Gracie’s Gingham Gathering



Hello all, this is Gracie with great news! First, Mummy is taking me to the Sasha Festival in Minnesota! Yay!

Second, I asked Mummy if I could wear my gingham dress and she said yes! Yay!

And third, I asked Mummy if we could go outdoors today and gather up my sisters that are wearing gingham dresses and she said yes! Triple yay!!

So, here we go!

My my first sister is Sara. A beautiful NP with hand painted eyes by Sara Doggart.

When Sara came to Sasha Shangri-La, she was wearing a non factory dress.  As a result, we are not certain what outfit she would have worn from the factory.  Mummy had this wide skirt gingham outfit and so it now belongs to Sara. I hope you like these photos of Sara.


Next is is my sister Chloe. She is a 1966 brunette NP with deep blue eyes.

Chloe came to Sasha Shangri-La wearing a pretty pink dress and, over time, Mummy found this wide skirt, factory gingham dress just for her. I hope you like Chloe’s photos.

Next is big sis Alaine with her pretty hand painted eyes.

Alaine came to Sasha Shangri-La in her original gingham outfit plus her original gold tag.  She is a 1968 fringe girl.  Here are a few photos of Alaine. I hope you like them.

The next sister is Faith. I love Faith so much especially when she reads to me.

Faith came to Sasha Shangri-La without any clothes! Brrrrr…  Now she is wearing a wide skirt mini-check gingham dress that Mummy bought for her. Faith is an early 1968 fringe girl and we have learned that the mini check was made later in 1968.  So this dress was probably not one that Faith would have worn from the factory but Faith likes it and so do all of us here on the farm.   I hope you like these photos of Faith.


Clare is the next gingham sister for you to see.

Clare came to Sasha Shangri-La also redressed. Mummy  found this wide skirt gingham outfit for her. Clare is a 1968 fringe girl and she has a wider face. Here are a few photos of Clare in gingham. I hope you like them.

Last, is my new sister Jenn. Jenn just came to Sasha Shangri-La recently.

Jenn came to Cow Creek wearing this original gingham outfit with its narrower skirt.  She also came in her original crayon tube. Jenn is a 1969 side-part.  I hope you like her photos.  I gave her a soft bear to love.

The next photos show the gingham girls in groups.

This is my favorite photo!  I hope you liked this post.  All the gingham girls and I want to thank you for visiting with us today.  We are sending you hugs and happy wishes for a wonderful week ahead. xxx

The Waterlogue images are for you to enjoy.


Clare in the Pink


A quick post today to show Clare in a pretty, pale pink dress found on Shelly’s site.  Underneath, there is a sleeveless dress that acts as a slip. It has a pink top and white bottom. Also, there are pretty pink petit pants with a lace trim on the legs.  This dress/ outfit spoke to me because I remember wearing a similar one to a birthday party when I was 5 years old. A very happy memory and I love the dress!


Shelly’s photo of the outfit.

Her pretty leather shoes were made by Marti Murphy.

A sweet bear to play with and enjoy makes for a happy day.

A close up of Clare.

Clare’s hair is longer in the back.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you for visiting Sasha Shangri-La. xxx

From England to Italy 2017


Note: You might remember that in May of last year,  I had a wonderful time with Sasha friends at the SCW in Nottingham, England.  Also, I posted on the blog the portions of my trip before the SCW, during the SCW and afterwards with Tricia and Janet in England and Scotland.  In total, I was away from home for 6 weeks.  After returning home, I later went to the Sasha Festival and posted those happy photos and also posted Janet’s visit in October and the happy times spent with Dorisanne, Anne Votaw, Peggy Livingston, and Mary Righos.  However, somwhere along the way, I did not complete the posts of the wonderful time spent in Italy and in Switzerland.

I hope to share the rest of trip photos of the happy times in Italy and Switzerland intermittently on the blog in the upcoming months.  So, where to begin? ….. Oh yes, …….. it truly seems like yesterday, we were happily in the clouds, soaring….

Flying over the Alps, leaving lovely England with great anticipation of spending time in Italy, Tricia, Janet and I made our way last June 2017.


We landed safely and picked up a rental car to depart the airport in Rome with Janet kindly at the wheel.  We made our way to the beautiful village of Castel di Ieri.    And oh what a village was there….  The next 3 photos together show the most gorgeous panoramic view of Castel di Ieri.

A well worn walkway with a stunning peek to the valley view.

Very interesting views taken from the areas of higher elevation.

An informative sign posted as you walk into Castel di Ieri that shows the area’s topography and roads.

Beautiful wildflowers gathered during a walk.

A beautiful statue of Saint Padre Pio enshrined near the center of the Village.

We drove to visit the town of Sulmona and visited its market place.  We visited it twice during our stay at Janet’s house.  There were many things for sale there but what I most remember buying there were the delicious olives and pecorino cheese.

In the distance, Sisters leaving the market. The walkway was tiered and well worn.

