Welcome to this very special evening edition of my Third Thursdays! Tonight I would like to introduce you to my latest reproduction of Isane. She is an 18 inch tall reproduction Izannah Walker doll. Isane has a wavy hairline, with two long ringletts in front of each ear and five more at the nape of her neck. Her second skin is pale pink linen. She has scallop topped painted boots with a thin salmon pink stripe around the top of each scallop. Her wardrobe includes a chemise, pantalettes, a petticoat, three dresses, plus a pinner apron and a pink bone bead necklace. All of her clothing is made from antique fabrics, laces, milk glass buttons and other antique notions ❤
Isane & Her Wardrobe – $2125. SOLD!
All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase. Paypal, credit cards, checks or money orders accepted for payment. Free priority mail shipping & full insurance to any U.S address. International orders ~ exact postage + $10 handling fee to help off set the extra time required for international shipping ~ check with me to make sure your international address is one I ship to. No shipping to Russia. No handling fee for Canada.
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This wonderful painted cloth girl is made from a hand crafted mold of my antique Izannah Walker doll Isane… She has an endearing waved hairline, two long ringlet curls in front of each ear and five more across the back of her neck…
A very special doll with an extensive wardrobe and accessories.
I haven’t sent out a newsletter in quite some time… the one overwhelming thing I most want to say is that I hope you, your families and loved ones are safe and healthy. This has been such a very sad and difficult year for our world.
I debated with myself about whether or not to write my annual Autumn Newsletter, but in the midst of such very unsettled and stressful times I find that I need a few happy, fanciful things to think about. Tiny bright spots that make life feel a bit more normal and remind me of better days. So I decided to go ahead and write, hoping that you might feel the same and be interested in a bit of studio news and upcoming events.
The dolls and I are busy making plans to celebrate Izannah Walker’s 203rd birthday on September 25th. I started writing my Izannah Walker Journal ~ Paula Walton’s Doll-Making Notes blog in January, 2009. The little Izzy’s and I have been celebrating the anniversary of Izannah Walker’s birth on my blog for ten years! Since my first birthday post on September 25th, 2010!
I’m getting a rather late start on preparations this year. I have to admit that since March I have been feeling much too antsy to make dolls… I have needed to do more physical, less detailed work. To be up and moving all the time rather than sitting… I have been throwing myself into taking care of my little remnant of an 18th century farm. My life is going through a lot of changes at the moment and one of the things I am exploring is the feasibility of farming on a very small scale, so I have been growing a few experimental crops and trying out new plants. I’m not at all sure that farming is in my future, but it has made for an interesting, busy, exhausting spring and summer. I have also been concentrating on taking care of my family and making things for them. I have made masks, masks, and more masks. Not nearly as many as some people I know, who have been donating them on a large scale, but I have still made a fair number ~ about 75 so far, with more requested and on my to do list. My concentration on family has included making toys with my granddaughter and sewing clothes for her first year of school.
Now, just finally, I am feeling as if I can return to making dolls, creating spun cotton fancies, and all the other art and handwork that I love. Apparently I am not alone in this, as I have recently been seeing comments and posts from other artists and craftspeople remarking that they too have not been able to work on their art and creations for months…
I am very, very honored to once again have been selected by Early American Life as one of their top traditional craftsmen in 2020. This marks the 41st time I have been juried into their prestigious Directory of Traditional Craftpersons. One of my dolls was featured in their August 2020 issue.
Both the Spun Cotton Ornament Class and Izannah Walker Doll Making Class member help sites have moved to private facebook groups. If you are a member of either class and would like an invitation to the group please email me. You must be a member of facebook to use the private facebook group.
In Closing Thank you all for your interest in my work for all these years. I have enjoyed getting to talk or correspond with so many of you! Knowing you has enriched my life. I hope that I have been able to add just a bit of fun, whimsy and knowledge to yours!
I’d like to leave you with this recipe for Birth-day Pudding. It is the recipe that the dolls and I baked for our first Izannah Walker Birthday Party in 2010, and what we will be making again to celebrate this year. It is very easy and quite delicious! You don’t even have to be a doll lover to enjoy it ~ lol!
Butter a deep dish, and lay in slices of bread and butter, wet with milk, and upon these sliced tart apples, sweetened and spiced. Then lay on another layer of bread and butter and apples, and continue thus till the dish is filled. Let the top layer be bread and butter, and dip it in milk, turning the buttered side down. Any other kind of fruit will answer as well. Put a plate on the top, and bake two hours, then take it off and bake another hour.
