Friday, April 27, 2018

Let's Think Christmas !

I know it is only the end of April ! But I set a couple goals for my self for 2018.

#1: is the on going of simplifying in a "Big Way" Starting with my sewing room,as I have written in earlier post I am still slowly in the process of doing a HUGE I do mean HUGE down sizing of all my Doll making, Sewing, Quilting projects and Fabric and embellishments,paints,

I am half way there,  Why is taking so long in my sewing room, My husband slowed me down He said to make sure what I am giving away is some thing I won't wish I had back,

So When I am about to place in the box of giving away, I may set aside some thing like example my Bias  maker, I was set on placing it in the box of giving away, but instead I placed it on a empty shelf, and did research it ,Cause I bought it on Amazon and see that the price alone has doubled, 

So I decided to keep it, If I don't use it, I will give it to my daughter, But I am happy with my self that I hadn't placed it in the give away box ! I have finished cleaning out all my Quilting, Doll Making, and even Cook Books, Also finished sorting through printed out  PDF Patterns and just keeping them all digital and do use them as I print out just what I need. 

So I have made great strides just will be happy when the room is finished. I am though still creating and this is my #2 Goal: Starting my Christmas projects extra early  like doing them now, Sharing with you what I am creating right now:
I am having a blast creating Twelve Days of Christmas Ornaments Pattern is By
Larissa Holland of mmmcrafts

Twelve Days Series 1-3 PDF Pattern Bundle: Partridge & Pear, Turtle Dove and French Hen

I bought the 1-3 set, As I finish then will buy the next set and so on.
They are just gorgeous

I am motivated  and yep proud of my self for actually doing my main  Two Goals I set for 2018
I am loving the deep cleaning, I know my life will be a much needed simpler life style and creating Christmas through out the heat of Florida Summer !!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Still Cleaning

Yep I am still cleaning I DO mean Super Throw out ,Down Sizing Cleaning of my Sewing Room,
Just wanted to share I have my shelves almost finished, The very top shelf I have to clean off, 99% is being donated to the Veterans ,

They are just the best to give to,They are sooo Thankful and Happy to come with their truck and pick up any thing you would like to donate, From Clothes right down to Arts N Crafts items,

I use to have a huge collections of VCR Video's , all Disney movies, through to the classics and The  Veterans came and got them and distributed them to The Children's Hospital and Children's Home and the Veterans Hospital , even though they were VCR they still used them and were so Happy to get them , Made us feel so good on the inside knowing they were just so appreciated.

I went from 27 Big Binders full of patterns, of Dolls, Quilting, Embroidery and   Techniques,.Faces and more,Down sized to only 7 Binders, Ta Da!
Not to day but next is the other side of the sewing room ,Now will be sorting whoa Yarn, Fabric, and more fabric, and then 10 drawers of embellishments, sewing tools, and more ...
I am posting a picture on this awesome rainy day here in Florida what I am so blessed to look out and see year around, My  For ever blooming Hibiscus Bush .Which we also get to see nesting birds with their babies..Always watching from inside the window ,Nature at it's best !
Soon the Hibiscus Bush will be dense in leaves and beautiful blooms,This was taken last summer out side the sewing room window, to show how thick and pretty the Hibiscus Bush  will be,Just fun to look up from working on a doll or just hand sewing or what ever and see always such gorgeous color, I guess you can tell Hibiscus is one of my favorite flowers, We just planted next to this single Hibiscus Bush , a Triple Peach color Hibiscus Bush .

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What I am Up To

I am back ! What I have been up to, I am sharing my personal thoughts and feeling which I rarely do.
I have been doing a  lot of thinking and praying,

Since the change in their policy on etsy,
I have closed my SympleTymes Shop. I just felt it was wrong of them wanting my SS #
and checking account info. Why they couldn't have just stayed simple with PayPal is beyond me.
So now I do not know where I could sell my dolls.

Couple years ago I went through our home room by room and really did a deep cleaning along with down sizing, and it has been so easy to keep up on a nice but lived in home !

I started praying and asking God if I should continue making my dolls,
Here is what came to my mind,

I had a strong feeling to DOWN SIZE like we were going to Move , Especially in my Sewing Room,
Seeing my sewing room over flowing has bothered me for a while.  Seems I am always trying to organize and keep my sewing room from over flowing to the dining room table..That was a red flag right there..Way to much stuff.

