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Craftivism: Saving Australia’s Wildlife After Unprecedented Damage from Bush Fires

In this age of heated political debate , where the nation is polarized and deeply divided, a way to express one’s beliefs, or get behind a cause they’re passionate about with works of art, crafts, and making for a cause is trending. During the recent Australian bush fires, I was able to witness people from … read more

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In this age of heated political debate , where the nation is polarized and deeply divided, a way to express one’s beliefs, or get behind a cause they’re passionate about with works of art, crafts, and making for a cause is trending.

During the recent Australian bush fires, I was able to witness people from all around the world come together and make items for the wildlife that was displaced. I saw women from Kentucky talking to women from Australia and the UK about the way to create a bat wrap, and pouches for kangaroo joey’s that were orphaned. Ladies from California were collaborating with ladies from Montreal.  It was an amazing. It was beautiful, in a world that seems to be so torn with such a deep rift, coming together for a common cause… to help the Animals! Who doesn’t love critters?!  Craft enthusiasts across the world worked together to create tiny mittens, blankets and pouches for animals affected by the bushfires in Australia.

“We’re a bunch of crafters who decided to do something,” said Lachute resident Shana Panasuk, a Quebecer involved in the project. “We’re going to be asking for donations and looking for companies who can ship everything. Once we have a big box of stuff, we’re going to ship them ASAP.”

The international Animal Rescue Craft Guild has more than 231,000 members, and its Canadian sister collective, the Canadian Animal Rescue Craft group, has garnered more than 10,000 devoted crafters since its creation.

Hoping to help wildlife harmed in the Australian wildfires, thousands of crafters worldwide churned out swaddling wraps for bats, hanging enclosures for kangaroos, and cozy pouches for wallabies and other animals.

The unprecedentedly fierce fires in southeast Australia have claimed the lives of at least 28 people since September, destroyed more than 2,600 homes and razed more than 10.3 million hectares (25.5 million acres), mostly in New South Wales state. The area burned is larger than the U.S. state of Indiana.

With experts estimating the animal death toll in the hundreds of millions, Australia’s federal government recently established a $50 million emergency fund for wildlife. Half of the money will go to front-line responder groups, with the other $25 million funding an advisory panel to analyze affected areas and plan for long-term habitat restoration.

“It’s not just kangaroos, it’s also baby koalas, it’s bats, and possums, and sugar gliders – all the marsupials in Australia who are used to growing up inside a pouch now don’t have a pouch to grow up inside any more,” she said.

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“I am a single mom, so I don’t really have a lot of money to donate,” she said. “But I know there is a need, and this gives us something to work for. It’s rewarding to think a bat can lay in this pouch and feel some kind of comfort.”

Alison Rouse-Cramp, a tutor in Australia, began sewing wraps for bats in October 2019 after seeing a call for them on a local wildlife Facebook page. Carers often send her photos of the bats using wraps she sewed. This and so many stories like this is craftivism at it’s finest. Crafting for a purpose or cause can bring us all together, and put so much good karma out there into the world.

A lot of times in these crises animals are forgotten, so I am just doing my bit to know I have helped in some small way,” she said. “When a carer sends me photos of their babies in items that I have made, it brings tears to my eyes.”

Animals are always in need of these wraps – not just in fire season. Despite the outpouring of supplies, experts say they do not expect to have an excess any time soon.

“Australia has a lot of iconic and lovable animals,” Sharples added, “and I think that for people to physically be able to create something, to physically create an item they know an animal will use, resonates with people more so than a cash donation and that is why we have set that up as an option or a way to help.”

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Much of the outpouring can be traced back to Anna Key, who gathered together a bunch of sewing, knitting and crochet patterns approved by wildlife rescue groups and posted them on Facebook on Jan. 4. Within a week, they had been viewed more than 17 million times, and multiple Facebook groups popped up to coordinate and collect donations.

Key, who lives in Yamba in New South Wales, said she was inspired by her mother, who was knitting animal pouches, and figured she could put her own skills in marketing to good use. She called the response to what she’s dubbed the #globalcraftmovement overwhelming, but said participants should not be discouraged.

“Rescuing our Animals is a marathon, not a sprint — this will take months if not years to even try to recover from,” she said in an email. “We will still require crafts, just need to find out what is still needed first.”

Key has heard from groups in Singapore, Portugal and Hong Kong who are making items, along with schools across the United States. In Lee, New Hampshire, 10-year-old Gibson Griffith organized an event at his church to sew dozens of bed liners for crates and cages. About 15 people donated fabric, and more than a dozen showed up to help make the liners.

“It felt really good, and after the project, all of my volunteers that were there felt really good as well,” he said.

As crafters, artists, sewists, knitters, crocheters … we’ve been blessed with talents, it’s only right and good that we should give back using the skills we’ve been blessed with, isn’t it?

One of the GS Hanmade shops, MGEDesigns has a freebie platypus key fob (ITH) design (available for download here)  that has been downloaded almost 500 times. The only request from the shop owner is that if you make the key fob and sell it, you will donate part or all of the monies back to an organization helping the Australian wildlife.  Another shop , WeLuvDizne has the ready made key fobs for sale in her shop  (buy it here) and the profits are being donated to the Aussie animal help groups.

 

We Must Dare To Be Great

We Must Dare To Be Great “A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage… For us is the life of action, of strenuous … read more

We Must Dare To Be Great
We Must Dare To Be Great

“A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage… For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”

I love to learn from great people and get inspired by their stories. Among them, Theodore Roosevelt (TR) is a favorite of mine. His story never ceases to inspire me.

I’d like to share the reasons why I find TR inspiring. After reading them, I think you will agree with me that he is a great model to learn from.

Without further ado, here are five reasons why TR is inspiring.

1. His achievements are extraordinary.

The list of TR’s achievements is almost unbelievable. He is the youngest ever U.S. president, the winner of Nobel Peace Prize, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He also authored more than 30 books despite his busy schedule. He even had time to become America’s first brown belt in judo!

Franklin Roosevelt, his cousin who later became U.S. President, said that TR “was the greatest man I ever knew.”

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2. He excelled in all five aspects of life.

There are five aspects of life. While many people excel in just one or two, TR excelled in all five. In fact, I have yet to find another person who excels in all five aspects.

Let’s see how TR did in each:

      • Working: The list of achievements above says it all. There is no doubt about it.
      • Learning: He read three books a day while he was in the White House. Many people can’t read three books a month.
      • Physical: As mentioned above, he had a brown belt in judo. He was also a boxer. He thrived in physical activities.
      • Social: He was very good at connecting with people. In fact, he became an example in the popular book How to Win Friends and Influence People.
      • Spiritual: He maintained his integrity throughout his career. He was also a devout Christian: a Bible was found under his pillow upon his death.

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3. He thrived in both “extrovert” and “introvert” activities.

Normally, people thrive in just one kind of activities that matches their personalities, either extrovert or introvert. But TR excelled in both kinds of activities.

He excelled in getting along with people, an “extrovert” activity. But he also excelled in writing, an “introvert” activity. Again, it’s difficult to find someone who excels in both.

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4. He was a great learner.

TR was a curious person. He read books in different fields. He also had a photographic memory. He often cited passages from books that he hadn’t seen for years.

I think the main reason for this ability was his focus. While he was reading, he couldn’t even hear his name being called. He was totally immersed in the book.

5. He excelled in energy management.

An important factor behind TR’s achievements is his energy. His energy was so abundant that he was called “steam engines in trousers”. This abundance of energy allowed him to do things with focus and enthusiasm.

This is remarkable because he was physically weak as a child. He got sick often. But one day his dad challenged him to make his body, and he did. He began exercising intensely, and over time became the energetic person he was.

I highly recommend this awesome documentary by the great Ken Burns about the Roosevelts, it will give you an insight into why I think he was fantastic: https://www.netflix.com/title/80013283

What Are You Doing For Random Acts of Kindness Week?

According to Random.org, psychiatrists say that there are benefits for both parties when a random act of kindness occurs. Personally, I think the whole universe benefits, kind of like a karma thing. Ya know, like a check on the good side for human kind. It is interesting to think about this topic now. I don't ... read more

According to Random.org, psychiatrists say that there are benefits for both parties when a random act of kindness occurs. Personally, I think the whole universe benefits, kind of like a karma thing. Ya know, like a check on the good side for human kind. It is interesting to think about this topic now. I don’t want to sound cliché but “in this day and age” it is hard to see which way the scale is balancing sometimes. I would love to write here that I think positivity is winning and the all the negative energy is being banished from our lives, but I can’t. I do think that there is more of both. There is more positive things occurring but also more negativity finding its way in. I believe that means there is more awareness and hopefully change and more tolerance will come from that.

Some say Random Acts Of Kindness Day was first created in Denver, Colorado in 1995 and Random Act of Kindness Week began in 2018. There is another theory that it all started in a Sausalito, California, restaurant in 1982 when Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat. Random Acts of Kindness, true stories of acts of kindness, was published in February 1993 and set off a chain reaction. Articles appeared in nearly every newspaper in the U.S., and hundreds of radio stations devoted airtime to the cause.

There are plenty of super easy, inexpensive ways to join in with your own random acts of kindness. If you need some ideas, run to the Random Acts Of Kindness site and there are tons of ideas.

Or you could take a look at some of the great ideas some of our shop owners have to spread kindness.

Mandy's JoysMandy’s Joys Tumblers and Embroidery proudly make custom tumblers to be beautiful but more importantly they can be used daily and enjoyed by all. Tumblers are double wall stainless steel unless otherwise noted. Double wall stainless tumblers keep hot drinks hot for hours. Ice will last for hours also. Tumblers are sealed in FDA compliant epoxy.

