Today is the 197th anniversary of Izannah Walker’s birth! The dolls and I are having a day long party in her honor and we are so glad that you could join us for all of the fun. This is the first of three birthday party posts that I will be sharing with you today. Right now all of the dolls and I are getting ready for a very busy day. The kitchen is a hive of activity and last minute party planning is going on all over the house. So enjoy this first post and then come back later in the day to attend the festivities. At 1:00 p.m. Eastern time we will be having a picnic and later tonight (7 p.m. Eastern time) the dolls are having a sleep over. In between all of my Izannah Doll Making Class members will want to drop into the class site at 2 p.m. Eastern time for a few treats!
INVITE ONE OF THESE VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GUESTS INTO YOUR HOME
If you would like to keep the party alive throughout the year in your own home, I have six dolls available for sale who would love to come live and play at your house. Any of these dolls sold during my Izannah birthday celebration come with an array of special party favors:
– a tiny thimble necklace so that they are always ready to play THE THIMBLE with you
– two sheets of my Izannah paper dolls
– a signed copy of the December 2013 issue of Early American Life magazine with a feature story about our home, so that your doll can show you where she was born
– a coupon for 50% off of an additional dress just in case she needs something special to wear later on in the year ( I am currently blessed with an over abundance of orders, so an Easter or 4th of July dress would be the earliest I would be able to do)
I’m only listing these six dolls here on my blog (rather than putting them up on my regular website too) during this four day celebration as a little extra thank you for all of the people on my mailing list and all of you loyal blog readers! 🙂
Five New Reproduction Izannahs For Sale
Here are five lively little Izannahs to tug at your heart! These will be the last dolls that I will be listing for sale before Christmas. I’ve had such a busy and bountiful year that I am fully booked up and committed until mid-May 2015 with special orders and custom work.
This young Isane #4 is approximately 18 inches tall. She has a red second skin covering her body and red painted boots with scalloped tops. Beneath her dress she wears a full set of undergarments. Some Izannahs have long dresses t]like women or older girls and others wear shorter skirts like young children. I’ve hemmed Isane #4’s dress long, but if you prefer it shorter, I would be happy to add a third growth tuck in the skirt. You may also request aging on her arms, legs and feet. I left them fairly new looking so that her new mom would have a choice. Isane #4 can be yours for $1250.00.
Ismay #1 SOLD
Meet Ismay! She is the very reproduction that I have made from the lovely antique Izannah Walker doll I bought at the UFDC convention in July. Ismay is 18 inches tall, has black scallop top painted boots and short wispy hair. You can adopt Isamy for $1250.00. ISMAY IS NOW SOLD.
I seldom make boy Izannahs, even though I dearly love them. This young man is the first boy doll I’ve made from my Anna mold, but since I’m sure he would object to being called Anna, let’s refer to him as Andrew. 🙂 Andrew is about 17 inches tall and wears a very detailed costume that consist of a red plaid dress, trimmed in black velvet ribbons with a split skirt and matching trousers. He has side parted hair, tall black painted boots with red tops and comes with his paper party hat. Andrew is $1300.00 due to the intricacy of his clothing.
Miss Zanna is 17- 1/2 inches tall. She has black painted boots with scallop tops and a second skin made from antique brown glazed cotton. Zanna can be yours for $1250.00.
Isabeau #9 is a bit shorter than her sisters. She is 17 inches tall, has red painted boots and a red glazed cotton second skin. Her adoption fee is $1250.00. If you love the bonnet she is wearing you may purchase it for an additional $100.00. You may also request a more aged appearance on the arms, legs and boots of this doll.
As a special birthday treat Isamy is making cinnamon toast for breakfast.
Right after breakfast it was time to disscuss what games to play today at Izannah’s party. The dolls got out their favorite book The American Girl’s Book written by Eliza Leslie in 1831. I have to admit that it took them a very long time to agree on the games and I’m sad to say there was even some squabbling and a few tears.
