Mam'selle A Sindy Doll Magazine Issue 30 | February 2024

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ISSUE 30 | February 2024 | £7.95

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Hello Dolls!

COVER PHOTO @SEWIST53

Happy New Year! Welcome to the 30th issue of Mam'selle! Can you believe it? We published 30 issues of a mini Sindy doll magazine just for you! As it’s the month of love we’ve decided to celebrate families. Be that new babies, young children, or your furry friends. With some DIY, shopping and a wonderful interview with artist Sarah Strachan (page 38), we think you’ll fall madly in love with this issue. Until next month, dolls.

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Mam'selle I S S U E

30 Sindy Doll Magazine: Contents

< Cover model: Chic with her pup, Mimi (made by Sarah Strachan - see more on page 38)

05 Sindy Social Scene 06 Family Special 23 Living with Sindy

> Pict: @sewist53

25 Shopping Special 32 Dear Sindy 38 Mam’selle Meets 42 #VintageSindy Please do contact us with any submissions, ad's, or to be featured dresslikeasindy@gmail.com

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DOG COATS DESIGNED & HANDMADE BY SARAH TART

£8 EACH

SXHSARAH@YAHOO.CO.UK


SINDY SOCIAL SCENE Top Nine: our favourite Sindy Snaps this month...

Family Special

1. @the_woodlanddollies | 2. @dresslikeasindy | 3. @sewist53 4. @pedigree.sindy | 5. @sindy_doll_collector | 6. @every_day_is_like_sindy 7. @action_mans_nan| 8. @sindytude | 9. @sindy_doll_collector MAM'SELLE MAGAZINE | 5


IMAGES: @SINDY_DOLL_COLLECTOR


STYLISH PARENTING BUYS

FAMILY SPECIAL

MODERN ESSENTIALS FOR THE SMALLEST FAMILY MEMBERS PREPARED BY: @DRESSLIKEASINDY

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PARK TIME

IMAGES: THIS PAGE AND NEXT PAGE @SINDYTUDE

1) WALK IN THE PARK, 1982, SINDY BY PEDIGREE 2) STEFFI LOVE INGLESINA FUTURA MAMMA, PART OF SET, AMAZON/EBAY 3) BARBIE SKIPPER BABYSITTERS, PART OF PLAYSET, AMAZON/EBAY



IMAGES: ABOVE, @JOLLYDOLLYSHOP; BELOW, @SEWIST53


PLAYTIME 1) RATTLE, PACK OF 50, AMAZON 2) KELLY DOLL BABY WALKER, EBAY 3) BOUNCER, MAILEG 4) BABY WALKER, BETHSTINYTHINGS AT ETSY 5) PLAY GYM SET, BARBIE 6) ROCK-A-STACKER, MINI TOY BRANDS


IMAGE: @SINDY_DOLL_COLLECTOR

DINNERTIME

1) BABY WEANING SET, TEENYTINYTHINGSMINIS AT ETSY 2) FEEDING CUSHION, MONICRAFTSSHOP AT ETSY 3) BOTTLES, MINIATUREGIFTSSHOP AT ETSY 4) BABY FOOD, DOLLYSGALLERY AT ETSY 5) HIGHCHAIR, ME AND HOUSE AT ALIEXPRESS 12 | MAM'SELLE MAGAZINE


IMAGES: ABOVE, @SINDY_DOLL_COLLECTOR; BELOW, DRESSLIKEASINDY



BATHTIME

IMAGES: PREVIOUS PAGE @GRANDMAGETSREAL ABOVE: @SINDY.COUTURE

1) SMALL BATH, MAILEG 2) DUCKS, BLACKSPARROWUK AT ETSY 3) BABY SHAMPOO, SELECTION AT ETSY 4) SOAP AND DISH, MFORMINI AT ETSY 5) BABY, BATH AND TOWEL, PART OF SET, SKIPPER BABYSITTER

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IMAGES: THIS PAGE AND NEXT PAGE BOTH @X.JAC.C.X

CHANGE TIME

1) WET WIPES, EDENSHART AT ETSY 2) BABY BAG, £12, MINIMESOFTFURNISHING AT ETSY 3) NAPPIES, PPPPINWHAT AT ETSY 4) BABY TALC, VINTAGE BARBIE 5) CHANGING UNIT, PRETTYMINIATURESSHOP AT ETSY




IMAGES: PREVIOUS PAGE, LOU MILES AND THIS PAGE @@X.JAC.C.X

BEDTIME

1) BABY BLANKET, PDF PATTERN, ESTHERKATEKNITS AT ETSY 2) BARBIE COT, PART OF SET, VERY.CO.UK 3) TEDDY, TINYMINIATUREPETS AT ETSY 4) BABY BOOKS, MINISHACKS AT ETSY 5) SOFT CARRYCOT, MAILEG


The love story of Doris & Buddy Part twelve

Girl on my Mind The Cygnet Maternity Wing

Oh Buddy, she is just perfect!

