Boho Living Rooms


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My Gypsy Mind is in the living room today. I made the (best) mistake of popping over to Pinterest this morning. God I love that site. It’s the best free thing on the internet, IMO.

I mean…

#theforeignarchives #inspo

Big art, drift wood, woven blankets…Ahhh…..

Sorry to not offer sources for all these. Click the pics to see where I got them.

Where’s your Gypsy Mind today?

xoxo, Shannon

Just write.


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journals, writing, writing prompts, journal prompts

A collection of my notebooks from the past five years…I like to mix it up.

It seems to me that a lot of writing experts are proponents of keeping a schedule. For them, writing is a discipline and they keep a schedule with their muses. I’m thinking of Julia Cameron with her morning pages. Each morning, Cameron recommends in The Artist’s Way, that her readers wake up and start writing. At least three pages. She has good reason–you’ll be less likely to edit yourself as you go when you’re still in that twilight phase between asleep and awake.

I get it but…I don’t know about you but the last thing I am going to do in the morning is sit down and write. I’ll be slumped over my notebook with drool running down my chin within five minutes.

And it’s not just the idea of writing in the morning that turns me off. It’s the idea of being required to do a certain thing at a certain time. (You can imagine how much I love my day job.) I do not like plans. The surest way to guarantee that I’ll flake out on you is to make plans with me. I don’t even like keeping lunch dates. (I do it anyway because otherwise I’d have no friends. Women go out to lunch together. It’s what we do.) Writing comes to me when it comes to me and that’s when I pull out a pen. During my son’s last concert band performance I wrote three lines of poetry on the back of the program. That same night before bed I wrote one sentence in my notebook: I am so frikken tired.

You’re not always going to feel enlightened when you pick up the pen. What matters is that you pick up a pen. If religious adherence to the practice of morning pages suits you best–by all means, go for it. But if lines of poetry come to you while you’re waiting in line at school pick-up, write them down on a receipt. Just remember to save the receipt. Maybe both approaches work for you and you are the next Jane Austen. Go get ’em, tiger. Do what works.

Just write. Write every day or every time your toddler takes a nap or once a week or at night when your partner’s snoring is keeping you awake.

All that said, here are some things to write about. Just a few prompts to get you going. Try one or all of them. Write on each for ten minutes. Stretch your legs on the page, as it were. Ready. Set. Write.

  1. Your last phone call with your lover
  2. Your most memorable birthday
  3. Your partner’s most irritating habit
  4. The last time you felt dubious but gave something/someone a chance anyway
  5. Your last plane ride
  6. When you looked in the mirror this morning, you felt…
  7. What’s your spirit animal and why?
  8. If you were going to start your own business, you’d…
  9. I always feel like there’s not enough [insert noun here: love, help, money, etc.]…
  10. The thing you are most afraid of

If you share any of your responses to these on your own blog, do link to them in the comments.

xoxo, Shannon

On following your bliss


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Gypsy Mind

I’ve spent the last four months working my ass off on my new business venture. It’s been a work of the heart and my schedule was kind of insane until I finished the course I was in for women entrepreneurs and quit my day job. That’s right. I quit my day job. That should be a hashtag. I could apply it to every worrisome thought I have right now…

The power bill is due. #IQuitMyDayJob

We got a notice for Jacob’s school fees. #IQuitMyDayJob

My car is making a weird noise. #IQuitMyDayJob

I wish I had a larger paycheck. #IQuitMyDayJob

I want to get weekly massages and manicures. I deserve them, dammit! But….#IQuitMyDayJob

I’m a little anxious to say the least. Can I tell you – I have read somewhere in the neighborhood of a zillion self-improvement books–from woowoo books on spirit guides to tomes on self-esteem and quitting smoking. All the good ones have a common thread–they’ve told me this: Do what you love and the money will follow.

You’ve heard that before. Well, I went out on a limb. And I now spend my weekdays doing, for the most part, something I love to do. I work for myself. I spend time on the internet blogging and posting on social media, both things I really enjoy. My job requires me to have a jar of gold sequins on my desk at all times. Sounds like heaven, right?

