This very well may be my MOST favorite post I’ve ever composed. Work is work right now, it is that season for me where I push through because I have to, but I long for a break from it with the kids home from school, hiking in the crunchy fall leaves, and making long trips to visit farmer friends and pet the piggies just because. So instead of focusing on work today on the blog, I am going to share something of a much more personal nature. We started this Thanksgiving tradition years ago in 2009. I had three kids who, when confined in closed spaces, tended to draw on every single element of chaos available to them. My Grandmother, their Great-grandmother, at the time, would make a big, BIG day out of Thanksgiving, inviting all of the extended family to her house for the day. There could be upwards of 40 people in her intimate house at once. My kids, who spent a great deal of time at their Great-grandmother’s house on a very regular basis, because she has always helped to babysit and raise my kids, were VERY overwhelmed with all these people in their familiar environment. So one year we decided to opt out of the big family gathering and instead go to Pine Mountain for a hike. I think we tried to take a “Thanksgiving picnic” the first year, but that was so much trouble that it didn’t survive the first year to become part of the tradition. The hiking did, however, as did taking family pictures on this ONE particular rock, which we have named Thanksgiving Rock. The first year, it was just a happy coincidence because we had stopped at this beautiful overlook point and the kids, all tiny at the time, all crawled on top of this rock. They played king of the rock for a while, and eventually just came to all sit on top of it together. We have been back there each year since that time to hike and take pictures on Thanksgiving Rock. Here is a compilation through the years. Enjoy!
YEAR ONE – 2009
YEAR TWO – 2010
YEAR THREE – 2011
YEAR FOUR – 2012
YEAR FIVE – 2013
YEAR SIX – 2014
YEAR SEVEN – 2015
YEAR EIGHT – 2016
To say THANK YOU to everyone, everywhere, to all the customers from day one, who have been amazing, presented challenges for me to rise to, who have left feedback that has literally left me in tears, I say THANK YOU. Today you can get 25% off your total purchase at Kari Goodwin Quilts with the coupon code CYBER2016. Links to my Etsy shop, as well as The Tree House Kid and Folks Linen can be seen here.
It is a little funny for me to promote a Black Friday Sale at my shop because I do not EVER get out and shop on Black Friday. I am an avid avoider of crowds if at all possible, but guess what!? You do not have to go through any crowds to get to my Black Friday Sale unless your kids are playing Minecraft (like mine have been this morning) on your computer, then you might have to wait in line a little, but HEY! It’s a pretty day outside, so kick them off the games and do some early shopping with a Small Business before the madness starts to hit after Thanksgiving. I am offering Free Shipping on all domestic orders, (including APO addresses too!) now through Sunday, November 27th. The coupon will end Sunday at midnight, and a new Cyber Monday Sale will activate, so check back with me here, or on Instagram to see what special offers will be coming your way next week! Until then, my friends, have fun and rock on. **Hint, Hint, Quilts are heavy, pillows are bulky, and buying lots of things at once costs SO much to ship!! You could save $20, $30, $40 in shipping! Just saying…** Head over to my Etsy shop, Kari Goodwin Quilts by clicking the picture below! Happy Shopping! Oh, I guess you might want the coupon code? I got so excited, I almost forgot. It is BLACKFRIDAY2016 .
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I wanted to do special compilation of a few items from my shop that all coordinate together in a forest or woodland themed room. All the items are made using only 100% organic cotton and use fabrics from my Spoonflower designs. The blankets and quilts can be made larger for customers who request it, and are already available in smallish sizes for smallish little people. The best way to contact me is through my Etsy shop here. So let’s take a look at some of these forest-themed items!
Crib size quilt, made from organic cotton front and back. The front is a pretty and serene Firefly Forest, based off of a hand painted watercolor picture. The back is hand dyed from organic cotton in a vibrant, true green.
Organic cotton and linen stitch art, featuring a single winter tree, bare of it’s sweet summer foliage.
Organic cotton Dogwood Tree bolster pillow~
Hand dyed organic cotton quilt, featuring a pretty forest Muir Green. A light sage green on the back of this quilt also serves as the binding.
Unique nursing pillow covers; Black Firefly Forest print, with natural, buttery soft organic cotton fleece. There are a lot of other prints available in my shop.
