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.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Walking Down Doll Making Lane ~!

I have my favorite cup of Tea, and Just enjoying walking down what I call Doll Makers Dreams, Seeing SO many of my favorite Pattern Designers , and Realizing I do have several of those patterns I I dearly love,
But as always also seeing those that still tug at my heart , Wonder yet still can I ?? Or Just keep on wondering if I could actually create those I hide in my heart.

I see so many awesome talented doll Maker Pattern designers that have pass on and it brings tears to my eyes,Yet makes me want to to create using their pattern ,Because I knew them on line and Now they are gone from us, Sad Yes,

But yet I realized that through their hearts through their fingers on to us ,Their Patterns are still here for us !! With that being said,It brought a warmth and again a tear to my heart ,Just knowing they are still in a pattern way yet among us !

I so enjoy and am so Thankful for Doll Makers Journey ,I was with them from the start with my Doll Making, Now they have PDF Pattern from many of our favorite Pattern designers on Esty
Just sitting here loving and enjoying each and every pattern, I as of now now have a couple
of creations going on.Trying to get a couple finished for the Christmas Holidays and let's not for get our little Baby Grand Daughter!!
 I am looking for that special one that just knocks my socks of ,takes my breath away and I hear my self say as many times in the past "Oh YES ! I have got to make this Pattern ~!!

But still I have a several creations I want to create as soon as Christmas is over, Plus I am still making my Second Quilt, A different way it is a Quilt as you go Quilt all Birds,Just SO cute and then I am going to turn right around and make a lap quilt with Baby Dinosaurs,Yeppers for Hubby and me, It is the kid in me coming out!

Creating either for Fun or Profit is what it is all about,
I hope you join me in going down Again What I call Doll Makers Dream !!

Monday, November 20, 2017

What REALLY does "Thanksgiving Mean To You" Gosh Thanksgiving is just a couple days away. First Living in Beautiful Florida, where we really don't see the change of the weather or leaves, So Thanksgiving is truly from our hearts.

So many this time of year so called "The Holidays" Have the wrong attitudes, Many are sad, I meet a Lady the other day, I felt so bad for her, Because she lost her Husband 2 years ago,She has a Son and Daughter in-law and 2 teenage Grand Children, They had invited her over for Thanksgiving, Yet she could not see past her pain,

I told her to smile and Go have a wonderful time share Thanksgiving with her son and daughter in-law and grandchildren, Smile and give Joy from herself. It will come back to her.

We also have faced so many losses , but we will not let that dominate our lives, But we want to give as much as we can to others.

Why You ask, Well because for many of us "Baby Boomers" it is time where our kids have moved away to a different States or many of us have the loss of Family members or just plain wish things could be as we remember Thanksgiving to be.

We should be Thankful and Cherish those memories.
One must really look inside their own heart. To remember the past Thanksgivings from child hood up to the what I call the "NOW"

Remembering Mom and Dad and so many  people of our childhood, it’s a Good Thing. It brings smiles and warmth to our hearts. But we also must be in the Now of things as they are.

Yep our kids all live in a different State from us, Even our one and only Grandbaby.

But I look upon Thanksgiving as truly being Thankful for all our kids and Grand Baby !

Thankful; is the Key word. and The Love of our Heart. Thankful for All our Children and Grand Babies, Their Health. Their Joy, Their prosperity in life.

Isn't that what and how we raised them to be to begin with !

I am so Thankful for them all, But most of I am soooo very Thankful for my Husband,

My High School Sweet Heart and the Best of the Bestest Forever Friend. We have actually grown up in life together,

Now Sharing our retirement years together, What a Blessing !
So here we are just Hubby and Me sharing and enjoying our cooking of Thanksgiving together. PsSssT  as long as he stays out my way *Big Smile*

Today starts with the baking of our Pumpkin Pies. Also His favorite "Key Lime Pie"
We went together and have bought all our ingredients for Our Special Thanksgiving Dinner.

That is a first, I have always gone just did my own Thanksgiving buying by myself,
No biggie I did this  for many years. Loving it.

What a joy it was having Hubby with me as we bought our planned Thanksgiving meal together. We talked about my Thanksgiving favorite "The Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade” Loud enough to hear over all the action and fun in the kitchen !!

Yeppers it will be just us two ,but our hearts are with all our kids and just plain being Thankful not just on Thanksgiving ,

But Thankful each and every day !
From Our Hearts to all Your Families Heart, We are thinking of you all and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wondering What's Happened To The Cloth Doll World

I have been enjoying just taking quiet time and reading the wonderful Doll site "Maida Today"
Which was created by Dixie Redmond. of
I am so truly Thankful Dixie has left  "Maida Today" up on line. It is so very rich in history of all types of Vintage Dolls,

I have been wondering personally what has happened to all the most awesome  Cloth Doll makers, Where have they gone, All the different groups ,Where we really shared and were so excited to see what some else  found on eBay,Then we all would talk about the find, and it was such a wonderful time of truly sharing ,caring, and learning.
Where are those that re-created
Izannah Walker's
Alabama doll
Edith Flack Ackley Dolls

I Love Love to visit also
Sherri Farley

Jan Conwell
 These gal's really just blow me away with their talent  bringing to life the Dolls of YesterYear.

 I really miss the chatter, and excitement we all shared.
Remembering all the awesome blogs,
Thinking of all the wonderful doll patterns, and the artists that had classes, Where did every one go ?
Is it me ? Did I lose being in touch with the world of Cloth Doll makers ? Did they all go to Face Book ? Face Book just in my own opinion is OK,But it is not like actual Doll groups or Blogs,

To me Face Book is a way of keeping in touch with Family and Friends.
I to have a SympleTymes Face Book Page, But for me it is hard to figure out how to use,Though I do keep trying, Yes there are Doll groups on Face Book, but you wonder when you post on them if your
post was even seen let alone answered.It just doesn't6 seem as personal as groups like on yahoo were, or even on Blogs.

I for one will always keep creating cloth dolls , and always keep researching learning the history about them, hopefully   in a small way keep doll making alive with great appreciation and Love for the Doll Makers from YesterYear so long ago, and pass this knowledge  for the next generation.

I wanted to share with you all a book about  Columbian Dolls it is on Amazon and I have it on my wish list!
The Story of the Columbian Dolls: How the Adams Sisters saved the family farm
by Diane Doyle Parrish

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

I am doing it !

Finally after years of drawing faces, trying all kinds of techniques I am creating what I personally call "My Yesteryear Dolls"
I have always and for ever loved antiques of all kinds, I grew up with them ,surrounded with them, My parents on the side  did Antiques had a small store and did all the shows,

What fun as a kid, My sister and I were truly educated from the beds we slept in to the glasses of milk we were drinking from, Not just the history of the year where they came from , our Mom and Dad made sure we under stood what it was meant by saying heirloom for generations to love respect and enjoy.

The Love of what I call and always will "YesterYear" runs deep in my heart, I have always wanted so badly to create  like these wonderful so very talented doll makers that can  create like Izanna Walker, The Colombian Doll and more..

Izanna Walker I have a very special Izanna from a very special doll artist ! But for me I just can't do clay over cloth.
But I can create  dolls from Yesteyear! Baby Rag Dolls and Pioneer Type dolls so on,
Of course I will always and for ever create my Raggedy s Folk Art with a pinch of Prim and whimsical on the side !! They hold the child in me and lets me come out and play !
in progress hand painted face more yet to do :)
In progress also.Pencil face drawn.