In this case, quality control doesn't mean choosing the highest quality outfit, it is more to do with checking that the work suits the child's age and personal skill level. We hope to avoid awarding prizes to entries that are actually made by parents or older siblings and, with 40 years of involvement with primary age children, it was decided that I might be more able to spot the non-child-made efforts than some adults. I have my doubts about that, but hope to get it right.
So, to help get the children thinking over the weekend, I took in one of my repainted dolls this morning. She is a Kelly Wenarski repaint. Kelly named her Daliah Laine and, in the several years she has lived here, I haven't come up with a different one - yet.
She is dressed as Anne of Green Gables. Her hair is not quite right as it is too thick to braid neatly and I cheated! Sh! don't tell the children, I didn't make the costume! If anybody knows who DID make it, I'd love to know as I'd give credit where it was due..... 14/4/15 Just had info passed to me by Dee Owen, that Ellen Church was the original purchaser of this outfit from Susan Waite, who sews undr the name of Chirnside. Thank you to all three ladies!
.....and, of course, I will tell the children that I didn't make her outfit....eventually. Using pre-made clothes is not banned, it is more to do with putting the doll or bear into an outfit that suits the character each child chose.
Dahlia is a sweet girl but seems a mixture of a dreamer and an adventurer, just like Anne in the novel.
I love my repainted Sashas and, though I know some think them less attractive than all-original Sashas, I have to say that I think Sasha Morgenthaler would have been thrilled that the serie dolls could have extended lives because of the skill of some of the artists who work on them when they are damaged.
Wish me luck with the judging! I just wish all 34 children could win and have a strong feeling I need to go and buy 34 little things tomorrow, ready to be handed out to all who take part - oh and I suppose the 3 teachers and 2 assistants will have to have something too..... and maybe the cleaning staff and dinner ladies.......