Holiday Bustle, and SHOWS!

Its crunch time kids, less than 20 days to Christmas, am I ready for this? Not in the slightest!

A recap of November! Sales have been steady and crazy at i like you- (yay!). We had our annual holiday ornament show, and I made yarn ball ornaments for your knitty friends, and yarn kitties. OMG the cutest cat faces ever. Each one is special in its own way, and the faces… I mean purrsonality. Seriously, one of the funnest gifts I have ever made. I got to send one out to Colorado and one to Michigan through my etsy! My mission for tomorrow, make all the yarn kitties…. all of them! Army of Yarn Kitties!!!

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I have two shows this week. Art and Soul is Dec. 11th 4-9pm (6-9pm Adults only for opening party) I am planning on bringing my wheel for some demo time.
Dec. 12th 4-9pm Also bringing wheel, dependent on customer traffic on demo time.
Dec. 13th 12-5pm

I will have my gear there all three days but will only be able to attend the first two, B will be covering my booth on Saturday (12/13) since I had previously committed to another show at CoExhibitions from 10-6. If you are in town, please stop by one or both of them, I will have different items at both since I will be having 2 booths simultaneously, and the artists I get to sell with are really fabulous at both locations, I dont know which one I am more excited for! I am trying to keep it all together, I need sleep but I want to keep making all the fun things!

I still have no idea what I would like for Christmas, I keep asking B, hoping he will get me to think about something I would really really like, but I am kinda at a loss. I have been blessed this year with a whole new attitude, a new job that I love, a new creative side, I have no real needs. So this year’s Christmas will be just icing on the cake. 2015 is going to be even more amazing than 2014. AMAZINGER. yes, I said it.

xo

The busy holiday season is coming!

Hi all!

I wanted to make a quick post and give an update on what has been happening for me. As revealed in a previous post, I left my job of 7+ years and ventured out to focus more on my artwork and craft while working at a super awesome gift shop. I figured I would have tons of time to work on all the art I wanted to, and do housework. Little did I know, I would be busier than I have ever been! These 3 months have flown by, which have been all very awesome, but man! Where did that time go?

I have my yarn at the textile center in minneapolis.

I have new jewelry and my knits at i like you in NE Mpls. Coming soon are knit and crochet gift sets!

A holiday ornament show is November 22 at i like you, and will be absolutely amazing. You should go if you are available. 🙂

November 30 and December 1 (Makers Monday) I will be home working on my tables and having a presale. If you would like to get your gifties before my next shows this is the time to do it. Contact me for times.

December 11-13 I have a show at Art and Soul in Richfield. I will have a large assortment of my handspun yarn, wearables, ornaments and small assortment of my jewelry.

December 13 I have a show at the CoExhibitions World Craft Fair in NE Minneapolis. Will have a large assortment of all I sell.

More details on the shows will be available soon. I just wanted to post what I have so far. I am so pumped!

– A few new items I should note, I am whipping up some adorable Swarovski necklace/ earring sets, a super deal at $50. Sterling Silver. Will be listed on Etsy this weekend! And of course I am up for special orders!

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Holiday Ornaments! Yes this is happening. They are so cute I can’t contain myself. Yarn Kitties are purr-fect for that cat lover in your life and Knitter Balls are just the ticket for a fiber fiend!

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I also want to take a moment out to thank those who have supported me and my venture throughout the years, I could not have done all this without you, and I truly appreciate your continued support by reading my blog, liking my pictures, and buying my product. Even if your purchases are not with me this holiday season, please think about buying handmade. It means more than you will ever know.

xo-

kaleidoscope kitty

Where has the time gone?

I am slowly realizing with my new job I have not been given the gift of time. Instead, I am busier than ever! I have two wedding jewelry jobs this month, one show officially booked for December, two potential shows, the textile center, AND I have ornaments I have to make for our ornament show in November, plus restock the store, while still making all my holiday gifts! Am I loving all this new work? YES!
– On a side note, if you have special commissions from me needed for xmas, please contact me asap. My time is filling up fast and I will need time to get it done the way I like things to be completed! <3

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A sale, an update on my yarn progress, and a feature on Hooping.org!

Excitement is brewing over at Kaleidoscope Kitty studios!

Fall is in the air and I am keeping my hands warm with lots of projects! As the weather cools, I thought it might be nice to have a little sale. 🙂 “FALLSALE” gets you 15% off my store good until October 4! Check it out!!!

