Some of The Brood’s More Unusual Outfits.

Thought that this might prove to be interesting… although I have to admit that I’m still using past photos. Just don’t seem to have the energy or inclination to pick up the camera and head outside with them.

First up is this dear little Gotz slate eyed waif in my very first N.Gould outfit…(although in those early days N.Gould was known by another name but which unfortunately I can’t now remember.)
Her red JJ bar shoes were Jean’s very first attempt at this style at my special request as, as many of my close Sasha friends, know I’m not a fan of the Mary-Jane shoes.
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In second place today is Gotz waif Holly in another unusual N.Gould outfit, again  purchased from the beginning of my Sasha collecting years….although I now see that I have replaced the original re-cycled heavier jeans for a lighter denim pair. (This was one of the photos that I was missing from last Sunday’s post.)
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Another very similar and unusual N.Gould outfit, that again was missing from last week’s Ochre Eye post seen here on my first ochre eyed girl with Ruthsdolls distressed boots.
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This was my very first Pinestreetstudio shorts outfit and it was because of Cindy’s individual style and flare that I bought that second one, featured below. She wears Ruthsdolls folk art shoes… but ordered without the folk art.
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A very smart Pinestreetstudio shorts and top set with JJ sandals. I have always adored this unusual outfit with it’s mix of materials and was quite sad when it was asked to be bought last week…(but it is going to a lovely Sasha home where I know that it will be treasured.)
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A Kelly Wenarsky customised Gotz modern pale skinned Stella, seen here in a Dollworks school pinafore with ABC 123 embroidery around the skirt hem and a pencil and pencil sharpener buttons. Red JJ sandals complete the look. (I don’t plan on ever parting with this sweet little unique outfit as it reminds me of my wonderfully rewarding teaching days.)
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Pink/cream Ski outfit, using Susanna Lewis pattern, beautifully knitted by my local Sasha/ex head teacher friend with Ruthsdolls combat ski pants and JJ snow boots. (More of her delightful knitting to be shown in later posts.)
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This really attractive fisherman’s oilskin outfit was one of the US Sasha Festivals gift outfits that I was lucky enough to purchase many years ago. (PS for Simply Sasha…this is Ross when he had his original hair!)
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This was another of my favourite Pinestreetstudio outfits and really quite daring when I bought it nearly 20 years ago. (Since this photo was taken I have replaced those boots with some fab. distressed Ruthsdolls boots.)
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Another of Pinestreetstudio’s dramatic outfits. How I loved Cindy’s work.
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There is a little second chance story attached to this very pretty and dainty OOAK Petrana dress that I sadly missed winning first time (and by only £1 on eBay.) A year or so after Judith (DD) emailed me (thanks again Judith) to say that it had come back up for sale on Sashadolluk on the sales pages… and so I was finally able to purchase it after all. (A couple of months ago it was asked for back by it’s first owner… so two second chances have been achieved.)
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Another charming US Festival souvenir that I was able to purchase with this miniature Chinese bowl and chopsticks that were presented as a table gift in a real Chinese food take-away carton seen here on my ex Gotz slate eyed ponytailed girl.
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A Pinestreetstudio cape set which I have always thought looked stunning on this doll (although imo  the lack of finishes on the scarf and beret let it down.)
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Lastly for today two ‘very special to me’ commissioned Polo replica outfits by Ruthsdolls. Ross and Sasha Chon are seen here at Sussex Polo Club grounds on one of their fields that was named after me. How did that come about I can hear some of you asking! Well as a family we all try to give slightly unusual birthday presents to each other and so just before my 60th birthday, the Sussex Polo Club (where Chon was a member and also worked as secretary, umpire and commentator) had an Auction to raise money for Charity and the main prize was that you could choose to name their newest ground. Chon won it (although at large expense as you can imagine!) and as you can see named it after me.

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This is the first replica outfit that I asked Ruth to make me a copy of as this was the shirt that Chon wore when her team, WILD THINGS, won The Joules Ladies Polo Championship. (This doll, as you can see here below looks so very like my daughter that I named her Chon.)
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Here is the real Chon (second in from the left) and her team receiving their awards.
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The second Polo outfit is this orange/black one that Chon designed (and had made up in Argentina when she was out there on a training course) for her own team, DARK HORSE. PS. for Simply Sasha. This is Ross again with his original, but now falling hair.
PPS. Please note that you are allowed, as seen here, to wear jeans when just practising on the fields but it HAS to be Polo Whites (as they are termed) and brown, (not black) boots in a match or tournament!

