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! 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Red Flower Trucks

What's better than Vintage Red Trucks??? 

Red trucks with flowers, on a super soft and comfy tee shirt, at an incredible deal! 

I ask for your vote on Facebook and Instagram last week and y'all chose the red flower truck tee as the new $15 tee of the week! So here it is at the sale price, for this week only. 

Find it on our website at www.gypsyfarmgirl.shop 

vintage red truck with flowers


Y'all loved the new tee of the week idea, so we will be continuing it for the foreseeable future. You can even have a say in what you want to see as the next week's tee, when I ask on fb and ig, so come hang out with us there and you can tell us what you want to see more of. (You'll also get a daily dose of motivation and see more of what we are working on, behind the scenes, baby calf pictures, country life, and who knows what else, if you come hang out on social media.) 

I'll plan to announce the new deal each Sunday afternoon, if nothing happens. In the event your size is sold out, please message me and you can do a preorder, for when the next batch of shirts come in. (Inventory listed is what is currently in stock for quick shipping.) 
rustic garden and gazebo

I've got to do a blog post with our garden tour, soon. Here's a look at our gazebo this spring! 

I personally want to thank each and everyone of you who supports our small business! It means the world to us! 

P.S. If your tee didn't make the popular vote, you can still get it at a discount - use coupon code SHOPSMALL2020 on our website for 10% off a purchase of $20 or more. (only one discount per order.) Coupon also applies to wreaths and other items on our site. 



Sunday, April 19, 2020

Introducing the Tee of the Week!

Introducing Something New here at GypsyFarmGirl! We are excited to start a $15 Tee of the Week Sale! Each week a new tee will be available at an incredible deal. We had stocked up on shirts for our spring shows (currently on hold), so I have decided that we will feature a new shirt each week on our website and it can be shipped to all of you!

Gypsy Farm Girl Tee of the Week Sale

Out first shirt to be featured is the bleached tee with a sunrise, windmill, flowers, and a rustic turquoise truck. This shirt was a favorite at our shows and booth, before they got put on hold for the epidemic...


You can click on the Tee of the Week from the menu to find the current tee on sale. Also be sure to browse around our shop, as we are adding more items, as we get them made. This week, we've been working on some new wreaths. Since we are missing more of our in person events, we will be adding more goods that can be shipped to all of you. As always, we appreciate your support for our small, handmade business! Be sure to check out the announcement at the top of our page to find the current coupon codes and sales.

Please note this sale will only apply on our website and not our etsy shop.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Making Face Mask

Hey Y'all! I hope you are all doing well or as well as can be in this time. As I type this, I should have been getting ready for a show tomorrow, but we all know that in person events have been cancelled in April (and who knows when we will get back "on the road again." 

Sunday, I was messaging one of my burlap vendors and she told me she had been busy. I told her I was glad she was, since we have taken a big hit with shows being cancelled, weddings postponed, and being unable to get certain supplies. She replied that she was busy making cotton mask and if I had any way to make them, to get busy. She even sent me a link to her pattern and price point. Etsy had put the call out for makers too, so I started digging through my cotton fabric stash and got busy. My stash of cotton was not huge, since I do more burlap and lace things, but I've been digging through my collection and have made several.  

I made some for family, then I started listing them in my etsy shop, when they were made. I'm not taking custom orders or taking on large orders to fulfill, since I am working with what fabric, ribbon, and elastic I have on hand.
As I've dug through fabric and sewing the mask, I recall where, when and why I bought some of the fabric. Some was for pillows, some for hair bands, some for scrunchies that was made all the way back in the 90's! Some fabric came from helping a friend clean out a house a few years ago. Some ribbon is left after making homecoming mums or different projects. The vintage cowboy fabric was bought at an estate sale - I didn't have a vision for it, but I liked it and bought it anyway. Now it has a purpose.  One day the shirt I was wearing said "For the Love of Junk Reuse, Repurpose, Rescue" and it was pretty fitting.  Another time I was streaming music because I'm saying no to negative news on the TV and radio) and Dolly Parton came on with A Coat of Many Colors, while I made mask of many colors. 
I've also donated some to a health care clinic that helps take care of a family member and left one for our mail lady who has been handling all of our packages. 


 We add them to our etsy shop, as we get more made, so the online inventory is always up to date. Since they are listed as "ready to ship", I get them shipped out and sent to you quickly. Each has a slot in the back for adding your own filter and come with either elastic or ribbon for tying around your head. I truly wish you all the best and send my well wishes to everyone. We appreciate all of you who support our small shop in the good times and the tough times. Making the mask has kept me busy this week and I'm glad I can help someone out, in a time of need.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Let's Take a Drive

I keep finding myself saying "this is all so crazy." Really, I'm not sure how else to describe the current pandemic situation. Everything is closing,  being cancelled, or much slower than usual. Finally, on Friday, I had a few deliveries to drop off and a few things to ship out. 

