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I’m Extremely Honored That I Have Been Juried Into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts for the 40th Time

I’m so pleased to announce that I have been juried into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsmen for the 40th time! It’s an incredible honor to be included with such a prestigious group of artisans. Thank you Early American Life!

It’s been a busy summer here, so I’m a bit later than usual in mentioning the Craftsman Directory. I’m sure you all know how that goes… but today I am slowing down a bit and spending the afternoon reading in honor of Book Lovers Day. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and enjoying a few long, lazy, laid back days filled with dolls, good books and dear friends ❤

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Busy Times! Studio News

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately.  Unfortunately that doesn’t mean that I have been enjoying a long lazy summer… ( just kidding – I love what I do!)  As is usually the case, there is just so much going on that I simply haven’t had time to blog!

It’s funny, I was talking to Tess Rosch, publisher of Early American Life, last week and she made some comment about me being a “high energy” person.  It’s not the first time someone has said similar things. I have some dear friends who firmly believe that I only manage to get so many things done because I’m on drugs. 🙂 They asked very nicely if I would please share, as they needed to finish quite a few  projects of their own. LOL! I don’t actually think of myself as high energy. Instead I view myself as a very tired, stubborn woman with an extremely long to-do list… So we’ll consider this post as checking one of those items off my list.

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The August 2017 issue of EAL, which Includes the Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen.

Lots of exciting things are going on!  I’m so thrilled to say that I have been chosen for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsmen in four different categories this year! Not only will you find me listed in Toys & Dolls, but also in Miniatures, Clothing & Accessories, and Holidays (in the upcoming Christmas issue). This makes 38 times that I have been juried into the Directory!

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Three photos of my work are shown on pages 64 and 65 in the August 2017 issue of Early American Life.
Izannah Walker dolls from the Paula Walton collection.
Look for these two dolls from my collection in my September article in Antique Doll Collector magazine.

Magazines have been a big part of my summer so far.  I spent several months combing through 80 years worth of books and articles, doing research for the article on Izannah Walker and her dolls that I wrote for Antique Doll Collector magazine. Look for it in their September, 2017 issue. It is the cover article!

Currently I’m in the midst of working on an article and project for the Christmas issue of Early American Life. Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck! I need to have it finished by the end of July!!!

OTHER HAPPENINGS

Third Thursdays are starting this month! If you didn’t read about them in my last news letter, stay tuned for more information in the next few days. This should be fun!!!

I also have quite a few really amazing things in the works to celebrate Izannah’s 200th birthday! More news will be also be forth coming about them soon. 🙂

SIGNING OFF FOR NOW

As I mentioned, this has not been a leisurely summer so far, but I have made time to garden, work in a few non-doll sewing projects, and be a grandma.  Cloe and I have been enjoying our “library days”, when we go to story time at our local library, check out books, then spend the day together “gardening” which means checking on the peas she helped plant and eating berries as fast as she can pick them, playing and reading. ❤

I hope your summer has had some magical moments too!

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2016 Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Craftsditional Crafts

The August issue of Early American  Life with the 2016 Directory of Traditional American Crafts is here!  I’ve really been looking forward to seeing the photo of Hannah at Locust Grove, so it was fun to finally get to see it and of course quite a thrill to be juried into the Directory for the 34th time!IMG_3757Hannah was so excited to see the photograph of her namesake in the August issue of Early American Life.

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A Great Weekend

April is starting out to be a terrific month.  Friday was my son Blair’s birthday.  The whole family got together to celebrate for the entire weekend.

Friday also brought some very welcome news, when I learned that I have been chosen for Early American Life’s 2011 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. This makes my 23rd time to be juried into the directory.  Thank You EAL! Please look for the Directory issue of the magazine which will be on newsstands on June 21st.

In between all of the partying, I managed to squeeze in a little shopping time.  On Saturday I went to a couple of thrift shops with one of my sons and his girlfriend.  We found quite a few small treasures.  Sunday brought the opening day of the Elephant’s Trunk flea market.  I was able to replenish my supply of antique white cotton fabrics and I found a wonderful antique paisley shawl.  Now all I have to do is decide if I can possibly restore the shawl, or if it is so far gone that it is fair game for doll clothing!  Always a dilemma 🙂