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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.

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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!

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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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!

 

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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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!

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

 

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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!

 

 

 

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.

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!

Have You Heard The Scoop About Gypsy Spoonful’s Next Auction?

If you have ever participated in one of Gypsy Spoonful’s auction in the Facebook group, you know what a blast we have. This one will be no different, except instead of having some kind of theme like summer or fall to focus on, this time it is Designer’s Choice! That’s right! We are letting the … read more

If you have ever participated in one of Gypsy Spoonful’s auction in the Facebook group, you know what a blast we have. This one will be no different, except instead of having some kind of theme like summer or fall to focus on, this time it is Designer’s Choice! That’s right! We are letting the creativity loose! We are so proud of the team and community that we have built here at Gypsy Spoonful that it is sure to be amazing.

You’re invited to join us and bid on some TOP quality handmade items~ they’re all 100% handmade by the talented makers of Gypsy Spoonful. From bath & body products to stunning jewelry, adorable & trendy children’s clothing and the perfect piece of home decor you’ve been searching for~ You can find it all, there’s something for everyone to treat yourself or to give as gifts. Handmade from Gypsy Spoonful is completely unique and like NOTHING you can find at the big box stores or the mall. Impress your friends , they’ll be asking “where did you get that” ?

You have to be a member of the Gypsy Spoonful Facebook Group to participate in the auction. So, make sure you are a member of the group and turn those notifications on so you get all the details. If you haven’t joined the group yet you can do that right HERE.

The auction starts Sunday evening and runs until Monday evening so make sure you get in there and get your bids in! Anybody want a sneak peek at some of the goodies?? Look at these fun items you could be bidding on!

8×8 White Shadow Box Frame adorned with 25 handmade coral paper flowers & beautifyl family sentiment. Ready to hang or display on a table/shelf. From A Crafty Mama Co.

 

Brave Little Bear Handkerchief Hem Dress
Approximate size 5 handkerchief style dress. Adorable tribal bears with bows & arrows accented with blue & brown coordinates. The shoulder straps lace through loops in the elastic back for a truly custom fit. You can tie the bow as tight or loose as needed. The front laces up with a sweet ribbon.

 

Hand Painted Sunflower Stemless Wine Glass ~ The best part about this glass is it’s not just for wine! Mix up a cocktail 🍹 or fill it with ice and lemonade. Premium satin acrylic paint which has been baked for durability.

 

Brass and Rhinestones Assemblage Bracelet – This bracelet is one of a kind!!! It was made using a two brass and rhinestone connector links along with a chunky brass chain to finish off this piece. Hanging from a jump ring is a brass cross charm. A brass lobster clasp makes it easy on/off.

 

Embroidered JoJo Siwa Backpack
Full Size School Backpack 16″ x 12″ x 5″, Adjustable Padded Straps, Ripstop Construction, Machine Embroidery added, Add Name or Initials of your Choice!

 Don’t miss out on any auction info! Subscribe to the Gypsy Spoonful mailing list and Text Messages Here. Get a text an hour before auctions, 1 hour before auction close as well as news about flash sales, or special promotions.

 

May 2019 Sales Gypsies of the Month

Sales-Gypsy of the Month for May We are celebrating our hustlers with the title of Sales-Gypsy of the Month each month. We separated the challenge into two parts to keep it fair for all price points. We will award one shop for amount of individual sales and another for highest sales in dollar amounts. We … read more

Sales-Gypsy of the Month for May

We are celebrating our hustlers with the title of Sales-Gypsy of the Month each month. We separated the challenge into two parts to keep it fair for all price points. We will award one shop for amount of individual sales and another for highest sales in dollar amounts. We are excited to announce our first 2 Sales-Gypsies here on Gypsy Spoonful.

