January 25, 2012

Izannah Walker Dolls at Corgyncombe Cottage!

Izannah Christmas Delights!!!
Bridget is very happy to be at Corgyncombe Cottage where she enjoys tea parties, cooking and baking, sewing, and bird watching. Bridget is an Izannah Walker inspired doll made by the talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin. Bridget is holding a little bunny that befriended her on a Corgyncombe outing. Darling Bridget is wearing her Christmas party dress and a pretty white cap that she borrowed from her Cousin Charlotte, both made by Margaret Flavin. Behind her is the old fashioned table top Christmas tree with little fence round.
Izannah Walker (1817-1888) made dolls using a special technique.
Izannah Walker lived in New England and her Walker ancestors lived v
ery near where Diane and Sarah's Walkers came from.
You can find more information about Izannah Walker dolls and the technique used in making them in the Christmas 2011 issue of "Early American Life" magazine and in the August 2011 issue of "Antique Doll Collector" magazine.

At Corgyncombe Cottage & Corg'ery, many of the Bunn family gather under the bird feeder along with the birds.
Above, a rabbit and chickadee seen below the Corgyncombe bird feeder.
The rabbit above reminds us of the pastel done by Tasha Tudor of Colonel Bunn the rabbit.

Waking up to Colonel Bunn at Tasha Tudor's Corgi Cottage.
'Twas such a delight for Diane to wake up mornings at Tasha Tudor's to the sight of Colonel Bunn, especially since Diane has always had such an interest in bunnies. A print of Colonel Bunn can be found on the Tasha Tudor and Family web site. Colonel Bunn was named after a person t
hat Tasha knew of. This reminds the genealogical researchers (as Tasha would say) at Corgyncombe of Fanny Bunn, a cousin to Diane and Sarah through the Taylors. Fanny Bunn was listed on the census as having 16 little Bunns. One of Fanny Bunn's sons was named Peter Russell Bunn and one of the daughters was named Fanny Belle Bunn. We have named some of the bunnies at the Corgyncombe Bunn'ery after Fanny Bunn's little Bunns Peter Russell and Fanny Belle. Bunn'ery is a word that Diane and Sarah use, meaning a place where delightful wild and tame bunnies and rabbits happily and hoppily dwell.

The little chickadee outside with the bunny in the photograph above makes Diane think of the chickadee that Diane found one cold morn in January 2009, upside down, quivering in the snowy cold. It looked stunned, as if it had flown into something and fallen. Diane picked it up and brought it into the house where she held it in the warmth of her hand for awhile. After a bit the chickadee started moving about and Diane took it outside, opened her hand and 'twas most exhilarating for Diane to see the chickadee fly off free to a tree limb.

Bridget and Charlotte went out and about Corgyncombe gathering rose hips.

Bridget in her splendid hood and coat made by Margaret Flavin.

A sweet little bird card from the Corgyncombe Ephemera Collection.

When Sarah was little we went to hear a quartet playing at an old historic house. We then went out to dinner. Our after dinner plans were altered as Sarah announced that she wanted to go back to listen to the "pretty usic". The event was held on a different day than it had been in years past so it was practically a private performance. Sarah sat on her Daddy's lap with her elegantly dressed bear until the evening's entertainments were brought to an end. The cellist was so impressed with Sarah's attentiveness that she invited her to feel the cello vibrate as the bow graced the strings. In a few years hence, Sarah would start playing the violin and played 1st violin in her own quartet!

In the 1975 version of "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Tasha Tudor, Tasha wrote to Sarah:
"To Miss Sarah who wears fine boots! Love from Tasha Tudor"

Charlotte came to Corgyncombe several years ago. Every year at tea Charlotte reads the miniature version of "The Night Before Christmas" written by Clement Clarke Moore and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Charlotte just loves the Tasha Tudor illustration of the doll wearing a bonnet, a toy sheep, ornaments, and a candy cane. Charlotte wears her lovely handmade chemisette. She enjoys thumb cookies and Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea. The receipt for "Linda de Christopher's Thumb Cookies" is in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".

