A Wonder in White

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This week on facebook they are encouraging posts of Sasha dolls dressed in white. Following that lead, I dressed Sara in a white studio outfit made by Carol Mitchell. Carol skillfully made this outfit using material from antique baby baptism gowns. ❤️

I thought it would be fun to show Sara putting on the pieces of the outfit.  Sara recently joined the family here at Sasha Shangri-La.❤

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Sara is ready to begin.

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Perfect pantaloons and just the right length.🙂
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Such lovely detailing.  The scalloped hem is very pretty.🙂

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Next is a beautiful slip also with nice detailing and a scalloped hem.🙂

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Pretty ribbon straps.  ❤️

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This slip would make a lovely summer dress. It is so very hot here today and may reach 100 degrees so I am taking indoor photos once again.  I am so looking forward to taking photos outdoors again!   Next, we have one more layer to put on.🙂

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The studio dress is so beautiful and feels very soft to the touch.🙂

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Sara loves this dress.❤️

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I love this dress too.🙂

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Her sleeves up close.

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A peek at the layers.  Sara is wearing black leather studio style shoes made by Jean Jensen. ❤️

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Another view.

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Up close. ❤️

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Sara and I hope you enjoyed this post in “white”.  Thank you for visiting with us today.🙂

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We hope you have a wonderful weekend and week to come.  August is nearly over now and soon we will be in the month of September and looking for our lovely Fall weather and scenery.🙂 xxx

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Hugs to everyone! xxx

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A few waterlogue images to enjoy.🙂

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Happy Days, Happy Times, A Special Homecoming for Sara

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Some of you may have see this delightful girl on Shelly’s site recently. These first photos were taken by Shelly.❤

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She is an NP and her eyes were painted by Sara Doggart.  I thought her eyes were just fantastic!  The tiny line on her cheek does not appear to be a scratch but rather a very fine paint line from a very fine paint brush. A beauty mark of a different kind.❤

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Happily, I was able to adopt this special girl and her name is Sara.❤  We will come back to Sara later in the post.🙂

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Moving forward, this photo is a wonderful reminder of Tricia and Janet’s arrival at the Columbus, Ohio airport. I was ecstatic!!!   It was such a happy reunion and we set off to what was soon to be great times to be had both before and after the Sasha Festival in Rochester, NY.🙂

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We drove from Columbus and stopped in New Philadelphia, Ohio for dinner at the Texas Roadhouse.  The waiter was delightful and brought us wonderful food, took our pictures and even danced with the other waiters in the Texas line dancing style.  The silver bucket held peanuts in the shell and the second bucket held the spent shells.  Looking back, it was just heavenly and a perfect first meal together.🙂

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Janet and I took a moment to admire the Texas Roadhouse’s “jack-a-lope”.😉

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Our next stop was the fantastic Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  It was my first time to stay there and it was just wonderful.  The Der Dutchman restaurant (home style cooking) and shops were nestled around the Inn to enjoy.  The Inn offered breakfast each day and it was so very nice.🙂

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Remember the lovely Sara shown first on this post?  Well, she made her journey to the United States most comfortably in Tricia’s carry on bag.  As soon as we arrived at the Carlisle Inn, Sara was brought out and we met.  Plus, Tricia made for her this beautiful smocked dress and Janet had knitted for her the lovely cardigan and hat and made her tights and shoes too!  It is a fantastic, entirely new outfit for Sara which was a surprise for her and for me and a nice homecoming gift too.🙂

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“Oh my, isn’t this lovely?” exclaimed Sara.❤

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“Oh Mummy, I must try on my new outfit, oh please may I?”  Yes, of course Sara.  Let’s go and change into your new outfit.  We will show those photos at the end of the post.🙂

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We took advantage of the beautiful, curving stairway spanning from the second to the first floor.

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At the Carlisle Inn, there is a lovely library room located appropriately off to the side of the main lobby.  Very comfortable.   Laura Ward joined us on the second day of the stay at Sugar Creek.  We all then ventured out to tour the Amish country.  :)

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Sugar Creek is located in the Amish country area.  This roadway sign is a happy reminder to look out for horses and buggies that travel on the roadways.  There are also a lot of bicycles on the roadways.🙂

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A few random photos of buggies.

