Phantom Phriday – The Phantom’s Lair Jewelry Collection by Saturdaychic

For today’s Phantom Phriday, I chose to spotlight one of my fave Phantom shops. It’s an Etsy shop where cartoonist Stephanie Piro (a.k.a. saturdaychic) showcases her love for The Phantom of the Opera by creating beautiful POTO-inspired jewelry.

Quality Craftsmanship

Every Phangirl needs a piece of Phantom jewelry to wear, and Stephanie’s creations are not only beautiful, but they are high-quality, handcrafted pieces that hold up. Nothing is more irritating to me than buying a piece of jewelry only to have all the charms fall off or the chain break. Stephanie’s jewelry doesn’t do that. She makes it all with quality materials, and her creations are unique.

Unique Pieces

When you get a piece of jewelry from Stephanie, oftentimes it’s an original creation with no others like it out there. On occasion, she will make more than one of a popular piece, and you can solicit commissions from her. A word of advice, though: there’s only one Stephanie, so if you want to commission a piece as a gift for Christmas or an upcoming holiday, put your order in early so that she has time to get them made and shipped out to you by the day you want them.

I have several pieces from Stephanie. The first one I got by winning a Valentine’s Day contest she ran. Stephanie’s shop is fun in that she occasionally does giveaways and hosts interactive activities to get her customers involved. I loved the first piece so much that I bought one, and then I was gifted some by friends. Below are a few pics of some of the pieces I have from Stephanie’s collection. I love the way she packages them, by the way. They always come in these pretty little bags and boxes tied with POTO-themed ribbons. Stephanie’s business card is always super cute too.

Check out Stephanie’s Etsy shop here:

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While I’m featuring the Phantom aspect of her shop, she also has other stuff too sometimes. If you’re interested in something for another fandom or anything, just shoot Stephanie a message, and I’m sure she’d be happy to work with you.

Here’s Stephanie’s blog if you want to follow her for news and updates on any contests and giveaways:

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Have you bought any jewelry from Stephanie’s Etsy shop? If so, please share your experiences and/or pics below.

Phantom Phriday – Phantom Paper Dolls

There are so many amazing Phantom of the Opera-inspired dolls on the market. Some of them are Barbie-type dolls while others are made from yarn and cloth. Unfortunately, these dolls can be quite pricey due to their rarity. For those Phans who want some Phantom dolls without all the expense, there are Paper Dolls by Cory.

These ingenious dolls are made of paper, as their name implies. Cory Jensen designs them and offers them as free printouts on her Facebook page. Simply click on the link above to be directed to the Phantom dolls and costumes. All you have to do is click on the images, print them and then cut out the dolls and costumes. They’re quite cute!

But Cory makes more than just Phantom dolls. If you love Beauty and the Beast or countless other musicals and Disney movies, she’s designed dolls and costumes for them too, and she creates posters and art images in general.

You can see more of Cory’s Art on her Tumblr page and on her DeviantArt.

Let us know if you print any of these cute paper dolls! Share a picture!

Phantom Phriday – The Mirror of Eriksed

For today’s Phantom Phriday, I bring you a lovely meshing of two fandoms: The Phantom of the Opera (of course) and Harry Potter. Those of you who are fans of HP will remember the Mirror of Erised that supposedly reflects the deepest desires of your heart when you look into it.

I don’t know who the created this, but I found it on this Pinterest profile: https://www.pinterest.com/karenepalacioscastro1csec/the-phantom-of-the-opera/

Whoever out there created it, if you happen to stumble across this blog, Contact me, and I will happily credit you for your phantastic artwork.

And it is phantastic indeed! When I stumbled across this gem on Pinterest, I thought to myself, What a clever idea! The artist expertly merged the mirror in Christine Daae’s dressing room (the one-way mirror the Phantom stands behind to give Christine her voice lessons from what she believes is the Angel of Music)  with the concept of the Mirror of Erised to suggest that when Christine sees Erik’s face in the mirror, she is really seeing the deepest desire of her heart.

I love the connection and the play on words, calling it The Mirror of Eriksed. Hehe.

Have you stumbled across any amazing Phan art this week, or have you created some yourself? Please feel free to share your links in the comments below.

And have a Phantastic Phriday!

Phantom Phriday – Bradley J. Parrish Paintings

Okay, so I realized that I need to be more active on this blog, so I thought I’d start something called Phantom Phriday where I’ll post something having to do with Phantom of the Opera every Friday. It might be a feature of an artist or something else, but it’ll be Phantom related, and it’ll come every Friday (ideally, of course, since realistically there might be some days I can’t get to it).

To start off with, I thought I’d include a gallery of some of Bradley J. Parrish’s Phantom of the Opera paintings. I absolutely love his work. The only gripe I have is that his Christine seems much older than the character really was. Other than that, though, his style of painting is superb.

Enjoy the slideshow of his gallery below, and to learn more about each painting, check out his official website at Parrish Fine Art.

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Phantom of the Opera 30-Day Challenge – Day 30

So I am on the last day of the Phantom of the Opera 30-Day challenge. It’s a bittersweet ending. So much has happened throughout the time it took me to complete the challenge. My grandmother got sick and passed and I had to put the challenge on hold. Seasons have officially changed. It’s just been a lot. But, alas, we are at the end, so we persevered!

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Your Favorite Thing About the Phantom Story

Oh my, this question is difficult to answer too because there are so many great things about the Phantom story. The music, the opulent setting…there’s so much to love about it. However, I think my favorite thing about it is how it’s overall a story about the redeeming power of love.