Eco felt and cotton Moon Phase banner, in my Black Constellation Map print would go great with the forest themed items.
My beautiful blue-eyed boy, holding the White Firefly Forest quilt.
Organic cotton baby blankets, made from hand dyed organic cottons or my own exclusive designs, backed with organic cotton fleece. They come in four different sizes from infant to twin sized blankets.
Yesterday, instead of doing a “Featured Item of the Week” post, I had this big idea about putting together a blog post that was a compilation of all of my favorite purchases from Etsy. It is a great idea, a fun story to tell, and a lot of love to share for fellow Etsy sellers!…So why, instead am I sharing my own newest quilt addition? Because I am not organized enough to put something like that together on the fly. Apparently, there is this big wide world called the “blogosphere” that I have yet to break into where people do things like that all the time, but for this old gal, it is still a new trick. The key word(s) being “on the fly”, meaning I will work on putting this post of mine together, but until then, I am going to have to stick to what I know. SO, on that note, take a look at my pretty new quilt! I have been working on this one for a while, meaning I spent time on it, got it ready to quilt, then let it sit there while I was distracted with what felt like an infinite number of other things while it sat patiently, calling my name ever so softly. Then one day, it got impatient with me and I could no longer put off the inevitable or ignore its beakoning call. I am glad it came together in its own time, though, and wasn’t one of those projects I was inclined to rush through. It feels like one of those special pieces that I will never really forget, and will always (to a small extent) regret selling. It is an improvisational plus sign design, made from old blue jeans that
were too ripped up to pass on, and some red vintage linen that I inherited from my Grandmother’s fabric stash. Other than the vintage and recycled fabric, it is 100% organic. The back is my Navy Constellation Map print on GOTS organic cotton sateen, which is also the binding. It is quilted in a free motion herringbone design with unbleached cotton thread. I had fun with this one. See the full listing on Etsy by clicking this link.
This week’s special deal is 25% off all ready to ship constellation hoops in the shop! I have nine currently to choose from, including this month’s Libra, Ursa Major (Big Dipper), Gemini, Orion, Aquarius, Southern Cross, Leo, Virgo, and Taurus. These hoops measure 6 inches across and feature GOTS certified organic cotton, stretched tight and secured inside a wooden embroidery hoop. The constellations are hand painted with shimmery gold and silver paint. These would make great handmade Christmas gifts, under $20!! “You can’t beat that with a stick!” as we would say in our family. If you would like a custom zodiac painting, I am open to these requests, but the Deal of the Week only applies to hoops that are ready to ship and already available in the shop. The coupon code is ZODIAC25 and it is good from today, October 7th through next Friday, October 14th. Just enter the coupon code during checkout and save 25%! Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and stay safe as Hurricane Matthew runs its course this weekend. <3
This is my new favorite color! It is so rich and has so much depth. The first yellow dyed I purchased was a dusty sort of muted yellow, which was fine until they discontinued it. At first, I thought this wouldn’t work because it was so bright, but I have come to really love this color! I make the blanket first from unbleached, all natural, GOTS certified organic cotton, then dye it in five gallon buckets outside in my front yard. Each batch is different, and I don’t even try to get it perfectly, evenly dyed because I like it that way. It makes for a very unique and one of a kind hand dyed fabric. I only use organic cotton, as you might already know, because regular cotton that is not grown organically has SO many pesticides and chemicals used in the growing and production phases; chemicals which are known carcinogens. From the standpoint of the Earth and what we are pumping into it, as well as the endless amount of dust created from using fabrics in my home ALL the time, I do not want the exposure to these chemicals for myself and my family. Working with any kind of cotton releases a lot of dust into the air, whether you are opening it for the first time, washing and drying it, ironing it, cutting it, sewing it, it is a very dusty process when you do it every day. As we all live in the space where I work, I feel like it’s an important choice for my family. Offering it to my customers is really a secondary bonus!! That is why, even though it might be cheaper to use regular cotton, I choose not to, and adhere to a pretty strict “organic only” rule when it comes to the materials I use for work. This can be limiting, but with limitations comes creativity and the push to break through those limits. That is why I started hand dying cotton in the first place. I was very unsatisfied with the kinds of colors available in organic cotton. This was a few years ago, and I am sure you can find much more nowadays than you could when I first started, but I still find the selection to be very limited. I love the depth and variety I get from dying my own fabrics, and I love that it is done only using organic cottons. Most of the fabric I buy is also milled and/or grown in the USA as well, which I find to be another layer of investment that is well worth the price, as it supports local farmers here in the US. So Happy Monday Folks! I am off to quilt a luscious organic quilt, which should be making its debut this week! In the meantime, enjoy a look around my Etsy shop, Kari Goodwin Quilts!
