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Happy 204th Birthday Izannah Walker ~ This Year’s Birthday Dolls! SOLD Two Reproductions of Large 22.5 inch Early Izannah Walker Dolls with the Endearing Feeling of the Best Vernacular Folk Art

BOTH DOLLS HAVE BEEN SOLD, Thank you so much for coming to meet them ❤

Welcome to the final evening of my 2021 Izannah Walker 204th Birthday Celebration ❤ Tonight I would like to introduce you to my latest reproduction Izannah Walker dolls. I am offering two one dolls that I have always called “Early Izannah”. Today I decided that it is high time these wonderful large, early style 22.5 inch dolls made have a proper name! From now on I will be referring to the dolls made from this mold as “Charlotte” or “Lottie” ❤ As there are two of them available for sale at the moment one shall be Charlotte and the other Lottie.

Both of the dolls tonight are dressed in chemises, pantalettes, petticoats, and dresses made from mid-nineteenth century brown and tan gingham, brown stockings and red leather shoes. They are 22.5 inch tall reproductions of a pre-1855 Izannah Walker doll. These amazing dolls have bare feet, three ringlet curls in front of each ear and nine at the nape of their necks. Their paint surface and modeling are true to the original doll from which their mold was made.

SOLD Charlotte has a tucked petticoat trimmed in hand knit lace and an antique off white linen second-skin.

SOLD Lottie has a hemstitched linen petticoat and her second skin is make from antique russet colored glazed cotton.

*Did you know that the term gingham came into use in the 17th century and originally referred to woven stripe fabric, but came to refer to the familiar woven check sometime later. When you’re dealing with a fabric that’s over five hundred years old… naturally some things do get lost in translation. “Gingham” comes from the Malayan word genggang, or “striped.” The way we identify gingham, as being a contrasting-check, was not the way in which the fabric was originally known. True gingham is distinguished primarily for being a “dyed in the yarn” fabric, meaning the yarn is dyed before it is woven. Secondly, gingham is marked by having the colored yarns (the warp) going against the uncolored yarns (the weft), to create a lightweight texture on both faces, meaning it’s essentially reversible. The name originated in the southeast Asian countries where gingham is said to have been born. The fabric balance between colored, and neutral yarns was seen as being perfect for striped shirts. As the fabric made its journey into the Western world, it retained its name, but lost its once signifying stripes.

Charlotte – $2150.00 SOLD

Sweet Charlotte is slightly more refined than her sister, with lace on her petticoat and a less worn paint surface.

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at p.walton.asweetremembrance@gmail.com to purchase. Paypal, credit cards, checks or money orders accepted for payment. Free priority mail shipping & full insurance to any U.S address. International orders ~ exact postage + $10 handling fee to help off set the extra time required for international shipping ~ check with me to make sure your international address is one I ship to. No shipping to Russia. No handling fee for Canada.

Lottie – $2150.00 SOLD

Dear Lottie is a bit more demure and time worn than her sister. She has a slightly more pronounced folk art look that is quite dear to my heart. ❤

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at p.walton.asweetremembrance@gmail.com to purchase. Paypal, credit cards, checks or money orders accepted for payment. Free priority mail shipping & full insurance to any U.S address. International orders ~ exact postage + $10 handling fee to help off set the extra time required for international shipping ~ check with me to make sure your international address is one I ship to. No shipping to Russia. No handling fee for Canada.

Extra Dresses – If you are purchasing either Charlotte or Lottie and would like to have them to be fitted for an extra dress before they travel to you, I have an amazing unwashed mid-19th century fabric that would suit them perfectly! A plainly styled extra dress from this fabric, made to fit, would be $315 for their 22.5 inch size. ❤

mid-19th century cotton fabric printed with russet and brown roses.

Thank you so much for coming to our annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration for 2021! We hope that you enjoyed it just as much as the dolls and I have!

If you enjoyed meeting both Charlotte and Lottie, then you will undoubtedly wish to come back soon to see photos of their sister (yes they are triplets!) before she emigrates to Canada ❤ ❤ ❤

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Happy 204th Birthday Izannah Walker ~ Eliza and Lucy’s Story

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Eliza and Lucy have always been among the more adventurous ones of Izannah’s cloth daughters.

