Tonner 25th Anniversary Convention — Days 1&2

Last year, when the Tonner staff announced their 25th Anniversary convention would be held the first weekend in June 2016, I knew I had to be there. Not only because it was their silver anniversary, but because it was being held the weekend of my 40th birthday. What better way to celebrate than hanging out with dolls and friends? And to top it all off, Mom wanted to come too! She hadn’t been to a doll convention since our very first Wilde Weekend, back in 2012. And to be honest, I think she was looking forward to it as much as I was.

Day 1

We got up at the ungodly hour of 5 a.m. in order to leave at 6 for the two-hour drive to the Nashville airport. Check-in went smoothly, and pretty soon we were through security (in under 5 minutes, amazingly) and waiting at the gate. We were flying to Columbus, OH, on Southwest, so picking our own seats was a new experience for Mom. Our flight was slightly delayed, but that turned out to be fortuitous as we were meeting Thomas Lake and Lance Goforth, flying in from Texas, at the Columbus airport. The four of us arrived almost at the same time. We picked up our bags, picked up a rental car, and after squeezing all four of us and our luggage inside, we headed to the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

This is some fancy digs!

This is some fancy digs!

Mom and I got checked in, ordered room service and basically spent the evening getting ready for the next day…

Amelia was released from her travel case and immediately put to work on goodie bags for tablemates.

Amelia was released from her travel case and immediately put to work on goodie bags for tablemates.

I like to give gifts on my birthday...

I like to give gifts on my birthday…

Day 2

We didn’t really have to be anywhere Thursday morning, so Mom and I decided to have room service breakfast. We felt so fancy! I got my competition entries ready to enter (more on that later), then headed down to registration when it was time.

All registered!

All registered!

I usually take a photo of the convention bag, but somehow, I didn’t manage to do it this time. So I shall have to steal one…

Carl and Doug model the latest in Tonner convention totes. (Look at these two sexy beasts!) Photo courtesy of Tonner Doll Company.

Carl and Doug model the latest in Tonner convention totes. (Look at these two sexy beasts!) Photo courtesy of Tonner Doll Company.

The bag was silver, as was the lanyard. Inside were the usual convention goodies: pin, pen, agenda and assorted information, dolly magazine and a sweet little gift… an Ellowyne purse! AGAIN, I have failed to take a photo of the one I received. Resorting once again to photo theft…

Floral Crush purse. Photo courtesy of Tonner Doll Company.

Floral Crush purse. Photo courtesy of Tonner Doll Company.

I wasn’t volunteering this time around, so all I had to do that afternoon was enter my competition entries. (That will be a whole separate blog post.) But I was surprised and very flattered at how many people said nice things about my entries! I’ve never considered myself crafty before!

The first event of the convention was “DeDe on Location” dessert event! We were told to dress in white, but as I don’t own anything white, Amelia stepped up to the plate for me.

Work it, girl!

Work it, girl!

The centerpiece was a beautiful DeDe Denton doll, “DeDe Celebrates.” She was dressed in a nude/silver embroidered gown, which I loved. But I’m not really a DeDe collector, so I passed on the centerpiece.

DeDe Celebrates

DeDe Celebrates

However, the biggest surprise was a large box at each place setting, wrapped in silver paper. Inside was our own basic DeDe doll, DeDe Makes a Splash! She was available as either blonde or brunette. Mom and I both got blondes. I guess I’ve become a DeDe collector after all!

DeDe Makes a Splash — blonde. Photo courtesy of Thomas Lake.

DeDe Makes a Splash — blonde. Photo courtesy of Thomas Lake.

There was an amazing selection of desserts to choose from, along with champagne… Yummy! The program was hilarious and included a funny video and a retrospective of Tonner’s 25 years in business. Even though I’ve only been collecting Tonners for 5 years, there were still plenty of fond memories to look back on.

After the dessert event, it was time to open the sales rooms! I hit the Tonner sales room first, to see a glimpse of the Wilde Imagination companion dolls, both resins.

