Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hello Friends! I hope my US readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Ours was a small family affair with my sister and her husband and our parents. Three dogs livened things up and we had a long time to relax and chat. We saw only a few snowflakes, but lots more rain. I was born on Thanksgiving, so we always celebrate my birthday on the holiday even when my actual birthday is next Monday. Birthday pie is a tradition!

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I have been busy with house and family this week, but have been squeezing in a bit of time to update my shops since the Christmas Goose Fair last weekend. I still have a few more of the hand stamped cards to add, but mostly the shops are as full as they will get for the holidays, unless I get a wild hair to finish items already in progress or start something new.

Lucky for you, the Etsy Cyber Week Sale is on now until Monday, November 26th. Purchase at least $50 and get 20% off. This includes everything in both shops including drawstring bags, zipper bags, handmade books, original art, ornament kits, Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards, everyday note cards and stickers, and hand stamped Moleskine journals. Unfortunately, with the way Etsy works you can’t combine items from the two shops to make up the $50, but hopefully you can find goodies in either shop to get there. No coupon needed!

Christmas Goose Holiday Fair November 16-17

Hand stamped, one-of-a-kind note cards

Hand stamped, one-of-a-kind note cards

Dear Central Oregon Friends,

My one and only holiday art fair this year is the Christmas Goose Holiday Fair this Friday (9-6) and Saturday (9-4) at St. Charles Hospital, Bend. As most of you know this fair is a fundraiser for Wendy’s Wish which provides non-medical support to cancer patients in the area. As a two time cancer survivor, it’s very close to my heart. I am unable to do the Holiday Tails Art Fair this year, but hope to be back there in 2019.

I have been getting together a wonderful collection of items: handmade and printed note cards, original watercolor and acrylic paintings, hand painted and stitched ornaments, my embroidered ornaments kits for you to DIY, and lots more. I’ll also have some of my linen drawstring pouches and zipper bags, a Christmas stocking and a Christmas quilt.

The newest items are the hand stamped note cards (both Christmas and everyday) that are made from my hand carved stamps. Each one is a little different. I’ll also have lots of printed Christmas cards and everyday note cards, stickers, note card sets and much more.

I hope to see you there! If you can’t be there I am planning to keep the Etsy shops open and see how that goes. If things get crazy I may shut the shops down for Friday and Saturday, but they will reopen as soon as possible. If you want to be sure to get something before it sells out, both shops are open currently. Thanks so much!

Original watercolor art

Original watercolor art

Printed greeting cards from my textile art

Printed greeting cards from my textile art

Hand painted ornaments

Hand painted ornaments

embroidered ornament kits to DIY

embroidered ornament kits to DIY

New In Shop :: Zipper Pouches

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Brand new in the shop are these lovely linen blend zipper pouches. I made them from the leftovers from the drawstring bags I made this summer. I sent several days making different prototypes and now have a couple of favorite sizes that I’ll continue to make in the future. Because these are made with scraps, size varies a bit to make the most of what I had. Most of them have only one available, but some have 2 or more. I also have a few more to finish up, but right now there’s a nice selection in the shop (KMS Handmade). When these lovely prints are gone I have some other ideas for zipper pouches that I’ll be rolling out over the next month, just in time for holiday gifts.

We had a busy end of summer when the smoke finally cleared out and we tried to fit in all the outdoor fun we missed during the worst of the smoky days. We hiked, picnicked and camped and it was wonderful. Then, I hurt my back doing some gardening and took a week off which meant that last week I was behind on everything and the house needed a major cleaning. I also had a busy week with appointments, meetings, and hosted my book club. Yesterday we celebrated my son’s 24th birthday which is actually tomorrow. Whew, it’s been crazy!

I am getting back to work on holiday goodies for the shop. I can’t wait to show you the new embroideries I’ve been working on!

New in Shop :: Drawstring Project/Gift Bags

I've worked on these project/gift bags all summer long and finally finished them so they could get uploaded to my Etsy shop (KMSHandmade) just in time for the Etsy Labor Day Sale.  The sale is on now through Monday.  Everything in both of my shops (also KristinShieldsArt) is on sale at 10% off (free shipping every day too!).  If you need a small knitting project bag, these are perfect for one skein projects like socks or a scarf.  They also make great gift bags.  I've given them to friends filled with pretty soaps, lovely teas, or a skein of beautiful yarn.

They are fully lined and made with gorgeous cotton/linen blend fabrics like Robert Kaufman Essex solids and prints, Kokka prints, Cotton & Steel prints, Japanese prints and other quality cotton/linen blends.  I just happened to have all these fabrics in my stash and realized I was never going to make quilts with all of them.  The good news is that I have odd sized leftover pieces, so I'm sure many will show up in quilts here and there in the future.

Prints include lots of great modern abstract and representational prints.  There are also fun, whimsical animal prints including sloths, elephants, birds, polar bears, owls, squirrels, and more.  There are several made from Valori Wells prints.  There are also a limited selection of interesting map prints of famous cities including Rome, Sydney, Bangkok, London, Paris, New York City, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.  I am waiting for some cording to arrive, so if you don't see something I've mentioned, let me know, and i'll get you more information.  

Good news for local folks!  Next week I will have select bags available for sale at Wool Town in downtown Bend.  I'll post here when that happens.  Here are a few of the prints I mentioned. Please check out my KMSHandmade shop for lots more.  

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