I have heard a lot of people say that 2019 was a rough year for them. Actually, I have probably heard thing every year. I was looking through photos (and fighting with my printer while trying to update the finished dolls book) and I was looking at photos from throughout the year. Here are some highlights of my 2019
In February I participated in NaMoPaiMo and painted Hugh. I am ridiculously proud of him.
This was the year I made Link for Jackie Rossi. He debuted at Candyland Live and has had lots of adventures since then.I made a doll in full armor this year. Now no doll idea scares me. I'll figure it out.
and made sure to take a photo or two each time.
It makes me happy how many photos of the two of us I have now. These are just a small sample.
This was the year that Travis got to tour a fire station, thanks to my friend Brenda Bednar.
We went to Comic Con in Brooklyn
Where I got to meet Roberto Williams, who I had been working with on a doll project.I did another elaborate group photo of dolls, including a blog post showing how I make these happen.
I made a ridiculous amount of tiny candy.Thanks to some really excellent friends, I got to sell dolls in new places. Jackie Rossi brought dolls to Breyerfest for me.
Then for The Jennifer Show, Fabian sold dolls for me. I really have some amazing friends!
I had another big sale at TRXC, though this time I did my own selling.And Elecktra and I went to the first, but hopefully not last, model horse swap meet in the area. It was definitely a cool experience.
I went to a show on Long Island, which I have meant to do for years but didn't think I could handle the 3 and a half hour drive. I handled it, and that was what gave me to confidence to go to other places that are a bit further than I am used to.I did show at a handful of other shows throughout the year. And I sometimes even remembered to get award photos.
I tried to make sure to bring my A game to shows.
And I did pretty well accomplishing that goal. It was not a perfect year for showing, but it was good.I decided since the longer drives didn't bother me too much that I could take longer road trips to see Friends. So I went to hang out with Maire.
And another time I went to hang out with Jackie. I hope next year will also have some roadtrips to visit more friends!
In 2019 I got not 1...
not 2...But 3 photos with Ethan. He hates having his picture taken so this is likely the most I have gotten in one year since our wedding.
I got this excellent photo of a group of OG showers at a really cool show in October.
|Larry Nichols, me, Marisa Spence, Ann Giles and Michelle Grieder|
I got a new sister-in-law. I am thrilled by this!
I got to be a unicorn with Angelique. We wore these all day at school.
I had my first ever live sale on Black Friday on Facebook. It was a bit terrifying going in, but it was fun once I got started.
It was also very thirsty work.
Originally when I thought about doing this post the plan was to give a rundown of what dolls I made this year with some doll photos. So let's get into that. I made:
2 side saddle dolls
3 cross country dolls
4 dressage dolls
4 showmanship dolls
5 saddleseat dolls
6 driving dolls
8 youth dolls
9 casual English dolls
11 casual western dolls
13 hunt seat dolls
18 "other" dolls
26 western pleasure dolls
for a total of 121 dolls in 2019
I figured it would be interesteresting (at least to me) to see a monthly breakdown. So here we go:
You can really tell when I was getting ready for big sales! I have had an interesting year and it was actually full of some new things for me and definitely a lot of fun. Not everything was perfect but I had a really good year. I hope that 2020 will be another amazing year. Happy New Year!