Gypsy Forest {giveaway}


Hello everyone! I’ve had the chance to connect to so many wonderful people through Ginny’s blog over the years, it’s always so nice to have this opportunity to say hello and share some of my work with you! (Thank you Ginny!)
I am Stephinie, the creative spirit behind Gypsy Forest. I currently live in Massachusetts with my husband and four children. We have a small homestead with bees, chickens and a big garden. My days are full with house chores, homeschooling, creating items for my shop, teaching an art class for young girls and studying herbalism. I just graduated last weekend from a 7 month long intensive apprenticeship program! I occasionally find time to write about all this on my blog.

blanketsI’ve been dyeing play silks for almost 4 years now and last year I started making beautifully dyed silk & flannel blankets. Currently they are available in two sizes :: 41×41 inches for a nice child’s sized blanket and 12×12 for a small “lovey” size for toddlers. These silk blankets are sewn with a nice heavyweight silk (19mm) that holds dye very vibrantly. The blankets are also more durable made with this thicker silk. I sew these up with fair trade organic cotton flannel because I really believe in supporting ethical practices on a global scale. Lots of little good choices lead to big change, right? I like to think so. I also offer custom colors, larger sizes and extra flannel for customers who want to design their own blanket.  (Ginny here for a quick comment:  Stephinie gave me one of her silk/flannel blankets just before Job’s birth, and it is my absolute favorite still.  In the summer I cover him with the cool to the touch silk, and in the winter, the flannel.  It’s such a gorgeous, luxurious blanket and has held up to lots of washing!)

herbsI’ve been studying herbalism full time for over a year now and some of our family’s favorite products are making their way into the shop. I have a few tea blends and a really wonderful good-for-everything salve. My handcrafted herbal goods are made with organic ingredients in small batches. The salve is gentle for skin of all ages and we carry it with us wherever we go for bumps, scrapes, bug bites, and itchy skin. It smells incredible too.

cardsThere are some sewn items from time to time in the shop along with my nature photography. I have a few special holiday items in the works for this year that will be released around the first of December, so do come back to take a peek!

If any of you are in the south coast area of Massachusetts, we’ll be at a wonderful Faire today in Cotuit, MA at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. We’d love to see you!  You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, and my blog!

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This giveaway has two winners! One winner will receive an herbal sampler containing two teas of their choice, a tea strainer, and a tin of our Super Salve. Another winner will receive a set of six 21×21 play silks in rainbow hues. Let Ginny know in the comments which you would like to win.
I would love to offer you all a coupon code for 10% off your order through the end of the month – use the code SMALL10 at checkout.
Also ALL orders over $50 will receive a free travel sized tin of our amazing Super Salve!

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post

Comments are closed and the winners are Camille, who commented, “Tea please.”

and Allison who commented, “I would love the silks for my girls!”

Thank you!
Stephinie of Gypsy Forest

Gypsy Forest

Dishcloths for Baseball!

Two of my boys, Gabe and Keats, play travel baseball. It’s nuts. It’s time consuming, we can’t afford it, and it’s time consuming. (Did I mention how much time we put into this?) We wouldn’t have been doing it for these past few years if we hadn’t seen so many benefits to our boys. I can’t imagine them without baseball in their lives. They joined a new team this fall, and we are incredibly excited about it. They will play together for the next five years.  A solid team, not an endless cycle of try-outs and cuts.  When their new instructors explained their vision for this team, I literally cried.  (It’s possible that I scared them.)

For the third year, I am selling dishcloths in hopes of funding the upcoming year. I have one hundred sets of a dozen to sell. That means that right now, there are 1200 dishcloths in giant boxes in my living room! (Help!!!!) They are made at a small mill in the U.S.A. and I have been using them in my home for years. They are a polyester/cotton blend. The polyester content helps them last longer, and it also helps them maintain softness and stretchiness even after many, many washes. The one caveat is that they aren’t great for wiping up spills, but that’s not how I use them. These are the cloths that I use to wipe down my kitchen table and counter-tops. Their texture makes them great for light scrubbing.  They are great for washing dishes, dusting furniture, or scrubbing the bathtub. After their first wash they fluff up and shrink to roughly 11 inches square. I love the colored stripes, and their vintage look. You typically receive 3 each of 4 colors, so you could designate certain colors for certain rooms or tasks. These make lovely, practical gifts, and it is always nice to toss those old cruddy rags and replace them with fresh ones!  (And, I promise not to send you any that have been licked by a goat. :) )

I sell these by the dozen for $20 + $6 for usps priority shipping in the U.S. (I don’t ship outside the U.S. because the shipping would cost more than the cloths!) There is a paypal button below, that will walk you through the simple buying process.  If you want more than 1 dozen, you have the option of updating the quantity.  If you would like to use an alternate form of payment, just leave me a comment or email me and I will get in touch with you.  Thank you in advance for supporting Gabe and Keats! They truly appreciate your help in following their baseball dreams!

(Orders placed after 11/23/15 will ship the first week of December.)

$20 plus $6 shipping (U.S. only)

p.s.  If you have any trouble, just email me or leave a comment on this post.  I will be out most of Thursday, but will be checking back in on Thursday night.  Thank you!!!!