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Traveling Home <3

Two intrepid little travelers are nearing the end of their journeys.  They have been wending their way west towards their new homes.

Miss Ismay and her dear friend wished each other bon voyage and shared their hopes and dreams for their lives in their new homes.
Miss Ismay and her dear friend wished each other bon voyage and shared their hopes and dreams about their lives in their new homes.
Ismay is so excited to be starting a new life in Michigan!  She just can't wait to meet her new family <3
Ismay is so excited to be starting a new life in Michigan! She just can’t wait to meet her new family ❤

Ismay www.izannahwalker.co,

Ismay www.izannahwalker.com

Ismay www.izannahwalker.co,

This sweet young lady feels so happy that she is going to be living in Ohio!  She loved every minute of her first trip to Ohio, when she went to visit Early American Life!
This sweet young lady feels so happy that she is going to be living in Ohio! She loved every minute of her first trip to Ohio, when she went to visit Early American Life!

 

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The Christmas Issue of Early American Life is Here and So Are Both of My Prototype Rag Dolls

Paula Walton's rag dolls from Christmas 2014 issue of Early American Life www.izannahwalker.com

These are the two dolls I designed for my how-to article in the Christmas issue of Early American Life. The issue has been mailed out to subscribers and  is currently on newsstands.  My prototype dolls have come back home from their photo shoot at the Early American Life  offices and they’ll be listed for sale later today on my website.  The dolls may be purchased via the secure checkout at ASweetRemembrance.com, or in the mean time you may call me at 860-355-5709 or send me a note via email at paula@asweetremembrance.com.

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SOLD

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This link will take you to my website where you can buy this doll and read more of her particulars.  She can be yours for $115.00!

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The Christmas issue of EAL also contains their Holiday Directory.  I’m very pleased to have been juried into this years Holiday Directory!!!

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If you enjoyed this post you may want to check out this one too!

https://izannahwalker.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/2014-early-american-life-directory-of-traditional-craftsman-plus-a-sneak-peek-at-my-doll-pattern-for-the-eal-christmas-issue/

 

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2014 Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsman plus a Sneak Peek at My Doll Pattern for the EAL Christmas Issue

My doll posing with her photo in the Early American Life Craftsman Directory.
My doll posing with her photo in the Early American Life Craftsman Directory.

I am very pleased to announce that I have been juried into the 2014 Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Craftsman!!!  This is the 30th time I’ve been listed in the Directory 🙂

I’ve also been working on a special project for Early American Life.  Tess Rosch, EAL‘s publisher called me a couple of months ago and asked me to design, make, draft patterns and write instructions for a cloth doll which is to be featured in their Christmas issue this year.  She wanted it to be a doll that “anyone could make”.  I’ve just finished the doll and thought you’d all like a glimpse at how she turned out.  The Christmas issue of Early American Life will be on sale September 9th.

My newest dolls get lots of tips from their older cousin about posing for Early American Life!
My newest dolls get lots of tips from their older cousin about posing for Early American Life!
Same pattern, two different versions.  <3
Same pattern, two different versions. ❤
I love the way this painted face turned out!
I love the way this painted face turned out!
Even though this doll isn't as fancy, her simple pencil sketch features tug at my heartstrings...
Even though this doll isn’t as fancy, her simple pencil sketch features tug at my heartstrings…
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Sophie and Mae Are Back Home From Their Visit to Prims Magazine & Are Now SOLD

Sophie and Mae have the same bodies as my Izannah Walker dolls, so all the girls can share clothes.
Sophie and Mae have the same size bodies as my 18 – 1/2 inch Izannah Walker dolls, so all the girls can share clothes.

Thank you so much for coming by to see Sophie and Mae.  Both of them are now sold.

Sophie and Mae, the two portrait face New England rag dolls that were in my article in the Winter 2014 issue of Prims are back home, in all their Sunday finery, just in time for Easter!  Sophie and Mae are two of the five flat face head variations that I made for my Izannah Walker doll making students.  Class members can use the five different heads with their Izannah class patterns.  The bonus patterns are available to class members through the class discussion site free of charge.  Follow this link to read more about my Prims article.

