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Busy Times! Studio News

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately.  Unfortunately that doesn’t mean that I have been enjoying a long lazy summer… ( just kidding – I love what I do!)  As is usually the case, there is just so much going on that I simply haven’t had time to blog!

It’s funny, I was talking to Tess Rosch, publisher of Early American Life, last week and she made some comment about me being a “high energy” person.  It’s not the first time someone has said similar things. I have some dear friends who firmly believe that I only manage to get so many things done because I’m on drugs. 🙂 They asked very nicely if I would please share, as they needed to finish quite a few  projects of their own. LOL! I don’t actually think of myself as high energy. Instead I view myself as a very tired, stubborn woman with an extremely long to-do list… So we’ll consider this post as checking one of those items off my list.

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The August 2017 issue of EAL, which Includes the Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen.

Lots of exciting things are going on!  I’m so thrilled to say that I have been chosen for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsmen in four different categories this year! Not only will you find me listed in Toys & Dolls, but also in Miniatures, Clothing & Accessories, and Holidays (in the upcoming Christmas issue). This makes 38 times that I have been juried into the Directory!

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Three photos of my work are shown on pages 64 and 65 in the August 2017 issue of Early American Life.
Izannah Walker dolls from the Paula Walton collection.
Look for these two dolls from my collection in my September article in Antique Doll Collector magazine.

Magazines have been a big part of my summer so far.  I spent several months combing through 80 years worth of books and articles, doing research for the article on Izannah Walker and her dolls that I wrote for Antique Doll Collector magazine. Look for it in their September, 2017 issue. It is the cover article!

Currently I’m in the midst of working on an article and project for the Christmas issue of Early American Life. Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck! I need to have it finished by the end of July!!!

OTHER HAPPENINGS

Third Thursdays are starting this month! If you didn’t read about them in my last news letter, stay tuned for more information in the next few days. This should be fun!!!

I also have quite a few really amazing things in the works to celebrate Izannah’s 200th birthday! More news will be also be forth coming about them soon. 🙂

SIGNING OFF FOR NOW

As I mentioned, this has not been a leisurely summer so far, but I have made time to garden, work in a few non-doll sewing projects, and be a grandma.  Cloe and I have been enjoying our “library days”, when we go to story time at our local library, check out books, then spend the day together “gardening” which means checking on the peas she helped plant and eating berries as fast as she can pick them, playing and reading. ❤

I hope your summer has had some magical moments too!

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On A Winter’s Day…

With soft snowflakes gently falling down around the trees and barns… it is easy to imagine life here on our farm 100, even 200 years in the past.  Time has a way of blurring and shifting on days like today.

As I walk out to my studios, thinking of the doll’s eyes I am going to paint and small bodies I am going to sew, I wonder… did Izannah think similar thoughts while walking through the snow on a winter’s day?..

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What Do Doll Makers Do When They Aren’t Making Dolls???

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I had such a wonderful day on Sunday with fellow doll lovers Sandy Connors, Peggy Flavin & Christine Crocker!

There were no actual dolls involved, but if you are curious about what fellow doll makers Peggy Flavin, Christine Crocker and I got up to with our dear friend Sandy Connors this past weekend, please visit Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal.  ❤

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A Perfect Day or The Delight of an Unexpected Visit!

www.izannahwalker.comYesterday my friend Joy and I decided that we could squeeze in an impromptu trip to Pamela Dalton’s Christmas Open House.  So we piled into the car and ventured north to the village of Harlemville.  The drive flew by as we talked and admired all of the small towns we passed through!

Our destination, Pamela Dalton's house!
Our destination, Pamela Dalton’s house!

 

I love this tin version of her logo!
I love this tin version of her logo!

We had a wonderful time looking at all of the amazing fine crafts that Pamela and her group of friends created. Then surprise!!! Who was there?  My friend Peggy!!!

I had no idea Peggy would be at the Open House! It was such a treat to see her again and have a chance to catch up on everything she has been doing :)
I had no idea Peggy would be at the Open House! It was such a treat to see her again and have a chance to catch up on everything she has been doing 🙂

Peggy is a talented, creative doll maker, who lives in a charming old house by the sea.  She has an enchanting blog that I love to read.

