Heaven in England – Part 5

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The Sasha Celebration Weekend (SCW) Findings or also known as “The Loot”

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A perfect name tag and the tiny shoes were in our Sasha bags and their Sasha-colored ribbons memorialize the 2nd Sasha Celebration Weekend 2016.

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A simply fantastic owl sweater, hat and trousers made by Emma Flood.  The display of her hand-made clothing pieces is perfection. 🙂

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Diane Duke brought these two amazing mini-Kafee sweaters to the SCW since I had placed a recent order with her.  Wonderful in every way!

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Colorful and varied tights from Petrana.

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Amazing cardigan knitted by Linda Simpson.

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Colorful toddler coat by Judith of Dollydoodles.

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Pretty play set for Sasha by Dollydoodles.

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Red t-shirt by Dollydoodles.  The knitted socks were made by Jane Woodward and I bought another pair which I could not locate.  I think they are on a Sasha though.

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Two pairs of much needed handsome trousers and a lovely sweater made by Lorraine.

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Gorgeous smocked dress and pinafore for a Studio or Course doll and made by Marilyn Hotchkiss.  They fit perfectly!

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Lovely smocked goose dress for Sasha also made by Marilyn Hotchkiss.

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Upon my arrival at Janet’s house, she had ready made several wonderful outfits that I had requested.  This outfit worn by Gertie was made by Janet to include her knitted stripy socks.

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Close up view.  I think this outfit is perfect for Gertie to wear most days. 🙂

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Janet made this outfit and Gertie wore it to the SCW.

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Janet made this lovely Maid Marian outfit for my course doll, Mary.

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Janet made these lovely pieces to go with Mary’s original dress.

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Gwennie is modeling her “new” Sasha original tagged dress and the wonderful knitted cardigan and hat made by Janet.

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A close up photo of my Gwennie.  Thank you dear Janet. ❤

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Brigitte is modeling the new cardigan and matching beret for us today.  Janet knitted them for us.

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I could not resist adding Janet’s Studio Doll Project book to my cherished Sasha book collection. ❤

Well, you might be asking, did you buy a Sasha doll.  Well, yes I did and I am so thrilled to add this precious girl to the Sasha Shangri-La family.  I am happy to introduce…..drum roll please………………………………

 

 

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Please meet Janet a very lovely side part brunette NP made in 1967 and with non-falling hair!  She is wearing a new outfit and her Rosie Bloom shoes were selected by me at the SCW raffle.  Fabulous shoes!  Her dress was donated by Jackie Kraemer and was also selected at the SCW raffle.  While visiting with Tricia afterwards, we noticed the sleeves were a bit big for these petite girl. So, Tricia created juliette-styled sleeves by sewing gathers in places.  I love the look, thank you Tricia!

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Close up shoe photo.

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Close up photo of Janet.  Who is that?  Tucked under her arm???

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It is Fergus and a simply wonderful bear. Fergus was a gift from a dear Sasha friend and given to me at the SCW.  I love him!!!  Janet immediately bonded with Fergus too and they are now inseparable.  Fergus has helped her adjust to her new home. 🙂

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I saw Janet on the first day of the SCW but the owner was unsure about whether to part with her.  On the last day, Sunday, the owner brought the doll over to where Janet and I were sitting and we both were admiring the doll.  I shyly asked if she had decided whether to part with her and she said yes!  So Janet came home with me to join our Sasha family.  I did rename this lovely girl because Janet just seemed like the perfect name for her. ❤

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Janet’s outfit that she wore at the SCW.

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Lovely steel blue corduroy dress by Irene and leather shoes.

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Janet’s drawstring travel bag was gifted by the previous owner and it is the softest linen with hand embroidery to include a heart.  Just so wonderful. ❤

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A close up of Janet and Fergus. ❤

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After returning home, we unwrapped Finn’s ostrich marionette and we were so happy it made it back in one piece.  Well designed DollMum! 🙂

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A close up of the ostrich. 🙂

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A beautiful outfit by Frances Tricket I selected at the raffle.