 

 

 

 

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Grasping onto the catch phrase “Kindness is Contagious,” A woman named Megan Murphy founded the “Kindness Rocks Project”. The goal of the project? Simple: to “connect many” and to “inspire and empower others to join us in creating a kinder world.” How is this accomplished? Even simpler: by leaving rocks painted with words of kindness and affirmation in public places for strangers to find.

You can leave these for others to find, or create a lovely display in your home. Either way, this set of 9 rocks created by Affinity Stones with encouraging and kind messages will help you to spread kindness and remind you that each of us can do our small part to create a kinder world.

 

 

 

Kitchen signThis kitchen rules sign by Meesh’s Pieces makes a great gift or addition to any kitchen! It’s so important to show a little warmth and kindness and this sign is a perfect reminder to always be loving and kind to each other  Available with red or pink mixer! Kitchen sign has been sanded, stained, and has permanent vinyl lettering with a sawtooth hanger on the back. It has a matte poly sealer. Size is 12x17x1 and is made out of pine.

 

 

 

 

 

It started with a vintage silver chunky chain…and Simply the Glitter added a strand of turquoise rosary beads and connectors with words stamped on them. The words are…Loyalty, Unity, Joy, Kindness, Humor, and Hope!! Hanging from each end jump ring is are silver hearts. A silver magnetic clasp makes it easy on/off. All handmade items may have some variations in color and finish of the components.  Measurements – 7 1/2″

Every little bit helps. What are you going to do for Random Acts of Kindness Week?

Illegal Art of Auschwitz

On the 75th Anniversary of The Liberation of Auschwitz – the artwork produced by the imprisoned

Auschwitz, the largest and deadliest camp in the Nazi concentration and death camp system, was located in and around the small town of Oswiecim, Poland (37 miles west of Krakow). It is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some thoughts about … read more

Super Bowl Time is Here Already! Where did January Go?

Honestly, I am a little out of sorts for Super Bowl time of year. There is a lot going on in the world. Such drastic changes and happenings going on like helicopter crashes that seem unfathomable, political parties going after each other instead of working together for the better of the country, climate change :-). … read more

Honestly, I am a little out of sorts for Super Bowl time of year. There is a lot going on in the world. Such drastic changes and happenings going on like helicopter crashes that seem unfathomable, political parties going after each other instead of working together for the better of the country, climate change :-). Even the football season was a little off, it seemed. The upsets were certainly interesting. I mean, the Dolphins, and then the Titans beat the Patriots? Clearly, there is something off this year.

But the show must go on and football, like life, continues. Super Bowl LIV, the 54th Super Bowl will decide the champion for the NFL’s 100th season. The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers will face the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs in Miami, FL. Demi Lavato is singing the National Anthem which I can’t wait for and the half time show is going to be hot with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. Hopefully, the commercials will be as entertaining as usual. That is another one of my favorite parts. The football, the game, the food, the commercials, it all adds up to a pretty good day. Even better if your team wins!

Believe it or not, this is the first time a Super Bowl will feature two teams with red as a primary uniform color. The Chiefs will be rocking their traditional home red jerseys with white pants, while the 49ers will wear their standard white away jerseys with gold pants. You can read more fun facts about this years Super Bowl in the article Super Bowl 2020: 54 things to know about Super Bowl 54, featuring fun facts about Chiefs vs. 49ers and more

One of the best parts about the Super Bowl is all the food!! Super Bowl parties have the greatest food to eat and munch on throughout the day leading up to the big game. I found some great recipes that I am going to try this year in 85 Best Super Bowl Recipes to Satisfy Your Hungry Game Day Guests. After you eat all that food, if you are looking for a good way to relax while you watch the game, check out these coloring pages for some Super Bowl coloring. What a great way to help keep the kids busy while the grown ups watch the game.

Of course, here at GS Handmade we certainly didn’t forget about the Super Bowl.tic

 You can work on a cross stitch pattern of your pick for the Super Bowl created by Kustom Cross Stitch while you are watching! Which team are you rooting for? I have to say that this year I don’t really have a big stake in the game but I will stick with Kansas City Chiefs because those darn 49er’s took out my Green Bay Packers and I am still feeling the pain. Plus, I just like Andy Reid and I think he deserves the win.   San Francisco 49er's Cross Stitch PatternOr the San Francisco 49er’s  It is Coach Shanahan’s first Super Bowl so we will see how he holds up under the pressure. San Francisco led all playoff teams in rushing yards after ranking among the NFL’s top running teams in the regular season. If they can keep the ball on the ground instead of a passing game, they could pull off a win.
Super Bowl LII Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set by Cr8tive Release Gifts

This Super Bowl LII Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set by Cr8tive Release Gifts is the perfect gift for the football lover in your life.  Whether you’re a fan of the NFC or AFC, we have you covered. The game pieces and bag can be customized and personalized to match your favorite team.  Each game set comes with a game board, 10 game pieces and a coordinating carrying case or tote.   

Kansas City ChiefsPut a coaster under all those party drinks!! You know what separates us from monkeys? Opposable thumbs? Nope! Drink coasters. Show the world how classy you are and throw down one of these fabulous drink coasters. Great for the man cave or mom’s grand piano. Stop living like an animal and leaving drink rings everywhere, you monster! 5.5×5.5″ and packaged in groups of 5 so you and four of your friends can stop ruining mom’s furniture. These coasters from Meesh’s Pieces have the Chiefs on one side and footballs on the back. 
Football Bottle Tote Cozy

Who’s in charge of the wine?? We can help you with that! Check out this Football Bottle Tote Cozy by BarbsYarnGallery This  Cozy is great to carry wine, Sparkling juice, or any spirits. You will love it to carry a bottle to your next party. Also a bottle cozy can be used for any bottle of spirits you choose. You will be a hit when you give this to your hostess with a their favorite bottle of spirits at your next party. Also you can find a selection of cozies in the shop. Each cozy is hand crochet with 100% acrylic yarn.

svg football girlfriend babeThis Football Babe file by A Crafty Mama Cocan be used in so many ways. Create t-shirts, backpacks, tote bags, umbrellas, sneakers, water bottles, tumblers, glassware, baby bottles…..gahhhhh I can go on and on…..your options are limitless. 

GS Handmade has an amazing year planned and you are not going to want to miss a bit of it! Get connected!

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Valentine’s Day Is Almost Here! Are you ready?

One might think that there was some kind of lovey dovey romantic background to the whole Valentine’s Day tradition, but that is not exactly the case. As it turns out, nobody really knows the true history behind this holiday, nor do any of the theories completely check out. Even historians find themselves arguing over the exact … read more

One might think that there was some kind of lovey dovey romantic background to the whole Valentine’s Day tradition, but that is not exactly the case. As it turns out, nobody really knows the true history behind this holiday, nor do any of the theories completely check out. Even historians find themselves arguing over the exact traditions from which the present-day holiday takes inspiration. The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. The holiday has expanded to expressions of affection among relatives and friends. Many schoolchildren exchange valentines with one another on this day and help their dad’s make their mom’s breakfast in bed. If you happen to be looking for some amazing recipes for your loved ones breakfast there are 21 great ideas in this article to get your day started!

Of course, whether you need Valentine’s decor, Valentine’s gifts or maybe a Valentine treat just for yourself, GS Handmade has it all. Here is just a glance at what you can get your hands on for Valentine’s Day.

Rustic Valentine’s Day Wreath by Wreaths & More by Jacquelyn How pretty is this wreath?! This LOVE-ly wreath is ready to ship – so act fast before it’s gone! It’s full of deco mesh, burlap mesh, silk roses, red/black plaid small heart, large burgundy heart sign (which alone measures 17″), and heart picks. This wreath is full of red/beige gingham print ribbon which matches the ribbon on the large heart sign, burgundy ribbon, Valentine’s themed ribbon – it was certainly handmade with lots of love! This wreath measures approximately 25″ inches – it’s rather large and full. printable valentinesPrintable Valentines by Teach K 2 to Created for teachers to use for children in their class who may not have valentines to pass out. They are also for parents who want unique, handmade valentines for their child. The set consists of 4 different valentines. Tutors and homeschoolers can benefit from these as well. Love Heart Tattoo BowLove Tattoo Heart Bow Hair Clip by GoosieGirl Add a little something extra, top off her Valentine dress or outfit with a GoosieGirl original hair clip. Ready To Ship, One of kind. Shipping is free/included in the price. Perfect for any day she wants to feel special. red and large checkedOn trend red and black buffalo print! This on point buffalo print will make you smile all the way through the winter season! These pillow covers made by Meesh’s Pieces are made from super soft flannel and are easily removable to wash or change out with another print.
Brass Love Connector Assemblage Bracelet 1Brass Love Connector Assemblage Bracelet by Simply the Glitter This bracelet turned out amazing!!! It was made using a brass stamped connector link “LOVE”. A vintage pearl rosary strand, along with two brass chains to finish off this piece. Hanging from a jump ring, is a brass charm that reads “let your HEART be your COMPASS” and a brass heart charm. A brass lobster clasp makes it easy on/off. You Can’t Ride In My little Love Wagon Valentine’s Day Shirt by Designs By Danielle. Long or Short Sleeves. This shirt is perfect for School Parties or Valentine’s Day Pictures. This design is on a Unisex ShirtMade with quality heat transfer vinyl and pressed with a professional heat press!You Can't Ride In My Little Love wagon Valentine's Day Shirt HUGS KISSES & VALENTINE WISHES CANVAS GARDEN FLAG BY CR8TIVE RELEASE GIFTS HUGS KISSES & VALENTINE WISHES CANVAS GARDEN FLAG BY CR8TIVE RELEASE GIFTS
Hugs Kisses & Valentine Wishes Canvas Garden Flag by Cr8tive Release Gifts This 12″ x 16″ Hugs Kisses & Valentine Wishes Canvas Garden Flag is the perfect decorative addition to your garden. It can be customized to meet anyone’s style and currently comes in White or Ivory.
Mandy's Joys Valentine’s Day TumblerValentine Tumbler by Mandy’s Joys Tumblers are double wall stainless steel unless otherwise noted. Double wall stainless tumblers keep hot drinks hot for hours. Ice will last for hours also. We offer mason jar glasses for those who do not like metal cups. Our tumblers are sealed in FDA compliant epoxy.