First up, Leigh of Creative Costume & Design had the highest total sales. Leigh creates some of the most intricate costumes for cosplay, comic con, Halloween, and more. Her attention to detail has pushed her ahead of the pack in the handmade world of costume making. You won’t regret checking out her shop! Take a peek here: Creative Costume & Design

 

Our gypsy with the highest amount of individual sales was Melissa of MGEDesigns. Melissa is a hustler releasing brand new embroidery designs every Wednesday. She has a very active group that is full of great ideas and she even offers freebies now & then. If you own an embroidery machine, it is time to learn all about what Melissa can offer to you. With over 700 listings, you are sure to find something you really want to stitch out today! Melissa has just started offering digital branding kits as well for your business. Check out her shop and take a look at all she has to offer here: MGEDesigns

 

Make it a Handmade Summer

Make it a handmade summer this year! Summer is truly a magical time of the year in such a different way then the winter season. While winter is filled with the wonders of the holidays, summer’s magic is more about the breeze in your hair and a connection with nature. It brings to mind state … read more

Make it a handmade summer this year! Summer is truly a magical time of the year in such a different way then the winter season. While winter is filled with the wonders of the holidays, summer’s magic is more about the breeze in your hair and a connection with nature. It brings to mind state fairs and 4th of July fireworks, picnics and swimming holes. Summer seems to bring out imagination and play and gives you a little more time to be laid back and fun whether you just have a short vacation or the whole summer off. Let Gypsy Spoonful add a little handmade to your summer to make it even better with some of our amazing summer items.

Storm Dragon Stick Pony toy by Houkreative Creations

Storm Dragon Hobby Horse

Storm Dragon stick pony is a one of a kind handmade ride on toy for kids.

Storm Dragon stick pony is a one of a kind handmade dragon hobby horse.  This dragon stick horse stands about 36 inches tall. Storm Dragon has purples, blues, and greens and is accented with gold swirls. Kids will enjoy riding around on their dragon exercising their bodies and imaginations.  Storm Dragon stick pony comes with an adoption certificate.  Our stick ponies ship with in 2 business days via USPS priority for quick delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Turtle Blanket Made to Order by APLCrafts

sea turtle baby blanket - aplcraftsBaby sea turtles, the ocean, and a dolphin. What more could you ask for in this gorgeous beach scene in a baby blanket? How about size? I believe that baby blankets should be something that a child grows with and has memories with. That’s why my baby blankets are sized larger than typical baby blankets. At approximately 40″ x 46″ there’s nothing small here.

 

 

 

 

Mermaid Crown for beach wedding or mermaid photo prop by Goosie Girl

Mermaid Crown

Goosie Girl is pleased to present Mermaid Dreams~ an original Mermaid Crown sized for tweens-adults. This piece is one of a kind, and won’t re-produced exactly so you’re assured of a one of a kind creation. It is ready-to-ship and would be IDEAL for a photo prop or beach wedding. Created from hand-painted and glittered authentic seashells and two types of starfish~ it’s embellished with amazing beads, strung pearls, silver chain and iridescent flat-back crystals. It ties in the back of the head with coordinating purple organza ribbon

 

 

 

Pokeball Popsicle Pouch Freeze Pop Holder by Firefly Threads

Little ones will be able to hold their freeze pops or frozen yogurt easier with this popsicle pouch!  Great as a party favor! Additional quantities are available upon request. Please order with plenty of time for crafting and shipping to ensure proper delivery if you have a deadline approaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citrus Mouse Ear Headband Set Machine Embroidery Design by MGE Designs

Citrus Mouse Ear Headband Set Machine Embroidery Design Digital DownloadCitrus Mouse Ear Headband Set Machine Embroidery Design Digital Download. All designs have been stitched out by testers. Size: Ear 3.40X3.60″, Bow: 3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more Summer items on Gypsy Spoonful HERE

Feeling Patriotic? Gypsy Spoonful Certainly Does!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Lavender neck wraps
Migraine Sinus pillows

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

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

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

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

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

 

Save the Bees

Save the Bees

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

Save The Bees

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

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

Save the Bees

What’s Killing the Bees — and Why It Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Growing number of Illinois beekeepers welcome new hives

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

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

See all items tagged “Bee” HERE


HoneyComb Pinch Bow Embroidery File

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

Save the Bees

 

