Saturday, November 14, 2015

Handmade 108 Bead Malas

Hello Lovelies!

I want to let everyone know that I've officially got Malas in the shop! You may remember me mentioning a while back ago that making Malas was on my list of things to learn this Fall and I'm blessed to have found the time to do exactly that! Okay, so I've been sick and its something I can do while resting... but anyhow... I've had a long love affair with earthy gemstones, and my recent deeper exploration of yoga makes this act of creation the perfect fit for me at this time. I'm wholeheartedly enjoying creating them - the whole entire process! I love choosing the beads, then laying out and planning each Mala, then the slow meditative process of making each one. (It takes about 2 full hours but it really doesn't feel like work at all) Then of course, they need to be styled and photographed. They're so photogenic! Then lastly, they need to be listed and described. I love consulting my books and researching the meaning of the different stones. I'm so happy that I decided to add these into my shop. I truly feel and believe that as I'm making each one, it's already calling out to its intended owner and that it will find its way home!

I've chosen to make my Malas the traditional 108 bead style, which is actually 113 beads when finished if you count the 4 marker beads and the Guru bead. These are hand knotted between each and every bead. They are very time consuming to create, so I doubt I'll ever have a large quantity for sale at any given time. But, please check out what I have! I'll be adding more as they get made.

Love and Light and Namaste :) Xoxo





Friday, November 6, 2015

Fa-La-Fabulous Holiday Gifts!

There are only 48 days til Christmas and I've got some fa-la-fabulous deals for you guys! I've gone through all of my listings and given them some extra special holiday mark-downs to help your holiday shopping dollars go a little further... especially if your looking for something special like I offer in my boutique. :) All items are lovingly and patiently handmade with as little eco impact as possible. Also, for every item purchased, $1.00 goes to WildCare Oklahoma—a wildlife rehabilitation center for orphaned or injured native Oklahoma wildlife. If you're ordering a gift to be delivered to someone, please tell me about it in the notes section when you purchase and I'll make sure your gift comes packaged extra special!!! To visit my boutique, click here. Happy Shopping!

Thank you for supporting handmade, small business and indie design. #shopsmall #giveback xoxo




Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 2015 Desktop Calendar

Happy November!

This month I've made another quote calendar! If you've been following me lately, then you know that I've made a choice to deepen my yoga commitment and practice -  and yoga is more than just bendy twisty movements! It's a way of thinking and a way of living. Developing a healthy mind is so very important because our thoughts affect our bodies and our health in a profound way. This quote is one that I'll be reflecting on this month. I hope you'll join me! Let's make our hearts and minds as beautiful as they can be :)

To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size then copy over to your desktop! Also included this month is a mobile wallpaper if you want to see a little reminder throughout your day to keep your heart in check. xoxo

November 2015 Desktop Calendar 














Mobile Wallpaper

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hey, It's Bat Week!

Hey Everyone, Happy Bat Week!

BGJ for the Wild Things and I are offering up a little instagram fun this week in honor of Bat Week! You could be the winner of $50.00 boutique credit for bohemiangypsyjane.com to use as you choose AND do something good for our fellow bats. The goal of bat week is for 5,000 bat houses to be put up in the US and Canada on October 31st. I want to help them meet this goal! You can build your own, or buy one like I did (you know, sometimes you're just busy :) It was recommended that we paint the top of ours white to reflect the sun since it gets rather hot in the summers where I live, so that part is done. I'll be hanging mine on October 31st. I'm actually really excited. I would love to see some bats move in!

Bats are fascinating creatures that carry a lot of folklore with them. Some people think they carry disease, some people are just plain afraid of them. Either way, there's no need for concern. Bats are very clean creatures and contrary to popular belief, less than 1% actually carry rabies. They won't bite you or your pets. They aren't aggressive like like. They're more afraid of you than you are of them. So, how about giving bats a chance to win your heart???

Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by a team of representatives from Bat Conservation International, Organization for Bat Conservation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Acoustics, Lubee Bat Conservancy and the Save Lucy Campaign.

So, here's what you need to do to be entered to win my bat week challenge:

1. Get, or build a bat house.
2. Take a picture of you and your bat house. (see mine below)
3. Follow me @bgj_bohemiangypsyjane and @savethebats on Instagram.
4. Post your picture on Instagram with #bgjforthewildthings, #batweek, and #savethebats.

Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on November, 1st!

XOXO
Me and my bat house
For more information on bats and a list of other resources, visit the Bat Week website

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Living in Harmony with the Seasons: Fall

Life truly is a journey. For me, its a wonderful journey of learning and becoming. Something I've been tuning into lately is discovering the natural harmony and connections we have with the seasons and trying to honor it. Summer was full of energy and creation, but the days are shorter now and the energy is winding down in preparation for Winter. I know I've said this before, but I am so blessed to live in beautiful Oklahoma where we get to experience all 4 seasons in all their glory. So, obviously if you live in a similar climate, its much easier to tune into the seasons. But, even if the season changes are subtle where you are, you can still honor them and more than likely feel the shifting energies even if they're not overtly obvious.