Thinking all along to start sifting, down sizing,
20 plus years of  over flow, like dozens of printed out pattern, which are 99.99% E-patterns which means I not only have them on my computer in there proper organized folders. But printed out copies which starts a huge over flow problem,

I started working on Sunday and again Monday just going through all the printed copies which I had in plastic sleeves in Huge Binders, I down sized from about 20 full huge binders ,

down to 7 binders of which only two are of E-Patterns and the others are study , techniques, Quilting, I do have a plastic tote where I have awesome patterns that are no longer in print and were mail order because there wasn't E-Patterns at that time.
Plus they are by awesome awesome Doll Makers/Pattern designers many that no longer create.

I took a note book and made notes to my self stating pattern names and designers.
As I was sorting then the thought came to me ,"Do You Love Creating Cloth Dolls , I said Yes"

I am not one to journal   , many are and that is awesome for them, But it just isn't my thing, But God is leading me  and I could not shake the feeling of starting to write exactly what type of dolls I want to create  and the ones I always wished I could .

So I now have a Journal and can see so much clearer than ever .Yep "My Dreams" I can actual see these cloth dolls in my head coming to life !
I felt like God said to me "Now is The Time" I have to say Yes it is time now or for get it.

Now  I know it is going to take week may be even longer but with Joy and a urgency in my heart a hop in my step ,I no longer feel a sadness as I  Pitch, Box up to give away, Sift and even wade through 20 years plus ,Because God has given me a refreshing and a very creative mind and when all the hard work in finished, I then can start a New Fresh Beginning , Only way way more "Simplified "
I will post before and after pictures !

Saturday, December 23, 2017

From My Heart To Your Heart

I just can not believe Christmas for 2017 is here ! Ready or not here it comes !Seems we were just getting ready for all our colors and joy of fall..
I just wanted you all to know how much I appreciate you all sooo very much.Taking time to visit my little blog and leaving comments, It truly blesses me and  I am so  Thankful for each and every one of you my friends.
I pray your Christmas will be full of the Love of God for you and all your families,  Also may 2018 be a year of Joy ,Peace and Health for us all. 
All my Love to you all
Sherrie of "SympleTymes"

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Quilters Quilt Alongs

Please add the link where the Quilt Along is originally posted even if it's not your Quilt Along.  Hostesses appreciate when you share their Quilt Along, so please share!  This linky will be open through October, at which time I'll start one for 2019.
Even if you don't quilt ,it is always nice to see what others are doing, And it is free,
I am just learning quilting, I do the applique QAYG method for right now.
Fun to do some thing different from my doll making.
Always have a doll or 2 going though :)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Home Sweet Home Stitchery

I have been busy ! Since it is The Season HoHoHo !
I finished my "Home Sweet Home Stitchery " Pattern by Jenny of ELEFANTZ.
This is my first time at Appliqueing and Embroidering  

The Home Sweet Home is a series of 10 stitchery's and Yep have plans to Stitch all ten of them,
I am enjoying my time with the wonderful colorful pastels threads, In the evening my sweet hubby likes me to next to him as we watch TV, I sit and stitch !!

I used a beautiful fabric that has sparkle in the blue back ground of the fabric, Could not get it to show on the pictures, 
I use a flour sack Tea Towel and sewed a pretty edge on to it, 

Beginning #1:On this Home Sweet Home Stitchery is the First Block,
I used a transfer pencil traced the reversed side of the pattern,
I am not to sure I like that method.  The markings have disappeared  as they were suppose to.
Please click on pictures to enlarge
If you enlarge this picture you can see some of the sparkle in the fabric.
Here I am centering the Stitchery on the flour sack Tea Towel.
Holding the Tea Towel as Hubby takes a picture
None of the pictures came out as good as they should have, But just wanted to share and 
I am proud it is finished ! Now on to the next one, 

I just Love and Adore Jenni, She is so up lifting and is so giving of her talent,
She has many free tutorials and patterns also. and she is on Face Book a Totally awesome  group 
You can find Jenni at
Jenny of ELEFANTZ.