Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Western Rope Wreaths for Christmas

Several New Rope Christmas Wreaths are in stock and ready for you to decorate or gift this holiday season.

Christmas greenery, red berries, burlap ribbon, gold accents, and pheasant feathers are the feature of this lasso wreath. 

lasso Christmas wreath

A rustic acorn / bell is tucked in with the bow on this rope wreath. 

Lasso Cowboy Christmas Wreath

This lasso has an abundance of greens, berries, and a rustic pine cone ornament made of multiple jingle bells. 

Rope Christmas Wreath

This lasso wreath has a burlap poinsettia, bow, and rustic bells, stars, and branches tucked among the Christmas greenery. 

All are perfect for your Cowboy Christmas, are one of a kind, and ready to ship now. Hop over to me etsy shop to grab them up while they last! (Etsy account not required to purchase.) 

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

10 Random Thoughts and Pictures

It's been a busy week on the go and I thought this was going to be a quite week! So hears a few scenes from the week

1. Sunset from the farm on Friday night - If you look close, one lone cow can be seen through the smoke settling over the pasture from a nearby property. 

2. Leaves are changing colors and falling fast. 
3. Cow silhouettes at sunset are one of my favorite things and those big ears!
3. Not so favorite thing - being wet and cold. Granted, I am very thankful for rain, I just don't like cold rain and getting soaked or having to wear too many layers to move and still being chilled to the bone. #readyforspring 
4. Daylight savings time... I'll gladly give up an hours sleep to spring forward again. All the clocks in the house haven't been changed yet.
5. I begged Jeff to drive one day, so I could do some hand sewing for a bouquet. #multitasking

6. These 2... sharing lunch at the DQ! We made the big loop Friday to the farm, shipping cattle, lunch at Dairy Queen, then went on to restock our Uniques and Antiques booth, then back home again. I "work from home" although I drove about 150-175 miles yesterday for work...

If you read my blog post from a few weeks ago, you'll know Trixie loves DQ and yes, she insisted upon going yet again! 
7. I packed up orders, including this bouquet, then headed off to the post office and skated in there with 3 minutes to spare - crazy Friday afternoon traffic in a small town... geez Loiuse! I could not deal with big city traffic.
8. Turquoise Shiny Brites... all the heart eyes! If I had room to put up a big tree in the house, these would not be available in our Uniques and Antiques booth. 
9. Santa Flannels arrived in our booth yesterday! One sweet customer bought a flannel before I ever got it hung up and several more of our rustic Christmas decorations. P.S. If you are reading this... Thanks Again, it was so nice to talk with you!
10. I officially became a coffee drinker this week! I ran out of orange juice before we could get back to the grocery store and Jeff made me some coffee. I doctored it up a little bit and I think I'm going to be hooked! My tumbler has been filled with coffee on several of our cold trips this week... pssstt,  there are new yeti style cup wraps in my shop.

Hope you had a great week!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Santa Claus in Watching You!

Santa Claus is watching you! Are you on his naughty or nice list???

I am loving these flannel shirts with Santa Claus on the back of them! There's just something extra comfy about flannels and add a vintage Santa... well what's more Christmasy than that? 

Santa is also ready to decorate your Yeti style stainless steel tumblers for the holidays! Add a fun wrap so you don't loose your drink or tumbler at the Christmas parties. My cup goes everywhere with me - I forgot it one day and felt so lost without it! 
Yeti cup sleeves
The elves at GypsyFarmGirl have been busy cutting out rusty tin signs as well! After several request for tin Christmas signs, I have created several stockings and Christmas trees. 
Rustic Christmas decorations
 Some have Merry Christmas painted on them, while others are awaiting personalization. I can add a name or sentiment to the stockings for you. These would look good on a door with your families last name or hanging from a mantle with individual names. (Please send a custom request if you need a larger quantity .)
tin stocking door decor

tin Christmas tree
 These signs could be added in a wreath or if you are like me and have a narrow space between your storm / screen door and interior door, they can substitute for a wreath. We only have a couple inches between the two doors and have to get creative for door decor.
Rustic Barn Tin Christmas Sign

 Dear Santa, Give me the junk.

