In regards to Mara E.’s theft of the $23k+~ that was taken from ticket sales:
Tucker, Georgia PD in Gwinnett County told us that everyone involved must send a letter of demand. Unfortunately, since there is more than one person Mara stole from, everyone involved must do their part in demanding the money she took from you for ticket sales of BlytheCon New York 2013. Please keep in mind that compensation may not happen, but this will help start a criminal case if the money isn’t returned. She should not be given a “free pass” for taking away something that did not belong to her.
Elizabeth was able to help us draft a pre-written letter where all you have to do is change the information to yours.
These are the steps you must take
1) Send an email to email@example.com for the pre-written letter. Due to privacy laws, we cannot post the document as it contains the full address of Mara E**.
2) Once you receive the file: Change your name, change the total that was taken from you, and change the date. Do not change anything else that is written in this document.
3) Print and sign at the bottom. SAVE this letter! You will need it.
4) Print your Showclix confirmation email that says you paid the amount. This will help you with your claim. If you cannot find the original showclix confirmation email, please submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) Address the envelope to the address that is in the Document. Go to the post office and send it via USPS CERTIFIED MAIL. The “Green” card. It must go certified mail, not first class, priority, express. Not even FedEx or UPS. Only UsPS Certified Mail. If you are an international ticket holder, please send the letter via Registered Mail with Return Receipt. Do not open the returned receipt if it is sent back unopened.
6) Please wait 10 business days. If you receive this green certified card back unopened, DO NOT open it. International ticket holders, you might need to give more than 10 business days.
7) Call this number 1+770-513-5000. Tell them the story, that Mara has taken from the event, and you are seeking to file a criminal case or compensation for your part that she took from. Tell them you have sent a letter of demand, and received the green certified mail card back unopened. They will give you information on the next steps to take.
You can also call the District Attorney in Gwinnett County at: 770-822-8400, however they will tell you, you will need to follow the above steps if you haven’t.
BlytheCon NY was a big hit yesterday! Thank you to all that came out! We checked in around 350 people.
Last night the microphone had died and I didn’t get to say my last words.
There are plenty of people to thank!
First I want to start with my daughter, who was pretty much my assistant in all of this and helped me through the biggest event in our lives. She learned so much and took in so much. She met a lot of great people and felt honored to be apart of this. I also want to thank my friends Cece/YOYO, for helping scan all of the tickets and my sister for managing my table, as well as all of family who supported me through all of this, and came out to the event!
Thank you 404 Event Space and Sweet & Savory Catering for the hard work! With 404, I am so impressed with the professionalism and kindness they have treated us with. Thank you to the management ladies who checked in on us by the hour to see if we needed anything. Their staff was incredible. I had such a great time chatting with the security guards (they were the big gentlemen in those suits). After the event, those guys helped us tear down the tables and chairs and carry them out. Something I really didn’t expect – I was so thankful, as all of us left there were so fragile at this point!
With Sweet & Savory, thank you Gil for the amazing food. I received nothing but great reviews! The spread was impressive and everyone was able to have seconds. I am so happy that I chose the right venue and catering. I highly recommend both 404 Event Space and Sweet & Savory Catering!
Next I want to thank Elizabeth Roberts and Samantha Garcia for their help during the biggest nightmare I had to face this year. I was seriously lost when I was left in that huge mess with no idea where to go next. Without their help I wouldn’t have known what to do or where to go next. Thank you Lizzie and Sami for your guidance.
I want to thank Lisa Marie Pinto, for her endless support and inspiration. She has been a gem throughout all of this and without her peace and understanding. I would be all over the place. Thank you Lisa, for everything. My family loves you! It was a pleasure to have you as the giveaway host! I am sure everyone enjoyed watching you!
I want thank Rebecca Whitcomb and Phillaine Ellingson (and Lisa) for their brilliant ideas and endless efforts for putting together a successful postcard raffle. Without their amazing ideas and efforts, BlytheCon wouldn’t have been able to get back on track. Thank you so much ladies, you are awesome and should be proud! Thank you for saving BlytheCon.
