Thursday, August 6, 2020

Texas 4H Agents Conference Repurposing Workshop



As previously mentioned, we held a workshop Monday at the Texas State 4H Agents conference. We held a repurposing session plus my niece Brenna went along and worked a mini booth for us.



Participants brought a project to work on plus I provided supplies (not knowing what they would be bringing) and a things to complete a separate project. I was nervous beforehand. For one, I really wasn't sure how to prepare, especially since I didn't know what project they would be bringing to work on. Would we need a drill and screws, a pop rivet tool, or ____?  

I gathered up a smorgasbord of supplies from my workroom at home and took them with me, along with a  few examples of some items I've repurposed. My supplies included pieces of lace, ribbon, silk flowers, twine, cotton stuffing, newspaper, tape, Bingo cards, paint, paintbrushes, scissors, wire cutters, hot glue, wooden spools, corks, brooch pin backs, feathers, and thrift store skirts.

Tip: skirts can often offer large pieces of fabric for a fraction of the cost of new material.

We ripped up skirts and stained 4H tees to make pumpkins and even used a wine bottle for the stem on one. Painted stools, tool boxes, made brooch pins, masks, and decorated over a jar that had a near impossible to remove label. If you can't remove a label, cover over it!  One lady is working on converting an old ice cream freezer to a hanging basket covered with a crochet table cloth. 



Considering I had no idea what they were bringing, it all turned out really good and they acted like they really enjoyed it.



Two of my fabric pumpkins were "stuffed" with unusual objects, so everyone had fun guessing what was inside them. (Stay tuned for another post on them.)  One lady brought in a wine bottle and we used it for the center base and stem of her pumpkin. I really wish I would have got better pictures of everyone's projects.... My niece, Brenna, went along with me and worked a small booth, so she had my phone (to run credit cards) while we were in the workshop. Our sales table was in the area where conference attendees arrived to registered and we thought our set up was going to be right outside the room were I was working, but that room didn't have any tables, so we got moved to another area in the hotel that did have space to work on projects. It all worked out though. 

One of the Agents even remembered me from my 4H days in the 90’s! It's an organization that I am proud I grew up in and happy to have the opportunity to speak with them now. 

All in all, a good day! I do look back and can think of a few things I wish I would have shown or told them, but it's ok.

💚🍀



You can read more of my blog post leading up to the workshop here: My Repurposed Life and my Ramblin's from the Back Roads discussing my outfit, which was all upcycled or from some of my favorite small biz girls. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Ramblin's from the Back Roads - Support the Makers, Junkers, and Small Biz Girls

Ah, lately I've been sharing a few more of my "Ramblin's from the Back Roads" on IG and FB. I work mostly from home, but I've had jobs / appointments in Tyler and Dallas lately... this country girl was happy to return safely home on the rural route. Geez Louise - I don't know how /  why y'all deal with the traffic on a daily basis. So, while I've been travelling about or delivering orders, my mind wanders and my ramblin' thoughts come out... Now several of you have been saying "write a book, I'd buy it." Say what - you really would pay for my incomplete sentences and random thoughts and pictures from the Rural Route??? Hmmm... we will have to look into that. Where do we start??? 

For one, I really am trying to get back to blogging more. I started this post this morning, but the internet has been wonky with the storms and weather today, so I'm trying again this evening. The struggle is real, y'all! 

So any who... We had our workshop / presentation at the Texas 4H Agents State Conference this week. Below are my few of ramblin's I posted afterwards - Leopard Sunflower tee shirt by GypsyFarmGirl


Y’all know I’m passionate about a few things: supporting the makers and small businesses and of course repurposing / junkin. I’m also inspired by and motivated by those who get creative, when life gets tough and keep rolling on.

As I dressed for our repurposing workshop Monday, everything I had on (except my shoes - why can’t there be cute shoes that support me on my feet all day?) came from the makers, junkers, and small biz girls!

In the spring, I shopped a big vintage / maker market type show - instead of cancelling all together, Southern Charm at the Farm show went virtual and I was able to shop from my couch in Texas and got an upcycled spoon ring from For the Love of Junk Designs. They just announced the fall show will be virtual again! Y’all, I set my alarm to shop that show and still missed out on some beautiful pottery that sold in less than 5 minutes.