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We traveled to a nearby town of Berlin, Ohio.  There was construction underway as you can see but it did not slow us down.  We shopped at this Antique Mall which was very large and wonderful.  All of the shops pretty well close up at 5:00 pm each day as most adhere to the good ole saying “Early to bed and early to rise, makes someone healthy, wealthy and wise”.🙂

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We shopped at a local Amish grocery which had wonderful, fresh whole foods.  I wish the grocery was closer to my home.  I do take home what I can when I am in the area.🙂

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We had lunch at the Honey Bee Cafe.  :)

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We also stopped to see a Thrift store and a local Amish doll shop that was small and nice.  Lastly, before we returned to the Carlisle Inn, we visited the world’s largest cuckoo clock.🙂

We left early the next morning and headed north towards Cleveland, Ohio where we picked up Jackie Kraemer.  From there we headed on to Buffalo, New York where a friend of mine graciously offered to take a vacation day to spend time with us and to give us her first hand knowledge of Niagara Falls. I am forever grateful for her time and her kindness.🙂

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My friend Diane, took this happy photo of us at Niagara Falls.🙂

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It was so nice to see Jackie again.❤

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Happy times in front of the Falls.🙂

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I took photos from the Rainbow Bridge where we walked from the United States to Canada!  How exciting that was for us!  The boat you see is “the Maid of the Mist” and that is where they board the boat for the tours from the United States side.

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The buildings are located on the Canada side of the Falls.

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Areas above the Falls.

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My friend Diane photographed by Janet on the Canada side of the falls.  I love the rainbow captured in this photo.  Thank you so much Diane!  We had a fantastic time and it was so much fun to visit the Falls and to “feel” the power of the Falls.  It was wonderful to experience it and share it with good friends!❤

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Moving forward to after the Sasha Festival held in Rochester, New York ( the festival was covered in other posts), Janet, Tricia and I traveled back to Sasha Shangri-La on Cow Creek in West Virginia.  This photo of me and Shelby was taken in the doll room.🙂

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One of the places requested to see was the Red Lobster restaurant.  My husband, Rick, took this photo and we all had our bibs in place and so enjoyed the good food!🙂

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Happy times.❤

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Fun times at the lobster tank in the lobby.🙂

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The hostess took our photo too.🙂

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Back on Cow Creek, we enjoy some tea time and of course managed to have dolly time too. We had extra special times sharing stories and jokes too.  It feels so very good to laugh and be happy!🙂

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Gracie joined us at the table and Lucy is also there though laying down at the moment.  Tricia is working her sewing magic on a dress that Abby wore and now is given to my course girl, Mary.  I love the finishing enhancements that Tricia added to include lovely knots and tiny buttons.🙂

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Janet working her magic with the paint brush on a very old cloth doll of mine.  You might notice on her plate a piece of pumpkin cake.  Rick made it since we were wishing their visit would extend until Fall when you bake and enjoy pumpkin goodies.  We thought, why wait?  So we had our pumpkin cake then and we ate it too!❤

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On the last day as we were on our way traveling to the airport in Columbus, Ohio, we decided to stop in Point Pleasant, WV to see the “Mothman” statue.  You may have seen the movie called “The Mothman Prophecies” starring Richard Gere and released in 2002.  The location of the sightings of the Mothman is about 45 minutes from Sasha Shangri-La and it was on the road which took us to the airport so we decided to stop and see it.

Janet had asked to see a Piggly Wiggly grocery store during her visit and sadly we were not able to see one during their very short stay.  You can only imagine our surprise when we crossed the bridge over the Kanawha River and into the town of Point Pleasant, and there was a Piggly Wiggly grocery store right there and so we stopped and went inside in search of t-shirts!🙂

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While there, we saw the Piggly Wiggly Mission statement proudly posted on the wall.🙂

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Plus we found an entire rack of the coveted Piggly Wiggly t-shirts.  We all bought t-shirts for ourselves and our loved ones!🙂

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A very kind gentleman took our photo in front of the Piggly Wiggly.  What a hoot!🙂

We then left to see the Mothman statue………

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There it is, the Mothman statue!  Very large and very imposing!

