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Welcome to my 2019 Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration ~ Day 7 ~ Making Dreams Come True… Sometimes You Need to be Your Own Fairy Godmother!

IMG_5951 (3)We’ve come to the very last day of my Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration What I had originally planned for today was to introduce you to the finished dolls I’ve been making especially for this birthday week. It seems that the dolls and life in general have other plans. That happens sometimes, so instead today is going to be another look at work in progress. 🙂

You’ll be able to look back at my earlier WIP post, from a few days ago, and see how the dolls have changed as more layers of paint and additional features and details have been added. Once all that troublesome wet paint finally dries, I’ll be able to stitch all their body parts together, add their 2nd skins and move on to getting them dressed.

At this point you are probably asking yourself “so when are they going to be finished?” Good question! I’ve decided that I’m really very bad at estimating that ~ lol! I honestly thought that they would be finished this week… Silly me!

If you received a copy of my Autumn Newsletter, then you know that I’m switching from “Third Thursdays” to all “Pop-Up Shops” for the foreseeable future. I do love the niceness and neatness of having a consistent day each month where you can expect to see new things for sale, but I also love the spontaneity of surprise Pop-Up Shops . So… this just means that I can start the new round of Pop-Up Shop days in a big way, with all of these sweet boys & girls!!!

If you are on my “New Dolls” email list, I will always send you a little notification to let you know when the dolls are being posted for sale. If you aren’t on the list and want to be, send me an email at paula@asweetremembrance.com and I’ll add you. This is a separate list from my Newsletter address list. I also post an announcement on facebook whenever I have dolls for sale and I’ll start adding Pop-Up Shop notices on Instagram and Pinterest as well. Obviously if you subscribe to this blog you’ll get a notification, and my blog posts are supposed to automatically generate a tweet on twitter, though I haven’t checked on that for a while… if I can remember what my twitter password is I’ll go take a look and see if that is still working 🙂

In the meantime, if one of these dolls is tugging at your heart and saying “I am yours…”, you can contact me, paula@asweetremembrnace.com. At this point they are all $1250, which includes free shipping within the US. Once I have them dressed the price might be slightly higher on some of them if I decide to do very elaborate clothing or add extras, such as aprons. The twins, Peter & Paul, are only going to be offered as a set ~ so the pair will be $2500.

 

 

Making Dreams Come True…

Izannah Walker dolls have been my dream for a bit more than 30 years… the dream started when I happened to see an Izannah Walker doll pictured in a country decorating magazine. She was sitting next to a Christmas tree amongst an armful of other antique dolls…     I just thought “THAT Doll!!!” There was just something about the way that doll looked. I could not stop thinking about her! To start with I didn’t even know that she was an Izannah Walker doll,  since the photo caption didn’t include that information. Eventually I would see another Izannah Walker doll pictured in a room setting in Early American Life. Thankfully this time the doll was identified.

My dream had a very tiny beginning and has been oh so slow in the making. It took me a very long time in the beginning to even learn anything at all about Izannah’s dolls. At that point I never thought I would even be able to see one in person, much less own one.

Slowly my dream shifted and I began working towards making enough money to buy an Izannah Walker doll. Once I finally accomplished that goal, my dream changed a bit more and I passionately wanted to learn how Izannah made her dolls and to try making a similar doll myself! It’s a good thing that I am stubborn! Stubbornness helps! Especially during the ten years it took me to finally figure out how Izannah had made her dolls and to eventually be able to make a close approximation!  Since then I’ve continued to work on and refine that process, until I can now make historically accurate reproductions.

There are times in our lives when I think we need to be our own fairy Godmothers! We can’t wait for someone else to make our dreams come true. So if you have a dream, doll related or not, I want to encourage you to try to make it happen!!! Working towards your dream will be a rewarding, though sometimes frustrating experience! Your dream might wind up changing along the way, and that’s OK too. Sometimes I settle for  smaller, tinier versions of my original dreams, and you know what? Those little bitty bits of my original dream make me incredibly happy! Occasionally, with dreams like my Izannah Walker dream, I surprise myself & my dream becomes so much more than I ever thought it could be…

I can’t help you with all of your dreams, but if you too have an Izannah dream, then I would be happy to try to help you make it come true!

Thank You!

My Izannah dreams have been helped along the way by so many people. I have wonderful friends who support, encourage and inspire me! I obviously have the best customers in the world, I’ve met so many fantastic people while selling dolls and teaching classes, and made some lovely friendships. I also have a very tolerant family, my three sons are no doubt very tired of hearing so much about dolls, but they don’t complain and are willing to listen to me prattle on about this doll thing and that… which is just one of the things I love about them. I even have one little family member, who for the moment at least, appears to love dolls as much as I do! She told me the other day that my Izannahs “need a daddy and a brother”. A kindred spirit, as I was already in the midst of making a big bunch of boys!

So thank you for being you! Thank you for your interest in my work and dolls! I hope I can inspire you like you inspire me!

Post Script…

Just a note about two little things that happened after I had written the draft of this post….

The first is that I saw a wonderful documentary film the other night, The Biggest Little Farm. It is beautiful, fascinating, and oh so very inspiring!  The dream the film maker had of being able to farm the way farming used to be and the story of how they created their farm is incredible! If you need a huge dose of inspiration, this is a great movie to watch.

The other little thing is a comment I received early this morning on one of the videos I posted this week on YouTube. ” Just delightful! Just “discovered” your site! Now a subscriber, anxious for future videos! You inspire me. I repair vintage bisque and composition dolls and have hit a wall with dolls stacking up to repair and redress. I think I have got the bug again thanks to you!” So I guess this inspiration thing is working. 🙂 We are all inspiring each other! I think that is wonderful!!!

