Black Friday Sale, Going on Now at Kari Goodwin Quilts

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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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)

Deal of the Week at Kari Goodwin Quilts!

Short, sweet, and to the point!  This week’s special is an extra 25% off all Ready to Ship Clearance Items at Kari Goodwin Quilts, either on Etsy or the new stand alone website!  Cut and paste this coupon code during checkout for 25% off!  >>>>>>HPATSS25 <<<<<<  If you’d like me to make it super easy for you, here is a link to the Clearance Section of the website!   The Clearance Section has all of the banners, bunting, burpies, bandana bibs, and some minky quilts as well that are already marked down really super low!  This deal will be available for the whole week, today through next Saturday.  Now, I am off to sip my coffee and just wait for the sales to flow in!  No, just kidding.  I will be sipping coffee, but the rest is yet to be determined. IMG_8721

Only Two More Days of Free Shipping!

We made it to Thursday!  Celebrate with some free shipping from Kari Goodwin Quilts, either on Etsy or the new Pattern stand alone website.  This platform is something new I am trying, which is offered from Etsy as a solution to folks like me who are testing the waters of having an independent website from which to sell.  I like the website, but I would love to know what you think!  Connect with me and let me know how you like to look, the listings, and don’t forget to enter FREESHIPPING for free shipping on any and all orders!   Here is the link to the new website karigoodwinquilts.com or on Etsy karigoodwinquilts.etsy.com

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Everything Must Change…

I was a big fan of Judy Collins when I was a kid.  I liked to sing along to her music because I could mimic her voice.  My favorite of her songs (or was it really hers, I don’t know) was Everything Must Change…Nothing stays the same…everyone will change, nothing, no-one goes unchanged, or something like that.  You get the idea.  True words for sure.  We’ve had some changes here as well, as Josh has moved on from the woodworking business and is now gainfully employed again.  I have restructured by business to bring my Sister and Momma into the fold, and my Sister now runs The Tree House Kid, and my Mom runs Folks Linen, leaving me with one shop…Goodwin’s CuIMG_3565stom Crafts.
I have changed the name of my shop to Kari Goodwin Quilts after MONTHS of mentally seeking the shelter of a new shop name.  Goodwin’s Custom Crafts was, after all, Josh’s name that he picked for his business forever ago and I just wanted to evolved from that and start fresh.  I wanted a name that was cool and funky and defined my shop, but nothing came, so I just chose the simple, straightforward approach, as that pretty much defines me as a person anyway.  I am at least straightforward if not simple. So Kari Goodwin Quilts it is.  I already like how seeing that name IMG_3062on the top of my Etsy shop makes me think about my work, if it is living up to the name, if I am in fact actually quilting.  I just renewed my membership for the Modern Quilt Guild and have signed up as a Super Volunteer for the show in Savannah, so I am super excited to IMG_3349be attending my first ever QuiltCon in 2017.  My point is, I’m changing.  I am trying to shed old skin and wriggle out the kinks in this new skin.  It’s a skin I’ve wanted to wear for a while now, focusing more on my true passion of quilting.  I can say right now, at this moment,I have six quilts in some, WAIT, no SEVEN quilts in some stage of the process.  I am a little rusty and my work is still smaller than I would like for it to be, but I am moving in the right direction at least.  Here just a few pictures of my Works In Progress or #wip, just in case you are an old Judy Collins fan like I was and maybe didn’t know what #wip meant! 🙂

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Chattahoochee Reflections Quilt

 

