One of the most exhilarating experiences of my collecting is receiving the Madame Alexander Doll Club Convention “Favorite Doll” award. When it is announced, and if it’s you, there is a moment in time that is totally blanked out until you are handed the ribbon, and you start to focus again where you are. I’ve won this award three times, 2011, 2017 and 2019. Each doll has a unique backstory that goes with it. The “McGuffey Ana” and the “Karen Ballerina” both came at changes in the road of life, and I was wondering at the time “is this the right thing to do.” As we discover sooner or later, often there is not an absolute right or wrong answer to some questions in life, but merely the choice we decide to make. Not to sound too dramatic, but for many who collect, there is some drama and emotion at times that comes with it.
The dolls are each beautiful examples of their period and genre. Because photographing my dolls is, to me, an essential part of the collecting experience, part of the decision I make when I commit to a doll is its inherent photogenic potential. Since I’m often trading off something else in life for this doll, I try hard to cover my personal bases of criteria of what is important to me, and once I’ve wrestled with all of that, I pull the trigger and see where it all lands. Each of these dolls have a seller behind it that will forever be part of my collecting life. These are individuals making decisions of their own, and offering an opportunity to enjoy their very special doll, and all that came with acquiring their treasure. So, the journey continues, the story of these dolls never ends, only evolves.
VALENTINO 2019 FALL HAUTE COUTURE
It’s hard to know what to say these days about the couture fashion houses of fashion — their designers come and go, and in a blink, another season is over, and we’re off and running again with new fashion trends and new designers. However, the Valentino 2019 Fall Haute Couture show by Pierpaolo Piccioli is genuinely a work of art. The clothes, the presentation and music, the colors, fabrics and, silhouettes are lovely to watch as they descend the runway just as the designer and his vision intended. Fashion is undoubtedly subjective, but wow, what a visual experience!
Tuesday, July 23 - Saturday, July 27
Star Struck - the 2019 70th annual UFDC Doll Convention - Nashville, Tennessee Tuesday, July 23 - Saturday, July 27.
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MADC 2019 FALL FRIENDSHIP LUNCHEONS
October 5 - November 16, 2019
The 2019 Fall Friendship Luncheons will be held in 17 venues across the country.You do not have to be a member to attend…so sign up and bring as many guests asyou like. You will find a registration form for mailing on the outside white wrapper or you may register online. Registgration is limited in some locations, so don’t wait! Our souvenir doll is optional and may be ordered using the registration form or online.