You can find more Valentine’s Day goodies right HERE

 

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Welcome to the Roaring ’20s!

Welcome to 2020 on GS Handmade!! A new year and a new decade that we are so excited about getting started with you. In fact, you are all invited to join the makers of GS Handmade for a ROARING GOOD TIME as we kick off our FIRST of MANY awesome auctions and events for 2020. ... read more

Welcome to 2020 on GS Handmade!! A new year and a new decade that we are so excited about getting started with you. In fact, you are all invited to join the makers of GS Handmade for a ROARING GOOD TIME as we kick off our FIRST of MANY awesome auctions and events for 2020. This designer’s choice auction will begin on Saturday, Jan. 4th at 6pm (central time). Make supporting small business and handmade a new LIFESTYLE in 2020. Treat yourself to something amazing and have a roaring good time with our shop owners! Join the group: GS Handmade or join here at https://thegslife.com/39f8bRR

Do you pay attention to what is trending each year? We are seeing that what is really trending this year is doing what isn’t trending. It is all about individuality and uniqueness. Custom, one of a kind creations and designs are what everyone wants. People have moved past trying to compete with the Jones next door and instead they are looking for styles that are practical and make their heart happy. Who cares if nobody else likes it or even gets it. As long as no one can buy one just like it at the local WalMart, it is perfect, which is exactly what our shops have to offer.

One of those shops is our Featured shop of the Month for this month. Yves Treasure Shoppe is your stop for handmade baby blankets and gifts. You will also find hair accessories, and a few unique clothing pieces. Items are always ready to ship!

The four Featured Items of the Week are available now, too! Take a look at these.

 

Girl Boss T-shirt
Girl Boss T-shirt by JenO Designs
Girl Boss Unisex T-shirt. Choose your vinyl color from Solid, Metallic or Glitter words. Free Standard Shipping!
Choose from T-shirt colors: Gray, Black or White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonjour Hair roller

Bounjour

Bonjour Fabric Hair Rollers created by My Easy Curlers. Perfect for french inspired fashion lovers, these Bonjour Hair Rollers/Buns are sure to be a hit with everyone. Made from Super soft cotton, featuring Phase Change Material and KAM snaps. Each roller is approximately 1 inch in diameter. This print is offered in 2 lengths from our 1 inch diameter hair rollers. THe short length is great for FINE THIN hair, and the standard size is best for everyone else, including those with long hair. Non-damaging and heat free curls are on your horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflower glitter cupSunflower Glitter Cup created by Allica Designs
This 16 ounce stainless steel double-wall sunflower glitter cup with a lid and straw will keep your drinks cold for hours. It was carefully hand painted with several coats of premium metallic acrylic paint, and then baked for durability. Then 2 coats of shimmer were applied to add just a touch of sparkle. Finally it was sealed with several coats of clear, high-gloss varnish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Quotes – Wall Art – Wings of Hope 1 - Hope

Inspirational Quotes – Wall Art – Wings of Hope 1 – Hope

Hope Inspirational Wall Art  8″x10″ print of painting by Lori Levine of Studio 1153
When the World Says Give Up, Hope Whispers, Try One More Time
Be inspired by Studio 1153’s selection of art quotes and sayings!
From inspirational quotes and positive affirmations, our inspirational quote wall art will make the perfect accent for your own home or office.
Choose your favorite phrase and start your collection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admins Choice are another four items that impress the Admin team on a regular basis! We want to show them some love and share them with you!

 

 

Spirit Dance Smudge Kit created by Red Deer Grove
Ready for a new beginning? Feeling weighed down with old patterns and tired energy? Refresh yourself and start anew with our all-natural Spirit Dance Self-Smudging Kit. You get: 4 ounce bottle of Spirit Dance Misting Potion and a 4 ounce bottle of Spirit Dance Botanical Body Cleanser made with pure essential oils known for purifying, infusing with new energy and protecting against negative energies in an organic base. Cedar, sage, dragon’s blood, benzoin, sandalwood, violet, myrrh and frankincense will leave you feeling cleansed and wonderfully scented. 2 ounce Spirit Dance Skin Balm is made with fractionated coconut oil infused for months with frankincense resin, then blended with sweet almond oil and other skin-loving emollients. Then fortified it with essential oils including frankincense, sage, sandalwood, rosewood, cedar, citrus and rosemary, all highly protective herbs. Use it anywhere on your skin, and it’s great for beards too! The Spirit Dance Lip Salve comes in a half-ounce tin with a pretty glass leaf charm. Organic Sage and Cedar handmade soap gently cleanses without harsh chemicals and leaves you feeling clean and wonderfully fragrant. Spirit Dance Botanical Bath Salts come in an 8” glass tube and are made with pure sea salt, sage leaf, lemon balm, lavender buds, rose petals and calendula petals. Instructions scroll is tied with a pretty silver goddess charm, and will tell you step-by-step how to cleanse your home and yourself through smudging. Your kit arrives in a white gift box with green crinkle fill, a spray of silk lavender buds, a Spirit Dance card and natural jute tie. Red Deer Grove believe in the wisdom of Nature, and in the healing power of herbs and oils used properly. They use only pure organic sustainably-sourced ingredients, recycled packaging, and buy supplies from American manufacturers whenever possible. Red Deer Grove’s Spirit Dance Smudge Kit makes a wonderful Housewarming gift, and it’s a great way to make a home your own too.

 

 

Gone To Yoga Wreath by Wreaths & More by Jacquelyn
A unique wreath for the Yoga Lover & Enthusiast! Wreath measures approximately 22″ in diameter, and is ready to ship. It features a wood sign that states ‘Gone to Yoga’ in the shape of a lotus flower, faux silk flowers and faux greenery. The colors are a pretty coral, which is also the Pantone Color of the Year this 2019! This is a great wreath to hang on your door year-round, and also makes a great gift idea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivory and Gold Damask Cheer Bow by A Girl and Her Bow
A large cheer bow made of ivory and gold damask USD ribbon and placed on a pony band.
Items will ship in 3 to 5 business days, not including weekends or holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rhodonite and Quartz Crystal Necklace created by Rumpled Foxes
Pink rhodonite necklace with peach colored quartz crystals. The peach and pink colors on this are an amazing combination. The quartz crystals are treated with a titanium coating to give them this color. The rhodonite stones have natural striations and stripes in them, each stone has it’s own unique pattern. Other beads are gold metallic colored glass beads in various sizes. Antique gold colored brass bead caps give it a vintage look. The fan pattern of the crystals lends a tribal or boho look. Five peach colored quartz crystals make the focal for this necklace. These are clear quartz crystals with titanium coating to make it the peach color. The other beads are two sizes of pink rhodonite and old gold colored glass seed beads. Antique gold colored brass bead caps. Lobster claw clasp. This is 20 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are You Ready For The New Star Wars Movie?? One More Day!!

I had no idea at the time how pivotal the movie would end up being. All I knew was everyone was going to the movies to see the new cool looking Star Wars movie. It was a small college town back then with only one movie theater. Not much to do, especially in the frigid … read more

I had no idea at the time how pivotal the movie would end up being. All I knew was everyone was going to the movies to see the new cool looking Star Wars movie. It was a small college town back then with only one movie theater. Not much to do, especially in the frigid Wisconsin winters. The movie played week after week and we went to it week after week. I think I went about 22 times and I had friends that went more than that. The boys acted it out, the girls put posters of Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker on their bedroom walls.

It is nothing less than amazing to me that all these years later, another one is getting ready to come out and it is still the phenomenon that was started back then. People are scalping tickets to the new movie on street corners and EBay for up to $100. Disney has an entire section devoted to it on their website filled with fun trivia, coloring pages and games for the kids HERE. More fun can be found on the Boy’s Life website where they have a great article called. “50 Funny Stars Jokes and Comics.” Are you a Star Wars fan? There are a lot of them out there. See if you can stack up against them with this fun Star Wars quiz!

Of course, GS Handmade shops have got in on some of the fun! Take a look at these fun Star Wars items.

 

 

 

sundress star wars printSundress made by Chic Geek Fashions from Star Wars inspired fabric is perfect for the casual cosplay fan. Wear any day to show your love of Star Wars. Or use it for your Disney Bound outfit or Disney Dapper Days. This completed sundress is a size small with the measurements of bust 34″ and waist 26″. It can also be custom ordered to your measurements. The blue fabric has a Star Wars inspired design. The green accents match them. The dress is cotton so it is washable but handle with care and use cold water and a cool dry to prolong the life of the garment and prevent shrinking. If you are ordering a custom made dress, please provide the following measurements to insure a proper fit. Chest, waist, and hip. Furthermore, for a custom made dress, allow up to 4 weeks for delivery, and order early for special occasions. If you order a pre-made dress, it will ship within 3 business days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Yoda ornament by WeLuvDizne Christmas star wars mandalorian Christmas tree decor gift tagBaby Yoda ornament by WeLuvDizne. This little guy has captured our hearts! He’s so cute!!! This ornament looks great on our tree! You can use it as a gift tag, too. All Star Wars fans will love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow Cases: Star Wars

Pillow Cases: Star Wars created by Scrapper’s Snips and Stitches

 

Star Wars pillow cases created by Scrapper’s Snips and Stitches! Don’t let the Dark Side interrupt your good night’s rest. This king-sized pair of pillow cases boast detailed Star Wars Sugar Skull Fabric featuring Darth Vader, R2D2, C-3PO, Storm Trooper, and Boba Fett, designed by Camelot Fabrics. Contrasting fabric in a mottled red cotton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jedi robe kitStar Wars Jedi Robe Cosplay Kit By Creative Costume and Design. This is a kit with everything you need to put the Jedi Robe together. However, you will need a sewing machine and basic sewing skills to sew your robe. The Jedi Robe Sewing Kit includes a medium weight linen fabric cut and ready to sew with detailed instructions. You will just need to let me know what color you want. This is certainly a great way to have a quality costume and save some money. Plus, you get to say, “I made it myself!” Please allow up to 7 days to prepare your kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see more Star Wars fun HERE!