Charlotte and Bridget were both made by the talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin.

Colonel Bunn at Tasha Tudor's Corgi Cottage.
The canopy bed is the same one where the parents are tucked in "for a long winter's nap", that is drawn in the 1999 version of "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

Charlotte dons her cape and bonnet and loves to go out and about in the beautiful Autumnal weather. Above, she is sitting on a moss covered log near Corgi Creek. Behind her, leaves can be seen falling from the trees. Charlotte has found a purple aster and lavender in the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs. Isn't the moss on the log lovely?

A collection of January Calendar ephemera on the art stand. The calendar with the little girl in the sunbonnet holding an umbrella has a string for hanging on the wall that ends in a tassel.

Izzibeth is a reproduction Izannah Walker doll made by the talented dollmaker Paula Walton.
Izzibeth was made to have the look of an antique Izannah doll that has been a joyful dolly playmate for many a little girl throughout the years. She has such a sweet smile and expression!
She has a resemblance to Diane's Grandmum and Great Grandmum and feels quite like family!

Izzibeth is wearing a frock and slat sunbonnet both made by Paula Walton from antique double pink fabric.

Some of the sunbonnets in the Corgyncombe Antique Clothing Collection.
The double pink sunbonnet reminds us of Izzibeth's.

Bridget brought her cranberry-plum coloured hood and coat to keep her warm whilst out and about in the Corgyncombe cold. The hood and coat remind us of Diane's cape of a similar colour, hanging with the sunbonnets above.

The calendar with the children wearing old fashioned winter clothing out in the snow can be folded up to change their clothes from winter to summer amongst the flowers.

In honor of Izzibeth's arrival a tea party was held with gingerbread animal cookies made by Charlotte.

IzziAnnie is an Izannah Walker inspired doll made by the talented dollmaker Margie Herrera.
IzziAnnie came to Corgyncombe Cottage last year and what a delight she has been!
She is wearing a lovely blue frock made by Margie Herrera of antique fabric.

Some Christmas ephemera from the Corgyncombe Collection.

Charlotte received this whimsical tea strainer as a gift.
If you look closely you will see a little bear decorating the handle.

The colours of Bridget's frock match the tea cup.
Bridget has sweet hand painted ringlets.
She is wearing a lovely Christmas head wreath that Margaret Flavin made.
Diane can picture more head wreaths for Bridget using the wild and homegrown flowers out and about Corgyncombe.

Charlotte and Bridget taking tea.

Kitty sits near Izzibeth and eyes the little gingerbread cookies!

Peter Russell Bunn Seen on His Early Morn Hop About
In the photograph above Peter Russell Bunn is underneath the bird feeder where he suddenly stands up and surveys the acreage.
In Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", Peter Rabbit lost his jacket
and hid in a water can as he was fleeing and hiding from Mr. McGregor. Right after Peter left the water can and took flight out of the tool-shed window knocking over some potted geraniums, Beatrix Potter illustrated the poor panicked Peter who was pondering which way to go, desperate to locate a way to escape out of the garden. The illustration of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit reminds The Corgyncombe Courant of Peter Russell Bunn seen standing alongside the smokehouse underneath the bird feeder.
Of course Corgyncombe is still snow covered and wintry, and lush greenery is but a memory and a dream to come true in a sunny, warmer time. Peter will have to be patient... however he will have to stay out of Mrs. Johnson's gardens come gardening season.

Upon hearing a noise Peter Russell Bunn hastily takes his leave through the little tunnel between the smokehouse and the cornstalks. All one can see is a retreating bunny tail and back feet...


Like Diane, Charlotte likes to bake and cook, churn butter, and make cheese.
In Charlotte's cozy kitchen, she has mixed up some dough for making crackers. She has used butter that she hand churned from the Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's cream. In the above photograph, she has rolled out the dough, cut out the crackers, and is pricking designs in them with a fork. On the cookie sheet in front of her are some crackers that have been baked in her old fashioned wood cookstove.

