Dolls I Liked at IDEX

At IDEX I met a doll artist named Dawn Donfronio. She sculpts dolls and then has kits made for reborn artists to paint and add hair and make bodies and attach the limbs and head. She “reborned” 6 of her own kit called “Tiny Sleeper”. This kit is a preemie baby body and sculpt that is about 12 inches long and I really loved this baby.  Dawn also had a larger doll named “Fiona” and she was pretty cute too. The Tiny Sleeper stayed on my mind as I went from booth to booth looking at all the reborns and I finally decided that she/he was coming back home to Texas with me.  I have created a couple of outfits for “Samantha” and now I need to make a few for “Sam”.

I loved the Kish display and really admire these pretty little works of art. This was the first time I had seen a Kish in person.  After the show, I stared looking for a Kish and found Piper Chasing Butterflies and got her.

Here are the new ones for 2010:

An artist I had heard of before but never really paid any attention to is Susan Krey.  Her booth was magnificent.  The costumes of the queens she created were amazing.  She had young Queen Elizabeth, and older Queen Elizabeth, and Anne Boleyn. Here are some pictures I took.

Fun Happenings at IDEX

I had lots of fun at IDEX!  This was my first trip to IDEX and also to Orlando, so I didn’t know really what to expect. I arrived on Friday, 1/29/10 and took a shuttle bus to the hotel where IDEX was hosted. My friend Jeanie (also from Texas) had already arrived with several others who were sharing a condo, just down from the hotel.  I was picked up and taken to the condo to help get ready for the pizza party.  It was lots of fun and I met some new people and renewed my acquaintance with others that I have met before at an annual Texas doll party.

At the party, I met a couple of nice ladies from “across the pond” who live in England and Scotland. I have only lived in Texas (mostly), Oklahoma, and Louisiana so my ears and brain were not accustomed to processing British and Scottish accents but we managed to communicate just fine.

Later on I will make several posts about things going on that weekend and what I learned. I wanted to make sure my camera was all charged up and ready to go, so I plugged in the battery and sat the camera underneath it. Like a dummy, I left my camera there charging and didn’t realize it until I unpacked in Orlando.  Lesson learned.  I had to use my phone to take pictures so they are not very good quality.

On Saturday I met with several ladies who are members of a forum called Debbie’s Doll Town. Debbie was there and we had a nice breakfast, courtesy of several thoughtful and sweet members. Thank you so much….you all know who you are.  And a special thanks to Tina, my roommate at the hotel, whom I had met at the Texas Doll Party a few years back. It was nice to catch up with her life and what is going on.  We both like to sew for our dolls so we had lots to talk about.

At around noon, the retail room was opened and I got to look around in there. I took some pictures of Connie Lowe’s booth (Marbled Halls) and even bought a red curly wig for my BJDs to fight over. She is very talented and her creations are magnificent.  I have a few pictures here.

Then at 1 pm the collectors were allowed on the floor and I got to meet Kim Lasher.  I collect Himstedts and Lashers mostly.  I have a few reborns too but not from any one artist. I have Anna and Miley, (not BJDs) that Kim sculpted, and also Anya and Adeline. When my Anya arrived, one set of her eyelashes was skimpier than the other.  They were asymmetric and it bothered me.  I took a few pictures and emailed Kim to ask what I should do.  She immediately replied that she would send me out a set and within 2 days I had them.  Now that is customer service!!  Kim was nice enough to pose for me in front of her booth and here is her picture. She is one talented young lady.


Here are her upcoming dolls:  Simply Alice, Dark Alice, Lotus, Azaleah, and Ivy.  I have Simply Alice, Lotus and Ivy coming to me sometime this year.  I will post pictures when they arrive. Here are the pictures I took at her booth.
Simply Alice:


Dark Alice:

Lotus:

Ivy:

Azaleah:

Well, more about the other exhibits in the next post. There is so much to talk about and too little space! Until the next installment, enjoy your hobby or passion and pass it on.

First Trip to Orlando for IDEX

Here it is the beginning of a New Year and the beginning of a new adventure to me.  I have never had a blog before and my husband has been working on this website for me. I am so lucky to have a husband who supports me and encourages me to enjoy my doll collecting. He is my “IT” guy in many ways!

I have been collecting Himstedt dolls since 2004 and it is sad that there are no new dolls to anticipate since the factory in Germany closed down. The 5 dolls that were released last year, very limited, very pricey, were a real surprise but not many collectors were able to get them.

The new “mother mould” dolls are beautiful, but nothing more beautiful than the previous couple of years, in my opinion. Annette is a very talented artist and her creations are greatly missed by those of us who collect her work. I was lucky enough to be able to see 2 of the 2009 dolls when I went down to the Houston area for a “Doll Party” this past October. I got to see Kateri and Antha in real life, plus many other Himstedt dolls.

My plans for this blog are to talk about dolls mostly, but also, family, friends, sewing, collecting, etc…..all the things that a 52 year old woman like me might be interested in. I have been sewing and selling doll clothes since 2004 and many of you reading this are my customers or friends and I thank you for that. I started collecting the dolls because I missed sewing for my little girl, who was in her last year of college when I started all of this. The dolls became like little girls to me. They needed other outfits besides the ones they came with.  That’s how I got started, and it has been lots of fun.

Since I started collecting these dolls, I have met some wonderful “doll people”. I belong to several doll forums and we all enable each other by showing off our dolls.  I have been to the “Doll Party” in Houston for the past 3 Octobers and now I am planning to attend IDEX (International Doll Exposition) at the end of this month. That will be lots of fun and I will see some of the people I have already met plus some new ones. We will talk more about IDEX after the trip. Until then, be the best you can be….at whatever you want to be!