It was the night before Christmas and nothing was stirring not even a mouse.

Are you kidding it was mayhem in the Sasha house, everyone was so excited about Father Christmas coming, that poor Polly was having trouble trying to keep everyone calm, as she read, The Night Before Christmas.

 

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Now says Polly “listen to this story and then it is off to bed otherwise Father Christmas will not visit you”

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Polly began to read to the others, but a very excited Dot butted in and started chattering about what Father Christmas was going to bring her.

 

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Right that’s it, says an exasperated Polly, “Christmas is not about Father Christmas bringing you presents. It is a special day to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.”

Please tell us says Marina

 

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oh, yes please says Dot “I will be good and  listen”

 

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Gitta

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Ruth and Bam Bam

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settled down comfortably   and listened  as  Polly told them, the story of baby Jesus.

 

Once  a long long time ago, some shepherd’s saw a bright star shining in the sky.

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The shepherd’s decide to follow the star

 

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Meanwhile in a little town called Nazareth, a lady called Mary and her husband called Joseph were travelling by donkey trying to find somewhere to stay for the night.

 

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Every time they came to an Inn, it was full and Mary had been told that she was going to have a baby, who would be called Jesus and he would be the son of God, so they really needed somewhere to stay.

They came to another Inn and Joseph spoke to the Inn keeper

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The Inn keeper had no room at the Inn, but he said that Mary and Joseph could stay in the barn with the animals

And it was there in that barn the little baby Jesus was born and Mary laid him in a manger for a bed.

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The shepherd’s that had been following the star come to see the baby Jesus and so do the three wise men baring gifts of gold frankincense and Mir.

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so you see Christmas is about celebrating the birth of baby Jesus, although it is also nice to receive Christmas presents from Father Christmas if you have been a good boy or girl.

so says Polly off you go to bed or Father Christmas will not come.

 

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After everyone had gone to bed, Polly had a look around the room to make sure everything was in its place.

 

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Now in the bedroom Dot and Bam Bam were trying hard to go to sleep.

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Dot tells Bam Bam to go to sleep

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Ok, night night Dot x

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Just after Midnight presents start to appear in the bedroom and it looks like Father Christmas is delivering Dot and BamBam’s presents.

 

First Father Christmas checks they are asleep!

 

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Ah , yes fast asleep, so time for Father Christmas to set to work.

 

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Father Christmas is a little short this year so make good use of the parcels being delivered.

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Final push and the presents are delivered

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The fireplace looks good

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Stockings in place.

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Parcels under the tree

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A good job done and now I can’t wait to see their faces in the morning.

Good night!!

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and thank you for following us throughout 2015 and may 2016 be a good year for all of us.

 

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MERRY CHRISTHAS TO EVERYONE FROM THE SASHA EMPORIUM

As you can see Twizel is very proud of her Christmas window display this year.

 

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The Angel on the tree is getting a lot of attention from our resident reindeer.

 

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Merry Christmas From Hope

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Merry Christmas from the Babies

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Merry Christmas from Frechdachs and Freya

 

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Merry Christmas From Charity

 

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Merry Christmas from Trendon O’Neill

 

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Merry Christmas from Charlotte

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Merry Christmas from Mr G and…….

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Caleb (who are loving their new outfits by Sarah Williams)

 

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Merry Christmas from Morna

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Merry Christmas from Pippin and Michael

 

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Merry Christmas from Tess

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Merry Christmas from Nuru and Gracie

 

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Merry Christmas from Little Flower

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Merry Christmas from Pierrot  and…….

 

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Twizel xx

 

Hi Everyone as you may have seen from an earlier post that  this is my new blog address as from the 15 Dec Blog .co .uk will no longer exist.

 

Now without further ado here is the next profile  and it comes from the lovely Cathy Himmel, enjoy!

