Holidays

A Little Magic for Halloween

Susie's Tiny Witch!
Happy Haunting!!!

One of the things I like best about being a professional doll maker for 31 years is all the friends I have made along the way ❤ ❤ ❤

As a Halloween treat, one of my very sweet friends sent me this photo of the doll that caused us to meet and become friends! Now I am sharing my treat with you. I still love this doll that I made six years ago. She has always been one of my very favorites and I am so happy that she and her large family of sisters live in the home of a friend!

Wishing you a very Happy Halloween!!!

For a magical look back in time, click on theses links to see my original posts about this doll:  https://izannahwalker.com/2011/09/06/my-latest-doll-up-for-auction-on-ebay/

https://izannahwalker.com/2011/09/01/september-1st-fall-is-approaching-a-first-look-at-autumn-works-from-my-studio/

 

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Joyous Wishes for a Happy 2016!

Wishing upon a bright and shining star that your new year will be filled with health, happiness and great joy!
Wishing upon a bright and shining star that your new year will be filled with health, happiness and great joy!

 

On this New Year’s Day my hope for each and every one of you is that 2016 will bring you a year full of peace, happiness, and well-being! May your days be filled with simple pleasures and quiet beauty.

My new year’s reflections upon the waning 2015 are filled with gratitude. I am so thankful that I am able to spend my days creating dolls and other works that I love. It brings me great happiness and quiet contentment to bring to life the Izannah dreams of such wonderful group of collectors and fellow Izannahphlies.

As a few of you know, this year has been a bit of a challenge for me.  My father died during the summer and I have had Lyme disease for about 5 or 6 months.  I am overwhelmingly grateful for the amazing graciousness, tolerance and understanding of everyone who has had a custom ordered doll or restoration work scheduled during 2015.  You have been unfailingly kind and supportive when I have fallen behind on the scheduled completion dates for your dolls.  Thank you!!!  I am currently feeling better than I have for months and am so looking forward to this new year and being able to get caught back up on my work  load.  I love all of the dolls that are currently in my studio and I look forward to sharing them with you in the upcoming weeks and months!  Happy New Year to all!!!

 

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Two Dolls Available to Celebrate an All American Christmas With You!

Zanna and Izzybelle are busy preparing for Christmas.  After they finish decorating here they would love to come decorate your house!
Zanna and Izzybelle are busy preparing for Christmas. After they finish decorating here they would love to come decorate your house!

I have two very special dolls available for sale now, just in time for Christmas.  Zanna and Izzybelle would love to bring the look and feel of an antique New England Christmas to your house.  Both of the girls have very “old” paint finishes that are perfect for anyone who loves early primitive antiques ❤

Zanna has a wonderful paint surface that makes her look as if she has been treasured and loved for 175 years.
Zanna has a wonderful paint surface that makes her look as if she has been treasured and loved for 175 years.
You just know that little Izzybelle must have had a life filled with the most amazing adventures...
You just know that little Izzybelle must have had a life filled with the most amazing adventures…

Izzybelle  SOLD  Thank you for looking.  Izzybelle and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Now SOLD.  I absolutely adore Izzybelle!  I love her so much that I was tempted to keep her for myself 🙂  She has such a sweet thoughtful expression.

Izzybelle is 14 inches tall and has a body covering of antique blue glazed cotton. She has underclothing and a flutter sleeve dress made from antique fabric. You can scroll down the page to see many more photos of Izzybelle in my blog posts from the UFDC convention and Izannah’s 197th birthday party. Izzybelle is priced at $1250.00 with free shipping to U.S. addresses. She isn’t up on my webiste yet, but will be soon.  In the meantime you may email or call me if you are interested in buying her.  paula@asweetremembrance.com 860-355-5709.Izzybelle www.izannahwalker.com

Izzybelle is cutting out more paper dolls to hang on the Christmas tree.
Izzybelle is cutting out more paper dolls to hang on the Christmas tree.

 

izzybelle www.izannahwalker.com

Zanna

Zanna is making tiny doll clothes as a Christmas present for one of her sisters.  She is working very hard to get them finished in time for the 25th!
Zanna is making tiny doll clothes as a Christmas present for one of her sisters. She is working very hard to get them finished in time for the 25th!

Zanna  is 17-1/2 inches tall. She has black painted boots with scallop tops and a second skin made from antique brown glazed cotton.   All of the fabrics and laces used in making her clothing are antique.  Zanna may be adopted for $1250.00 and ships free of charge to any United States address.  You can purchase her directly from my website by clicking here.  Or if you prefer, you may email or call me. paula@asweetremembrance.com 860-355-5709

Sisters Zanna & Izzybelle www.izannahwalker.com

Zanna & Izzybelle www.izannahwalker.com

Zanna & Izzybelle www.izannahwalker.com

Zanna thinks that Miss Liberty would be the perfect ornament for the doll's Christmas tree!
Zanna thinks that Miss Liberty would be the perfect ornament for the doll’s Christmas tree!

Zanna has decided to hang Miss Liberty, a red, white and blue spun cotton ornament on the top of the Christmas tree.  I haven’t had time to make too many spun cotton ornaments this year.  I’ve just shipped out the last of the pre-ordered ornaments and have one Miss Liberty left for sale in time for Christmas.  Just like Izzybelle, she isn’t posted for sale on my website yet.  Miss Liberty is $65.00 with free U.S. shipping.  Email or call if you would like to add her to your ornament collection. paula@asweetremembrance.com 860-355-5709

Printed Face Rag Doll

This is a prototype doll that I made for students in my Izannah Walker doll making class.  I made alternate heads that worked with the class patterns.
This is a prototype doll that I made for students in my Izannah Walker doll making class. I made alternate heads that worked with the class patterns.

