UK’s Mothering Sunday


Wishing all the UK mothers a very happy and relaxing day with their families and extra thoughts and prayers to those mother’s, like me, whose child/children can’t actually be there with them to help them celebrate this special time.

As last Monday was the UK’s first official Spring day I decided to post some photos of my Sasha Dolls in amongst a few of the UK’s Spring flowers as my tribute to Mothering Sunday. (Have taken Sharon of Spain’s advice and left out the dolls and their clothing’s details and descriptions to save me, and you, time.)
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Mothering Sunday is a Christian celebration dating back to the 16th century (there is no fixed date for the UK’s Mothering Sunday as it is linked with Easter Sunday whose date changes every year according to the lunar calendar) though it is always three weeks before Easter Sunday, or the fourth Sunday of Lent.



Back then, Mothering Sunday was a chance for those who worked in servitude to go back home to see their families and attend the church in their home town – or ‘mother church’… from whence the name.originated

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As the servant children walked the many miles (kilometres) to their Mother Church they would pick a bunch of wild flowers along the way to give to their mothers.

3. Snowdrops.

4. Primroses.

7. Primroses. (This photo of Miss Lippy is especially for Simply Sasha!)

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6. Primulas.

7. Bluebells.

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9. Primulas.

10. Bluebells.

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12. Forget-me-nots.

13. Crocus.

14. Primroses and Crocus.

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Sasha World magazine before blending in the photo lines.

17. Snowdrops.

18. Snowdrops.


19. Daffodills.

20. Crocus.

21. Primulas.

22. Bluebells.


23. Daffodills.

24. Crocus and Primroses.

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26. Daffodill.

27. Primroses.

28. Snowdrops.


29. Primroses.

30. Primroses.

33. Miniature daffodils.


31. Crocus.

‘What I like most about my mom is that she always supersizes her hugs.’

Hoping that you have enjoyed viewing this Sasha Dolls and the UK’s Spring flowers post. Have a wonderful day in this glorious sunshine and thanks for visiting.

‘Hello’ from a few more of us

A couple more of the Sasha Brood wishing to introduce themselves before the downsizing begins in earnest. (Just waiting to feel better before having to make those heart-breaking decisions as who is next in line to go.)
(Oh dear!!! I’ve just noticed that todays few dolls are all 1960s Gotz lasses… SO please Simply Sasha don’t look any further. So sorry about that. Obviously wasn’t thinking straight or I’d have added a few Frido/Trendons in between. Sure sign that I’m still nowhere near well.)

First up today is Sally, my red headed slate eyed girl with her cute little braids/plaits. She is wearing a Pinestreetstudio plaid short coat over vintage-sasha brown cords and Ruthsdolls distressed laced boots.
I’ve always loved her dear cheeky little face.
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Being as this short post only includes THREE of my Brood today (health deteriorated this week) I have added a few of my older photos, listed as ABC instead of 123, of them to help pad it out.
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Secondly, another Gotz slate eyed girl but this time a pale skinned sweet little tot wearing a vintage-sasha Laura Ashley material dress and manufactured socks and shoes.
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Thirdly one of my two 1969 Gotz No-navels wearing a vintage-sasha dress under a Dollydoodle zipped hoodie with JJ sandals and Sharon in Spain stripped socks and carrying a Trendon little canvas shoulder bag from the Trendon Holiday outfit (an outfit that I would have loved to have been able to buy for Chon’s dolls.)
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SO it’s Goodbye from ME…

…and Goodbye from ME

…and Goodbye from ME!

…and Goodbye from ME!
Thanks for dropping by! Keep well and enjoy yourselves.

Mensis Horribilis…My Horrible Month in Latin

In November,1992 Queen Elizabeth II gave a speech in London on the 40th year of her accession to the throne in which she describes that year as being Annus Horribilis (which is Latin for a horrible year) in which her daughter, Princess Anne, got divorced, a son, Prince Andrew, separated and another son’s, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage was ‘rocky’ and to top it all Windsor Castle caught fire and was extensively damaged.

