Friday, March 10, 2017

Designer Day! week 7

Normally on Designer Day I post about handmade items such as clothing, accessories and even plushies. Today is a bit different. 

Today we are presenting handmade artwork: paintings!

DEBRA ENGELBRECHTS via Give A Yarn Crafts!

 Handpainted with oils!

Debra Englebrechts' work is amazing! From colored pencils to oils, the fine strokes and amazing finishes bring life to any room it's found!

Debra finds much of her inspiration in nature. Many of her prints can be found on cards and she has also hand-painted many scenes onto greeting cards!

Her work ranges approximately $45 to $160+ depending on the style and size of the artwork and much of her work includes FREE U.S. shipping!


Be it Winter or Spring, Debra's artwork is available throughout ALL the seasons! Debra's beautiful artwork can be purchased either via Gypsy Spoonful OR on Facebook!

Contact:  Give A Yarn Crafts

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Tale As Old As Time, A Song As Old As Rhyme and Beauty and the Beast TRIVIA

Gypsy Spoonful has been excitedly watching and waiting for the arrival of the 2017 release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie! Arriving in theaters March 17th, we've got some pretty cool themed offerings in our marketplace. We invite you to take a peek and see all the mouth watering, drool worthy items we have offered around this big moment! It's always fun to dress up the littles, or get something special for yourself to tie in with such a big movie release. Many little girls will no-doubtedly have Beauty & The Beast themed birthday parties this year too! A multitude of people consider THIS tale their favorite~the timeless love story of the ages, we'd like to test your knowledge of Beauty and the Beast while also sharing our featured items with this theme. We hope you enjoy!  The independent makers of the Gypsy Spoonful collective are proud to present...

This pretty little cross body bag by BagLadyAmI can be found: HERE
Small but not too small. The generous back pocket is perfect for cell phone, iPod, camera and/or passport when traveling. Main compartment easily accommodates wallet and checkbook. Nice long shoulder strap allows you to wear it across , which is a great look that's comfortable and convenient. Crafted with high quality fabrics and heavy durable lining fabric. A fabulous gift to yourself or someone special that will be used and appreciated. 

TRIVIA Question:
Question: When the Beast is watching Belle play in the snow with the dog, he says he wants to do something for her. Cogsworth then says, "Well there's the usual things, flowers, a box of chocolates..." What was the last thing he suggested?

Answer: "Promises you don't intend to keep"
Cogsworth was talking about gifts that are often given as a thank you or as a gift for someone you love. Lumiere felt that it should be more personal and then the Beast gives Belle the library.

This adorable Beauty & The Beast bow pair by Bows By T are
approximately 4" wide, and is made in grosgrain ribbons perfect for your sweet little princess.  The main ribbon color is a yellow gold, with a pretty accents of red and metallic gold. Take a peek by looking HERE

When Wonderfully Whimsical created this awesome diaper bag, she thought of everything! There is an exterior pocket on the front of the bag as well as the 2 roomy split pockets on the inside of this bag. It is perfect for storing diapers, maps, small toys and anything else you might need to bring with you while traveling with your baby or small children. See all the details HERE

Wonderfully Whimsical also has this clutch listed in the Gypsy Spoonful marketplace., the prefect accompaniment to this diaper bag!

TRIVIA Question:
In what country is the film set?
Answer: France

as if it couldn't get any cuter, take a look at this big bow dress from That's So Addie! Perfect for a party for that little Beauty & the Beast fangirl! There are so many adorable details!
See it HERE
(the bows included above would be such a perfect match to this dress!)

If Belle is her favorite princess, then this little handy dandy freeze pop/frozen yogurt holder will keep her little fingers from being too cold, IN STYLE!
Great as a party favor too!

They're from Firefly Threads and you can order or take a look at the details HERE
She's also offering these FUN dress up masks! The perfect gift idea. Click HERE for the masks

TRIVIA Question:
What is the name of the piccolo?
Answer: Fife
Fife is the piccolo that works for Forte. He starts out working for Forte, but finds out that he was wrong to work for him. He is a very funny character who ends up getting into trouble. He only tries to break up Beast and Belle because Forte promises him a solo.

Beauty & The Beast themed mouse ears are the IDEAL accessory for that little one! WeLuvDizne specializes in all things for that magical vacation, cruise or experience!

