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Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker Part 4 ~ The Doll’s Slumber Party

Over the past ten years the little Izzys have had several slumber parties, not every year because they are always high spirited, bosterous affairs. My nerves can’t quite take that much gaiety and joyous shrieking without a lengthy break in between their sleepovers. Happily for them, and for all of the rest of us too, this is a birthday slumber party year!

Before this evenings invited guests arrived Tilly Lamb and Isabeau cooked a delicious birthday dinner. They made a huge chicken and mushroom pie, then prepared all the wonderful vegetables that the dolls purchased at the Thyme Forgotten Farm Stand on Thursday, when they did their marketing. They are hoping that their younger sisters and friends will eat something healthy for dinner, before they have their midnight snack of sweets!

After dinner Charlcie and Eliza Jane took over the kitchen chores. They brought out the little individual dark chocolate cakes they baked earlier in the day, and made a large pot of steaming hot cocoa. All of their sisters and friends enjoyed the sweets and finshed every single drop of cocoa and crumb of cake. ❤

All in all I would say that this has been an extremely happy occasion for all of us here at the doll’s house. The girls had such a good time having you come vist and join in their party for Izannah Walker! They love having guests even more than they love getting presents… and speaking of presents, this year they received a new antique dry sink for their kitchen, which has made them all (except Izzybelle) very happy indeed! Izzybelle much prefers toys and clothes to kitchen furnishings! She was quite pleased with their toy tin stove, photograph album and new knitted bosom friends. ❤

Tomorrow morning, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, you can get a Behind the Scenes peek at a bit of what goes on in preparation for all of my birthday party posts.

We will finish our 203rd Birthday Celebration tomorrow night, September 26th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with the unveiling of my first reproductions of Sarah Alice.  She is the newest addition to my antique Izannah Walker doll family and dearly beloved by all of her sisters. ❤

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Welcome to the Birthday Party! Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker Part 3

“Hello! Come in, we are so happy that you could come to the party!”

The dolls are all rushing around with last minute party preparations, Isane and Ismay are in the kitchen, along with their dearest friend Prudence, who came early to help. Isane is arranging all of the freshly cut garden flowers, and Ismay is making the Sage Tea while the Birthday Puddings cool. The tea is from their grandmother’s receipt book and one of their favorite teas. Prudence has volunteered to read them some poetry to keep them amused while they work. ❤

“Now that you have had the chance to stop by the kitchen and say “hello”, let’s go on up to the parlor.” “Please watch your step, the stairs are rather steep and worn in this old house.” “The parlor is quite crowded, but we will find you a cozy seat somewhere!”

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“Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker! You have bought such joy into the lives of countless children and doll lovers throughout all these many years since your birth. Your creations and artistry have made our lives so much richer .” ❤

Thank you all for coming to our Birthday Party for Izannah Walker! The dolls are going to tidy up the parlor and kitchen, then spend a little time enjoying their new birthday presents. ❤ Please come back tonight for our slumber party!

Here is the schedule for our Birthday Celebration, all the events and posts are being held right here on http://www.izannahwalker.com. All times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

This morning at 8:00 a.m. the first post of the celebration went up. It is an hour long video about Izannah Walker’s life and dolls, plus a fun look at the fashions that Izannah Walker’s dolls were dressed in and a bit of history about mid 19th century children’s clothing.

At Noon Eastern time, today September 25th, the dolls and I took a fun look back at the past ten years of our Izannah Walker birthday celebrations!

You are currently attending This year’s Izannah Walker Birthday Party here on http://www.izannahwalker.com

To close out Izannah’s 203rd birthday, the dolls invite you to a Sleep over, this evening September 25th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Change into your nightgown, make a cup of cocoa, and come visit with us for a bit… We promise you sweet dreams of little cloth Izannahs 

Tomorrow morning, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, you can get a Behind the Scenes peek at a bit of what goes on in preparation for all of my birthday party posts.

