Wednesday 1 January 2014


I hope everyone had a lovely Sasha filled year in 2013, I know I did . I was given an NP Sasha and although she was a gorgeous girl I found that for me, she could not be a plaything! Strange I know , maybe if I had bought her years ago for a lot less or was a rich woman I would have been able to just disregard her cost but no. However It was lovely owning one if only for a short time and she's gone on to an owner who thinks nothing of letting her dash about the garden, climbing on walls and falling off!! So she is having a whale of a time, which is great and how it should be.

After a lovely visit to Dawn's in the Summer, where the DH had his first encounter with Sasha people, I came home inspired by her ever growing French pram collection , how many is it now Dawn 12, 13 14? and so was on the look out for one to call my own.
Normally these prams are like gold dust but suddenly a couple appeared and just when I had some funds to buy! So I was in there lick-a-t-split and also a few weeks later the DH saw and purchased one for me so I went from having none to having three!

So Greedy !! I can hear some say but these prams are just the same as Sasha's, A collection, each one I have is different to the other. Two being by Doucet  , one white and one navy blue and the third being by Red in white. If you saw my Christmas post you will see that the DH bought me a Blue & White one by Red for Christmas, so now there are four, two by each maker and both in different colours, If I was to see any of the same colour and make of prams I would not buy them as I already own those but I may possible buy another if it is in a beautiful colour I do not own but then again first I would need to find it and second have the money to buy it!! and in truth I am very happy with the four I own so have no plans to add to them.but I never say never....

I have managed to get some wonderful props for the village, which I will be able to use this year.I do like to see photo's like the ones on Sasha Commoneo blog , Dollmum and Sashamania, where  everywhere is full of Sasha sized items and furnishing to make you spend time investigating all the little extra's in the photo's.
Karin's blog Sashamania is particularly good at having another story happening around the one on show!
I am hoping that by the summer I will have a place to store and use these props because I have boxes of little items that are never used because it's to time consuming to sort through them.

I will also be trying to dress the Sasha's and Gregor's well and working on taking photo's that are in focus! and lovely like Ellen Church and Kendal Hackney, two excellent Sasha photographers, whose Sasha Children are well turned out and beautifully photographed.
I will of course also be taking some of my usual skirt tucked in the knickers, shirt out of trousers, hair and arms all akimbo photo's :) cannot be to perfect or it would not be me!!

New year resolutions? Well I am not one to make them and then skip round the truth in whether I actually fulfilled them, so I will make a few which I am sure will fall by the wayside but it's nice to try and actually see how long they can last, even if it's only for a day!!!

I am pleased to say that I have almost all the Sasha's I would like to own, so therefore should not need to buy more than a couple more if and when they come up or sale. In the early days of Sasha collecting you tend to buy whatever you see and some just because they are going for a good price!! But it's a bit like the sales if you did not need it , it was not a bargain!!

I found that last year I was over the It's a bargain press the buy button or she/ he's got a nice face buy them and that goes the same for clothing, I now think about what I need or want against that's made of a nice fabric so lets buy/bid on it!
So this year I will only buy , should I be fortunate and they turn up for sale at a time I can afford them, the very few Sasha's left on my wish list.
I am also going to start using my fabric and make one item at least a month ! So at least twelve pieces of fabric will get used this year!! lol

 The same goes for my wool stash which I am pleased to say as not been added to recently but cannot promise that it won't be but I want to start using some of the patterns I have to make things either for the Sasha's or Gregor's or for other uses.I do really need to get this wool used up, therefore freeing up boxes and space.

And to sell on all the things Sasha I do not use! Therefore again freeing up space and also getting back some of the cash spent on them.

And to try and complete a storyline before moving on to another! This will be a hard one to stick to! as the stories come from out of the blue and take shape as I set up and photograph the dolls and bears, so sometimes I will start out with one idea and then write something totally different! So we will see how long that one lasts!!

The next Chat n Snap will be announced soon, so will be working on a new theme for that , I have a few idea's and hope that lots of people will take the time to come and join in this year.

Well I have rambled enough for now.

Hugs to all
Dee x


  1. " ...cannot be to perfect or it would not be me!!"

    Same with me :)
    And some of the other thoughts too. Today I feel like I'm your sister in soul (mind? Don't know) :)

    1. We are definitely sisters of the soul :) and long may it continue :)

  2. Hi Dee
    Now about those prams - not greedy at all! Playing with dolls and prams is a social activity and little girls, including Sasha little girls, need to meet up and push their babies around together whist they chat about the latest doll-baby necessities, what their hopes and plans for their doll-babies are and so on. You won't have too many until each Sasha who wants one, has one. So, we can say that is minus one at least, since our Hattie is not feeling particularly drawn to child care.

