GAW Barbie Convention Doll

At lunch today, they announced the total raised for charity, raffle winners, and more. We heard from a Mattel designer who shared some of his inspiration and work that goes into designing Barbie dolls. The centerpieces were adorable.

And, of course, we received the convention doll and more gifts.

We’re all set up in the sales room now and just waiting for the doors to open.

GAW Barbie Convention

Today started off with more room sales and then I taught a workshop this afternoon where 10 conventioneers learned how to make Barbie size shopping bags, shoe boxes, and decorated shoes.

This evening, we had our Northern Lights dinner. The centerpieces were very pretty.

Now we’re hanging out in our room waiting for the auction to begin. More to come.

We also received this doll at the meal.

GAW Barbie Convention preview

I’ve been packing all day and I’m ready to head to the GAW Barbie Convention in Livonia, MI, tomorrow after lunch. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fashions I’m taking with me. My collection this year features shades of blue, pink, and purple and is made from silks, lace, vintage printed and embroidered handkerchiefs, and Liberty of London Tana Lawn. Every dress comes with a coordinating hat or fascinator. I also have about 100 hats made in a variety of colors, and a variety of miniatures. Hope to see some of you there!

GAW Barbie convention preview

The GAW Barbie convention is just a couple weeks away! Here’s a little preview of what you’ll see from Hankie Chic at the convention.

Here’s a first glimpse of the doll I’m donating to the charity auction for the GAW Barbie Convention later this month. Her name is Juneau. Her dress is of Chantilly lace layered over silk taffeta. I found the lovely shade of pink silk fabric from Silk Baron. I love how it matches her hair. And of course the dress is sewn entirely by hand. I even stitched pearl beads onto the centers of the flowers on the lace.

I’ll be selling out of my hotel room and in the sales room. My dress collection is done (I think!). My color story is shades of pink, purple, and blue in silks, vintage printed and embroidered handkerchiefs, lace, and Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric. No peeks at the collection until I arrive and set up my room, so stay tuned.

Now that the dress collection is done, I’ve been working on the smaller items. I’ve got about 80 hats made so far. So the question was, how do I display them? I was doing some antiquing this weekend and came across some vintage salt and pepper sets with large holes. That got me thinking about hat pins and hat pin holders … and what if I could display hats like a bouquet. So I stopped at a craft store to pick up wire and other supplies to make little hat stands that will stick into the holes of the salt and pepper shakers. I think I’ll be able to display about 24 hats per shaker.

I’ve also been working on little Barbie size shopping bags. I’ll have more designs available, but here’s a taste. They make great table gifts!