These photos were taken at churches in Sulmona.  All the churches in Italy were so very beautiful and they take your breath away.  I could spend hours upon hours in each church if I lived in Italy.  I hoped to capture the grand architecture and paintings on the ceiling in this photo.

The Blessed Mother Mary greeted us which was warm and so welcoming.

Saint Anthony of Padua holding the child Jesus and his Bible.

Mother Mary with her Son, Jesus.

So very beautiful. I was in awe in each church we visited. I believe we visited two churches in Sulmona.  It was a blessing to be there.

Back in Castel di Ieri. What a beautiful place to see and to be.

A more modern photo showing the grocery store that we frequented in a neighboring village. There is a small grocery in the Castel di Ieri and we went there often. The people there were so warm and friendly.

Morgen and Finn also loved Italy.  The sky was heavenly that day.

Morgen wearing a fantastic outfit made by Janet. You might remember that Morgen is an early Gotz ponytail girl that was painted by Sasha herself.  I never tire of looking at Morgen.

Morgen’s shoes were made by the talented Marti Murphy.

Finn wearing a fantastic outfit made by Janet.  He holds his puppy Fetch and is wearing a red leather back pack that I made at Brigitte’s craft table during the SCW.

Finn, a dear sweet boy.  He absolutely loved Italy and especially Castel di Ieri.


Just outside of the Village, we visited an archeological site that is a work still in progress to reveal its history. The mayor of Castel di Ieri kindly gave us a tour of the site where temples had been uncovered and were constructed In pre-Roman times of III-II century B.C. It was fascinating to see the area.

A striking dome covering for the archeological site.

Tricia and Janet exploring the area. Aren’t they just the cutest gals?

Beautiful mosaics.

Walking back home, you can see in the distance the homes at the higher elevations in Castel di Ieri. We really got our exercise during our stay as we walked about and it felt wonderful.

During our stay, we spent time with Janet’s friends and they were so very kind and hospitable towards us.  They shared meals with us and were very tolerant of my lack of knowledge of the Italian language.  But warmth and affection is felt with the heart and does not need a translation. I felt their goodwill in my heart and I hope they felt mine.  I will always remember their kindnesses and their generosity of spirit.

A better view of the hill area in the Village.

Morgen, Finn and I want to thank you for visiting with us today.  You can see that Italy is a very beautiful place and I will share more of the visit in the next upcoming weeks.  Have a wonderful day and week to come.

Hello from Finn and Cleo


Note: I hope those who celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday had a wonderful day with their family and friends.  It was simply wonderful here yesterday and I enjoyed being with my family especially after missing a couple of past Mother’s Days due to my travels.  My family gifted me a beautiful garden bench which I will show on the blog once I have it situated under a dogwood tree where I spend time with my thoughts.

This wonderful boy above is a 1967 NP boy and his name is Finn.  Finn is the very best boy and today he is modeling a wonderful outfit handmade by the very talented Sharon Humphreys.


This handsome striped overall and cheery red shirt fit Finn perfectly. I love it!  His pup Fetch likes it too! The red leather sandals were made by Jean Jensen.

Notice the lovely detailing along Finn’s pocket.  Finn is happy to be outdoors though it is nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit today.

Another pocket and beautiful fabric too.

A perfect length.  Thank you very much Auntie Sharon.

I wanted to take a close up photo of Finn which has always proven to be a challenge for me since Finn is a well loved boy and has a shiny complexion from many Mommy hugs and kisses over the years.  He is very patient though and allows open displays of motherly affection plus he stands still for many photos.

A Waterlogue image of dear Finn.

Another view of Finn. Below are three different Waterlogue images made from this photo. I thought you would enjoy seeing the different interpretations.

Next, please meet Cleo, a sweet toddler who has joined the family here.  She arrived a bit earlier than Mother’s Day but I am claiming her to be a Mother’s Day present.

I redressed her in this dear little floral dress by Ginny.  She is holding her now favorite bear gifted to her upon her arrival.

Cleo is my one and only toddler now and I am happy she is here.

Hello dear Cleo. Welcome to Sasha Shangri-La.

A Waterlogue image of Cleo.

Finn, Fetch, Cleo and I want to thank you for visiting with us today. We hope you enjoyed this post.  We are sending you hugs and happy wishes for a wonderful week to come. xxx

Where in the World am I ?


Where am I?

Who am I?  Oh that’s right……my name is “Tesla”. I have a vague recollection of an electric wall outlet and my baby fork….

I don’t remember this outfit. I don’t remember this puppy either.   Oh my, whose hand is this?

Oh no,  more hands….

Who are these strangers? Should I be afraid?  I don’t think so and…


Something inside my heart and my head says everything will be okay.  There sure are a lot of happy faces here.

Including mine!

Later alligator….

A Hannah Hello


You might remember Hannah a graphic eyed NP with very nice red hair.