This receipt (aka recipe) is from Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt-Book by Catherine E. Beecher. Catherine Esther Beecher was born in 1800 in East Hampton, Long Island. She founded the Hartford Female Seminary in 1823 as well as other schools for young women in Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. She wrote A Treatise on Domestic Economy (1841) and Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt-Book (1846).
After buttering my dishes I dusted them with sugar, before layering in the bread and butter.
I cut the crusts off my bread, as the pudding was for a special occasion, but you certainly don’t have to. I saved the crusts as a treat for the wild birds in my yard. You may also save them to make stuffings, bread crumbs, or croutons.
I chose cinnamon, mace and nutmeg as my spices.
I baked my doll sized pudding in a custard cup, which would also be nice if you want to bake yours in individual portions.
I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and baked my puddings for 15 minutes, then I reduced the oven temperature to 250 degrees and continued baking for the remaining 2 hours and 45 minutes. I removed my doll size pudding from the oven after 30 minutes of total baking time. Your baking time is going to depend a lot on the size of your dishes and the thickness of your pudding, so check your oven fairly frequently. It’s also a good idea to put a cookie sheet under your dish, because my pudding bubbled over as it was baking.
I’m very pleased to let you all know that I have been juried into the Early American Life Craftsman Directory for the 41st time. It is always a real honor to be included in this prestigious group of the finest craftspersons in the United States. About a month ago I was asked to send a doll in for the directory issue photo shoot. So I am looking forward to seeing the August 2020 issue!
Early American Life is publishing on schedule even through these current challenging times. This is their statement about the August issue: “To insure the safety and health of our staff and that of North Augusta’s Living History Park in light of the coronavirus pandemic, we have put our visit to the Park on hold. Circumstances may prevent us from photographing the finest work of the artists selected for the 2020 Directory of Traditional American Crafts at the park. This change does not affect the appearance of the Directory in the August 2020 issue of Early American Life nor our featuring the Park in that issue. We are working on a creative solution that will help prevent the spread of the virus.”
In the mean time while we all wait for EAL’s August issue, here is a glimpse of what goes into making my reproduction Izannah Walker dolls. ❤
The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.
The first day of March and the boys have taken over the parlor… March is blowing in on cold winds, which has kept the twins indoors. So they have spent the day making a secret stronghold out of two chairs and a quilt, constructing a kite to fly just as soon as the winds turn warm, and working on a puzzle. Meanwhile the cats are staying warm and toasty near the wood stove… It’s been a cozy, dreamy beginning to the new month. ❤
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SOLD Both boys are available for sale, seperately or together, for $1250.00 apiece. The twins are dressed in chemises, short sleeved dresses, with split skirts and black braid trim, over matching pantaloons. Their painted boots are the same dark green as the original doll their mold was taken from. They are being sold on a first come basis. The price of the dolls includes free shipping to any United States address. International shipping is exact postage plus a $10 handling fee to help offset the additional time required for customs forms. Checks, credit cards, Paypal accepted. I’m also happy to offer a six month lay-away plan. Email email@example.com to purchase or with questions❤
Welcome to my New Year’s Day 2020 Pop-Up Shop featuring my newly completed Izannah Walker dolls, plus a handful of antique dolls for sale ❤ ❤ ❤
All dolls are sold on a first come basis. Please email paula@asweetremembrance to purchase or ask questions about any doll. I will go by the time your email is received if more than one person is interested in buying the same doll.
For all of my reproduction Izannah Walker dolls – prices include free shipping to any address in the continental U.S. Dolls are mailed via USPS Priority Mail and are insured for their full value. International Orders will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.
Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, layaway or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.
For all of the antique dolls – prices do not include shipping. Exact shipping and insurance will be charged. All sales final on the antique dolls because I don’t want to chance shipping them more than once, so PLEASE ask any questions you may have before you commit to purchase – thank you 🙂
International Orders will be charged exact postage + a $10.00 handling fee for all international locations, except Canada, to help off-set the time it takes me to deal with customs forms – and in many cases the requirement that I actually take the package to the post office rather than scheduling it for pick-up.
Payment may be made via PayPal, credit card, up 6 month layaway on items over $500, or personal check. Sales tax is 6.35% if I am shipping to a Connecticut address.
