Hi my name is Twizel and i manage The sasha Emporium. I keep all the Sasha dolls in line and manage their shop. The Sasha Emporium sometimes has things for sale relating to Sasha dolls. Information, stories and tips,but mostly we like to have fun. (This site will take over from Twizels sasha Emporium, from December 2015) Enjoy!!

The 2nd of February arrived and we opened the doors to The haggle and Gaggle at 11am.

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(Above the Statue of the Spirit of Milton Keynes, greeted our guests at the entrance to the village hall)

The Haggle and Gaggle was held to raise money for an orphanage in Bulgaria which is home to some lovely children many, who are severely disabled. This is a cause which is very close to the heart of my co host Petrana.

Petrana and her family have been supporting this orphanage for years and every time she returns to Bulgaria she takes items with her for the children, so it seemed only right that this was to be the charity that we would raise money for.

For the first time ever we decide to hold an International raffle for the non attendees to join in and it was a huge success. I hope other events will take this up in the future.

So to the photos, as I was hosting this event I did not have time to take many photos, so I would like to say a massive thank you to Alan Hinchcliffe for taking lots of photos and streaming the videos live on Facebook.

Photos of the sales tables;

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Above Rosie and Teresa Bloom’s sales table. So happy that Rosie and Teresa were able to attend and hope we will see them at other events in the future. Rosie also has her own website called, https://www.rosiebloom.co.uk/

 

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above was Dawn Laws table.

Below is my table and with any dolls people wanted to sell.

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below Jane Woodward’s sales table

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Below Dee’s sales table

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below Jane Woodbridge’s table.

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For our theme we chose a Valentines Party , there was a hot air balloon and I can’t thank Teresa Bloom enough for volunteering to climb a ladder and hang it for me. There was a kissing booth manned by Mr G and I think he was overwhelmed at all the attention her was getting. Tod was in charge of the flower cart, with Sasha sized valentine bouquets and there was also a stand with ice-creams and hotdogs for all to enjoy. There was some fabulous outfits on display, but I think my favourite had to be the little cupid baby who belonged to Rebecca Morris.

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The hot air balloon (goodness knows what that baby is doing?)

 

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The kissing booth

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The flower cart

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Some of the visiting dolls.

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I was the lucky winner at last years Chat,N Snap of a wonderful Shwe Shwe outfit by Anna Page, and she presented it to me at The Haggle and Gaggle. There were 3 other dolls wearing Shwe Shwe outfits, all of which were beautifully made by Anna.

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My girl is the one on the right in green and red.

 

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Janet’s girl with beautiful eyes.

 

We hope you liked the food, Petrana, her daughter Stoya, son, Marti, Marti’s other half Alexis and my daughter Chanise, did a great job in the kitchen and Petrana displayed the food beautifully.

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The Haggle and Gaggle cake.

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I received a parcel from Kendal Hackney who was unable to attend and the parcel contained two beautiful vintage Sasha outfits for the raffle and a tin of M&S Belgian chocolate biscuits, along we a lovely note from Kendal, wishing us all a great day and to have a biccy with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Some of our attendees enjoying a gaggle

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Here are photos of our raffle table.

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We called the raffle at 2:30pm and, starting with the International raffle and then moving on to the attendees raffle.

The international raffle prizes consisted of: an early Gotz Sasha doll, with a complete wardrobe made by Petrana and it was won by Cathy Himmel in the U.S.A

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2nd prize was one by Susanne Locke and it was a studio doll outfit made by Petrana

 

3rd prize was a super coat outfit made by Petrana and won by Florence Gadkol in U.S.A

 

In the Attendees raffle:

1st prize of the English Sasha with complete wardrobe by Petrana was won by Diane Duke.