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Here is the outfit on display at the 2015 Chat n’ Snap.
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Here is Chon, in the orange helmet on Naranja, one of her ponies (wearing the orange leg bandages) playing in a couple of matches.
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On this non Sasha, but ‘pleasant for me’ family note, I’m calling an end to this post as I know that I can, and tend to, go on and on adding photos…..!
Hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of my Broods ‘different’ outfits and which I will hopefully continue on in a couple more posts… if you’d like me too. Thanks for dropping by and enjoy next week, especially if you are on holiday.

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My Ex Ochre Highlight Eyed Girls

This was the very first of my ochre highlight Gotz girls purchased from Sashadolluk in the early years of 2000.
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Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to search for many of her photos taken whilst she was with us as they are no longer stored in my Pictures but on hundreds of individual CD discs… but here are just a few, note that many were taken WAY back when I first started collecting and before I really got ‘the hang’ of it all!

Some of the very first Dollydoodles leisure wear for the girls
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An early Ruthsdolls dress.
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When she was ready to leave here after many years I dressed her in this Ruthsdolls outfit.
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My next ochre eyed girl was this little waif who I named Holly and she became a little sister to my first girl….but who unfortunately rather stole the limelight over the years they were together.
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Wearing a sweet little Molly outfit.
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I was never really sure whether this Summer beach outfit on her was rather a little too much… but decided to include it!
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This Ruthsdolls dress teamed with a Denise Owen beret, I felt was a better choice.
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A little vintage-sasha added to the mix.
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Plus a little dress by Jill Mackley of Frocks and Socks.
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…with the addition of a dear little Molly cardi for the cooler times.
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A little bit of fun fur!
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Dressed ready to leave for Sashadolluk to find a new home in this rather striking Ruthsdolls outfit.
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This was another of my ex-girls ochre highlight bought privately from Anne-Marie Willis and I just loved her from the moment that I set eyes on her. I don’t usually go for the pretty dolls as I tend to prefer those with that have lived a little and got a character of their very own.
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Here are some photos of her whilst living here and wearing a very attractive Pinestreetstudio outfit and straw boater and JJ sandals.
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She naturally went back into her original brown Cord Dress outfit to be sold.

Many thanks for dropping by and we hope that you have enjoyed viewing my Yellow and Ochre highlight eyed girls. Have a super August Summer month.
PS. Next post planned will hopefully feature ‘Some of my more unusual and OOAK outfits.’

PPS.Simply Sasha has just requested a couple of photos of Miss Lippy although these have absolutely nothing to do with the theme of this post.

My Past Yellow Eyed Gotz Girls…Part 2

Beginning off with these two photos of the blonde pony-tailed doll wearing this attractive vintage-sasha trouser and top set that I unfortunately couldn’t locate in time for my last post.
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Todays offerings begin with another pony-tailed girl but this time a red head bought, as always, from Sashadolluk wearingnher original broiwn farmpants.
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Here she is wearing a Dollwork’s coat, Trendon Kiltie tights and commercially made T bar shoes. These photos were many taken years ago when I didn’t have very many outfits and taken with a much cheaper camera… but are now proving to be a good record of my 22 Sasha collecting years.
The delightful little Teddy Bear that she is holding was a super gift from Nikki of Sashadollstyle in Northern Ireland who made Sasha clothing and ran a website and blogpost.
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This is a pretty, but simple, Pinestreetstudio dress. I had quite a few of these dresses at that time all made from varying different fabrics.
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She left here wearing an original brown cord dress.
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Don’t seem to have any extra photos of these next two yellow eyed girls that I must have had in my collection at some point. Not sure how that happened or just that I haven’t been able to locate them in my masses of ‘saved’ photos… but if I do manage to find them in the meantime I’ll add then in.
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….But I do remember this, my last yellow eyed lass with lashes who I had living with me for a year and took part in the SCW Brood’s display there.
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I bought this stunning vintage-sasha outfit especially for this doll and so loved it on her that I don’t think that she ever took it off!
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These next last photos of her are my very favourite. I just ADORE her facial expression here, her little pouting, sulky mouth. The Gotz company were excellent at achieving all these unique and wonderful expressions in comparision to the general overall ‘pretty, pretty’ looks of the Frido/Trendo/Sasha Doll Ltd dolls.
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She left me wearing this very smart window checked Petrana dress and little handmade soft leather boots as I didn’t want to part with ‘her’ outfit but then, being the good Sasha mother, I succumbed and sent it on to her as a gift.
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Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful week…hopefully next week I’m planning to be showing my Orche Highlight girls as an ending to this theme.

