DOLL CONVENTION IN WASHINGTON
I’m writing this in my Hilton Hotel room in Washington, DC on the last day of another UFC Doll Convention. Pat attended two more seminars today and is resting up for the final banquet this evening. Photo above shows Pat and the Father who makes dolls with the doll made at his seminar).
Pat’s interest in dolls started long ago and she has recently earned her official Doll Doctor’s Degree as a member of the Doll Doctor’s Association.
Our very first Doll Convention was in Anaheim, California and we’ve attended most of them since—in San Antonio, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri, and now in our nation’s capital.
Since going on four TLC Doll-Art Tours to Europe, and signed up for another to England this fall, we have met and travelled with a great many doll collectors, doll dealers, and doll experts. These acquaintances make all the difference at these doll conventions, which have become great fun to attend—knowing so many ‘big shots’ in the industry.
Pat usually enters a couple of her own dolls in a competition for ribbons (no cash awards) and this year she entered a lovely Italian Lenci doll and an American Columbian doll (see photo above).
We spent some time with our close friend, Sylvia, from Madrid, Spain and met many new people with fascinating knowledge of dolls and the doll business.
We were delighted to meet a charming French couple, Danielle and Francois Theimer, from Paris. They have written two books together about Parisienne Dolls that we purchased. After our friend, Sylvia, saw them, she bought them also. Pat has developed a new interest in French dolls and we even went to a wonderful French Restaurant last evening to celebrate this interest with Sylvia (see photo above).
I have become quite enthralled with the doll business that has been Pat’s baby for so long. I possess no skills for doll making but I have decided to attempt writing another book—this time about Pat and my interest in dolls and our European travels with many doll experts. As with my other books, I will cover much more than the doll business. It is a work in progress.