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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Woodworking Slideshow for Today’s Makers’ Fair!

We are going to be kicking it at Barnes and Nobles today for the Makers’ Fair, and thought it would be really awesome to have some pictures representing Josh’s woodworking process.  If you are local to the area and want to come “Meet the Makers”, swing by today!

Today’s Featured Item – Curiosity Cloche

il_fullxfull.796135089_clfpToday’s featured item is a sweet little curiosity cloche from Josh’s workshop.  This vintage glass dome sits atop a small, lathe-turned spalted oak platform, and measures just over four inches tall.  It so sweetly holds small collections, as you can see here with our fantastical unicorn totem.  This inspiration came from a trip to a local antique and thrift store, Gina’s Junk, a while back when this darling collection of differently sized and shaped vintage glass domes caught our attention.  The fact that they are vintage glass means that they are thicker than most glass domes you might find today, and as such are heavy yet crystal clear.  To see more of this item in Josh’s Etsy shop, you can click the picture and it will direct you to the link.  Happy Winds Day!!

Today’s Featured Item – Hand Carved Crystal Grid

IMG_3114We don’t make a big deal out of the holidays here at the Goodwins’.  Ok, except Christmas.  We have an “Every day is Father’s Day” or “Every day is Mother’s Day” philosophy for the most part.  IMG_1493In all honesty, Josh and I are both enjoying a day of focused work, and will probably splurge on dinner at a pizza dive with the kids to get a break from cooking dinner.  But in honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would share one of my favorites of Josh’s works.  These hand carved crystal grids are truly a labor of love.  Each circle is burned one at a time, and I love seeing the full grid come to life as he spends hours folded over the blank grid in his lap.  They come in a variety of different sizes, ranging from 6 inches to 18 inches, and can be made from any type of wood, the most popular being oak or pecan.  The larger the grid, the more circles, the more complicated the crystal configuration becomes.  They feature circles burned into a sacred geometry pattern, where crystals are placed at the intersection of each circle to enhance the unique properties of each type of crystal, and to amplify the effects during meditation.  I chose this item to feature today, because “rocks” (as I call them) are something Josh finds a lot of joy in.  As he has shared his affinity for them with us, we have all come to love them as well.  IMG_3116Coincidentally, (is there really such a thing?) last night we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning introducing our oldest to the magical properties of rocks, minerals, and crystals…A fitting start to a great Father’s Day and the Summer’s Solstice, surrounded by rock collections, researching their effects, and sharing stones from our own personal collections with him to start his own unique collection.  I like to change my arrangement of rocks whenever I get in a “funk” and I find that the beauty of them alone is uplifting.  The crystal grids are available through Josh’s Etsy shop, and the stones come from our good friend Debby Blake Knox.  She sells the stones and does a variety of classes and workshops with them for beginners and seasoned rock collectors alike.  Click here to see her Facebook page, Moonstone Wellness, or the crystal grid photo with the stones that she took with her own grid to see her website.  Have a wonderful Solstice!

 

Today’s Featured Item

il_570xN.735175741_baocToday’s featured item is a beautiful desk caddy, featuring live edges (meaning uncut and following the natural shape of the tree) and cracks throughout the tree rings that give this piece a ton of character.  It has the feeling of having been well loved for a long time, and will comfortably hold lots of tools on your desktop.  The wood is chestnut, which is not only a very rare tree in this area, but is also part of the heartwood of the tree, showing the initial growth rings which are so beautiful!  This very old tree came to us from downtown Columbus, after it fell in a storm and had to be removed.  This hardwood is dark and rich in color, more so than most other woods we have ever worked with.   Josh originally made one of these at the request of some very good friends of ours as a gift for her husband who is a graphic designer.  They are a great use for “end cuts” of wood, that would otherwise be mulched or used for firewood.  I love when a new project can be born from something that would otherwise have had minimal value.

Happy New Year!

Etsy runs this special blog series called “Quit Your Day Job” where they feature a shop who has “made it big” in the world of Etsy, and taken the leap to quit their full time day jobs to be full time makers and sellers.  WELL, Etsy hasn’t featured us in their blog, we are taking it upon ourselves to feature our own selves!!  The New Year brings a lot of exciting new changes for the Goodwins, which you might suspect at this time, means that Josh Goodwin of Goodwin’s Custom Crafts has quit his day job of ten years to be a maker and a seller full time by my side!  Well, not literally by my side, as his shop is outside and mine is inside, but you get the idea.  We are really excited, and honestly, a little nervous too about this new leap, but it just felt like the right time to give it a try.  We are young and full of energy, the kids are all really supportive and crave family time, and we have this amazing global network of shoppers who LOVE high quality, hand made stuff!  How blessed and greatful we are to be able to make this announcement.  But most of all, humbled.  Humbled by the support of our family and friends, by our fans and loyal customers, by the shear magnitude of this leap of faith in our craft.  Wish us luck, and cheers to 2015!!!   1502365_785485781477224_77523337_o

General Woodiness…

Hello! Josh here.  My contributions to the Shop stems from my fascination for and the usefulness of wood.  I am a self proclaimed (and many agree) wood nerd and wood geek.  A certifiable wood collector who expresses creativity and finds inspiration through the salvaging of discarded urban-cut trees.  Cutting down a tree is a mournful event, but to cut a tree down and discard it as trash is positively criminal.  A tree is way too beautiful to be discarded!  Making beautiful, heirloom quality objects that will be preserved and passed down through generations from its wood is a tribute to the tree itself as much as it is a tribute to the maker.  And so, here I am:  A yard full of wood, a few chainsaws, and a humble sawmill; a workshop full of tools and sawdust; and, a (soon to be full) Shop full of wonderful wooden treasures!  Have a look around and come back often!  Things will be changing rapidly as we get moved in good at our new home at www.goodwinscustomcrafts.com.  And last, but not least, let me introduce these two rascals: Annabelle and Zoey.  They keep me company when I am out in the shop and keep an eye on things when I am off gathering more wood.  They are the Wood Yard supervisors, and love to climb on woodpiles and nap in mountains of sawdust.