If you’re looking for homemade crafts and other nifty items, and live in the Tatum, Texas area, you might consider visiting Garden Gate Country Crafts, operated by hobby crafter (and friend) Gayle Young. This past weekend, I attended the grand opening, and of course, made purchases. Oh, yah!
Garden Gate Country Crafts is located in a two-story mini-house, still in progress. Gayle is attempting to raise funds to complete the little white house. The interior needs the walls finished with insulation and sheet-rock. Also, plumbing fixtures and bathroom/kitchen appliances are needed. Gayle is cooling the interior with a couple of air-conditioner window units and stand-up fans, and will probably use electric heaters for warmth as temperatures cool this winter. I think she wants an outdoor unit for cooling and heating purposes, but I’m not certain if that’s the case.
Yes, Gayle needs lots of things to complete her dream mini-home, situated in the country near her main residence, and she is willing to work hard to fulfill that dream. Employed full-time at a retail store, she doesn’t have much time for crafting or selling crafts, so Garden Gate Country Cottage is open only a couple times a month, on weekends. To offer more product variety to potential customers, Gayle is allowing other crafters (friends) to display items at the “cottage”. (For those interested, I have some Halloween-themed jewelry displayed there.) At this time, there are no consignment fees, and won’t be, unless Gayle decides to start an actual business, which really isn’t her plan; her main goal is to sell her crafts and use those funds to buy building materials for the mini-home.
The photos in this post are items I purchased at Garden Gate Country Cottage. The snowman and Santa photo holders were only $2.00 each. Besides for photo use, these could be used as jewelry displays. Duel purpose. Oh, yah!
The brass deer candle holder, with candle, was $3.00. I love brass animal figurines, especially deer and horses. I’ll probably cut the wreath off the deer after Christmas, and shine it up super good. Wish there had been two of these candle holders. Wah!
The frog cup ($3.00), so darling, I purchased for my daughter, who is a big time collector of frog products. She also collects anything to do with Yoda…guess because his face resembles a frog, to me. Hahahahah!
The awesome Halloween-themed wreath (25.00), with plastic skull and feathered crow decoration is another of Gayle’s crafts. It’s for my granddaughter and her honey-bunny. They are soooo into skulls. This will be the first wreath for when they move into their new home. I guarantee you, the wreath will more than likely be displayed year-round. Weird, huh! But hey, everyone to their own thing, right? Right! I think they’ll love it. If they don’t, I’ll keep it. Brahahahahaha!.
Also bought a soft, blue and brown plaid neck scarf, for two bucks, but it’s been washed and stored in a drawer, and I’m too lazy to get it out and take a picture of it. Love it! Can’t wait to wear it when colder temps arrive.
And, almost forgot…two fragrantly scented glass canning jar candles (by Gayle, $6.00 each – not pictured). Love Gayle’s candles! Can’t tell you how many I’ve purchased over the last few years. Whoo-hoo!
The Garden Gate Country Cottage is filled with neat stuff, like wall plaques and wreaths, floral center pieces, figurines, cups, candles, paintings and jewelry, with most products homemade. If you decide you want to visit and browse…
…call Gayle to find out when open: 903.576.5646.
Here’s the address:
16708 St. Hwy 43 E
If you do visit, be prepared to drive slow down the wood-sided country lane, since not paved and a little bumpy (okay, maybe a lot bumpy). You’re tough, so you can do it. Be well worth the time and bumpiness. Was for me, anyway. Yeeehawwwww!
Toodles for now,