WARNING……this is a very LONG post so you might need to have a drink and some light refreshments to hand!
Up first we have my doll Lucy. She is a 1969 re-rooted by Sarah Williams Gregor wearing a studio style dress equisitely and delicately made by Sarah from a Victorian Christening gown.
It was for sale on her vintage-Sasha blogspot and the moment that I spotted it I knew that I just had to have try to have it as it reminded me of our own family’s Christening gown which was originally my great grandmother’s Victorian day dress. I have added some of JJ very first made bar shoes. (Looking like it has got slightly caught up at the back on the right hand side so not hanging as straight as it should be!)
One of my nieces, after I had demonstrated to her how I wanted it, made me the headdress out of the flowers that I had especially bought for the purpose. (Unfortunately it had decided to slip down a little for these photos.)
The material is so very old and delicate that one has to be so careful especially when doing and undoing the press studs.
Sorry that the undergarment’s lace at the neck is showing here.
This is Susan’s dear little blonde baby with his rare and attractively eyes painted by Sara Doggart and in Susan’s very first Dollydoodle sleepsuit bought off eBay, eyeing-up Diane Duke’s little brunette baby’s bunny. (She’s obviously not going to let go of it by the way she’s hugging it so tightly to her.)
This is Michelle’s (one of Dee’s sisters) Mitzi looking very smart in her black jumper, knitted by Gillian Nash, and a most attractive little kilt (…..that I have MY eye on if it ever comes up for sale. If not, if whoever made this kilt is reading this then I’d love to buy an identical one for my Sasha girls!)
NB. Have just been infomed by Gill that this is her doll and not Michelle’s Mitzi as I had previously thought. My apologies. She also tells me that the little kilt was made by Hagdolly on eBay. Thanks for the info. I live and learn!
I am guessing that she is a 1973ish Trendon doll with a trimmed hair style that SO suits her…..
……and gives her, with her big blue eyes, such a super little rougish charm.
Here she is watching baby Drake playing nicely with Dollmum’s daughter’s little baby, Leo? in this dear playpen made and generously donated for the charity by Ken and Doreen.
They also donated the little wooden pram, which Sarah Price purchased, the wooden rocking horse bought by Judith, the blackboard and easel that Sarah P bought for me for my Christmas present. They also designed and made the colourful little swing which was snapped up too along with the playpen when the two little babies finally went home.
Three super lads and a Sasha belonging to Diane Duke and sporting some of her beautifully knitted jumpers.
Below are three of her girls, a 1979 Trendon White dress, a 1980s brunette and a 1975 Long Dress lass.
A sweet group of little babies all hugging their special soft toys (with an Elke toddler standing at the back,) again, I’m thinking all belonging to Diane Duke.
These two girls were really most helpful staying on Dollmum’s sales table and helping her to sell her gorgeous wooden Sasha/Gregor toys!
Hattie in the background here is obviously taking a well deserved break from her clothing boutique and has popped over to see how her hat/beret sales are doing. Not sure if the 1990s Gotz Gregor is over-seeing the sales for her or actually looking for a new home but I’m guessing not the latter as he looks loved and quite at ease here.
Back to Dollmum’s table to see her Gregor demonstrating the new wooden croquet set with one of her Sasha girls and her daughter’s baby (who from the looks of things has just been bought a Reindeer outfit ready for Christmas) looking on. (My Brood are having one of these marvellous outdoor garden activity sets for Christmas.) In the background on the right you can see one of the little wooden chairs made by Dollmum’s young daughter entirely out of lollipop sticks. Such a clever idea.
(Looks like one of their dolls is taking a little nap after a tiring day at school!)
Another helpful doll modelling Gillian Nash’s beautiful knitting and helping boost her knitted jumpers, cardigans and socks that were most temptingly offered for sale.
Some lovely dolls at very temptingly low prices were being sold on one of the tables to the delight of those wishing to add to their collection. Wonderful too to be able to see, hold and inspect the doll first hand before purchasing. A rare experience these days.
Certainly there was almost a doll for every need and pocket waiting to be adopted by a new owner.
