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