20 Fun Facts all About Bees:

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

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

Save The Bees

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

Crochet Baby Blanket and Bee Doll by Scorpion and Ram

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

Handmade Honey Bee Dog Collar By PetKneads

Save the Bees

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

Sunflower and Honey Lip Balm by J & Mae Handmade

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

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

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

Baby Bee Costume PDF Pattern/Tutorial by Small Shop School


Further Reading:

Backyard Beekeeping / City Bees

14 Backyard Beekeeping Tips

Save The Bees

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

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

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

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

Aladdin

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

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

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

Aladdin

 

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

 

Aladdin Finger Puppet Set with Castle Carrying Case by Wallowa Wonders

Aladdin Finger Puppets Set

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

Aladdin themed mouse ears

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

Aladdin Jasmine Signature Bag

Jasmine Genie handmade Mouse Ear Headband from MGEDesigns

Aladdin

 

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

Aladdin Jasmine Cutie Applique Patch

Princess Jasmine DIY applique patch, or matching tees from WeLuvDizne

aladdin

Digital Download Agrabah Skyline – Embroidery / Applique Design by HappyDayApplique

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

 

Jasmine stacked hair bow by Cheryl’s Bowtastic Bowtique

Aladdin

Princess Jasmine Necklace by BuildABraceletBeadDesigns

Aladdin

Aladdin and Jasmine Stainless Steel Glitter Tumbler by Something Simple Creations

Princess Jasmine Mommy Of The Birthday Girl Heat Transfer By ScrumpStitches

Aladdin

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

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

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Here are 25 interesting bits of trivia about the film.

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

Gypsy Spoonful’s 2nd Birthday – We are Two Legit To Quit

April 30 marks the 2nd birthday for Gypsy Spoonful. The launch two years ago of the website began with just 200 listings from the founding members that have been with Gypsy Spoonful since the beginning. Built from the ground up, it is as “handmade” as the items that are sold in the shops on the … read more

April 30 marks the 2nd birthday for Gypsy Spoonful. The launch two years ago of the website began with just 200 listings from the founding members that have been with Gypsy Spoonful since the beginning. Built from the ground up, it is as “handmade” as the items that are sold in the shops on the site. The founding members believed in the vision and have not strayed from it. Make sure you stop by and show some love to our founding members on our Cool Kids Club. Scroll down on that page and find the state you live in and show some love for your local businesses, too.

Two years later, this vision by founder Goose aka Heather with the help of Raenita and the admin team is growing strong! With approximately 100 shops and almost 6,500 handmade items for sale, Gyspy Spoonful is just getting started!

Make sure you mark your calendars and don’t miss this birthday party. The celebrating kicks off with various sales and coupon codes from many of the Gypsy Spoonful shops and there might just be a contest or game in there somewhere. Here is just some of the great sales we have going this weekend!

MGE Designs12% off total purchase of embroidery design – Code is 2Birthday
Morning Star Art
12% off all products in both shops – Code is Slumber12
Mrs. Brittons Creations12% off in shop – Code is HappyBirthday
Becca Bugs Boutique12% off any purchase in shop – Code is 2legit2quit
Simply the Glitter
12% off total purchase – Code is Birthday12
APLCraftsFineYarns – Marked down to $62
Forest of Jewels 22% off in shop  – Code is 2LEGIT22
Happy Day Applique22% off any purchase over $5 – Code is Birthday22
We Luv Dizne12% off any purchase over $20 – Code is Party12
Yves Treasure Shoppe22% off Minimum $10 Purchase – Code is Party22
Salt Works12% off any purchase over $10 – Code is TLTQ12
Rumpled Foxes
22% off in shop – Code is HAPPYBIRTHDAY2
The Dancing Kelpie22% off purchases over $20 – Code is 2legit2quit

Topping the weekend off, we are throwing an Exclusive Slumber Party Auction in our group that is offering up some incredible handmade items to bid on especially for this celebration. Make sure you get in the group HERE before the auction starts so you are ready to bid.

Handmade Products

The Spring Auction is in it’s final hours!