    As to the stories - keep 'em coming, with the more strands and twists to each tale the better. I like to muse on any loose threads. Currently, I drift off to sleep wondering what, in story land, caused the separation of your twins and what each of them did whilst apart?.... What does Mossy do when not trying to get his lovely green eyes into a photo?....Was Erik BORN a Viking, or was he adopted into it?....Who feeds the garden gargoyle and what does he eat?.....What has your toddler been doing in recent weeks, did Santa remember her? and so on.......Well the weather here has been terrible and we have been at home rather a lot....perhaps a little too much time on my hands?

    Selling Sasha stuff? Sounds interesting. A nearly new stall at the next Chat'n'snap, perchance? I can just see a call going out for your DH to make some of those turning clothes rails they have in charity shops. After all, you have a high street now and what modern British high street doesn't have a charity shop? But in reality, you probably haven't got as much stuff as SOME PEOPLE have (I'm shouting in capital letters here because my Mum is very deaf but we spent today sorting her clothes - what does a lady of 91 require 37 blouses for??? I put some on the charity shop pile and she sneaks behind me and pops them back into the wardrobe, then complains that clearing it hasn't made much room for the new stuff she's planning to buy next week! Give me Sasha stuff any day, at least it's small.)

    So, my own resolution is....not to make any resolutions. That way I don't break any and can go through the entire year feeling I'm doing well.

    Happy, healthy and fun 2014 to all, but especially to little hairy bears with green eyes.
    Jenni xx

    1. I love your comments Jenni, they are so full of life! I can just picture you dropping blouses onto a pile while your Mum's stood behind thinking , oh that's nice I'll have that one! and putting it back in the wardrobe!!

      Glad to know you are keeping track of all the twist's and turns at the village! Someone needs to as I sometimes forget what they've been up to myself!!
      I may start keeping a diary so that I know what story lines are on the go!!!

      That maybe a good idea to take some of the props to sell at the next Chat n snap but it's a long way off and I would like to get them sorted much sooner ! but then at the rate I work it could be October by the time I'm ready!!
      I will tell the green eyed one you have wished him well for 2014 and no doubt he'll be telling everyone else about it!!
      happy new year
      Dee xx

    2. Nope! The blouses were hers in the first place. She wanted to clear space in her wardrobe and asked me to help. I held up every item and she said 'go' or 'stay' depending on what she THOUGHT she wanted to do with it but, when we'd finished, almost every garment on the 'go' pile had vanished, only to be discovered back in her wardrobe. She can't part with stuff, never could..... she thinks her 6 extra tea services, 4 x 66 piece dinner services, endless oval fish plates, about 60 glasses of various kinds and a half dozen teapots are all in boxes in our barn..... hope she never manages to get in there.....I don't remember her and Dad being great entertainers so the stuff was rarely used but I was expected to take it out and wash it all every 3 months or so from being about 12 years old, could be why I don't have much matching china - it all seems to be a huge chore to me. Now a DOLL'S tea set is another matter!

    3. You do have your priorities right! unmatched doll china!! the very idea!!!! :)

  3. My first New Year resolution should really be to try not to have all those strands of hair across my doll's faces in my photos but it seems to be already proven as an impossible task ......

    ....... so shall pass that one by and try to think of another.

    To name my Sasha girls and babies.

    To gather my small props and accessories into one place.

    To have those dolls of mine who desperately need re-stringing, re-strung.

    1. You new years resolutions sound very sense able Kendal , although there are a lots of Sasha's and babies to name up there in the Mansion of the north !
      Good lucky with the gathering up of the props and accessories in one place ! I have yet to manage that one !
      Dee xx

  4. Hmm, gathering all the props in one place. Currently my younger daughter's bedroom, the spare room (my sewing room/guest room) and my bedroom, however things come downstairs for some photoshoots then have to find their way upstairs again...

    1. Yes It does seem that props like to 'travel' my props are in the two of the bedrooms, the living room and the kitchen and the ones in the kitchen seem to stay in the kitchen being added to until I have to move some!!!
      So maybe we all need another full sized house for our Sasha's in the garden....and I bet we'd still have things in the house!!!! :)

  5. I don't think you're greedy at all Dee, having 4 prams, or more! I always think if I have the money for something then as long as my buying it doesn't hurt my family or make me go into debt, then it's absolutely fine!!! I'd rather not go into debt for my hobby though as I feel it would be a slippery slope and I just don't want to slide down it!
    I too love to look at blogs that have a lot of 'in scale' props in the photos, which is why I love my dolls house....although I don't do much with it these days! I will have to share my photos one day on my blog! Anyway, back to the subject in hand, I would also like to have more props and am going to try making that my aim this year...rather than adding to my dolls, although as I've said a million times before, I'm still debating on whether to add a baby to my dolly family....

    1. Thanks Sharon, you are right as long as it's not cause debt or problems then it's fine.
      Looking at the blogs with scale items is lovely and especially nice if they are willing to share the info of where they obtained things. Some people can be very evasive when you ask, or totally ignore the request just because they do not like sharing, which is such a shame.
      Would love to see your dollshouse, I still have a half built one in the shed which I may get out later in the year and ask Paul to finish for me, it seems such a shame for it to just be hidden away.
      Mm one baby may not hurt and you can always sell it on! :)