Same goes for my pants - they came from Valerie’s Fashion Barn. I found them through the Houston Rodeo (now Texas Festival Vendors) Facebook group that was created when the rodeo got canceled. Both these groups that were created to support their vendors and have reported phenomenal success. If you ever saw or heard me talk about my patchwork pants, you know I’m tickled pink to find this pair. I loved them and had worn them out and have searched everywhere for something similar and this is closest I’ve found, although without the paisley patchwork. Oh, this new pair even has pockets!

Several ask about my sunflower earrings
- they came from Jo at Farm Girl Glam. I ask if any of my maker friends had sunflower earrings and she came up with them!

Leopard sunflower tee by yours truly. (Find it here.) 
Thrift store vest - I really need to add lace to it.
Rope Your Dreams leather cuff bracelet from Country Soul, way back in the day. (She’s no longer making them.)

In our workshop Monday, I heard someone say “I don’t know what normal is anymore.”
Immediately I said “just a setting on the dryer.”

You know friends, this “season” is crazy, but if we think creatively and work at it, we can overcome a lot of things and help support each other. 🌻


(I know for sure @farmgirlglam and @fortheloveofjunk are on Instagram and Valerie's Fashion Barn is on Facebook.) 

I'll try to get my pictures from the workshop and a recap of that up soon. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

My Repurposed Life

I started my business with a cap press off of eBay and attempted to sell caps online, that I can’t even sell at a garage sale now. True Story!


Later that year, I was at a garage sale and bought a few fabric samples books that had pretty upholstery fabrics. I stripped up those samples and made rag wreaths on a clothes hanger frame and listed them in my etsy shop. We were doing a lot of “blog hopping” back in those days and joined some weekly “linky parties” where we showcased what we were working on. I don’t think that specific project was linked up, but one of the “big” bloggers, Funky Junk Interiors from Canada shared my “rustic rag wreath” on her Facebook page. Well, I had never thought of that wreath as “rustic,” but I learned that was an important word to describe my style! It and several more sold out from that share! $1 fabric books, became in demand wreaths! I wished I had bought every fabric sample book I could have found, because buying new fabric by the yard was not near as profitable.



I’ve been making rope wreaths since I was a teenager in 4-H. We were very involved in the 4-H Horse program in Upshur County and my Dad, brother, and I all roped. (read about some of my 4H story here)



There was always a few “used” ropes laying around and they got decorated with sunflowers, ribbon, and greenery. I repurposed ropes and that first Christmas my etsy shop was open, I sold a few Christmas lassos. The combination of the two styles of wreaths helped give my business its jump start. Seriously, the first year was slow. I joke that it was an extra job that made my “Christmas money” and I don’t spend much on Christmas gifts! That year, I bought burlap and made stuffed crosses for several Christmas gifts. Of course, I didn’t throw away the scraps of fabric that comes with cutting out shapes. A month or so later, I heard the words “fabric bouquet” and I had a thought. What about burlap wedding bouquets??? I searched on etsy and only found a couple of fabric bouquets that had burlap flowers in them (and they weren’t even very pretty.) So I decided I would put my own spin on a burlap and lace bouquet, using those scraps of fabric leftover from the Christmas projects and some lace ribbon picked up at a garage sale. What a bam, what a bing! Two weeks later and it sold! So I made another and it sold. And another and then I started getting request for custom bridesmaid bouquets and “can you make matching boutonnieres?” I had to start buying new burlap, because I had run out of scraps. Then, someone ask if I could use turquoise burlap? Y’all, I didn’t even know turquoise burlap existed, but I told the bride to be that I would see what I could find, and sure enough there was turquoise burlap! That was the start of something big and now I keep over 40 colors of burlap in stock at all times! I seriously thought burlap only came in tan, brown, white, and orange, because those were the only colors available at the local fabric stores. My repurposing scraps became my new business and we still can’t get rid of them hats!

 



For the next 3 years, I spent almost every spare moment working on wedding orders. Some had a 6 week processing time, as I was working a full time job (where I was basically on call all the time,) feeding our farm animals, and working at night and weekends on bouquets.


