Rain, Rain Never Go Away 🌹

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A beautiful new addition to the Sasha Shangri-La family is a lovely and unique girl repainted by artist Mary Madeco-Smith. Her name is Rain.  Mary posted her on Facebook as ready for adoption and I was lucky to write to her first. 😊

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Mary sent Rain to me dressed in an amazing outfit and wearing a wig made of many colors of the rainbow. She also sent a fantastic black wig and I have taken photos of Rain wearing both wigs. Mary sent a beautiful African dress with Rain and I will show that in another post.  Both of these creative and unique outfits were made of fantastic, organic fabrics and made in collaboration with Tim Purk. ❤

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img_5632❤  I love this outfit!

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Rain came without shoes at my request.  I love her stripy socks and wanted them to show so I paired them up with a pair of leather sandals.  The sandals were made by Paula of 4 Angels in the U.K. ❤

img_5645❤ Next is Rain wearing her fabulous black wig.  I think both wigs are just wonderful on her!

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img_5647❤ The ties on her bibs and the rolled collar really are special touches to this outfit.

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❤ Rain feels confident and so ready to embrace life.

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❤ We hope you have enjoyed meeting Rain.

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❤ Rain and I want to thank you for visiting with us today.  We are sending you hugs and happy wishes for the weekend days and the week to come. 😊 xxx

A couple of Waterlogue images of Rain. ❤

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A Beautiful February Day

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Today was the most beautiful day. Not only were the temperatures in the 60’s but the sun was shining nearly all day long.  It is also my son Luke’s birthday and  we had a great time celebrating his special day with family and friends. 😊

I could not resist taking photos outdoors today. First up is Carney, my first NP and she is an early girl made in 1966. ❤

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Carney is wearing a very beautiful dress made by Petrana.  Her purple boots are from Sashapotamus and they have 8 individual buckles to give her a fun, spirited look.

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Carney is a very sweet girl and I have missed dressing her up.  I love her large blue eyes. ❤

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A closer view.

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Next for us to see is Pearl, a 1966 graphic eyed NP. She is wearing a lovely dress made by Petrana. Her green leather shoes were made by Marti Murphy. 😊

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I love the detailing on Petrana’s dress. ❤

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Pearl is a very thoughtful girl and she loves to read. ❤

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I would love to have an outfit like this to wear!

 

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Our next little lady is Chloe, an early 1966 NP with deep blue eyes.  She is wearing a beautiful outfit made by Petrana.  Her boots were made by Ruthsdolls.  Chloe positioned her scarf as a sash for her dress since the weather was too warm to wear a coat and scarf.  I like the look! 😊

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The lovely Chloe in a lovely dress. 🌹

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A closer look at her deep blue eyes. ❤

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What a joy it was to be able to be outdoors and photograph the girls. Chloe enjoyed the sunshine too. 😊

 

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Chloe would like to introduce the last lovely lady, her sister Ellen. Drum roll please……..

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Here is Ellen, a later 66 NP with lovely graphic eyes and just a hint of eyelashes.   She is wearing a beautiful studio outfit by Ginny of a Passion for Sasha.  Her wonderful leather shoes were made by Marti Murphy. ❤

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I love this outfit with the ruffles at the neckline and cuffs.  It fits perfectly and the colors are lovely. ❤

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This week on Facebook, the early Sasha dolls were featured to include photos of eye paintings up close.  I really enjoyed the photos.  So, next are a few photos of eye paintings of these four girls. 😊

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Carney up close and closer still. 🌹

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Pearl up close and closer still. 🌹

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Chloe up close and closer still. 🌹

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Ellen up close and closer still. 🌹

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Lastly, I took a few photos of the girls together.  I hope you enjoy the photos of these happy girls. 😊

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Pearl, Ellen, Chloe, and Carney. 🌹

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We thank you for visiting with us today and we wish you a very happy weekend and week to come. 😊 xxx

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Gracie and Joanie together at Last 🌹

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Hello! Remember me? I am Gracie!  I am wearing a dress made by Thu Cuc Faes and my teddy was knitted by Diane Duke.  My socks and shoes are original I think. They were on me as long as I can remember. 😊

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Mummy said I could post on her blog today and be with Joanie, my newest sister. She took our photos inside today because it is very cold outside. Here we go!!!

