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Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 4 – Blow Out the Candles!

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“Hannah, you and Ismay made a wonderful cake! It’s beautiful!” “Just in time, I hear all of our friends arriving.” “Eliza Jane, you and Ismay can go on up to the parlor. I’ll take off my apron and bring the cake up.”
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“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Izannah…”
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“Make a wish!”

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The recipe for this year’s cake came from American Cake by Anne Byrn.
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Ismay, Zola and Hannah made an Appalachian Apple Stack Cake, with moist buttermilk layers and spiced apple filling. The story, which I am very fond of, goes like this; each family invited to a wedding would bring one layer of cake, all of the layers were stacked together to form the wedding cake. I’ve also heard this cake called a prairie wedding cake and have seen reference to each family bringing a different flavored cake layer. ❤

 

At 7:00 p.m. I have a few new dolls who would like to make your acquaintance.  I hope you will be able to come back to meet them and then return one final time today at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time for our bedtime post. 🙂

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Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker Part 1

Zanna and Isabeau have asked Cloe to help them get ready for today’s party.  They may have gotten a bit more “help” than they anticipated…

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Don’t worry! In spite of the sound effects, no dishes were harmed in the making of this video.  As Isabeau always says, “there is a reason that babies only get to use the everyday china”! 🙂

Thank you for coming!!! I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into some of our party preparations. Here is the schedule for today’s celebration events, I will have additional posts at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 10:00 pm Eastern time. My 7:00 pm post will feature several dolls for sale, because what would an Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration be without at least a few new reproduction dolls for sale? 🙂  The dolls will only be posted here on my blog.  If one or more of them tugs at your heart strings and you’d like to purchase her, you may email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com. If more than one person is interested in buying the same doll, the email with the earliest time will get preference.

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Just Three More Days Until Our Big Izannah Walker 199th Birthday Party!!!

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Don’t forget! Only 3 more days until it’s Izannah Walker’s 199th birthday. My dolls and I will be hosting an all day online celebration 🙂 Please come join us! We’ll be sooooooo sad if you can’t come 😦

 

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At 10:00 a.m on Sunday September 25th stop whatever you are doing, run to your pc and come right over to http://www.izannahwalker.com for the beginning of our birthday fun!!! ❤
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Antiques Week in New Hampshire

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Lovely large c. 1840’s papier-mache doll that I brought home from New Hampshire. She has a child’s pocket tied around her waist and came with a late 18th century child’s chair with it’s original splint seat.

Last week I got to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for over 20 years!  We drove up to New Hampshire for Antiques Week and a visit to Strawbery Banke museum. I’m sure you aren’t surprised that I came back a few things for the dolls, including two new friends. 🙂

 

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A Trip to Brimfield Yields Treasures!

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So many great things to see! Our trip to Brimfield on Wednesday was wonderful.

On Wednesday my husband and I made our annual trek to Brimfield, MA.  Three times a year Brimfield is filled to capacity with dealers selling antiques, vintage items and collectibles of all kinds.  We usually only go in May, although we have occasionally gone in July, when the weather is blisteringly hot.  We’ve never managed to go up in September, since fall is a busy time for us…

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Brimfield is usually one of my major buying trips for antique fabrics and trims. This year I found slightly less fabric, but bought more antique silk velvet ribbon than I’ve come across in a long time.

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Another item I came away with in abundance was petticoats. Women’s petticoats, baby petticoats and doll petticoats!!!

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I even found a doll size mohair coat ❤

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The dolls were quite excited when I carried in several new pieces of furniture for their house.  I was lucky enough to find a tiny 1850’s jelly cupboard, a stretcher base table with a wonderful Christmas inscription on the underneath side, and an amazing little rope bed.

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All in all a very successful expedition!

 

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Happy 198th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 9 – In Which We Come to the End of Our Story & Say Farewell

“Thank you for coming to our party!” “We’re so glad you could be here.”
“I’m going to miss you!” “Promise me you”ll write.” “I will!”
“Good-bye!” “It’s been such fun!” “We’ve enjoyed having you stay here with us!” “Write to tell us you got home safely!” “Thank you for everything!” “This was the best party ever!”
“I’m going to miss everyone.”
“Me too!”
“I’m sad to see them leave, but it feels so good to put my feet up!”
“At least Lily isn’t leaving yet.” ❤
“I may stay in bed ALL day tomorrow…”
“I’m just going to stay right here on the floor!”