Reproduction Izannah Walker Dolls – ISABEAU NOW SOLD / ANDREW NOW SOLD
This is such a sweet group of dolls. The twins are the first dolls for sale from a brand new mold and Isabeau and Andrew are made from two of my all time favorite molds. All of these dolls have very colorful second skins. Isabeau’s in a deep raspberry pink and the boys all have a deep garnet red. Both fabrics are antique glazed cottons ❤
I don’t make all that many boy dolls, so these are a rarity. There is something just so sweet about little boys… though I may be prejudiced, as I am the mother of three boys… Every doll family needs a brother or two in amongst all the girls ❤
Andrew – $1250. SOLD
SOLD Andrew is a 17 inch tall boy doll made from my mold of Anna. He is dressed in antique red plaid with black cotton tape trim and has black painted boots with red tops in the iconic Izannah Walker boy style. Under his plaid dress he is wearing a chemise, short pantalettes, and a petticoat.
Twin Boys – $2500
The twins are made from a new mold and are the first dolls from this mold that I am offering for sale ❤ They are 18.5 inchs tall and are also dressed in red plaid dresses with black cotton tape trim. They have dark green painted boots, which is very rare and the original color of the boots on the antique doll they modeled after. They have chemises and also come with matching plaid pantaloons. I was contemplating making them a pair of winter dresses and matching pantaloons from an off-white antique fabric printed with black and red riding crops and horse shoes. If their new mom is interested in a 2nd set of clothing for them, the additional cost would be $500, and bring their total price up to $3000.
Isabeau – $1250 SOLD
SOLD Isabeau is 18 inches tall and has the worn, aged paint surface of the original antique Izannah Walker doll that her mold was made from. She has black painted boots with red stripes around the tops, and is wearing a chemise, pantalettes, a petticoat and a long sleeved dress made from antique brown fabric.
Large 40 inch Martha Chase Hospital Mannequin in original condition, wearing a wonderful early 20th century romper suit. $250 plus shipping.
20 inch Blonde Parian doll with outstanding pink body!!! The only clothing she has are pantalettes and a petticoat that someone made for her about 30 years ago, so what she truly needs is a nice set of antique clothing $595. plus shipping.
SOLD 19.5 inch Columbian Doll in original condition and original clothing! The ruffle on the back of one sleeve needs repair. This is an amazing doll $1750 plus shipping SOLD
Truly outstanding one of a kind, hand made folk art doll, 25 inches tall $775plus shipping. This is a wonderful doll, dressed in her original clothing. There is slight sun fading to parts of her dress and she does not have shoes.
We’ve come to the very last day of my Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration ❤ What I had originally planned for today was to introduce you to the finished dolls I’ve been making especially for this birthday week. It seems that the dolls and life in general have other plans. That happens sometimes, so instead today is going to be another look at work in progress. 🙂
You’ll be able to look back at my earlier WIP post, from a few days ago, and see how the dolls have changed as more layers of paint and additional features and details have been added. Once all that troublesome wet paint finally dries, I’ll be able to stitch all their body parts together, add their 2nd skins and move on to getting them dressed. ❤
At this point you are probably asking yourself “so when are they going to be finished?” Good question! I’ve decided that I’m really very bad at estimating that ~ lol! I honestly thought that they would be finished this week… Silly me!
If you received a copy of my Autumn Newsletter, then you know that I’m switching from “Third Thursdays” to all “Pop-Up Shops” for the foreseeable future. I do love the niceness and neatness of having a consistent day each month where you can expect to see new things for sale, but I also love the spontaneity of surprise Pop-Up Shops ❤ . So… this just means that I can start the new round of Pop-Up Shop days in a big way, with all of these sweet boys & girls!!!
If you are on my “New Dolls” email list, I will always send you a little notification to let you know when the dolls are being posted for sale. If you aren’t on the list and want to be, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you. This is a separate list from my Newsletter address list. I also post an announcement on facebook whenever I have dolls for sale and I’ll start adding Pop-Up Shop notices on Instagram and Pinterest as well. Obviously if you subscribe to this blog you’ll get a notification, and my blog posts are supposed to automatically generate a tweet on twitter, though I haven’t checked on that for a while… if I can remember what my twitter password is I’ll go take a look and see if that is still working 🙂
In the meantime, if one of these dolls is tugging at your heart and saying “I am yours…”, you can contact me, email@example.com. At this point they are all $1250, which includes free shipping within the US. Once I have them dressed the price might be slightly higher on some of them if I decide to do very elaborate clothing or add extras, such as aprons. The twins, Peter & Paul, are only going to be offered as a set ~ so the pair will be $2500.