This picture of my Chattahoochee Reflections quilt (sold in 2014) popped up in my “Facebook memories” today.  I really did enjoy making this quilt…it’s the kind of thing I get a little sentimental about because it was a break through project for me and the first time in years that I tried “freestyle” or improv quilting.  Funny how we circle back around…I started as an improv quilter a decade ago, and went through many phases in discovering my creative style, which is definitely still a work in progress, but hadn’t done anything freestyle like this for years at the time when I made it.  It is the sort of quilt that I would like to think defines me as a quilter, but is that true if you only do it once or twice and the majority of your work pales in comparison?  I have this plan for my future which includes a lot more time for quilting, as that is what I really love doing, and what has fallen to the wayside the most as I have helped to support our family financially as much as I possibly could.  This has involved several big rearrangements of my life, including passing the torch for The Tree House Kid to my sister, Kaysen!  She now runs the shop from Las Vegas and has inherited all my patterns and has done a great job running the shop since February.  Also passing the torch for my other shop Folks Linen to my Mom who now helps make all the napkins and aprons, leaving me with just the one shop, Goodwin’s Custom Crafts.  Some small changes have been made as well, including attaching my design wall TO the wall in my house and give it a permanent home, instead of pushing it from one empty space to another, and to rearrange my work space to help put the focus on my own fabric designs to be used for quilts, in a way that sort of “showcases” what I have available to use at any give time, and setting up my cutting mats and sewing machines in a very user-friendly and inviting sort of way.  I have Folks Linen and Goodwin’s Custom Crafts (both on Etsy) on “vacation” and closed to new online orders for a while so we can get through these last couple weeks of school and I can focus on some cool local stuff going on.  We will be at the Farm to Table dinner at Jenny Jack Farms next Saturday, May 14th, (excited!!!!) and after that, I plan on having a sort of Renaissance period for my business, which may include a name change and a refocusing on my talents and what I would like most to spend my time doing.  I’m pretty excited about it, and my biggest goal is to make more time for quilting.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING NEWS ~

I am getting excited about my tour about town tomorrow, seeking out all of my favorite local businesses to support on Small Business Saturday!  I support small year round, but I do understand how exciting it can be for a small business to have a banging start to the holiday season, so I am going to do my best to hit up all of my favorites.  Speaking of hitting up your favorites (wink-wink!) I would like to share our own small business specials and events coming up.  Josh and I both are offering a sale in our Etsy shops through Cyber Monday for 10% off $100 purchase, 15% off $200 purchase, and 20% off $300 purchase!  That’s a pretty big sale for us, so if you wanted to do any holiday shopping with us, it will not get better than this!  UNLESS you are within driving distance and would like to come shop with us in person this upcoming weekend, December 5th and 6th.  We will be at our annual Big Oaks Winter Sale out on the lovely 300+ acre farm of our friend Carey and Brant Slay from 10am-5pm both days, and you can get directions if you plug this address into Google Maps:  10747 UNION PLEASANT GROVE OMAHA, GA 31821  In addition to all of our work, Carey will be selling all of her wonderful wood fired pottery.  We will have a friendly, open buffet of snacks and tea to eat while you browse, chat, and take a break from the holiday chaos under the mighty boughs of the Big Oak trees.  We offer great in-person discounts and will have a variety of items from all four of the Etsy shops on display.  I love to “clean house” at the end of the year to make room for new products, so a lot of things will be greatly discounted.  This is a great opportunity to shop small and get lots of beautifully made gifts for your friends and family.  These pictures from last year’s show speak for themselves and we hope to see you there!  If you would like to see links to all of our Etsy shops in one place and start shopping early, click here.

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The Harrowing Halloween Truth…

 

