Boho hair

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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:

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The “tuck and cover” from the darling Missy Sue:

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A fishtail from Blonder Ambitions:

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The magic of bobby pins from Elle:

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Finally, master the boho updo with Kouture Kiss:

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Wish I could get one of these ladies to come over and do my hair…

xoxo, Shannon

p.s. Don’t forget to enter the Whitehall Farm giveaway. You could win a handmade boho mobile!

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q&a: Tiffany from Whitehall Farm and A GIVEAWAY!

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?
1. Wilson!
2. iPod.
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:

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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.

Good luck!

xoxo, Shannon

Gypsy Mind Shop: a soft opening

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I’m pumped about re-opening my dormant etsy shop. It’s got a new name, new, gorgeous jewelry, and if you like Gypsy Mind on facebook – 10% off! Woot!

Here’s a taste:

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All images are linked to their page in the shop.

Come check me out on etsy! I’ll be adding more items over the next few weeks as I prepare for a grand opening.

Oh, and come back tomorrow for a q&a with this awesome maker and a GIVEAWAY!

Love love love,
Shannon

Friday Finds: Sweater Weather

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I’m channeling Big Lebowski lately as sweater weather is upon us.

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imdb/Chicwish
(p.s. If you want a legit “Dude” sweater, the Internet does not disappoint.)

But a girl needs options. Here are the ones I like best so far.

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row 1: Forever 21, Old Navy
row 2: Dorothy Perkins, Modcloth
row 3: H&M, American Eagle

You know what would go great with these sweaters?

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Clockwise from top left: Moccasin Sales, Kohl’s, Lord and Taylor, Shoe Mall, Hayneedle, Minnetonka

Or these:

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You know, whatever you’re feelin’. Off to drink my pumpkin spice latte. Have a lovely weekend.

xoxo, Shannon

Boho bedding – a reprise

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Scroll on down past the links on the sidebar and you’ll see a section of my top posts. And what are a lot of people looking at when they visit this blog? A super old post on boho bedding (2011 is old in internet time). Gasp/ugh. Somebody teach that girl how to use photoshop…I thought it could use a serious update, so I’ve scoured the interwebs for inspiration and great sources, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

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Pics are linked to their sources. (Sorry, I don’t have a direct link for the Anne Sage pic at the bottom.)

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1- World Market – Great big selection of awesome throw pillows in colors, patterns, and plain accent colors. Bit pricey for my taste but so on point style-wise
2- Cratozone – Such a good selection of prints. Good price point too. They also have a selction of tapestries that will remind you of your college dorm room, which I quite enjoy.
3- Amazon – This is technically for a nursery, but let’s not get all label-y, k? It’s cute. Kids can be boho too. For a more grown-up version, try this and this.
4- Anthropologie – I know it’s obvious, but I can’t not include them. I would live in an Athro store if I could.
5- Urban Outfitters – A go-to for me, but I prefer to shop their sales.

Urban Outfitters is also inside my brain as usual with this arrow throw.

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They have a good selection of kantha quilts right now. Check it out here.

And, here’s a surprise – Pottery Barn Teen has these fun prints in their Dorm section.

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I know, right?

So, how’d I do? Not bad for an update.

xoxo, Shannon

Vintage signs

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There’s something about the pairing of opposites that makes for great decor — of hard and soft, industrial and traditional, formal and casual…I think that’s why I love seeing vintage signs in people’s homes. I came across this example recently:

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It’s a sign transformed into a rolling door. Yeah. Someone did that. More here.

So I set about searching for vintage signs on etsy. (When you do a google search, you come up with a lot of reproductions, which are nice, but not the real thing.)

What I found was a look into America’s wacky past. And since I am a total history fangirl, I’m sharing it all with you…

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What?! Do the camels race the ostriches? Can you even ride an ostrich? Maybe that’s not part of it…? (Source)

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Sounds like some kind of magic to me. Glad they specified “clothing” because I can see some of those old lady QVC fanatics getting funny ideas… (Source)

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Isn’t that the name of America’s first known serial killer? Pretty sure he preferred his ladies showing a little knee. (Source)

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Could def use this at parties to light the way for drunk people. (Source)

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Well, no one wants old grapes…(sorry) (Source)

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Thank you, giant finger man. Show us to the QUALITY drugs! (Source)

7You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here…also good for parties. (Source)

Aren’t these fantastic?

xoxo, Shannon

Because Nature

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I don’t know if this counts as Life at the Castle, but it’s definitely my life apart from the internets. This week my work colleagues and I joined forces at Fernwood Botanical Gardens for a team retreat. We were allowed to walk around in the afternoon (after swallowing lessons on KPIs and story beats — sigh) and there was a surprising number of plants in bloom. Some looked a bit, uh, spent. But it is almost fall after all (aka tall boots and pumpkin spice season).

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The cutest little chile plant ever, bottom left. 

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A ginkgo tree. 

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Water lilies. 

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Oh hi. And this. 

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A mind-blowing stick sculpture by Patrick Dougherty. More here

xoxo, Shannon

 

Because I like it: A bit more modern…Woodwinkle

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Ok, I just spent waaaay too much time on the Woodwinkle site. It’s far more modern than I usually lean, but everything is just so cool.

Must feed chair addiction…

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Tea towels I would not waste on the kitchen…I could see them dressing up a wall nicely.

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Love the Kids section.

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Those stuffed friends! Too cute. What do you think?

xoxo, Shannon

 

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