UPCOMING EVENT!

Join Us at FALL INTO ART, being held at Old Town Columbus.  This new, quaint community in North Columbus holds this event to share the work of local artists from the community.  I am honored to have been invited to present my work at this event.  I hope the people of Columbus come out to support local artists on Thursday, November 16th!  The details can be found below, and here is a link to the Facebook event if you would like to add it to your calendar!

When: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm 

Where:  Old Town Columbus –  8201 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus, Georgia 31909

FALL INTO ART FACEBOOK LINK

I have been working on some new and exciting work for this event, including lots of hand-dyed quilts, one of which I am currently working on that is going to be hand-quilted and entered as a submission into Quilt Con soon!  I only have a month to get it finished for the submission, but I work well with a deadline, so I am not worried about finishing it.  I have a new collection of linen blankets that I printed using hand carved blocks, as well as a lot of new Botanical Sketch print products including pillows, quilts, blankets, and tea towels.  I will have several Full Moon pillows there for sale; a large option which measures over 22″ across, as well as a small that measures 14″ across.  I have so many quilts right now that I will be looking to clear out to make room for new work as well, so if you are looking to get some affordable, handmade Christmas gifts for little ones, this would be a great event to come shop with me!  My husband Josh will have a couple of wooden pieces available as well, including a live edge table and some carved bowls.  We are excited to be involved and hope you can come to Old Town Columbus for this wonderful event!

The Importance of Time Off!

Some doodles I have wanted to turn into real works for a WHILE now! Giving myself a break brought these projects back into my mind.

Hello Friends!  I have had myself a very nice break from Etsy.  I have a few takeaways from this much-needed breather that I would like to share here…If for nothing else, my own reference.  If this encourages any of you out there who may also be Entrepreneurs or work from home Moms or even if you are in the workforce and have ever felt guilty for taking a break, then this might be for you too.  Sometimes it is easy to convince myself that I haven’t quite worked hard enough to take that break yet.  My problem was that I was forever moving the carrot a little further and further out from myself in an effort to trick myself into getting more and more done, but never could seem to actually take the break that I was striving so hard to “earn”…I am here to tell you TAKE THE BREAK!  In the last 3-4 weeks that my Etsy shop has been on vacation, nothing has fallen apart.  None of my Etsy followers contacted me to yell at me for my ill-timed vacation or to vow never to shop with me again because I failed to be there when they needed me.  No one called me out for being lazy, no one blamed me for needing a break.  My Etsy shop did not disappear  into a nameless void and I didn’t lose all of my momentum and enthusiasm for work.  QUITE THE OPPOSITE.  If anything, I am actually enjoying this surge of creativity and passion for my work so much that I don’t really want to go back to my online business just yet.  I have taken a step back in order to ask myself some hard questions, such as where am I now compared to where I want to be with my business?  Do I enjoy making the things I offer to my customers? Is my aesthetic still current and modern in the face of all the copy cats out there in the retail world?  How hard to I want to work and what do I hope to gain in the end with all of those late nights and swallowed tears?  Let’s face it…Momming is hard!  Working from home is hard!  Entrepreneuring is HARD!  Balancing it all while still staying connected and in love with what you do is not just hard, but like the Cat in the Hat juggling all of those things whilst atop a circus ball.  If any one part gets out of balance, you can bet you are going down.  There is even a Ted Talk called The Power of Time Off that I really love.  It comes back to me out of the blue every now and then when I am really needing that break to center myself and my work.  You can see that Ted Talk by clicking the link above.  I have actually opened my Etsy shop Kari Goodwin Quilts with all of my quilts, pillows, and a few other random things, but am trying out the shop without the baby items in it at this time…Maybe I will write a short blog post about that decision soon as well.  Folks Linen, The Tree House Kid, and Joshua Treeworks are also live and open for business.  Together the four of us make up Goodwin’s Custom Crafts.  We all thank you for reading and for all of your support!!  Until Next Time!