I haven't been out much on my own, for over two weeks, so I was itching to have a purpose to get out, where I could control the radio station and feel free to stop in the middle of the blacktop road to take a picture or 10. (Jeff and I still go to the farm and help with his parents, but otherwise that's about all the places we've been since our last show.)  

Side note - If you are staying home, make sure you crank your vehicle every few days or you might have a dead battery - my older battery didn't like setting idle for 9 days and had to be replaced. 

So come along with us and I'll show you some of the East Texas back roads that I traveled, while making my deliveries. Everything is turning green, the dogwood trees, and wisteria are all blooming, along with clover, Indian paintbrushes, and "yeller" weeds as my daddy called them. 








One of the roads I traveled down has very little traffic and I love this spot, so I got out of my vehicle to take a few pictures of the wisteria. I decided to take a short video, trying to capture it all. Hope you enjoy my walk along "wisteria lane." 







Hope you enjoyed our short drive around the rural route! We will try to share more of the spring wildflowers that we see and hope you'll do the same, since we can't travel everywhere. 

We had planned to go to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails this spring, but it has been canceled as well. We will  miss seeing the bluebonnets, since we don't have large fields of them here in East Texas. Even though we could stay in our vehicle, travelling the bluebonnet trails is restricted, since visitors to the area would need public restrooms that are closed, etc. So we will try to share some pictures from years past and look forward to getting back out there in the spring of 2021.  

Hope you are all staying safe and well. Please hang in there and we will all make it through this time. 





Sunday, March 22, 2020

Oh Corona...

Just a little over a week ago, we had our show at the Mineola Antique Fair. While we all practiced extra hand washing, had plenty of hand sanitizer, and didn't hug on all our sweet customers,  I don't think many of us realized just how serious this was quickly becoming. (At that time, gatherings in Texas were strongly discouraged if attendance was above 250 to 500+, while the building we were at doesn't have that capacity at any point.) 

Since then, group gatherings are limited to no more than 10, lots of stores are closing, we can't eat in a restaurant, schools are shut down for several weeks, and the list goes on. 

Since this is the week after a show, not too much has changed in our personal life, with the corona virus restrictions. Now please hear me out! I work from home, almost all of the time! The week after a show, I am always working from home, making sure all the recent wedding and online orders are being made and fulfilled. This week has been all about wedding bouquets and I've been in "the factory" (my small bedroom turned work room) making lots of burlap roses. I would label myself as an "extroverted introvert." I was working in public (our show) and on the go for several days last week and now I am happy to be at home working in the quiet. Jeff and I both work from home, so we've really only been in contact with 4 other people (family members) this week, except for a few store clerks, where we picked up the essentials. 

We also still have to go the farm and take care of animals and that doesn't change, no matter what the conditions are around us: rain, snow, drought, sunshine, or pandemic... the well being of our cattle and donkeys must still be attended to. A couple of new babies have certainly brightened our week!  
Please say hi to Gracie! I ask on fb and ig for name suggestions - there was so many that I couldn't decide. Jeff's mom saw her pic and a video, then I read her all the names and she said "she looks like a Gracie to me," so Gracie she is! 

Jeff and I also help provide some care and assistance to some family members, so we are helping them all the same. 

We live about 12 miles from town, so we normally only go grocery shopping once a week or less anyways. Tuesday, we did have several important stops in town to make, but we only went into the stores one at a time. He went into the feed store, I went in the grocery store (Have mercy at the empty shelves - it was late in the evening, so it wasn't crowded and I got almost everything I was after.)  We've got hand santitizer in the truck and use it before and after entering each location. I cleaned my desk and even found some more hand santitizer that was a freebie from a booth at the Yamboree last fall - it was like finding gold, lol! 

We seldom eat out together, so we continue to eat at home, as usual. 



Corona Virus has us like "Whoa Nelly!" 

A couple of things that have changed for us: 
We haven't been in such a rush this week and didn't set an alarm on most mornings. I've been saying "I'm tired" for several weeks, so I'm taking this time to get some extra rest. I've also had a "cranky" sore foot that is bothering me, so I'm trying to be easy on it as well. 

Angea and I didn't go junkin' or eat lunch together on Thursday. We usually meet on Thursdays and go pickin' and hunting for new inventory or restock our booths, then have lunch aka "board meetings". We've had a few "phone conferences" but haven't seen each other since we left Mineola last week. 

We know our shows scheduled for April will not happen. Vintage Market Days of East Texas has been postponed to June 18-20 in Lindale. The Mineola Antique Fair will not be held in April and we hope we can all gather there in May. 

We still have items at Kickin' K Cattle Co. in Quitman - although the boutique is not open daily now, but she will meet for curbside service on appointment and is offering free shipping on most orders over $25, till we get through this pandemic. Kadyn is also doing facebook sales or you can contact her for items in the store. Kickin' K just joined instagram too, so please welcome her and tell her I sent ya! 

