Monday, January 9, 2012


The SNAPPY CRITTERS are lots of fun to make and even more fun to pay with. Their joints are made from dress snaps which allows the head, arms, and legs to be switched from critter to critter. And the patterns can be switched around as well to create imaginary critters. The book also contains the patterns for their stuffed props like the Bunny's carrot and the Puppy's bone.
Here are a few more pictures that show the various critters and their variations.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


For months I have been busy creating a group of charming and delightful SNAPPY CRITTERS. Now the book has been published by Dover Publications.
Snappy Critters are little plush toy animals that are jointed together with dress snaps. The easy-to-make patterns can be mixed and matched to create a wide range of animals and the snap joints allow the parts of one character to be switched with another -- allowing for even more fun.
Many members of the Sasha groups have made the Snappy Bear and the Snappy Bunny based on the first kits I created. Now everyone can enjoy creating fun companions for their Sasha, Gregor, and Baby dolls.
You can order the SNAPPY CRITTERS book from me for $15.00 with FREE shipping. Just write to me at

Friday, January 6, 2012


For several months I have been busy creating books for Dover Publications who have been my publisher for many years. The first book to be published this year is this little sticker book titled LITTLE GOTH GIRL - sticker paper doll.
As you can see there are endless possibilities for mix and match outfits. Sasha might not be a little Goth girl but something tells me she might like a few of these outfits.
The cost of the little book is $1.50 and I'm offering it with FREE shipping. You can write to me at to order a copy.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Baby Sasha meets Baby Bear in this series of photos that feature my newest Baby Bear created for the class I am teaching online for EbearZ University. Last year I taught a Toots Bear class and now my Baby Bear class has just started.

My Baby Bear has arms and legs inspired by the Sasha Baby

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Another recent challenge from a Sasha friend came in the form of a request for one of my hand-made Teddy Bears. She was looking for a companion bear to keep her company -- one she could hug.

Therein was the challenge as my bears are hard stuffed and not the most huggable critters around.

But I love a challenge so I created "TEDDY" and while he is not soft stuffed he is almost two pounds lighter than any of his brothers.

He arrived at his new home today and has taken up his "spot" on the bed among a cluster of pillows.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


A few months ago one of my Sasha friends asked if I would create a dress for her doll. Ginger is fortunate to have a lovely studio doll, created by Sasha, in her collection. Claire, the doll in question, has the fabric body typical of one period of studio dolls. This body presents certain challenges for the designer because of the shape and position of the arms. And, add to that challenge the fact that I would not have the actual doll to measure and fit the outfit on.
First there were sketches showing how I hoped to minimize the effect of the arm position by using a long full sleeve and an Empire A-line shape dress which Sasha often used as well.

Measurements came and I made a full size paper model of Claire and sent off the first "muslin" to Ginger for a fitting. The dress was less of a problem than the pantellettes which were hard to fit because Claire had no defined waist.

The outfit was finally completed and I think Claire looks quite lovely standing by the stained glass window.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Sasha is delighted with her new American Girl bike and Gregor is clearly envious. It is a little bit large for Sasha since it was designed for her taller "cousin" but she seems able to manage it just fine.

Spring is just around the corner and the warmer days of summer will offer lots of time to peddle around town.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


For many, many months I had been searching for a redhead Sasha but none caught my eye. Again and again I searched eBay and Shelly's website but always without success. On Shelly's site there was a later production Gotz ANGELA with a sad expression. The description said she had a caved in neck and could only pose looking up or looking down. She was there day after day and week after week as I continued my search. I would always stop and look at her downcast pose and expression -- wondering why no one had adopted her. Then a few weeks before Christmas I saw a notice in her description -- "OFFERS INVITED" and I decided that I would adopt her if my offer was accepted. It was.

Now she is here with her brothers and sisters. I have not yet "corrected" her neck caving but she can hold several poses that I find delightful and filled with her special charm and personality. One day soon I will correct the problem, but for now she is giving me one of her looks that says, "I'm home and I'm OK."

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Tuesday evening we had An Evening With Sasha in Philadelphia at the Happily Ever After doll and toy shop. I gave a talk about Sasha and brought several of my dolls to show the various differences in Sasha production. Other members of the Center City Doll Club also brought dolls to display. It was a lot of fun and I'm sure Sasha has caught the attention of several people who were not familiar with her charms.

Thanks to Norvell Jones who took the photo of me describing Sasha's world.

Monday, January 3, 2011


The Center City Doll Club in Philadelphia will be hosting AN EVENING WITH SASHA on January 18, 2011 at 7pm.

For complete details please contact me at

Thursday, December 23, 2010


What a delightful surprise -- a Christmas gift from "Aunt" Kendal for one of my Sasha baby dolls. Of course it was immediately snapped up by "Scamp" the newest kid on the block. It is our very first outfit created by DOLLYDOODLES and features a teddy bear motif. The delightful design has a white front with a patterned back.

I thought that "Scamp" and her Teddy Bear friends might enjoy posing in front of the heavy-weight tapestry print created entirely from drawings of Teddy Bears I created for a Dover clip art book. It was quite a surprise when I found the fabric because I had never seen any of my art used this way. "Scamp" and her friends really like the image of the Teddy Bear riding a rocking horse.

And so, a Merry Christmas to All, and to all a Good Night.