Tuesday 31 October 2017


Well hopefully tomorrow I can return to blogging properly! I was able to put Margaret on because I'd loaded the blog post ready to add before the internet went missing! But cannot add any photos due to the amount of space they use up!

Sadly it means I'll miss Halloween but there's always next year! in one way it's been good not having much access but in another ,I've immediately remembered all the things I need to do that needs the Internet! What was life like before we could travel round the world from our living room , talk on the phone while wandering down the street! ( this I have to say I don't do, my phone gets turned on very rarely when I'm not at work) we've said we'll have an Internet free day each week..... Only time will tell if that happens!

Friday 27 October 2017


Well I said I'd share one of my two doll purchases which were made after the end of the Chat n Snap.
This girl I loved the minute I saw her photo on the FB group when she'd been found and purchased by a friend who is really just a Sasha doll lover.

But this girl had called out to her and although she'd dithered , she finally decided to buy her as a companion for her Sasha Studio doll.

Then she bought another Sasha Studio doll and a Studio baby! So this companion doll was really no longer needed for that role.

But she did love her.

 I'd ask her to bring her along to the Chat n Snap to go into the Christmas Toy shop doll display because I thought her perfect for the role.

When packing up I joking said, that if she'd please wrap her well and make sure there was a lovely red ribbon on the box and to make sure she arrived on the 24th and not the 27th of December or she'd miss Christmas. Her owner said " Well I'm open to offers!"

Well ! Not one to miss the chance I said that I'd love to buy her if she ever wanted to sell , she rightly decided that she'd have a think about it.
I said well if I was lucky enough to get her she'd have her forever home and so that's how we left it!

I was meeting friends from the CnS for dinner later that evening and when I  arrived her owner said . as she knew I loved her as much as she did , she felt comfortable in letting her come to live in the village!

So I was one very happy diner that evening , as the doll came home with me ! So here she is and I think , unless you don't care for these dolls, you'll agree she is well worth adopting.

A sweet Kathe Kruse doll in a gorgeous winter coat and hat. She's not an old doll probably 1990's , I need to check her foot where her year should be printed but she is , to me, a darling doll.

 I have called her Margaret , because she looks like a Margaret or Meg or Peggy , also Diane  her finders Mum's is called Peggy but not from the name Margaret but from a song her dad used to sing to her.

And then Paul said he'd buy her for me as part of my Christmas present! Making her even more special!

So that's now I came to adopt one of the two dolls I'd spoken about at the CnS. I'll tell you the tale of the second one when she's here.



I was so good even I don't believe it!
It does help that I'm having to keep an eye on things and meet people and tell them where things are etc!
But I did see a few things I would have loved to have purchased but since I was supposed to be being good and reducing the amount of dolls clothes etc I own, I resisted !

Well apart from these three items..

Two dresses by my sister Michelle, one because it's got Paddington bear in the print, that's the blue one and the other because it's a Christmas dress that I loved the colour and fabric of !

And I , after looking at it a few times and it still waiting for me , I finally caved in and bought  this....

yes a Triang dolls highchair ! from the fifties. Do I need a dolls highchair? No  Do I have doll to go in it? No...but what can I say , it's a colour I love .. blue made by a company I love.. Triang and it was a nice price and I didn't have to pay any postage so a nice result!

and that was it! I resisted Dolly Doodles and Marilyn's wonderful Smocked dresses, Noreen's gorgeous shoes, Jane's cashmere knits, and Linda Simpson's woolen wonders and all those other little bits and bobs on the other tables.

However I did land up with two dolls! Both from chatting to the owners about how much I loved their dolls and should they ever decided to part with them , that I was first in the queue !

I will share one , who is here now, with you tomorrow but the other will have to wait until she arrives! Neither are Sasha's but both are dolls I collect.

We still have no proper internet, i'm using Paul's phone connection, so will still be a little sparse on the photos.


Wednesday 25 October 2017


We are having internet problems, so are being upgraded but not until next Wedesday! So only access is off Pauls phone!
So sorry no more chatting n snapping etc until Wednesday.... Well it will, give me time to prepare some photos and posts..... See you all soon.. I hope!


Monday 23 October 2017


Linda Simpson's sales table.

The other side of her table.

The end of her table.

Judith Dolly Doodles table.

Still Doodl.ing..

still doodling..

still doodling...

Diane Dukes and Granny Peggy's sales goodies..

another look... view

Noreen's shoes and a fabulous Np Blonde on offer...

plus these gorgeous red heads!