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What Is Your Holiday Decor Style?

The time has come. Halloween has flown by like a ghost slipping in your window. Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are finally gone. The time for decorating for Christmas is finally here! I don’t know about you, but I use this time to do a “Fall Cleaning” and as I clear out spaces to … read more

crochet dishclothThe time has come. Halloween has flown by like a ghost slipping in your window. Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are finally gone. The time for decorating for Christmas is finally here! I don’t know about you, but I use this time to do a “Fall Cleaning” and as I clear out spaces to make room for new holiday decor. I can clean under and in between easier before I put new things up. There is just something about the last big clean when you throw open the windows and it is kind of cold in the house but its ok because you are busy.

This Crochet Dishcloth Set of 3 by Just Bobbin Along measures approximately 7” square, though some may be slightly larger. This set contains 1 cream colored, 1 brick red, and 1 smokey blue. These dishcloths are the perfect accent for your kitchen. They are a soft 100% cotton and stand up the the toughest cleaning jobs. They are versatile- being found in the kitchen, bathroom, and used around the house for dusting. These dishcloths are sturdy and economical.  They make a great housewarming gift or holiday gift. Then again, you may not be in the mood for cleaning.

 

 

 

When I Said I Was Cleaning What I Really Meant Was I Was Polishing Off 2 Glasses of Wine by D84 Digital is a Machine Embroidery Design that is a  5×7 Hoop Size.  Please note that this listing is for a digital file, not a completed product. You will need an embroidery machine to use this file. Check to be sure we offer your needed format before purchasing.

After cleaning and moving things around, the tree can go up and the real decorating can begin. In my house we have to go through a couple of days of debate. Real or artificial? I want real. We usually have artificial because we do have the darn thing packed away. It is interesting to see among my family and friends who puts their holiday decorations up the same way every single year or do they try to change it up some. I know some that literally buy new everything every year! I go for a happy medium. I love all the decorations that I already have but I like to add something new every year to help me remember each year.

Christmas Snowflake Card GarlandDo you get a million holiday cards but struggle to find a place for them all?
Do you use scotch tape to adhere them to the wall, only to have them fall off every 5 minutes? Do you wish you had something that helped display those wonderful cards you get every year? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then the Snowflake Christmas Card Holder Garland by A Crafty Mama Company is just what you need. Not only does it give you a way to display all those wonderful holiday cards you receive during the holidays, but it also doubles as beautiful holiday decor. Just over 5′ long you can display garland just about anywhere inside your home. Around an entryway, hanging from your mantle or even your breakfast bar, or simply hung on a wall. No matter how you display this piece, it is sure to make a beautiful addition to your holiday decor. Garland includes 9 snowflake clips for attaching holiday cards or pictures and is approximately 64″ long. Snowflake clips are adjustable and can be moved.

 

 

 

 

 

merry be your christmasIt’s coming! The most wonderful time of the year! Get an early jump on your decorating with this beautiful barn red sign. Perfect for your mantle, hearth, or front porch! This Christmas sign stained in a barn red, is handcrafted by Meesh’s Pieces. It has been sanded, stained, and then sealed. The lettering is permanent vinyl. There’s no hardware on the back so you can choose how to hang it or just prop it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Gingerbread House Home Decor

Crochet Gingerbread House Home Decor

This adorable house is on a foam board base and frame and covered with crochet walls and also crochet candy, windows, and doors by Barbs Yarn Gallery. The base measures 9″ square and the house is 8 1/2″ tall. You never have to worry about this Gingerbread house spoiling.  It will also make a great centerpiece decoration for your holiday table. Or sit it on the mantle of your fireplace. It also looks cute on a windowsill or any shelf and end table. Simply store it away and bring back out for next season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This adorable Gold White Poinsettia Hair Clip will add just the right amount of holiday cheer (and sass!) It was designed with pin ups in mind, but it would be pretty for any style you rock. This piece is a beautiful accessory and will add such a gorgeous touch to all the holiday outfits and dresses for sure! This GoosieGirl original design is one of a kind and won’t be re-created so you’re assured of an absolutely unique hair clip. It is ready to ship, and shipping is included in the cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collection of bright holiday papers

This “Happy Holiday Digital Paper Bundle by Dancing Kelpie is is a great way to ring in the holidays! Ready to download and print, It is great for scrap booking, wrapping paper, cards, decals, mugs, home decor, signs, the sky is the limit! Use them as a background for your website, or even as planner page backgrounds. There are SO many ways to use these digital papers! This holiday bundle includes Three Buffalo Plaid tree papers, Three holiday colored stripe and plaid prints, and two happy falalala llamas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand painted glass Christmas ornament, Mistletoe Kisses 007

Hand painted glass Christmas ornament, Mistletoe Kisses 007

 

Alcohol Ink Hand Painted Glass Christmas Ornament by Studio 1153. Art for your mind, soul and spirit. Each glass ornament is hand painted and unique; no two are exactly alike due to the design process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see more holiday décor HERE!

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GS Handmade Welcomes December and the Holidays

December is such a fun month filled with parties and presents, shopping, eating and a lot of the times a fair amount of stress. There is never enough time, enough money, enough energy it seems but somehow it happens every year. We get through it and more great memories have been made. Fun facts – December … read more

December is such a fun month filled with parties and presents, shopping, eating and a lot of the times a fair amount of stress. There is never enough time, enough money, enough energy it seems but somehow it happens every year. We get through it and more great memories have been made. Fun facts – December has 3 birthstones to choose from. Tanzanite, Turquoise or Blue Zircon. The full moon on the 12th is called the Cold Moon or the Long Nights Moon. The new moon is on Dec. 26th. There are always some good movies coming out in the month of December. This year is no different with another Jumanji movie releasing, a Star Wars movie and Cats!

December is going to be an amazing month on GS Handmade! Make sure you are connected so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Tell your friends/family and invite them to the group!! Here’s a link to make it even easier for you to share the group: GS Handmade

True story… yesterday across the US , people turned out and showed up to support small business to the tune of $3.6 billion dollars. GS Handmade played a part in that, and we ask for your continued support through out this holiday shopping season. Handmade small shops like the 85 small shops hosted by GS Handmade are the NEW face of American manufacturing. When you shop with any one of our small shops YOU are investing in REAL PEOPLE and FAMILIES, you’re investing in local economies and communities. Small shops such as ours are the lifeblood of the American economy. SAY YES to America, as you say YES to GS Handmade this holiday season.

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We had such a blast and so many cool prizes were given away yesterday! What a great way to kick of the holidays and we love the holidays here at GS Handmade. It is such a special time of year. Even though it may be cold where you are, some of the warmest memories happen this time of year and we strive every year to make more. There are so many amazing choices when you shop handmade! You can order personalized things or customize your own design for someone you love. And if you aren’t sure what they would love, let the pick it out themselves! GS gift cards are available, they’re a great idea for anyone on your list!

Today we are beginning our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!! 12 solid days of fun and prizes. We’ll be giving away a few items every single day from our awesome small shops!

You will NOT want to miss all of the sales hosted by GS Handmade small shops TOMORROW, aka Cyber Monday.

Then, right after the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways we jump right into Have yourself a Merry little download on December 13-24! This one is for the digital designers. A FREE digital download every day!

Stocking stuffers are one of the best parts of Christmas. It can be so much fun if you get a little creative instead of always doing the same things every year. One year we did snacks and drinks in stockings. One year it was all balled up dollar bills. My personal favorite is sending them on a scavenger hunt from hints in their stockings. It makes the magic of Christmas morning last a little bit longer. I signed the Handmade Pledge this year so my stocking stuffers and all my gifts for people will be handmade! It’s going to be a great year for presents! All month long we will be Rocking the Stocking Stuffers! You can check them out HERE!

Unique, Handmade Gifts for Teachers on GS Handmade

  This super fun glass mason jar tumbler from Mandy’s Joys is made to look like a jar of grape jelly/jam with the words “Teaching is my Jam” on the front label! This full glitter mason jar has a lid with a gasket in the lid to allow the straw to fit. The back of … read more

Teachers are seriously the unsung heroes if there ever was one. Their pay is dismal and many times it can be pretty unrewarding and disheartening. It is not the exception, but the norm that teachers regularly take money out of their own pockets for supplies for their students and classrooms. Considering they don’t make all that much to begin with, this has got to be putting a hardship on them, yet they keep doing it.

At GS Handmade, we value all the teachers out there and all they do. They deserve more.

Michelle Waters owner of Scrapper’s Snips and Stitches says, “Teaching will never provide a fat bank account, but you will be richly blessed. Your student is more important than your lesson. (Once, while teaching a lesson on the importance of the writing process, one of my students interrupted me by asking, “Mrs. Waters, did I tell you that on Saturday a man put a gun to my head?” From that moment on, my purpose for being a teacher took a different path. )”

 

Kim Barry of Allica Designs made it pretty simple – Teach~Love~Inspire.
Sunflower teacher magnet

This fun magnet from Allica Designswill dress up your fridge, white board, file cabinets, or any metal surface, all while holding up your pictures, business cards, papers, child’s art work, or grocery list. The magnet will hold at least 5 pieces of paper, depending on the weight of the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all had our favorite teacher when we were is school though, right? Even better than having your own favorites though, I think, is watching it happen for your child. Sometimes a kid for whatever reason is having a hard time in school or just isn’t interested and that one teacher comes along that they connect with. It’s like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders and their eyes open.

