July 28th, 2016
I just got back from Washington, D.C., where I had a wonderful time at the 2016 ODACA Convention. The atmosphere was fun, the luncheon delicious, and my center piece dolls were well received…all in all…a fabulous event! On Monday, ODACA the members of the standards committee conducted the final review for the five applicants who applied months ago and have already undergone two membership phases. I am happy to announce that all are now new inductees…congratulations to you all! The Committee also voted for new Board Members and I was elected Secretary for the next two years…Yay!
As you already know this year’s convention theme was centered around the delightful story of Alice in Wonderland…who could resist such memorable characters?! With these characters in mind, I decided to make each “Alice” slightly different by having each doll hold a fun character from the book, making each of dolls a one-of-a-kind center piece! I also decided to created a “commemorative” ODACA Day bags to hold the dolls.
Above are pics of each of the dolls…seven total (The Caterpillar, The Cheshire Cat, The Baby, The White Rabbit, The Flamingo, The Door Mouse and The pig)…as well as the bags 🙂 BTW, I sold out of my tiny “Alice” dolls and several of the new fairies managed to find new homes! Several of the visitors to my sales table came from far off places like Mexico and Russia…proving, once again, that dolls are loved by all and still are, no matter what age, a big draw!
Just a few pictures of the luncheon in progress
On a side note…While in D.C. my childhood friend and fellow artist, Albert Garcia, who now lives there, played tour guide to me and my family. He came to the hotel to help me set up the centerpiece dolls and surprised me with an amazing watercolor he painted from a picture of the my girl when last visited D.C. eight years ago. He is a fantastic artist! See below:
Albert with my girls
Happy Doll Making!