Month: May 2019

Feeling Patriotic? Gypsy Spoonful Certainly Does!

Patriotism is such a strong, dignified word. While the times we live in seem to be dividing us, the summer holidays that are approaching hopefully give all people something to relate to, something to bring people together. The definition of patriotism according to Dictionary.com is noun devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty. Perception is everything though, and the word patriotism … read more

Patriotism is such a strong, dignified word. While the times we live in seem to be dividing us, the summer holidays that are approaching hopefully give all people something to relate to, something to bring people together. The definition of patriotism according to Dictionary.com is

noun
devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.

Perception is everything though, and the word patriotism means different things to different people. For example, a couple of our Gypsy shop owners offered what comes to their mind when they think of patriotism:

“I am a born and raised NY’er. I lived in NY when our country was attacked. The worst act of terrorism we have ever seen on US soil. My uncle walked from Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn then over the Verrazzano Bridge to get home to Staten Island. He walked the entire way covered in soot. It took us hours to get in touch with our family to make sure they were safe because honestly we didn’t know. Cell phones weren’t working and most land lines were busy because so many people were trying to get in touch with their loved ones. It was terrifying and there was nothing we could do. We were in the dark. I ran to get my daughter from daycare and cried as I watched the second plane fly directly into the towers. My husband couldn’t get home fast enough. The next day and for many days that followed we were all just Americans. We weren’t black or white. Red or Brown. Jewish or Christian. We were all for one and one for all. We were kind. We all came together as a country. We stood strong together. This is the America I want to live in. The America where we stand strong together and fight for our freedoms. The very freedoms that terrorists are so threatened by. I am so proud to be an American. I am even more proud of the men and women who fight to protect our freedoms. Idk if that helps but it is exactly how I have felt every single day since 9/11. Never Forget.”

“Patriotism to me is a feeling. It’s pride in my country and the men and women that serve it, including one of my sons. It’s a sense of belonging to something bigger than me.”

“We are the UNITED states of America, and we should each have our own identity, but still be a part of the big picture. We should stand together, not be divided by the color of our skin, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or anything else. We should love our neighbors and help anyone when we can. We should teach our children what Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, and Veterans Day mean and why we have these holidays. Teach them that it’s not just a day to be off work and have a backyard party. It’s not about donning red, white, and blue and waving the flag. It’s about standing for the flag and honoring the men and women who have selflessly sacrificed for our freedoms.”

If your family is looking for new ways to show your patriotism this year be sure to check out the article below

5 truly meaningful ways to show your patriotism this Memorial Day and beyond

 

Families often get together on these holidays and so many people now are following the Keto lifestyle. Need recipe ideas for a Keto meal? Check out 14 Easy Low-Carb Memorial Day Recipes for some ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping is another thing that happens a lot on Memorial Day weekend. Lots of sales! Gypsy Spoonful included. Here are just a few of the sales Gypsy shops have going on:

Wreaths by Jacquelyn will be offering an extra 20% off all items in the shop!
Just use code MEMDAY19

All Lavender Neck Wraps and Herbal Migraine Pillows are on sale right now!!
Check NaturalTherapyPacks out now:

Lavender neck wraps
Migraine Sinus pillows

25% off select stick ponies and felt food in Houkreative  for Memorial Day 

Memorial Day Weekend Sale, Sat-Mon, 20% off Shop-wide at Scrappers Snips and Stitches 

Memorial Day Weekend Sale – 30% off shop wide at Kustom Cross Stitch using coupon code Memorial30 

You can keep updated on more sales over the weekend in this Gypsy Spoonful Facebook Group! Never know when a flash sale might pop up! Join us!

Just one more neat thing about patriotism before the weekend starts. Great music!
Check out Timeout’s pick of the best patriotic songs 

 

Bluprint

Bluprint : What Is It? And Where Did Craftsy Go??

*Damn right these are affiliate links! LOL!! 🙂 , if you click on a link and make a purchase, we may  earn a small commission on that sale. This helps up keep the website hosted, and other admin fees we don’t have a budget for! LOL! So Help your favorite gypsy mamas out and click … read more

*Damn right these are affiliate links! LOL!! 🙂 , if you click on a link and make a purchase, we may  earn a small commission on that sale. This helps up keep the website hosted, and other admin fees we don’t have a budget for! LOL! So Help your favorite gypsy mamas out and click through.I have no problem recommending this company to you, as I know it’s amazing.

An Introduction to Bluprint:

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Craftsy is gone, and the site is now called BluPrint. What happened to Craftsy? They’ve combined the spirit of Craftsy with the magic of Bluprint, It’s Been Years In the Making! This is so exciting!!

