Monday, October 16, 2017

To Everything There is a Season...



To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1
As the Yamboree approaches this week and lots of fall shows are coming up, we wanted to let you know that we are not participating in any shows this season. It's a bittersweet thing, although we have had several local large events and weddings scheduled this fall, along with devoting our time to being more available for my local and online customers and creating new inventory for my shop, as well as our booth space with Angea at Uniques and Antiques in Mineola, Texas. We've simply  got a lot going on and as much as we try, we can't do everything.

The fall wedding season has been busy and lots of last minute wedding orders have been coming in for rustic wedding bouquets, so we are happy to be able to accommodate the request. 

navy fabric flowers

rustic wedding flowers
Plus we are gearing up to release some fun Christmas items soon. To our customers who loved our flannels and repurposed clothing items - you can find them online and some in our booth.
We will miss getting to see and visit with everyone at the shows this season. Please know that if you need anything, I can be available to meet or deliver locally, plus I ship worldwide. We were quite honored the Vintage Market Days of East Texas and Junkin' Across Texas reached out and invited us to their fall shows, although the dates conflicted with another big event we are helping with.
Janice and Angea at last years Yamboree.
This year, our booth at Uniques and Antiques is open 5 days a week, all year long and Angea and I regularly update our space there. In fact, there will be a Christmas Open House on October 27 - 28, 2017. We will be in the store part of that time. The Mineola Iron Horse Days will be happening nearby, so come out and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend in historic Mineola and maybe we will run into you there!


So this season, we are concentrating on our online shop, our booth, and our local, loyal customers and friends (several have already placed Christmas orders for house/tree decorating and cemetery flowers.) Oh, and the farm critters need some attention too! I want to give the best service to everyone, without compromising care and quality. Of course, if you need something, please don't hesitate to email, message, or call me!

Our Uniques and Antiques booth  - it will be getting a Christmas makeover very soon! 
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Friday, October 13, 2017

I Hope You Feel Welcome

A few  years ago, I was ready for a completely new wardrobe. I was working full time in town, my etsy shop was really busy at night, and the cow market was at an all time high. I was working extremely long hours, my clothes were worn out, didn't fit good, and I was tired. My feet hurt something fierce and I only had one pair of scuffed up boots that I wore everywhere.

I wanted some new clothes and really wanted cute shoes, but they had to have support and allow my insoles to be worn as well. I decided that I had $500 extra and I was going shopping! Please know I've never done that before and if I spend $100 on clothes at a time, that's very unusual. So I went to this trendy boutique-style place in Longview, that everyone raved about. The store was obnoxiously loud and the sales girl looked at me like she couldn't believe I was in a place like that. Needless to say, she was rude and not very helpful and I walked out of that store without spending a dime. I've never returned to that store and I still remember, 4-5 years later, the way she made me feel. 

My feelings were hurt and I was frustrated. I really thought about calling the news stations and set up a test shopping experience where I went in stores in my current wardrobe and then get a makeover and go back and see how I was treated. 

happy fall

This incident has been on my mind recently and it has me thinking - I want everyone that comes to Gypsy Farm Girl to feel welcome, to know that you matter, and I appreciate each and every one of you! I'm glad you come here and I'm thankful for you - maybe you just follow along and have an encouraging word, or like and share something on my pages, pin an item on Pinterest, or refer a friend, or maybe you spend a $1 in our booth or have a $3,000+ wedding. Y'all are part of my tribe and I hope you feel welcome and appreciated here. My hope is to provide some inspiration to you and help make your events, home, or wardrobe special along the way. I never want you to feel the way I did when I attempted to find a new wardrobe... 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

An Extra Special Wedding Bouquet

 This was an extra special burlap and lace bridal bouquet to make! Watch the short video below for an explanation of what made this a sentimental keepsake for one bride to be.

Fabric keepsake wedding bouquet in coral and navy





rustic keepsake bridal bouquet
Joy ordered this bouquet in coral and navy and ask if I could use lace from her late mother's wedding dress. Of course, I said yes! Instead of chopping up the dress, she sent me the veil and all the lace in the bouquet (except for the lace bouquet collar) is from the veil. She surprised her sister with this sentimental, keepsake bouquet! I love getting to add something that holds special meaning to arrangements.

By the way, Joy has already given the bouquet to her sister, said she loved it, and give me permission to share the story.
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