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Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter Egg hunt

Florence, Laura and Miranda were admiring the spring flowers in the garden
Laura was taken with the pretty pink flower, while Miranda was peering at a viola
"Look, the dianthus flower is the same colour as your dress Miranda" said Laura 
Florence loved the violas and primroses
then she spotted a duck and an egg beside the flowers
"Look Florence, I've found another duck and egg" said Laura
"I wasn't expecting any Easter eggs or ducks in the garden" exclaimed Florence 
"Look, here is another duck and egg" called Miranda
Suddenly the girls spotted the tree all decorated with eggs
"Oh, an Easter Tree" they cried, as they clustered around the tree
They started gathering all the eggs from the tree to take indoors to the family
Laura reached for a blue egg
They filled the basket they found at the base of the tree with all the eggs and ducks to join the chick which was already in the basket.
The Easter basket for all the doll family
Indoors the girls showed the basket of eggs, chick and ducks to baby Mabel
Baby Mabel hoped they were all for her,
but she thinks she might have to share them with the others
Happy Easter Monday to all our doll friends, with a special thank you to Sarah Williams, who at Christmas time when she sent the beautiful Vintage Sasha coat and hat set for Laura which I'd commissioned, also enclosed a bundle of clothes she had bought in the past which she no longer wanted and thought that my younger daughter might like.  These four lovely dresses and Florence's red socks were included.  Also a special thank you to Rosie Shortell who sent the gorgeous blue shoes for Laura as part of a thank you gift for something my daughter wrote for the 2015 souvenir booklet for the Sasha Festival in the USA (which sadly we cannot attend).

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Hello Kit

On a cosy winter day Lady Crazie found the perfect perch on Laura's shoulder as she read to her new little friend Kit.  They found a book in the bookcase about spinning tops (which came with its very own top) and were learning about some of the tricks and techniques of spinning tops.

Laura, Lady Crazie and Kit read about tops
Laura turned the page
Lady Crazie, Laura and Kit look at a picture of lots of different tops
Lady Crazie and Laura
Lady Crazie, Laura and Kit
The bookcase, with another spinning top,
a mini cooper and the little music box from Waldkirch
If you are wondering about Kit and when she arrived, well a certain little girl had her birthday in February and Kit with her mini book was one of the gifts she received.  Kit was one of 3 mini American Girl dolls I bought during my wonderful trip to the AG doll shop with Norvell in Washington DC last November.  Some of the things I bought were Christmas gifts (and I haven't blogged about them all yet) and some were birthday gifts for my younger daughter.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Welsh doll

At Trefoil Guild this week one of the group gave us a Welsh night, to celebrate St David's day.  The first activity (apart from learning a few Welsh words) was to make a Welsh peg doll.  Our friend had carefully prepared all the parts along with a sheet of instructions so all we had to do was glue everything together in the correct order.

We used UHU glue, which wasn't really the right stuff for this project (a white multi purpose craft glue would have better) however even though we all got a bit sticky, everyone managed to create their Welsh doll successfully.

I didn't manage to get everyone to do a group photo of their dolls, I took lots of individual photos and below are some of the dolls.

Mine had a red and white check skirt.  Some had black and white check skirts instead. The hats were pre-made with the lace glued in place (this was to save us time).  The hair was short pieces of wool, ready cut, the arms are pipe cleaners (some of us had brown, some white or black).  The feet were made of a lump of clay which had been cut, dried and painted in advance, the bottom of the peg legs glued into the holes in the top of the lump.  It was a good idea, as it had weight and helped the doll stand upright.

My Welsh peg doll
Another doll with the red and white skirt - I like her eyebrows
This girl likes her skirt a bit shorter
A Welsh doll with the black and white skirt
This Welsh doll looks quite elegant
This was a fun short project, easy to assemble in about 20 minutes and quite appropriate for the week of the Japanese Doll Festival and just after a Welsh Patron Saint.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Thank you Sasha, John and Sara

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago, however have been unable to spare a moment to update the blog until now (family, day job and volunteer project have to come first).

(back row l-r) Miranda, Trendon Elliott, Laura, Reuben, Florence
(front row l-r) Baby Leo, Nicholas James, Baby Mabel
say 'thank you Sasha, John and Sara'
This is our tribute from all 8 of our Trendon Sasha dolls (our entire Sasha family, we have no Gotz Sashas) to the memory of Sasha Morgenthaler, John Doggart and Sara Doggart.  Sara died on 26th January in her 102nd year.  Without Sara and John, the Trendon versions of Sasha's wonderful dolls would never have come into being.  They have provided countless hours of fun for many children and adults with these beautiful dolls.