The Craftsy experience you’re used to, with affordable supplies and accessible classes, is staying the same – it’s all available at Bluprint.

At Bluprint you’ll be able to

• Watch all of your previously purchased classes
• Order project kits + high-quality supplies <—- I LURVE THIS!!

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You can choose a membership plan- What a GREAT idea!
Sign up risk-free for unlimited access to every video, pattern and recipe on Bluprint.
Read a letter from the founder and find out why they made these changes, and what’s in store for you.

You HAVE to get on over to Bluprint and check it out!

Bluprint

  • Thousands of Classes: Stream high-quality videos taught by experts you can trust.
  • Hundreds of Projects: Step-by-step guidance on projects at every skill level.
  • Help If You Hit a Snag: Get technique refreshers and quick fixes for common mistakes.
  • Supplies You Need: Members get an extra 15% off all kits and supplies from our shop.
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Download the Bluprint app HERE, it’s super convenient to have on the go.

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Save the Bees

Save the Bees

Bees, Honey, Bee Hives , and Everything Honey is definitely a HOT trend right now. Why the sudden popularity in bees? Bees, once considered a nuisance because of their alleged ornery disposition are in the spotlight these days. There has  been a fantastic increase in public awareness over the past few years, leading many to … read more

Save The Bees

Bees, Honey, Bee Hives , and Everything Honey is definitely a HOT trend right now. Why the sudden popularity in bees?

Bees, once considered a nuisance because of their alleged ornery disposition are in the spotlight these days. There has  been a fantastic increase in public awareness over the past few years, leading many to set up hives in their gardens and on their roofs. Bees are also making their presence known in the handmade world as well.. they’re showing up in hair bows, fabric prints, wreaths, garden decor and just about anywhere you can imagine in home decor~ Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat. Honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.

Save the Bees

What’s Killing the Bees — and Why It Matters

Worldwide bee colony collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical industry claims.

The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Many of these causes are interrelated. The bottom line is that we know humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss.

Worker bees (females) live about six weeks in summer and several months in the winter. Colonies produce new worker bees continuously during the spring and summer, and then reproduction slows during the winter. Typically, a bee hive or colony will decline by 5-10 percent over the winter, and replace those lost bees in the spring. In a bad year, a bee colony might lose 15-20 percent of its bees.

In the U.S., winter losses have commonly reached 30-50 percent, in some cases more. In 2006, David Hackenberg — a bee keeper for 42 years — reported a 90 percent die-off among his 3,000 hives. U.S. National Agricultural Statistics show a honey bee decline from about 6 million hives in 1947 to 2.4 million hives in 2008, a 60 percent reduction.

The number of working bee colonies per hectare provides a critical metric of crop health. In the U.S. — among crops that require bee pollination — the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90 percent since 1962. The bees cannot keep pace with the winter die-off rates and habitat loss.

These alarming facts have caused an uptick in gardener’s planning, many are adding bee-friendly plant species in their home gardens, and many are even adding bee homes, skeps and hives. Leading to the trend in urban bee-keeping.

(*Source: Greenpeace: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/sustainable-agriculture/save-the-bees)

Growing number of Illinois beekeepers welcome new hives

After a steady decline that started the 1980s, Illinois is returning to levels of bee hives and beekeepers not seen for more than 30 years. Click here for a video and story about bee keeping being on the rise in urban locations: Chicago

All of these bee and honey themed items are available on GypsySpoonful.com
We are 100% handmade creative community with nothing imported and nothing mass-produced.
Shipping to the US is always free, never extra!

See all items tagged “Bee” HERE


HoneyComb Pinch Bow Embroidery File

Winnie The Pooh with Bumble Bees Little Girl’s Dress by That’s So Addie

Save the Bees

 

20 Fun Facts all About Bees:

  • Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  • One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.
  • The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • Honey bees visit 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

Give Bees A Chance – Handpainted Garden Stepping Stone By Morning Star Art

Save The Bees

  • A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • The bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has a remarkable capacity to learn and remember things. For example, it is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.
  • Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.

Crochet Baby Blanket and Bee Doll by Scorpion and Ram

  • A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honey bees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
  • The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
  • Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work. All they do is mate.

Handmade Honey Bee Dog Collar By PetKneads

Save the Bees

  • Honey has always been highly regarded as a medicine. It is thought to help with everything from sore throats and digestive disorders to skin problems and hay fever.
  • Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
  • The natural fruit sugars in honey – fructose and glucose – are quickly digested by the body. This is why sportsmen and athletes use honey to give them a natural energy boost.

Sunflower and Honey Lip Balm by J & Mae Handmade

  • Honey bees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years.
  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!