I promise I've been good girl this year and would love a truck load of fun junk to work on and repurpose next year!
Stainless steel Christmas tumbler sleeve

Yeti wrap

Christmas cup cozy

This shirt is SUPER comfy, broke in, soft, and distressed... like I really want to keep it! It goes great with skinny jeans and boots.
Christmas Flannel Shirt
 These Santa flannels are all in my shop now. If you see another flannel you prefer, please message me and I can add a Santa to a different size, just for you.
Christmas Flannel Shirt

Remember when we were kids and we were always told mom had eyes in the back of her head and could see everything? Well, now you can have Santa's eyes keeping watch for you! 

P.S. The first Santa flannels sold out quickly, so grab them up while you can! They are available in my etsy shop for worldwide shipping or some will be stocked at our Uniques and Antiques booth in Mineola by the weekend. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Farm Adventures

It has been a while since I've shared any ramblin's from the farm, so here's a little about today's adventures.

Jeff and I had scheduled a trip to the livestock market with a load of calves. We didn't talk too much about it, although we both made sure we got up early today. I ate breakfast then Jeff took the dogs outside (so they could do their morning business) as he fueled up the truck and made a few other preparations. Trixie absolutely, positively knew something was up and she was NOT staying home today. She never ask to go when I go to town or if I'm working.  Now if Jeff and I both dress up, she wants to go, although she understands when we tell her we are going grocery shopping and to the feed store and can't go with us. If we both look like its a farm work day, its on and she wants to go.

Trixie loves to go to the farm and knows its an extra special trip on sale barn days! She whined and whimpered as I got dressed, made tea, and grabbed some snacks and water. I put her Farmall "necklace" (collar) on and she was super excited! I told her to stay in the house while I hooked up the trailer, but no, she darted out the door and ran straight to the truck. She was making sure she was in the truck today and we were not telling her no! Punkie doesn't get as excited, but she loves to go as well. She likes to stretch out in the back seat, while Trixie sits on the console or Jeff's lap. If going less than 30 mph, she prefers the window open! 

We headed off the farm - nothing too exciting has been happening lately, just the routine work of feeding and checking on everybody and we haven't had any new babies for several months. I'm anticipating a few fall babies and finally last week, we had a new one! She was born during the Yamboree, so I've been calling her "Sweet Potato" (our county fair celebrates the yam!) Her mom has not wanted me anywhere near her new baby and would take off away from me, whenever I wanted to see or photograph the heifer calf. So I've waited to get her picture, till today! Of course she felt safer on the other side of the fence and didn't take off away from the truck today! 

We got our calves separated out calmly and loaded in the trailer, ready to head to market.

As a child, I always loved "sale barn day." My parents finally figured out that it was really the trip to the doughnut shop that I liked so much! Now, you must understand that growing up, we didn't eat breakfast out (and I still don't), unless we were on vacation or the occasional stop on sale barn days. I would get a bag of doughnut holes from the sweetest little lady at the doughnut shop in Pittsburg and was always confused about a baker's dozen! 
Fast forward to my adult years - we still don't eat out very often and we still look forward to sale barn days. Now, I appreciate being able to sell some of the calves we have raised plus there's a trip to Dairy Queen! And somehow, Trixie has figured out this little treat as well! She just knows that she will get some of Jeff's blizzard once we get our load of calves delivered! I do believe she knew early this morning, before we ever left home, that it was a Dairy Queen day!

We go through the drive through lane to order and get our food, then pull out back to park and eat. Trixie (who generally growls at strangers) was all sweet and making eyes at the girls in the drive through window, because she just knew what we were fixing to get!
Punkie loves ice cream too!
This just cracks me up! I let them lick the cup clean and her expression is like "ahhh, this is soooo good!"
Yummmm, we love Dairy Queen in Winnsboro!
Hey, share with me! 

Now, we are home and they are having a lazy afternoon on the couch after all their big adventures today! 

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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