I recently made the big decision to no longer exhibit at the Peterborough or Basildon doll shows, however I will be doing the Doncaster Doll Show, the Pudsey Doll and Teddy Fair and the Gaydon Doll & Teddy Fair between now and the end of the year.
Some have asked why I'm no longer going to be exhibiting at the Discover Doll Shows. I have no argument with Cathy she is a lovely person and does a grand job. I just feel that the shows are not going the way I'm totally comfortable with, they seem to be increasingly overwhelmed by a particular personality/family and I observed some underhand goings-on that I was extremely uncomfortable with and want no part in.
So ... onwards and upwards! Can't wait for the three shows over the next three months, have been to each of them in the past and love the atmosphere!
Hopefully see lots of familiar faces at the Doncaster show on Sunday 4th September!!
OMG I've just gone into my suppliers website to order some silicone and it has gone up AGAIN. Since the beginning of the year it had already gone up form £179 to £279 a gallon (that's more than 50% increase), and today its gone up again to £336 a gallon. So in 6 months it has gone up by around 88% !!!!
Anyway to calm myself down I am reminding myself of my new baby which I've released today, my little Joseph. Will post some prototype photos below for no good reason except I love the photos.
Right think I'll just assume the foetal position under a table in a darkened room and suck my thumb whilst rocking gently back and forth for a little while whilst I work up how I'm going to afford £336 per gallon of silicone!!
I'm so excited to see this little guy in silicone. I've started moulding him - three coats of silicone on so far, going well.
It takes about an hour for each coat to cure so by the time I finish painting it on him I have to wait around for around a half hour. First coat was clear, second coat yellow and third coat pink. I'll report back later with updates.
I've been getting all my order work wrapped up this week, the last of the July orders out and been working on a couple of little magical babies for a regular customer in the US which I should be finished by the end of the weekend ... and I've got a clear month to work on my new sculpts.
I've got two on the go called Lorimer and Blythe, but this little mite pushed his way through the queue and insisted on being worked on first ... this one I am calling Joseph. Have to say I'm really pleased with him, he will be around 18" long I think when finished, a nice size for silicone and maybe around 6 lbs.
I've also been doing some work on the website, all the old websites (Our World of Chi, Making Silicone Babies and Silicone Magic) are now pointing to this one domain so I'll be better able to handle messages and updates, and its easier for everybody to be assured that I'm the real me!!!