A Reproduction of Isabeau for Carolyn

•December 8, 2016 • 2 Comments

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A sweet “almost perfect” Isabeau, made especially for Carolyn <3  Dressed in an antique “double pink” fabric that is almost cherry red… very seasonal for December!

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Just for Carolyn, a custom reproduction Izannah Walker.

Getting dressed!

The fabric for Carolyn’s doll dress came from the back of a mid-19th century log cabin quilt.  It’s is a glorious, but sadly worn quilt…  As I was carefully removing tiny quilting stitches, to free the backing, I got such a nice surprise!  Log Cabin quilt blocks are pieced on a foundation fabric.  The fabric used for the foundation of many of the blocks is an amazing 1830’s/1840’s brown and blue print.  I love every fabric in this quilt!  After I remove all of the backing, I will remove the blocks that are too shattered to repair, repair the more stable ones, by piecing in period fabrics in similar colors and patterns, then reassemble the blocks into a slightly smaller quilt.  I had planned to add and plain muslin backing, but now I’m thinking that I will  do without a backing, so that the foundation fabric will show…  Slightly unorthodox, but beautiful.  Adding new binding around the edges will be the finishing touch❤

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What Do Doll Makers Do When They Aren’t Making Dolls???

•November 29, 2016 • 2 Comments
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I had such a wonderful day on Sunday with fellow doll lovers Sandy Connors, Peggy Flavin & Christine Crocker!

There were no actual dolls involved, but if you are curious about what fellow doll makers Peggy Flavin, Christine Crocker and I got up to with our dear friend Sandy Connors this past weekend, please visit Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal. ❤

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Wishing You A Very Happy Thanksgiving

•November 24, 2016 • 4 Comments

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Hand Made With Love & Exacting Attention to Historical Accuracy <3

•November 16, 2016 • 2 Comments

handmade in New England by Paula Walton

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Lost in a Daydream of Past Childhoods…

•November 1, 2016 • 4 Comments
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In her recent past, this early Izannah Walker doll lived in an 18th century house, surrounded by a large family and an extensive collection of antique dolls. We recently welcomed her into our household. Hopefully she will feel at home, even though the pace of our days may be a bit quieter with fewer children, grandchildren, and dolls filling our lives…

Once again the earth has turned and November has come at last, drifting in on gently falling leaves and soft, warm rays of light…  More than any other month, November causes my soul to ring with echos of the past, and my thoughts meander to the people who have lived in my house and owned the things I love before me.  I dwell and marvel at small girls, turned to woman, with babes of their own, who played with the dolls I cherish.  I glory in the vibrant creativity of quilts, pieced by other hands and passed down through the years, to warm loved ones…  Days and hours slip away and gently flow into the past, where I allow myself to linger for a few brief hours, lost in a daydream of past childhoods.❤

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A meeting of long lost sisters… You can easily see the strong family resemblance in these dolls that range in size from 20 to 14 inches.

 

 

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Making toast on a cool November morning, where it has been made countless times before in the past 225+ years… Using the toasting fork made by my son Blair, bringing a bit of the past and the present full circle…

 

Happy Haunting!

•October 31, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Trick or TREAT! For Anita

•October 28, 2016 • 6 Comments

A very special Halloween treat for Anita. Her own custom made Anna  :)    img_9579

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Happy Halloween!!!!

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