PERSONAL DATAMy miniature career began with a Chrysnbon peanut machine. I saw one in a small shop near the University of Minnesota. I fell in love with it immediately. I didn't purchase it then because I thought the price was high and what was I going to do with it? Well, now I have two of those little peanut machines. In the early days of my collecting, I purchased quantity instead of quality. That was a mistake I made early on and I have since parted with all my earlier purchases and replaced them with pieces I can be proud of.
I became more and more aware of the fact that many adults were attracted to this hobby. I found a wonderful miniature shop and started going there regularly. I soon began attending workshops where I learned to make a canopy bed using a Judee Williamson pattern, a hat making class, a bassinet and finally four different doll classes.
Connie M. Sauve
I started purchasing doll kits and porcelain on my own. I showed my early miniature attempts at a local miniature show and had a few requests to purchase my dolls or teach a class. In August, 1991, I decided to start my own business and chose the name The China Doll. I created a display for my dolls and attended my first show as a dealer in October, 1991. I sold at doll shows at first, then found out that miniature shows existed. My first miniature show was Tom Bishops' Minneapolis Miniature Show in 1992. I have been selling ever since.
I joined N.A.M.E. in 1987, and I.G.M.A. in 1992. In 1993 I applied for and received Artisan status for doll costuming with I.G.M.A. In 1997 I applied for and received the highest artistic honor available from I.G.M.A. - Fellow status. I attended the I.G.M.A. Guild Show in NY and was able to receive my award in person.
I met my wonderful husband Ken through a personals ad. He called me about my ad, saying it "jumped off the page" at him. He had never called one before, or since. We hit it off immediately and became engaged a few months after meeting and have been happily married since 1993. We have no kids, just one very precious Yorkie named Molly and a wonderful cat named Alex. If you would like to see some cute pictures of them, go to "My Miniatures" page and there is an album of them at the bottom of the page.
Ken and I both grew up in Minnesota and moved to California in 2001. We are thoroughly enjoying all there is to do and see in sunny California.
On November 10, 2005, I was diagnosed with the shocking news that I had breast cancer. I have since had a lumpectomy, 6 months of chemo and 2 months of radiation. It's been a long road but I am well now and back to making dolls. I really appreciate everybody's support, well wishes and continued patience on your doll orders.
Ken and Connie at a show