22 November 2014

Registration is open ...

... for the 2015 Sasha Festival in Fort Worth, TX.

Click here for the registration form.

Additional information can be found on the 2015 Sasha Festival website.

Winter Weather

Brrrrr its cold here. Fortunately not any snow though, so no snowmen ... except on these sweaters.

Aren't they the cutest! I bought several holiday/winter sweaters from Carol Marsh, who sells on ebay as user bjbcuddles (her storefront is called carolanns sewing room). Maybe I'll find time to post pictures of more of them before Christmas, but don't hold your breath. Fortunately dolls don't change size and thus I will be able to use (and photograph) these sweaters for years to come.

This is the first picture posted of Emma and Esme together. Can you see why I think they're a great pair?!

Meet Emma Katherine

Everyone who has read my blog since the early days knows that the first Sasha dolls I ever saw (and loved) belonged to my childhood friends - sisters who owned a blonde and a brunette. I found a 1971 brunette that matched my memories and named her Esme. I already had a 1970 blonde named Enid, and while they were great friends, not quite the pair I remembered from childhood. Petite Enid with her full center part was just a bit off the mark. She has since traveled off to a new home, and I now have a 1971 blonde I call Emma Katherine.

Emma is a much better match to my memories. Her bangs are a bit wonky, but I think they can be sorted out and made at least a bit more even. The end pieces on the far right here come from behind the first row of hair, and searching through the pieces on the other side I see some short strands mixed in. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to coax them back where they belong.

I love her dark blue eyes, and even the pale color of her lips that this era often fades too. I think that she and Esme Elizabeth are going to be fantastic sisters.

08 November 2014

Baby Play Mat / Floor Gym

I was intrigued a while ago when Carol posted a picture on Facebook of a doll-sized play mat that she found on eBay. I did a bit of searching and found the seller -- and the fact that she also has an etsy shop, SewCute4U2 (coincidentally the shop owner's first name is also Carol). One of the joys of etsy is that you can request a custom order. The mat in Carol's picture looks to be the standard size available which is listed as sized for 7"-10" dolls. Its dimension are about 11"x11". 

photo credit Carol Bell Mitchell
Given that my Sasha babies are about 11" tall (closer to 11-1/2" to the tip of their toes), I wanted something a bit larger. I requested a custom order: we discussed it, she made a sample and showed me pictures, I picked fabric then waited for it to arrive. Easy peasy. It is here and I love it! As you can see, Madden loves it too; he's the first Sasha baby to play on it. The end result is roughly 13-1/2"x13-1/2". I like this little bit of extra room, which cost me $3 more than the standard size.

Carol posted another picture on Facebook last week, and I mentioned that I had a larger custom order in the works and would be blogging about it. She kindly allowed me to include her pictures in this post so that people can see the size comparison. She also noted that her mat fits nicely on a shelf, and that's something to consider if you have a display space that's 11" or 12" deep. I highly recommend this etsy shop and think you will be happy with either size if you choose to purchase one for yourself.

photo credit Carol Bell Mitchell

17 August 2014

Dress Up

I brought home lots more things from the festival that I plan to take pictures of and blog about, but we've had no sunshine and/or very busy weekends lately. So ... I am interrupting festival coverage with some quickly taken pictures of Boo's dolls. She played dress up with them today, dividing them into girl-baby pairs each with a theme. She wanted to try other outfits (which she's doing as I type), so she asked if I would take pictures of them for posterity.

First up are Rose and Kelly dressed in "old fashioned" clothing.

Then Calla and Kitty in modern attire.

And finally Poppy and Madden showing their patriotic spirit.

I am soooooo happy that my daughter shares my love of Sashas. And I love seeing her creativity.

08 July 2014

Sasha Festival 2014 - post 4

I like to take pictures of all of the festival souvenirs, as it helps me keep track of what came from which year. Here is a journal, plus Boo and my auction paddles and name tags, and little Arizona lunch boxes (which were keychains, but I removed the rings). The gorgeous Sasha rainbow artwork is by Phyllis Goedeke.

At registration we also received a plastic sleeve that contained three pieces of artwork, which I've shown with the information card for next year's festival that we received on Sunday.

At the workshops on Friday morning we made a scrapbook for Sasha/Gregor and a necklace for us. Boo completed her scrapbook, which is open with the plaid pages at the front of this picture. I assembled mine (the blue book with yellow ribbon at the back of the picture), but didn't have time to put things on the pages as I was busy taking pictures of the auction items. I brought home a picture sheet and some stickers and cutouts so that I can finish it eventually. We had a choice of pictures for the necklaces as well, with a different picture on both sides. Boo's is the redhead white dress (with babies on the back), and mine is the brunette and blonde (with a brunette pink party on the back).

As you probably know from my "Live from AZ" posts, we each received three festival outfits this year -- one for Sasha, one for Gregor, and one for a baby girl. The baby dresses were all unique, each made from a vintage towel. You can see how different Boo and my dresses are, with much clearer pictures here than the one I took at the festival (why do hotels feel that dinners should have "intimate" dimmed lighting?).

