WildeCon 2015: Royals Gone Wilde — Competition Room

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.)

Ready for a ride across the Scottish highlands!

Ready for a ride across the Scottish highlands!

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!

'The Eternal Op-tea-mist'

‘The Eternal Op-tea-mist’

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)

Love the one in blue!

Love the one in blue!

Penn looks dashing!

Penn looks dashing!

So very pretty!

So very pretty!

 

Category 2: Court of the Sun King (Ellowyne)

Egyptian Lizette was voted People's Choice. She was my vote as well!

Egyptian Lizette was voted People’s Choice. She was my vote as well!

 

Category 3: Royalscapades (Ellowyne)

Only one entry in this category but it was really cute and clever. Judges' Choice!

Only one entry in this category but it was really cute and clever. Judges’ Choice!

 

Category 4: The Wearing of the Purple (Evangeline)

By far, my favorite category!

By far, my favorite category!

I wanted to take both of these home with me!

I wanted to take both of these home with me!

Such talent! I'm jealous!

Such talent! I’m jealous!

 

Category 5: The King’s Favorite (Evangeline)

Loved the one on the right. Her repaint was amazing!

Loved the one on the right. Her repaint was amazing!

Accessories make the doll!

Accessories make the doll!

 

Category 6: Tilted Tiara (Open Doll)

Would love to try the technique used to make the ghost!

Would love to try the technique used to make the ghost!

Pink hair is to die for!

Pink hair is to die for!

 

Category 7: Wilde Imagination Meets Magic Kingdom (Open Doll)

Sad Sally was amazing here!

Sad Sally was amazing here!

Two Cruellas!

Two Cruellas!

 

Category 8: Monarch of the Glen (Open Doll)

Look at Peggy's gorgeous creation for Patience!

Look at Peggy’s gorgeous creation for Patience!

 

Category 9: Royal-tea Poetry (Open Doll)

So many talented poets!

So many talented poets!

Evangeline's outfit was amazing up close!

Evangeline’s outfit was amazing up close!

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Can’t wait to see what the categories will be for the 25th Anniversary convention next June!

 

 

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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.

TonnerCon 2015: Guilty Pleasures – Days 1 & 2

Last year, 2014, was a dolly dearth for me. My mother and I were invited to celebrate ‘Christmas in July’ with her family in Sydney, Australia, so that ate up all my vacation time, not to mention monies! Thus, I was unable to attend any dolly events last year.

Therefore, I was extremely excited to attend the 2015 TonnerCon: Guilty Pleasures, held at the lovely Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre hotel in Dallas, TX! I was SUPER nervous to go, as it would be the first doll event I would be attending by myself. Previously I had dragged one of my parents along with me (mostly to drive me, heh), but this time, due to circumstances, neither could attend. So I would be flying all the way to Texas on my own. Now, it wasn’t the first time I’d traveled on my own — I’d flown to Texas and Japan all by my lonesome previously. But, it was the first time I’d be traveling on my own after being diagnosed with two conditions that could be debilitating. Thankfully, I had my own little cheerleading squad in the form of Thomas Lake and Shannon Craven. I couldn’t have managed as well as I did without them!

Day One

After getting up at the ungodly hour of 3:30 a.m. to get to the airport by 6, it was smooth sailing — or should I say, flying — to the Lone Star state.

Texas or bust!

Texas or bust!

I managed to time my flight to arrive within 20 minutes of Shannon’s arrival to Love Field, and Thomas was able to pick us both up to take us to the hotel. After meeting up with Lance Goforth and a delicious Mexican lunch, we were Lincoln Centre bound! Check-in went smoothly and Amelia and I were finally able to get a little rest before meeting up with the others for dinner. At the Cheesecake Factory. Like you do.

YAAAASSSS!

YAAAASSSS!

I needed to get some sleep because I had been up way too long and I needed to get up early to see if Shannon needed at help setting up her booth in the vendor room the next morning. But not before we had another quick look at the agenda.

Planning and plotting...

Planning and plotting…

Day Two

Morning came around way too quickly for my liking, but it didn’t really matter. It was finally time for TonnerCon! Went downstairs to help with Shannon’s display, though I mostly just fetched and carried. But I got to touch her amazing repainted dolls. Oooh! Then it was time for registration! Aaaah! Our convention bags were a beautiful basic black, and quite roomy. Inside were issues of Haute Doll and Dolls Magazine. Woohoo! Reading for the flight home! The Wilde companion dolls were on display at the registration desk. I wanted them all.

