Thursday, 30 March 2017

How I got my Sasha doll

 ( Oct '15 - Jan '16 )
   I'd been thinking about starting a blog for some time, but I'm not at all tech savvy and trying anything new is quite scary for me. I'm sure many of you reading this will know how it is. However, the world is changing so fast and I'm trying so hard to keep up.
   So why am I creating this blog?
   I've been looking at all the lovely Sasha blogs since acquiring my own doll last January. I've sighed over the beautiful dolls; some that are still original and some that have been completely changed. Those that have been re-rooted, re-painted, re-strung and all the beautiful new clothes that their owners have lovingly created for them. How the dolls have been 'brought to life' with photo scenarios and stories! I've commented on many of these blogs and I've decided that I'd like to try and share my own 'Sasha Story'.
   14 months ago ( Jan '16 ) I finally got my own Sasha doll; or rather, a Prince Gregor. Like so many before me I'd first wanted a Sasha doll when I was a girl. However, I grew up, got a job, got married, had children, the children left home, the grandchildren came along and any thoughts of a Sasha doll had been put on the back burner a long time ago.
   Then one afternoon ( Oct '15 ) I was browsing through ebay and my search brought up a Sasha doll and my interest was piqued. I looked more closely and I just couldn't believe how expensive they were! I told my husband how much I'd like one and he said if I could get one cheap enough, OK. Well, over the course of about 3 months, I put on bid after bid on various dolls and was always outbid. I realised I'd never be able to own one. Then one day a Prince Gregor, in his beautiful blue velvet outfit, was offered quite cheaply. I waited and waited and no one was bidding on him ( I thought there might be something wrong with him ) but at the last minute I bid the asking price and got him!
   It was about a week before he finally arrived. I was actually trembling with excitement and anticipation as I opened the parcel! When I finally held him he was more than I'd been expecting. I hadn't expected him to be so beautiful or so perfect! I held him for a while then settled him on the side table and just admired him.
   So, over the past year I've been  sharing the love with other Sasha owners on their blogs. I have seen how their owners have lovingly transformed their dolls into works of art and given them life and love 💗

Prince Gregor Jan '16

( Jan '16 - July '16 )
   So, Prince Gregor stood on the side table for quite some while. I'd pick him up and just admire him from time to time. Then one time, as I was brushing some dust off him, his hat and hair fell off! He was wearing a wig! Now I hadn't even realised this; I'd just assumed his hair was rooted like any other doll's. I began to wonder then if this Gregor had had a 'life'. If his wig had been removed had he worn other wigs? had his suit been removed? had he worn other clothes? Had he played a part in his previous owner(s) 'Sasha stories'? In his 30 years ( he has 1985 stamped on the back of his head ) surely he must have.
   Suddenly I felt a bit less timid about him. Perhaps he didn't need to just stand on the side table. Maybe I could bring him to life again! I decided then to remove his velvet suit and packed it in tissue for safe keeping. Having some knitting and sewing skills, I took his measurements and fashioned a simple pair of trousers and a hat and sweater. Now I felt as if I might become a part of the Sasha doll world!

The first sweater and hat I knitted for Gregor in July '16

( July '16 - Nov '16 )
   After some thought I decided maybe I would give him a new name. Most doll owners had named their dolls, so it seemed the logical thing to do next. 
   My youngest daughter was starting to warm to him a bit. However, she said he was far too pretty to be a boy and looked more like a girl!
   I had noticed how many Gregors and Calebs had been changed into girls by there owners and I thought maybe mine could be a girl too! I decided to knit a sweater dress to see how he would look.

Sweater-dress Nov' 16

( Nov '16 - Mar '17 )
   So now we come right up to date. A few weeks ago I bought a blonde plaited wig from ebay ( by Thomas Baeker. It's a little large at 9-10", but it looks OK ) I've also been honing my sewing skills, starting again from the very basics, and I got my first ever sewing machine too! I made a basic, reversible sleeveless dress ( using a pattern from Phoebe&Egg ) and knitted a cream cotton shrug to go with it. You can find this pattern in the gadget bar on the right.
   So now I think my Prince Gregor's transformation is complete. So please meet my Sasha doll - Ezri Zephyrine ❤💗💜



  1. Your Prince Gregor came with his original wig (synthetic fibre), however it wasn't rooted as you discovered because the glue has perished over time. 3000 were originally made (the intended production was 4000), in 1985. It looks like you have his complete original outfit. Unusually for boys the Prince Gregor has eyelashes, so you giving him a wig and girl clothes works fine. The blond wig with plaits looks good on Ezri Zephyrine.

  2. So lovely to read your story of how you got Ezri and I look forward to reading future adventures. DollMum has given you some good information. These dolls were made to be played with - I don't know if you have followed Henry's Adventures? I certainly have a lot of fun with him and the rest of my Sasha family.

    1. Thank you. I will look up Henry's Adventures and maybe Ezri will have some adventures before long :)

  3. Where have you been hiding your blog and why didn't I know about it? I have so much enjoyed reading your entries and I look forward to continuing to follow your doll adventures. The story you wrote about how you acquired your doll was lovely reading. I read it to my boys and they laughed out loud at the part describing the reaction of your family! "What do non-doll people know about dolls?" asked Angelo. "They just don't get it do they?" replied Hans. I think Ezra-Zephyrine will bring you many hours of pleasure. The sky's the limit - just run with your imagination!

  4. Thank you and I'm glad your boys enjoyed it. I do hope they don't mind that Prince Gregor is now a girl :/ Yes, they do think Nanna's losing the plot, but do I care? Not a jot LOL In the short time I have had Ezri I have learned so much about dolls and how there are so many different kinds. I only ever had 'just like' dolls as a kid, but to now own a real Sasha of my own is a wonderful joy :) I shall keep up the Thursday posts and hopefully they will get better :)

  5. I think you're doing a fantastic job; each blog gets better and better. I have added your site to by blog list on my blog. I hope it will bring many others to your fun blog.

  6. Thank you for the add. I missed this week due to being away, but will be back on Thursday. It really is great fun to share with others. I felt awkward the first few blogs, but now I feel I part of the Sasha and doll community it's much easier. Thank you again x


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