Margaret Flavin made Charlotte a wardrobe of clothing, including frock
s, cape, cap, bonnet, apron, stockings, shoes, undergarments, chemisette, and purse.
The apron
she wears in the photograph above, over her frock, is an antique.

Charlotte has made some cheese using Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's milk, and added chives from the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs. Charlotte enjoys the cheese with her crackers!

Cheese made by Diane in the Corgyncombe Dairy using Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's milk. The cheese is flavored with chives from the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs. The cheese is delicious with homemade crackers baked at the Corgyncombe Bakery. What a tasty treat!

Charlotte celebrating in memory of Tasha Tudor's birthday.
Charlotte finds a nice place in the shade to enjoy her tea, cake, and ice cream. Her cake, decorated with forget-me-nots, is from the Corgyncombe Bakery and her goat ice cream is from the Corgyncombe Dairy.
Charlotte u
sed receipts from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook" for the cake and ice cream.

Diane's Grandmum always had an old fashioned table top Christmas tree.
This year we decided to have a tree like Grandmum's to put in the old fashioned kitchen/herbary.
When guests arrived the old Kalliope music box was playing.
Simply magic!!!

In the photograph above are toys beneath the old fashioned table top Christmas tree.

In the 1975 version of "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Tasha Tudor, there is a two page colour illustration in the book with a Christmas tree surrounded by Christmas toys, such as a rocking horse, a doll house, a doll riding in a carriage, a doll with a trunk full of clothes, a toy sheep, a jump rope, a copper kettle, a doll sofa, a tea set, a miniature wash set and drying rack, a sled, a drum, a wagon with blocks, a Jack-in-the-box, toy soldiers, a cow on wheels, a bubble pipe, a ball, and a toy dog on wheels. What a delightful illustration of a Happy Christmas!



Becca said...

What a treat this post was! I will have to go back and look at it again and again! I love all the Izannah type dolls. Yours and their wardrobes are fantastic! What a wonderful doll world you live in!
I look forward to each and every post, but your doll posts are my favorites!

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Oh my!! What a DEAR DEAR DELIGHT!!
Bridget has a most contented satisfied expression! And it's good to see Charlotte again
with a dress that looks like it came right from Tasha Tudor's own private collection!;-D
Izzibeth, looks as though she has time traveled in her darling pink outfit, and IzziAnnie so elegant! A very prim and proper batch of gals they are!!
How cute is Little Bun in the cradle hee!

All the images brought a pleasent JOY to my heart! The tree is so pretty too!! So much to look at!!
Lots of Love Blessings and Plenty Hugs Linnie and the Mousiekins :-D

Whiffletree Farm said...

I loved this post! Dollmaker Gail Wilson offers a class on making those dolls; so charming. Your house must have been simply magical at Christmas this year.

Jeri Landers said...

Well, I can see I will have to come back and spend more time enjoying your wonderful vignettes here. Of course, I love Izannah Walkers, I was going to learn how to make them long ago and just never got around to it. The antique toys are just up my alley!
Not everyone can be so fortunate as to have had Tasha Tudor as a friend, you have been blessed in that regard. What a lovely memory to see the bunny painting as you awoke in her guest room.
And what can I possibly say about the Bunn'ery?? I LOVE IT! May there always be a bun or two to brighten the Bunn'ery.

Cousin Jeri
(I covet the little bear spoon... you can imagine why.)

Kate Waller said...

Thank you so very much for writing about the dolls. I have been positively pining for doll updates. I so love your little family of dolls and woodland creatures. (Especially little Frizzy). I have loved dolls and doll clothes since I was a young girl. Have a wonderful week!

Dixie Redmond said...

Margaret Flavin makes perfect dolls. :-) She has breathed in the essence of Izannah.


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