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A Dollmaker’s Diary ~ December 5th… Saint Nicholas Eve

Sunday, Saint Nicholas Eve

The little cloth girls gathered boxwood sprigs from the garden and beeswax candles from the pantry, which they fashioned into an Advent wreath that they adorned with handfuls of madder dyed cotton ribbon.

Dear Diary,

Today, once again, holiday preparations have been underway in the doll’s house. I can hear all of the sweet Izannah sisters chattering gaily, rushing around their house preparing everything just so on this 5th day of December. The dolls are clearly just as excited about this Christmas as they were about each of their very first ones, now more than a century and a half ago… This afternoon they cleaned and tidied their kitchen, adding boxwood sprigs to the mantle over the hearth. As dusk began to fall, they lit two candles on their Advent wreath, which they made using clippings from the garden and a great deal of madder dyed ribbon. Afterwards they carefully lined up their shoes by the fireplace so that Saint Nicholas could fill them with treats when he comes to call in the middle of the night…

Meanwhile, as the dolls have been keeping themselves well occupied, I have been steadily working away. Yesterday I painted deeper shades of color on the six new little doll sisters that I am slowly bringing to life. The poor dears are now in their “ugly duckling” phase, where I fear only a mother could love them. So gawky and awkward looking, with their inner beauty hidden away by translucent coats of streaky, uneven looking paint! It is a time for courage, and faith that everything will be alright in the end.

After all six were painted, I very quietly tip-toed out the door (so that I wouldn’t wake the napping little cloth girls) and walked through the farmyard to the sewing studio. I spent all the rest of Saturday sewing arm, after arm, after arm!

Today I was back to painting, and am happy to say that all of the new dolls are looking somewhat better with the addition of another coat of paint! They still need many more very then coats of their “flesh” tones before I will be able to start painting their features and hair, but such care is well worth the time involved.

I dared not step away from the doll’s house today, as I knew the sisters would be lighting candles! I hope to be able to trim and turn all of the many arms this evening, and perhaps I will even be able to stay awake long enough to begin stuffing and stitching a few fingers! Though I should try not to stay up too late, as the dolls will no doubt be up exceedingly early in the morning to see what Saint Nicholas has left them!

Until tomorrow dear diary…

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Early December… when little bits of Christmas magic are beginning to creep into my studios…

All ready to begin decorating!

The little cloth girls were very busy today. In a flurry of Christmas spirit they went up to the attic of their very tall house, unpacked all of their Christmas decorations, and carried them down to the parlor! A great deal of extremely animated conversation was shouted back and forth throughout the doll’s house. Christmas is definitely on it’s way!

… and where was the dollmaker you ask, while all of this frenzied activity was taking place in the doll’s house? I was very quietly and contentedly working away in a corner of the studio, creating new dolls especially for the holidays! Making dolls for Christmas always brings it’s own special kind of magic. There is an element of the time tested tradition of creating handmade presents for loved ones, the hope of making someone’s Christmas dreams come true, and the fun of getting to be a part of “Santa’s Workshop”.

I hope you will be able to come back and visit here at my Izannah Walker Journal this month, to follow along with all of our Christmas preparations, celebrations, and joys! Wishing you all a beautiful, love filled December ❤

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The Final Triplet is Ready to Leave the Nest and Fly Away to Her New Home… Meet Charlotte a Very Special Doll

This particular Charlotte is a very special custom order doll. She is just about to leave the studios for her new home. This afternoon she posed for a few photos for the family album. I hope you enjoy meeting her ❤

(No I am not taking any new custom orders, as I am still working my way through my backlog. I AM continuing to make and offer dolls for sale ~ I’m just not taking on any more special orders. ❤ Email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com if you would like me to send you an email when I post dolls for sale.)

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Happy 204th Birthday Izannah Walker ~ This Year’s Birthday Dolls! SOLD Two Reproductions of Large 22.5 inch Early Izannah Walker Dolls with the Endearing Feeling of the Best Vernacular Folk Art

BOTH DOLLS HAVE BEEN SOLD, Thank you so much for coming to meet them ❤

Welcome to the final evening of my 2021 Izannah Walker 204th Birthday Celebration ❤ Tonight I would like to introduce you to my latest reproduction Izannah Walker dolls. I am offering two one dolls that I have always called “Early Izannah”. Today I decided that it is high time these wonderful large, early style 22.5 inch dolls made have a proper name! From now on I will be referring to the dolls made from this mold as “Charlotte” or “Lottie” ❤ As there are two of them available for sale at the moment one shall be Charlotte and the other Lottie.

Both of the dolls tonight are dressed in chemises, pantalettes, petticoats, and dresses made from mid-nineteenth century brown and tan gingham, brown stockings and red leather shoes. They are 22.5 inch tall reproductions of a pre-1855 Izannah Walker doll. These amazing dolls have bare feet, three ringlet curls in front of each ear and nine at the nape of their necks. Their paint surface and modeling are true to the original doll from which their mold was made.

SOLD Charlotte has a tucked petticoat trimmed in hand knit lace and an antique off white linen second-skin.

