A Few of The Brood Remainers at Home!

Having promised Denise Owen for over a year now to send a photo from here for her 5th of the month Sasha Shelf Photos Post I finally managed it!
It is of my ‘second chance’ 1967 Miss Concave Sasha Doll who is wearing a beautiful Petrana dress with Marti Murphy Birkenstocks, standing alongside my stunning Moonpig Birthday card from Denise and Paul and Casper, on one of my bedside chests.
The stone heart was a gift from Chon and the little pottery vase I brought back from Cornwall.
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Belle, a Shelly customised 1970s wide faced Gregor wearing one of my favourite vintage-sasha dresses (re-cycled from a man’s shirt) and Ruthsdolls cardigan and JJ sandals standing on a small bookcase in my bedroom.
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These three graded pottery bowls are from my Pottery Craft Course when I was attending Teacher’s Training College. Unfortunately I had to give this up after three months as I couldn’t bare the way the wet clay dried out the skin on my hands.
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A 1968/69 Frido Fringe bobbed haired girl in a Bambino Bello lime green coat outfit and Ruthsdolls shoes standing on my hall bookcase.
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The two pieces of pottery were mementos from a holiday in Jersey plus another little of my embroidery pictures, depicting a hedgerow boardering fields.
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My Trendon 1970s baby boy in a Sasha, Sasha, Sasha (or Sashax3) outfit sitting on the side table by where I sit on the settee. (I made that little poppy field picture from fine painted silk and a wide variety of embroidery stitches.)
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Sienna, a 1972 customised and Cossette wigged by Shelly Trendon Gingham girl is standing on the antique Pine chest in the living room and wearing a delightful little vintage-sasha outfit with commercially manufactured socks and shoes. She does have some JJ matching toned sandals but they couldn’t be located in time.
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This chest used to be full of standing and sitting Sasha Dolls which has now been replaced by ornaments and knick-knacks collected over the years due to the Sasha downsizing. The pottery vase on the left is another souvenir from Cornwall and the attractive tray was purchased from a local craft fair at Keele University. The two handmade pottery vases were remnants from my Teacher Pottery training days and the little brown candle was a gift from Chon when she went on an African Safari. 
The rather imposing metal structure Moose was brought from John Lewis at one Christmas time.
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Niklaus, Fritz’s s older brother, a straight nosed slate eyed Gotz lad, in a Diane Duke knitted school house design jumper and hat (a birthday present from Chris Taylor) and Pinestreetstudio Chinos and Ruthsdolls shoes. (I bought the Pinecone back from Teneriffe.) The brown pottery medicine bottle we found in our previous garden when rotavating and sowing the lawn.)
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The attractive metal and wood Tricycle was another craft fair purchase.
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Jac and Mike, two Trendon Dark Denim lads wearing Passion 4 Sasha outfits, are standing on my sideboard in the dining area. The picture on the wall I bought from my visit to Faversham on my 60th birthday whilst spending the weekend celebrating with Chon in Bletchingley, Surrey. The beautiful cream vase was a gift from Florida from my friend and ex Headmaster, the pottery ink-well was from Chon and I bought the religious statue from the RC Catherdral in Liverpool, when I took my class of school kids for an Easter Duty week visit.
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An early proffessional baby photo of me with some other little candle gifted ornaments and an ash/pin tray purchased as a holiday souvenir.
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Mike, in his specially commissioned Passion 4 Sasha hoodie outfit and JJ leather boots, climbing in the Silver Birch tree in my back garden and enjoying the last rays of the evening sun.
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Just love this wide faced lad that Sarah Williams originally bought for a re-root project but then decided that he was too handsome and let me buy him. Love these new leaves are sprouting from this Speckled Laurel bush.
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My dear little wide faced 1970s waif with Shelly enhanced eyes in a Dollydoodle birthday outfit from Judith and JJ boots climbing in a upright Twisted Willow tree, a £10 reject from Trentham Garden Nursery.
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She’s such a little Daredevil!
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Enjoying the late evening view from the cream berry Cotoneaster Tree a few feet away.
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Jac, a Shelly customised 1970s Gregor wearing a Passion 4 Sasha outfit and Ruthsdolls shoes playing in my Dark Pink Cherry Blossom Tree. Well it does match his tartan shirt!
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Thanks for popping by to view these photos of some of the Brood Remainers at home and we hope that all those in the UK are enjoying this fabulously hot and sunny Bank Holiday weekend.
(Unfortunately I shan’t be around here next weekend as have to go into hospital for an operation midweek but hopefully the other eight Brood Remainers will get to feature the following weekend.)

