I emailed Susanna Lewis a few months ago asking if she had ever produced a knitting pattern for the early knitted Cora outfit. Cora’s original white outfit does not come along very often and when it does due to its age, can be out of shape.

I was delighted when Susanna sent me a copy of a  knitted Cora outfit that she had created. Not only that but she offers it for free on her wonderful website.

http://www.sashadoll.com/

Susanna said that she would like to see what people did with the pattern, so I have taken up the challenge.

First up is my first attempt at the Cora outfit, which I thoroughly enjoyed knitting, the pattern has a stitch called fisherman’s  rib, which I have never tried before and now I am hooked, so to speak.

 

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Next I decided to try a different colour, going for a light green and cream. The beret is from Jane Woodbridge’s, wonderful knitting book , which can be purchased from Shelly’s site.

https://www.sashadolluk.co.uk/dolls-for-sale-4/

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Next I decided to go bold and bright. I added a little hat that is my own design.

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Next I decided to do something different combining Susanna’s pattern, and using the fisherman’s rib to create flared trousers for this Jimmy Hendrix outfit.

 

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Now I was really getting into this  challenge and decided to make shorts and top with flared edges.

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Being inspired by Diane Duke I created a little shawl to go with the ensemble.

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My last ensemble is a little flared skirt and picot edge top.

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Another Diane Duke inspired shawl.

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Here they are all together.

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I have really enjoyed making these outfits and it would be interesting to see what others come up with too.

A big thank you to Susanna Lewis for creating the pattern.

 

Thanks for looking………………

 

 

As the long awaited sunshine broke through i decide it was about time i did some pottering about. i decided to go to Dunstable Downs which is in Bedfordshire. It is part of the Chilterns and has some beautiful views and woodland areas.

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As you can see the view are lovely and the strange metal object is actually an  environmentally friendly ventilation system for the visitor centre.

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I particularly enjoyed the woodland area.

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A better view from up here

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I love trees and nature

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looking through the fence i can see Chute wood.

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Now just to open the gate

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I found another beautiful tree to climb

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look at this a natural bird bath

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Another tree to sit in and take in the wonderful views

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I need to move along

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What’s this i have found?

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Could it be a fairy door?

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Knock , Knock, oh well, nobody is home.

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Off into the woods, i do feel a bit like little red Riding Hood, but i don’t think there are any wolves in here.

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After the long winter the vegetation is starting to spring up.

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looks like the woodworms have been busy.

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In the woods there are lots of things for children to play on , which have been made out of fallen trees.

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What’s this O and X’s , i think i will try that.

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This little seating area reminds me of The Three Bears story, i wonder if i can sit on this chair

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Made it.

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Time i headed back i think

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I hope you have enjoyed my visit to Dunstable Downs, but please remember if you are planning a visit in the near future that.

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Thanks for looking……………..

 

 

 

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Hello everyone my name is Beatrice (or Trixie for short) and I am the latest member of The Sasha Emporium club.

I am to be the explorer  of the family, pottering out and about whenever i can and then coming back to tell you my tales.

Here are a few photos of myself and rabbit exploring my new surroundings and as the weather gets better, I plan to explore more.

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“What’s that rabbit?” you can here Little Tyke calling,” we had better go”

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Don’t worry Little Tyke, I am here.

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One more go on the horsey and then a nap.

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Bye for now everyone

 

Thanks for looking…………………..

I have been very good at not buying any Sasha dolls until recently, however when I attended the Sasha Festival last year, I fell in love with a little baby that was modelling an outfit by Rosie shortell. this was unusual for me as I am not really a Sasha baby person.

Any way I found this littlie guy on a well know auction site and the rest is history as they say. As you will see he is something of a little Tyke.

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All sweet and innocent here with his little bunny, but soon up to mischief!

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Oh, a horsey,

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I can make it

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Did it.

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come on Bunny your turn.

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you can do it

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sorry Bunny it was too high

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You know i love you Bunny

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Horsey come here

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Horsey stay still

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I don’t want to play anymore.

I think Little Tyke is a good name for him.

 

Thanks for looking ……………..

This post is dedicated to the miniature prams that go so well with Sasha dolls.

I will attempt to give you information on all the different types of these prams and how to identify them.

I have asked these young ladies to give me a hand.

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Now then contrary to believe these prams were produced as toys for children in the 1950s in France.

The names they were produced under were Doucet, Red and Ponfa, there is also believed to be a 4th called Solein.

I believe that the Red and Ponfa prams were produced by the same company and that Doucet were produced by another company, merely because the Red and Ponfa prams are nearly an identical design. Below is an article from magazine advertising the prams for sale. 10.95 seems like a bargain to me.

 

 

 

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We shall start with the RED prams, as you can see they are a good size for Sasha dolls.

