Monday, July 27, 2015

Drift Away...

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year, mostly because I'm not freezing my a$# off!  The other main reason I love summer is because it means we get to spend time at one of my favorite happy places of all time...the cabin.

The Cabin.

Our cabin is in Canada so we don't get there too often, but when we do it is complete HEAVEN!!  No cell service or Internet = total disconnect & relaxation.

One of my favorite things to do when at the cabin is to scour the shoreline for driftwood & other finds that have washed ashore. 

Spring time pretties along the shoreline.

Checking in on the resident beaver in my driftwood filled canoe.

Seriously, there is so much to choose from!

I also am quite the rock nerd & this one is so cool!  I love how it's totally out of place among the black rocks.  A diamond in the rough!

Last year the lake had record high levels that brought in some amazing drift TREES!  This one is so huge & has an entire ecosystem living on it!  I can't imagine seeing this bad boy floating in the water!!

Another super cool drift tree.

This one I had found a long, long time ago & is my favorite piece!  The tree literally grew around the rock & is keeping it with him. :)

I love to take a couple of pieces & work them into my yard.

Another piece adding interest.

Driftwood chandelier 

Bringing a piece of weathered wood into your home adds a bit of interest & texture to your space.  Check out this chandelier made from driftwood! 

PS we have a couple of these for sale at the shop! 
(*call 952-226-2400 for more info on this chandelier.)

Driftwood tea light holder, resin crab & recycled bottles.

Another fun idea is to re-purpose a piece of driftwood into a tealight holder!  A unique piece you won't find anywhere else.  

This piece is also available at TVG. *call 952-226-2400 for more info.

Here's a fun DIY idea...plant succulents inside your found piece of driftwood!

No matter your decorating style, there's always room to add interest with a unique found piece of nature's art!  How do you decorate with found objects?!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Meet Brittany!

On the 5th of June, The Vintage Gypsy hired its first full time employee, Brittany Mathis!  Britt is a familiar face in the shop, as she has been helping out for the past few years, but now you will be seeing her on a regular basis!

I am a huge Britt fan, we share a love of all things organized, which let's be honest.... this is the yin to Marie's yang.  But, beyond our love of planners, lists and schedules, Britt is just easy to love.  I interviewed her for today's blog so that all of you can get to know her too!

Brittany is 30 years old.  She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and move to Kenyon, Minnesota when she was in 7th grade.  Brittany has been married for six years to Paul Mathis.  Paul is a tall, dark and handsome type.  He is quiet, but you only have to spend a few minutes with the two of them to see how much they adore one another.  Paul grew up in Greece and South Africa, but the two of them met in a place that couldn't be more American.... a shopping mall! Brittany and Paul have one child, an adorable little guy named Miles who will be 3 years old in August.

Before Brittany came to The Vintage Gypsy she was working as the Operations Coordinator at a dentist's office.  From the moment she started working at TVG she knew it was different than any other job she has had.  She always felt like she had to find a way to be involved more with the shop or she needed to soak up all the information that Marie was willing to offer, so that maybe someday she could do something similar.  I asked her if there was one word that would describe how it feels to work at The Vintage Gypsy and she said, Inspired.

I interviewed Britt at the shop after it closed on Sunday.  Her husband Paul helps out with our website and was meeting with Marie, so Britt and I went outside to talk while Miles drew on the sidewalk.  The relationship between these two is so sweet.

What animal best represents you?  (the answer I was looking for here was: Unicorn)
I am allergic to all animals.   (I am pretty sure unicorns are hypoallergenic.... but I let it go.)

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
(with no hesitation)  Florence, Italy.  I was heavily inspired by one of the first movies I saw, While You Were Sleeping. In the movie the main character talks a lot about going to Florence and after I saw it I started researching it. I have always dreamed of going there.

What was your dream job growing up?
A writer or a teacher.

What fad do you with would come back?
Hacky Sacks  (what the WHAAAT??)

What makes you happiest?
I struggle with being happy because I am always juggling the different parts of my life.  I don't like to do anything half way.  I am happiest at the end of the day if I feel like I have met everyone's needs or when Miles is happy.  When Miles is happy, I am happy.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be less of a people pleaser and say exactly what is on my mind.

What motivates you to succeed?  
My family and the feeling that I have contributed to something, a greater cause.  I have to feel like I have accomplished something, even if it is on a smaller scale.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully with 2 kids and a house in Prior Lake.  I hope that we have opened a second location for The Vintage Gypsy, that we are well on our way to building our Gypsy empire and that we are still enjoying Chip Trios at The Pointe.  Basically, living the dream.