We will finish our 203rd Birthday Celebration tomorrow night, September 26th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with the unveiling of my first reproductions of Sarah Alice.  She is the newest addition to my antique Izannah Walker doll family and dearly beloved by all of her sisters. ❤

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A Look Back at 10 Years of Izannah Walker Birthday Celebrations

Once upon a time, in January 2009 to be exact, I started a blog about my dolls… fast forward to September 2010, when on a spur of the moment whim I decided that it would be fun to write a post about Izannah Walker’s 193rd birthday. That was the very beginning of what has now become an annual tradition here on my Izannah Walker Journal! I hope you enjoy this look back at all the parties that the dolls and I have thrown to celebrate the anniversary of Izannah’s birthday on September 25th, 1817.

… and let’s not forget the year I hosted a doll making retreat here at the studio, just after Izannah’s birthday, which continued the party as we made new dolls and wonderful new friends!

In just a short while our 2020 party will commence, as we wish Izannah a very happy 203rd birthday!

While you wait for the party to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time this afternoon you may want to explore some of these previous birthday posts:

Links to Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration Posts

2010

https://izannahwalker.com/2010/09/25/happy-birthday-izannah-walker/

2011

https://izannahwalker.com/2011/09/25/happy-194th-birthday-izannah/

https://izannahwalker.com/2011/09/25/a-new-birthday-dress/

2012

https://izannahwalker.com/2012/09/20/izannah-walker-birthday-sale/

2013

https://izannahwalker.com/2013/09/25/happy-196th-birthday-izannah-my-celebration-sale-starts-now/

2014

https://izannahwalker.com/2014/09/25/happy-197th-birthday-izannah-walker/

https://izannahwalker.com/2014/09/25/a-birthday-picnic-happy-birthday-izannah/

https://izannahwalker.com/2014/09/25/the-dolls-have-a-slumber-party-happy-197th-birthday-izannah-part-three/

https://izannahwalker.com/2014/09/26/the-morning-after/

2015

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/24/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/25/happy-198th-brithday-izannah-walker-what-to-wear-to-the-party/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/25/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-3-baking-birthday-treats/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/25/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-4-party-favors/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/25/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-5-the-kitten-come-to-tea/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/26/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-6-piecing-quilt-tops/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/26/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-7-in-which-the-party-continues-games-are-played/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/27/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-8-wake-up-sleepy-heads/

https://izannahwalker.com/2015/09/27/happy-198th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-9-in-which-we-come-to-the-end-of-our-story-say-farewell/

2016

https://izannahwalker.com/2016/09/25/happy-199th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-1/

https://izannahwalker.com/2016/09/25/happy-199th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-2-party-favors/

https://izannahwalker.com/2016/09/25/happy-199th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-3-a-very-busy-afternoon/

https://izannahwalker.com/2016/09/25/happy-199th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-4-blow-out-the-candles/

https://izannahwalker.com/2016/09/25/happy-199th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-5-three-reproduction-dolls-available/

https://izannahwalker.com/2016/09/25/happy-199th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-6-sweet-dreams/

https://izannahwalker.com/2016/09/26/and-the-winners-are-annabelle-and-annalee-drew-the-party-favor-winners/

2017

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/25/happy-200th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-1-izannah-walker-birthday-greetings-project/

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/25/remembering-sarah-alice-langworthy-happy-birthday-izannah-walker-part-2/

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/25/happy-200th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-3-new-dolls-available/

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/25/happy-200th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-4-directions-for-making-a-classic-izannah-walker-dress/

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/25/happy-200th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-5-i-is-for-izannah-and-for-ice-cream/

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/25/happy-200th-birthday-izannah-walker-part-6-the-ice-cream-has-been-eaten-the-presents-have-been-opened-and-we-have-come-to-the-end-of-a-perfect-day/

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/26/special-edition-izannah-walker-200th-birthday-dolls/

https://izannahwalker.com/2017/09/30/second-set-of-special-edition-izannah-walker-200th-birthday-dolls/

2018

https://izannahwalker.com/2018/09/25/good-morning-happy-201st-birthday-izannah-part-1/

https://izannahwalker.com/2018/09/25/getting-the-gardens-ready-for-the-party-happy-201st-birthday-izannah-part-2/

https://izannahwalker.com/2018/09/25/a-very-soggy-garden-party-happy-201st-birthday-izannah-part-3/

https://izannahwalker.com/2018/09/25/meet-the-lamb-sisters-4-dolls-available-for-sale-happy-201st-birthday-izannah-part-4/