I am currently spinning up a fantastically bright pink skein of yarn, that (I believe) will be plyed with a lovely oceany blue. I have to think on that one a bit more before I make my decision on it but they will go together so beautifully, it would be a shame not to spin them together. When B is working on music, I am spinning, when we go watch a couple episodes of LOST (finally powering thru the whole season after so many years) I am working on a new scarf. So far I have made 7 scarves that are adorable. I am weighing my options on taking on commissions, whether or not I will have time to do them, I always want to help everyone out, but stress myself in the end. I aim for a low/no stress holiday!

Sparkling Necklaces I just finished up some wedding jewelry that turned out simply gorgeous. I am so happy with the result. I think I will be doing some sets for the holidays and my upcoming shows, and necklace and earring sets are great!

I will be dropping off my yarn to the Minnesota Textile Center almost 2 weeks early for I Love Yarn Day (October 10)! So exciting. If you are in the area, please treat yo self. Beautiful things are at their shop, and they are from artists. Since I have moved on to the store I am working at now, I am much happier buying a coffee mug that is $25 from an artist than getting one at Target for $4. Its unique and beautiful. Watching customers fall in love with handmade stuff everyday makes my job so much better.

And last and certainly super awesome…. I was featured on Hooping.org. For the non hooping folk, I am sure this is no big thing, but I am super proud of it. Check it out here! Hooping.org 

Thanks again for reading, I really appreciate you. I promise to keep updating with new and interesting goodies as they happen on a more regular basis.

xo

-C

 

A hula hoop challenge, springtime goodies and a SALE!

Hi all!

Hope everyone’s spring is coming along nicely. We have had some bouts here and there of good ol Mother Nature not being able to decide what she wants to do, but on those nice days, you better believe I am outside in my yard tending to my plants and playing with my hula hoops!

Been spinning up some beautiful fibers recently (I treated myself to some “instant stashes”) and bought some of Beesybee and Edgewood Garden Studios’ fiber. I love both of them and they treat me so well.

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Surprise color!

 

 

 

 

Another thing I have been heavily involved with has been my stress reliever, my hula hoops. I joined a group on facebook called the Hoopign Game. The game goes like this, you make a post saying, “I’m IN!” and a random person picks a song for you to make a video to. You have 48 hours to complete it, and it has been SO ADDICTING!!!! I’ve made a handful of videos already and it is encouraging me to tape more of my practice. I can see what I want to work on, and know my progress better! If anyone is interested in my videos please check out my YouTube channel. Hooping Game Its been really fun and I look forward to new challenges.

I just got thru a string of demos. Inktense, Derwent Mania and Acrylic Mediums! Exciting, exhausting, I love teaching people. I was lucky enough to have a lively group that was responsive to my style, had great questions, and we all clicked very well. Those groups make my job so much easier, and fun! I am taking some demo time off in May, but will be back for another Inktense in June. Look for it the first week.

Again I want to thank you for taking the time to read my adventures, I have lots of things going on, work, personal, business, and other. It has been difficult to find time to write about my happenings. I have many things ready to go in the fire, I might need another stove…. be prepared, things are going to get awesomer.

 

I should make a quick note and say I am having a little sale at my ETSY shop! “IHEARTMOM” gets 15% off anything in my shop! (YES, that includes yarn this time!!!) That special will go until May 4th- so tell your friends!

 

xoxo

christine

A brief hiatus, and new ventures!

Hello all! It has sure been a interesting Winter. I realize I haven’t been very good with keeping up with my blog, and I promise I will be doing better. So, if you don’t mind… A little recap of whats been going on.

In January, I received the unfortunate news that the awesome gallery I had my stuff at was closing. The economy stinks, and the sales weren’t there at that location to keep it going. I was surely bummed, something I feel hinders my sales pitch now, saying, “No, I don’t have my stuff anywhere right now…” So a happy Spring goal of mine is to find another shop to carry my wears. Are you interested? 😉

February was a swift and crazy month. Many of you don’t know all my hobbies and talents. (I am giving into my dislike for the word talent, and am going to go with it for once. Most people do not do what I do, and I have skills, and owning all of them is a talent. ) Not only do I make jewelry, draw, paint, and fire dance, I also am an avid hula hooper. Yes, hula hooping. And cats. There are always cats around. (3 currently in a pile on my lap as I type…) Anyways, yes I hula hoop. Its amazing and fun, and creative, and the group I belong to, Hoop Twin Cities, invited one of my most favorite- est hoopers to do a one day class with us, all the way from Oakland, CA, Tiana Zoumer.

