Sunday, October 20, 2013

Meet Esi!  Elsi is Spring Valley Studios newest one of a kind Sasha doll!  Esi is an African name meaning"born on Sunday" in Africa.  Since today is Sunday and I have completed her today, it seemed an appropriate name!

 Esi was a doll I previously customized with blue eyes.  Looking at her on my shelf, I was unhappy with the way her blue eyes were lost in her dark skin at a distance.  So I have changed them, darkened all her features and worked with her wig a little bit - and when this gorgeous handmade dress by Dreaming Under the Lilacs arrived, I knew I had to do a total overhaul on her character and use some of Sasha's ethnic children as inspiration, using very dark brown as base in her iris color rather than a blue shade.

 Esi has pierced ears; inspired by one of Sasha Morgenthaler's African studio babies.  Her earrings can be changed out of course, but she will come with the pair she is wearing.  

 Esi has a "synthetic mohair" wig - which is very soft, very curly and can be styled in many ways.  I have added several yellow beads to match her outfit!
Esi began as a 1980's Caleb and has been thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and restrung.  She has a slight storage odor but there is no "mold infection" since she has been cleaned inside and out with an anti-mold solution and washed thorougly numerous times.  (When she arrived she had no visible mold, just a slight residual "basement" smell, so I thought it best to do a thorough inside out cleaning and restringing.) 

I hope you enjoy her photos, and a special "thank you" to Dreaming Under the Lilacs for providing this fabulous dress that unifies her entire look! 
Esi is $335 and Paypal is available as well as International shipping.  Contact me here  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Harmony...A New Custom Sasha Dolls

(SALE PENDING) Meet Harmony!

Harmony began as an early 1980's Sasha with cut hair and playwear and has been transformed into a one of a kind custom Sasha doll!  In her adorable playdress in patchwork fabric (handmade by Dreaming Under the Lilacs!) she represents a little girl from the 1970's.  Handmade sandals and a real 1970's Knickerbocker Holly Hobby miniature doll complete her look!   We're having an unprecedented "Indian Summer" here this time of year and with her colors, she seemed perfect to photograph against the autumn background.

Harmony has an auburn  human hair wig that has been treated and styled for her.  She has been thoroughly cleaned and restrung and her features repainted and sealed.  She has light blush on the outside of her cheeks and nose, a technique Sasha used in creating some of her earliest dolls.
Her eyes are a dark olive with green tones.

Holly was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and has a slight odor; but as she was not moldy smelling when she arrived, I'm not sure what the smell is.  I'm allergic to mold and this is not triggering any reaction; so I'm not sure what it is.

Harmony is $355 and international shipping is availble.  She comes signed on her foot and with a certificate.  (And her little Holly Hobbie doll too!)   I may be contacted here   Enjoy her photos - she and I had a lot of fun