 

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Hello. I am Cathy Himmel.
My family history has 2 stories which includes the well-established land-owners who have been here before there was a United States of America, and the story of relatively more recent arrivals, hoping to, and eventually attaining the “American Dream.”
My mother’s side is primarily German Anabaptists who were being persecuted in Germany and Switzerland, who saw the promise of religious freedom through William Penn’s agents in Europe trying to populate Pennsylvania.  Arriving in as early as 1683, they were patriots who’ve fought along side George Washington in the Battle of Brooklyn, and who joined and fought in the Pennsylvania militia for American independence.  My ancestors are among the original 6 families who established farms in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as land-owners are well documented throughout history.  One ancestor, who volunteered for the union army immediately upon Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteers, actually had an audience with Lincoln and Secretary of War Seward upon arriving in Washington DC to protect the city from the south’s rebels.  Most notably, on my mother’s side, former president Dwight D. Eisenhower is my 4th cousin, 3 times removed.
My father’s side are eastern European immigrants from the 1890’s and early 1900’s.  One side is a family of ethnic Croats living in Serbia, who immigrated to Baltimore just months after the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.  My great-grandfather Sandor Lukenich evenutally sent for his wife, daughter, in-laws, brothers and their families.  He probably couldn’t have come to the USA at a better time, not only was his home in Serbia mere miles away from the first shots of WWI less than a decade out, but also Baltimore was in a gargantuan re-building era and he was able to rebuild a life along with it and within 40 years not only had his own successful, thriving business. He also owned a summer home on the Chesapeake Bay.  An extended family estimated today to be well over 250 people owe their lives in the U.S. to my great-grandfather Sandor Lukenich, who struck out on his own, leaving behind everyone in Serbia for a better life in America.
Fast forward to the year 1953 when my parents Ken and Fay were married.  My mom was a home maker. My Dad worked for the B&O Railroad handling waybills and data processing, this was his launch into computers and systems design. It was also during 1953 when my Dad was drafted into the U.S. Army and served a couple years. I was born in 1954 at the Ft. Meade Army Hospital, the eldest of three.  My Dad moved on to working in computer programing as Systems Design Engineer with Olin Chemicals, the Department of the Navy as well as Social Security where he retired, however continued to work as an independent contractor until 1995.
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(Above Early photo of me when I was two and a half with my mom and dad at the Shore on the Chesapeake Bay.)

