Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Sasha Celebration Weekend 2018 - Part 2

The Raffle at the SCW is always epic in length as people are so generous.  This year the top prizes on a separate table included TEN dolls and several outfits or doll related sets, some of the dolls were one of a kind (re-rooted hair or repainted eyes).  The first ticket is always a top prize then throughout the draw for the mound of other lovely prizes occasionally a top prize would be announced (and we would all say 'ooooh' in anticipation of the draw).  I was flattered that when sorting the prizes, Janet and Tricia decided that our donation of the turquoise shweshwe dress, hat and underpants set which I made along with the crochet hair accessories made by my younger daughter would be a top prize.

The day before the SCW my Florence modelled the Raffle outfit I made while Melanie wore the dress I had previously made to match the 20" Studio doll outfit for Emmalee Rose

Florence showing the plain side of the hat brim of the Raffle outfit

Florence models the turquoise shweshwe outfit for the 2018 SCW raffle

Front of the dress, with hat and underpants of my 2018 SCW raffle donation

Back of the dress, with hat and underpants of my 2018 SCW raffle donation

The first lucky prize winner was Laura, who was thrilled to claim the re-rooted beauty wearing a Ruth's doll Scottish dancing outfit donated by Mary.

Janet draws Laura's winning ticket

Laura's excitement as she chooses her doll

Thanking Mary for her wonderful donation to the raffle
Laura was sitting with us and after returning to her seat she remained transfixed by her luck, carefully examining her lovely doll.  My girl would have loved that doll or the doll called 'Syria' or the doll donated by Petrana, or any of the them but this year we didn't win a top prize, instead we collected several lovely prizes from the main table, some we chose from the main table were ones which Laura donated, this made us laugh. When Laura's ticket was called for a top prize later on she held up the outfit I had donated and said to me 'do you mind me choosing this?' I just burst out laughing again.  She had helped me with the resizing of the same outfit to Studio doll size when I was making that dress for Dorisanne's doll, we had photographed our dolls together when we visited her in Devon and now she was collecting the 16" Sasha version of the dress I had made for the SCW, she clearly likes the style and fabric!

Delighted with the dress
My girl and I were pleased that the youngest child at the SCW won a baby doll in her crib from the top table.

A delighted young Sasha collector claims her baby from the top prizes

The last prize in the draw is always a specific doll, this year Janet won the last prize doll with her beautiful eyes.  The Raffle raised a staggering £3,000 which was match funded by a corporate sponsor to increase it tenfold for Save the Children International.

After the raffle we set up my daughter's sales table items on the same table I had used for the craft workshop during the morning, sharing the space with Jenny who had made lots of lovely outfits.  My daughter had learned to crochet and in addition to making Animal's headgear, she had crocheted several flowers and flower headbands - hair accessories for Sasha.  The individual flowers had a hair clip stitched to them and were sold in pairs or as singles.  She only had 3 headbands (5 flowers in a row) and sold one of them, as well as taking an order for another in a particular wool (she had a basket of wool for people to choose from).  She was pleased to sell nearly half of what she had made.  Laura and Louisa modelled a floral headband and a flower on a hairclip.

DollMum's daughter with her crochet hair accessories for Sasha

Dealing with a happy customer

All smiles about the hair accessories!
We both looked at all the sales items but this year I did not buy anything (I was very restrained) as we've got a big expense approaching and we had been very lucky with the Raffle.

Beautiful outfits and bedding

A range of colours, patterns and styles for this outfits

Petrana's fine outfits

The Dollydoodles outfits

Some miniature figures from Germany

A range of Sasha goodies

Lots of dolls for sale

Laura changed her new doll Jackie into the dress I had donated and clipped one of the flower hairclips into her hair peeping out from under her hat and we photographed our dolls together, wearing their sundress outfits.

L-R: Laura's pram, Melanie in her shweshwe outfit, Laura's studio doll Sela in her sundress and hat I'd made as a prototype, Laura's Jackie in her new raffle outfit, my pram and baby Nina playing with her abacus (my prototype)
There was more fun to come as the evening approached, which will be explained in the next instalments.

