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

A Sprained Ankle, A Wedding, A Party, and a Mini-Moon

Well! What a crazy few weeks I have had. First let me confirm the rumors. Yes I got married. Woo! Those last couple weeks were kinda hard to keep under wraps, and under control, but I did it. Some people were surprised, and lots were very happy for us.
We’ll start this journey on the Monday before the wedding. Had to go get sa couple last minute wedding things all taken care of, and then a quick swoop down to Afternoon Printing to pick up our Hoop Twin Cities swag. We got tanks and track jackets and they look amazing. Afternoon Printing did such a nice job and worked so patiently with me to get exactly what we wanted, I had to give them a shout out. Thanks guys! Tuesday arrives, I close at the store, and B swoops me up to get to hoops with a little time to spare. We get to Lake Calhoun, have such a great turnout of hoopers, and everyone starts going thru the box of goodies. Which means, perfect time for some open air hooping. Since we have had some crazy wicked rainy weather, I have been stuck to the confines of my basement, unable to get some wide open hoop time. I jump right into the new combo I have been working on, which involves arm fold/wraps and jumping. Its a pretty sweet move, and I have been always super scared about jumping ever since I fell down the Metrodome stairs in my youth. Pretty traumatic. Nailing that move, over and over, and craaaack. Hoop goes flying, and I fall to the ground. NO nonononono. People ran to check out my hoop, the noise was so loud, they thought I broke my hoop. I wished that was the case. Are you kidding me? 2 days before my wedding? On our way to the hospital we go.

Hours later, oh yes, I also should let you know, I had to work on Wednesday, we find out that, yes, indeed, it is a sprain. How am I supposed to fit my fat foot in my super cute shoes? Wait, no, that means I have to start my jumping journey all over again. I cant hoop? Oh the sadness.

Our Friday wedding turned out lovely. the weather man was very off on all his predictions all week, and hoped he was off on this one too, I dont think I would be able to deal with a sprained ankle and a soaking wedding dress.

We started the morning off going to the farmers market to pick up flowers. I didnt really have anything in mind, I didnt know what kind of flowers they would be carrying, so I was open to awesomeness. Luckily I had borrowed a wheelchair for our 10 minute outing, I dont think that crutching around would have been good for anyone, and everyone kept telling me, “Stay off your foot”. We found some beautiful flowers, spent $60, and I got to feel like Miss America holding them all. Pretty awesome if you ask me. Got home and started to decorate. 20140705-121850-44330403.jpg

During my hair appointment, it started to rain. Man. Any rain at home? Nope! Woo! In the clear! Now time to get home and have a wedding. 🙂

Our photographer was Bethany from Aqua Fox Photography. She is amazing and who took our engagement photos. I am realizing not many people got to see those since we kept everything so quiet. Im a quiet girl sometimes. Sorry, it happens. I’ll post some of those later, they truly are beautiful.

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Awesome quick wedding, great weather, and PIZZA! All weddings should have pizza.

I said I was going to be that girl who got food on her wedding. Did not happen. I also was going to wear my beautiful shoes all night as well. Did not happen. We got a couple shots with them on. A 3 hour ordeal felt more like 20 mins, and I feel like I forgot some things, but oh well. It was never going to be perfect, just small, just fun.

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These are all items I made for the wedding, earrings, knotted pearl necklace, bracelet, and head piece.

20140705-122441-44681955.jpg This was my SSAP (Super Secret Alpaca Project) I helped shear this baby alpaca, I spun the fiber in to yarn, and then I crocheted it. You can say I like to do things myself. People joked that I made my own dress, but I purchased that. 🙂

A little mini moon was next on the list. I didn’t want to call it a honeymoon, since I want to go somewhere warm in the cold months. 🙂 We went up to the Duluth area for a couple days. Perfect weather, still dealing with my sprain, and oh my god, the mosquitos. I guess it was good I was confined to not walking on it unless necessary because those skeeters were terrible. I am still dealing with the bites. On the plus I got lots of art in. I spun up two skeins (which I probably shouldnt since my wheel is double treadle) and drew a bunch.

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Last but not least, is the scarf project I am working on. Its working up so nicely, soon I will have the decision of Mine, Gift, or Sell. This is currently being worked on in Malabrigo Rastita. I am also dreaming of how my yarn would look with it. Yummy.

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Came home to happy kitties and a flowering yard, and birds! Oh the birds! I might have to learn about birding more to list all the birds we have been seeing this year. Its amazing. I type this as I look over to see a Blue Jay getting some snacks. My phone got weird with its camera a couple months back, so I have been limited on my photo capabilities, but I got a new one, and Im sure I will be posting all the beauties soon. I am on the mend. Fighting my ankle all the way. I will heal, hopefully sooner than later. Im not enjoying missing out on everything.

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Thanks for reading ! I know it was a long one!

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!!!