Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Martina and Matteo's Italian Wedding!

Martina shared a few snap shots from her recent wedding with me! She ordered the burlap bouquet and boutonniere in February and her wedding was this past weekend. 

She wrote to me today and said:

Dear Janice,

Saturday I finally opened the box with the bouquets you created. They were the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen. My wedding has been special thanks also to the these perfect items. Thanks a lot, it meant really a lot.

You'll be forever in my heart!


burlap bridal bouquet
Martina and Matteo met while they were in high school together in Torino, Italy and 11 years later, they decided to get married at the Antico Borgo Monchiero! 
It's always exciting to get pictures from customers and be able to be a part of their special days, a little more so, when its from another country! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your wedding and sharing your pictures with me. Congratulations and best wishes for many years of love and happiness together! 

Martina carried a medium size bridal bouquet with navy, wine, white, and grey burlap roses and white lace.
Matteo had a wine burlap rose boutonniere.

*All pictures were provided by Martina and used with her permission.

Monday, June 12, 2017

All Because Two People Fell in Love

All Because Two People Fell in Love - you know, that's what this little handmade business of mine is all about! Celebrating the two people who fell in love, whether it's weddings, new babies, big life events, or honoring the lives of those people as their families say farewell. 

rustic wedding flowers by GypsyFarmGirl

Last week, I did a rush order for a lady who is celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary, this week. She wanted a sunflower bridal bouquet and coordinating boutonniere for her husband. They were decorating with mason jars, lights, and sunflowers and she ask if I could make one of the mason jar tin signs with the saying "All Because Two People Fell in Love". 

1. A fiftieth anniversary is a big deal and should be celebrated! 

2. I love when customers ask / suggest new things, because that lets me know what you want and I can help bring that to life for you. 

3. I don't mind rush orders and always try to be accommodating. In fact, deadlines are quite motivating! (I will add, that for all orders, I don't ship till payment is cleared, so echecks or Paypal funds that come from your bank account are not recommended on a tight time frame, as they take 3-5 business days to process.) 

turquoise satin and burlap bridal bouquet for rustic wedding

Jenny said  "you epitomize all I hold near and dear..." as she looked around my shop and decided to add the heart with wings tin, if I could add a quote to it. Well, y'all all know that I love the quote "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" -e.h. and I was happy to paint it on there for her. As soon as the paint dried, everything was packed up and California bound! 

fall bridal bouquet with sunflowers, cotton, and burlap roses

I was able to cut out some additional signs this week and added more Welcome Y'all signs in a mini and regular size, plus I left one mason jar blank, that way it can be personalized with your name, favorite quote or short saying. 

rustic welcome sign
And since I loved what Jenny suggested, there's another one of these signs ready to go and it's appropriate for so many occasions - wedding shower gift / wedding decorations, anniversary party, celebrating a new birth, or just because... two people fell in love.
sunflower, cotton, and burlap fall wedding bouquet

P.S. I'm working on lots of new wedding bouquets in different styles and fabrics and a couple sneaked in these pictures! Big reveals coming soon! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Mail from The Soap Chic

I've been gone almost all day, with unexpected business and got home to the sweetest smelling happy fan mail! (Really, fan mail?!?) 

Last year, Ms. Linda (from Iowa) came to one of our shows in East Texas (her daughter lives in the area) after finding my blog, through Pinterest. She wrote a two page letter, telling me that I was a real inspiration to her and that she has been making soap and lotion and started doing some craft shows. She uses one of my zipper bags to keep her money and cards at the shows. 

She said I inspired her to make a honeysuckle soap in my honor, called the "Texas Gypsy Chic"! I'm humbled and have tears in my eyes, to realize that my life and little business can be such an inspiration to others. 

Thank you Linda, "The Soap Chic" - I absolutely LOVE the soap! Of course it's turquoise and the smell of honeysuckle reminds me of growing up and riding horses in the spring time! I will enjoy the soaps and wish you all the best as you follow your heart and do what you love!

P.S. Ms. Linda - if you have online pages, I would be happy to link your business, so we can all find more of your soaps and lotions! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Our New Booth at Uniques and Antiques!

Yesterday, Angea and I moved into our new, larger booth space at Uniques and Antiques! We have had a little funky, triangle shaped booth in the corner, but had the opportunity to move into a bigger booth. It's just two spaces down from where we were at  previously. When we realized the new space would have the "rafters", we were very excited, because we knew we had stuff that could hang from them and there was already hooks in the ceiling for us to hang lights or chandeliers! 

Mineola, Texas antique store booth
But, first things first, we knew we had to paint the space! Here's what it looked like when we got there Thursday morning. The back wall had two colors and the paneling was just ehhh. So one gallon of paint, two coats over the paneling, one on the back wall, then we went to lunch and let the paint dry. Ice tea and Mexican food was so refreshing! But we still had a big job ahead of us.
We went back to work and started setting up the new space. We had to move some furniture from our old space down the aisle and we had both brought a lot of new items to stock our booth. We used Angea's ladder for shelves and lost the grid wall that we previously used in our other space.

We took the mantle as a focal piece for the back wall, but we didn't know exactly what theme we would use to decorate it - but this excites me now, especially with Fourth of July coming. We had stopped at one of favorite little places and found the four tea stained buntings on our way to change booths and it was a perfect fit on the mantle, so it all came together with an American theme.

I debated on keeping one of the buntings for myself, but we left them all there (3 more are folded in a basket.)
The left wall has lots of farmhouse style pictures and decor. chickens, cows, a pig, garden signs, etc.
The ceiling hook was perfect for hanging this vintage macrame I found a few weeks ago! Angea added some quilts that are estimated to be about a 100 years old.
There's some shabby French Country items...

(we literally finished up at 5:00 / closing time.)
and birds...
vintage kitchen gadgets, and quilted angels...

doily banners, old suitcases, floral arrangements, Farmhouse signs, the desk, some large frames, and even a burlap wedding bouquet. There's lots of old enamel pans, kitchen scales, a vintage gumball machine, and a 3 tiered rolling cart with a removable serving tray. I know a lot of the glampers like them to set outside their campers as an outdoor bar / serving table! 

We are pretty excited about how it all turned out! We hope you'll stop by Uniques and Antiques, if you get a chance sometime soon - Its one of the largest antiques stores in East Texas! They are located two blocks off Highway 80 and US 69 in downtown Mineola. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00-5:00 at 124 S. Line St Mineola, Texas. We didn't have a chance to  get our fried pies on the way home, so you can bet next time, we will be getting them! (If you missed the convo last month - our husbands decided we can't work on our booth, without bringing home fried pies from a nearby shop and I think we will sample all the different flavors this summer!)