When you do things
from your soul,
you feel a river
moving in you,
When actions come
from another section,
the feeling disappears
Don’t let others lead you
They may be blind
or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope of God
And what is that?
Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness
people sit in jail,
the trapped bird’s wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.
The anger of police is willfulness.
You’ve seen a magistrate
inflict visible punishment
Now see the invisible.
We are born and live inside
black water in a well.
How could we know
what an open field of sunlight is?
Ask the way to the spring.
Your living pieces
will form a harmony.
There is a moving palace
that floats in the air
with balconies and
clear water flowing through,
yet contained under a single tent.
This post brought to you by Rumi. The poem is his “Moving Waters.” And pics are from our family trip to Brazil in July.
Well, I guess it’s jewelry week around here. Pretty sure there’s nothing better…well, nothing sparklier anyway. You guys, I WON an awesome contest hosted by the lovely Laurie of Indulge Your Shelf. $100 worth of handmade jewelry from BonnieAngela!
These two artists make beautifully crafted jewelry from metal and stone–their wire-wrapped pieces are my favorites. Here’s what I picked out.
“A Drop of Crystalized Ocean” – similar silver version here.
The wire-wrapped stone is so cool.
Plus four gorgeous pairs of earrings.
Aren’t they lovely? I am just so touched by the artists’ generosity in offering this giveaway. To have something so carefully designed and crafted – these pieces are truly special. Do give their shop a look.
A good shop name? Or the BEST shop name? At any rate, I just spent too much time on this site checking out all the – ahem – booty in their fall collection. And I’ve narrowed it down to seven faves.
the Sour Mist Top
the Whipping Post Tunic (not sure I care for this name. I mean, I get the reference, but…)
Whatta’ ya think? I’m dying to try on those lacy bell bottoms.
Three of us wore turquoise to the office today. Someone remarked that we were like a showcase: this is how you style turquoise for fall. I usually think of turquoise as a summer color. But, here I am, dreaming away in September…
Pics are linked to their sources. For the middle two, I could not find an original source, so if you know it, tell me!
I’m in love with the subscription box business model. It’s genius. You bring customers in at a certain price level, allow them enough freedom of choice to suit their taste, and – bam – profit. Now, that sounds snarky, but I’m sincere. Subscription programs are brilliant and I’ve fallen for one in particular.
Rocks Box is a subscription jewelry company. A designer selects three pieces for you based on a style survey you fill out. You have the option to buy each piece or you can send one, two, or three pieces back and – tada – a refreshed jewelry box.
I love surprises.
Here’s what I got.
Boho glam with modern leanings. Yup. Nailed it.
My favorite piece by far is the Agate Blue Quartz cuff. It’s stunning in person. My stylist noted that I selected this exact piece as representative of my style during the survey and she built the collection around it. Thank you, Amanda.
I also received the House of Harlow (yup) Wren Feather Collar and Double Gemstones Earrings in onyx.
Gorgeous. Love them all. Honestly, the purchase prices are a bit salty for this girl. But I don’t mind “renting” these pieces for $10 this month (with coupon). And in a couple of weeks I’ll send them in for a refresh.
Sidenote: This post is not sponsored by Rocks Box – I simply love them.
It’s hard to stand out on these oh-so-clogged interwebs, so I appreciate fashion bloggers that have something unique to offer…especially if their ideas and suggestions fall within my budget. I like a blogger who can bring something interesting to the table, some personality and panache. If she incorporates vintage/boho items, so much the better.
Without further ado, here are, in no particular order:
1- Yasi from Hello Gorgeous
Yasi is a Michigan blogger who actually lives near me and does some work with a fabulous local boutique. I love that she does professional wear but keeps it down to earth with everyday selfies.
2- Brittany Gibbons
This woman is one of my all-time favorite bloggers, period. She is funny, people. And she’s at the forefront of the body positivity movement.
3- Tanesha of Girl With Curves
Glamour for days. Even in denim. Maybe especially in denim. She also designs her own clothes. I bow down.
4- Danielle of See. Dani. Style.
Be still my boho heart. I want her nose ring, her yoga outfits, and all of her hats. Please and thank you.
5- Katie of Skunkboy
Katie is a well-loved lifestyle blogger. I’ve linked you to her outfit posts. I die. She has a knack for putting together quirky, vintage-inspired looks with lots of rock and roll mixed in.
6- Blair of Atlantic Pacific
High fashion for street wear. It’s preppy boutique fashion at it’s best. I mostly enjoy it for the online window shopping opportunities.
7- Meagan from Because of Jackie
Meagan is down to earth. She wears wellies and shops at Target. I think we’re meant to be friends…
8- Elizabeth of Delighfully Tacky
Big hair and beautiful photography with some boho style. My faves.
9- Alexandra from Into the Woods
Vintage and vintage-inspired outfits with, at turns, 40s/50s/60s vibes. And her photo styling is impeccable.
10- Jenny of What My Daughter Wore
This one is classified under Art in my Feedly as well as Fashion. On her blog, Jenny posts drawings of the outfits her daughter and her friends wear. It’s awesome.
So, there ya’ have it. My 10 favorite fashion bloggers. Check them out. They are way more famous than I am and definitely more stylish. But a girl can dream…
Last Monday I interviewed the talented Tiffany of Whitehall Farm and she generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for a Gypsy Mind reader. Well, the results are in, and the winner of this lovely boho mobile, handmade by Tiffany, is:
Congratulations, Tacha Philpot!! We’re so excited for you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get your prize to you.
Thanks so much to all of you who entered. This has been so much fun and I can’t wait to do another giveaway!
