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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This afternoon I attended the open forum. After the meeting I got to meet UFDC president Ada Diedrich!
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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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! 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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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!)
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!
The day at the UFDC Convention started with a great seminar with Joanne Miller, the “President’s Update”. This seminar was to train club presidents and included a copy of the recently updated President’s Manual.
Here is Martha examining the President’s Manual.
An exciting program this afternoon was “Edwardian Dolls and Their Era” with Elizabeth Coleman, Susan Sirkis and Donelle Denery. This was a delightful presentation with three fantastic experts on the history, fashion and dolls of the Edwardian period. I now feel educated for viewing the Edwardian Doll special exhibit.
We’re getting ready now to go to the Opening Ceremonies and then (oh boy!!) the Sales Room opening!!
Hello again from the UFDC National Convention in Washington, D.C. It is certainly a Capital Affair!
My name is Hitty — you can see me in the picture below in the bottom right corner — and I am Diane’s travel doll.
Diane and I went to Bradley Justice’s program “Designing for Barbie” this morning.
We learned about the women and gentleman who designed Barbie’s wonderful wardrobe over the years. Thanks, Bradley, for a wonderful program!
It’s Sunday night and the ice cream social is still happening! This is a drop-in event to meet your Officers and Regional Directors while enjoying an ice cream treat. Donations are being accepted to support ReAL Services. Check out the wonderful hats!
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Hello from Washington D.C.! I’m Martha, the small doll in the picture below sitting with my BJD friend. I am Maria’s travel doll and we’ll be blogging from the UFDC National Convention as it happens. Our friend Marseille is also blogging. We hope you enjoy this peek into the convention as it happens!
After registering, our first stop was the Doll Dialogs. Doll dialogs are round table discussions where a presenter talks for approximately 45 minutes on their chosen topic with a small group of participants. The talks are informal and include lots of discussion and questions. At the end of the talk you get up and choose another topic that interests you. Our first dialog was “Exploring Joints – from Ball Jointed Through BJDs” by Maryll Goldsmith.
Next we learned about “Celluloid Dolls Around the World” with Nancy Harmon.
We were fascinated by “French Fashion Hats from Poupee Modele” by Barbara DeVilbiss.
Finally, we checked out the Dedo dolls at “What’s a Dedo Doll” by Elise Adams.
Aren’t those Dedos something else?
We hope you’re enjoying these first pictures from convention! Stay tuned for more.
Hi, there! My name is Lumi, and I’m reporting live from the Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. Registration and check-in are underway!!!!
I spent this morning helping to set up the room for the competitive exhibit. Boy, am I tired! But we worked hard, and the company was good, so we had a great time!