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Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 6 – Sweet Dreams

We’ve come to the end of our day.  My dolls and I hope you have enjoyed joining in our celebration of Izannah Walker’s birthday.  They’ve had a very active day with all of their friends.  Now all the dolls are getting sleepy and ready for bed…  Isabeau wasn’t quite sure where everyone was going to sleep tonight.  Since Cloe was such a big help this morning, she offered to rearrange the beds, so that there was a place for all of the dolls.

Even after Cloe moved all of the beds around, Isabeau still wasn’t sure that there was room for everyone…  “maybe we should have gone up to the attic to get Izzybelle’s little old bed” she fretted.

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The Annas overheard her and offered to sleep in the kitchen on a pallet… I think I heard them whispering something about a midnight snack…

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and now as the sun goes down it is time to kiss all the dolls good night, tell them to sleep tight and dream of tomorrow…

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Even More Izannahs…

Just a sneak peek for Marti of her own little Anna.  I’ll post more photos of her in the next day or two and then she will be off to her new home…

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Upcoming Events

If you live in the Kansas City area, or will be traveling there in the near future The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures will be having an exhibition of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Tintypes from the collection of Nick Vaccaro opening on October 8th, 2016 and  running through March 26th, 2017.  Two of the highlights will be a Daguerreotype of a baby holding an Izannah Walker doll and an Ambrotype of a young girl and an Izannah Walker doll.  The images will be displayed alongside the museum’s exquisite antique Izannah Walker doll “Miss Mary”.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  The dolls and I had such a good time preparing for Izannah’s birthday that we have decided to do a little something special for Halloween too.  Please visit us here on www.izannahwalker.com on October 22nd when the dolls will be trick or treating!

Did you miss parts 1 – 5 of today’s birthday posts?  Simply scroll down the page to see what you missed.  Remember: You still have until midnight Eastern time to enter for a chance to win one of 18 party favors that I am giving away.  See part 2 for details.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 4 – Blow Out the Candles!

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“Hannah, you and Ismay made a wonderful cake! It’s beautiful!” “Just in time, I hear all of our friends arriving.” “Eliza Jane, you and Ismay can go on up to the parlor. I’ll take off my apron and bring the cake up.”
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“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Izannah…”
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“Make a wish!”

You may enlarge the photos and see the entire image by clicking on individual photographs in the montage.

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The recipe for this year’s cake came from American Cake by Anne Byrn.
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Ismay, Zola and Hannah made an Appalachian Apple Stack Cake, with moist buttermilk layers and spiced apple filling. The story, which I am very fond of, goes like this; each family invited to a wedding would bring one layer of cake, all of the layers were stacked together to form the wedding cake. I’ve also heard this cake called a prairie wedding cake and have seen reference to each family bringing a different flavored cake layer. ❤

 

At 7:00 p.m. I have a few new dolls who would like to make your acquaintance.  I hope you will be able to come back to meet them and then return one final time today at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time for our bedtime post. 🙂

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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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Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker Part 1

Zanna and Isabeau have asked Cloe to help them get ready for today’s party.  They may have gotten a bit more “help” than they anticipated…

Click on any photo to see it enlarged and to read the caption.

Don’t worry! In spite of the sound effects, no dishes were harmed in the making of this video.  As Isabeau always says, “there is a reason that babies only get to use the everyday china”! 🙂

Thank you for coming!!! I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into some of our party preparations. Here is the schedule for today’s celebration events, I will have additional posts at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 10:00 pm Eastern time. My 7:00 pm post will feature several dolls for sale, because what would an Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration be without at least a few new reproduction dolls for sale? 🙂  The dolls will only be posted here on my blog.  If one or more of them tugs at your heart strings and you’d like to purchase her, you may email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. If more than one person is interested in buying the same doll, the email with the earliest time will get preference.

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Just Three More Days Until Our Big Izannah Walker 199th Birthday Party!!!

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Don’t forget! Only 3 more days until it’s Izannah Walker’s 199th birthday. My dolls and I will be hosting an all day online celebration 🙂 Please come join us! We’ll be sooooooo sad if you can’t come 😦

 

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At 10:00 a.m on Sunday September 25th stop whatever you are doing, run to your pc and come right over to http://www.izannahwalker.com for the beginning of our birthday fun!!! ❤
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Playing Dolls with My Own Little “Alice”

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My own little “Alice” and Lily playing in the doll’s new house.

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“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”

― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

Today is a cool rainy day, much too wet to garden, with persistent downpours that make the walk out to my studios seem very uninviting. So I’ve decided that it would be an excellent morning to sit next to the fire and share photos of my own adventures in wonderland…  On Saturday baby Cloe came to stay with us while her parents went out and about.  It was the perfect time to play dress up with the Izannahs and explore a bit of their new house!

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“Oh!” “I like this doll!”
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“She has such a pretty dress.”
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“Grandma made her little fingers, just like mine!”
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“Look, she has boots!”
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“Uh-Oh!” “The dollies fell down!”