 

I continued to blog and shared pictures of our yard projects. We got a free gazebo out of a trash ditch, in exchange for helping a friend rescue the two of them. We did a makeover of the gazebo and I decided to only use repurposed, upcycled flower containers in the yard. No store bought plastic pots here. No ma’am, I was over that look. I did a tutorial on how to plant in a rusty, bottomless bucket and make it a hanging basket. I linked it up to a few of those Friday night “linky parties” and it blew up! Seriously, It’s all over pinterest and has brought my blog more traffic that any other post I’ve ever made! The “junk yard” post comes in at number 3 on the popular post on my page. The combination of the 2 post and subsequent decorating of the gazebo has brought more followers and traffic to my blog and facebook page than anything I’ve ever done online.

Welcome to the Junk Yard Blog Post can be found here.

 

The tutorial for how to plant in this rusty, bottomless bucket can be found at this link

In the summer of 2014, the flower shop I worked for sold. We were always very loyal to our work and it was a long time before I even mentioned my night job to my boss and coworkers. I sold online as GypsyFarmGirl and Janice from Texas and never shared it on my personal facebook page. For years, I only used etsy, my blog, pinterest, Instagram, and twitter (I've pretty much dropped off twitter at this point). Later that year, GypsyFarmGirl became my full time business! 

 

That year, with the two incomes, I didn’t live extravagantly. For one, I didn’t have time. Two, I was putting back everything I could, because I knew the two paychecks would be coming to an end. For the longest time, I thought the burlap bouquets was just a passing fad and didn’t want to believe that it would last very long, but it has. I’ve shipped to all 50 United States and several countries.

 

With more competition online and more time on my hands, since I didn’t work 40+ hours a week in town, I started expanding my business. Working from home, I missed the people and my former co-workers, so we started having lunch in town on occasion. Then Angea and I started meeting at the thrift store on Thursday mornings and then going to garage sales, and would finish “girls day” with lunch at our favorite Mexican food joint. Over one of those lunches, we decided to set up at the East Texas Yamboree, our county fair, with a booth. I had rescued and repurposed a 1959 camper and had got it all fixed up in 2014/2015, and we wanted to show her off and use her for our booth display. We hauled our inventory in Miss Gussie and rolled into town for our very first booth set up and boy was it a big one! And we had a blast over those 3 days! Our one time show, selling some of the things we “didn’t want to ship” led to another show just a few weeks later as an art venue wanted to feature us at their Christmas open house.

 


Wedding business slows down in the fall and we had time to work on a few events. After Christmas, we were told about an event happening in the rural area of our county. It was a juried show, 9 miles out of town in the “Backwoods.” We must submit photos and tell about our projects, with jury selection to take a few weeks, since they were only accepting 4 new vendors to their group. Almost immediately we were accepted and went on to do that show for a few times, before the owners discontinued the market. We did the Yamboree again, but our husbands, aka the “road crew” weren’t overly eager to help at all the setups and I wasn’t overly excited about the furniture that we kept dragging around taking up a lot of space in our small house.

 

My husband heard me say “we need a storage building” a lot and one day he said, “no, you need a booth where you can sell your items all the time, not a storage building (or rented storage space) were you pull your stuff out once or twice a year, for just a weekend.” So we opened a booth in an antique store in Mineola. We were there about a year and a half, before we joined the Mineola Antique Fair. Our last Mineola show was March of 2020. Now we have a booth at the Kickin' K Cattle Co in Quitman, where you will find a mix of our shirts plus our funky finds and repurposed pieces. 

 

Along the way, I started repurposing some clothing items. I saw a few ideas online and put my own spin on it. We started with a few flannels and jackets, distressing them or adding vintage lace and doilies. We buy just about every single flannel shirt we can find, second hand. I sell these online and in our booths. If other shirts appeal to me, I’ll grab them up and when inspiration strikes, I’ll get out my stash of vintage fabrics and go to sewing. I’m a night owl and prefer to sew when the house is quite and peaceful. No meetings to get to, no meals to cook, no cows to feed, or other places to be. Just me and my Saturday night sewing. Often I buy box lots of vintage linens and lace at sales. Sometimes they have stains and imperfections, but that’s no reason to completely throw them away. I’ve made necklaces with little bitty embroidery flowers, pillows, and curtains from pieces of barbeque stained tablecloths, hung wedding dresses over windows as a curtain, stapled a veil to the ceiling of my camper, along with scraps of burlap coffee sacks and doilies. I’m not crazy about doing custom orders on the clothing, because I am using the things I have on hand. No two pieces are just alike and I may have a random piece of lace today for one shirt and never find another piece just like it. Sometimes, that does make it harder, because someone wants a shirt in a different size, but that’s just a part of it.

