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.

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‘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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9. She is wearing a pretty little floral cord dungaree outfit that I bought from Passion 4 Sasha’s CNS sales table for Toddler Bea,

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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.

22. Good girl.

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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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.

BRAIDS/PLAITS.
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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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SIDE PONYTAIL.
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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.

‘Let’s Play Sashas!’

I can still hear these words above spoken by my young daughter many years ago… although when we did she’d always chose to have the 1966 Sasha Brunette Gingham, whilst I only ever got to play with the 1968 Gregor Dark Denims… until a couple of  years later, when she was given the 1970 quirky eye-brow brunette Baby Nightdress for her birthday and we’d take turns in re-dressing her.

Even after three/four years she only had a few of the original Sasha outfits, the wide skirted Gingham dress and white Mary-Jane shoes (that came on her doll) the grey Dungarees and white blouse (MY very favourite of the Frido outfits!)

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…the Gregor navy jumper, four seamed Denim jeans and white sandals (that came on him) and the red dressing gown, pale blue pyjamas and red towelling slippers, plus the unisex red duffle coat and boots as we didn’t have any internet access or know of any other Sasha Doll collectors or seamstresses…so not much of a dressing up session could ever be achieved.

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Later on, as Christmas or birthday gifts, she accumulated the green floral long dress, the ballet outfit, the baby Woolly set and then received the white smocked dress (couldn’t find a photo of this!) for one of her First Communion presents.

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Unfortunately we were never able to buy the Sasha white dressing gown and pale blue nightie, the Sasha Summer shorts set, the Kilt outfit or darker blue track suit that she so desperately wanted.

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Baby Gabrielle received the navy cord dungaree outfits to add to the nightie, nappy and shawl that she came in….whilst poor old Gregor got nothing!
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It was these memories that sort of prompted me to select a few odd items of The Brood’s clothing that never seem to get worn a lot or seen/photographed as much… and hopefully enjoy a little ‘mix and match’ Sasha playtime.

First up is this FANTASTICALLY knit cable white jumper. I first saw it on someone’s doll on the Sasha Mart (shortly after Judy had set up and opened the website) and after a few inquires managed to buy one.
(I can’t now remember who knitted it but it looks very like a Christine Durand.)

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Then we have this Gotz navy cord mini skirt, part of the Girl Scout uniform that has been here for a long time… but never actually been used until now.

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Another original Trendon clothing item is this little navy/white checked blouse, a part of the Red Pinafore outfit.

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Finally, my local Sasha friend Kate’s beautifully knitted cable jumper from the Golden Hands patterns (although this has had plenty of use over the first years when their clothing boxes were almost bare) and some thick grey woollen tights that were hidden at the bottom of the box.

As you can see I braved the bitter cold winds and spent five minutes outside with my camera before my un-gloved hands went too numb to feel, never mind click, the camera’s take button.

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Thanks for popping by again, on this first Sunday of March, and I hope that you have enjoyed your time here with us, as we have had having you view us.

(PS. Individual clothing photos by Shelly Baxter of Sashadolluk.)

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.