I've got a guest post up on The Toy Box Philosopher! It's been four days and I'm still over the moon.
As you know, I have a thing for commemorating special occasions with Ellowyne Wilde, and have fallen for "Flora, Fauna, and not so Merryweather" ever since she was released as the January convention exclusive. So when I saw that Wilde Imagination had marked her down and threw in a deal for 25% off plus free shipping, I thought she'd make the perfect graduation gift to myself. So I snapped her up just before she sold out, and when she arrived in mid-June I was so in love with this Ellowyne that I asked Emily of The Toy Box Philosopher if I could send in a guest review. As you can tell from the fact that I'm writing this post, she graciously agreed.
It was a wonderful experience, and I am so overwhelmed by the fact that I was lucky enough to have it. In my emails to her I couldn't stop thanking her for the opportunity; not only is Emily a really fantastic person, it really enhanced my enjoyment of this new Ellowyne. Now whenever I look at the doll I think about the fantastic time I had putting together the review, and that makes me adore her even more.
Some of my favorite photos of the new Ellowyne Wilde doll, who I've renamed Florence Ophelia Wilde (as you can see, I stuck with the trend of giving my Ellowyne dolls Shakespearean names):
I really wanted to get a picture of Ophelia leaning over the bridge, but the scale was all wrong and I was petrified of dropping my new doll into the river, so I settled for this instead. It turned out nicely, though, so all's well that ends well.
This is one of my very favorites, though I had to rush to get the pictures taken because this area was a mosquito haven. Lucky for Ophelia that mosquitos don't care for plastic.
I wish I had a photo of myself taking this photo to show you how crazy it looked. I was in front of my house contorted like a Cirque de Soleil acrobat so I could be at just the right angle for the photo, holding out Ophelia at arm's length with my phone in the other hand and her jacket in my lap, and just as I was trying to position Ophelia just right to take the photo, my neighbor drove by and gave me the strangest look. Oh well, at least the photo turned out nicely.
Just like Viola, Ophelia shines in the late afternoon sunlight. Both dolls have such beautiful hair that is so fun to photograph.
I would be remiss if I didn't include a picture of Ophelia with a few paper dolls, since this is Paper Doll World, after all.
Miniatures upon miniatures - these photos got somewhat meta, especially when my sister decided to help arrange the dolls (I didn't share those photos because of internet privacy, but suffice it to say that it was pretty cute), but to me it encapsulates my feeling that no matter what three-dimensional dolls end up on my shelf, my first priority will always be my paper dolls.
I'm going to close off with one of my top favorite photos:
I love this photo so much - Viola and Ophelia are so different, yet both extraordinarily beautiful. The green tulle on Viola's dress and the olive shantung of Ophelia's jacket are very close matches for their eyes.
That's it for my surprises; I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. I'll be back soon with, hopefully, some new paper ideas and a few 3D projects as well. Come back soon!