Black Diamond Evangeline and Deep Dark Forest Ellowyne.

Black Diamond Evangeline and Deep Dark Forest Ellowyne.

I fell in love with the Ellowyne, but Evangeline ended up coming home with me… along with a basic Miette and Tech Savvy Agatha Primrose.

In the vendor sales room, I picked up a couple of cute Amelia outfits and a patriotic dress for Patience from the talented Janice Mundy of Sew Sweet Designs, then wandered around for a little bit before declaring myself too pooped to pop any longer. Morning would come early, so Amelia, Mom and I head off to bed to dream sweet dolly dreams….

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WildeCon 2015: Royals Gone Wilde — Days 4&5

Day 4

Morning came super early for the last day of the Royals Gone Wilde convention. I had decided to purchase just one of the other Homecoming dolls to go with my Ellowyne, so before the final event, I moseyed down to the sales room to make my choice. I had decided on either Prudence or Amber, but I needed to see them up close one final time before deciding.

Why can't I just get all three? *whine*

Why can’t I just get all three? *whine*

In the end, I decided on Princess Amber, the red-head in the purple dress. I just love purple!

The final event was a breakfast buffet, with the theme of Charlie Meets the Queen of Hearts. This was actually featuring the Tonner My Wonderland line, a Re-Imagination of Alice in Wonderland. We were asked to wear a T-shirt of our favorite band, so in keeping with the royalty theme, I of course chose Queen.

And Amelia chose to show off her love of British punk.

And Amelia chose to show off her love of British punk.

The centerpiece was the band Stacked Deck, featuring Aiko, Sydney and Charlotte.

Stacked Deck Spade

Stacked Deck Spade

Stacked Deck Heart

Stacked Deck Heart

Stacked Deck Club

Stacked Deck Club

The table favor was an awesome electric guitar for the girls to jam on.

There was also a cherry red one.

There was also a cherry red one.

There was a final farewell message from the queen, and everyone who had entered the competition had their photos on the big screen.

Look, there's me!

Look, there’s me!

As the cherry on top, I also won the final door prize of the convention, the amazing Velvet Sunset outfit for Evangeline, which I did not have!

I won so much crap!

I won so much crap!

Goodbyes were sadly said and the convention was over for another year. I went to the sales room one last time to pick up a doll for a friend and to get a box to ship my goodies home via UPS.

The rest of the afternoon was spent packing up and having a wander of the hotel. Amelia wanted one last photo…

Look how cute she is!

Look how cute she is!

I found the pool, and after lunch I decided to take a dunk. It was indoor and heated and I was the only one there, so I had a leisurely swim before heading back to the room for a “Law & Order” marathon before turning in for my last night at the beautiful Sheraton Framingham.

Day 5

Was up and at ’em early for a continental breakfast before check-out. My van was a little late in picking me up, so I was super nervous, worrying if I’d be able to get to the airport on time to fight security and find my gate. But traffic back to Boston was much less at 10 a.m. than it had been Thursday evening rush hour, so I made it with plenty of time to spare. Check-in and security were a breeze, the flight was on time and even landed a little early in Nashville. Dear old Dad was there to pick me up and drive me home.

I usually post a photo of all the “loot” I had gotten at the convention, but silly me unpacked everything and found homes for the dolls before I remembered to do so. I so another post later on the dolls out of their boxes, posing in the yard.

Until then, I’d like to thank the staff at Tonner/Wilde Imagination for another amazing weekend. I think it was the best since my very first one. I’d also like to thank my awesome table-mates for, well, just being awesome. I hope to see so many of you in Columbus in June!

WildeCon 2015: Royals Gone Wilde — Day 3

Day Three

I had planned to get up early to hit the opening of the Tonner/Wilde sales room, but morning came way too quickly, so I just took my time in getting ready. Fortunately, that meant I missed most of the crowd in the sales room. I didn’t go in with anything in mind to buy, just to wander. However, I was sorely, sorely tempted by the companion dolls for this years convention — three of them resins!