 

The last few seasons, my fall and Christmas flannels became so popular, that I did have to start buying new shirts, just to be able to fulfill request. I know not everyone is concerned about it being a repurposed shirt, although, I still like to offer as many upcycled shirts as possible. When were at the antique store, we only sold 2-3 shirts a month plus my online sales. When we started doing the Antique Fair, just a block away, our shirt sales went up and became one of our best sellers there. I researched sublimation for several months and finally decided to take the plunge with a new printer. Gasp, I had to pay big time, but I did wait till there was a black Friday sale, because we prefer to never pay full price for anything!

The sub printer has allowed me to offer t shirts and other products to my shop to supplement my wedding business. With the t shirts, I am able to offer the same image on multiple sizes and fulfill those custom request. It’s all done from our small, two bedroom home. I often tell people, If I can do this, so can you. People want me to come  show them how to sell online. I'm self taught and in the words of Rachel Hollis - all it takes is a high school education and google at your fingertips. It’s just a matter of following the on screen prompts, referring to the sellers handbook, and googling or searching pinterest for the answers.

I don’t see my story as anything spectacular, but have realized over the past few years, that part of my job is to motivate and inspire others. My Facebook (my last social media platform to add and now my biggest) and Instagram usually have some fun quotes or inspiring images, gardening, pictures from the backroads, and farm, and then a few pictures of things I make and sell. You see, you can’t just “sell” to people all the time and expect them to show up and support you. You must motivate, inspire, educate, and humor them, then you sell to them less than 20% of the time. My donkeys are a facebook favorite! I wasn’t confident in my photo editing skills at one point and I bought a ready made digital graphic of a donkey that looked similar to ours. Super cute, but it wasn’t a great seller. Several ask me if it was our donkey and I had to say no. That prompted me to try to figure out how to take a picture of our Flossie and remove the background. Well, after I made the graphic, Flossie took over my social media for the day, asking if her picture should be on a t-shirt and the people spoke up and said yes! I’ve found my original designs with a story sell much better than just a digital graphic I have purchased.


We only have one piece of store-bought new furniture in our home and honestly, I wish I would have never went to target and bought a table. My clothes are usually all thrifted or made by me. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find enough jeans that fit me, so that is sometimes the exception. I was at the hospital waiting room recently and the doctor came out and said he was looking for the girl who always had the cute clothes on. Well, that very day I had on a t shirt I made, a pair of palazzo pants I had made from a skirt, denim jacket with a vintage doily added to the back and a necklace with a vintage embroidery flower. It made me feel pretty good, that this professional didn’t look down on my clothing. Just the month before, a man walked through our booth and was looking for a size small shirt to give someone. I showed him a few t shirts and then one of my upcycled creations. He said “I’m from Dallas, where would you wear something like that?” Well, I wear my upcycled clothes to the doctors office, the grocery store, thrift store, feed store, garage sales, antique fairs, school presentations, to feed the cows, to the bank, the post office… pretty much anywhere I go!

 Through this whole pandemic, we've had several shows cancelled and closed our space in Mineola. I brought home lots of metal buckets, old windows, and things. I wasn't sure what I would do with them, until I started painting them one day. All those pieces that have been painted have sold for more than they would have in our booth (some had been sitting unsold for months.) My motto this spring really became "When life gets tough, get creative" and that has powered us through this crazy time and thankfully, with all of your support, we've been able to keep rolling and keep going. 

Our repurposed life has allowed us to be self employed and be able to be there for family as they’ve had multiple medical issues over the past few years, it allows me to work from home (or where ever I roam) and have much less stress than working in town, and express my creative freedom. This year, when everything got disrupted and so many, our home based business was already established, although I'll say with all the extra internet usage with everyone shifting to home school and work, that definitely effected our ability to do some live videos and uploading pictures to our website. In addition to our etsy shop, we added our own website last year. Since March of this year, we have really focused and put more attention in our stand alone website, so that's where you'll find the newest items up for grabs. It is www.RustandRomance.com or you can reach it by simply going to www.GypsyFarmGirl.shop (that seems easier for some to remember.) We picked the Rust and Romance name becuase we make the rustic romantic wedding bouquets with burlap and lace, but we also love a good rusty bucket of flowers, or we will take the rusted barn tin and make something new out of it.  



