About kendalssashabrood

A Sasha Doll fanatic!

Second Chances

Don’t you just love it when you are given a second chance at something?
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As many of you know after last year’s serious health illness I decided to completely downsize my seventy-nine much loved Sasha Dolls, hundreds of fabulous outfits, footwear for every occasion, a huge variety of toys for each doll’s fancy, a good selection of furniture, some superb props and backcloths (all accumulated over my twenty-two years with Sasha Doll Collecting)…to…ZERO.
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I naturally started out with the adoption of those dolls, outfits etc.  particularly requested by my Sasha friends etc. (since I wasn’t at that time planning on keeping any at that time) BUT then ‘Sasha friendly’ peer pressure started kicking in asking (demanding???) me to keep a few dolls to continue to remain in the Sasha community.
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Well, by then many of my preferred ‘keeper dolls’ had long gone to new homes BUT then, a couple of weeks ago, I unexpectedly got the offer of buying back one of these dolls. Naturally I jumped at the chance… and so Miss Concave (a wide faced 1967 Frido Blue Cord NP) is now back here again.
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To celebrate the occasion I treated her to this stunning new studio length dress by Petrana/ Sasha-Doll, Made for the Love of Sasha (and which I think suits her perfectly!) and OUT came the CAMERA (after well over a year of lying idle) to take these NEW photos BELOW!
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Many thanks for popping by and I hope that many of you get a ‘second chance’ if needed, like I did here.

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A Few of my Favourite Sasha Doll Photos.

Whilst still DELETING photos at ‘The rate of knots’ (an old English expression for doing something quickly. The speed of ships is measured in knots. A knot is one nautical mile per hour, equivalent to 1.15 land miles per hour.)  I’ve come across these Sasha/Gregor ‘out and about’ photos that have become some of my very favourites.

This is three of my Gregors enjoying exploring a floral Tank display on one of our local busy dual carriageway roundabouts which included some great difficulty of us getting on and then off because of the rather heavy traffic.
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This impressive Gregor sized castle was on another, and even busier roundabout, five kilometres further on and was even harder to get on and off due to the extensive safety pavement boundaries which you can see in the photos. (Was even considering having to phone 999 and admit being guilty as was desperate by now to go to the toilet to ‘spend a penny!’) What we have to do for our Sashas/Gregors!

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Up north now in Morecombe viewing this splendid Eric Morecombe statue on the sea front.
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Up in the north of England again with two of my dolls in Carnforth (just beyond Lancaster) acting out the scenes on the Railway Station from this famous old black and white film, Brief Encounter. (I actually did a whole blogpost on this though a good few years ago now.)

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Still north but this time in the world famous seaside town of Blackpool. Standing dangerously between the tram railway lines looking at Blackpool Tower!
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Now down on the beach under the Pier watching the unusual swirling water movements as the tide comes in.
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Back here and within a hundred metres from my old family home (situated to the left) was this little wildlife retreat. I just adore the overall secluded scenery in these photos. A perfect little ‘hideaway.’
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This was a wonderful wild flower field, although situated near a busy main road. I stopped here once to take some photos, one of which was used as a Summer front cover for the Sasha World Magazine of which I was the Feature Editor.
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Still on the subject of flowers here is Belle looking at the very last rare Lady Slipper Orchid growing on the edge of a golf course, which has police protection and 24/7 CCTV surveillance cameras,  again up in the North although I can’t now remember the name of the place.

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‘Police on petal patrol to protect UK’s rarest wild flower

She is a rare exotic beauty more heavily guarded than the Queen.
Britain’s last remaining lady’s slipper orchid, which is due to flower in a few weeks, has been given 24-hour police protection from thieves.
Local bobbies have been ordered to mount hourly patrols around the valuable plant, which has been growing at a protected site on a golf course for at least 100 years.
It is also being security tagged to prevent anyone snipping a cutting, which can fetch up to £5,000.

Plant patrol: PC Tony Marsh keeps a close eye on the lady's slipper orchid

Plant patrol: PC Tony Marsh keeps a close eye on the lady’s slipper orchid. Although experts have tried to re-introduce the purple and yellow bloom in other areas, none have flowered. He said: ‘The lady’s slipper is an incredibly important plant, having survived for over a hundred years when all other plants were thought extinct. People travel from all ends of the country on what is almost a pilgrimage to view the plant in bloom and are often overcome with emotion at the sight.’

