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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.

Early America Life Craftsman Directory
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!

Early American Life 2017 Craftsman Directory
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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Hannah is Traveling to Locust Grove for Early American Life Photo Shoot

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Hannah!

Last week I got a call from Early American Life to tell me that I have been selected for inclusion in their 2016 Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen!  Such great news!!!  Even better, they asked if I could ship a doll to Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky for the directory photo shoot.  After I said “yes”, reality set in and panic ensued… Both dolls that I’d entered in the directory competition had been sold, so I needed to finish another doll from one of the same molds ASAP.  I was already working on this Hannah for Carole, who readily agreed that Hannah could make a side journey to Kentucky before traveling to her new home.  Thank you Carole!!! Earlier today I started Hannah off on her journey by escorting her to UPS.  When she returns here after her trip, I’ll do the fittings for her second dress, then send her off one last time.

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Thank You Early American Life! ~ Isane Has Returned From Her Photo Shoot at Winterthur and is Now Sold Thank You So Much for Looking

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An Izannah to love! www.izannahwalker.com

32 times in the EAL Directory of Top American Craftsmen :) www.izannahwalker.com

Once again I am honored to announce that I was chosen for inclusion in Early American Life’s Directory of Traditional American Craftsman.  The August 2015 issue of EAL, which includes the directory, has just been mailed to subscribers and should also be out on newsstands soon. This is the 32nd time I’ve been in the directory, many years in more than one category, and each and every time has been just as thrilling as the first!  It gives me such a warm feeling to know that the highly knowledgeable jurors, made up of museum professionals and other experts, have closely examined my work and named me as one of the top craftsmen working in my field(s).

Young Miss Isane traveled to Delaware earlier this spring to take part in the EAL directory photo shoot at Winterthur Museum. She had a wonderful time posing and exploring Winterthur.  Now that she has returned safe and sound, she is looking for a new home to call her own.

6/22/15 UPDATE SHE IS NOW SOLD Isane is 18 inches tall and is one of my all cloth, reproduction Izannah Walker dolls.  She has two painted ringlets in front of each ear and a row of five more along the nape of her neck.  Isane has bare feet, with stockings sized down from antique socks, and two pairs of hand made leather shoes – one to match each of her dresses.  She is wearing a chemise, pantalettes trimmed with pintucked ruffles, a cotton petticoat and an embroidered woolen petticoat.  Her floral printed white dress is modeled after the dress worn by the Izannah Walker doll owned by the Worthington, Ohio Historical Society.  I am excessively fond of that doll and she was my inspiration for this Isane.

Her second dress is made from prussian blue and olive brown print fabric, with short ruffled sleeves and a growth tuck in the skirt.  All of her clothing is made from antique fabric, laces and buttons. A signed copy of the magazine will accompany her to her new home.  Isane may be adopted for $1675.00.  Insured shipping to any United States address is free of charge.  If you live outside of the U.S., exact USPS international mail shipping charges will apply.  As always lay-away is an option.    ❤

This doll has been sold – thank you so  much for coming to look at her.  If you have any questions about Isane, or would like to purchase her please email me anytime at paula@asweetremembrance.com or call me at 860-355-5709 during east coast business hours.

“See? Here I am in the August 2015 issue of Early American Life!”

Isane available for sale 6/21/15 www.izannahwalker.com

“Oh no! It’s starting to rain! Hurry and take the photo.”
This is Isane before she left for her  spring break.  She went to Delaware to visit Winterthur Museum and take part in the Early  American Life 2015 Directory photo shoot.
This is Isane before she left for her spring break. She went to Delaware to visit Winterthur Museum and take part in the Early American Life 2015 Directory photo shoot.
'I love it when you come to play with me.  I hope there will be someone to play with at my new house!
‘I love it when you come to play with me. I hope there will be someone to play with at my new house!”
“I love you Isane.”
Playing is such hard work.  It is time for babies and dolls to take a nap!
Playing is such hard work. It is time for babies and dolls to take a nap!

You may see more photos of Isane by clicking on this link.

Wishing you all a happy Father's Day!
Wishing you all a happy Father’s Day!
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The Christmas Issue of Early American Life is Here and So Are Both of My Prototype Rag Dolls

Paula Walton's rag dolls from Christmas 2014 issue of Early American Life www.izannahwalker.com

These are the two dolls I designed for my how-to article in the Christmas issue of Early American Life. The issue has been mailed out to subscribers and  is currently on newsstands.  My prototype dolls have come back home from their photo shoot at the Early American Life  offices and they’ll be listed for sale later today on my website.  The dolls may be purchased via the secure checkout at ASweetRemembrance.com, or in the mean time you may call me at 860-355-5709 or send me a note via email at paula@asweetremembrance.com.

