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 Soulย 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 CoExhibitionsย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Iย 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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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ “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!ย Hooping.orgย 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย 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…ย  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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

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… ๐Ÿ™‚ 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… ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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A RAW artist:

Once upon a time, I had an art show… an art show in April. “Why April sounds like a lovely month to have an art show, get all gussied up and shmooze with people all night” Ha, you have clearly not met me. I am notorious for crummy weather on show days. The mega snow storm of Dec ’10? Oh you dont remember when we got DUMPED on with 18 inches of fluffy cold stuff? yea, I had an art show. I went to it and it got canceled. YUP awesome. So back to the story… April, ah April… 8 inches of that white stuff, the night of my show. End of April too. What are the chances?!?! Anyways, as a bit of a makeup, since most people weren’t crazy and didn’t fair the questionable weather… We got to do it again. This time I chose August. No snow in August right? YAY it didnt happen. We had decent weather!

As an artist for one of the RAW shows, here’s the deal. its loud, its chaotic, its intense. Its for some people its not for others. Do I think I will get any extra sales or jobs as a result of my showing twice? Unfortunately not. BUT I made some nice sales, and the people who bought the pieces that sold really loved those pieces. And so did I- so for that I feel like it was successful. Obviously everything I make I love, since a bit of me goes into every piece, but I do have my favorites. Those are the pieces I get a little upset over, “why didn’t anyone pick you up and tell you how pretty you are?” or ” you really are my favorite. Maybe I should just take you out of inventory, and you can be a ME present.” hose pieces sold, and it made me happy that I was making others happy.

And a final moment. I was extremely happy with my table. It has grown and evolved from the sad table in the sun selling earrings (pathetic really, I think I only made sales out of pity) to what it is today. I had an iPad rolling thru some of my new and lovely photos of jewelry, yarn, and creations. I utilized displays and height in creative ways. I was very pleased overall. Thought I should share some of these photos from the show and of my booth. And of course I will let people know of th enext show I decide to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

xo

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