2019

https://izannahwalker.com/2019/09/25/happy-202nd-birthday-izannah-walker/

https://izannahwalker.com/2019/09/25/happy-202nd-birthday-izannah-walker-welcome-to-our-birthday-tea-party/

https://izannahwalker.com/2019/09/26/welcome-to-my-izannah-walker-2019-birthday-celebration-day-2-taking-a-closer-look-at-tilly-lamb/

https://izannahwalker.com/2019/09/27/welcome-to-my-izannah-walker-2019-birthday-celebration-day-3-a-visit-to-my-studio/

https://izannahwalker.com/2019/09/28/welcome-to-my-2019-izannah-walker-birthday-celebration-day-4-a-tour-of-the-dolls-house/

https://izannahwalker.com/2019/09/28/welcome-to-my-2019-izannah-walker-birthday-celebration-day-4-a-tour-of-the-dolls-house/

https://izannahwalker.com/2019/09/30/welcome-to-my-2019-izannah-walker-birthday-celebration-day-6-the-anatomy-of-an-izannah-walker-doll/

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Hold on Tightly to Your Dreams ~ Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker Part 1

Happy Birthday Izannah Walker! We are starting this year’s birthday celebration with a video that I filmed this spring for Beyond All Limits March 2020 Virtual Doll Convention. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about Izannah Walker’s life, her dolls and the clothing they wear. ❤

Please come back at Noon Eastern time, today September 25th, as the dolls and I take a fun look back at the past ten years of our Izannah Walker birthday celebrations!

At 4:00 p.m. Eastern time you are cordially invited to attend this year’s Izannah Walker Birthday Party, here on http://www.izannahwalker.com

To close out Izannah’s 203rd birthday, the dolls invite you to a Sleep over, this evening September 25th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Change into your nightgown, make a cup of cocoa, and come visit with us for a bit… We promise you sweet dreams of little cloth Izannahs ❤

Tomorrow morning, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, you can get a Behind the Scenes peek at a bit of what goes on in preparation for all of my birthday party posts.

We will finish our 203rd Birthday Celebration tomorrow night, September 26th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with the unveiling of my first reproductions of Sarah Alice. ❤ She is the newest addition to my antique Izannah Walker doll family and dearly beloved by all of her sisters. ❤

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Thursday’s Chore is Going to the Market to Buy All the Food for Friday’s Birthday Party

Thursday’s chore is going to the Market!🛒🛍🛍

The sisters are firm belivers of farm to table, after all that is how they were raised when they were young. They usually do all their marketing at a “Pick Your Own” Farm Stand here at Thyme Forgotten Farm… I am the farmer and they are my very best customers❣️

Monday – Washing.

Tuesday – Ironing.

Wednesday – Mending.

Thursday – Marketing.

Friday – Baking and Partying!

Saturday – Cleaning.

Sunday – Day of Rest.

Now that the dolls have finished their marketing it is time for them to decorate the house for tomorrow’s birthday celebration! We hope you will be able to come join us throughout the day as we celebrate Izannah Walker’s 203rd Birthday!

The first birthday post will be live at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, Friday September 25th, 2020. There will be many more posts throughout the day…

One Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time this year’s special edition birthday dolls will be posted for sale HERE! All dolls sold on a first come basis ❤

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Wednesday is Mending Day ~ The Little Cloth Girls Are Making Sure That They Are Ready for Overnight Party Guests

Today the sisters are mending the bed linens…

Monday – Washing.

Tuesday – Ironing.

Wednesday – Mending.

Thursday – Marketing.

Friday – Baking.

Saturday – Cleaning.

Sunday – Day of Rest.

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Tuesday is Ironing Day

Preparations are still under way for Izannah Walker’s 203rd Birthday party here on my Izannah Walker Journal. The celebration starts on Friday, September 25th, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time.

The chore for today is Ironing! Eliza Jane has taken charge, as the eldest she sometimes has a tendency to be just a little bit bossy… but the other little cloth girls don’t mind that at all today, since it means that Eliza Jane is willing to do all the ironing! She doesn’t trust the others not to scorch the clothes. ☺️

Monday – Washing.

