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-

kaleidoscope kitty

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. 🙂 “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

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 Goodies and Updates!

Time flies. Each year I start with a plan of ” I am starting my holiday gifts early this year. I will not be a last minute scrambler…” I dislike being that person. Maybe it makes me more stressed out, maybe it is my years in retail and the person saying, ” but I need a present, its two days to xmas and you don’t have it?” kinda drives me nuts. I will not be that person. I will not be that person.

I unfortunately am wavering on the possibility of being that person. I don’t have many people to give presents to, I don’t have a huge family, but the presents I do give, I want to be really special. This year I have taken on the idea of not just making warm things for people, but now I am making warm things for people and spinning the fiber to make said items. One more step. Still the same amount of people. I always want to give something special. Always. Since I do all my gifts handmade, they take longer- sometimes waaay longer, because if you rush art, you get crappy art.

I have a Trunk show in 12 days. Am I freaking out? Yes.

Not only am I to have my handspun yarns, but I am also to have a selection of ready made items too. Exciting, yes. Easy? no. Like wall art the wrong choice in mat can make or break your piece. A bad selection in framing can turn a serene landscape into a big erratic mess. Choosing the right pattern, or in my case, looking at a pattern, and deviating from that pattern is the exact same thing. I can’t remember if I have mentioned this before, but I struggle with reading patterns, I have forever. I lose track of counting, my mind thinks about too many things at once, and before you know it, I have created a new piece that looks similar, but not exactly like the original. Thats what makes my pieces special right? So the choosing of the patterns are eating my precious time… my precious precious time! I know I have many items to choose from, but I always want to have just that extra thing, just in case it is THE item that someone has to buy. When I did the RAW show in August, I made jewelry up until the moment I had to put my dress on and leave. Apparently its my way of coping with stress? I also get to look like a crazy person.

So I am currently working on 4 WIPs. I have another Malabrigo hat in the works- I can’t say just how much I love these hats (I am currently wearing mine now.) I am working on another pair of boot cuffs- I love love love mine, they look so cute with my boots! I am just finishing a handspun hat, from a really large skein of yarn, the other part of the skein will be up for sale in a short while. (it was a jumbo 8oz) so I thought It might be wise to split it into 2. The hat is really cute though. And I am also working on a neckwarmer in Beesybee’s Summer SAL, which I named Candy Crush It looks like the candy crush game colors. I spun this one up while I still played the game, ( I am not right now, I don’t have time to get all crabby from it. – I currently only play Happy Street on my phone) On Sunday, I will be on the hunt for a few buttons to add a little something. Or, if I get really really ambitious, I might just make a pin out of some sculpey and attach it that way.- its just large enough to not need buttons anyway. The important thing is that it is really really cute.

I am also hoping to have at least 3 new skeins of yarn done and ready for sale on the 11th- including the Crosspatch Creations I have to ply. Its the lovely moonglowy one, I’ve been neglecting Opal the past couple days and I am sure she will be crabby when I start working with her again, but my mission is to ply. I try not to stop a ply job in the middle- it can turn out kinda funky- so if I plan on plying, I get my water ready, my shows ready and stay the whole time. I ran out of my normal lineup of shows while spinninng, and I decided that I was going to watch…. eek, “Gossip Girl”. Its got 6 seasons, its no longer running, and I don’t have to pay attention to it as deeply as I would with something like Sherlock or Breaking Bad (both have come highly recommended, but require too much of my attention.) What shows are you watching? Any new recommendations? I have both Netflix and Amazon.

I will be hosting a Crocktoberfest again this year with a game day- mixing up the crew of friends I invite, more people should know each other, see how the dynamics change. Its not very fun when more than half your guests all hang out on a regular and then you sprinkle in 3 non clique friends. So the rules have changed, the groups have changed and if everyone will be ok with me spinning at the game table I will be set! If this does happen I will take pictures.

Oh yes and my Halloween Nightmare. Many months ago, I spun up a skein of yarn. I called it lemonade. A lovely pink and yellow mix of Merino. Its lovely. Things in life happened, work got stressful, I skeined it on my niddy noddy and left it for setting the twist. 2 weeks later I am ready to toss it in the pot. As I put it in and give it a quick stir, I realize I never put the skein strings on. I had a good 300yds loose in a pot of hot water that I couldn’t just reach in and pull out. AND I gave it a stir. I got it out finally and where it “didn’t look that bad” I knew I was going to have some issues with it. To the point of I questioned my decision to be a spinner, and briefly BRIEFLY thought, I should sell my wheel and just be done with it. I hate telling this story because it breaks my heart to think I would do such a thing since I LOVE my wheel and LOVE spinning so much. Anyways, I left this big knot of yarn to sit in a basket for months. A reminder of my mistake. I finally pulled it out and worked thru it. I may have 3 really tiny skeins of yarn now, but I have one decently sized skein, and I feel better about fixing my problem. SO here is a picture of my mess of yarn. I will feel much better once it sells.

xoxo

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