Gracie and Joanie together at Last 🌹

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Hello! Remember me? I am Gracie!  I am wearing a dress made by Thu Cuc Faes and my teddy was knitted by Diane Duke.  My socks and shoes are original I think. They were on me as long as I can remember. 😊

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Mummy said I could post on her blog today and be with Joanie, my newest sister. She took our photos inside today because it is very cold outside. Here we go!!!

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It is my pleasure to introduce Joanie wearing her new outfit. Mommy found the outfit on eBay. The pale blue knitted socks belong to Joanie and came with her when she arrived here at Sasha Shangri-La. The blue leather shoes were made by Ruthsdolls. ❤

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This is a photo of the outfit Mummy found on eBay. The blue top fits Joanie perfectly and is vintage and made of a wonderful crepe material.

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Joanie’s dress has the Sasha label. 🌹

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I love Joanie very much but I can hardly reach her!

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Look I am taller now! 😊

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The better to hug Joanie with. ❤

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I love you Joanie with all my Gracie heart. ❤

Let’s look at a few photos of Joanie wearing her new outfit. 😊

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A very pretty hat. 😊

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😊   Isn’t Joanie pretty?  She sings lullabies to me at nap time. ❤

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😊  Joanie sings like an angel. 😇

😊  I think she looks like an angel too. 😇

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I hope you enjoyed seeing Joanie in her new outfit. We have had the best time being with you.  Thank you so much for visiting with us today. 🌹

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We are sending you “Gracie and Joanie” hugs and happy wishes for the upcoming week. Take care everyone and hug your Sasha dolls!  😊 xxx

Hello It’s Me….Joanie ❤

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The newest Sasha studio doll addition to Sasha Shangri-La is the sweetest of little girls named Joanie.  She is a pure delight and she sings daily which lifts me up especially now that I am home most of each day.

Joanie arrived in a green checked studio dress that is without a label but appears to be original. Gwennie immediately extended her sisterly love to Joanie.  Both girls have had some repairs in places on their lovely faces which is a sure sign that these older girls have been truly loved by others over the years. I am continuing their love story.  ❤

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I took a few photos of Joanie when she arrived last Fall.

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This pair of dear ones really brighten my day. 😊

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Sisters forever. ❤

A nice photo of the pair and a waterlogue image too.

While the girls were modeling, sweet Joanie noticed that Gwennie’s dress was older and showed signs of wear. So she offered her dress to Gwennie! What a nice and generous gesture towards her sister. 😊

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So pretty Gwennie tried on Joanie’s dress and I think it looks lovely on her. Do you agree?

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You might remember that Gwennie was my first Sasha doll and I am very attached to her. I adopted her from Marie Morgan who was very kind and allowed me to pay for her by a layaway plan. Gwennie is a B-III studio doll. The B designates a cloth body and the III designates the type of face mold. Sasha designed four different face molds for her child dolls. ❤

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Gwennie loves her dress very much but she immediately asked me to find a nice outfit for Joanie to wear so they both would have new outfits. 😊

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I asked the very talented Janet Myhill-Dabbs to help us find an outfit. She found this wonderful studio-length, vintage dress that was among studio/course doll clothing she had acquired and it is perfect with Joanie’s green eyes. Janet knitted her cardigan and fabulous hat and made her lovely felt shoes. I added her onesie and her knitted socks and now Joanie has a new, fantastic and unique outfit. Janet suggested to put her braids up on each side which is a perfect enhancement to her pretty face and outfit. 🌹

Speaking of faces, Joanie’s face mold is a type I.  Since she has a cloth body, she is a B-I studio doll.