I had a happy childhood and can reference my parents similar to the television characters Ward and June Cleaver. Now, it may not have been that way all the time. But I was a mere child and not mindful of adult difficulties. My fondest memories were of our summers at the shore on the Chesapeake Bay which my great grandfather Lukenich owned. Spending the summers with several cousins, swimming, catching the Maryland blue crabs, walking to the well known beach club called Kurtz’s where I would play the nickel slot machines, at an age younger than 10 and buy candy with my winnings.
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(Above An early photo of my family around Christmas. I am sitting on my uncle’s lap holding a Barbie Doll.)
Dolls have always been a part of my life. I remember having all those popular dolls, Patty Play Pal, Chatty Cathy, Thumbelina and of course Barbie. Our house was small and I had to share my bedroom with my sister Carol, who was 5 years younger than me. We fought like cats and dogs all the time. Carol would always get into my dolls which would cause a world war.  My sister and I had a very strained relationship growing up, but is not the case now that we are much older. Funny how life changes things. My brother Kenny, the middle child got along with everyone, he was always so laid back, still to this day. He is the one who has been actively researching our ancestry coming up with so much history using ancestry.com.  Anyway, although I loved my dolls, I was not one to sit and play with them very long as I was a bit rambunctious, I loved to play outdoors and climbing trees. I also was not one to sit and study. I hated school and just wanted to play. We lived in 5 different homes by the time I graduated from high school.
After high school, I chose not to continue my education and got a job working with the State of Maryland in the claims department of an auto insurance company.
My husband and I met in the summer of 1977 at a boat party of a friend where there were lots of Maryland Blue Crabs and beer to be had. My husband and I were married in 1979 in a very small country church with only a small gathering of family and friends.  My husband Leo is a Systems Engineer for the Rail Industry. However, he started his career at the very bottom, digging ditches on the railroad in Washington DC when he was 23 years old. He has gone very far in his career and is highly acclaimed in the rail industry. He has been involved in 13 rail jobs nation wide.  We lived in Maryland and had purchased our second house which had enough room for a growing family.
It was shortly after this time, in 1981 after 28 years of marriage, my parents ended their relationship and divorced. I dearly love both my parents, they gave me so much, and instilled the values I hold today which my husband and I passed onto our children.  It was at this point where my mom, with only an 8th grade education was thrust out into the world and forced to search employment. So with her shoulders back and her chin up, she faced her fears and found that employment. She worked at Maryland Cup then Maryland National Bank until she proceeded to obtain her GED, then worked and retired from the University of Maryland. My mom did all that on her own. I am very proud of her, she is my mentor.
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 (Above My mentor. My mom loves Sasha too!)
It was the year 1982 when my first child was born, a son we named Charles. Then three years later a second child another son, Matthew. It was in 1986 our daughter graced us with her presence, Beth was born. In five years time it was quite the whirlwind  taking care of three young children.
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(Above A photo of my daughter Beth surrounded by my collection way back.)
In 1987 my husband took a job in the Boston area, we packed up our three very young children and relocated to Massachusetts. Although I have done my fair share of moving from one place to another as a child, being the adult and a mom, relocating was quite the adventure.
It was during my time in Massachusetts where I found Sasha. And of course as you are all well aware, it never stops at just one. My first Sasha dolls were the Trentons, and it seemed I just couldn’t get enough of them. I wasn’t happy with just having a Sasha doll or two or three. I had to learn about them as well. So I purchased the 3 sets of Sasha Charts (my Sasha Bible) from Susanna so that I could learn all about the Sasha dolls. As time went on, I would  admire them, and play with them. But caring for three young children while my husband did extensive traveling nationwide was exhausting, so my Sasha dolls didn’t get the attention back then which they get now.
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 (Above My early Cora who I have named Truffles and her horse Coffee)
After 17 years passed living in Massachusetts, and after the kids had grown into well respected adults, my husband took a job in Dallas Texas. So Leo and I packed only what we can carry in the “wagon” leaving everything and everybody behind, and moved to Texas. It was this time when my Sasha collection took off. And my desire to reach out to like minded Sasha people took hold. I went on line and found the Yahoo group The Sasha Mart. Most of my Sasha friends know me from the Mart as Cathy in Texas. I was very excited to find so many wonderful Sashaphiles from so many interesting places around the globe. And it holds true even today, these same dear Sasha friends from so many years back are still considered my Sasha friends even though I’m not active at the Mart, I am so happy that we touch base on the FB groups. Over time I purchased Dorisanne’s book Sasha Dolls Through the Years, then Susanna’s book with the two Ann’s, Sasha Dolls Serie Identification. Anne Votaw’s Sasha Dolls the History, and Sasha-Puppen by Benteli Verlag Bern. It was also this time where I realized that I loved photographing my dolls especially the Sasha dolls. I find them so endearing and photogenic.
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(Above  Piper Autumn was an inspiration for the 2014 Sasha Festival held in Phoenix )
After five short years in Texas, my husband accepted a job in the Washington DC area. Almost a full circle from where we began way back in 1977. We then picked up and moved back to Maryland. However we only stayed in Maryland for three years before  my husband learned that his office was moving further away, not by much but it was already taking him hours to drive to and from work, so we picked up yet again and moved to Virginia.  A lot of moving in such a short time, I know.
And still my love of the Sasha dolls increases. I have learned quite a lot in over the 20 years of collecting Sasha and still am learning about them. I find it so fascinating that the Sasha dolls are simply not “black and white”. There are so many variations of the Sasha dolls that one will be learning for many years as I have, still seeing and finding the unusual, the unique.
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 (Above Robin enjoys the autumn weather. Robin is a rare saucer eyed no-navel)
For me, a doll collection doesn’t stop at purchasing a doll and displaying it. I love to create a character, or a mood, photograph, create stories. Play with my photographs to create a different effect.  I also learned that in order to get what I needed out of a photograph I needed to upgrade my camera, I just couldn’t settle and had to have more from my photos.  The more advanced the camera, the less difficult it was for me to attain what I needed to achieve in a photograph. Still, I was not satisfied until just recently when my wonderful husband gave me a very special Nikon which I love and use almost every single day, and I am still learning how to get THAT particular photo I strive for.
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 (Above Fall day play with Frankie)
I am honored to have been approached with requests for my photos to be a part of the past Sasha Festivals, thereby being auctioned off, proceeds going to charity.
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 (Above A collage of the projects I completed for the 2014-15 Sasha festival)
It is such an honor and a great accomplishment for my photos to be considered as art.
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(Above I have recently acquired a collection of the Course. I love these very unique dolls! A whole new dimension of collection the Sasha Doll. Course Tobin and Tatum  )
Carmen waits
(Above Photo of Sasha called, Waiting.)
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(Above Tobin and his bear day dream, wishing for better weather. )
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(Above This is a very recent photo of my Course Tobin. I just had to include it. Tobin wears a fair Tibetan wig, the breezy this day played on his hair a bit.  With a little bit of imagination, you  can see from his expression that the wind is blowing in his face.)
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(Above Black and white of my Studio Hybrid Annika)
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(Above Black and White of my Course Alma)
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(Above My OOAK Pierrot by Artist Janet Myhill Dabbs.  My Pierrot is lovingly created, Janet’s rendition of the beloved  Pierrot  once owned by Sasha Morgenthaler herself. My pierrot’s name is Pascal)
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(Above My Wampanoag.  He is part of a set. I get them out every year during our Thanksgiving. His ensemble was created by Artist Mary Madeco-Smith)
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(Above Magill a no navel)
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(Above Charlie climbs a tree)
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(Above Holiday Charlie)
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(Above Snow day with LissAnne)
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(Above one of my personal favourites of Cathy’s photos Charlie the Christmas Angel)
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OOAK Lydia by Artist Janet Myhill Dabbs. Farm Girl Lydia was part of Janet’s series her rendition of the Sasha Studio)
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(Above My Asian couple Toshi by Janet MyHill Dabbs. And Kayna by Kelly Wenarski)
Piper and Cathy
(Above Piper and Me.  Piper is one of my first Gotz slate eyed girl.)
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(Above Annika’s profile photo)
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 (Above Shelly and me. Shelly is Studio IV. I love this mold as she appears to have that “Mona Lisa” smile.)
I have many special people to thank for this particular journey of mine from my mom, husband, and daughter, who have given me support which enabled me to achieve a higher expectation. Also to so many wonderful Sasha people who have given me insight as well as helped me to achieve my goals.
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(Above  Shelly B&W all original. )
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Annika and me. Annika is my Studio hybrid. )