So, what does it mean to live in harmony with Fall? It means to simply slow down and reflect. Examine all of your hard work and accomplishments over the year. Harvest your fields, metaphorically speaking! Tune into what your body needs. Whether you realize it or not, we're extensions of the earth. We're locked into the same rhythms and cycles. We're fed by the sun and pulled by the moon just as the earth and the oceans. Look to the trees for Fall inspiration. They've been growing and creating all Summer long. They've made beautiful green canopies to collect the energy of the sun and now they're simply letting them go. And how spectacular this process is! Those leaves go down in glorious fashion - orange, red, yellow... and then they settle on the ground to peacefully return to the earth. The trees pull their energies inward and prepare to rest. So, that's exactly what we need to do as well. Pull our energies inward and prepare to rest. Nourish your inner self... body, mind, and soul. 


Here is my personal plan for Fall. For my body, I'm going to shift my fitness concentration from running to yoga. I've been meaning to make a more earnest dedication to my yoga practice and now is the prefect time to do it. Also, I'll be looking at my foods from a seasonal point of view and including more food that are actually in season. Apples are wonderful this time of year! As are lots of Fall greens, root vegetables, and grains. I'm going to try to not indulge much in fruits that are out of season, but oh how I love strawberries, and they can be so tempting! We'll see how that goes :)

For my mind I'm going to dedicate some time to learning more about the different stones and crystals as well as the healing properties of various herbs. I've always been interested in these things, but haven't had the time to really study them in depth. I've been making and adding beaded bracelets to my boutique over the last few months and I really feel a connection to those elements. I also want to learn to make malas! There is knowledge out there for me to find and learn from, I can feel it calling me! And, for the herbs, I've been mixing my own lotions playing around with aromatherapy and I love it! I plan on expanding my knowledge and learning how to make more things!



Lastly, for my soul. Well, I just finished reading a book and I read it really fast. I literally devoured it. I'm going to go back and re-read and do all the lessons and work from the chapters. This book is called "Warrior Goddess Training" and its written by HeatherAsh Amara. She studied under don Miguel Ruiz who wrote the Four Agreements. It's really an amazing book and worth the time! I would highly suggest it to any woman. There is much to be taken away from this rare gem.

So, I hope you all take the time to slow down, relect, and nourish yourselves. I'm planning on writing similar posts for the rest of the seasons as they come around... so next up will be Winter!

Have a blessed Fall everyone! xoxo

Saturday, October 10, 2015

BGJ's New Look

Hello everyone!

You may have already noticed this since I started changing things a few weeks ago, but BGJ has a brand new look! I'm so pleased with how everything came together smoothly, considering it was a bit of a spur of the moment decision. The stars must've aligned just right ;) I had felt for awhile that my brand image wasn't quite representing me when it dawned on me that some art I had recently created had the perfect look! I wanted to encompass my love of nature, animals, and the whimsical into my brand image and I believe I've accomplished that! You'll notice the change here on my blog as well as in the shop. My new packaging turned out beautifully as well! Shout out goes to Saddle Hill Studios in Arlington, TX for the fantastic print job! I'm really happy with this step forward and I hope you guys love it as much as I do! (Yes, paper seed hearts are still accompanying my products to your homes) Oh, and that reminds me - check out BGJ for the Wild Things. It has a new logo too!

xoxo


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October 2015 Desktop Calendar - Sugar Skulls

I really, really, really love October! I love the Fall air, the changing leaves, the migrating monarchs, the sound of crows gathering, oh... and Halloween and all the cool things like pumpkin carving and roasting pumpkin seeds and getting the kids dressed up for trick-or-treating. October really is one of the best months EVER!
This months calendar features a new sugar skull design of mine. After a recent trip to Mexico I fell in love with all of the sugar skulls that were everywhere and was inspired to create a sugar skull design of my own. I think it was one of the funnest projects I've worked on in! I really enjoyed the process, and now I can enjoy sharing with all of you! (Check out the headbands I made with this design in my boutique!)
To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size, then copy over to your desktop. Enjoy! Personal use only please.
xoxo

October 2015 Desktop Calendar - Sugar Skulls - Bohemian Gypsy Jane
 
http://bohemiangypsyjane.com/


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Headband Designs

Happy first day of Fall everyone! Today I'm releasing my new Fall/Winter 2015 headband designs. There are 13 new headbands available today on bohemiangypsyjane.com. I'm super excited to be offering 4 designs in a brand new extra wide option! If these are a hit then I'll be designing more soon! All in all, you'll find new floral, ikat, bamboo stripes, sugar skulls, arrows, butterflies, and navajo prints in this release.

Also, you'll be seeing some big branding image changes over the next few weeks. I have new tags and packaging in the works and I'll be changing the look of all my sites soon. But, you can see the new look here on the blog now! I'm really in love with this new look and I'm looking forward to where BGJ is going in the future.

Lots of Love xoxo


Saturday, August 29, 2015

September 2015 Desktop Calendar

Hello, September! I'm using one of the patterns for the new Fall headband lineup for this calendar. :) This is one of my faves! There are quite a few new headbands coming soon. A few are finalized and a few are still being modified, but I'll keep you guys updated. Oh, and don't forget that September 6th is the very last day to preorder a Gypsy Moon tee, tank, or sweatshirt at a special low price AND get a discount code to use in the future! (I've added the tee and tank since my last post about it so I will include an image here that has the tee and the tank as well)

To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size, then copy over to your desktop! Enjoy! xoxo

September 2015 Desktop Calendar | Bohemian Gypsy Jane

Gypsy Moon Tank, Tee, and Sweatshirt | Bohemian Gypsy Jane

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gypsy Moon Presale

Hello!

