Saturday, February 07, 2015

Just wanted to share with you my two of 3  new books..
3rd is on the way/"Selected Writings of John Darcy Noble"
I was silly and gave these away *ugh* So reordered them from amazon  at a really good price the first one is   “ Milwaukee WPA project
About un skilled workers employing 5000 women and men during the Great Depression
I quote
“ This is the inspiring story of a work program that brought fame to Milwaukee, while breaking gender and color barriers during the Great Depression”
Of course they were making dolls of all kinds..  I am still reading it.. It goes way beyond the making of a doll , but brought people of all colors together and most important Their confidence and self esteem..Making dolls in its own at least to me is a healthy Art/ Hobby!
 I REALLY feel in my heart as economically times are now, Some thing like this would be a Bless to many and our nation!
 Now comes the second book

 and GUESS WHAT ?????  It is SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!!!! I had no idea it was signed, so I went back and checked my amazon orders and  it saidHardcover. Signed First Edition. xxiii +, 170 pages. Light soiling, very minor chips to dust jacket--in Brodart cover.”  I paid $5.00 that is with shipping..  Guess I need to read more carefully :)
It is in a nice dust Jacket and in perfect condition, Printed in 1945
and the price back then whoa!!!!
 The reason  duh me bought this book the second time is because, It is rich in history for period dolls  how they dressed. their type of hair style and soooo much more information, Yes their are patterns in the book, but to scanned and then take to a printer to enlarge..Right away on page 10 I found the pattern I have been looking for.. The "Genevieve Doll Pattern", She has the  the front panel then a back panel which doubles then sewn to the head..Which for me gives just enough definition for the head and neck and face..Guess I am lazy because I wish she was already full size:)..

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

We Support You

Welcome all to another day of support...
So today and all the days to follow... we will be supporting 
our ladies who have Cancer and all those who are dear to us
who face challenges trying to beat this terrible disease...
Together we will support all of our ladies in style..
and she is soooo supportive of all those who are participating..
Schedule is top right of our blog. 

When Madame Samm announced this hop, I just had to follow along. I love this pattern of hers, and the fact that I would get an opportunity to work with it, well, I was thrilled to begin.
Shoot Madame Samm an email if you are interested in  purchasing the WE Support You! Pattern $12.00
..Let's support all of our ladies
and leave them lovely comments....
They will be tickled PINK..
Feb 3rd 

Our ladies certainly made us proud this morning..
Support is what we all need these days...
And who WOWED us Creative Delight... 

This Lady really knows how to stay on a ROLL, 
her creativity and excellence in stitching just keeps you AWED...
She made this for a dear friend who we all hold dear to our hearts..
Jill @ Jillily Studio

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Taking the plunge with Oil Paints

I searched and searched and finally found the wonderful tutorial 
 How I oil painted this cloth doll
judy  jaques of  Hardin County Keepsakes
You can see the wonderful tutorial here :

judy  jaques dolls are just breath taking, judy is one the most
creative person I know, In all that she does.
She is such a sweet heart, and a very nice gal , who is so sharing and willing to help you in any way she can..I hope you will visit her blogs , She really makes you feel like you have come home to a good friend!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Early Painted Cloth SISTER Dolls Folk Art Primitive

Early Painted Cloth SISTER Dolls Folk Art Primitive

 TWO Antique 25" c.1920

 I adore these dolls.If they were from the 1920's That was my Mothers era, I sure hope these dolls are Sisters, Sisters aren't suppose to be apart right!! I love the brown haired one best, Her face and style is just my taste! ..Hugs Sherrie, 

Here is their info:

 TWO Antique c.1920 Early Painted Cloth SISTER Dolls Folk Art Primitive FlapperThese two antique 25" cloth dolls are sisters! They came to us together and look like twin sisters and we wanted to keep them together.
 They are c.1920's or earlier. We are putting them around 1920's because of the unusual flapper bobbed styled painted hair - however they could be earlier more primitive folk dolls as well.
  • Hand painted features on cloth faces, antique clothing with slips and underwear.
  • The blonde doll has some body condition issues - she is missing both of her arms and is in need of repair on her legs - the left leg especially. Her antique clothing is in need of some cleaning but her value point is the sweet face.
  • The brown haired doll has all of her limbs but her face has darkened a bit. Cloth body is intact and she wears an antique cloth dress with flower pattern.
  • c.1920s or earlier.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Oh NO !! Yeppers!

I think I did the BIG No NO ..Yeppers I went on eBay surfing, Just loving looking and drooling into my coffee! I SO LOVE Antique dolls, THE REAL deal!!.. So I thought I'd share with you!
Oh My this gal  really touched my heart!  Look at her face..Can't you just see a little girl soooo many years ago playing and loving her, OR how about her Mom, Grandma, Aunt, who took the time and skill to make her just for that little girl! Only if this doll could share Her stories with us.. This doll is a big one also, 31 1/2 inches..

 here is all her info:


Seller : taminator1969

Seller's Description : 


This one kinda made look twice..The head seems to be a little odd, Then I remembered
1800's not every one had sewing machines, They literally  did use what ever they had at hand, In my humble opinion  I do not think the dress is a original ?? But the shoes sure are!  I agree with the seller ,I also think she is rag stuffed.. Here is her info:

Seller :catcreekprimitives

Early 34" Antique Primitive Cloth Handmade Rag Doll W/ Clothes 1800's

Seller's Description :  

She is a large 34 inches. She has on a blue dress and a leather belt and leather handmade shoes. Feels rag stuffed


I hope you all will go and check these beautiful dolls out, See more in depth pictures.. I Love this little gal too! Just look at her face and her dress is wonderful!
Here is her info:


 Antique Art Fabric Mills Cloth Doll 26 1/2" tall

Description : By Seller :  . She's a big girl measures 26 1/2" tall. She wears a Antique Child's dress the color is brown tan blue, There are two big brown calico print pockets on the front of dress and the dress has all 7 original blue calico buttons on back. The doll wears antique child's sock that are tan. She also wears a pair of antique red leather button up child's shoe's. The doll is heavily stuffed with cotton. She displays nicely on her own or in a grouping. Measures 26 1/2" tall .