I also feel honored to be a part of Theresa’s “From Childhood to Sasha” profile with so many well established Sashaphiles. Thank you.

 

Foot Note:

Cathy thank you so much for sharing you story with us. I love your photos and look forward to seeing many more.

Please do not copy or download any of Cathy’s photos without her permission.

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A very warm welcome to our first newsletter for the Second Sasha Celebration.
May 2015 saw the first Celebration weekend, envisioned and organised by Janet Myhill-Dabbs. It allowed just over 30 of us to get to know each other, look at each other’s’ dolls, view the display of Janet’s Studio Doll Project, learn new skills in workshops and exchange ideas, hints and tips. It was so successful that Janet has agreed to run it again next year – and there are over 40 of us attending. Janet was supported by Theresa and Tricia as hostesses for our first Sasha Celebration Weekend and they are delighted to resume their roles.
Our Venue is the Eastwood Hall Hotel Nottingham. It is a country hall hotel and conference centre with pleasant rooms and a good restaurant where we will have breakfast and dinner. We also have unlimited tea/coffee, snacks and cold drinks during our ‘conference’ on Saturday
The hotel is set in  beautiful, extensive grounds, which you are free to explore, and there is also an indoor pool and spa available for guests, if you can tear yourself away from Sasha’s! If you would like to view the hotel’s website, go to http://www.eastwoodhallhotel.co.uk.
(Saturday lunch will be provided, with arrangements explained in a later newsletter)

