Featured Item of the Day! Forest Themed Items

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!

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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 and linen stitch art, featuring a single winter tree, bare of it’s sweet summer foliage.

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Organic cotton Dogwood Tree bolster pillow~

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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.

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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.

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Eco felt and cotton Moon Phase banner, in my Black Constellation Map print would go great with the forest themed items.

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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.

 

 

Featured Item of the Week! Indigo Bonus Quilt

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 dsc_0243-1enough 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 dsc_0257-1infinite 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 dsc_0284-1selling.  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.  dsc_0248-2

Featured Item of the Day! Hand Dyed, Organic Cotton Blankets

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.  dsc_0234-1I 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 dsc_0451-1choose 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! Organic Stained Glass Quilt

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, dsc_0300-1the 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.
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Featured Item of the Day (And this week’s special deal too!)

DSC_0644 (1)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!  DSC_0563 (2)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!

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Featured Item of the Day – Organic Cotton Knit Blankets

It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for sharing a new product for the week!  This makes two weeks in a row that I have actually nailed this little goal of mine, which actually makes this THE most “pulled together” time of my entire life.  No kidding.  I thrive off order and chaos in equal measure, and see the balancing of entropies as the ultimate “LEVELING UP” of life.  DSC_0388To have a little chaos, a little order, and a constant flowing dance between the two.  Anyway, I distract myself.  The featured item of the day is a simple product, but a brand new one for Kari Goodwin Quilts.  These organic cotton knit blankets are great for a lot of reasons.  Here are a few:

  1. Four different sizes available!  From newborn baby to kid off to college with their first dorm room, there is a size for everyone.  The material is fairly stretchy and lightweight, and would make a good swaddling blanket.  In the larger sizes, the material is heavyweight enough to make a good throw style blanket.
  2. Made from the only material I use, GOTS certified organic cotton.
  3. These are printed in the USA with my own exclusive designs, made by me and my kids, which my favorite activity with my kids, so the purchase of this item actually encourages and supports art in my household! (not kidding.)
  4. With this product I strived to bring the best materials for the LEAST about of cost to you.  As such, these blankets are simply serged around the edges, which is great for the stretchy material, and they go together very quickly.  DSC_0163 (1)This allows me to pass on the savings to you, while still offering a great product, full of creativity and uniqueness.

That is all, back to work for me!   Happy Monday Ya’ll!  Here are links to my Etsy shop karigoodwinquilts.etsy.com and my website karigoodwinquilts.com .   Be on the lookout for these new items to hit the shops soon! DSC_0324 (3)

Today’s Featured Item – Linen and Cotton Tea Towels

The “Featured Item of the Day” is back!  I enjoy these posts because they are simple and all I have to do is share about a product that already exists instead of lately, which has been like trying to read a crystal ball to predict what I should make DSC_0766next, a process that often involves seeing something and imagining it before it’s real. That’s fun and all, don’t get me wrong, but the talking about the featured item of the day is kinda like a vacation from that.  These are super simple as the task itself.  Made from a linen/cotton blend, these tea towels are generously sized at roughly 18″ x 26″ and feature my own fabric designs.  They feel a little like canvas at first, but get softer with each washing.  My Mom discovered a little life hack the other day, that if you pull these out of the washing machine and just smooth them out to air dry, they don’t need ironing.  Bam!  Save electricity by not using the dryer and time by not using the iron. DSC_0758 These make lovely hostess gifts, simple Christmas gifts, and can even be made into coordinating dinner napkins as well.  If you read the blog post yesterday, you would know that we are offering FREE shipping this week on all orders from Folks Linen and Kari Goodwin Quilts, so stop by and do some shopping.  The shipping is on us! Coupon code is FREESHIPPING and if you enter it during checkout, the shipping is $0.

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Featured Item of the DAY!

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The featured item of the day is the gruesome, terrifying, no-just-kidding, he’s really sweet, Tiger mask!  Handmade, hand cut, machine stitched and embellished using only high quality, durable, and machine washable eco felt.  I love eco felt because it is made from post consumer plastic bottles, right there in the USA!  Score and score.  I am getting back into my groove this year, post Halloween, post-Christmas, post New Year, post getting back into a routine, so I thought I would cut myself a little slack and share a simple, fun product just to make you smile this beautiful Friday afternoon.  IMG_3004These are also available in pure merino wool felt if you have a little more $$ to spend.  The wool felt version is not machine washable, but is so super nice and naturally flame retardant.  It’s great play either way.  Find them, the tails, and the handmade tiger fleece vests to round off the adventure in my shop, The Tree House Kid!  Have fun and be safe this weekend!  Cheers from all of us at Goodwin’s Custom Crafts!