TV Show:  True Detective, or Chicago Fire and Chicago PD because they are actually filmed in Chicago and I get to see places I am familiar with.
Music:  I wasn't allowed to listen to much music growing up,  (she was a Pastor's daughter!!), so I am super into classic rock and 90's grunge bands.  I will listen to a little country too.
Color:  Blue
Food: Seafood
Wine:  Pinot Grigio

Here are a few things she probably wouldn't ever tell you.  Brittany is smart and she is a hard worker, if there is something she doesn't know or understand she won't stop until she figures it out.  She is a kind, thoughtful person and she goes out of her way to be helpful and supportive.  She is a great friend and she has a the best sense of humor.  She is shy at first, but once you get to know her you will wonder why you ever thought she was shy.  She is a perfectionist in the best possible way.  She is a great Mom.  She is patient, loving and always teaching Miles things in a way that is so fun, he doesn't even know he is learning.  She is creative and has a great instinct for fashion and design.  She is humble and because I said all of these things about her, I will probably have to buy her a Chip Trio and a glass of Pinot to make up for embarrassing her.

So now that you know Brittany a little better, stop in to the shop and say hi to the first official full time employee at The Vintage Gypsy!  I couldn't think of anyone more suited for the job!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Party in the Park! Prior Lake's Lakefront Music Fest

Every year in Prior Lake there is a BIG party in the park!  If you haven't attended in previous years, you should plan on going this year!  Sit on the grass with your friends in Lakefront park, enjoying some ice cold beverages and some great music!  This year Lakefront Music Fest is July 17th and 18th.  

A little history about Music Fest from the Lakefront Music Fest page:  


Originally known as the Lakefront Jazz & Blues Festival, the Prior Lake Rotary Club’s Lakefront Music Fest was established in 2010 and has grown into one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the metro area of the Twin Cities. In 2012, the Rotary Club expanded the festival to two nights of music: one night devoted to country; the other to classic rock. Since then, the Lakefront Music Fest has seen its popularity and attendance steadily increase each year. Last year, more than 20,000 attended the two-day Fest, which featured headliners Bret Michaels and Montgomery Gentry.
Proceeds benefit the Prior Lake Rotary Foundation. The purpose of the Prior Lake Rotary Foundation is to support educational, humanitarian and environmental activities in the Prior Lake community, nationally, and worldwide.

Proceeds from the event will also be shared with the following non-profit partners: YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, and Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools: Laker Athletic Booster Club (LABC) and Patrons of the Arts & Activities (PAA). 

If you are wondering what you would wear to such a fun event.... that is where we come in!  The Vintage Gypsy has a ton of new clothes perfect for an outdoor party of any kind!  Click the links under the pictures to find some of these items in our online store!

Abstract Floral Cami-$39, Lacey Cropped Cami-$24, Chambray Short-$29, Coastal Vibe Beach Blanket-$49.95

The pants in this next outfit are so cute and so COMFY!  I tried them on and then they went directly into my bag to take home!    

Wolf Child Nocturnal Drifter V-Neck-$38, Perfect Trouser Bells-$39

These tees from Wolf Child are amazing, this is only one out of the 4 designs in the shop right now!

Cactaceae Tee
Desert Wanderer Tee
Fortunes Told Tee

 From our Curvy line we have this gorgeous tunic dress, sorry ladies this is not available in S, M or L.

I am obsessed with these pants, and they are going fast!

 Brushstroke Print Tank-$29, All Occasion Pant-$68, Deerskin Beaded Minnetonka Moccasin-$59.95

Marie just recently wore this dress to a concert!  It doesn't even hit the floor in the shop until tomorrow!

 Floral Trapeze Dress-$52, Clarity Sandal-$38, Festival Hat-$22 

These pants are SO FUN!  It's like wearing pants that are stylish, but they feel like pajamas!

 Misty Tank-$44, Sweet Summertime Bells-$32, Racerback Lace Bra-$26, Athena Sandal-$29

 Lastly, I let the mannequin rock the last look.  Mostly because I kept buying everything that I tried on!  Gah!

The line-up for this year's music fest is:

Friday, July 17th

6:05    Chris Hawkey
7:40    Rodney Atkins
9:30    Dwight Yoakam

Saturday, July 18th

4:35     LA Guns
6:15       Lita Ford
8:00    Night Ranger
10:00   Daughtry
You can buy tickets online here or you can find tickets being sold around town by clicking here.

Whatever you are doing this summer, be safe and have fun!