Sunday, 12 August 2018


Well last week just shot by! The weather is now more like an English summer cool mornings and evenings with sunny days and a spot of rain!
So much easier to get things done or feel like doing things.

On Thursday it was Paul and my 43 rd wedding anniversary! Time truly does fly when you are having fun. We had to work but enjoyed a nice meal that evening.

Friday as I said I finally emptied the under stair cupboard , which now has two hoovers in and Paul work bag and now the coal scuttle! Why I can hear you all ask.. because Rufus and Casper both have decided that there is nothing quite like stealing a bit of coal and chomping on it! So for now it's in the cupboard out the way!

Saturday I worked , which means that the day disappears by the time I get back, have some lunch read the paper etc , so not a lot was achieved then.

But today things were much better. I went into my Studio and sorted through and emptied a few more boxes.

My dolls shoes are now all in the drawers of the multi unit

I did try to organise them.

We appear to have quite a few pairs of trainers and short boots.

I still have a box for the long boots at present which I'll put into the cupboard , but was very pleased to have emptied three plastic boxes.

I also sorted out some shoes to sell on ebay, ones I've not used in quite a while,which will hopefully bring in some funds. Above is one of the pairs I am selling.

I also sorted out this little batch of fabric on peter rabbit to sell , because I cannot see myself getting round to using it with all the other fabric I have, so decided this could go. I'll be listing it on the Sasha bazaar soon.

I put this little Schoenhut girl on as well because she's the same face sculpt as a couple of others I  have but I then decided to dress her in this outfit and now I'm thinking I may keep her.

I said that I was in a sort it out mood and so I've also listed a few other dolls and my mind is wondering about a few others! I'll be adding them to my sales page and they will be on ebay.

I have received a doll or two recently, above is one that I finally got round to dressing. This is Lindy, she is a bit of a Tom boy at heart , she wanted to wear some boy boy style shoes but I insisted she at least wear these nice green ones, I then found her trying to cut the bows off!
We came to an agreement, if she wore these today tomorrow she could wear the brown lace ups! Sigh!

She's waiting for some nice brown glass eyes!

On the house front, we went out to look at some flooring for the dinning area because the carpet in that section needs replacing and now it's part of the kitchen breakfast room we need something to tie the two together.
We saw a couple of possibilities but my mind was making plans my budget cannot reach.. at present however like everything we do , we did see some very nice traditional floor tiles. We both said how nice they'd look in the new entrance part of our hallway.
I then asked Paul but if we got them would it be months before they were laid ? He gave me the husband stare , then we went off to the pet shop for cat food and dog toys!  But on the way back we went and bought the tiles.

Once home I went off to the studio to continue tidying and Paul did this.......

he laid the tiles!! I did know he was laying them as he came to ask me what I thought of the placement but I did not think he'd have them finished and waiting for the tile cement to go off so they can be grouted in a couple of days!!

Maybe I'll have to ask how long it's going to take next time we decide to buy something for the house renovations ...... or maybe not if I want to stay married for a few more years... lol

Well I hope you all have a great week ahead and you get to enjoy some doll time.

Dee x


Friday, 10 August 2018


Yesterday it rained almost all day and it was COOL! wonderful ! It meant a good nights sleep was had by all , so refreshed.
It's also been a day of sunshine and heavy showers today ! So finally the garden is getting a change to have a good long drink, it may help those shrubs that were beginning to look a little sorry for themselves recover enough before the sun returns.
The weather is going to be sunshine and showers all weekend, which suits be perfectly.

Because it's been lovely and cool today ( yesterday I was working) it's meant I've been able to get some cleaning done.

It's also meant I have finally moved out! Well not me but all my doll stuff ! This afternoon I took everything out from under stair cupboard in the hall and put it all into the Studio!

Finally the hoover can have a place to stay!  Of course it does mean that the studio is now heaving with boxes and bags to be found a place to live but it also means I can start selling some of the things I do not need or use.
And I won't have to move the hoover and the cats tray to get into the cupboard or lift out half the boxes in there to find the one I want!. Which has stopped me more than a time or two!

So I'll be listing a few things on my sales page, ebay or the Sasha Bazaar , I'm in one of those less is more frame of minds!


Tuesday, 7 August 2018


While getting my photo for doll shelf day I gathered together my no navel girls, all save poor Ginny whose armless ;) at present!

