Monday, August 31, 2015

Va. Fashion Doll Club meeting on Sunday- Barbie Convention




Yesterday was the Va. Fashion doll club meeting and just about all of our members except three of us (including moi) went to convention. I couldn't go this year because last year I would have had to fork out registration for this year and last year's FR convention at the same time. Plus, last year's convention with Barbie they always fill up and there was a waiting list for Arlington in Virginia so there was a waiting list even before you could print the registration online. You literally had to go to New Orleans and register there to go to the convention in Virginia this year. 
The pictures above are one of club members, Scarlett, to the left in pink t shirt, who won the amazing gift set in the raffle prizes, by a texas doll club who donated it. She has all the info on the gift set on a paper and is reading it to us as Linda or Jewelz, as we call her in the club, is holding the gift set for us to see. Nita another club member is looking at a doll that is being passed around. In the background on Jewelz plasma TV is convention pictures being played on a picture slideshow from convention. The giftset was simply one of the incredible things from convention. 








At our meetings since they are a long, and the members travel we have a brunch so we have some fabulous food...






These were the doll 'travel dolls' that traveled with the club members to the convention and went to the travel doll parties and workshops and got their club tshirts. This was the table display.







Lots of room shopping that the doll club members took part in at room sales- here are some of their dolly shopping sales!



The Convention dolls..I want one. Luckilythey are going down in price. I heard from members they are going for as low as $112




Some of the workshops, there were more but not sure I got pictures of all of them...









Some of a fraction of the swag of the members got on the days they were there. The tote bag is wonderful...one of the members had multiples and gave me the A star is barbie tote bag ! I was so pleased to get this convention tote bag. Some members told about walking into parties and just being handed dolls or souvenirs or gifts.  The amount of items they had was simply staggering at each meal. I couldn't take pics of them all. They had a swap table where they were swapping some of the swag with others. It was fun to watch.









In keeping with the theme of Broadway we were each asked to bring a doll that was going to the theatre and their photo was taken in front of the convention theatre backdrop. 




A special gift that we all received at this meeting was made by our vice president Janice. It was a mug she had made for her table gifts for convention. She got such a great deal that she asked the club treasurer if there was enough to do mugs for all the members and voila, we all had a special mug.
The doll int he bathing suit belongs to Jewelz, (Linda,) our club treasurer and is a No. 1  Barbie. The vintage dolls on the left are no. 3's from Janice and Debbie's collections and No. 4's on the left also from Janice and Debbie's collections and possibly from Jody's collections as well. This is such a wonderful item, I can't possibly use it. We all joke about being allowed to breathe on Jewelz' no. 1 Barbie! She is lovely and her husband purchased her for her on her birthday. 
Dolls decorating the mantel on Jewelz fireplace-that is a tealight holder the dolls are standing on...











Closeups of the giftset that Scarlett won at convention at the raffle...

and finally some pics of Jewelz ' doll room....
























I hope you enjoyed the pics!~Lisa

11 comments:

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: a great meeting. Lots of fun, lots of food and lots of dolls. Great pics. Keep in touch

Lisa Neault said...

thank you!

Barb the Evil Genius said...

When I see doll rooms like that, I suddenly don't feel quite so guilty for thinking about adding another Barbie to my collection. Of course, I don't have an entire room to display my dolls, which is a big reason why I'm trying not to get more Barbies!

Muff said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing all this awesomeness with us.

Linda - Darkroom Dolls said...

Awesome pictures! It's great to see all these lovely Barbie dolls together!

Lisa Neault said...

Muff you're welcome!
Barb, I know how you feel! My dolls have moved into all parts of the house. I have a hard time not allowing them to migrate into the other rooms of the house other than their little tinydoll room cave. I would love to have a doll room that is as neat as this and not what I call my doll room cave or stash that is perfectly horrendous. I don't have nice clean display curio cabinets or shelves. One of our club members has her whole basement that is outfited like a museum - it is amazing with rows of cabinets of dolls and a wall of celebrity autographs, centerpieces, she is a real barbie convention diva. She had the club members to her house at convention since she lives near Alexandria, Va near where the convention was held. It was simply amazing from some of the pics I saw, like a dolly room palace. sigh. One of those 'dream' dolly rooms! Most of my dolls live in tubs or on the plastic shelves or on the dollhouse. Hopefully that will change in the future...

Jaye said...

Every time I see one of your posts about your doll club meetings, I wish I could belong to one. They look like so much fun.

Lisa Neault said...

Thank you Jaye! Our club officers put alot of work into organizing the meetings and the program so they are fun and have a theme. Everyone really looks forward to it. I think also, since we meet in each others homes, we have a limited membership- about 20 people, so that helps too, though we have virtual members who get to be part of the newsletter which is several pages long, and part of our facebook group too. Linda - thank you!

Ms. Leo said...

WOW! All the great dolls and all the great food! You guy rock!

Vanessa said...

So many awesome dollies! I didn't remember that you lived in VA. What part? Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pics. I loved that mug.

Farrah Lily said...

Wonderful post, I loved seeing all of these photos...lovely doll room. So many amazing Barbies to look at! I could spend hours looking at them all. :)