Blythecon

BlytheCon UK 2014 and a weekend by the seaside

I had a rather hectic but lovely weekend by the sea at the beginning of October, taking in Blythecon in Brighton, a house viewing in Seaford (which we decided to buy!) and a mini family holiday. Phew!

Believe it or not I've never been to a Blythecon in the UK before (my first ever one was last year in New York!), so didn't really know what to expect. I went along with my lovely sister as part of her birthday weekend and we had a fab time. It was so lovely to put some faces to names and have a jolly good natter with fellow doll obsessives :) It all passed in a bit of a whirl so I'm afraid I didn't take many photos - far too busy talking and looking and just taking it all in...

One of my favourite stands, was Emma Mount (below). I just adore her beautiful illustrations - combined perfectly with vintage fabric to make cushions, as well as many other things. I'm really not sure how I managed to resist one (I did leave with a print, though, so all is not lost!).

There was just so much to feast the eyes upon. I loved all the shop displays - and the creative nautical fashion competition entries - my favourite one (the blue raincoat) is below.

I fell in love with the Pinky Jane raincoats (below) and one had to come home with me :) In fact, it features in the seaside photoshoot below!

Unfortunately we had to leave before the raffle, so I have no idea who won my cushion, or all the other fun stuff! If anyone knows, do let me know :) Our early departure was worth it, though, as we fell in love with the house we went to see....

We were blessed with glorious sunshine the next day and enjoyed a lovely visit to Seaford, with its pretty pastel beach huts. My sister and I had fun with some Blythe photography, which drew a few onlookers :)

I just love Seaford, and am so excited to think that this is where we will be living soon (assuming all goes OK with the house stuff - it sure is a stressful business!). It was so fabulous to see everyone out and about enjoying the glorious October sunshine.

We even managed to squeeze in a visit to nearby Cuckmere Haven and picnicked on a bench in the sunshine looking at this view :) I have a feeling this will become a regular haunt!

Well that's all for now folks. Wish us luck with the bumpy house selling/buying journey - it sure is a lesson in taking one day at a time ;)

Blythecon New York 2013

Long time no see! Sorry it's been such a long time since my last post - I've been away on a fabulous trip to the USA for my 40th birthday and it's taken me a while to recover and emerge from the washing mountain...not to mention the photo sorting and editing mountain - I managed to take almost 2,000 photos whilst I was away! But fear not, you won't be bombarded all at once - I'll do it in stages :)

Some of my loot from Blythecon NY 2013

So first up is Blythecon New York. Now, I've never been to a Blythecon before, so wasn't really sure what to expect....

It was amazing, over-whelming, frantic (at least the shopping part was!), exciting, inspiring, and super lovely to finally meet so many people that I've chatted to online before. I was lucky enough to go along and share the day with the lovely Candy Pop, so had a seasoned Blythecon goer by my side.

The venue was split into 3 levels: vendors were on the ground floor, then the food and an area to chat was on the second floor, along with an amazing display of Melissa's Blythe collection, and then the third floor had some more chill out and seating space.

Blythecon New York 2013
Blythecon New York 2013

The day began with a shopping frenzy - it was hard to move around the stalls - definitely a day to be decisive and focussed - no time to think about anything or it was gone! I don't know if it helped or hindered being in dollars - it didn't seem like real money...So many things had gone before I got a chance to get out my camera!

Mab Graves at Blythecon New York 2013
Lounging Linda and M for Monkey at Blythecon New York 2013
Angel Yim at Blythecon New York 2013
Trio at Blythecon New York 2013
I Have Wings at Blythecon New York 2013
The most amazing Yatabazah luxury wigs at Blythecon New York 2013
Caramelody at Blythecon New York 2013

Anyway, with the (initial) shopping out the way, there was a chance to sit and take stock and relax and then wander around and meet so many lovely people. There was so much to take in - I have never seen so many amazing customised dolls before. And so many amazing outfits and accessories....Fortunately there was lots of time to chat and wander and take photos - I think I must have completed at least 6 circuits of all the stalls - and I still don't think I saw everything. Probably just as well, as my money ran out pretty quickly. I still wish I'd taken more photos, though, especially of all the lovely people I met - ah well, there's always next time :)

Yarn heads at Blythecon New York 2013
Blythecon New York 2013
Blythecon New York 2013
GBaby's AMAZING Daisy Buchanan custom at Blythecon New York 2013

At the end of the day there were a few group shots of the Kenners, Blythe twins and the mini-me competition entrants. And then, finally, the raffle! There were SO many prizes, including lots of amazing dolls, so everyone stayed on in high spirits and ever hopeful until the end. Sadly, nothing for me this time - but it was so fun so see the winners go up and collect their prizes. I have to say the most enormous and heartfelt THANK YOU to the main organiser Erica Duh who worked tirelessly for so long before the event and during the event to make it such a roaring success. Thank you so much Erica!

A staircase of Kenners at Blythecon New York 2013
Roz & Olga's twins at Blythecon New York 2013
Brittany and her AMAZING mini-me at Blythecon New York 2013
Bottoms-up at Blythecon New York 2013

Candy Pop and I also dropped in to the pre-meet at Central Park the day before and it was so lovely to meet everyone there at a more relaxed pace.

BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
Momolita's girl - BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park

More photos from Blythecon and the pre-meet can be found on Flickr. In my next post, I'll share more of my New York adventures....