Jane Woodward's wonderful cashmere knits

and more..

Jane Denham's table...

a closer look..


Jane's knitting for Sasha pattern book, I have one , just need to use it!

Julian and Liz's table

Waiting to make them sales..

Chris Meatyard's goodies..

 and more..

Dawn's dolls sales table..

Marilyn Hopkiss's sales table 

More of Marilyn's beautiful dresses

Michelle's wonderful dresses and some cats that actually meowed!

 and Ginny's wonderful goodies .

There were so many Raffle prizes we had to use two tables.

The first ticket out belonged to Michelle who picked the Gregor in the lovely Doll Doodles outfit.

these are only some of the prizes and more an more were added.

I forgot to take any final photos of everything but these were the early donations. The raffle raised £600 exactly.


Sunday 22 October 2017


Well I have to say it was a wonderful day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves , the atmosphere was so warm and friendly with everyone meeting with old friends and finding new ones.
The sales tables did a nice steady trade and the raffle tables, were full with fabulous donations.

Our display theme for this year was a Toy shops doll Christmas window and so I asked those attending to bring along a Sasha /Gregor dressed that they'd have loved to see in a toy shop window when they were young at Christmas and one other non Sasha doll and or a teddy.

And wow did we get some wonderful dolls and teddies to share the day! The above photo is at the start as the 'shop window' begins to fill with dolls, Sasha's were to the left and other dolls to the right with teddies down on the far left.

Chris Meatyards Studio dolls were dressed for some winter fun.

Lisabet and her baby sister were in the antique bed reading It was the night before Christmas.

The other dolls were all listening as well as watching what their mum's and dad's were getting up to!

This young girl could hardly contain her excitement at all the dolls before her!

Elderly teddies watched the goings on too!

I kept returning as more dolls were added as people arrived during the morning.

But the big chair remained empty waiting for a doll to arrive to sit in it!

The beautiful group of Natterer dolls belongs to Jane Mclaskie , I asked her to bring along a group as she has a vast collection of these dolls.

another selection in the non Sasha side. Monty put on his arrival suit to take part and Vita- Margery agreed to wear a Christmas style outfit. A gorgeous Kathe Kruse doll belonging to Diane Dukes.

There were a few very old friends brought by their owners , along side a trio of Gotz belonging to Michelle ,a Sissel Skille Gotz Anna belonging to Anna,  a Stupies  doll belonging to Dawn, a couple of Judith's Wichtel dolls , and a pair of familiar Pongratz dolls , one of whom could be heard muttering about not being allowed to have a sales table and her a famous shopkeeper!

There were a Trio of Zwergnase dolls, the larger Art doll belonging to Kim my friend who kindly donates sandwiches and comes along to help man the kitchen.
Along with on the left Trisha Jackson's girl and on the right mine.

Michelle's American girl doll dressed to help Santa was racing about on a motor scooter!

Some teddies were chatting over tea just like their owners.

Dawn's Guardsman stood along side Doll mum's girls , while Shelly's button nose looked down from beside the Christmas tree.

Finally Steve arrived with his large 30in Jumeau doll who was taking pride of place in the child's wicker chair. So at last the window was complete in the centre.

 a closer view.

Steve brought along his Nini doll Nettie to sit along with my Izzy.

 and also his magnificent 1920's Stieff bear , wonderful.

He sat proudly along side the younger bears.

 some of the wonderful Sasha dolls.

This BJD doll belonging to Alice was making friends with the baby polar bear

Two Xenis dolls.

a sasha

A very rare Heidi Plusczok boy doll  belonging to Laura Horner.


This little darling doll of Catherine French.

Another of Jane's Sylvia Natterer's dolls this one with eyes painted by the artist.

Mony , a Schoenhut doll beside a wonderful Kathe Kruse doll.

This poor BJD doll looks unhappy stuck behind so many other bigger dolls.

and these two Wichtel's look happy to be in the window!

I have to say I was really pleased with how the Toy shop window came together as more and more dolls and teddies were added , I think if we'd invited in a few youngsters  they'd have been fascinated by the choice before them.
I know I was think which one I'd love to take home.......and much to my surprised and delight I got my Christmas toy shop window wish!!!
But more about that in the next post!

Once all monies are in we will have raised £901.29 for The Alzheimers Society which my employers will add another £250 to, so a great day.
Many thanks to my wonderful family and friends for helping me and to all those who have donated money, raffle prizes and those who came along to help make the day special , thank you all.