Tuesday – Ironing.

Wednesday – Mending.

Thursday – Marketing.

Friday – Baking.

Saturday – Cleaning.

Sunday – Day of Rest.

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Monday is Laundry Day… Time to Wash the Party Frocks

The little Izzys are up early to get their chores done so that they can play this afternoon…
Today is wash day!
Monday – Washing.
Tuesday – Ironing.
Wednesday – Mending.
Thursday – Marketing.
Friday – Baking.
Saturday – Cleaning.
Sunday – Day of Rest.

The dolls are washing their party dresses today, so that they will be all ready for our 10th annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration this Friday, September 25th, 2020 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time. ❤ Have you decided what you are wearing to the party???

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A Sweet Remembrance Autumn Newsletter

Tilly J. Lamb and I are both spending our days making dolls in preparation for our annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration on September 25th & 26th, 2020

I haven’t sent out a newsletter in quite some time… the one overwhelming thing I most want to say is that I hope you, your families and loved ones are safe and healthy. This has been such a very sad and difficult year for our world.

I debated with myself about whether or not to write my annual Autumn Newsletter, but in the midst of such very unsettled and stressful times I find that I need a few happy, fanciful things to think about. Tiny bright spots that make life feel a bit more normal and remind me of better days. So I decided to go ahead and write, hoping that you might feel the same and be interested in a bit of studio news and upcoming events.

The dolls and I are busy making plans to celebrate Izannah Walker’s 203rd birthday on September 25th I started writing my Izannah Walker Journal ~ Paula Walton’s Doll-Making Notes blog in January, 2009. The little Izzy’s and I have been celebrating the anniversary of Izannah Walker’s birth on my blog for ten years! Since my first birthday post on September 25th, 2010!

I’m getting a rather late start on preparations this year. I have to admit that since March I have been feeling much too antsy to make dolls… I have needed to do more physical, less detailed work. To be up and moving all the time rather than sitting…  I have been throwing myself into taking care of my little remnant of an 18th century farm. My life is going through a lot of changes at the moment and one of the things I am exploring is the feasibility of farming on a very small scale, so I have been growing a few experimental crops and trying out new plants. I’m not at all sure that farming is in my future, but it has made for an interesting, busy, exhausting spring and summer. I have also been concentrating on taking care of my family and making things for them. I have made masks, masks, and more masks. Not nearly as many as some people I know, who have been donating them on a large scale, but I have still made a fair number  ~ about 75 so far, with more requested and on my to do list. My concentration on family has included making toys with my granddaughter and sewing clothes for her first year of school.

Now, just finally, I am feeling as if I can return to making dolls, creating spun cotton fancies, and all the other art and handwork that I love. Apparently I am not alone in this, as I have recently been seeing comments and posts from other artists and craftspeople remarking that they too have not been able to work on their art and creations for months…

So please come join me at www.izannahwalker.com on September 25th, 2020 as the dolls and I celebrate Izannah Walker’s 203rd birthday! We will come up with something fun and festive to mark the occasion and I will be introducing my very first reproduction dolls of Sarah Alice, the latest antique Izannah Walker doll to join my Izannah family. There will be more details to come posted on www.izannahwalker.com , https://www.facebook.com/ASweetRemembrance , and https://www.instagram.com/asweetremembrance/?hl=en

In the meantime, if you would like a bit of extra Izannah Walker fun, you may want to watch a few of my videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/asweetremembrance/videos .

Other Studio Happenings

I am very, very honored to once again have been selected by Early American Life as one of their top traditional craftsmen in 2020. This marks the 41st time I have been juried into their prestigious Directory of Traditional Craftpersons. One of my dolls was featured in their August 2020 issue.

Reminder

Both the Spun Cotton Ornament Class and Izannah Walker Doll Making Class member help sites have moved to private facebook groups. If you are a member of either class and would like an invitation to the group please email me. You must be a member of facebook to use the private facebook group.

In Closing Thank you all for your interest in my work for all these years. I have enjoyed getting to talk or correspond with so many of you! Knowing you has enriched my life. I hope that I have been able to add just a bit of fun, whimsy and knowledge to yours!

