Nostalgic Folk Art was born in 2004. I came up with Nostalgic Folk Art name for my paper mache figures because I love the older things that remind me of my childhood and of innocent times. They are figures of folks both childish and impish and I love vintage folk art so putting nostalgic with folk art was/is a perfect and fitting name for my lil figures and business.

Thank you for taking the time to visit!

And when your done visiting here, I'd love for you to check out my work on my etsy shop,

The Best to you always!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Back From A Wonderful Vacation!

What a wonderful time we had in Bryson City, NC this past week. Pics will follow write up as I'm having trouble with them showing up all kind of crazily and messing up the wording.

Henry has his spot on Dan's lap. Archie is with me and poor thing has to be mediacated as he gets so nervous and cannot stop panting and shaking. But he looks so pitiful with his glassy and squinted eyes.

First stop was at Tallulah Falls in GA. The overlook is so steep and very intimidating. I'm not leaving Dan's site here! The shop there has the cutest items, very old fashioned candies, replications of old tin toys, tons of Burt's Bees products and vintage inspired house hold items. I always purchase a table cloth everytime we visit.

Next stop Clayton GA, to The Main Street Gallery, to drop off some of my work. The absolute coolest thing happened while we were there! A lady bought a figure while we were in the gallery, what are the odds!!!!????!!!! I was really nervous too.

Here are some random pics as we traveled on to our cabin and a pic of the fireplace there. It is a really sweet cabin! (Marge's Place Angel's Cabins)

We took excursions to many towns and we ate at LuLu's in Slyva which I believe was written up in Southern Living Magazine. Dan's food was very good.

Onward to Asheville! So many neat shops and eateries! My favorite is the old WoolWorths which is converted to a 2 level art gallery BUT they kept the vintage soda shop area.

The Dublin Hiking Club!

Our final night at the Fryemont Inn circa 1923 and they still have the old fashioned locks on the doors no credit card styled keys! breakfast and dinner are included and believe me they have stayed in 1923. LOVE IT!!!! We always eat there our last day whenever we stay in Bryson.

We are all tired on the way home.

Its really hard to take pics when on vacation and I wish I would of taken more to show how serene and comforting Bryson City is and if you just want to get away from it all and really get away this is a wonderful place to go.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Ok this place is near and dear to me for a couple of reasons, Jerry, Denny, Brian and great people there, plus all the fantastic stuff you can find there.

When Dan and I moved here (back home for me) from Maryland many many years ago, we started up a lil antique business at a now defunct mall, anyway we had the funky, the fifties, the atomic and boy were we kinda looked on as the rookies (we were but still), those items were really desirable up there but the stuff we loved was not very mainstream here and the "real" antiques you know the dark, victorian, sideboards, glassware, pieces snubbed thier noses at the aqua and orange shagness!
Jerry had the coolest funkiest and yes a velvet Elvis painting (yech) items around. It was as if Dan and I had gone to mid centry modern heaven. He was so kind to us and we had found someone who understood the love of all things kitsch. But serioulsy he had it way over on us and he taught us so much and he also showed everyone who met him, how wonderful and fun your surroundings can be. Sadly Jerry passed away a couple of years ago from cancer but man did he have a great and artistic life. Dan and I still think of him every sat. on our excursions.

Ok I've rambled but he used to own this business with Denny. Denny has left the business but he is there here and there. :)

Brian now owns the business and its just a natural progression as Jerry took Brian under his wing and showed him "the light" giggle. Brian loves the funky,unusual, fun also vintage florida and hawaiian stuff. He has the passion from his mentor and friend. Brian has a great sense of style and fun.


Dan and I love to browse thru the shop and it is alot bigger than it appears from the street. It is torture but we can usually find something that we desperately need. Of course now we are looking for primitive pieces but there is still room for old florida and holdiay decor.

Here are some pics of what type of things you can find there but really there is always a changing almost weekly of new furniture and stuff. Also there are some interesting collections of old mermaids, highwaymen paintings, pottery of all eras and styles,and jewelery.

killer lamp!

funky fabulous couch, they always have a couple of these cool things around

bakelite jewelery, love this stuff! but they have other jewelery pieces as well

So if your in town, 1005 Ridgewood Ave, Holly Hill Fl check this fun place out. They throw some really great in store parties with food and drinks all surrouned by fun stuff and nice people.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Whew! What a busy couple of weeks!!

First a HUGE relief, Kipp passed his final oral exam and portfolio project!!! AND with an A!!! So that is out of the way and now he is a college graduate and ready to fly off into the world.

Thought this picture of a butterfly drying his wings on one of our garden flowers was so appropriate for my son. Anyway just super proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kipp in time!

My First Written Review/Kinda like your first dollar, I treasure this dearly

"Carol Roll is a relative new-comer, creating folk art for four years, now. Her paper mache figures reflect significant talent. At first glance, her angels, people, mermaids, and animals may appear cute and dear. At closer look, they are sophisticated, with detailed, expressive faces, each unique. Roll's work is anything but mass produced. It's the real deal. "

Linda Knopf Southern FolkArt Magazine 2008