New Year’s Day ~ Thankful Reflections & Ebullient Hopes

The wheel of the world has turned once again and it is time to welcome in a new year…  Even more so than Thanksgiving, New Year’s is a time that causes me to think about all the things I am thankful for and to consider all of my hopes for the upcoming year.

I AM GRATEFUL…

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I am thankful for the opportunity to study, care for and love the Izannah Walker dolls in my collection. They may not be pristine, perfect examples of Izannah’s work, but each mark of wear and evidence of love holds a special place in my heart.

Everyday I realize how exceedingly fortunate I am to be able to do the things I love.  I can not express how thankful I am to be the current custodian of eight of Izannah Walker’s dolls!  I am constantly amazed that these dolls are mine to love and care for.  It’s been a long time coming, with years upon years of searching and more hours than I can count of work to pay for them.  If you had asked me 25 years ago if I would ever own even one Izannah Walker doll I would have said no, but the longing for one these amazing dolls never waned.  So I continued to search for a doll I could afford and try to save money to pay for her…  It’s good to hold on to your dreams, whatever they are, to continue to strive for your goals and not  get discouraged! It also helps to be tenacious and downright stubborn!  🙂   Because I know that I am blessed, I try to share my Izannahs, both old and new!  I have always been grateful to others who have been kind enough to show me their dolls, in person, in photographs and online, so I attempt to repay my thanks by doing the same – plus adding in bits of my imagination and the world it lives in…  Come by in the months to follow and see the dolls at play ❤

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To my immense surprise and delight, 2016 brought two new Izannah Walker dolls into my little doll family!

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I have named Josephine (on the left) and Eliza Jane (on the right) after two of my great-grandmothers. One of the things I am most looking forward to in 2017 is making reproductions of both of these dolls. The chance to focus on each doll intensely, learn her similarities and differences, and simply enjoy being in their presence for the many hours it takes to make a new reproduction doll for the first time is a treat to look forward to!

THANKS TO YOU…

Thank you all for your support of my work these past 30 years!  I didn’t say much about it, but 2016 was the 30th year I have been making and selling my handwork.

Thank you for your purchases, both large and small!  Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and your compliments.  It is a scary thing to expose items you have lovingly created to the world!  Thank you for making it a rewarding experience, and much less frightening.

Thank you for being the kind of customers and students who turn into friends and brighten my days!

A huge thank you to those who have entrusted their precious dolls to me for restoration!!!  I have appreciated the chance to take care of your treasured dolls, and to carefully undo the worst ravages of time and past accidents.  I learn so much with every doll I have the opportunity to study and observe!  I know I’m slow and cautious when restoring dolls, so thank you also for your patience.

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Emmaline after restoration.

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A 2nd after restoration photo. The change in color is very subtle. These photos were taken before the doll was seen by her owner. After the owner had a chance to see the replaced arm and replaced antique linen upper arm covering, we decided to “age” the fabric and arm more.

An immense armful of thanks to those few special individuals who feel the same way that I  do about sharing the beauty of Izannah’s dolls, and who have graciously allowed me to make reproductions of their antique Izannah Walker dolls! I truly can not thank you enough. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Lily after I finished her restoration. What a beautiful Izannah Walker doll!

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The Lilys! Sisters, best friends and bosom companions through thick and thin

KNOW YOURSELF

One of the good things about being older is gaining a deeper understanding of yourself!  After a lot of trial and error, I know many of the things that make me happy.  I know that I am the happiest creating beautiful,intricate,  time-consuming things.  I do make and sell a large number of items… and I used to make even more.  Yes, I can make simple, less expensive dolls, bears, clothes, pincushions, etc. etc. etc… but doing that is more like drudgery.  I strive for special, amazing, perfect work.  That is what makes my heart sing.  I may not always reach my ideal, but that doesn’t keep me from trying again and again.  I know this is not the right way for everyone, but it is for me.  So know yourself!  Be kind to yourself and follow the path that is uniquely yours. Don’t follow the crowd, follow your heart! ❤

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Cartridge pleated baby dress.

HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR

A new year traditionally brings new beginnings.  My hope for 2017 is to be more creative.  To try projects that I’ve been daydreaming of for years. To let that spark of creativity light all the days of this brand new year!!!

My hope for you is that you will be able to turn some of your long held daydreams into reality in 2017, and that you will be surrounded by those you love and care about!  Try something new!  Happy New Year to us all!!!

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~ by paulawalton on January 1, 2017.

4 Responses to “New Year’s Day ~ Thankful Reflections & Ebullient Hopes”

  1. Dear Paula! Thank you for your work! It is very difficult, responsible and very necessary. I am proud that you are a loyal citizen of your country. You love your country, you respect the history and culture. I’m so glad I met you and become your student. I had a great break from work with the dolls. But I could not stand the test of separation)))). You’re my inspiration. Your love to Izannah dolls contagious” )))).Happy New Year !
    Svetlana
    Sorry for my English

    • Happy New Year Svetlana!

      I’m so happy that you are one of my students too! Sometimes it is good to take a break, then you can go back to working on your dolls with even more enthusiasm! I hope you have a wonderful creative year!!!
      Paula

  2. Wow. Love your work. Trying to use sawdust for doll heads. Might you have any recipes for it. Thanks and happy new year.

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