•March 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment
This is a photograph I first shared in February, 2012 ❤ It shows a reproduction Izannah Walker doll that I made, photographed, and then talked one of my sons into inserting in a copyright free antique photo. ❤ ❤ ❤ Every now and then this photo pops up in my Pinterest and facebook feeds. It always makes me smile when that happens… especially when people have added inaccurate captions because they think the doll in the photo is an original ~ not realizing that it is an altered photograph… It’s original caption having been lost when the photo was shared, then shared again… like playing a visual version of “telephone” 🙂
If you’d like to go back and see the post where this photo originally appeared here is the link https://izannahwalker.com/2012/02/11/meet-my-newest-izannah-walker-reproduction-doll/
It’s funny, the altered photo is no longer in it’s original post, having fallen victim to one of my infrequent photo storage deletion sprees… as storage space here on my blog is always an issue 🙂 However I did leave a couple of color photographs of the doll and a short video of her in the original post, which you might enjoy seeing!
This is the unaltered copyright free Dover image we started with to create the final photo.
•March 17, 2017 • 2 Comments
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Eliza Jane and Hannah wish you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day! This morning, to celebrate, Hannah baked Irish Soda Bread for breakfast, which made all her sisters quite happy indeed ❤
Getting ready… covered cast iron casserole pots are just right for baking crusty soda bread…
Stirring in the buttermilk…
Ready to go into the oven.
The doll’s loaves, fragrant and piping hot!
Golden brown crust…
Cat proof cooling!
Irish Soda Bread with raisins.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Hannah’s favorite recipe comes from The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread. She prefers the recipe for White Soda Bread. She did stray from tradition and add raisins, which would actually make her bread “spotted dog”. Hannah is quite fond of both raisins and dogs… ❤
•March 14, 2017 • 2 Comments
“Isabeau can you tell how deep the snow is?”
“I think we should go sledding!”
“Or we could build a snowman!”
“No! We should stay inside where it is warm and read…”
“or work on our samplers…”
Isabeau, Ismay and Zanna were forced to agree, for the sad truth is that the dolls only have one coat to share between them all, which was kindly loaned to them by the bears…
…and so Isabeau sat down to read “The Story of My Dolls” aloud. “No one seems to know much about Tillie” she read…
“We do, we do!” cried all the dolls…
… later they bundled Izzybelle into the borrowed coat and let her go outside to scoop snow into their biggest bowl. Then they made snow ice cream, which they ate to their hearts content.
Thus ends the story of my dolls and their very snowy day… ❤
•March 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment
You can see more of Josephine and Isabeau’s doll making adventures on Facebook at Paula Walton’s A Sweet Remembrance.
•February 26, 2017 • 2 Comments
Two sweet sisters all ready to to begin life in their new home. Very special custom order dolls for Connie made from my Ismay and Isabeau molds.
Connie’s Isabeau and Ismay have matching chemises, pantalettes, a petticoats, all made from antique white cotton fabrics, lace and buttons.
Isabeau has an extra linen petticoat with lovely hemstitched details.
Isabeau is showing off her extra petticoat, made from hemstitched antique linen.
Because sisters love to raid each others closets, I made sure that their dresses will fit both dolls ❤
I love both of the dress fabrics that Connie chose. Both dresses have extra fabric, for fuller skirts, a deep hem on the paisley dress and two growth tucks on the double pink dress. ❤
•February 14, 2017 • 2 Comments
The dolls and I have had a very busy day ❤ We spent a little extra time this morning baking a special Valentine treat, Chocolate Bread, an amazing combination of dark chocolate, tart cherries and coffee. While the dough was rising, and filling the house with an enticing scent, we went out to the studio where Josephine, Isabeau and Ismay kept themselves busy making valentines. ❤ ❤ ❤ click on any photo to enlarge ❤ ❤ ❤
Ismay and Isabeau cut out Valentines, weaving paper hearts into tiny paper hands, while Josephine addressed envelopes to all of their dearest friends…
Making Valentines was such fun, and kept the dolls so busy that I was able to work on many other things.
Cutting out dresses for the twins, Annabelle and Annalee ❤
Photographing new dolls… four different versions for a custom order 🙂
Sewing on arms, legs and second skins, in Valentine colors of red and pink ❤
We hope your Valentine’s Day has been just as wonderful and eventful as ours ❤
If you would like to bake a batch of Chocolate Bread too, here is where you can find my recipe.
To see a bit more of our Valentine’s Day visit Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal and my Spun Cotton Ornament Journal.
•February 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment
With soft snowflakes gently falling down around the trees and barns… it is easy to imagine life here on our farm 100, even 200 years in the past. Time has a way of blurring and shifting on days like today.
As I walk out to my studios, thinking of the doll’s eyes I am going to paint and small bodies I am going to sew, I wonder… did Izannah think similar thoughts while walking through the snow on a winter’s day?..