I have about zero talent when it comes to doing my own hair. I recently chopped off about four inches to get rid of all my split ends and my hair is the healthiest it’s been in a long time. I do ok with a straightener and a curling iron. I own Aveda products. I just have no knack for doing hair. Thus I have roamed the interwebs searching for inspiration and have come up with the following…
The double waterfall twist (sounds more complicated than it is) from A Beautiful Mess:
The “tuck and cover” from the darling Missy Sue:
A fishtail from Blonder Ambitions:
The magic of bobby pins from Elle:
Finally, master the boho updo with Kouture Kiss:
Wish I could get one of these ladies to come over and do my hair…
p.s. Don’t forget to enter the Whitehall Farm giveaway. You could win a handmade boho mobile!
Happy Monday, all! I’m stoked to be hosting Tiffany from Whitehall Farm today as I’ve admired her boho creations for some time. And, she has generously offered to host a giveaway for Gypsy Mind readers! Hoot!! Scroll to the end of the post for details and information on how to enter.
Without further ado…
Have you been formally trained as an artist? (If so, where, and which degrees do you have?)
I graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. My degree isn’t related to design or art, but every open spot in my semester class selection, I was taking art classes – Design, 3-D Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Paint, etc… But most of the ideas in my shop are self-taught. I’ve always had a stash of paints, fabric paper, etc. readily accessible to play with daily.
Have you always loved making things? What do you love most about it?
I’ve always been creative – since I was a little girl. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a crayon in my hand. I grew up watching PappyLand – a TV show with an old man who taught you how to draw in unique ways. I was always winning art contests in school, poetry and creative writing awards, my friends were always having me draw things for them etc. I love being able to express myself, to escape into this wondrous place in your mind. To create something so unique – “I *made* that”. ME. This piece wouldn’t exist except for my brain, hands and heart.
How did you embark upon a career as a maker/artist? Do you have a “day job” too?
I opened my Etsy on a whim after graduating college, marrying my husband and becoming pregnant with my oldest son (2011 was a busy year!). My husband was in the army, so it made a job search a little tough with the moving. I spent a lot of time finding my niche – something I would enjoy doing for a long time. That’s when my Etsy came about in 2013.
I was at a time in my life where I was re-inventing myself, finding out who I truly was. I honestly had no idea what I was doing with my life… or my shop at the start! I just knew that I wanted to be creative and share my creations with the world. Now, I couldn’t be happier. I really dug down deep inside and asked myself how I could have the happiest life. And that’s creating.
My “day job” is my family. I have two wonderful boys, with hopefully many more to come; we want a huge family on the farm! My oldest recently has taken to painting which has me super excited. The Crayola aisle at Toys R Us is about to be emptied!
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I love my shop, because it really allows me to express my loves, style and designs. Basically you get a sneak peek into my brain. So a natural bohemian. It describes me and my items as one in the same. Some of my designs seem so simple on the surface, but deep down the arrangement is so intricate – the baroque grain in the wood, how different colors complement each other, the way a thread weaves in and out. I love rustic, vintage, old and historic. And that really shows through with my designs.
What’s the philosophy behind Whitehall Farm?
Providing unique beauty to people’s nurseries and homes. It is beyond humbling to know that people choose my items – something *I* created, I came up with, crafted with my own hands – to feature in their homes, in their nurseries, to gift to precious loved ones – all across the world! I cannot get over the fact that my items are all over the world! That’s truly amazing to me. Especially my baby mobiles. A baby is a mother and father’s most precious gift, and they chose my craft to make their baby happy. Every morning the beloved baby will open their sweet eyes and see my art.
Do you have a favorite creation or category of things to make?
My dreamcatcher mobiles. They’re so unique, so organic looking. They’re such a statement piece. So simple, yet so intricate.
Or my custom request mobiles. When some one comes to me with a custom request, it’s so exciting! I get to create something new and unique and just for them. I love my customers; I’ve met some amazing, wonderful people through my shop.
Name three things that inspire you…
1. My children. I like to make things that I think they will enjoy themselves. I always ask myself “hmmm, would Victor love that?” Maybe that’s why I end up keeping so many of my items!
2. My husband. When I’m looking for materials, he’s right there with me – “How about this? Would this look good? Oh, you could do amazing things with this!” He is very supportive and involved. And almost everyday he tells me “hey, how about this as an idea in your shop?” He’s amazing, and I thank my lucky stars everyday that I have him.
3. My own personal style. I love lace, natural looks and bohemian fashion and art.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of your work?
I love gardening, working out, curling up with a good book on a stormy afternoon, cooking, spending time with my two boys, eating seafood, playing the violin, snowmobiling, designing my future dream house, Pinterest, adding to my husband’s never-ending to-do list, planning ideas for my farm’s future, classic black and white movies
Ok, you’re stranded on a desert island. Which five things can’t you live without?
3. Reading material. Full of the classics.
4. A fishing pole to catch all the seafood in the water. Then I’d be in heaven and never want to leave.
5. Sunscreen – I’m a redhead and burn super easy.
Thanks, Tiffany! Because she is awesome, Tiffany has offered to give away a bit of boho goodness to a Gypsy Mind reader. She’s offered up her gorgeous dream catcher mobile as a prize:
To enter the contest:
-Like Gypsy Mind on Facebook.
-Like Whitehall Farm on Facebook.
-Comment on this post and tell us about your favorite item in Tiffany’s shop.
-You get a double entry if you share this contest via Facebook, Twitter, or on your blog! (Copy and paste the link to your post in a comment below so we know you shared.)
*Winner will be drawn randomly from all qualified entries.
**Don’t forget to make sure we can get a hold of you if you win (either via email or your website).
***U.S. and international residents are welcome to enter, but those outside the U.S. will have to pay shipping if they win (sorry, rising shipping costs, you know – we hope you understand).
We’ll announce the winner next Monday.