Royal Woe Ellowyne

Royal Woe Ellowyne

Snake Empress Evangeline

Snake Empress Evangeline

Sad Little Queen (Sally)

Sad Little Queen (Sally)

There was also a new Penn doll, Easy Does It Penn, but apparently I didn’t take his picture. Oops.

I nearly bought the Ellowyne, but I decided to wait, as the Evangeline event was in a couple of hours, and I had a feeling I’d want the centerpiece. I did, however, snag a couple of Evangeline stands (I’m always running out), the blue Sweet Nothing outfit for Ellowyne (which I had missed on the website) and Possibly Clairvoyant Prudence. I had been eyeing Prudence since she was announced, but seeing her in person helped me make up my mind.

Afterwards, I checked out the competition room (more on that later) and went to the Raffle Room to put in my tickets.

The Evangeline brunch, Royal By Nature, was the next event. It included a crown contest, and both Amelia and I dressed for the occasion.

Queen Caroline of the Deep.

Queen Caroline of the Deep.

Butterfly Queen Amelia!

Butterfly Queen Amelia!

As soon as I walked into the ballroom, I knew I was in trouble! Each table had either Evangeline, Parnilla or Angelique. Angelique graced Table 7, but I knew I had to have all three. I’m helpless when it comes to over-the-top gowns!

Queen of the Purple Moon Evangeline

Queen of the Purple Moon Evangeline

Queen of the Dark Seas Parnilla

Queen of the Dark Seas Parnilla

Queen of the Woodlands Angelique

Queen of the Woodlands Angelique

The table favor — a dolly-size tiara!

The table favor — a dolly-size tiara!

Fortunately for my anxiety disorder, I won the rights to the centerpiece! Our table also won another door prize. We were indeed Lucky Number 7!

The crown competition was a lot of fun. There were so many crazy crowns! I didn’t get any photos, but you can check out Wilde’s Facebook page to see them!

After the brunch, I was feeling, well, not good, so I returned to my room for a little bit — and promptly fell asleep. I awoke about two hours later, panicked because I thought I was late for my volunteer time in the Competition Room! But I was on time. Of course, I forgot all my paperwork and bag I needed to pick up my competition dolls, but I was on time! >_<

Pick-up went smoothly and before long, it was time for the grand event — the Homecoming banquet! So many people showed up in their Homecoming finery; however, in high school, for me, it was all about the marching band! I wore a T-shirt that read “Band Geek for Life!” and Amelia also went the band geek route!

This one time, at band camp....

This one time, at band camp….

The centerpiece was a trio of beauties, Amber, Lizette and Prudence, decked out in their Homecoming best.

Princess Prudence

Princess Prudence

Princess Amber

Princess Amber

Wispy Rose Lizette

Wispy Rose Lizette

The table favor was a fabulous (faux) fur coat for the girls, fit for a queen!

Just Fur Royalty Coat

Just Fur Royalty Coat

Dinner was a four-course affair (!) and open bottles of wine were just left on our tables. Too bad I don’t drink!

Or do I?

Or do I?

The Homecoming Court was called up… and I was second runner-up for Queen! Hey, I’ll take it! I was given a pretty little Patience doll as my “consolation prize.”

Thru the Woods Patience

Thru the Woods Patience

It’s by far the silliest thing I’ve ever participated in, but I loved it!

Ladies and gents, your 2015 Wilde Homecoming Court! (Photo courtesy of Wilde Imagination.)

Ladies and gents, your 2015 Wilde Homecoming Court! (Photo courtesy of Wilde Imagination.)

At last, it was time for the big reveal… the convention doll, Ellowyne herself! However, I was too busy trying to be a good little table hostess by boxing up the centerpiece for the lady who won the rights to it, I didn’t get to open mine! I also didn’t take a picture of it later! I’m aghast! So, I will just have to borrow Wilde’s. (I’ll do better next convention, I promise!)

Wilde Imagination's 'A Princess Mood' Ellowyne

Wilde Imagination’s ‘A Princess Mood’ Ellowyne!

