Valdosta Daily Times

October 28, 2012

Church bazaar offers Barbie clothes

Elizabeth Butler
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Elsie Workman’s Barbie doll clothes will be among the items featured at a Nov. 10 bazaar sponsored by Park Avenue United Methodist Church at the corner of Patterson and Park Avenue.

 The event is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., according to spokesperson Nina King.

Featured will be handmade crafts, a Christmas Shop, Trash to Treasure, cooked meats, frozen casseroles, Candy/Sweet Shop, a silent auction, a handmade quilt, themed baskets, an Upscale Shop, jewelry/watches, popcorn, and boiled peanuts, along with the Barbie clothes.

Workman has made more than 50 Barbie items for the bazaar. In addition to the clothes, there’s Barbie sleeping bags, quilts and pillows and couches.

Her love of making doll clothes began at an early age.

“When I was a child, my grandmother and I made doll clothes,” said the 83-year-old Bunceton, Mo., native.

Although she never had a daughter to make Barbie doll clothes for, she did crafts for years and estimates she’s had her Barbie creations in about 35 craft sales.  

“I have a great-granddaughter (Claire Giddens of Savannah) who’s 3, and I made Barbie doll clothes and put them away for her.”

She’s also given about 25 Barbie items to her hairstylist for her granddaughter and about 20 to the Pennsylvania granddaughter of her cleaning lady. (Barbie’s boyfriend Ken clothes, which she previously made, were even sent to a customer’s grandchildren in Alaska.)

Her favorite Barbie outfit she created was a Southern Bell dress with gathered skirt, pantaloons and hat.

Workman and her husband, Dale, moved to Valdosta seven years ago to be close to their only child, Ken Workman and his wife, Nancy.

“We enjoy Valdosta and Dale says he doesn’t care if he ever sees snow and ice again,” she said.

Meanwhile, Workman will continue making her Barbie doll clothes.

“It’s just something I enjoy doing.”