Carol Mueller, front, chairwoman of the Placerville Doll Contest sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 275 and the Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 275, arranges the dolls. Peggy Cecchettini, left, Pat Boudreaux and Heidi Mueller help out. Democrat photo by Shelly thorene


Doll contest sparks creativity

By From page B2 | December 11, 2013

Reuse, repurpose, recycle and so the children did.

One hundred and sixty-six dolls were entered in the Placerville Holiday Doll contest this year. The children did an amazing job creatively transforming plastic bottles, tin cans, boxes, wooden spoons, solo drinking cups, keyhole paver stones, feathers, pine cones, spools, socks, soda cans, jars, plastic Easter eggs, paper bags, pillow cases, towels, wash cloths, flowerpots and other sundry items into dolls.

Washcloths were folded into bunnies and dogs, while a hand towel and two washcloths were used to make a larger bunny. Cement keyhole paving stones became snowmen or penguins and ordinary boxes from cereal, toothpaste and soap were transformed into robots once aluminum foil covered them.

With the addition of paint, plastic Easter eggs became penguins. Tin cans were employed to build the Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz” or snowmen.

Flowerpots were converted to brides and bridesmaids by Jordan Thompson, Jasmine Sanchez, Raven Elkins and Camille Wallace. Gabriel Rivera and Wyatt Everett fabricated Santa and Mrs. Santa.

Third graders Matthew Burke, Austin Fowler, Katelyn Perez and Alexis Nichols created reindeer flowerpots.

Several contestants constructed sheep from a spool, acorn and dowel pieces. Others spent a lot of time sewing by hand when they added a skirt to a stuffed animal and placed it on a roll of toilet paper as a stand. These dolls will be utilized to conceal the spare roll on the back of the toilet.

Kelan Perez’s pine cone turkey was impressive with its perfectly cut feathers.

There were several unique dolls. Henry Watt recreated a minion, that appeared in the movie, “Despicable Me,” by using a box and soda cans.

It was obvious that Caitlyn and Macie Douglas spent time at the sewing machine to produce their dolls. Emelia and Mareika Delmlino both fashioned their dolls using felt and pipe cleaners. Mareika coiled bright red pipe cleaners to concoct an eye-catching hair-do.

Joshua Hollowell entered a one-of-a-kind doll, a snowman made with three blown-out eggs.

Emma Watt called her doll a pine cone China doll. The body consisted of a pine cone, while the head was an egg shell.

Michelle Zendejas assembled spools for her novel doll.

Dylan Johnsen caught the eye of the judge by giving his wooden spoon reindeer an eye patch and clinched a prize with his superb gluing job.

Whether it was a mole or a hedgehog, Jackson Devito’s pine cone was a different animal from the others.

All entrants received a ribbon and a bag of candy. The first, second, and third place contestants were given a monetary award of $15, $10 or $5.

The first place winners were: Allie King, Ashley Canale, Alexis Lopez, Gabriel Rivera and Sunee Read. Earning second place were: Ryan Archer, Calli Rogers, Jazmine Foster, Xavier Vasquez and Henry Watt. Estefani Cortes-Montes, Macie Douglas, Hector Solorio Jr., Dylan Johnson and Haley Smith took third place.

During the month of December, the dolls will be displayed in 23 businesses on Main Street: Elements Hair Salon, Cary House Hotel, Fountain Plaza Salon, Placerville Flowers on Main, Eco Logical, the Bookery, River City Bank, Sharon’s Cottage, Jim Powers Gallery, the Painted Owl, Candy Strike Emporium, Cannine on Main, Eureka Gems and Minerals, Violets Are Blue, El Dorado Savings Bank, Combellack’s, Robinson’s Pharmacy, Placerville News Company, Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, Renfros, Placerville Hardware and Kelsey’s Needle Krafts.

The Placerville Holiday Doll Contest was sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 275 and the accompanying Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 275 of Placerville. The FRA members are active or former enlisted members of the U. S. Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, while the auxiliary members are spouses or relatives of the FRA members.

Pat and Larry Boudreaux, Peggy Cecchettini and Carol, Heidi and Bill Mueller distributed the dolls in the stores in time for the Tree Lighting and the Hangtown Christmas Parade.

After the holidays the dolls will be on display in the two glass cases in the foyer of the Board of Supervisors’ meeting room, Building A, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville during January and February. Many will be entered in the El Dorado County Fair in June as well.

For more information contact Carol Mueller, doll contest chair, at 530-306-3285 or 530-622-0674.

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