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The Legend of the Mothman explained.🙂

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A close up photo of his red eyes and his 6-pack!😉

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The backside of Mothman showing his full wings and other anatomical features.😉

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Oh no, the Mothman is trying to fly away with Janet…..

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Oh no, does he have her?

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And now, does he have them both??  Oh dear, what ever shall we do???

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Fortunately, the Mothman turned out to be well behaved and did not move nor try to fly away with my friends.  Funny how your imagination works when you find yourself face-to-face with the legendary Mothman!🙂

We made our way to the airport and said our sad, bitter-sweet goodbyes after lunching and hugging and crying too.  It was a wonderful, wonderful and most delightful time visiting with Janet and Tricia and touring around parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia….and let us not forget Canada too!  I will always treasure these happy memories in my heart.❤

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Lastly, I wanted to share photos of dear Sara wearing her lovely gifted outfit made by Tricia and Janet.❤

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I have taken indoor photos for now and hopefully I will be able to go outdoors soon to take better photos.  It has been terribly hot and humid and we have had a lot of rain downpours too. I can hardly wait until Fall.🙂

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Sara holding her hat.🙂

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Sara loves her new outfit.❤

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A close up photo of the amazing Sara.❤

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Welcome home dear Sara.🙂

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I am so very happy Sara has joined our Sasha family.🙂

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Welcome home dear one.❤

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Lastly, a few waterlogue images of Sara to enjoy.  Thank you for visiting the site today and I hope you enjoyed this post.🙂

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Sara and I both hope you have a beautiful day and a wonderful week to come.🙂 xxx

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Male and Marvelous ….. Markus

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imageThere have been a few new additions to the Sasha Shangri-La family that have not been shown on the blog.

Today, I am very happy to introduce to you a new boy.  Please meet Markus, a CIII Sasha Studio boy, hand painted by Sasha Morgenthaler, made of gypsum and adopted from a lovely person living in Switzerland that showed his photo on Facebook in order to find him a new home.❤

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Markus is a scout boy and wears his original outfit and flag.🙂

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I have taken photos of Markus with and without his hat and I absolutely love his wig which is thick and wavy and has a bit of curl too. ❤️

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I checked Markus’s feet and sadly, there are no remaining marks that Sasha would have penciled on the bottom of his feet.  I think he is possibly a 1950’s boy.  He has been loved and he is not a “minty” boy which is perfect for me since I can enjoy redressing him and I will have no worries about causing his first “ding”.🙂

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The soulful expression of Markus.❤

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A side profile with curls.❤

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Beautiful hair.🙂

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Markus and I think you for visiting with us today.  We hope you have enjoyed this post and we hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful week to come.🙂 xxx

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A final waterlogue image of Markus.❤

I Love Abby …… I Also Love Abby

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Abby is a lovely A-I Sasha Studio doll made in the earlier days of doll making by Sasha Morgenthaler.  Her face was painted by Sasha and I think she is beautiful.  I just love Abby.❤

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Abby is wearing a floral studio dress that Janet Myhill-Dabbs graciously allowed me to buy while I was visiting in England.  You may remember that Gwennie modeled this dress earlier on the blog and it was lovely on her but a bit big for her.  When Janet visited, she suggested that I try the dress on Abby since Abby is a bit bigger than Gwennie.  Well, Janet was spot on and this dress looks like it was made just for Abby!  Wonderful to find a perfect dress for Abby.🙂

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A closer view of the smocking and the pretty fabric.🙂

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A lovely sash in the back.🙂

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A Sasha label. ❤️

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The lovely Abby who is very, very happy with her new dress.🙂

During the 2016 Sasha Festival, I met Ellen Church and it was so nice to meet her after years of being internet friends.  Ellen had a beautiful Kilt girl for sale that was minty and in her original outfit and so beautiful.  I have not adopted a Kilt girl before though I have admired them and I always have admired Ellen’s dolls.  So, as you might guess, I adopted the Kilt girl.:)

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Please meet the beautiful and newest member of the Sasha Shangri-La family.  Please meet Abby.❤

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I at first thought about changing this dear girl’s name.  After all, I have a Sasha doll named Abby, right?

