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 time...no 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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...