One of a kind: The lady's slipper orchid with its purple and yellow bloom
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Baby Anis in my home garden enjoying playing with her little rubber duck in a bowl of water amongst some wild strawberry plants.

Finally one of my Sasha Dolls visiting the Frido/Trendon Factory in Stockport on one of my visits to view the newly converted apartments that were for sale at that time.

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I hope that you have enjoyed looking at these old photos that bring back so many memories for me and my dolls. Planning to add some more of their adventures very soon as my major photo deleting session in my ‘PICTURES’ continues.
Have a wonderful February.

A Few Older Photos Hopefully Not Seen Before

During the course of tackling ONE of my main New Year’s Resolutions….

To DELETE at least 50% of my millions of photos stored in my Pictures folders since 2002…

I am coming across the hopefully not/or very rarely seen before photos which I am adding here in case anyone with a hot drink in hand and a spare few minutes will enjoy viewing before MOST of them disappear into the Re-cycle Bin and hit the dust.

  1. (Apologies for the green hue but so love that Fritz look in his Dollydoodle surfer hoodie.)

2. (A keeper photo. 1972 Trendon Cossette wigged Shelly customised doll in a vintage-sasha tweed coat.)

3. (Not for the re-cycle bin! Gotz slate eyed girl in a Rosie Shortel designed and knitted Lama Jacket.)

4. (Originally taken for the backpack reference on a Jackie Rydstrom re-rooted early 1970s doll in a Sharon from Spain Ra ra outfit.

5. (Pinestreetstudio outfit.)

6. (Christine Durand hat and Sashawardrobe baby fleece.)

7. (A Kelly Wenarsky early customised Gotz girl in a Sashawardrobe Liberty Print dress.)

8. (Trendon twins in a Tommy Hilfiger Denim jacket and Pinestreetstudio outfit.)

9. (Wigged Gregor in a Doll Works coat and Pinestreetstudio beret.)

10. (Couldn’t make up my mind as to which was the better pose here so you’ve unfortunately got all three! Sorry!)

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13. (My very first Dungaree girl!)

14. (Ross with his original hair! Loved these then very trendy shorts!)

15. (My first Karen Warnaka dress seen here on a very beautiful late 1966-67 NP.)

16. (A Doll Works Denim jacket over a Pinestreetstudio simple dress on my very first Kilt girl.)

17. (A Frocks and Socks delightful Three Bears smocked print dress.)

18. (Doll Works school pinafore on a Kelly Wenarsky customised later Gotz Stella doll.)

19. (The Gotz Kelly Wenarsky customised doll in a Pinestreetstudio outfit.

20. (A Peggy-Sue wigged Gotz waif in an attractive N. Gould outfit.)

21. (My very first Gotz 1970 No-navel girl in a part Sashadollstyle outfit.)

22. (Gotz slate eyed girl in a mixture of clothing items put together to form an outfit.)

23. (A wigged waif in my second bought  Ruthsdolls outfit!)

24. (Unfortunately can’t just recall the maker of this stunning dress!)

25. (A Ruthsdolls OOAK outfit made up from my supplied material.)

26. (A Sashadolluk second hand outfit on a Velvet wigged 1973 Pumpkin stringed doll.)

27. (Can’t understand why this photo is showing up so small. My THIRD bought Ruthsdolls outfit in around 1998 on my 1967 bobbed haired NP.)

28. (A Sashawardrobe outfit on my Gotz Yellow eye with lashes1965 girl. Rosie Bloomfield leopard skin style leather shoes.)

29. (A Hot Pink Dollydoodle shorts and top outfit kept to show the sun lounger!)

Many of these photos were taken up to sixteen years ago and with a much inferior camera which have been kept for the doll and outfit references… but which are now no longer needed.
Thanks for dropping by. Always lovely to see you here as it spurs me on to blog.

Bye, Bye Christmas, Bye, Bye!

My sincere apologies for the distinct lack of blogging over 2017…I’ll try to do better over this next year with the few Sasha Dolls that are still here.

First up were the Sasha cards for my Sasha friends. Time was getting on and still I didn’t feel up to thinking of a new design and then the setting up of the scene to photograph so trawelled through my millions of past photos and selected this ‘Walking in Winterland’ photo.
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Added this photo to the back.
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Next came the personal stamps that I had been wanting to do for the last few years but never seemed to have got around to it. I choose the photo above to match the card for the second class ones for the UK (and one of Toddler Bea for the first class that would be needed to go with the second class envelopes for the EU countries and US (although the latter would also have to have an extra 17p stamp to make up the higher rate postage required.)
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These came beautifully presented in special packs that I was almost tempted not to use them!
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Next up were my daughter and her partner’s and their dogs Christmas stockings. This year instead of going for my usual ‘sophisticated’ I decided to do FUN stockings for a change (especially after such a rough year health-wise.) So. as they usually open their stockings late on Christmas Eve after returning from seeing the latest Star Wars film I bought these four Star Wars designed ones.