Oh boy, I feel a song coming...need to get this written down. "If you knew Peggy Sue Then you'd know why I feel blue without Peggy My Peggy Sue Oh well, I love you gal, yes, I love you Peggy Sue..."


Introducing... Little Peggy Sue born on July 26th 2022 at 7.27am in the Cygnet Maternity Wing, weighing 7lb and 6oz.

'Peggy Sue' (1957) and 'Girl on My Mind' (1958) were both hit songs for Buddy Holly.


The love story of Doris & Buddy Part thirteen

‘That'll Be the Day’ (1957) was a hit song for Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Photos, Cathy Palmer.

That’ll be the day...

Thank goodness Buddy is always by my side, helping whichever way he can.

Doris and Buddy were out on their first walk with little Peggy Sue. They were a little nervous as poor Peggy Sue has had terrible colic. Thankfully, Doris has the knack and soon settles her.

... to be continued


LIVING WITH.

SINDY.

IMAGE: @JOLLYDOLLYSHOP

THE DOLL YOU LOVE TO DRESS

FASHION. INTERIORS. BEAUTY. SHOPPING. TRAVEL.


Adopt a Cat

FROM £3.49 WWW.SCHLEICH-S.COM


IT’S A PET’S LIFE

FAMILY SPECIAL

MODERN ESSENTIALS FOR THE SMALLEST FURRY & FLUFFY FAMILY MEMBERS PREPARED BY: @DRESSLIKEASINDY


IMAGES: PREVIOUS PAGE, @DOLLSARENOTFORLANDFILL ABOVE, @JOLLYDOLLYSHOP LEFT, @SINDYDOLLS.ETSY BELOW, @THESTRIPYSHED


IMAGES: ABOVE & RIGHT, @THE_WOODLANDDOLLIES; BELOW, @DRESSLIKEASINDY

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IMAGES: TOP, @POLLY.DOLLYDAYDREAMS; ABOVE, @SHARINGSINDY


IMAGES: ABOVE , @DRESSLIKEASINDY RIGHT, @ACTION_MANS_NAN; BELOW, @ANYA_SASHA


IMAGE: @SEWIST53


IT’S A DOG’S LIFE IMAGES: TOP, @SINDY_DOLL_COLLECTOR; ABOVE, @DOLLSABOUTTOWN


BY @STYLEMYSINDY

DEAR SINDY... with Craft Editor, Sindy-Jane

before Jane from @stylemysindy shows us how to upcycle a wooden mini toy airport to make a stylish cat scratching post and climbing tower. 1. Remove the airport sign and push out the backing panel. 2. Cover the two roof sections with felt, glueing with a glue gun around the edge. Trim and cover the raw edges with a ribbon trim. 3. Wrap twine around the upright posts to create scratching posts. Secure with glue as you go. 4. Thread a fish charm on the end of some twine, and a bell and pom-pom on another piece of twine. Glue them both under one of the platforms to create hanging toys. 5. Make a small cushion using scraps of fabric and add to the bottom of the cat tree. .

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... what can I make to entertain my cats? Jane found her mini car airport in Flying Tiger.

YOU WILL NEED: Toy airport or similar Garden string or twine Felt Ribbon trim, fabric scraps Glue gun, needle and thread. Charms, bells, pom-poms or other ‘cat friendly’ small items.