After the unboxing, it was time to dance! Though… I don’t dance! Seriously, you would not want to see me dance! But I hung around for the raffle drawings. And keeping with tradition of winning a doll at WildeCon, I won the Positive/Negative Marley Wentworth!

Fierce!

Fierce!

I love the raffle drawings. Even if I don’t win anything, I love watching the reactions of those who do win. Some folks are pretty hysterical in their excitement!

I stumbled back to my room afterwards, loot in hand, to try to get a few hours of sleep before the final day’s events.

WildeCon 2015: Royals Gone Wilde – Days 1&2

After attending the 2015 TonnerCon: Guilty Pleasures in Dallas, TX, at the end of May, I started counting down the days until WildeCon. It was 17 long, long weeks from signing up to the convention itself, but I spent that time finding the perfect outfits for Amelia to wear, working on my first-ever competition entries and even picking out costumes for myself!

WildeCon this year was held Oct. 16-18 at the beautiful Sheraton in Framingham, MA. I’ve never been to Massachusetts before, and the thought of flying into Boston Logan airport scared me to death. But, I figured if I could navigate LAX, I could find my way around Logan. Hopefully.

Day One

This time out, I made sure to get a midday flight so I wouldn’t have to get up three hours before dawn. As it was, I got up at dawn to make it to the airport by 10:30 a.m. for my noon flight out of Nashville. I flew Southwest again, and I must say, I really like them. Cheap, free bags and open seating! Flight was uneventful and we landed in Boston a few minutes early. This is, of course, where I could feel the panic starting to creep in. I was alone in an unfamiliar city and I somehow had to find my ride in the craziness of it all!

I collected my bag and wandered around outside for a good 15 minutes before I spotted the chartered van I had hired to get me to the hotel. That was an adventure unto itself. There was a case of mistaken reservations on behalf of some other riders, which kept us at the airport for over an hour while the driver tried to figure it out. After that, it was TRAFFIC HELL. Rush hour traffic in Boston is… ugh. It took about an hour and a half to get to the hotel. Checked in around 6 p.m., and as I hadn’t eaten all day, my first stop after dumping my bags was the hotel restaurant. Where I paid $17 for a turkey sandwich. *cries* But, it was a damn good turkey sandwich.

After dinner, it was time to explore, to see where everything would be held the next day.

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The beautiful hotel lobby.

Look! It's a castle!

Look! It’s a castle!

It's a castle in autumn!

It’s a castle in autumn!

With fire in the walls!

With fire in the walls!

And fancy-shmancy elevators!

And fancy-shmancy elevators!

And super-long hallways leading to the ballrooms!

And super-long hallways leading to the ballrooms!

After exploring, I set out my costume pieces for the first day of the convention, dressed Amelia in her fancy duds and settled in until morning…

 

Day Two

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel dining room, a yummy buffet of all my favorites — eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast and other goodies, all that was left to do was wait until noon before the weekend officially got under way. I headed down to the hotel’s lower level to help set up the competition room, where I had been assigned to volunteer this year! I finally got to meet the fabulous Meg Hunt and discovered we share the same birthday! Room set-up went quickly, so it was back to the restaurant for lunch.

And then… registration opened! Convention attendees got a pretty little red bag (red for royalty) with the usual goodies, a pen, an issue of Haute Doll, lanyard, pin and even a temporary tattoo! So cute! I was running late for registration, as I wanted to finish my burger, so I missed the crowds completely! I felt like I was the only one attending!

Around 4 p.m. the volunteers gathered for the volunteer meeting. Most of the competition folks left early, but as I was taking Thomas Lake’s place this year as table hostess, I had to stay behind to see what to do. As thanks for volunteering, we were all given the Brrooties Ellowyne, a doll I had liked but had not purchased. Score!

Entering dolls into competition began straight away, and it was madness! But, my little group was amazing. I’d especially like to thank Dana and Diana for helping me out and showing me what to do! We got all the dolls registered and set up and everyone’s photo taken in no time. Which was great because I had to get ready for the first event!

