“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gypsy Dreams

when I was a little girl my dad made me a playhouse...

I remember it had a toy stove, a cot and a big trunk for all sorts of magical things.. a bitty tea set with dragons painted on it, thick stacks of paper, cigar boxes full of crayons and paints, two rag dolls named Lilly and Polly that just knew I was their mommy, and the gypsy bag!
The gypsy bag was a huge beaded bag that held ribbons, make-up, bits of costume jewelry and an ever-changing supply of clothing that looked very much like my mother's and sister's old things.

I would spend hours in my make believe world,(dressed as a glamorous gypsy queen of course) on a pirate ship, in a haunted house or just having tea in a gypsy tent with my two girls.

I was separate from everyone,on my own, so to speak(sigh).
As I grew older my playhouse began to fill up with 'stuff'. It sort of became a catch all area for things that weren't even mine.
It was very sad to watch this amazing place turn into storage.

Our home is very small, my studio is tiny! And while I appreciate what I have, I still yearn for a place of my own, a place of dreams, to imagine and create.

Guess what???? My husband has gifted me with the most adorable amazing little haven!
It's a 1958 vintage westerner camper!!!!!
this is it here....

It's painted an icky black right now as it was used for hauling ghost hunting equipment at one point:) but now it's mine and I'm all set to turn it into a gypsy wagon/studio!!!!!
I'm over the moon!!!
I'll be posting my progress in converting this camper and maybe asking your advice on decor if you don't mind.
When I'm finished I will have a place to dream, create, nap, lol... It can be whatever I want it to be, a pirate ship, a haunted house or a gypsy tent where I can have tea with my two girls:)

Now I have a gift for you...I will be giving away this painting on June 22nd, just leave a comment so I know you stopped by:)

Have a beautiful night!

PS the winner of the Sugar Queen give away is Jill from Bucks County Folk Art
the give-away is over:)


  1. wow Marfi, that's great! love the camper. It looks so adventurous, even just sitting there. Can't wait to see what you do with it. I hope you post "before" pictures. I'm excited for you.

  2. Oh Marfi, that's the best news. It'll be wonderful, in the doing and the final result. Be sure to show us pictures.
    Love xx

  3. Congratulations and I can hardly wait to see the conversion. It will be fun. It's a great camper and what a great husband you have. Love the Sugar Queen too, she is beautiful. Your painting is just awesome. Have a great rest of the week.

  4. Oh Marfi.....I just love your "to be" gypsy caravan. How wonderful to have a play space again. I used to tell my daughter I was going to sell her to the gypsy's until one day when she asked if I would call them because she knew she'd love reading palms.....hehehehehehe. How absolutely marvelous for you...now you need to recreate (if you don't still have them) your childhood sweet girls.
    I can hardly wait to see what you will do. The Olde Bagg

  5. I'm so jealous!! Luckily, green looks good on me! hahaha!!!

    Does it have heat so you can work all year long?

  6. I GASPED WHEN THERE WAS SOMETHING NEW ON YOUR SITE. I was so happy. Even thought I'm checking it on work time. Shhhh, don't tell anyone. he he

    I would like to be entered in your give away for the Gypsy Painting.
    Take Care

  7. That camper is a delight and you will make pure magic there. Pure magic. Don't you love that there might be ghost dust in it? Love your blog. AND love that line drawing of the little lady with the two littler ladies on the table in the tent. Now that is a composition! LOVE!

  8. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR blogger ate my comment..cripe! First off I said I love that trailer, I want one so I can fix it up, second I said that gypsy looks like me, and third I want that purse..I've been on a hunt for one to use this spring/summer..SIGH..hope this gets through. ((hugs))

  9. That camper is amazing, I hope to have one like it myself one day. :) I cannot wait to see what you do with it. And that gypsy painting is gorgeous!! Love gypsies.

  10. I am absolutely jealous of that camper. It is gorgeous and I can not wait to see what you have in store for it. :) Your gypsy is beautiful and I would love to give her a place to live.

  11. That is a gift! joyous journies to you, dear one. Blessings and thanks.

  12. Well I didn't come by to enter a contest, but I am thrilled that you have a new tiny studio that will be all yours to decorate and enjoy. I'm over the top for you, too, dear!

  13. Wow, wow....wow! How exciting is that! And it was used to hunt ghosts, too...that just makes it even cooler!!

    Can't wait to see the transformation...I bet your mind is reeling with ideas and plans!!

    I'm so thrilled for you...what a nice Hubby you have :)

  14. I am organizing a virtual party my blog, I invite you to participate if you like it.
    The theme of the party are the fairies.
    On 24 June, "World Day of the fairies".
    You can wear a button to your blog.
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  15. What a beautiful painting! I love your art! And it was fun thinking of playing dress up as a kid! I have a photo of myself dressed up..I should post it! Love the little trailer...they are so much fun to fix up! ♥

  16. Oh Marfi, what a wonderful camper! I wish so badly I had one to go into a creative frenzy in. My mind is swarming with all the endless possibilities that you can do with this treasure!

    And speaking of treasures, your gypsy painting is amazingly gorgeous. Please enter me in your giveaway. A girl can never have too many Marfi creations!

  17. Gypsy Dreams indeed! BIG hugs and congratulations to you!!!! What a beautiful gift from your hubby. Now you can create the studio/creative haven that your soul yearns for. I will keep my fingers crossed for your lovely gypsy painting. Then I can dream of my own gypsy caravan. :) xoxo

  18. Happy Pink Saturday and thanks for the visit and comments. How totally AWESOME, a gypsy wagon studio, I want one too. It'a an amazing idea.

  19. OMGOSH!!!!! Marfi, that is the coolest gift ever :)I am just beside myself, I cant hardly wait to see you transform it into your Gypsy studio/paradise.

    Have tons of fun :)


  20. I still plan to sneak in your wagon for my snack :)

    Love everything...your amazing gypsy art, your doodle, and that bag!!


  21. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! Did I mention how much I love this!!!!

  22. I must already be a follower?I can see we think alot alike.I've been enjoying your blog and your style.You remind me of myself. Denise

  23. and didn't I say she reminded me of me...and I WON HER!!!!!!!


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