Last Saturday was the Global Bazaar at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles. There were potters, jewelers, lots of merchants of fair trade items from such diverse places as Panama to Palestine, beautiful ornaments made from junk mail and my favorite, miniature Christmas trees made from pine cones and bottle caps.
Although I had been preparing for the past few months with Sophie's help, it was intense in the last few days. At four a.m. on Saturday, I was making petticoats and finishing a dress for one of the big dolls and at 9:00 a.m., was sewing the hair on Edwina, one of the small dolls.
Finishing the dolls was one thing; setting up and displaying them was another. Sophie figured out how to place the dolls on a fabric "frame" with fishing wire so they look like they're coming out of the picture. Carmen, Delphine and Stella Della Mara, the mermaid doll, were displayed this way. Mimosa and one of the new dolls, Meg Hunt, got to sit in the yellow and blue flowered Mexican chairs from Olvera Street. Mitzi and the newest doll, Lila, were lolling about on the table amidst the paper flowers, also from Olvera Street, hoping some children would come along to play. Later in the afternoon, Sallie arrived with a friend in tow and obliged, so the dolls were happy.
Lots of friends and family showed up to see the dolls and wander through the bazaar. They also got to see CAFAM's current show featuring tattoo art, and the gift shop, which always has great items from around the world, and is very affordable.
Next Sunday, Sallie is coming over for a pre-holiday sewing day. Santa's workshop will be open, the sewing machine will be whirring, scraps of cloth will be flying and who knows what dolls will be born at that session!
Have a great week and start enjoying the holidays - they go by fast!