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This link will take you to my website where you can buy this doll and read more of her particulars.  She can be yours for $115.00!

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The Christmas issue of EAL also contains their Holiday Directory.  I’m very pleased to have been juried into this years Holiday Directory!!!

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https://izannahwalker.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/2014-early-american-life-directory-of-traditional-craftsman-plus-a-sneak-peek-at-my-doll-pattern-for-the-eal-christmas-issue/

 

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2014 Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsman plus a Sneak Peek at My Doll Pattern for the EAL Christmas Issue

My doll posing with her photo in the Early American Life Craftsman Directory.
My doll posing with her photo in the Early American Life Craftsman Directory.

I am very pleased to announce that I have been juried into the 2014 Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Craftsman!!!  This is the 30th time I’ve been listed in the Directory 🙂

I’ve also been working on a special project for Early American Life.  Tess Rosch, EAL‘s publisher called me a couple of months ago and asked me to design, make, draft patterns and write instructions for a cloth doll which is to be featured in their Christmas issue this year.  She wanted it to be a doll that “anyone could make”.  I’ve just finished the doll and thought you’d all like a glimpse at how she turned out.  The Christmas issue of Early American Life will be on sale September 9th.

My newest dolls get lots of tips from their older cousin about posing for Early American Life!
My newest dolls get lots of tips from their older cousin about posing for Early American Life!
Same pattern, two different versions.  <3
Same pattern, two different versions. ❤
I love the way this painted face turned out!
I love the way this painted face turned out!
Even though this doll isn't as fancy, her simple pencil sketch features tug at my heartstrings...
Even though this doll isn’t as fancy, her simple pencil sketch features tug at my heartstrings…
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The Litchfield County Times Monthly – February 2014

Big thank yous to both Alice Tessier and Laurie Gaboardi for the very nice article and lovely photos of our home and my studio that appear in the current issue of the Litchfield County Times magazine section.

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If you’ve read the article and find a few things printed in it confusing, don’t worry, it isn’t your memory playing tricks on you!  Take the article with a grain of salt & don’t believe everything you read. 🙂  No, I didn’t change my name, nor did I suddenly split into triplets, Paula, Pamela, & Paul!  Early American Life did not suddenly scrub my name off of 25 of their Directories of the Top Traditional Craftsmen in America (I’ve been juried into the EAL directory 29 times, not 4).  You cannot see photos of our home on Early American Life’s website, Facebook page or Twitter Account.  You can see them on one of my blogs, Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal.   In spite of these errors and a few more wrong facts and misquotes, it is still an engaging write-up.  If you would like to read the article and see the accompanying photos, follow this link.

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I Have a New Article in the Winter 2014 Issue of Prims Magazine

The Winter 2014 issue of Prims magazine.
The Winter 2014 issue of Prims magazine.

I received my advance copy of Prims Winter 2014 issue right before Christmas.  Today I finally found a few moments to sit down with a small friend and look over my article, while we shared a cup of tea and a slice of the wonderful nut roll that Mary sent me for Christmas.Prims Winter 2014 www.izannahwalker.com

You can read all about my portrait face New England rag dolls when this latest issue of Prims goes on sale January 1st.  The dolls featured in the article are ones that I made for my Izannah Walker doll making class.  They are variations on the class patterns, that allow class members to create additional types of cloth dolls.  All told I made five different variations of my patterns for my students.  Two of the dolls with painted cloth faces appear in the magazine.  The patterns are free for class members and instructions for making the dolls are posted on the class site.

Work in progress.  An early photo of one of the dolls shown in my Prims article.
Work in progress. An early photo of one of the dolls shown in my Prims article.
Another view of a doll from my Prims article.
Another view of a doll from my Prims article.
This is my second doll shown in Prims Winter 2014 issue.
This is my second doll shown in Prims Winter 2014 issue.
Another flat face variation made using my Izannah class patterns.
Another flat face variation made using my Izannah class patterns.
Two more flat face portrait dolls that I made to inspire my students.
Two more flat face portrait dolls that I made to inspire my students.
Mary's sweet yeast dough with a luscious nut filling is a wonderful treat.  Mary's grandmother taught her to bake her family heirloom recipe .
Mary’s sweet yeast dough with a luscious nut filling is an indulgent treat. Mary’s grandmother taught her to bake the heirloom family recipe .