Sasha Celebration Weekend 2018 - Part 1

At last it was time to meet up with many Sasha friends again - I collected my younger daughter from school and we drove straight away to Nottingham, collecting Gillian from the station on the way.  We arrived at 5.45 pm and were soon unloading our Sasha dolls into our room.

First we found Janet and Tricia so we could set up our Fanfare band at the end of the Red Carpet Display, Mary joined us as we placed her beautiful flute player into the scene and together we admired the amazing outfits and dolls (included hair styles) on the other Red Carpet dolls and made plans for the live Fanfare band to rehearse the next day.

Louis Armstrong, Animal and Janet the flautist in the Fanfare Band
We had missed the £1 bazaar before dinner because it was held when we arrived, however we were soon meeting and chatting with other friends as we gathered for dinner.  Mary played her flute at intervals during dinner much to everyone's delight, we've never had live music before at the SCW.

Mary playing flute for our entertainment at dinner
After dinner Jocelyn gave a fascinating illustrated talk all about Frido and Trendon Sasha eyes and how they changed over time.

Friday evening dinner at the SCW

Tricia introduces Jocelyn for her talk about Frido/Trendon eye styles
On Saturday morning we met up with more Sasha friends at breakfast before setting up our craft table.
Louisa and baby Amy at breakfast

Gillian's childhood babies at breakfast
Our table was right beside the Red Carpet display, alongside our Fanfare band, I was relieved to see that Reuben had not dropped his trumpet during the night and Edmund was looking as wild as ever alongside the cool elegance of Janet, Mary's flute player.

This year all the craft kits were given to Janet and Tricia to sort into the gift bags so all we needed on our craft tables were the display materials and any tools/accessories needed to complete the craft kit, so it didn't take long to set up.

Abacus craft table before everyone arrived

Baby Nina holding her Abacus alongside the big abacus
Alan set up his time lapse camera on a stand alongside our table to take photos for 45 minutes (900 pictures apparently) which were later compressed into 30 seconds of film showing the progress of the crafters (I cannot share the video as it is unlisted).  The other two tables in our room were Jenny teaching smocking and Laura with her embroidered denim bag, in the other room Mary was demonstrating how to make fishtail plaits/braids, Judith was running a ballerina outfit (tutu) making workshop (she had provided the leotards ready made for the tutu) and Janet was teaching how to make an origami doll in decorated papers.

Fishtail plait/braid table

Ballerina outfit table

Embroidered denim bag table

Smocking table
The crafters were busy all morning and people seemed to enjoy making the little abacus.  I was personally delighted that it was possible for a person who is partially sighted to make the abacus and I adapted the table height for one person who could not sit down due to a back injury (I put my large plastic box on the table to bring the height up to a better level for her).  The younger girls were also able to manage the abacus without difficulty too.  Everyone who did the abacus did their own patterns for the beads, which was fun to observe, one child insisted on doing her abacus to the power of 8 not 10 (she didn't want 10 beads in a row).

Abacus table crafters 1

Abacus table crafters 2

Abacus table crafters 3

Abacus table crafters 4

Abacus table crafters 5

Abacus table crafters 6

Abacus table crafters 7

Ballerina tutu table crafters 1

Ballerina tutu table crafters 2

Origami doll crafters table 1

Origami doll crafters table 2

Abacus table crafters 8

Abacus table crafters 9

Abacus table crafters 10

Abacus table crafters 11

Abacus table crafters 12

Abacus table crafters 13

Abacus table crafters 14

Smocking table crafters 1

Embroidered denim bag crafters 1

Abacus table crafters 15

Abacus table crafters 16

Abacus table crafters 17

My daughter's origami doll

With her origami doll

Abacus table crafters 18

Abacus table crafters 19

Abacus table crafters 20

Abacus table crafters 21

Smocking table crafters 2

Embroidered denim bag crafters 2
We stopped for lunch at 1pm and tidied up (this didn't take long).  Then it was time for the Grand Raffle draw - which I shall write about in Part 2.