First and foremost. youtube this chick. She is amazing, and will blow your mind. Not only was she encouraging and fun to have in class, she was positive, and enlightening and beautiful outside her hoop as well. We had dinners, and laughs, and talked hoops. Total geek out weekend. Our class on Saturday was extremely fun with about 20 beautifully skilled hoopers taking a 3 hour intensive on punctuation and body rolls. Afterward, the majority of us went out for drinks, and food. 15 girls, 2 tables, one very patient waiter, and we are all twittering about this move , that move, how we fell in love with hooping, hoop mamas, and what kinda music we get our jam on to. Its not much of a secret, but my jams are typically pop music, nsync, bsb…, its embarrassing, but you know the beats, you know the words, and because the songs are ridiculous, you can have tons of fun. (my hoop jams are fairly different to my normal hangout music, so its fun to see what people respond to. I respond to that… ) The evening ended at one of the hooper’s houses, with a lyra on her porch, and hoopers in the living room dancing with a solo mini. An enlightening evening for sure, and discovering I need more of it in my life. We also had a afternoon jam that Sunday, reminding us that even though we are tired, we still want more. I was a sponge that weekend.

February also brought some very cold days to the Minnesota folk, and a couple dumpings of snow. Yes, talking of the weather is small talk, but in Minnesota it isn’t. Here, it is life, and we have to share our experiences to find oneness in another. A way to alleviate the pain of this harsh, cruel winter. We all are hopeful of a quick spring, some more than others. To my disappointment, February brought little by way of fulfilling creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I had moments of creative bursting energy, but it wasn’t as continuous as it normally flows. March will be better.

A recap of February:

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I tried my hand at core-spun.

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I celebrated a meeting.

 

 

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I started painting Silk Scarves (soon to be in the shop), and had another rockin Derwent Inktense demo.

 

 

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Hula hooped at the halftime show for the roller derby.

 

 

 

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Met this lady. (Its TIANA!!!)

 

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Hoop Twin Cities Co-Organizers!

 

 

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Class picture!

 

 

 

May your March rock more than February. I’m looking forward to mine (its my birthday month!)

xo

 

 

 

Oh tes. And, I made a hoop video for all to see! Its not great, but its great on progress!!! <3

New year, new possibilities!

Wow, January is sure flying by! I have been a bit more quiet as of late, I can’t keep up with it all. Work, friends, home projects. My work life is still continuing busy. I like being busy, if you arent busy, you get bored. I finalized a demo schedule for my staff to work on and I have 2 (yes 2!) demos in February. Inktense IS on that schedule, so get excited. I sure am! I think for March I will be doing some more on Acrylics again, getting back to my roots. Either way, I am pumped for teaching!

The home is ever changing, got new carpet in the office, where I am writing this note, and downstairs in the basement. I haven’t spent much time downstairs since the flooding in June, it was pretty sad and in disarray. Now, I have new carpet, and shelving. And decorating… oh the decorating! Next will be paint!

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Like all new things they take time, so I am trying to be patient. Because patience makes awesome.

Oh yes, speaking of new!!! I bought my computer! I am now typing on Jazz, my new iMac. For those of you who do not know, Jazz is a type of apple… 🙂 I can be clever every now and then.

 

 

Having a real Saturday off and not having to do anything really confuses my body. I want to sleep all day and stay up til weird hours doing nothing like reading about celebrities. Yup, I can be that person. I was determined to get some etsy work done. I was pleasantly surprised that my new computer has a nice photo editing software, and was mildly easy to manipulate and size. Then comes the descriptions…  I so far have 7 posts completed. I will call that one a WIN.

Check out some of the pretties I posted today!

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1 Fancy Jasper Bracelet

2 Swarovski and Pearl Bracelet

3 Swarovski Bracelet

4 Spessartite Bracelet

5 Spiral Bracelet

6 Aventurine Necklace

7 Garnet Bracelet

 

 

I am still plugging along on my bobble stitch scarf, its getting long!!! I am regretting not weaving in the ends as I change colors, for a couple reasons, one, it looks messy, people see it as I work on it and go, “ooh whats that?” and then see it and kinda step away in horror. 2) finishing the piece will be that much harder because when I am done, I am done. Taking the extra time to frame something or put a coat of varnish on (something I ALWAYS do by the way) I hate it, well, no I should revise that statement, I do not take enjoyment in doing it. It feels very chore-y and annoying. Maybe I can work on that.