Let me start by saying that it’s been a GREAT Halloween season.  This year was a little different because my Mom was coming over a couple of times a week to help me snip threads, cut out designs, and wrangle the little ones while I pushed through the workload, not to mention this is the first season that Josh has also been working from home and available to be my back-up.  All in all, I am coming out on top of the game this year.  That is not always the case, trust me.  IMG_4462The harrowing Halloween truth is that this time of year, the volume of business which I am simultaneously SO grateful for and slightly terrified of, nearly ruins me.  No matter how prepared I am, no matter how many extra capes, crowns, and masks I have put back throughout the year, it always has a way of sneaking up on me.  I go from having fewer and fewer little moments to relax to all of a sudden, I realize I haven’t signed a kid’s school folder for weeks, haven’t been in the kitchen for days, (I have only cooked about one homemade meal a week for the last couple months, which is horrible for me because I LOVE to cook and it is so cathartic to me!), and have nearly given up running and biking altogether…All the little things that make me feel grounded and centered and pulled together, in other words, get forsaken during this season.  And while I have gotten so much better about taking care of myself and maintaining good familial relationships during this phase, there have been years (this is my fifth Halloween on Etsy as a costume designer) that I have felt like a vessel for all the work that passed through my hands and nothing more when it was over.  IMG_4110Literally nothing left inside me.  Hollow, empty, sad, tired, and so in need of a break and some down time that I didn’t even realize it anymore.  You all know the feeling.  One day of needing a break goes unfulfilled on top of another and another and before long you are wondering why did I want to work from home again?…If you don’t know the feeling, I will only say that it is soul wrenching and quite hard to recover from.  Add to that stress the fact that I LOVE this time of year for what it affords my family, and am usually eager to reopen the shop after Halloween because I am able to save money, fund Christmas, birthdays, and extracurricular sport activities, and get on top of things going into the new year with the revenue earned this time of year, (No time to crawl under a rock and nurse your wounds, I can tell you that!!) and one busy season easily flows right into the other.  And speaking of wounds, there have been plenty.  There was the one year I dropped my spring-loaded thread trimming scissors and in trying to catch them, I stabbed myself (deeply!) in the leg, the countless callouses on my not-so-dainty hands which I have given up ever getting rid of, the aches in my hips and back from sitting in a chair at the sewing machine for hours and hours every day, the broken needles popping off and ricochetting off my face….The concept of pouring your blood, sweat, and tears doesn’t just remain some distant cliché, but a promise here during Halloween and then again for Christmas business.  All is not dark in this tale though!  Of course I wouldn’t be in my fifth year if that was all there was to the story.  That is but a small part that I usually keep to myself and those closest around me.  This year, I am coming out on top, though!  With Mom and Josh’s help, it has felt like a different year.  Not to mention, unsurprisingly, the longer I do this, the easier it seems to get!

Now that I have revealed the ugly truth about this time of year, I will reveal something else too. IMG_4323 The counter story to this one.  The uplifting, gratifying, happy version.  The version where I get a picture from a customer, whose child has just tried on their costumes for the first time and they are glowing!  Or the review from a Mom who said her kid doesn’t want to take their costume off, or wanted to sleep in it every night!  The endless inspiration I get from customers is such a source of renewal and rejuvenation.  They come to me asking for what they think will be the craziest idea, but to me is a challenge that is like a bright light bursting through the clouds.  In my house we talk about “The Bucket”…That internal source of joy and happiness that can be filled or emptied by certain experiences.  My Dad always called it “The Internal Well” and it became a metaphor for self-care and guide for who to let into your life.  Does someone help fill your bucket, or drain it?  And the same goes for experiences.  I will make the distinction here that all my customers, all my orders, all my success fills my well.  Fills it so high!  The only draining part is the longevity of the process…The 16 hour days and aches and pains that go along with it.  I love ALL my customers so much and am so grateful to them all.  Having said that, I now say that there is a special place in my life for these custom order requests.  They fill the well in double measure and fuel so much of the creativity I draw on throughout the year.  It really is a blessing to have people come to me, to entrust their kids’ visions, dreams, and fantasies with me to make them a reality.  I changed The Tree House Kid slogan this year after having this thought to:  “THE TREE HOUSE KID, Turning Fantasies into Realities Since 2011!”  I know it’s a fitting one because I’ve looked at it for months and haven’t gotten tired of it yet, and I think it helps define TTHK pretty perfectly.  As a tribute to the end of Halloween Season 2015, coming out on top and in better and better shape every year, and to all my customers, big and small, old and young, custom and not custom alike, I share these with you now.  Enjoy your Haunting and Long Live ALL The Tree House Kids~~~

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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