AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

Do you believe in fate? I have to say I do and here I will tell you an example of it.

Last week the film The Huntsman, A Winters Tale was showing on TV, I love the film , so we watched it again. While doing so I decided that the next doll I bought I would call Freya, a name I like and which the ice queen in the film was called, I also liked her hair style, which I also thought I’d try on a doll sometime.

I have been selling off a few dolls , so they have been available on my website or on ebay. A friend contacted me about one of the dolls I was selling and we got into a discussion about the doll as she had never owned one before.

It just so happened that I had just seen a doll she had just repaired and renovated and shown the work along with the completed doll on an fb group. I had thought she’d done a wonderful job and thought the doll looked gorgeous.

I mentioned that I loved the large Heubach doll she had just saved and repaired and asked how big it was. It turned out to be 28 inches.

She asked if I’d like to do a part exchange with the doll or that she had another , a Sasha doll , on an fb sale group called FREYA !!

However Freya was a slated eyed Gotz Sasha and I had already been there and done that, so I said I would do an exchange but with the Haubach doll who I would call Freya.

So here is Freya , I have never owned one of this old style dolls before , so this is a first for me and I have started with a big one!

So secondly, a few weeks back I was buying some shoes for my Sasha dolls and wanted a red pair of slipper style, I found a pair , the realised they were for a studio or course doll, a much bigger doll than a sasha. Well somehow I managed to buy the bigger doll pair in error. When they arrived I checked to see if they would fit any of my other dolls but no they were way too big.

Well this week I found them and decided I’d best put them on my blog sale page and sell them on, but kept forgetting to take the photos.

However when Freya arrived she was without any shoes , just in her socks, so I thought I’d try the shoes on her and of course they are a perfect fit!!!

So if that’s not fate !!!

She even had a nice cane chair just waiting for her and a teddy. Now I feel she needs a small table where she can entertain a teddy or two for afternoon tea.

DON’T FORGET US!

But of course I did ! There is normally one that escapes a round up for a photo session but this time there were two !

Betsy and Merry who are both Miss Dolly Schoenhut dolls.

Betsy has had a complete repaint of her face and eyes. Whoever did the job was very talented , her eyes are wonderful

she is not in the best of health but is a very sweet doll and likes to keep house for the others. She is very much a waif, with poor hair and loose joints in places but to me she is darling.

Merry on the other hand, is completely original and is also a sleeping eyed Miss Dolly, so she is most happy to settle in bed and close her eyes and sleep. So it’s nice to have a doll who can go off to bed now and then.

She also has a sweet look to her. So they are the two I missed yesterday but apart from Merry and the ones up for adoption , they have now all got a place in a cabinet together.

Most of the dolls need a change of clothes and some need their wigs to finally be fixed on, so they will be out and about again over the coming weeks .

A GATHERING

I decided to gather all my schoenhut dolls together for a photo shoot. Naturally I forgot all bout two of them, one of which was in the room I was taking them out of to set up the photo , only not beside the others !

These are most of the bigger dolls, all with same face sculpt.

Then some of the smaller ones who aslo have same face sculpt.

Then almost the rest , two missing.

So now I will sort out a new place for them to stand or sit and sort out those who will be up for adoption and what they will be wearing. They all need some personal time and nows the time to give it to them.

At one stage I had almost twice this amount but now they are thinning out they are getting more attention or they will be .

NATTERERING…

Because I had a move around on the cabinet shelves and also having sold off a few of my Zwergnase dolls , when I placed them back into the cabinet I was able to use the same shelf for my Natterer dolls.

So that have been able to share a shelf with the Zwergnase dolls, although poor Pierre and Alix and hidden somewhat at the back at present but I am sure there will probably be a change about over time.

I may decide to put the smaller Minouche dolls on a different shelf , being so much smaller they can easily fit on most shelves without a problem where as sharing a shelf with their big brother and sisters, stops over bigger dolls from finding a space, like my two Carpentina boys and also my Kidz and Cats dolls.

So I think they will be moving again very soon.!

SLIMMING THEM DOWN.

Back in February I took this photo of all my Zwergnase dolls and I was very happy with them .

But like most things I started to think, did I really need that many and did I need more than one of any particular sculpt?

So I looked again at the dolls I owned and decided which ones I really loved and wanted to keep and which could be sold on to make some space.