The afternoon came to a close with strolling carolers.  It was a story book ending to a lovely Open House!  Afterwards, Peggy and her dear friend Sandy invited us back to Sandy’s house for supper.  It was so nice to finally meet Sandy in person!  Peggy has told me so much about her and Pam had told me last month that she had a friend (Sandy) who loved dolls and that she was sure would like to meet me.  Sandy is every bit as nice, creative, and charming as they both told me she is.  🙂  She is also another old house owner and the creative force behind Sandy Connors’ Honey Bee Press – old fashioned wood engraving and printing.

We gathered around a cozy fire to chat, eat and sip wine, and reveled in the company of friends both old and new...
We gathered around a cozy fire to chat, eat and sip wine, and reveled in the company of friends both old and new…

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Sandy was the perfect hostess, welcoming us into her home, introducing us to her sweet pets, feeding us and showing us through her lovely c. 1830’s home.

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Naturally I was quite delighted to make the acquaintance of the doll family that lives in Sandy’s home.

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What an unexpected delight and a welcome interlude in the midst of a busy holiday season!!!

My little wooden girls were beside themselves when they found out they had missed a chance to meet Sandy's dolls too. I have promised them a future play date... and prehaps they will be properly dressed to entertain visitors by then!
My little wooden girls were beside themselves when they found out they had missed a chance to meet Sandy’s dolls too. I have promised them a future play date… and perhaps they will be properly dressed to entertain visitors by then!

 

Today I had the fun of reliving yesterdays adventure, when I unpacked the treasures that I purchased at the Open House.

Tin sconces, icicles and heart & hand by Walter Fleming The 19th Century Tinsmith tinprinter@verizon.net
Tin sconces, icicles and heart & hand by Walter Fleming The 19th Century Tinsmith tinprinter@verizon.net

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hmmmm.... "How does it look here?"
hmmmm…. “How does it look here?”

 

"or maybe here instead?"
“or maybe here instead?”
This is the paper cutting that we choose for a friend who authorized us to shop on her behalf :)
This is the paper cutting that we choose for a friend who authorized us to shop on her behalf 🙂

 

and this is the one I bought for myself...
and this is the one I bought for myself…

 

to add to the others I purchased from Pamela Dalton when we saw her in Ridgefield last month.
to add to the others I purchased from Pamela Dalton when we saw her in Ridgefield last month.

 

Here are all of the lovely things I bought from Peggy! You can find her note cards here http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
Here are all of the lovely things I bought from Peggy! You can find her note cards here http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

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This tiny Father Christmas in his salmon coat is the perfect decoration for my dining room!
This tiny Father Christmas in his salmon coat is the perfect decoration for my dining room!

 

Look at the intricate detail that Peggy embroidered on his coat. I believe that there may have been a handful of these charming fellows left at the end of the show... If he makes your heart go pitter-pat you could contact Peggy and ask http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html
Look at the intricate detail that Peggy embroidered on his coat. I believe that there may have been a handful of these charming fellows left at the end of the show… If he makes your heart go pitter-pat you could contact Peggy and ask http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

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Hooray! More Painting Space!!! My New Painting Studio Has Arrived

Delivery day back in September, 2010 for my first studio building.
Delivery day back in September, 2010 for my first studio building.

Five years ago I finally got my own stand alone studio.  It took me two more years to get the interior finished. I was ecstatic when it was completed! It has been a daily joy and has made working so much easier and more pleasurable 🙂 My studio is just 12′ x 20′, not a huge space, but a cozy little cottage tucked in between four giant maple trees that grew up at the corners of the chicken coop, which originally occupied the space in our farm yard.

My current studio nestled in between the trees.
My current studio nestled in between the trees.
The interior of my first studio. Admittedly it is not usually this tidy, as there are piles of antique quilts and drifts of frothy white petticoats on most of the surfaces... all waiting to have their best bits , cleaned, restored, salvaged and turned into tiny clothing for the dolls.
The interior of my first studio. Admittedly it is not usually this tidy, as there are piles of antique quilts and drifts of frothy white petticoats on most of the surfaces… all waiting to have their best bits cleaned, restored, salvaged and turned into tiny clothing for the dolls.

My long range plan has always been to have a second studio for painting and sculpting, which would allow me to use my snug little cottage strictly for sewing and textiles. That dream is finally coming true!  My second studio was recently delivered and I am looking forward, to the not too distant future, when it too will be finished and I will be able to move into it  ❤   There is still a lot of work to do before that can happen, but I am one giant step closer to finally having ample space to paint, not only dolls, but lager projects like canvases, floor cloths and carousel horses!

