It’s back to school and back into the swing of things, but weekends can be long so we want to share a fun DIY project for you to do with your kiddos!. This is a great project for all ages and one of our favorites at Gathered Goods.Read More
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Anyone else celebrate friendaversaries? Well this happens to be a good one because three years ago Nicole and I met! I was fresh out of five years of Haiti and Nicole was a new mom to her little miracle Olivia. We met at a craft show, that wasn't actually for craft vendors, but more for beer drinking and corn eating.Read More
A few weeks ago Minneapolis hosted the Pinners Conference for the first time and we got to be a part to it. It was real life Pinterest come to life. There were classes and make and takes and lots and lots of shopping!
We had our Bracelet Bar and tons of new charms. so many people came by the booth and made beaded bracelets and fund charm bangles and necklaces. We even stopped by some of the other vendors and got new charms to have in the store. We love meeting people at events and being able to get their products into the shop, supporting each other is one of the hallmarks of who we are and why we do what we do.
There were a ton of classes happening on everything from sewing, to blogging and everything in between. We were close to the Impress Art booth and they were kind enough to give us supplies to do personalized initial charms at our booth (class details coming soon!).
We also joined one of their class and have some fun new projects to bring to the shop including their textured bangle bracelets (apologizing to our neighbors now for the noise!)
All in all we had a great experience at the Pinners Conference and can't wait for it to come back. A special thank you to everyone who helped us at the shop while we were at the conference and those of you who stopped in both to the store and Pinners! We love you guys and appreciate you all!
We are looking forward to bringing you guys some fun new classes soon!
Until then, happy crafting!
XO - Tara
As you know DIY, fashion and giving back is sort of our jam around here. If you have been into the shop then you would have seen Uplift: A Box gift boxes around or maybe heard us talk about them. They are a Buy One, Give One Company, every box purchases, one is given to a woman who is in a safe house who has been abused or victimized in some way.
We really want to highlight the this company and the good they are doing right here in our back yard. We reached out to the adorable Jozy, a local MN life and style blogger from Blonde & Bliss Blog to help us feature this class on her blog.
She is so sweet and we loved having her and sharing our special class with here. She wrote the sweetest blog about the class and the store and you should check it out HERE!
If you're interested in learning more about Uplift: A Box, you can do that HERE and of course come to one of the classes or host your own private one with your friends!
Our next class is Wednesday, July 18th and we would love for you to join us!
Thanks again to Jozy of Blonde & Bliss for joining us and all of the women who have come time and time again to this class and of course to Rachel, the founder of Uplift: A box, you are a shining light in the darkness of so many.
For those of you who don't know, Gathered Goods Company is a faith based store. Both Nicole and I are believers and we hope this shows through in the products we purchase, and the conversation and love and care we put into our interactions with each and everyone of you.
We also have a strong connection with Haiti as you might guess as well. We have metal art that is made in Haiti from recycled steel oil drums hanging up, jewelry, handbags and home goods that are also made in Haiti. That's because Haiti was my home for five years. It is wonderful to live in Minnesota and be able to talk to and connect with so many of you who have gone on mission trips to Haiti or know some one who has. It is a special country and has a special place in my heart and in our store.
When I was living in Haiti I lived and worked at an orphanage called New Life Children's Home. I lead mission teams and worked with the the kids and staff there, if you ever fine yourself in Haiti, New Life is a wonderful place to stay. They have a large focus on special needs children and work with a lot of medical teams, that have been established in Haiti for over 30 years.
When Nicole and I were in Vegas buying for our spring line we came across a booth with inspirational and faith based quotes and words on T-Shirts. One that caught our eye was their custom "Hope Starts Here" shirt. The founder of the company Never Loose Hope Designs, Marcia explained how in 2014 she was on a mission trip to Haiti and how it changed her. She wanted to start a company that would give back to this Haiti while encompassing her faith and the hope she has in Jesus. She wanted a way to encourage the people she met in Haiti to not give up hope.
I asked her where she volunteered when she was in Haiti and you know where she said....New Life! There we were two lovers of Haiti, missionaries in our own right, meeting in Las Vegas. Full of hope and full of tears.
Nicole and I decided to order their custom "Hope Starts Here" shirts because we believe hope does start here. It starts here at Gathered Goods, in the way we interact with others. Hope starts in our own homes and in our churches, it starts in Excelsior and in Orono, Mound, Wayzata and in Minneapolis
Hope in the promise of salvation, hope in the promise of love, community, and Jesus. Hope is here, everyday, everywhere - constant, forgiving, truthful and fully abounding.
When I turned six I am pretty sure I went to Chuck E. Cheese for my birthday. We played games, ate cake and opened gifts.
Among the many ladies nights and workshops we have done, there have been a few birthday and private parties too and we have loved celebrating milestones and get togethers with you.
Of all the celebrations we have hosted, one stands out in particular.Read More
Hi all! Welcome to our blog! A space for us to talk about the happenings of the store, DIY projects, our artisans and whatever else strikes us every now and then.
If you have shopped with us before, then you know that we have over 45 local MN artisans in the store, stylish clothing and a DIY/craft area where we can usually be found working away on something.
Our goal is to have a little bit for everyone. Hidden treasures in every corner of the store. Clothing chosen from both Nicole and I, merging our styles and reaching all fashion trends. A bright and cheerful space where people walk in and feel welcome to stay as long as they like.
We are so proud of each of our artisans and love to showcase them and talk about them in the store, so be sure to ask us about all of the unique products and the hands behind them. Not to mention the ever growing list of classes and workshops that continue to fill up! We love meeting new people and learning new skills with each and everyone of you!
I look forward to being able to devote some weekly time to writing and sharing with you all what is happening at the store and beyond!
XO Tara and Nicole