Sunday, 15 October 2017


So soon! Time flies when you are having fun or so they say! And it also flies when you are working and just living life!
It's been a nice calm week ,working and pottering and leaving things to the last minute! That's me not Paul!

Paul gave all the display stands a couple of coats of white emulsion , they are now finished and just waiting for the day.

He also finished making some doll stands for those dolls that may have iffy stringing and need a little help to stand up right without behaving like skittles and taking out most of the dolls around them.

 most are for single dolls with a few for two dolls.


For my part I have made the pillow and the mattress for the dolls bed.

 and now need to make the sheets, pillow case, blanket and top cover. Just need to stop doing everything else under the sun and  get on with it! Especially as it's given me a good idea for a blog post!!

On the doll front I have been taking part in a small knit along, with myself and a few friends knitting the same Sasha sweater .

I finished mine over a week ago and just needed to sew up the sleeves, which I finally did last night, so here's my version of the pattern. It was the first time I'd ever knitted from the top down and found it much easier than I expected.

It still needs a couple of things finished, like poppers on the back to close it but I'll be taking it along on one of the dolls to the Chat n Snap where the others who have also taken part will be bring theirs and I'll get a photo of them all together.
I do like the design not to sure that the patterns written correctly but will definitely be knitting either this one again or something similar.

There are no Sasha's on the horizon but a few other types of dolls have been winging there way to the village.

This is one of them, a Customised Blythe doll . at the beginning of the year I spoke to Sharon in Spain about customising a Blythe for me. She kindly agreed and then it was a case of finding the right one  and then Sharon working her talented magic.

So this is the result, Zara Ziggy Stardust a OOAK by Sharon H who I have to say I absolutely love!
Sharon changed a couple of the eye chips, one set of which you can see in the above photo, re carved her mouth, philtrum etc and then gave her a new faceup ( paint job)
I also had her cut the hair shorter and I tweaked it a little more when she arrived. I am so happy with her and thank Sharon for agreeing to take on my commission.

Now Paul's finished his part of the Chat n Snap display he's moved back onto the folly building, so it's moved on a little.

Part of the window's now in and another section of the arched door column.

So slowly but surely it all continues.

There are still roses flowering in the garden, this one is Lady Emma Hamilton a David Austin rose.

So I will end here as I truly cannot keep ignoring the bedding that needs making! Not if I want to be sitting pretty next Friday night!

So enjoy the week ahead.


Sunday, 8 October 2017


A full and busy week for me, had to work everyday!  and it will continue to be busy but on a more interesting level as it's now only 12 days  till the Chat n Snap takes place!

So I am trying to get my act together early! I am determined that this year on Friday night before the event I will be sitting relaxing with everything that's needed for the day placed in bags and boxes and waiting to be loaded into the car in the morning and taken to the Hall.
Not my usual still on the go at midnight finishing things!

And to that end Paul, who without his wonderful help I'd not be able to have such nice settings , is making the staging I need for the dolls to be displayed on.

This is the scene outside as I type this post.

There will be four of these stands which are 3ft long by 18 inches high, three of which I'd like to sell on at the end of the Chat n Snap, so as to recover the cost so it does not have to come out the event costs. They will be on sale for £25. So anyone who is coming and is interested let me know.
They will be as shown , without the glue running down the sides of course, they are still in production! and if I have time I may paint them with a couple of coats of white emulsion.

Because Paul's now working on the Chat n Snap items no works happened on the folly this weekend, so it's just waiting for his time.

The bottom stone for the tracery window is sitting in place waiting for his return. The plastic bag is over the archway stone to stop any rain filling up the inside.

Now before you say well Paul's working away , what is Dee doing! Well to start with I had to move  all these from the carport 200 ft down the garden to the side of the folly!

Since I can only pull the sack barrow up the steps that are in the garden with 12 bricks on, it took quite a few runs to get them all down here!.
And there are loads more to move due to the Patio being replaced in December!

This is what is awaiting my attention later today, the making of a mattress and bedding for this antique metal bed from the late 1890's, which I'm going to use in the display with a studio doll in bed reading to a Sasha baby doll , the story The night before Christmas.
I went out yesterday and bought some foam for the mattress and some quilting material for the top cover.

Meanwhile Monty received his new wig which I am really happy with. It's real hair and I think suits him well.


 After ! He's wearing a sweater that's too small for him in the arms and body but will do until I can start a new one for him. I think he looks like a real boy now.

Paul passed by as I was taking Monty's photo and he was most indignant on Monty's behalf and told me to find the lad some trousers! Since he's the biggest doll I own this is somewhat a tall order!

We've decided to go with just one colour of the natural paving stone which is the Autumn green. Now we just have to tell the landscaper.

Also at some stage between now and the end middle of November we need to dig up this flower border.

The shrubs at the back and sides will stay where they are but the planting in front needs clearing and replacing but so does the back fence! So it's a never ending list of things to do with only the weekends to do them now the nights are drawing in.
I think anything indoors will have to wait until the new year to get done as we'll still be doing our outside jobs right up until the end of the year I think.

