Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Update May 30th 2012
I just wanted to give everyone an update as to how we are coming along putting the soft-fired greenware end of our business back together after the fire. For the last week we have been picking up molds from all over the area that have been gifted to me to try to get up and running again with soft-fired greenware. It is going great! I may never have as many dolls to choose from in my catalog as I use to but I have got a really great collection started here with some fabulous molds! Some are new ones that I never had before and some are my old favorites tht are back! I am currently working every day on trying to get a catalog together and making space available here at the shop to store them all. I also wanted to mention I have a Facebook promotion going on right now. I am giving away a Christmas Bear on July 31st at 10:00 pm. For a chance to win please go to my Land of Oz Dolls Facebook page, "like" the page if you haven't already and then comment, share or like any of the pictures or posts. Every time you do between now and July 31st that gives you another entry in the drawing.
Until next time have a great dolly day!!!
Dolly Hugs, Connie
Update as of Tuesday May 29th:
Well, yesterday was a productive day! Two truck loads to the dump! Thank you Jeff and Alex!! Another two truck loads going to a new home! Thank you Jeff and Alex!! All the dirt is gone from the greenhouse built-in beds which was two dump trucks full when we got it many years ago. It has all been wheel-barrowed to the neighbors yard (they are moving up in the world ha ha). Thank you Jon and Pam, Jeff and Alex! All of the hundreds of landscaping blocks have been removed from the greenhouse thanks to Jon and son-in-law Kenny. Thanks to my friend CJ for helping me inventory and sort hundreds of doll molds yesterday and get them on the correct shelves. Thanks to neighbor Elmer for the use of his truck to haul molds over the weekend from Milwaukee, and to Stacie, Kenny, Stefanie, and Alyssa for helping Dennis and I to unload the truck last night. Now we are onto another day! I am hoping today all the cement blocks will be removed from the greenhouse. Then I still have to go thru all my stored flower pots, (lots of pots) get some planted and clean up and put away the rest, then the greenhouse will be emptied and ready to have the new rubber roof put on. I am hoping by the end of next week we will be able to start moving molds into there. we still have one wall of the garage to clean out then the whole garage will be really cleaned for the first time in 25 years. Dennis is getting in the spirit here and I think today we are getting rid of two riding mowers, four weed eaters, two chain saws, and numerous other things. None of which work, they were always we will save it and fix them later, well that never happened. What a wonderful day! I really do think something is to be said for people who move now and then. Dennis and I have been in this house for forty years now in June. It is the only one we have ever lived in and it is amazing how much junk you can accumulate. Well I am off to start on the garage and it's final wall. I couldn't ask for better weather! I hope everyone has a great day!!! Connie
A van full of molds from Milwaukee
Dennis cleaning out the garage.
Another load of molds brought in.
Another load to the dump
Goodbye to the burned out shelving units and starting fresh
Update as of Monday, May 28th
Well, it has been a very long weekend but gratifying one. I have been blessed with such wonderful friends!! Thank you Diana, Pat, and Twyla for your generosity. I have been gifted hundreds of doll molds to help replace what has been lost in the fire. We have moved and inventoried hundreds of molds this weekend with many more hundreds to go. We picked up molds in Milwaukee, Wi. on Sunday and New Bo...ston, Il. and Muscatine, Ia today. My neighbor is still bringing a truckload back from Milwaukee in the morning. We had loaded his truck on Sunday in Milwaukee. My greenware selection is growing every day as we sort and catalog all these molds. I should have a start to a catalog in a week or so. I have now been able to replace quite a few of the great molds I lost in the fire, along with some new ones I never had in the first place. Dennis and I could not have come this far in two short weeks without the help of our family, friends and customers. Thank you to all of you who have helped in some way. We still have a long way to go to get back to where we were before the fire but we sure are a lot farther than we were two weeks ago. The moral support from everyone has been tremendous, I thank you all for that. Tomorrow, a friend will be coming to help me catalog all day and then we pick up more molds again on Thursday. Each day gets a little easier emotionally, but boy is the body aching. There sure are times I wish I collected something that weighed a whole lot less than these thousands and thousands of pounds of doll molds, but then I realise if we hadn't done what we have done for the last 33 years, we wouldn't know all these wonderful people that we know now. Thank you to all who have helped in some way and have a great week!!! Connie