Monday, May 22, 2017

Blythe Con Europe 2017....Part One!

Last Saturday, the dawn broke, bringing with it the long anticipated Blythe Con Europe, at the Palacios de Congresos in Malaga.  I have to admit to having feelings of both excitement and slight trepidation because I was hoping to meet friends that I'd previously only spoken with on line!

The Palacios de Congresos in Malaga is just about 30 minutes drive from us and we've attended quite a few events there in the past, but never a doll event, so I really had been looking forward to it.  When we arrived the queue snaked quite a way from the building although it was a tickets only event.  There was lots of excitement in the queue, with people holding their Blythes and chatting away to old friends and making new ones.  Finally the line entered the building and we were greeted at the entrance desk by the event organisers who gave us our goody bags, wrist bands and one free raffle ticket.

The goody bags were great!!!  The illustration on the bags were designed by Olga, Vainilladolly, who was the main organiser of the event, and is a friend of mine. She is a brilliant artist, her work is beautiful and this design was no exception.  Below you can see a part of the design and further down you'll see the bag with all the things that I brought home in it!!!


The goody bags were really exciting in themselves, they contained soooo much stuff!  There were things that related to Spain, such as a fan , there were sunflower seeds which are eaten by the sack load here in Malaga, and then there were lots of sweets, a very cute badge, note pad and folder all designed by Olga, Vainilldolly, a very cute pen that looks like a medication capsule!, soap, a plastic egg full of little rubber dinosaur toys for dolls to play with, fruity lip balm in a little 'Russian doll' type container, a small jointed teddy bear made of denim, a tiny paper doll sheet with clothes to cut out!  Another sheet to cut out and make a doll in a box for your Blythe, dolly sized hair decoration and bead bracelet!  Soooo many things, I'm sure I've missed something.  And everyone had a lanyard to wear which was designed to look like the pull ring that changes the colour of the Blythe dolls eyes!

Anyway, there were 96 stands full of delightful things to buy, and oh my goodness I spend waaaaay more than I intended but my excuse is I'm helping the Spanish economy! LOL.

Here are my gifts and purchases.  The big bar of Milka chocolate was a gift from my dear friend Barb who lives in Madrid and came down to Malaga for the event.  She's such a lovely lady, it was great to finally meet her!  The blue and white striped socks were a gift from TTYA of South Korea, as were two very nice and unusual metal book markers which you can just see lying behind the egg at the front right of the photo:


Here are some close ups of some of the items I bought...

This lovely pale blue and white dress by Pomme Pomme from Kentucky, USA:


Great striped overalls with leather front pocket by TTYA of South Korea:


Lovely mohair fur rabbit helmet by Dafnery Dolls of Granada, Spain:


Cute tiny leather boots with working buckles also from TTYA of South Korea:


This pretty printed teeshirt dress from Shabby Village Bunny of Germany:


This pretty little tutu from Mi Mundo Blythe, also here in Spain:


This tiny wooden and leather catapult Tekubi Customize,  also from Spain:


My biggest purchase was the lovely little tanned Enyo who is made by the Spanish artist Laura of Irrealdolls.  Enyo is approx 17cm tall and is a fully jointed resin BJD.  He has a beautiful face up and as the artist pointed out to me, a quirky eyebrow!!!!  Below he's wearing his default outfit but I will take more photos of him in something less cosy soon!


Here he is stirring my hot chocolate at McDonalds....such a helpful little fellow!


Because this post took me longer than I expected, and it is now bedtime for me, I'm going to leave it here for tonight and tomorrow I will post photos of the actual event.  So please drop by tomorrow for masses of photos.....yes, I took photos of EVERYTHING!!!!

Thanks for visiting, hugs Sharon x

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Another Dolly Week!

I cannot believe how quickly the time is passing and I've been neglecting my poor blog again!  I have taken quite a few photos recently but just forgot to share them on here, although some have gone on Flickr.  Apologies to those of you who've already seen them on there, I hope you enjoy seeing them again!

Firstly I made this outfit for the Little Darlings, I made it with a view to selling and showed it to my friend before putting it on Ebay.  Of course then it never got that far because she immediately wanted it!  I'm pleased with how it came out, I love this girl in blue and white, being my favourite colours too!  The socks are pale pink and white stripes because as you know, my dolls are never 'predictable'!


And because I couldn't resist, here are a couple of closeups of my sweet little Rory, who is painted by Lana Dobbs.  It was raining as I took these photos, that fine rain that quickly drenches you, but I thought she looked so real with the raindrops in her hair!



Like most doll collectors, I'm always on the hunt for props for my photos and was pleased to find this umbrella in a shop in Malaga, which is just the perfect size for Mouse, my Dollstown Seola who is approx 45cm tall.  And of course it's perfect for her to protect her pale skin from the sunshine!  I made her some slouch boots using soft leather in two different shades, cream and dark brown....she's very pleased with them and wanted to show them off with her umbrella.  The umbrella, by the way, has a fully working metal mechanism and is actually supposed to be used as a shade for smart phones! 



A 'just because' close up ...



Next we have some photos of Sam, my Elfdoll Hana Angel, who is a tiny 20cm tall.  She came with me to Fuengirola last week and was totally prepared to help me with my lovely breakfast at the Danish restaurant at Los Boliches.  She brought her own tiny silver knife and fork!!


Later she enjoyed a drop of Dandelion and Burdock that Brian, my hubby, bought for himself at the Iceland supermarket.  I had never drunk this before and having tried it, I don't think I will again!!  Tasted a bit like cough mixture to me!!


Whilst in Fuengirola we spotted a little bit of England!!  We aren't sure what it was all about but these structures, which appeared to be all made from metal, were just being put in place on the side of the road.   In the background you can also just see a very attractive model of what we think is supposed to be Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow.  We laughed at the 'telephono' sign!  The box was locked and empty! 


A rather strange looking Lady Liberty....but someone worked hard to make her, she even stands on a plinth like the real one! 


And finally in Fuengirola, the lovely statue on the roundabout, which is not a temporary structure, it's always there.  Spanish roundabouts are generally really attractive, whether because they're covered in lovely well tended flowerbeds, olive trees, fountains or, as in this case, nice statues.   One day I might travel around taking photos of roundabouts to share with you....there are some very pretty ones around here :)


Finally for today, I thought I'd share a photo of the local lake, Lake Viñuela, which despite being very low due to the fact that we've had so little rain over the last few years, is looking very pretty.  This is the actual colour of the lake, I've not enhanced it in any way! 


Well I hope you've enjoyed seeing the photos, and would like to take this opportunity of wishing all my lovely Sasha friends who're attending the Sasha Celebration Weekend in Nottingham, the very best time!  I'll miss you but maybe next year!!! :)

Hugs Sharon x