Thank you to all of the people who donated to help save BlytheCon. Thank you to all of the people who purchased postcards and sent in monetary donations to help save BlytheCon. Especially Katja and Maribel. All of you are awesome. I cannot express how thankful I am for your help in bringing the community together to raise funds for BlytheCon. All of the funds raised went 100% into BlytheCon.
A huge thanks will go to Sandra Müllner, as she is the amazing and trusting woman who overlooked all of the funding and spending done with the BlytheCon funds. When everything went wrong, I felt such a relief to know that Sandra was able to help manage the funds. I really don’t know how she did it but she did a fantastic job and I am so proud and honored to have her apart of the team.
Thank you to Melissa Grecco for the rides to Manhattan, without your help I would have been carrying 20 bins on the train! Thank you so much for putting together an amazing pre-meet, without your help, people wouldn’t have gotten a chance to meet the infamous Amy Adams!
Thank you to Angel, Zenzile and Paula for helping us stuff the goodie bags, you girls did a great job.
THANK YOU to all of the volunteers! It was a crazy when we found out the measurement of the venue was not what we had received on the floorplan, yet all of you managed to get all the tables and chairs in place in such a quick time. The balloons were set up perfectly, better than I would have thought of. I am impressed with all of you.
The demonstrators did a fantastic job. Momolita, GBaby, Chantilly Lace Customs, thank you so much for offering your time and talent to help teach others. I am sure everyone went home with a bit of knowledge.
Thank you to Civit Products, Inc. for providing the JUKI machine for Momolita’s demonstration, and for sending the sweetest technician. Edgar was such a professional, standing by through out the entire time while Momoko was able to do her demonstrations and be at her table.
A big thank you to all of the incredible vendors and their helpers. Every attendee should be thankful for them, as they are the ones who consistently worked hard for all of you to take something home. The vendors should be recognized and remembered for their hard work. I will put in a good word for all of you for next year. Thank you SO much for all of your hard work.
Thank you Junie Moon & CWC for supporting our event by sending the sweetest Angel Osgrove with amazing items! It was an honor to have you there with us! I hope you will continue to follow us in future BlytheCon’s
Thank you Gina Garan for coming out, there were so many star-struck people there who were very happy to meet and chat with you. Thank you for your constant support!
All of the sponsors should be thanked a million times. Thank you, all of you, for providing us with so many amazing prizes and gifts. So many people were impressed and thankful to take home a prize. Without your donations, BlytheCon’s would not be a success. Thank you for your generosity!
Thank you to all who watched the live feed! I hope you enjoyed it. I am sorry for the delays, downtime, bad views, and weird conversations.
Last but not least; Thank you to all of the people in this community. Without your love of Blythe, there wouldn’t be a reason for BlytheCon’s. I’ve been planning this event over a year and the main reason for that was to bringing all of us together on one special day. BlytheCon’s take a lot of effort, time, and work and all of you deserve it. I hope you enjoyed yourselves and I hope you will consider attending BlytheCon Seattle 2014.
Team BlytheCon Seattle 2014, I wish you the best of luck with everything. I know it will be a successful hit!
Below are images of the donation items we’ve received as of October 9th, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail to view the full image.
Disclaimer on Event Door Prize Giveaway: We are unable to obtain a license to host a raffle during BlytheCon NY 2013. Instead, we are going to have a “Door Prize Giveaway”. Any person in attendance with a paid ticket will be entered into the giveaway. The attendee will be given a yellow ticket number, and we will call out the numbers during the giveaway time. The winner will go home with one of the prizes listed below. We will not accept money for the event prizes. Each attendee ticket is valid for one entry to the giveaway.
Thank you to all of the wonderful people who donated items and dolls for our event!!
Nicole, of My Little Headcase, will be debuting their brand new line at BlytheCon. It’s been a pleasure working with Nicole! Thanks Nicole for interviewing with us!
Whats your name (and online nickname), age, and location?
Hi there, we are Nicole and Robert. We live in Fullerton, Southern California. I [Nicole] am blytherocks on BK and My Little Headcase on Etsy, Flickr and Facebook. We are My Little Headcase – an ode to The Ramones.
How did you discover Blythe?
