Piping Hot Jalebis

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As our trip to India nears, I’ve got Indian sweets on the brain.  Piping hot Jalebis, cooked in Desi Ghee, are quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth.  Jalebis are made from gram flour that is deep fried, in the best case in Desi Ghee (clarified butter), then soaked in boiling sugar.   So the end result is dripping hot fried batter soaked in sugary syrup.  I am a pretty clean eater; I save up my junk-food rations for over-the-top indulgences.  There’s a spot in Delhi that is famous for its Jalebis.  I found this video that shows you the famous Jalebiwala at work:

Until next time, sweet dreams of sweet Jalebis!
namaste~
Carter

Leaving on a Jet Plane…

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India Shopping Collage

I’ve been itching for a journey for quite a while now, and finally the plans have been made.  We’re going to India, and I cannot wait!  The journey is, in so many ways, the reward for me.  I love the adventure, I love the hunt, I love never knowing what kind of colorful magic I’m going to find down the next alleyway. I will admit that this trip is going to be more stressful than our last, as my business has grown quite a bit.  So there are lots of things things that I will have to maintain from overseas. But where there is internet, there is a way!   I want to let all of my customers know that during my absence, there may be a slight shipping delay.  From November 13- December 20, expect your orders to take a few extra days to ship.  Sorry to add to your holiday stress, but that’s the way it is!

I promise to share pictures of the journey here, and on my social media outlets.  So if you aren’t following me already, now’s the time.  Here are my feeds:
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Off to plan for my travels.
Until next time,

namaste~
Carter

What do you do with that ribbon?

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“Oh, I love these ribbons.  I have to have some!  But what am I going to do with them?”  This is one of the questions that I get most frequently from customers.  They are so inspired by the colors and the richness of the Sari Trims, but don’t know what to do with them.  So I thought it would be fun to share some ideas with you here, and to ask you all to share your designs too!  
I have a favorite pair of blue jeans that had finally gotten so beat up and ripped that they really called for some jazzing up and patching.  So I thought the trims would be the PERFECT solution!  And what I love most is that they are a work in progress.  I’m a “more the merrier” kind of gal and love to keep adding to all of my projects.  One of my projects this weekend is to add some of the newest trims to my jeans.  Here’s a picture of what they look like, and some of the new ribbons that I am planning to add:
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I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on these every time I wear them.  I literally hear people talking about my jeans as I walk past!  And this is such an easy project.  I am NOT a seamstress.  By any means.  I used my sewing machine on the parts that I could reach, and hand-stitched the rest.  It is a super-fun, super-easy project that anyone can do.  So get crafty and create!  

Do any of you have fun creations that you’ve made using ribbons and trims from WomanShopsWorld?  I’d love to share them here (with a link to you, of course)!  Feel free to message me: womanshopsworld@gmail.com with your pictures!

I’ll post more pictures of my jeans as they evolve.
Wishing you a lovely, creative, weekend!

Until next time,
namaste~
Carter

For the love of ribbon

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I feel like a butterfly at times, lighting here and there, but only for a moment.   I am quite fortunate that my currently inventory levels are at an all-time high.  There are so many goods things piled up in this warehouse that I can’t list them fast enough.  I am a “bit chomper”….I can’t do anything fast enough.  So while having all of this inventory is so awesome, it also stresses me out because I want to photograph it and list it all at once!  And so I bounce around from one box to the next, one pile to the other, pulling a few things from here, a few from there.  My goal these days is to offer you 5 new items a day.  Be they ribbons, beads, tassels, textiles, I hope to bring you 5 new treasures daily.  Today’s offerings are from my ribbon stash.  As we move towards Fall, I have chosen some richer palettes for this week.  Here are some freshly-photographed items, just listed today.

In addition to bringing you lots of global goods daily, I am efforting to check in here more often.  Many of you have told me lately that you didn’t realize I have a blog.  I don’t have much of one, but I hope to change that.  We’ve got some travels and adventures coming up here in the next few months, and I think it would be fun to share that with you all.  So I’m going to start nurturing the blogging habit starting now.

FuschiaRibbon1 TealRibbon1 Bullseye: Green, Red Festive Silk Trim, Ribbon, Sari Border, India 3"x1 Yard / Christmas, Circular, Repeating Pattern, Sewing Supplies DIY, WomanShopsWorld Blooms at Dusk: Teal, Pink, Aqua Foral Silk Trim, Ribbon, Sari Border, India 2.5"x1 Yard / Garden, Craft, Wedding, Sewing Supplies, DIY, WomanShopsWorld

Until next time,
namaste~
Carter

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Blog Love: Justina Blakeney

You know when you stumble upon a blog that sends you down a rabbit hole where the rest of the world disappears? That’s what happened to me when I found Justina Blakeney’s blog. Talk about bohemian, colorful, free-spirited, worldly goodness. One look at any one of the posts on her blog and I just want to move into her world. Justina is a stylist and designer, with a degree in World Arts & Cultures.  She is well-respected in the design world by the likes of Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart, and many more, and she does things her way- with bohemian flair, with handmade elements, and with the story of an object in mind. Here is a peek at Justina’s Jungalow home….see what I mean?!

Justina Blakeney's Jungalow, photo from her blog

Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow, photo from her blog

So you can imagine that I am *quite* honored to be featured on her blog today. Sometimes we find ourselves right where we think we belong…. Thank you Justina!
Check it out! http://blog.justinablakeney.com/2014/01/woman-shops-world.html

It’s cold and quiet

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It’s a cold day here in NC, and everywhere in the US. I’ve stayed warm with coffee and etsy and laundry. Gypsy and I are heading out for a brisk evening walk just now. There is something quite soothing and serene about the quiet that comes with winter weather. It’s a season for reflection, for pondering, for nesting. The older I get, the more I like winter and the cozying that it brings.

I stumbled upon this beautiful image and quotation on a friend’s Facebook page today. I’ll leave you with this to ponder.
namaste~
Carter
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Parasols & Sunshine at the Country Living Fair

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We’re set up at the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta this weekend, and we have the most idyllic booth space.  The park is lovely, sprawling and green and beautifully wooded.  When we were setting up our booth, we  weren’t sure what we were going to do with our umbrellas.  We normally hang them from the top of our tent, and we are in a smaller, shorter tent here.  I looked up and saw two trees behind our booth that screamed at me.  And there it was: the most perfect display ever!  We tied our rope between the trees, and our umbrellas have been hanging in the sun all weekend.  Isn’t it a delight to look at?!  I snuck down below them and took this shot, looking up into the trees.

WomanShopsWorld & GypsyTemple parasols hanging in the sun at the Country Living Fair, Stone Mountain, GA.

GypsyTemple parasols hanging in the sun at the Country Living Fair, Stone Mountain, GA.