Waiting up the street to pull into our field.
Waiting up the street to pull into our field.
Snaking the truck in between the quince trees.
Snaking the truck in between the quince trees.

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Headed across the field...
Headed across the field…
Backing the new studio into place...
Backing the new studio into place…
The roof is going up.
The roof is going up!

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Almost finished...
Almost finished…

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The new painting studio and the new garage are up! Now imagine a garden with brick paths, flowers in raised beds, a white picket fence and espaliered apple trees along the back wall of the garage.
The new painting studio and the new garage are up! Now imagine a garden with brick paths, flowers in raised beds, a white picket fence and espaliered apple trees along the back wall of the garage.
Windows!
Windows!
Sunshine :)
Sunshine 🙂
I love this space!
I love this space!
This is going to be a wonderful place to create :)
This is going to be a wonderful place to create 🙂

If you’d like to see a bit more about my original studio click on these previous posts:

https://izannahwalker.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/today-is-studio-delivery-day-or-yeah-im-finally-geting-more-work-space/

https://izannahwalker.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/a-look-back-at-part-1-of-my-2012-izannah-walker-doll-making-retreat/

https://izannahwalker.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/the-way-it-was-my-2012-izannah-retreat-part-2/

Looking back through these posts gave me the chance to relive my 2012 Izannah retreat and remember all the fun I had with a great group of wonderful ladies, who I am happy to say started as students but have become very good friends ❤

The gangs all here for Part 2! We lost Peggy , but we gained Mary :) Mary, Susie, Vicki, me, and Charlotte.
The gang’s all here for Part 2! We lost Peggy , but we gained Mary 🙂
Mary, Susie, Vicki, me, and Charlotte.
The end of day three meant saying good-bye to Peggy and one of her lovely Izannah's that she brought along to class. We all hated to see her go!!!
The end of day three meant saying good-bye to Peggy and one of her lovely Izannahs that she brought along to class. We all hated to see her go!!!
One last hug at the end of day three! Vicki, Peggy, Susie and Charlotte the world's most wonderful quartet of doll makers!!!
One last hug at the end of day three! Vicki, Peggy, Susie and Charlotte the world’s most wonderful quartet of doll makers!!!
Susie and two of my dolls, the one on the left came back to visit during the retreat and to welcome her new sister, on the right, to the family.
Susie and two of my dolls, the one on the left came back to visit during the retreat and to welcome her new sister, on the right, to the family.

*** More changes are happening…

In addition to my painting studio and the garage, we have also acquired a screen porch/game room.
In addition to my painting studio and the garage, we have also acquired a screen porch/game room.

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My Heartfelt Thanks for Your Kind Messages, Notes & Cards…

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Many thanks to all of you for your thoughtful notes and expressions of sympathy.  I truly appreciate all of your kind words more than I can possibly say.

 

REMEMBRANCE IS THE SWEETEST FLOWER THAT IN THE GARDEN GROWS…

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Laughter and tears are the lights and darks that make up the patchwork quilt of my life.  These past few weeks have been filled with sunshine and shadows, but most of all love.  Thank you for your friendship.  Plus a huge additional thank you to all of you whose dolls I am working on, your kind understanding has taken a tremendous weight off of my shoulders.

 

BACK AT WORK

While I am not totally back up to my regular pace yet, I am back at work.  So please feel free to call or email me with any questions about your doll orders and classes.  New things have been continuing to happen in my studio.  Yesterday Hannah joined my Izannah Walker doll family.  I already have molds of her in progress, so in the not too distant future I will be making reproductions of her, which will bring the number of original antique Izannah Walker dolls that I can reproduce for you up to ten.

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A Wonderful Treat for Doll Lovers

A visit with Edyth O'Neil www.izannahwalker.com

My friend Edyth O’Neil, a long time doll collector, antique dealer, artist, and rug hooker extraordinaire, has a new doll blog, Dolls for My Red Cape.  She currently has some wonderful posts up about her collection of early papier-mache dolls, antique quilts, and fabulous mid-19th century doll and baby clothing.  I hope you will enjoy reading about Edyth’s dolls as much as I do!

There is no better way to spend an afternoon than playing dolls with your friends!  One of the Isabeaus that I just finished making is going back home to Texas with Edyth.
There is no better way to spend an afternoon than playing dolls with your friends!  This is a photo of Edyth and Peggy along with my dolls and Peggy’s after just such an afternoon. ❤