The Competition Room crew!

The Competition Room crew!

The dress I had purchased for the Royal Miette event was a bit problematic, but I made it work! I spent weeks looking for the perfect tiara to match my elf ears. I had to hurry into my costume to be ready for my hostess duties! But Amelia and I both made it on time.

Princess Caroline. *grin*

Princess Caroline. *grin*

Didn't get a photo of my full costume, but I'm on the far left so you can get an idea...

Didn’t get a photo of my full costume, but I’m on the far left so you can get an idea…

Miette is a new line for Wilde Imagination, and this event would be the first time any of us saw her. She’s stunning!

A regal queen...

A regal queen…

Amelia is my constant companion at these conventions, and she likes to dress for the theme.

Princess Amelia! *grin*

Princess Amelia! *grin*

The table gift was the Simply Royal robe, designed for Miette, but could easily work for your other royally-inclined dolls as well.

I love (faux) fur!

I love (faux) fur!

At the appointed hour, the crowds were let in. The first event had begun! It was a dessert event, so everyone nibbled on sweets while we got to know each other. I had “met” a couple of people at my table on Facebook, but had never actually met any of them in person. But I got lucky — I’m convinced Table 7 was the best table!

I mean, look at all these sexy people!

I mean, look at all these sexy people!

There was a few announcements from Wilde and a message from “The Queen.” One of the sweet ladies won a door prize and Derek went home with the centerpiece. There was a costume contest, which I entered, but didn’t make the finals, and ballots to cast your vote for Homecoming King and Queen — and to my surprise, I was a member of the Homecoming Court! But I’m not really a people person, so I didn’t campaign as hard as I could have. *grin*

After the event, the Raffle and Vendor Sales rooms opened. I picked up my tickets in the Raffle Room and had a look at all the lovely dolls I could try for. But I decided to wait until the next day to put in my tickets.

So many dollies to win!

So many dollies to win!

The Vendor Sales Room was a mad-house! But I braved the crowds to score a new dress each for Ellowyne, Evangeline and Sad Sally. I also took a moment to drool over Peggy Foggio’s repaints. Peggy had also entered a number of dolls in the Competition Room as well (more on that later).

Look at these beauties!

Look at these beauties!

I mean, seriously...

I mean, seriously…

It was close to 11 p.m. by the time I got back to my room, and I still had so much to do! Dress Amelia in her outfit for the brunch event, tear up my raffle tickets and lay out my costume for the next day. I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

Wilde Halloween 2013 – Days 1&2

Another doll convention has come and gone. This past weekend, Oct. 18-20, 2013, I attended the Wilde Halloween convention in Tysons Corner, VA, just outside Washington, DC. Once again, Dad accompanied me (and by accompanied, I mean he drove me), though this time he was not attending the convention; he was just along for the ride. We started the trip on Thursday at 3 a.m. Tennessee time. (Ugh! So early!) We only encountered one major snafu, a multi-car pile-up that stopped traffic dead on the interstate for over half an hour. At 6 a.m. In the dark. But afterwards, it was mostly smooth sailing…

…Until we hit DC traffic! Holy cow! I never want to experience that again!

We managed the trip in 11 hours, delays and all, and checked into the lovely Sheraton Premiere around 3 p.m. Washington time. We found our room on the third floor, after walking half a mile to the elevator! (Afterwards, we found the staircase was right close to the lobby and eschewed the elevator for the rest of the weekend.) Amelia immediately set about exploring the room.

Oh look! A telephone!

Oh look! A telephone!

I met up with Thomas (@frozendragon01) after he got in from sightseeing Washington, something Dad and I weren’t about to do in that traffic, and we all had dinner together in the hotel restaurant. So nice to be with friends! Afterwards, there wasn’t much to do but watch a little TV and get ready for the big first day of convention ahead!

