Announcing my plans for 2011!

Hello Friends!

We are now in the season of Thanks and I am reminded how thankful I am for the support of everyone through the years. It's hard to believe, but 2011 will mark the 10th Anniversary of my first "Sandra Stillwell Presents" convention!

The privilege of organizing the Tulsa Gene Convention and many events proceeding have been highlights of my life... something that I am forever grateful for.

That being said, I have some exciting news to share with you all! Though details aren't finalized, I will confirm that I am working on a "Sandra Stillwell Presents" convention for 2011!!

I'm excited to say that San Francisco is my preferred destination! Hotel contract negotiations are progressing well, and if all goes as planned, Sandra Stillwell Presents "Golden Gate Glamour" will take place June 3-5, 2011!

I spent a short amount of time in San Francisco last year before traveling to Hong Kong, and fell in love with the city! It's easy to understand why it's widely known as "America's favorite city"!

San Francisco, famous for it's landmark Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Castro District, cable cars and rolling hills, 60's "hippie" culture, and colorful Victorian architecture, is also a city rich in fashion history.

In continuing with the event fashion theme and exhibition of Nashville and "Golden Age of Couture", 2011's "Golden Gate Glamour" will focus not only on San Francisco's rich fashion heritage, but also the noted couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga, whose legacy will be highlighted in a major exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum and the relationship between the two. The dates of convention were chosen so that we have the opportunity to view this extraordinary collection!

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response for the format of "The Golden Age of Couture", we will once again feature exclusive fashions as souvenirs, with dressed centerpiece dolls showcased at each meal function.

We had such an enjoyable experience doing things as a group in Nashville that I hope to once again include sightseeing and/or offsite functions in the convention registration. However, this is not guaranteed, as the size of our group, as well as the time factor and over all cost of transportation/tours have to be considered.

At this time, it is undecided how many registrations will be available. Keeping in mind the workable size of this year's intimate event, as well as your many requests for a convention next year, the number will depend, in large part, on the response I get.

As always, I am working to give you as much value as possible with your registration, while keeping costs reasonable. With all that San Francisco has to offer, it will be difficult to fit an entire "San Francisco experience" into a 2 1/2 day format, so I would encourage you to plan to extend your stay before and after the event for additional sightseeing.

It is extremely important that you let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending...and if so, if you plan to extend your stay either before or after convention. It would also be helpful to know if there is anything in particular you would like to see or do while in San Francisco!

Your feedback is crucial to know how many people to count on when planning souvenirs, meal functions, sightseeing, and in hotel negotiations.
Please email or phone me directly with your feedback, questions or comments!

I hope you're as excited as I am about San Francisco!

I want to once again thank everyone who contributed to the success of 2010's "Golden Age of Couture"... both during and after the event. As reported, it was a complete sell out! I'm thrilled to say that only one of our exclusive Jamie-Show Sun doll centerpieces and a handful of London Holiday gift sets are still available!!

Finally, as thanks to all of you, I have a FREE SHIPPING offer on my blog sales page for all US orders over $150 when paid by cash or check! For those of you who haven't purchased Sun, London Holiday, or the "Adrian Collection", this is a wonderful opportunity to save some dolly dollars! There are other past convention items listed too, and new things will be added as time permits, but if there is something you don't see and are looking for, please don't hesitate to contact me!

As always, I very much appreciate your support! Without you, there would be no 10th Anniversary! Here's hoping you can join me in San Francisco for this milestone event!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Finding treasure!

While sorting through stuff today I happened upon boxes with a couple DECO DREAMS & AT THE CAPTAINS REQUEST from Hollywood Ahoy along with a few CORAL DELUXE & TAKE TWO FOR TEXAS from Lone Star Soiree! It's like finding a treasure!

I only have a very limited number of each, so if you are looking to acquire any (or all!) of these beauties, act now!

I also came across a couple Gene steamer trunks from the Queen Mary event at the Hollywood Memories Convention. These are really hard to find and coveted by collectors!