I'm happy to be getting this new design out very soon! I'm offering a presale period from now until September 6th! Order early and save $8 off the official list price! This is a great deal so please take advantage. This is the perfect time to start getting your closet ready for Fall, and this super soft, cozy and great looking pullover sweatshirt will be a welcome addition. This design will go to print after the presale period ends. Printing will be eco friendly water based screenprinting. The estimated arrival date for your orders is October 1st. Also, as an extra special thank you, everyone who preorders Gypsy Moon will be getting a discount code emailed to them. This code can be used on your next BGJ purchase and will earn you 25% off next your order! This could come in handy because I've got quite a few new headband designs coming soon for Fall - hint, hint ;)

Here is how to get your order of Gypsy Moon for the awesome presale price of $28... Head over to bohemiangypsyjane.com then after you've added the shirt to your cart, go to checkout. At that time, there will be an area to add a checkout code. Enter GYPSYMOONPRESALE.

Thank you all so much for supporting indie design and small business!

xoxo


Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 2015 Desktop Calendar & Book Giveaway!

Happy August everyone!

This months calendar features a quote from Elizabeth Gilbert that I absolutely adore. "Embrace the glorious mess that you are." I think this quote can definitely have a different significance for different people and that's one of the reasons I love it. For me, trying to build a brand and a business I'm always trying to put my best face forward. On social media, trying to highlight the awesome and beautiful and sweep the not so awesome and beautiful under the rug. All in all, I don't think there is anything wrong with that. The problem is that we start to feel that there is something wrong with mess we hide. But, there isn't! Everyone has a "mess". It can be emotional, physical, circumstantial, mental, financial... the list goes on and on. But everyone definitely has one! And you know what? It's okay! Embrace it. Let it be. Let's stop fracturing ourselves into pieces and labeling them as good and bad. If we are ever to be whole, we must love our whole selves and accept what is.

And this month, I'm doing something extra special and exciting! You may know Elizabeth Gilbert best for her bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love. She has many other books too. But, she has a NEW book coming out September 22nd called Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. It looks amazing and I can't wait to cozy up with a soft blanket and a mug of hot tea and dive into it. I've pre-ordered my copy as well as an extra for one of you! If you would like to be the winner of a copy of this upcoming book, please go to my Facebook page and comment on the 2015 Desktop Calendar post. The contest will be open all month. One winner will be randomly selected on August 31st! xoxo
To dowload the calendar or mobile device screensaver, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size, then copy over to your desktop or device. Enjoy!

August 2015 Desktop Calendar - Bohemian Gypsy Jane























Mobile Device Screensaver/Wallpaper - Bohemian Gypsy Jane

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Saving Oklahoma's Bees - BGJftWT I2


Saving Oklahoma's Bees - BGJ for The Wild Things - Issue 2

So, last month when we took that long trip to Poteau, Oklahoma for the native pollinators course, there was a news team from a Tulsa station there. They were working on a story about the alarming decline in Oklahoma's bee population. They caught my husband and I outside on a break and did a little interview about why we were there and what we hoped to learn. They only aired a small clip from the interview, but I love that they chose the part where I was talking about letting the dandelions grow in my yard for the bees! But, as I'm trying to go into more detail about why I let them grow, my husband comments that our daughter picks them, and it's pretty funny, and then our clip is over. Oh well, even though I didn't get to give any more rationale behind my dandelion loving behavior other than "the bees like them", I'm very proud that my little bit made it into the story, which is an important story that I believe more Oklahoman's need to become aware of. Things like native gardening, planting for pollinators, organic yards, and backyard wildlife habitats aren't exactly booming in my state. The norm is lots of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and the all too common war between neighbors to see who can get the greenest, neatest, "weed" free lawn in the neighborhood. With that said, I'm seeing a slow change as more and more Oklahoman's are becoming interested in a different type of relationship with their yard. A relationship that gives up some of that "control" as well as a willingness to share their space with our animal and insect friends such as bees. This is a very good story, but it only scratches the surface. I encourage everyone to watch it and then do some more research about what you can do locally in your area! In addition to leaving the dandelions in my yard, I've also been growing a little bee and butterfly garden. My daughter has been helping me with it and she loves going outside to see what new flowers are blooming! We also added a insect hotel that provides shelter for bees, butterflies, and other insects. It took a few weeks, but we finally have a couple of bees that have claimed space in it. Remember, everything is connected! The more we can live in harmony the better off we ALL are - human, critter, and insect! Bees are very important in the scheme of things. So much more important than most people realize. To learn even more you can read my earlier post about pollinator conservation.

Here is the link to the news story. Please watch and enjoy! xoxo

Saving Oklahoma's Bees

Friday, July 10, 2015

Celebration Sale Checkout Codes

Hello Everyone!

Happy HAPPY Friday! I'm having a lovely little weekend sale in my shop! I'm celebrating that ALL of the new tanks and tees have finally arrived! I'm shipping out the last of the pre-orders this afternoon. All of "Warrior Heart" tees and tanks went out last week and the "Dream-Dreamcatcher" tees and tanks are going out today! They look amazing! I'm very pleased with the shirts and the printing. Eco friendly shirts + eco friendly printing = awesome, right? :)

I'm offering some big savings in this celebration sale (and supplies are limited) so don't miss out! Sale ends Monday, July 13th at midnight. I'm getting ready to head to Mexico for a little vacation in about a week, but I'll be able to pack up these new orders and send them out before I go. I've got lots of new products in the works including new beaded bracelets, shirt designs, and some indulgent herbal pampering products that I'm really excited about. And, I'm hoping to find new inspiration in the markets in Mexico and maybe I'll even come back with some perfect things to add to the shop.

