Happy Valentine’s Day

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You may remember Minnie, my mini me. After naming her, I learned that she was previously a member of Kendal’s lovely Sasha brood and her name was Lucy.  Since my name is Lucile Virginia, (Ginger is a life-long nickname), Minnie will now be named Lucy.  It is a perfect name for my mini me. 😊

Lucy and I want to wish you a lovely and Happy Valentine’s Day.  She has a cute, red Steiff bear as a present from Mommy’s recent auction trip and the hand blown red glass heart was made at a local glass factory called Blenko.  ❤

Beautiful Lucy.

Lucy is wearing a fantastic outfit made by the talented seamstress Maureen Hallenbeck. I love this outfit from the top of her headband, to the bottom of her pant’s hem. A dainty lace trimmed collar and pants cuffs are a very feminine touch and aren’t the buttons just the best! ❤

I hope you like to see Lucy from different angles.  Due to the unfriendly weather, my photos were necessarily taken indoors.

Lucy is an amazing Sarah Williams re-root and was a previous 1969 Gregor. Oh what a change is there!  Her hair is truly remarkable and she is a perfect model. I love her. ❤ ❤

Beautiful pants with tuck pleating and lace trimming. Maureen’s attention to detail is much appreciated. ❤ Lucy’s red leather shoes and white socks are from Ruthdolls.  ❤

It is also Ash Wednesday today which begins our season of Lent.  Easter will be here before we know it! 😊

Lucy and I want to thank you for visiting with us today.  We wish you a happy day and week to come. 😊 xxx

 

p.s. Waterlogue images of dear Lucy ❤

Bearing the Cold with Bears

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First, it is so cold here on Cow Creek today.  It was 20 degrees Fahrenheit when we decided to bear the  elements and take a few photos.

Hannah is happy to get her new brown Steiff bear after Mommy returned from last week’s Doll auction in Ohio. Mommy won more bears than dolls. ❤

Hannah is wearing a wonderful knitted bunny hat knitted by Ellen Church.  I do not know who made her warm sweater and slacks. Her light tan suede boots were made by Jean Jensen.

Please excuse the stray hairs that are due to the winds and also due to my glasses fogging up because it was so cold.  I did my best.  

I love Hannah’s beautiful hair and eyes. ❤

Hannah sends hugs to you. ❤

Hazel, a Gotz no navel girl, also wanted to go outdoors on this very cold day.  Brrrrr…..

Hazel is wearing a lovely cord dress made by Ruthsdolls and recently bought from Linda Simpson. Her pinafore is also made by Ruthsdolls but was purchased at the festival last year in Washington DC. Her white leather shoes were made by Jean Jensen.

Hannah is so happy with her new Steiff bear that Mommy brought back from the auction.  😊

Hazel also wants to send you hugs. ❤

All of us here at Sasha Shangri-La want to thank you for visiting with us today and we hope you have a wonderful weekend and week to come. 😊 xxx

A couple of Waterlogue images to share with you. ❤❤

Baby Sends Love to You ❤️

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My name is Baby and it is snowing ❄️ today at Sasha Shangri-La here on Cow Creek.  As I sit on the window sill and see such a snowy scene, my heart sends love to you. ❤️

Mommy told me that love knows no boundaries. So, up and above the snow clouds my love is soaring your way.  ❤️

As the beautiful snow gathers to cover up the familiar sights on Cow Creek, love is coming to you. ❤️

I think you can see the snow flakes falling in this last photo and I hope you can feel my heartfelt love.  Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a happy day and week to come. ❤️ xxx

 

p.s.

Mommy gently reminded me to thank Janet Myhill-Dabbs for my beautiful eyes that look out on the world so big, my blue felt shoes that keep my feet toasty warm, and my Dollie that touches my heart.  Also, I want to thank Karen Warnaka for making this most beautiful dress that reminds me of our happy life outdoors here on Cow Creek. ❤️

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Sasha Shangri-La’s First Born in 2018

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Please meet this very sweet wide faced fringe girl that has just made a journey across the pond and she is now free from her wrappings.  She is overjoyed to be here today!   I redressed her in this warm and toasty corduroy outfit made by Jackie Hyatt and a lovely knitted sweater by Christine Durand.

I added a pair of pretty knitted socks and dark olive leather Sashapotamus shoes with bright pink ties.  After the ribbons were placed in her hair, I only added her cow puppet to play with. ❤️

 

A close up photo.

Very nice eye and brow detailing. ❤️

What is your name little one?  Please tell Mommy.