You never know what goodies I will come across so check back often for updates in my sales page!

Special Offer!

Just a heads up, I am still offering FREE US shipping on all orders of $150 or more when paying by check or money order!! Discounted shipping for International buyers and PayPal users. This sale is for a limited time so don't delay and miss out on this opportunity to save some dolly dollars!

I have also added some new items on the
sales page two. Many items from past events along with complete Integrity and AD fashions!

Quantities are limited, so please email me directly at with your wish lists before sending payment.

Check back soon as I will have some big news for you all regarding plans for 2011!

Turn back your clocks!

Hi guys!

Can it possibly be NOVEMBER already???

After appearing in all their spooky regalia, it appears that goblins, ghouls and witches have retired to the shadows for yet another year. Candy and goodies have been eaten, and costumes have been packed away or relegated to the give away bins.

In the doll world, Halloween weekend was a whirlwind of convention activity that will keep the season's festivities in our memories for a long time to come, for there were TWO fabulous events offering dolly treats that will not soon be forgotten!

The only drawback to all the fun happening simultaneously is that we couldn't clone ourselves to be in two places at once!

I attended the Tonner "Mysticism and Mayhem" Halloween Convention. It was a great one does Halloween better than the Tonner team and their collectors! One amazing costume after another! There's always a warm, fuzzy feeling at Tonner events...and this one was no exception...even with the all the gory costumes! The best part of any convention for me is spending time with friends, and It was fun seeing friends I don't get to see often. I met some great new people, too! But I missed seeing other friends and the Integrity crew at the fabulous Fashion Royalty convention!

I had a sales table for the first time at a Tonner event and was thrilled with the reception the London Holiday gift set and the Adrian Collection received! A big thanks to everyone who bought or simply stopped by to chat or comment on the collections!

It was also my first time to visit Vermont! The drive home through the winding back roads of "The Green Mountain State" was especially lovely with it's many historical buildings and charming New England towns set amongst the backdrop of autumn's blazing glory.

The perfect ending to this fun Halloween weekend was my stopover in New Jersey to visit my dear friend, Michael Basala, and his equally dear partner, Chris. It was a treat to see their beautiful home decorated in Halloween splendor, welcoming all the little ghouls and goblins to come knocking. I surprised Michael at the door, and to my delight he greeted me with a deep "Bru ha ha" as he stepped from the shadows revealing a scary green face and costume!

Of course, a visit with Michael wouldn't be complete without a trip to New York City's fabric district! (More about plans for this new fabric soon....!)

With Brenda Starr, Daphne, and other Tonner gals dressed to model "London Holiday", we couldn't resist doing a photo shoot to demonstrate the many mix and match possibilities of this fabulous gift set! My favorite "trick" is to reverse the jacket and add the belt, giving it a completely new look! (Be sure to simply remove the tag from the inside of the jacket first!)

Tonner Hollywood Legends Joan, Bette, Ava, and the new star, Carol Barrie, just had to get in on the action by showing how stunning they look in the "Adrian Collection"!

You can see the results of our Tonner model photo session by clicking the "Photo" tab above. New original inspiration sketches have also been added to the "Adrian" page!

For those who have been waiting for the remainder of the "Sadie" black and silver sequin centerpiece fashions from the Adrian "Hollywood Ahoy!" breakfast to be delivered, I'm excited to say they have finally arrived and can be found on the "Sales" page. (Thanks for your patience!!!) There are only 2 remaining available for sale.

Our star, Gene, couldn't be ignored and joined the fun modeling the much requested hatbox separates from the 10th Anniversary Decade of Dreams convention. These pictures, along with a few other items from past Gene conventions have been added to the new "Sales 2" page. New items will be added as time permits. I will also be adding my duplicate dolls. If there is a convention item or Gene doll you are looking for and DON'T see here, please ask!