Now that the girls are back from California, they are ready to find new homes.  I’ve just listed them for sale on my website.  If you are interested in buying either of them you can go through the secure automatic checkout at http://www.asweetremembrance.com or you may call me 860-355-5709 or email me paula@asweetremembrance.com.  Shipping is free to any US address and lay-away is available with terms to fit your budget.

Sophie

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Sophie shows off her magazine debut.
SOLD Sophie shows off her magazine debut.

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SOLD Sophie is dressed in a pink and black print dress made from antique late 19th century fabric, a petticoat with lavish pink crochet trim and a cap made from antique crocheted cotton lace.  Her face, head and shoulders are painted with artist’s oils.

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Mae

Mae and her photo spread.
SOLD Mae and her photo spread.

SOLD Mae’s face, head and shoulders are painted with artist’s oils.  She is wearing a silk plaid dress with cartridge pleated skirt and velvet ribbon trim, a white scalloped petticoat, black hand knit socks and handmade brown leather shoes with purple silk laces.

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Sophie, Mae and I Wish You a Happy Easter!

"This would be a good hiding place for the chocolate eggs!"
“This would be a good hiding place for the chocolate eggs!”
"I wonder where Sophie hid those eggs???"
“I wonder where Sophie hid those eggs???”

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*** The girl’s dresser is also for sale, click here to read all of it’s particulars.

 

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At Long Last, an 18th Century Doll for My 18th Century Home

1790 english wooden www.izannahwalker.comI have long dreamed of finding a late 18th century doll to live here with us in our 224 year old home.  Last year, more or less by accident, I happened across a c.1790 English Wooden doll for sale on Mary Ann Spinelli’s website.  I had an immediate crush on her!  She was just what I was looking for, a plain everyday English wooden that could have been found  in a New England farmhouse such as ours.  Mary Ann is gracious enough to offer lay-away, so I have been paying her off over the intervening months since I first saw her photo.*  Today I finally got to meet her in person!

anticapation...
anticipation…
I can't wait!
I can’t wait!
Tah-Dah!
Tah-Dah!
Blue glass eyes!
Blue glass eyes!
Her clothing was replaced in the mid-19th century.  She is currently wearing a dress that is made very much like those I make for my Izannahs.  The dress is made from a thin, gauzy cotton with a Prussian blue print.  It fastens with a glass button and brass hook.
Sophronia’s  clothing was replaced in the mid-19th century. She is currently wearing a dress that is made very much like those I make for my Izannahs. The dress is made from a thin, gauzy cotton with a Prussian blue print. It fastens with a glass button and brass hook.
Underneath!
Underneath it all!
Amazingly after more than two centuries, she still has all of her fingers!
Amazingly after more than two centuries,  Sophronia still has all of her fingers!

When my life calms down a bit, after I host a meeting of my doll club in May and return from selling at the UFDC convention in July, I’m really looking forward to pulling out my tiny stash of 18th century fabrics and sewing a new wardrobe for my English wooden doll.  I’ve decided to name her Sophronia after Sophronia Guild Ferris the first woman known to live in our house. (You can read more about the original Sophronia and the history of our house here.)

This doll belongs to my friend Rainy Crawford.  The doll was passed down through a New Milford, Connecticut family.  See how she compares with my doll.
This doll belongs to my friend Rainie Crawford. The doll was passed down through a New Milford, Connecticut family. See how she compares with my doll.
Another view of Rainy's doll.
Another view of Rainie’s doll.
Still lovely after all this time <3
Still lovely after all this time ❤

 

* As I have often mentioned, I’m always happy to offer lay-away to my customers because I know just how helpful it can be when you dearly want to buy something that stretches your budget.  Read more… https://izannahwalker.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/the-joys-of-lay-away/

 

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I Have a New Article in the Winter 2014 Issue of Prims Magazine

The Winter 2014 issue of Prims magazine.
The Winter 2014 issue of Prims magazine.