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The Brood’s Remaining Footwear

Facebook’s Sasha Morgenthaler Doll’s theme this last week has been Sasha SHOES so here are a few examples of the Remaining Broods remaining footwear…after many pairs have already departed on the 60+ dolls sold on and many other pairs bought by close friends.
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This plastic container holds mainly the late Jean Jenson’s sandals in a huge variety of colours and in several styles plus three pairs of Marti Murphy’s Birkenstocks, one pair of Boneka sandals, Betty Jean Densford’s snow boots and a pair of JJ toddler bar shoes along with two pairs of later Gotz baby bar shoes/
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More of JJ sandals plus a pair of Rosie Shortells sandals and two pairs of Betty Jean Densford’s and one pair of Betsy-May’s heart decorated bar shoes.
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This box is full of commercially made side bar shoes in a wide variety of colours. I love these little shoes as they remind me of past childhood StartRite shoes that so many of us wore… plus they look as lovely with or without socks. A very useful shoe that doesn’t break the bank.
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A box of commercially made canvas trainers from Debsadorables along with some  Summer beach/bar shoes.
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A variety of shoes/boots by JJ, Ruthsdolls, Lisa Hartley, Boneka, Rosie Shortell, UGG, Betsy-May and knitted mouse slippers by Nikki Kerohan… plus some commercially made football boots, cat/kitty faced bar shoes and Wellingtons.
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Another wide variety of shoes/boots etc. by Ruthsdolls, Lisa Hartley, UGG, Rosie Bloom and commercially made canvas trainers. Missing from here are another pair of zipped Polo boots in black, a pair of JJ skating boots and a pair of later Gotz ski boots.

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My Broods shoes are kept in these eight transparent plastic storage boxes (for ease of viewing) in a drawer under the spare bed.
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Finishing off on one of my favourite photos of a commercially made pair of Toddler shoes.
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Thanks once again for visiting us. Have a wonderful Sasha filled week.

Spring Greens and Sunshine Yellows!

To encourage Spring to finally arrive ONE of my Sasha girls (a Frido 1968-69 Side Part) has ONLY been wearing these two wonderful colours over the last month or so…and which I’m delighted to say must have had the effect …for we in the UK are now enjoying some absolutely glorious hot Summer sunshine!

(As it is Sasha Shoes themed week on Facebook’s Sasha Morgenthaler Dolls please notice some of the beautiful leather shoes shown here.)

1. First up wearing a very smart vintage-sasha trouser and top set with Marti Murphy Birkenstocks and posing in front of a vase of Narcissi, that my daughter sent me as part of my recent birthday present.

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4. Tina Gross Easter themed dress (that I delightedly won from the UK Sasha Festival CAF) along with a pair of JJ sandals.

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7. One of Ruthsdolls famous double row smocked Homespun dresses and JJ sandals. Love how this material shows up here!

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10. A Dollydoodle trouser and floral top set with Marti Murphy Birkenstock sandals.

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12. A NEW vintage-sasha outfit that is being worn and photographed for the very FIRST time along with some Brand NEW Betty Jean Densford side strap shoes (and later on with a pair of commercially made bar shoes.)

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16. Another vintage-sasha fine cotton dress in two shades of green with matching coloured bar shoes  (as I could only find ONE of the JJ sage darker green sandals, that I had made up especially for this outfit) and shown with and then without socks.

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Seen here out in my front Spring garden in a Bambino-Bella green cotton coat and navy accessories outfit with Ruthsdolls navy lace-up shoes. (These Denim stretch detailed jeans are so fantastic that they will be definitely kept here should the coat ever be sold on.)

These little self seeding blue forget-me-not flowers are originally from my late mother’s garden to extra remind us (as though we needed it!) of her in the Springtime. We (my three brothers and one sister) all have some in our gardens and they are also growing on my parents grave.
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21. These last few somewhat blurry photos were taken very late in the evening after the sun had gone down as it was just too sunny during the day. (There is also a matching beanie style hat which isn’t shown here.)

22. Another Dollydoodle Summer two piece with Marti Murphy Birkenstocks. The Fir cone brought back from Tenerife is especially being shown here for Diane Duke who was recently holidaying over there. (I also naughtily brought back a piece of the Volcanic rock and luckily sneaked it through Customs!)

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25. A vintage-sasha dress in a textured linen material and JJ sandals in the design that I so loved that Jean named it ‘the Kendal design.’

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28. Loved this vintage-sasha style of Sarah’s and the way that she has incorporated the two different materials.

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Enjoying soaking up the last of today’s evening sunshine.

