Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 3 – A Very Busy Afternoon

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The kitchen is buzzing with activity, as Eliza Jane, Ismay, Zola and Hannah try to finish all their last minute tasks. “Hurry, hurry our company will be coming soon!” “It’s almost time for the party to start!”

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Eliza Jane has offered to iron all the doll’s party dresses. She is by far the best at ironing, she never scorches the fabric!

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Hannah has just taken the last layer of cake out of the oven. It smells so good… The entire kitchen is filled with the aromas of cinnamon and spices ❤

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Zola is turning the cake layers out of the pans to cool. As soon as they aren’t so warm, Ismay is going to spread sweet, tangy apple butter between the layers, then dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.

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“Eliza Jane can you see the clock?” “What time is it?” Oh my, we have to hurry up!” “We need to get the cake finished and give Izzybelle her bath!” Eliza Jane, you keep ironing. Zola, you can take the cake out to the table in the yard, and Hannah and I will bathe Izzybelle.” (Ismay can get a bit bossy at times)

 

IZZYBELLE GETS A BATH

Being a doll maker’s doll is a lot like being a shoemakers child, you always come last…  You may remember how terribly bedraggled Izzybelle was when she arrived on my doorstep a couple of years ago.  I finally found just a handful of moments to start cleaning her and making her appropriate replacement arms and legs.  Once upon a time Izzybelle was a charming, small example of one of Izannah Walker’s dolls.  She was loved, played with and almost used up, then sent to the Martha Chase factory for repairs, so that she could be loved and played with some more.  I own several dolls, and have seen and restored a handful of others, that were refurbished by the doll makers working for Martha Chase.

 

 

I have made Izzybelle appropriate restoration arms and legs. I still need to color match them to her newly cleaned paint surface, then stuff and attach them.

I have made Izzybelle appropriate restoration arms and legs. I still need to color match them to her newly cleaned paint surface, then stuff and attach them.

 

"Izzybelle, your bath water is almost ready. Hannah is heating the last kettle full on the stove right now."

“Izzybelle, your bath water is almost ready. Hannah is heating the last kettle full on the stove right now.”

"Izzybelle, time to hop in the tub!"

“Izzybelle, time to hop in the tub!”

 

"Make sure you scrub behind your ears and between your toes."

“Make sure you scrub behind your ears and between your toes.”

 

"This bath feels so good! Why didn't you make me take one sooner???"

“This bath feels so good! Why didn’t you make me take one sooner???”

 

Even Splotches, the barn cat is curious to see what the dolls are doing today. If you are too, please come back around 4:00, 7:00 & 10:00 pm to see the rest of their adventures.

Even Splotches, the barn cat is curious to see what the dolls are doing today. If you are too, please come back around 4:00, 7:00 & 10:00 pm to see the rest of their adventures.

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~ by paulawalton on September 25, 2016.

2 Responses to “Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 3 – A Very Busy Afternoon”

  1. Hi Paula, I am really enjoying your sweet little vignettes! The girls are really pulling out all the stops for Izannah’s birthday celebration. I can’t wait to read more!
    I have to say I was a little sceptical when reading about Izzybelle getting cleaned up but I have to say she is looking so much happier and I can’t wait to see her when she’s all done. I know she’ll be amazing! xxxx Charlotte

    • Charlotte,
      The dolls are practicing for next year, when they’ll REALLY have to do something special for Izannah’s 200th birthday! 🙂 I didn’t touch Izzybelle for 2 years, but finally decided that she should at least be cleaner… I’m fairly certain that she suffered smoke damage, in addition to everyday dirt. The smoke and the red rimmed “devil” eyes eventually got to be a bit much, especially combined with the muscular “Popeye” arms and legs. Poor, sweet Izzybelle!
      Hugs,
      Paula

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