July 13, 2012

Izannah Walker Dolls Celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday!

Tillie Tinkham the Mouse Is Seen Under The Queen's Chair!
Little girls love to play as though they are Princesses!
Princess Bridget tells the others,
"I am the Eldest and Heir to the Throne!"
Though Bridget is not usually as assertive as her sister Eliza, on this point she insists.
She holds a portrait of Queen Victoria when she was a baby.
The portrait of Bridget is surrounded by a fancy tintype frame.

Bridget and her sister Eliza are Izannah Walker inspired dolls made by talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin. Margaret Flavin named Bridget and Eliza after Izannah Walker's real sisters and Bridget was the eldest of the real Walker sisters.

The chosen music to accompany this post is Canon in D:
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Return Here to Read the Corgyncombe Courant.
The music is so delightful whilst reading!

The Turret at Castle Corgyncombe.
Heirloom sweet peas are on the arbor.

The girls are delighted to roam about the lovely hills and dales gathering flowers in their vasculum and observing nature!

One morn a little Quail was spotted!

Gathering flowers of May in a vasculum, Violets, Forget-Me-Nots, and Lily of the Valley on a mossy log.

An antique Herbarium with many pressed flowers and plants gathered during a European Tour.
The flowers have all been sewn in place.
Above is Ivy from Kenilworth Castle.
Queen Victoria visited Kenilworth Castle when she was a girl of eleven years.

The girls enjoy gathering and pressing flowers.
After the girls have gathered their flowers they press them in their own flower press.

On the art stand is a small book
"Victoria, The Good Queen and Empress",
that is just the right size for Bridget and Eliza.
Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, made the miniature bobbin lace bookmark.
The book is open to a drawing of little Victoria,
as it says at the top of the page "The Child Princess".

The book was found near the area that A. A. Milne was inspired by to write about the
Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh.

Eliza holding the "Little Dear One" and a bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots, Lily of the Valley, and a Violet.

Heather from Loch Katrine in Scotland
The Corgyncombe Courant chose to feature from the Herbarium, specimens gathered in places that Queen Victoria visited.

The shawl Bridget is wearing was woven in Scotland.
It is "Stewart Victoria" Tartan.

The girls celebrated Queen Victoria's birthday,
which was May 24th!

Bridget thinks that the baby portrait of Queen Victoria bears a resemblance to herself!

The Turret at Castle Corgyncombe.

A Remembrance Book of Queen Victoria's Jubilee.

A pressed plant from Edinburgh Castle.

Peonies gathered from Corgyncombe Gardens.

Tillie Tinkham the Seamstress Mouse of Corgyncombe was
Frightened by the Royal Kitty Whilst Under the Queen's Chair!

A small bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots, Lily of the Valley, and a Violet.

Bridget and Eliza's Cousin Charlotte has lovely braided and styled red hair.
It is delightfully old fashioned and reminds us of Queen Victoria!
Charlotte is looking for her coral beads and suspects that her younger cousins might have borrowed it.
Charlotte and all her wonderful clothing were also made by Margaret Flavin.

Charlotte found her beads but the frock that she desires to put on over her chemise and petticoat is amongst the missing...

An old fashioned Corgyncombe rose tussie mussie by candlelight.

Pressed leaves from Holyrood Castle.

Eliza with pressed flowers from the bouquet that Bridget held with Lily of the Valley, bleeding heart, and a violet.
Princess Eliza is wearing the frock that she "borrowed" from her Cousin Charlotte.
She thought it looked fit for a Princess!

Some of the Queen Victoria Ephemera from the Corgyncombe Collection.
The art stand made by Seth Tudor is a replica of the art stand that Tasha Tudor had.

A flower specimen from Melrose Abbey.

Wild Violets at Eliza's feet!

Bridget holding the "Little Dear One" and a bouquet of Lily of the Valley, bleeding heart, and a violet.

A specimen from Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott.

A rose, thyme, forget-me-not, and lavender tussie-mussie from the Gardens about Corgyncombe.

The vasculum with old fashioned children decorating the door.

The lovely flowers within the vasculum rest upon a carpet of moss.

Cousin Emma arrived at Corgyncombe after the Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration.
Here she is taking a moment to adjust and admire her dainty, lovely shoe!
Emma, her clothing and shoes were made by Margaret Flavin.
Emma's shoes look very Queen Victoria!

copyright © 2012 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson



Anonymous said...

Wow, I just LOVE your doll photos----------------just perfect in every way. Thanks for sharing with us. Margaret Flavin sure does a great job with making the dolls. Does she still sell them?? If so could you please tell me HOW to contact her?? Thank you. Also LOVE the vasculums you have, especially the small ones. I recently FINALLY found a big one and I am enjoying that very much. Now to find a small one someday:) Joyce

Jeri Landers said...

DEAR Cousins, you are so good at finding wonderful treasures, the "Herbarian" Journal is simply wonderful with the flowers "sewn" in place. How jolly it would have been to collect those specimens in person, all decked out in Scottish plaid. Ever since I first saw your vasculum, I have been searching for one. But they always elude me. As always, your post is charming, beautiful and full of imaginative storytelling.
Cousin Jeri in the Hollow

Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson said...

Dear Joyce,

How wonderful that you found a vasculum! They are so much fun to use for gathering specimens!

Thank you for your kind words about my doll photographs. Margaret's dolls are so lovely!

Please contact us at our email address:

Your friends,
Diane and daughter Sarah and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse and all the dolls at the Corgyncombe Courant

Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson said...

Dear Cousin Jeri,

We hope you find a vasculum! Princess Bridget does enjoy roaming the hills and dales in her Scottish plaid gathering specimens! Glad you enjoyed the post!

Your cousins,
Diane and daughter Sarah and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse and all the dolls at the Corgyncombe Courant

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