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It is my pleasure to introduce Joanie wearing her new outfit. Mommy found the outfit on eBay. The pale blue knitted socks belong to Joanie and came with her when she arrived here at Sasha Shangri-La. The blue leather shoes were made by Ruthsdolls. ❤

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This is a photo of the outfit Mummy found on eBay. The blue top fits Joanie perfectly and is vintage and made of a wonderful crepe material.

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Joanie’s dress has the Sasha label. 🌹

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I love Joanie very much but I can hardly reach her!

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Look I am taller now! 😊

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The better to hug Joanie with. ❤

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I love you Joanie with all my Gracie heart. ❤

Let’s look at a few photos of Joanie wearing her new outfit. 😊

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A very pretty hat. 😊

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😊   Isn’t Joanie pretty?  She sings lullabies to me at nap time. ❤

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😊  Joanie sings like an angel. 😇

😊  I think she looks like an angel too. 😇

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I hope you enjoyed seeing Joanie in her new outfit. We have had the best time being with you.  Thank you so much for visiting with us today. 🌹

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We are sending you “Gracie and Joanie” hugs and happy wishes for the upcoming week. Take care everyone and hug your Sasha dolls!  😊 xxx

Hello It’s Me….Joanie ❤

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The newest Sasha studio doll addition to Sasha Shangri-La is the sweetest of little girls named Joanie.  She is a pure delight and she sings daily which lifts me up especially now that I am home most of each day.

Joanie arrived in a green checked studio dress that is without a label but appears to be original. Gwennie immediately extended her sisterly love to Joanie.  Both girls have had some repairs in places on their lovely faces which is a sure sign that these older girls have been truly loved by others over the years. I am continuing their love story.  ❤

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I took a few photos of Joanie when she arrived last Fall.

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This pair of dear ones really brighten my day. 😊

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Sisters forever. ❤

A nice photo of the pair and a waterlogue image too.

While the girls were modeling, sweet Joanie noticed that Gwennie’s dress was older and showed signs of wear. So she offered her dress to Gwennie! What a nice and generous gesture towards her sister. 😊

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So pretty Gwennie tried on Joanie’s dress and I think it looks lovely on her. Do you agree?

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You might remember that Gwennie was my first Sasha doll and I am very attached to her. I adopted her from Marie Morgan who was very kind and allowed me to pay for her by a layaway plan. Gwennie is a B-III studio doll. The B designates a cloth body and the III designates the type of face mold. Sasha designed four different face molds for her child dolls. ❤

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Gwennie loves her dress very much but she immediately asked me to find a nice outfit for Joanie to wear so they both would have new outfits. 😊

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I asked the very talented Janet Myhill-Dabbs to help us find an outfit. She found this wonderful studio-length, vintage dress that was among studio/course doll clothing she had acquired and it is perfect with Joanie’s green eyes. Janet knitted her cardigan and fabulous hat and made her lovely felt shoes. I added her onesie and her knitted socks and now Joanie has a new, fantastic and unique outfit. Janet suggested to put her braids up on each side which is a perfect enhancement to her pretty face and outfit. 🌹

Speaking of faces, Joanie’s face mold is a type I.  Since she has a cloth body, she is a B-I studio doll.

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A close up view of the dress details. I love this fabric which is silk I believe and I really like the unusual fabric design . ❤

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Lovely matching shoes and warm socks. 😊

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The cardigan is very pretty and the hat is fantastic! I love the Pom Pom on the bottom. ❤

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Joanie is very happy to have her new outfit. I was so touched by her kindness and generosity that I thought I would keep my eyes open for a Sasha studio outfit for Joanie. Guess what? I recently won an auction of a studio outfit and it arrived today in the mail! 😊

Here is a peek of Joanie’s outfit. She has not seen it yet. Do you think she will like it?  Let me know if I should surprise Joanie with this outfit and hat too. 🌹

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The blue top is not tagged but is nicely made. 😊

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Her dress tag. 🌹

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Thank you for visiting with us today. Gertie has joined her sisters Joanie and Gwennie and we all want to send you hugs and happy wishes for a wonderful weekend and week to come. 😊 xxx

Beautiful Knits on a Warm Winter’s Day

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Our weather has been unseasonably warm and also very rainy. Each day since I have retired has been cloudy and overcast with only very short lived and occasional breaks in the clouds to allow a ray or two of sunshine to cheer us here at Sasha Shangri-La.