Not being one to hang about once a decisions been made , I sold off seven of the eighteen I owned. At the time they had been put back inot their bags to store while I was sorting things out and there the remaining dolls have stayed apart from Kirsten ( who I just love ) and Augustine , whose bag I didn’t have available.

However since the beginning of the month, well yesterday, I finally started back in my doll studio to finish getting the place sorted.

So I had a move around of some of the shelves and found space for the Zwergnase to come back out of their bags and into a cabinet, where they can be seen and taken out and enjoyed.

Below is a photo of nine of them back where they can look out and see whats happening in their doll world , Augustine still needs to be added and Kirsten will stay indoors where I can see her each day.

Only problem is eleven is an uneven number… so I need buy another one or to sell one…. mmm wonder which way that will go !

ALIX

I decided to add another Finouche Natterer doll to my natterer family , so picked Alix because she is a red head and I do love the red haired dolls.

She arrived today , so I took her out for a photo shoot.

I also chose her because she has green eyes which I do like on a red head.

Her outfit is a lovely warm party style outfit, with a warm dress with bow and a sweet jacket. Her stockings are full length to the very top of her legs and she wears white cotton all in one underwear.

Her shoes are a bronze metallic to show she’s in her winter party outfit.

For once I actually had a new dress which was just waiting for her to arrive. This sweet roses print dress can fit a Sasha , if you like them long or a Finouche as shown above.I also wonder of wonders found a nice pair of sandals that fit her perfectly !

She will be the last of the bigger Natterers that I buy unless they release one I just cannot resist.

FINDING SOME SHADE

The weather today is HOT! When Mary asked her sisters if they wanted to go out for a walk and maybe call in to the tea room gardens for a drink… every one of them said…..no thanks !

She did not walk very far , if truth be told only as far as the Tea room gardens !

She found the perfect spot at a picnic table.

Where she was soon cooling down with a big glass of lemon juice , with ice of course!

It was lovely and quiet, not many people around due to the heat.

We’ll leave her to enjoy her cool drink and the quiet of the village and hope that next time some of her sisters or friends may join her.

CHARLOTTE

This is a Petitcollin Charlotte and I just adore her ! She is just so perfect, well to me.

I have wanted her for a while but she was not available here in Uk just in France and I was tempted but I thought no wait, she may come back in stock or failing that I could chose another. But I loved this girls outfit, it was something I’d wear myself and I thought it really suited her, so I waited.

So I went and rechecked KR bears and dolls and there she was back in stock, perfect. She has lovely sunkissed skin and beautifully soft hair.

It’s full of wavy curls and really suits her.

She even has some chic sunglasses, just right for the weather we are having at the moment.

So I am very happy Charlotte is now part of my Natterer family.

BOXES

The natterer minouche dolls have always come in lovely boxes, like the one shown above for Olga. But due to the amount of dolls I have owned , along with the amount of boxes they have arrived in. When I sold Olga I omitted to add her box to the sale, forgetting that it had been stored away in the loft.

It’s such a lovely sturdy box and this one has it’s other sleeve and also pictured over box, that it would be a shame to break them up and dump them.

The second box is just a Petitcollin pink doll with no doll name on.

So I am offering them to anyone who would like one or both for the cost of postage. It would be too expensive to send them abroad but only about £5 each for another one interested in the UK.

Please leave a comment or visit my sales page on my sashavillage blog for my email and hopefully they can both find a new home… or it’s curtains for them……

**********WELL THAT WAS QUICK THEY HAVE BOTH FOUND A NEW HOME ************

NATTERER..ING….

Eloi and Zelie arrived today and both are dressed perfectly for the weather… sunshine and showers !

Eloi is dressed for the summer, ready for any adventures that may come his way.

He carries his rucksack to hold any treasures he may find and also a sandwich and drink to keep up his energy for his travels.

A closer up of his handsome face,

Zelie is ready for the colder winds and rain that keep crossing the UK at the moment. She remembers that ols saying ” Cast nar a clout till May is out ! “

So she’s keeping on her woolie tights and warm boots until the month is over !

But she will remove her hat if the weather warms up a bit!

A closer look at her sweet face.

A look at her sweet curls.

Zelie is hoping she’ll be able to change if the sun continues to shine but she’s taking no chances until June arrrives !