 

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Welcome to My 2019 Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration ~ Day 4 ~ A Tour of the Doll’s House

Hello! We are back again on this lovely Saturday morning to welcome you to my painting and sculpting studio, where I will be giving you a guided tour of the Izannah Walker doll house that I created.

You may have noticed that in the videos from this week I am talking to you just as I would if you happened to drop by my studio for a visit. Think of them as a bit of a one sided chat 🙂 None of them is scripted, so I occasionally correct myself, or accidentally mention something twice, as I did in this video… I do that in person too!  🙂 lol

The dolls and I hope you enjoy exploring their home from top to bottom and that you have a lovely weekend ❤

My Izannah Walker Birthday Week Celebration continues tomorrow through Tuesday, October 1st with something new to see here each day ❤

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Welcome to my Izannah Walker 2019 Birthday Celebration ~ Day 3 ~ A Visit to my Studio

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I hope you have been enjoying my Izannah Walker birthday week activities so far Today I thought I’d invite you all into my studio for a look at the dolls I am making for this year’s birthday party. All the little antique Izzies are very excited to see their newest brothers and sisters coming to life 🙂 They love showing off the “babies” in the family!

 

 

We looking forward to seeing you tomorrow as our Birthday Celebration continues here on http://www.izannahwalker.com September 25th ~ October 1st, 2019

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I’m Extremely Honored That I Have Been Juried Into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts for the 40th Time

I’m so pleased to announce that I have been juried into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsmen for the 40th time! It’s an incredible honor to be included with such a prestigious group of artisans. Thank you Early American Life!

It’s been a busy summer here, so I’m a bit later than usual in mentioning the Craftsman Directory. I’m sure you all know how that goes… but today I am slowing down a bit and spending the afternoon reading in honor of Book Lovers Day. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and enjoying a few long, lazy, laid back days filled with dolls, good books and dear friends ❤

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This is the June Edition of “Third Thursday”

This Charlcie has found her new home & the red dresses have both sold, but I do still have sets of both greeting cards, Izzybelle buttons, and some of the one sided 10 inch Isabeau cut and stitch fabric doll panels ❤ ❤ ❤

Happy Third Thursday! This is my (almost) monthly introduction of new dolls, doll clothing and doll accessories ❤

Today my offerings include the third reproduction of Charlcie SOLD, a 23 inch reproduction Izannah Walker doll. she comes with a wonderful wardrobe. I also have two red and white dress for my 18 – 19 inch dolls, they would also work for Anna since she is a bit chubbier than the other smaller dolls. Plus something exciting! Limited edition greeting cards and badges, plus a larger cut & stitch Isabeau printed dolly.

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Charlcie SOLD$2200.

This is my third reproduction of Charlcie. The original doll is one that I purchased for my own collection, and is only an Izannah Walker head on a c.1900 baby doll cloth body, so I will be making her a new reproduction body. The antique Izannah Walker doll is named Charlcie, after my great-grandmother, Charlcie Savannah Suzybelle Walker.
This Charlcie is 23 inches tall. Her body is made of new 100% cotton, stuffed with organic cotton stuffing. Her head is pressed cloth and is made of silk stockinette, which has been painted with multiple layers of artist’s oils, as have her arms and legs. Her “second skin” body covering is made from antique raspberry pink glazed cotton. She is dressed entirely in antique fabrics, laces, and buttons. Her clothing includes a chemise, split pantelettes, a petticoat, two dresses, a nightgown and an apron. The pink dress is made from an antique woven check cotton. The skirt of the dress has hand sewn cartridge pleating (at the top instead of gathers).  The blue dress is an antique indigo and white print cotton. Her nightgown is a re-purposed antique baby gown and her apron is made from two antique double pink fabrics. It took me approximately 140 hours (of actual working time) to create the doll and clothing. I made her using the same methods and same materials (with just one or two exceptions where the materials are no longer available and I’ve had to use modern equivalents) that Izannah Walker used to make the original dolls.

Charlcie is being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase her, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

Charlcie and her complete wardrobe sells $2200.00, which is less than the pieces would be individually. The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dolls are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

 

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The dresses are being sold individually.

Short Sleeved Dress w/ False hem detail – SOLD

Long Sleeved Dress w/Growth Tuck – $200.00 SOLD

Dresses are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dresses are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

I’ll ad the measurements soon, I forgot and left them out in the studio…

Greeting Cards – $26 per set of five

Every Day –

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Holidays –

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Limited Edition Greeting Cards are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dresses are mailed via USPS first class mail. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made by PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

Izzybelle Badges – $10

Limited Edition Pin on Butttons are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dresses are mailed via USPS first class mail. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made by PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

SPECIAL ONE TIME 10 inch Cut & Stitch Isabeau – $5 per image

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Limited Edition Printed Isabeau Panels are being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase one, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

The price includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Cut and Stitch Doll Panels are mailed via USPS first class mail. International Orders $6.

Payment may be made by PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.

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SOLD! Two More Dolls From my Charlcie Mold will be available on 6/20/19 @ Noon Eastern Time – Learn More About Charlcie, My Latest Reproduction Izannah Walker Doll

I hope you enjoy these videos about Charlcie that I made in the past couple of months for the June Virtual Doll Convention.

 

 

 

 

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SOLD Charlcie is being offered for sale on a first come basis. The way it works is simple. If you would like to purchase her, please email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. I’ll go by the time stamp when I receive your email to determine whose request is first.

Charlcie is $1775.00, which includes free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dolls are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders  will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.

Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.