Today I jumped up to take outdoor photos when I saw the sunshine, but alas, it had disappeared by the time I grabbed the dolls, the camera and went outside. So I took photos on the front porch and made the best of this non-rainy, limited sunshine, breezy day. 😊

 

First up is the lovely Sylvia and she is very happy to model her lovely knitted cardigan made by Linda Simpson. I was lucky to snap it up at the Sasha Celebration Weekend last May. Her corduroy slacks are by Sashapotamus and her leather boots are by Ruthsdolls. Sylvia’s ponytail hair style allows you to see her beautiful cardigan. ❤

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Sylvia is a very early Sasha NP made in 1966 and she has detailed, hand-painted brown eyes with the palest of blue highlights on her lids. ❤

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Sylvia up close. 😊

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A very pretty girl. 🌹

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Next is Hannah and she is a graphic eyed NP girl with lovely red hair. She is wearing a wonderful knitted sweater made by Christine Durand. I bought it at the Sasha Festival in Rochester last summer. Her black corduroy trousers are made by an unknown seamstress and her black leather slip on shoes were made by Ruthsdolls.

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Hannah particularly likes the sweet sheep crossing her tummy. 😉

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I arranged her hair to each side so you can see more of the knitted design. 😊

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Thank you Hannah. ❤

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Last is Jessie and she is a 1967 NP with a nice, longer bobbed hair style. I arranged her hair off of her shoulders to best show her lovely knitted cardigan with adorable ducks and it was made by Rosie Laird.  It has a very nice matching hat and gloves too! The maker of her trousers is unknown.

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Her leather boots were made by Ruthsdolls. 😊

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The pretty Jessie up close. ❤

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Jessie loves her new outfit very much. ❤

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Hannah, Jessie and Sylvia together as sisters. 😊

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They want to thank you for stopping by today and spending time with us. They are sending you hugs and happy wishes for a lovely weekend and week to come. 😊 xxx

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Some close up photos of the girls. 🌹

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Lastly, a few waterlogue images for you to enjoy. ❤

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Gotz and Sashas Old and New

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This is Briana a brunette girl from the 1960’s with ochre painted eyes.  She is wearing a lovely holly patterned dress made by Maureen Hallenbeck.  Briana is wearing warm, stripy tights and red leather  shoes made by Ruthsdolls.

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I love the added touches of trimming, buttons, and dotted collar.

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Briana up close. Her brunette hair is soft and silky and her face painting is so nice and a real treat found on the earlier Gotz dolls.  🌹

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New for Christmas is the beautiful wool plaid coat and coordinated bag made by Fanny Boiten.  I love the fabric and wish that I had a coat like Briana’s coat! 😊

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Inside her bag is a dear little doll that was in my Mother’s doll collection.  I had gifted it to Mary Righos with a doll she adopted from me.  When Mary posted photos of the doll on facebook, Janet Myhill-Dabbs recognized it immediately as a doll she had made years earlier.  We were all so surprised and dear Mary surprised me again by re-gifting the doll back to me because she thought this dolly must stay with me. How kind! If only our dolls could talk about their journeys, what would they say?  😊

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A peek at the festive lining of Briana’s coat.🌹

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Briana loves her coat. ❤

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Briana up close. 😊

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This is a later Gotz girl that came to me recently.  I had posted her on Facebook as available for adoption.  Kendal kindly helped me with her identification as Annett (if I remembered correctly) who was manufactured in 1999 and 2000 (source: Sasha Doll Serie Identification). Annett originally wore a brown corduroy farm pants with a white blouse, a red duffle coat and white sandals.

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Annett has found a furry friend to play with and to love.