The Gypsy Spoonful Spring auction is close to wrapping up, don’t miss out on an opportunity to snag some great bargains on over 150 awesome handmade items. Everything for Easter Baskets, Mother’s Day, Graduation, and to get your Home and Garden all decked out for the impending warmer months! Spring is such a promising time … read more

The Gypsy Spoonful Spring auction is close to wrapping up, don’t miss out on an opportunity to snag some great bargains on over 150 awesome handmade items. Everything for Easter Baskets, Mother’s Day, Graduation, and to get your Home and Garden all decked out for the impending warmer months!

Spring is such a promising time of the year, re-birth and re-growth is at the forefront, and when you shop with any of our 100 small shops, or bid on an item in our auction.. you’re making a decision to start a new~ shopping with us is an opportunity to live the handmade life, unapologetically!

Handmade items are the BEST quality you can get because they’re made individually, one at a time, by the maker’s own two hands. They’re not mass produced in a factory under bad working conditions, and rushed timeframes and deadlines. Each item is lovingly created with all positive vibes.

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Take a look at our auction album here and place a bid today!

(To bid, just comment with your highest bid amount and you might win!-it’s so easy peasy!!)

 

 

 

The Psychology of Smell by Rebecca of J Mae Handmade

Scent is a powerful tool. Between my interest in psychology and my use of fragrance in my bath & body products, I decided to compose a post about the psychology behind our sense of smell. Our sense of smell, or olfaction, is very important to our every day life. We use it distinguish thousands upon … read more

The Psychology of Smell

Scent is a powerful tool. Between my interest in psychology and my use of fragrance in my bath & body products, I decided to compose a post about the psychology behind our sense of smell.

Our sense of smell, or olfaction, is very important to our every day life. We use it distinguish thousands upon thousands of different scents. It can warn us of danger, such as spoiled food or an unseen fire, as well as inform us of something good. Many times our sense of smell is an instinctual or subconscious power. Did you know that it goes into a deeper subconscious level than you may sometimes realize? Complex emotions and memories can be triggered by a simple sensory cue. From the smell of coffee taking you back to Sunday afternoons in your Grandma’s kitchen, to the smell of leather taking you back to your first competitive horse run. Smells are very closely tied into our memories.

Many people undervalue the power scent can have. Fragrances have the ability to bring forth both positive and negative psychological states of mind and reactions in just milliseconds.  People may not even notice when buying something such as a lotion that they gravitate toward fragrances based on their personal experiences. The more vivid the memory/emotion attached to a fragrance, the more preferred it is and more likely it is to be purchased by said personThe Psychology of Smell

So why are scents linked in with our memories? It is said to be most likely due to our brain anatomy. When scents come through your nose, they are processed by the olfactory bulb which runs along the bottom of the brain. The bulb is connected to two parts of your brain that are involved in memories and emotions, these are the amygdala and hippocampus. Smell is most strongly associated with memories and emotions because they run through these parts of the brain, whereas our other senses do not pas information through these parts of the brain.

While most scent associations are based on your personal experiences and history, there are some cultural smell-related perceptions. For example, North America and Europe heavily associate lavender with being calming and citrus with being bright and invigorating. Meanwhile, Japan associated jasmine with relaxing and rose water as energizing/happy. So some of these things are a learned subconscious (or even conscious) response to fragrance.

Essentially, fragrance is a huge driving factor in our every day life. If it brings bad memories, we avoid it. If it brings good, we flock to it and surround ourselves with it. Whether it boosts our productivity or helps us to relax, we use scent to shape our daily life all the time.

Willow and Sage Magazine: Your source for DIY bath and body product inspiration

For the last year and a half I’ve really enjoyed this magazine I stumbled upon one day. It actually had a small hand in my initial interest in learning about creating bath and body items. I don’t even remember where I found it, it might have been Sam’s club (we go there a lot). I … read more

For the last year and a half I’ve really enjoyed this magazine I stumbled upon one day. It actually had a small hand in my initial interest in learning about creating bath and body items. I don’t even remember where I found it, it might have been Sam’s club (we go there a lot). I glanced through it and instantly was drawn to it. This magazine is called Willow & Sage. As stated on their website-

