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!

(21) Live from AZ ...

... Dutch Auction WIN! - Peggy Trauger pattern Helper Apron.

(20) Live from AZ ...

... Auction still in progress. :-)

Existentialist outfit made and donated by Susanna Lewis - just sold!

(19) Live from AZ ...

... Children's Fund Auction. The kids are waiting to walk around with the items.

(18) Live from AZ ...

... Another festival outfit - groovy 60's complete with go-go boots.

(17) Live from AZ ...

... Group Luncheon.

(16) Live from AZ ...

... Dress-A-Sasha Contest

This is Boo's entry, a modern-day summer vacation:

(15) Live from AZ ...

... Getting ready to turn in for the night after an 18 hour day. But first, a cute selfie taken by Tina and Meg at dinner tonight that they shared with me.

Love you ladies! I had a fantastic time chatting after dinner, but time to put Boo to bed. And me too.

(14) Live from AZ ...

... Babies, babies, babies ... and a babysitter. ;-)

20 June 2014

(13) Live from AZ ...

... Group Dinner

We all received a baby dress made from vintage linens. Here is Boo's on the left and mine on the right. Better pictures will follow once I'm home, for now I'm just blogging using my iPad.

(12) Live from AZ ...

... End result of gift exchange (no "stealing" gifts this year, but swapping afterwards allowed). Boo is thrilled! Thank you Vivian!

(11) Live from AZ ...

... Gift Exchange.

(10) Live from AZ ...

... Fourth tabletop clinic session, Basic Care & Cleaning of Sasha - Heidi Wheeler.

Four sessions, eight different choices.

(9) Live from AZ ...

... Third tabletop clinic session, Sewing with Vintage Linens - Marti Murphy.

Four sessions, eight different choices.

(8) Live from AZ ...

... Second tabletop clinic session, Knitting Hints & Helps - Carolyn Campbell.

Four sessions, eight different choices.

(7) Live from AZ ...

... First tabletop clinic session, Photographing Your Sasha - Tom Beach.

Four sessions, eight different choices.

(6) Live from AZ ...

Boo with Emma.

(5) Live from AZ ...

... Helper Items awaiting tickets. There are two sets of helper items this year - one drawn tonight and one drawn Sunday morning as usual.

(4) Live from AZ ...

... Morning workshops (scrapbook for Sasha and necklace for us).

(3) Live from AZ ...

... A bit of free time after breakfast for we early risers.

Muriel and baby Kelly are watching Boo swim. :-)

19 June 2014

(2) Live from AZ ...

... Meet & Greet

Laura, Sheila, Monica, and Lynne

(1) Live from AZ ...

... Registration

Marti and Jackie

12 June 2014

2014 Festival Schedule

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 19
5 to 8 P.M.  Pre Registration and Ice Cream Social

Friday, June 20  
8 - 9 am  Helper and CFA set up
9 - 11 am  Workshops
9 - 1 pm  Children’s Activities*
9 - 11 am  Tickets, helpers, raffle
11 - 1 pm  Lunch on your own
1 - 3 pm  Table Top Clinics
1 - 3:30 pm  Supervised Children’s Activities*
3:30 - 4:30 pm  Gift Exchange
5:30 - 6 pm  Table Hostess Set Up
6 - 9 pm Dinner, Pull tickets for first group of helpers

Saturday, June 21
8 - 9 am  Dress a Sasha set up
9 - 10:30 am  Dress a Sasha viewing
10:30 am  Dress a Sasha Contest winners announced
11:30 am  Dress a Sasha contest entry pick up
11:30 - 12  Table Hostess Set up
12:00 - 1 pm  Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 pm  CFA Auction
4 - 7 pm  Dinner on your own
6 - 7 pm  Sales Room set up
7 - 9 pm  Sales Room Open

Sunday, June 22
9 to 12:00 pm  Thank yous, 2nd Helper drawing, Raffle, Children’s Program, Good byes

 *Please supervise your child in the Palo Verde room, unless supervised time is noted.

01 June 2014

My First Giveaway!

Because there were only eight people per table last year, Boo and I had two extra table hostess gifts (a "Return to MY Childhood" themed gift, as explained here). I gave one to my BSF* Tina, and was planning to have a giveaway here for the other. I took pictures and everything, but the post never got written. Until now that is.
* That's "Best Sasha Friend" for anyone curious. ;-)

The set being given away contains the poncho that was used on the accompanying cards, and is also shown in the pictures below. My model (Adeline) and the rest of her clothing are NOT included. Here's what IS included:
  • handmade crochet poncho
  • 3 miniature "books" - cover but no pages
  • tan teddy bear
  • Magic 8 ball
  • daisy headband in bag
  • peace sign necklace in box
  • purple crate
  • photo card with explanation

Given the timing, I have decided to make this available only to people who are unable to attend this year's festival -- in essence, a stay-at-home raffle. Giveaway details:
  • This giveaway is open to anyone NOT attending the 2014 Sasha Festival.
  • There is no cost to enter, and the gift will be shipped free of charge.
  • NO replacement is available if the gift is lost or damaged in transit.
  • Entry is via a comment left on this post - one comment per person please.
  • The giveaway ends at midnight EDT on June 22, 2014.
  • The winner will be announced on my blog before July 1, 2014.
Shoot me an email if you have any questions -- franberry at aol dot com.