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12/24/2014

Happy Holidays From #GypsyYaya!



Hey dudes, with the X-Mas action about to climax I'll be giving the blog a bit of a rest for a few days until the New Year. If you are still in need of regular doses of inspo you can find me {GypsyYaya} on Instagram & Pinterest where I will still be hanging out on the reg.

Happiest of Holidays to Ya'll and see you in 2015! 

XOXO-Andrea

12/23/2014

Sparkle & Shine DIY Festive Napkins

It's not too late for a last minute DIY to add some sparkle & shine to your holiday table. I made these quick and pretty napkins with the simplest of supplies- a set of thrifted green cloth napkins and a non-toxic, water based permanent paint pen (made for fabric). You may even have these things on hand already. These napkins are a bit fibrous, a smoother surface would have been better suited but they still came out lovely if I do say myself.
I've been wanting a set of cloth napkins with a bit more holiday shimmer and shine to jazz up my tablescape. Of course in my own fashion, I set about to do it as cheap as possible while reusing an item commonly found at the thrift store. Solid colored cloth napkins are just the thing- they are found in abundance in every thrift store, usually for a quarter each. I picked up these babies for a buck total. The pen $2. So yeah. Three dollas for a cute personalized touch to your decor ain't bad.
I went with a star and moon pattern because that is what my obsessive vision dictated, but I can imagine these in many other color/pattern combinations. You could do some feathers or arrows or even mandalas drawn from the center (oh! I'm doing those next!). The paint pens come in every color imaginable but I love the bit of shine from the gold. You can't quite tell from the photos, but these do have a lovely metallic sheen. My pattern is no where near perfect since I did them while entertaining a busy baby girl but I think that lends to the rustic old-worldy look of them.
The paint pens take a bit getting used to and you have to shake them often to keep the color even. Once I got the hang of it, they looked even better. Also the paint will bleed through the fabric a bit so be sure to unfold them completely and work on a surface you don't mind getting covered in paint. They dry very quickly and not a speck of paint came off when I ironed them afterwards. We'll see how they do once they are washed but as of now they seem like they will hold up nicely.
I'm going to make a few more in this pattern so I have a full holiday set for my Christmas and New Years table. Then I think I will make a few more to have on hand for gifts. How sweet and thoughtful of a hostess gift would these be? Cheers!

Xoxo-Andrea

12/16/2014

Las Vidalas


Are you prepared for more gorgeousness than any one human being can handle in one sitting? I hope so, because I'm about to drop it on ya'. I don't know why I haven't shared these with you before now.  Maybe I needed to spend a few months obsessing over them before I was ready to talk about them in all of their shabby, romantic and perfectly styled glory.
I found them originally when I was hunting down the owner of a home I had seen pictures of here and there. The feature in the Spanish language magazine led me to their blog Las Vidalas where they list the amazing pictures of these hand painted furniture pieces.
So here's what I can tell you- Two sisters by the names of Ana and Consuelo Vidal gather these old and forgotten furniture pieces and give them new life by hand painting them in vibrant colors with scenes of flowers and birds.  Sadly, they are all the way in Buenos Aires,  Argentina so I won't be able to stalk any of their work in person any time soon.  Bummer.  We will have to settle for drooling over these images over the inter-webs.  I had a heck of a time narrowing down which pics to share with ya'll because each piece is more drool worthy than the last.  I may even have gone a little overboard, as I do. See for yourself...





And as if the furniture and fabulous styling wasn't enough to completely blow my mind... Consuelo apparently paints these tropical murals and paintings as well. Oh! All of this is just speaks to my soul so much, I can hardly handle it. You? There, your day was just elevated to an automatic 11 out of 10. You. Are Welcome.

xoxo-Andrea

12/11/2014

Paint The Walls!




Maybe it's because I'm a massive fan of street art and large scale pieces slathered across city walls or that I'm a color outside the lines {even on the walls} type of person.  Either way I'm loving this idea of painting beautiful designs directly on your walls. Whether it be in the folkloric style of the homes of Zalipie,  intricate lacy scenes or these more modern blocks of vivid color...I love them all.

