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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! 

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Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker Part 4 ~ The Doll’s Slumber Party

Over the past ten years the little Izzys have had several slumber parties, not every year because they are always high spirited, bosterous affairs. My nerves can’t quite take that much gaiety and joyous shrieking without a lengthy break in between their sleepovers. Happily for them, and for all of the rest of us too, this is a birthday slumber party year!

Before this evenings invited guests arrived Tilly Lamb and Isabeau cooked a delicious birthday dinner. They made a huge chicken and mushroom pie, then prepared all the wonderful vegetables that the dolls purchased at the Thyme Forgotten Farm Stand on Thursday, when they did their marketing. They are hoping that their younger sisters and friends will eat something healthy for dinner, before they have their midnight snack of sweets!

After dinner Charlcie and Eliza Jane took over the kitchen chores. They brought out the little individual dark chocolate cakes they baked earlier in the day, and made a large pot of steaming hot cocoa. All of their sisters and friends enjoyed the sweets and finshed every single drop of cocoa and crumb of cake. ❤

All in all I would say that this has been an extremely happy occasion for all of us here at the doll’s house. The girls had such a good time having you come vist and join in their party for Izannah Walker! They love having guests even more than they love getting presents… and speaking of presents, this year they received a new antique dry sink for their kitchen, which has made them all (except Izzybelle) very happy indeed! Izzybelle much prefers toys and clothes to kitchen furnishings! She was quite pleased with their toy tin stove, photograph album and new knitted bosom friends. ❤

Tomorrow morning, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, you can get a Behind the Scenes peek at a bit of what goes on in preparation for all of my birthday party posts.

We will finish our 203rd Birthday Celebration tomorrow night, September 26th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with the unveiling of my first reproductions of Sarah Alice.  She is the newest addition to my antique Izannah Walker doll family and dearly beloved by all of her sisters. ❤

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Welcome to the Birthday Party! Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker Part 3

“Hello! Come in, we are so happy that you could come to the party!”

The dolls are all rushing around with last minute party preparations, Isane and Ismay are in the kitchen, along with their dearest friend Prudence, who came early to help. Isane is arranging all of the freshly cut garden flowers, and Ismay is making the Sage Tea while the Birthday Puddings cool. The tea is from their grandmother’s receipt book and one of their favorite teas. Prudence has volunteered to read them some poetry to keep them amused while they work. ❤

“Now that you have had the chance to stop by the kitchen and say “hello”, let’s go on up to the parlor.” “Please watch your step, the stairs are rather steep and worn in this old house.” “The parlor is quite crowded, but we will find you a cozy seat somewhere!”

You may click on any of the photos to enlarge them

“Happy 203rd Birthday Izannah Walker! You have bought such joy into the lives of countless children and doll lovers throughout all these many years since your birth. Your creations and artistry have made our lives so much richer .” ❤

Thank you all for coming to our Birthday Party for Izannah Walker! The dolls are going to tidy up the parlor and kitchen, then spend a little time enjoying their new birthday presents. ❤ Please come back tonight for our slumber party!

Here is the schedule for our Birthday Celebration, all the events and posts are being held right here on http://www.izannahwalker.com. All times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

This morning at 8:00 a.m. the first post of the celebration went up. It is an hour long video about Izannah Walker’s life and dolls, plus a fun look at the fashions that Izannah Walker’s dolls were dressed in and a bit of history about mid 19th century children’s clothing.

At Noon Eastern time, today September 25th, the dolls and I took a fun look back at the past ten years of our Izannah Walker birthday celebrations!

You are currently attending This year’s Izannah Walker Birthday Party here on http://www.izannahwalker.com

To close out Izannah’s 203rd birthday, the dolls invite you to a Sleep over, this evening September 25th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Change into your nightgown, make a cup of cocoa, and come visit with us for a bit… We promise you sweet dreams of little cloth Izannahs 

Tomorrow morning, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, you can get a Behind the Scenes peek at a bit of what goes on in preparation for all of my birthday party posts.

We will finish our 203rd Birthday Celebration tomorrow night, September 26th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with the unveiling of my first reproductions of Sarah Alice.  She is the newest addition to my antique Izannah Walker doll family and dearly beloved by all of her sisters. ❤