…and on that note (although there are still a few more green/yellow outfits to be shown) may I say many thanks for popping by today and continue to enjoy this UK warm, sunny weather.

‘One Thing Leads To Another…’

….And this post miraculously appears!
Took the greenery (well you know my motto…’Waste not, want not!’) left over from my Goddaughter’s beautiful Mothering Sunday’s floral arrangement of pink and cream roses (that incidentally lasted all of three weeks) and added the bunch of Narcissi that the vinyl Brood Remainer kids gave me for Easter.
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Which attracted and invited a nearby standing Sasha Doll dressed in a vintage-sasha outfit and camera to join in…
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….’and low and behold’ we suddenly had… a new Spring post!
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BUT alas….this seemed to be such a SHORT post for ME so decided it needed something extra adding… {that incidentally I had been meaning to do before with four random items of clothing, three of which as yet naughtily hadn’t been worn…} a blue Passion 4 Sasha Gregor shirt I bought from the Chat n’ Snap two years ago,  a pair of Dollydoodle skinny jeans, given to me from last years CNS/SCW? by Susan Bulger Pomery and a pair of white boots, a recent super buy from Betty Jean Densford…  plus a long sleeved white T shirt that came on my 1966 Developmental Dungaree girl instead of the original blouse.

Had a bit of a struggle, due to my Arthritic hands, trying to put/pull the shirt on over the long sleeves when on the doll, but after a bit of extra working of the old brain cells eventually put the two together whilst OFF the doll and then squeezed her into it though the middle gap.
Another case of ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’

….And ‘Hey Presto’ another NEWISH casual outfit is born! Smart??? Like???
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Her little blue bag was a gift from Rosemary Shortell some years ago.
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My apologies for the usual odd hairs flying across her face but again didn’t notice them until the very end.
Lovely to see you all here. Take care and enjoy the hopefully warmer, drier weather that is forecasted and play with your unique Sasha Dolls.

Easter Babes and Bunnies.

Wishing all my blog followers a very Happy and Blessed Easter Weekend… (with NEW Photos… although these days, due to the ongoing drastic downsizing, with very limited dolls, outfits and props.)

Easter portrays and celebrates the welcome sign of fertility and new life.

Eggs and Bunnies have become two well known symbols of our celebration of  Easter.

  1. A Jane Hissy Bunny from the Old Bear books features in our blogposts today …though unfortunately the last of the famous Old Bear soft toys that I had previously collected.

2. He is seen here with a 1970 Frido/Trendon boxed/gold printed tagged and lightly played with Baby Woolly…who is wearing a specially commissioned Ruthsdolls dungaree outfit from my very early before 2000 Sasha collecting years.

3. Love the Lindt Dark/Milk/White Chocolate bunnies but this year trying the more recent Hazel Nut additional variety.

4. Adore this ‘oh-so-soft’ bunny that my daughter bought me/them back as a gift from one of the Chat n’ Snaps.

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6. These mini Cadbury’s chocolate eggs are the perfect size for these little ones and look so very realistic that you could easily mistake them for real bird’s eggs…as you will see later on in the post.

Love how the environmental colours, green and yellow, seem to dominate Spring, so have tried to take these two colours to feature mostly in my blog theme today.

7. An early Trendon raised lid Baby Nightdress, kindly re-rooted for me by Lisa due to her falling hair problem.

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11. This is a Ruthsdolls OOAK little dress outfit that I bought from her November website sales pages a few years ago.

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15. A little change of clothing here but sadly I can’t now remember who by (sasha, sasha, sasha?) although I do know that she lives/ed in Wilmslow, Cheshire, not too far from where I live.

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18. Breaking the green/yellow theme for a moment here we have another early Trendon Baby Nightdress in her pink/white Dollydoodle Bunny Rabbit material sleep suit… (as had completely forgotten that I had sold on my other two white/yellow DD Easter themed sleepsuits.)

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21. Please now add them to the Easter baskets.

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23. Excuse me! Just what are you hiding behind your back, young man?

24. Turn around please so that I can see.

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26. Right! Now put it back in the little basket, so that it can be shared by everyone.

27. My delightful Easter card from my daughter and her partner.

28. For ME??? Ah, bless you all! (Outfit knitted by me,though adapted from a much larger doll’s pattern, in the late 1960s for my daughter’s Thumbelina rocking cot doll.)

Cheshire’s warm and sunny Easter Sunday’s weather at 8.30am!

Hope that you are all enjoying these few Easter Weekend days. Thank you for popping by, always lovely to see you, from all of us here in sunny and warm Cheshire.