Today’s featured item of the day is this lovely stained glass quilt. It is a generous crib sized quilt, measuring 34 x 54 and is made from organic cotton materials. The top is a print from our latest series of fabrics. Picture this. My oldest son was on a campout, the youngest son was spending the night with his Grandparents, and the girl and I had the house to ourselves. We hosted a takeover of the living room, put two large yard sale tables together and brought out every dormant paint brush, colored pencil, marker, and turned on the cheesiest movie from my 80’s childhood, Sixteen Candles. Then we started playing. Taking chances with color and designs, because amongst the movie and snacks and hanging out together, the last thing either of us was concerned with was creating overly careful designs. We just wanted to enjoy the process and we did. It’s like the unicorn of parenting, a night like that. This was one of my daughter’s designs. We named it Stained Glass Window, because obviously…it resembles a stained glass window. Aren’t we so clever. It is made from 100% organic cotton on the top, and 100% organic cotton on the back which has been hand dyed a pretty sky blue, which also serves as the binding. It was wrapped around from the back of the quilt to the front and machine stitched to the quilt. I have a feeling this will continue to be one of my favorite prints for a long time.
Short, sweet, and to the point today, as I am working at my favorite local climbing gym, Treadstone Climbing this morning! I haven’t worked outside of my own business for over 5 years, so I’m actually kinda excited in a very nerdy way about it. This week only, today through next Friday the 16th, take 20% off any $100 order with Folks Linen! It’s a great time to stock up on some early holiday gifts, hostess gifts, or to buy some pretty napkins or tea towels to spruce up your kitchen. Enter the coupon code TAKE20 during checkout to receive this amazing deal! PLUS my Mom, who runs Folks Linen, just marked down the prices already, so you could stock up on tea towels and napkins, aprons or bucket bags! (there are only a couple of those left, but still, two is better than none!) Go shop with my Momma and have a wonderful, blessed week all you beautiful souls! <3 Kari
You get two for the price of one this week! Today’s message will share the Featured Item of the Day as well as the special deal of the week. As predicted, I slipped from my goal to do two posts a week. Anyone who knows me even a little bit would not be surprised at all by this, especially since I always bring up what a challenge it is for me to be consistent in almost every post. Just consider it a growing pain of a very awkward blogger and we will all get along just fine! Back to the Featured Item of the Day! This quilt. Just take a long look at this quilt. This is the organic cotton equivalent of cloud gazing. You could look at this and see all sorts of fun illusions. For instance, I see the reflection of a dragon flying over a lake, insects, and a bony pelvis…Ok, you get the idea. There is a lot to see! These are hand dyed from organic cotton, including the coordinating backing material. I have a goal to do more of these soon, in larger sizes up to a twin sized quilt, so keep an eye out for those. The rusty-red color was made from spontaneously combining two different dyes, so it is unique and one of a kind.
NOW, for the coupon code you’ve ALL been waiting for! This week’s deal is extended through NEXT Friday, September 9th. It is a free organic cotton bunting (also known as the triangle flag banners…) with any $100 purchase. Pretty sweet, right?! They make any room feel like the occupants might just break out into dance, or singing, or other party-related behaviors. All you have to do to take full advantage of this offer is choose the triangle bunting you want from the Clearance Section (<— Live link) of my shop and add it to your cart with the rest of your purchase. As long as your total before shipping is $100 or more, you can get a $19 discount during checkout absolutely free. This is the cost of the bunting, so it will discount your entire order for that amount. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! The coupon code to enter during checkout is FREEBUNTING19 . See you next time!