Thursday, July 5, 2012
I Think Elton Said It Best...."The BITCH Is BACK!"
As many of you may have noticed (or maybe not), I’d taken a bit of a hiatus from the doll collecting world. Five months to be exact. During that time I’ve had many things happen. Some great. Some good. And, some that have seriously sucked. But, all in all, I feel like I’m in a better place now and I’ve grown from all of these experiences and feel like a bit stronger now than I was just a few months before.
I’m sad to say that I had lost the ability to see the beauty in my beloved dolls. I would walk into my doll room (which once was my safe haven) and marvel at the beautiful, miniature men and women that inhabited my fantasy fashion world. I had ordered and paid for a mountain of dolls that I were still trapped in their miniature coffins (aka boxes…I hate them…boo and hiss here box collectors) but I just could not muster the “happy place” that I needed to be in to invite my new vinyl friends into my fold.
Well friends, this July 4th holiday….THAT FEELING CAME BACK! It was like Christmas in July. I started opening my Breakfast At Tiffany’s dolls (amazing), I finally got to get to know Chip on a more intimate level (is it me or does he look like Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum?), my amazing Dynamite Girls (ginger haired Auden is just delish) and started incorporating them in to my vignettes/displays (I tend to try to tell a “color or trend story” when it comes to my displays). Needless to say, I needed it. After attending what seemed like EVERY PRIDE celebration in the state of FLORIDA (sometimes it would even take me a second to remember what city I was actually waking up in) and getting dangerously close to alcohol poisoning on more than one occasion this summer (apparently the first step is admitting you have a problem….kidding!) I was due for some downtime. And guess who were waiting for me….my stunningly gorgeous, silently patient little works of art.
There was Poppy and Darla smiling back with open arms. My FR girls (gave me a bit of attitude at first) but then warmed up after a few of them switched outfits. My Monograms and FR16s are still waiting…afterall, you don’t want to overdo it on your first day back.
Finally, I have a couple of public “thank you’s” that I would like make.
1- To Percy Newsum and the rest of the IT staff that donated RuPaul Doll’s for Sawmill Charities weekend event featuring RuPaul herself. The Queen of all Media was on her way back from Australia Pride and she was doing her ONE AND ONLY U.S. concert appearance for us at Sawmill. The money that was made from the sales and auction of the signed Ru-dolls enable a group home for gay homeless kids to have many much needed repairs made. I was very proud to be a part of the doll community that day. Some say that collecting is frivolous…but on the day that I received the boxes from IT for the event I felt so grateful for the generosity of the Newsum family. They made a massive difference in the lives of some very well-deserving kids. And, who know I think that day we may have converted to civilians into our army of doll collectors!
2- Marl Davidson deserves a special mention. First of all, everyone should have a MOM like her. I’m not kidding. She loves all her children and friends without bounds or limits. But, best of all she will give you a swift kick in the butt when you need one. Thanks for your patience, your wise advice and your ever present shoulder to cry on.
3- David Buttry and Ken Gibert are special to me. And not in a short bus kind of way….lol! I miss them terribly (along with the rest of our doll club family) since I moved an hour and a half away from Orlando to Sarasota, I realized how much I looked forward to my monthly escape over to their home for “playdates”. In the last couple of months, I’ve lost friends to illness (like my friend Brooke of Marlbe.com says,”CANCER IS AN ASSHOLE!”)…so, since then I’ve made the conscious decision to let people know just how much I care for them. David and Ken….I LOVE YOU!
4- Alain Tremblay…..thank you for planning the 2012 Convention in Orlando! I travel so much for a living that just being able to be at home for this “doll-cation” is really something that I’m looking forward to. Plus…I can’t wait for all the surprises! IT team never disappoints! PLUS…I WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY HOST TO ALL MY FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO MY CRAZY WORLD! Get ready kids….and get your dollars ready….Yvonne you know what I mean….lol.
5- Peter Aguas, my one and only true love. Thank you for putting up with my mulitiple bi-polar personalities and always urging to me go play with my dolls. You should have gone into therapy as a career. I could have been your thesis.
Well, the convention is right around the corner and I and I can’t wait to see all my friends. The countdown is officially ticking in my head!
Well….I will get back to taking pics soon….baby steps!
See you all soon!