I received my advance copy of Prims Winter 2014 issue right before Christmas.  Today I finally found a few moments to sit down with a small friend and look over my article, while we shared a cup of tea and a slice of the wonderful nut roll that Mary sent me for Christmas.Prims Winter 2014 www.izannahwalker.com

You can read all about my portrait face New England rag dolls when this latest issue of Prims goes on sale January 1st.  The dolls featured in the article are ones that I made for my Izannah Walker doll making class.  They are variations on the class patterns, that allow class members to create additional types of cloth dolls.  All told I made five different variations of my patterns for my students.  Two of the dolls with painted cloth faces appear in the magazine.  The patterns are free for class members and instructions for making the dolls are posted on the class site.

Work in progress.  An early photo of one of the dolls shown in my Prims article.
Work in progress. An early photo of one of the dolls shown in my Prims article.
Another view of a doll from my Prims article.
Another view of a doll from my Prims article.
This is my second doll shown in Prims Winter 2014 issue.
This is my second doll shown in Prims Winter 2014 issue.
Another flat face variation made using my Izannah class patterns.
Another flat face variation made using my Izannah class patterns.
Two more flat face portrait dolls that I made to inspire my students.
Two more flat face portrait dolls that I made to inspire my students.
Mary's sweet yeast dough with a luscious nut filling is a wonderful treat.  Mary's grandmother taught her to bake her family heirloom recipe .
Mary’s sweet yeast dough with a luscious nut filling is an indulgent treat. Mary’s grandmother taught her to bake the heirloom family recipe .
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Happy Birthday Mom

My mom and dad on their wedding day.
My mom and dad on their wedding day. My mother was 18-1/2 when this photo was taken.

Today would have been my mother’s 84th birthday.  Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother's Shirley Temple doll is wearing a celluloid pin I bought because it reminds me of my mom.
My mother’s Shirley Temple doll is wearing a celluloid pin I bought because it reminds me of my mom.

I have always loved dolls, and as far as I can tell my mother did too, although I don’t think that she had an abundance of dolls when she was growing up.  As a child of the depression, born just 10 months prior to the stock market crash of 1929, she had a somewhat stark childhood.  I have the Shirley Temple doll that was the last doll she received as a child and the only one she kept.  Later in life my mom began collecting dolls.  She had one large bisque doll, quite a few composition dolls and a whole armful of vintage dolls in international costumes.  She even bought a fair number of hard plastic dolls.

I've owned this doll since I was five.
I’ve owned this doll since I was five.

When I was five, Mom bought me a composition doll at Goodwill for a quarter.  She was my very first vintage doll!  I was only allowed to play with her in the house, because my mother was afraid I would drop her on the concrete driveway or sidewalk and break her.  I still have that doll, who survived my childhood and remained unbroken until my husband stepped on her and cracked one of her legs.  If I was especially good I was permitted to play with Mom’s Shirley Temple!

My mom is the one in the yellow dress.  I'm standing in front of her.  This was the only year in my whole life that I had short hair!
My mom is the one in the yellow dress. I’m standing in front of her. This was the only year in my whole life that I had short hair!

The dolls that I love best are older than my mother’s favorites.  I rather think that she wouldn’t have liked the antique painted cloth dolls that have captured my heart and I’m positive that she didn’t share my passion for early wooden dolls.  But in the best motherly tradition, she was happy to go with me to doll shops and was excited for me when I bought my first true antique dolls.

I don’t have much time these days to work on doll projects of my own, but one of the things I have wanted to do for several years is to make a pair of reproduction 18th century wooden dolls.  I’m hoping that 2014 is the year I get to make this dream come true.  I plan to name one of the dolls after my mother and make her wig from some of my mom’s hair that she cut off when I was a baby (she got tired of me pulling on her long hair ).  The second doll will be smaller and her wig will be made with my hair that I’ve cut and saved (doll makers don’t throw anything away).  Working on the dolls will be a nice way to spend time remembering my mother and all of the things we liked to do together and a keepsake that reflects our shared passion for dolls and memories of long ago childhoods.  www.izanahwalker.com