 

Mandy's Joys

This super fun glass mason jar tumbler from Mandy’s Joys is made to look like a jar of grape jelly/jam with the words “Teaching is my Jam” on the front label! This full glitter mason jar has a lid with a gasket in the lid to allow the straw to fit. The back of this 24 ounce mason jar features a “nutrition” label with fun “ingredients” that make up a wonderful teacher!

This item will be made to order. Please allow approximately three weeks processing time to ensure safe shipping.

This mason jar tumbler is completely sealed with FDA compliant epoxy – this has the glitter completely sealed and the jar labels protected for long term use and enjoyment! The glitter used on all of my tumblers is high quality polyester that resists fading and keeps the sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGEDesigns has started the sale a little early! All embroidery designs are on sale. Save up to 65% You can find free designs everyday at her GS shop!
Join her group MGEmbroideryDesigns ~~ check the pinned post for coupon codes~~ for your chance to win gift certificates and free designs!
Sale starts NOW and ends Friday at Midnight!

This is our 4th yea of doing our Small Business Saturday Event! It’s very popular!
We will be hosting games, contests and we will be giving away “door prizes”
Date: Sat. Nov. 30th
Time: Noon-6pm
Where: Our public Facebook group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/GypsySpoonful/ )

A Little Thanksgiving Contemplation

Thanksgiving truly gets the short end of the stick at my house. That makes me a little sad because fall is my favorite time of year. I miss it, honestly. When I was a kid it was a big deal at my house. That one holiday alone was worthy of a complete family reunion with … read more

Thanksgiving truly gets the short end of the stick at my house. That makes me a little sad because fall is my favorite time of year. I miss it, honestly. When I was a kid it was a big deal at my house. That one holiday alone was worthy of a complete family reunion with aunts, uncles, cousins and a mountain of mouth watering foods. Times have changed though and the way it worked out for me was if I wanted my children for Christmas, I had to let my ex-husband have them for Thanksgiving. Well, there went Thanksgiving because there was no way my children would be anywhere but home in their own beds on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. My two younger children didn’t care or want some big turkey dinner and we had moved away from most of our family. My idea of what Thanksgiving was completely fell apart and I never really got it back. Although, I might make up for it with going a little overboard with the whole Christmas joy thing, but I don’t even care.

Fall is still my favorite time of year and I love to decorate for the season. I think its the colors that get me. The rich, dark greens and reds and oranges make everything so elegant and pretty. If you are not super busy with Thanksgiving festivities, it can be a good time for a little self care too. Gear up for the month of December and all the craziness that brings. Take a nice, quiet break to catch up on things and think about how you would like to end this year and begin the new one. Don’t forget to take a moment to remember all the people and things you are thankful for in your life this year.

Whether you do the huge family Thanksgiving or spend your time reflecting, GS Handmade has plenty of Thanksgiving items to help you enjoy your holiday! Take a look!

 

ThanksgivingGive Thanks Apron
This festive Thanksgiving print will make you the hit of turkey day! I can already smell the turkey wafting through the house can’t you?? Stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes on the side. What’s for desert? Pumpkin pie with whip cream, of course!
Custom tic tac toe gameThanksgiving Tic Tac Toe
This Thanksgiving tic tac toe game will keep the kids entertained quietly without paper or computers. This is a great travel game, adorable and affordable party favors, or for keeping kids entertained during weddings, church or long car rides! The bag can be personalized on the back. The set is made with natural stone and comes in a 6″ X 5″ cotton drawstring bag and has quantity pricing.
sharing plate blackThe Sharing Plate
This is the one plate you don’t have to worry about being returned when you bring a plate of something to share to a get-together.It is a beautiful way to keep the sharing going on and on. We write our name on the bottom of the plate with an arrow for the next person to write their name. That way all that have received the plate can see how far it has traveled.The plate itself is white and sentiment color options include gold, black, red, silver, purple, green, blue, orange, yellow
Thankful Wreath
This big and beautiful piece is one of a kind and ready to ship, it will not be recreated exactly so you’re assured of an original design. All of your autumn guests will ooh and ahh over the sheer beauty of it, you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood for sure. It’s time to level up your fall decorating game, and add a Goosie Girl original.

 

By the way, who saw Frozen 2 today?? Check out our blog post Frozen 2 : Reviews , Chat and Quotes plus product showcase from GS Handmade for all things Frozen!

 

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world diabetes day

World Diabetes Day Has Come and Gone

Or, as I like to call it, A Little Insight Into the GS Handmade Admin Team Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a member of the blog team for GS Handmade. In our quest to provide a more consistent, better quality blog for GS Handmade, I had planned a post for World Diabetes Day … read more

Or, as I like to call it, A Little Insight Into the GS Handmade Admin Team

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a member of the blog team for GS Handmade. In our quest to provide a more consistent, better quality blog for GS Handmade, I had planned a post for World Diabetes Day on the 14th of this month. I contacted Alysa, another member of our team and asked her to help me out with it. I picked her because she has child that has been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 10 years now.  I have a son with diabetes, my mom and husband both had it and other members of GS Handmade have it themselves or a family member has it. In fact, if I am not mistaken, our fearless leader Goose has it. I picked Alysa for this because I have never met a person, doctors and nurses included, that seems to understand the ins and outs of this disease and can explain to other people it in such way that it doesn’t just sound like ⇓

 

 

 

 

 

like Alysa can. It is like a part of her being or something. She was happy to do it for me and quickly wrote some things up for me to start with. The week before the 14th, a virus hit my house like a ton of bricks. First, my older son got sick. As always, he worked through it and it barely phased him. Then, it hit me and my younger son at the same time. He is the diabetic. He was only diagnosed a year ago and at 21 years old, he had been handling it well. 24 hours later, I dragged myself out of bed to check on him again and he was still feeling really bad and he didn’t look much better. I decided that he should probably go to the ER and get some fluids. I have been dehydrated before and assumed that was what he needed. Ironically, a couple of days before World Diabetes Day I was told that my son was in ketoacidosis (a medical emergency) and as much as I thought I was knowledgeable and aware of this disease, I was in complete shock. The first person I contacted was Alysa and thankfully and with a lot of help, we got through it. So, although I did not get this up in time for World Diabetes Day, this information is important no matter what day it is.

 

 

 

GS Handmade Has You Covered for World Diabetes Day

Every November 14th we celebrate World Diabetes Day, but do you know why we celebrate on this day? November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting. Banting discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best. You can read more about Dr. Banting here if you would like more information on how that came about.

On this day we focus on educating the public about the two most prominent types of Diabetes. 

Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. 

Although the two share a similar name, they are completely independent of one another. 

Knowing the difference can save yours or your child’s life.

 

 

 

If any of the above information sounds familiar, please contact your healthcare professional to discuss your concerns. 

 

Resources for newly diagnosed families are available at the following websites:

JDRF.org https://www.jdrf.org/

American Diabetes Association https://www.diabetes.org/

ADA https://www.ada.gov/

 

Some diabetes lingo that you might hear:  

SWAG – Scientific Wild A@$ Guess 

MOD – Mother of a Diabetic

DOD – Dad of a Diabetic

DS – Diabetic Son

DD – Diabetic Daughter

T1D – Type 1 Diabetes

BG – Blood Sugar/Blood Glucose 

Dex – Dexcom Constant Glucose Monitor

Kit – Blood Sugar Meter 

Bolus – meal time insulin via pump

Basal – background insulin via pump

Correction – insulin taken when blood sugar is high

Unicorn – BG of 100

Unicorn in the wild – seeing/meeting another Diabetic

 

Alysa has even designed a few decals to help the diabetic community show their support for Type 1 and their hope for a cure.

 

Hope Cure Type 1 Diabetes Vinyl Car Decal Type 1 Diabetes Decal, Hope Cure Type 1 Diabetes Vinyl Car Decal, Warrior, T1D Car Decal, Hope Ribbon Decal, Cure Diabetes Decal, T1D Decal by A Crafty Mama Company

 

Type 1 Diabetes Hope Cure Car Decal / T1D / Hope / Faith / Cure / Warrior / Brave / Family / Super Hero / Love / Spirit / Strong / Walk fundraiser

 

Aren’t these decals amazing? To see this and all of her other creations visit her Gypsy Spoonful shop, A Crafty Mama Co.  Use code WDD10 and get 10% off any order over $10 now through the end of November. 

 

Type 1 Diabetes Word Ribbon Decal from A Crafty Mama Co.

Type 1 Diabetes Medical Alert Decal, Car Decal, Diabetic Driver Alert Decal, Diabetic Window Decal, T1D Driver by A Crafty Mama Company

One final thought from Alysa as I have been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster with all that has been going on with my son and she reminded me:

How amazing is it to love someone so deeply that you can’t control your emotions. How lucky are we that some people never get to experience true love and we have. How many people never get to meet their hero and we get to raise ours or sit next to them at the dinner table every night. The memories alone are awesome. Crying isn’t a bad thing. It is totally not a sign of weakness. It is more a sign of passion and a complete and utter expression of love.

GS Handmade has an amazing holiday season and you are not going to want to miss a bit of it! Get connected!

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Frozen 2 : Reviews , Chat and Quotes plus product showcase from GS Handmade

Let’s chat a lil’ bit about Frozen 2. One reason it’s such a magical Disney movie is because the focus is on the beyond between sisters, rather than the desire for the love of a prince. It’s a love story like no other. Plus, who doesn’t love Olaf’s happy, always sunny side up, positive outlook? … read more

Frozen 2 : Reviews, Chat and Quotes

Let’s chat a lil’ bit about Frozen 2. One reason it’s such a magical Disney movie is because the focus is on the beyond between sisters, rather than the desire for the love of a prince. It’s a love story like no other.