Poor unhappy Erik was probably the loneliest soul to ever live. He was desperate for love and tried to take it by force. However, in the end, it was his true love for Christine that ultimately saved his soul. By setting her free and putting her happiness above his own, he redeemed himself. That is the truest type of love – when you’re willing to sacrifice your own happiness for that of the person you love.

I also love how the Phantom story seems to touch everyone who comes in contact with it. Although we might not all be disfigured in the way that the Phantom was, I think almost every one has felt different or like an outcast at one point or another. The Phantom’s pain speaks to all of us, I think, on some level and our innate desire to be loved. It’s just a touching tale that so many people can identify with in some way or another, whether you identify with the character of Christine, Erik or another.

Phantom of the Opera 30-Day Challenge – Day 29

Your Favorite [Personal or Otherwise] Headcanon

My favorite headcanon for the Phantom and Christine are Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. Again, I’m probably biased towards them because they are the first interpretation of Phantom that I saw, but they are my go-to images of the characters. When I’m reading a phanfic, I always imagine Christine with Emmy’s young, cherubic face and the Phantom with Gerard’s darkly alluring features. I know their images aren’t in sync with the description of either characters from the original novel, so when I read Gaston Leroux’ s novel, I usually picture a Lon Chaney-type Phantom and a Christine who basically looks like Emmy Rossum, but with blonde hair, blue eyes and a shorter frame.

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Who are your favorite headcanons? Are they Broadway performers or from a movie adaptation? Or from elsewhere?

Phantom of the Opera 30-Day Challenge – Day 28

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Your Favorite Phanart

This question is difficult for me to answer simply because there is so much great Phanart out there. It’s truly amazing just how many artists have been inspired by the tale of our beloved Phantom. If I’m forced to choose my favorite Phanart, though, I’ll go with this painting by Raffi Jacobian. I stumbled upon it one day while doing a Google image search for “Phantom of the Opera paintings.” I love the colors and style as well as the masked figure standing with the lady (who is obviously Christine) at the top of the staircase.

What about you? What’s your favorite Phanart?

Phantom of the Opera 30-Day Challenge – Day 27

It’s been nearly two months since I paused my participation in the Phantom of the Opera 30-Day challenge. As many of you know by now, my beloved grandmother was diagnosed with amiodarone toxicity and after a month-long battle with it, she died on March 11th of this year. I’ve had a little over a month of grieving and am now back to continue onward with the challenge. She wouldn’t want me to discontinue my life, and I know she is much happier and better off up in Heaven where she belongs.

With that being said, I’ll pick up where I left off on Day 27.

Your Favorite Cast Member Ship

This question is kind of difficult for me to answer since I don’t think it’s right to ship the actors themselves together. That’s kind of disrespectful to them, especially if they are in relationships with others. Therefore, I’m going to look at this question from the viewpoint that this means which actors are your favorites paired together when playing their roles.

Looking at it that way, I love Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler as Christine and the Phantom, respectively. I like their chemistry and how well they played their characters together. Of course, I am biased because they were the first pair I saw play the roles, but they are always the faces I imagine for my Phantom and Christine.

Below is one of my favorite scenes of them together. You can see and feel the passion emanating from what was arguably their steamiest scene onstage.

What about you? Who is you favorite cast member ship?

Phantom of the Opera 30-Day Challenge – Day 26

Today is Day 26 of the 30-Day Phantom of the Opera challenge! Today’s topic is fun too!

Favorite Phantom Item You Own

It is so difficult to choose a favorite item, but I will choose my illustrated Deluxe Edition that I recently got from Easton Press. This is definitely the most expensive book I’ve ever bought, but it was worth it. It is simply GORGEOUS, and I know that I will treasure it always. I think it was well worth the investment too because I figure it will only increase in value over time since only a limited number of copies were printed.

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Here’s the link to the product page on Easton Press if you’re interested in getting your own copy: The Phantom of the Opera Deluxe Edition. You can pay the whole whopping $375 upfront, or you can make 5 monthly payments of $75.

I have many other Phantom items that are very precious to me as well. Masks, a musical globe that my parents bought me one Christmas, jewelry made by dear Phantom phriends, notes from O.G. himself *wink,* and other handcrafted items from dear phriends. Just to give you a little idea. Here’s a picture of my Phantom collection at a glance:

What about you? What is your favorite Phantom item that you own?

Phantom of the Opera 30-Day Challenge – Day 25

It’s Valentine’s Day and Day 25 of the 30-Day Phantom of the Opera Challenge, so happy day to both!

Your Opinion on Love Never Dies

Oh dear. I know there are so many Phans who hate the sequel (I have one friend who renamed it Paint Never Dries lol), but I actually like Love Never Dies. Let me clarify, though. The storyline itself is ridiculous. It was based on the book by Frederick Forsyth, The Phantom of Manhattan, which was not one of my favorite books in the world. It’s been forever since I’ve read it, so maybe I should give it another shot before expressing my opinion, but I remember I didn’t like it when I read it over 10 years ago.

However, I love the music – all except that Bathing Beauty. I don’t believe the Phantom would ever have compromised his art to write such a silly song, but I digress. I also love the set. It is extravagant and wondrous to behold with all the Coney Island props. The costumes are amazing as well. Christine’s peacock dress she wears in the title song is simply stunning!

So overall, I am a Phan of Love Never Dies, although not like I am the original Phantom.

What about you? What is your opinion of the sequel?