Enjoy the sale! You guys deserve it. I've got the best customers in the universe. xoxo

Shop link : http://www.bohemiangypsyjane.com/



Sunday, June 28, 2015

July 2015 Desktop Calendar

Happy Happy July! We're stepping into full swing Summer mode around here and there are so many things to be thankful for: glorious sunshine, colorful flowers, fresh garden produce, crickets singing me to sleep at night, relaxing days playing splish splash, picnics... I could go on and on, but you get the point. I love living in an area that has all 4 seasons in all their glory. I get to appreciate each one as it comes and goes. This month I'm welcoming Summer and I hope you are too. :)

I thought this lovely quote from Oscar Wilde was a good pick for this month. To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size, then copy over to your computer. I'm also including a mobile device screensaver than features just the quote :) Enjoy, and Happy Summer! xoxo


Saturday, June 27, 2015

New Boho Style Galaxy S6 Cases

Hello lovelies,

I've got some brand new designs as well as some classic boho favorites available on Samsung Galaxy S6 cases now! I'll be working on updating the other case categories over the next few weeks. Getting the new online boutique up and running has taken up quite a bit of my time lately, and it's well past time to "freshen up" the other outlets where my designs are available.

New Samsung Galaxy S6 Cases by BGJ - Bohemian Gypsy Jane











Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pollinator Conservation - BGJftWT I1


Pollinator Conservation - BGJ for the Wild Things - Issue 1

Okay, so I'm finally digging in and getting to work on some things for BGJ for the Wild Things! This is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series of posts that are relevant to my Wild Things initiative. If you're not familiar with BGJ for the Wild Things, please find the tab at the top of this page to open up and read about it. (If you happen to be on a mobile device, you may need to switch over to web view in order to see the tabs at the top of this blog)

I seriously can't decide which I'm more proud of, the BGJ for the Wild Things initiative, or the birth of my online eco friendly boho style boutique last month. Both of these took months and months of work to bring to life and I am overjoyed and thankful for their success so far. I'm able to work with a passion on both, so honestly the work doesn't feel like work. It makes me feel good and feeds my little hippie soul :)

My interest in pollinators started as curiosity. My curiosity turned to knowledge. Then that knowledge compelled me to make changes in my own life and to seek out even more knowledge and simple ways that everyone can help make changes for the better. I also strongly feel the need to share what I've learned and am still learning. My interest in all this was peaking at the same time as I was working hard on my new headband line and product ideas. These two things in my life became cosmically entangled in a way that I believe was just one of those things meant to be. BGJ for the Wild Things was born along with the launch of my new website and they will continue hand in hand into the future.

BGJ for the Wild Things encompasses more than just pollinator conservation. It also includes advocacy for backyard wildlife habitats, native and eco gardening, and donations from each product purchase from my new online boutique to a local wildlife rehabilitation center here in Oklahoma called WildCare. But, this particular post is dedicated to pollinator conservation!

So, what's all this buzz about bees??? Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably been hearing and reading a lot about bees and other pollinators lately. It's not exactly new news, but the issue is finally gaining the global attention it needs. Maybe you've heard about the dramatic decline in Monarch butterflies as well. Not only are Monarchs and other butterflies whimsical and beautiful, they are essential pollinators as well. What do I mean by essential you may ask... Well, it means we need them. And quite bluntly it means if they all die, we all die too. Einstein himself estimated that after all the bees and butterflies die, the last humans will die off within 4 years. Extinction. You see everything in nature has its place and Mother Nature knew what she was doing when all the plants and creatures evolved together in a woven web of interdependence. Life on earth is a beautiful dance of give and take, but we are in danger of stepping outside that dance. We've been pushing the limits of how much we can alter the game, but sadly the consequences aren't in our favor. And who knew those little bees were so important? (Besides Einstein of course)

My husband and I recently attended an all day pollinator conservation course hosted by the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Poteau, Oklahoma and presented by Anne Stine from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation as well as David Redhage from the Kerr Center and Josh Ketch from the Natural Resources Conservation Servive. It was a 3 hour road trip for us from Oklahoma City all the way to Poteau, but it was totally worth it. I wanted to go so that I could learn even more and to get some good ideas to share with you guys. Honestly, they presented WAY more information than I could ever fit into one blog post. I learned so much and came home with this armload of reading material!