For Chon’s partner. Darth Vader.
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For Chon herself. R2d2.
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For Chon’s Weimaraner dog, Bella. BB-8.
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And finally for her partner’s French Bulldog, Bernie! Chewbacca.
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I added the ribbons. bells and trimmings on the tops and even managed to buy some Star Wars Christmas wrapping paper!
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Some of the stocking fillers. On deciding to ‘do my bit’ for the environment’s huge plastic waste I bought these ‘his and hers’ Chilli bottles… plus some MAC make-up that Chon uses, thank you cards and a selection of chocs. to fill any small gaps.
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Their dogs gave them these personalised Mummy and Daddy cards and mugs. (Please note the deightful wooden carved and named dog shapes here.)
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The above wrapped!
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Special technical riding socks for his stocking plus some Dark 85% bars of Cocoa chocolate, Flapjacks and other energy giving nibbles/snacks plus a 2017 just released Star Wars stamp book with the new stamps included and explaining how they came into production etc.
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Lancome beauty products, a couple of miniature bottles and a few more thank you cards for Chon’s.

These were the squeaky toys in Bella’s stocking. I personally loved the rolled Daily Growl newspaper and the Ruldoph from these.
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…And these below in Bernies! My favourites here were his iBone and squeaky sprout.
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I was literally ‘over the moon’ with this Star Wars door mat. (Unfortunately this photo doesn’t fully portray the rust background colour.)
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I wrapped Chon’s other gifts from me (bottle of Baileys Irish Cream, a bottle of Port, Lancome’s Genifique serum, a larger replica of a Ferro Rocher individual chocolate, a pair of Oasis grey woolen sparkling gloves and an ‘ontrend’ leopard print scarf…and ALL of which I stupidly forgot to take photos of!) and placed them inside this attractive maroon box and then be-ribboned and decorated it.
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Just a few of the many of my three/four days table favours that I took with me for the family meal gatherings.
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Some more table favours. (These are coverings for the Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.
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My present for my sister’s daughter.
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Inside was this, I thought rather appropiate mug, Oh, Chemist-tree/Oh, Chemistry! (which I filled with Home made Fudge) that I had bought her, as she is just completing her three year Phd in Atmospheric Sciences at Cambridge University.
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A little under the tree gift for one of my sister-in-laws. (Went back to get another few but unfortunately they had sold out!)
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Was really thrilled to see and then buy this fab. felt free standing sledge to put all the children’s presents in.
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Have positioned a Sasha Doll to show it’s huge size!
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Spotted this dear red and green little Santa Helper apron with bells on it for a four year old great niece who wore it for handing out the sleigh gifts to everyone.
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Three little ‘must have’ gifts. I popped two little Christmas Lindt chocolate bears into the Reindeer purse, the Christmas Tree is another Terry’s chocolate Orange cover and the wooden red mini car has ‘a pull back and go’ action.
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I saw… and couldn’t resist buying this beautifully ‘soft to the touch’ John Lewis  Father Christmass.
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I always plant Chon some Hyacinths bulbs to see the New Year in.
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Chon’s presents to me, beautifully wrapped as always.
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Then in the last week before Christmas I started on the house decorations.                   A hopefully welcoming front door area.
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The Hall decorations.
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This year I added some extra trailing ribbons to this delightful Mistletoe wreath.
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Last years but one Twig tree that I added some lime green sparkling ivy and little fairy lights to…unlit during the daytime,
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When lit during the late afternoon/early evening…
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…and at nightime.
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The mantlepiece in the living room. This year I bought three new wooden Angels to add to the decor.
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The Twig tree (since I can no longer cope with a large freshly cut Nordic Spruce tree) taking pride of place for yet another year.
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….and when lit up in the evenings.
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Decided to add a few baubles and dangling ribbons to this gold wreath this year.
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Couldn’t find my usual Bamboo twig curls for the candleabra so used these various gold floral sprays instead…(and actually preferred them.)
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Although we go out as a family for the Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the two following days main meals I serve fresh Lobster/prawn salads with hot bread rolls and my home made Sherry trifle or mince pies and cream in the evenings to finish the days off.
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Finally a New Year gift for a friend’s little girl who loves Unicorns. You can colour in the T shirt’s picture and which will disappear on washing for you to recolour.
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I hope that you have enjoyed a glimpse of my Christmas 2017 as I like to take and keep a few photos to look back upon.

