Monday, July 29, 2019

Wool Works Magazine

Wool Works Magazine
https://woolworksmagazine.com
I  am sooooo excited to have found this New Magazine, It is just soooo refreshing.
ABOUT:
About Wool Works™ Magazine by: Melanie Pinney
selection of great projects featuring wool applique, rug hooking, punch needle, cross-stitch and doll making, all with wool.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Primitive Hand Mades Mercantile

I LOVE "Primitive Hand Mades Mercantile"
Their New Issue is out for you to enjoy!
Thursday July 18, 2019 at 9pm eastern
http://primitivehandmadesmercantile.com/

You will find new offerings every 3rd Thursday of the month at 9pm est!
I adore each and every one of these talented Artists !
As soon as we find our own New Home here in NC, I will be jumping back in to My SympleTymes !
I so miss creating my Prims.
Enjoy this Months  ?Primitive Hand Mades Mercantile?
I sure have !!!

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Starting Our New Life

Blowing off the dust, It has been  8 months since I have blogged.
We have been really busy, We sold our life time home in Florida ,We sold in one day,,and We were on the road to North Carolina in total of 12 days,Talk about a whirl wind wow.

We are staying with our son and his wife and 2 year old, until we can find a home of our own

But the homes up here litterly sell with in a couple hours.
We have been here 3 weeks already and are still looking for our home..

I know God will come through for us with just the right place..

But until then we have been exploring our new home area.
There is much to learn.My sweet hubby is born and raised in Tampa Florida, So this is a huge transformation for him.

Clemmons NC
A stone’s throw from Winston-Salem and a gentle drive from the Yadkin Valley Wine Country. A Village filled with rich history: old and new churches, fine and friendly restaurants, unique shopping, distinctive artists, and full-service medical care facilities.
The Village of Clemmons truly embraces modern amenities, mixed with the comforts of southern charm.

We are looking at living the country life ,yet have stores,Doctors etc around us and Clemmons offers this.

 Clemmons is steeped in rich history dating back to when the Village was first settled in 1802 by Peter Clemmons.  Originally called Clemmonsville, it quickly became a hub for agriculture and industry.  Stagecoach lines ran through Clemmons on a regular basis and electric power generation at the Idols Dam Power Station helped to propel the Village into the industrial age.
http://discoverclemmons.com/things-to-do/history/

We haven't missed one day since being in NC of getting aout and going some where nope have not miss even one day TaDa!!

I am also making a journal of sorts..What I want to learn:
Beginners Gardening
Types of Birds
Types of Trees
Flowers to plant for Bees, Humming Birds...Butterfly's...
 When to plant , when not to
I want to learn canning
I want to learn to Pickle and also to put in glass jars..

WellPpPP as we wait for our perfect home I am keeping my feet moving and my mind working
and being very Thankful we live in NC..I am still not believing we are actually here !!!!
 
I haven't been able to sew at all, I am doing embroidery on a couple pillow cases for our New Home,
I can't wait to get settled, This is the place for our kind of Dolls, Primitive, Folk Art, Whisical. Raggedy's 
It is such a good feeling being around our kids again and getting to know our granddaughter and Yes! A second sister or brother is on the way also !
  
Our daughter and her hubby Gary live only about 5 hours away, We can visit often..
 Just wanted to let every one know about what has been happing and why I have not been on line much
You can always reach me at sympletymes1@yahoo.com
Love to all

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
https://www.etsy.com/listing/218231598/twelve-days-series-1-3-pdf-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_27

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 !