Plus, who doesn’t love Olaf’s happy, always sunny side up, positive outlook? He’s a fan favorite for very good reason!

With Frozen 2 hitting theaters just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m certain Disney will continue the theme of “family”. I’m excited to see these sisters embark on exciting adventures and face new challenges together.

What are the critics saying about this much anticipated sequel to the 2013 original?

Will Frozen 2 live up to the expectations following its successor or will moviegoers hope Disney will “let it go”?

The anticipated sequel, standing at 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, picks up three years after the 2013 film and centers on Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven embarking on a journey that goes beyond their homeland of Arendelle to discover the origin of Elsa’s powers and to save their kingdom.

In The Hollywood Reporter, critic Todd McCarthy teases that the audience should “expect the unexpected” when it comes to the new installment of the popular Disney film. However, Disney abides by the same successful formula of “catchy new songs, more time with easy-to-like characters, striking backdrops, cute little jokes” and a “voyage of discovery plot and female empowerment galore.” McCarthy notes that the film’s storyline “flirts with the dark side,” but ventures into colorful destinations sure to satisfy both original and new fans.

He also commends Jennifer Lee’s script — Lee also wrote the first installment and co-directed both with Chris Buck — for revamping Elsa as a “serious role model/inspiration for girls and young women” by portraying a resident and positive character “able to overcome any challenge in her path.” By adding elements of darkness into the lighthearted story, McCarthy writes that Lee is able to create a “desired balance among drama, excitement, comedy, suspense, action and inspiration.” Though it’s conspicuous that there are “many cooks” in the Disney kitchen, McCarthy notes that the overall recipe for the sequel is a “good one.”

Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair notes that while children at the screening he attended found Anna and Elsa’s latest adventure “pretty exciting, pretty funny, pretty transporting,” as confirmed by “giddy shrieks and laughs,” he isn’t as convinced the follow-up was so great or so necessary. Trying to justify its need, Lawson writes that the Frozen team was “forced to go bigger, grander, more existential, while still keeping things accessible to children” and ultimately became a “balancing act” the sequel couldn’t handle. Despite the story offering more to the sister-princess duo’s identities and gifting Elsa an exploration story similar to that of Vanellope’s in Ralph Breaks the Internet, Frozen 2‘s “discoveries are rushed and are served up half-baked.”

Elsa: What would I do without you?
Anna: You’ll always have me.

The Disney focused makers on GS Handmade have been so excited about the release of this film. If you’re going, go in style , courtesy of the GS Handmade makers. We’ve got such a great selection of items with a Frozen theme, here’s a roundup of just a few handfuls of them. You can browse & shop all of our Frozen items by going HERE

https://gypsyspoonful.com/market/product/elsa-jedi-crossover-costume-by-creative-costume-and-design/

Anna Frozen Princess Popsicle Pouch Freeze Pop Holder – Firefly Threads

Frozen Snowman Feltie Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download MGED

Frozen Floral Baby Booties Size 0-3 Months, Baby Shoes, Crib Shoes, Non Slip Sole By Ruby Dew Designs

 

“Elsa, the past is not what it seems. You must find the truth” – Pabbie

 

Elsa Signature Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download MGEDesigns b456

Olaf Disney Frozen Snowman Hair Bow Clip Winter Christmas Disneyworld Disneyland Trip Vacation bows by GoosieGirl

Anna Frozen Dress Up Mask by Firefly Threads

Elsa Frozen Dress Up Mask by Firefly Threads

 

Magic is very alluring- Pabbie

 

Handmade Crochet Elsa Lovey Security Blanket: Barbs Yarn Galler

Elsa CupCake Feltie Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download f123

Elsa Signature Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download MGEDesigns b456

Olaf 18″ Doll Headband Design Machine Embroidery File Digital Download mme

Olaf Snowman Mouse Ears Headband Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download mme

 

Iduba: Who are you?
Olaf: Hi, I’m Olaf.
[Iduba looks shocked that Olaf can talk]
Olaf: Oh, sorry. Yeah, I just find clothes restricting.

Olaf-Snownam Child’s Winter Hat: BarbsYarnGallery

Iduba: Who are you?
Olaf: Hi, I’m Olaf.
[Iduba looks shocked that Olaf can talk]
Olaf: Oh, sorry. Yeah, I just find clothes restricting.

Oversized Annah Dress Machine Embroidery Feltie Design DIGITAL DOWNLOAD 4×4 5×7 6×10 f123

Handmade Crochet Anna Lovey Security Blanket: BarbsYarnGallery

3D Anna Bow Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download b789s

Anna CupCake Feltie Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download f123

Get first crack at this AWESOME Frozen Finger Puppet Set (from Wallowa Wonders) It will be up for bidding in the GS Handmade Holiday Auction Kicking Off on This Sunday in our Facebook Group,

Don’t miss it, this is an exclusive and the only place you can get it! What a great Holiday gift this would make!

Browse all items tagged with Elsa HERE

Browse all items tagged with Olaf Here

Browse all items tagged with Anna Here

Did you know GS Handmade oversees a Disney Group on Facebook? All are welcome to join! Check it out HERE

VIP Preview and A Peek at Thanksgiving Ideas

We’ve rebuilt the entire GS Handmade website! We’ve tweaked our name a lil’ bit, and we’ve added super cool features, lightning fast speeds and the BEST part is, YOU’RE INVITED to preview it! We’re only allowing our VIP’s to view and shop it today. That means YOU get an insider’s look at the new look, … read more

We’ve rebuilt the entire GS Handmade website! We’ve tweaked our name a lil’ bit, and we’ve added super cool features, lightning fast speeds and the BEST part is, YOU’RE INVITED to preview it! We’re only allowing our VIP’s to view and shop it today. That means YOU get an insider’s look at the new look, to try out the new features and shop before anyone else! We’re so excited , we can hardly stand it!

What’s New?
Nearly EVERYTHING!!

      • Vrroom – A sleek & sexy new user dashboard, stores your down loads, all your account information, track your orders & more.
      • Wishlist : Make a List of Your Favorite Items and share with loved ones
      • Gift Cards: Give the right gift every time, no re-gifting or returns when you let them pick out what THEY want. Available in any amount from $5 – $100 an any combination in between!
      • Holiday Shopping is a breeze: Gifts for every one and every budget. Shop for gifts in your budget , $10, $20 $50 etc. Plus all of our upcoming holiday events are right on the homepage, so you know what’s coming up and when!
      • Layaway: Just in time for holiday shopping. Discover which shops offer this convenient way to pay for purchases over time.
      • Forums: GS Handmade related groups will be hosted on the site now, in addition to a public, Handmade group that is open to all! Make friends, chat and discuss topics relating to handmade.
      • New Ways to Shop: If you want to discover new categories, browse or find hidden gems, our new Home page is an awesome fully dynamic page to do just that!
      • Shop Your Way: Embrace what’s important to you, shop by maker, shop by locale (choose your state and shop local!) , shop by popular product tag, or shop in person (craft shows, street fairs and even classes our makers are teaching in their own area!)
      • Easy to find Reviews: We’ve put reviews right on the page with shops, we vet all of our makers for their trustworthiness and reliability, but you can now see unbiased, objective reviews right at the bottom of each maker’s shop.

Halloween has flown by and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is a very special time of year filled with amazing food, family, traditions and hopefully a whole lot of joy. Thanksgiving feels a little like the calm before the storm of Christmas. One last day to relax and enjoy yourself before the chaos of December is upon us. There is also plenty going on to keep anyone from getting bored. The Macy’s Day Parade is happening and there is plenty of football and dog shows to have on the television for those that need to rest after all the food.  Virgina Hooper from Lace and Sneakers shared  “On Thanksgiving Eve we got to be tasters of the goodies Mama was cooking. Of course we always watched the parades on Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Speaking of food, more and more people are buying locally than ever, not to mention eating more healthy.  Nancy Davis from our shop, WeLuThanksgiving Day Check List SimplevDizne says “We LOVE this keto pumpkin mousse.  If you are enjoying a new keto lifestyle the Holidays may worry you. Take a look at this article for some tips to help you through the season. If you are like some of us, you may just skip over a lot of this stuff and go straight to the gift shopping for our loved ones.  

    • A Crafty Mama Company offers this Thanksgiving Day Planner Printable to you all for FREE! This instant download is for personal use only and includes 3 different file types (.jpg, .bmp, & .png) for you to make a checklist of all the things you need to do before the day arrives. It will be here before we know it.

Hosting Thanksgiving this year and want more? Then this planner kit is a must have to make sure you have all the trimmings ready for the big feast. Included in this instant download you will receive a cover page for your planner, a detailed fillable check-list, a blank template to use how you please, a detailed menu planner along with a sample menu to get your creative juices flowing, a Menu with just titles so you can fill in your own items, a detailed guest list, a detailed grocery list organized by type, and a sheet of detailed food items being served to place next to each dish. Upgrade to the full kit here at A Crafty Mama Company

Stay tuned because GS Handmade is planning an amazing holiday season and you are not going to want to miss a bit of it! Get connected!

Subscribe to the newsletter or sign up for text alerts HERE! Make sure to join our Facebook Group too! That is where the magic happens when we have our auctions. There might just be one or two coming up soon. Don’t miss it.

Here’s an extra added bonus!

Bread Machine and 4 Bread Mixes Giveaway from the Prepared Pantry on the GS Blog

Enter to win a bread machine and 4 mixes from the Prepared Pantry.  Just by entering the contest, you’ll get $60 in coupons plus an emailed cookbook! Enter Here

Enter to win a bread machine and 4 mixes from the Prepared Pantry. 
Just by entering the contest, you’ll get $60 in coupons plus an emailed cookbook!

