On to day 2. Which started with us all meeting for breakfast at 8am.
The breakfast choices were outstanding and it was a buffet style so you could have as much or as little as you liked. Unfortunately i did not take any photos at breakfast as i was far to busy enjoying it.

After breakfast we all made our way to Holroyd Hall, which was where we were going to have our craft classes.

Before we entered the hall we were told to come in one at a time as Janet wanted to see us individually. I did think for a moment that i might be put on the naughty step, but i need not have worried. As i entered the hall i was handed a goody bag by Janet, much nicer than being put on the naughty step.
We all received a goody bag from Janet. The bag had a photo on the front of the Studio Doll replica’s that Janet had so beautifully produced. Inside the bag was an array of goodies. There was chocolate, two pairs of baby shoes with Sasha Celebration ribbon on them, a note book and Sasha sized pencils, some lovely hair slides for Sasha too.

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(Above photos of the goody bag and contents)

Now talking about the Studio Replica’s, here are some photos of Janet’s fantastic display, including the twin girls.

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(Above are photos of The Studio doll replica’s by Janet, i have a very soft spot for the little periot, at the 2012 festival i was lucky enough to hold the original periot that Sara Daggart kept at the end of her bed and fell in love with him. My other favourite is essentialist girl in the fur coat,)

Before the crafts began Brigitte Swchitter gave an excellent demonstration on re-stringing early Gotz and early Trendon and also later Trendons with the neck ring assembly.

Once again i have no photos of the re-stringing session as i was too busy taking it all in. However Brigitte has created a video and once i have her permission to do so i will post the link on here.

There were three tables set up in the craft room. On the first table, Janet held a felting workshop and some people created some beautiful birds. I on the other hand created a monster from the depths of the ocean.

The second table had a workshop by Dollmum, which consisted of assembling and painting a Sasha sized train engine and wagon. Dollmum had painstakingly cut out and sanded all the pieces. I had a better result with this craft and was awarded a certificate for my efforts.

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(Above photo of my completed train and wagon)

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(Above photos of all the finished Train and wagons)

On the 3rd table Lorraine Tyler held a crochet workshop. Unfortunately i did not have time to join in this workshop as we ran out of time. Lorraine has kindly sent me the pattern for the Sasha hat and i will attempt to have a go in the near future.

Everybody enjoyed the crafts and some had never made anything before and have now discovered talents they never knew they had, great fun indeed.

After the craft workshop we had lunch which was bought to the adjoining room and was very enjoyable.More raffle tickets were sold and after we had our fill we headed back to the hall for the raffle.

Once, twice maybe, but three times lucky even i was not expecting that one.
I was the lucky winner of the 1st prize which was the handsome Gregor hand painted by Janet and beautifully dressed in an authentic sailors outfit, he also came with some extra outfits made by Lorraine Tyler and a slinky and some bugs.I am now thinking of banning myself from any further raffles. I won a couple more raffle prizes as did some others and then we decided to nominate everyone who had not won a prize. At the end of the raffle everyone had at least two raffle prizes and you could really fill the love in the room.
We raised around £624 for charity which will be doubled by our friends at the Sasha Festival in Texas America this year.

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(Above photos of my Sailor boy raffle prize and his extra outfits)

After the excitement of the raffle Janet called for quiet and then announced that a few select people were to be awarded a special one off necklace that Janet’s husband had made as a thank you, As a hostess i was the very lucky recipient of one of these exquisite necklaces. Janet’s husband had fused two metals together one being bronze and has created a Sasha symbol necklace. Janet has told me that the bronze will darken with age.

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(Above photos of the box and necklace)

Next were the sales tables and what an array of goodies there were. Pretrana, Dollmum. Judith Dolly Doodles, Jane Woodward (my room buddy),Linda Simpsom,and Lorraine Tyler had a wonderful array of Sasha sized items to buy.

After the sales tables there was enough time for a quick change before dinner.

Dinner once again was a great experience.

