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

 

Announcements, Updates and Extremely Awesome.

First and foremost, I have not done a good job of keeping my blog up to date. ALOT has happened over the past couple months. After the wedding, I came back from the mini moon and sorta fell into a new job. I know. Crazy. I left my high ranking job in corporate retail for an artists life. And.I’m.Loving.It. Am I making the money I was? No. Has my overall stress level and happiness factor gone way up? YES.

I have applied to a few gallery and gift shows, a couple rejections later, I have stumbled into a bit of awesome. I get to be a part of the Textile Center’s Holiday Show starting in November with my Yarn, wait it gets better, they want me to drop off early so they can have it for “I Love Yarn Day” (October 10). Yes!!! This is exciting for me, a chance to get my yarn in other people’s hands! People always want to touch things, and being able to touch and see them is a big bonus. Online is so hard, Q- is this soft? A-Yes? Q-How would you describe it? A-Soft? Also the textile center indicates people who know what time you put into something. I cant sell yarn for 16 bucks, I just cant. I have to buy the roving, and I have to spin it. It takes time. Way more time than I would like to admit, and handspun is special. Very special. Stay tuned for the official date on the show. 🙂

I also have another show coming up in December (December 13 to be exact). Its the COExhibitions (World) Craft Fair, I have done this one a couple times before, one of those dates we got 18″ of snow. Yup. 18″. It has always been a well received show, they have great vendors, and nice variety, so I am super excited to be part of it again this year. More details when I get more info.

My jewelry is now carried at a local store!!! “I like you” is in the NE area of Minneapolis, and is adorable. It represents over 250 artists, and I am so happy to be a part of their family and community. Many people see the I like you wall in engagement photos and super happy selfies, thats the place! So go check it out,its suuuuuuper adorable!

As I was driving home tonight from our hoop jam, I thought to myself all the things I needed to dive into on this blog, and as I am writing, I am realizing I have forgotten all the things I wanted to write about. We call it a hoopers high. I forget all the things since my mind is still so much in the moment of my hoop. And this is why…  Fire Hooping

Yes that is me fire hooping. A bit new to the fire hooping, I used to be more seasoned with poi. So much funner that poi. I have been working on so much lately, and so much of it is still a no no when it comes to the fire hoop. Like, body rolls and escalators, doable yes, but not right now. We’ll get to that later. 😉

 

In the mean time, I am off to sleep, up early to work on some bridal jewelry I have lined up and a day at the new job.

Til I write again!

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.

Hot Springs After washing Alpaca/ Silk blend

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

A new trick to add to my hoop skillz.

I obsess over certain moves, it happens. This was the move I obsessed over last week, and this week I nailed it. A video, because I have to share!

It’s a wedgie start!

http://youtu.be/vDhRPwjxLLY


photo 1 (2) I will figure out how to get the video thing to actually work on here. Be patient, or just click the youtube link! <3

 

What a night!

My hoop friends are the best. Hoopers really know how to brighten your day. Tonight was the last outdoor hoop night for HTC until Spring. How sad am I? We drove down and arrived just a couple mins after 7:30. When we parked it was already dark. No time for warm up hoops, at this point no one would see us, so I brought out my pretty LED and started to play, hoping others would come. People showed! We were told of an event in the works called Ecstatic Dance, and they were just down the block, with a dj! We all moved down by the beach and made our hoop jam happen. We had music that was good, and loud. And more hoopers showed up! People took video and photos of our hoop times, man it was FUN! I can’t wait to get the pictures from these guys. So much fun!

I have the wool spun up for 2 of my holiday projects. Now to pick the patterns. Geez sometimes that can be half the battle. I swear I spend more time looking at pattens than I do making the thing. I decided to treat myself to a pretty little scarf for fall. I got hesitant on whether it would look cool with my own yarn so I went with a tried and true Malabrigo Rios- its a hand- dyed Superwash Merino. Its pretty kickin.