I had a bit of a leisurely morning Friday, as I didn’t have to be anywhere until noon. This year, I volunteered to help out with the convention, so I met up with Thomas a little before noon and we headed to the raffle room to help set up. What an experience, seeing the convention from the “other” side! There were so many beautiful dolls being given away during the raffle, we all felt like kids in a candy store opening up all the boxes. The room was a little small for all the wonderful dollies, but we made do. All in all, it took a little over an hour to open all the boxes and organize the dolls into categories. But I had tons of fun helping out! It’s something I hope to do it again someday.

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So many pretty dollies up for grabs!

Thomas and Debbie man the raffle room table.

Thomas and Debbie man the raffle room table.

Lunch was a quick cracker snack in the hotel room before registration got underway at 2 p.m. The convention bag was so, so cute and Halloween themed! Inside were the usual convention information packet, name tag and lanyard, pin, a witch-shaped pen and two outfit pieces for Ellowyne! I got the Pulled Together Leopard Skirt and the Pulled Together Cross-Dyed Skirt, neither of which I had! Score!

Sew cute!

Sew cute!

The volunteer meeting was next, and after all the announcements, we were all presented with a thank-you doll, a Does This Make Me Look Too Happy? Ellowyne, which again I had wanted but did not have. I was super impressed that all the volunteers got a doll as a thank-you. I would have been happy to help just to help!

The thank-you doll from Wilde Imagination.

The thank-you doll from Wilde Imagination.

Dad, Thomas and I ventured outside the hotel for dinner, at a place called Noodles and Company. I’d heard of it, but had never seen one. I had some kind of Japanese pan fried noodles which were so yummy! But I couldn’t fill up too much, because there was a dessert event awaiting us that evening.

“Amelia’s Trick or Treat” event was held at 7 p.m. The centerpiece was too cute! Little zombie-fied Amelia and Hamish! I was sorely tempted, as I do love Amelia, but decided to pass for the moment, so as to see what else the weekend had in store.

Braiiiins!

Braiiiins!

The table gift was The Witch’s Chapeaux, a delightful witch’s hat for Ellowyne! Dessert was an ice cream sundae bar with cookies and brownies, which was delish. Thomas was our table host, and we had a great table this year! Luckily there were only 8 people at our table, because it would have been a bit crowded with 10.

Our table mates!

Our table mates!

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My Amelia, right, and Thomas’ Izzy, left, were table mates #9 and 10. (They didn’t take up much room.)

Door prizes were given away and a “Trick or Treat” game was played. Contestants were chosen by number and table number to play. A wheel was spun and if the person landed on “treat,” they got to pick a free doll! However, if they landed on “trick,” they had to answer a trivia question or perform a trick. So much fun! There was also a costume contest. So much talent was put into the costumes! I had a hard time deciding which ones to vote for!

The crowd!

The crowd!

After the event ended, Thomas and I helped out some in the raffle room and picked up our own tickets. Afterwards, it was time to head back to the ballroom for “The WItching Hour” event, in which the Wilde fall line was shown and Mr. Tonner answered some questions. By the time it was over, the midnight hour was upon us and I knew the next day would start super early, with the opening of the Wilde sales room, so it was bed time for me and Amelia!

Wilde Workday

This past Wednesday, Feb. 6, was Take Your Dolly to Work Day. (Totally made-up holiday… any excuse, yeah?) So I went to the shelves and asked who would like to go with me. Not surprisingly most declined the offer. They cited the amount of complaining I do and the fear of getting their dresses dirty with newsprint. Valid reasons. I was about to lose hope when the little voice of Amelia Thimble piped up and volunteered to go with me. So it was off to work we went.

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First order of business, checking email. Amelia took a ride on the mouse while I downloaded all the news submissions for the day.
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Next, Amelia helped me type church news submissions… it was like watching a miniature game of twister.

After finishing up the church news, it was time for a “brain break.” We hopped on Facebook for a few minutes to find the 2013 Tonner Mainline release already up!

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“Oooh! Oooh! Buy this one!”
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“On second thought, buy them all!”

After we cleaned the drool off the computer screen (and a bit of the keyboard), Amelia decided to go exploring.

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“Hey, what’s in here?”
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“Ooops!”