 

‘A-Wearing of the Winter Green!’

After training as a priest and bishop, Patrick arrived back in Ireland in 432AD and immediately set about trying to covert the pagan Celts who inhabited the island.

Having previously lived and worked there, he was very probably already aware that the number three held special significance in Celtic tradition (and, indeed, in many pagan beliefs), and he applied this knowledge in a clever way.

One day a group of his followers came to him and admitted that it was difficult for them to believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick reflected a moment and then, stooping down, he plucked a leaf from the shamrock and held it before them, bidding them to behold the living example of the “Three-in-One.” St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The simple beauty of this explanation convinced these skeptics, and from that day the shamrock has been revered throughout Ireland.

 

Bishop Patrick was well loved and eventually became the Patron Saint of Ireland… and the Shamrock, their national emblem flower. His special Saints Day is annually celebrated on March 17th.

One of my Sasha girls (a 1968/69 Frido Gingham sidepart) very kindly offered to trawl through their three huge clothing boxes to find any remaining GREEN based Winter outfits (since it is far too cold to try on any Summer clothing) for her to model… and then me to photograph for this post.

I had hoped/planned to take these following photos outside amongst the new fresh Spring greenery but this sudden, cold easterly wind and blustery, falling snowflakes kept me indoors,

1. A checked Homespun smocked Ruthsdolls dress. (My apologies for the lack of hair slides/ribbons but still haven’t manage to open their hair accessory box since I fell on and damaged it a few weeks ago.)

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  • 3. A vintage-sasha pinafore dress.

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    9….and with a little Molly cardigan.

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11. A ‘Frocks and Socks’ smocked, Homespun smocked dress.

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13. A vintage-sasha floral cotton dress with velvet trim and beret.

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15. A vintage-sasha fine cord hooded coat.

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There are still a few more Winter outfits for her to model, but my Sasha allotted time has run out once again. (If I have any extra time later today I’ll try and add them on.)

Lastly I couldn’t finish this post without a little hopefully harmless Irish joke…(though as you can see as an ex-teacher I felt obliged to ‘mark’ before adding it.)

Hope that you enjoyed visiting us today and we look forward to seeing you again.

We leave you with a little spot of Irish music and dancing until the next time we meet.

UK’s Mothering Sunday.

The Remaining Sasha Brood and I would like to wish all UK Mothers a very happy…..

 

Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK since the 16th Century and stems from an early Christian tradition when everyone was expected to meet at the main church where they were baptized or where they worshipped as a family and known as ‘The Mother Church’ (and from which we get the title ‘Mothering Sunday.’) It was a day to give thanks and honour the Virgin Mary.

As Christianity spread across Europe, Mothering Sunday became a bigger thing. Families were reunited, as those who worked as servants were allowed to take the day off to be with their mothers.
This special annual day is what is termed a ‘moveable’ feast/day… although always falling on the fourth Sunday of Lent… three Sundays before Easter Sunday.

Over time, Mothering Sunday lost its focus and its importance throughout Europe. It wasn’t until after World War II that it started to grow in popularity again, but this time aimed specifically at our mothers in our country. (Other countries celebrate a ‘Mother’s Day’ and this is usually in the month of May.)

This week on Facebook we have been looking at Sasha Doll’s hairstyles and this gave me the idea of adding my offerings here instead as most of our own mothers play such a big part in our various hairstyles when we are children.

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CURLS.
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SIDE BUNCHES.
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HIGH SIDE BUNCHES.
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Chon with side bunches on her second birthday Raleigh Trike present.
(PS. I knitted her cardigan!)

Me at 10/11 years in my Chaucer House school uniform.

Chon at 7/8? years on holiday in Wales.

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Me aged 11 with two of my brothers in 1952 in front of our first ever TV. (My mother smocked and made up mine and my youngest brother’s clothing… and knitted my Angora cardigan. Now NO laughing as this was how we were dressed for best/parties in those days!)

Me (9/10?) still with side bunches with my two eldest bothers. (This became my eldest brother’s photographic face!)

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My daughter aged 3? on holiday wearing my youngest brother’s brothers cast off beachwear.

BOBBED.
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PARTIAL PULLED BACK PONYTAILS.
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Way too many photos I know but hopefully you can take it in stages as you’ll have a little more ME time to yourself today.

Especially thinking of all those mothers, who like me, their children can’t get to visit them due to various circumstances… but as my late mother so wisely once said…’It isn’t about how you visit, treat and think of me on THIS day but more about on the other 364 days.’

Thanks, once again, for dropping by as it’s always a treat to see you here and enjoy the rest of YOUR day.