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Homeward Bound ~ Carole’s Isane

IMG_8499 (2)This has been a busy week here in my studios, with a flurry of shipping activity as several new dolls have packed up and left on their journeys to their new homes ❤

Today Isane’s youngest sister is leaving. Her pressed cloth head was made using the mold of my antique Isane. Safe travels!

 

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Video Issues Post 3 – New Dolls Is Going to be Late! Sorry!

UPDATE!– My “New Dolls Video” won’t load on wordpress at all, so I am loading it on YouTube… However YouTube is saying that the video is only 8% loaded and that it is still going to be over an hour until it is uploaded!!!!  SO – New Dolls will be posted at 2:00 Eastern Time.

I had this great? idea to do the new dolls for sale as a video…. the problem with that is that I’m having an issue with word press loading the videos… so stay tuned – I’ll get post 3 up as soon as I can fix the issue!  So Sorry!!!!!

Custom Made Dolls · Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll · Uncategorized

Creating a Doll for Jane; An Extraordinary Adventure in Doll Making

This post is especially for Jane.  Filled with many photographs to help her make the final wardrobe selections for her doll ❤

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Jane’s doll, a work in progress..

Body covering fabric selections in the desired color range… (click on any photo to enlarge)

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Shoe leathers.

Hmmmmmm… Ribbon trim, plain, or tucks?

Antique Izannah Walker Dolls · Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day at A Sweet Remembrance

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The dolls and I have had a very busy day     We spent a little extra time this morning baking a special Valentine treat, Chocolate Bread, an amazing combination of dark chocolate, tart cherries and coffee.  While the dough was rising, and filling the house with an enticing scent, we went out to the studio where Josephine, Isabeau and Ismay kept themselves busy making valentines. ❤ ❤ ❤ click on any photo to enlarge ❤ ❤ ❤

Ismay and Isabeau cut out Valentines, weaving paper hearts into tiny paper hands, while Josephine addressed envelopes to all of their dearest friends…

Making Valentines was such fun, and kept the dolls so busy that I was able to work on many other things.

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Cutting out dresses for the twins, Annabelle and Annalee ❤
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Photographing new dolls… four different versions for a custom order 🙂

We hope your Valentine’s Day has been just as wonderful and eventful as ours

If you would like to bake a batch of Chocolate Bread too, here is where you can find my recipe.

To see a bit more of our Valentine’s Day visit Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal and my Spun Cotton Ornament Journal.

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Antique Izannah Walker Dolls · Holidays · Uncategorized

Isabeau’s Diary

“Dear Diary,

I’m sorry I haven’t written for a few days.  It’s been such a busy weekend!  Our dearest friend Emmaline has come to visit and we are having such fun.”

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“We had a very Happy Valentine’s Day!”
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“We are so happy the Emmaline came to stay with us for a nice long visit!”

“Every day we all walk out to check on the progress of our new house…”

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The doll's new house www.izannahwalker.com

The doll's new house www.izannahwalker.com

The doll's new house www.izannahwalker.com

The doll's new house www.izannahwalker.com

"Then we come inside and for hot cocoa!"
“Then we come inside for hot cocoa!”
"and climb back up in our cozy cupboard."
“and climb back up into our cozy cupboard.”

“Good night dearest diary.  Love, Isabeau”

 

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A Letter from Hannah Grace

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Hannah grace has written us a letter to say that she loves her new home and is making friends with all of the bears who live there too, especially Mr. Ginger. ❤

All of the girl’s were thrilled to receive a letter from Hannah Grace!  . She said that keeping busy helps when she is lonely for her friends and family in CT, so she has begun working on a few projects.

Hannah is trimming photos of her loved ones to fit in her locket. She is planning to go shopping for ribbon this weekend so she can wear the locket and keep the pictures close to her heart.  Hannah wants to share her quilt top with Mr. Ginger and plans to finish quilting it later this winter.She also has a small embroidery project she wants to work on and is in the process of choosing colors.

What a busy young lady!!!  Now all of the doll’s are clamoring about starting winter projects of their own…

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Hannah Grace, Mr. Ginger and their quilt top.
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Hannah Grace and photos for her locket ❤
Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll · Uncategorized

Janet’s Hannah Grace

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Meet Hannah Grace, the first doll made from a mold that I created directly from Hannah, my most recently acquired antique Izannah Walker doll.  Hannah Grace’s new mom, Janet, picked out all of her clothing fabrics and styles ❤

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The original Hannah on the right and Hannah Grace on the left.
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The Hannahs old & new ❤

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Hannah’s Warm Winter Wool Challis Dress

I made this dress out of a worn 19th century antique paisley shawl.  The dress has many hand sewn details, including a cartridge pleated skirt and herringbone stitched seam finishes.

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Hannah Grace www.izannahwalker.com

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Hannah’s Summer Party Frock

For warm weather and fancy occasions Hannah Grace has a floral paisley dress made from antique gauze weight cotton.  The dress has split sleeves with two different antique trims ❤

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This summer dress is a bit shorter so that the eyelet tabs on her petticoat show 🙂

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Still Haven’t Seen Enough?

If you would like to see EVEN MORE photographs of Janet’s Hannah Grace she has a photo album on my A Sweet Remembrance facebook page.  Click here to visit it.

Thank you for stopping by to see us!  We are so glad you came.

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My First Doll

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This is one of the two soft sculpture dolls that I made in 1984. This photo is from a year or two ago, when I washed it before packing it away in the attic. It’s still in very good condition, considering how much it has been drug around and played with and all the times it has gone through the washing machine!

Do you remember the first doll you ever made?  My first doll was actually twins!  Two identical dolls made for my oldest two son’s first and third birthdays.  I made them in February and March of 1984, from a pattern that my mother gave me.  She had purchased the pattern ten years or so earlier, when my little sister was small, but had never gotten around to actually making a doll from it.

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Almost life size and able to wear 6 month size baby clothes.

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At the time I made the dolls we had just moved 6 weeks earlier, from Nebraska to Minnesota.  My husband was traveling a lot, and after I got everything unpacked I worked on the dolls during nap times and at night, after the boys were in bed.  Since the dolls were the same, Blair got to open his two weeks early, on Ian’s birthday in mid-March.

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Unwrapping the birthday dolls 🙂
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See the doll in the back corner of the crib? Even early in it’s life it was having hair raising adventures!
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Made from polyester knit fabric, with fake fur hair, soft sculpture details and painted eyes. My doll making skills have improved a bit in 31 years, but I hope that the dolls I make now bring their owner as much joy, delight and fun as this doll did!!!

Later that same year I made my very first teddy bear, as a Christmas gift for my then 20 month old son.  I remember frantically sewing away, trying to get the bear done around midnight on Christmas Eve…  Somethings never change! 🙂

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This is what my first teddy bear looks like today, 31 Christmases after I made him. Still looking out at the world with his embroidered, baby safe eyes, ready to play or snuggle up close for a nap ❤