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A thoughtful gift from Kendal and I think I did see her passing these out to the group. Bronson has his eye on these toys! 😉

 

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Gifts from Janet and she picked them up at the pound table during the SCW.  Very nice vintage handbags!

 

As a note, I packed for this trip very lightly.  I had one carry on bag and one brief case which served to hold the dolls and my handbag items. I did this because I had a very tight connection in the airport coming back which would not be possible if I had checked luggage. I proceeded by looking up on the internet how to pack for 10 days using carry on luggage and it really helped to downsize and pack properly.  However, once I added the lovely new Janet, my Mary that had been staying with Janet since I adopted her from Shelly’s site, plus all of the items above, I no longer had room for everything.  I left Mary with Tricia who will bring her next month to the Festival.  Mary is happily visiting with Tricia’s doll family.  Also, I left a couple of purchases and some clothing at Janet’s house and some items at Tricia’s house too.  I was prepared to mail them back to me but Tricia and Janet have room for these things since they want to have room for their Festival purchases that must return in the luggage.  At the end of the day, it all sorted out nicely and I was able to catch that plane out of Boston on the way home. 🙂

 

Janet waterlogue

A waterlogue image of Janet for you to see.  Thank you for visiting Sasha Shangri-La today and the next post will cover the amazing trip with Tricia to Paris, France! 🙂 xxx

 

 

 

 

Mary

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This is a precious childhood photo of my Mom, Mary. There were several poses of her taken at this time and this pose is the one her Mom kept, my Granny, Adeline.  Other poses were given to Mom’s aunts and uncles. One photo went into my great Uncle Fred’s wallet as he left to go overseas to fight in World War II. He was unmarried at the time and his niece, Mary, he loved liked a daughter. ❤

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From the black and white photo in his wallet, Uncle Fred commissioned this painting of Mom and we are blessed that it made it back to us in the USA. It has been cherished ever since that time. Mom’s hair color was a golden brown with some red highlights but that, of course, did not show up in the black and white photo used to paint her portrait.  She always wore her hair in plaits until she reached her high school years. She saved locks of her hair in her cedar lined keepsake box which is how I know of the color and it was very similar to my own hair color though mine was more reddish or ginger colored. 😉

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This photo and the next one were taken by Shelly. Some of you might have seen this dear Sasha course doll recently up for adoption on Shelly’s site.   I was the lucky Mom this time!

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Though described as a waif, her expression tugged at my heart and I asked Shelly to send me a close-up of her and….

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Shelly sent this photo which won my hear completely.  The small dent on the middle of her forehead and her quirky left brow really touched my heart. ❤

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This photo, and those that follow, were taken by Janet Myhill-Dabbs after she received the waif course doll that Shelly kindly shipped to her.  Janet agreed to remove any stray marks from her face and sort out her hair which was like a “bird’s nest” and pulling away from her head. Also, Janet kindly agreed to help this dear one to start a wardrobe. 🙂

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The bird’s nest up close! 😉

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Drum roll please…….I am happy for you to meet Mary after she has had her spa treatment and she is wearing her new cardigan and matching hat with very lush and lovely ribbons in her hair! 🙂

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A side view showing her sweet profile.

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The back view showing her much improved hair and lovely cardigan. 🙂

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Mary is sitting with Janet’s Nellie and some of you may have seen some of these photos on facebook this past week posted by Janet. We both agreed that these two will be on display at the Sasha Celebration Weekend in May.  So until then, I will blow kisses and send hugs to Mary across the Pond. 🙂

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Lastly, Mary’s expression with her special quirky brow does remind me of my dear Mom. Her hair color and plaits remind me of Mom’s war-time portrait.  Mom has been on my heart a lot lately and she is always on my mind. She passed away in April 2004 and I miss her now more than ever. The extreme pain has subsided though and now my memories bring warm, loving, and consoling thoughts to my mind.  As a doll collector and lover of dolls, I like to think that Mom would be very pleased to know that Mary was named after her. ❤

Mary and I both want to thank you for visiting with us today. We hope you enjoyed this post. We both are sending you hugs and happy wishes for the beautiful week to come! 🙂 xxx