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This past Sunday marked the first day of the 2017 season at my local flea market, the Elephant’s Trunk.  It was a glorious feeling to finally escape the last clinging hold of winter, and be back searching for centuries old bits of this and that on a warm spring morning…

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Opening Day at the Elephant’s Trunk

This huge 19th century wooden camera was perhaps the most intriguing item we saw all morning….

 

 

After a length trek through the flea market field and parking lot, we returned home with a few mementos 🙂

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Our treasures have quickly become integrated into our household…

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Sadie thinks this chair was meant for her… she doesn’t care that somewhere along the line it has lost it’s arms, that simply makes it all the better to recline on ❤

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fresh asparagus… another delight of spring

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www.paulawalton.comToday I took a day off!  This hasn’t happened often this year, as I am still running behind, trying to catch up due to unforeseen family matters.  I do admit to having a few twinges of guilt, which I firmly squashed down to the very back of my mind and went on to enjoy a wonderful day with a very dear friend.  We ventured out to Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut, where we attended the American Craftsmen Show and the Wilton Historical Society American Artisan Show.  These shows are the current incarnation of the huge show that the Wilton Historical Society used to hold every year at the Wilton High School.  I did the show at the high school for several years, and have always enjoyed attending and shopping when I wasn’t exhibiting. This years American Craftsman Show was held in Ridgefield’s Lounsbury House, shown above.

The side entrance of Lounsbury House.

The side entrance of Lounsbury House.

Looking up the staircase at Lounsbury House.

Looking up the staircase at Lounsbury House.

We had a chance to catch up with friend and fellow craftsperson Pamela Dalton.

We had a chance to catch up with friend and fellow craftsperson Pamela Dalton.

I've done quite a few shows with Pamela and we always find it amusing when people get us confused - Pamela Dalton / Paula Walton... I'm quite a bit taller and have about 10 times more hair... plus we make totally different things :)

I’ve done quite a few shows with Pamela and we always find it amusing when people get us confused – Pamela Dalton / Paula Walton… I’m quite a bit taller and have about 10 times more hair… plus we make totally different things 🙂

Pamela had some wonderful new paper cuttings. I indulged and bought several garden themed ones to hang in my new painting studio, which overlooks two of my gardens.

Pamela had some wonderful new paper cuttings. I indulged and bought several garden themed ones to hang in my new painting studio, which overlooks two of my gardens.

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We found sewing themed treasures upstairs at Deborah Hartwick's booth, in the form of button collages and tiny emery filled velvet pincushions ( a minuscule mouse and cat for me).

We found sewing themed treasures upstairs at Deborah Hartwick’s booth, in the form of button collages and tiny emery filled velvet pincushions ( a minuscule mouse and cat for me).

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The Wilton Historical Society was our 2nd stop. This year the show was held entirely on the society grounds.

The Wilton Historical Society was our 2nd stop. This year the show was held entirely on the society grounds.

I've always loved the two houses, two barns and the blacksmith shop that make up the Wilton Historical Society. I used to do a lot of hands on demonstrations and teach mini- classes for them during various events and when they had all of the town children come for field trips.

I’ve always loved the two houses, two barns and the blacksmith shop that make up the Wilton Historical Society. I used to do a lot of hands on demonstrations and teach mini- classes for them during various events and when they had all of the town children come for field trips.

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We admired some marvelous tramp art, wooden ware and ingenious whirligigs.  I found some really nice redware herb markers at Bob & Kay Shaeff’s booth and purchased one each of the 14 different herb varieties that they had for sale.  Kay even assured me that she could make me custom markers for any other herbs that I needed!

As great as all the crafts were, I think our favorite part of the show was the gourmet grilled cheese food truck parked at the show entrance!!!

Grilled cheese!

Grilled cheese!

I clearly need to follow these people on facebook :)

I clearly need to follow these people on facebook 🙂

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and if the grilled cheese truck wasn't great enough, there was also a crepe truck!

and if the grilled cheese truck wasn’t great enough, there was also a crepe truck!

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We indulged and split a honey crepe for desert <3

We indulged and split a honey crepe for desert ❤

As much as I love what I do, it was very, very nice to take a day off.  I need to remind myself to stop, take a little time and enjoy friends and small pleasures… Admiring the work of other craftsmen has renewed my creative energies!!!  What an excellent day!