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So it did not seem to make sense to have two Sasha dolls named Abby.  So I thought of selecting maybe a new name like Gabby or Tabby or maybe a name entirely different and new…..

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And then she whispered to me that her name is Abby and that she loves her name very much.  Well, after looking at that sweet face, hearing her sweet whisper, and giving thought to having two Abby’s, I wholeheartedly agreed with her that her name was and is Abby.  I love that name too!   So, why change it?😉

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Abby is modeling my third auction win at the Festival which is a very pretty dress made and donated by Millie Dingham.  I teamed the dress with smokey pink leather shoes that were made by Jean Jensen and hand knitted socks found on Shelly’s site.❤

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The back of Millie’s dresses are as beautiful as the front of her dresses. Wonderful.🙂

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Abby’s pretty pants for you to see.🙂

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Another full length view of Abby.❤

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Dear Abby, please meet your new little sister, Abby.❤

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The Abby sisters together and they immediately bonded as loving sisters.  The big sister Abby said “Look Mummy, we both have blonde plaits!  We look just like sisters, don’t we?”

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I answered quickly, “Yes dear Abby, you do look like sisters and in fact, loving sisters and best friends too!”

All is wonderful here at Sasha Shangri-La!🙂 xxx

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Thank you for visiting with us today. I hope you enjoyed this post. Both Abbys and I are sending you hugs and happy wishes for the week to come. As a parting gift, a waterlogue image of Abby for you to enjoy.🙂 xxx

2016 Sasha Festival – More

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I thought it would be interesting to show items that were well used during the festival  plus a few, wonderful wins!

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My paddle #35 was a great paddle.  It was used for the auction and the number 35 was my number for the helper and raffle drawings.  A lucky number for me!🙂

 

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The agenda, paper dolls, a coloring book and a cook book (not shown) were nice items to find in your envelope.  Also, the back of the paddle is a dear Sasha Image to color…thank you Cathy Himmel for the coloring opportunities.  Dorisanne Osborne put the cook book together with receives submitted by fellow Sasha collectors.🙂

 

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Sheila wrote a nice thank you note for helping with the festival as a table hostess.  You might have noticed a cherry dotted box.  What is that?

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This box and its contents were donated by the very talented and generous lady, Christine Durand.  The hostess volunteer numbers were drawn to win this box and #35 was drawn! I was so surprised!🙂

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Inside is a gorgeous dress and a beautiful bunch of fragrant lavender from Christine’s garden.  :)

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How lovely!  The second apron is lovely and I love the blue gingham fabric which gives a special nod to our Sashas. ❤️

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The very pretty blouse and the special petticoat make for a perfect Sasha outfit.  I feel very blessed to have won such a special prize. ❤️

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Some of the helper wins.  Some of the helper wins were gifted to others.🙂

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This lovely coat with two hats was a lucky gift exchange win.  Made by Esther Kardini.🙂

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I won 3 auction items.  The first is this wonderful set donated by Diane Duke (mini Kaffe cardigan), Judith of Dollydoodles (trousers), and Noreen (gold leather shoes). Fantastic!

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The second win was this box which contains the festival items from the 2013 festival..  That was my first Sasha festival and a wonderful memory.🙂

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The light blue dress with lovely smocking and hearts was made by Millie Dingham.  Both outfits have shoes and socks and the studio dress has black leather shoes made by Jean Jensen. The outfits that I brought home in 2013 were different from these outfits.  It was so nice to win this auction.🙂

My third auction win will be shown in the next post modeled by the newest member of the Sasha Shangri-La family. ❤️

Thank you for visiting with us today.  Have a wonderful weekend!🙂 xxx

2016 Sasha Festival Gatherings

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A fun create a visor workshop.  :)

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Colorful tubs that you decorate.🙂

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Decorate an apron workshop.🙂

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Lovely apron.🙂

 

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Pretty Sasha dolls.🙂

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Finn enjoying the Festival. ❤️

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Gathering to dine.🙂

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Fun displays of fabulous Sasha dolls.🙂

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Lovely babies.🙂

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Gertie and Janet’s girl. ❤️❤️