I believe it was from dame Gina Garan‘s books, Long Beach Antique Market, Ebay and Etsy. I was doing searches for Blythe art and came across dolls and accessories for Neo dolls as well as Kenners and - Shazaam! A whole new world opened up. I researched this phenom, trying to wrap my mind around the prices and extensive product line of Tomy Takara Petite, Middie and Neo Blythes plus Hasbro Little Pet Shop Blythes.
How long have you been collecting?
We have been collecting original big-eyed and Blythe related art since 1999 including Keane, Eden and pop surrealism. We were not aware of the re-releases of Blythe dolls until recently in the last two to three years. To explain further about the” bubble” we lived in prior to getting caught up in the Blythe Revolution. Robert was busy working at West Coast Choppers, Monster Garage and on American Hot Rod for Discovery Channel while building our own business. I was doing Olympic sports Skeleton and Bobsled for eight years and raising a family. In case you are not familiar with the sport of Skeleton here is my youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OhQJVGSPhM . We were very focused, not on the Internet much and working a lot.
Our dolly family began Christmas 2012 when our Neo Petite Dejeuner Champs Elysees, CeCe and Petite Tea for Two, Tiki arrived. It was quite a revelation to realize we had never seen an actual Blythe doll in person just images. It was very cool! I think the first Blythe is a very special experience. CeCe was an instant part of the family and went to Kauai, HI with us on vacation in March. Without my knowledge, Robert had a Punkaholic People, Patricia Ruth Cake a.k.a. Patty Cake on her way the day we returned home. I had nothing to do with it. Patty is his, I am just her manager. More recently I have added an Ichigo Heaven and Love Mission to be future customs…
What is your Blythe Skill?
We would have to say fabrication and manufacturing. We work with metal. Robert has the sweet fabrication skills. We do concept, design, fabrication and manufacturing. Please feel free to check out our company at www.fastfabonline.com – every time a Volkswagen is back on the road is a good day. After seeing the many Blythe related products available, we found there were not any specific hand crafted cases to display these special and unique girls for sale. It is our contribution to the multi-talented Blythe community for high-end travel, fashion and display cases for Blythe. The MLH product line is exclusive to Kenner, Ashton Drake Galleries and Neo Blythe at this time.
Who/What inspires you?
Oh my! Everything inspires us. Art, music, nature, Olympics, modern and efficient design, acts of kindness and generosity, friends, family, made in the USA, women in business (that’s Roberts ^_^), originals, underdogs.
How long have you been working on your special skill?
Robert has been a mechanical engineer, in product development and fabrication for 23 years, which is the equivalent to 161 dog years! I have been by his side for 14 of those. It has been a lifetime of personal experience, education and professional background. MLH has been in the works for about 9 months and will be delivering at BlytheCon.
How would you describe your special skill style?
Mostly clean minimalist. Modern with “gingerbread” detailing. We are a cup punk rock, a tablespoon alternative, a dash of heavy metal with good taste sprinkled on top. Sugar and spice. Snips and snails. With lots of puppy dog tails for sure. Everything nice!
What kind of basic tips can you give to someone?
Do not be afraid of failure. It is part of the creative process. It is very rare to get a desired result in just one go at it. Keep an idea book to jot down ideas and concepts, do the research and ask questions. People will let you know if they do not want to give out tips or helpful information. If you do not ask or reach out, you will never know. Life is a classroom. Surround yourself with creative environments and people. You may be surprised how different perspectives open the mind, promote maturation in your craft and increase your potential to reach a diverse audience.
What would you like to learn in the Blythe hobby?
I would like to learn photography, sewing, knitting, customizing and design more products to enhance Blythe and her lifestyle. Robert is interested in manufacturing MLH products and distribution of Blythe in North America.
Has Blythe changed your life in any way?
Yes. I never dreamed I would be toting around big headed dolls on my adventures through life. Personally – Blythe provides a great creative outlet with endless possibilities. It has made connections with artists and people with like minded interests or hobbies all over the world. New friendships and collaborations too!
Have you been to a BlytheCon before?
No, we have not…. We are grateful for the fall date, NYC location this year and look forward to Seattle.
What do you look forward to seeing at BlytheCon NY 2013?
