Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

UFDC 2006–Dallas–D.O.L.L.S Club helper

August 22, 2006

Sharing pics of the helper put together by the online club:

Close-up, left side:

Close-up, right side:

Click on pics for larger view.


UFDC 2006–Dallas. Banquet photos

August 22, 2006

These are pics from the banquet–mostly centerpieces, table settings, etc. As always, click on photos for a larger view.

First, the table setting before we got to it and started moving stuff all around:

Next, the Kish Water Babies doll we were all given:

Another view of the centerpiece:

Riley, in her ‘Painting the Roses Red’ outfit, from the workshop I attended:

Centerpiece was the companion doll, inside a lovely large flower setting.

This is a view almost from my seat, of the end of the head table, as Helen Kish addressed the group, just prior to presentation of the souvenir.

The doll was ‘Thumbeline’, by Helen Kish. She was in a lovely hexagonal box. The centerpiece was a flower, similar to the setting inside Thumbeline’s box, containing her Prince. We also received little Water Babies dolls at our table settings. Thumbeline didn’t really make much of an appearance at the table–immediately following the banquet most of us had our dolls shipped home.

as the little army went on its way….

July 14, 2006

Just a quick shot of my dolls heading out to the competitive exhibit. I know, I took this Sunday and it’s now Thursday….and the competitive exhibit is almost over…..but I thought I’d share. 🙂

Headed off are an American Character Toni, a Tony Sarg/Alexander marionette, a large Norah Wellings pixie, Effanbee’s Babyette, and my Shirley Temple clone. Please note the marionette’s stand–Dad rigged that up for me right before convention. 🙂

(Pic is new as of 8/21…….had trouble uploading from convention.)


July 10, 2006

The souvenir book is *fantastic*–it’s like every page gets better!  Full color, profusely illustrated, etc.  It’s a true convention journal, with articles, rather than being a book on a single subject.  But it’s relatively cohesive with the ‘Tell Me A Story’ theme.  It’s a large, beautiful hardback…….

More random comments as I remember them.  🙂

Greetings from Texas!

July 10, 2006

Howdy.  🙂

I’m at the UFDC National Convention here in Dallas, TX.  🙂  I know I haven’t blogged for awhile, but between real life and work, things have been busy.

Convention hasn’t quite started yet–we flew in Saturday, and got the lay of the land here at the hotel Saturday night.  Met up with friends, had dinner, etc.  Today was part day off and part things gearing up–resolving administrative problems, registering, picking up packets, etc.  I also made a run to CVS (three train stops away?) for bottled water and 3×5 index cards for the dolls I’m entering into the competitive exhibit.

The hotel is lovely–it’s the Adam’s Mark.  We have kind of an iffy view from the hotel room, but the room itself is pleasant and spacious.  And on a low floor, so we’re not waiting forever on elevators.

Then there were some convention activities, including a Japanese doll display, and my roomie and I went to a nearby hotel for a co-located doll show.  It was pretty nice, and I finally found a hard plastic Eugenia with the ‘vertical’ face, to contrast with the two compo Eugenias with the ‘horizontal’ face.  When I post a pic side by side it’ll make sense.  🙂

Then, on the way home, the bus broke down.  I felt like I was back in middle school again–the bus broke down!!!  We walked back–it wasn’t *that* far…..

No pics of my doll, as they came out blurry and I’m wiped out at the moment….  🙂  But be assured she’s lovely–the Eugenia Personality Pla-mate, wtih brunette hair and a bridal gown.  She’s large–18 or 20 inches.
Tomorrow starts the real fun.  🙂  Mon-Weds are the busiest days, then it slows down just slightly for Thursday and Friday….then we fly home Saturday.

Tomorrow I’ve got a meeting in the morning, a workshop in the afternoon, and after dinner are opening ceremonies and the inaugural opening of the salesroom.  🙂

More soon!!!


February 14, 2006

For those of you waiting eagerly for the next installment (hahaha….), know that I’m home, and de-jet-lagging.  I got to my house around noon on Saturday, Maryland time, and slept most of the day.  Yesterday was transitional, and I took today off ’cause my dad had foot surgery (he’s doing really well, etc….).

I will be finishing my Japan updates with pictures shortly, and updating on my non-back-burner knitting projects–the FLAK knitalong, the Knitting Olympic Challenge from the Yarn Harlot (I’m doing the Fair Isle Sampler Hat, from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004), and a Clapotis shawl (which was my relaxation knitting on the plane–I’ve worked a little over one skein of Noro Iroha, which I found, on sale, at Okadaya in Tokyo).

Photos to follow.  🙂


February 10, 2006

This is the area in which I’ve been working. Odaiba is right on the water. First, some photos of the Telecom Center, which is an architectural landmark.  The lobby, shown here, is also sometimes used by the TV studio nearby to shoot airport scenes.  There are three or four restaurants, a convenience store, and a coffee bar.

These are all shots of the lobby/inside area. I’m hoping to get one of the outside as well.