Mommy, you know my name is Clare. 😊

Boy it is sure cold outside. Mommy said it is best to stay indoors. Brrrrrrr.  I took my coat off, okay?

I hope we can go for a walk soon.  I love playing outdoors! 😊

Clare and I both thank you for visiting with us today. We hope you enjoyed this post. ❤️

We are sending you hugs and wishes for a very Happy New Year! ❤️

Bye bye everyone! I hope to see you again soon!  😊 xxx

Hello from Nellie, a Beautiful Sasha Studio Doll Ushering Out 2017

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Some of you might remember last summer that this beautiful and very early, B-III studio doll was put up for adoption by Lorraine. This first photo was taken by Lorraine.  Happily, I was able to add her to my Sasha family by the end of summer and thank you Lorraine for kindly allowing a short layaway.  Lorraine mailed this dear one to Janet who not only agreed to give her a spa treatment but also agreed to bring her to me when she visited in October.  Thank you again dear Janet. ❤️

Janet carefully inspected her and found her torso had a hollow cavity that lends the possibility that perhaps she was used to hide and/or transport family valuables during the war.  There is no documentation or proof but it is exciting to consider that this dear early girl might have had an additional purpose and only our imaginations can fuel those possibilities.  Janet took these photos of her body and the next two of her sitting on the pretty rug. 😊

Janet filled out her torso and also “evened-out” her legs where the shavings had settled and had enlarged the bottoms of both legs .   At my request, Janet carefully stitched fingers on her mitten hands and gave a nose rub a touching. I just love her. ❤️

Her tummy restored and ready for the next chapters in her life. 😉

Janet also observed that her cheek blushing looked like dabs of paint made by Sasha’s finger with possible partial fingerprint impressions there on her cheeks.  She re-dressed her in her traveling outfit made by Lorraine except for the bonnet that was vintage and came with her wardrobe.  The wardrobe was shipped to me early on and I had an antique trunk waiting to hold her things until her arrival.  ❤️

Janet braided her hair and pinned it up to fit neatly under the bonnet for her travels. Thank you Aunt Janet. 😊

After picking up Janet at the airport, we drove to New York to visit with Dorisanne.  I met my dear girl in the hotel and named her Little Nell or Nellie.  Janet knitted her socks and Brigitte made the black leather shoes and they all fit perfectly. Hello dear Nellie! ❤️

A very happy meeting after those few months of waiting.  😊

This is Nellie’s dolly which was a gift from her Aunt Peggy. 😊

Back home at Sasha Shangri-La, Nellie is presented with her trunk.

Inside are her new treasures and her wardrobe much of which has been with her for many years. 😊

A tray to hold the smaller things.

And inside a lovely powder blue coat and a red cape are among the things that came with Nellie.😊

 

The  pinafore and dress made by Aunt Lorraine safely stored to wear later. 😊

Hats to include a useful bonnet to wear while outdoors gardening this next Spring.

Nellie is sitting on Mommy’s bed now because we spend a lot of time together playing with her dolly and just having happy times together.  I unpinned her plaits because I love to see them down and it reminds me of my Mother’s childhood plaits.   Her most beautiful shawl was knitted by Aunt Diane and it is very useful on these cold winter days.  Thank you for visiting with us this New Year’s Eve.  We are wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2018 and we hope that it will be filled with love and laughter with your family and friends. God Bless you.  ❤️ xxx

Merry Christmas to you!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS to YOU ❤️🎄🎄❤️

Baby Sheila is wearing her new Christmas frock made by Marilyn Hotchkiss.  The beautiful mug made by Emma Bridgewater is a loving gift from a very dear friend and is a special treasure to receive at Christmas as we so miss and remember our son Lance. ❤️

We are very blessed to have an unexpected and unpredicted white Christmas. 🎄

A light dusting came overnight and it is a most welcome sight here on Cow Creek. We all so wanted a white Christmas but hardly dared to wish for one with the warmer temperatures we received lately. A delightful Christmas present. 🎄

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Sasha Shangri-La. Thank you for visiting with us. We hope your holiday is a wonderful time with family and friends and also a very healthy and happy one!     ❤️🎄🎄❤️ xxx

 

Christine wearing her New Outfit

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As promised, I took photos of Christine wearing her new outfit beautifully knitted by Christine Durand.  I love it! ❤️

Her blue and white outfit consists of a dress, jacket, pants, hat and socks. I added a pair of later Gotz leather shoes.

The knitting is amazing and I love the floral detailing.  It fits perfectly. ❤️

Some close up photos.  Tiny buttons!

