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!
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.
Today’s featured 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.