WHAT THEY ARE DOING NOW

Anna is busy packing. She will be leaving here bright and early on Tuesday morning for her new home.
Anna is busy packing. She will be leaving here bright and early on Tuesday morning for her new home.
Billie's doll is ready for her dress fittings and will be leaving here very soon. Look for her upcoming farewell post.
Billie’s doll is ready for her dress fittings and will be leaving here very soon. Look for her upcoming farewell post.
Sharon and I are still talking over the details of this young lady's wardrobe. She'll be happy to model it for you before she goes home. <3
Sharon and I are still talking over the details of this young lady’s wardrobe. She’ll be happy to model it for you before she goes home. ❤
Lily #1 has picked out her dress and jewelry and is patiently waiting for me to make them so that she can go home with her older sister. They plan to quilt together during the winter.
Lily #1 has picked out her dress and jewelry and is patiently waiting for me to make them so that she can go home with her older sister. They plan to quilt together during the winter.
Hannah #1 has found a new home! She will be helping me look through my fabric stash for just the right material for her dress. Once she is finished she will be going home just in time for Christmas. <3
Hannah #1 has found a new home! She will be helping me look through my fabric stash for just the right material for her dress. Once she is finished she will be going home just in time for Christmas. ❤
Hannah #2 Is still available for sale and at this point you may still choose her clothing fabrics and styles. <3 $1250.00 fully dressed with free shipping in the U,S,
Hannah #2 Is still available for sale and at this point you may still choose her clothing fabrics and styles. $1250.00 fully dressed, with free shipping within the U. S. ❤
Lily 2 is also still available for sale. If you love early, worn and primitive then Lily may be just the reproduction Izannah you have been longing for... $1250.00 fully dressed, you may still pick out her clothing if you purchase her now.
Lily 2 is also still available for sale. If you love early, worn and primitive then Lily may be just the reproduction Izannah you have been longing for… $1250.00 fully dressed, you may still pick out her clothing if you purchase her now.
A full instruction book + patterns comes with each head. The unpainted head/kit is $200 and the painted head/kit is $375.
2 Izannah Kits finished and ready to mail – 1 painted & 1 unpainted. A full instruction book + patterns comes with each head. The unpainted head/kit is $200 and the painted head/kit is $375.
Zanna & Izzybelle are still having their tag sale through midnight tonight. ((/27/15)
Zanna & Izzybelle are having their tag sale through midnight tonight. (9/27/15) shop here
and Izzybelle is still to tired to move!
and Izzybelle is still to tired to move!

Thank you for coming to celebrate with us!

Love ❤

Paula, Zanna, Isabeau, Isane, Izzybelle, Ismay, Hannah, & their Providence Cousins

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Happy 198th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 5 – The Kittens Come to Tea

Welcome to our birthday tea party in honor of Izannah Walker, an extraordinary doll maker, who was the first woman to receive a United States Patent for her doll making method!

The dolls and their guests have gathered in the front parlor, while I brew a pot of tea.  This afternoon we will be serving a combination of Earl Grey, lavender and ground vanilla beans. I drink mine with a bit of sugar, Isabeau and Zanna prefer lavender honey in theirs and little Izzybelle likes her cup partially filled with warm milk and a heaping spoonful of sugar, then topped up with tea!

A large scoop of Earl Grey tea, lavender flowers and a pinch of ground vanilla beans... total bliss!
A large scoop of Earl Grey tea, lavender flowers and a pinch of ground vanilla beans… total bliss!
“Welcome!” “We are so glad you could come!”
“Have you met our dear friend Lily? She just moved from Toledo to Michigan and now she has come to pay us a visit.” ” Sharon’s doll is also visiting us. We are so happy she could stay for the party!”
“Does everyone have a seat?” “I’m going to go get the tea. I’ll be right back!”
“This is Sadie, one of our new kittens.” “Izzybelle, be careful! Don’t let Sadie knock you off of the piano stool!” “Don’t worry Isane, I’m holding on tight!”
“Here comes Jack. He follows Sadie everywhere!”
Jack very much wants to play with Billie's doll, who is another one of our party guests.
Jack very much wants to play with Billie’s doll, who is another one of our party guests.
“Would you care for a Honey Tea Cake?”
“No Jack, not you!” “Tea cakes aren’t good for kittens.”
“Isane don’t let them get the cakes!”
“That’s right Jack, go see Anna, she’ll pet you.” “Petting is much better than cake!”
” Sadie, I’ll pet you too.”
“Now that the kittens have settled down, would anyone like a cup of tea?”
“Oh no! Lily did Jack knock your cup out of your hand?”
“Don’t worry. Nothing broke and I have a clean cup right here for you.”
Too much excitement! The kittens are all worn out and have gone off to take a nap...
Too much excitement! The kittens are all worn out and have gone off to take a nap…
“I would really like that cup of tea now!” “And I’d like a bit of quiet, civilized conversation!” “Well I LIKE having the kittens come to tea! It makes everything so much more interesting!” “Hush Izzybelle…”
“I know what we should do. Have you seen Joy Harrington’s article in Antique Doll Collector magazine? It’s all about the house she had made for her Izannah Walker dolls.” “You can tell Billie all about it when you go home to Kansas.” “I think next year we should ask for a house of our very own as a birthday present!”
“Cake? “I don’t know anything about cake.” “Or falling teacups…” “You must be thinking about some other kitten.” “Yawnnnnnnnnn”

See? I told you that the girls loved Joy’s article about her doll house! If you would like to read the article too, it is in the August 2015 issue of Antique Doll Collector magazine on pages 43-48.  Not only does it include wonderful pictures and descriptions of the doll house, but it also shows Joy’s fantastic collection of antique Izannah Walker dolls. It is such a treat!

The dolls, kittens and I have so enjoyed having you visit us this afternoon!  We hope you will come back tomorrow and Sunday for new posts at 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. each day, as we party on!

And now, I don’t know about you, but I plan to brew another pot of tea, put my feet up and watch the dolls giggle and play on into the evening…

Izannah's Birthday Tea Party www.izannahwalker.com* Sharon’s and Billie’s dolls are custom orders, who will soon be traveling to their new homes. In the photos they are wearing borrowed finery.  They will each be receiving their final dress fittings soon and will both have posts of their very own to show off their new wardrobes before they leave here.

** Lily is an antique Izannah Walker doll that is staying with me while she undergoes a bit of judicious restoration.  She will also be featured in a series of upcoming posts that will chronicle her restoration adventures.