I moved her hair to the side so you can see the detailing on the back of her jacket.

Matching socks. 😊

A soft, drawstring gathering of the cuffs and also at her waist. ❤️

A photo taken by Christine Durand of the outfit. ❤️

Thank you for visiting with us today and I hope you enjoyed this post of Christine in her new outfit.  We are sending you hugs and happy wishes for the upcoming Christmas holiday. 😊 xxx

Happy Christmas! Please welcome Christine

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My Christmas present came early this year with a wonderful impulse purchase of a blue eyed brunette Gotz no-navel girl.  I saw her on the Bazaar and thought she would be a beautiful companion to my only no-navel girl, Hazel, a brown eyed blonde beauty. ❤️

She immediately told me her name is Christine.  I love her wide face and sweet elfin chin.  She came wearing a Gotz brown cord dress set and the generous seller also included a Gotz green dress set. As nice as the original outfits are, I could not wait to redress her.

Christine wearing a beautiful blue floral dress made by Frances Trickett and an amazing Princess Charlotte patterned cardigan knitted by Linda Simpson. Her leather shoes are a Sashapotamus find.  ❤️

Christine up close. ❤️

Christine enjoyed her time outdoors here on Cow Creek. 😊

A very sweet little girl.

Her hair is beautiful, so soft and silky plus it is long and thick. The Gotz factory worker really rooted her well. After adopting Christine, I ordered a very special dress set made especially for her by the talented Christine Durand.  I will post photos soon of Christine wearing her new outfit soon. ❤️

Christine and I thank you for visiting with us today. We are sending you hugs and happy holiday wishes.  We hope you have a great day and week to come. 😊 xxx

Wonderful Visits with Friends

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This post is about the lovely visitors to Sasha Shangri-La last month. It was a happy time to share friendships and Sasha dolls.

Anne Votaw and her husband were the first to visit.   It was wonderful to spend time with Anne and to see such beautiful dolls and learn more about them. 😊

A sweet wee visitor. ❤️

Friends enjoying time together. 😊

Mary and Peggy visited next. We enjoyed our sushi time very much. 😊

Mary brought her flute and played for us. Boy, she is an amazing flutist.  The best!! ❤️

Peggy meeting her new Sasha, Ellen. ❤️

We played with Sasha dolls, went for walks on Cow Creek, played with Sasha dolls, toasted marshmallows and made s’mores, played with Sasha dolls, and ate very well.  We enjoyed each other’s company very much. ❤️

Janet and I again enjoying sushi and we visited a local Native American burial mound.

My Lily went along with us and also Janet’s Glory. ❤️❤️

Lily is a no nose Gotz girl and Janet helped her immensely by repainting her tired eyes. 😊

Hi Mommy, look at my shadow!!

Janet and I visited the West Virginia State Capital in Charleston.  We especial enjoyed the Cultural Center. 😊

Janet’s favorite restaurant! 😊

My Christmas cactus bloomed during the the visits. So lovely. ❤️

Lily, Gertie, Faye and the babies all want to thank you for visiting with us. We hope you enjoyed this post. 😊 xxx

 

Janet and I in rocking chairs on the front porch. Rick took this photo just before we left for the Columbus airport so Janet would make her return flights home.  It was a most wonderful visit and one that will hold a special place in my heart. ❤️

Please welcome Audra to Sasha Shangri-La

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This beautiful B-III Sasha Morgenthaler studio girl has come to live with us here on Cow Creek.  She arrived while Janet was visiting and I nearly did not adopt her.  Though she is very beautiful, I though she was so similar to my Gwennie and it would be like having two of the same girl.  Then, after giving some more thought to her, I decided to adopt her for that very reason and having twins would be just great!!! 😊

Audra came wearing her tagged studio dress and having her original socks and undergarments too.  The lovely seller gave her a pair of shoes that were a tad big for her so I borrowed this lovely leather pair from a sister and these were made by Brigitte.  Audra’s wonderful mohair harlequin bear was made by Janet. 😊

Audra loves Harley bear very much. It is nice to have a teddy bear when in a new place. ❤️

A vintage velvet ribbon was perfect for her hair. ❤️

After Audra’s arrival, I introduced her to her sister Gwennie.  As you can see, they really are quite different and not twins at all. I think Audra is a loving older sister to Gwennie.  They became close immediately! I am so happy they have one another.❤️

 

Gwennie, Audra and I want to thank you for visiting with us today. We hope you have enjoyed this post and have a happy day with a wonderful week to come. 😊 xxx