This last month has been a horribilis/scary/frightening time for me, as at the very beginning of February and completely ‘out of the blue’ in the early morning I was rushed by emergency ambulance to the local NHS hospital in Cheshire with Pneumonia in the right lung and a Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot that had travelled up from the leg) in the left. No time, apart from putting on my dressing gown over my PJs and gathering my Arthritic medication, mobile phone and my hair and tooth brushes before I was whisked off to hospital. Hadn’t, until then, ever realised just how finely our lives were balanced!

Unfortunately to add to my discomfort our local private Nuffield Hospital refused to take me in after the initial diagnosis as too high a risk with them having no respiratory consultant on site, no available resuscitation facilities and no spare beds at that time. (So much for paying BUPA £726 a month then for use of their private hospitals!)

Am now back at home and getting over the shock, with complete rest orders and no going out (to prevent catching any environmental public germs.) My sincere thanks to the excellent Paramedic Ambulance service, my wonderful daughter who came racing up from the south, excellent supportive and so helpful sister, three much appreciated caring and useful brothers, visiting doctor and super home help who have supported me throughout not forgetting my dear friends for their gifts, flowers and phone calls.

Now, this being the first Sunday of yet another month, on with the task in hand of introducing a few more of my dolls that attended the 2016 Sasha Brood SCW display last May.

First up is an early falling haired Trendon wigged girl (wig bought and customised for me by Sharon in Spain) in a very attractive black and grey Tweed coat and hat outfit by vintage-sasha with commercially made shoes and ‘Kiltie’ black tights.
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This Frido Gingham side part NP girl has beautifully detailed eye painting and has been with me for many, many years. She wore this very pretty navy/pink spotted dress by vintage-sasha with navy commercially made socks and JJ hot pink sandals and holds the as yet unfinished wooden SCW string puppet (needs a couple of head/tail feathers gluing on) that Dollmum very kindly made up for me during her wonderful SCW workshop.
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Squeezing in (look away SS!) Holly, one of my favourite little orchid eyed Gotz waifs. in this most attractive Pinestreetstudio shorts outfits with commercially made brown socks and JJ sandals.
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Three little Trendon babies complete today’s post. Here we see, Meeny, an early little lad with gorgeous eye painting wearing a OOAK Ruthsdolls romper outfit made from two pieces of Laura Ashley material that I sent to Ruth.
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This is one of the very first baby Nightdresses made in 1969 for release in 1970 with fully hand-painted eyes and with the slanting upwards quirky eyebrow. She was purchased  from Kelly Wenarsky’s personal collection some years ago and is wearing a very pretty smocked short dress set by Elizabeth-Anne (now Marilyn Hosckiss- spelling?) as she was known in those days.
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Lastly we have QE2, a 1969 little facial dust gathering (he likes to sit on one of my bedside chest of drawers so has unfortunately become very dusty with me recently being in bed for 80% of the day) quirky eye browed baby Woolly wearing a delightful two piece Dollydoodles day wear set and hugging the dear little lamb comforter given to the babies by Susan Bulger Pomeroy.
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Many thanks for popping by today. Great to see you here again. Have a wonderful month of March, the official beginning of Spring.