Enter Here

Join Gypsy Spoonful is Spreading Awareness During Breast Cancer Month

Everyone hits October running with Fall, pumpkin spice, Halloween and the leaves changing colors but it is also something much more important than that. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will … read more

Everyone hits October running with Fall, pumpkin spice, Halloween and the leaves changing colors but it is also Be Fiercesomething much more important than that. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. It is very unlikely that there is anyone reading this that has not been touched in some way by this beast. It is fierce. We need to be fierce back. People are out there right now fighting this and if you are one of them, remember everyday that you are Fierce. If you are needing a reminder, go grab this FREE cross stitch pattern and stitch it up for yourself to look at everyday!

Breast Cancer Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and promote the value of screenings, treatment and early detection . How much do you know about breast cancer?

Take this quiz and find out if you are as aware as you should be!   Since we are taking quizzes, check this one out too. This one can help you recognize if heredity is a factor for you. 

Nearly half of all women 40 and older have dense breasts. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this helpful guide about dense breasts is available to everyone who requests it. Go get your copy. Please do your research.

Gypsy Spoonful has some other great items to show support the ones we love.

HER BATTLE IS MY BATTLE DECAL by Cr8tive Release Gifts

HER BATTLE IS MY BATTLE DECAL by Cr8tive Release Gifts

This Her Battle is my Battle Permanent Vinyl Decal is the perfect way to show your support for the special gal in your life battling breast cancer. This decal is perfect for smooth surfaces and made with high quality permanent outdoor vinyl.

  

Survivor Connector Assemblage Bracelet:

Silver and Pink Survivor Connector Assemblage Bracelet 2-1This is a beautiful bracelet made using a silver connector stamped with “SURVIVOR”. I used 2 different pink rosary beads, a strand of crystal rosary beads, along with 2 silver chain strands to finish off this piece. Hanging from the jump ring is a “faith” charm and a pink beaded dangle. A silver clasp makes it easy on/off.

 

 

 

 

 

Pink_Hope Breast Cancer CoolerEveryone has Hope for a Cure! Show your awareness with this Hope Breast Cancer Can Cooler. Comes in Pink or Black.

Breast Cancer Awareness Jojo sized bow on your favorite backing

This bow is Large around 5 1/2 to 6 inches wide and 3 inches tall on 3 inch grosgrain ribbon

Choose Alligator Clip, French Barrette or Adjustable headband.
Adjustable headband will come on Pink headband with adjustable sliders for Any age.

Breast Cancer Awareness wristletThis Breast Cancer Awareness wristlet is just the right size to carry a few essentials. Teens may like this cute little carry-all because it’s a great size for a cell phone, cash, lip gloss, or any other small items. Keep items contained in this little bag and then toss it into your larger purse. Heading to the beach, mall, or running errands? This wristlet is the perfect little grab and go!

If you would like to learn more about what you can do to help in your local area, almost every community in America has local events for Breast Cancer Month. Do a quick google search and see what is happening in your area and get involved.

#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

#NationalBreastCancerAwarenessMonth

 

Spooky Light Up Halloween Lantern Tutorial

Spooky Light Up Halloween Lantern Tutorial (source Brother Int’l blog) Light Up the Night with this Spooky Halloween Lantern! This pdf file can be instantly downloaded Here   ScanNCut Specialist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer helps you get your house ready for ghosts and ghouls with this eerie Halloween Lantern project! Today I’ve got an epic ScanNCut … read more

Spooky Light Up Halloween Lantern Tutorial (source Brother Int’l blog)

Light Up the Night with this Spooky Halloween Lantern!

This pdf file can be instantly downloaded Here

 

ScanNCut Specialist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer helps you get your house ready for ghosts and ghouls with this eerie Halloween Lantern project! Today I’ve got an epic ScanNCut Halloween project for you! The video is literally packed with information on how to build your own cut files in CanvasWorkspace for Mac®. We are building four files: a jack o’ lantern, bats, spider webs, and Halloween text.

Then we use the roll feeder and the ScanNCut DX to cut out the four designs from a single roll of Brother vinyl. Throw some Christmas lights and/or LED candles inside the lantern and you’ve got Halloween magic that lasts year after year!

 

For the original post and video, go to The Cutting Corner, a Scan n’ Cut Blog

 

 

Handmade Halloween Headquarters

Have a Blast Getting Ready For Fall With Gypsy Spoonful!

Fall is beginning to find its way here and it seems like when that happens, everyone starts thinking of Halloween automatically. More and more people are turning to handmade for home and holiday décor and Halloween is the perfect opportunity to ramp up your handmade collection. While you start thinking about what you want to … read more

Fall is beginning to find its way here and it seems like when that happens, everyone starts thinking of Halloween automatically. More and more people are turning to handmade for home and holiday décor and Halloween is the perfect opportunity to ramp up your handmade collection. While you start thinking about what you want to do for you and your family and friends this Halloween, there is a neat guide with photo tips, recipes and tutorials to help you plan here. You can even make coffins and tombstones pretty easily that would be some nice decorations for your yard and the trick or treaters. Check them out!

Handmade items truly become collectibles. So many times an item is created as a collaboration of ideas and knowledge. In, addition to the uniqueness of the piece, the ability to tweak and customize an item adds something very personal, not only to the person receiving it or gifting it, but to the person that made it. The joy of making something that someone loves with your own two hands is an intense satisfaction. Look at some of the amazing talent Gypsy Spoonful has created for this Halloween season.

Many handmade items have an interesting link to the past that not only keeps traditions alive, but is a strong reminder of a time when quality was what really meant something, rather than quantity. They bring back a time when the environment was safe from so much of the damage that has come with the invent of technology that has allowed mass production to take over. Costumes are a perfect example. Store bought costumes today are made with products that don’t withstand time and wear past that one use and end up quickly littering the land fills with toxic materials that are far from environmentally friendly. Take a look at the difference in costumes on Gypsy Spoonful! 

 

If you haven’t had enough yet and want to see more Halloween and Fall items on Gypsy Spoonful you can head to this page and find them all!

 

 

 

It’s my favorite season … Football Season! + Inspiring Quotes By Famous Football Coaches

From the desk of Goosie It’s football season y’all! My favorite season of all! Time for tailgating, spirit wear, and those after the game bonfires too. We are a huge football family at Goosie’s house! Both of my boys have been playing since they were in kindergarten, my husband coaches and I am a faithful … read more

From the desk of Goosie

It’s football season y’all! My favorite season of all! Time for tailgating, spirit wear, and those after the game bonfires too. We are a huge football family at Goosie’s house! Both of my boys have been playing since they were in kindergarten, my husband coaches and I am a faithful fan.

I sat down this morning with my coffee in hand and thought of a quote I’ve memorized (from the great Mike Ditka, *of course* lol) and it struck me that perhaps, our Gypsy Blog readers might draw some inspiration from quotes from some well-known football coaches. I mean, it IS their job to motivate, isn’t it? When you’re a micropreneur, it’s hard to stay motivated and on task every single day. Football coaches teach, mentor, and they encourage their players so if it works for them, it should work for us as well, right? Let’s give it a shot, what’s the worst that can happen?

If you find this blog inspirational or have a story to share, please drop us a comment and let us know! This is one of my favorite quotes from famous football coaches :

Speaking of football, I thought I’d also share some of the awesome handmade football themed products from our makers’ shops too, I mean, if you’re here for football coach quotes, you might dig these things as well! Remember, handmade quality is always the best quality you can get your hands on… and all of our makers are vetted for their quality and trustworthiness~ and you will NEVER pay extra for basic US shipping either. No order minimums, we pinky promise!

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Featured Items : Down On The Farm

Featured Items : Down On The Farm

The Gypsy Spoonful featured items of the week have been chosen! We’d like to ask you to join us in congratulating those who are featured! When selecting these items, we went with a “Down On The Farm” theme! Isn’t it fun!? The first item is a super cute mini backpack in supple corduroy and has … read more

The Gypsy Spoonful featured items of the week have been chosen! We’d like to ask you to join us in congratulating those who are featured! When selecting these items, we went with a “Down On The Farm” theme! Isn’t it fun!?
The first item is a super cute mini backpack in supple corduroy and has adorable tractors , you can see this item here: https://gypsyspoonful.com/market/product/kids-tractor-backpack-green-corduory-by-julies-homemade-jems And you can visit Julie‘s shop, here: https://gypsyspoonful.com/market/vendor/julieshomemadejems
   
 
The next item are whimsical and relaxed fitting Farm Boxer Shorts, what a riot, I love this fabric. They’re ready to ship too! How cute are these? From Lisa, you can see this item here: https://gypsyspoonful.com/market/product/ready-to-ship-size-4-toddler-loose-fitting-cotton-boxer-shorts-red-barn-and-farm-animals-gift-for-little-farmer-future-farmer-on-muskrat-creek and visit her shop here:
 
Take a peek at the next item, a great tote bag for farmer’s markets, trips to the library or to slip your tablet in and get moving for the day! Farm Fresh eggs bag is created by Michelle and you can see this item at the link below the picture. It’s sturdy and durable and will last a very long time. Farmhouse style is so in, it would be a lovely gift too, wouldn’t it? 
 