This 18 inch doll has a printed cloth face and is my version of a Sunbonnet Sue.  She has a soft aged muslin body that is filled with cotton stuffing.  Her dress is made from an antique blue paisley fabric and has a vintage navy velvet ribbon sash.  Her bonnet is made from an antique hand crochet doiley.  She is $89.00 and includes free shipping to U.S.addresses.

printed face rag doll www.izannahwalker.com

I also sell just the printed face for $8.00, if you’d like to use one to make a doll of your own.  Click here

Zanna and Izzybelle www.izannahwalker.com

* The quilt behind the girls is an amazing antique silk tumbling blocks quilt.  If you are intrigued with the red, white and blue wool ball Izzybelle is lounging against, I do have a few in stock on my websiteWhimsical Victorian Puzzle Balls 17-inch circumference – $45.00, 20-inch circumference – $55.00.

Lay-away is available on every item I sell.  Please call or email me with any questions you may have about my dolls and ornaments, to purchase an item,  or to set up a lay-away plan. paula@asweetremembrance.com 860-355-5709.

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Lovely Letters and Heartfelt Correspondence

In these final few hours of 2011 I would like to take a moment to thank you all for making this a wonderful year.  I am extremely fortunate to be able to spend my days recreating dolls, clothing, and other treasured flights of fancy from the past.  I sincerely appreciate all of you who have provided such unstinting encouragement and kind words.  Your notes and phone calls have meant more to me than I can say…

I’d like to share a few excerpts from the correspondence that I have received this year which has touched my heart.

From C.  “I am so thrilled to have found your website and to be able to realize a dream I have had for many years!  I really appreciate all the time and care you take in just making sure someone feels comfortable in the ordering and purchasing process!  Thank you so much!!”  C. – I have loved discussing fabrics and dress styles with you… we are kindred spirits.  Working on your doll will be a joy!

“Hi! Paula! The class workbook arrived about two weeks ago and to say that I was impressed and excited would be to put it mildly… I just can’t believe that I found you and am going to be making my very own Izannah doll. ” D.  D. –  your enthusiasm, energy and goodwill shine in every note you’ve sent.

“Hello, And thank you sooo much! she is beautiful!!!   O my!!!  I’m going to go “play dollz” she is the best! and so are you! I need to name her,…hummm….I’ll let ya know, B.”  B. –  I simply loved planning this doll with you, playing with all the fabric you sent and getting a chance to chat on the phone.  I hope you’ve managed to avoid any more root canals!!

“I really appreciate your blog, it’s very elegant and well done, so thank you as one fellow collector to another. B.B.”  B.B. You are a delightful and fascinating correspondent!  Thank you.

S. even managed to make me blush with 73 characters of eBay feedback… “Stunning doll! Fast delivery! Amazing quality doll from talented artist!”S. – I’m so happy you have this doll and I hope that you enjoy your Christmas present!  Your husband couldn’t have been nicer when he called to order your class.  I’m very pleased to have you as a new student.  Making your own Izannah will be a great adventure.

From P. “Oh Paula, I love your Izannah on Ebay right now. She is fantastic. Everything little thing about her I am in love with. Do you have some of the fabric from her dresses left over? I’d love to buy one just like her after Christmas. She is worth every penny of her buy it now. Everyone should go check her out.”  P. – Your warmth and encouragement are something I appreciate so much.  Writing back and forth and having you in my class is wonderful.  I would be thrilled to make a doll just for you.

Thank you Paula for being so generous… I feel that I have gotten the most for my money in being able to make as close to a real IW as is probably possible with your class…  If anybody will take my advice, I will steer them your way because I believe they will be better off with you. Thanks M.  M- you have been a delight to teach!  Your thirst for knowledge and dedication to perfecting your dolls is awe-inspiring.  I’m very proud to have been able to point you in the right direction.

“I can only say that even though I have been sculpting and making dolls, I didn’t have the information about Izannah Walker doll design that your class has offered, as well as your other sewing information, and ongoing online assistance with the challenging areas of sculpting and mold making too.  It’s a lesson as well as the real up close information, like patterns, body design and history. Those of us who never saw a real Izannah doll can get a closer look from this class. Much enjoyed! Thank you Paula.” From M.  M. – I so appreciate your support and evident enjoyment of my class.  You are an amazing doll artist and your work is outstanding.  I love “talking” with you.  Are you making any headway in tuning in on your grandmother’s hand made buttonhole skills?

To L. (known as M. to her friends), your phone calls are pure delight.  I’m so happy to have been able to provide you with one of the dolls that you have always wanted.  For a woman in her 9th decade you are one of the youngest people at heart that I know!  It makes me happy to know that one of my dolls is sitting in the antique chair that you’ve had waiting for her for all these years.

There are so many more people that I haven’t mentioned, who have also sent lovely notes my way.  Thank you, I treasure them all.  You have helped to make my life richer and allowed me to live out my dreams.

May the upcoming New Year be the time when all of your dreams come true!

                                                                                                                                Paula