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At the end of our three course dinner Tricia called for quiet as we surprised Janet with a bunch of flowers from all that had attended to say thank you for all the hard work she had put in to give us all such a fabulous time.

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(Above Janet receiving her flowers)

We all chatted on into the evening and then eventually to bed no one wanted the day to end.

 

Morning arrived on our last day together and we all made it to the restaurant for our last scrumptious breakfast together, no one wanted to go home.
I had bought along my BBQ set which comes in very handy at get together’s to take photos of all dolls attending the Celebration weekend. I had set it up in the hall the night before and after breakfast everyone headed down to the hall for a photo shoot.

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(Above some of the dolls on the photo shoot, in the background, i can see Todd the toddler and little Twizel sneaked in to hitch a ride on the truck)

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Above the three beautiful Cora’s belong to Jocelyn Rose and the one in the white dress is called Susanna)

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(Above in the back ground is Janet’s unisex Gotz taking the role of Master Chef. (if anyone would like me to add there dolls names just let me know)

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(Above my Marina and Trendon O’Neill are busy serving, whilst Henry and Kendal’s Miss Nobody look on.)

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(Above another bevy of beauties)

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(Above at the end of the row i can just see Mr G talking to a rather pretty girl)

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(Above a closer view of MrG and the lovely lady he is enamoured with)

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(Above the babies sitting on a blanket by Rosie laird)

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(Above Trendon O’Neill and Henry are in competition for the beautiful NP owned by Elizabeth Sockett.” Henry says,” You have no chance i am senior to you and i am more intelligent and wider travelled”. Trendon O’Neill, replies,”That may be so Henry, but i am better at DIY and i have more hair.”(Boys will be boys.)

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(Above my favourite girl Little Bea owned by Kendal Hackney and re-painted by Raven.)

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(Above whilst these little guys waited to get in line they
decided to form a band. ( the Gregor belongs to Gillan Buchanan, The Caleb with the Sashapotumus top belongs to Linda Simpson, the cora is my Nuru and the other Caleb is mine. I decided to dress mine as cowgirl and cowboy as a tribute to this years Sasha Festival in Texas and the top that Caleb is wearing with the horses on was made by Ginny Lee Myers from the 2012 Festival.

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(Above is a panoramic photo of all the dolls together, thank you to Lorraine for sending it to me.)

After the dolls were photographed it felt right to take a photo of all that attended.

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Here goes starting at the back from left to right we have Tricia Jackson,Jocelyn Rose, Jane Woodward, Emma Flood,Jo, Gillian Buchanan,Kendal Hackney,Shirley,Alice and Jane, Next row left to right,Liss Camber,Dollmum,teddy, Elizabeth Sockett,Paula Tottle,Janet Myhill-Dabbs,Brigitte schwitter,Angie Hale,Michaela,Lee Chapman,and Judith Dollydoodles, Front row Left to right, Lorraine Tyler,Dollmums daughter,Petrana and Shelly Cuff.Unfortunately a couple of people are not in the photo as they had to leave early.

Gillian Buchanan had a display of all the Golden Hands outfit’s she had knitted as a child.

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After the photo shoot it was time to pack up ready to go home. I was just about to leave when i heard a voice saying “don’t forget me”

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Perriot and i headed home.

 

My final photos are of my perriot, he is unique and it feels like i have waited forever for him to come home. He came with a card which tells his story and he loves to pose.

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Well that’s all from me folks, except ot say a great big thank you to Janet for a fantastic weekend and i look forward to doing it all again next year.

 

 

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THE SASHA CELEBRATION WEEKEND

Next years Sasha Celebration Weekend is once again to be held in Nottingham, at The Eastwood Hall Hotel from Friday 13th May until Sunday 15th May 2016.

It is a fun weekend for Sasha doll lovers and definitely not to be missed.

 

For more information contact me by leaving a comment and your email address and I will send you any information you require.

For more information on the Eastwood hall Hotel, please follow the link below:

http://www.eastwoodhallhotel.co.uk

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