OR treat yourself to these fun ears for the movie premiere! They're embroidered to perfection,
Click HERE to go the listing now. She's also offering this Belle themed Rose crown too! Isn't it darling?! Click here for this one

TRIVIA Question:
What was Belle's father building?

Answer: an invention for a contest
Belle watches her father building his invention and wonders if they are odd, as the townspeople seem to think.

Goosie Girl has this ready to ship, one of a kind feathery fascinator featuring the princess of the hour, click HERE to take a look at the marketplace listing
 If she wants to represent ALL the princesses including Belle, this sweet A-line dress is just the ticket. Simple, and soooo pretty in this precious princess fabric from That's So Addie
I love this style so much! The princess "drawings" on the fabric are just the right accent.
Click HERE to go see it now

Layla and Stitch is offering this Princess Dress, perfect for a party or to show her love for Belle!
It can be custom made in size 12m-8 girls!

TRIVIA Question:
What do Belle and Beast make in the snow?

Answer: Snow Angels
Belle makes a snow angel, but Beast makes a snow beast. Beast then becomes upset and storms off leaving Belle outside.

If she's not a dress type of girl, these fun and funky princess deco jeans are the ideal solution
They're also from That's So Addie. I love the Emoji style on these.

Click to see sizing and all the other wonderful details

TRIVIA Question: 
What is the name of the feather duster?

Answer: Babette
Babette is Lumiere's "girlfriend".

We have an impeccably made curved wristlet from Bag Lady Am I in this new, fun fabric featuring the most adored Princesses. The details on this one are perfect. No detail has been overlooked. Take a peek at it by clicking HERE

TRIVIA Question:
Which song is not in the Original Broadway Cast Recording of "Disney's Beauty And The Beast, The Broadway Musical"?

Answer: A Change In Me
"A Change In Me" is included in the sheet music.

Gypsy Spoonful hopes you enjoyed our little trivia challenge! Stay tuned to the Gypsy Spoonful blog for more fun, don't forget to subscribe to our blog! You can also find us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook at these links:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Made on Monday----Meandering through All Things Handmade & Fabulous! 03/06

We're BAAAACCCKKKK!!!!!!  I just love getting to scroll through all the new listings of the week and collect photos of all the amazing creations our makers have to offer.  This week quite a few of us were inspired by Giraffes (would April just have that baby already????) and are also getting ready for the upcoming release of Beauty and The Beast.  

Click on the highlighted business name to go directly to their listings or to shop all of our items, go straight to the marketplace here:  

This girl.....has pretty much some of the most amazing bow talent out there!  Becca's Boutique Bows are a complete work of art.  Just look at those Beauty & the Beast inspired bows, and the giraffes, and....and.....just go look at her bows!

WeLuvDizne just so happens to have a gorgeous Sofia the 1st dress up that matches some of her bows too!  How did I miss that until this moment in time??  Check out those ruffles on the back too!  Gorgeous!

Bag Lady Am I has some fun new bags up this week, including some cute little wristlets and a Cinderella set with a cross body bag & matching coin purse.  I love that her wristlets feature a detachable key fob too! Browse through all her listings to see a variety of great bags and some super cute dresses too!

Spring seems to always be so busy with Easter events and baby showers to attend. Buttons 'N Bolts can hook you up!  From an adorable Easter bunny peasant top to sweet quilts to a darling table runner, you can stock up on all your gifting needs in one swoop through her shop.  That Sock Monkey quilt is amazing!

Firefly Threads jumped in this week with two totally different Belle items to celebrate the upcoming movie.  A sweet popsicle pouch and a fun dress up mask!  Your little princess would love either or both of these items!  Browse through all her listings to see all of her great variety of popsicle pouches, masks, and more! 

I don't know about you, but I do know that there are literally millions of people waiting for April the Giraffe to have her baby.  We were chatting about the obsession and quite a few of us came up with fun giraffe versions.  I think Goosie Girl wins the originality contest though.  That headband!!!!!  So stinkin' cute!!!!!  She also listed one of her most famous PDF ebooks on how to make Raggie Bows so grab it while it is there and make matching bows for all your little ones clothes.