In back, Evangeline Loves Sweets. In front, Angelique Loves Lingerie. She would become my first Angelique.

In back, Evangeline Loves Sweets. In front, Angelique Loves Lingerie. She would become my first Angelique.

Parnilla Loves Hats.

Parnilla Loves Hats.

Penn, Just Relax.

Penn, Just Relax.

Far East Day Dream Ellowyne. Resin. Fell in love, but did not purchase. Something I now regret.

Far East Day Dream Ellowyne. Resin. Fell in love, but did not purchase. Something I now regret.

There wasn’t much to do between registering and the first event, so I wandered the hotel a little and took some shots of the lobby/convention areas.

The gorgeous - not to mention spacious - hotel lobby.

The gorgeous – not to mention spacious – hotel lobby.

The convention area was downstairs off the lobby. Fortunately, escalators.

The convention area was downstairs off the lobby. Fortunately, escalators.

But at last! It was time for the first event — the Wilde Tea Party! I’m always super excited for the Wilde events, as Wilde Imagination dolls make up the bulk of my collection. Plus, I always love the centerpiece the design team comes up with! And they did not disappoint!

Amelia LOVED the table favor -- a gorgeous tea cup! 'It's big enough to bathe in!'

Amelia LOVED the table favor — a gorgeous tea cup! ‘It’s big enough to bathe in!’

Vintage Tea Ellowyne -- she came with an entire tea set!

Vintage Tea Ellowyne — she came with an entire tea set!

Vintage Kitchen Lizette

Vintage Kitchen Lizette

Vintage Baker Pru

Vintage Baker Pru

LOVED the centerpiece and their ’50s look! Their aprons reminded me SO MUCH of my grandmother’s handkerchiefs I played with as a child. But as much as I loved these, I did not buy any of them. I wanted the companion Angelique doll, and this was, after all, only the first event of the weekend.

Every table was given some paper and we were instructed to write a poem that had to mention Ellowyne and tea. Since no one at our table seemed inclined to write anything, the task fell to me. And as everyone munched on finger sandwiches and cookies, I scribbled away. It’s really hard to come up with something on the spot! But here was my effort:

Stuck inside on a rainy day, 

What is there to do?

If you’re in Texas, the answer’s easy:

Tea with Ellowyne, Lizette and Pru!

Tonner Guilty Pleasures

Has gotten under way;

Friends from near and far

Have gathered here today.

“Hello! How are you?

It’s been such a long time!”

Such a sunny atmosphere,

Who cares about the rain outside?

For three days we’ll mingle

And party ’til we drop, 

Drink tea, rockabilly

And hope the fun never stops.

So glad we’re together

To share our common passion.

So don’t let the weather get you down,

You’re never sad at convention!

Shannon thankfully volunteered to read it on stage and our table was one of the finalists! In the end, we came in third, and though we didn’t win anything, it was still a lot of fun!

The entertainment was a “cake decorating contest” between two Tonner employees and a member of the audience… which ended with more frosting on the participants than on the cakes! Too funny!

After the tea party was over, the Tonner sales room opened to sell the companion dolls and I walked away with the stunning Angelique Loves Lingerie! My first Angelique! Super excited to get her!

So pretty!

So pretty!

The second event of the day was the “Rockabilly” dinner event! You’d think, having grown up on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, I would have appropriate costuming, but alas. I did throw a bandana in my hair just to join in the fun. Amelia was delighted to find a doll-sized guitar as our table favor!

A little too big for her hands, though.

A little too big for her hands, though.

Along with my violin and harp, I will soon have a whole orchestra!

Along with my violin and harp, I will soon have a whole orchestra!

The table centerpiece was a lovely gal named Dixie. As that is the name of my puppy-dog, I was tempted, but Thomas ended up taking her home.

She screams Old Southern Charm!

She screams Old Southern Charm!

Dinner was simply an ENORMOUS piece of chicken, roasted potatoes, beans, a salad, followed by a scrumptious piece of caramel cake. Due to some last-minute rearranging and some cancellations, there were only five people at our table. Which was quite nice, as I am not good at dealing with crowds. Thomas proved once again to be a gracious table host.

Our entertainment for the evening was a group from New York called the Gold Hope Duo, who played some “rockabilly” type tunes for our enjoyment. I rather enjoyed listening to them!

Rocking out!

Rocking out!