Do You Want To…

Meet a few more of The Sasha Brood this morning? If so then please scroll down.
Belle (named and customised by Shelly) has been with me for many years now and is a well loved member of The Brood. She was originally a petite Trendon 1970 Dark Denim Gregor with falling hair who was given a delightful Global Cossette wig and large eyes painted in a Mabel Lucy Atwell style.
She is wearing a very smart (re-cycled from a man’s shirt) vintage-sasha dress with the usual JJ footwear and commercially manufactured socks and is holding this dear little Steiff Penguin, a gift some years ago from Susan Bulger Pomeroy.
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Next we have a rather special Frido 1966 Developmental girl who arrived here almost ‘minty’ in her box labelled ‘Brunette Brown Cord’ (instead of the usual Gingham) and who had been especially produced for sale at a special Sasha Event. Here she is wearing my main UK Sasha Festival Children’s Fund item, a linen dress donated by Tina Gross. I had, until then been in-successful in obtaining one of her dresses so was determined to win this at whatever cost! (…and boy did it cost, thanks to Tina’s friend Francine, bidding against me until the bitter end.)
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My Frido 1968 Single Fringe, wide faced waif with her cut bobbed hair wearing a Francis Trickett knitted dress and beret over v-s stripped tights and JJ skating boots.
I love this overall warm. cosy look and which I could imagine could be used as a skating outfit.
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Another 1966 Frido Developmental doll but this time a FCP Jeans girl. She has the oxidised silver eye brows of the earlier manufactured dolls. She chose this very smart vintage-sasha three piece grey trouser suit to wear at the SCW to enhance her lovely grey eyes.( Her beige suede bar shoes are a JJ experimental prototype which Jean sent to them to use as play shoes.)
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A third and my last Frido 1966 Developmental doll, is a FCP Dungaree girl, so completing examples of Frido/Trendons trio of hair colours, brunette, blonde and red. She decided to wear a rust vintage-sasha coat and beret trimmed with black over a toning vs floral dress.
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The only lad today and an early Gotz straight nosed boy, Niklaus, Fritz’s younger brother (they are named after Sasha Morgenthaler’s two sons!) who is seen here at the very end so as not to upset Simply Sasha (as she doesn’t care for the Gotz manufactured dolls.) He sports Dollydoodle’s joggers and two toned hoodie under a gilet, maker unknown.
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I hope that you have enjoyed meeting another SIX of The Brood today. Thanks for dropping by and hopefully see you again very soon. Until then take care, keep well, enjoy life and play with your Sashas.

Continuing

The SCW individual doll introductions and descriptions as promised last year for those of you who were unable to attend and see The Brood for yourselves.

(Typically and when I’m finally feeling well enough to even want to try to take a few photos and manage to find some time to do so the weather is dull, grey and wet… plus when the light did decide to grace us shortly, after a heavy shower, with it’s presence my sister decided to phone me for a long chat to catch up on any news!

First in the line is my very pretty 1971 Gingham girl with the most soft and silky two toned hair and wearing a sweet powder blue floral vintage-sasha dress with Rosie Shortell’s delightful grey/blue sandals and commercially made socks.
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Next we have Fritz, the head boy of The Brood. He is sporting a smart to the side hair style given to him by Brenda Walton when he went off to be re-strung ready for the SCW and his now famous attractive and colourful Dollydoodle surfing hoodie and tracksuit bottoms with commercially manufactured trainers. (He didn’t want to pull on his black beanie in case it messed up his new hairstyle.)
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Below is a dearly loved wide faced 1969 brunette Gingham girl, whose eyes Shelly had enhanced due to their greening. (I love these wider faces as I think it makes them look a little younger than their other peers.) She looks such a little darling in her Sharon from Spain ‘fruit’ patterned dungarees outfit and JJ sandals.
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Another young looking little soul is my petite 1968 tiny eyed Gregor Shorts lad who came to me in his original outfit with the first long grey socks (though quite well darned) before they switched to the shorter nylon ones. Here he, Matt, is kitted out in Dollydoodle’s summer camourflaged shorts and T shirt topped with a comfortable gilet. Commercially manufactured trainers complete the outfit.
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My very first Gotz 1969 No-navel girl with her attractive pointed little Elfin like chin and full painted eye style. Seen here in her favourite attractive vintage-sasha dress, JJ sandals and commercially manufacrured socks.
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I’m not so good on dating the Frido/Trendon brunette boys as such so can’t be that certain/postive of their actual manufacturing year/s so will just say that they are all originally Dark Denim lads that have been given names. Luke had chosen to wear a smart vintage-sasha Tweed/cord outfit and JJ boots. I think that he is a very attractive looking lad.
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Kristina, named after the Manchester Art student that painted her spectacular eyes, is a Graphic eyed 1966 Frido NP Jeans girl and who is now wearing a very attractive Pinestreetstudio dress and beret with Trendon Kiltie tights and commercially made bar shoes. (The little Smurf soft toy was given to them by Steve!)
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Another very handsome brunette 1969? Dark Denim boy, Mike, is next in the queue in a Passion 4 Sasha shirt and skinny jeans outfit over a white vest with Ruthsdolls shoes.
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A Global Cossette wigged Frido 1969 Gingham girl in the simply FANTASTIC winning pinafore in Ted Menton’s Pinafore Challenge some many years ago. (Ted himself later very kindly sent me this as a gift.)  I have teamed it with some JJ sandals and off white commercially made white socks. (My apologies as I can’t just now remember who {Nikki Kerohan?} gave them this sweet little frog soft toy. NOT like me to forget but guess that my age is beginning now to get the better of me!)
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Next we have another great Trendon 1969/70? lad named McCarthy (on account of his Beatle styled hair cut.) He is wearing a Passion 4 Sasha smart tartan shirt and skinny jeans outfit with Ruthsdolls lace up shoes.
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This early Gotz crude eyed girl is one of my very favourites of my Gotz kids. I particularly love her in this beautiful Jill Mackley (Frocks and Socks) Ginger Bread Man dress with comercially made shoes and socks.