This evening’s bedtime tale is the story of Eliza and Lucy, who are two more of our heroines’ dearly beloved sisters, though they don’t live here in the very tall house.  Eliza and Lucy are a bit more adventuresome. They love to travel, see new things and make new friends, while our own dear little cloth girls are homebodies, who want nothing more than to be cozy and comfortable in their old familiar very tall house, with it’s kitchen on the bottom, it’s very gaily painted parlor, it’s warm and cozy pink bedroom, and it’s pointy little attic way, way up on the very tip top!

All good bedtime stories usually begin with “Once upon a time”, but I fear that we cannot start our story tonight in just that way, for this tale is quite new and is happening right now! All eleven of our cast of characters tonight are devoted penpals, for they are quite understandably a bit old fashioned and much prefer to communicate with each other by post. Many loving letters have been winging their way back and forth between the very tall house and sweet Eliza’s and Lucy‘s current home in a lovely cottage, where they live with Daisy and Violet, two very handsome cats, and have many loving children who come to play with them. As much as Eliza and Lucy love their cottage and the family they call their own, they are beginning to feel that familiar longing for an adventure! For some of us are simply born with the need to travel and explore new places. 

The sisters here in the very tall house completely understand Eliza’s and Lucy’s longing to find a new family to live with, so that they can begin a new chapter in their long tale of days, with new sights to see and new friends to make and love. It is something that all of their many sisters and brothers have always done and is a tradition in their family of painted cloth children. So Zanna, Isabeau, Ismay, Izzybelle, Hannah, Eliza Jane, Tilly J. Lamb, Charlcie, and Sarah Alice have promised to help their sisters find the perfect new home!

As we have already related, the cloth sisters are quite steadfast penpals, they have a great many friends with whom they correspond so they have promised to write to each and every one, asking if they are in need of a somewhat elderly, but still quite lovely and adventurous antique little painted cloth doll lovingly created many, many years ago by their mother Izannah Walker herself….

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Zanna, Isabeau, Ismay, Izzybelle, Hannah, Eliza Jane, Tilly J. Lamb, Charlcie, and Sarah Alice are very much hoping that once Eliza and Lucy have found their new homes and families, that they will still continue to write many letters back here to the very tall house, and come to visit from time to time.

Lucy

If you have room in your heart and home for one of Izannah Walker’s original antique dolls, my family of Izzys and I would be very happy to put you in touch with the current caretakers of Eliza and Lucy. Please email me at p.walton.asweetremembrance@gmail.com with your name and complete contact information (Name, Email Address and Phone Number). I will pass your information on to the owner of the dolls who will send you detailed information about them. Their current owner is a very dear friend of mine and of my doll family, who we have known and loved for a great many years. While I personally cannot give you any information about purchasing the dolls, I would be happy to answer any general questions you might have about the dolls though of course their current family would be the best source for most information.

Should you be wondering about the cost of Lucy coming here to visit for a spa day, my rough estimate of the cost to remove her current over painting, uncover what remains of her original painted finish, and do minimal, very sympathetic in-painting as necessary is $1000 – $1800.

Tomorrow is the final night of our birthday celebration. Please join me here on http://www.izannahwalker.com at

8 PM Eastern time when I will be posting my latest reproduction Izannah Walker dolls for sale!

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SOLD Meet Hannah! She is Available for Sale & Looking for Her Very First Home…

 I would like to introduce you to my latest reproduction of Hannah. She is a reproduction Izannah Walker doll, a bit shorter than some of her sisters at just a hair over 17 inches tall. Hannah has a wavy hairline, with two ringlets in front of each ear, and five more at the nape of her neck. Her second skin is pale pink linen. She has bare feet with tiny stitched toes, dusty pink stockings, and red leather shoes. Her wardrobe includes a chemise, pantalettes, a petticoat, a dress with an extra full skirt, a false hem, contrasting waistband lining, and velvet ribbon trim. Her second dress is also made with extra fabric for a delightful fullness in both bodice and skirt, has a growth tuck, and contrasting fabric on the neckband, waistband and sleevebands. Her wardrobe also includes a pinner apron and a pink bone bead necklace. All of her clothing is made from antique fabrics, laces, milk glass buttons and other antique notions using some of my favorite dressmaking techniques. ❤ 