I’d like to leave you with this recipe for Birth-day Pudding. It is the recipe that the dolls and I baked for our first Izannah Walker Birthday Party in 2010, and what we will be making again to celebrate this year. It is very easy and quite delicious! You don’t even have to be a doll lover to enjoy it ~ lol!

Wishing you and safe and happy autumn!

Paula

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Birth-day Pudding

Butter a deep dish, and lay in slices of bread and butter, wet with milk, and upon these sliced tart apples, sweetened and spiced.   Then lay on another layer of bread and butter and apples, and continue thus till the dish is filled.  Let the top layer be bread and butter, and dip it in milk, turning the buttered side down.  Any other kind of fruit will answer as well.  Put a plate on the top, and bake two hours, then take it off and bake another hour.

This receipt (aka recipe) is from Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt-Book by Catherine E. Beecher.  Catherine Esther Beecher was born in 1800 in East Hampton, Long Island.  She founded the Hartford Female Seminary in 1823 as well as other schools for young women in Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.  She wrote A Treatise on Domestic Economy (1841) and Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt-Book (1846).

Notes:

After buttering my dishes I dusted them with sugar, before layering in the bread and butter.

I cut the crusts off my bread, as the pudding was for a special occasion, but you certainly don’t have to.  I saved the crusts as a treat for the wild birds in my yard.  You may also save them to make  stuffings, bread crumbs, or croutons.

I chose cinnamon, mace and nutmeg as my spices.

I baked my doll sized pudding in a custard cup, which would also be nice if you want to bake yours in individual portions.

I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and baked my puddings for 15 minutes, then I reduced the oven temperature to 250 degrees and continued baking for the remaining 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I removed my doll size pudding from the oven after 30 minutes of total baking time.  Your baking time is going to depend a lot on the size of your dishes and the thickness of your pudding, so check your oven fairly frequently.  It’s also a good idea to put a cookie sheet under your dish, because my pudding bubbled over as it was baking.

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Do you remember the story of Izzybelle and the Runaway Tomatoes???

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Do you remember the tale of Izzybelle and the Runaway Tomatoes? Ismay read it to all of her sisters on Izannah Walker’s birthday last September, as the dolls waited for the cake to bake. If you would like to read it again click here.

Today I spent several hours out in the garden with the tiny offspring of the Runaway Tomato. I have to admit that I am very tenderhearted when it comes to taking care of the plants in my garden. I usually cannot bear to weed out tiny volunteers that pop up in the wrong place, which makes me a very bad gardener and is how we wound up the the Runaway Tomatoes trying to take over the world last year… In my defense, last year I had a terrible “case of the woodchucks”!  The woodchuck family that moved into my barn was attempting to battle the Runaway Tomatoes for world domination! Despite all my best efforts they managed to get into all of the gardens and eat everything in sight, especially the tomatoes! So when the tiny yellow Runaway Tomtoes popped up in unexpected places, I left them alone, in  hope that the woodchuck hoards would be befuddled and over look them. Surprisingly enough that actually worked, though it was terribly unruly and chaotic, and I wound up with more tiny yellow tomatoes than I knew what to do with!

This year I have had different gardening woes… my greenhouse was leaking so badly that I couldn’t start my seeds as early as I should have. Not knowing if I would be able to fix the leaks sufficiently enough to plant, I delayed and didn’t even order seeds. The good news is that I actually DID fix all of the leaks, the bad news is that it took me quite a while to figure out how to do that.  So here is where the Runaway Tomatoes come back into the story. All of those many, many volunteer tomato plants last year reseeded themselves, and now there are soooo many tiny tomatoes coming up between the bricks in my garden paths! I spent several hours today gently teasing the little seedlings out of the ground and planting them in flats. Currently they are tucked into the greenhouse for the night, all safe and sound. In the end Izzybelle and her Runaway Tomato saved my garden tomato crop two years in a row, and the moral of this story is that Doll Collecting can make everything in your life better!!! (though sometimes in strange and unusual ways )

To read even more about the very beginning of Izzybelle’s tomato adventures click here