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Finally for today we have yet another of my wonderful brunette lads. Tony, a  {Antony} wider faced 1969? Dark Denims wearing a OOAK check hoodie and T shirt over skinny jeans with JJ boots.

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Many thanks for visiting us here today. I do hope that you have enjoyed meeting yet another group of The Brood that attended the 2016 SCW.

Before I go I would also like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all those collectors who have so very kindly purchased my dolls who have recently left here. I am so pleased and very grateful that they have gone to such good Sasha homes. It makes the sad parting of them a little easier.

Enjoy your week ahead. Stay safe, take care and keep well.

Still Struggling

To sort out and let a few more of my dolls go down to Sashadolluk to hopefully be adopted out to new homes.

I’m unfortunately one of these people who immediately love and become VERY attached to their dolls whether they be waifs or strays, customised or the minty/gently- played with… so therefore find it very hard to let go when needed.
So, as this was one of my slightly better health-wise days and since the warmth and light in the conservatory was conducive to taking a few photos I decided that seeing them re-photographed (plus looking at some older snaps) might help with these mammoth decisions.
A random nearby group was therefore selected and taken into the conservatory.

Firstly a Frido 1969 PJ boy who still has his gold printed backed tag, tube and original outfit. He is wide faced and has beautiful blue eyes with the pin pick pupils.
Here he is wearing a Dollydoodle hoodied track suit and T shirt with commercially manufactured trainers that he attended the 2016 SCW in.
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Next is his sister, a Frido 1969 Gingham girl with her printed backed gold tag and gingham outfit. She again is wide faced with beautiful eyes and gorgeous silky two toned blonde hair… although her lips have oxidised over time.
She is seen here wearing a delightful Sharon of Spain complete Ra-ra outfit and commercially made bar shoes.
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These two, brother and sister (or twins?) have always stood side by side together on the bookcase and usually complimented each other in their clothing colours.
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This Frido 1966 Blue Cord Graphic eyed FCP  girl came to me with her original blue cord dress and pants and old rather yellowed vest but unfortunately missing her gold tag and shoes and socks. She was recently re-strung and hair washed by Brenda Walton.
She is wearing one of vintage-sashas very first Dungaree outfits and some red checked  material trainers from Little Princess Frocks. On her back she carries a little denim rucksack.
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(Couldn’t find any older photos of her. Hence the extra ‘library’ photos.)

Here is a 1966 Frido Jeans girl with her eyes, I think it was mentioned, painted by the Manchester art student. Here she is wearing one of only two Pinestreetstudio sailor outfits (Cindy kept one for herself and let me buy the other) and commercially made socks and JJ bar shoes.
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Hoping that the above photos might help me make a few more decisions as to who goes or stays for a little while longer and that you have enjoyed seeing these photos. Thanks for dropping by.