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Janet’s Nellie sitting in her lovely dress. She won a blue ribbon in the Dress a Sasha contest in her category.  Tink is standing next Nellie and Otis is standing next to Tink.🙂image

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Presentation/workshop on making shoes by Monica Jarpey and Marti Murphy.🙂

Photos of Studio Dolls

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Gracie and her friend Peaches.<3

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Tender moment with Peaches.❤image Tender moment with Natalie.<3

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The beautiful Dani wrapped in her Mother’s scarf.❤

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It was wonderful to see the studio dolls.  The owners were very generous to share their Sadha treasures with the group.  Thank you to everyone that shared their studio dolls. ❤️

One more post for the 2016 Sasha Festival…..I think.  It was a very full and fun time!  Thank you for visiting and have a great week!🙂 xxx

2016 Sasha Festival – Janet’s Sasha Doll Project Display and Raffles

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At the 2016 Sasha Festival, Janet gave a lovely talk about how she came to create her Sasha Doll Project and her inspiration from Sasha doll books.  She created their outfits, fashioned the wigs, rerooted some, and her talented hands repainted all of them. It was wonderful to see them all together for the first time and wonderful for Janet to see this reunion. 😊

Janet in front of her lovely dolls.❤

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Janet received kind support and encouragement from Beth Whiehouse and get mother Elizabeth Mizerek, Anne Votaw, Laura Ward, and from Sheila Foery.  Plus the owners of the dolls who graciously sent or brought their dolls to be displayed.  Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this display happen.🙂

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I am so happy to have seen Janet’s beautiful dolls all together and in person.  Thanks again to everyone supporting this lovely display and special thanks to Janet for bringing many of the dolls over in her suitcase so that they would be a part of the Festival.❤

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The first raffle was just wonderful and included two babies, beds, furniture, clothing, and cuddly things.  Francine Briggs won this raflle! Congratulations Francine!🙂

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The second raffle was a fantastic Maria Gotz doll in the tube with many accessories to include shoes, socks, purses, folding chair, basket, quilt, outfits and a lovely note from a lovely lady that had also won the doll with all of her items in a raffle long ago.  Very, very touching to see Sasha history in this raffle.<3

Plus, I won this raffle!  I was so surprised and it is the first raffle I have ever won!

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A raffle winner in disbelief!🙂

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This wonderful raffle featuring “Peter” was won by Robert McGarity.🙂

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The lovely 4th raffle with a beautiful doll and wardrobe.  I understand that one of the young girls won the 4th raffle but I do not have a name.

Thank you for visiting the blog today and I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Next time, I will share different festival events and gatherings and a lot of wonderful studio doll photos.  Have a great week!🙂 xxx

2016 Sasha Festival Auction Items

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I will try to catch up on the lovely Festival events.  There were 82 auction items plus nine more added at the end.  Most of the dolls in the photos were models only. However, items # 16, 23, 33, 43, 51, 61, 69, 76, and 82 included the dolls and everything you see. I apologize for any gaps in the lineup as I took my photos early on. Plus the items added at the end were after I took the photos.  The generosity of our lovely Sasha friends is just wonderful and what a special group of people.  A lot of money was raised for the children’s charity!   I had a wonderful time.🙂

The next post will be raffle items and Janet’s display of her amazing Sasha Studio doll renditions. ❤️

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#76 in memory of Jean Jensen. ❤️

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Have a wonderful week everyone and sending hugs to you!🙂 xxx

Hi from Rochester!

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Hi it’s me Gracie!  I am having such a great time! Here in Mummy’s room, it is nice to see everyone visiting. 😊

 

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My sister Fara, a 1968 fringe girl. 😊

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There were wonderful displays available for photo opportunities.  I am sitting with my cousins from England.    The sweetie on the left belongs to Auntie Janet and the sweetie girl on the right belongs to Auntie Tricia. ❤️

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Mommy only took this scene and was called away to visit with wonderful Sasha friends. 😊

 

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Mummy holding a special Sasha studio doll. ❤️

 

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Gertie by Mummy’s bed.❤️

 

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Finn waving goodbye! ❤️❤️❤️