Finally, I've saved the best for last! To extend the "spirit" of the season, I am offering FREE US shipping for all orders of $150 or more when paying by check or money order!! Discounted shipping for International buyers and PayPal users. No tricks... just combine items to fill up your treat bag! Like a ghost, the free shipping offer will vanish into thin air when it's ready to leave, so don't delay and miss out on this opportunity to save some dolly dollars!

Quantities are limited, so please email me directly at with your wish lists before sending payment.

One more thing... I got an email from Gigi's Doll and Sherry's Teddy Bear shop in Chicago a few days ago that they are still accepting reservations for their upcoming "World of Mel Odom" Gala event on November 20th! Mel will be at the store from 11AM-2PM to visit with those who would like to stop by (no reservations necessary) and special guest of honor at dinner afterwards. Deadline for dinner reservations is November 7th, so don't delay if you would like to join Gene fans and friends for this fun event! I hope to see some of you there!

Till next time...


Thanks, Congrats, and Apologies!

Hi guys!

The past month since the "Golden Age of Doll Couture" convention in Nashville has been full of "life's STUFF"! WHERE has the time gone???

I don't get a chance to post on the boards much these days, but as you can see by my subject line, I have a lot to say this afternoon! LOL!

Last things first! (Nothing like working backwards! LOL!)

Most of you are probably aware that I've been consumed with the frustrating problem of a nasty computer virus the past few weeks! After several false "fixes", I think the problem has finally been remedied. I understand the nasty little bug sent out bogus emails to those in my address book (NO...I'm not selling Viagra!). My deepest apologies for any problems this may have caused any of my friends!

Secondly, I attended the Modern Doll Convention last week. The MDC ladies always do a great job! My favorite part of MDC has always been seeing old friends and a variety of manufacturers, and this year the addition of Expo made it possible to do more of both! It was nice to see so many friendly faces there!

An informal lunch full of fun with Vogue Dolls kicked off the convention. Ginny has long been one of favorite vintage dolls and I'm thrilled Vogue has brought back the "vintage" sculpt for the past few lines. Our favorite 16" fashion doll can even get into the fun by "collecting" little Mini Ginny!

Cissy, another personal favorite "vintage" doll, reigned as the colorful queen featured as the centerpiece at "Venetian Carnivale", the Alexander Doll Company dinner. A diminutive shadow Cissette was presented as souvenir.

A highlight was the Tonner "Hollywood" luncheon and introduction of their "Gowns By Anne Harper" line. I can see the striking costume designer Ann Harper and sultry film actress Carol Barrie both fitting in very well with Gene! In fact...I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Gene "borrowed" their beautiful wardrobes! I especially enjoyed the program presented by Robert Tonner featuring photographs and facts about legendary Hollywood costume designers.

An extra special treat for me was to spend time with the always charming Casey Lalonde, who was at Expo to present a special program on his Grandmother, Joan Crawford, and the Tonner Joan Crawford dolls.

I'm a big fan of the romantic, over the top style of Wilde Imagination's Evangeline Ghastly and Ellowyne Wilde, and their dolls did not disappoint! I enjoyed both events very much...the Tonner/Wilde Imagination team can always be counted on to entertain!

Another personal highlight was the Horsman Urban Vita wine and cheese event, where Design Director Dorinda Balenecki announced the winners of Horsman Doll Company's "Express Yourself "design contest, featuring the multiple face plates of their new Urban Expressions Vita doll. Imagine my delighted surprise to hear Terry Barner and Stacy Leigh, both members of the online doll community, announced as finalists and winners in several categories! Congratulations, Terry and Stacy!

A wonderful surprise for Gene fans was the announcement of a new addition to the Horsman design team...none other than former Gene team designer and friend George Sarofeen!! Oohs and awes could be heard throughout the room when Dorinda showed sneak peak sketches of two of George's vintage styled designs for the upcoming year!

It was a privilege to be present at the Dolls of Excellence Awards breakfast when the always gracious Helen Kish was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipient of this award is voted on by industry members and Helen was the first artist ever to win unanimously! It could not have gone to a more talented or nicer lady....Congratulations Helen!

