Saturday, October 6, 2018

Artemesia as Wonder Woman // Photoshoot

Hello! I received this amazing Wonder Woman outfit last Christmas and finally was able to take some outside photos of Artemesia wearing it, in a new location! Diana is one of my favorite superheroes, and characters in general, so I was really excited to do this.

Princess Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons.

"You are stronger than you believe. You have greater powers than you know."
-- Antiope

"I'm willing to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves."
-- Wonder Woman

"Bonds of love never make the wearer weaker -- they give him greater strength!"
-- Wonder Woman

"I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their minds and learned that inside every one of them there will always be both. A choice each must make for themselves. Something no hero will ever defeat. And now I know . . . that only love can truly save the world. So I stay, I fight, and I give, for the world I know can be. This is my mission now. Forever."
-- Wonder Woman 

Me & Artemesia <3

I hope you have a lovely week! xx

Monday, July 23, 2018

Theodosia in Spring // Featuring New Lens!

Hello! Today I have a few photos of Theo I took back in March. I had just started photography classes, so hopefully you can see a difference in these ones! I was self-taught up until a few months ago, so it was nice to have someone teach me and to have them review my work.

I also got a new lens for Christmas, and I think this is the first photoshoot I've shown on here with it! It is amazing, if not a little tricky since it is for zooming in on things far away and not the best to use with dolls. :)

I think the most items I have from any historical collection is Caroline's. I just really love purples and pinks and light greens and blues in her clothing.

Her hair is inspired by a tutorial in the Tolkien issue of Faerie Magazine, which getting a subscription for was one of the best decisions of my life, quite honestly!

I've had quite the predicament over these two photos. The first one I like more, and her belt has been fixed, yet it's a bit blurry. The second is crisp yet her belt hasn't been fixed yet. Such is life! But I like both regardless.

"She could feel magic in the quiet spring day, like a sorcerer's far-off voice, and lines of poetry floated over her mind as if they were strands of spider-web."
- Stella Gibbons

Have a great week! xx

Also! sorry I post so much of Theo lately, but I can't help it! She's too photogenic. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Petunia at Thousand Islands // New York & Ontario May 2018

Hello all! At the end of May I went out of the US for the first time! It was just a long weekend trip to Canada, but it was a lovely time. Since it was so short I decided to bring a small doll instead, so this is is Petunia if anyone remembers her (although she's not in the best of conditions, sorry)!

These first few pictures are at Boldt Castle, which is actually in New York, and was our stop before going across the border. 

Boldt Castle is an early 20th century castle inspired by ones from the Rhine Valley in Germany and built by George Boldt. He intended the castle to be for his wife, yet she died only one month before it was to be completed on Valentine's Day, and he stopped the building process. It was nearly complete, if not empty, and was never lived in. So it was abandoned for over 70 years until it was restored (and is still being so today) and is now open to the public.

It is located on Heart Island, named so because George Boldt had the island shaped into a heart (quite the Valentine's Day gift, right?). The island is part of the Thousand Islands region on the Saint Lawrence River. 

The inside is mostly a setup of what the castle would be decorated like if it hadn't been abandoned. The top few floors were still in bad shape - they were empty rooms with graffiti all over them. There were a few dates from the 50's, but sadly most were more recently, after the castle was taken over and begun to be renovated. 

View from a bedroom window.

George Boldt's wife, Louise.

The best part of the inside was the glass dome that you could see every time you looked up in the main part of the house!

My favorite part was the grounds. I've been watching a lot of Downton Abbey recently, so it wasn't hard to walk through the gardens and look up at the castle, pretending I lived there in the early 1900s!

Imagine waking up to that view - garden, trees, and river all in one.

The Power House and Clock Tower!

I could easily live here, I think. :)

Me with the Downton Abbey theme song in my head, probably.

This is a beautiful place with a tragic story, one that makes you wonder what it would be like now if everything had gone to plan all those years ago.

After leaving the castle we drove a bit more until we reached Ontario, Canada! We stayed at Gananoque, which is a pleasant little town not too far from the border. 

Me at the Saint Lawrence River again, but this time in a different country!

We spent most of the second day at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. It was beautiful there! So few people and so calming.

I wanted to stay here forever.

The next day we headed home, but first, we had to see Lake Ontario! Now I have officially visited all of the Great Lakes.

It was early morning, so no one but a landscape worker was there.

Even though it was short, I got a quick taste of what Canada could offer, and I loved it very much. I hope I can come back soon!

Here are some observations that I made on my trip and posted on my Instagram:

-Border control was a lot less terrifying than I thought it was going to be (and apparently we had been saying the town we were going to, Gananoque, wrong)
-Bathrooms are called "washrooms"
 -So many solar panels everywhere. I've been seeing a lot more around here which is good, but there were massive ones in the middle of nowhere that looked like they could contact aliens! 
-Landscape is pretty much the same as it is here in PA, but just felt more special because it was new and exciting
-In Gananoque there were little baskets on the light posts filled with bird nest materials that birds could use and it was so cute
-Even when I converted from the metric system to miles, the speed limit on the highway was still a lot lower than it is here (and people obeyed it more, also unlike here lol)
-The old farmhouses are so pretty and remind me of ones I've seen pictures of in the UK
-On a form my mom got for renting a canoe, it said should you damage anything or whatnot, you and your heirs would "Owe the Crown" which which was so exciting and quite dramatic to me 
 -Even though we were only like half an hour north from the border, it was so secluded and peaceful, especially the lake we went to. If it was a lake here there would be people galore, yet this lake was even prettier and hardly a soul around. 

Also! I made a video of our trip that you can watch below if you want. :)

Have you ever been to Canada or want to go? Or do you live there?

Have a lovely rest of the week xx
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