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Happy 205th Birthday Izannah Walker ~ The After Party

September 25th, 2022

All the little cloth girls and I were so glad that you could join us yesterday, as we celebrated the 205th anniversary of Izannah Walker’s birth! It was a joyful day in the doll’s very tall house! Today is much quieter, since there were plenty of English muffins left over for breakfast and quite a bit of cake for dessert too. The doll’s also received another birthday delivery from Mr. Twigg and his faithful horse and wagon. Thankfully this parcel was much easier to bring inside.

This evening’s after party is a chance to sit back, relax with friends and chat about all the tea party particulars. ❤

The little christening pincushions shown throughout the doll’s house.

The Little Christening Pincushions Shown Throughout the Doll’s House

If you have been curious about the small decorative pincushions that Sarah Alice and Isabeau were making you will be able to read more abut them in my upcoming article about the history of infant pincushions, titled Welcome Little Stranger which will be in the December 2022 issue of Early American. The article also include instructions for making some of your own. The all three versions pictured, as well as other larger pincushions are included in the article.

Baking for the Tea Party

Sourdough English Muffins

Yes, I did make really tiny sourdough English muffins from scratch, then cut and toasted them in a hot skillet! The jelly and jams that the dolls served at the tea party were also homemade, wild violet jelly made from the violets that I picked from my farmyard this spring, black currant jam made with currants from my garden, and peach jam made with peaches from a local farm. I added a generous pinch of cinnamon to the peach jam to make it taste like peach pie. If you’d like to make your own English muffins I suggest the King Arthur recipe, which is the one I use. I made my own sourdough starter using wholewheat flour. When I bake these sourdough English muffins I use at least 50% wholewheat flour. https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/recipes/sourdough-english-muffins-recipe

Prairie Stack Cake

Tillie Lamb’s Gingerbread Layers

This is the recipe that I used for the gingerbread layers of the doll’s latest birthday cake.

Rum Gingerbread

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

2- 1/2 cups flour

1- 3/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup molasses

3/4 cup hot water

1/4 cup rum

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves

Combine butter, sugar and egg.  Stir in dry ingredients alternately with the molasses, water and rum.  Pour into a buttered 9 x 12- inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  You may substitute buttermilk for the water and rum.

front side
2nd side ~1 teaspoon nutmeg – 2 cups nuts ~ which I never add – 1 tsp. vanilla

Pumpkin Cake and Spice Cake

Here is the hand written recipe card that I copied from my mom’s recipe for Pumpkin Cake 40 years ago. The recipe for the spice cake came from the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book that she gave me in 1975. I substituted raisins for nuts in the spice cake because the dolls and I like it much better that way.

Cake Frosting

Use your favorite cream cheese buttercream frosting ❤

Alphabet Cookies

Fun Fact

I had to open eleven out of twelve individual packs of Mini Alphabet Cookies to be able to spell Izannah! Surprisingly there were abundant “I”s and “Z”s. The letter that took the longest to find was “N” followed by “A”. I purchased the cookies at Aldi.

Settle by Seth Tudor

The Mysterious Delivery of the Large Wooden Settle

At the end of the birthday celebration the unseen Mr. Twigg leaves a large wooden settle at the front of the doll’s house. Mister Twigg is the little cloth sister’s neighbor who runs a delivery service along with his trusty horse and large wagon. Mister Twigg delivered my birthday present to the dolls. The settle was lovingly made by Seth Tudor, Tasha Tudor’s son. It is 1/3 scale and is a miniature version of a settle that was in Tasha’s house. He makes them in three different scales. This particular size will also work for American Girl’s dolls. The three drawers on the bottom are functional. I’m fairly sure that you can reach him through https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/ , though I contacted him through the Take Peace Facebook group that I am a member of.

The little cloth girls and I will be painting their settle a custom color once the girls stop squabbling over exactly what that color should be!

Flowers

All of the flowers came from my gardens ❤

One Final Surprise!

The dolls were quite thrilled when Mister Twigg came again today to deliver a parcel. It was a lovely birthday present from their dear friend Kay, who often spoils them with holiday gifts ❤ Thank you Kay!

