March 14, 2012

The Izannah Walker Sisters Bridget and Eliza!

Ooooh, What a Lovely Bonnet!!!
The Exciting News that Trilly Tweet Sweet shared with Melissa!
'Twas a joyful reunion when Bridget's sister Eliza arrived in the beautiful, sparkly new fallen snow!
Bridget and Eliza are Izannah Walker inspired dolls and they both were made, along with their wonderful clothes, by talented doll maker Margaret Flavin!
Eliza looks like the breath of spring in her exquisite bonnet with yellow feather flowers and blue capelet!!!

The chosen music to accompany this post is "Edelweiss".

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You might want to replay the music more than once as it is so lovely whilst reading!

Izannah Walker (1817-1888) made dolls using a special technique.
Izannah Walker lived in New England and her Walker ancestors lived very 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.

A chickadee one beautiful morn at Corgyncombe Cottage.

Eliza and Bridget love to look out the window at the birds at the feeder.
As it is snowing and blowing they wonder how the birds keep warm in the cold.
Snow and rain have covered the window with an icy glaze.
This photograph was taken outside, looking in to the sisters reading from
"The Child's Bijou". Bijou is a Jewel.
Willy Nilly Tweet Sweet has fluttered onto Eliza's lap and listens to the poetry reading.
As they are reading, a dappled bit of sunshine is coming in through the window onto the book.

Song of The Snow-Bird

The ground was all covered with snow one day,
And two little sisters were busy at play,
When a snow-bird was sitting close by on a tree,
And merrily singing his chick-a-dee-dee.

He had not been singing that tune very long,
Ere Emily heard him, so loud was his song;
"O, sister, look out of the window," said she,
"Here's a dear little bird singing chick-a-dee-dee.

"Poor fellow, he walks in the snow and the sleet,
And has neither stockings nor shoes on his feet;
I pity him so, how cold he must be!
And yet he keeps singing his chick-a-dee-dee.

"If I were a bare-footed snow-bird, I know
I would not stay out in the cold and the snow;
I wonder what makes him so full of his glee?
He's all the time singing that chick-a-dee-dee.

"Oh, mother! do get him some stockings and shoes,
And a nice little frock, and a hat, if he choose;
I wish he'd come into the parlor and see
How warm we would make him, poor chick-a-dee-dee."

The bird had flown down for some pieces of bread,
And heard every world little Emily said;
"What a figure I'd make in that dress," thought he,
And he laughed as he warbled his chick-a-dee-dee.

"I'm grateful," he said, "for the wish you express,
But I have no occasion for such a fine dress;
I had rather remain with my limbs all free,
Than be hobbled about, singing chick-a-dee-dee.

"There is One, my dear child, though I can not tell who,
Has clothed me already, and warm enough, too;
Good morning, oh, who are so happy as we!"
And away he went, singing his chick-a-dee-dee.

~ Woodworth

Before coming to Corgyncombe both Bridget and Eliza lived with their dear sister Jane and their dear Mother Flavin (as they fondly refer to Margaret Flavin) who made them all. Margaret Flavin named Bridget, Eliza, and Jane after Izannah Walker's real sisters.
Bridget came first to live at Corgyncombe Cottage and her sister Eliza soon joined her.
When Eliza told her sister Jane that she also was to be leaving, Jane was in tears at the thought of their parting!

Eliza brought her delightful peacock blue traveling box with her own name beautifully framed on top. Inside the box were cards from Jane to her sister Bridget and to their Cousin Charlotte.

On the art stand made by Seth Tudor, son of Tasha Tudor, is the
"New Cyclopaedia of Botany and Complete Book of Herbs", an advertising card with a lovely dove delivering a letter and a rose, and a trade card with forget-me-nots from an Apothecary in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

The card to Bridget has a loving message from her sister Jane.
Tucked in the envelope with the card, Bridget received the pressed rose.

She will find a special place for the rose in her Herbarium.
Eliza brought with her a gift from Jane, for Bridget, a splendid pincushion edged in lace!
How she treasures the card, the rose, and the pincushion!

This Herbarium in the Corgyncombe Library Collection is one of the most exquisite that we've seen.
2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the compiling of this quaint and charming Herbarium, made in 1862.

The adorable girls Eliza and Bridget are so happy to be together!

Burgundy Rose. Language, Gentle and Innocent.

Bridget (in the right of the photograph) is rather quiet and shy,
whilst Eliza, as Margaret Flavin says, and we agree, is more adventurous.

Sisters Eliza and Bridget are holding hands.
Jane has written Bridget's name on the bottom of the pincushion.

The dried pressed flowers are attached to the paper with delicate tiny stitches.

Eliza's darling shoes and stockings, made by Margaret Flavin!

A Remembrance Book
with beautiful script written in 1849.

Several views of Eliza's beautiful bonnet made by Margaret Flavin!

Flowers gathered and arranged at Corgyncombe.

Eliza and Bridget love the peacock's feathers!

The Herbarium Endpapers

Bridget and Eliza enjoy going outside to visit the peacock.
Doesn't he have a lovely crown?

Bridget holding one of the Peacock's feathers.Bridget tells Eliza "See, sister dear, this is how the birds stay so warm; 'tis the fluffy, downy feathers underneath. They do not need stockings, shoes, a frock, nor a hat."

Edelweiss under glass looks like a sweet little sleeping face.

Whilst antiquing we found this darling little bodice that fit Bridget perfectly!

Eliza is wearing an antique bodice that was already part of the Corgyncombe Clothing Collection.

Bridget is holding a mirror that reflects one of the flowers on her bodice.

Bridget and Eliza's doll.
They want Tillie Tinkham, Corgyncombe's Seamstress Mouse, to help them fashion her a frock.


Valley in Winter

Blowing winds and drifting snow in the high altitude of a Corgyncombe winter.

A tufted titmouse in flight at Corgyncombe.

Eliza holds Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe.

The Corgyncombe bird watchers report the
Return of the Red-Winged Blackbird on March 2 and that the first
Robin was seen on March 12!

As the window has cleared and their reading is over,
Eliza thinks she sees a little red squirrel out near the bird feeder.

She thinks she would like to go out about Corgyncombe and see more of that little red squirrel... 
copyright © 2012 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson



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

Dearest Diane and Sarah,
I just SMILED and SWOONED throughout the entire post!!
Eliza and Bridget are DARLING!!
And the dreamy Peacock came out gorgeous in the picture!! I loved every photo that you posted...DELIGHTFUL!!!
I shall return to look again!! ;-D
Lots of Hugs, Blessings and Love, Linnie and the Mousiekins
((tee hee pin cushion hee))

(Thank you for the B-Day wishes we are going to Mommy's now)

Jeri Landers said...

I do love the Izannah Walker girls, and the bonnet is perfect. The little hat box is almost as sweet as the hat. How tiny the china head doll is in comparison to the girls. I have a collection of these china heads in various states of disrepair, and dear me, none of them have a stitch of clothing! Perhaps Tillie Tinkham could take a few dress orders. It would certainly be fun to go antiquing with you, we definitely have the same taste. Which reminds me, the 18th century clock you have a few posts down is just FANTASTIC! I would love to have such a clock someday.

Christie said...

Dear girls...
I had to come back again and again to see this beautiful post, all about our favorite thing...our precious dolls! The bonnets the little smocks the tiny effects...every darling thing just simply took my breath. I was just thinking how fast this year has gone by, since I found you here, and became inspired to spin, and knit more, and reconnect with my old books, and old ways...So much to thank you for, for because of this, my life has become so rich and full and God has blessed us in so many ways I would have never imagined.
With a grateful heart,
always Christie

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