Le Jardin des Farfalous

Oh my goodness you must go see this gal's Dolls Face's..They look to be all hand embroidery..They are just beautiful!!!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Tutorials Series

Learning Primitive, Folk Art, Whimsical, Vintage
,Tutorials Series
 from SympleTymes Art Cloth, By Sherrie Nordgren
I know when I first started creating I was amazed at
the versatility of these style dolls.

 People were selling their dolls, not creating patterns like they do now.
It has been and a continuing  long journey (20 years always on going learning ) for me to learn and to create with my love and passion for the Primitive World.
What stole my heart and gave me such a love and
passion for these dolls?
 I was on eBay just surfing looking at dolls and I came

upon a Raggedy Doll.
She looked old and so loved, I thought at first she
was a antique, I grew up in a house full of beautiful antiques. My  parents collected and sold antiques, so I
inherited  a love and passion for anything  old. I
emailed the artist who created this Raggedy that had
stolen my heart.

She told me she was not an antique
but what they called a “ Primitive Doll “
Now you must remember this was about 1995, and Primitive was unheard of. OR thought to be ugly, or trash ..Defiantly NOT Art
Well that did it for me, I made my first raggedy.
Honestly I can say after 20  years plus, it is still such a
thrill and a passion to create
and bring to life these wonderful dolls called “Primitive, Folk Art, Repro-Vintage, even whimsical. As I look back I now see myself as a pioneer  of sorts of my time, Mainly because these wonderful doll were looked at in a negative way.
For me they have stood the test of time, a bit off the
wall maybe, but their all one
of  kind in their own way. They are so unique in my
book. You create them with
the Love you have for them, then they come alive
and make you smile. Not for money but for the actual  doll it’s self, I have made many, Many raggedys to give to many as a unknown  just so they felt Love, Prayers that some one out there  cares. Even if they don’t know them, The Doll hugs them back even from Yesteryear!..

They are always ready to give you a hug too!!
I have created a on going Tutorials Series to
“Welcome” you into the Primitive world,
Starting with the basics that I have compiled into a
Tutorial Series.  I hope you will join by leaving a comment, So I know it is worth my time and Love,

Creating heirlooms which  is  very time consuming process, but you will  love to be creating  things to look as if they were made long ago
I  definitely  use special techniques to create  and to  further give the look of an heirloom  vintage looking pieces

My  goal here at Symple Tymes  is to help 
  " Preserve  "the  Artist's of  YesterYear and Today,"
To gain the recognition they deserve for their works of Art.
To save the knowledge and teach this knowledge of  yesteryear to all generations. Let it never be forgotten....

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Happy New Year!! and my personal titbits,

I hope every one had the best"Merry Christmas" and The best- est New Year of 2015 !!
Here are some of my personal titbits, I hope at least one will help you as they have helped me:
I have been in the mood to create with Color, Color, Color, 
 To day was a happy sewing day..Hubby was helping his sister with her computer..SO I was all by myself whoa!!..So I got out scraps I had and just started  pencil sketching a flower on my note book.. This is the results..Big thing is I just sat down and did it "Happy Dance"
At first I thought hmm.. I will make a  block with this and keep adding other 8 inch blocks..Then knees started shaking.. of "I am not ready for this hit me"  SO this will be a "Mug Rug" A set of Four TaDa!! Now the fun starts with all the hand sewing which I love , or machine stitching around all those leaves !!
Either way for once I am liking !!

Don't get me wrong I have 3 really nice 
Primitive and Vintage type cloth dolls in the works..
Titbit # 1:
Some times I like to step away and also do some thing completely different.. for one day and then work on that new project a couple hours in the evening. Doing this at least for me it keeps creative and alert ,consistence, a bit more knowledgeable to :() 
 Titbit #2:
And I have found out staying organized with each project:
My dolls always come first..Love waking up in the morning doing LOL (Chores) Then head with my coffee to the sewing room!! My cloth dolls  and all their parts waiting just for me *Big Smile* :()  Well it works for me :)
 Titbit #3

with my 3 dolls I am working..I have each of them and every thing I need for each doll in a small tote along with their pattern:and their name on each small tote.

and like today I now have a small tote for my mug rug..

I keep them all under my sewing table, which is 6 feet long, When I am ready I just pull the tote out and work away! When I am finish back into the tote she goes!  I have NO procrastination now ,because every thing is at my finger tips, Also some thing that is very valuable..
Titbit #4:
IF I am not doing hand sewing while watching TV with hubby, I keep next to the couch coloring pencils ( I bought my pencils at the dollar store along with a package of pencil sharpeners)

and Two Sketching Books ( I bought them at Micheal's) 
One  Sketching book is for Drawing, practicing eyes, noses, mouths, style of hair, Different expressions,
Why You ask: Practice,Practice IS the ONLY way you WILL improve your style, If you don't believe me ask my friend Kat Lees!!
Titbit #5
The second Sketching Book is to sketch your own idea's, ya know the ones that wake you up at night and run for your  Sketching Book to draw that doll in your dreams, so you can create her,
 Titbit #6
 also while sitting of a evening  don't be afraid of just letting go and sketch what you see in your mind, just any thing and every thing! That is YOU letting out the creativeness IN YOU trust me it IS there..Maybe  like me baby steps or like me taking YEARS it is a God's Blessing to have creativity and set it free!!