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Izzybelle’s Travels – Part 1

Izzybelle has been very busy, traveling all around  downtown San Antonio, seeing the sights, shopping for herself and her sisters and going out to eat!

Our first stop, after leaving the airport, was at the San Antonio Visitor's Center.  While I was looking through all the brochures, Izzybelle spotted this bag and thought that she needed to switch to a new carrier!!!  She was just sure it was perfect for her :)
Our first stop, after leaving the airport, was at the San Antonio Visitor’s Center. While I was looking through all the brochures, Izzybelle spotted this bag and thought that she needed to switch to a new carrier!!! She was just sure it was perfect for her 🙂
After the Visitors Center, it was on to lunch at a Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk.
After the Visitors Center, it was on to lunch at a Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk.
Izzy B. liked watching the river while she ate.
Izzy B. liked watching the river while she ate.

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Seeing the ducks were Izzybelle's favorite part of lunch!
Seeing the ducks was Izzybelle’s favorite part of lunch!

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After a bit more site seeing, tired little Izzy B. was very happy to check into the B&B...
After a bit more site seeing, tired little Izzy B. was very happy to check into the B&B…
Once she had had her nap, Izzybelle was ready to go out on the town and virtually skipped along on our walk to dinner.  Once we arrived she was on her best behavior while we ate.
Once she had had her nap, Izzybelle was ready to go out on the town and virtually skipped along on our walk to dinner. Once we arrived she was on her best behavior while we ate.

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Izzybelle loved riding the trolley yesterday.  It took us right to the Alamo.
Yesterday morning Izzybelle was impatient to be on our way again.  She loved riding the trolley. It took us right to the Alamo.

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Izzybelle posing by the doors of the church at the Alamo.
Izzybelle posing by the doors of the church at the Alamo.
Izzy B. in one of the courtyards at the Alamo.
Izzy B. in one of the courtyards at the Alamo.
Cactus!
Cactus!

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Here is Izzybelle, along with her very full shopping bags, when we took a break for lunch after shopping for several hours at the Rowbear's Doll Show .  We couldn't take photos inside the show, but let me assure you that Izzybelle had a lot of fun shopping and trying on clothes!!!
Here is Izzybelle, along with her very full shopping bags, when we took a break for lunch after shopping for several hours at the Rowbear’s Doll Show . We couldn’t take photos inside the show, but let me assure you that Izzybelle had a lot of fun shopping and trying on clothes!!!
After lunch it was more shopping!  This time at a shopping mall, where the river flows right into the center of the mall!
After lunch it was more shopping! This time at a shopping mall, where the river flows right into the center of the mall!

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Back at the B&B, Izzybele couldn't wait to unpack all of her purchases!
Back at the B&B, Izzybele couldn’t wait to unpack all of her purchases!
"Look I bought you a pair too!"  Izzybelle shows off her new pantalettes to her sister.
“Look I bought you a pair too!” Izzybelle shows off her new pantalettes to her sister.
The rest of Izzybelle's haul!  No dresses, but a mountain of underwear and aprons <3
The rest of Izzybelle’s haul! No dresses, but a mountain of underwear and aprons ❤
"Look Ma, no arms!"  After all of our shopping Izzybelle took a nap, while I sewed arms onto seven of here sisters.
“Look Ma, no arms!” After all of our shopping Izzybelle took a nap, while I sewed arms onto seven of her sisters.
Izybelle, celebrating the end of a successful day!
Izybelle, celebrating the end of a successful day!
Mexican food for the third time in two days :)  This was a truly amazing plate of roasted potato enchiladas w/ garlic and chipotles, wrapped in red corn tortillas and topped with salad.
Mexican food for the third time in two days 🙂 This was a truly amazing plate of roasted potato enchiladas w/ garlic and chipotles, wrapped in red corn tortillas and topped with salad.

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Now that Izzybelle has caught up on her travel journal, she is ready to set out for another fun day today!!!

 

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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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A Cold and Snowy Start to the New Year

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Here in New England 2014 has begun with a clean slate of swirling white snow.  Today’s high temperature was 9 degrees, which made it a challenge to keep the studio stove stoked with enough wood. You know that winter has the world firmly in it’s grasp when the kerosine in your oil lamp turns to ice!

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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

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A Day In Gloucester, Massachusetts

Gloucester, MA www.izannahwalker.comOn Friday I spent a wonderful day at the home of Peggy Flavin, who is a very talented doll maker and good friend.  I got to know Peggy last year when she attended my Izannah retreat and from the very first moment we met I felt like I had known her forever!

Cape Ann www.izannahwalker.comVisiting Peggy was such a treat and definitely one of the highlights of my year. This was the perfect season  to drive up to Cape Ann, as the leaves are just starting to show their true glory.  Autumn deepened the further north I went.  However even a fall drive through New England can not compare to the joys of visiting a true kindred spirit.  Not only does Peggy make and collect dolls, but she lives in a beautiful 18th century home.  Every bit of her house is filled with wonderful treasures, remarkable details, and love.

Since our mutal friend Susie couldn't be with us on Friday, Peggy and I arranged the next best thing. Peggy's doll Lucy and one of my Izannahs, that will soon be headed to live with Susie, to have a nice chat by the hearth and a bracing cup of tea.
Since our mutual friend Susie couldn’t be with us on Friday, Peggy and I arranged the next best thing. Peggy’s doll Lucy and one of my Izannahs, that will soon be headed to live with Susie,  had a nice chat by the hearth and tea party.
Edyth and Peggy
Edyth and Peggy
My dolls asked Lucy to share her knitting tips, as they all admired her cozy warm shawl very much.
My dolls asked Lucy to share her knitting tips, as they all admired her cozy warm shawl very much.
Best friends <3
Best friends ❤
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! One of the Isabeaus that I just finished making is going back home to Texas with Edyth.

An added pleasure of my visit to Peggy, was getting to meet and spend time with Edyth O’Neil, extraordinary rug hooker, antique dealer and doll collector.  The three of us spent all afternoon talking about dolls, dolls and yet more dolls!  Listening to Edyth brought back memories of my mother, aunts and grandmothers, as they all shared her soft Texas drawl and expressions.  In the evening we had supper at the remarkably cozy pub that Peggy and her husband Dennis own.  Both the food and the company were amazing.

Haddock with salsa, panko bread crumbs and cheese at Halibut Point in Gloucester, Ma.
Haddock with salsa, panko bread crumbs and cheese at Halibut Point in Gloucester, Ma.

On Saturday morning we were all up early, so that Peggy and Edyth could attend a meeting of the Doll Collectors of America and I could head to Sturbridge to pick up some of my furniture that Angel House has been reupholstering.

I had a splendid visit to Gloucester and can’t thank Peggy and Dennis enough for making me feel so welcome!

I did manage to squeeze in a visit to the Wenham museum to see their remarkable 15 inch Izannah Walker doll.  She is so small and perfectly delicate...
I did manage to squeeze in a visit to the Wenham museum to see their remarkable 15 inch Izannah Walker doll. She is so small and perfectly delicate…
Back home again with a full load and a happy heart!
Back home again with a full load and a happy heart!

**  Peggy and Edyth both have wonderful blogs. Peggy is just getting hers set up.  What she has so far is excellent.    Edyth’s blog is long standing and always an interesting read!

Click here to read Edyth’s account of our afternoon.

Click here to go to Peggy’s blog.