Managed to get the photos done before the sun got way too hot, but as is usual with these shoots , you always take way more photos than you need.

So I decided I could use the extra's for a blog post.

Gathered were my brunette girls, Wren, Raven and Winter. All in dresses by Petrana.

in the blonde corner were Ashley and Sansa.

and in the red Mary, Caitlin, Saffron and Martha, Ginny being unavailable.

They were joined by Magda , who doesn't like to be left out even if she's a button nose and not a no navel but she is a Gotz!

Caitlin was not paying attention , too busy whispering things to Wren

Ashley on the end wanted to change her dress but was told there was no time , where as Saffron said she wasn't putting on no dress!

Mary decided to take centre stage and organise everyone, while Magda made sure she'd been in a good spot to be seen!

I left them for a moment all chatting and trying to decide if they wanted to move elsewhere in the line up!

I did try not to eavesdrop! honest!

Mary and Saffron are No  navels but not as we know it!  Mary had her eyes painted in the Trendon/Frido style by Shelly and Saffron had a complete re root and style by Alison , but this just makes them extra special no navel kids to me.

I'll need to sort out Ginny's arm string along with a few other Sasha's and Gregor's who are having trouble controlling their limbs! It's not a good look lying in the bushes when you are supposed to be taking part !


Sunday, 5 August 2018


August the Fifth! this month is already moving at a pace! So before it dashes past let's get these photos on the post!

From Steve this month we have the new lad looking out on his new home.

Meanwhile outback his new sister and a brother are soaking up some rays !Is that a neighbours child on the end there!

I see they are well provisioned to save too many trips back indoors.

Over at Cow Creek , Ginger's Gotz girls are having a Gotz get together . What a fab lineup!

While Cinnamon and Harriet over at Ursula's are wondering if Mum will take them with her to the Gnome house ?

Thought I'd share a couple of different shelf photos :)

They were very awkward and some insisted on falling over more than once but finally a few photos were taken.

My no navel girls all apart from Ginny who is still awaiting her arms to be reattached! So Magda has sneaked into her place !

Well the sun is shinning and the weather hot but still time to add those doll shelf photos, just send them in.

Many thanks for those taking part , enjoy the rest of the day.


Saturday, 4 August 2018


Well because tomorrow Sunday will be the fifth and therefore doll shelf day, I've decided today can be catch up day.

What a week and a half! Let's start with our promise of a Blood Red Moon ! Did we see it .. of course not! You can almost guarantee if there is something out there in the sky that will only occur once in a decade etc , the good old British weather will endevour to put a spoke in the wheel! Which it did by being one of the first cloudy nights for weeks!

So we missed that! but to make up for it I am sharing an old photo of when I had three Button nosed girls and at that time just one boy Ollie. Anouska the brunette moved on but Olivia, Magda and Ollie are still around the village.

Then after a coolish start to the week the weather slowly started to heat up again, but by Wednesday evening I was feeling decidedly out of sorts ! That night I was hit by a Norvo type virus ........ so Thursday slipped away as I recovered.

Friday was a better day I was able to start getting back to doing a few things but basically the week was near then gone!

Today we had a lovely visit from my daughter, son in law and baby Clara, who have just headed off home after a lovely day ending with a barbie. The evening is lovely and cool and since I didn't get to bed until  after one , and was up at 5.45 to let the dogs out and was watering the garden at 7.15 this morning, I'm looking forward to a little lie in tomorrow.

I'll leave you with this old photo of some of the lads in the Winter ! Now don't think I'm wishing this hot summer away because I'm not ! but a drop of a few degrees across the Uk and Europe would be blessing for all the young and old out there, who just cannot cope with these extremely high temperatures and for the places that are constantly battling forest and brush fires with no sign of relief.

So if you've not sent in your doll shelf photos yet there is still time. Have a great week ahead and if you love that doll buy her! you only live once enjoy it!


Thursday, 2 August 2018


Already August!

On Tuesday Saffron was out in the garden looking for the sun!

It's too cloudy to see the sun!

Why do you want the sun?

So you can tell the time?  I'll tell you .... it's time you went in for tea ...


Only three day until it's doll shelf day, so please send in your photos for everyone to see.


Sunday, 29 July 2018


HOORAY! Yes I for one and happy that it's rained almost all day! It was raining when I got up and it's still raining now!

I have even had to put on a cardigan against the slight chill! perfect!

