A Beautiful March Day

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It was a little chilly this morning and Morgen wanted to try on this pretty plaid coat made by Fanny Boiten. She particularly liked the handbag and the sweet dolly that belonged to my Mom. ❤

Morgen looks very nice in her new coat.

I love her sweet face. ❤

Morgen is already packing for her trip back to England. She is a real go-getter and I have yet to start packing.  I think I need a little encouragement. 😉

She said, “Mommy, what are you waiting for? I will help you pack for our trip!”

Having received such a generous offer of assistance, I agreed to start organizing this weekend. How exciting! Thank you Morgen for helping to motivate me. 😉

Look Morgen, here is Gertie! ❤

“Hi Gertie!  I am glad you came out to play!” 😊

“Hi Morgen!   Look, it has warmed up today!  It is 68 degrees and the sun is really shining too!”  😊

“I am wearing bib overalls made by Lorraine Tyler.  My leather shoes were made by Marti Murphy.”  ❤

“I think you can take your coat off Morgen now that it is so warm.” 🌞

Gertie on a beautiful March day. ❤

“Oh Morgen, I love your outfit!” ❤

Morgen picked this outfit made by A Passion for Sasha that was found on Shelly’s site with this adorable shoulder bag, red leather boots and blue knitted socks.😊

Red is a very good color for Morgen. 😊

“What a lovely day it is. I love being here at Sasha Shangri-La” ❤

Morgen loves to carry a handbag. ❤

“Gertie, come and see me.” 😊

Happy sisters. 😊

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Today was an unexpected sunny day and the daffodils bloomed here on Cow Creek  in February. Most unusual but welcomed. 😊

A very beautiful March day.  Gertie, Morgen, and I want to thank you for visiting with us and we hope you enjoyed this post.  Have a wonderful day and weekend too.  😊 xxx

A couple of waterlogue images to enjoy. ❤

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

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

 

 

Happy Birthday Greetings for Kendal

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Gertie very close

Gertie is getting so very excited about her return trip to England next month. She has missed her twin sister Edith and her Auntie Janet so very much in the past year. I just posted Gertie’s photograph on facebook to wish Kendal a very happy birthday celebration. Luckily, Gertie reminded me that Kendal may not see the greeting on facebook and that I should post it here on the Sasha Shangri-La blog 🙂

So, a very, very Happy Birthday dear Kendal. Gertie and  I, along with all of the Sasha family here at Sasha Shangri-La, are sending you the happiest of birthday wishes and we hope you have a most wonderful day of delightful and delicious birthday celebrations. ❤ xxx

Have a Very GOURDY Christmas!

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Gertie and Lizzy are so happy it is Christmas time! They both are holding beautiful Christmas stockings gifted to them by their Auntie Janet. ❤

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This lovely gourd was painted by Jessie Geesey. I love that he is a blue Santa. 🙂

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Gertie is excited! Santa Claus is coming tonight! 🙂

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“I have been a very good girl Santa” said Gertie. 🙂

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Lizzy is excited too! 🙂

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“I have been a good girl too Santa” said Lizzy. 🙂

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Brigitte loves this large Santa gourd also painted by Jesse Geesey.  Brigitte’s knitted stocking and bear were from Diane Duke last year at Christmas time. 🙂

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Brigitte has also been a very good girl this year. 🙂

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Santa up close. 🙂

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Merry Christmas to you from all of us at Sasha Shangri-La. 🙂 xxx

Please meet Lizzy, Gertie’s Sister

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Some of you may have seen this lovely photo taken by Janet Myhill Dabbs and posted on facebook. Janet hand painted this lovely girl and gave her a new life! She had previously been a Pintucks girls with a bobbed wig and overall needing a lot of help. Janet gave her a spa treatment, a new pintucks wig dyed to this delicious new chestnut  color, restrung her, and created the gorgeous outfit you see her wearing in the photo. This new girl’s name is Lizzy. ❤
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Gertie was so excited about meeting her new sister Lizzy. Gertie was looking and relooking at her photos and especially this photo of Lizzy taken with her twin, Edith. ❤

