For being a smaller convention than in previous years, the Competition Room was rockin’! Every category was represented and all the entries were really lovely.
This was the first year I entered dolls into competition. I had previously entered a handicraft and a couple of photographs a few years ago, but never a doll. As I can’t sew, I am restricted to the Mix and Match categories and the Poetry category.
Please forgive my hubris, but both the dolls I entered placed! Amazing!
For my first entry, I chose the ‘Monarch of the Glen’ category:
Scotland is calling: spring carpets of daffodils; highland hills, lochs and glens; Edinburgh, Inverness and Glascow; Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and Balmoral; a rich history and a vibrant present. Like Queen Elizabeth II and her forbears, your favorite Wilde Imagination doll retreats to Scotland: past or present. Take us there too by costuming him or her appropriately.
I dressed Ellowyne in a red dress with a riding hat and made a sash and rosette out of my Scottish great-great-grandmother’s traditional tartan, from Clan MacKenzie. I also fashioned a sporran out of a keychain and completed the look with a riding crop. (Note: When looking for dolly-sized riding crops online, be prepared to find dolly-sized bondage gear to go with it.)
My doll placed second! Though… there were only two entries, and the other was by the fab Peggy Foggio, but I am pleased to have placed second to her stunning creation!
The other category I entered was the one I was most looking forward to, the Royal-Tea Poetry category!
For the poets attending convention, we invite you to submit a short one to three verse poem about a Wilde Imagination doll of your choice and royal-tea. Please print your poem on an 8 1/2 by 11 page and place in a frame for display. To accompany your poem, dress and display the doll that inspired your royal-tea poetry. Judging will primarily focus on your poem; the doll is for fun.
Two days after the categories were announced, I had my poem written. I thought it was cute, but I knew there were other good poets out there. Surprise, surprise… I won first place!
Ellowyne’s outfit was by Amy in Thailand and I put together her tea tray. Fortunately, the judging was on the poem, and not the doll, because the others were even more stunning!
The Eternal Op-tea-mist
The cake was sliced, the scones were hot,
I’d set a place for two.
I’d invited the Queen, who didn’t show —
Whatever shall I do?
So a tea for two became a party of three —
Just I, myself and me.
I ate the cake — every slice —
And sipped four cups of tea.
“Waste not, want not,” I said to me.
Myself said, “Do not sorrow.
Pass the scones and don’t you fret,
Perhaps she’ll come tomorrow.”
Thank you, judges! It was the highlight of the convention for me! Now… onto the rest of the competition dollies!
Category 1: Haute Royal (Ellowyne)
Category 2: Court of the Sun King (Ellowyne)
Category 3: Royalscapades (Ellowyne)
Category 4: The Wearing of the Purple (Evangeline)
Category 5: The King’s Favorite (Evangeline)
Category 6: Tilted Tiara (Open Doll)
Category 7: Wilde Imagination Meets Magic Kingdom (Open Doll)
Category 8: Monarch of the Glen (Open Doll)
Category 9: Royal-tea Poetry (Open Doll)
Can’t wait to see what the categories will be for the 25th Anniversary convention next June!