This truly wonderful surprise present arrived in the post the other day from Christine Taylor. Aren’t I lucky? A million/trillion thanks for yet another superb portrait, by you, to add to my Sasha Gallery!
As you can see it is a unique oil pastel painting of one of my favourite (and now quite well known) Sasha Dolls, Belle.
Look, look everyone, this is ME!
Belle is a Trendon 1970 Gregor Doll customised by Shelly. If I’m not mistaken she was/is my first ever Shelly repaint and reminds me of the Mabel Lucy Attwell’s pictures.
She is wigged in one of my very favourite Global wigs in a style called Cossette, which unfortunately is now discontinued.
Have taken many photos of this magnificent painting as unfortunately the light and reflection from the conservatory windows are masking it’s true beauty…. but the natural light inside the house at this time of year isn’t good enough to take it indoors (without using the flash) and I have no extra photographic lights.
It is beautifully framed to match my previous one of Fritz so that they can be displayed together in my Doll Room (spare bedroom.)
Belle is wearing one of Ruthsdoll’s very early short, smocked dresses that I picked up on Shelly’s second hand clothing sales page.
Please notice that she iswearing the new style Boneka sandals that Dorisanne so kindly sent me for Christmas (along with two other differently style pairs (see photo below this)Many thanks again Dorisanne. Really love them and they will be just perfect for my dolls to wear this Summer with their shorts, cropped leggings and cotton dresses.
The three pairs of great shoes from Dorisanne. Many thanks again for your superb surprise gift.
Changing the subject now ….here is Fritz getting prepared and geared up for his long journey down to Ronnie’s in Sussex to try to see if he can help Lonely get her little bear back and hopefully chastise Lucas and a few of Ronnie’s other mean and nasty toddlers.
Here he is armed with his fishing net (which incidentally took us ages to locate) a longer pole and a swim ring and rope just in case Teddy was still water bound in the pond.
Just as the box was about to be sealed up Terrorist (their new pet given to them by Steve at Christmas) decides that it might be best if he comes too in case a ‘sniffer’ dog is needed to scent out and get on the trail of either Lonely’s missing bear or nasty little toddler Lucas who snatched the bear and threw him into the pond in the first place.
In hindsight I should have popped my Raven customised toddler, Bea, in as well so that she could have had a little play with Lonely in the hope of cheering her up… BUT will perhaps do that later on when the weather gets warmer and they can play out in Ronnie’s huge garden.
(Also if there’s time afterwards Fritz needs to have a word to sort out those two other naughty and bullying toddlers, Little Shelly and Tatum…. who definitely need a firm talking to.)
About this time of year when I’m more house bound I try to REVIEW my ever increasing Sasha collection. This year following Steve’s advice and suggestion late last year, I’m starting by taking a look at those dolls who are usually only seen in the chorus, so to speak, and don’t get to bask in the front stage limelight.
This is a petite Frido 1967 Dungaree NP girl, named Autumn, who I think has a rather sad/sorrowful look about her.
She is wearing my first ever Ruthsdoll’s smocked dress that was actually taken off, although you could more truthfully say, stripped off one of Ruth’s own dolls (who then had to travel home nude!) that she bought to Dawn’s very first Sasha funday in June 2004 (See the two photos below taken at Dawn’s.)
Ruth’s lovely early Gotz slate eyed doll, re-rooted by her daughter, Lisa, came wearing this beautiful outfit…..but left in the nudie!
She usually has her hair in side bunches, making good use of her full centre part but today I have let her have her hair loose as a change for the photoshoot (although personally I prefer it tied in two bunches.)
Her delightful checked smocked dress is designed and made by Jill Mackley and she wears a sweet little Molly (Thelma) cardigan over the top to keep her arms warm in this cold spell of weather.
Sophie likes to wear her hair in two plaits with this long strand of hair falling over her face. (I’m not sure that I’d like it dangling across mine as it must be causing a slight loss of eye sight and certainly some aggravation….but you can’t tell these kids these days!)
One of my many nieces used to wear her fringe just like this for some time!
I always think that Sophie has a slight resemblance to both my daughter and I when we had our hair in plaits at this age…. except that we had blue eyes…..(although I have always wished for brown.)
When I first missed buying Belle for sale on Shelly’s website I bought this 1972 falling haired Trendon doll and wig and sent her to Shelly and asked her if she would try to replica Belle for me. So that is why I have her.
In those days we weren’t so aware of the head and facial differences amongst the dolls or else I would have realised from the start that this girl hadn’t the wider round face of Belle.
She is wearing a very pretty simply style Autumn coloured floral vintage-sasha dress (which I think suits her colouring superbly!) and commercially manufactured shoes and socks.
A petite 1970 Trendon Gingham full centre part ‘minty’ girl is up next.
To me she represents what I think of as a typical Sasha Doll. Blue eyed with blonde hair that can be styled loose, braided or bunched.
She is wearing a delightful front opening vintage-sasha smock and shorts set that enhances her blue eyes. Over the top, with it being Winter, she has added a little Molly/Thelma designed and knitted cardi and underneath her shorts she has a pair of Sarah’s stripped tights. Her leather bar shoes are by JJ.
A really sweet, pretty looking little doll but unfortunately to me, lacks the facial character of the Gotz Dolls.
Next we have a lovely pale skinned, slate eyed 1960s Gotz girl wearing a Ruthsdoll’s trademark checked smocked dress that we have all come to love. Commercially made shoes and socks complete the outfit.
I think that her hair frames her face delightfully and her soft, fine fringe is perfect.
She has, I always think, a rather serene and demure look about her.
…with a touch of shyness and maybe in this photo here, a slight questioning of life?
Another Frido/Trendon 1969/70ish Gingham girl who is now wigged due to falling hair, in a strawberry blonde shade in the discontinued Global Cossette style.
Another very attractive Ruthsdoll’s smocked smock style dress that I acquired as it came on a doll that I bought second hand.
I think that this is a pretty looking doll, again the wig gives her a softer look with the thin plates and wispy tendrils framing her face. It isn’t glued in place like the other two above but I don’t take it on and off much as they are now showing signs of wear.
Side view of the wig showing the side detail and thin braids. (This doll always reminds me of Jill Mackley’s Georgia who used to model all Jill’s dresses for sale.)
I have found taking photos for my Sasha Doll Collection review helps in the fact that I can see them clearly (well, when managing to ignore ALL these stray hairs across their faces, that I never seem to be without these days, as when my reading glasses aren’t on I just don’t see them) when close up on the computer screen and so easier to make any decisions as to whether to keep them for another year or try to find good Sasha homes that they can be adopted into.