Thank You for being a part of our twelfth annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration ❤ ❤ ❤

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Happy 205th Birthday Izannah Walker! “Welcome! The dolls and I are so happy that you could come to this year’s party…”

Welcome! The dolls and I are so happy that you could come to this year’s party! They’ve assigned me the task of being the official greeter, since they are all rather busy at the moment. Just between the two of us, they are running a bit behind. It all started when Sarah Alice decided they should make something special for Izannah’s birthday…

Earlier this month…

“Isabeau you are so good at sewing! Would you be willing to help me make a special surprise for Izannah’s birthday party?” asked Sarah Alice. “Something pretty to decorate the parlor, that we could keep out all year long to remind us of our very own dear Izannah?” “I might be able to.” hedged Isabeau. “Is it really something we will have time for? The party isn’t all that far away” Sarah Alice assured Isabeau that she had the perfect project in mind and that if they worked together she was positive that they could have it finished in time for the birthday tea. “I don’t know if Izannah’s mother was given a christening pincushion when Izannah was born or not, but I think we should make her one now.” “Two hundred and five years later?” asked Isabeau very gently. “Yes” said Sarah Alice “It will be a wonderful way for us to show that we remember her and still love her.” “That is a lovely idea” agreed Isabeau. So the two sisters snuck away to the parlor, whenever they thought their other sisters were busy, to work on their birthday surprise.

Unbeknownst to Izabeau and Sarah Alice, Izzybelle had been peeking in the parlor window and listening at the door as the two sisters worked on their birthday surprise… I’m sure you must know just how little sisters are, they always want to do the very same things that their older sisters do. So you won’t be at all surprised to learn that Izzybelle started thinking about something special that she could do for the party.

Yesterday…

“Charlcie what kind of cake are you baking for the tea party?” asked Izzybelle in a very innocent voice. “Ismay and I have decided that it would be nice to make a pumpkin cake this year.” replied Charlcie. “Your pumpkin cake is very good, but do you think that it is special enough for a Grand Birthday Tea Party?” replied Izzybelle “Birthday cakes should be very special!” “Don’t you think it would be much nicer if we each baked a layer of cake and put them all together, just like we talked about for Izannah’s 199th birthday party?” “Oh Izzybelle, I really don’t think we have time to do that now, since the party is tomorrow. You know that we are all very busy getting ready. Hannah and Eliza Jane are dusting everything, Zanna is trying to catch all the dogs and give them a bath, Sarah Alice and Isabeau are busy in the parlor and Emma Blue and Tilly Lamb are out in the garden trying to find enough flowers to decorate the house.” said Charlcie. Upon hearing this little Izzybelle looked so sad and disappointed that Charlcie began to relent. “You might go out to the garden and ask Tillie Lamb if she would have time to come bake a layer or two of her famous gingerbread. If, and only if, she is willing to add baking onto her chores, we might try to make a stack cake…” “Shouldn’t we all bake a layer? It would be so much more special if everyone made one!” wailed Izzybelle. “Absolutely not, that is completely out of the question! There is simply not enough time for that. Be happy that Ismay and I will each bake layers and that Tilly Lamb might.” said Charlcie quite firmly.

(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. 

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“Oh my goodness! We have layers of cake everywhere!” “It’s getting very late, I’m so glad we only have one more layer to bake!”

Eventually very late last night after Izzybelle helped clean up the kitchen floor and was firmly tucked into bed, all the layers of pumpkin, gingerbread and apple spice cake were baked and stacked one on top of another …and if the stack seemed to artistically lean to one side everyone was much too tired to care.

After such an eventful day, and an extremely late bedtime, I’m sure you can understand why the little cloth sisters are still putting the finishing touches on the tea party preparations. Oh! It sounds as if Charlcie has just finished toasting all of the English muffins and that Izzybelle is headed up to the parlor with the jam! They have finally gotten everything just the way they want it and are ready for guests. Let’s go join them in the parlor.

“What a wonderful party!” “I’m not sure if we’ve ever had a better one!” “I ate far too much cake…” “Zanna, would you please pass me another toasted muffin and the wild violet jelly?” “Does anyone else hear a horse and wagon coming up to the house?” “What?” “Are you sure?” “Well it certainly sounds like Mister Twigg and his delivery wagon.” “Are we expecting him?” “Maybe he’s come for the party!” “Yoo-hoo Mister Twigg!” “I think he is leaving.” “Zanna let’s go see if he left anything.”

“Why on earth would Mister Twigg leave this here?” “Just look at the size of it!” “How are we ever going to move this into the house?” “After we say good-by to all of our guests we’ll have to get the rest of the girls to help”

“You know Eliza, this is really quite a comfortable settle.” “It is indeed Tillie, though I’m still surprised we managed to get it in the house and up all the stairs!” “We never would have managed it if we didn’t have so many sisters…” “Wasn’t this just the nicest tea party?” “Yes, and this having this surprise birthday present delivered at the very end was such a treat!”