Aren't these the cutest matching Mondrian inspired outfits?! The fabric was specially printed for these festival outfits on Spoonflower, with a subtle Sasha and Gregor script in the red, blue, and yellow sections. Sigmund and Scarlett are modeling, as Sigmund is currently the only "male" doll in the household.

Some closer views of the Sasha outfit, which consists of a printed dress, white panties, a printed headscarf, white floral stockings, and white go-go boots:

Some closer views of the Gregor outfit, which consists of a printed shirt, royal blue shorts, and dark brown woven sandals:

The back of the shirt and dress are both solid black, like the collar and trim on the front.

Scarlett couldn't resist showing off the head scarf.

Here are Kelly and Kitty wearing the dresses that Boo and I received at Friday's dinner.

Boos' dress has a green stripe at the hem and embroidery on the skirt.

My dress has a tone-on-tone appliqué on the skirt, which creates a shaped pattern at the hemline.

I love the fit of the bodice with the curved sleeve.

The dresses also came with panties -- flashing baby alert.

I wish I had taken pictures of the dresses other people received at the dinner, but lighting was dim and I was supposed to sit at my table and accept bids on the centerpiece outfit. Plus the first helper drawing was going on, so a lot to pay attention to. I do have a couple of other photos I can use to show a bit of the variety. First is a picture of the dress that Tina received.

photo credit: Tina Gross
And here is a picture of the 10 dresses that Monica Jarpey of Macon Street Studio sewed. This was originally posted on the Macon Street Studio Facebook page, and is included here with permission.

photo credit: Monica Jarpey of Macon Street Studio
Reader submissions to show even more variety ...

Here is the dress that Laura received:

photo credit: Laura Osterdyk
photo credit: Laura Osterdyk

If anyone else has a picture of the baby dress they received that they'd like to share, email me a copy and I'll add it to this post.

06 July 2014

Sasha Festival 2014 - post 3

Another really fun person that I met this year is David. I had a chance to chat with him on Friday evening, and learned that he helped out with the festival patterns -- the curve in the sleeve of the baby dress was his idea, and just perfect. He also made the stockings for the festival outfits, and probably some other things I don't even know about. David is a very talented designer, and co-owner of D.A.E Originals. I've heard he makes people clothes as well; boy would I love to wear one of his creations! He made some simply fantastic Sasha outfits to sell at the festival. Here is a picture of his sales table, all limited editions of one to three.

I had a hard time choosing between my two favorites, the White Tulle Bebe Chanel Dress Ensemble and the Mondrian Party Dress Ensemble, and wound up buying both. I know who owns the other copies of these outfits, and am a happy triplet and twin as they are ladies with good taste. Here I am with David when I bought my first dress, which I think sold out almost immediately.

And here is Tina with David when she bought a dress, right before I had earned enough money at my sales table and thus had enough cash to buy the other copy (two peas in a pod, she and I).

photo credit: Tina Gross
I took some pictures of these outfits at home today, with Raven as my model (I really need to make/find a dark colored background, as it would have helped a lot when I was photographing the white dress).

First, the tulle dress, black floral lace stockings, and black hairpiece (with Randall Craig shoes).

Second, the color-block coat, matching sleeveless dress, and pink stockings (also with Randall Craig shoes). Couldn't you just picture me wearing this outfit?

05 July 2014

Sasha Festival 2014 - post 2

The first two festivals I attended, I wrote all my blog posts after I returned from the festival. They were based on whatever struck me looking through my photos, and not on the schedule of events. When Boo joined me in 2011 I had plenty of time in the evenings while she was in bed, so I wrote a post at the end of the day describing the events of that day. As she got older and her bedtime got later, that became more difficult. This year I decided to move away from daily posts in the evening, but I know people want to hear about the festival as its happening so I tried something new ... quick, real-time, very short posts of each event, using low-resolution photos taken by my iPad to make it quick and easy. I wound up with 25 "Live from AZ" posts, which freed up my time to enjoy the festival - I spent more time talking than I have in years. Now that I'm home, I plan to write a few more posts, not just about the festival souvenirs and other things I brought home, but about people as well.

I hope I don't embarrasses her too much, but I want to share a story. I received an email from Doris about a month before the festival. She introduced herself as a reader of my blog and let me know she was going to be at the upcoming festival in Phoenix. Doris was one of the first people that I ran into as Boo and I headed to registration. I'm so glad she introduced herself beforehand, as we had an instant connection.

I had a great time getting to know her, hopefully the start of a long Sasha friendship. If you looked at my album/slideshow, you saw Doris, her friend Annette, and Annette's doll Gretchen (a childhood portrait studio doll made in 1972, imagine discovering that a hiking friend had one of those?!) in many of the pictures. Such a fun connection -- Sasha serendipity all around. Boo took this picture of us, a memento until we meet again. Hello Doris!