I can almost feel the relief of the plants and flowers in my garden as the rain continues allowing them the chance to get some precious water into their systems. Plus it also meant that last night was cool , so finally a decent nights sleep.

However not everything has been smooth sailing because ahead of the rain yesterday we had some very strong winds. Now we live almost at the top of a hill which means the wind can be very strong.

I'd not long been in from work and was walking past the french doors when from the corner of my eye I catch movement as the wind lifted one end of the gazebo and following a loud crash dropped it back down with one leg now standing into the large pot of the bay tree that was beside it!

I dashed outside, swiftly followed by Paul as I'd called out what had happened and we struggled to lift the leg from the pot back to the ground ! The wind was still gusting and whipping about , so I quickly because to release the ties that tethered the canvas roof fabric to the frame. Paul joined me and after a short while we'd removed the canvas roof.

Now the crash we'd heard was Neptune's head being knocked off the wall and taking two pots on it's way down to the ground , where it was laying face down!
I couldn't bring myself to lift it to see the damage so when straight to removing the roofing canvas.

It was Paul who eventually lifted him up, I asked what damage had been done to him? and waited for the details but Paul replied none!!!!
Somehow despite being knock off the wall and hitting two pots and landing five foot onto his face , he was unharmed!!

I'd hummed and ahh'ed about whether to buy this gazebo because it can be so wind here but since it had a roof vent I'd hoped that would help. Paul had suggested screwing it down to the patio but I'd not wanted to ruining the paving and look where that's got me ! I had originally planned for Paul to build a more stolid structure and since this is the first bit of decent wind we've had here and this has happened , we may have to do back to that plan if we cannot sort out a good way to weight it down.
Then one of my daughters will be getting a lovely gazebo !

The broken pots, you can see the drop Neptune took ! A plastic box which we'd been filling with water for Rufus to cool down in also got hit and broken!

The leg of the gazebo also took a massive bit out of the bay tree in the pot it landed in! Hopefully this wound will not get infected and cause the tree to die.

The broken branch of the bay tree.

Neptune resting on the patio table after his shocking fall! We were so lucky! If he'd been broken I would have been so sad because we've had him a long time and never seen another one of this quality and if we did he'd probably cost an arm and a leg now !

Now the day before I'd had a good result . We needed some small tables to put either side of the sofa so that we could place our drinks etc on them and out of easy reach of the dogs. I had found a table which we already owned that was a set with two chairs but hardly used now. Then I found this table above on a website, which was very similar
but looked to be slightly shorter than the one we already had.

But when Paul put it together it turned out to not only be the same height but almost a perfect match to the old table ! So once the warm weather returns and they say it will, we'll have a table each end of the sofa for peoples drinks etc.

I've spent an hour of two cleaning up my studio and putting things away and it was so nice to have the blinds up and be in there pottering about. I took some photos of my Schoenhut dolls as I needed to sort out their shelf.

I've also started gathering a few things for Lucas in wonderland , so it's slowly coming together.

Lucas is resting , he said he felt quite tired, Mossy is watching him with a worried frown, I wonder why?

Wishing you all the weather you'd like this coming week, enjoy the time ahead



Friday, 27 July 2018


And Sansa and Raven are out in the garden

when the unexpected happens...

"Look!" exclaims Sansa " It's starting to rain ! "
"Really " asks Raven, then a drop of rain hits Sansa's outstretched arm closely followed by a big clap of thunder!

Raven is off at a run back to the house while Sansa strolls slowly after her, singing an old rhyme

"It's raining It's pouring
the old man is snoring !
He went to bed and  he bumped his head
and he couldn't get up in the morning!"

because she's been so slow when the rain does start to pour she quickly shelters under the side of the gazebo!

She looks over at Casper who is enjoying feeling the rain on his fur after all this heat !  " Come Casper Come!" she calls trying to get him to come over to her .

But Casper just puts his head down and lets the rain wash his face
" Casper! " calls Sansa in dismay! " I need to shelter under you back to the house , come here pleaseeee"
But alas Casper's having none of it and just lays back down enjoying the cool rain.
Finally Sansa gives up and starts shouting.. " Mum !! MUM!! "

Let hope mum hears her or she'll be getting very wet......


after over six weeks of none what so ever we've had one quick and heavy downpour when I took these photos and are as I type having another longer down pour along with the odd clap of thunder and flash of lightening!
and it's lovely and COOL!
The garden no doubt is loving the rain and it will hopefully help everything to survive a little longer.
They say we'll be getting more over this weekend , so that will be great and then the warmer weather will return next week.
It is also the first true rain that Rufus as seen since he's been with us three weeks tomorrow and before that he was with his mum and brothers and sisters in the birthing box, so he was curious of this stuff dropping on him, then went under the outside table to wash this strange happening.