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2nd Prize a little baby eyes painted by Diane Dailey was won by Laura Horner

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3rd Prize a Gregor was won by Fiona Hinchcliffe

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4th Prize  a Sasha wardrobe made by Petrana was won by Teresa Bloom

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5th Prize baby Sasha in white outfit was won by Lee Moore

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6th Prize Sasha sketches was won by ( if anyone can tell me who was the winner of these beautiful sketches by Joni please do so)

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There were so many beautiful raffle prizes and I would like to say a great big thank you to all who donated raffle prizes.

 

Many thanks to Anna Page and Jocelyn Rose for being our taxi service for the day.

 

Petrana and I thought we would mark the occasion by giving all of our guests a gift bag. I spent a few hours hand painting the bags and Petrana sewed all the pairs of tights and skirts. we also added a Haggle and Gaggle pen and valentine Balloon.

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For those that stayed on we had a lovely meal in the Village pub, a great end to a lovely day.

 

The grand total raised from The event is £2,419.50

since going to press we have received another donation and the total at this moment is: £2,548

 

Petrana will be giving us updates on how the money will be spent.

 

I can’t say a big enough thankyou to you all

 

If you would like to see other blogs covering The haggle and Gaggle the links are below.

http://sashavillage.blogspot.com/2019/02/haggling-and-gaggling-at-haggle-and.html

http://dollmum.blogspot.com/2019/02/valentine-fun-at-haggle-and-gaggle.html

http://rosecottagefriends.blogspot.com/2019/02/sasha-haggle-gaggle-day.html

 

Thanks for looking……………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone I thought that I would give you an update as we only have 9 days to go until The Haggle & Gaggle.

First of all I would like to thank everybody that has sent in raffle prizes and I thought I would show you some of them here.

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Above, a jumper, scarf and hat set, knitted and donated by Linda Simpson.

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Above 2 wonderful sketches, created and donated by Joni Jacobs.

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Above 2 outfits made and donated Vicky Chapman

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Above three knitted cardigan/jumpers made and donated by Pam Winter-Turner.

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Above a jumper and hat knitted and donated by Rosie Laird

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Above an outfit made and donated by Dolly Doodles.

Below more raffle donations.

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And there are many more which you will get to see on the day.

Now and important announcement for the International raffle, it is our aim to stream this raffle live to Facebook at 2:30pm (English time ), so tune in if you want to see the results.

A great big thank you to everybody who has already purchased tickets for the International Raffle.

Lastly, don’t forget to dress your Sasha Gregor, Toddlers or Babies ready for a party as our theme is a valentines party.

looking forward to seeing al attendees on Saturday 2nd February at 11:am.

Any Questions contact me via email at theresa.oneill@talktalk.net

 

Thanks for looking………………

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Just a reminder that our theme for The Haggle and Gaggle is a valentines party, so don’t forget to Bring your Sasha, Gregor, baby or Toddler, ready to party.

Also the closing date for the purchase of tickets for the International Raffle is the 20th January.

looking forward to seeing you all, not long to go now…………………

Hi everyone the 2nd of February is fast approaching, which means the Haggle and Gaggle will soon be here.

For everyone who is attending that has not purchased your entry ticket yet can you please do so, as soon as possible as we will have to close this at least a week before to allow for catering and your souvenir bags.

Raffle prizes are coming in, if you have yet to send one please allow for postage time, if you are brining one with you, thank you very much.

Here is a taster of some of the raffle prizes. There will be more and if you want a real surprize please make sure you read this blog post right to the end.

The international raffle prize is this lovely little lady, plus her wardrobe.

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All the other raffle prizes are for the attendees only and here are a few.

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This young lady with her entire mix and match wardrobe.more photos can be seen on Petranas site https://www.sasha-doll.com

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The next two lovelies were kindly donated by two of our Sasha friends

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Beautiful baby by Diane Dailey

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Handsome young man donated by Madeleine Foong

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This lovely hand knitted set has been donated by the wonderful Linda Simpson.

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There are more raffle prizes, but I think that will keep you going for a little while.

Now then I can feel you getting impatient so I will continue .

We have amongst our sales tables at this event a dear Sasha friend who has not attended a Sasha event since 2012. can you guess?