Sometimes the boys just don't get quite as much attention in the handmade world.  But never fear, Layla and Stitch is here with a listing for custom bow ties.  Get bow ties made to match sister dresses for Easter or just get a fun variety so your little guy can always be a dapper dude.  This listing is also available for teens (think a unique prom idea!) and adults too (Father's Day is coming up!)

Every week, I love seeing the new items that Wonderfully Whimsical has created.  Her work is impeccable and her fabrics are awesome.  In addition to a great Dr. Seuss backpack, she has 2 Beauty and The Beast bags up too.  A great clutch bag and gorgeous tote bag/diaper bag.  

Daniela's Bow Shop hopped on the marketplace this week with the cutest little bunny ears headband.  How can you resist?  I can guarantee if your little one shows up at the Easter egg hunt this year wearing these darling ears, she will be the center of attention!

Designs by Danielle is offering super unique tees for the whole family for a vacation to Disney.  From kids to adults, she has a size for everyone and offers personalization too.  

Rose Petal Gifts has some new digital print files for a great way to say Thank you or for baby showers, bridal showers, wedding party favors, and more.  These are such a neat idea and a very cost effective way to do it yourself.

Look at that Troll headband!!!  How cute is that???  And those little bow booties are too adorable for words.  Crafty Pink Tigers is at it again this week with some new items that will rock your toe socks! Go check out her items.  As I was typing this up, I noticed she had some new Easter bows up too.

Do you have a special shirt or jacket that belonged to a loved one and want to keep it for a memory?  Stitches with Laura has the best listing up ever.  She will create a Memory Pillow using your precious item and make something you can cherish forever.  Shown below is a sample of some beautiful items she has made in the past.

That's So Addie has been busy this week with creating a little bit of everything.  I was inspired by the new Beauty and The Beast movie.  I openly admit that I am obsessed with watching that dang giraffe not having her baby.  And I made an adorable bear dress just because those bears spoke to

And this week, I saved the busiest girl for last!  Simply the Glitter was our featured designer of the week and she owned it!  I think I counted 15 new listings from her!!!  Good gracious that girl is rockin' it!  I love all her repurposed jewelry.  She mixes the best items together for a truly unique item.  Here is a small sampling of her new items but be sure you go check them all out.  You won't be disappointed.  She has earrings, necklaces, and bracelets galore!

And I think that rounds out another week of Made on Monday.  I hope you enjoy meandering through all our things handmade and fabulous as much as I enjoy posting them.  

Until next week--thank you for supporting small business!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Designer Day! Week 6

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It's very hard to choose which shop to feature on Fridays! We have so many talented artists! Each person's skill is unique and what they offer- you can tell they put their hearts and soul into their work!

Today's Featured Shop:  JUST BOBBIN ALONG!

Just Bobbin Along is owned and operated by Garilyn which is located in Ohio! Garilyn's work is gorgeous! She makes receiving blankets, 1st Bday Outfits with Tutus, and a host of other items!

Her prices are well worth the products! Her custom made First Bday outfits include: bodysuit, headband and tutu WITH embroidery! for only $50 with $6 shipping! WOW! You really can't beat that! Just Bobbin Along can be found on Gypsy Spoonful, Facebook and Etsy!

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Need a quick birthday or Christmas present that is custom but doesn't break the bank? Shop JUST BOBBIN ALONG!

Contact:  Garilyn



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

True or False: Small Business Quiz! I double dog dare you to take the quiz

I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "shop small" ~ as it's becoming a trendy catch phrase, but the REASONS why we should ALL be supporting small business are even more important to understand this movement. To be honest with you, small business is BIG business when it comes down to it. Financial and business analysts agree on this fact. In the United States alone, there are 28.2 million small businesses operating at this given moment. Upwards of 63% of new jobs created last year were derived from small business. Let me break this down for you, Small Business Keeps America RUNNING.
3/4 of the nation's businesses are "SELF EMPLOYED" type businesses. Being self employed is not such a rare thing anymore. Long gone are the days of the "company man" who often worked his entire professional/working life for ONE company. Can you imagine, at any given time 28.2 million people that had a dream, and acted upon it?! WHOA...

These numbers sound great, however, it's a sad fact that MOST small businesses only survive 5 years, at most. They usually go under, close or morph into something else within those 5 years. That's an alarming number, if you do the math:
  • 28.2 million small businesses in the USA
  • 50% go under in the first 5 years
  • 14.1 million small businesses go the way of the buffalo on average between the 1st - 5th year. 
That is shocking, in my opinion!
That is a whole lot of dreams, goals, sweat equity and investments down the drain.