Unfortunately this little Gotz Stine was left behind unsold at the end although through no fault of her own as she was sitting so prettily and patiently. Hope that she has now found a new home in time for Christmas.
A pretty 1974/5 Long Dress looking for a new mummy.
…..and a little baby Cara who looks to have decided to wear a little baby White Suit’s clothing!
Some more of my purchases can be seen below. A mustard beret made by Dee and sold under the trade name of Hattie’s Hats, two packets of Sasha ribbons containing thirty different colours, a metre of each colour. Just what their hair ribbon box needed!
I was very lucky and won this pretty dress in the raffle, (definitely helped my disappointment of not winning the main prize of the shop front) which was won by Theresa O’Neill but I was on standby to take it home with me should it not fit into Jocelyn’s car. (Which it unfortunately for me did!)
Two T shirts featured last week and one baby onesie (for baby Drake) purchased from the Sashapotamus stall to replace the previous one that I bought for him which was somehow lost before it could be posted down to his mummy with the other items.
Bought this attractive Dollydoodle toddler outfit for Lorraine’s little Ollie as she was not able to come.
Catherine French gave my Brood this fun little Halloween set for me to take home to them to enjoy on Halloween night. They say ‘Thank you very, very much, Auntie Catherine! We just love it.’
(My apologies for the crumpled packaging that had got a little squashed in my overnight case on my rail journey home.)
A few more of my purchases from the Dollydoodle’s sales table. The two hoodies are for gifts but the converses are for the Brood.
Here is the little Trendon 1971/72 waif that I bought first. (An unexpected buy that burnt quite a hole in my alloted spending money.) She came wearing this sweet little coat and dungaree outfit by Nellie Rose.
When we got home I spilt the outfit into two, a coat as one and the dungarees as the second, as I thought that all together it was a bit too much of a muchness for me.
Firstly I added a Ruthsdoll’s beret and some JJ red long boots. Then I swapped the boots for some Ruthsdoll’s lace up shoes and pale blue socks.
……,And finally I tried some JJ sandals with it. All three I think look good so she has a choice.
Close up side view showing her attractively cut bobbed hair!
Here she is in just the dungarees and blouse.
Unfortunately as it was now early evening and getting dark the flash decided to go off for this close up facial shot enhancing those stray hairs that seem to have become my unwanted trade mark.
When I arrived home from the Chat n’ Snap this sweet bright and little girlish outfit was waiting for me as a gift from Sharon Humphries (Sharon from Spain.) I adore her outfits and had completely forgotten to put a bid on a similar one being sold on eBay BUT luckily there was just enough material left over to make this one up for me!.
Being to hand she luckily got to try it on first and was so thrilled at how much it suited her that I quickly got into the car and drove the five kilometres to my favourite photoshoot spot and took these photos.
Doesn’t she look ‘as pretty as a picture’ in it?
The Chat n’ Snap day was drawing to a close so Lucy called Bea to tell her that they should be heading back to the car to start the long journey home. Whilst they had been shopping in The Village High Street two of Catherine French’s great lads had kindly offered to clean and wax the car for a donation to the Scout’s Group Charity.
Please notice the wonderful little minature cleaning products that Catherine had made for them to use not to mention the wonderful real life model of a Nissan car that her husband had bought for them.
All finished the two boys start to gather up their bucket, sponge, bottle of car shampoo, polishing cloths and tin of car wax polish
Just look at how well they have polished it….you can clearly see Lucy’s reflection in the door panels. Well done boys, an excellent job and thank you very much indeed. It looks superb!
Come along now Bea and get into the car. BTW Bea is wearing this delightful little outfit that Jackie Rhydstrom had especially made up for her as a 2011 Christmas gift. Many thanks again, Jackie, we just adore it!
I know that this was a very LONG post and hope that you have survived and enjoyed it to the end and not given up halfway through. Our thanks again to Denise Owen, her husband and family for making this fantastic day come true for all of us who were able to attend. We’re all now looking forward (and hopefully saving the pennies!) to next year’s one!
(Apologies for any spelling mistakes as my eyes are now very tired from being on the laptop for so long.)