Anyways, keeping on! Thanks for reading

xoxo

New Year, New You, New Projects from Kaleidoscope Kitty

First, let me start this post off with a Happy New Year! May your past be behind you, your future be bright, and 2014 bring much splendor to your life!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. As much as I love the holidays, it wore me out a bit more than usual. I kept busy with my normal projects, but the combo of the weather (crappy) and retail, and holiday stressors got me a bit down. It happens, its over, I am done with it. Instead of worrying about those things, I am throwing myself into new projects.
1) I started a lovely tunisian stitch cowl done in Malabrigo Rasta. It is so thick, I can only do a couple rows at a time, or my hands start cramping up. Its real attention getter on the bus though, since its not a stitch normally seen, I catch people all the time hovering over and trying to take a peek. Its ok! You can ask. 🙂

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2) My neck gets cold at work… In enters the new neckwarmer (yarn by Freia, I love this stuff)

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3) The Bobble Stitch. I have always been fascinated by intricate stitches. Since my learning was off books and not by a family member, there is always a different gap in learning. I am envious of thosse who can freeform crochet at the drop of a hat, and often wonder why my mind wont take me there. One of my conclusions is that I dont know enough “weird” stitches. The bobble, popcorn, bullion, stuff like that. It also could be that my mind doesnt think on that level, but I am not giving up on learning yet. SO last year I learned tunisian. It is not the kind of stitch you can really throw into a freeform project (or so I think) and 2 days before new year I decided I could learn one more.
This scarf has a couple delicious handdyed yarns to it. One is Madelinetosh, another is Sonoma, and the third is Ella Rae. The Ella Ray is a tiny bit larger of a yarn and where it might bother me in other projects, I am enjoying the extra textures quite a bit right now.

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4) Super Secret Spinning Wheel Project. I have been holding onto this lovely Alpaca roving for many months, waiting for the right time to start playing with it. My holiday gifts are done and I have decided that January is time for me. I have 1lb 7oz of Cria fiber (cria means baby) to work on spinning. I started it the other night. Its so soft, its hard to describe spinning with it. Maybe like spinning little wispy clouds. Yes! wispy clouds. Anyway it is beautiful and I cant wait to continue sharing this journey of fiber.

20140101-103739.jpg On a side note, I have been officially spinning yarn for one year! It feels like longer, but this shift in my art feels so natural, and amazing.

December 22 had a lovely booth- I realized now I haven’t shared it. My booth is ever changing, sometimes dependent on the venue, sometimes on the product I am bringing. My show at BE Coterie had a bit of it all and I look forward to coming back and vending my wares again.

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Christmas brought me a very artsy holiday. I received the 72 count set of Inktense Blocks- Which will expand my demonstrating capabilities even more. I got one whole pound of roving for me to work on dying. It is superwash and has silk and silver in it. GORGEOUS. A gift card to my favorite yarn shop went very fast on Sunday, and I got the full set of the symfonie hooks that I like so much. Art holidays are the best aren’t they?

My New Years Eve was spent having delicious filet mignons and watching 200 Cigarettes. It is my New Years tradition, I have to watch it every year. Its my favorite. So if anyone wants a quick synopsis, they smoke a lot of cigarettes on NYE 1981, a whole lot of awesome people are in it, and they swear, more than I remember. The music is good. Its just a cute movie.

I don’t make resolutions. I make mini goals and demolish them. Every year I have to learn something new. Every year I want to be more successful with Kaleidoscope Kitty and my art. This year I made great strides in getting my brand more well known. I started my little blog, which I am enjoying very much, and is getting better and better with each bit of info I am learning about WordPress (prepare for big things, my friends) . I made my first international sale with my yarn. I shipped yarns from Utah to Maryland. Jewelry from California to Pennsylvania. Overall, I feel that is a good year. I dream of a day I can see people walking down the street wearing my designs, or a show where I can sell out an entire basket of OOAK yarns. Workshops that people clamor for (workshops are coming btw). I know I am meant for art and it is meant for me, I am still working on getting there.

Look out 2014- this is going to be a big one! <3

I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on resolutions, do you make them, how often they are kept. What crazy projects you are up to fresh into the new year. <3
xoxo

Winter Weather Blues- Now with a Festive Recipe!

Well, winter is here. Hopefully not to stay long. Today as I type this we are dealing with a warm, balmy -7º. And I live here why? I look out my window and feel a little sinking in my heart, the squirrels won’t even come out today. On the plus side it is sunny out, and I love the sun. A day off doesn’t hurt either. The kitties are enjoying a day with me, lots of snuggles, it can be pretty hard to type with 3 laying on your legs. They are also not enjoying the cold, I am often seeing them piled up by the heat registers. One of the more popular hangouts is by the water dish, so it almost looks like they are hanging out by the water cooler. Girl has taken over post as I type this, and as uncomfortable as I actually am, it becomes harder and harder to move her, especially when she looks like this.