Why do half of these small businesses fail?
"When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday lives, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labor these hard working individuals contribute to make their businesses both come to life and stay alive. Yet, many Americans frequent chain stores without considering their local merchant or other small business options. Whether it's filling a prescription at a local pharmacy vs. Walgreens or picking up eggs and milk at a local corner store vs. your nearest Walmart, small businesses are too often overlooked for all the wrong reasons. Customers assume that pricing will automatically be higher at a small business vs. a corporate owned store,  as well as they dismiss the perks that many small businesses offer such as customer care, inventory assortment and community support. However, did you know that many of these misconceptions about small businesses are just that... misconceptions?" -Forbes
Let's talk about some of the misconceptions...

True or False: Stores do not control pricing of most products. Vendors do.
With some exceptions, stores primarily have no control over a product price but rather are provided a MSRP (Manufactured Suggested Retail Price) that tells them the price the product should be sold at. Over time, if the product doesn't sell or a store has a promotional event taking place, this price may be lowered. But generally speaking, vendors want their products sold at their suggested rate, therefore retailers are not encouraged to lower them unless it's discussed in advance - such as stores like Nordstrom do for their famous Anniversary Sale. Many small merchants, as well, also offer discounted items for special occasions - therefore not making this exclusive to big box stores. -Forbes
True or False: Inventory is not always more easily available at big box stores
Smaller merchants have the same access to vendors as big box stores do, therefore if you need an item and it's not available in their store, it's likely they can get in touch with the vendor right away and try and order it for you right away. Of course, there are always exceptions, but most small store owners are eager to go above and beyond in their customer service support and this is just one way they can do so for their customers.

True or False:  Customer service is more personalized, hands-on and noteworthy from smaller businesses.
 Again, there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking you should expect that a smaller business will deliver stronger customer service. Their personal commitment to their business certainly helps in these efforts, but even from their collective team - no matter how small or large it is - typically stronger customer care is experienced. Among the reasons why is that they have a more hands-on role within the company, therefore building a stronger sense of care for the job they do. Additionally, smaller companies are more flexible in their customer support - with a willingness to bend rules if necessary (such as alter a return policy) or deliver VIP treatment when least expected (such as home delivery for a customer during a rain storm). While every business is different, what also makes customer care among small businesses more valuable is just that - being different.-Forbes

Author's Note: I can not tell you how much I ENJOY going the extra mile for all of my customers. It makes me feel good to be able to go above and beyond for my clientele. I KNOW if I give extra care to each order, and customer, they are more likely to tell their friends and family about my small business (Goosie Girl) . Word of mouth advertising is simply the BEST form of advertising for a business like mine.Soooo many handmade makers & designers put so much care and attention to their products, and many have had their customers as REPEAT customers for so long, they develop friendships with them outside of work.

True or False: Different types of products, unique styles and customizations are more likely through a small business than a large business. 

Product diversity and options are often greater at small businesses vs. chain stores. Sure, a big box merchant may have a larger footprint in your local community, but that doesn't mean they have more variety to offer you. When you walk into a chain store, you know exactly what you will find. However, when you walk into a local business, you are often surprised by the inventory options. This is to a customer's advantage and is among the many reasons to frequent your local stores more often. And remember - just because a big box store is just that... bigger... doesn't mean they have more to offer. The assortment of inventory at big box store are just deeper, not more diverse. -Forbes

Where else but a small business which creates one of a kind, or small quantities of their products is it more possible to find something totally unique? We can tweak , personalize, and customize nearly anything you can imagine, it's just a matter of reaching out to the maker and ASKING. Our businesses depend on our abilities to offer awesome customer service, and willgness to give our clients what they're looking for. That is something a big box store CAN NOT and WILL NOT do.

The Gypsy Spoonful Marketplace is reeling with independent small business owners. We're a creative community, and we would like to ask for your support of our small businesses. The next time you're on an online shopping bender, or have a gift to buy, need something for a special occasion, we invite you to shop the Gypsy Spoonful Marketplace by Clicking HERE

Monday, February 27, 2017

Made on Monday----Meandering through All Things Handmade & Fabulous! 02/27

Every week, I get to browse through all the new listings on Gypsy Spoonful and I am in awe of all the talent we have.  Gosh, we are a creative bunch!  All our girls seem to really like a challenge and listed like crazy this last week.  So stick with me through Meandering through Monday--it may be a little long, but it is  full of fabulousness!

