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Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Ione's blog
This Saturday and Sunday marks my final public showing for the 2010 Santa doll collection. Actually, it's not really public because it's by invitation (written and spoken) only. Many of my customers can't make it to the September or October shows, so several years ago I decided to invite them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at Ione's blog
Some special friends helped me with my 2nd Santa doll show held last Saturday at the Ward Warehouse Shopping Center in Honolulu. We are all members of a group of retired ladies who call ourselves the Tuesday Connection (originally the name was Tuesday Club). Go ahead and guess what day... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Ione's blog
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Posted Oct 16, 2010 at Ione's blog
I'm so glad I was able to get to NYC before too much fall set in. The weather was fantastic and I was able to find some fabulous fabric for the 2011 Santa dolls collection. (Good grief... I don't believe I just said that... the 2011 collection already??? I haven't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Ione's blog
Ever since the September Santa dolls show, I've been spending time with my daughter and her family just outside of Boston. Being Grandma for a few weeks is a fantastic experience... and I'm so proud of these guys and gals. But, I couldn't be this close to New York City... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Ione's blog
As a kid, I never got to play in snow, but we always had a Christmas tree. Whether it was a scrawny looking Norfolk pine or a full bodied Douglas fir... we had something to decorate. To this day I really love decorating our Christmas tree. In fact, when our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Ione's blog
I live in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu and we have the Marine Corps Base Hawaii located a short distance from my home. Last Saturday and Sunday we were thrilled to have a visit from the the Blue Angels Naval squadron from Pensacola. Their mission is to enhance... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Ione's blog
Now that I'm on a break... kinda... from the hustle and bustle of doing Santa doll shows, I thought it might be fun to post some interesting Christmas recipes that I've come across. I don't really cook all that much throughout the course of the year, but I do get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Ione's blog
The photos below were posted as a sneak peak before the 2010 collection was available on the web. Now you can see everything by clicking this link to the entire 106 Santa dolls collection. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2010 at Ione's blog
The 2010 Santa Dolls collection is now published at http://otksanta.com and I must say it looks pretty nice. Working on a new logo and hope to have it completed within a couple Read more ... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Ione's blog
Okay... the first show is over. Went well with lots more walk-ins due to the new location on the ground level. With Dairy Queen across the way we had to be on special alert for dripping ice cream cones... fortunately, no problems. I'm off to Boston in a couple days... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at Ione's blog
The Santa dolls have been delivered to the show site... they've been unwrapped and put on display... and strands of lights have been strategically placed around the room. All in all... things look great! Tomorrow morning at 9am the doors open... and then, we'll see what type of activity (existing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at Ione's blog
Every year my husband and I struggle with getting everything loaded into our cargo van and SUV, so that we can make only one trip from our home into town where the shopping center is located. Hooray... this year we did it! The Santa dolls are each wrapped in bubble... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Ione's blog
Last year I made several Christmas stockings and they turned out rather well... even if I do say so myself. This year I didn't think I'd have enough time to make any (they sold out last year)... but, I did it anyway! The problem is (I'm really not complaining) that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Ione's blog
I've been part of the retailing industry for a long long time, so it's only natural that my ears perk up when the new Christmas gift scuttlebutt begins to flow. Most big name retailers make their predictions for the top selling Christmas toys several months in advance. As far as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Ione's blog
Houston... you are cleared for take off in 6 days to set up the showroom for your 2010 Santa Doll collection. There is no turning back... the time is now! Yesterday we finalized the arrangements with the shopping center management for the new (and unexpected) display room we will be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2010 at Ione's blog
Each year it gets a little harder to find the right Christmas present for that someone special. Sometimes... out of frustration... I wind up giving money to family members because my imagination seems to be fried and I just can't think of anything creative. In my humble opinion, my Santa... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at Ione's blog
Over the last 15 years, several friends have volunteered to help me at the annual public Santa Doll shows, which this year will be 9/18 and 10/23. And, each year we get together before the first show to go over things like how to wrap the dolls when someone buys... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at Ione's blog
The 2010 Santa Doll collection is finished and (hopefully) it will be displayed on my Santa Doll website by Sunday night, September 19th. In the meantime... here are just a few sneak peeks. The entire collection has over 100 Santa dolls and will be displayed at: http://otksanta.com. - - -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Ione's blog
I wasn't going to make any stockings this year due to time constraints, but one of my best customers asked me a year ago to make her something special. So, once I got into the spirit... well, you know, I just couldn't stop. Now there are two and I think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Ione's blog
Had dinner last night with some dear friends who volunteered to help me fold, seal, stamp and address the invitations for the September and October shows. Over the years, they have always come forward to help and I'm deeply grateful. Now there's a tiny bit of peace and quiet... but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Ione's blog
Just got a call from the gal who books my show dates at the shopping center. Seems one of the bigwig politicians would like to use my show room on the same date (9/18) that I'm booked. That happens to be the date for our primary election for governor. Could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at Ione's blog
Making Santa Claus dolls has been my passion for 15 years because I've been able to combine my love of Christmas with my fashion career in couture. Each year I'm blessed with fantastic customers who appreciate the fact that they are taking possession of what I believe is truly a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Ione's blog
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