Obviously, I haven't had time to read ALL of this. And, as you can see, some of it is specific to my home state of Oklahoma. Oh, and they gave us a thumb drive full of more literature that I haven't gotten around to looking at yet, but I really wanted to give everyone a summary of the key important points that I learned. I think the most major fact that I learned was that honey bees aren't native to the U.S. They were brought over way back when to make honey here. On the flip side, one of the major points for pollinator conservation is NATIVE pollinators. I don't know about you guys, but when I think bees my mind goes to the honey bee. Obviously, I needed schooling on this issue! Okay, so native bees are different from honey bees. Got it. But... when you think of bees do you think of an intricately built hive and honey? Well, so did I. But again, that's honey bees, not native bees...
"Of the roughly 4,000 species of bees native to North America, more than 90% lead solitary rather than social lives, each female constructing and provisioning her own nest without any help from other members of her species" Attracting Native Pollinators by the Xerces Society
Most of our NATIVE bees are solitary (and they don't make honey). They make little homes in the ground or little holes in trees or limbs. So if you see a bee in your garden, chances are it's a solitary bee with a little home nearby. Solitary bees don't travel far so it's important when thinking about what to plant to include native flowers and shrubs that have varying blooming times to provide nectar from early spring through late fall. Also, you may want to provide a bee habitat in your yard! They can be found online through many sources, maybe even your local nursery or garden supply. Here is a pic of the one we put up. Notice the various sizes of holes. Different species are different sizes so a variety is a good thing to look for. This one also has a butterfly hole up at the top and then home spaces for other insects such as beetles. One possible future project may be me trying to actually make one of these myself from scratch, but we'll see. Hey - it could be a fun family projects to include the kids in :)

insect hotel


(Oh, and fun fact... did you know that beetles are the sole pollinators of magnolias? Beetles and magnolias actually evolved together. Beetles were the first pollinators before the existence of other flying pollinators such as bees and butterflies. What pollinated before that? The wind was the sole pollinator! With the evolution of winged pollinators along with the evolution of flowering trees and plants came a major change to the landscape and biodiversity of the earth we know today!)

During the pollinator conservation course, Anne went over many topics including pollination economics, pollination biology, role and value of beneficial insects, understanding bee life cycles, recognizing bees, the value of natural habitat, reducing harm from pesticides, and protecting nesting sites. It was an in-depth look full of information! And might I say that recognizing bees is a lot trickier than one would think. But, with 4,000 species and many look-a-like flies out there, it makes sense that misidentification is common. Fortunately, being able to accurately identify these guys is not necessary to help them.

Okay, so what's hurting the pollinators - specifically bees? It's a combination of factors. You may have heard the term Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. This, we learned is a combination of these 3 things.

1. Insecticides. There is one insecticide in particular that has been devastating to pollinators: neonicotinoids - brand name RoundUp. (imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam). This particular type of insecticide attacks the nervous system of bees and is thought to confuse their internal GPS system. Essentially, they get confused and lost and die. So, what can you do?  Well, undoubtedly the crop industry uses the most insecticides by far, so consider buying organic whenever you have a choice. You can also reduce or eliminate your own use of pesticides in your own yard.

2. Loss of Habitat. This should be fairly self explanatory. We're taking away wild areas full of native pollinators and native plants for agriculture and urbanization. What can we do? Leave wild spaces! Also, make your own yard a little wild! Share your space by not making it so tidy. All the cool kids are doing it :) Let those dandelions grow tall and proud, don't cut your grass so short, plant some native flowers, trees and plants, leave a little brush pile or leaf pile. Got a bare spot under a tree? Bees love to tunnel under the ground so consider leaving it bare.

3. There is also a parasitic virus as well as an invasive varroa mite that are contributing to CCD , but from what I understand, these are issues mainly affecting commercial honey bees. Native bees seem to be more resistant. Interestingly many crop farmers "rent" honey bee hives for literally thousands of dollars to pollinate their crops. One very smart alternative that is being done, and is quite effective and profitable, is instead of relying on honey bees hive rentals, some farmers have successfully lured native bees to their crops with well thought out crop rotations and habitat installation close to or side by side with their crops. Don't get me wrong, this isn't common practice yet but with the success stories so far I'm sure more farmers will try it! They are saving thousands on bee rentals and the native bees are out pollinating the commercial bees! That seems like a no-brainer win-win to me! You can find the case study on page 10 of  Farming for Bees by the Xerces Society.

With what I've learned so far, I can easily give you a short list of what YOU can do as an individual that can help. These are the 3 things I would suggest...

1. Go organic with your yard. No insecticides or herbicides. (bees LOVE those dandelions!) Seriously, do you really care what the neighbors think? I've been a "trendsetter" in my own neighborhood for a few years now. I've actually gotten to the point that when I see lawns devoid of dandelions, clover, chickweed, etc., they look dull and drab no matter how green they are. They just look boring. I've grown to love my polka dots of color on my lawn and I would LOVE to see other people learning to love them too.

2. Plant some (or a lot) of native flowers and flowering plants and trees that bloom at different times of the year. This gives pollinators a source of food year round.

3. Provide some shelter/habitat for bees and butterflies. Whether its a small patch of bare ground for bees to tunnel in, a leaf pile, brush pile, or a constructed bee and butterfly "hotel". Remember, 90% of native bees are solitary and live alone in tiny little spaces! Don't over-landscape or over tidy-up. Leave things a little "wild". Again, Mother Nature knows what she's doing. Take your cues for how to be a good steward from her, not your neighbors. Mother Nature is the most knowledgeable and talented landscaper of all :) She'll teach you if you take the time to watch and listen.

Okay, so this post has gotten a little longer than I intended, but I think I've covered what I intended to. I just want to bring attention to one more tiny little detail before I wrap this up...

