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The 2015 Christmas issue of Early American Life will be out soon!!

On Friday I received advance copies of Early American Life’s Christmas issue.  I’m thrilled to be able to say that I am once again in The Holiday Directory of Traditional American Craftsman.  This is the 33rd time I have been chosen for the Directory. What an honor!

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When you are looking through the magazine you can see a few more photos of our house on pages 44, 49 & 51. 🙂

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The 2014 Christmas issue of Early American Life, which includes their Holiday Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen, is currently on newsstands.  I’m honored to have been juried into the directory again this year!!!  I also have an article in the this issue 🙂

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Big thank yous to both Alice Tessier and Laurie Gaboardi for the very nice article and lovely photos of our home and my studio that appear in the current issue of the Litchfield County Times magazine section.

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If you’ve read the article and find a few things printed in it confusing, don’t worry, it isn’t your memory playing tricks on you!  Take the article with a grain of salt & don’t believe everything you read. 🙂  No, I didn’t change my name, nor did I suddenly split into triplets, Paula, Pamela, and Paul!  Early American Life did not suddenly scrub my name off of 25 of their Directories of the Top Traditional Craftsmen in America (I’ve been juried into the EAL directory 29 times, not 4).  You cannot see photos of our home on Early American Life’s website, Facebook page or Twitter Account.  You can see them on one of my blogs, Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal.   In spite of these errors and a few more wrong facts and misquotes, it is still an engaging write-up.  If you would like to read the article and see the accompanying photos, follow this link.

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A big thank you to the New Milford Spectrum newspaper for the very nice article.

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Have you ever been curious about where I live and create my spun cotton ornaments?  If so here is your chance to get a glimpse at my world in the December 2013 issue of Early American Life magazine.

Have you ever been curious about where I live and create my spun cotton ornaments? If so, here is your chance to get a glimpse at my world in the December 2013 issue of Early American Life magazine.

If you are a subscriber, your copy is in the mail.  If you would like to buy this issue, look for it on newsstands on Tuesday, October 22nd.

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Read my latest article in the Summer 2013 issue of Prims magazine and looks for my ads in Prims and Art Doll Quarterly.

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

I’m very pleased to announce that the Summer 2013 issue of Prims, which features an article about three of my bears, will be on sale tomorrow.   If you would like to see more of my bears please visit my website, Paula Walton’s A Sweet Remembrance, or go to my blog, Paula Walton’s 18th Century Home Journal, for photos and tips on restoring antique and vintage teddy bears.

 

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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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