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

16 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon,
    Wonderful purchases! This makes me want to get out my one and only Blythe doll (the doll that launched me into doll collecting!) and give her some love and attention! Your new little fellow is cute in his little bear outfit. :)

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    1. Thanks very much Farrah, I think you should definitely get your Blythe out and take photos of her for your blog!!
      Thank you also on the new guy, he is so cute isn't he! I love that little bear outfit but have taken it off him for now as it is very hot ;)
      xxx

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  2. Wonderful!! I have seen Blythe dolls on ebay. Enyo is adorable!! We have just been to the Isle of Wight for a week, so I wasn't able to do my Thursday blog. I didn't take Ezri as we had a lot of stuff to take as it was a fishing holiday for my husband, so very limited room in the car. Since coming home we have been sooooo busy in the garden. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos :) Jane x

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    1. Thanks very much Jane, I hope you had a lovely time in the Isle of Wight, some friends of ours moved there last year and are having a great life :)
      Oh no, Ezri couldn't come with you?? Poor girl. Next time, throw one of your hubby's rods out and squeeze her in ;) I'm sure he'll not mind LOL
      xxx

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  3. Such lovely gifts and purchases, love the colours of the all clothing and those little boots are gorgeous, Viv

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    1. Thank you very much Viv, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing what I spent my money on :)
      xxx

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  4. I love everything you purchased! so you had a great time I can see, also I love Enyo! what a great face he's got looking forward to seeing him again when he's been through your dolly clothes stash!
    and also looking forward to all those photos. ;) xx

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    1. Thanks Dee, I really did have a great time, you should have come with me.
      Enyo who is now known as Pip, is ready for his debut, I will post photos soon!
      xxx

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  5. Oooooooo what fun and he's super cute ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thanks very much Louise, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the photos of the day and my little Enyo purchase!
      xxx

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  6. Oooh! What a wonderful haul! Congratulations......but take care to leave Enyo at home next time you visit the UK as Imay just have to kidnap him if he is here. Wht a drling little face.
    Does Laura sell on-line? Not that I'm in the running to buy any dolls not on order at the moment, but I'd love to look.
    Emailing tonight - have my internet back!
    J xxx

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    1. Thanks very much Jen, and yes, I'll be sure to keep my eye on him if he ever comes to the UK with me! He is a cutie, isn't he!
      Laura does have a website but it is usually a pre-order, www.irrealdoll.com/shop however, she told me that if she has any left in two weeks time after a Barcelona event she's going to, then that is the time to contact her via email or FB, to ask about adopting one! ;)
      xxx

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    1. Oh my goodness, don't remind me!!
      xxx

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  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful time Sharon. Wish we had doll shows as good, but alas we don't, there just doesn't seem to be enough enthusiasm here in Oz.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Thank you Sandi. The truth is that there are several doll shows in Spain each year but to date this is the very first one I've been to here. I know that this very weekend there was something on in Barcelona, I do believe it was a BJD event which I'd have loved to have gone to but Barcelona is still a long way from here, so maybe one day I'll go there, but so far I've not been!
      There certainly is a lot of dolly enthusiasm here in Spain, there are quite a lot of artists who make their own BJDs as well as lots of Blythe customisers....I just need to meet more of them!
      xxx

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