The company sit in a row holding together the palms of their hands. Fanny takes a thimble or any thing else that is small and round, (for instance, a hazle-nut or shell bark) and holding it between her palms, she goes along the line, pretending to drop it secretly into their hands, saying to each “Hold fast what I give you.” Everyone opens her hands as if she was receiving the thimble, and closes them again immediately. Of course the thimble is only in reality deposited in one. For instance, Fanny leaves it in the hands of Lucy.
After Fanny has in this manner gone all along the row, she returns to the head and asks Mary, who is seated there, to guess who has the thimble. Mary guesses Jane, who opens her hands and shows that she has it not. They all guess in turn. Susan happens to guess Lucy; and this being right, Lucy displays the thimble and gives it to Susan. It is then Susan’s turn to take the thimble and go along the row with it.
Sometimes when this is played, a forfeit is required from every one that guesses wrong, and therefore a great number of pawns are speedily collected.
Let’s peek over their shoulder and see what other party games they have planned!
Thank you for spending the morning with us! Don’t forget the the picnic is starting promptly at 1:00 o’clock (Eastern time). That will give you just enough time to change into your party frock. We’ll see you then!
18 thoughts on “Happy 197th Birthday Izannah Walker!”
your girls are stunning Paula, and you have done a lovely restoration on the walker izzie, just beautiful ! xxx
Good morning, what a lovely party! All of them are precious, Ismay # 1 is a favorite !
Good Morning to you too Edyth! I’m very partial to Ismay #1 too 🙂 I just couldn’t wait to see what the first one would look like!
I am so enjoying the party and so appreciate all your work to put this together. I do not have a favorite. I just love them all! However, I especially love my Isadora who was just waiting for me. Her new dress is cut out and is at the top of my list of projects. She seems to be very content in the dress you made, which we both love very much. My new Pup has kept me pretty busy since her arrival and interfered with my project completion. I will be back visiting the party throughout the day. What fun. Wish I could be with you all, but this is certainly the next best thing. Thank you again and again. You are such a wonderful artist and so gifted. Sincerely, Charlene
Oh Charlene, thank you! Please give Isadora a hug for me and tell her all the dolls miss her ❤ I hope the two of you can enjoy a little party of your own and that you both enjoy seeing what the girls and I have planned for the rest of the day!
This is so much fun. Love all the girls that are up for adoption.
I just love cinnamon toast.
Charlcie and I send you a happy day and many hugs. Suzanne Blakeslee and Charlcie xxxxx
When I told Izzybelle that you and Charlcie had sent us a birthday greeting, she wanted to put a piece of cinnamon toast in an envelope and mail it to you! I think I’ve convinced not to do that, but if you get a very sticky, greasy envelope from your mailman you’ll know what it is 🙂
Love to you and Charlcie,
What a wonderful Izannah birthday party! What could get better than even an original Izannah for sale!!! I’m drooling… Wow! All the dolls look fantastic and are a treat to look at! You have put an amazing amount of work into it and it shows! I don’t know which one would be my favourite one – they are all so sweet! My Verity, Savannah and Liberty send their hugs! Fondly,Charlotte
I hope Verity, Savannah and Liberty will surprise you will a little birthday tea party this afternoon! All of my girls send love and hugs right back to yours ❤
What a joyful post!! Everyone seem to have the same look of anticipation and excitement!!
Betany is in a joyful mood too!
Many Many Blessings, Linnie and Betany
Thank you Linnie. The dolls send their love to you and Betany. They are so happy you could come visit us today!
Hello Paula and Happy Izannah. Day to you and all the little ladies What a gift you are to the world of doll lovers. How I would love to be with you, but I can only be there in spirit . My love to all and may all your days be blessed and happy . Janet Mimosa Jane Australia
Thank you! The dolls and I love to share our world and are so happy that you could drop by and visit us, even if it is only in spirit!
Every one of the reproduction dolls are truly stunning and wonderful!!
I can just tell that Isane is so happy and relieved to be restored back to her own self again 😀
This celebration is so fun!!
Thank you so much! I hope Isane is feeling much more like herself these days 🙂 Now her true beauty can be seen by everyone. I think we all need a good dose of fun in our lives!