Happy Summer!! Busy times here in Blytheworld. Let’s get it started!
Over the years, I’ve donated so many Blythe prints to charity events I can’t keep track of them. Giving back is an essential part of my involvement with Blythe, so the more the better! Last month, I was involved in two auctions, one for an organization called LOVE and one for Art for Change, whose proceeds were split between Haitian earthquake victims and the Future Multimedia Arts Programs at The Ella Baker School in NYC. Both projects were so fulfilling and in the end raised lots of money for well-deserved causes. I got a thrill at the LOVE Auction because Sting and his wife Trudie Styler were in attendance (no way!). When I spotted them, they were ogling one of my prints (eek!). I nearly started to cry! I was stupidly shy and didn’t approach them, but next time, watch out! Full-on attack! (I did at least take this undercover photo on my cell phone!)
The next auction I’m involved in is called All Love, All Woodstock, a benefit party for Constance McMillen and the ACLU. Constance is the Mississippi-based lesbian teenager who made national headlines recently when her high school chose to cancel its prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Further, after state courts ordered the school district to reinstate the prom, the parents at Constance’s high school arranged a “secret prom” to be held the same night as the school-sanctioned party. The school prom was only attended by Constance, her girlfriend, and a few learning-disabled students that had been singled out, while the rest of the student body celebrated in an undisclosed location — in other words, the parents and students at Constance’s school went out of their way to keep Constance and other “undesirable” students from the party.
Um ,we can’t have that. Seriously. So please, if you’re anywhere near Woodstock, NY, and can attend the event, I hope you’ll go. Alongside my print will be some AMAZING auctions — plus, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, hot new band Cobra Starship, and the legendary Ronnie Spector are scheduled to play. Fun night for all, but more importantly a GREAT cause to support.
On a happy note, I was recently asked to write a bi-monthly column in Haute Doll magazine, my first of which hit the stands a few weeks ago. I have always LOVED Haute Doll and am tickled to be part of their family! If there’s anything you wanna hear about, please let me know and I’d be happy to consider it for one of my upcoming columns.
The folks at Simplicity patterns are about to announce a line of Blythe-sized clothing patterns, so I was asked to shoot some of my girls wearing them! They’re really cute designs and, from what I’ve been told, they’re quite easy to work with. I of course can’t sew a loose button, so the notion of making my own frocks is alien to me. But for the craftier peeps out there, I’m excited to see what you can do!
For a little retail therapy, my shop has had some amazing additions lately, including Jiajia doll’s gorgeous knits, Dot-Z’s colorful dresses, Princess Sara’s beautiful handmade shoes, and a new girl, Kiss Me True! Pop by when you have a minute. You’ll be glad you did!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer so far. Please keep in touch! Thanks to kathringiertz for feature photo.