Tilly’s Travels

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Today the snow is fiercely falling and at times the wind blows it sideways to cover absolutely everything in white. Another day that I am unable to travel to work so I am taking a break just now to introduce a very sweet young lady, Tilly.

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Tilly’s known history begins with a lovely Sasha collector, Emma Louise Antoine Flood who resides in the UK. Emma was so fortunate to win her at the Hall’s Auction House in 2013. These first photos were taken by Emma at a train station where she traveled to Shrewsbury in the UK. As she unwrapped this beautiful girl, I am certain she was filled with joy to have won a beautiful blonde NP.

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Doesn’t she look lovely in her pink bubble wrap blanket! I love her blue eyes! Emma named her “Leonie” and because her original dress was very faded and had a few holes, she replaced it with another early, brown corduroy dress. I have carefully removed the replacement dress and it is safely stored for later. There is a side story about this early dress that I will tell at the end of the post.

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These next photos were taken by Emma at the Trendon factory. She visited the factory with Jocelyn and Jocelyn’s beautiful redhead, an early 1966 NP girl, Gabi. I just love these bright, happy photos taken at the factory and I consider the building to be iconic in the Sasha World. I hope to visit one day and it is special to see these girls outside of their birth place.

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The next two photos of Leonie show her wearing a Sashapotamus outfit gifted by Cassie to Emma. I think she has a bit of a shy look in these photos.

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Later, Emma took these beautiful photos of her picking berries and wearing a wonderful white studio outfit made by Lorraine. I think these photos taken outside with such pretty foliage are just so lovely.

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Emma kindly offered her Leonie to me for sale in early December. She sent photos but I already knew Leonie from Facebook and that I would love to adopt her! I was thrilled and concerned that her travel at that time of year and just knew it would be weeks and weeks for her to arrive because of the holiday packages. Boy, was I wrong! Leonie arrived in a record 4 days!!! Four days from the UK to my house in rural West Virginia, USA. Unbelievable!

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These photos Emma sent to me. Tilly is wearing a near mint early corduroy dress.

It was upon her arrival to Sasha Shangri-La that Leonie immediately became “Tilly”. I could not believe the box was in my hands to quickly and she was wonderfully wrapped too. I think I was in a bit of shock at the time and so happy to have Tilly at home, safe.

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I photographed Tilly in this lovely creation by Millie Dingham and shoes by Ruth’s dolls. Tilly loves the babies so there are a couple of images of her cuddling and holding the baby.

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Here we see the girls lined up in the cabinet. Tilly fits in perfectly and is a most friendly and a kind girl. She is particularly close to Kendal and Ellen.

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Finally, I saw a most beautiful star dress on Lorraine’s blog and I missed buying it but she was kind enough to make me one. I dressed Tilly in the star dress because she is indeed a star.

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Tilly is wearing lime green shoes by Jean Jensen.

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This photo captures Joy, Tilly, Ellen and Hope all wearing pretty dresses made by Lorraine. All the shoes are made by Ruth’s dolls except Tilly’s that are made by JJ.

Lastly, I want to explain the story behind Tilly’s near mint, early brown corduroy dress. As you can see in the earlier photos, Tilly’s original dress was well worn and faded. Emma had another dress on hand and dressed Tilly in it for her journey across the pond. Just yesterday, I was “talking” with Emma about writing this post and she mentioned that the dress Tilly was wearing came from a very nice lady that had previously owned her Lily and she sold her to Emma. (Lily is a stunning early redheaded 1966 NP). When Emma bought Lily, the lady gave Emma a brown corduroy dress and farm pants. Emma prefers the farm pants and so the dress was extra.

Soon after, a friend of Emma’s visited this very same lady and bought a blonde NP with hair cut very short like a boy. This doll is now my Hope!!! I wrote about Hope in an earlier post about her re-rooting experience. The interesting fact is that we think Tilly’s new dress was Hope’s original brown corduroy dress! I was so happy to know this information because it is good to keep original outfits for the Sashas when one can do so. It also helps us to “see” how they were dressed when they left the factory. So Hope now has her original dress back and I will photograph her in it very soon! Tilly will have her original dress back too thanks to Emma!

As I look at the early girls, I know now that Sylvia, Kendal, Hope, and Tilly were all brown corduroy girls. Carney was a brown corduroy farmpant girl and I do not know about Ellen, Joy, or Chloe but maybe some day, I will learn more about their history if someone happens to recognize them and will share their stories. What a delight it is to collect Sashas, learn about their journeys, and have such fun dressing them in wonderful, new creations! Thank you for visiting us at Sasha Shangri-La and Tilly and I both wish you a very wonderful week πŸ™‚

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12 thoughts on “Tilly’s Travels

  1. It’s been lovely to read all about Tilly and the journeys she has had. She is beautiful and I love her star dress too.

  2. It was lovely to hear all about Tilly’s travels and clothes.
    The photo of your cupboard is fabulous! Love all the girls snuggling together sharing gossip and talk about where they have been and what they have been up to now they are all together.

  3. Oh wow, she really is a very beautiful girl, Ginger! And how lovely that you could bring her home and add her to your gorgeous collection of girls and boys! It’s wonderful to also know some of her history, isn’t it! It’s funny because I often say that it would be lovely if every doll had a little ‘diary’ with them and that each time a doll went to a new home, people added something to their diary so that in the future, we’d know all their history….that would be amazing. Of course we all know it’s unlikely to happen, so it’s really great when you find out information like you have on your girls, and are lucky enough to be able to add their original outfits too!
    Thanks for sharing Ginger!!

  4. I think the journal or diary idea is a great one. Almost all doll collectors want to know where their dolls have been and how they were dressed. We just need to write it down and pass it along! Thank you Sharon πŸ™‚

  5. WOW Ginger i don’t think i have ever seen so many NP in one place, you are very lucky. Tilly is wonderful. One day i hope to own a NP of my own, but for now i will just drool over yours, thank for sharing xx

  6. How very sad for Emma to have had to part with this beautiful doll…..but how thrilling for you to now own her.
    Shrewsbury is a lovely old town built besides a pretty river and is only about 35 kilometres from where I now live.

    I really enjoyed the photos of the two NPs visiting the Trendon Factory. It is now some years since
    I was there as it was just after the first stage of the renovation of it being converted into luxury apartments had been completed. (I would have loved to have bought the apartment on the second floor towards the right where the Sasha Dolls were actually manufactured and rented it out to visiting Sasha collectors when they came there to visit though more of an impossible dream rather than a profit making venture!)

    What a truly magnificent line up of your NPs. I didn’t dare count them to see if you had more than me as it would remind me of those that I’d recently had to sell on….though for a worthwhile cause.

    The idea of a diary for each doll sounds a super idea although I wouldn’t be too good at it as I haven’t even started to fill in my own doll collection log book that I purchased well over ten years ago now to help keep track of my Sasha buying and selling on..

    • Kendal, I think the blog will be the best way for me to chronicle the dolls. I have not had much success with pad and pen. I love your idea about having an apartment at the factory for Sasha collectors to stay during their visits!!! If I win the lottery, that would be high on my list of wonderful things to do with the winnings! I am going to visit the UK some day soon. This year is Phoenix but maybe next year it will be the UK. πŸ™‚

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