Willow and Sage Magazine

Willow and Sage magazine is filled with more than 70 unique recipes, uses, and beautiful packaging ideas for homemade bath and body products, paired alongside stunning, Somerset-style photography. In addition to showcasing natural bath salts and soaks, soaps, face masks, chemical-free make-up, lotions, sugar scrubs, how to use essential oils, and more, Willow and Sage features refreshing new layout designs that include hand-illustrated tips and educational information, such as eye-catching infographics and the benefits of specific ingredients. Also, if you’re looking for the perfect homemade gift idea, for any occasion, each issue provides DIY inspiration for creative packaging and the most unique gifts or spa bundle

Willow And Sage Magazine

The Willow And Sage Website is equally dreamy


The magazine is a quarterly magazine that starts in Feb. It’s an odd start date but when you look at lumping Jan into the winter issue, it makes sense. I totally understand doing the issues to follow the seasons, but it kills me to have to wait so long between publications! I usually go read it within the first two or three days, but definitely within the first week. It’s always interesting to see all the different ideas brought forth by other creators. I also enjoy the packaging ideas, bundle ideas, and ingredient spotlights. It’s a good way to learn about new benefits as well as help me with potential trend ideas. I have definitely used some of their ingredient spotlights to help focus on what ingredients to highlight to my customers.

So, if you’re looking for a beautiful magazine with a lot of fun diy ideas I would definitely give Willow & Sage a look. A quick side note is, many of the submitted recipes do not have preservatives in them therefore will not last for more than a few days or so.

Written by GS shop Owner, Rebecca Reynolds of JMaeHandmade ,  Stop on by her shop and take a peek at her awesome handmade bath and body products, and Heart her shop while you’re there!

JMaeHandmade Bath And Body Products

Business Builders: Time Management

Business Builders: Time Management

Business Builders: Time Management When you run a small shop, it’s hard to find time to get everything done in the day. However, here are some tried and true tips to help you make the most of the time you DO have. Be as productive as possible instead of spinning your wheels.  Don’t fight your … read more

Business Builders: Time Management

Business Builders: Time Management

When you run a small shop, it’s hard to find time to get everything done in the day. However, here are some tried and true tips to help you make the most of the time you DO have. Be as productive as possible instead of spinning your wheels.  Don’t fight your body clock. Don’t try to become and early riser if you have a history of being a night owl. And don’t stay up late to get stuff done if you know your mind and body shuts down early so that you can get up as the sun rises.

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in the day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

Don’t fight your body clock. Don’t try to become and early riser if you have a history of being a night owl

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible. It may be helpful to journal your energy level for a few days until you figure out when you find yourself the most productive.

 

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Sources: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/dont-fight-your-body-clock.html, https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/dont-fight-your-body-clock.html
Noveenna

Noveenna : Designer Showcase – She made it to the Hall of Fame!

“If  a girl says not to get her a birthday present that means get me a birthday present and make sure it’s jewelry.” ― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures I don’t know about you, but there are a certain few people that I need gifts for throughout the year for Christmas or birthdays, and don’t forget … read more

“If  a girl says not to get her a birthday present that means get me a birthday present and make sure it’s jewelry.” ― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures

I don’t know about you, but there are a certain few people that I need gifts for throughout the year for Christmas or birthdays, and don’t forget Mother’s day, yet I was continually struggling with finding the perfect gift.

I try to support indy, small shops at every moment I can, because handmade and supporting family-owned business is important to me. So I felt right at home on Gypsy Spoonful. I also think it’s awesome that shipping is never extra on GypsySpoonful. It’s always included in the price so there are no yucky “surprises” with exorbitant shipping fees at checkout.

While I was bopping around on the site, checking out shops, I stumbled upon Noveenna . She creates breathtaking, handmade JEWELRY and she’s our featured  Gypsy Spoonful shop of the month

Sometimes you just see a piece of jewelry and think of a person instantly, I sure did this when I came across her shop. I have a wishlist made on Gypsy Spoonful and I’ve been adding a bunch of her pieces to it. (Make a Wishlist on GypsySpoonful too.) What I REALLY like about her jewelry is not only does it look incredibly well-made and awesome quality, but that there are matching pieces in a collection. I can buy a beadwoven collar for Christmas for my aunt, and buy a coordinating cuff bracelet when Mother’s day arrives.

