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!

^_^

^_^

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 — Day 3

Day Three

The bad storms that had been plaguing Texas recently continued into my second night in Dallas. Which caused me to oversleep and missed the opening of the Tonner sales room on Saturday morning. I missed out on an Ellowyne outfit I’d wanted to snag, but no biggie. I picked up the fabulous Jupiter Ascending doll (crappy movie, beautiful costuming) and “Pretty Sad” Sad Sally.

Adorbs!

Adorbs!

After a quick danish and OJ breakfast, I hung out with Shannon in the vendor room for a bit before it was time to hit the next event: Cupcakes and Crimson!

Amelia was dressed for the occasion, and even brought her own cupcake!

Amelia was dressed for the occasion, and even brought her own cupcake!

Thank you, Michelle, for taking a photo of me I don't hate! (Photo courtesy of TonnerDolls.)

Thank you, Michelle, for taking a photo of me I don’t hate! (Photo courtesy of TonnerDolls.)

The Cupcakes and Crimson brunch was a breakout event starring Patsy and her friends, Trixie and Aggie. The centerpiece was achingly sweet and I wanted to take them home with me, but I resisted. I did NOT need yet another line to collect!

Strawberry Cupcake Patsy

Strawberry Cupcake Patsy

Vanilla Cupcake Aggie

Vanilla Cupcake Aggie

Pistachio Cupcake Trixie

Pistachio Cupcake Trixie

The table favor was the cutest little Patsyette dress, Sheer Delight. Which is what I was in when I learned the outfit can also fit Sad Sally, as I do not own any of the cute-cute Patsyette line.

How sweet!

How sweet!

Lunch consisted of fried chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, a biscuit and a slice of red velvet cake. We thought it odd there were no cupcakes at the Cupcake and Crimson event, but we soon learned why we had been given red velvet cake instead.

Because we were gifted with the Red Velvet Patsy doll!

Because we were gifted with the Red Velvet Patsy doll!

She’s a new size for Patsy, 14 inches as opposed to her usual 10 inches. And every bit of her is adorable! But since I don’t collect Patsy, I knew I would have to part with her. Fortunately, one of my dear friends does collect Patsy and she is on her way to her new home!

After lunch, I visited both the competition room and special exhibit room. There were so many beautiful dolls on display, I will need to give them their own entry! So many pictures!

Stopped by the Raffle Room to pick up my tickets and decided to swing into the Tonner sales room to pick up a stand for my new Angelique, since I always forget to buy them with the dolls. At least, that was my intention. Went in to buy a stand, came out with two stands, two dolls and an outfit. My poor credit cards!

But look who came home with me... Tiny Kitty!

But look who came home with me… Tiny Kitty!

If you’ve ever been to one, you know cons are exhausting. So a nap had to be taken before the main event: “Manhattan Sleek!”

This was the big dinner event. And what a dinner it was…. roast beef, potatoes, salad and the most delicious chocolate torte I believe I’ve ever tasted. The centerpiece was Marley’s Grand Entrance, the first appearance of an adult Marley Wentworth doll. And she was stunning.

So, of course she came home with me.

So, of course she came home with me.

I don’t dress up, but Amelia really gets into it…

Amelia's homage to "Solo in the Spotlight."

Amelia’s homage to Barbie’s “Solo in the Spotlight.”

Our table gift was a delightful box of glittering shoes to fit the Marley/Antoinette lines.

I hate shoe shopping... unless it's for my dollies!

I hate shoe shopping… unless it’s for my dollies!

Mr. Tonner gave a presentation on some new lines coming out (and some old ones returning!). More on that later…

Then… it was time. Time for the big reveal! The souvenir doll! What we had so eagerly anticipated!

Holy crap!

Holy crap!

Marley’s Mad for Accessories Gift Set. Two outfits, two wigs, two pairs of shoes, a purse, sunglasses, lingerie, and extra hands for posing! Everyone was totally blown away with this girl! She’s not even my style and I was in love! The Tonner company really outdid themselves this year!

After the dinner event, we only had half an hour to get upstairs and get changed into our pajamas for the PJ Dance Party! Though, I have no idea why I ever thought I could get both myself AND Amelia dressed in half an hour!

But we made it!

But we made it!

A DJ duo provided the tunes and there was dancing to be had! Though, I am NOT a dancing person. But it was great to hang out with friends and get excited for the raffle drawings. I did not win anything this year, though. Alas!

