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Behind the Scenes at Today’s Third Thursday

I really love the idea of having one specific day each month when people can expect to see my newly made dolls that are available for sale.  That said, some months it is a bit of a challenge to make “Third Thursdays” happen. This was one of those months! 🙂

Here is the story of Today’s Third Thursday.

To start with you’ve probably noticed that today is August 15th, that means it feels like it’s way to early in the month for it to already be the third Thursday!  I know, technically no matter what day of the month the the third Thursday falls on, it’s been close to 30 days since the last one… but it just feels wrong!

Next, August in New England is almost always HUMID! My gardens are pretty happy about all that rain and humidity, but oil paints just don’t feel the same way!

Then there is the fact that August is the last month of summer… and there are all those things that need to be done while there is still a bit of summer left. At my house that means gardening, gardening and more gardening, plus most importantly ~ spending time with my granddaughter before preschool starts up again.

Which brings us to this morning…

This is what the doll house looked like when I opened up the painting studio at 7:30 this morning…  during the past few weeks this studio has been more play house than studio…

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Furniture out of the kitchen and dolls all lined up and ready to play…

 

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This is what has been going on between all the doll making and gardening ❤

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This is the music that has been playing in my studio while I painted this week ❤

Once the studio was opened up the race was on! The doll dress, which was still damp after washing, went in front of a fan. Doll parts were checked to make sure they were dry. Preliminary photos were taken, doll parts were sewn together, a drawstring was run through the neck of the dress. The doll house was tidied, more photos were taken, videos were made. Then a rush to upload videos and photos, write descriptions and post it all online. Sweet relief! The post went up right at 12:00!!

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Ta-da! Another Third Thursday has come and gone & little Miss Lily has a brand new home!

Now it’s time to get busy working on next month’s offerings, which will debut during my annual Izannah Walker birthday celebration on 9/25/19…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to My Third Thursday ~ August 2019

Good Afternoon and welcome to my (almost) monthly Third Thursday. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have finished and available for sale today!

Lily – $1250 SOLD

A petite little 17 inch miss, with delicate face and stature.  Lily comes with one dress, a chemise, pantelettes & a petticoat.

Lily is SOLD she was offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase her, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

Lily’s price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dolls are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.IMG_4827IMG_4834IMG_4836IMG_4841

 

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Isane – $1300 (with one dress & apron) or $1500 (with 2 dresses & apron)

Isane is currently a Work in Progress. She should be finished next week. If you are interested in reserving her please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

Isane’s price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dolls are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

 

Papier-Mache Heads for Izannah Walker Kit

Perfect Head w/ Booklet – Full Kit – $200

Seconds – Reduced! – Head w/ Booklet – Full Kit –  $115

Perfect Head – Head Only for those of you who already have a kit instruction and pattern book – $165

Seconds – Reduced! – Head Only for those of you who already have a kit instruction and pattern book – $80

First come on these! These are the last I’m making for 2019! Email paula@asweetremembrance.com to purchase.

 

In September my new doll offerings will be released during my annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration on September 25th! So no Third Thursday in September 🙂

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I’m Extremely Honored That I Have Been Juried Into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts for the 40th Time

I’m so pleased to announce that I have been juried into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsmen for the 40th time! It’s an incredible honor to be included with such a prestigious group of artisans. Thank you Early American Life!

It’s been a busy summer here, so I’m a bit later than usual in mentioning the Craftsman Directory. I’m sure you all know how that goes… but today I am slowing down a bit and spending the afternoon reading in honor of Book Lovers Day. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and enjoying a few long, lazy, laid back days filled with dolls, good books and dear friends ❤

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No “Third Thursday” this Month

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Orders have been pouring into my inbox….

Thanks to all of you, orders have been flooding my in-box ever since last month’s Third Thursday! So I’m not having a “Third Thursday” for July. Instead I’m going to concentrate on finishing up existing orders and getting them shipped and on their way! I hope you are all having a lovely summer and that you’ll join me here next month on August 15th for my “Third Thursday” in August release if new dolls and accessories ❤

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The Woman Behind the Dolls; A Timeline of Izannah Walker’s Life

20. Arranged by height, from 14 to 22.5 inches. P. Walton, S. Fox, and J. Falvey collections. P. Walton photo.
Some of the antique Izannah Walker dolls that appeared in the October 2017 special exhibit that I curated for the Jenny Lind Doll Show. Arranged by height, from 14 to 22.5 inches.