Mab, Larry and Pinky, of course. Mismatchfusion, the seamstresses, customizers, rerooters, artists, dolls, Sew Pixie, Kenners. Everything! I am looking forward to putting faces to screen names and avatars – meeting face to face. We are very excited about Kenner being the featured doll this BlytheCon. It may be overload for Robert. He hasn’t even been to a meet up ; ) so please give him a warm dolly welcome!
What is your ultimate Blythe goal?
At My Little Headcase, our goal is to continue creating products that showcase Blythe. Have lots of fun doing it.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Sure. My Little Headcase donated 400 holiday inspired tulle hair bows/poms for the gift bags to get some holiday cheer going. See if you can find a special something for your little ladies before the holiday rush. We are Christmas freaks….here to help out your little princess or punk rock diva!
Kenner, the original who got this party started, will be honored at our table. Please stop by, introduce yourself, check out our BlytheCon specials and meet the girls. Sign our guestbook, like us on Facebook and favorite us on Etsy to be entered for special giveaways every hour at BlytheCon 2013 NYC.
We are very excited to announce two featured artists at our table Angel Lee and Maribel Diaz. Angel will be attending BlytheCon, bringing her fierce scoodies to rock your girls. Scoodies are a cross between a scarf and hoodie. They come in fun textures and vibrant retro inspired colors, sure to make even the persnickety pouter smile when she is wearing it. Angel’s Etsy shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/nikonikoya .
Maribel Diaz, voodoolady, is not able to make it to NY but her outstanding photography will! If you have not had the pleasure to see Maribel’s work, check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/4dloveofblythe/ to be touched by the beauty of her images. Sure to make your heart smile. Maribel created a special series just for BlytheCon NYC, “Mirinda, The Doll Who Saved BlytheCon”. There will only be a limited quantity of matted and signed prints available so get them while you can.
MLH is excited to be a first time vendor and attendee among a talented and creative line up. See you all in NYC!
Location: Central Park – The Carousel. Time: 12:00 PM -5:00 PM Details: The Carousel is located in the middle of the park on 64th street. This means you can enter the park from either the west or east side of Manhattan. Enter the park on Central Park West and 64th Street (West side) or 5th Avenue and 64th Street (East Side) — Then walk to the middle of the park. There should be signs that point in the direction of particular landmarks. You could also ask anyone in the park to point you towards the carousel. We’ll start at the carousel and can always move around. The Sheep Meadow isn’t far from the carousel so that might be a good place for us to sit for a while!
Please contact us if you need help finding the Carousel email@example.com
We will also have a backup plan. If the weather is bad, we will go to a public atrium. We will post an update on Saturday morning at 11am. Please follow us on twitter and Facebook for further details or change in plans.
An update to say all Demonstration spots are filled. If you made it in, you were emailed with a confirmation ticket. Please check your junk/spam emails if you do not see it. Here are the names that made it.
— Gbaby Dolls
— Chantilly Lace Customs
TTYA will donate a few items from their shop. TTYA is well known for the amazing detail they put into their clothes. Thank you so much TTYA! Someone will be excited to win your donation. Here is a showcase of TTYA‘s work!
*Note: None of these items will be the BlytheCon donation item*
Hsin (Miss72) will be a first time vendor at BlytheCon. Welcome Hsin! We can’t wait to see the amazing hats and dresses she will offer at her table. Be sure to stop by her table! Here are photos of Hsin’s work!
-Please submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the preferred demonstrator, as well as a second and third. If you do not get into one of the first or second, you will be placed in the third. Only apply or mention the demonstration if you want to be put in that group.
-Please include your full name as well.
-You will be emailed with a demonstration ticket.
During the demonstration:
-Please keep all questions until the end or when the person demonstrating is ready for your questions. This will allow the demonstrator to finish without interruptions.
-If you are recording the demonstration, please ask for permission from the demonstrator first.
-If you did not get a ticket to the demonstration, please do not crowd around the table.
Linda (Tutubella) donated one of her adorable felt lamb hats. The detail on her hats are incredible, and someone will go home with a great prize! Thank you so much Linda!! Below is a showcase of Linda’s work!
*Note: None of these items will be the BlytheCon donation item*