The PJ Dance Party continued, but Amelia and I were too pooped to pop, so we headed upstairs, a little bit melancholy that there was only one day of TonnerCon left.

Sad Sally’s mishap

I haven’t posted in a while. I took a year off of dollies for a number of reasons… finances, health, depression, overseas trips. But this past month, after watching the Wilde convention coverage from my computer, I fell in love with my dollies all over again.

When I say I took a year off dollies, I mean I didn’t buy any, didn’t look at them online, didn’t even redress any of the ones I already had. As soon as the coverage of Wilde Con started, I felt the urge to ‘play’ with my girls again. And one of the first things I did was order a new dress and wig for Sad Sally!

When they arrived, I eagerly took the outfit out of the box and started to put it on Sally. All went well until I came to the shoes. I just couldn’t get her little shoe on her little foot! And in my zeal to make her foot fit the shoe… I snapped her poor little foot right off her body!

Oh no!

Oh no!

My poor, poor Sally! I was heartbroken. She was the original Sad Sally that I preodered at one of the conventions I attended last year. I broke down in tears.

The following Wednesday, I made a frantic call to the Doll Hospital at the Tonner Store. I spoke to Dr. Noreen herself. Unfortunately, she told me she doesn’t work on Sad Sally, as she is just too small to work on. But she did say I could buy a replacement body instead. Which is what I ended up doing, as the guild was just too much to let poor little Sally go without a foot.

The new body arrived quickly and, with the help of my awesome Dad, we managed to put Sally’s head on her new body.

Good as new!

Good as new!

Sally is whole once again, though I have learned my lesson. No more shoes for Sad Sally!

Wilde Halloween – Day 4

Sunday dawned bright and early for me, as again I could not sleep. That’s the way it goes at conventions with me… I sleep when it’s over! Sunday morning’s event was the “Sad to See You Go” breakfast featuring Sad Sally. There was also a mask competition which I did decide to enter! It was my one and only participation event. I must admit, I felt a little “sad” entering the ballroom because I knew the convention was almost over. But I immediately cheered up when I sad the Sad Sally centerpiece. Sew cute!

Gimme All Your Candy!

Gimme All Your Candy!

Amelia, too, dressed up for the occasion, in an outfit made by a lovely lady on eBay, who came up to me and introduced herself at this event. So lucky to have met her!

Such an adorable little dress!

Such an adorable little dress!

Breakfast was a buffet of your usual suspects — eggs, sausage, potatoes, French toast, danish and bagels. Yum! After we ate, we were treated to a “film” starring Robert Tonner himself, Dollhouse of Terror! So funny! Then came the mask contest. I was a little hesitant to go up to the stage to participate, but Thomas poked me until I did. There were so many creative, lovely masks, I didn’t think I had a chance. But! They came down the line and picked out five finalists and I was one of them! Eeee!

The five finalists. I'm second from the right. Photo courtesy of Wilde Imagination.

The five finalists. I’m second from the right. Photo courtesy of Wilde Imagination.

The audience voted for their favorite and though I didn’t win, I did get a lovely consolation prize of a Moon Glow Too wig for Evangeline, which I did not have already! Yay!

After the contest, the event wrapped up pretty quickly and soon it was time to say goodbye. Goodbyes are always hard. It’s nice being with people who “get” your crazy obsession with dolls. I had time to get a picture of me and Thomas before I had to leave.

Aren't we cute? *crickets*

Aren’t we cute? *crickets*

Seeing as how we had a 10-hour drive ahead of us, Dad wanted to get on the road right away. Bless him, he had loaded up the truck while I was at breakfast and soon we were leaving Washington behind us.

Just one half of the back seat of the truck.

Just one half of the back seat of the truck.

We got home about 8:30 p.m. Tennessee time and I fell into bed, exhausted, but having had so much fun. I did manage to take one final photo of all the goodies I brought home with me:

The loot!

The loot!

Now all that’s left to do is find new homes for the new dollies. Easier said than done!

Thank you to everyone who made my experience at the Wilde Halloween convention special, especially Thomas, Doug, Jennifer and Michelle at Wilde! I had a blast and cannot wait until the next one!

