As we all know that before any raffle can start we need to fold the tickets and this year it was quite a mammoth task as we ran out of raffle tickets and had to buy some more.







This years raffle had a little twist in it that meant there was a main prize for the first and last raffle ticket which kept everyone on their toes until the very end.

Liss won the first prize which was a lovely Gregor donated by Gayle and Rosie Shortell, Rosie made him a lovely outfit and he came with his truck and backpack.

The final prize was won by Jonny and it was a lovely blonde gingham repaint by Janet.

Doll mums daughter won a baby donated by Petrana

Shelly Cuff won a brunette Sasha donated by Ginger

Anette won an early gotz that was donated by a generous anonymous person

There were many great raffle prizes and the weekend raised a total of over £1500 for The Save The Children charity.

I would like to personally thank

Jackie Kraemer

Brenda Walton

Ginger Mullins

Linda Simpson

Dawn Law

Rosie Bloom

Sarah Williams

Brenda Myers

and everyone else for your very kind and generous donations as we could not have done it without you.



In the evening after everyone had arrived we all went to dinner, unfortunately this is the only photo I was able to take that evening.

the next day was Saturday and it got off to a great start, first we all had breakfast and then it was off to do some crafting.





Everyone was waiting in anticipation for the work shops to start, but before that Janet asked us all to line up one by one to receive our goody bags and of course we did.



Once we were through the door Janet and Tricia gave us our goody bags


the crafts this year were….





A Sasha sized   play mat by Judith of Dolly Doodles


Felt shoes and boots for Sasha by Emma Flood



Marionette puppets by Dollmum


Embellishing crocheted bags by Jane Woodward


Sasha sized masks by Theresa O’Neill






After the crafting was over we cleared the tables for lunch which was very tasty












Hey, Pierrot shouted “are you nearly packed yet”,” not yet “,I responded there are still a few things to pack.

My hubby had made a bet that I would not get everything in the car and I was determined to prove him wrong.



Pierrot was trying his hardest to capture my attention as he was so excited not only was he coming  to the Sasha celebration weekend, but he was then travelling with his brothers and sisters to America to be part of The Sasha festival in New York. So after I assured him that everything was in hand he sat very quietly with  a smile on his lips.


Then we were off at last.


We arrived at Eastwood Hall in the blistering sunshine and unpacked, later that evening, before turning in for the night, I managed to set up the Robin Hood display in the lobby ready for our guests to arrive the nest day.




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As you can see Maid Marion, Friar Tuck and Robin Hood are taking a well earned break from organising the Sasha Celebration Weekend. Maid Marion has been very busy preparing a meal for the boys and Robin has been giving the not so Mighty/Major Oak tree a trim.

Well everyone there is not long to go now and I hope you are all looking forward to meeting up with friends old and new and having a Sashatastic time.

Not forgetting of course that we are raising money for charity and our cause this year is Save The Children.

As we are now getting very close to the Sasha celebration weekend, if you have any raffle prizes that you are not bringing with you can you please send them to me.

Thank you to all those that I have received so far and below are some photos of some more raffle prizes that I have  recently received.

You will see more raffle prizes at the Sasha Celebration Weekend which are being kept as a surprize. I can feel the excitement mounting.

























On behalf of Janet, Tricia and Myself we welcome you to the 2016 Sasha Celebration Weekend.

Let the fun begin x


Hi Everyone I just thought I would show you some lovely photos of raffle prizes I have received so far.









This gorgeous little baby and outfit has been donated by the wonderful Petrana
























Thank you to everyone that has donated so far, please keep your donations coming. our charity this year is Save the Children a very worthy cause.

More donations have arrived and I know that some people are bringing items with them. If you have raffle prizes that you would like to send, please do so and I will post the photos on here for everyone to see.




































Thanks to everyone that is donating.







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Hi everyone this it to let you know that The Sasha Celebration Weekend is now full. Janet Tricia and I are looking forward to meeting old friends and new for a sashatastic time.

Now as you already know the craft that I will be demonstrating at the Sasha Celebration weekend is making and decorating masks for your Sasha, Gregor or baby doll.

