The final leg of Izzybelle’s Texas adventure was our visit to Fredricksberg. After we left the UFDC convention we headed for the hills! (the Texas Hill Country) Izzybelle and Ismay were very excited because they knew that they were going to get to visit all of the dolls that belong to Edith O’Neil during this part of our journey.
If you loved getting a glimpse of Edyth’s doll collection, you can read about her dolls in much more detail on her blog. Edyth’s fantastic book on rug hooking, Rugs for My Red Cape is out of print, but you can still get a pdf copy from her for what I consider to be a very modest amount for such a great book. If you are not a rug hooker, you’ll want this book anyway – just for the gorgeous photographs of the papier-mache dolls and the 18th century Connecticut cape that Edyth and her husband, Jack, moved and rebuilt in Texas! Also be sure to look for the in depth article that Early American Life will be publishing about Edyth’s home sometime during the next year. I’m sure it will be wonderful and I know the photography will be outstanding!
I hope you enjoyed joining Izzybelle and me for our travels through Texas!!! We wish you could have come too ❤
My name is Paula Walton. I’m a working craftsperson. I’ve been self-employed since 1986, when I started selling the items that I make under the name A Sweet Remembrance. Among other things, I am a doll maker, a dressmaker that specializes in reproduction women’s and children’s clothing, maker of spun cotton ornaments and holiday figures, and a freelance designer. Upon occasion I write magazine articles and am a Craftsperson in Residence. I teach and do demonstrations quite frequently, plus I was previously the director and curator of a small museum in Connecticut.
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8 thoughts on “Izzybelle Visits Fredricksberg – The Final Chapter of Izzy B.’s Travel Log”
I loved reading about your travels. Edyth has the most amazing doll collection! Her home and hooked rugs are beautiful too. How nice that you were able to personally deliver another of your lovely dolls to her!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the travel logs. They were fun to do! Edyth was a joy to visit and it was such a treat to spend time with her again. She is an inspiration!
Hi Paula, you look great!!! Such nice color in your face and a great smile.
I love Edith’s hall closet doll house. I do have a big hall closet myself just outside of my sitting room and the entry way of the main front door. This is something I might really like to do, instead of just loading out of season coats there. I love all of the photo’s. To be able to see Edith’s collection was like going to a doll club meeting and seeing a collection from a new member. From your photo’s and the great looks of you and Brian I’m sure your vacation was all you wanted it to be and more. Isn’t it fun to have a travel doll and document the entire trip. I did it many times with my wood carved Hitty dolls I purchased from Judy Brown. I enjoyed reading about Izzybelle’s travel journal very much. See you at the Jenny Lind Doll Show and Sale. Fondly, Mary Goddard.
Thank you! You should definitely consider transforming your closet into a doll house.
Edyth has been a long time UFDC member at large, so I think you could certainly consider seeing photos of her collection like going to a doll club meeting. If you can get your hands on a copy of UFDC Region 3 Newsletter New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Spring 2008, there is a great article about Edyth and her collection in it. 🙂
It was fun to take Izzybelle on our trip! A Hitty would have been easier to pack, but I wouldn’t have traded Izzybelle for the world. She was the perfect travelling companion ❤
Oh, Paula, I WAS there too–because you shared it all with us right here. Thank You! I absolutely adore getting to visit homes and seeing how others have artfully arranged antiques and dolls. Thanks to both you, and Edyth, for sharing her home and her dolls with all of us in “virtual doll club land!” I have also enjoyed seeing photos of your home, Paula.
I, too, am caught up in the idea of a closet doll house, especially since I just brought home a newly purchased toy dresser, and my Victorian doll bed that has been stored in a Connecticut basement for ten years! WHERE am I going to put them but in the closet? But THAT’S a clever idea! Can I make it happen? Hmmm–what can I get rid of out of the hall closet for a new doll house??
My camera decided to stay in Old Sturbridge Village a few days without me, but finally found its way home to Oregon. Lucky me! Now I can finally make a blog page about my travels. I didn’t take a doll, nor did I buy one this time, But I sure liked your doll travel journal. I learn so much from you! Thanks, and welcome home.
Jennie you are very welcome! Izzybelle and I had a great time sharing our time in Texas with everyone. Sounds like you have a good start on a doll closet!
I loved seeing the photos of Edith’s dolls and hooked rugs. I have followed her blog for a while. I just joined yours. Dolly visits are the best!
Thanks for joining! Isn’t Edyth’s blog terrific? Dolls make everything better!!!