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FEBRUARY FINDS: ANIMAL MAGIC 1.Dog and Basket, from £39 WWW.ETSY.COM/UK/SHOP/MAGICMINIHOUSE 2.Dog Toys, £8 WWW.ETSY.COM/UK/SHOP/KARENBABY8 3.Cat Food Sack, £3.20 SHEPHERDMINIATURES.COM 4.Mini Verse Turtle Tank, £9.99 WWW.SMYTHSTOYS.COM

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5. Schleich Rabbit Hutch Set, £15.99 WWW.HAMLEYS.COM 6. Canned Food, from £2 ALIEXPRESS 7. Dog Food, £1.99 MINIMUMWORLD.COM 8. Dog Bowls, £3 for 2 MELODYJANE.COM 9. Hamster Tank, from £39 WWW.ETSY.COM/UK/SHOP/KDC123


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KAREN BABY8 www.etsy.com/uk/shop/karenbaby8


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12 13 10. Bird Cage, £13.99 MELODYJANE.COM 11. Cat Bowl and Food Set, £7 WWW.AMAZON.CO.UK 12. Fish Tanks, from selection WWW.AMAZON.CO.UK

13. Dog Bone Treats, £5 WWW.ETSY.COM/UK/SHOP/MINIFOODS STUDIO 14. BASKET, PART OF PET PARLOUR, SINDYPLAY AT ARGOS

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MAM’SELLE MEETS...

Sarah Strachan

Sarah Strachan, 52, is a Contemporary Artist and lives in Totnes, Devon with her family and cat, Dot. Find her at: @sarahstrachancraft

As a contemporary artist, what started your love of making miniatures? It all started when my children were small. I made a doll for my daughter, then a friend asked me to make one for her. I started selling them in The Cross Shop in Notting Hill and via Selvedge magazine.

Sarah Strachan, Contemporary Artist

Sarah Strachan studied Fine Art Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin before a career in London working in film, TV and theatre. She began making creatures and animals, including working on the first Harry Potter film. She later moved to Devon and started a craft business, making dolls initially, then dogs (both sold on Etsy) and continues to take commissions making puppets for theatre productions.

When and how did you discover you could make these adorable dogs? At some point, I made a miniature doll of Alys Fowler (British horticulturist, journalist and former presenter on the long-running BBC television programme Gardeners' World) and I added in her Jack Russell. That was the beginning of the little dogs as part of my craft business. What was the first dog you made? The very first one was a different design to the ones I sell now and was a little plaything for my children.



What materials do you mainly use? What's the easiest and most difficult part of each make? I make an armature and wrap the wool around it to create the little dog. The most difficult thing to get right is the eyes. If they are too low down, high up, wide apart or close together I re-do them. It can make the difference between a cute or a weird dog! How long does it take you to make a dog from start to finish? Roughly how big are they/what's the biggest one you have made? They can take between 2 and 6 hours depending on the dog. A special commission, a dog that I haven’t made before, that I need to work out can take me a day to make and sometimes I have more than one attempt to get it right. The standard breeds in my shop vary, with the simplest breeds taking roughly 2 hours to make. They are on average 6cm tall. The biggest dog I’ve made was a life-size puppet dog for a theatre production of Annie Junior in London’s West End. Have you ever made a dog that you haven't been able to part with? No, but I’ve had one or two that I’ve really loved. As a cat lover, any plans to add them to your shop? (please!) Very occasionally I make cats (I’m a cat-lover too!), but the way I make them means they might not be the right scale to go with Sindy. Please tell us - any special collaborations or commissions... Orla Kiely approached me in 2018 and we collaborated on a series of 27 dolls wearing miniaturised versions of her dress designs. She had her fabrics scaled down and sent me drawings of the dresses to work from. The dolls were exhibited in the London Fashion Museum as part of her retrospective, A Life in Fashion. Also, Tom Parker Bowles commissioned me to make Camilla’s dogs as a Christmas present!

My other passion is painting. Instagram @artsarahstrachan


A selection of the Orla Kiely dolls from 2018

SHOP AT www.etsy.com/uk/shop/sarahstrachanart


IMAGES: SKY COOPER @SINDYTUDE

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FLICKR: COOPERSKY

#VINTAGESINDY

SINDY & SCOTTY 1988 / 1989 Sold as a boxed set, the Hasbro Sindy & Scotty (8180) arrived in 1988 in a cute matchy-matchy red ensemble. Sindy wore a jumper with a motif of her beloved Scottish Terrier teamed with a tiered checked skirt, socks, pumps and cosy ear muffs. The following year Sindy & Scotty (8074) both had a Parisian makeover. Sindy in a chic dogtooth print boxy jacket and bubblegum pink skirt. Scotty had a stylish matching coat finished with a pink bow. They retailed for approx. £7.45. Both boxed dolls are quite hard to find now, so keep a lookout.


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March 30th May 11th 2024

SINDY 6OTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION free entry An exhibition to celebrate the Diamond anniversary of Sindy curated by local collectors Karen Colley and Bonita Turner. Chippenham Museum (Chippenham Town Council) 9-10 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3HF

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