Amelia was delighted to meet up with an old friend, and a new one!

Amelia was delighted to meet up with an old friend, and a new one!

When the dancing was over, it was time for our first dolly surprise! We were presented with Maxine, a new head sculpt on the Chic body, dressed in the southern style! Gorgeous!

Love the hair!

Love the hair!

The vendor room opened later that evening, and I browsed, but restrained myself. I really could kick myself for not getting a photo of Shannon and her lovely creations! Fortunately, Michelle from Tonner did an AMAZING job documenting the convention, as always!

Look at this beauty! The dolls ain't bad either! XD (Photo courtesy of Tonner Dolls.)

Look at this beauty! The dolls ain’t bad either! XD (Photo courtesy of Tonner Dolls.)

Finally, time for bed to dream of dollies to come!

An afternoon in the sun…

I had a spare moment to take a few of the girls outside this past weekend…

Lizette had gotten tired of wearing the same outfit for the past year, so she went digging through the clothes boxes and “appropriated” something of Evangeline’s.

Her belly button is showing. Scandal!

Her belly button is showing. Scandal!

 

Melancolique took a walk on a sun-drenched hill…

A lovely day for a stroll...

A lovely day for a stroll…

 

And Evangeline decided to climb on some tombstones, which I thought was a bit inappropriate, but she scares me a little so I didn’t say anything…

Spooky time!

Spooky time!

Wilde Halloween – Competition Room

The competition room this year was spectacular. I had thought about entering a couple of the categories, but the idea of lugging all those dolls and accessories to Washington was just too much for me to deal with this year. Maybe next year!

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Such amazing talent!

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I’m not usually one for feathers but this one was divine!

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Very Snow Queen-like.

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Wish I could have taken some of these home with me! XD

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I’m green with envy.

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Really like the one on the left here.

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The amount of detail in this beadwork gown was incredible.

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This one won People’s Choice and I can see why!

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Reminds me of Madame du Pompadour.

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Halloween-themed beauties!

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A stunning bride.

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Wherefore art thou, Mortimer?

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Beautiful!

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Another stunning bride!

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Loved the before and after Cinderella!

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The wig on this one was superb.

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Such talent!

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A pair of star-crossed lovers.

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This one was my favorite of the lot!

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Painting the roses red.

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Spooky!

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Entries in the Madame Tussaud category.

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The one with the dogs made me laugh out loud.

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Breathtaking!

So many stunning entries. Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants! 🙂

Wilde Halloween 2013 – Day 3

Saturday morning started early for me. I couldn’t sleep, so I ended up getting up super early to get downstairs and get in line for the Wilde sales room. I had promised Thomas I would snag him a Blood Moon Winters Evangeline, and as I was eighth in line that morning, getting there more than an hour before the doors opened, I felt it would be no problem. Little did I know, lol.

I spent the hour chatting with some folks I had met at the previous TonnerCon in May — Doug and Jennifer. So much fun! But then, the doors were opened and people rushed inside.  The Evangelines were gone before I could even find them! But Doug found the last Blood Moon Winters, who gave it to Jennifer, who gave it to me so I could give it to Thomas. Who says dollie people aren’t nice in the sales room? I will never again say that, for sure! Thank you, Doug and Jennifer!

The sales room got crowded really quickly, so I did a complete circuit before making my own choices. The Evangeline I wanted was no longer available, so I settled for Feeling Drained Three and Tonner’s Far East Stella #2. I got out of there quickly because I don’t like crowds in small spaces — too many people! XD

You can see me in the back. Photo courtesy of Wilde Imagination.

You can see me in the back. Photo courtesy of Wilde Imagination.

After Thomas, who was staying at a different hotel, arrived, we went back to the raffle room to help out and to put our own tickets in the bags. This time, I put at least one ticket in every bag, but most of my tickets went into One More Time… Evangeline, since I couldn’t get her in the sales room.

I also did a tour around the vendor room where I found two really pretty outfits for Ellowyne. There was more I could have spent money on, but again, I was waiting for the Evangeline lunch to see whether or not I would want the centerpiece. Silly Caroline. Of course I would want the centerpiece.

The Evangeline luncheon was the first event on Saturday. As soon as I walked into the room and saw the centerpiece I knew I was in trouble. Evangeline and mythical creatures! I had to have her!

Dark Seas Evangeline and Dark Forest Mortimer. (I couldn't get a good shot of Full Moon Parnilla.)