Also, Aqua City, home of Toys-R-Us. 🙂 It’s a little mall. These are exterior shots, of both Aqua City, and from the side of Aqua City of the Rainbow Bridge. And there’s a Statue of Liberty there, too.


*slightly* too much sake…..

February 9, 2006

Went out tonight with the fellows I trained on the system, and the guys I worked with while I was here tonight.  I had a *little* to much sake.  🙂  But it was a lot of fun…..I enjoyed it.  Except for the fact that I smell all smoky now.  😦  The food was interesting–we had something called nabe, which is more a style of food.  The main part of our dinner cooked in an iron pot on a portable gas stove for most of our meal.  Veggies and meats and tofu cooked in it for awhile, and then we dished some out into little bowls containing egg and some kind of sauce.  Aside from that there was tofu, and sashimi, and noodles, and salad, and even french fries and deep-fried oysters (that plate looked like chicken nuggets and fries to me for awhile….).  Everything was quite good.  🙂  And, despite the language barrier (only two of the guys with us were very proficient in English, two more are okay with it, and the rest knew very little) we had a lot of fun.  🙂  I do have pictures, but at the moment I’m feeling a little lazy so I won’t hook up the digital camera till tomorrow.  🙂

I have the TV on in the room and I think I’ve been watching the Japanese equivalent of the Carol Duvall show.  I just watched a lady make very realistic-looking baskets using magazine pages and wire–the papers were wrapped around something to make little tubes, and the tubes were put over wire, and used to make baskets.  Once they were painted, you had no idea they were just magazines……

The bulk of our work here is done, and it went quite well.  I’m pretty happy with it.  Glad to have things come together, but sorry to go home so soon.  I could spend another week sightseeing and still not have enough time.

Now I’m starting in on repacking the suitcases…..I’m a terrible overpacker to begin with, so this is always a struggle for me…..

I’ve been watching much too much CNN–mostly because it is in English……usually in the evening there’s an American/English-language movie on one of the channels here–tonight it’s something that maybe could be Laurence of Arabia?  It looks like it could be, anyway.  I watched most of Casablanca the other night.  But sometimes the movies are dubbed, rather than subtitled in Japanese, and that isn’t good for me.  I think I’ve increased my 12 words to 25 or 30, but still it’s not enough to enjoy a movie in the language. Just enough to torment me when I watch Japanese cartoons over here.  😦

I’m going to work some more on my FLAK sweater before I go to sleep–hopefully the sake won’t cause *too* many mistakes…..  🙂  I made a bit of progress while at the Tokyo Stitch-n-Bitch Tuesday night (which was *great*!  Lots of fun!).

More later, with some pictures–I figure those of you who are reading are over-pictured at this point, anyway.  🙂

Sunday in Harajuku…..

February 8, 2006

Okay, so I know I’m posting a lot, but I’m trying to compartmentalize and to share pics and info with a lot of people at once.  So, try and keep up.  🙂  I’m only here for three more days, anyway…..  🙂

 Spent the early part of the day Sunday in Harajuku. Went with the intention of seeing the Togo Temple, and the flea market they have there a couple Sunday mornings a month. From the Harajuku station, we wandered down the street with all of the trendy and punk shops……

From there we went to the Togo Shrine, which was lovely, despite the extreme cold. There was also a couple getting married–I got a picture. And I met a lovely family from Chicago, and took their picture with their camera-in return they took a picture of me with mine.

And there was a cat which I had to immortalize for my cat-loving friends.  There were actually several, but this was the only one that was cooperative…..

I guess there is a resort of some sort next to the shrine? 

A wedding couple in traditional clothing……wish I could’ve gotten a better pic of her kimono, it was beautiful……

And, in an area next to the shrine, was the flea market! A lot like the antique show/flea markets I frequent at home. Except for the language barrier…..

The booth where I got two kids’ kimonos and a kids’ vest….to display or use for silk fabric, haven’t decided……anybody have silk laundering tips?

This is where I found my boxed Ichimatsu doll. 🙂 And some used silk childrens’ kimonos, and a small $1 bobblehead kokeshi, and a $5 1930s-ish Japanese cloth doll. Very Lenci-like, actually. 🙂 It was neat–they had a lot of china, and household goods, and interesting furniture with lots of little drawers. And netsuke, but I restrained myself on that count–not to mention being out of cash. 🙂 I barely had enough to get me back to the hotel…. 🙂 We also had pizza at Pizza Express, which was lovely, after being without pizza for so long. 🙂

Then we went to *KIDDYLAND*! I got some doll books I’d wanted, but nothing else. It was mobbed, as it was a Sunday and the young people were out in full force.

And, for those of you who are worried, no new dolls from Kiddyland. Couple of books, but no dolls. 🙂

comic relief: the Hamamatsucho dude.

February 8, 2006

My coworker and I were on the train one evening, looking out the window. The train stopped at Hamamatsucho, and we heard water running. We finally realized there was a fountain on the platform, and turned to look.The fountain was one of those little cherubs peeing. I think the original is in Belgium? In any case, there were lovely flowers planted around it, and someone had dressed the little guy like an Olympic skier! Check it out!