This year, the Winter Wonderland Show was held at the Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Terrace, Windsor. It was a 2 days event on 7-8 June 2014, with over 120 trading tables comprising of Doll and Bear Artists, Suppliers and Antique dealers. The show started promptly at 9.30 and very soon the event hall was filled with visitors moving around with excitement on their faces.
|Wayneston Bears table display.|
|Esther Lee with her table display.|
It was a pity that we missed the deadline for the competition this year. We thought that we could submit our bears and animals on the day of the setup. However, the deadline for submission was 2 hours before the timing of the setup and the judges have already judged the entries. It was very disappointing as we have made so much effort to complete the bears and animals specially for the competition.
Nevertheless, we were happy to meet up with most of the artists whom we met last year namely, Tracey Sully, Lisa Dopking, Laraine White, Susan Leigh, Valma Bolton, Stephanie Raye, Margaret Burke, Ann-Marie, Robyn and Alph Gan.
|Robyn & Alph Gan|
I brought along 28 bears and animals in total. On the first day, one of my collector who purchased a mouse last year came back to visit our table. This time, she adopted one of my latest creations, Fortune the Pony. I was very happy that she has appeared once again to support the show. I am very thankful for her continuous support and took a photo with her for remembrance. My best friend Philip brought along his latest gadget, a portable photo printer and printed a copy of the photo on the spot! The lady was extremely amazed and delighted to have a picture taken and given to her on the spot!
|Fortune and her new mum, Carol|
I managed to sell a few of my mouse patterns and ruffles made by my mum. The location was spacious and clean, plus the weather was good. However, the turnout this year wasn’t as good as last year from my observation. Despite this, all of us remained positive and hopeful that more people would come next year.
As there were many things to see, I took the opportunity to slip away on a few occasions to shop for materials and view the various beautiful dolls and bears made by other talented artists, leaving my parents and Philip to mind the table!
I adopted a bear from Linda Bean, had a bear swap with Margaret Burke, and purchased a Dianna Effner porcelain doll from an antique dealer. I also purchased a few pieces of beautiful mohair from Teddybits and Gerry’s.
|Bear Swap with Margaret Burke|
|We adopted a bear from Linda Bean|
After the first day of the show, a huge group of us arranged to have dinner together. After all of us gathered, we squeezed into the available cars and travelled to Eat Street Markets for dinner. For many of us, this was our first time visiting the place and we were greeted by a massive amount of people jostling around, trying to get seats. It was a challenge to manoeuvre around all the food stores that were inside.
Eat Street Markets only opens on Fridays and Saturdays. There were over 60 shipping containers reconfigured as mini restaurants, offering a selection of delicious international dishes. We rewarded ourselves by having a feast after a long day at the show!
|A group photo at Eat Street Markets|
|L-R: Me, Shirley, Margaret, Susan and Lisa.|
|L-R: Helen, Tracey, Evonne Carr, Laraine, Geoff, Esther and Valma|
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who came down to support the show. This show is nothing without you
Also, we want to thank Liz Radford for organising such a wonderful event for artists to showcase their works. Thank you for having us at the show!
Lastly, I would like to thank my family and friends for their support and company. I have enjoyed myself tremendously and this trip wouldn’t be the same without them!
To all friends, we do hope to see you in Australia soon…… next year!