 

Wig parade

I love being on vacation. I have time to play! Someone on the Evangeline Facebook page asked if Sad Sally could wear Evie’s wigs. I wasn’t sure, so this afternoon, I decided to find out. What I discovered is that Sad Sally can wear Evie’s wigs, though they are slightly too big. Ellowyne’s wigs are really too big on her. They can sort-of work, but I think they would fall off easily. I’m no good at judging wig sizes, but I’d say, if the size 6/7 wigs were slightly too big, then Sad Sally would do well in a size 5. But I’ll let those who know more about dolls make the definitive judgment on wig sizes.

Anyway… without further ado, may I present Sad Sally’s Wig Parade!

Sad Sally in Timeless Evangeline's second wig. I think this makes her look adorable!

Sad Sally in Timeless Evangeline’s second wig. I think this makes her look adorable!

Evangeline's Windblown wig. She's got a bit of a Wednesday Addams thing going on! XD

Evangeline’s Windblown wig. She’s got a bit of a Wednesday Addams thing going on! XD

A size 6/7 brunette wig.

A size 6/7 brunette wig.

 

Purple looks good on Sally! :D

Purple looks good on Sally! 😀

 

Ellowyne's blonde wig (I *think* from Feeling Drained, Too). It's a little too big for her, but it was the only blonde wig I had available.

Ellowyne’s blonde wig (I *think* from Feeling Drained, Too). It’s a little too big for her, but it was the only blonde wig I had available.

I know Sad Sally and I will have lots of fun together in the future. I really can’t wait to see what the dolly seamstresses have in store for Sally!  ^_^

Sad Sally arrives!

At last spring’s Tonner Convention, Wilde Imagination’s Sad Sally made her debut. I instantly fell in love with her big, soulful eyes melancholy expression and yes… all that hair! I preordered her right away, along with all four Sad Sally outfits, as the combo deal was too good to pass up.

Fast forward three months. I must confess, I had almost forgotten about her. Not much has been said about her on the various message boards I frequent. But then I got the call that Sally was finally in and on her way to me. Yay! I couldn’t wait to meet her.

The UPS truck arrived today about 4 p.m. As I happened to be on vacation this week, I had time to immediately unpack and play with her. She is every bit as beautiful as I remember her to be. She is made of resin, which almost makes her glow from within. She arrived in a cute little brown polka dotted dress with striped tights and floral bloomers, arm gauntlets and black shoes. I had to play with her hair a little before it reached the heights it had in the promo pics.

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Sad Sally

Her body reminds me a lot of Amelia Thimble, only in a slightly larger scale. Her joints are a little “kicky,” but not as bad as some of the Amelias have been. I will say her head is VERY loose. Pick her up and her head will fall either back or forward. But, stand her up and pose her head and it WILL stay at the angle you pose her in.

She came with four additional outfits. The first of which I tried on, Sad As I Am, I instantly fell in love with. I was also pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to get her tights on. I’m used to struggling with Amelia’s tiny little legs! Her shoes also fit very well. No worrying whether or not they’ll fall off! A beautiful outfit altogether.

Sad As I Am

Sad As I Am

The next outfit was NOT A Good Day. It consisted of pink striped tights, a mesh lace under dress and a sweater with a floral decoration. I liked the ensemble, but I didn’t care much for the way the floral decoration kept riding up under Sally’s chin. But it’s still quite fetching.

NOT A Good Day

NOT A Good Day

The third outfit, when I opened it, I didn’t really like at all. It’s called Sad Hearts, and while beautifully made, I’m not a red and black kind of person. And I don’t care much for hearts. But when I tried it on Sally… I instantly fell in love with it! It’s such a cute, fun little dress and suits Sally very well. I also love the black and white striped tights.

Sad Hearts

Sad Hearts

The last dress, So Blue, while very lovely, was such a pain to get on! I always seem to have trouble getting the small dolls’ hands through their tiny little sleeves! But once I got it on, I was smitten. I think this one is easily my favorite of all five of Sad Sally’s available outfits.

So Blue

So Blue

I’m really excited about this new doll line and really cannot wait to see more for her, including, hopefully, wigs! The only thing I can really complain about is the lack of a doll stand. I’m hoping Wilde Imagination will offer them in the future, because while Sad Sally CAN stand on her own, she has a tendency to tumble over. (I think all that hair makes her a tad top-heavy!) overall though, Wilde Imagination has scored a home run with Sad Sally, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store!