I was very proud to see some Tonner "travel" dolls attending MDC functions with their owners modeling ensembles from the London Holiday and Salon Appointment gift sets throughout the weekend! I was thrilled to see how beautifully they fit the Tonner body! It was neat to see how others interpreted the mix and match possibilities. The owners kindly directed comments to me...what a great way to meet new collectors! I was truly humbled by the reception the fashions received!

Before closing, I would like to thank everyone who has visited here so far! We've had quite an attendance the past couple of weeks!

An extra big thanks goes to those of you who answered the poll! Your feedback and kind comments about the prototypes have been much appreciated. If you haven't participated, please do!

I'm happy to know you're enjoying the "Sandra Stillwell Presents" blog! I hope you'll visit often!!

Preview page now open!

Please visit the Preview Page for some exciting news on my latest project!

I am at the Modern Doll Convention through Sunday and have email access.

By the way, I got the email virus cleared out! I apologize if anyone got a really strange email from me.

Nashville musings.....

Hello again! it hasn't exactly been a long time since my last (and first) post, but I promised to try and update regularly....and besides, I have a long overdue wrap up and MANY thanks to give for the Nashville convention...where has the time gone???

Summer 2010 was certainly filled with memorable moments! Fashion! Fun! Friends! Dolls and travel! I can't imagine a better way to enjoy this hobby we all love! What a wonderful time it was!

With the last days of summer comes the close of yet another project especially dear to my heart...Nashville's Golden Age of "Doll" Couture.

I want to thank everyone who helped make the event an overwhelming success! I'm thrilled to officially pronounce it a sell out!

I'm especially proud of this fact because the Nashville event marked the debut of the Sandra Stillwell Presents label. I'm truly humbled with the feedback I've received.

A lot of love and a little bit of my heart went into every piece of both the convention and companion gift sets. I'm delighted to know that you are enjoying them as much I as enjoyed designing them for you. I hope the separates bring out the "play" in your imagination as they did mine. I can't wait to see everyone's pictures!

In the weeks since convention I've had several inquiries about the origin of fabric in the gift sets and centerpieces as well as questions about the thought process behind the details of the convention. You've also asked my feelings, in hindsight, about the "firsts" in The Golden Age of "Doll" Couture and what you can look forward to from Sandra Stillwell Presents.

So, for those who on, and I'll attempt to give you a brief glimpse into the back story behind The Golden Age of "Doll" Couture...

The Nashville convention was a dream come true for me...something I have wanted to do for a very long time. Though possibly not the best timing, it became "now or never" upon discovering the Frist Center in Nashville was scheduled to host the landmark Golden Age of Couture -- Paris to London, 1947-1957, exhibition from London's V&A Museum for a short three months!

From inception to finale, I had an amazing support system of friends who helped weave my ideas into the beautiful "fabric" that became the end design.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted The Golden Age of "Doll" Couture to be different from any convention that had come before. Instead of a big gala, I wanted this event to be an intimate retreat with friends where we could not only celebrate the dolls we love and the beautiful fashions that inspire them, but also "play" and get to know each other better. My goal was for everyone...including my dedicated volunteers... to be able to experience things together.

As important as the "couture" theme was, our destination of Nashville was equally important. Nashville is one of my favorite cities. Somehow it reminds me of a strong and gracious lady who warmly welcomes guests to her beautiful home...a host with impeccable style who, on one hand oozes Southern charm while on the other is not afraid to "kick up her heels" and have a good time. The artistry of Manuel, the history in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the heritage of the Ryman Auditorium, the magnificence of Cheekwood, the gracefulness of the Historic Hardaway House, and the awe-inspiring fashions exhibited at the majestic Frist...I wanted my guests to experience all she had to offer.

Above all, it was important that The Golden Age Of "Doll" Couture be done with the elegance and style guests have come to expect from a "Sandra Stillwell Presents" affair...and that there be wonderful treasures to take home as cherished remembrances of this fabulous weekend.