Bees are rarely aggressive! It's highly unlikely that they will sting you. If they're foraging for nectar, they probably aren't paying attention to you anyways. If one is buzzing around you then it's likely a male and can't sting you anyways. Females only get pseudo-aggressive if they are protecting their eggs, but won't actually be aggressive because, again, they're solitary-that means they're single moms! They aren't going to pick a fight with you. Bees are way less scary than most people think. If you've been intentionally trying to keep them way, please reconsider letting them share your yard!

Okay, I think that's enough for today. I literally have enough information to write a series of books but I hope I condensed it down to a short readable length for today while giving some solid tips and insight. I'm sure I'll have more posts in the future on some of the cool stuff that I've learned.

I'll wrap this up with a few pics I took while out at the absolutley beautiful Kerr Center as well as a few links that you may want to look into.

xoxo

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Xerces Society



Sunday, May 31, 2015

June 2015 Desktop Calendar

Happy June! June's desktop calendar features my Bohemian Ikat pattern that you can find in my Spoonflower shop. I've been busy in the studio creating a few tanks and tees for my new online boutique, and I've been working on new color ways for this particular pattern because it's going to be on a new boutique item that's currently in the creation phases! I'm so excited to be slowly but surely getting all the items I want to create into my new shop!

To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size, then copy over to your desktop. Enjoy! xoxo


Friday, May 15, 2015

BGJ Headbands Are Here!

Hello Everyone!

The online boutique successfully launched on May 12th! Everything went very smoothly and I couldn't be happier with the results. I'm a few days late making this post, but I wanted to give a little run-down of what's available in the shop. For now, I have 2 types of headbands and some boho fabric wrap bracelets. More types of products will be added in the future. I'm working on a few tshirt designs right now, and I have some cute boho bag designs in mind for down the road. But, for now let me introduce you to my headbands...



As I said, I have 2 types of headbands. The "Zen Fit" headband is an awesome choice if you want a headband that you can wear out and about as well as to the gym, or to yoga, or out for a run. It's a great all-round multi-purpose headband. It's made from soft stretchy 100% organic cotton knit. The fabric is milled here in the US with US cotton. The designs are printed using eco friendly printing methods and water based inks. The cotton is GOTS certified organic, so you can feel good about your choice for the environment. I currently have 9 designs available fir the Zen Fit line. More designs are in the works!

The "Boho" headband is made from a super soft and super stretchy jersey fabric. This headband is more of an "accessory" headband. It's perfect for all your summertime outings to the lake or beach, or just a trip to the grocery store. This fabric is also milled here in the US and is printed using eco friendly printing methods and water based inks.

These headbands are indie designed and individually handmade!

Oh, and don't forget-for every single product sold from bohemiangypsyjane.com, $1.00 is donated to WildCare Oklahoma! Check out the tab at the top of the page to read more about my BGJ for the Wild Things initiative.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Headband Debut is May 12th!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to write a little post announcing the official launch day for bohemiangypsyjane.com. May 12th, 2015 is when the website will go live!!! There will be 2 types of headbands to choose from. The "Boho Headband" is a super soft, comfy, and stretchy material that you'll love for everyday wear. The "Zen Fit Headband" is also soft and comfy but not as stretchy. It's perfect for active wear such as yoga, running, etc. It's also great for everyday wear as well! I've been wearing the Zen Fit for a few months now on my runs. They do an awesome job of staying in place and keeping my hair out of my face! In fact, I just ran the OKC Memorial Half Marathon in one and it was the best running buddy ever :) They're a little like a pair of jeans. They just keep getting better the more you wear them! I really truly love mine so I hope you guys love them too!

Both styles are made with my own original fabric designs. The fabric is manufactured here in the USA! (In fact, everything I am using for my boutique from the fabric to the labels to the mailers... every single thing is made here in the USA!) The fabric is printed using eco friendly printing methods with water based inks. The "Zen Fit Headband" is made with GOTS certified 100% organic cotton and the "Boho Headband" is 96% cotton with 4% spandex. Both are indie designed and handmade!!!

I worked for several months to get just the right fit without using any elastic or ties. That really was a challenging endeavor! I finally found just the right fabric and the right shape and I'm really excited about them. They stay on great without slipping around AND they're really comfortable!

See you at bohemiangypsyjane.com on May 12th! xoxo

Bohemian Gypsy Jane - Boho & Zen Fit Headbands - Eco Friendly - Indie Designed - Handmade in the USA

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 2015 Desktop Calendar

Hi guys, I've got May's calendar ready for you! I know I said I was going to start making quote calendars, but I totally ran out of time! I'm working on product photography for the new website and working on sewing up more headbands so that everything will be ready to launch on May 12th! Yes, May 12th is the official day for the headband debut! xoxo

To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size, then copy over to your desktop. Enjoy! Personal use only please.

May 2015 Desktop Calendar-Bohemian Gypsy Jane

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Introducing BGJ for the Wild Things

Happy Earth Day everyone! I thought that today was the perfect day to introduce something I've been working super hard on behind the scenes. (Okay, actually I was planning on announcing it on launch day which will be either May 1st or May 12th, but since I've gotten a special invitation, I'm announcing a little early ;) I've been working on creating an initiative to coincide with the launch of bohemiangypsyjane.com. BGJ for the Wild Things is an environmental and wildlife education and preservation initiative that will consist of a few different elements to start...

