Hi! My name is Betsy. I live here at Sasha Shangri-La with my loving brother and sisters though I have been the only toddler. My sister, Gracie, acts like a toddler but Mummy said she really is a bebe with a toddler heart. ❤
I love Gracie so much. She holds my hand to show me she cares and she is a wonderful sister. ❤
Gracie is wearing a beautiful, new dress and shoes, socks, and hat made by Thu Cuc Faes who lives in Switzerland.
Gracie’s dress is blue like mine! I really like the red ladybug button on the front. I have butterflys on my dress. 🙂
Drum roll please….
Well, dreams do come true and please meet my sweet sister, Ellie. 🙂
Ellie is almost my twin. Mummy said we were both named Iona at one time. I feel like Ellie is my twin sister. ❤
Mummy shared that Ellie was made in 2001 in Germany at the Gotz doll factory just like me! She came to Sasha Shangri-La in her original outfit and tube which are safely stored.
Ellie has been redressed by Mummy in an pretty outfit found on Shelly’s site. Her leather shoes were made by Jean Jensen. You might be able to see the faint JJ marks on the soles of her shoes.
A pretty gingham ribbon seems to work well with Ellie’s head of beautiful curls.
Ellie toddling and on the move.
I gave Ellie a tiny puppy to hug. 🙂
Gracie welcomes Ellie. Gracie shares with Ellie that she is a toddler too just like Ellie and like me! Well, at least in Gracie’s mind, she is a toddler! Gracie says that she has to be a toddler since she gets around the farm more than anyone and a baby cannot walk, right?? Ellie believes Gracie and loves her with all of her heart. We all love Gracie! 🙂
Well, look here and how nice it is to see us three sisters together. 🙂
Gracie wants you to see that she has legs that do “toddle” very well! That is how she moves around when Mummy is not watching. 😉
Three sisters in a row sharing sisterly affection. 🙂
Ellie and I want Gracie to stand up but….
Gracie says let’s sit down to wave goodbye to everyone that has visited us.
We are also sending big hugs and well wishes for the week to come. 🙂
A parting, framed gift of dear Ellie, from me, Betsy, to everyone that loves toddlers. ❤
Congratulations! They look wonderful all together and they are dressed so beautifully too. My toddlers send them lots of Sasha hugs for a happy life with you. Xx
Thank you Diane! They are also sending hugs to your toddlers! Maybe they will meet one day and they can all toddle together. 🙂 xxx
Hi Ginger Thanks for sharing your lovely toddler photos…beautiful clothes and such pretty girls.
Hi Lesley! So glad that you enjoyed the toddler post. They are really fun to dress and to photograph too. 🙂 xxx
Great to see and compare two Iona toddlers together. You can immediately see quite a few differences relating to their eye paintings and hair styles.
I know that these pale skinned Iona dolls were only made for the one year but I was wondering if you have any idea of the manufactured timing (early,middle or later) within that year?
Now I know that they weren’t limited editions as such but these later 2001 Gotz dolls they did come with a card tag that did have some identification numbers written in it and so I’m wondering if these are of any help here?
Gracie’s new complete outfit is really lovely as are the two that the Gotz toddlers are wearing. As it says in Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical, The Mikado, ‘Three (very pretty) little maids in a row are we!’
Thank you to Gracie, Betsy and Ellie for your good wishes to my Studio Bebe and toddler Bea,for their coming week as they are both getting very excited about going to the CnS..
Hi Kendal and I wonder too about the toddlers and their dfferences. I would like to look further into the time frames in 2001 when they were made and why they look noticably different. I will share what I learn here on the blog.
Though I am very glad that they are different which is much more interesting. Thank you for the lovely comment about the “three little maids in a row” and their outfits. I can see why the toddlers are so addictive. They are a pleasure to dress and pose. 🙂
I am so happy about the upcoming CnS too. I think it is wonderful to get together about all things Sasha. Little Bea will have a lovely time. I would keep an eye out for that Lucas though. He is a scamp!!! So lovely that your studio bebe is going too. I will love seeing all the photos that everyone is sure to take!!! 🙂 xxx
You’ll find that Betsy is the older of the two Ionas with her darker eyes and rosier cheeks plus her shorter, straighter hair style although Ellie is perhaps the prettier..
When I first spotted Gracie on Shelly’s she was already sale pending as such so I put my name down for a ‘second’ first refusal just in case the buyer backed out (which she did)…. so then I had to make a huge decision as although Gracie is definitely prettier than mine, both facially and hair-wise,,my little tot is slightly ‘mintier’ and has her complete original and labelled red/white checked gingham dress outfit and original ribbon in her hair…. so I sadly passed on Gracie’s sale as I couldn’t afford to have and keep them both…. SO it is indeed really lovely for me to keep in close contact with her here on your blogspot..