Yes....The Golden Age Of "Doll" Couture presented many unique challenges. The biggest of which was to keep it affordable, as typically an event with small numbers is more expensive to organize than one with strong "buying" power. Also, our small numbers meant that it would be impossible to include a major doll manufacturer.

I had been toying with the idea of trying a new concept that focused solely on "fashion" with outfits as gifts instead of the customary souvenir doll. With positive feedback from collectors and the couture fashion theme of convention, this seemed to be the golden opportunity.

I had the PERFECT fabric for the Golden Age Of Couture theme...a beautiful rose tweed with soft metallic gold accents, purchased in New York City. My dear friend, Sherlyn Lovell, had worked with me developing patterns and prototypes for a gift set based on this fabric. Adding to the "perfection" was the fact that the day wear portion of the gift set was inspired by a 1940's suit designed by Norman Hartnell, British designer to the Queen. There was just enough fabric for the required fifty gift sets!. It seemed "meant to be".

But the factory required a larger order. What to do???

On a recent trip to New York I had purchased a beautiful blue wool and coordinating hound's-tooth. In "playing" with it, I discovered this combination would be perfect in the same design we had planned for the rose tweed..I simply couldn't choose which I liked best! And with that, I had my solution...this would be the companion "London Holiday" gift set!"

The Golden Age of "Doll" Couture" was based not only on exquisite fashions by the most prestigious European designers, but also the couture fashion shows where they were showcased -- with day wear being presented first, followed by cocktail frocks then evening wear, with the grand finale of opulent wedding gowns. We needed centerpiece dolls that would invoke the finest of European couture to "walk the runway"!

Everything gelled when, on a trip to Paris, I discovered a lovely Parisian designer cotton sateen print and the most breathtaking, delicate French embroidered lace...both worthy of the finest "doll couture". It was love at first sight!

As chance would have it, shortly after returning home I had a "play date" with former Gene team designer and friend, George Sarofeen, and couldn't resist showing off my fabric! To my disappointment, George told me the scale of the print was just too would never work on Gene! But, knowing a losing battle when he saw one, he agreed to do a sketch of the design I had in mind. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words! Perfection! Next came the sketch of the wedding gown. We were both wowed!

Ultimately, teamwork is the thread that stitches the success (or failure) of a convention together...and I am blessed with the most dedicated convention team an event producer could have the privilege to work with.

Please indulge me a moment while I give credit to my incredible team:

To Michael Basala: Quite are a dream come true and a joy to work with. Thank you for being by my side each step of the way with friendship, support, assistance, advice, understanding, and enthusiasm...all with a sense of humor. You are my "right hand" who always instinctively understands the "left hand".

To Sherlyn Lovell, Sherry Wisdom, Barb Koffman, Penny Sands,
Linda Farnsworth (and Michael, too!): I could not ask for a better, more loyal or dedicated group of friends! Your unwavering support enables me to do what I love most...and makes me look good doing it! Thank you for always being "up" for whatever I throw your way! I am truly blessed to have you all in my life.

To Cathy Roach and Gary Reeves: To two of the most creative, generous people I've ever known. I appreciate your willingness to help and your "can do" attitude more than I can express. Thank you for always being there for me.

To Jeff Lega and Robert McGarity: Two of the most gracious gentlemen I've ever had the privilege to work with! It was a delight to have you both on our "team" the past couple of years! Thanks, guys, for always being willing to lend a hand!

Special thanks to Jeff Lega and Terri Gold, whose stunning photographs will bring the convention to life for those who could not be with us and enable the cherished memories of those who did attend to live on vividly forever. Your photo shoot elevated the spirit of the convention to a completely new level! Thanks to both of you for pitching in to help throughout the weekend!

Much appreciation to both Terri and Kathryn Darden for their publicity and online write ups about the convention. Ladies...thanks for helping to spread the word about the festivities!

I would also like to express thanks to Fashion Doll Quarterly for their continued support! Look for convention coverage from Terri Gold in an upcoming issue!