Hannah – $2150. SOLD

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com to purchase. Paypal, credit cards, checks or money orders accepted for payment. Free priority mail shipping & full insurance to any U.S address. International orders ~ exact postage + $10 handling fee to help off set the extra time required for international shipping ~ check with me to make sure your international address is one I ship to. No shipping to Russia. No handling fee for Canada.

Thank you so much for dropping by to visit here at my Izannah Walker Journal. I hope you enjoyed meeting this newest version of Hannah! ❤

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One New Doll Available to Welcome August! Posting for Sale Tomorrow August 1st at 7:00 Eastern Time

If you follow me on Instagram, then you have probably seen all of the detail photos I have been sharing as I’ve put all of the finishing touches on my latest reproduction Izannah Walker doll. This very special doll, made from the mold of my antique Izannah Walker doll Hannah, has a wardrobe that includes two dresses, both with extra full skirts and lots of special dress making details, a bead necklace, handmade leather shoes, and a pinner apron ❤

Please join me here on my Izannah Walker Journal tomorrow evening, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, when I will be introducing Hannah’s latest little sister and offering her for sale.

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One Little Lizzybit Will Be Posted For Sale July 19th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time

I’ve just put the final stitches in my newest reproduction Izannah Walker doll! She is an adorable 16 inch doll, with short wisps of hair painted around her face and, long ringlet curls at the nape of her neck.

Staring Monday morning out right, bright and early, because I am on grandmother duty for the rest of the day! I will be posting her for sale here on my Izannah Walker Journal at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, July 19th, 2021.

I hope you will drop by to meet this version of Lizzybit! ❤

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SOLD Meet My Latest Reproduction of Isane! ~ One Doll Plus her Wardrobe Available for Sale This Evening

Welcome to this very special evening edition of my Third Thursdays! Tonight I would like to introduce you to my latest reproduction of Isane. She is an 18 inch tall reproduction Izannah Walker doll. Isane has a wavy hairline, with two long ringletts in front of each ear and five more at the nape of her neck. Her second skin is pale pink linen. She has scallop topped painted boots with a thin salmon pink stripe around the top of each scallop. Her wardrobe includes a chemise, pantalettes, a petticoat, three dresses, plus a pinner apron and a pink bone bead necklace. All of her clothing is made from antique fabrics, laces, milk glass buttons and other antique notions ❤

Isane & Her Wardrobe – $2125. SOLD!

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com to purchase. Paypal, credit cards, checks or money orders accepted for payment. Free priority mail shipping & full insurance to any U.S address. International orders ~ exact postage + $10 handling fee to help off set the extra time required for international shipping ~ check with me to make sure your international address is one I ship to. No shipping to Russia. No handling fee for Canada.

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“Dear Reader” … a bit of information about how to buy my handmade reproduction Izannah Walker dolls…

As I sat down this afternoon to answer some inquiries from kind correspondents who are asking about my dolls, it occured to me that perhaps others of you may have similar questions about buying one of my reproductions of Izannah Walker’s beloved pressed cloth dolls.

This is my open reply to all who may be interested…

Dear Reader,

I would be very happy to place you on my “new dolls” email mailing list if you will send your email address to paula@asweetremembrance.com. When you are on the list you will receive an email whenever I post a doll for sale.

At the moment I have more custom orders than I can juggle, so I’m not taking any custom orders until I clear away some of my backlog, which is going to take me quite some time.

However, I do continue to make other non-custom reproduction Izannah Walker dolls and post them for open sales. I think the very best way to buy a doll is when you see one that calls to you and tugs on your heart strings, so I do think it is very important to have finished dolls for sale that people can see and fall in love with.

