'd probably find more! Another friend of mine, who has gone to lots of conventions, told us we were overdoing it. How can you give too many presents!?! Besides, the fun of making the hats was so creatively stimulating that we've been inspired to try other things as well.
Anyway, I will be posting again about the convention in a week or ten days. For all of you who have been to a convention, wish me luck, and for those of you who haven't- I hope your turn comes next year!!