We don’t have house, land, or vehicle payments. Yes, there is some stress because there isn’t a guaranteed Friday paycheck, but somehow, it's always worked out. We thrifted our way into business and it became our lifestyle. I wear what I make, because if I wouldn’t wear it or live with it, why would I want you to? 

Did I mention - over the years, our gazebo has been featured by several blogs, numerous facebook pages, and even made it to Country Living website this spring! And Miss Gussie, our 1959 camper was included in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine a few years ago. Our rusty bucket is a pinterest star and we got chosen to be a Junk Gypsy Book Team Member. We've been invited to participate in shows in several states, although we do prefer staying closer to home. All because of the love of junk, rescuing, repurposing, and upcycling! 

And if you wondered why I've wrote about this now? Well, I'm getting ready to give a workshop on repurposing at a state convention this week and wanted to highlight and go over some of the things we have done... wish me luck, I'm a little nervous! 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Sunflowers and Flags - Small Town Country Girl

As a designer, the things we work through and deal with in real life affect the things we make and create and we hope you all can relate. I am most definitely a small town country girl...  the rural back roads and way of life influence me. It's where we work and where we live. Last year, it influenced the Rural Route tee

I've always loved sunflowers, but this year, we are actually growing them and I could post a picture of them everyday. They make me happy! We also spend a lot of time at my in-laws house and we help with the garden there as well. There's a flag pole by a square flower bed, near the veggie patch and my mother-in-law wanted to plant a pollinator garden there. I helped plant the area and I planted some sunflower seeds, in hopes that I would get to take a sunflower and flag picture and she'd get bees to visit. 

My father-in-law was retired from the Air Force and died this summer. He wanted a military service and he was fortunate to get his wishes (with the current situation, we didn't know if he'd get full service, but he did.) It was a very emotional and touching service. The past few years, we have become very close to them, as we've helped with his care. 


Honestly, we've been feeling the sunflower / flag vibes all summer - from my painted buckets, to gardening, and shirts. The week after his funeral, I was checking on the garden and found the first sunflower along with the flag gently blowing in the breeze. It made me tear up. Their farm land and black top road in the background... One of the songs we chose for the memorial video was Small Town Southern Man by Alan Jackson. As we drove through our small town, on the way to the cemetery, Jeff and I were both overcome with emotion, as everyone stopped and waited for us to pass... true small town life. As Jeff said: "it's just different when it's your dad." Yes, yes it is.

We've been in sort of a funk the past few weeks, but Sunday afternoon, I sat down at my computer. I wasn't sure what I was going to create, but I pulled up a sunflower graphic, then a flag appeared while I was browsing my files... I piddled with it a few minutes, then I started getting the vision and it all came together. It's got buckets of sunflowers, crates of pumpkins, my Granddaddy's well bucket with wildflowers, hay bales and wheat, a rooster, a vintage turquoise pick up truck... did I leave the flag background or not? That's not really fall, but I wanted it there... Fall words or what would it say? That's when "Small Town Country Girl" hit me and I just knew that was it. Quite possibly my favorite original design to date!
rustic country fall tee shirt

I got the shirt made and listed online today and I love it! I'll definitely be making one in my size! 

I really wasn't thinking about these things, when I sat down at the computer, but I can look back and see how it influenced my design process. When I posted a message about his passing and that I would be away for a few days, I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and kindness you shared with us. I really just thought it would have been a simple announcement that I'd be away, since only a few local friends knew him personally, but once again, you supported us.