I’ll add you to the email mailing list right away. Don’t be at all surprised if you do not get an email notice immediately. The dolls each take an extremely long time to make, just as they always did when Izannah was making them… I work more or less constantly on them, but it still feels as if each doll takes “forever”. I should probably also mention that once I post a doll or dolls for sale they usually sell very, very quickly. Thank you so much for your interest in my work. It is greatly appreciated.

❤ Paula

www.izannahwalker.com

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post script ~ I do have a “Wish List, that helps me decide which dolls to make for open sales…  If you have a particular doll or other item that you would purchase if it were available, please leave a comment to add it to the wish list https://asweetremembrance.com/category/wish-list/ . I’ll take “wishes” into consideration when choosing which categories to open up first, when designing new items, and when making dolls for “open shopping” when I post newly made dolls for sale here on my Izannah Walker Journal.

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Introducing My Latest Reproduction Izannah Walker dolls ~ Made from the Mold of Sarah Alice

These four new little sisters are looking for loving homes ❤

ALL NOW SOLD THANK YOU!!! Tonight I am happy to introduce you to Sarah Alice’s little sisters! All four of the dolls were made using my own handmade mold of my original antique Izannah Walker doll, Sarah Alice. The girls are just over 18 inches tall, they have painted boots with scalloped tops, “forget me not” blue second skin body coverings, and come dressed in a chemise, pantalettes, petticoat and double pink printed antique cotton dress.

The dolls are all being sold on a “first come” basis. The first time stamped email to paula@asweetremembrance.com that asks to purchase the doll gets her. You are also very welcome to ask questions, but asking a question will not hold a doll, only a firm purchase request will.

Each doll is $1295.00, which includes free insured USPS Priority Mail shipping to any U.S. address. Shipping to other countries will be charged at the exact postage rate. I no long ship to Russia. Payment via Paypal Invoice, credit card (call with number) or check. Lay-away of up to six months is available with equal monthly payments. Dolls will ship from the studio 5-7 days after your payment is received.

I think that about covers all the boring bits, so now let’s get back to photos! ❤

Sarah Alice A – $1295.00 SOLD

Sarah Alice B – $1295.00 SOLD

Sarah Alice C – $1295.00 SOLD

Sarah Alice D – $1295.00 SOLD

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Thank you all so very much for stopping by to meet all the new little cloth dolls ❤ We are so glad you could join us for my tenth annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration!!! Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker! Wishing you sweet dreams ❤

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The Twins Welcome March ~ SOLD

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Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.

When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.

The first day of March and the boys have taken over the parlor… March is blowing in on cold winds, which has kept the twins indoors. So they have spent the day making a secret stronghold out of two chairs and a quilt, constructing a kite to fly just as soon as the winds turn warm, and working on a puzzle. Meanwhile the cats are staying warm and toasty near the wood stove… It’s been a cozy, dreamy beginning to the new month. ❤ 

 

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SOLD Both boys are available for sale, seperately or together, for $1250.00 apiece. The twins are dressed in chemises, short sleeved dresses, with split skirts and black braid trim, over matching pantaloons. Their painted boots are the same dark green as the original doll their mold was taken from. They are being sold on a first come basis. The price of the dolls includes free shipping to any United States address. International shipping is exact postage plus a $10 handling fee to help offset the additional time required for customs forms. Checks, credit cards, Paypal accepted. I’m also happy to offer a six month lay-away plan. Email paula@asweetremembrance.com to purchase or with questions ❤ 

Twin A – $1250.00 18 inches tall SOLD

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Twin B – $1250.00 18 inches tall SOLD

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Valentine Pop-Up Shop February 8, 2020

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The dolls and I have been busily snipping paper to make a few special love tokens for Valentine’s Day! Most were inspired by hand drawn 19th century paper dolls. I’ve always found little pencil  or ink drawn antique paper dolls to be quite endearing ❤ Tiny cut out drawings, made to amuse a child, treasured and saved… precious bits of ephemera.

Visit my Valentine Pop-Up Shop Open Saturday, Februray 8th at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time at https://asweetremembrance.com/2020/02/08/valentine-pop-up-shop/

Hand Drawn Antique Paper Doll
This mid-19th century hand drawn paper doll was my inspriation for this year’s Valentines ❤

 

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