Making Dreams Come True…
Izannah Walker dolls have been my dream for a bit more than 30 years… the dream started when I happened to see an Izannah Walker doll pictured in a country decorating magazine. She was sitting next to a Christmas tree amongst an armful of other antique dolls… I just thought “THAT Doll!!!” There was just something about the way that doll looked. I could not stop thinking about her! To start with I didn’t even know that she was an Izannah Walker doll, since the photo caption didn’t include that information. Eventually I would see another Izannah Walker doll pictured in a room setting in Early American Life. Thankfully this time the doll was identified.
My dream had a very tiny beginning and has been oh so slow in the making. It took me a very long time in the beginning to even learn anything at all about Izannah’s dolls. At that point I never thought I would even be able to see one in person, much less own one.
Slowly my dream shifted and I began working towards making enough money to buy an Izannah Walker doll. Once I finally accomplished that goal, my dream changed a bit more and I passionately wanted to learn how Izannah made her dolls and to try making a similar doll myself! It’s a good thing that I am stubborn! Stubbornness helps! Especially during the ten years it took me to finally figure out how Izannah had made her dolls and to eventually be able to make a close approximation! Since then I’ve continued to work on and refine that process, until I can now make historically accurate reproductions.
There are times in our lives when I think we need to be our own fairy Godmothers! ❤ We can’t wait for someone else to make our dreams come true. So if you have a dream, doll related or not, I want to encourage you to try to make it happen!!! Working towards your dream will be a rewarding, though sometimes frustrating experience! Your dream might wind up changing along the way, and that’s OK too. Sometimes I settle for smaller, tinier versions of my original dreams, and you know what? Those little bitty bits of my original dream make me incredibly happy! Occasionally, with dreams like my Izannah Walker dream, I surprise myself & my dream becomes so much more than I ever thought it could be… ❤
I can’t help you with all of your dreams, but if you too have an Izannah dream, then I would be happy to try to help you make it come true!
My Izannah dreams have been helped along the way by so many people. I have wonderful friends who support, encourage and inspire me! I obviously have the best customers in the world, I’ve met so many fantastic people while selling dolls and teaching classes, and made some lovely friendships. I also have a very tolerant family, my three sons are no doubt very tired of hearing so much about dolls, but they don’t complain and are willing to listen to me prattle on about this doll thing and that… which is just one of the things I love about them. I even have one little family member, who for the moment at least, appears to love dolls as much as I do! She told me the other day that my Izannahs “need a daddy and a brother”. A kindred spirit, as I was already in the midst of making a big bunch of boys!
So thank you for being you! Thank you for your interest in my work and dolls! I hope I can inspire you like you inspire me!
Just a note about two little things that happened after I had written the draft of this post….
The first is that I saw a wonderful documentary film the other night, The Biggest Little Farm. It is beautiful, fascinating, and oh so very inspiring! The dream the film maker had of being able to farm the way farming used to be and the story of how they created their farm is incredible! If you need a huge dose of inspiration, this is a great movie to watch. ❤
The other little thing is a comment I received early this morning on one of the videos I posted this week on YouTube. ” Just delightful! Just “discovered” your site! Now a subscriber, anxious for future videos! You inspire me. I repair vintage bisque and composition dolls and have hit a wall with dolls stacking up to repair and redress. I think I have got the bug again thanks to you!” ❤ So I guess this inspiration thing is working. 🙂 We are all inspiring each other! I think that is wonderful!!!
I’ve been working away here in my studios, preparing for one of my favorite times of the year, my annual Izannah Walker birthday celebration. It is always a special event here in the doll’s house, as the dolls and I make time to simply play and enjoy the very special dolls that Izannah Walker created.
My Izannah birthday celebration changes a bit from year to year, but always features my collection of antique Izannah Walker dolls, plus some of the dolls I reproduce from her originals.
This year there will be a bit of make believe, a scoop of education, a cupful of beautiful photos, and a pound of fun, all stirred up with a pinch of magic! … oh yes, and cake, lots and lots of cake! ❤ Introductions to some of the new dolls I’m making, just for this celebration, will also be sprinkled in throughout the week, just like decorations on top of a birthday cake ❤
So please come visit everyday next week as the dolls and I share our birthday party with you!