Our set up at a recent Gilmer Area Farmer's Market - I can participate as a local make, so I've been taking the old buckets, windows, and things from our closed booth and painting them. We also make all of our tees, right here in the county.
I've been advised to "clean up" my Instagram feed - no more quotes, flower pictures, cute farm animals, our yard or gazebo (by the way, pictures of it got us on the Country Living website this spring), heartfelt ramblin's from the backroads, etc - only limited personal pictures and to only have pictures of business / products for sale post. I did back off my personal pictures on ig, but I've certainly been thinking about it - those things that I'm not suppose to share are the things that influence us, the things that connect us to you. They are our journey on the rural route... I'm not so sure having a product only, perfect feed is really what it's all about. Maybe for the big brands, that's ok, but not for us, a small town country girls... What do you think?
sunflower picture with happy quote


 Since we've got so many items featuring a sunflower, I also created a new collection ( and menu) on our website that's called "All Things Sunflowers!" I think you might like a few of the things you find there as well. From buckets to key rings and car accessory kits to all the shirts with a sunflower on them and even a wedding bouquet. There's just something about a sunflower that makes us all happy and this world needs a lot more happy right now! 




As always, we thank you for always supporting us with your comments, words, and allowing us to make something pretty for you. Y'all are the best! 



Friday, July 24, 2020

Christmas in July!

Gosh, where has this summer gone??? It's been a busy one, since we last blogged. In June we participated in the Gilmer Area Farmer's Markets, we've had weddings, floral events, made lots and lots of tees, and sadly we lost my father-in-law after a long health battle (not Covid related) in July.  We've continued to ship more things this season, than ever before, plus we have our booth at Kickin' K Cattle Co in Quitman, Texas.

The boutique is doing a Christmas in July event on July 25th and we decided to put our entire booth on 25% off, which we've never done before. Kickin' K will be open 10-4 on Saturday for the in store event. Regular store hours are 10-6 Tuesday- Friday and 10-2 on Saturday. We did a big booth makeover yesterday and put some new back to school tees, fall, and some Christmas things in our space. We just love the rich colors of fall and of course everyone's favorite sunflowers.

So we got to thinking, for all of you who aren't local, our loyal followers online, and ones who don't feel comfortable shopping in the store, why not do a virtual Christmas in July sale as well?!? The sale will be on our website at www.gypsyfarmgirl.shop  The coupon is active now, so you can get a jump start on shopping! 

I hope you are all staying cool this summer and enjoying your time together. I know it's been a tough season for so many. So many of our events have been cancelled or we don't know when/if some of our favorite places will reopen. We are so thankful for all of you who have supported us, not just this season, but over the past few years. We could't so this, with out all of you are so appreciated. 

Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see all of our new products and current announcements. We do hope to get back to the Farmer's Market soon, but our schedule just didn't line up for July.... You'll might also find us doing a little heartfelt "ramblin' from the backroads" such as this post below. 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pivot and Change - saying goodbye to our space at the Mineola Antique Fair

Pivot and change... we’ve all heard and lived those words a lot this spring...
When we signed off in March, from our show at the Mineola Antique Fair, we really thought we’d be back in April. Oh, how things have changed!

Since then, Angea aka Rooster Tails (IG @roostertails55) and I pondered the future and both felt led to close this chapter out. We can’t thank all of you enough for your friendship and support over the last two years at MAF! We’ve enjoyed getting to meet all of you and share stories and talk about junk, antiques, and vintage finds. The 80s ladies inspired a fun design when they told us their motto was to live life in the fast lane - really, they were 87 and 89 at the time, still shopping the vintage markets! Kelli surprised us and drove 1/2 way across the state of Texas to come meet us... Linda from Iowa planned her TX trip to coincide with our show (Sorry Linda, I can’t find the picture) And there were so many more friends we met and stories.






We will carry the stories and friendships with us, always!
We will still be around and go junkin’ when we can (our favorite junkin’ and pickin’ places are still closed). Angea and I both have a booth at Kickin’ K Cattle Co. Boutique in Quitman (just a few miles north of Mineola) and I’ll be even more involved online. I’m working on some virtual junkin’ ideas, so everyone can participate and we will see where the road takes us from here. Who knows, we may be back in the fall. We set out to do one show in 2015 together and it’s been a fun journey ever since, with invitations to various shows and events.





Until we meet again, stay safe, stay well, we thank you, and happy trails. We are excited to see what's around the next curve in the road! 

P. S. The Mineola Antique Fair will be open in June 12-13 - go see our friends there and tell them we said hi!

Where you can find us: 
ONLINE 

IN STORE
Kickin' K Cattle Co. Boutique in Quitman, Texas (about 7-8 miles north of Mineola on Hwy 37.) Located next to Dollar General and Non Stop Nutrition at 407 S Main Street Quitman, Texas 75783 Open Tuesday-Saturday. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Love All Things...