I have added a few photos below of the sort of thing you can do, I have many more embellishments this is just to give you a guide. The mask with the green feathers was made by my 3 year old grandson so this is not difficult at all and should leave you plenty of time to enjoy some of the other crafts being held on the day.

I am making the mask bases and bringing them with me so if you have a preference to which colour or doll you want to make the mask for please let me know, otherwise I will just bring a selection with me.

There will be a prize for the best mask made and this will be announced at dinner so you might want to take into consideration the outfit your doll will be wearing and whether you want your mask in a matching colour.

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Raffles Prizes

Thank you for all the raffle prizes that people have already pledged and if you have a raffle prize you would like to donate please let me know. Our charity this year is Save The Children and the more raffle prizes we receive the more money we will raise for this very worthy charity.


Thank you




Hello all and welcome to 2016. I hope you are all looking forward to The Sasha Celebration in May.

As we all know this event is a time to all catch up and enjoy ourselves and 1 of our main events is the raffle. so please donate a raffle prize which can be anything Sasha related. All money raised will go to a children’s charity so it is for a very good cause. If you have a raffle prize that you would like to donate then please contact myself, Janet or Tricia.

Tricia will be posting the official Sasha Celebration Weekend  Newsletter soon, so  this is just an update.

Now then, as you may or may not know , The Sasha Celebration Weekend is held in Nottingham not far from Sherwood Forest the home of Robin Hood.

So our theme this year is Robin Hood and there will be a prize for the best Robin Hood outfit.

A few months ago I purchased a Robin Hood Costume pattern which even includes a section on how to make arrows. I have been in touch with the designer of the Robin Hood pattern and she has very kindly agreed to allow me to copy the pattern for any of the Sasha Celebration attendees that would like to use it to make their costume. So Many thanks to Judi of Judi designs.



(Above a photo of Judi’s sewing pattern for a Robin Hood Costume.)


There will be craft tables and I can tell you about two of them.

One of the craft tables will be run by myself and it will involve decorating masks for your Sasha Gregor, Button nose, Toddler and or Baby. As in the photo below you can see that you can use different colours and embellishments to make it your unique design. to get some idea of how many and what type of Sasha doll you would like to make a mask for and any preference as to colour just drop me a line. Your dolls will be wearing their masks to dinner in the evening and their will be a prize for the best mask.


Another of the craft tables will be run by Doll Mum and this year she will be showing us how to make a Sasha sized Marionette  puppet. Doll Mum has asked me to find out a rough idea how many people would like to have a go at making a puppet and she crafts all the parts herself.

Well, that’s the end of my update for now and you will be receiving  the official Newsletter soon.


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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
(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  ( … 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
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
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.
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
Theresa Facebook Theresa O’Neill or at
Tricia Facebook Tricia Jackson or at
We want this Celebration to be tailored to your interests, so please let us have your feedback and ideas.
You are important to us!

Well what a fabtabulous Sasha Celebration it was.In fact it was so Sashatastic that if there is not one next year it will be a crime.
All the guests made their way to the grand Eastwood Hotel. A wonderful hotel with grounds to boot.The rooms were very comfortable and spacious and there was a swimming pool too. Although i took my swimming costume i didn’t get a chance to try out the pool, but those who did said it was wonderful.

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(Above the front of Eastwood Hall Hotel)

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(Above the Hotel Reception)

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(Above one of the many hotel lounge areas where we sat when we arrived)

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(Above the hotel pool)

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(Above some of the Hotels sumptuous grounds)

After we had arrived and checked in we all assembled in the lounge area and were given our name badge and programme of events.

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(Above front of the Programme)

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(Above back of programme)

We were a very excited bunch, before Dinner we were given a chance to take a peek at the raffle prizes.





(Above photos of the many raffle prize donations and also the main raffle prize, which was a beautiful hand-painted Gregor, by Janet Myhill-Dabbs, Janet also made him and authentic early 19th century sailors outfit and his extra outfits were made by Lorraine Tyler.)

Time flew past so quickly that i did not have time to change for dinner so after a quick make up check it was off to the Tempest restaurant in the hotel for dinner.





Dinner was a 3 course meal and as you can see from the photos above everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

As the evening came to a close we all couldn’t wait to see what the next day would bring.

Stay tuned for the next part!!