Except…where’s the money? Frankly, I don’t have the answer to that. I am working part-time for my alma mater, from home. And the budget is skinny. I’m looking for another position because–I have discovered–I’m not all that good at leaping and waiting for the net to appear.

All this is to say–here’s where I stand on the whole follow your passion thing: Do follow your passion. Do it with all your heart. Do it like a motherfucker. But do something to pay the bills too. Especially if you’re prone to worry like me. My guess is life will lead you to whatever you need to make your passion your life’s work. And you’ll be ready for it because you’re working from a place of security. You know you can pay the mortgage because you have a plan. And with the bills paid, your heart is free to fuel your real work–sewing purses or mentoring street kids or hiking the seven highest peaks in the U.S.

How do I know all this? I don’t. I just have a really good feeling. And a part-time job. For now, that’s enough.

xoxo, Shannon 

What I’m up to: Sparkle Box


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Oh, hi. What’ve you been up to? Me? I’m writing, working, being a mom, and – oh – STARTING MY OWN COMPANY.

Yep, that’s right. Introducing Sparkle Box.

Sparkle Box, jewelry, statement necklace

Let me tell you a little about it. I’ve had this sparkly idea in my head for a while. I took an entrepreneurial course at my alma mater this year and after a session on “breaking even” and a few others about marketing and suchlike when I had something akin to a Jimmy Neutron brain blast (for those of you that watched cartoons with your kids in the early 2000s).

Sparkle Box was born. The deets:

WhatisIt  HowItWorks

That’s the how. Here’s where you get one.

I LOVE the styles we offer and bet you can guess which is my favorite. These are just a few of the pieces I’ve had the pleasure of sending all over the world so far.

Sparkle Box, jewelry, statement necklaces

You can see a few more here. And we offer Sneak Peeks on the blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. You know, all the cool places.

And, all sparkles are wrapped in gorgeous packaging. Because this is all about receiving a fun surprise in the mail!

Sparkle Box, jewelry, mail, package, gift for wife, gift for her, gift for girlfriend

So, does this mean I’m done with Gypsy Mind? Abso-freakin-lutely not. I love it too much. I just can’t stop creating things. This business just happens to be one of them. So, I’m blogging here. But I’ll be back to GM too. I just can’t resist spouting good ideas when they pop into my head.

Yeah, the etsy shop is hopping too (because I’m a masochist or manic or just hyper creative?).

Thanks so much for reading and for accompanying me on this wild ride. Lots of love!




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To Jacob on his birthday…

My muse, my mirror. My Jacob. At 5 foot 7, with hipster glasses and converse all stars. An ipad in one hand, a dog on your lap. This is how you begin your teenage years. You’ll forgive me a bit of a “Simple Man” moment, won’t you?

I took this photo of you at that waterfall in Brazil. We walked down more than 700 stairs to get to this point. You beat us all down there and beat us all back up. Your zest for exploration inspires me. Your enthusiasm for the new, the interesting — for discovery — it’s contagious. At each stage along your path, I’ve watched you grow, learn, become who you are. It is the greatest privilege of my life. Also, you’re funny. Thanks for that. I hope we’ve taught you to not take life too seriously, but also that we’ve given you enough structure to help you feel grounded.

(Seems like there should be a stair metaphor somewhere in here…)

And, thanks, really, for giving me an excuse to shop in the toy aisles all these years. I love Lego as much as you do.




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When you do things
from your soul,
you feel a river
moving in you,
a joy.


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

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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.

If you could leave your selfishness,
you would see how
you’ve been torturing your soul

We are born and live inside
black water in a well.

How could we know
what an open field of sunlight is?

b9Don’t insist on going
where you think you want to go

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,
infinity everywhere,
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.

xoxo, Shannon

I won!! BonnieAngela


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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.


xoxo, Shannon

Fall shopping: Jen’s Pirate Booty


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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 Hawaiian Breese mini-dress


the Pixie Punch Skirt


the Sour Mist Top

Berry Bomb Bells


the Whipping Post Tunic (not sure I care for this name. I mean, I get the reference, but…)


Electric Haze top


the Cotton Candy Baby Doll


Whatta’ ya think? I’m dying to try on those lacy bell bottoms.

xoxo, Shannon


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