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This is the  smaller of the Red prams it  is approx. 11 inches from hood to handle in length. Approx. 8 inches in height from the floor to the handle and approx. 4 and 1/2 inches wide at the handle. The wheels are approximately 3 inches across and the straps on the sides are made from leather. Another difference between these prams and the Doucet is that Red and Ponfa pram aprons are attached with eyelets, whereas , Doucet pram aprons are attached with elastic.

Here are some other views of the same pram.

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Here is the RED logo under the chassis of the pram,.

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Here is another of the smaller RED prams

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These prams come in an array of colours i have seen them in white, light blue, dark blue, yellow. lavender , red, grey and black. Although i do not have any photo’s of a small Ponfa pram, they are indeed identical to the Red prams.

This lovely photo was kindly given to me to use by Dawn Law, who has an extensive collection of prams.

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Next up is the Doucet pram, unfortunately i do not have the original cover for this pram. The replacement apron and bag were made by a lovely lady in France and although not an exact match, it does fit the pram.

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The Doucet pram again is approx. 11 inches from the hood to the handle in length. 8 inches from the floor to the handle in height and approx. 4and1/2 inches wide at the handle. The wheels are approx. 3 inches across . The straps on the sides of the Doucet pram are made from plastic and not leather.

The main difference between the Red, Ponfa and Doucet prams is that Doucet has a far shallower chassis, which is also more streamlined and as you can see where i have indicated with arrows, the chassis angles upwards.

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The other thing that distinguishes Doucet from the other prams, is that Doucet prams  only come in the smaller pram and not the larger prams.

Here are some more photos of the doucet pram.

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This is the Doucet logo which is underneath the pram on the chassis.

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Below are some more photos kindly on loan from Dawn law ,showing a before photo of a Doucet pram needing restoration.

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And after Dawn lovingly restored it. What an amazing job.

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Now onto the larger prams, which were produced by Red and Ponfa and which i believe to be the same company in France.

The larger prams are still a good size for  Sasha dolls.

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They ae also a good sixe for the Sasha Studio dolls too.

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Here is a larger RED pram.

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The larger RED and Ponfa prams are approx. 13 inches long from the hood to the handle. 9inches in  height from the floor to the handle. 5 1/4 inches wide across the handle and the wheels are approx. 41/2 inches across

Here are some more views of the pram.

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As above only the larger prams have handle grips.

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As above the chevron pattern on the side of the pram can only be found on the larger prams.

Here is the RED logo which is underneath the pram on the chassis.

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This pram also came with an import sticker on it.

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Here is a larger Ponfa pram, as you can see apart from the logo and colour it is identical in size and shape to the large RED pram.

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Here is the Ponfa logo which is underneath the chassis.

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Here is a larger pram in another colour

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Here is a large pram lovingly restored by Catherine French.

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At the beginning of this post i mentioned a 4th pram  known as a Solein pram. I have never seen one, however, Dawn law has provided me with this photo which shows the three types of prams i have already described along with a 4th that maybe the illusive Solein pram. It has two different size wheels and also a different shaped hood.

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From left to right we have a smaller RED or Ponfa pram,a Doucet pram, an unusual pram which could be the Solein pram and the larger Ponfa or RED pram.

 

This last photo show a small and large pram side by side.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post,  and if anyone has other information that they would like me to add, just leave a comment and let me know.

 

Thanks for looking…………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday was cold but the sun was shining , we even had a little visitor to the garden.

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This morning i awoke to a massive deluge of snow, not that i am complaining , because i love snow.

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For me , its starting to feel like Christmas and i hope it snows Christmas Eve as i still find it magical.  Tod and Red thoroughly enjoyed the snow and are very proud of their snowman.

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Thanks for looking……………..

 

Freya and Nuru had just come back from Trick or Treating  and were just about to sit down and see how many sweets they had got.

 

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When Nuru said, “whats that noise, its gone awfully cold in here”

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“Run”, shouted Freya as they fled leaving behind their booty.

 

Now what what this?, a ghost?

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Hang on a minute, there’s something afoot here.

 

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I recognise those little legs.

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Yum, yum said, Tod.

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I might have known this mischievous little guy would be up to something , after all it is Halloween and he is a Toddler .

 

 

 

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There has been quite a bit of discussion lately about the appearance of the Suki dolls.

They seem to have the same effect as marmite, you either love them or you hate them.

I purchased a blank brunette one myself, because, one I was intrigued, two, to use the blank doll to practise painting Sasha eyes and three I  also wanted to see the similarities to Sasha dolls.

So with al little help from a few of my Sasha dolls, here are the comparisons.

The first  Sasha doll I compared the Suki doll with, was Maria a Gotz Sasha from the later production.

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As you can see the Suki doll is much shorter.

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A side view

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A back view

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Face to face

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Body to body

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The feet are much smaller.

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A view for the arms

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As you can see Suki is not Asymmetrical.

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Here Suki is wearing a Sasha doll dress, which is much too large for her. Suki has long wavy hair made  from a saran type hair and a side part. The vinyl she is made from is very dark compared to Sasha dolls.