First of all, all BGJ products sold from the new site will come with a special paper heart. The heart is handmade here in the US by an eco friendly company with recycled materials. Inside the heart there are special flower seeds embedded. Yes, you plant the hearts! The seed mix is a specially prepared mix for bees and butterflies. Our pollinator friends are in trouble right now, so the hearts are meant to spread awareness of the issue. I would love for people to plant the hearts, but I would love even MORE for people to be curious enough about the issue to start doing some research about the problem and learning what can be done to help!



Also, I'll be advocating for wildlife friendly backyards. I've had one for a few years now and it's actually quite fun! The National Wildlife Federation has some great info on how to make your yard wildlife friendly. It's pretty simple and I would love to see more people getting on board! I've been doing a few projects with my daughter and she really loves it. I've got a few pics on instagram with hashtag bgjforthewildthings of things we've done recently. I would really like to see what other people are doing. Please use the bgjforthewildthings hashtag on instagram so we can all share and see!

Lastly, a BIG part of this initiative is WildCare Oklahoma. Oklahoma is where I call home and we have some absolutely beautiful land and wildlife. WildCare is a very special place that takes in thousands of injured or orphaned wildlife for care and rehabilitation with the goal of release back into the wild. In 2014, they cared for 5,421 patients! They do amazing and selfless work and I want to help support them. So, $1.00 from every product sold from the upcoming bohemiangypsyjane.com will go to WildCare! I've had this in my head since the very beginning and I am very excited about it!

Now, the reason I'm announcing all this early is because I've received an invitation from WildCare to set up a sales table at their annual fundraising "baby shower". This is the ONLY time WildCare is open to the public and it's always in April because of all the baby animals they start getting! People can come and see the animals and the grounds and bring "baby gifts", aka needed supplies, or simply make monetary donations. The baby shower is this Saturday, April 25th, at WildCare Oklahoma from 2-5 pm. This will be the very first time any of my new products will be for sale! (Yes, I'm nervous!) I've been scrambling all week to get everything ready since this was a last minute kind of thing, but it's all coming together nicely! I've got a cute little table setup worked out and considering my rush order of extra fabric comes in on time, I'll have roughly 100 headbands and 20 bracelets for sale! This will be an awesome way for BGJ for the Wild Things to get a jump start and for my local community to be introduced to my new products! Much thanks to WildCare for the invite! And yes, $1.00 for each sale goes to WildCare :)

xoxo -Amanda

Photos are copyrighted and provided by WildCare


Stay tuned for more info! note-There will be a special page on the new website for BGJ for the Wild Things, and a page is in progress for this blog. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Headband Progress!

Hello, Everyone. I've been working my little heart out getting the headband store ready! I've had a little delay due to a lost fabric shipment delivery but I'm working really hard to get everything back on track for the May 1st launch date. It's too early to tell if that date is a realistic launch day, but I'm trying my very best. Just in case, it's always good to have a back-up plan, right? So, my back-up launch day is May 12th. I'll update as soon as I have a definite date. xoxo -Amanda

Here's another little production sneak peek...


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 2015 Desktop Calendar

My apologies for the delay getting this calendar out. If you've been following me, then you know that I'm getting ready to launch bohemiangypsyjane.com next month and getting everything ready has been quite time consuming. And... I have a little girl who had a birthday on the 1st. Piper is 5 already! We took her to a local shelter to pick out a kitten for her birthday and we ended up adopting a brother and sister pair that are 9 months old. Their names are now Twilight Sprinkles and Freddy Cougar. We also ended up adopting a 6-year-old chihuahua named Matilda that had been abandoned. She's already taken on the very important job of studio manager for me. She's quite talented by the way! But, we got a little more than we bargained for... especially considering that we already had 2 dogs and 3 cats to start with! Even so, everyone is settling into the family and I'm happy that we were able to give these sweet pets a loving and stable forever home. :) Anyways... back to the calendars...

I think that now is the perfect time to shake things up, so to speak. I'll no longer be featuring my designs on my monthly calendars. Instead, I will be featuring quotes that I find inspiring. I've had this idea in the back of my head for awhile, but with the increasing incidents of a few people using my designs for not-so-personal use, I will have to retire that tradition. And since change is already in the air - with a new studio manager, and new products coming out, and the seasons changing - I think that this is the perfect time to transition over to the NEW monthly calendar tradition! I really hope that everyone continues to enjoy these calendars. I love making and offering them as a heartfelt gesture. It makes me feel as if I've sent a few good vibes out into the world. :)

xoxo

To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size then copy over to your desktop

April 2015 Desktop Calendar


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Headbands Are Coming Soon!

So what have I been working on lately? Headbands. Lots and lots of headbands! And it looks like they're going to be ready for their debut on May 1st, 2015. I've been working on creating the perfect fit for months now and I've finally got it nailed. And, as a bonus for all my experimentation I've ended up with 2 types of headbands! I've got a nice casual style boho headband and an awesome active headband for your yoga, running, or gym workouts! I've got several ready to go and a few that I'm still tweaking colors on but it looks like May 1st is a reasonable goal. I've been and will continue to concentrate my efforts on this new exciting endeavor. I know I've got quite a few excited Facebook followers so I'm hoping they're a hit!
 