Hannah is wearing a beautiful cardigan made by the very talented Diane Duke.  I love the hearts and the colors and it fits Hannah perfectly. ❤

I braided Hannah’s hair first with the braids covering her ears and then I tried braiding her plaits behind her ears.  I thought she looked prettier with her ears showing so I left them laid back and added pink and white checked ribbons.

Hannah up close.

Her shirt and checked trousers are made by unknown sewers. Her fantastic pink leather shoes are made by Noreen.

We took these first few photos in front of a newer shed out behind the house to see how they looked.

The last blog post of Hannah was taken this past Winter and it was so freezing and windy outdoors and honestly, the photos did not show her at her best. Today’s post will hopefully remedy the images from that frigid day.

Hannah on a pretty Spring day. The temperatures today are in the 60’s but the sky is cloudy.  We finally broke free from the rain and snow we were experiencing nearly every day for weeks. The past few days have been glorious!

We moved back to the old shed and used a towel to cover the damp block.

A couple of close up photos of Hannah.

A very sweet girl.  We hope you have enjoyed this post.

Hannah and I both thank you for visiting with us today.

We are sending you hugs and happy wishes for the week to come. 😊 xxx

A waterlogue image of Hannah. ❤

🌷 Happy Easter 🌷


The newest family member in our Sasha Shangri-La family is the beautiful, repainted and bobbed hair girl named Robin. I adopted Robin from Shelly’s site and contacted EC to confirm that this dear one previously belonged to her. And yes, she had been in her Sasha family and her name is Robin.  Robin was beautifully repainted by Shelly.   She came in this lovely school girl outfit by Ruthsdolls and I added the navy leather JJ shoes.  The bunny was waiting just for Robin and Robin was just in time for Easter. 💐

The lovely Robin. 💐

Sweet bunny with an Easter egg. 💐

Amazing eyes by Shelly. 💐

Welcome to Sasha Shangri-La dear Robin. 💐

So very beautiful.💐


This pretty waif girl was an eBay find that had been rerooted in a lovely auburn color and given a bobbed cut.  After arriving here, her eyes were beautifully repainted by Janet Myhill-Dabbs.  Janet added her adorable freckles too. 💐

I found this pretty white and pink dress and a sweet bunny of her own to play with. 💐

Her name is Elizabeth but she is called Betsy. 💐

Betsy’s dusty pink suede shoes were made by Jean Jensen. What a dear little girl. 💐

Beautiful Betsy.  💐

The two girls together at Easter. 💐

I just love beautiful, repainted Sasha dolls.

Robin and Betsy both thank you for visiting with us today.

They are sending you hugs and happy wishes for a blessed Easter and a wonderful week to come.  💐

🌷 Happy Easter 🌷

A few Waterlogue images to enjoy. 💐

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from “Patrick” Of Course


Arriving on Saint Patrick’s Day is “Patrick” a 1968 shorts boy found on Shelly’s site. He was so happy to arrive after a nearly two week trip across the Pond.  His Steiff bear was waiting anxiously for him and, when he learned that it was Saint Patrick’s Day, he wanted to send you very happy green wishes. 🍀🍀🍀

His shirt and shorts are very nice reproductions by Ruthsdolls and his handsome sweater and stripy socks were knitted by Christine Durand. His shoes are by Boneka.

Hello Patrick! We are thrilled that you are here with us!

I love his expressive eyes and great hair. A very sweet boy.

Patrick,and all of us here at Sasha Shangri-La, wish you a happy day and week to come.

Thank you for visiting with us today. 😊 xxx

A couple of Waterlogue images of Patrick. 🍀


Happy Mothering Day


Happy Mothering Day from Lance, and all of us here at Sasha Shangri-La, to all the Mothers in the UK and all other lands.

We think that Mothers, Mums, and Moms, and the Mother equivalent in all languages, plus all of the Grands, are very special people.


Lance added that without our Moms, we would not be here. So a big thank you to all the wonderful Mothers out there for bringing us into the world.

Lance and I also wanted to send a loving thank you to our wonderful Moms that are no longer here with us. We love and miss you Mom.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a blessed day and week to come. xxx


A Studio Rendition – Gypsy Before and After


A couple of years ago when Janet Myhill-Dabbs let me know this beauty was up for adoption, I could not adopt this beautiful girl quickly enough.  When Janet visited last Fall, she offered to enhance her eye painting to be more in keeping with the original studio doll and less of the previous owner’s request. I was happy to see how her new eyes might look though I liked her eyes before and everything about her.  The first two outdoor photos were taken when she first arrived and are on the blog. 😊

The beautiful Gypsy before….and….

The stunning Gypsy after. ❤

Do you like her new eyes?  Here are a couple of close up photos of her eyes before and after.

“Before eyes”   I like these eyes very much but….

“After eyes”. I just love the new eyes.  Gypsy is a most beautiful rendition.  Thank you Janet. ❤

Which eyes do you like best? I would love to hear from you all out in Sasha land. 😊 xxx

p.s. the photo below is of the gorgeous, original studio doll. How amazing she is!!! ❤