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Have a Happy Holiday Season

December 2016 Newsletter

So, ya, Christmas is right around the corner and here I sit in Tucson AZ and its 80 degrees outside? What the heck? Well, at least I got some yard work done! LOL

After all this political stuff, I know I, for one, am glad to be getting back to "normal". Looking forward to a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous NEW YEAR!

Up Coming Events

Free Listings have been omitted from this list.
Click <HERE>
for a complete listing.

  Jan 7-8 (Sat-Sun) ~ San Diego CA
 Jan 8 (Sat) ~ Hauppauge NY
  Jan 20-21 (Fri-Sat) ~ Naples FL
  Jan 22 (Sun) ~ Naperville IL
 Jan 27-29 (Fri-Sun) ~ Sarasota FL CANCELLED
  Jan 28 (Sat) ~ Clackamas OR
 Feb 4 (Sat) ~ Leeburg FL
 Feb 4 (Sat) ~ Palm Springs FL
  Feb 4 Sat) ~  Westampton NJ
  Feb 5 (Sun) ~ Anaheim CA
 Feb 11 (Sat) ~ Ft. Myers FL
 Feb 11 (Sat) ~ New Braunfels TX
  Feb 12 (Sun) ~ Bellevue WA
  Feb 18 (Sat) ~ Largo FL
 Feb 25 (Sat) ~ Richmond VA
 Feb 26 (Sun) ~ Strongsville OH

First Featured Event of the Year

Crossroads Shows ~ San Diego, CA ~ January 7th - 8th, 2016
Winter in San Diego is pretty amazing, 72 degrees and sunny.  This is a premier two day show, so you will want to stay for the weekend and get some sand between your toes at the beach. Visit

Site *NEWS*

Everything seems to be moving along getting ready for the second half of our season. If you know of a show that is not listed, please be sure to add a free listing so I can at least get the date up.

You can now "sponsor" an event listing. Go to the Submit Event Page for details. Event Sponsors will be listed with a link (if applicable) in the monthly newsletter and in a special section on the site.

Facebook Event Promote/Boost ~ Coming soon!

Event Guide

Did you know that there is an "Event Guide" on the site? This guide has been developed not by only myself but a combination of those of you who chose to share your ideas with me over the years as to what works and what doesn't work when running a doll event. Even though you may have been doing events for many years, you may still find a helpful idea or tip you can implement at your next event.

Here are a few ideas from the guide...

  • Contracts, registration forms and/or flyers ~ Whether emailing or having available on a website, always turn them into a "pdf" file first so they are easily printed on the other end. You can download free software to do that at It installs a printer driver onto your computer where all you have to do is print your document to the CutePDF printer driver and it will turn your document into a pdf. That way, the person should have an easier time printing regardless of the word processing program is used in the preparation of the document.
  • Give a $1 off with coupon, ad or flyer and chalk it up to advertising costs. Some promoters are now giving additional discounts to UFDC or area club members.
  • Attendees love goody bags! Even if it is simply a pen and a couple of chocolate kisses or a raffle ticket. Set the mood and give out small stuffed animals or dollies at the door for free to children that attend.
Feel free to email me any other ideas you may have for inclusion in the guide.

Elf on a Shelf

Now that I'm a grandma, cool kid things that came about before, are coming to light. I was now made aware of the Elf on a Shelf by my granddaughter. I also saw a reference to the Elf on a sitcom I was watching the other day. This is what Wikipedia says about it.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2004 children's picture book, written by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The book tells a Christmas-themed story, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice. It describes elves visiting children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, after which they return to the North Pole until the next holiday season.

Emily named the elf "Scout" which is what "she" is. Kind of a cool idea!

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Until next time, see you at the doll show!

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