Here are some clues.

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Ok, so the clues were good and you have guessed it Rosie bloom owner of :

https://www.rosiebloom.co.uk/

The best Sasha doll shoe maker in the United Kingdom and her sister Teresa will be attending for those of you who have never met Rosie , you are in for a treat.

did you read until the end, I will know if you haven’t.

Thanks for looking…………………

 

 

UPDATE:

Hi Everyone, just a reminder that we have only 13 days to go before the Haggle and Gaggle. If you would like to send in a raffle prize please do so. You can send raffle prizes to me or if you are attending and would like to donate a raffle prize you can bring It with you. The international raffle for the non attendees will close tonight at midnight English time on the 20th January, so if you want to buy International raffle tickets please do so. Any questions please send me a message or contact me via email at theresa.oneill@talktalk.net

 

As you may or may not know the first Sasha event for 2019 is being held in England on the 2nd of February . It is a 1 day Sasha event raising money for a children’s orphanage in Bulgaria.

For the first time ever we are holding an International raffle along side the normal raffle.

The international raffle prize is open to anyone whether you are attending the event or not and it does not matter what country you live in.

The international raffle prize tickets cost £3 English sterling each and can be purchased from me, via paypal as a gift at theresa.oneill@talktalk.net

The International raffle prize is a beautiful early slate eye Gotz, which I have donated from my own collection and my co host Petrana has created a complete trousseau for her. I will let the photos do the talking, her beautiful clothes can be mixed and matched.

 

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I think you will agree that Petrana has done a fabulous job on her wardrobe. so if you have not yet purchased an international raffle ticket please do so as this is such a worthy cause and there will be update’s so you will be able to see where the money raised has been spent. Any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Also postage will be paid at no expense to you.

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Hi everyone, today I decided to try out my new, portable photo shoot booth. I apologise in advance that this is not all Sasha related, and that, my lovely models are not dressed for the winter, but worry not, they are inside and the heating is on. One of the main reasons I bought this photo booth was to be able to take photos whatever the weather. It comes with various colour back drops and here is the first one which is white.

 

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Now then, I did say it was not all Sasha related, there are a couple of non Sasha dolls that live at the Sasha Emporium and they are called JerryBerry dolls. I was drawn to them as they have wonderfully hand painted eye and are fantastic to pose.

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Next up is the blue back ground, this photo booth comes with lighting too, so I really need a bit more practice

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Finally the red backdrop.

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Next time I will iron the backdrops before use and the Jeryberrys have promised not to photo bomb any more Sasha photo shoots.

 

Thanks for looking………………

 

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It was 31st October, All souls Eve or Halloween as we know it, when all sorts or ghoulies and Ghosties potter about.

Under the guidance of their big sister’s, Trixie and Miss Nobody, Tod and Dot were off out for a spot of trick or treating.

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Tod was dressed as a ghost and Dot was carrying her Halloween bucket due to the fact as Tod told her, “Ghosts don’t have hands”

They came across a house that looked a little scary and it had a note on the door that said “No Trick or Treater’s”.

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Dot said, “I don’t think we should knock on that door”. “Nonsense, “said Tod, that’s all part of the joke,” come on!”

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After what seemed like ages, the door started to open

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Then out came the scariest looking snake lady that the toddlers had ever seen.

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Her eyes were gold with black slits, she had snakes all over her and she had fangs.

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Tod and Dot stood rooted to the spot for all of two seconds before they let out a loud scream and made a run for it, as fast as their little legs would carry them.

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Dot dropped her Halloween bucket in fright and Tod has a bit of trouble keeping up with her as its not easy to run in a ghost outfit.

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The snake lady watched them run away.

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She raised her arms up in frustration and shouted, “please come back I won’t hurt you!”

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By this time Tod and Dot had caught back up with Miss Nobody and were telling her all about it as best they could, in between trying not to cry, because they had been so frightened.

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Miss Nobody calmed them both down and told Dot to hold her hand, as she was going back there to give this snake lady a piece of her mind for scaring her little brother and sister.

