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!

A little sample of my decorating talents. 🙂 IMG_1112

 

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

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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NaNoBloMo Day one- ish and a recipe!

Ok, so its November. Happy November. I had an unfortunately lame halloween but on the good side…we still don’t have snow. So that is a happy moment. Ben is getting busy for a November challenge for writing music and I am super excited for him to work on his goal He is very goal oriented, and when he has one, he always seems to succeed at it. Me, I get close, real close but many times I get distracted by other things. (That “I have A.D.D joke – ooh shiny!” was truly written about me.) But I will try this one. Apparently not only is it a music writers month, but also a national writers month as well. Along with those, I was also notified it was a blogging month. One blog a day for November. Can I do this? I think I can. Since I didn’t know about it until now, I don’t want to fully disqualify myself from it so I will make 2 blogs on two different days to cover from me starting on November 3rd. Maybe a few followers will help. I found one of my blogs was reblogged on Tumblr and I got super excited! People do read these things!

A quick recap. On Friday, I worked, and made some cards with some nice ladies, we pushed past our comfortability zone and I had them try some new techniques and played a bit. I felt everyone enjoyed their card making experiences. I went with a Dia de Los Muertos theme- I don’t know how much people give cards for that celebration, but I liked what I worked on.

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Saturday I had off but came into work for a demo on Inktense. It went great! I had at least 20 people watch, and learn and remind me I am doing what I am meant to do. I just have to figure out how to do it. A gentleman was turning 77 next week and he told me I have inspired him to do art. THAT is WHAT I WANT TO HEAR! I welled up from his praise- I want people to be inspired. The demo taught me a few things as well that the internet world is lacking… A proper demo of the amazingness of these pencils. In the near future, once I am done with my trunk show, and possibly my other holiday gifts, I want to sit down with Imovie, and start making time-lapse paintings of how amazing inktense can be. Two hours can be really intense to sit and work and chat thru the whole time but a video would be so amazing. So that is another goal of mine.
Ran home for crocktoberfest- what a fun night! delicious foods, friends and games. We tried Ladies and Gentleman for the first time. It was a fun game and I think with the right crowd it would be really fun, but the startup is slow and the rules feel long. so only about half of the table as into that one, we will play it again and it will be amazing. We got to make my favorite crockpot sandwich stuff Sweet chili Chicken!
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Sweet Chili Chicken

1 1/2 frozen chicken Breasts
1 bottle of Franks Red Hot – Sweet Chili Sauce
1 dry packet of Hidden Valley Ranch

Put the frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot, cover with sweet chili sauce. Cook on Low for 6 hours. Pull out the chicken, shred with two forks, put back in crockpot. Add dry Ranch packet and cook for another hour or so. This can cook for longer, but the sauce will reduce more, and could potentially burn on the sides.

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Serve on toasted buns- I prefer Kaiser Rolls and some shredded cheese. The extra ranch or buffalo sauce is optional depending on your tastes.

Another variation- the pinterest recipe we originally pulled it from had Franks Hot Sauce instead of the Sweet Chili. As someone who doesn’t care for the hot part, this was far too hot for my tastes. And I also felt it was more hot than flavorful, and the sweet chili is perfect. Bit please try your own and see what works best for you.

Oh yes, and I am one who does not like leftovers, I LOVE THESE AS LEFTOVERS. I call this a win! Its SOOOOOO GOOD!
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I did do some super productive things this weekend though that made me feel pretty good.
I woke up with a crazy idea to move furniture around, to help organize my spinning area. It can get a bit out of sorts and I need as much organization in it as possible. I woke up, dwelled on it all day, came home and BAM! Took care of it myself, no shopping trip to ikea or target for me! Yeah! Hind sight would tell me to measure first. I just lucked out enough with it fitting in the closet perfectly.

I nailed another shopping day out of the park. Last week I figured I would have to go to 4 different stores to get what I wanted. I got everything in one store. Today was the same. Found exactly what I was looking for, it fit, I felt amazing in it. Ring me up lady, I am outta here! Next is shoe shopping!

After the first of the year I also will be working on a new facet of my shop. Bridal fascinators. I just like fascinators in general, and I am thinking, put a pretty russian tulle with some handspun handmade flowers, and a little bling? OOOH that just sounds delicious.

Until next time!
xo