Sunday, August 28

Glitter... what a magical thing

I just got through creating four glittery/glam mini witch hats for a custom order and glitter is everywhere.  I see it on the keyboard, a trail through the hall and on me.  I had a blast working with it... even if it is messy.

Just two of the mini-witch hats that are available in my AlteredByGypsyGoods Etsy Shop

A New Marketplace

Scott's Marketplace has been around for a little while, I bookmarked them, got busy with a few orders and finally opened shop there.  Stop by my GypsyGoods Shop on Scott's Marketplace.  I am getting it filled in my spare time.

They will be running a few sales this fall:

Enter the code FALL2016  for 20% OFF your purchase at participating stores.  

I just added a new larger size for the Black Board Buttons

Friday, August 7

Sewing on a button

It is easier than you think, if you have never sewn a button on.  Here is a simple chart that I found.  We used to learn to sew in school many moons ago.  When my kids were little I took some loosely woven fabric (like burlap) a large embroidery needle that was rather blunt on the end, large buttons and showed them how to stitch the button on.  It was great for small motor skills.  I am one of those women that find handwork relaxing and sew when I am watching tv.  I always add a drop of clear nail polish to the thread when I am done.  But, be careful not to drip on the shirt.

Extra tip:
When you purchase a button down style shirt from a store... seal the thread on the button right away.  Tame that stray thread that gets pulled and the button falls off before you have to break the thread out and find a matching button because the original button is lost.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, August 6

Do you remember these?

I had every flavor!
  I loved them... they were glossy and tasted so yummy.  
They reissued them years later, not as good as the old formula,  They had plastic tubes instead of glass, the tube leaked and made a huge mess. 
I'll bet there are more than a few older guys that remember the kissing girls that were wearing these kissing potions in the 70's.....

Wednesday, August 5


Long story short...

I had to create another page for my shops on facebook.  After a week of trying to merge the page to the profile without success... I gave up and started over again.  A new beginning so to speak.

Saturday, October 13

Free Samples of Airborne

It's that time of year again to stock up on Airborne before the fall cold season. We love Airborne and if you have never tried it... grab a free sample here on Airborne's Facebook page.

Thursday, September 13

Mini Art Canvas Buttons (ABEO) for Artists

So, what can you do with the ABEO Art Buttons that I sell in my Shops?

The answer is your imagination is the limit!  They are small mini canvas covered buttons waiting for you to add your art.  They are available in two types of canvas, regular and watercolor.  1.5 inch and 2.25inch buttons.  Anything you can paint on a larger canvas can be painted on these (only smaller).

One talented Jewelry Artisan that creates beautiful wearable art is Connie Owens Art.  She uses watercolors as one of her mediums to create one of a kind artisan jewelry.  This beautiful leather southwest art bracelet is available in her Connie Owens Art on Etsy
Southwest Art Horse Bracelet Hand Painted and Beaded Leather Cord Hummingbird Pendant Necklace Spring Colors, Hand Painted Original Art Pendant, Pin or Scarf Slide

Visit her Etsy Shop where you can find this beautiful  Hummingbird Pendant Necklace Spring Colors, Hand Painted Original Art Pendant, Pin or Scarf Slide.

These are just two of her beautiful wearable art jewelry.  The holidays are right around the corner.  She also does commissioned work (get your orders in now-before the Holiday rush).  She is a great person to work with.

Wednesday, September 12

How did this much time go by?

I know I have been neglecting my blog this year.  I am hanging my head in shame on how long it has been since I have updated it.

It seems like the days are getting shorter... I know, Einstein, Thomas Edison and all those other geniuses had the exact number of hours in their day! ... Depressing thought or motivational one---you decide! 

Finally the temperature seems to be getting a little cooler.  We rode the Metrorail to downtown Austin yesterday.  There was a gentle breeze, so the walk from the station was a nice one.  I usually sew while traveling, but, I enjoyed the view instead.

I have lots of projects on the table, as usual.  Bows, mini hats and fascinators.  I am also making a new basket style organic coffee filter.  I have only carried the cone sized filter in my shops and it is time to add the basket one as well.