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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!

01 July 2014

Giveaway Winner

I enlisted the help of my son to draw a name for my giveaway. And the winner is ...



Winnie Shaddox!



Congratulations Winnie! Send me an email with your address (or contact me through Facebook) and I'll get your prize in the mail to you.

30 June 2014

Sasha Festival 2014 - post 1

I lost my camera on the airplane on the way to Arizona. I took it out to take pictures of the Sasha babies in flight and it didn't make it back into my bag. So my family's pre-festival 'Amazing Arizona Adventure' started with a trip to Best Buy for a new camera - nothing fancy, as I was hoping my camera would be found later on the plane or in our hand luggage. I had to make do with the available camera, and my album will have to make do with the available pictures. Hopefully by next year I'll have been reunited with my old camera, figured this camera out, or replaced it with something better. Here is a slideshow of the entire album (I've included the good and the bad, but deleted the truly ugly):



Clicking on the picture below will take you directly to my Picasa album. There you can see my photos from this slideshow, along with descriptive captions. Feel free to email me or add a comment if you know of corrections or additional information for any of my captions.

Sasha Festival 2014

A few special things about this year's festival that you may notice from my pictures:
  • In addition to crafty workshops on Friday morning (where we made scrapbooks for Sasha and necklaces for us) there were Table Top Clinics on Friday afternoon - eight sessions to choose from, with four 20-minute rotations. Click HERE for a description of the clinic options we had to choose from.
  • There were two sets of Helper Items, with the first set drawn after Friday dinner and the second set drawn on Sunday morning.
  • At our group meals for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch, each table had a centerpiece outfit provided by the table hostess. Bid slips were collected at each table and the outfits were sold to the highest offer at the end of the meal. I did not keep track of how much each outfit was sold for. I think I got a picture of each of the centerpiece baby outfits on Friday, but not each of the outfits on Saturday.
  • Five CFA items that missed the deadline for submission were not sold via live bidding at the end of the auction, but were instead sold via silent auction that ended on Sunday morning.
  • There were only two group meals this year. Since the hotel had a nice breakfast included with the room, Jackie and Marti used the money they would have spent on  Sunday brunch for a third festival outfit.

25 June 2014

Festival Photos coming ...

Boo and I arrived home from the festival around midnight on Sunday. Monday evening I uploaded my photos to my computer and edited the Sasha Festival website (sashafestival.com). Tuesday I left work early because I didn't feel well - climbed into bed, and slept for 17 hours. I was home sick today, my first sick day in the 22 months I've been at this job. Still feeling poorly so not sure how long it will be until I am able to sit at my computer and sift through pictures; I haven't even had a chance to look at them yet. A slideshow/album of photos will be coming eventually, along with more posts about the festival, souvenirs, and all the other stuff Boo and I brought home. Sorry to disappoint those who are anxiously awaiting, but for now I need to rest.

22 June 2014

(25) Live from AZ ...

... Final gift is another festival outfit - his and hers!


So THREE outfits this year,one each for Sasha, Gregor, and baby!

(24) Live from AZ ...

... Kids helping with Helper Items.



(23) Live from AZ ...

... Farewell Program (including an announcement many are anxiously awaiting).


Fort Worth will be: July 16-19, 2015.

21 June 2014

(22) Live from AZ ...

... Sales table set up. Shoppers in 30 minutes!!!


And this is only about half the tables - so many tempting goodies!