This idea would especially suit a challenging space in need of adornment where you just can't hang art for one reason or another (huge wall/no budget. brick walls, cramped hallway, tiny kitchen?)
The unexpected and free feeling of these rooms have me thinking of where I could use this idea in my own home. Seriously though-how fun and rewarding would a project like this be? If you don't have the nerve to free hand a fresco yourself, you could always use a stencil or have a talented friend do one for you. What do you think? Are you digging these ideas too?

xoxo-Andrea

12/04/2014

DIY Boho Pompom Garland in 10 Minutes!






I've started my holiday season decorating and it has got me thinking that I need to make more of my own decorations.  I find that it's nearly impossible to find non-traditional holiday decor that suits my home and style sensibility.  I like a mix of vibrant hues and a bit of a bohemian modern twist for my holiday decorating scheme, which is not so easy to find, so I came up with these easy and quick diy boho pompom garlands.

I had a couple bags of pompoms from the craft store leftover from when I made some pretty embellishments for my daughters first birthday.  I'm a sucker for garlands and pompoms and use them at every opportunity, so I thought I'd combine the two and whip up a few pompom garlands. They'll add the perfect amount of bling strung around my tree and draped here and there for extra shimmer and shine.

I chose the sparkly tinsel jewel toned pompoms cuz that's my jam, but there are loads of other color options. You could use the pastel or traditional green/white/red  pompoms or whatever suits your taste. These garlands look super festive and give major impact for minimal investment, a win all the way. I made multiple strings of them in one evening and now they are dripping from every available location in my humble abode. They are fun to make and they are SO FUN to decorate with. They just look so happy and cute don't they?

I have a few more diy holiday decor ideas up my sleeve coming soon <3 Cheers!

xoxo-Andrea 

12/01/2014

A Space To Create + WeWork

I was recently asked by the folks at WeWork to share my creative space.  WeWork is a co-working company that aims to inspire creative people to do what they love by providing the tools and spaces to do it in.  It's a fantastic concept and I can only imagine how instrumental it would be for upcoming artists and entrepreneurs to have access to these kinds of spaces.  Never mind the potential for collaboration with so many fellow creatives working together. Sounds like a dream non?



Back to my personal creative space.  Like I was saying, the request to share my own creative space couldn't have come at a better time.  It's been on my mind a lot lately, with the recent-ish changes {new baby & husband now working from home} in our home I have been in need of invigorating and defining my studio area.  I have actually been mentally planning it for weeks, since my nest on the couch with my laptop has not been cutting it lately.  I have a mountain of projects on the back burner just waiting to get done that have been driving me nuts.  Due to no proper space to work in, I have been shuffling my projects around the house in baskets and more often than not they get tucked away in a closet until I can get to them. So, it's been a looong time comin'.



We live in a relatively small townhouse but luckily I have the perfect nook in my kitchen breakfast area that I can make my own. The only thing that has been stopping me has been the drabbest of drab brown paint on the walls. Well, I finally painted those nasty walls this weekend with fresh white to give me some much needed light and airiness.  Now painted, the space instantly feels like a place I can get things done.  My desk came down from upstairs and I gathered up some of my favorite bits and pieces from around the house, added some plants and voila!




Now that I have my new creative space all set up, I can't believe how I lived without it for so long. All of my supplies are at my finger tips and the projects are already rolling again.  I have a perfect place for shooting photos for my shop, sewing, blogging and writing letters and all the rest. I've even noticed that I am already much more productive with the little time I have. Which is just so very important as a busy Mamma. So much so I was thinking of doing another post about the make up of an effective creative space. So stay tuned for that :)



The right space for the job is just as important as the right tools for the job, even if it's just a nook in your kitchen.  Dedicated creative space can be the difference between making your creative dreams real or not.  I can't thank WeWork enough for giving me a much needed nudge to get it rolling. Thanks Ya'll!  So...if you're interested in learning more about WeWork checkout some of their locations to see if they are in an area near you! Word on the street is they have a new location coming soon to Austin, which I plan on checking out next time I'm in town fo sho.

xoxo-Andrea

Just to be clear...this was not a sponsored post guys, just sharing a groovy resource for my fellow creative peeps out there <3