The dolls and I hope you have enjoyed celebrating Izannah Walker’s 205th birthday with us! This is out twelfth year for our annual virtual party. If you would like to look back at some of the other celebrations just type Izannah birthday in the search bar. For those of you who have attended before you may remember that I do always make it a point to have dolls available for sale as party of the festivities. This year I only have two, who are sweet wonderful dolls, both dressed in brown. I also have one party dress for sale. Some years I have more, but this has been one of those years. I’m sure you know what I mean, as we all have them! Times when everything seems to happen all at once… The good news is that there are dolls for sale today! Please return here at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time to meet my latest reproduction Izannah Walker dolls. The dolls and the party dress will all be sold on a first come basis.

If you would like to know more about what went into creating today’s party, read the recipes used for the food, and find out more about the infant pincushion that Sarah Alice and Isabeau made then you will definitely want to come back on Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time for the After Party!

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Welcoming May with Open Arms!

May is always a favorite month here in the farmyard! All of the flowers and fruit trees are waking up from their long winter naps, the birds are busily building nests, the greenhouse is filled with hundreds of tiny seedlings, and the little cloth girls are venturing out of the doll’s house to help with spring chores.

In addition to all of the normal cheerful activity here at Thyme Forgotten Farm, this May also brings some wonderful news!

I am extremely honored to announce that I have been juried into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts for the 43rd time! ❤ The Directory issue will be out later this summer, and I will post more details then.

Another magazine related announcement that I know you will all be very interested in is the May issue of Antique Doll Collector will feature a wonderful article, Waiting for Izannah – One Doll’s Journey written by Laurie W. McGill.

In case this latest article makes you hungry to read more Antique Doll Collector articles about Izannah’s dolls and those of other female cloth dollmakers, here is a list of the ones that have previously appeared in Antique Doll Collector magazine, including the two articles I wrote for ADC. ❤

The last bit of very exciting Izannah Walker news that I have to share is an excellently researched blog post written by Kathy Duncan! She has unearthed some very interesting bits of Izannah Walker history that I found fascinating and that I am sure my fellow Izannahaphiles will absolutely want to read. Here is the link to Kathy Duncan’s blog Flimsies and Frippery. ❤ ❤ ❤

May Day

As some of you may remember, all the little Izannahs and I love May Day and generally try to do something special to celebrate. Yesterday was no exception. The dolls and I decided to enjoy a beautiful day and spend time working outside in the gardens. Sweet little Izzybelle is undoubtedly the most enthusiastic garden helper of all, but to be honest she has had her share of unfortunate garden “occurances”. You might recall the tale of Izzybelle and the Runaway Tomatoes 

Izzybelle and the Runaway Tomatoes!

I’m sad to report that yesterday was unfortunately not one of Izzybelle’s better days in the garden. Let us just say that she is no longer allowed near the sprayer & the vinegar, and leave it at that. In the midst of all the chaos… erm excitement, the other dolls and I quite forgot to photograph our “celebration”.

Once everyone was all clean, tidy and safely back in the very tall house we settled down with our scrapbook and looked back at some of our previous May Days. Afterwards all the little cloth girls drank comforting cups of warm milk and went to bed early, as it had been quite an eventful day!

If you would also like to sit and remember May Days with us click on the links below and imagine that you are turning the pages of our scrap book with us ❤

Looking through our scrapbook and remembering past May Days

Happy May Day!

Sending Sweet May Day Wishes

For the First Day of May
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So What WAS in the Bottom of Those Boxes? A Fun Look at More of the Contents From Yesterdays Unboxing Video, and a First Peek At My Favorites

Guess what I found in those boxes???

Emma Blue is just as happy as I am with some of the contents I found! ❤
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Happy 204th Birthday Izannah Walker ~ Eliza and Lucy’s Story

Lucy & Eliza
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….

Eliza

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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Happy 204th Birthday Izannah Walker ~ Tonight’s Bedtime Stories ~ Buzz Goes Fishing & The House That Jack Built A Diverting Story for Children

Buzz Goes Fishing

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Special Announcement! There are only two days left during my annual celebration of Izannah Walker’s birthday and you do not want to miss either of these exciting events!!! Please join us here on http://www.izannahwalker.com at 8:00 PM Eastern time tomorrow Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 for an extremely wonderful evening that all of you who love Izannah Walker’s dolls need to see ❤ I will be sharing information about two antique Izannah Walker dolls that are going to be for sale. (No, they aren’t mine and I will not be releasing the information before tomorrow nights post. Their photographs and descriptions are still a work in progress. ) On Thursday evening at 8 PM Eastern time I will introduce you all to my latest reproduction Izannah Walker dolls and offer them for sale.