Some of the tributes to Sara on other blogs include:
Lorraine (with Henry)

The day before Sara died, Theresa had published the following article on her blog which is Brenda Walton's story about working with Sasha, John and Sara on the Trendon dolls

Thank you Sasha, John and Sara for these wonderful dolls and the pleasure they give.  May you all rest in peace.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Blue eyed boy

Some close up photos of Trendon Elliott's eyes.  Today I washed his hair - it wasn't dirty but his fringe wasn't behaving properly (a bit like the fringe of his little brother baby Leo, whose hair I also washed).  Trendon had a sock placed over his damp hair and later his hair was much better behaved.  Leo is still enduring the indignity of the sock treatment.

Trendon Elliott with a beany hat
Close up of Trendon Elliott's puddle eyes
without the beany hat - fringe tamed
He has a hook and bar with a white neck ring, I'm told this means he was made before June 1974 which means he is likely to be a Blond Denims boy.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Welcome Trendon Elliott

Miranda would like to introduce you to her new brother, Trendon Elliott.  He has come to join the family, and also the T*R*E*N*D*O*N gang, initiated by the combined efforts of Sasha Village and Simply Sasha towards the end of last year.

Miranda and Trendon Elliott 
comparing their eyes
Trendon Elliott
We weren't sure until he arrived whether he would be a full member of the gang (Trendon had to be his first name) or an associate member (Trendon as the second name), however after consulting the names book and testing out various options, my younger daughter chose Elliott.  So maybe his next clothing change will be to wear the Elliott shirt which is usually worn by Nicholas James.  He is wearing the clothes he brought with him (a lovely knitted blue sweater, white trousers and socks).  My daughter decided he couldn't be introduced to the others until he put on some shoes, so he is wearing one of the pairs of 2012 Sasha Festival trainers.

We are not sure if he is a Denims boy or a Blue suit boy (he has been restrung and has none of his original clothes), he has lovely puddle eyes, two toned blond hair and a larger silver wrist tag, which (according to the Sasha Dolls: Serie Identification book) means he was made in the period of 1970-1974.  I will take better photos of him during the day, as these don't do him justice (Shelly's photos of him are nicer).

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Lady Crazie visits the Gingerbread House

It is Epiphany, the Christmas decorations have been packed away apart from the crib scene as the Wise Men have come to visit.  However one item from Christmastide hasn't gone. In fact, I only made it a week after Christmas day - the gingerbread was cut and baked on 31 December 2014, the icing and assembly of the house was done on 1 January 2015.  This was my first attempt at a Gingerbread house (pretty messy) and Lady Crazie, all the way from Germany where these houses are very traditional, came to inspect our efforts, along with her new friends Clemence the bear and and Laura's Owl.

Owl and Lady Crazie perched on the Gingerbread house while Clemence enjoyed the rich smell of Gingerbread and icing
Owl liked his perch on the chimney, while Lady Crazie liked the roof
Clemence wanted to sample the house, but was afraid of upsetting the owner
Lady Crazie and Owl chirped and hooted to each other on the roof
Clemence tried the front door to see if anyone was at home
Clemence peered around the side of the Gingerbread house, was anyone there?
While the owl and Lady Crazie chirped and hooted at each other,
Clemence the bear went exploring round the house
to see if anyone was at home, he even looked through the back windows
Clemence peered around from the back of the house
Clemence was quite sure by this time that no one was at home,
Lady Crazie checked the front door again just to be sure.
Lady Crazie sat on the front door step of the Gingerbread house
Lady Crazie seemed to like the house, the owl came to perch on the roof
Clemence started to gnaw off some of the icing snow on the roof
The owl pecked at the roof icing
then flew with a piece of icing in his beak to the chimney perch
Clemence sat down to enjoy his piece of icing, with Lady Crazie
Lady Crazie with the gifts she brought from the Sasha Commoneos
The chocolates which Lady Crazie brought with her didn't last very long, my younger daughter (who helped me with this scene) ate the last one - the wrapper is shown in the photo above.  Also shown is a gorgeous little Christmas card, two beautiful miniature wooden reindeer and a photo card of the Sasha Commoneo family and Lady Crazie with her family whom she has left at home.  Thank you Anne for sending her to us, she has now gone upstairs (safely away from our dog), so who knows what adventures she will encounter next in our home.