Sunday, June 27, 2010

We received a nice thank you note from the Willowbrook Wildlife Center for our $200 donation.

They also invited us, on our visit after next year's PUDDLE, to introduce ourselves at the desk and get a behind the scenes tour!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Announcing PUDDLE 2011!

PUDDLE 2011 will take place on June 11, 2011.

The hotel has not yet been set, but it will be in the Elk Grove Village area of Illinois. The theme for 2011 is cranes.

See for more details.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The third Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event was thoroughly enjoyed by the 70 attendees who made the trip to Elk Grove Village, Illinois, on June 5, 2010. Attendees came from 11 states and from as far away as California.

The theme of PUDDLE 2010 was “turtles,” and turtles abounded. Raffle ticket sales brought in $250 to be donated to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellen, Illinois, for their work with endangered turtles, and to the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program to help turtles affected by the Gulf oil spill.

While the total value of the convention was over $6000, all but $1000 of it was covered through generous donations of talent and goods. Thanks to the generosity of the event sponsors, each registered attendee took home at least one door prize.

Sponsors in 2010 included PullipStyle, Jun Planning USA, Adore Magazine, Ningyou Magazine, eTraders Place, Panik’s Toy Box, Re-Ment, the Doll Peddlar, Gigi’s Dolls and Sherry’s Teddy Bears, the Mimi Collection, the Sleeping Elf, JPOP Dolls, Denise’s Dolls, nekoshiei, and etsy sellers effiedalshop, sewgrandmacathy, blythesocdcloset, salukimom, daydreamerdolly, wellermade, sugarblocks, kanamai, and jackiekie.

Beautiful gift bags by Delightfulfreak and Matsuda:

WellerMade's Byul reads her copy of Adore magazine:

Group shot! (About half the people at the event)

The raffle prize table:


Just some of the many dolls that were present:

Custom turtles by TrueFan:

Custom Pullip, raffled off to raise money and winner of the custom contest, by Day Dreamer Dolly:

Pullip paper doll by nekoshiei:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


We raised $250 at PUDDLE for charity. I have just sent $50 to the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program to help turtles affected by the Gulf oil spill, and I will be sending $200 today to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center to help rear, care for, and rehabilitate endangered turtles. Thanks for your generosity, everyone!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I have created a very brief survey about the date for PUDDLE 2011. If you are seriously considering attending, please vote. Thanks!

Click here to take survey
Thanks to all for another successful PUDDLE! I had a great time - I hope all of you who attended did too.

PUDDLE is solvent this year! I have been reimbursed for my expenditures (which include purchasing Lala and Chanti, ordering the infamous mugs, and making bookmarks and the like) from registration payments, and the rest of the registration fees plus a generous contribution from PS will cover the cost of the meeting room. We sold about 60 gift bags and had about 70 people in attendance (compared to 44 gift bags and 60 in attendance in 2009, and 30 in attendance the first year).

I am not quite done sorting out the money from raffle tickets, but thanks to your generous support we raised at least $350. We'll keep $100 for seed money for next year's PUDDLE. I will send $200 to our charity group, the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, and I'd like to find an organization working to rescue sea turtles in the gulf for the rest. Five of us visited the Willowbrook Wildlife Center Sunday and we were very impressed. There were animals in various stages of rehabilitation and permanent residents all over the place, and it is obvious that they do good work.

If you have any feedback on this year's PUDDLE or suggestions for next year, please let me know. The number one comment I've heard so far is that we need more tables around the edges. I agree, and I will be discussing that with the event manager if we decide to stay at the same hotel in 2011.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

It's almost here! There is still room, so if anyone decides on Saturday to join us, you'll be welcome!