I'm also launching an initiative along with the store called BGJ for the Wild Things. Please stay tuned for more details on it. I'm super excited about it! #bgjforthewildthings

Here's a little peek at some of the active wear headbands... xoxo

Active wear headbands by Bohemian Gypsy Jane

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2015 Desktop Calendar

Happy March everyone! Can you believe it's finally almost Spring? I'm ready to get outside and start planting some things. My daughter Piper and I have plans for a special butterfly garden this year! I was reading an article about how the monarch butterfly population is rapidly declining and they suggested that one way people can help is to plant a butterfly garden with lots of flowers that butterflies can feed from. Another suggestion was to stop using pesticides and other toxic chemicals in your yard, which I am proud to say that my yard has been completely organic for the last 5 years! :) Here is a wonderful article from National Wildlife Federation with some great tips for growing a butterfly garden! Hopefully our attempt will be a success and I can keep you guys updated here!

Also... drumroll... I have a very exciting announcement. Coming later this Spring I'll have an amazing line of headbands for sale! This is an endeavor that's been in the works for several months now. I've been testing fabric materials as well as size, shape, fit, etc. and after literally hundreds of hours of hard work they are almost ready to debut! They will all feature my own designs and will be handmade by yours truly (with lots of love). (I've posted a few sneak peeks of prototypes on my Instagram feed in case you want to take a little peek) I'll be updating on this more in the future as I get closer and closer. I absolutely will not sell them until they are perfect! I want them to be the very best on the planet as far as comfort and fit and, of course, some awesome modern day boho stylishness that can go with you anywhere - even the gym - or a marathon. I'll be running the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon in April and I will definitely be wearing one! I've been running in them for awhile now and they stay on great and are super comfortable!

Okay, I'm done rambling. This month's calendar features my "Native Roots" design which can be found on a variety of products such as shower curtains and duvet covers through Kess Inhouse. To download the calendar simply click on the image to enlarge it to full size then copy it over to your desktop! Please, please, please... personal use only! Enjoy! xoxo -Amanda

March 2015 desktop calendar-Bohemian Gypsy Jane





























Sunday, February 1, 2015

February 2015 Desktop Calendar

I woke up this morning and realized it was the 1st! Where did January go? Needless to say, I knew I needed to get to work on a calendar and I thought this pattern was the perfect one for February. I hope you guys love it as much as I do! Happy February!!! xoxo -bgj

To download the calendar, simply click on the image below to enlarge it to full size then copy over to your desktop. Enjoy!

February 2015 Desktop Calendar - Bohemian Gypsy Jane

Friday, January 30, 2015

Geo Tribal Fabric

I've got lots and lots of new fabric coming out! For this post I want to introduce the "Geo Tribal" fabric collection. It's a fun, modern, and trendy tribal collection featuring cubist zigzags and triangles. Seen below are "Geo Tribal-Mustard & Cream", "Geo Tribal-Light Gray & Cream", "Geo Tribal-Dark Gray & Cream, and "Geo Tribal-Turquoise Sky & Cream".  See my Spoonflower store to see the full collection as well as some of my other new design! xoxo -bgj


Pillow cover made from "Geo Tribal-Mustard & Cream" fabric by Bohemian Gypsy Jane on Spoonflower

Saturday, January 3, 2015

"Little Indians" Cut & Sew Characters

So, I finally dusted off my sewing machine and got to work sewing these adorable little cut and sew characters from my Little Indians fabric collection. I really had forgotten how much I like to sew and how gratifying it is to make something by hand. Much of the work that I do is entirely on the computer, so I don't often get the opportunity. I've been needing to get a picture of these characters for the Spoonflower website for several months now, but haven't had the time to get them done so I used some of my time off from work for the holidays to get this project done. I think I'll be sewing more in the future!!! I truly enjoyed it :)

Anyways, what I did was I let the edges stay rough and did a simple exposed stitch around the edges in a charcoal gray to make the dark gray (almost black) of the fabric. I even frayed the edges a little extra with my fingernails after the sewing was done to make them look even more nostalgic and whimsical. You are welcome to sew them any way you like though! Some of the areas are a little tricky to stuff, so be sure to stuff the smaller areas such as feet and feathers as you sew. I sewed a little, stuffed a little, sewed a little.... you get the picture. The simplist one to sew, of course, is the teepee. The top is the only tricky area for stuffing so be sure and get that little area done first!

Each character is available separately as a fat quarter. There are many coordinating fabrics available. Since these guys have been available for a few months, I've gotten to observe how people are purchasing from the collection and the most popular combo so far is the teepee cut and sew along with the teepee pattern fabric to make a coordinating baby blanket. I think it's an adorable idea for a nice gender neutral baby gift. I would love to see what else people are doing with this collection, so always feel free to send me an email with your photos :)

Here is the link to the "Little Indians" fabric collection http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/99306

Happy Sewing!!! xoxo -bgj

"Little Indians" cut & sew characters-teepee, bear, bird, and squirrel


"Little Indians" cut & sew teepee shown with coordinating fabric swatches from Little Indians fabric collection


"Little Indians" cut & sew bear, bird, and squirrel shown with coordinating fabric swatches





Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 2015 Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year!!!

It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015! We get another magical three-hundred and sixty five days of adventure, imagination, wonder, love, and memories. I hope 2015 brings all of you many moments of joy and happiness!

This months calendar features another pattern that will soon be available as fabric. I've been working on many new fabric designs lately!

To download the calendar, simply slick on the image below to enlarge it to full size then copy it over to your desktop. As always, enjoy! And thanks for dropping by! xoxo -bgj


January 2015 desktop calendar - bohemian gypsy jane