Robert Tonner ~ A Convention 2013 Special Exhibit

Our convention souvenir doll artist has been a true tour de force in the doll world for over twenty years and is a familiar and beloved name to the members of UFDC. Robert Tonner and the Tonner Doll Company, Inc. have created a remarkable body of work and this exhibit showcases some of the beautiful dolls that have been created during Robert’s illustrious career.

Beautiful Boys, Gorgeous Girls – Asian and American BJDs ~ A Convention 2013 Special Exhibit

Jennifer Kohn Murtha presented this wonderful Convention 2013 Special Exhibit on the current doll collecting phenomenon. Jennifer and her friends have brought together a stunning and amazingly wide-ranging set of dolls that are artfully arranged for our enjoyment. The pictures below speak for themselves!

The Enchanting Trousseau of Chiffonnette ~ A Convention 2013 Special Exhibit

Sylvia MacNeil’s virtuosity as a costume researcher and creator of early French Fashion doll wardrobes made the Chiffonnette special exhibit at the UFDC Convention absolutely breathtaking!

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Convention Centerpiece Dolls

On my way to the special exhibits I passed the display case with the five 22″ Tonner American Model dolls dressed in stunning Edwardian Fashions. These dolls will be the centerpiece dolls for the final Thursday night banquet and are being offered for sale in the mini office all week. Aren’t the dolls stunning?

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It is difficult to take good pictures through glass but nice to see the dolls in person. At one of his events, Robert Tonner told us the gorgeous fashions were designed by Joe Petrollese, design director for Tonner Dolls who also designed the Wilde Imagination dolls Ellowyne and Evangeline and who is also here at the convention.

Which is your favorite? I think mine is the one in pink — the hat just makes the outfit. But now it’s off to the Special Exhibits! I know everyone is dying to see pictures.

Regional Meeting

Have I mentioned this is my first UFDC convention? One of the fun things about coming is seeing all of my friends from other clubs in my region (who I mostly run into at doll shows) and meeting the people who I know from on-line. Yesterday afternoon there were meetings for each of the regions so I found my friends and we tracked down the correct meeting room for Region 15. (That’s Rosemary, our club president, signing in on the left of this picture.)

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Our Regional Director, Betsey Cumming, had everyone introduce themselves and we had about 43 people from MA, ME, NH and VT in attendance! She gave us an update on upcoming events in the region and there was a lot of joking and teasing.

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Betsey is just finishing her 3-year term as Regional Director so she was gifted with a new doll for her Frozen Charlotte collection that individual members from all over the region contributed to.

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Thanks, Betsey, and congratulations to Joyce Stamps who will be our new Regional Director! And thanks to all the RDs who volunteer their time to help the United Federation of Doll Clubs do what it does so well.

The Tonner Program

Every time I hear Robert Tonner speak I am struck by how friendly and approachable he is. His talent and his love of dolls (and of UFDC) is apparent and inspiring!

We got to see the 20th Anniversay video in its entirety then Robert answered questions from the audience. Here is the trailer for the video:

Some pictures from the event:

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Open forum……

This afternoon I attended the open forum. After the meeting I got to meet UFDC president Ada Diedrich!

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‘Kansas City’ Luncheon!

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Today I got to visit with other dolls like me! I attended the Kansas City luncheon, with souvenir by 5Star Dolls, by way of Fabric Friends and Dolls.

First I got to meet another BJD who was hanging on a star!

We had a yummy lunch, followed by the story of another BJD, named Kimmie, and her journey to America and a happy new home!

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A Junior Collector Workshop!

Cheryl Phillips led a fun workshop for junior collectors at the Washington Convention on Tuesday morning. The young ladies and gentleman learned about the Edwardian era custom of dance cards for balls, they learned some dance etiquette and made their own, doll-sized dance cards that double as fans.

Cheryl and her daughter came dressed in beautiful gowns and hats that Cheryl made herself!

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She sent me home with a kit for my own junior collector (who I didn’t bring with me) and an extra fan all made up for my little Martha travel doll. Thank you, Cheryl!

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Opening Ceremonies

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Loretta, Linda, Ada and Janet, our UFDC officers, at the Opening Ceremonies Tuesday night. (For those who know her, yes, Loretta is standing on a step stool!)

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One of the exciting announcements at the meeting was about Anne Mears’ donation of many, many beautiful dolls from her collection to the museum in Kansas City!

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