“Josephine come look! Do you think it is going to keep raining?” cried Izzybelle. “What will we do if it doesn’t stop before the party?”
I’m so pleased that you’ve come by to join us today as my dolls and I celebrate doll maker Izannah Walker’s 201st birthday ❤ It is quite an occasion here in my studios and in the doll’s house. We consider Izannah’s birthday to be an annual holiday, on par with the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving! The dolls all look forward to it with great anticipation.
I started this blog in January of 2009, every September 25th since then the dolls and I have shared our annual birthday party here with you ❤ We sincerely hope you will enjoy this year’s festivities! You are most welcome to come back throughout the day as we peek in on the doll’s party preparations. Watch them laugh and play at their party in honor of the remarkable woman who has given countless children, and doll lovers, great happiness with her remarkable dolls ❤ ❤ ❤
The answers to such burning questions as ~ “will the rain stop in time for the garden party” ~ “will Izzybelle find her misplaced shoe and actually come to the party wearing it?” ~ and most importantly “what kind of cake will there be???” will all be revealed throughout the day today. For those of you wondering what new reproduction dolls I’ll be unveiling for sale, the answer to that will also be forthcoming 🙂
The schedule for today’s posts is:
Good Morning! Our party day greeting @ 8:30 am Eastern Time.
Getting the Gardens Ready for the Party ❤ A glimpse of how the dolls have been preparing for their garden birthday party and an informal garden tour @ 12:30 pm Eastern Time.
Party Time! Welcome to Our Garden Party! A look at last minute party preparations, meet all of the party guests and a sumptuous garden tea and delicious birthday cake @ 4:30 pm Eastern Time.
New Dolls Available for Sale ❤ An unveiling of my latest works, sold on a first come basis. Posted for sale @ 8:30 pm Eastern Time.
I have an update on the articles about the Jenny Lind Doll Club Izannah Walker exhibit. Antique Doll Collector has pushed both my article and Monica Bessette’s to their March 2018 issue, in order to devote more space to them. The March issue should mail to subscribers on 2/22. So no Izzys in February, but lots and lots in March!Click here for information about subscribing to Antique Doll Collector.
The dolls and I have had a very busy day ❤ We spent a little extra time this morning baking a special Valentine treat, Chocolate Bread, an amazing combination of dark chocolate, tart cherries and coffee. While the dough was rising, and filling the house with an enticing scent, we went out to the studio where Josephine, Isabeau and Ismay kept themselves busy making valentines. ❤ ❤ ❤ click on any photo to enlarge ❤ ❤ ❤
Ismay and Isabeau cut out Valentines, weaving paper hearts into tiny paper hands, while Josephine addressed envelopes to all of their dearest friends…
Josephine has been spending her time composing advertisements for the shoppe. “Mistress Walton begs leave to inform her Friends and the Public in general that she intends opening a Pop-Up Shoppe on Monday, the 12th inst. with a new and elegant assortment of paper cuttings, stitchery, and love tokens… Mistress Walton takes this importunity of returning thanks for the great patronage she has already received from her numerous friends… ” Josephine is a devoted reader and she found great inspiration in Advertisements for January, Ackerman’s Repository, Vol. XI, 1814
Birthday messages… ❤
Making Valentines was such fun, and kept the dolls so busy that I was able to work on many other things.
Sewing on arms, legs and second skins, in Valentine colors of red and pink ❤
We hope your Valentine’s Day has been just as wonderful and eventful as ours ❤