I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
Growing up, most people have a favourite doll or teddy that they can't bear to part with. It's the little furry friend or plastic-limbed toy that goes everywhere that they go, and experiences everything that they do (including making mud pies, eating ice cream at the beach, and having a 'hair' cut).
Even as we reach our teens or adulthood, it can sometimes be difficult to put that special friend away, relegating them to a box filled with the memories of childhood. Understandably, some people can't fathom the idea of stuffing Little Betsy or Ted in a cardboard box and pushing it towards the back of the wardrobe, instead deciding that they would like to put their old childhood friend on display in their house.
But, as is often the case, years of love and adoration give our old toys a look of neglect (when the opposite is really the truth) and they generally appear worn out - with tufts of hair missing, droopy eyelids and once-bright fur and clothing faded and tatty.
There will be lots of dolls and teddies like these on display at the show
There are, however, some solutions to this problem, which can help make your old dolls and teddies once again fit for your viewing pleasure.
On Saturday June 16, 2012, the Quota International Club of Geelong will be holding its annual Doll, Teddy & Craft Show at the Geelong West Town Hall.
The hall will be packed with stalls, featuring dolls, teddies, and plenty of accessories so that you can spruce up their looks and give them a little clothing makeover. There will also be a 'doll doctor' from Ringwood on site all day, ready to provide some TLC to those dolls who have been loved a little bit too much by their owners.
Besides dolls and teddies, there will also be a variety of craft stalls on display, including jewellery, handmade cards, ceramics, miniature items, and a lot more.
Entry to the show costs $9 for adults, $6 for pensioners and students, and $2 for children 12 and under, with all money raised going towards Samaritan House (which provides crisis accommodation for the homeless).
So why not come down to Geelong West, treat your old friend to a little bit of a makeover, and help a worthy cause at the same time? Before you know it, your childhood teddy or doll could be the proud owner of a pretty new dress or ribbon, and be once again sitting on a shelf for all to see and admire.