Pretty scarf for me

See? Here I was transitioning from one skein to another one, and even though its the same colorway, this beautifully punchy violet color popped up- and I am enjoying it moving as I am working with it.

 

Today I finished another lovely colorway called Galapagos- a BFL fiber, torn on whether I wanted to keep it as a single, which looked stunning (I am realizing I need to take more photos to explain the things I talk about) il_570xN.498606275_dowz

and I thought about it and thought about it and decided to ply it with a single I had spun a few weeks earlier and wasnt super happy as it being just a single. It was missing something.  To the rescue was BeesyBeeFibers. I cant say how much I love her stuff. So if anyone needs a gift for me, check her out! The color aspect of plying is still amazing and partially baffling to me. I picked two colorways, that somewhat went together when they were in roving rolls, but spun up they did not look like they had a chance to be something amazing. And although plying takes ton more time, essentially spinning a skein 3 times,  its so cool!

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So I am continuing on my journey of making lovely things. I also had some of the golden yellow/orange colorway left and I decided to ply it with a simple purple pencil roving that I had left over from the last holiday ply I completed. I think it turned out pretty magical. image (2) image (3)

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This is a sneak preview.

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Ooh la la ply!

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These two last guys were just messing with 2 already made fancy yarns. Fun and still decent yardage!

I have been dreaming recently of getting some workshop classes together, and how I can achieve that. Ever have the feeling of anxiousness for something that isnt even a thing yet? I have that excited anxiousness that sits in your tummy. So ideas are brewing kids, they are brewing. I just want things to be amazing for all parties involved.

The last note of my post tonight will be regarding the new iOS. As someone who absolutely hates super long user guides, I really wish Apple came out with one. I know my phone can do amazing things, I just don’t know how to do it. At dinner tonight, Ben asked me why do you keep opening and closing that app. I was trying to find a special way to do something, and instead I did it the most roundabout way. Is there a college course? I know my iPhone can do sweet things too, and I feel special I can find the search button. Thats my only gripe. On the plus side, I have a phone that works, and I can take jazzy pictures with it- so thats awesome.

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And now, after a bit of a break… a bit of a breather, a fresher look on life, summer and art, and a major plus of a new phone (that can magically post). Thank you technology!

I officially feel that was the longest title ever… Except for that one Fiona Apple album that no one would recite.
So a bunch of things have been happening, and a little bit of nothing too. I am learning and relearning you must back up your files! My hard drive crashed last week, I have lost all my photos and am contemplating spending the mucho bucks to see if they can recover the files. Eek. Where are my photos? Oh man I wish I knew. I’ve been making some really kickin pieces recently for my etsy shop and the gift shop and now I have nothing to show for it. Le sigh.

Spinning is still happening on a regular basis. I just got some alpaca fiber, the cria (baby)’s name is Ethan. I helped shear him last year. And he is oh so soft! AND a double Blue ribbon winner! 🙂    A nice and special project is underway with him!

Ethan and me!

@Rum River Alpacas

 

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I went to Michigan for work… Anyone (not from Michigan) heard of a Michigan left? Oh my god! You have to go north to go south! I drew many diagrams for people to understand. It’s some crazy stuff. Not a fan. For those who would like to know what a Michigan Left is, please click here. I have officially used enough hyperlinks this time. Thanks!

Demos at my work are still successful! Yay! Today I worked on Munny dolls. I made my foomi look like a mermaid! The hair looks awesome btw! I will definitely post some more pictures when it’s competed.

Foomi frontside

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Last week I worked on golden open acrylics. I am a big fan and made a 18×36 painting of a turtle. I apparently really like sea stuff right now. (I think it’s a sign I need to see the ocean soon) I usually crave bagels right before deciding on airfare since I only really eat them at airports.

Golden Open Acrylics 2013

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Other than that, it’s been hot and I’ve been neglecting my studio since its so warm. Today finally cooled down so I plan on gettin my hoops out and playing outside tonight!

Hooping with "Jem" xo