It was definitely different to wake up AFTER the sun came up, and drive less than 2 minutes to the show! Several of our friends came to visit, many of whom we hadn't seen in ages! Our dear friend Stephanie Rodriguez- another Chula Vista Artisan from "Revisited Art" on etsy- stopped by with her girls and surprised us with an ADORABLE handmade gift! (We forgot to take a pic, but we'll do that soon. In the meantime, you should go check out her shop!)
This event was intended to help raise funds for Mountain Shadows Community Homes, and we not only got to help them, we also got to MEET some of the residents! "Miss Mary" was so sweet, so friendly, rolling right up in her wheelchair and introducing herself and SO EXCITED by our merchandise! She may be the best salesperson ever, because after she purchased a doll from us, she shared her happy and colorful doll with EVERYONE she met, and told them exactly where they could buy one for themselves, sending them directly to our booth. She even went so far as to explain how each doll was handmade using a GLOVE. Somedays, we wish WE had that much joy and enthusiasm!
But the moment that served as a real reminder of WHY we love making our little monsters came when the cutest little girl in the world skipped up to our booth in her tiny ruby slippers. She had a hard time choosing which Zombie Baby doll she wanted...Little Goldilocks had to hug and love each doll to "feel" which one was just right. She settled on a sweet doll with pink hair and a pink striped dress, while we showed her how the doll USED to be a glove, and we showed her how we take the leftover thumbs and make our tiny Thumbkin Kitties and Bunnies, so nothing goes to waste. Well OF COURSE this darling three-year-old insisted that her dollie needed a pet too! She was so happy to skip away with a purple handled bag (her other favorite color, we were told) with her doll and kitty safely tucked inside...rushing back to ask us to cut off the tags so she could play with it right away! Later, we caught a glimpse of her sitting on a nearby bench, and the DOLL was 'talking" to the kitty, asking if it was hungry, and if it had a good day, while the kitty meow
THIS is why we make our adorable little toys!
Just add imagination!!!