Art by Claire Gerard


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Happy Labor Day! Hope you’re not laboring…I’m here to post some lovely art by Claire Gerard that just says “summer” to me. As we’re celebrating the end-ish of summer today, I thought it’d be appropriate. 

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So much more loveliness on the artist’s website

And for some extra, completely unrelated fun–if you’ve got five minutes to screw around on the interwebs today, please enjoy this 3D orca

xoxo, Shannon

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Oh, hi. I’m back…!


Yep, it’s me. Back from doing some other things. Like this. And this. But, guess what. I’m phasing all that out and coming back to spiff up Gypsy Mind. See the new header? It makes me happy. And I’m starting a new selling adventure too – but more on that later when it’s official.

Just know that my workspace looks like this right now.


Ok, here’s a sneak peek just because I can’t freakin’ wait!

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Be still my gypsy heart…….

So, that’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to. And here’s a semi-official log, which I’ll run from time to time.

Watching…Re-watching The Tudors for the third time. Yes, it’s an obsession. But Ben and I are also catching up with the rest of the world on Breaking Bad. We’re on season 2. Seriously, so good. Though, I have to say, I tend to enjoy TV dramas with more costuming–Mad Men, Game of Thrones. I like a lot of fan fare. Not shocking.

Reading…A biography of Elizabeth I by David Starkey. Obsession, I tell you. I’m also reading Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. Aslan is coming to speak at my alma mater and I’m looking forward to seeing him. Are you on Goodreads? Here’s my profile. Let’s be friends. And this incredible poem, which could be my personal household anthem.

Listening to…My end of summer playlist on Spotify. I’ll share it soon! (One hint: American Girl by Tom Petty. I only ever want to hear that song in the summer, preferably with a light beer in hand and some friends gathered on the porch.)

Excited About…opening a new shop! More to come…

Dreaming of…Brazil. We went there this summer with some friends and stayed with their family. Our hosts were so lovely. We made new friends that feel like family because of our experiences with them. Pics to come.

Going to…have a ‘Murica themed party tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the aforementioned light beer in hand and sitting on the porch with my people. Also lawn games and a new playsuit (yes, I bought one).


This rope necklace. So cool.


Everything about this.


So, what’s going on with you? Do share!

xoxo, Shannon

Hey! Over here…..Stitch Freak

Introducing Stitch Freak

So, here’s a thing. I’ve decided, after a lot of internet soul-searching, that I am now putting Gypsy Mind on hold (sniff) in order to pursue a new and fervent passion…stitchery of all kinds.

I’ll do that here, at Stitch Freak, where I will officially freak out about all things textile.

It’s not that I don’t absolutely adore Gypsy Mind. I just need a new platform from which I can gush over this developing obsession. I still care about design, home interiors, great art and photography, changing the world for the better….oh god, I’m about to talk myself out of it.

But, I’ve decided to narrow my focus. That’s all, really. I’ll probably come back here to post when I feel particularly inspired. But, from now on, I’ll primarily be freaking out over stitchery and related topics here.

I even kept the look the same, for those of us (uh, me) who may be having trouble transitioning. And I’ll keep some of the same categories, especially Life at the Castle and Q&A.

I may cry. It’s like the last episode of MASH all over again.

Thanks, everyone, for the success you’ve made of Gypsy Mind. From the bottom of my heart.

Gypsy Mind: Embroidery

Love, love, love, Shannon


Work that updo


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Some boho hair love. The title is a reference to this hilarity, an oft quoted Mad TV segment in our house of characters. I just thought these looks were so perfect for the spring-y weather around here. Fantastical, sure. But perfect.

Gypsy Mind: Bobo haircolumn 1: head scarf, head band, Taylor Swift
column 2: flowers, updo, feathers

And can we all just agree that T-Swift can rock some flowery boho hair?

xoxo, Shannon

Well-dressed walls


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Since we haven’t painted all (or most) of the rooms at the Castle, I’m loathe to put up a bunch of art. I mean, more holes to fill in the plaster? ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that. I’m thinking of my future. But I like to dream about the things that will one day adorn the space above the mantel, or the wall across from our bed. It’s not that we don’t hang anything on the walls. One must live with art for one’s own good. I mean. So, there are a few bits of artsy goodness on our living room walls and in other spaces that still need a paint job.

Anwho, here are some thoughts. Thoughts for the future.

Gypsy Mind: Well-dressed wallsSources: tapestry, trinkets, fancy

xoxo, Shannon


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