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I am continuing on my holiday gift making journey. I just finished a really fun netted infinity cowl last night. Its HUGE! I never thought I would be able to finish it. I really need to take some last minute pictures and get them up in my shop. I don’t want anyone to miss out on the pretty things for holiday and for themselves. I can’t wait to gift these to their owners. Making things for people that makes them happy makes me happy! THIS is why I do art.

My worklife is proving to be a challenge to my business this year. Since we have such a short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, all my weekends are at the store. And asking for it off seems silly and rude. I usually can get a show in or two during this season, and this year, none have worked out. That is how I was able to afford Opal last year. This year I have a few new goals, one being a new computer, I love Frank (he’s my frankenstein, I built him and he’s kinda big) but for some reason he’s struggling to play videos, he likes to freeze up when I work on etsy, or my blog (one of the reasons I have been so quiet… along with work), he’s just not doing what he needs to do for me. So I have a computer on top of my must buy list. Computers are not cheap. Ugh. Not cheap at all. We have a bunch of other “fun” home improvements on our list as well, new carpet is one of them and will be here in a couple weeks. Lots to get done before the summer. It will all be beautiful in the end. 🙂

B. and I saw Catching Fire on Wednesday. Our Hoop group canceled for the night on account of terrible weather, and we had some time to kill because traffic was so bad. I won’t go into my thoughts on the movie aside from that I liked it a lot, but my big thing was OMG those knits! I love the fact I crochet, I really do. I hate the fact that every yarn shop has a bajillion knit projects out on display and no crochet. If I ever learn how to properly knit (as in knit better than what I do now) I will learn specifically for her outfits. Goal for next year! Woo!

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A bit of a reminder post about my holiday specials at my shop!

On my etsy shop– enter “GIFTGIVING” at checkout to receive 20% off!

Note this discount does not apply to my handspun yarn. The time that it takes for me to spin, ply, set, and tag is more a labor of love than a major money maker. (I spend at least 4 hours with each skein, many on the upwards of 6-8 hours. If we do the math, how much I sell my yarn for, and minus the roving cost, my wage can sometimes be as low as $2- $3/ hour)
Due to those circumstances, I am doing a different offer for all handspun yarn purchases! At checkout, in notes to buyer- enter “holidaylove” and I will send you a special thank you- a pair of Sterling Silver and stone earrings (normally $15-20) for free. My way of thanking you for buying my handspun and your support.

Please let me know if you need help with etsy- I am happy to help!

Last but not least, I have a new recipe- I have seen versions around but this way I have it in one place. My favorites.

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INGREDIENTS!
3 Tbsp.  butter
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows (I tend to go a bit more on the  marshmellowy side)
5 cups  Rice Krispie cereal (I love the generic cereal for these)
16 OREO Cookies, coarsely chopped, divided (I put mine in a ziploc and smashed away)
3- 1 oz. squares of Bakers Semi Sweet Chocolate (The next time I do this I might use one less Chocolate square, its really pretty that way.Your own mini Pollack painting!)
Confetti Sprinkles for Sundaes

 

MICROWAVE butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 sec.

ADD cereal and 1 cup chopped cookies; mix well.

PRESS onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining chopped cookies; press lightly into cereal mixture to secure. Cool completely before cutting into squares.MICROWAVE Chocolate squares for 30 seconds until melted, stirring between each 30 second session.

Drizzle with spoon over Krispie Treats.

SPRINKLE those sprinkles!

ALLOW chocolate to set up by cooling

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Yes kids this is one of my silicone pans. There are certain things that I only want to use silicone for, one of which is Rice Krispie treats!!! (another one is for my caramels. I cant believe I used anything else ever, but that is another blog post)

ENJOY!

xoxo

Holiday Deals from Kaleidoscope Kitty!

Happy Saturday! I am starting my holiday deals a bit earlier this year!
On my etsy shop– enter “GIFTGIVING” at checkout to receive 20% off!

Note this discount does not apply to my handspun yarn. The time that it takes for me to spin, ply, set, and tag is more a labor of love than a major money maker. (I spend at least 4 hours with each skein, many on the upwards of 6-8 hours. If we do the math, how much I sell my yarn for, and minus the roving cost, my wage can sometimes be as low as $2- $3/ hour)
Due to those circumstances, I am doing a different offer for all handspun yarn purchases! At checkout, in notes to buyer- enter “holidaylove” and I will send you a special thank you- a pair of Sterling Silver and stone earrings (normally $15-20) for free. My way of thanking you for buying my handspun and your support.

Please let me know if you need help with etsy- I am happy to help!

On a side note, I am trying to figure out a day I can host an open house for my local buyers, but my retail schedule is proving to be a challenge. Until then, if you would like a private visit, please let me know.

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