Giddy Up Little Chicken! The next featured item is a stick pony BUT it’s a chicken! I love this, what a great idea for a toy that will provide hours upon hours of open-ended creative play. I love the bandana print comb on the top of it’s head! This was created by Misti and you can see this stick chicken here: https://gypsyspoonful.com/market/product/chicken-stick-pony-ride-on-toy-by-houkreative-creations
and you can see all the super fun and whimsical other ponies and play food in her shop here: https://gypsyspoonful.com/market/vendor/houkreative/
You’ll never pay extra for shipping at Gypsy Spoonful, it’s ALWAYS included in the price you see. Happy Shopping!
Join our Facebook Group to see our creative community in action, and if you like what you see, fill out an application to open your own small shop featuring your own handmade items.
It's not selfish, it's self care

It’s Not Selfish, it’s self care and it’s important : Monday Motivation

It’s Monday again, some hate this day of the week; I on the otherhand live for Mondays. I think I get more accomplished on Monday than any day of the week; and today is no exception. Monday is for the Motivated! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I hope all the admins … read more

It's not selfish, it's self care

Monday Motivation Blog Series from Goosie Girl. Shop Small Dream Big.

It’s Monday again, some hate this day of the week; I on the otherhand live for Mondays. I think I get more accomplished on Monday than any day of the week; and today is no exception.

Monday is for the Motivated! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I hope all the admins enjoyed their NEW Sunday Schedules! I’m reading a book right now called “The Wall Street Journal’s Small Business Guidebook” and it has opened my eyes to something that I was overlooking in life, and business. although it didn’t say this specifically, it got my wheels turning and it opened my eyes to the fact that we , as parents and as small business owners. WE are the all encompassing fuel that pushes our businesses forward.. like a car, or a truck… we need to put good things in to make it run well… not only do I believe in the power of positivity, I believe in self-care, healthy boundaries, eating well , getting enough sleep, and schedules that give us some down time to re-charge and re-boot.

It's Not Selfish, It's Self Care

Entrepreneurship is stressful, and micropreneurship- (what WE all do) is even more stressful because we wear all the hats. In this book they talk a lot at the beginning about trying to figure out if starting and owning a small business is really for you. They talk about the toll it takes on your family, the toll it takes on your social life, but it doesn’t talk too much about the toll on you– your bodies, your mental well-being either… It’s important to fuel ourselves with good things such as surrounding ourselves with a positive support network (such as fellow gypsies!) , eating well, getting exercise and enough sleep as well.

If we don’t take care of number ONE (us) , then everything else falls apart and the wheels come off. It’s not being selfish, it’s self-care, and that’s perfectly acceptable and needed to be in the roles we are in. This is one of the reasons I declared Sundays an official day off for the admin team. If we keep putting out, and get depleted then we won’t be much help to anyone.
I hope you guys can take a few minutes and watch this TED talk by Ariana Huffington at some point, it’s like 5 minutes long, and it’s about getting enough good sleep.
I care about each of you, and want you to all take care of yourselves the way that you deserve, quit burning the candle at both ends, and take care of YOU… otherwise your businesses along with everything else will suffer.

Happy Monday, I hope this was motivating!

xo Goose

Drop me a comment below, and let me know if you think it’s selfish to set boundaries, or take care of yourself. Sharing is Caring! Please share with those you think will find this helpful.

Visit my small shop Here. Visit my sister site, Gypsy Spoonful today to see creativity in community~ we’re a collective of 115 small shops, pioneering the way to be unapologetically handmade in a mass-produced world. Have a private thought or comment about this blog? Contact me Here

Another Year of Shark Week Comes to an End

As another year of shark week comes to a close, how are you feeling? Did you get enough shark week? How does this year compare to previous years? Did you have a shark week party? Loving it and wanting more? Well, here it is! Shark Week originally premiered on July 17, 1988. It has been featured … read more

As another year of shark week comes to a close, how are you feeling? Did you get enough shark week? How does this year compare to previous years? Did you have a shark week party? Loving it and wanting more? Well, here it is!

Shark Week originally premiered on July 17, 1988. It has been featured annually since then. It was originally devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions about sharks. Over time, it grew in popularity and became a huge hit on the Discovery Channel with a lineup of new shows all about sharks, including the theme week’s first original movie.

“Capsized: Blood in the Water,” based on a true story, stars Josh Duhamel as the captain of a yacht that capsizes in a Florida storm as its crew is chased by sharks. Capsized: Blood in the Water‘s ending provides a follow-up on the lives of Brad and Deborah following their rescue. After five days without food and water, the sole survivors were picked up by the Russians on October 28, 1982.

One thing that hasn’t changed this year is the shark week parties that are happening. There is one woman that does amazing drinks every year for shark week! Check her out HERE!  Don’t forget the kids! Need fun and food for the little ones during the party? Check THIS out. Looking for more activities for the kids to do during shark week?  Check out this great list HERE for more fun! Speaking of fun, Gypsy Spoonful shops have some great shark items too!!

Like the Crochet Shark Hat Custom Made by A Fairytale Moment

Shark Crocheted Hat – Made in all sizes
Processing time is 3-5 days
Made of 100% cotton yarn.

Shark Hand Sanitizer Holder by Wallowa Wonders

Shark Hand Sanitizer Holder

Do you feel the need to sanitize your hands often when you are out and about?  After touching those shopping carts at the grocery store?  On vacation and need to clean up before lunch?  Working with little petri dishes of germs (AKA kids)?  Great for nurses, teachers, daycare centers, and just about everyone.  Shark case is created with easy to clean vinyl and attached to a key ring and lobster claw to attach to your purse, back pack, diaper bag, or even to a belt loop in a pinch.
Each holder includes a Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel.  Hand sanitizer scent will vary depending on availability. Holds 1 oz. sanitizer from Bath & Body Works or Purell bottles too.

 

Shark Menstrual Pad
One 10 Inch Moderate Flannel Core Reusable Eco Friendly Mama Cloth Tie Dye

One shark pad. This is the 10 inch shark pattern from Happy Hippo. Top fabric is soft woven cotton that I tie dyed myself. Inner core is four layers of cotton flannel for moderate flow. The back is teal blue woven cotton.
These have a hidden waterproof layer of PUL.
Each pad will be a bit different due to pattern placement on the fabric. Selection will be random.
All pad orders come with a drying strap.
Good for your health, good for the environment, good for your budget.

 

Scrub Tops “Sharks in the Water” Medical Shirts

Custom made classic V-Neck Scrub Shirts especially tailored for Men & Women, RN, MD, PA, Vets, School Nurses, Lab Techs medical professionals by ScrubLub

Watch out for JAWS! Can you believe it’s been 40 years since the original movie?? Custom made, Unique, Fun-printed, Classic V-neck SCRUB TOPS to bring out the smiles and the kid in everyone around you!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See all items tagged “Shark” HERE

By the way, in case you missed it, we just finished up with a FLASH auction in our Facebook Group! Great deals and it was a blast! Don’t miss the next one! Get in the group to join all the fun!

Business Builder Blog : Creating a multi-faceted marketing approach for your small shop

Business Builder Blog : Creating a multi-faceted marketing approach for your small shop

Business Builder Blog : Creating a multi-faceted marketing approach for your small shop</font color> Written by Heather aka Goose, Owner/Founder of GypsySpoonful Just an FYI, marketing and promotion for us at Gypsyspoonful;  isn’t just about actual advertisements, that’d be boring! We’re not boring here, we’re fun!  So, what we do here at GS is multi-faceted, … read more

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Written by Heather aka Goose, Owner/Founder of GypsySpoonful

Business Builder Blog : Creating a multi-faceted marketing approach for your small shop

Just an FYI, marketing and promotion for us at Gypsyspoonful;  isn’t just about actual advertisements, that’d be boring! We’re not boring here, we’re fun!  So, what we do here at GS is multi-faceted, as it should be. A good advertising and marketing plan for any business should include a multi-facted approach. Never, ever put all your eggs in one basket. If something happens , you’re screwed. Always , ALWAYS, have a plan B, and C, and D… way to reach potential customers.

I always suggest to all of our new members that they should open an account and have a presence on all of the major social media platforms (for their small business at least) .

Those platforms I suggest are as follows:

Facebook (a page AND a group)

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

MeWe (new)

AllSocial (new)

(I also suggest Redditt and YouTube if you want to be super efficient)

Gypsy Spoonful’s advertising & marketing efforts attempt to cover all of the ways that have potential to reach our market. The reason I believe in a multi-faceted approach is because not everyone is on every social media platform like you.. some might prefer one over the other and if you’re on all of them, you cover all your bases and reach different people on each one.

Here’s a sample of what a good multi-faceted marketing approach looks like:

  • Email campaigns (we do a monthly newsletter plus weekly themed email blasts)
  • Blog Posts, not just to promote our products or shops, though that’s important~ but it’s always important to provide useful content to your blog readers as well)
  • Link exchanges with other bloggers and websites, the more incoming links you have, the greater your rank with SEO
  • Social media (+ boosting some posts) on all platforms
  • Display advertising on niche and specialty blogs
  • Press releases to niche blogs, magazines or newspapers
  • Networking with other small businesses where there may be customer cross-over
  • SEO efforts
  • Paid and non-paid advertising campaigns
  • Submitting articles as guest blogs, or serving as an expert or interview source for other blogs, publications, podcasts etc
  • Google & Bing ad word campaigns (and pay per click ppc programs)

Except for the paid ads and boosting social media posts, the other bullet points is what is considered guerilla marketing, organic marketing, and viral marketing.

There are several books that I have found extremely helpful over the years for organic and viral marketing, and I always suggest them to my fellow small business owners, and to our blog readers, here’s that list:

These are great tools to put in your small business marketing aresenal: (these are NOT affiliate links, so if you buy them we do not make any money)

  1. Guerrilla Social Media Marketing: 100+ Weapons to Grow Your Online Influence, Attract Customers, and Drive Profits
  2. Guerilla Marketing Remix
  3. It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you
  4. The No B.S. Guide to Brand-Building by Direct Response: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Plan to Creating and Profiting from a Powerful Brand Without Buying It
  5. The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, Newsjacking, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly

Do you have questions? I’d be happy to answer them, drop us a comment and we’ll comment back below. Intersted in becoming part of our handmade community, and having your own handmade small shop? Apply HERE for a shop.