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I will return emails (paula@asweetremembrance.com) and telephone messages (860-355-5709) next week.  Thank you for your understanding.

Paula

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Handmade in New England by Paula Walton

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Today at my house we are celebrating Easter.  Tomorrow the festivities will continue as we party in honor of my middle son’s birthday!  I’d like to share a bit of our celebrations with you by offering you 10% off on every single item I sell at Paula Walton’s A Sweet Remembrance!!!

This includes all classes, all dolls – even new custom orders -, all bears, all reproduction clothing, all antiques – carousel horses & cooking items -, all spun cotton ornaments, literally everything!  There is free shipping within the United States on all purchases, except carousel horses & you may place any item on lay-away, with terms to fit your budget 🙂

The coupon code for the sale is ” peeps”.  Enter the code when you check out today or tomorrow using the secure shopping cart at A Sweet Remembrance and 10% will automatically be subtracted from your total.  Email or call me to buy the antique cooking item shown at Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal,  to order a custom made Izannah Walker reproduction doll, or to set up lay-away payments.  Paula@asweetremembrance.com 860-355-5709.  I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the sale or any of my work.

Wishing you a Happy Easter and an amusing April Fools Day!

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It’s here!  The first day of a brand new year.  With a pristine calendar, ready to be filled with a bounty of creative possibilities.  I love this time of  year, when I’m rested and recharged from spending time with family and friends over the holidays and it feels like I have a bit more time to dream, plan, and work on new projects.

I’d like to share my surge of creative spirit, so that you can make 2013 the year that you learn to make history!  All three of my classes by mail, Reproduction Izannah Walker Doll Making, Reproduction Alabama Babies, and Spun Cotton Ornaments are 13% off during the month of January.  The classes may be purchased by visiting my website, Paula Walton’s A Sweet Remembrance.

This is a particularly good time to buy my Spun Cotton Ornament Class because I have how – to videos posted on the class member only site, through 1/10/13, as a Christmas treat for all of my students.

If you have any questions, prior to ordering, please feel free to ask – paula@asweetremembrance.com – or 860-355-5709 .

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A feather tree full of my spun cotton ornaments decorates our parlor for Christmas.

A feather tree full of my spun cotton ornaments decorates our parlor for Christmas.

I am currently in the  midst of putting together several spun cotton ornament class by mail kits.  Some of them are already spoken for, but I am making a few extras.  They should be finished within the next few days, in plenty of time for Christmas delivery.  To purchase my class by mail, please visit my website www.asweetremembrance.com.

This is an excellent time to buy the spun cotton class, as I have just paid to add video instructions to the class member only Ning site for the next 30 days as my Christmas present to all of my spun cotton students 🙂  Merry Christmas everyone!!!

 

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As some of you may have heard, I am busy preparing to have my home photographed in early December for an article by a national magazine.  Getting ready for the photo shoot and working on my current batch of orders means that any new orders placed from November 4th on will not be mailed out until after December 15th.  If you want to order a Christmas present, please feel free to email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com prior to ordering,  I will be happy to let you know if I can get it to you on time.

Thank you very much for all of your support and understanding!

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See “Moonstruck” in the Halloween section of the new 2012 issue of Somerset HOLIDAYS & Celebrations.

Want to read more?  Here are some additional details that you won’t see in the magazine.

                       Moonstruck

This doll is an elaborate fantasy combination of a spun cotton ornament and a paper doll with crepe paper clothing, such as those produced by the Dennison Company in the early 1900’s.  Her body is spun cotton over a wire armature, with a chromolithographed paper scrap face.  Standing upon a mica dusted spun cotton moon, she is wearing a party frock comprised of layers of crepe paper and tulle, trimmed with velvet ribbon and luna moths made of embossed Dresden paper.   Over her shoulders she wears a crepe paper and tissue paper cape.  Her hat is fashioned from wool felt, accented with velvet ribbon and a crepe paper blossom.  Other details include Dresden paper bangle bracelets and shoes made of black flocking and glitter. In her hand is a crystal ball, for telling your future, and in her bag are stars to sprinkle in your eyes and amongst the heavens until you too are moonstruck…

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, chromolithography came into being in early 19th century Germany at the hands of Alois Senefelder , who amazed the world and forever changed the printing industry.  Others quickly followed Senefelder in the field of color printing, including Parisian Godefroy Engelmann in the 1830’s. Soon thereafter, small color scraps – bits leftover from larger printing jobs, which were too precious to be thrown out and too valuable give away, began to be sold in Germany.   The die cut, glossy printed-paper images were bought by bakers who used them for wrapping special breads.  For example Easter breads were wrapped in paper decorated with a scrap showing a spring scene.  From the 1830’s onwards, collectors eagerly sought these tiny chromolithographs.

Color scraps, or chromos, found an enthusiastic market in nineteenth century America, where they were pasted into blank friendship books, which it was customary to pass around amongst friends and family members.  Soon special books were being made for scrap collectors, which were called scrap albums or scrapbooks!

A few words about me:

My name is Paula Walton.  I’ve been a doll maker for 26 years.  More than a decade ago I developed a fascination with the art of spun cotton ornaments.  Because there is very little information available about the way spun cotton was crafted, I taught myself the technique by studying antique ornaments.  Since then I have been gleefully creating spun cotton figures and enthusiastically teaching others to do so too.  My ornaments can be seen at my website http://www.asweetremembrance.com and here on my blog.  I also have a special online discussion site for all my spun cotton students.  I may be reached by emailing paula@asweetremembrance.com.

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