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Happy 204th Birthday Izannah Walker ~ The Family Birthday Party

Did you know that dolls are ever so much happier when they have a kind and loving child to play with? That is especially true for our heroines, the little painted cloth sisters, who live in the very tall wooden house.

One of their most favorite things in the whole world is when their current child, the granddaughter of the dollmaker who they live with, comes to play. Out of all of the play days in the entire year, the Family Birthday Party is the most special, and the one they look forward to with great anticipation every September.

Due to “school days” their own dear little girl can not always attend the birthday party that the sisters give every year in honor of their “mother”. The cloth sisters know all about school, as tucked away in their very long memories are days filled with playing “school” with all the other children that have been important parts of their lives. Their young friends have often pretended to be the “teacher” and the doll sisters have made believe that they are the “pupils”.  At other times one of the sisters has been chosen to be the “teacher”, which unfortunately has led to some hurt feelings among the others. However we will not dwell on that in our present story, for it is a happy one that each and every sister loves…

The doll sisters are not quite clear on exactly why their child must go to school on certain days, for in their world one day flows into the next like a sweet lovely daydream, and if you do not do something today, surely it can wait until tomorrow. For there is always a tomorrow in their lives because little cloth girls never have to grow up. Growing up is something else that they don’t quite understand, though it does sound quite awful, and Izzybelle is convinced that it must hurt dreadfully!

But enough of such serious thoughts! Today is the Family Birthday Party, when their own dear girl will come to call. She will help the sisters decorate their very tall wooden house and fill it with flowers and paper dolls! She will undoubtedly bring them all a wonderful present to share, and she will help them blow out the candles on the Birthday Cake at their tea party! It will be almost as good as Christmas Day itself!

The dolls and their girl did indeed have a wonderful party, where there were a great deal of flowers, paper dolls hung up on bright red string, sweet treats galore, stories read, and yes ~ a special present for them all to play with! A Hitty doll and her book!!! All the little girls, both cloth and real, are looking forward to playing with their present. ❤

“This is you” she said, pointing to Charlcie, “and this is me.” as she indicated tiny Izzybelle…

As you may suspect, all of the little Izannahs and I are excessively fond of bedtime stories! They positively insist on at least one story every night before they will quiet down and go to sleep. You are invited to come join us for a selection of nightly bedtime stories in celebration of Izannah Walker’s 204th birthday! Our celebration will begin Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, and it will continue at 8:00 p.m. every evening through the end of the month, culminating in the unveiling and sale of my latest reproduction Izannah Walker dolls on Thursday, September 30th. You especially WILL NOT WANT TO MISS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS STORIES! We do so hope you will be able to join us each evening for a story that is sure to bring you sweet dreams! 

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Once Upon a Time… A Storybook Celebration of Izannah Walker’s 204th Birthday

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time there were nine little painted cloth girls who lived in an excessively old, and very tall wooden house that seemed to reach all the way up into the sky, or at the very least up to the rafters. All of the girls were sisters, who had been made quite a long time ago by a talented woman who cleverly invented her own way of creating dolls. Naturally they all thought it was the very BEST way, and they secretly pitied any dolls that were made differently, though they were much too well behaved to say so out loud.

Years, and years, and even more years had gone by since the doll sisters had first been new playmates for sweet young girls and boys. It had been so very long ago that they remembered those days best when they were dreaming…  Now in their waking life they lived with another dollmaker, of whom they were quite fond, because she loved them and took good care to make sure that they were safe and happy. 

… and the sisters were very happy indeed! For they loved living together in their 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!

Even though the cloth sisters were actually quite old, if you are the sort of person who cares about such things as years and arithmetic, they still thought of themselves as young girls. For that is what they truly were in their heart of hearts!

So the girls spent their days playing with each other, and with their current dollmaker and her granddaughter. They enjoyed laughing and talking to one another, taking walks in the flower garden and playing hide and seek among the vegetables. They took turns doing the chores that needed to be done all around their very tall house, and every year without fail they had a special birthday party for their original dollmaker, for she was truly their mother, and all good children remember their mother on her birthday!

Happy 204th Birthday Izannah Walker!

As you may suspect, all of the little Izannahs and I are excessively fond of bedtime stories! They positively insist on at least one story every night before they will quiet down and go to sleep. You are invited to come join us for a selection of nightly bedtime stories in celebration of Izannah Walker’s 204th birthday! Our celebration will begin this evening Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, and it will continue at 8:00 p.m. every evening through the end of the month, culminating in the unveiling and sale of my latest reproduction Izannah Walker dolls on Thursday, September 30th. We do so hope you will be able to join us each evening for a story that is sure to bring you sweet dreams!