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Do you remember the story of Izzybelle and the Runaway Tomatoes???

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Do you remember the tale of Izzybelle and the Runaway Tomatoes? Ismay read it to all of her sisters on Izannah Walker’s birthday last September, as the dolls waited for the cake to bake. If you would like to read it again click here.

Today I spent several hours out in the garden with the tiny offspring of the Runaway Tomato. I have to admit that I am very tenderhearted when it comes to taking care of the plants in my garden. I usually cannot bear to weed out tiny volunteers that pop up in the wrong place, which makes me a very bad gardener and is how we wound up the the Runaway Tomatoes trying to take over the world last year… In my defense, last year I had a terrible “case of the woodchucks”!  The woodchuck family that moved into my barn was attempting to battle the Runaway Tomatoes for world domination! Despite all my best efforts they managed to get into all of the gardens and eat everything in sight, especially the tomatoes! So when the tiny yellow Runaway Tomtoes popped up in unexpected places, I left them alone, in  hope that the woodchuck hoards would be befuddled and over look them. Surprisingly enough that actually worked, though it was terribly unruly and chaotic, and I wound up with more tiny yellow tomatoes than I knew what to do with!

This year I have had different gardening woes… my greenhouse was leaking so badly that I couldn’t start my seeds as early as I should have. Not knowing if I would be able to fix the leaks sufficiently enough to plant, I delayed and didn’t even order seeds. The good news is that I actually DID fix all of the leaks, the bad news is that it took me quite a while to figure out how to do that.  So here is where the Runaway Tomatoes come back into the story. All of those many, many volunteer tomato plants last year reseeded themselves, and now there are soooo many tiny tomatoes coming up between the bricks in my garden paths! I spent several hours today gently teasing the little seedlings out of the ground and planting them in flats. Currently they are tucked into the greenhouse for the night, all safe and sound. In the end Izzybelle and her Runaway Tomato saved my garden tomato crop two years in a row, and the moral of this story is that Doll Collecting can make everything in your life better!!! (though sometimes in strange and unusual ways )

To read even more about the very beginning of Izzybelle’s tomato adventures click here

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A Perfect Day or The Delight of an Unexpected Visit!

www.izannahwalker.comYesterday my friend Joy and I decided that we could squeeze in an impromptu trip to Pamela Dalton’s Christmas Open House.  So we piled into the car and ventured north to the village of Harlemville.  The drive flew by as we talked and admired all of the small towns we passed through!

Our destination, Pamela Dalton's house!
Our destination, Pamela Dalton’s house!

 

I love this tin version of her logo!
I love this tin version of her logo!

We had a wonderful time looking at all of the amazing fine crafts that Pamela and her group of friends created. Then surprise!!! Who was there?  My friend Peggy!!!

I had no idea Peggy would be at the Open House! It was such a treat to see her again and have a chance to catch up on everything she has been doing :)
I had no idea Peggy would be at the Open House! It was such a treat to see her again and have a chance to catch up on everything she has been doing 🙂

Peggy is a talented, creative doll maker, who lives in a charming old house by the sea.  She has an enchanting blog that I love to read.

The afternoon came to a close with strolling carolers.  It was a story book ending to a lovely Open House!  Afterwards, Peggy and her dear friend Sandy invited us back to Sandy’s house for supper.  It was so nice to finally meet Sandy in person!  Peggy has told me so much about her and Pam had told me last month that she had a friend (Sandy) who loved dolls and that she was sure would like to meet me.  Sandy is every bit as nice, creative, and charming as they both told me she is.  🙂  She is also another old house owner and the creative force behind Sandy Connors’ Honey Bee Press – old fashioned wood engraving and printing.

We gathered around a cozy fire to chat, eat and sip wine, and reveled in the company of friends both old and new...
We gathered around a cozy fire to chat, eat and sip wine, and reveled in the company of friends both old and new…

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Sandy was the perfect hostess, welcoming us into her home, introducing us to her sweet pets, feeding us and showing us through her lovely c. 1830’s home.

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http://www.sandyconnorshoneybeepress.com/sandyconnorshoneybeepress.com/home.html

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Naturally I was quite delighted to make the acquaintance of the doll family that lives in Sandy’s home.

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What an unexpected delight and a welcome interlude in the midst of a busy holiday season!!!

My little wooden girls were beside themselves when they found out they had missed a chance to meet Sandy's dolls too. I have promised them a future play date... and prehaps they will be properly dressed to entertain visitors by then!
My little wooden girls were beside themselves when they found out they had missed a chance to meet Sandy’s dolls too. I have promised them a future play date… and perhaps they will be properly dressed to entertain visitors by then!

 

Today I had the fun of reliving yesterdays adventure, when I unpacked the treasures that I purchased at the Open House.

Tin sconces, icicles and heart & hand by Walter Fleming The 19th Century Tinsmith tinprinter@verizon.net
Tin sconces, icicles and heart & hand by Walter Fleming The 19th Century Tinsmith tinprinter@verizon.net

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hmmmm.... "How does it look here?"
hmmmm…. “How does it look here?”

 

"or maybe here instead?"
“or maybe here instead?”
This is the paper cutting that we choose for a friend who authorized us to shop on her behalf :)
This is the paper cutting that we choose for a friend who authorized us to shop on her behalf 🙂

 

and this is the one I bought for myself...
and this is the one I bought for myself…

 

to add to the others I purchased from Pamela Dalton when we saw her in Ridgefield last month.
to add to the others I purchased from Pamela Dalton when we saw her in Ridgefield last month.

 

Here are all of the lovely things I bought from Peggy! You can find her note cards here http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
Here are all of the lovely things I bought from Peggy! You can find her note cards here http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

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This tiny Father Christmas in his salmon coat is the perfect decoration for my dining room!
This tiny Father Christmas in his salmon coat is the perfect decoration for my dining room!

 

Look at the intricate detail that Peggy embroidered on his coat. I believe that there may have been a handful of these charming fellows left at the end of the show... If he makes your heart go pitter-pat you could contact Peggy and ask http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html
Look at the intricate detail that Peggy embroidered on his coat. I believe that there may have been a handful of these charming fellows left at the end of the show… If he makes your heart go pitter-pat you could contact Peggy and ask http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html