Donnell Wisniewski

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I was born and raised in California and my grandmother rescued dolls from the trash, cleaned them up and sewed wardrobes to give a doll to each granddaughter every Christmas. In 1969, I joined the Air Force to see the world and was sent to Omaha, where I encountered my first winter snow, met and married my husband and had my first two children – both daughters. With two daughters and a son (born in Germany), I was always sewing for a doll or making a toy. My sisters bought me a reproduction Bleuette in 2004 – so that I could sew and knit for THEIR dolls. I began researching and collecting patterns to sew, knit and crochet. My first UFDC convention was in Philadelphia in 2005 and I was hooked! I became Director of Region 10 in 2014. My collection includes several Bleuette, including one antique. Other favorites include Riley and Friends by Helen Kish, Ellowyne and friends by Robert Tonner, the Chrysalis girls by Helen Kish and a few vintage Patsys and Sashas. Raising two granddaughters, now teenagers, opened my world to modern Ball Jointed Dolls (BJDs) from several different companies. Designed to be as varied as those that collect them, they are a modern collectible that will be valued for years to come.