Now I am compering her with an early Trendon Sasha

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Back view

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Trendon body

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Suki body

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The arms

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The feet

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Head

Now I am comparing her with a Gotz Sasha from the earliest production.

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Front view

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back view

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And here they are altogether

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So there you have it my little suki doll, she may not appeal to everyone, but then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 

Thanks for looking…….

 

 

 

 

I arrived home from The Sasha festival and unpacked my loot.

I think we will start with The Festival souvenirs, From my first table Hostess Elizabeth Mizererek , I received a lovely dress and pants set made by Vicky Chapman and a Sasha sized steam engine, along with the first of the official festival souvenirs, a Spa for Sasha.

 

 

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Along with the spa came a pattern for a face mask and a pair of slippers, a sponge scrub and Orvus cleanser for Sasha

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My next table Hostess was Heidi Wheeler and I received a lovely dress made by Heidi.

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My Last table Hostess was Jeanna  Bauer from whom I received a little box full of sweets for me and accessories for Sasha Gregor and baby.

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My next festival souvenir depended on which type of chocolate I liked. I chose dark hazelnut and this is what I received.

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There were four festival outfits. All made by Karen Warnaka.

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My last Souvenir gift was a Sashapotmus onesie and a sewing pattern for baby and Toddler.

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My exchange gift from Monica Jarpey

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I managed to win this outfit from the Helper raffle

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From The Children’s Fund Auction I managed to win this wonderful Sasha box filled with 5 pairs of Sasha, Mary Jane shoes. White, brown,blue black and red. I have since found out that only 10 of the Sasha boxes have ever been made. Each pair of shoes were individually wrapped in a little bag with the Sasha logo on it.

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Now to my purchases  which were not many, but things I really wanted.

 

 

This lovely dress by Frances Trickett was purchased from Gayle Rotheim

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The lollipop was a gift from Jeanna.

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I could not resist this pair of dungarees and top which I purchased from Sheila Foery and I may just have to buy some more.

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My next purchase was 5 pairs of shoes from Betty Jean Densford, which I love.

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Betty Jean also made these accessories for Sasha.

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My last purchase came from Ann chandler which was vintage fabric to use as a collar for a Sasha outfit and some socks.

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During my visits out and about in Washington I picked up some presents for my family and found these lovely Sasha sized donuts in Target.

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Just the right size

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That’s all the loot from me , except to tell you about 2018.

 

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If you have never been to a Sasha Festival I can highly recommend it.

Thanks for looking….

 

 

Sunday had come around much too quickly and it was hard to believe that this would be out last day together.

Breakfast was delightful and the hostess at my table this time was Jeanna Bauer and out hostess gift was  a little box full of sweets, toys and accessories for Sasha, Gregor and baby. We also received a Sashapotmus onesie for baby, plus sewing patterns for baby.  Photos of which I shall share with you on my last post. here are some photos from out last breakfast together.

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Ida was dressed for travelling

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At the end of breakfast we gave a warm heart felt round of applause for our wonderful hosts, Charla, Karen and Norvell. Thank you so much ladies for my first Sasha Festival in the USA.

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All too soon it was time to finish packing and as my flight wasn’t until the evening I had some time to kill, and on my way back through the bar I came across this young lady.

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She belongs to Sophia McClain ( I hope I have that right), she is a very early rubber head studio doll. Sophia gave me permission to hold her and photograph her. She is very tactile and much more beautiful in reality.

Now then as if holding an early studio doll was not a great way to end a Sasha festival, the next thing I know I was kidnapped by some very lovely ladies, bundled into a car and taken to a flea market.

There were a few Sasha dolls there, but very highly priced. This little sandy baby was on another stall with a reasonable price of $85.

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I couldn’t resist photographing this

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Thanks to Lynne Field, Heidi Wheeler,Barbie Hart, Pat Pellerito, Sheila Foery for kidnapping me and looking after me until it was time for my flight home, I has a fantastic time.

Now I would like to share with you some of my favourite photos from The Sasha Festival.Starting with:

Norvell Jones

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Heidi Wheeler

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Cathy Himmel

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Dawn Law

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Gayle Rotheim

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Peggy livingstone

 

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Charla McQuire Neal and Karen Warnaka

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Jinny Lee Myers

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Brenda Myers and Jinny Lee

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Anne Votaw

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Ann Chandler

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Julie Ruleman

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Lee Moore

 

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Barbie Hart

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Susanna Lewis

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Ellen Church

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Inara Koyutis

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Betty Jean Densford and Joann Staricha

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Mary Righos

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Jinny Lee and Ann

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Softie get to visit Lincoln Memorial

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The Cheesecake Gang

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Miss Foery

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Friendship’s renewed and new friendship’s made, memories to cherish made along the way. My next post will be my last post on The Sasha Festival 2017.

Thanks for looking….