Main Events of the weekend (provisional)
Special Sasha Display – Kendal Hackney has kindly agreed to display her amazing collection of Sasha’s – almost certainly the only chance most of us will ever get to see these wonderful dolls, lovingly collected by Kendal and dressed with such impeccable taste. If anyone isn’t aware of Kendal’s blog, the link is https://kendalssashabrood.wordpress.com/  ( … and yes, the banner photos are some of Kendal’s dolls)
Craft activities Anna Page (aka Doll Mum) creates hand crafted, Sasha sized toys and following the success of last year’s mini trains, has agreed to teach a another toy-making workshop. Anna’s blog is   http://dollmum.blogspot.co.uk/
Judith Easthope (aka Dollydoodles) makes high quality modern casual clothes for Sashas and has kindly agreed to run a craft session this year. Judith’s sales page is http://www.dollydoodles.co.uk/
Theresa O’Neill restores Sasha’s and makes lovely outfits and accessories. She is going to help us make masks for our Sasha’s along with a few other goodies.
Jane Woodward and Emma Flood are also working on workshop ideas.
Raffle: There will be two top prizes: a very special doll donated and dressed by Rosie Shortell and a customised doll clothed by Janet Myhill-Dabbs.

We would be delighted to accept Sasha-related donations for other prizes – please send them to us in advance, or bring them to the event (but send us a photo so we can ‘tantalise’ people).

Last year our donors were extremely generous and it meant that everyone won a prize and, more importantly, we were able to send over £650 to our chosen charity  Save The Children. This sum was then matched by the CFA, the charitable organisation of the Sasha Festival.
Sales tables: (so do bring along items you wish to sell along with those important doll pennies!) The ‘cost’ of a sales table is a donation to the raffle.

Your Hostesses We aim to ensure that you have a relaxing, informative and fun time and to help you truly feel an integral part of the Sasha Community.
Janet Myhill-Dabbs is a professional artist and lifelong doll collector. In 201415 Janet created a collection of 20 serie Sasha Doll makeovers, inspired by Sasha Morganthaler’s own studio dolls. Her current project is creating storybook inspired ‘Little Poppets’ (her own unique dolls, inspired by Sasha’s ‘course dolls’ and Lenci felt dolls), as well as transforming Sasha waifs through her artistic talents. Janet also makes a unique selection of outfits for Sasha and Gregor using high quality felt and knitting yarns. https://www.facebook.com/vintagedollsuk/
Theresa O’Neill is well known in the Sasha community and runs  this blog  Over the past year she has brought us some fascinating ‘autobiographies’ by Sasha experts and devotees in her series ‘From Childhood to Sasha’, including Ann Chandler and Steve Kingsby, who are joining us at the Celebration.

Theresa also makes wonderful hats and clothes for Sasha Dolls as well as many hand crafted accessories.
Tricia Jackson is a relative newcomer to Sasha and only started her collection in 2013. Having recently retired, she plans to be spending more time on her Sasha’s, for whom she enjoys making hand-sewn outfits.
Contact us:
Janet Facebook Janet Myhill-Dabbs or at jam.amy@hotmail.co.uk
Theresa Facebook Theresa O’Neill or at theresaoneill@talktalk.net
Tricia Facebook Tricia Jackson or at triciaj57@gmail.com
We want this Celebration to be tailored to your interests, so please let us have your feedback and ideas.
You are important to us!

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Gracie is a 1970 London Girl

 

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I love her eyes and she has lovely long hair.

