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-

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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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A moment of drawing for a change of pace

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As I have wrote about my demonstrating skills in the past, I thought I should share some of my pieces I like to work on.

I am a HUGE fan of Inktense pencils by Derwent. I have been working with them now for over 7 years. And have been demoing their awesomeness for over 6. They are a colored pencil, much like watercolor watercolor pencils, but instead it has an ink core, which makes them permanent once wet and dried! For someone who is interested in drawing, but wants a nice pop of color this is a great place to go. Watercolorists enjoy them due to their travelability (I paint while I fly, and super easy to use in cars or hiking). There are no other pencils I know of that do what these pencils do. So please try them! AND for you fabric gods and goddesses out there… YOU CAN USE THEM ON FABRIC! Has your mind been blown yet? Because mine was when I heard that!

*On a side note, when you get them, please make sure to get my favorite three colors, Sienna Gold, Dark Aquamarine, and Green Aquamarine, you will not regret it and they are also not in the 12 or 24 set of colors. Sienna Gold DOES come in the 36 but the two essential aquamarines are not.

When I found these at the art store I was working at, My interest was piqued. Color, watercolor painting AND permanence? I had to have them. At that time they were only making them in a 12 and 24, so I bought the 24, but once they started making the 36 and 72, I had to buy all of them individually. Sad. (hint on these guys, you will most likely love them, so taking the plunge and buying the whole set is highly recommended.) Every now and then it is OK to be a little reckless and impulsive. Now is one of those times. And another suggestion, they just make fantastic pencils, highly recommended in general.

These pencils are so amazing, and have changed my life and artwork immensely. I feel it is only right to finally start selling some of the pieces I create during my demos. Get my stuff out there more, and let other people enjoy what I enjoy at home. Im sure they get lonely in my portfolio.

And on a side note. If Derwent ever sees my little blog and would like me to work for them as an artist for the US, demoing and whatnot, the answer is YES. Contact me. Oh my god CONTACT ME! (yeah its a dream of mine to be an artist for Derwent, I only own like everything they make.)

Ok, now to pictures!!!

 

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And very shortly to ETSY!!!