I have “Commitment” issues. I have “Schedule” issues. I have “Discipline” issues. All those goals I set for myself, to do this at this certain time every day, each Monday, each Friday, every fiber of my being rebels against those most basic rules I try to establish for myself. WHY?! I figure it is probably a sign of lingering immaturity and nothing can be done to “fix” it. Life and living gets in the way of work and I get distracted. Distracted like the four-month old kittens we are fostering at the moment, who couldn’t stay on a straight path unless it was a B-line to a crinkling potato chip bag or the smell of chicken cooking in the kitchen. Distracted like a kids jumping on a trampoline. Distracted like a 38-year-old Mom of three who works from home. Yeah, that is totally Me! I try to set timers for myself, to diffuse “focus” oils to help me stay on track, I take my vitamins, get exercise, and drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep, but nothing seems to help. I will inevitably find myself wandering through the house looking for a stray sock, just so I can put it in its proper place and it makes me feel crazy! Like C.R.A.Z.Y.! Too much to do to worry about socks, but somehow, I can’t make myself focus. Two weekends ago we were a part of a Native American Cultural Festival and I had SO much time to think and reflect and I think I got a lot of answers I have been looking for my dilemma. They were subtle and quiet and whispered ever so faintly to me while the drums pounded and the voices rose up and the people mingled in a gentle and cohesive fellowship. The answers that came told me told me to learn from the mistakes I’ve made, in seasons of life where I not only burned the candle from both ends, but from every direction like the arrows of a compass…All converging to one central point in my mind, heart, and soul to burn me up. The breath and the oxygen that it requires to keep burning is no small thing! It is easy to forget the importance of this, but it can’t be ignored for long, and it seems that only by slowing down (just a little!) and knowing when to go inward and recharge can mean the difference between sustaining that crazy pace that life demands of us sometimes and completely burning ourselves out. JUST like the spring plants in fall, who stop growing in order to come back bigger and better the next season, I too need to go inward to recharge. The contradictory part of that is that Fall is the big retail season, so it is really hard to find time to slow down and recharge amidst all of the jobs that being a business owner entails…Not just the retail season (which I must admit, I do find wildly exciting!) but also the family holiday season that comes with its own special kind of charged excitement. After my 6th year working for myself, i can safely say that it is inevitable that I will hit this wall, where not one more project can be started, and not one more stitch thrown into anything, before I take adequate time to recharge, go within, and ask myself the most basic and meaningful questions. Am I still on the right path? Am I still doing what I love and living a life of meaning and passion? Do I still “like” and feel proud of what I putting out to the world? So until then Friends, I wish you a Happy New Year! Be safe and keep asking yourself the hard questions. Take time to truly listen to yourself and find the answers. If we don’t do this, we will burn ourselves out before our time. Imagine if a tree didn’t lose its dying, colored leaves in the fall! Imagine if it held on, no matter what to all those things trying to cast off to make room for new growth. We are like that too, when we don’t honor the need for rest and restoration. I think it is less about the “Lingering Immaturity” as I mused early, and more about the need for this rest and restoration.
Hi, Hello, and Greetings from the Goodwin’s Custom Crafts team! The elves are busy working, I assure you! The Tree House Kid has had another amazing season full of wonderful return customers, as well of plenty of new ones. Items are currently in production and will be shipping out in time for Christmas! Folks Linen is happily plugging through all of
the holiday napkin orders, so thank you to everyone who gave the gift of eco-friendly re-usable linen napkins this year, as well as the various other gifts from Folks Linen! We couldn’t have made it without you all! To my Kari Goodwin Quilts customers, thank you as well for making this THE most productive year to date for Kari Goodwin Quilts. Ya’ll are ALL so loved, I promise you that! The Tree House Kid is closed for orders, but Folks Linen and Kari Goodwin Quilts are still open for holiday gifts with a nice selection of Ready to Ship items. In fact, nearly HALF of my KGQ shop is Ready to Ship, and I am offering same day shipping for all orders now through December 20th. There are a variety of shipping options to choose from during checkout, so the closer we get to the 20th, the more I would recommend choosing the “Priority” shipping options. It is a couple of dollars more in some cases, but it will be well worth it to have your packages in hand sooner. I have made a new shop section and moved it to the very top of the list for visibility with all of my Ready to Ship items in Kari Goodwin Quilts. Among them are quilts, baby gift sets, pillows, and wall hangings. You can see them by clicking this link. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Goodwin’s Custom Crafts!
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!
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 .
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!
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!