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Nuru is an early golden eyed cora

 

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Hope is a puddle eye waif

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Tess is white dress 108 girl

 

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pippin is a 1973 girl with a wider face

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Morna is a kiltie

 

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Charity is a slate eyed Gotz

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Ellie is a late 1970’s girl

 

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This young lady is a 1969 side part

 

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Gitta is a 1969 No-Navel

 

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Pebbles is an early sexed baby

 

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Polly is a Course doll

 

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Pierot is my OOAK by Janet Myhill-dabbs

 

 

 

 

As you may or may not know our Sasha family has a new member, her name Is Gitta and she is what is known as a no-navel in the Sasha world. Gitta arrived a couple of days ago and her new brothers and sisters have been so excited they have decided to hold a garden party for her. Michael has taken charge and will be cooking the barbecue, while David and Niall are putting up the bunting.
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“What’s wrong David where’s Niall?” asks Michael Well says David that’s a good question i can’t seem to find him so it looks like i will have to put this bunting up on my own. Michael sends David to look for Niall. David finds Naill chilling out on a deckchair with not a care in the world. Right says David we have to get a move on Niall or they will all arrive before the bunting is up.
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Michael has the barbecue up and running and he is raring to go
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The Garden Party gets going as all the guest’s arrive and there are lots of things to do, apart from the delicious barbecue, there is bike riding,crochet,riding rocking horses and a lovely picnic.
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Caleb and Kate think Gitta is wonderful and are enjoying getting to know her as much as their bike ride
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Kira, Ellie and Wibke enjoy having a chat with Gitta and David and Niall have a horse race. Mean while Michael is cooking up a storm and Marsha and Courtney enjoy a game of Croquet,
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Marina.Tess, Morna and Ruth arrive at last and decide to play with the finger puppets and skipping ropes.
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Gitta meets a few new friends.
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Michael and David are busy arranging the bunting for the garden party. Michael is making sure everything is on his check-list.

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The boys have arranged everything for the garden party,including all the entertainment, there is a lovely barbecue that Michael will be cooking.

 

They are all looking forward to meeting Gitta their new friend.

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Gitta has enjoyed meeting her new friends and is overwhelmed at all the effort that has been put into the garden party for her, so she relaxes in the deckchair.

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First of all i heard the door bell ring and then i heard the girls shout “Special Delivery Mum i think she’s here”. I went to investigate all the commotion and there was Marina,Morna and Tess carrying a rather large parcel. Excitement filled the air as we had been waiting patiently for a special delivery. Gitta 1Gitta 2
The girls put the parcel on the ground and that’s when they heard a tapping from the inside. “Oh” said Morna “We had better get this parcel open i think someone wants to come out” Gitta 3
Out of the parcel came what looked like a mummy from Egypt which quite frightened Marina especially when the mummy started to make a noise. Tess always the sensible one said “listen it is saying something”, then they all heard a muffled “please get me out of this parcel i want to see you”
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The girls set to work to carefully unwrap the mummy Gitta 5
It was becoming quite clear that this was not a mummy and when a dainty little hand appeared the girls all shouted “its her she is here Mum”
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As the girls help their new friend out of her wrappings she said to them “hi my name is Gitta and i have travelled from Switzerland to join your family”
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Morna told Gitta she was very welcome and that they had all been waiting for her to arrive.
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Morna ,Tess and Marina gathered around Gitta, Marina always the inquisitive one said “Gitta you have a lovely name”. Gitta thanked Marina and said “your Mum who is now my new Mum has given me the name Gitta in honour of my old mum”. The girls led Gitta off to play and meet the rest of her new family.
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Pippin Has Fun Training Woof

Pippin is almost the newest member of my Sasha family and she is a beautiful wide faced Sasha doll with the most amazing hair. I was lucky enough to purchase Pippin at the Chat ‘n’Snap recently held by Dee.Woof the dog is also new and he also was purchased at the chat’n’snap, after all the Sasha’s have wanted a pet for a long time. Today, Pippin is training woof. First of all Pippin calls woof to come to her.pippin and woof training 1
Well done, Woof now be a good boy and sit!
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OH Woof you are a clever dog, now stay!
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Good Boy Woof now i am going to put your lead on and i want you to stand by me.
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Woof you are such a clever dog, i think you are ready for your first walk on the lead and when we get back i will make sure you have a special treat. Come on Woof let’s go!!
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