Cinder & Ella by Bo Bergemann
This set was 42 years in the making!
My first grade year we went on my first field trip to see Baldwin High School's performance of Cinderella.
They were a very good high school performing arts department and did a marvelous job. I was enchanted!
I began to sing, "Someday My Prince Will Come." I sang it to myself often until it became somewhat of a prayer I turned to in my darker moments. Summer at the end of that school year, age 6, I went to a Christian camp and came home with Jesus in my heart.
A light from inside of me began to shine out changing the world around me. I actually began to think as a 6 year old, "Maybe I can help!" instead of just watching helplessly when others around me suffered.
I still sang the song, but after camp I literally prayed God would bring me my Prince. Even more importantly, that He would help me to be a real Princess, beautiful from the inside out, and kind and good to others, no matter how they treated me! Just like Cinderella!
I'm not sure how well I did. You'd have to ask my siblings I guess. But, I earnestly tried and prayed regularly for God to help me be truly kind and good no matter how others treated me just like Cinderella. Especially to my family who I have always loved dearly.
Then one day at age 15, I met my husband, Jeff. By the time I was just 16 I knew he loved me truly for me alone and, from the inside out. I think I had enchanted him!
Next thing I knew, everything began to change. Being loved had a way of bringing the very best out in me!
I know now that God brought Jeff into my life just when I was feeling ready to give up on my dreams of rising above my circumstances to be loving and kind and help others in need rather than focusing on myself.
There was still much I had to muddle through for many years growing up. But, I had Jesus since age 6 and then he brought me Jeff at 15.
For me, ever since, they have always been more than enough!
Of course God has also seen fit to bless me with 3 incredible kids to rejoice with in my Happily Ever After!
I never made a Cinderella doll before now because I was never quite sure I could pull it off. You see, this little fairytale means a lot to me.
I've been working on this duo for 2 years from concept to this completion as you see them now!
These completed artist dolls are made from my award winning 18" Lavender Muse original BJD (ball jointed doll) sculpt with human ears. I worked with Charie on the outfits to make certain they were perfection in every way. She did an incredible job as always! They remind me of the first play I saw of Cinderella!
I gave Cinder a very naturally beautiful face up and brown eyes, while Ella has a more purposefully enchanting face up and grey/blue eyes!
I had this in mind when I first made Lavender into a human ridding her of her elven ears. I finally felt I had a doll that was both beautiful and portrayed kindness and goodness from the inside out. I think it's the very large innocent eyes that do that for me.
Of course,in the end, they are just dolls. But, from the beginning Cinderella has always been my first and ever favorite fairytale. A kind of message from a loving God to a little girl in a way I could understand it and take the lesson to heart.
Cinderella was the example I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself at age 6 and try instead to reach out to bring the love and kindness I longed for to others around me.
I love all fairytales for their imagination and creative possibilities. But, the story of Cinderella was the first I experienced as a little girl and still has an enduring and powerful message to me every time I experience it again!
Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to the new live action movie coming out soon. Jeff and I will be married 28 years and together 33 by the time we see it together on our date night. I can hardly wait.
Then I will of course have to go again to see it with my daughter Bree who I have sincerely taught from the beginning of her precious life that it is most important to choose to be beautiful from the inside out. To be kind and caring is more important than looks. God has indeed been very good to me in my sweet Bree!
This is my real life Cinderella story. I hope you enjoyed it along with my Cinder & Ella doll photos.
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I will be making just a handful of these exquisite dolls. I have set aside May 2015 to complete them and will deliver then for those paid in full at the time. You can buy yours now above either by paying in full or through a convenient installment plan. If your installment plan ends in June, then your doll will deliver thereafter. I will also be making a few OOAK dolls of a few of the other characters from the Cinderella story. I'm doing Cinderella as a young and beloved girl before her mother died and her two step sisters as well. Thoroughly enjoying this theme! You can find those OOAK dolls as they are completed on my Doll Gallery Website where I have a similar Cinderella page sharing my story of this set's inspiration and being 42 years in the making.
Cinder is 18", has big beautiful brown artist eyes and a very natural face paint. She is wearing her rags made elegant by her beauty. $895 Complete as shown with broom.
Ella is 18", has big beautiful grey-blue artist eyes and a very enchanting (more dramatic) face paint. She wears her original ball gown. $975 Complete as shown. The butterflies and crown are just props. I will include one or the other with each doll though. You can move the butterflies around on her gown or hair as you see fit to display her. Purchase options found above while supplies last. I will mark either doll sold out once that version is no longer available. Since these are made from my quality resin ball jointed dolls, you can easily change their eyes and wigs and clothing any time you would like.
Cinder & Ella have their own mini video to share if you'd like to see it, here's that link: Cinder & Ella Mini Video
If you still want more, there is a longer video linked here: Cinder & Ella 3 minute Video
Feel free to contact me any time with questions as I'm always happy to help!