Bee Felties for Planner Clips or Bow Embellishing from Wallowa WondersSave The Bees

  • The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
  • When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source is by doing a dance which positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive. This is known as the ‘waggle dance.’
  • Honey’s ability to attract and retain moisture means that it has long been used as a beauty treatment. It was part of Cleopatra’s daily beauty ritual.
  • Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals. It’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

Baby Bee Costume PDF Pattern/Tutorial by Small Shop School


Further Reading:

Backyard Beekeeping / City Bees

14 Backyard Beekeeping Tips

Save The Bees

Click the pic to shop “bee” on Gypsyspoonful.com

Aladdin is Coming ! “The ever impressive, the long contained, often imitated, but never duplicated … Genie of the lamp!”

The new LIVE ACTION Disney Movie , Aladdin will be dropping on May 24th! There is still time to get some awesome Aladdin related themed items from the Gypsy Spoonful marketplace! If you’re heading to Disney or you’re planning an Aladdin themed birthday party , we can get you all decked out! When Disney’s Aladdin debuted in … read more

The new LIVE ACTION Disney Movie , Aladdin will be dropping on May 24th! There is still time to get some awesome Aladdin related themed items from the Gypsy Spoonful marketplace! If you’re heading to Disney or you’re planning an Aladdin themed birthday party , we can get you all decked out!

When Disney’s Aladdin debuted in theaters 25 years ago, it opened up a whole new world for Disney animation. We can’t wait to see the live action version! As if the original wasn’t awesome enough, this new live action version is something that has been highly anticipated from Disney fans!

Aladdin

Until now, the teaser trailers for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, out May 24, have been greeted by audiences with a lot of wincing and a side of curiosity. The first teaser, which debuted in October, contained a lot of pomp but very few glimpses of the verisimilitude (and copious CGI magic) we’ve come to expect from Disney’s live-action spectacles so far (see: Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book). It mainly showed off a lot of sand and rock.

The second teaser was better, in that it offered a slightly better idea of what to expect from the remake. But it also gave rise to bafflement and skepticism when Will Smith’s genie turned out to look like little more than Will Smith in blue body paint. It also didn’t help that photos from director Guy Ritchie’s set made live-action Aladdin look like a strangely low-budget experiment — a long way from the dazzling, colorful mythical city of Agrabah that Aladdin fans remember from the 1992 animated classic.

But now, finally, Disney’s first full-length trailer for the film has given audiences a proper look at Aladdin’s world, and it’s starting to resemble the fun, snappy tale of adventure that fans know and love. The genie, especially, seems to have more punch, pizazz, yahoo, and how! — while Mena Massoud’s Aladdin gets to show off some of his wry street-rat wiles. Robin Williams spot is definitely going to be hard to fill but we have confidence that Will Smith will rock it!

Aladdin

 

Gypsy Spoonful makers have been very excited about the film, and we have an awesome showcase of themed items just for your browsing pleasure:

 

Aladdin Finger Puppet Set with Castle Carrying Case by Wallowa Wonders

Aladdin Finger Puppets Set

Aladdin Themed Mouse Ears Digital Download Embroidery Designs coming on Wed. 5/15 by MGEDesigns

Aladdin themed mouse ears

She also has this signature bag for Jasmine fans-currently in her shop , it’s an ITH embroidery digital download design

Aladdin Jasmine Signature Bag

Jasmine Genie handmade Mouse Ear Headband from MGEDesigns

Aladdin

 

Jasmine Cutie applique patch diy iron on 4×4 5×7 or 6×10 from WeLuvDizne (more styles/designs coming this week)

Aladdin Jasmine Cutie Applique Patch

Princess Jasmine DIY applique patch, or matching tees from WeLuvDizne

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Digital Download Agrabah Skyline – Embroidery / Applique Design by HappyDayApplique

Disney – and Jasmine A Line Emoji Dress by That’s So Addie

 

Jasmine stacked hair bow by Cheryl’s Bowtastic Bowtique

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Princess Jasmine Necklace by BuildABraceletBeadDesigns

Aladdin

Aladdin and Jasmine Stainless Steel Glitter Tumbler by Something Simple Creations

Princess Jasmine Mommy Of The Birthday Girl Heat Transfer By ScrumpStitches

Aladdin

The original animated film — part of what many now refer to as the Disney Renaissance alongside The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and more — shook things up with its more adult sense of humor and constant stream of jokes and pop culture references courtesy of Robin Williams’ Genie.

EW critic Chris Nashawaty described Aladdin as “candy-colored kiddie entertainment and as a more sophisticated joke delivery system for the grown-ups in the audience” in 2015. “As wonderful and beautiful and seminal as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were, it was Robin Williams’ antic, pop-culture-riffing Genie who really invented that one-for-the-kids/one-for-the-adults joke formula that has become the contemporary blueprint of just about every animated film, whether it’s created by Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, you name it, ever since,” he wrote.