Noveenna

I have a hard time mixing and matching jewelry and I like to wear earrings, necklaces and bracelets (all 3) when I go out or get dressed up. This takes the confusion out of it for me. With coordinating pieces, it’s a breeze to accessorize an outfit without worrying that the earrings might not go with the necklace. Check out her mambo mauve collection by clicking HERE. , It’s so hard to pick just one favorite collection, I also have a soft spot in my heart for her Starlight Memories collection, so vibrant and cheery!

Noveenna

Another awesome thing about her designs, is that her jewelry is the type that you can wear to a variety of outings, or for everyday wear. Some are more statement pieces, and some are more casual. All of them are very versatile and not too over the top. They’re subtle and demure, and her color combinations are way cool.  Many times when I find a style or type of design I like, I like to have a few pieces in this same style, that’s perfect for shopping Noveenna’s shop. If you like the beadwoven collar style necklaces, there are several pieces , each in a diferent color combo that she names.  I suggest, the next time you need a gift, or want to treat yourself, you check out Noveenna’s shop on GypsySpoonful.

Noveenna

 

Drop us a comment and let us know what you thought of this blog! Join our Facebook group so you don’t miss any news about the shops of Gypsy Spoonful.

 

 

2019 Trends

Trending : Handmade and Design Trends, Predictions we’ve got our eye on for 2019 from Gypsy Spoonful’s Blog Team

This blog post is a compilation of fresh trends our blog team is noticing across Gypsy Spoonful and the handmade industry as a whole: what makers are creating, what shoppers are loving, and what’s hot right now in the wider market. These trend predictions for 2018 are based, in part, on past top searches across … read more

Trending

This blog post is a compilation of fresh trends our blog team is noticing across Gypsy Spoonful and the handmade industry as a whole: what makers are creating, what shoppers are loving, and what’s hot right now in the wider market. These trend predictions for 2018 are based, in part, on past top searches across categories on GypsySpoonful.com

What is STILL going strong, carried over from 2018?

In 2018 we continued to see a moderate uptick in the popularity of Unicorns and Mermaids as well as Donuts and Foxes.  It was a year filled with magical motifspastels, and all things Beachy. Gypsy Spoonful shoppers took to these trends and seem to still be holding onto most of them. Cacti and Succulents made a big impact and that does not seem to be deminishing

As we march on into 2019,  some have predicted that the trends will move away from idealist distractions, and shift towards reality. This year we’re actively embracing our own, individual realities, whatever they happen to be – from living life to the max, or celebrating a lazy, day on the couch. Shoppers are about to “get real” – so we are officially declaring 2019 the year of Being Real, which includes using all-natural products, focusing on sustainability, and being realistic when it comes to decorating and living.

Sh*t Just Got Real

The world isn’t perfect (and you don’t have to pretend that is), but you can also do something about it. – See Craftivism

Pantone’s color of the year: Living Coral

While millennial pink and ultraviolet are still having their respective moments, We’re excited to see this cheerful tone take over our homes, outfits and accessories. This floral-inspired hue is whistful (yet grounding) and unapologetically natural – exactly what we need in 2019.

https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

 

Living Coral accented items on Gypsy Spoonful are plentiful and you can expect to see a great deal more in 2019. It’s so visually appealing, dontcha think? See all items tagged “Coral”here.

Tends: Pantone's Color of the Year 2019 Living Coral

Tends: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019 Living Coral

Racer Back Feather Dress by That’s So Addie, Beadwoven Cuff Bracelet by Novenna, Cactus Home Wreath by Wreaths by Jacquelyn, Piece work Beach Bug Pillow by Scrappers Snips N’ Stitches, Handpainted Alcohol Ink Pendant Necklace by Studio1153

Chaos and Mayhem…

haha, not really.. but whatever the polar opposite of minimalism is… Yes, kids this is the moment you’ve secretly been waiting for! It’s an all-out  rebellion against the often unrealistic quest for order and perfection in our homes and lives. What was once considered clutter is now on-trend – clashing patterns, styles, prints and colors are all permissible, as there’s no limit to this eclectic trend. We predict, in 2019 you will begin to see mashups of prints and patterns coming from the small shops of Gypsy Spoonful. Embrace it, it is futile to resist!