Dark Seas Evangeline and Dark Forest Mortimer. (I couldn’t get a good shot of Full Moon Parnilla.)

As the theme was “Fantastical Creatures,” Amelia decided to dress appropriately.

Cute little bunny!

Cute little bunny!

The table gift was the Pumpkin Patch Bustier for Evangeline, which I adore. The “entertainment” for the luncheon was a talent show, where 11 brave men and women got up in front of everyone and either sang or performed a dance number. My favorite was the woman who danced like an old, worn out cat. She was so cute! The winner received a one-of-a-kind Ellowyne, which made me wish I had either a talent or was brave enough to get up in front of people!

Lunch was another buffet, of pasta salads, macaroni, fried chicken, ribs, veggies and other delectables. Nummy!

After lunch, it was back to the raffle room and finally, a tour of the competition room! There were so many beautiful dolls in the competition room, they’ll have to get their own post. I was in awe of the talent!

At 4:30 p.m., the raffle room volunteers gathered to tear down the room and take the dolls to the “staging area,” ready for the raffle later that night.

The big event was held Saturday night, the Ellowyne Monster Mash prom!

Michelle from Wilde!

Michelle from Wilde!

Again, I didn’t dress up, but it was really fun looking at all the neat costumes. The table gift was a box of chocolate truffles, which were really yummy. The “big” gift of the night, was of course the souvenir doll, which we got at the end of the night. Dinner was a service event, and we were served a salad with a raspberry (I think) vinaigrette,  beef and chicken with carrots, asparagus and potatoes, and some kind of chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Nom, nom nom.

Everyone at the tables nominated people for Prom King and Queen and the audience voted. Again, so many talented costumes! Even Amelia came decked out in her finery.

Photo came out all blurry. *pout*

Photo came out all blurry. *pout*

The table centerpiece was a Monster Mash Prom through and through, consisting of Dark Heart Prudence, Lethal Lizette, Totally Misunderstood Rufus and Zombie Prom Amber.

Dark Heart Pru

Dark Heart Pru

Lethal Lizette

Lethal Lizette

Totally Misunderstood Rufus and Zombie Prom Amber

Totally Misunderstood Rufus and Zombie Prom Amber

After the costume contest and a surprise rendition of the “Thriller” dance by the Wilde Imagination/Tonner staff (!), we were given leave to open the souvenir doll, Forever After Ellowyne!

Not the best photo...

Not the best photo…

So pretty! I was in love with her at first sight, especially with the hair! When set up, it looks like horns coming out of her head! So lovely!

The dancing followed the dinner, but Thomas and I headed to the lobby sitting area to get away from the loud music. Neither of us are dancers, lol. We had to stick around because the raffle was coming up! Always a fun time!

Raffle drawings! And I helped!

Raffle drawings! And I helped! Photo courtesy of Wilde Imagination.

One by one the numbers were called. Then, when the Tonner ballerina doll Morning Mist came up, Mr. Tonner called “2902!” No one said anything. Again, “2902!” I blinked, looked at my tickets, and realized that was my number! I won! Hooray! Morning Mist is delightful!

My pretty little dollie!

My pretty little dollie!

Thomas won a Prudence doll as well. All in all, it was a great way to end Saturday!

A compelling discovery

One day, Eloise (Feeling Drained, Too), my adventurous girl, went exploring in the downstairs jungle (also known as my mother’s indoor garden).

Fortunately I got there in time to stop her from hacking away at my mother's hibiscus tree.

Fortunately I got there in time to stop her from hacking away at my mother’s hibiscus tree.

She pushed her way through the leaves and branches until she came upon a magical cavern.

It's so sparkly!

It’s so sparkly!

Eloise discovered the cavern was actually the base of a giant (fake) evergreen.

And the 'boulders' were made out of brightly wrapped boxes!

And the ‘boulders’ were made out of brightly wrapped boxes!

This is where Eloise made her compelling discovery. One that could affect life on the shelves as we know it!

An Ellowyne-shaped box!

A doll-shaped box!

She quickly left her discovery, pushing her way back through the downstairs jungle to let the other girls know what she had found. When all of a sudden…

Ahhh! Local wildlife!

Ahhh! Local wildlife!

But Eloise knew what to do. She had a piece of bacon in her pouch. Mollified, the giant beast let Eloise pass and she made it safely back to the shelf to spread the news.

So what’s in the doll-shaped box? Guess we’ll find out on Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!