My Yellow Eyed Gotz Girls Over The Years

My very first Gotz Yellow Eyed with lashes girl was purchased from Michael O’Brian’s  collection many years ago and was one of the dolls featured in his limited edition of a set of 12 facial photographs… two of which can be seen below.
He had bought this delightful doll (just an hour before I had spotted her) from Sashadolluk (and eventually he re-rooted the missing first row of her fringe before selling her on to me) but before that, had just pulled her hair over to the side and added a hair clip. She came to me wearing the original Gotz rarer pink/white striped dress with the white collar (as seen in his photo below.)
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The second of his photos shows her in the Gotz white fake fur apres ski jacket.
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Below, by then at home with me, she changed into a very early Karensyarn’s (now known as Karen Warnaka) brushed cotton checked dress (which I positively love the simplicity of, so still here in my collection, as it suits so many of my dolls.)
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Was so thrilled to finally get one of these gorgeous wooden chairs.
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Love this pose below of her concentrating on doing her little Christmas jigsaw.
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Here her socks and JJ shoes replace the tights and manufactured shoes in slightly warmer weather.
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Here we are playing’ mummies!’ A favourite pastime with most little girls in those days.
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Below she is seen in a OOAK Ruthsdolls dress that I especially asked to have made up  from the Viyella window pane checked material that she used for her pyjama outfits…
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Change of hairstyle…although still with the usual fine hairs over her face. Thinking that this has unfortunately become rather a trademark of mine over the 22 years of Sasha collecting. (It seems that I don’t see them when actually taking the photos!)
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…and here she has on one of Jill Mackley’s (Frocks and Socks) OOAK beautifully smocked and finely piped dresses. I loved her slightly wider face… and still tend to go for these style faces.
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Another of Jill Mackley’s dresses, this time using a very attractive cream based umbrella print. The brown hair slide was off a Pintuck’s doll with the flower removed. (I used to wear identical slides to this when I was little.)
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A third Jill Mackley dress, a very dainty pink/white checked seersucker and beautifully smocked dress.
(Apologies for the green hue reflected from the surrounding shrub.)
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Many years later when I moved her on I dressed her in this rather pretty/dainty floral dress by Pinestreetstudios and then added a lilac ribbon to her hair. (Now looking back and with all those Sasha Doll years of experience I realised that I should have kept her.)
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My second yellow eyed with lashes doll was this stunning pony tailed girl in her Gotz school uniform of a kilt, blouse and blazer…(and which so many of the UK girl’s schools are now  tending to adopt.) I have always loved the pony-tailed girls AND this particular Gotz outfit so naturally couldn’t resist buying her.
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Here they are together and clearly showing the first doll’s much wider and younger face.
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Yet more green hue, so sorry. She is more casually dressed here in a  pretty and very comfortable Dollydoodle Jersey material leisure outfit. These lovely ‘girly’ tops had now started to replace her previous plainer, more boyish, T shirts.
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She is wearing a lovely vintage-sasha dress under a sweet little Molly knitted cardigan. I just love Molly’s short cardigans and now have quite a selection.

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I’m still desperately trying to remember the name of the person (I have several of her finely knitted baby outfits) who knitted this dear little jacket that I bought off Sashadolluk and seen here teamed with some vintage-sasha trousers and Ruthsdolls shoes.

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When the time came for her to leave here she was naturally reunited with her original outfit.

This ‘Gotz yellow eyed’ themed post will hopefully be continued next time… since it is taking me much longer than I had anticipated in trawling through my millions of photos stored in my Pictures from the year 2002 to find these somewhat earlier and rather poorly taken pics with a not so good camera,
Thanks for visiting us here today and we hope that you are enjoying this warm month of July.

Wishing all the US Sasha Collectors

A very happy 4th of July Independence Day!

To honour this day of yours my Sashas are wearing the Red, White and Blue of their logo and your flag.

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We hope that you all have a wonderful day celebrating your Independence day.
Thanks for visiting us.

Suddenly and without any warning….

ALSAGER, our small town (though which used to be classed as a village when I moved here 50 years ago) suddenly began to be INVADED with ORANGE spayed tri/bi-cycles of every shape. size and in all sorts of spots/spaces…Roadsides, Pavements, Railings, Parks, Lamp-posts, Trees, Roofs or Balconies, outside Cafes, Civic Hall, Library, Churches/Chapels, Road Junctions, Door Ways, on top of Walls and even in Shop Windows. In fact, anywhere where there was enough space to house one, one seemed to insert itself, as if by magic.

What was happening we asked amongst ourselves…but at first NO answers came.

