Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Going to Switzerland

A few weeks ago, I got an etsy message in a language I couldn't read. Thanks to online translators, I found out someone in Switzerland was wanting a rustic bridal bouquet and boutonnière from me. Switzerland! GypsyFarmGirl is going world wide y'all! Well, not me exactly, but my work is going to be a part of a wedding there this winter. 
After a few messages back and forth, we worked out all the details and Maryline ordered a sage green burlap, lace, tulle, and feather bridal bouquet along with a matching burlap boutonnière for the groom.

Today, the bouquets started their trek from East Texas all the across the pond. I found out how to map my sales last week and it's exciting to see that lone little dot in Switzerland! I discovered I've had orders from 44 US states and 3 countries, although this was the first international one to be shipped outside the US.  

Some days, I'm in aww of all the support and many brides who have chose to have me be a part of their special day. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Glamping and My First S'mores

I went camping last night and realized I have been deprived all my life! Why you ask? It was the first time I ever ate a s'mores cooked over a campfire! Oh my gosh! Yum! 
I bought this little s'mores making contraption in the camping section and gathered the graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey bars this week and then me and my girls went camping. I shared a few crackers with them, but they kept looking at me like when you going to give us the good stuff? I can't believe I have missed out on all the goodness for so long. 
These two love to go camping with me and serve as my guard dogs. Nothing escapes their watchful eye and they are so sweet to snuggle up with in all our pillows and old quilts. 

It's been a great weekend.  Now tell me, what other campfire foods should I be trying next time I go glamping? 

Friday, October 17, 2014

All things Yam

This week is our county fair affectionally called the YAMBOREE. Yes, that's Yam not jamboree. 
The fair started in the 30's to celebrate the sweet potato cash crops in the county and now celebrates it's 77th anniversary and a huge homecoming celebration. Our town of 5,000 swells to 100,000 visitors over the week as pageants, carnivals, livestock shows, 2 parades, along with pie, canning, quilt, photography, art, fiddle, and band marching contest are held. I'm sure I've missed a few other events in there. 
It's a really BIG deal here- the downtown streets shut down for the carnival, businesses close, and school is dismissed as the county youth participate in all the activities. 
My once a year corny dog from the fair! Gotta have it! 
In 2010, I won the Yam Pie Contest! I only made 4 tater pies this year opposed to 13 some years. My grandmama and aunts were all previous winners of the same contest. 
Some of my favorite Yamboree memories were showing my steers and heifers with FFA. The steers were sold as part of the livestock auction and bought by local community supporters. 
I miss the livestock showing days- they were the fun times!