Today’s Featured Item – Albino Alligator Mask and Tail Set

Today’s fIMG_1570eatured item came from a custom order request from a repeat customer who had already ordered a green crocodile mask and tail set.  This time the little boy wanted an albino alligator!  Apparently there is a famous one at the zoo near their home, and it had endeared itself to this little boy very much.  I love getting custom order requests because so often folks can come up with awesome ideas or color combinations that I might not think of myself.  It always provides fresh inspiration and leads to new creative outlets.  So I set to work thinking of this costume and how it would turn out…At first I was a little discouraged from the project because, well, how fun could it be to make an ALBINO alligator.  It’s all white, right?  Most of my costumes are full of over-reaching color and this one had me a little stumped at first.  But once I started pulling out my various shades of white, I started to see something very peaceful and unique emerging.  She wanted it made out of pure wool felt.  I LOVE working with wool felt and started offering it as an option in The Tree House Kid late last year after I had several customers request it.  I can make it out of Ecofelt as well, but this one in particular was built from pure wool felt.  I like for my animal costumes to carry some realistic features, so the first thing I do when I design an animal costume is look the animal up on Wikipedia or in my animal field guides.  I use a compilation of pictures to draw a sketch of the face, then a more refined version that can be reduced down to simple mask features.  I start with the eyes and build the mask around the eyes, which is ironic because it is the eyes that are empty in a mask, but also what MAKES it a mask.  I was really happy with the way this set turned out.  They liked it enough to get one for their son and a friend as well!  So out there somewhere, there are two little albino alligator buddies probably visiting this rare and precious animal in its habitat, hopefully learning more about the animal through the experience and of course, through their play.  Peace to each and every one of you on this evening.  IMG_1538

Today’s Featured Item – Dragon Knight Adventure Gear by The Tree House Kid

IMG_4859Today’s featured item is a mighty costume, not for the faint hearted!  Made for one who braves life and limb in pursuit of the mighty beasts of this world who wreak havoc on innocent villagers and peasants, defenseless stuffed animals and little brothers everywhere!  Forged in the depths of my tiny sewing room…I mean, the magical cave at the end of Goodwin’s Glen, these fantastic Ecofelt body armor pieces will surely give your little ones the strength to do the most epic battling of their wee little lives!  Their great big lives!  Their magnificent, beast defying lives!  Kids are at the heart of nearly everything I do.  They have inspired me since I was a kid…sounds weird, I know, but what I mean is that I was the 13-year-old who LOVED playing dress up with my 5-year-old little sister.  The one who volunteered to be the helper at the church nursery where my Dad was a choir director when I was a kid, just to be able to play with them all and be sure everybody had a friend.  IMG_4891The one who dreamed of having my own children when I was barely a freshman in college.  I always loved the little kids, the picked on kids, the friendless kids.  Actually, take that sentence and apply it to all people.  The little people, the picked on people, the friendless people.  I like them because they are usually the kindest and bravest people you’ll meet.  There is a quote that I read once that reminds me of these people, ” A shallow river makes noise.  A deep river says nothing.”  But every now and then we the littles rise up and feel brave and proud and make some noise!  Mythical and monstrous in our own right!  Mightier than we ever dreamed, and braver than we ever knew possible.  IMG_4792Seriously, though.  I love my costume business and as things are starting to shift into high gear for The Tree House Kid, I just wanted to share some of the inspiration with you.  Inside us all is a tiny person in need of a great big voice!  Give kids a voice early enough, teach them to always use it justly, and what marvelous things could happen!  I have heard from so many customers of mine who have told me their kids want to sleep in their costumes, or never take them off, or love them dearly.  Hearing things like this from customers all over this world are a gift I could never have imagined getting back in return for what I do.  I don’t know why I followed my thoughts down the path I did tonight with the whole “I love kids and always have” thing.  I am not even entirely sure it has anything to do with The Tree House Kid and ALL the adventure gear I make there, but I just couldn’t erase the sentence once it was out.  It’s all too true.  Too raw.  (Not to mention I am 100% sure that it is in fact very related…I mean, hello?!)  And a good friend who knows blogging told me that you really can’t be honest enough.  So there you have it.  Goodnight and now back to my magical sewing cave room.