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Eliza Jane is reading the Summer issue of Prims magazine to Serendipity, True Blue and Baird.  They are all very excited to see themselves in print!

Serendipity is telling her siblings all about her travels to and from California and posing for photos at the Prims magazine offices.

Serendipity is telling her siblings all about her travels to and from California and posing for photos at the Prims magazine offices.

Baird and True Blue are constant and faithful companions...

Baird and True Blue are constant and faithful companions…

All of the smaller bears pay rapt attention as Eliza Jane reads to story of how Baird, True Blue and Serendipity were born.  It is their very favorite tale, for as all bears know, the very best stories are the true ones.

All of the smaller bears pay rapt attention as Eliza Jane reads the story of how Baird, True Blue and Serendipity were born. It is their very favorite tale, for as all bears know, the very best stories are the true ones.

Once upon a time I made many, many bears like Miss Eliza Jane... now she is the last of her kind and lives in my studio to keep me company and remind me of her sisters.

Once upon a time I made many, many bears like Miss Eliza Jane… now she is the last of her kind and lives in my studio to keep me company and remind me of her sisters.

Even though they are getting up there in years, the bears don't always act their age... they can be quite wild and unruly and cause a great ruckus in the studio when I'm trying to work!

Even though they are getting up there in years, the bears don’t always act their age… they can be quite wild and unruly and cause a great ruckus in the studio when I’m trying to work!

The newest issue of Prims magazine will be on sale tomorrow.  The bears and I are quite thrilled to say that we have an article in the magazine.  As you can imagine this has stirred up a bit of trouble in my studio.  I hate to say it but all of the older bears are feeling a bit jealous…  So to be fair, I’ve declared this to be bear restoration week.  If you have a furry friend that could use a bit of sprucing up, you may want to follow along as I clean and repair some of the many bears that I have “rescued” from tag sales, flea markets and the like.  Once they are looking their best, I’ll be posting the bears for sale, so that they can find loving homes.  So check back later in the week if you’d like to read up on how to clean and restore antique teddies or feel that you have a place in your heart for a tried and true, well loved companion!

Read my article in the Summer 2013 issue of Prims and look for my ads in both Prims and Art Doll Quarterly.

Read my article in the Summer 2013 issue of Prims and look for my ads in both Prims and Art Doll Quarterly.

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I’ve noticed that several people have been doing Google searches on my reproduction Izannah Walker dolls and winding up here.  This is my 18th century home and home keeping blog 🙂  If you are looking for information about my dolls please visit my website www.asweetremembrance.com or my doll making blog www.izannahwalker.com.

Thank you!

Paula

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Love Tokens

This is the time of year when I love to pull out my paper and scissors.  I have been busily snipping away and weaving hearts into hands.

SOLD - THANK YOU Woven heart in hand in a grain painted frame, 4 inch square opening, 6-1/2 inch square frame. $37.00

SOLD - THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LOOKING Hand cut heart on watercolor background. 4-3/4 x 3-3/4 inch grain painted frame. $29.00

Woven hearts in hands in 3-3/4 x 4-3/4 inch grain painted frames. $30.00 each.

These are all one of a kind.  They aren’t up on my regular website yet, so if you would like to buy one send me an email, paula@asweetremembrance.com.  Free shipping to U.S. addresses.  I’ll be added more of these love tokens in the next day or two, so please come back to see them all 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful feast surrounded by family and friends.  I am thankful for so many things in my life, including all of my terrific customers and students.

As a virtual “dessert”, to top off all of your harvest sweets, I am having a special sale on my Izannah Walker Class by Mail (click on this link) and my Spun Cotton Ornament Class by Mail (click on this link) from now through Monday, November 28, 2011.

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Many thanks to all who came to visit this site for my online show and sale.  Now that the sale is over, please visit my regular website, A Sweet Remembrance,  to see all of my creations and my blog, Izannah Walker Journal – Paula Walton’s Doll Making Notes to read about the reproduction Izannah Walker dolls that I make, all things Izannah, and various other 19th century doll making tidbits.

If you do happen to notice something from the show posts that you are interested in buying, please feel free to email me, paula@asweetremembrance.com, to see if it’s still available. 🙂

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