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A close up view of the dress details. I love this fabric which is silk I believe and I really like the unusual fabric design . ❤

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Lovely matching shoes and warm socks. 😊

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The cardigan is very pretty and the hat is fantastic! I love the Pom Pom on the bottom. ❤

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Joanie is very happy to have her new outfit. I was so touched by her kindness and generosity that I thought I would keep my eyes open for a Sasha studio outfit for Joanie. Guess what? I recently won an auction of a studio outfit and it arrived today in the mail! 😊

Here is a peek of Joanie’s outfit. She has not seen it yet. Do you think she will like it?  Let me know if I should surprise Joanie with this outfit and hat too. 🌹

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The blue top is not tagged but is nicely made. 😊

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Her dress tag. 🌹

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Thank you for visiting with us today. Gertie has joined her sisters Joanie and Gwennie and we all want to send you hugs and happy wishes for a wonderful weekend and week to come. 😊 xxx

Beautiful Knits on a Warm Winter’s Day

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Our weather has been unseasonably warm and also very rainy. Each day since I have retired has been cloudy and overcast with only very short lived and occasional breaks in the clouds to allow a ray or two of sunshine to cheer us here at Sasha Shangri-La.

Today I jumped up to take outdoor photos when I saw the sunshine, but alas, it had disappeared by the time I grabbed the dolls, the camera and went outside. So I took photos on the front porch and made the best of this non-rainy, limited sunshine, breezy day. 😊

 

First up is the lovely Sylvia and she is very happy to model her lovely knitted cardigan made by Linda Simpson. I was lucky to snap it up at the Sasha Celebration Weekend last May. Her corduroy slacks are by Sashapotamus and her leather boots are by Ruthsdolls. Sylvia’s ponytail hair style allows you to see her beautiful cardigan. ❤

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Sylvia is a very early Sasha NP made in 1966 and she has detailed, hand-painted brown eyes with the palest of blue highlights on her lids. ❤

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Sylvia up close. 😊

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A very pretty girl. 🌹

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Next is Hannah and she is a graphic eyed NP girl with lovely red hair. She is wearing a wonderful knitted sweater made by Christine Durand. I bought it at the Sasha Festival in Rochester last summer. Her black corduroy trousers are made by an unknown seamstress and her black leather slip on shoes were made by Ruthsdolls.

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Hannah particularly likes the sweet sheep crossing her tummy. 😉

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I arranged her hair to each side so you can see more of the knitted design. 😊

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Thank you Hannah. ❤

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Last is Jessie and she is a 1967 NP with a nice, longer bobbed hair style. I arranged her hair off of her shoulders to best show her lovely knitted cardigan with adorable ducks and it was made by Rosie Laird.  It has a very nice matching hat and gloves too! The maker of her trousers is unknown.

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Her leather boots were made by Ruthsdolls. 😊

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The pretty Jessie up close. ❤

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Jessie loves her new outfit very much. ❤

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Hannah, Jessie and Sylvia together as sisters. 😊

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They want to thank you for stopping by today and spending time with us. They are sending you hugs and happy wishes for a lovely weekend and week to come. 😊 xxx

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Some close up photos of the girls. 🌹

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Lastly, a few waterlogue images for you to enjoy. ❤

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Gotz and Sashas Old and New

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This is Briana a brunette girl from the 1960’s with ochre painted eyes.  She is wearing a lovely holly patterned dress made by Maureen Hallenbeck.  Briana is wearing warm, stripy tights and red leather  shoes made by Ruthsdolls.

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I love the added touches of trimming, buttons, and dotted collar.

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Briana up close. Her brunette hair is soft and silky and her face painting is so nice and a real treat found on the earlier Gotz dolls.  🌹

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New for Christmas is the beautiful wool plaid coat and coordinated bag made by Fanny Boiten.  I love the fabric and wish that I had a coat like Briana’s coat! 😊

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Inside her bag is a dear little doll that was in my Mother’s doll collection.  I had gifted it to Mary Righos with a doll she adopted from me.  When Mary posted photos of the doll on facebook, Janet Myhill-Dabbs recognized it immediately as a doll she had made years earlier.  We were all so surprised and dear Mary surprised me again by re-gifting the doll back to me because she thought this dolly must stay with me. How kind! If only our dolls could talk about their journeys, what would they say?  😊

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A peek at the festive lining of Briana’s coat.🌹

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Briana loves her coat. ❤

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Briana up close. 😊

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This is a later Gotz girl that came to me recently.  I had posted her on Facebook as available for adoption.  Kendal kindly helped me with her identification as Annett (if I remembered correctly) who was manufactured in 1999 and 2000 (source: Sasha Doll Serie Identification). Annett originally wore a brown corduroy farm pants with a white blouse, a red duffle coat and white sandals.

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Annett has found a furry friend to play with and to love.

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She is wearing dotted tights and brown leather shoes by Kathe Kruse. 😊

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Her hair has a slight wave from previous braiding I think, so I gave her a single braid and a special bow. 😊

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Her hair is very nice and full and long.

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Briana has joined with Annett to send you a very happy hello and also happy wishes for the week to come. 😊

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Thank you for spending time with us today. 😊 xxx

Waterlogue images to enjoy. 🌹

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Two Holiday Arrivals

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This delghtful little urchin arrived at Sasha Shangri-La and her name is Sudie.  She was a waif wonderfully transformed by Kelly Wenarsky.  Sudie came in her ragged and torn outfit that might be found on a little girl living in the poorest parts of the Appalachian Mountain area.  Sudie is a child of the Appalachia as am I. ❤

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Beautiful Sudie.

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Kelly’s eye painting is beautiful.

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Sudie felt at home immediately here on the Cow Creek farm. 😊

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Sudie up close. ❤

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Sudie received a new outfit for Christmas and she would like to try it on for you. Let’s get changed Sudie!!! 🎁

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Sudie is warm now and is wearing lime green corduroy slacks by Michelle Sharpe, a colorful cardigan by Diane Duke, and leather boots by Ruthsdolls.  Sudie is wearing her necklace which she made herself after finding a bead and some stones while out for a walk.  She had a piece of string and put them together to create a necklace.  She loves her new outfit. ❤

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The lovely Sudie.

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Different photos of Sudie. 😊

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Sudie wanted to share this Christmas ornament of a handcrafted mouse with a head made from teasel, commonly found in the Appalachia area. 😊

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Welcome home dear Sudie. ❤

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Next is a wonderful boy named Eastwood. He is custom made by Janet Myhill-Dabbs and was a raffle win by Theresa O’Neill at the first Sasha Celebration weekend. I luckily was able to adopt Eastwood and I love him! ❤

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What amazing, dreamy eyes Eastwood has….the better to see you with! 😉

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A close up photo of Eastwood.

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Eastwood has a very nice sailor outfit with wonderful felt shoes and knitted socks. 😊

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A very handsome lad. ❤

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Eastwood also has a Christmas outfit to wear.  Let’s go change Eastwood. 😊

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Eastwood wearing a sweater knitted by Lorraine Tyler, slacks made by Michelle Sharpe and distressed leather boots by Lisa Hartley. 😊

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A close up photo of Eastwood. 😊

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More photos to enjoy.

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Eastwood is fitting in well here on Cow Creek.  He loves the outdoors. It is raining today but we hope to play in the snow soon. ❤

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A wonderful boy. 😊

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Eastwood, Sudie and I want to thank you for visiting with us today.  We hope you have a wonderful day and week to come. 😊 xxx

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A couple of waterlogue images to enjoy. 🌹

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🎄Merry Christmas🎄

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Gertie sends her joyful wishes to you and your family for a very happy Christmas. 😊

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Gertie loves her baby Dimples made by Janet Myhill-Dabbs and gifted to her by her twin sister Edith. ❤️

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We had a lovely Christmas here at Sasha Shangri-La.  Gertie especially likes the Christmas tree.  We were delayed this year with putting up our tree due to the wonderful wedding festivities in early December for our son Luke and his lovely bride, Mollie.

Next, on the following week, my other son moved out to his first, new home that he has bought and my husband Rick helped him with the move.  During the week following the move, my retirement celebration at work occurred along with our office Christmas party.

So all of our holiday fun has happened in the last week or so.  I am sadly behind on blogging and commenting on other blogs too.  Hopefully the new year will bring me to a happy blogging state again. 😊

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Photos of Gertie by the tree. 🎄

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Edith, Gertie’s sister sent Gertie this Santa tin for Christmas and inside was a peppermint stick and a tiny stuffed mouse.  Gertie was delighted! 😊

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Good things do come in small packages! Thank you Edith. 🎁

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“I am having a wonderful Christmas holiday!” Gertie shared. ❤

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Gertie and I want to thank you for visiting with us today. We wish you a very happy Christmas holiday week and a very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2017. ❤ xxx

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A waterlogue image to enjoy. 🎄

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Laura Disney Surprise

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I recently won several online auctions and most of the dolls were Sasha dolls and Kathe Kruse dolls. This lovely girl came undressed and the photo showed her in a group dolls crowded together. I thought she was a Gotz Maria doll. She came to me undressed except for her pants and when I inspected her torso, I was so surprised to see that her torso was marked. 😊

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I think she is Laura Disney and #16 of 50 dolls made.  😊

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I dressed Laura in a stunning dress made by Karen Warnaka and gifted to me by a dear friend who lives in England.  I was keeping it for a special girl.   She looks Dee-licious! ❤️

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Hello there pretty Laura. ❤️

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Laura’s blue leather shoes were made by Jean Jensen.

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Laura up close. ❤️

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Her hair is nice and full and silky.  I added a barrette. 🌹

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My son’s dog Duke also likes Laura and her new vinyl smell. 😊

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Laura and I want to thank you for visiting us today.  Life here is very busy and we are only now beginnng to decorate for Christmas.  We both wish you a happy weekend and week to come. 😊 xxx

Note:  My son Luke’s wedding was so wonderful and his bride Mollie was absolutely beautiful.  We all had such a wonderful time.  Love is blooming here on Cow Creek. 🌹

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🌹Ella Rose 🌹

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Hello. My name is Ella Rose.  I am very, very shy girl.  I came to live here at Sasha Shangri-La  last October in 2015.  Mommy finally convinced me to be photographed. I am nervous. I was repainted by Kelly Wenarsky and came home to Mommy in this outfit.  Mommy added these leather shoes made by Monica Jarpey. ❤️

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Mommy said I have pretty eyes and freckles.  Mommy gave me my tiny piggies and I love them. ❤️

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Mommy has been very busy lately. She asked me to share with you that we had a wonderful Thanksgiving here on Cow Creek.  Also, Mommy is retiring from her work next month. There are a lot of farewells for Mommy to say to her work friends. 😊

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But…..the most exciting news is that Mommy’s son Luke is getting married next weekend.  Everyone is so happy about the wedding and there will be lots of family members visiting with us and lots of celebrating! 😊

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Weddings really stir up things, don’t they? Everyone is very busy! 😊

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But Mommy said it is a good and happy time and that we are all blessed. ❤️

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Plus, we hope to decorate for Christmas sometime soon. Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent and we all look forward to Christmas.  But for now, we are thinking mostly about the wedding. 😊

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I hope you enjoyed your visit with me today.  I think it wasn’t too terribly difficult to speak for Mommy and I am feeling less nervous now.  I am a good girl, Mommy’s sweet Ella Rose. 🌹

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Mommy gave me this tiny rag doll. I love my dolly. ❤️

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We hope you have a lovely weekend and a lovely week to come.  Mommy wanted me to say that she will write again on the blog as soon as possible after the wedding. 😊 xxx

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A couple of waterlogue images to enjoy. 🌹

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Doll Creations by Janet Myhill-Dabbs….Let’s Begin with Gertie

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I hope you will enjoy this extra-long post that will show all the dolls that were made by Janet Myhill-Dabbs that live here at Sasha Shangri-La.  This post is to show Janet’s doll creations and their outfits. ❤️

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First up is Gertie a previous Pintucks girl repainted by Janet.  I love Gertie. ❤️

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Gertie again. 😊

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Janet dyed Gertie’s pintucks wig and made this outfit just for her. ❤️

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Gertie up close.

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Janet also knitted her socks and made her shoes.  😊

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Beautiful Gertie. ❤️

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A close up of Gertie’s rag baby also made by Janet.  Gertie’s dear twin sister, Edith, gave the baby to Gertie to help her not to become too homesick.  Edith’s lives with Janet. ❤️

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This is Lizzie, Gertie’s sister. ❤️

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Lizzy up close. ❤️

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Lizzy’s eyes are so beautiful. 😊

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Lizzy’s dress was found on Shelly’s site.  Her tights are from Sashapotamus and her leather shoes were made by Marti Murphy. ❤️

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Lovely Lizzy. ❤️

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Sisters ❤️❤️

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Lizzy and Gertie. 😊

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Meg, a recent toddle creation by Janet.  Meg was a baby but now is able to stand.  I love the outfit Janet made for her. ❤️

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Little Meg found a goose to hold. 😊

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Meg is a happy child. 😊

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Meg’s outfit from the back. Love the arm patches!

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I had to show Meg’s bloomers.  They are fantastic and Meg feels very confident with her super bloomers hidden below her skirt. 😊

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Family. ❤️

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Next is Gus.  Janet painted Gus and his hair was originally red.  Janet made his fantastic outfit to include his hat and shoes. ❤️

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Gus up close. 😊

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Gus. ❤️

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This is Heidi.  Janet gave her beautiful turquoise eyes. 😊

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Heidi up close. ❤️

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Pretty Heidi. ❤️

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Heidi is wearing a white cord dress by A Passion for Sasha, a pinafore by Ruthsdolls and leather shoes by Jean Jensen. ❤️

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Heidi. ❤️

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This is Dane, a Harlequin, created by Janet and inspired by a studio Harlequin.  Dane’s head is larger than the vinyl dolls and is the size of a course doll head mold.  Janet used pencils I think to create his amazing expression.  He has long and lanky cloth limbs. His wig is mohair and perfect for him.  He is holding a prized Liberty apple pin cushion. ❤️

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Dane up close. ❤️

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Dane. ❤️

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Janet also creates felt dolls called poppets.  This is the lovely Holly created around the Christmas season. ❤️

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Janet made this lovely felt outfit for Holly. 😊

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Holly up close. ❤️

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Holly. ❤️

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This little fussy poppet is a grumpy girl named Shee-Ta.  She is pouty most of the time. 😉

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Cheer up little Shee-Ta!  Mommy has brought you more Harry Potter books to read! 😊

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Life is good little poppet! 😊

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Holly is trying to help little Shee-Ta to cheer up! 😉

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Well done Holly! I think she looks a little bit happier! ❤️

Next, I will show photos of the studio renditions made by Janet.  They were inspired by the outstanding books “Sasha-Puppen” by Till Schaap and “Sasha Dolls. the History” by Anne Votaw. ❤️

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A blonde smock girl now named Smoochie. 😊

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Beautiful eyes. ❤️

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Lovely outfit.

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A plait added by Janet for me. ❤️

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Janet’s outfits are wonderfully made, each and every piece, and I am amazed at the details that she captures. 😊

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This is the Red Smock girl.❤️

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A reheaded beauty. ❤️  I named her Kate. ❤️

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A close up photo. ❤️

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Kate shown closer still. ❤️

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Next is Gypsy, a beautiful girl. ❤️

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Wonderful painting and perfect hair styling. 😊

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Another exquisite girl by Janet. ❤️

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The Berliner, a German street child. ❤️

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Precious, beautiful child. ❤️

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The Berliner. ❤️

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The Exitentialist Boy. ❤️

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A very handsome boy and I named him Bob.

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A great boy! ❤️

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The Raincoat Girl. ❤️

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A wonderful girl and I love her outfit. ❤️

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Best friends forever. ❤️❤️

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This is the 1900 Baby. She was rerooted and repainted by Janet. She wears a beautiful gown and leather shoes. Her bonnet is her crowning glory. 😊

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A beautiful baby. ❤️

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A close up view of baby’s eyes. ❤️

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Gertie, Gus, rag baby, and I want to thank you for visiting with us today.  We hope you liked this special post and we wish you a wonderful week to come! 😊 xxx