To find a specific makers listings, just click on their highlighted name and it will take you there!

We have a brand spankin' new maker listing this week.  Rose Petal Gifts is offering these printable candy bar wrappers.  Personalize them for a special touch or thank someone in a personal way.


Texas Loud and Proud is offering some unique new listings too.  These bun wraps are so fun and something I have never seen in my life.  What a creative way to accessorize your hair with pizazz!

Do you love leggings and want to support handmade?  Posh Playground Couture has these awesome leggings up.  Custom made in your size too!  Sometimes the teens and young adults are left out of the boutique world, but not here!

Cindy of Buttons 'N Bolts has been busy with her little quilting self this week.  Wow!!!  She has some of the cutest Easter theme table runners and some great quilts too.  And she even threw in a sweet little Easter peasant top too.  Check out that batik quilt!!  Swoon!!!!

Charms Couture has a super cute & super twirly dress up for us this week too.  Adorable owls and maximum twirlability too.  Your little girl will love spinning and twirling in this awesome little dress and it is on sale this week too!

Do you love unicorns like the rest of us?  Well The Day Before This Day has a super fun unicorn stuffie that will be a great addition to your collection.  She also has some fun coloring wallets.  These are great for long car trips or to have in your purse to pull out for a fidgeting toddler while waiting at the doctor's office or in the car line at school.  Buy one or buy multiples.  You won't regret having these in your life!  These would be great Easter basket stuffers too!

Bag Lady Am I has been busy this week pumping out the cute crossover bags.  And a cute Sheriff Callie dress too.  Heather is always up on the latest characters and popular movies and shows.  Check out her items for all your favorites.

Have you ever used handmade dish cloths?  Because if you haven't, you are missing out!  I am obsessed with them.  They have the best quality and scrubbing power.  Give a Yarn Crafts has stepped up the dish cloth game and created a set including wash cloths, a sponge, and a scrubby.  These would be a great housewarming gift, wedding present, Mother's Day gift, or a gift for yourself.   

Our very own Goose.....fearless leader and highly motivated entrepreneur even found time to get some new listings up (while trying to build a website and more) and adorable is that flower hat???   Goosie Girl also has some more great nursing necklaces and sweet fascinators.  She even has a Belle fascinator if you are looking forward to the new upcoming movie.

Firefly Threads has a great variety this week.  Adorable Trolls hooded bath towels, more character popsicle pouches (to keep those little hands from freezing) and wool dryer balls.  Now what are wool dryer balls, you say?  That's what I said anyway!  Ummmm...I need these in my life!  They replace dryer sheets with all those chemicals and reduce drying time.  Yes, I totally need these in my life!

WeLuvDizne has a totally new product this week too.  Awesome headbands with crowns or Minnie ears.  These are great!  And she even has Beauty and the Beast theme ones too.  She also threw in a great Batman shorts set for boys.


I can't even explain to you how awesome Wonderfully Whimsical is.  You must check out her Alice in Wonderland bags!  Oh my gosh!!!!  You can see the quality of her work in the details.  She offers sling bags and wristlets and more.  Check out all her listings.  I'm sure you can find something you love!

Simply the Glitter is at it again with all her gorgeous upcycled repurposed jewelry.  I can't pick a favorite because she makes something cooler every time.  This week, I am drawn to her skeleton key necklace with the saying "dream as if you'll live forever" added in.  It is just stunning!

And here I am at the end again.  That's So Addie has some great new dresses for spring.  I relisted my Grumpy Cat dress, added in a soft Feathers flutter dress, and a sweet little Daisy the Cow peasant dress.  I have been busy catching up on my Dr. Seuss orders but am hoping to have a bunch of new spring listings up in the next couple of weeks.

And that concludes the New Listing round up for this week.  I hope you enjoy browsing through our listings.  All the makers at Gypsy Spoonful appreciate your commitment to supporting handmade, even if it is just a click on a link or a share to your friends.  Every little bit helps support small business.  Until next Monday......