On the Sasha front, the clearing out as come to a slight halt, while I deal with other issues. I did sort out some dresses for Halloween ready to redress some of the girls, now I just need to find which box I put them in to keep them out the way!!

You can see by this shelf photo that the girls are in desperate need of a change of clothes especially poor Magda my button nosed girl who is even missing her shoes!

So to that end I'll leave you all . to go make some lunch then find the missing clothes , then start making the bedding...

Have a great week and I hope to do some more posts in the week.

The finished staging.

you can have it tall  and slim or

short and wide.


Thursday, 5 October 2017


So it's already the fifth and time for those wonderful doll shelf photos .

Ursula's girls, Mayla and Tammy are desperate to get outside and skate! Either roller or on ice.. the ice skating will have to wait for later in the year!

While Ursula's boys want to keep wearing T shirts , they don't want jumpers yet!

Karin's girls, Sophie, Darcy and Tessa are making the most of the last of the warm autumn weather.

A closer look at Karin's gorgeous red heads, we love red head here in the village.

Here we have a girl re-rooted by Emma sitting on her natural wood shelf ;)

What's this! That's not a doll! I know but I thought you'd like to see Harry's sweet face until I get round to putting on my doll shelf photos.Totally slipped my mind but I'll add them later this evening.

Elaine's Twins, Poppy and Greg with their sister Fiona

Please send in your doll shelve photos , there's still time to add them along with mine.

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Well if you read this blog you will know it's not been a good week in the Owen household with the loss of our handsome happy lad Hamish. We are still adjusting to the fact it all happened so quickly but know we made the right decision for him and that's what counts.

It's now October the 1st! so it's now that  we start getting the final touches ready for the Chat n Snap that's held on the 21st.
This years theme for the display is a Christmas Toy Shop Window, Doll and Teddy section. I have asked people to bring a Sasha/Gregor/toddler/baby dressed in an outfit , that if they'd been a child with their face pressed against that window, they'd have rushed home to ask Santa for that very doll.

Plus also to bring one other non Sasha and or a Teddy, so that we have a nice variety of other dolls and bears.

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the different dolls and teddies that will be attending.

The second of my two ochre eyed girls arrived and here she is with her sister Sienna. I may need to buy a redhead..... :)

I also had another couple of non Sasha dolls arrive.

This 19 inch Schoenhut girl arrived, shown here with Edward so you can see her size. Her wig which is real hair but not original was filthy ! When I washed it I could not believe how dirty the water was and was a lovely golden brown appeared once clean!

Here she is after her wash and with a change of clothes. The hat is holding her hair down while it reshapes to her head. I did try her with other wigs but I love her with this short straight look, hopefully I'll be able to keep this wig as it's a nightmare trying to get something that will give you the same look!.
When I bought her I was going to call her Margery after Margery Fish whose garden we visited as we were away in Somerset when she came up for sale but by the time she arrived the name Vita, after Vita Sackville West , another gardener's name, had popped into my head, so at present she's called Vita - Margery but I'm sure she'll land up just being one or the other.

Also on the Schoenhut doll front I've been wanting a large boy doll and so was delighted when a really nice large boy appeared, so of course he was purchased and he also arrived this week. This lad I knew would need a new wig as the one he is wearing looks like fuzzy felt! and is disintegrating! It may be old but it's not original so it can go!

I have bought him a nice real hair wig , I just hope it suits him when it arrives! He is called Monty short for Montacute , another place we visited while away. Although his outfit fits and suits him well. My Schoenhut doll family are timed for the forties and fifties, so he's having a nice pair of cord trousers made for him and I'll be making him a sweater.
He is 23 inches tall.

Here he is beside his younger sister  Vita- Margery for size. He's had his wig removed and had a good wash and just awaits he's wig and change of clothes.

On the home front we have booked a builder/landscaper to come and replace our awful old patio in December. We made it that late as first we need to take down the outhouse and remove the old patio, which we cannot do until November once the Chat n Snaps done.
Plus it gives us time to decide on which colour stone we will have.. such a hard decision as once it's down that it's! We'd originally asked for Rectory paving like we have outside Paul' s workshop, which is a dark grey.
But we were also tempted by the natural stone paving that's available in various colours. We could have grey or Modac  ( red) or Autumn green.
Our patio is 34 ft by 22 ft so a big area, so the stone needs to look right! Yesterday we went out and bought three pieces of the two colours we were considering. Laid them down and will try and decide

Autumn green at the top and Modac below. I took this photo just now, we are due to have a few wet and windy days. We had considered mixing two colours, these two, but now we are going towards having just the one and maybe the autumn green at the top. You can see that as it's natural stone there will be a big difference in some of the stones in the same colour but that's why we are to looking at this paving as the area is big and I'm not sure I'd like it a mass of one pure colour.
The red is reminding us too much of the red and yellow paving that's already down and looks so bad now.

I will be continuing my clearing out of the dolls clothes boxes as and when I get time but first I need to get things sorted for the 21st.

So wishing everyone who has a birthday this month a wonderful day, It's Paul and his Dad's today, and hoping you all have a great month ahead , I just need to remind you that Doll shelf day is back in it's rightful place on the 5th, so please send in those photos so they can be shared with others.