As doll collectors most of us know and love the rare, iconic American cloth dolls created by Izannah Walker. Her dolls have become the “holy grail” for many collectors, who often spend a lifetime searching for one of her amazing dolls. Izannah’s dolls have a distinctive quality that makes them instantly recognizable, but not all of us know much about the woman who created these dolls that bridge the gap between a child’s beloved doll and outstanding examples of American folk art.

What I love most about Izannah Walker’s dolls is that they are made using simple materials that were transformed into a sturdy, practical child’s toy using ingenious construction techniques.  That we now view her dolls as art confirms the genius of her design and her master craftsmanship. Izannah Walker, along with her sister Jane and aunt, Jane Hintz, managed to capture an evocative moment of American history and very firmly convey a sense of their time and place in a child’s toy.

There are no known photographs of Izannah Walker and details about her life are tantalizingly brief. The following timeline is an excerpt from my September, 2017 article in “Antique Doll Collector” magazine. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about the life of one of America’s greatest doll makers.

Izannah Walker Timeline

1817- Izannah Walker was born September 25, 1817. Izannah was the third and youngest surviving child of Gilbert Walker and his third wife Sarah (Sally) Swasey. Izannah had six older half-siblings from Gilbert Walker’s marriage to his second wife (who died in 1808).

1824 – Izannah and her older sisters, Ann Richmond Walker and Jane Hintz Walker go to stay with their mother’s family at the family homestead in Somerset, MA.

1825 – After their mother and infant brother died, followed shortly by their father’s death, the three orphaned girls continued to stay with their maternal relatives. The Swasey family included their aunt Jane and her husband, Captain Anthony Hintz, who were childless. The Hintz’s had purchased the Swasey family home and property from Jane Swasey Hintz’s parents. The elder Swasays, Capt. and Mrs. Hintz and the three Walker sisters lived together in Somerset, MA on the Swasey homestead, which had been in the family for nearly a century.

1839 – Capt. Hintz writes his will leaving the original Swasey homestead and adjoining orchard to his wife Jane Hintz. He stipulated that after Jane’s death, the estate should go to their nieces, Jane and Isannah Walker. (Izannah’s name was often misspelled throughout her life.)

1845 – Izannah’s niece, Mary Helen Smith Holbrook, was born in New London, CT in 1843. In later years Mary’s daughter, Helen Holbrook Robertson, stated that her great-aunt Izannah began making dolls as early as 1845 when her mother, Mary Helen Smith Holbrook, was a child.

1850 – 1853 – Sometime during this period Izannah leaves Somerset Village, MA and moves to Central Falls, RI.

1855 – A doll is purchased from Izannah Walker for young Martha Jenks Wheaton Chase, who was born in 1851. A photograph of a letter, written by Martha Chase’s daughter, Anna M. Chase Sheldon, stating that her mother’s doll was purchased from Izannah Walker in 1855 is included in “A Treasure Indeed” by Grace Dyar, published in the UFDC Region 14 1981 souvenir booklet “Memory Lane”.

1865 – The Rhode Island State Census lists Izannah Walker’s occupation as “Doll Maker”.

The Massachusetts State Census shows Jane Walker and Jane Hintz (Izannah & Jane’s aunt) as “Doll Manufactures”.

1860’s – At the March 18, 1957 meeting of the Somerset (MA) Historical Society Flora B. Wood presented a paper about her mother, Augusta Louise Marble, who was born in Somerset in 1861. Excerpts from Flora B Wood’s paper were reprinted in The Spectator newspaper on October 26, 1994. “When my mother was a little girl in the 1860’s many of the little girls of Somerset had a Jane Walker doll. I have a picture of my mother holding one. They were handsome and lifelike and made by Miss Jane Walker, who lived on Main Street in the Village. They were made in several sizes and sold for up to 10 dollars.” The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.12% per year between 1861 and 2017. $10 in the year 1861 is worth $264.18 in 2017.

1873 – June 12, 1873 Izannah Walker applies for a United States patent for an invention related “to the manufacture of dolls; and it consists, mainly, in the secondary or double stuffing next the external or painted layer, whereby, with a sufficiently soft surface, the tendency of the paint to crack or scale off is obviated.” Her patent is granted on November 4, 1873.