To Patsy Fryberger: Thank you for the wonderful dress and jacket ensemble! Your hard work and dedication to getting them done and delivered was much appreciated! Your artistry dressed our dolls in "Nasville Style"!

To Sherlyn Lovell: Your MANUEL tee shirts were adorable! Thanks so much!

To George Sarofeen: You are a talented, dear friend who is in a class all your own! Thanks for always being willing to give a critique and opinion. Your loving advice and invaluable help are much appreciated. Some of my favorite moments throughout the years have been our design brainstorming sessions. You are truly an inspiration!

To Barb Koffman, Scotty Wisdom, Black Gold Embroidery and Bella! Productions...
Thanks, guys, for the fabulous centerpiece props! Your contributions added WOW factor and "set the scene" to showcase the centerpiece dolls beautifully!

To George Gonzalez with JAMIEShow from Angelic Dreamz: Thank you for going out of your way to produce our stunningly beautiful Sun Doll! I am very honored to have your "first" special edition! Your sponsorship and support was much appreciated!

To Cheryl Crawford: I am awed by your talent! It was a privilege to watch your lovely ladies develop from concept to reality, and my honor to host your first event. I look forward to seeing your doll line grow and wish you much success. Thank you for letting me be a small part of it all.

To Joan Greene: You are a wealth of knowledge with a unique sense of humor and rare way with words. I'll never tire of hearing your many stories! Thank you for showing me Nashville as a native and introducing me to all she has to offer! You've opened doors to new experiences I could only dream of! Your friendship and gracious hospitality has been much appreciated.

To Brian Bulkley: One of the dearest, most talented guys I know! Your classic movie and fashion history knowledge is amazing! Thank you for generously sharing your talent and always being there to toss ideas back and forth with! We've missed you!

Many thanks to Tonner Doll Company, Gigi's Dolls, and IntegrityToys for their generous door prize donations.

Finally, my deepest thanks to everyone who went out of their way to join us for "The Golden Age of "Doll" Couture", and to the collectors who purchased absentee packages. You make all this possible.

So, you may ask...would I do it all over again? In a heartbeat! In fact....I'm already working on plans for next year!


Hello friends!

Welcome to the new "Sandra Stillwell Presents" blog!

You may not know this but I am a bit...OK, make that a lot... technologically challenged, but I thought I would step into the 21st century and try out this blog thing.

I can't promise to say anything profoundly interesting or even to write updates as often as I should, but I hope to post something that will make you smile or pique your interest from time to time! I'm still learning...I hope you'll all come along on my journey of discovery! Sandra Stillwell Presents will be THE place to hear about happenings at the latest conventions and get the scoop on upcoming projects.

Take a few minutes to check out the site. We feature a page dedicated to Adrian, MGM's head costume designer during the 1930's and 40's. Here you'll find stills of Adrian as well as photos of his original designs that inspired our Adrian Collection for fashion dolls.

Photos and prices of the debut fashions in the Adrian Collection can be found on the sales page. If you're still on the fence about these stunning fashions, don't wait too long...I'm excited to say the line is almost sold out!

If you missed out on getting one of the fabulous Golden Age of "Doll" Couture packages from the recent Nashville convention, you'll be happy to know there are still a very few of the London Holiday companion gift sets, as well as our signature chairs, available. Also available is the last of our exclusive JamieShow Sun dolls, an edition of only 15! The beautiful photos of these items on the sales page certainly prove that, in fact, a picture is worth a thousand words!.

In addition, you'll find a few remaining items from last year's Hollywood Ahoy! Convention. Quantities are extremely limited! Other items may be available, so if there is something you are looking for and don't see, please contact me directly.

Still to come are items from Dallas and other conventions, as well as duplicate regular line dolls and other miscellaneous treasures. I'll be adding items regularly, so I hope you'll bookmark us and visit often!

Finally, be sure to check out the "Preview" page later this week for photos of prototypes that are in consideration for production.

Thanks for visiting!


Welcome to Sandra Stillwell Presents!

Please visit the sales page to view items from The Golden Age of Couture event, The Adrian Collection and other events.