The rhyme Sansa sings is one we sang as children in London, it's not until I sang it as it rained and decided to use it in this little story that I 'heard' the words !
He went to bed and bumped his head and couldn't get up in the morning !
I have no idea where the rhyme comes from it was just one we as children sang all those years ago.

Well since it's cooled down I have  a few things to do, so speak again soon


Tuesday, 24 July 2018


Due to having to work this coming Saturday I had today off as toil. So I finally had a nice lie in, the first in weeks since Rufus arrived.

Still too hot to wander about outside ,unless it's very early morning or late evening, I missed the first and it's still a few hours to the evening cool.

So I thought I would show you two dresses I received for my bjd dolls. I know it's not Sasha but thought you'd appreciate the beautiful dresses.

When my friends came for a doll playday in June , Jane very kindly gave me this dress for my Kaye Wiggs girls. The dress is made by Jane, a very talented seamstress. When I realised that I'd be adding another girl to my KW girls, I decided to save it for her.
So Elora's been wearing it for the last couple of days while waiting for other items to arrive for her.

Then this morning the post lady delivered a small parcel for me. Inside was a gift from my friend Jenni, for my birthday.

This is the amazing outfit that was revealed when I opened the box. Beautiful fabric with lots of detail and beadwork. I decided That Elora could try it on first as she was at hand.I'm going to try it on some of my other bjd girls to see who it suits most.
I've added a post about this dress and the detailing on my Dolly Dreaming blog which you can find on the side bar.

I have to thank two wonderful friends for their kindness and generosity in gifting me these beautiful dresses.
I'm feeling very spoilt at the moment.


Sunday, 22 July 2018


Well the best I can do this Sunday is not a lot! The days are still incredibly hot, from around 10 am onward's until late evening. Our house and garden are in constant sunshine from first thing in the morning until last thing at night. With very little shade, so unlike others who may be benefiting from being surrounded by houses and trees either in their garden or next doors, we are open to the sun.

This is the garden now at 6.30 pm still with the sun baking down, that shade is coming from the washing line!

I've even said to Paul about maybe planting a tree or two to offer some shade in years to come , if this is the way our weather is going to go. My studio is in the sun by midday and even with the doors and windows open it's hot inside, having insulated it well, this of course is adding to the temperature! So I think come the autumn I'll be looking for a tree to place just right to get the most benefit of shade for my studio in the afternoons in future summers.

The sun is drying out the pots and killing off plants that we've had for a good few years.

Oh to be a lady of leisure and just stay home and potter to my hearts content but alas I have to pay for my doll hobby and towards the household, so it's back to the work on Monday with all the other poor souls. It would help if they get our air con working this week! They are due to come but then they were also due to come last week too!

Rufus and Casper are growing well and Rufus will be having his second injection on Monday so will be able to start going out and about a few days later.
The last couple of nights we've also finally not had to get up at 5 am to let Rufus out, he's managed to get round until 6.30 ish which is making a lovely difference for our sleep!

These plants have actual benefited from us moving them to put the gazebo up, now they are more sheltered from the sun in the afternoons they are thriving.

On the doll front I received a lovely bjd girl that I'd admired of Sharon's. So when she decided to put her up for adoption a few months back, she let me know and I just had to add her to my doll family.

Her eyes are a little on the bright side, so I have ordered her some brown one's to help her look more childlike. I'm calling her Lindy, she's wearing a Sasha dress I also received last week but it's a little big on her and she needs some shoes.

I'd hoped to get some of the Lucas in Wonderland story sorted today but I need a couple of props before I can begin but hope to start it by the end of this week at the latest.

So to end this Sunday I'm going to share a few more old photos from the blog.

Gingham Misses.

In the garden, this was before it was all ripped out to make the folly area.

Babies at play


Well wishing you a lovely week ahead, we'll be hoping for a couple of decent downpours here ! But according to the weather there's not much chance of that happening.

Enjoy your dolls