My friend Anne (the lady who leaves such lovely descriptive comments here) has been on the look-out from www.sashadolluk.co.uk for a Sasha waif for her six (nearly seven) year old granddaughter, Cerelia (such an unusual and pretty name which I'm told means, Spring) to play with when she visits and asked me to help her in her search as the doll was going to be named after me.
After several months we spotted this delightful little 1972 girl just oozing character from her past with her loose stringing, trimmed 'bobbed' hair, a little dot of white in one nostril and a tiny 'boo-boo' to her lip (made much more noticeable in the photos than in real life for the benefit of the buyers.) Who could resist this tot appealingly standing there in her vest and knickers wistfully looking for someone to love her?
We got even better news when after she arrived at her new home and was then forwarded on to Kelly Wenarsky's for a spa and re-string as Kelly emailed Anne with an extra piece of history...
"Your doll with the bob is from 1970/71 - she's really lovely and very unusual. She has an off center part over the right eye. They stopped doing side parts on the dolls in 1969, and the parts were always over the left eye. I've had one or two of the 1970 dolls with a "sort of" side part and they are hard to find! ;)"
I personally just adore these dolls who have had 'little would-be-hairdresses' practising their cutting skills into very attractive 'bobs.' I have several of these little souls in my collection and much prefer their hair styles to those of my dolls with IMO rather too much hair.
I only quickly snapped these photos for Anne to see as Little Kendal only stopped by, like a 'pitt-stop' on the racing circuit, to visit me so that I could get to meet her in person before she continued her long journey out to the US.
The last few photos were quickly taken to show a few ways in which her hair can be styled since she was only here for less than an hour before being re-packed and taken to the Post Office, then onto the airport to catch her flight to her new home and mummy.
The little white speck of dust has now been easily wiped away by Anne with a dampened cotton bud as I didn't like to attempt it with her not being one of MY own dolls.
Wishing Little Kendal and Cerelia many happy years together filled with fun and laughter, adventures, new clothing and different hairstyles, photographs and many future treasured memories.
Extremely grateful thanks again to Sarah for her usual, wonderful help.