As some of you may already know last Saturday evening as I was just putting the finishing touches to a post, that had taken me over six hours to do, when the laptop suddenly jumped and knocked me completely off my blog and I lost the lot, ‘lock, stock and barrel.’ Naturally I was near to tears and couldn’t face repeating it all again there and then. Even my ‘techo’ daughter couldn’t find where it had disappeared to so here is a much shorter version.
Even though I had asked my close friends to please NOT remember me at Christmas as I wasn’t able to buy any presents this year (I’m trying to help Chon with her major house repairs) and would therefore feel guilty if they gave me gifts… I know that we don’t give to receive but….!
Did Steve, Sarah P, Denise, SimplySasha or Susan B-P listen and take heed? NO!
Steve, bless him, sent me this sweet little early Trendon Lisa re-rooted baby (and dressed in this gorgeous new little outfit! ) that used to be mine a few years ago but I’d had to sell her on as he didn’t like to think of me without any Sasha presents to open. How wonderful is this? I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the box. A million-trillion thanks to this very ‘naughty but oh so nice’ friend!
He’d even added this personalised chocolate bar seen below knowing my love of chocolate!
The next ‘very naughty but oh so nice’ friend, Denise, sent me a superb box full of Sasha related items. Firstly she had ‘Passion for Sasha’ make up this lovely Christmas red/white spotted dress and pants set for my one and only toddler, Bea. Doesn’t she look so very smart in it? (We here try not to copy other’s ideas but Bea is so be-sotted with SS’s new little toddler, Cookie, and loved her idea of wearing a pair of stripped red/white socks with her red/white Gingham checked dress that she raided the Sasha Brood’s sock’s bag and helped herself to these older Trendon socks. Apologies to SS’s little Cookie….. but tons and tons of thanks Denise.
Her pretty little ladybird slide was given to The Brood along with several other designs by Theresa O’Neill. Thanks again.
The second gift in Denise’s box were these dear little Christmas crackers. The Brood were thrilled to pull them between themselves at the Christmas Day luncheon just like the BIG grown ups do. Yet more thanks Denise.
Oh, but we haven’t anywhere near finished with this box yet! Nestling in one corner was this attractive little wooden worm called Mr.Woody. My Sasha babies were thrilled to bits with him as they had seen and admired the one that The Village babies play with. MORE thanks!
In the opposite corner was this soft and cuddly Blue Nosed Goose. My new little baby saw him first and was enjoying cuddling him when Quirky, just down from The Naughty Chair again, spotted him and snatched it off her claiming that it was HIS and HIS alone as it’s blue nosed beak matched his outfit.!
Naturally he’s back on the NAUGHTY CHAIR until he learns the art of sharing! Denise yet more ‘shed loads’ of thanks from The Brood AND from me for my scrumptious strip of Ferro Rocha chocolates to be seen in a later photo. They are one of my favourite chocs.
Next up Bea is showing you my next lovely gift and from the woman who is always saying how she just hates Christmas……. so a ‘double-whammy’ surprise plus I have proof that The Ice Queen does actually exist AND has a loving/thoughtful/kind/caring side to her! Yes, you’ve guessed correctly, Simply Sasha her very self! She sent me these two most attractive Kid Cathson T towels. They are so up-market that they will only be used when I am having one of my posh fresh lobster and Champagne/white wine picnics when attending Polo Tournaments or car race meeting or a very special visit to the beach.
Sarah P asked Father Christmas to bring The Brood this gorgeous minature Richard Steiff Bear. I remember years ago trying to get this grey mohair bear for my collection but in the large size but wasn’t successful. My Brood are really thrilled with him so a great ‘mountainous heap’ of thanks Sarah for your kindness and thoughtfulness.
Chon obviously had a little spend whilst at the CnS and secretly from me purchased this delightfully soft little bunny for The Brood for Christmas.
She also bought them this little useful Eiffle Tower shoulder bag.
Susan tried to excuse herself with sending me this very smart VS outfit which she tried to disguise as a ‘Get Well’ gift instead of a Christmas present!! What lengths some of my ‘naughty but nice’ friends will go to….. BUT I was really thrilled with it as Chon was disappointed that I hadn’t chosen to buy the similar one from the CnS…. BUT as I pointed out to her I hadn’t spotted it at the time due to all the crowds around snapping up Sarah’s attractive Sasha coats! Again a million thanks Susan as always!
A few days before Christmas my gardener’s wife sent me this super tray of pastries knowing that I’m not a good ‘light’ pastry baker and how I especially miss my late mother’s mince pies at this time of year.
As you can see there was a delightful apple crumble and deep apple pie and extra creamy custard as well as the mince pies so I was well set up for all my deserts during the Christmas week….. but saved the mince pies to have with Chon over Christmas. Many thanks indeed for this wonderful and very much appreciated edible surprise present. Everything was scrumptious.
Like most people I love chocolates especially when I’m watching a good film or programme on the TV. The Xmas Thorntons box was from an ex-pupli that I taught some 32 years ago and the Bendicks mints was from a teacher colleague who I taught alongside from the same time. The Ferro Rocher were from The Sasha Village. Many, many thanks to you all. Thoughly enjoyed them..
Sasha cards are always that extra bit special to receive. From L-R back row Sarah W, Lorraine T and Gillian N. Middle row Judith E, Denise and Catherine F. Bottom row Ellen C, Dawn L and Karin F. Many thanks to you all for such lovely photos and designs.
This was my lovely card from Chon.
One of my two cards to her.
No ‘Brownie’ points for guessing who I sent this card to!
Just a few photos of my usual Christmas decs for the record. My twig tree (although the lights weren’t on in the following photo due to the sunshine.)
The tree when lit.
The baubles that never quite made it onto the tree and so remained here throughout the whole Christmas season expecting daily to be hung but taking up an often much needed seat.
The decorated mantlepiece.
The wall decoration separating the dining from the living areas.
The free standing and now decorated candleabra in the dining corner.
The candleabra in the centre of the dining table.
The bunch of mistetoe in the hall.
The toning misteltoe wreath hanging on the hall wall.
I must apologise for the rather dull photos but many were taken in the conservatory when the sun had passed to prevent the pics being devoid of the it’s shadows.
Still have the rest of the Tudor Yuletide photos to post so until we next meet thank you for visiting and have a wonderful time with your Sasha Dolls