We were able to go to Hobby Lobby for the first time in a year, and (as always) spent a good amount of time browsing through the Christmas ornaments. Just in case anyone else is heading over there, several of the ornaments turned into great food for the AG dolls! Elizabeth just took the little hooks out with small pliers, and now there are some great cakes, plum puddings and cheese rolls! Here are some pictures with Lori showing the scale of the pieces.
You can't buy these online, but you can see them on the Hobby Lobby website. Here are the links, in case that helps anyone find them.
The Gazette's 2020 Wool Week 'Door Prize' poll was the closest race we've ever had on Islandshire. We've never let off-islanders vote before, but it certainly made for some nail-biting moments. It's worth noting that the most unexpected feverish pitch of election campaigning took place in a one-night rally in Colorado, one of the western states of the USA. Just look at this thrilling moment, sent to us by a local resident. Harold for Wool! Harold, our Hero! Vote 4 Harold! Looks peaceful enough, but the noise must have been deafening . . .
NEWS FLASH . . . The recount and audit have been certified, and the final vote count has just been released.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
We'll take a small break here to let the huzzahs and applause die down. And to let the members of the HOH Club catch their breath (HOH = Harold, our Hero). Meanwhile, why don't we announce the 1st Runner Up . . .
Oh, my! We didn't expect that much noise for Lori and Albie. While all you fans finish setting off your fireworks, this might be a good time to share the numbers.
TOTAL VOTING POPULATION 107 Big Voters (aka People) 25 Small Voters (aka Dolls)
SMALL VOTER BREAKDOWN 21 Harold (!!!!!!!!! Way to go, COLORADO!) 3 Eliot 1 Sioned
WE TOLD YOU IT WAS CLOSE! Harold and Lori/Albie jockeyed for first place from the get-go! And that was WITHOUT the Small votes! As you can see, there was nothing small about their support of Harold, though. Special thanks to Eva and Luci, who really made this an exciting way to end the 2020 Wool Week.
NEWS FLASH . . . Lori has just conceded to Harold, having surprised us all with her openness about having voted for Harold herself! That's one special girl, isn't it? And she did it all on a couple of Twizzler sticks and lemonade. So, to the Winners of this year's Door Prize cum People's Choice Award, we say
NEWS FLASH . . . Eliot would like you all to know that he really doesn't mind losing, anyway, because then everyone would want his autograph . . . and that seems like an awful lot of bother.
Bunty would like you to know that she has sent $48 to RBST on behalf of those of you who supported the work by buying necklaces. She'd also like to say a big THANK YOU to all the kids who helped make this possible. If you have a minute to re-read the Wool Week posts, you'll see just how many people it took to make this happen. And she'd like to take one last moment of your time to remind you to LOVE A LONGWOOL! (She assures us that the door prize jar will not be anywhere near the food next year. And, for those of you were wondering, there wasn't a drop of ice cream anything left after the boys finished the teardown and cleanup.)
In a special interview with our Gazette Editor, an informed source (Kiki, one of the members of the HOH Club in Colorado) shared Eva and Luci's most persuasive campaign flyer with us. We understand that 100s of these were distributed among the locals and look forward to hearing more of these enthusiastic fan club members. (Harold would say "thank you", but he'd be really embarrassed if he saw all this.)
10 REASONS TO LOVE HAROLD
Harold is an animal lover and activist
Harold is a good leader (Merry Men)
Harold is smart (he knows all about sheep)
Harold is strong (he helped move everything for Wool Week)
Harold is generous (he made sure one person had food and drink)
Harold is outgoing and gets the job done (selling necklaces)
Harold doesn't give up (on reading his 10 reasons...)
Bunty's going to break the bad news to Eliot, but we'll see if Trudy would consider running a front page interview with him at a later date. Owner of Islandshire, you know. Might be of off-island interest, too.
While the votes are recounted and certified, we'd like to say it was an exciting photo-finish race. No kidding. Lori and Harold were so close that we've decided to let the auditors in. Back in a bit.
UPDATE: As I've gotten requests for some dolls to be allowed to cast their votes (Harold and Eliot seem to have some admirers out there!), and a doll forum friend is still working on her own photo story finale about her girls and their reaction to this poll, I'm extending the voting on this through Tuesday. The final Wool Week entry will be posted tomorrow (Harold fans be sure to watch out!), and the winner of the Door Prize will be announced on Wednesday! So, if your dolls want to vote, just send me a message or post a comment with their name and choice.
With the Wool Week finale just around the corner (check back on Monday for the final installment), it's time to pick a winner for the Door Prize. As you already know, Trudy graciously offered to donate the front page of the Gazette as the door prize. The winner gets his picture taken with the precocious little Albie (Bunty's special lamb) and run on the front page of the Islandshire Gazette next week. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you need to go to the top of this page and click on the tab that reads "Bunty's Campaign for Wool". Then you need to read through the Wool Week events. After that, you'll want to come back here and vote. If you finish reading before Monday. That's iffy, I know. Well, okay, you can vote without reading anything. But you'll be the loser, because we had a lot of fun this week.)
It seemed pretty easy. I mean, how hard is it to pull a ticket from a jar? Well, bad idea to put the entry area in the Ice Cream Parlour. When Trudy went to draw the winning ticket, all she got was a handful of gooey tickets all stuck together. So, to be fair about it, we've decided to let some impartial outsiders choose the winner.
That's where you come in. The following nine tickets were all clumped together in a gooey mess, so these are the ones you get to vote on. It's going to be a close race, so vote before Monday. Personally, I have no idea how you're going to choose between them. No one here wants to.
Now for the fine print. It's as easy as pie to vote. You can send me a message through the contact form on one of the forums or leave a comment on this blog post to cast your vote. The winner will be announced in the final Wool Week entry on Monday. We do assure you that all votes will be counted, and no one is allowed to vote twice. No mail-ins will be accepted, and only people who are currently alive are allowed to vote. Pets need not vote, because Albie (our very own Leicestershire Longwool lamb) has already been chosen as the animal winner in the contest. Enjoy yourselves, and LOVE A LONGWOOL!
#1 - Lori
#2 - Sioned
#3 - Harold
#4 - Janie
#5 - Vesey
#6 - Brighton
#7 - Natalya
#8 - Eliot
#9 - Nautilus
Thank you for voting, and be sure to check back on Bunty's Blog on Monday to find out who the winner is. Until then, LOVE A LONGWOOL!
One of Islandshire's biggest annual events is Wool Week, and it's starting tomorrow. That means there will be daily photo stories for two weeks on Bunty's section of the Gazette. You can check that out here: