A New Arrival to Sasha Shangri-La

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Please welcome the newest arrival to Sasha Shangri-La.  Prior to living in Switzerland, this beautiful studio girl lived in the Netherlands. She came from a loving home and a very kind lady. I am privileged to provide this dear one a new home and family here on Cow Creek. Since she was unnamed, I have named her “Celine” meaning sky or heaven. I think she is heavenly indeed.  ❤️

 

I took these photos quickly and will take better ones in the future. I wanted to share her right away because I am so happy. 😊

Hello Celine!

Sadly, Celine’s foot markings have almost entirely worn away.  I can make out the “S” in Sasha.  I think that Celine is made of hard plastic.  She does show some wear and discoloration in places but overall she is is great condition. 😊

Her jacket’s label. I love her outfit. ❤️

Finn is our number one greeter here on Cow Creek. He is very infatuated with Celine and Fetch also greeted Celine.   I think she feels very much at home. 😉

Sweet Celine and Finn and I thank you for visiting with us today. We hope you enjoyed this post. We will continue with the traveling posts in the future. For now, we are taking a break from the trip reporting and focusing on our beloved Sasha dolls.  Have a wonderful day and weekend coming up. 😊 xxx

The 2017 Sasha Celebration Weekend

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The Sasha Celebration Weekend was held at the very nice Eastwood Hall in Nottingham.  I arrived May 11th and departed on Sunday May 14th. First, I want to thank Janet and Tricia for all the hard work they shouldered to provide us such a happy time together.   I had a most wonderful time and it was such a joy to see everyone again.  Others have already posted photos and information on Facebook and blogs that well captured the wonderful time had by all. My little post will hopefully be a happy reminder to those that attended and a nice little peek into that special time for others. 😊

 

Seeing Janet after a year’s time was so nice. She is meeting Morgen for the first time. ❤️

Liss also meeting Morgen. ❤️

Please meet Pio. Janet repainted, wigged and dressed this dear Gotz doll and I adopted him from Liss. 😊

DollMum at dinner and her amazing pram. ❤️

Raffle items in the next few photos.  More raffle items were put on the tables after my photos were taken.

I am very happy here because I actually made the red leather satchel that Gertie is wearing.  This happened thanks to Brigitte and her patience plus I sat next to her which helped me a lot. I also made a wooden duck toy at DollMum’s table which was so cute. There were more crafts and I did get kits to take home to make at a later date. All wonderful crafts! ❤️

The very lovely Theresa and her beautiful studio doll. ❤️ ….I see you Mary!! 😊

These photos were most if not all of the dolls in the international contest. I could not pick a favorite and was just amazed at the talent shown in these beautiful entries.  I think that Sasha would have loved to see these beautiful Sashas. 😊

These dolls were displayed by attendees as their favorite dolls. More were displayed after my photos were taken.  Just amazing! ❤️

Finn knows he is my favorite boy. ❤️

Diane’s clan looking bright as always!

At the end of the SCW, Janet drove away home on her Vespa 🛵

Bye Janet.  Thank you and thank you Tricia for a most special time together as we enjoy each other’s good company and our Sashas. ❤️❤️

Pio and I want to thank you for visiting us today. We hope you have a very happy day and weekend ahead. 😊 xxx

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Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day to all of our “fathers” in our lives.   Have a blessed day everyone. ❤ xxx

Note: The tall boy on the left is an early cloth doll made by Kathe Kruse and is known as a German grandchild.  His name is Freddy.  The curly redheaded boy is made of felt and was made by R. John Wright.  His name is Scott.  The tiny blonde boy is made of felt and was also made by R. John Wright.  His name is Cole.  Lastly, is the vinyl boy made in 1967 and he is an NP Sasha doll.  His name is Finn.  I love them all but Finn has my heart completely. ❤

Heaven in England – Part 3

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On Thursday, May 12th, Gertie and I were in Janet’s kitchen about to begin the making of the “cake pops” for the Sasha Celebration weekend.  Gertie is wearing a newly made outfit that I had asked Janet to make for her arrival.  I love it! 🙂

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My camera for the trip was my cell phone camera.  The lighting is not the best but you can see Janet diligently working on the cake pops.  Janet had a mold formed to make many tiny ball-like shapes and she placed cake batter into the mold and baked it until done and then she put all of the cake balls into the freezer until time to frost them.

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A much better photo of Janet and Gertie with the cake pops.  We put sticks into each cake ball and placed them on the cardboard rings you see in the photo.  The blue frosting was first, then the white and last, the red frosting.  I thought it was brilliant idea for the SCW! 🙂

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Gertie was a tremendous help that morning. 🙂

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What a fun time we all had in Janet’s kitchen with tea breaks of course! 🙂

 

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Next, we walked from Janet’s house to the seaside to enjoy the view of the North Sea and to go to lunch! 🙂

 

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I took a few photos along the way.  We walked above and along the beach that you can see in the distance.  So beautiful.

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A lovely view of the King Edward’s Bay and you can see a ship in the distance. 🙂

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I never tire of views of the sea though that day was brisk and overcast, it did not rain.  It was wonderful to walk and look and just take it all in. Only a 10 minute walk from Janet’s house.  🙂

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We found our way and walked down to see the restaurant straight ahead neatly tucked in the hillside at King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth. 🙂

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The view overhead was very impressive.  I think it is the Tynemouth Priory and Castle imposing upon the skyline.

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But we pressed onward to our luncheon destination. 🙂

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Here we are!  It is Riley’s Fish Shack where we ordered mackerel that came with tasty side dishes.  I did not photograph the meal this time. I think it was because we were actually sharing our table with others since it was crowded that day. Most of the people dining were eating indoors rather than in the outside area due to the cool winds.  The view was fabulous and the meal was delicious! ❤

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A map to show that we were in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area that day.  The previous day we visited Northumberland area and visited Alnwick Castle.  You can see how very close we were to the Scottish borders.

We returned home after lunch and spent some dolly time with Janet’s lovely and varied doll collection.  Later we began our packing and preparation to leave the next day to join many friends at the Sasha Celebration Weekend in Nottingham.

There was a small package for me waiting at Janet’s house. A dear friend who lives in Spain had made gifts for Gertie and for Finn and posted them.  She knew that I was going to make a day trip to Paris during my England stay and voila, wonderful french outfits for my happy pair.  How very thoughtful to send gifts. ❤

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Gertie loves her new dress which has Eiffel Towers in many colors, ric rac, and wonderful buttons! It fits her perfectly. 🙂

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I love her dress too!  Her sandals were made by Janet. 🙂

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Thank you dear friend for such a lovely gift. ❤

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Finn loves his wonderful France shirt! 🙂

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I love it too!  A perfect fit and a perfect boy’s shirt.  Thank you my friend for your thoughtfulness. ❤ xxx

I had the best time with Janet in her part of England.  Her hospitality was warm and kind and wonderful.  I love this part of England so very much and I was just captivated by every aspect during my stay.  I will always be grateful to have had this time with Janet and her husband Billy in their home in England. ❤

Thank you for visiting Sasha Shangri-La today and the next post will finally be the Sasha Celebration Weekend. 🙂 xxx

 

 

Heaven in England – Part 2

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Picking up where I left off on my last post as I had met Janet to be her guest for a few days.  Janet drove us to visit Alnwick Castle and Garden and it was just spectacular! We really enjoyed the day spent there and the weather was perfect.  Visitor maps were provided and the gift bag was from the gift shop where I picked up a couple of souvenirs. 🙂

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The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland do reside in part of the very large castle.  I will be sharing photos taken outdoors and photos were not allowed to be taken inside of the castle.  I can understand that decision and will say that it was all very wonderful inside of the Castle. ❤

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The water garden was so impressive and this photo shows a cascading water display area that is constructed on a noticeable grade up the hillside but also, the water displays came forth in unexpected and delightful patterns. The next few photos try to capture some of this water wonder. 🙂

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Finn came along with us on the tour and was very impressed with the water garden. 😉

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It was a lovely, beautiful day. 🙂

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There is something very calming about the sound of water flowing and it is so soothing to hear and to see. 🙂

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You could feel the mist in the air and the air smelled fresh and clean.  Walking through the water garden was a delight to the senses and I could easily see myself happily repeating my walk daily if it were possible. ❤

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It was wonderful to take time and experience the water garden.

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It is important to allow ourselves to be refreshed and renewed. ❤

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I really enjoyed the varied art forms designed to be in the water garden. 🙂

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Janet fits well within this water display without getting wet!  We also made our way through a bamboo maze which was a lot of fun to do.

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This garden area is devoted solely to the poisonous plants. It is located beyond the locked gate and you can see the skull and crossbones plainly attached to the gates and thus ensuring we all “beware”. If you look at the hillside beyond, you can see the cherry trees in bloom. What a contrast!

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This is the door to the hut where the tour guide resided.  She was very knowledgeable about the plants and she emphasized the dire and often fatal consequences of encountering the plants in an unadvisable manner…..

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Janet and I walked among the cherry trees which was much more friendly to see than the very interesting but macabre poison plants.

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On a brighter note, you can see in the distance the fantastic Treehouse Restaurant. Janet made reservations and we had the best time there having lunch. 🙂

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Walking up to the restaurant, Finn stopped to enjoy the beautiful scenery. 🙂

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Finn is wearing a wonderful outfit made by the talented Sarah Williams and his black leather boots were made by Jean Jensen.  🙂

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Lunch was a generous plate of fish and chips with tarter sauce and mushy peas. It was delicious and the atmosphere inside was pleasingly rustic.  You felt like you were inside a treehouse. Even the chairs were made of thick wood boards aligned in an unfinished and asymmetrical configuration and they were surprisingly comfortable.  It felt like you were in another world entirely…..magical.   It was truly a wonderful experience. 🙂

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Janet and I made our way to the imposing Alnwick Castle. The aged trees seemed to guide us toward the amazing Castle which was so very massive and solid and so firmly planted on the landscape.  The word that came to me immediately was “Grand”. ❤

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Photo of the lovely surrounding grounds.

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So beautiful and so grand.  I remember my excitement as we approached the Castle. 🙂

 

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A closer view of the Castle walls.

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Just inside the walls, you can see a tent in the distance where archery activities are offered to children. 🙂

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More views of the Castle.

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Janet capturing the grandness of the Castle. We went inside and made our way through the interior touring areas.  We visited a gift shop and we saw many displays of historical significance and it was fascinating though a lot of time would be needed to fully participate and absorb the richness of Alnwick Castle. 🙂

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Finn found an aged, stone friend tucked away in a corner. 🙂

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I think Finn was a bit overwhelmed at how “larger than life” everything was at the Castle. 😉

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A view of the grounds taken from the top of the wall.  Janet and I saw peacocks in the distance and it was a very peaceful and serene view.

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As we left, we noticed these gray colored birds just beyond the edge of the daffodils.  The man seen on the left side of the photo was watching and following these interesting birds.

I hope you enjoyed this post, Part 2 of “Heaven in England” and thank you for visiting.  It was a very, very lovely and unforgettable day spent with Janet at Alynwick Castle and Garden. I was blessed to be able to visit and I would love to return one day. ❤ xxx

A Fun, Fine Day with Finn

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Yesterday was simply a glorious day here on Cow Creek Road, the Lost Horizon Farm, and also known as Sasha Shangri-La. ❤

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Beautiful blue skies and wonderful stately trees that have yet to produce this year’s leaves. Look, do you see something unexpected in this strong and sturdy tree?

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Upon closer inspection, I see my dear boy Finn climbing to new heights!  What a brave boy. 🙂

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Yes, it is indeed Finn and look at how well dressed he is.  This outfit includes the sweater, overalls, hat, scarf and socks and they were Finn’s wonderful Christmas swap gifts. 🙂

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Hi Finn, what’s up???  “I am up Mommy, look at me!  I love to climb and play outdoors.  Oh, what a happy day!”  With that proclamation, Finn lowered himself down the tree….

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“Look Mommy, I am here now!” Hold still Finn, let Mommy take a couple of photos of you! 🙂

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This is a really big tree Finn, you look so small when I zoom out!

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Wow, a nice photo of Finn basking in the sunlight but just for moment or two…Finn is off and running again….

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“Look Mommy, a turkey feather!!! It is so big, isn’t it? It must have been a very big turkey!!” Again, Finn is off and running. 🙂

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“Mommy, look…a birdhouse….I wonder if any birdies live here now?”

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I think that birds may be starting to build their nests Finn. This birdhouse stays on the porch of the cabin and not many people come this way….it is a good place for birds to build their nests. 🙂

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Finn stared inside with wonder and he shared…”I sure hope I get to see the baby birds one day.” I hope you do too Finn. ❤

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Look Finn, this old pot is another place where the birds are building a nest. Isn’t this so nice to see? Finn agreed with me 🙂

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“Oh Mommy, can we light the lantern now…please?” Not just now dear Finn, but let’s return and stay until dark and Daddy will light the lantern for you plus he will build a campfire for all of us to enjoy. S’mores for everyone as we sit around the campfire! 🙂

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Next Finn went into the cabin for a few photos. 🙂

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Finn really loves his Daddy’s tin poster of John Wayne. Finn loves to watch John Wayne on TV and Finn has said many times that he wants to be a hero one day. I told him that he has already captured that title in his Mommy’s storybook! 😉

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The only resident doll that stays in Daddy’s cabin.  A sweet little china head girl. 🙂

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Finn loves his new scarf that also keeps his hands warm. 🙂

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Finn up close without his hat. A dear, sweet boy.  I love you Finn. ❤

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Finn and I both want to thank you for visiting with us today. We hope you enjoyed this post of Finn in the woods around Sasha Shangri-La. ❤

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Finn waves goodbye and sends hugs and happy wishes for a wonderful week to come. 🙂 xxx

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A waterlogue image of Finn. ❤

A Happy Holiday Hello

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Happy Holidays from Ellen a 1966 NP girl wearing a lovely white cord dress made by a Passion for Sasha. 🙂

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Ellen loves her new dress. She is hoping to see her favorite brother Finn. I think that might happen. 🙂

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Meanwhile, Finn has been very busy this Christmas. His Secret Santa sent him many lovely gifts this yearl  I suggested to Finn that it was because he has been such a good boy. 🙂

Secret Santa also sent a gift for a sister and Finn chose Jessie.  Jessie, a 1967 NP girl, was so happy to receive a special present. 🙂

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They both opened their Secret Santa presents and Jessie received a fabulous pair of knitted stripy socks. She was thrilled! 🙂

Finn received wonderful handmade gifts of a green hat, scarf with built-in mittens on each end, socks, a lovely off white sweater and handsome brown cord overalls. 🙂

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Finn loves his new gifts very much. What a perfect hat and scarf for him! A truly wonderful Christmas gift from Secret Santas Ana and Kira in Indiana.  Thank you very much! 🙂

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Because Finn received a new Secret Santa sweater and hat, among other gifts, he was a most thoughtful boy and insisted that this new Kaffe Fassett design knitted sweater and hat by Diane Duke, that was meant for him, should now go to Drew instead. Drew is one happy boy and Finn is one generous boy! 🙂

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I love these sweaters! You might remember that Drew’s newly adopted brunette brothers (Bronson, Brodie, and Nico) all wore their Kaffe Fassett design knitted sets in an earlier post and Drew was the odd man out not having one though he said not a word.  Well, now Drew can join his brothers in a Kaffe line-up one day! 🙂

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Merry Christmas dear Drew. We can see why you like your new sweater. 🙂

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Now, back to Finn. Since Finn was such a good brother to Drew, I decided to gift to Finn a new sweater and hat set that just arrived at Sasha Shangri-La. 🙂

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Ta Da!!  It is a Sesame Street sweater by Rosie Laird and it is such fun for Finn! 🙂

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Finn’s friend Fetch also loves his sweater. 🙂

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Fetch, you are most fetching by Finn’s side and next to Cookie Monster! 🙂

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Lastly, Finn does join Ellen to thank you for visiting with us today. We appreciate your time very much! 🙂

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Ellen and Finn both wish you a wonderful holiday week leading up to a very Happy New Year’s Day in 2016. 🙂 xxx

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A couple of waterlogue images as a holiday gift for you. ❤

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