SOLD Lottie has a hemstitched linen petticoat and her second skin is make from antique russet colored glazed cotton.

*Did you know that the term gingham came into use in the 17th century and originally referred to woven stripe fabric, but came to refer to the familiar woven check sometime later. When you’re dealing with a fabric that’s over five hundred years old… naturally some things do get lost in translation. “Gingham” comes from the Malayan word genggang, or “striped.” The way we identify gingham, as being a contrasting-check, was not the way in which the fabric was originally known. True gingham is distinguished primarily for being a “dyed in the yarn” fabric, meaning the yarn is dyed before it is woven. Secondly, gingham is marked by having the colored yarns (the warp) going against the uncolored yarns (the weft), to create a lightweight texture on both faces, meaning it’s essentially reversible. The name originated in the southeast Asian countries where gingham is said to have been born. The fabric balance between colored, and neutral yarns was seen as being perfect for striped shirts. As the fabric made its journey into the Western world, it retained its name, but lost its once signifying stripes.

Charlotte – $2150.00 SOLD

Sweet Charlotte is slightly more refined than her sister, with lace on her petticoat and a less worn paint surface.

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at p.walton.asweetremembrance@gmail.com 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.

Lottie – $2150.00 SOLD

Dear Lottie is a bit more demure and time worn than her sister. She has a slightly more pronounced folk art look that is quite dear to my heart. ❤

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at p.walton.asweetremembrance@gmail.com 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.

Extra Dresses – If you are purchasing either Charlotte or Lottie and would like to have them to be fitted for an extra dress before they travel to you, I have an amazing unwashed mid-19th century fabric that would suit them perfectly! A plainly styled extra dress from this fabric, made to fit, would be $315 for their 22.5 inch size. ❤

mid-19th century cotton fabric printed with russet and brown roses.

Thank you so much for coming to our annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration for 2021! We hope that you enjoyed it just as much as the dolls and I have!

If you enjoyed meeting both Charlotte and Lottie, then you will undoubtedly wish to come back soon to see photos of their sister (yes they are triplets!) before she emigrates to Canada ❤ ❤ ❤

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SOLD Meet Hannah! She is Available for Sale & Looking for Her Very First Home…

 I would like to introduce you to my latest reproduction of Hannah. She is a reproduction Izannah Walker doll, a bit shorter than some of her sisters at just a hair over 17 inches tall. Hannah has a wavy hairline, with two ringlets in front of each ear, and five more at the nape of her neck. Her second skin is pale pink linen. She has bare feet with tiny stitched toes, dusty pink stockings, and red leather shoes. Her wardrobe includes a chemise, pantalettes, a petticoat, a dress with an extra full skirt, a false hem, contrasting waistband lining, and velvet ribbon trim. Her second dress is also made with extra fabric for a delightful fullness in both bodice and skirt, has a growth tuck, and contrasting fabric on the neckband, waistband and sleevebands. Her wardrobe also includes 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 using some of my favorite dressmaking techniques. ❤ 

Hannah – $2150. SOLD

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com 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.

Thank you so much for dropping by to visit here at my Izannah Walker Journal. I hope you enjoyed meeting this newest version of Hannah! ❤

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One New Doll Available to Welcome August! Posting for Sale Tomorrow August 1st at 7:00 Eastern Time

If you follow me on Instagram, then you have probably seen all of the detail photos I have been sharing as I’ve put all of the finishing touches on my latest reproduction Izannah Walker doll. This very special doll, made from the mold of my antique Izannah Walker doll Hannah, has a wardrobe that includes two dresses, both with extra full skirts and lots of special dress making details, a bead necklace, handmade leather shoes, and a pinner apron ❤

Please join me here on my Izannah Walker Journal tomorrow evening, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, when I will be introducing Hannah’s latest little sister and offering her for sale.

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Introducing My Newest Lizzybit ~ She is looking for a new home to call her own… SOLD Miss Lizzybit is heading for Canada to live with one of her sisters.

Now SOLD thank you! This morning I would like to introduce you to my latest reproduction of Lizzybit. She is a reproduction Izannah Walker doll, just 16 inches tall from the top of her head to the bottom of her heels! Lizzybit has a wispy hairline, with five ringlets at the nape of her neck. Her second skin is pale pink linen. She has scallop topped painted boots. Her wardrobe includes a chemise, pantalettes, a petticoat, a dress with an extra full skirt and a false hem, which is one of my favorite dressmaking features, 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 

Lizzybit $1725. SOLD

All of my dolls are sold on a “first come” basis. Email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com 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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SOLD Meet My Latest Reproduction of Isane! ~ One Doll Plus her Wardrobe Available for Sale This Evening

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 paula@asweetremembrance.com 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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One Very Special Doll Available for Sale June 17th, 2021

You are cordially Invited

 to the Unveiling of Paula Walton’s latest

reproduction Izannah Walker doll!

She will be posted for sale on izannahwalker.com

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

At 8p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain,

and 5 p.m. Pacific)

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.

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