‘Touch Wood…’

No-one it seems is exactly sure of from where the phrase ‘Touch Wood’ originally originated so I have included a few ideas here from other people for you to choose from… OR alternatively you could write your own in the comments at the bottom of the post …BUT whichever you choose My Sasha Brood have always been fascinated by and loved touching ‘wood/bark’ whilst I enjoy the texture that it adds to my Sasha photos.

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• It derives from the pagan belief that malevolent spirits inhabited wood, and that if you expressed a hope for the future you should touch, or knock on, wood to prevent the spirits from hearing and presumably preventing your hopes from coming true.

  • “Touching wood” derives from pantheistic religions where trees, rivers etc were supposedly inhabited by spirits or deities. To touch a tree was to seek the spirit’s blessing and/or ward off its wrath.
  • The phrase comes from when in back in the days people believed that bad spirits lived in the wood so they would knock or tap so that the bad spirits wouldn’t hear their hope.

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Idea no 2

    • The term Touch Wood actually comes from the 18th Century Auction House/ Barns. If you placed a bid on live stock or an item you would hope that the auctioner would “touch wood” at your bid. When the auctioner touched wood you would have won that lot. Hence the saying ” I hope I win “Touch Wood” If you did win the auctioneer’s hammer “gavel” which is made of wood would also fall and hit the block. Touch Wood is a winning phrase.

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      • There is no evidence to suggest that this phrase is anything other than the legacy of a children’s game (such as tig) where ‘touching wood’, or being ‘in den’ or saying ‘keys’ prevented one from being caught. Also there is no evidence of it having been used before the 19th century – which would suggest no earlier pagan or Christian origins.

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      • It was used during the days of sail when fate was tempted to conjure up a wind when becalmed or such.
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      • From touching the wood of the cross.The phrase dates back to Chaucer’s time and beyond when “summoners and pardoners” sold relics which were highly questionably parts of the True Cross. The relic (in this case, the piece of wood supposedly part of the Cross) was carried in one’s pocket and at the hearing of plague, death or other misfortune would be touched for protection and safety because of the belief that the Lord Jesus had defeated the powers of darkness by his death on the Cross.

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      • It comes from the lumberjacks in wooded areas who would “hug” a tree for a safe felling of the tree. Explaining the phrase “touch wood.” 
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      • Sailors would tap their foot on the wooden ship’s deck.
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      • Perhaps a term used by coal miners? They would knock on each wooden roof support, as they passed it, to test that it was not rotten.
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To finish off here are some everyday photos with members of The Brood ‘Touching Wood’ when needed during everyday life.

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Hope that you have enjoyed ‘Touching Wood’ with us… although our mummy says to apologise for the repeat photos yet again.

One of her New Year resolutions is to get her camera out and up and running again and take some new photos of the few remaining Brood.

Happy 2018 from the Sasha Brood Remainers

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…and a very Happy Healthy and Peaceful New Year from ME!

My sincere apologies again for the distinct lack of blogging over the past year due to severe ill health…but will try to add the odd post or two or three  etc. over this coming year.

My 2018 New Year Resolutions…..

.(Ooops sorry just realised that I’ve missed two dolls off here. Not too sure if I add and update this post whether those automatic followers will receive another full post in their inboxes. Will give it a little more thought first!)

FINAL Part of The Broods Unusual or OOAK Outfits

Hello again from all of us here for the final part of The Brood’s unusual or OOAK outfits.

