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Last month, when I went to the Harwinton (CT) Antiques and Design weekend, I happened across this fantastic portrait.  At the time I had just spent several days painting scallop topped boots on what felt like an entire army of tiny feet and sewing yards and yards of gathered white ruffles and lace.  Finding this painting felt like the hand of fate.

Harwinton Antique Show Labor Day weekend 2011
Susan Wechsler at the South Road Antiques booth wrapping up the portrait for traveling.
Such a great find from a wonderful dealer. You can find Susan by visiting or write to her at .
This doll has been sold, but you may special order a similar doll of your very own.

We’ve hung the portrait in our parlor, so that she over looks the wing-back chair and Sheraton sewing table, where I sit in the evenings to do my hand sewing.  That way whenever my thread tangles, I have to rip out stitches, or just generally need a bit of encouragement, I can look up for inspiration.  This tiny girl is a gentle guide to the look and feel of long past childhood, that I strive to convey in all of my dolls.   I am so happy to have found her!

She looks as if she could have been a model for one of Izannah Walker's dolls.

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