Chances are, if you are a follower here, well you love all these things too! 

We kind of have a thing for tattered, shabby, cracked, old, chippy, worn, rusty, weathered, and vintage! 
Love all things...tattered, shabby, cracked, old, chippy, worn, rusty, weathered, and vintage

We took to Facebook and Instagram LIVE to announce this week's new Tee of the Week. Of course, we were in our very rustic, shabby, chippy gazebo to make the announcement this week! Here's a picture of it later in the evening...
Rustic gazebo at night time with upcycle garden containers and flowers


If you're unfamiliar with our new Tee of the Week deal, we are featuring a different tee for $15 or our website (not etsy shop.) This week's tee is the Love All Things. We usually announce the new tee on Sunday evenings, but we had thunderstorms and a power outage Sunday, more rain and the holiday Monday, so we were a little delayed this week... Anyways, the new tee is up and can be found here. Grab it now, before this deal goes away. As I pointed out in our video on social media - if you would prefer the graphic on a different style tee, please let me know and send me a message! I keep several colors of baseball tees plus some v neck grey tees, and some bleached tees on hand, if you'd like to place a custom order. 

Love all things... vintage graphic tee
We snapped this picture of our cactus blooming in the gazebo last week. Succulents in rusty, old, chicken feeders are definitely something we love and certainly make us happy!  We hope you have a fabulous day - please tell us something that you love! 

cactus bloom and succulents in vintage chicken feeder




Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Inspirational New Tees!

 This weekend, we released 3 new tees online! First up was the Just An All American Girl, which also happens to be the Tee of the Week on our website. If you're not familiar with our new tee of the week deal - each week, we will be featuring a different tee, for $15 on our website  (up to 45% off the regular price.)
Our booth at Kickin' K Cattle Co. in Quitman has opened back up and we had debuted the tees over there, before we got them online. Your comments and messages let me know that you really liked this tee, so we got it online and decided it would be this week's tee deal, so that it can be shipped out in time for all the summer family picnics, like Memorial Day and 4th of July. It has all those summer, patriotic, sunflower vibes going on! 

Please note the tee of the week deal is only good on our website, www.gypsyfarmgirl.shop,  and not on etsy


Another new tee release is this inspirational tee that says "Scatter Kindness." It's a super soft turquoise bleached tee, with dandelion seeds blowing in the wind, reminding us to scatter kindness always. 
 Grace + Grit... another motivational tee that reminds us with grit plus grace, we can do just about anything we are determined to do.
Here's a couple more pictures from our booth in Quitman - - almost all of the shirts can be found in our online shops or you can send me a message, if you would like it shipped to you. We are happy to help, however we can! In store, online / shipping, curbside, porch delivery, etc. plus our booth at the Mineola Antique Fair is planning to reopen in June.


I'd like to point out, that since we make our own tees, if you see an image you like, but want it on a different style or color tee, please send me a message! I keep baseball tees in several colors, if you don't like the bleached or short sleeve tees. I also try to keep the v neck, and several colors of short sleeve tees in stock, if you don't want the baseball tee. I'm actually getting in another big order tomorrow, so I can replenish our inventory and have more options available for you! I try to keep small-2X in stock most of the time and some styles can be special ordered in a 3X.



For example, I'm personally not a white t shirt kinda girl (we've got well water with iron and it turns white clothing dingy over time), so I made me a baseball tee with the All American Girl image. It has a heather grey body, so it's not a true white. 
At this time, everyone is talking about shopping local and small businesses and saying "when this is over" we should support out locals... That chalkboard sign has been in our booth since the very beginning, because it has long been our focus. Friends, please don't wait to support your local and / or handmade small business friends. Each show we have participated in has always had a sign thanking you for supporting our small hand made business and shopping local and truly, we couldn't do it without all of you who have thought that way, long before this spring. We are so appreciative of you, who support our shop and handmade way of life! If we don't get to tell you in person, we hope you know we thank you and your support means so much to us. 


 Many days when I get dressed, I look at my assorted jewelry and almost all of it was made by creative ladies working from their home studios. I think of each one of them, as I go about my day. This pair of crochet earrings are one of my new faves and were made by Nikki, who has a space at Kickin' K. I always get compliments on them!