1845 – 1886 In the 1952 book Your Dolls and Mine by Janet Johl Izannah’s great- niece, Helen Holbrook Robertson, was quoted as saying “From 1845, when the first doll is said to have been made, until she died in 1886, Izannah Walker carried on the business, not securing a patent until persuaded to do so by friends in 1873.” Additional information that Helen Holbrook Robertson related to mid-20th century doll collector, Lila Singsen, whose conversation was reported in Your Dolls and Mine, was that the earliest dolls were made for friends, and that as the business grew, Izannah put her three sisters to work painting the dolls’ faces.

1888 – February 15, 1888 Izannah Walker dies of consumption, now known as pulmonary tuberculosis. She is buried, alongside her best friend Emeline Whipple, in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI which is not far from her final home in Central Falls, RI.

1899 – On October 6, 1899, Jane Hintz Walker dies and is buried in the Palmer Street Cemetery in Somerset, MA.  According to cemetery records, Jane purchased her own burial plot. There is a four-sided monument on Jane’s grave that includes the birth and death dates of her grandparents, Jerathmel Bowers Swasey and Sarah Hellon Swasey, her aunts Parthenia Palmer Swasey and Jane Hellon Swasey Hintz, her uncle by marriage Anthony Hintz, her parents Gilbert Walker and Sarah Swasey Walker, and two of her siblings Anthony Hintz Walker (age 11 days) and Izannah Frankford Walker.

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Izannah Walker handwritten patent.

 

* Izannah Walker historian Monica Bessette is currently working on a book about Izannah Walker’s life, family and friends. So more information about Izannah’s life should be forthcoming in the near future! I personally can hardly wait ❤

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This is the June Edition of “Third Thursday”

This Charlcie has found her new home & the red dresses have both sold, but I do still have sets of both greeting cards, Izzybelle buttons, and some of the one sided 10 inch Isabeau cut and stitch fabric doll panels ❤ ❤ ❤

Happy Third Thursday! This is my (almost) monthly introduction of new dolls, doll clothing and doll accessories ❤

Today my offerings include the third reproduction of Charlcie SOLD, a 23 inch reproduction Izannah Walker doll. she comes with a wonderful wardrobe. I also have two red and white dress for my 18 – 19 inch dolls, they would also work for Anna since she is a bit chubbier than the other smaller dolls. Plus something exciting! Limited edition greeting cards and badges, plus a larger cut & stitch Isabeau printed dolly.

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Charlcie SOLD$2200.

This is my third reproduction of Charlcie. The original doll is one that I purchased for my own collection, and is only an Izannah Walker head on a c.1900 baby doll cloth body, so I will be making her a new reproduction body. The antique Izannah Walker doll is named Charlcie, after my great-grandmother, Charlcie Savannah Suzybelle Walker.
This Charlcie is 23 inches tall. Her body is made of new 100% cotton, stuffed with organic cotton stuffing. Her head is pressed cloth and is made of silk stockinette, which has been painted with multiple layers of artist’s oils, as have her arms and legs. Her “second skin” body covering is made from antique raspberry pink glazed cotton. She is dressed entirely in antique fabrics, laces, and buttons. Her clothing includes a chemise, split pantelettes, a petticoat, two dresses, a nightgown and an apron. The pink dress is made from an antique woven check cotton. The skirt of the dress has hand sewn cartridge pleating (at the top instead of gathers).  The blue dress is an antique indigo and white print cotton. Her nightgown is a re-purposed antique baby gown and her apron is made from two antique double pink fabrics. It took me approximately 140 hours (of actual working time) to create the doll and clothing. I made her using the same methods and same materials (with just one or two exceptions where the materials are no longer available and I’ve had to use modern equivalents) that Izannah Walker used to make the original dolls.

Charlcie is being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase her, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

Charlcie and her complete wardrobe sells $2200.00, which is less than the pieces would be individually. The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dolls are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

 

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The dresses are being sold individually.

Short Sleeved Dress w/ False hem detail – SOLD

Long Sleeved Dress w/Growth Tuck – $200.00 SOLD

Dresses are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dresses are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

I’ll ad the measurements soon, I forgot and left them out in the studio…

Greeting Cards – $26 per set of five

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Limited Edition Greeting Cards are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dresses are mailed via USPS first class mail. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made by PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

Izzybelle Badges – $10

Limited Edition Pin on Butttons are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dresses are mailed via USPS first class mail. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made by PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

SPECIAL ONE TIME 10 inch Cut & Stitch Isabeau – $5 per image

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Limited Edition Printed Isabeau Panels are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Cut and Stitch Doll Panels are mailed via USPS first class mail. International Orders $6.

Payment may be made by PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.