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Here are 25 interesting bits of trivia about the film.

  1. Genie was originally conceived as a black character in the style of Fats Waller and Harlem stride-piano playing from the 1940s.
  2. The trumpet sound Robin Williams vocalizes in “Friend Like Me” was originally supposed to be instrumental until he improvised it.
  3. The peddler at the opening of the film (who is also the narrator) is actually the Genie in disguise – directors Ron Clements and John Musker confirmed this long-held fan theory in 2015.
  4. Princess Jasmine was partially based on Audrey Hepburn’s iconic civilian-for-a-day princess exploring Rome with Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.
  5. Lyricist Howard Ashman wrote the original 40-page treatment for the film complete with songs and it was envisioned as a campy 1930s musical – a lot of his version was scrapped but has been revived in the Broadway version of the show.
  6. The 1940 film The Thief of Baghdad was a major source of inspiration for the movie. The name of the villain Jafar comes from that movie and there is a human sidekick named “Abu,” whose moniker became that of Aladdin’s pet monkey.
  7. Howard Ashman wrote “Prince Ali” from his hospital bed while suffering from symptoms of AIDS. The last song he ever wrote was a piece for Jafar called “Humiliate the Boy” that did not end up in the final film.
  8. One of the earlier versions of the film featured a younger Aladdin, and his relationship with his mother was central to the film, including a song called “Proud of Your Boy” which has found a second life on Broadway.
  9. “A Whole New World” and the idea of a romantic flying magic carpet ride came from a scene in Superman (1978) where Superman (Christopher Reeve) flies Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) through the night sky.
  10. Robin Williams recorded four four-hour sessions with a ton of improvisation (that’s 16 hours of material!) for the animators to study intensely while bringing the Genie to life – animators transcribed every word from these sessions and selected what they wanted to include in the film.
  11. The film originally ended with a reprise of “Arabian Nights.” Eventually, the song was used in the third film, direct-to-video sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
  12. Robin Williams was the first major movie star to voice an animated role, and he opened the door for actors like Tom Hanks, Mike Meyers, and more to take on animated characters.
  13. The directors of the film, Ron Clements and John Musker, have voice cameos as two men in the marketplace outside the palace. Listen here.
  14. The Genie’s lamp can be seen on the back of treasure-hoarding crab Tamatoa in Moana, also directed by Clements and Musker.
  15. To convince Williams to take the part of the Genie, animator Eric Goldberg animated some segments of the Genie to recordings of Williams’ comedy albums.
  16. The voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger, is also D.J. Tanner’s high school boyfriend Steve on Full House. The TV series made a funny nod to this when D.J. imagines Aladdin is Steve while missing him on a trip to Disney World.
  17. Lyrics in “Arabian Nights” were changed for the film’s video release after the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee flagged them as offensive. They originally read, “Oh, I come from a land/From a faraway place/Where the caravan camels roam/Where they cut off your ear/If they don’t like your face/It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” They changed the questionable lyric to “where it’s flat and immense, and the heat is intense.”
  18. The Return of Jafar marked Disney’s first ever direct-to-video sequel and its immense financial success (in 1996 it was in the top 20 video releases of all time) prompted a slew of such titles, including a third Aladdin film.
  19. Howard Ashman initially passed on Beauty and the Beast because he was so passionate about making this film and wanted to have time to finish it before succumbing to his illness. He posthumously won an Oscar for Beauty and the Beast, and Tim Rice finished the Aladdin lyrics after he passed away.
  20. Animators reportedly based the look of Aladdin on Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future initially and then, once they decided to make him older, on Tom Cruise.
  21. Animator Glen Keane said he had to turn to videos of MC Hammer dancing to know how to animate the movement of Aladdin’s iconic “harem” style pants.
  22. Jafar’s character design, down to his staff and his bird henchman, is based on iconic Disney villain Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
  23. Animators looked to caricaturist Al Hirschfeld for his inspiration in creating their line-heavy characters.
  24. The Genie’s final outfit of a Hawaiian shirt and a Goofy hat appear to be based on Robin William’s outfit in a 1989 Disney-MGM studios short called Back to Neverland.

5 Reasons To Shop Small : A List By Gypsy Spoonful

There are a lot more reasons than just 5 to shop small, but here’s our top 5 picks. To shop the marketplace, go HERE  See our creative community in action in our Facebook Group Open a shop of your own, apply today!

5 reasons to shop small

There are a lot more reasons than just 5 to shop small, but here’s our top 5 picks.

To shop the marketplace, go HERE 

See our creative community in action in our Facebook Group

Open a shop of your own, apply today!