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So, a week or so later, Lizzy arrived at Sasha Shangri-La and this photo is the first photo taken of Lizzy with Gertie. 🙂

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Gertie and Lizzy together. I braided Lizzy’s hair because I love braids so very much. Braids remind me of when I was a little girl and they also remind me of my Mom who wore braids most of her childhood. Her braids were captured in many old photos that I now treasure dearly. ❤

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An up close photo of Gertie and Lizzy. 🙂

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Gertie brought her dear ragbaby, a gift from Edith and Janet, to share with Lizzy and help her to feel at home. 🙂

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Lizzy was so happy to hug the ragbaby. 🙂

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Lizzy presented a gift from Edith to Gertie.

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Gertie was so happy to receive this handmade sling shot and bag with ammunition! Gertie wants to practice her accuracy on Dad’s firing range one day soon. 😉

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A delightful and thoughtful gift from Edith and so very special with a forked twig from Gertie’s homeland in the UK. Thank you so very much Edith and Mommy Janet too! 🙂

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A touch of the hand and a tender moment between sisters. ❤

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Much love between these two dear sisters. ❤

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Now, let’s look at a few photos of just Lizzy. Janet used vintage William Morris fabric. I love this pinafore and its lovely, muted colors. ❤

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Her clogs are woolen and have a nice accent of an embroidered pattern. 🙂

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A close up of Lizzy to better see her eyes and I love those freckles too! ❤

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Dear Lizzy ❤

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Lizzy again. 🙂

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I think Lizzy will love her new home here at Sasha Shangri-La. ❤

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Gertie rejoins her sister. 🙂

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A nice, full view of the happy pair. 🙂

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In parting, a watercolor (computer generated) of Lizzy for you to enjoy. Thank you for visiting us and we hope you enjoyed this post! Lizzy, Gertie and I are sending you hugs and happy wishes for a wonderful week to come! 🙂 xxx

Please Welcome Gertie and Heidi to Sasha Shangri-La

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This is my darling Gertie that was repainted by Janet Myhill-Dabbs recently.  She is a twin to Janet’s “Edith” and they were both on display at the recent Sasha Celebration weekend in the UK.  Gertie has really touched my heart in a very special way. ❤

 

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Gertie came to me in this lovely outfit and it is perfect with her coloring. ❤

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A nice closer view of Gertie.  She was previously a Pinntucks girls before her repainting.  Janet dyed her wig and styled it into plaits which I love ❤

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Gertie was barefooted so I added the hand knitted socks and nice leather JJ shoes.

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A side view of Gertie.  Gertie was inspired by a vinyl girl that sold on ebay recently and she was handpainted by Sasha Morgenthaler. 🙂

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A closer view of Gertie.  It was windy that day so please ignore the wayward hairs strands.

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Another full length view of sweet Gertie. ❤

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She looks nice with her plaits behind her shoulders too.  I am totally smitten and so I took many photos. ❤

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A real close-up photo for you to see.  I am so amazed at Janet’s artistic talents and her other talents too. 🙂

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This sweet girl is Heidi and she was previously a 70’s Trendon girl and Janet has wonderfully repainted her face. ❤

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Some of you may have seen Heidi on facebook where Janet showed her in this farm pants outfit with duffle coat.  Also, some of you may have seen Heidi on display at the recent Sasha Celebration weekend.  Heidi’s eye painting was inspired by a very early Gotz girl that sold on ebay recently and that girl was wearing this outfit. 🙂

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Heidi’s dress was made by Frances Trickett. If you look closely, you will see tiny little beads that line the neck and arm openings on this wonderful dress. Such nice detailing. Heidi’s white leather sandals were made by Jean Jensen. 🙂

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A closer view of Heidi’s pretty face. 🙂

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I took a few photos of Heidi with Gertie. They both traveled to Sasha Shangri-La in the same box and have become great friends! 🙂

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A full length view of Heidi and Gertie. 🙂

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Hi there girls, are you taking-in your new surroundings? 😉

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A final photo and both girls and I want to kindly thank you for visiting us here at Sasha Shangri-La.  We are sending you big hugs and happy wishes for a wonderful weekend to come! 🙂 xxx