After fishing Amelia out of the candy Tardis, she found my pencil holder.

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No, Amelia! Don’t pull the pin!

Thankfully, I managed to keep Amelia from any more trouble until lunch time.

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Mmmm, sammich!

Lunch passed without incident, and then it was back to work. Time for newspaper layout!

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Amelia was very helpful in helping me place entertainment articles on the page.

Pagination can be a bit monotonous, so after a while, Amelia left me to it and made a new friend.

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Itty-Bitty Buddha! “He’s smaller than me!”

After layout was done, it was time for a caffeine break.

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Nectar of the gods!

As I had gotten done early, I decided to give Amelia a tour of the building. At the front desk, another friend was made.

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Her name is Otter Readmore. She’s the paper’s mascot… sort of. Frankly, I find her kind of creepy.

Finally, our long workday came to an end.

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Tell me about it, Amelia.

I’d like to thank Amelia for coming to work with me, and for not getting into too much trouble. (And for not getting newsprint on her outfit!) She returned home with me exhausted, but happy. And ecstatic over getting her own blog post. (I think the other dolls are a wee bit jealous now. Oh, well!)

Wilde Weekend – Days 4 & 5

I forgot to mention in my last entry that after the Ellowyne dinner, everyone headed downstairs to the Rathskeller for an after-dinner dance party. Mom and I ventured down only long enough to grab a bite of dessert, because I have a problem with loud noises. And crowds. I honestly don’t know how I survived the WI sales room…

Besides, I had to go to bed because I had to wake up super, super early for the raffle Sunday morning, which was held at 7:30 a.m. (6:30 central time OMG!). I had put a couple of tickets in for different items and ended up putting the bulk of my tickets into one of my grail Evangelines, A Dark Night. So while Mom (and Amelia) slept in, I dragged myself out of bed for the raffle.

I really wasn’t expecting to win anything. I mean, there were an awful lot of people in the ballroom for the drawing! And as I expected, I didn’t win A Dark Night. However, had I been listening to the universe when I decided to watch “Stardust” on TV the day before, I may not have been as surprised and excited when they called my number for the Star Dust Evangeline!

She’s now my lucky Star (Dust)!

Mom was so excited for me when I returned to the room to pick her up for the Amelia Thimble breakfast. Me? I was over the moon!

We headed downstairs for the last event. The centerpiece was so unbelievably cute I’m surprised I didn’t come away with a toothache. It featured Amelia as a bee, Izzy as a butterfly and Hamish as a little gardener standing on a flower base. Mom fell in love, because her hobby is gardening. So when she won the centerpiece, of course we snatched it up!

Amelia is excited because she has three new friends to play with!

Our table gift was a gardening apron, which Mom also confiscated. Hee! We also received an issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly which featured the convention Ellowyne and Amber on the cover. I may need a subscription to this magazine! Breakfast consisted of a buffet which was delish, but I was a little sad, as this event brought the weekend to a close.

I had so much fun during Wilde Weekend! Even my mom had a lot of fun, more than she thought she would, as she was not a collector. I say was because she’s laid claim to the Amelia centerpiece for her indoor garden. I may have turned her into a doll convention monster. I know I have definitely been bitten by the convention bug.

Sunday night we ate at the Hard Rock Louisville, just so I could get one more Hard Rock under my belt. Went to bed early to get ready for the long drive back to Tennessee in the morning.

Home again, home again…

I would like to thank the hotel staff at the Seelbach for being super-friendly and helpful; the staff of Wilde Imagination and Tonner for throwing an amazing weekend and again for being super-super-friendly; and everyone I met who helped this wallflower come out of her shell just a little bit and being patient with someone who was obviously a newbie. I did not want the weekend to end, but all good things must.

I did take a picture of the loot I brought home with me from Kentucky:

Where on earth am I going to put all this?!?

I came home exhausted, but happy. I can’t wait to attend the next convention and see some of the new friends we made. Until next time!

Exhausted after a fun Wilde Weekend!