 

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Cloe visiting with Isabeau, Lily and my reproduction Lily in the parlor of the doll’s house.
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“Can Lily #2 come out to play?”
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“Lily you wait here while I get the table…”

Cloe and Lily #2 whiled away the afternoon playing in the kitchen of the doll house, with a brief intermission for Cloe to change her dress. ❤

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“We need to move the chairs!”
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c. 1830 doll cupboard in original salmon paint and an impatient baby who could not wait to have her dress fastened before she started playing again!

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“Lily sit in this chair and wait for me. I’ll come back and play with you another day!”

The rain has stopped, the sun is out and my story has come to an end.  Please come back soon to see more photos of Lily #2.  She will be ready for sale this week, just as soon as I finish her petticoat and pantalettes.  If you just can’t wait for her sale post, you may contact me with questions about her by emailing paula@asweetremembrance.com or calling 860-355-5709 during business hours.

Other upcoming blog posts will feature an in-depth focus on my restorations of two antique Izannah Walker dolls (Lily pictured here and Emmaline), and a complete tour of the doll’s house.  I hope you can join us here at http://www.izannahwalker.com for both.

I’ll be posting more photos from Saturday’s photo shoot with Cloe on my A Sweet Remembrance facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy 198th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 5 – The Kittens Come to Tea

Welcome to our birthday tea party in honor of Izannah Walker, an extraordinary doll maker, who was the first woman to receive a United States Patent for her doll making method!

The dolls and their guests have gathered in the front parlor, while I brew a pot of tea.  This afternoon we will be serving a combination of Earl Grey, lavender and ground vanilla beans. I drink mine with a bit of sugar, Isabeau and Zanna prefer lavender honey in theirs and little Izzybelle likes her cup partially filled with warm milk and a heaping spoonful of sugar, then topped up with tea!

A large scoop of Earl Grey tea, lavender flowers and a pinch of ground vanilla beans... total bliss!
A large scoop of Earl Grey tea, lavender flowers and a pinch of ground vanilla beans… total bliss!
“Welcome!” “We are so glad you could come!”
“Have you met our dear friend Lily? She just moved from Toledo to Michigan and now she has come to pay us a visit.” ” Sharon’s doll is also visiting us. We are so happy she could stay for the party!”
“Does everyone have a seat?” “I’m going to go get the tea. I’ll be right back!”
“This is Sadie, one of our new kittens.” “Izzybelle, be careful! Don’t let Sadie knock you off of the piano stool!” “Don’t worry Isane, I’m holding on tight!”
“Here comes Jack. He follows Sadie everywhere!”
Jack very much wants to play with Billie's doll, who is another one of our party guests.
Jack very much wants to play with Billie’s doll, who is another one of our party guests.
“Would you care for a Honey Tea Cake?”
“No Jack, not you!” “Tea cakes aren’t good for kittens.”
“Isane don’t let them get the cakes!”
“That’s right Jack, go see Anna, she’ll pet you.” “Petting is much better than cake!”
” Sadie, I’ll pet you too.”
“Now that the kittens have settled down, would anyone like a cup of tea?”
“Oh no! Lily did Jack knock your cup out of your hand?”
“Don’t worry. Nothing broke and I have a clean cup right here for you.”
Too much excitement! The kittens are all worn out and have gone off to take a nap...
Too much excitement! The kittens are all worn out and have gone off to take a nap…
“I would really like that cup of tea now!” “And I’d like a bit of quiet, civilized conversation!” “Well I LIKE having the kittens come to tea! It makes everything so much more interesting!” “Hush Izzybelle…”
“I know what we should do. Have you seen Joy Harrington’s article in Antique Doll Collector magazine? It’s all about the house she had made for her Izannah Walker dolls.” “You can tell Billie all about it when you go home to Kansas.” “I think next year we should ask for a house of our very own as a birthday present!”
“Cake? “I don’t know anything about cake.” “Or falling teacups…” “You must be thinking about some other kitten.” “Yawnnnnnnnnn”

See? I told you that the girls loved Joy’s article about her doll house! If you would like to read the article too, it is in the August 2015 issue of Antique Doll Collector magazine on pages 43-48.  Not only does it include wonderful pictures and descriptions of the doll house, but it also shows Joy’s fantastic collection of antique Izannah Walker dolls. It is such a treat!

The dolls, kittens and I have so enjoyed having you visit us this afternoon!  We hope you will come back tomorrow and Sunday for new posts at 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. each day, as we party on!

And now, I don’t know about you, but I plan to brew another pot of tea, put my feet up and watch the dolls giggle and play on into the evening…

Izannah's Birthday Tea Party www.izannahwalker.com* Sharon’s and Billie’s dolls are custom orders, who will soon be traveling to their new homes. In the photos they are wearing borrowed finery.  They will each be receiving their final dress fittings soon and will both have posts of their very own to show off their new wardrobes before they leave here.

** Lily is an antique Izannah Walker doll that is staying with me while she undergoes a bit of judicious restoration.  She will also be featured in a series of upcoming posts that will chronicle her restoration adventures.