First up today is this dear little Chinese Street Girl outfit and definitely my very favourite for today. Rosie Shortell made it from scaps and oddments for one of her dolls (on which she had customised the eyes to look like they should be for a little Chinese girl)… but when she saw just how impressed I was with it she gave it to me for my dolls to wear. Luckily I already had these boots by Ruthsdolls. (It has quite rightly now been returned to her.)
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Not sure if I bought this knitted hat and jumper  from eBay or Sashadolluk but felt that it ‘looked the part’ for dog walking when teamed with Dollydoodle’s leggings and JJ’s long red boots.
My bobbed haired 1967 NP whose younger sister is seen later on and secondly on a Gotz ochre eyed mid 1960s doll.
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I mentioned this little pink seersucker dress along with last week’s orange set but couldn’t find the photo to go with it then. My material/ Ruthsdolls design and making. Ruthsdolls Folk art shoes but without the folk art on a very pretty Frido 1969/70 FCP girl!
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Unfortunately my memory is failing me again BUT I’m thinking that this ‘very trendy for that era’ Dungaree outfit was made by either Pinestreetstuduo or N.Gould, and being worn by one of my  1966/67 Dungaree girls. JJ sandals.
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Another Ruthsdolls dungaree outfit in a dainty delicate colouring in contrast to the one above and seen here on my 1966/67 NP, with eyes painted by Kristina, the Manchester  art student. JJ flip-flops.
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This was perhaps one of my most striking outfits and one that I know has been seen here time and time again. Made by Pinestreetsudios but here on my 1969 Gotz No-navel rather than on Gotz Holly… for a change. Ruthsdolls distressed boots.
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It’s a good job that I’m soon to be retiring from the Sasha World as here is another dress set that I now can’t remember from where I purchased it. (There is another very similar one too that I bought but haven’t managed to locate that photo as yet.) This length of dress reminds me of mine, and then my daughter’s childhood dress lengths.
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Me, though not sure at what age (guessing under two years?) whilst living with my Mother at her best friend’s house down in Minehead, Somerset, during the War when Father was away in Egypt fighting with the Army.
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Chon on her second birthday with her birthday present, a Raleigh Little Trike. I just loved those bobbles hanging on her socks! Remember too those ‘Jumping Jack’ shoes? (Please note that I knitted her cardigan… in the days when my hands allowed me to knit!)
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Chon, with me obviously being rather on the naughty side and trying to get another years wear out of her St’ Lucy’s school Summer dress!
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Not such an unusual dress, but definitely a OOAK, that Steve gave me after I had admired it when one of his new dolls arrived wearing it.
Seen here with a Jane Woodbridge cardigan and a pair of real UGG boots on a very sweet looking mid 60s little slate eyed Gotz waif.
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A really smart looking grey denim Pinestreetstudip Sailor dress, won off eBay on a trimmed haired Frido 1967 NP, (younger sister to my now famous bobbed haired Blue Cord girl seen at the beginning of the post.)
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Pinestreetstudio girls Dungaree outfit. Florals and checks together was very daring in those days.
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The Doll Works’ David Beckham football outfit. When Andrea first made this with a No 1 on the shirt and shorts I had to email and tell her that David’s no was 7.
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Doll Works cricket jumper.
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Cricket bat and ball (and stumps not shown) by Joyce Jordan’s husband.
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Spot the Gregor!
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Pinestreetstudio top and combat trousers.
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Karati outfit by Sandra Wessell.
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Commercially made White Water Rafting outfit.
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Commercially made Texan hat given to my lads as a gift.
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Commercially made straw cowboy hat, given again as a gift.
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Robin Hood OOAK outfit made by vintage-sasha for Jac to wear at the Nottingham Forest themed 2015 SCW. Many thanks again Sarah.
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Please note the details on his arrows.
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Commercially made outfits for Sainsbury’s Homebase’s own rag dolls. There were FOUR in the series. The other two were Santa and a Snowman’s outfits but couldn’t find the photos.
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OOAK vintage-sasha Maid Marion outfit made for me to display my Gotz pale skinned, slate eyed Sasha girl, with her hair re-rooted by Bettina at the Medieval Castle display at the CnS. Thanks again Sarah. As the saying goes… ‘No-body does it better!’
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Ruthsdolls baby sailor outfit.
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Two outfits put together by me from oddments. N.Gould’s hat and shorts. Gillet maker unknown. DD T shirt.
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Ruthsdolls combat trousers and fake fur gillet, Phyliss G. Angora jumper and beret.
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Lastly my Lisa re-rooted early baby is wearing an outfit that I knitted many years ago for my daughter’s Thumbellina Rocking Cot doll that has just re-surface during my latest garage’s tidy up. She is holding a dear little doll, a get well gift some years ago, from Cathy Buckley-Mellor
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This was meant to just be a SHORT post to finish off this theme and then for me to say that I shall now be taking a complete beak from all my Media activities (Blogs, Facebook, Messenger etc.) whilst I undergo some more necessary investigations and tests for my recent still on-going ill health.
Hopefully I’ll be back blogging asap… especially as I’ve just paid yesterday for an extra 10gb of blog space and the motto that I try to live by is ‘Waste not, want not!’

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