We are taking extra precautions, washing our hands even more that usual! #washyourhands

Even if our clothes don't seem to be dirty, we are washing them after going anywhere. (you know how you wear a shirt for a little while when going to town and it doesn't get dirty, so you lay it over a chair to wear again - now it's going in the dirty clothes as extra precautions.) 

What to expect in the coming days from us:

We will continue to work on our wedding orders and ship items from our home on the rural route in East Texas. Orders will still be processed in a timely fashion and shipped out. The USPS says they will continue to deliver! I am ordering more supplies online, instead of going into the store to shop. 

I still haven't unloaded my vehicle from the Mineola show and we have some new shirts to photograph and list online. (This is something else I usually do the week after a show, but since we've been getting extra rest plus it's rained a lot this week, we didn't get around to it and my "wagon" hasn't been cranked all week, as we've just been going places in the "farm truck")  We are considering doing a live sale on my Facebook page this week in addition to getting our new things uploaded to our websites. If you are interested in the live sale, please head over to our fb page and make sure you have notifications turned on. 

This is a peek at a few of the new designs to be listed! 


We will continue to wash our hands a lot and hope you will as well! 

We will still maintain our daily positive words of encourage, fun memes, and pictures on our facebook page to help get us through this difficult time. 



We are always, always grateful for your support of our small handmade business and appreciate each and everyone of you!!! We understand there is so much uncertainty at this time and we are so very thankful for everyone who orders a shirt, allows us to design your wedding bouquets, fix flowers for your loved ones or events, or comes to our shows.  We couldn't do this without all of you. Thank you doesn't seem adequate enough, but we don't know how else to say it. We do hope all of you are well and we can't wait till we can see you all again soon!
Until them, we still have our website and etsy shop that you can find lots of our things (and there just might be a sale happening now!)  Send me an email or message on facebook or instagram. We are here to help you, however we can! 





Sunday, March 8, 2020

Our Rustic Gazebo

Years ago, way before we all had fabulous camera phones in our pocket and blogged about such projects, we rescued a gazebo from a trash ditch. Actually, we helped rescue two. Our friend had spotted two gazebos, rolled over on their side in a trash ditch, so he stopped and ask the owner if he could have them. Joey called Jeff and ask if we would help pull off the rescue, in exchange for one of them. We took a truck, tractor, and trailer and loaded them both up!

Well, over the next year or so, we completed a makeover on ours and it became the focal point of our yard. By this time, we were blogging all the time and took pictures of the process! We got featured by several blogs at the time, it's been all over Pinterest, and usually gets featured by a few garden pages each spring (that I see).

In January of this year, I was ironically enough out junkin', when I got an email that said "Country Living Feature." A staff writer was asking permission to feature my junk gazebo on CountryLiving.com in a round up of DIY Gazebos. Of course I said yes and they would link back to us here on our blog. (I love features, when permission is ask and credit given.)

I checked this weekend and discovered the article had been published a few weeks ago!

15 DIY Gazebo Ideas to Bring an Outdoor Oasis to Your Backyard

Have your gazebo match your style.

We are included at slide # 8. 




So for all of you who don't know the story or seen the past pictures of my gazebo, I'll provide a few links back to the original post for you to catch up on (or you can use the search feature and type in gazebo to see even more.)


Here's the original makeover with paint and a scrap metal roof can be seen
at https://www.gypsyfarmgirl.net/2011/08/gazebo-reveal.html
(please forgive the collage pages / pictures - I was also an unsuccessful affiliate for a digital scrapbooking website at the time and trying to use their products with my pictures.)



The first spring after the makeover and the unveiling of the Junk Yard can be viewed at
https://www.gypsyfarmgirl.net/2012/03/welcome-to-junk-yard.html
This is when I decided to only use upcycled, repurosed containers and you wouldn't see plastic or store bought planters. Some of favorite gazebo pictures reside here!



The Rusty Bottomless Bucket tutorial was also created around the same time. Find the instructions at https://www.gypsyfarmgirl.net/2012/03/bottomless-rusty-flower-bucket.html

galvanized bucket upcycled into hanging flower basket

We also have fun decorating it for Christmas




As you can see in the 
 2019 spring gazebo reveal, https://www.gypsyfarmgirl.net/2019/04/spring-in-gazebo.html, the shrubs and trees have sure grown a lot in the last few years. The bushes have almost overtaken the bicycle and now it's in need of rescuing! 

We've certainly enjoyed our Junk Yard and planting and decorating the gazebo throughout the different seasons. Thank you Country Living for including our gazebo in your round up! 


Please stay tuned, because the 2020 Spring Reveal will be coming soon! I've started planting in more unique containers. 




P.S. Want to feature or use our pics? Please ask like Country Living did and always link back to my blog. Also, please do not remove our watermarks! (I recently discovered some stolen pics with my watermarks cropped out and this does not make us happy.)