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She is wearing dotted tights and brown leather shoes by Kathe Kruse. 😊

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Her hair has a slight wave from previous braiding I think, so I gave her a single braid and a special bow. 😊

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Her hair is very nice and full and long.

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Briana has joined with Annett to send you a very happy hello and also happy wishes for the week to come. 😊

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Thank you for spending time with us today. 😊 xxx

Waterlogue images to enjoy. 🌹

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Two Holiday Arrivals

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This delghtful little urchin arrived at Sasha Shangri-La and her name is Sudie.  She was a waif wonderfully transformed by Kelly Wenarsky.  Sudie came in her ragged and torn outfit that might be found on a little girl living in the poorest parts of the Appalachian Mountain area.  Sudie is a child of the Appalachia as am I. ❤

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Beautiful Sudie.

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Kelly’s eye painting is beautiful.

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Sudie felt at home immediately here on the Cow Creek farm. 😊

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Sudie up close. ❤

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Sudie received a new outfit for Christmas and she would like to try it on for you. Let’s get changed Sudie!!! 🎁

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Sudie is warm now and is wearing lime green corduroy slacks by Michelle Sharpe, a colorful cardigan by Diane Duke, and leather boots by Ruthsdolls.  Sudie is wearing her necklace which she made herself after finding a bead and some stones while out for a walk.  She had a piece of string and put them together to create a necklace.  She loves her new outfit. ❤

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The lovely Sudie.

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Different photos of Sudie. 😊

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Sudie wanted to share this Christmas ornament of a handcrafted mouse with a head made from teasel, commonly found in the Appalachia area. 😊

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Welcome home dear Sudie. ❤

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Next is a wonderful boy named Eastwood. He is custom made by Janet Myhill-Dabbs and was a raffle win by Theresa O’Neill at the first Sasha Celebration weekend. I luckily was able to adopt Eastwood and I love him! ❤

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What amazing, dreamy eyes Eastwood has….the better to see you with! 😉

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A close up photo of Eastwood.

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Eastwood has a very nice sailor outfit with wonderful felt shoes and knitted socks. 😊

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A very handsome lad. ❤

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Eastwood also has a Christmas outfit to wear.  Let’s go change Eastwood. 😊

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Eastwood wearing a sweater knitted by Lorraine Tyler, slacks made by Michelle Sharpe and distressed leather boots by Lisa Hartley. 😊

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A close up photo of Eastwood. 😊

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Eastwood is fitting in well here on Cow Creek.  He loves the outdoors. It is raining today but we hope to play in the snow soon. ❤

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A wonderful boy. 😊

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Eastwood, Sudie and I want to thank you for visiting with us today.  We hope you have a wonderful day and week to come. 😊 xxx

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A couple of waterlogue images to enjoy. 🌹

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🎄Merry Christmas🎄

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Gertie sends her joyful wishes to you and your family for a very happy Christmas. 😊

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Gertie loves her baby Dimples made by Janet Myhill-Dabbs and gifted to her by her twin sister Edith. ❤️

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We had a lovely Christmas here at Sasha Shangri-La.  Gertie especially likes the Christmas tree.  We were delayed this year with putting up our tree due to the wonderful wedding festivities in early December for our son Luke and his lovely bride, Mollie.

Next, on the following week, my other son moved out to his first, new home that he has bought and my husband Rick helped him with the move.  During the week following the move, my retirement celebration at work occurred along with our office Christmas party.

So all of our holiday fun has happened in the last week or so.  I am sadly behind on blogging and commenting on other blogs too.  Hopefully the new year will bring me to a happy blogging state again. 😊

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Photos of Gertie by the tree. 🎄

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Edith, Gertie’s sister sent Gertie this Santa tin for Christmas and inside was a peppermint stick and a tiny stuffed mouse.  Gertie was delighted! 😊

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Good things do come in small packages! Thank you Edith. 🎁

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“I am having a wonderful Christmas holiday!” Gertie shared. ❤

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Gertie and I want to thank you for visiting with us today. We wish you a very happy Christmas holiday week and a very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2017. ❤ xxx

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A waterlogue image to enjoy. 🎄