Please give her a hug and kiss from me.
Thank you Kendal for the age information about Betsy and Ellie. It is good to know this and I think Ellie looks younger in the face.
I really am interested in Gracie’s history while she was on Shelly’s site. I was quite amazed to be able to buy her because I hesitated to email Shelly and that almost always means you will not get the doll. But this time, it happily worked out. I will give her a hug and kiss from you and Gracie sends a hug and kiss to you too. ❤
Congratulations on your new toddler who is ever so sweet with her curls. How lovely they all are together, but lovely to see the two ‘what used to be called Iona toddlers’ together to see the huge contrast in not only hair styles but also eye painting.
Beautiful outfits as always, I can see these three are going to get on beautifully.
Thank you Lorraine for the lovely comments and, yes, they are getting along wonderfully well. Their differences are interesting. I was not sure that I would keep the second Iona until she arrived and came out of her tube. She had a “mess” of curls everywhere including her bangs! I was thrilled to see the abundance of curls but the biggest surprise was when I stood her next to Betsy. They did not look alike and each was a unique toddler. Then, Ellie whispered to me her name and I was hooked! They are two of a kind but different! 🙂
Gracie is a toddler to me as long as she wants to be one. She has convinced me of that because I do find her in odd places from time to time so I think she does toddle about the farm. I am over the moon for her and find that she is in my hands nearly every day. She is irresistable!! 🙂 xxx
I don’t blame you for keeping both, they are so different indeed, but definitely sisters.
Gracie is indeed irresistible!
Ginger, they are so sweet, I wish I had a toddler. It’s surprising how different their eyes are being the same Iona originally. I love there dresses and they are perfect little companions for Gracie.
Hi Janet and thank you! I agree that they are sweet and yet different in their appearances. I knew that you would examine their eyes. 🙂 They both love Gracie as much as she loves them! A happy trio! 🙂 xxx
What a beautiful new addition to your Sasha family Ginger, I really like the new little toddler, and yes, they’re twins but ‘different’ to one another, which is great! I love her curls, such a contrast to little Betsy! Such cute little girls!
And of course Gracie, what can I say about her that hasn’t already been said? She’s gorgeous….and isn’t it lovely that the three of them seem to get on so well! 🙂
Thanks again for sharing your lovely girls with us!
Big hugs Sharon xxx
Thank you Sharon! I am afraid I have caught toddler-i-tis with the addition of sweet Ellie to the family. Gracie just loves Ellie and Betsy too! I think it is very likely that we will see the three of them together again. They really enjoy posting to the blog when Mummy is distracted! 🙂 xxx
What lovely well behaved girls you have, they are so sweet together.
I love the hair ribbons on your toddlers – they frame their faces perfectly. Does Gracie ever wear one?
Hi Rosie! Thank you for the lovely comments about the girls. I, too, like their hair ribbons and I am trying to spend more time thinking about the hair styles and the prettiest ribbons for their outfits.
Gracie has had ribbons put in her hair before. I found very thin ribbons to bunch her hair in ponytails and have given her a larger ribbon too, tied in a bow on top of her head. Her wig has thinned a but and does have some styling challenges. In these photos, I mostly covered her hair with the new hat. She does look cute with a ribbon in her hair though and it is a pretty way to top off an outfit. 🙂 xxx
Congratulations on your new toddlers arrival. They all look so sweet together and Gracie is a toddler at heart! 🙂
The photo’s at the end of the three of them are so endearing.
Ellie looks lovely and I love her hair, the same but not as her new sister Betsy.
I love Thu Cuc Faes clothes, a very talented woman and the blue is perfect on Gracie.:) xxx
Thank you Dee! I am so glad you liked the photos of Betsy, Ellie and Gracie. It was such fun dressing them. I love Thu Cuc Faes clothing too. The blue fabric is lovely and so nice and full too. Gracie is very happy with her new outfit. 🙂 xxx
Gorgeous girls and beautiful clothes, congratulations and well wear xx
The new girl Ellie is so different to Betsy and yet they are the same, amazing.
I enjoy your blog and regularly tune in. Many thanks for the wonderful posts,
Hi Susan! So nice to hear from you and that you are enjoying the posts! It has been fun dressing and photographing the Sashas. Thank you for the nice comments about the toddlers. 🙂 xxx