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Meanwhile back at the Snake ladies house things were beginning to stir, after all it is Halloween and there is a lot of magic about. The snake lady began to feel different.

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First of all one of her fangs disappeared , then the other.

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Then one of her eyes changed.

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Then the other

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The snakes fell from her head.

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The snake lady was no more.

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I’m me again

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She called out after the children to come back but they had long gone.

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“I must find those poor frightened toddlers and give them back their Halloween bucket that they dropped”, she said.

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Soon , the Sasha formerly known as the Snake Lady,had met up with Miss Nobody and the toddlers.

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Miss Nobody was just about to give the former Snake Lady a piece of her mind, but as she apologised for scaring the toddlers, miss Nobody decided to listen to what she had to say.

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You see said the former Snake Lady, “My name is, “Waif”, I was taken away and locked in that horrible house by a witch who placed a spell on me , turning me into that Scary Snake lady. The spell could only be broken if a toddler knocked on the door, but as the witch put up that sign saying No trick or treater’s, I thought I would be there forever. If it wasn’t for your Tod being so brave to knock, I would still be there. I am a very nice person really.

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That’s ok said Tod, look I’m not really a ghost and you are welcome to come back home with us, I am sure my brother’s and sisters will love you.

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Oh, thank you, said Waif and off they all went to introduce Waif to everyone else.

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Now, it just goes to show you that you can never judge a Sasha by it’s appearance, after all they are magical aren’t they.

 

Thanks for looking ……………….

 

 

 

 

There was a lovely display of visiting dolls, I don’t know who owned some of them, but if you would like me to add your name, let me know.

 

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The bevy of beauties above belong to Jane Mcluskie

 

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This vibrant gang of Sasha’s I believe belong to Teddy, who has had some luck with his hair dying techniques.

 

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Helen the wandering doll belonging to Diane Duke and Granny Peggy.

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This lovely group belong to Dollmum and her daughter.

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The  4 beauties on the back wall belong to Jocelyn and will be re-homed soon.

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This beautiful girl belongs to Fiona

 

Not sure who owns the dolls in the next three photos.

 

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The next photos are of my own dolls.

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Above is Mr G looking after little dot, whilst Tod carries out his ghost duties.

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Above are Miss Nobody and Trixie showing of their new coats by Vicky chapman

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Above Frechdachs, Ida and Tess

 

 

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Above Tod is back from his ghost duties and has changed into his new favourite dog coat by Vicky Chapman.

A big thank you to Dee for once again holding such a wonderful event and raising £1300 for charity.

 

Thank you for looking and don’t forget to mark Saturday February 2nd 2019 in your diary as you are invited to join Petrana and I for our charity event in Milton Keynes.

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All details can be found here – https://thesashaemporium.org/2018/09/11/announcingthe-haggle-and-gaggle/

 

 

What an array of wonderful Halloween outfits.

 

The band, by Dollmum and Daughter.

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The party goer’s

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Just love the hat on Dee’s girl

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Janet’s pumpkin boy was another of my favourites.

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more ghouls and ghost’s

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Lee’s mummy and my snake lady Medusa.

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Just love this bat girl

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more enchanting folk.

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Thanks for looking………….

part 4 final part coming soon.

 

 

 

 

We all had to go to the back of the hall and Dee gave the countdown to start and we were off for a bit of snapping.

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Hello Alan

 

Then there was the chatting.

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Petrana and Michelle

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Gayle

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Jocelyn

Then there was the raffle prize table

 

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This lovely girl was donated by Dee

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This lovely Girl and outfit was donated by Petrana.

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You will be very pleased to know that I did not win first prize in the raffle (the curse is broken I hear you shout), however, I did win a lovely raffle prize donated by Dollmum and that is a personalised shweshwe outfit, which I am really looking forward to.

Ginny from A Passion for Sasha won first prize, well done Ginny.

 

Thanks for looking………….

part 3 coming up.