WARNING….This is the LONGEST post that I have ever done (100 photos)…but only containing photos with the Gregors ‘on bike’ in the second half.) SO are you sitting comfortably (having toileted) and with refreshments to hand and then I’ll begin…
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Then FINALLY the answer began to emerge….The part 3 of the ‘Cycle Tour of Britain’ was passing through ALSAGER, and, in fact, right past the end of my bungalow’s road!
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Well! Once my Gregor lads (Fritz, Niklaus, Jac, Matt, Ross, Jon, Luke, Mike, James, Tony, Iain, McCarthy) heard that there was no stopping them and they literally bundled themselves into my car and they were off to be photographed on as many of these surrounding BIKES/TRIKES as they could!
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This is the race actually passing within a few hundred metres of my home.
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This is the part of actual race passing within a couple of hundred of metres from my home.
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After the race had passed through Alsager we moved on and followed it into Sandbach and Bereton where the bi/tri-cycles had been sprayed in yellow… SO naturally a few of my Gregors wanted their photos to be taken again,
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This is part of the race at Brereton.
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I’d like to congratulate all those who actually made it to THE END! (There were MORE photos but I felt that ‘enough is enough!’

I hope that you found it interesting and noticed all the support for the ‘2016 Cycle Tour of Britain’ from my local community. It has at least inspired Jac, one of my 1970 Gregors customised by Shelly, to start training for the next big cycling event. (My apologies as I couldn’t find his ORANGE T-Shirt in time!)
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Thanks for visiting us and we wish you a very happy Sasha and sun filled month of June. I’m now off to have a long afternoon nap!

My CI Studio Doll.

Due to my recent health scare in February (and unfortunately still ‘not out of the woods’) I have sadly decided to speed up the downsizing my large Sasha collection, rather than leave it to my family (who, although have always supported me with what they refer to as ‘those dam’ dolls) are not knowledgeable enough to attempt to disperse this collection at a later date as I am.

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This beautiful 1969 CI pale skinned vinyl girl is now listed on Sashadolluk and looking for a new home.

I was told, when I purchased her from the late Heddy Frick’s Estate, that she was one of her favourite Studio Dolls. She had travelled with Heddy (seen in the picture below surrounded by some of her studio dolls) to many important worldwide Sasha events and so is well known and photographed and has appeared in several doll magazine articles.
(The two photos below are by curtesy of Anne Votaw.)
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I have just had an email from Dorisanne who says this….’I’m so sad to see that you are selling Heddy’s “Dream Child” (that’s what she called her). I saw her in exhibits in Switzerland and elsewhere, and in Heddy’s home several times and I know how much she loved her. ‘
‘I enjoyed seeing the photo of Heddy with her dolls taken in 1993 for Sasha’s 100th birthday article in a local magazine. Two of my studio dolls are in the photo with her “Dream Child”.’ Many thanks Dorisanne for this extra interesting information.

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When Anne Votaw, Anne Louise Chandler and Susanna E Lewis were writing and compiling their three recent Sasha Books, Studio Doll owners were asked if they would like to send some of their doll photographs in the chance of them maybe being included in these books.

As there were strict rules and regulations with regards to the size, quality and background of the photos that had to be met I sent down my doll and asked Shelly (and naturally paid!) to take some photographs, some of which are seen here, for me to forward on to the ‘Three Anne’s’ as they became fondly known!
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This photo below of Hedea was included in the Sasha Dolls, The History, on page 103 showing how the later Gotz production used her outfit as a replica for Trudi, one of their 1990s serie dolls.

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I have Susanna Lewis’ permission to use this photo of hers as I couldn’t find MY original Trudi photo.

I also had to name the doll for reference and so not knowing if she already had a name, I eventually decided to call her Hedea, in memory of her previous owner.
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She comes with her original box, tag and wearing her original clothing consisting of a floral pinafore over a rust coloured linen dress (both with the Sasha label) and knitted socks and black leather court shoes. Her underclothing consists of a chemise, and beautiful lace trimmed underskirt and drawers, glimpses of which can be seen in some of the full length photos..
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I’m so hoping that Hedea will be able to find a new Sasha home in the very near future… although I shall certainly miss seeing her sitting here like this, on my bedroom chair, at the bottom of my bed, each morning when I wake up.
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Finally I decided to treat myself to a little photo play using a few different finishes.
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I do hope that you have enjoyed seeing all these stunning photos (although taken a few years ago now) by Michelle Baxter of my Studio Doll, Hedea, … and for which I’d like to take this opportunity yet again to thank her.

PS. My thanks too to all the recent month of June’s new adoptive parents of The Brood. It is proving to be a slight relief knowing where even just a FEW of them are going, thanks to my either seeing them on Facebook or due to being informed by private emails.