What else do we see as growing in trendiness?

More …

Cacti and Succulents

Click on the pics to see these up close now…

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also predict MORE lemon… scented, and decorated, lemon decor, bath and body products as well as fabric prints!

We also predict MORE Llamas (eeps, one of my favorite things right now!)  Isn’t this llama zippered bag adorable? Click to visit this listing now 

View all of our llama listings HERE (not to be confused with alpacas! lol) . Also trending, Anything Retro, Especially 70’s inspired items and also items with all-natural and dried flowers, botanicals, and herbs!

What do you think? did we hit the nail on the head? What do YOU think will be trending this year? What inspires you in these trends and predictions. Drop a comment, and continue the conversation here on our blog, and also in the Gypsy Spoonful  Facebook Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am not here to be mediocre, I’m here to be awesome

Transparency is something we strongly believe in at Gypsy Spoonful~ everyone in the community is a vital part of the team where all insights, thoughts, comments and beliefs are considered before any official decisions are made. Truth be told, in 2018 we had over 50 members that were cut due to inactivity, or fdidn’t work … read more

Transparency is something we strongly believe in at Gypsy Spoonful~ everyone in the community is a vital part of the team where all insights, thoughts, comments and beliefs are considered before any official decisions are made.

Truth be told, in 2018 we had over 50 members that were cut due to inactivity, or fdidn’t work out for one reason or another, or failure to contribute to the community advertising kitty…

Gypsy Spoonful is not for everyone, but it’s for the right people. Those with hustle, those who want to grow their businesses, and can catch the vision of where we want to be . Those who can envision a completely handmade marketplace where it is 100% American Handmade Products, Where community triumphs over competition and people are valued over profits. I did not build Gypsy Spoonful to be mediocre, I don’t work over 80 hours a week to be average.
I have never believed in something more.

Do you want to surround yourself with people who dream bigger than you do? Do you want to believe in something larger and more profound than what you’re currently doing with your small shop? You DON’T have to do it alone, there are people who will come around you, and teach you, mentor you, support you, but you HAVE to give back… you HAVE to give equal effort. I’m not going to lie , it’s hard work, but the results and the satisfaction in the end is so worthwhile and rewarding… not to mention the feeling you get when you see another Gypsy succeed and their business start to take off…

THAT is why I am doing what I’m doing…

Not everyone gets in, Not everyone stays in… but the right people do… and I make no apologies for having high expectations for our members, I set the bar high, not gonna lie, but I don’t ask anything of our members that I don’t give myself.

Next: go here, read what we believe, we’ve laid everything out very transparently for everyone to see…
Choose a membership, and then fill out the application, and we’ll be in touch. We’re adding some new shops in 2019…

https://Gypsyspoonful.com/market/join

Living Your Most Creative Life (and Cricut Deals!)

Let the holiday shopping begin! Make your holidays very merry with new featured sales each day. Whether you’re new to DIY or an experienced maker, the super smart cutting machines from Cricut will give you that creative edge you need in this crazy competitive market! Awe-inspiring creations start with the right Did you know they … read more

Cricut Deals

Let the holiday shopping begin!

Make your holidays very merry with new featured sales each day. Whether you’re new to DIY or an experienced maker, the super smart cutting machines from Cricut will give you that creative edge you need in this crazy competitive market! Awe-inspiring creations start with the right Did you know they carry everything from Premium Vinyl to Deluxe Paper, Leather, Basswood, and beyond, your next one of a kind masterpiece starts with Cricut!

Cricut is running some super awesome deals that I found for all you crafty folks out there! Their really awesome 12 days of Cricut sale is still going on through 12/16! Take advantage of new deals each and every day including EasyPress starting at $99! Ever since they launched the original Cricut® cutting machine, you guys have inspired them with your amazing creations. And as long as you keep doing your thing, they’ll keep doing theirs: designing and building the tools you need to live your most creative life.

12 days of Cricut. New deals each day!


We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. -Dr. Brene Brown

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