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Casey Carroll Art

Spreading joy, one piece of art at a time.

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Kimmy Gibbler is my Spirit Animal

Have you been watching Fuller House on Netflix?! So much love!!! Many times reunion shows are a bad, very bad idea, but this?┬áI love it!! It’s so much fun to see the characters I’ve grown up loving now all grown up, both in real life and on a TV series.

DJ may have always been my favorite, but I did enjoy Kimmy. She was bold, outspoken, and knew exactly what she wanted… and… she was so darn quirky! And don’t forget a wild fashion sense!

I have watched the first two seasons of Fuller House and have been thrilled to see old faces come back and even see my heartthrobs from New Kids On The Block make an appearance. While counting down the days til the release of Season 3, which I hear may have an appearance by Ryan Gosling, I finally wrote up the pattern for my donut purse that was inspired by the donut purse Kimmy wore in the first season.

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Love it!!!

I had to create my own. The hole in the middle was a bit of a challenge. While I could have designed a purse that had a physical hole, that didn’t seem all that practical. Kimmy’s purse looks like it may have a clear plastic where the hole is, but I’ve not come across any clear yarn yet. If I do then I’ll be sure to use it instead!!

My Donut Purse pattern is now available on Ravelry, but if you’re not crochet-inclined, you can purchase one from my Etsy shop.

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The Tartan Enlightenment

I learned something yesterday, and it makes me so excited and happy. 


Isn’t it lovely? I think this may be what variegated yarn was made for!! I absolutely love it and can hardly wait to start another!

What do you think?

Photo Dump Friday

Little Plushie Pumpkins

I am so geared up for Fall. I have my Dollar Store Fall Wreath already hanging on my door and now I’ve started making adorable little pumpkins… and a scarf and a Yukon Cornelius hat. I really have several things going at once AND I have a list of other things to make to get ready for the upcoming holiday season. So much to do! 

I would love to hear what you would like to see in my CsqDesigns shop this season and what you love in my shop. Leave me and comment and let me know. Maybe you’ll find your suggestion there soon. 

The Great Merger of 2016

I have been making art for as long as I can remember. Early grade school is probably the earliest I can remember making art. I brought home many art projects with that beautiful blue ribbon on it. I was proud of that ribbon.

I spent my high school years copying whatever cartoon character was popular. I spent my college years doodling my professor and writing a poem about him or her in the margin of my notes. By some miracle I did graduate from college with a B.A. in studio art in December 2003. 

My creating largely fell silent for many years after college. That’s when I picked up knitting and crochet. I started my Etsy shop in January of 2011, but it wasn’t until sometime in 2013, maybe, that I really started painting and drawing again. I’ve had many lulls since then, but I feel like I’ve done a decent job of keeping at it, even if it’s a bit hit and miss. 

Until a few days ago I had kept these two types of art separate, but the time has come to combine them. I’m curious to see where this may lead and what new opportunities it may open up. I hope you’ll follow my page on Facebook so you can see everything that’s happening. 

I Made A New Friend

When you get to be a certain age, it seems to be harder to make friends. Life just gets a bit busier and time seems to disappear faster. There just doesn’t seem to be time left in a day to socialize and meet new people.

So how to you make friends?

With yarn, of course!!!

 

I made this friend over the weekend. Her name is Knelly. She is made entirely of yarn scraps, inside and out. Is there possibly a cuter way to use all those odds and ends?! Knelly didn’t want to stay put for long though, and she insisted that I send her to the shop so she can travel to another place. sniffle Maybe she’ll stick around longer with you than she wants to with me.

What do you think of my new friend?

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Spring & Summer Product Debut!

Doing things a bit different today. For starters, I’m working outside the home today, which I normally don’t do on Mondays, but I am making up for the day I missed last week because I was sick. I keep saying I’ll get caught up, but this weather makes me think otherwise.

Last Monday I started putting some new Spring and Summer items in my CsqDesigns Etsy shop. I still have several items to add and will hopefully get them all in before the month is out.

One of the new items to the shop are donut purses. Yes, I was one of those people who was super excited to watch Fuller House as soon as it came out on Netflix. Typical Kimmy fashion, she had a donut purse on the show. It looked like plastic, maybe, but I thought “I can make that in yarn!”, and so I did.

 

Also new to the shop is this air plant hanger. It will hold 5 air plants, but doesn’t come with the plants. I made one of these for myself and loved it so much that I made one for the shop. You can request a custom listing for colors of your choice also.

 

I have also added some doilies in embroidery hoops, which are nice on their own or as a dreamcatcher base, wall pockets that would be great for air plants, and knit wall hangings.

 

 

I’m still adding items like these, as well as a few other things, so stay tuned!

Which of these is your favorite? I’d love to hear! ­čÖé

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Why I’m No Longer Satisfied With "Good Enough" and What I’m Doing About It

If you’ve never reached that point of “enough is enough”, then I hope you do. Not much else will give you a kick in the pants faster than the moment when you are done with the way things have been going and are ready to make a change.

In fact, I’d venture to say that you can’t truly make a change until you’ve reached the “enough is enough” point.

 

 

When I opened my Etsy shop in January 2011 I had huge hopes. Huge! However, I didn’t realize how much work it would be to start, maintain, promote, grow, etc. It’s a LOT of work. When I didn’t immediately see the success I wanted, I backed off. I decided it was much too difficult to gain headway and that maybe I just wasn’t cut out for it.

My shop went silent for awhile. No new listings, no new product, no new announcements of any kind. Just crickets.

I then began some research. I did a ton of research on online business, Etsy businesses, social marketing, and many other things. I started to implement these things. I took better photos, wrote better product descriptions, actually used the tags on the listings, shared on social media, networked… the works!

And ya know what, I began to see some results!

5 years later… I’m, again, not satisfied. But it isn’t just my shop that I’m dissatisfied with. It’s nearly everything.

For far too long I’ve had the “it is what it is” mentality. That mentality neither propels you forward, nor does it bring contentment. Rather, it makes you stagnant and discontent with where you are. This mentality accepts the current circumstances, isn’t happy about it, but doesn’t see the point in trying to change anything. How depressing!

This year I am making goals!!! Again! And I WILL meet those goals, one way or another. No longer will I be unhappy with my business status, my relationship status, my financial status, or any other status. I have made a plan (it’s on the calendar!) to improve nearly every area of my life. At the end of the year, I may not have a stellar romantic relationship or dramatically increase my income this year, but I WILL enjoy where I’m at.

I wholeheartedly believe that 90% of our satisfaction is mental. It starts there. Change starts in the mind. If you want it badly enough, you will do what it takes to get there.

You CAN make a change and live the life you want. Believe you can do it and then DO IT!!!

Be sure to check out the new Spring/Summer items in the shop and keep a watch for more coming April 11th! ;

 

 

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Made by Giggles

I wish I could show you my house so you can see just how many craft supplies I have. I wouldn’t say that I could rival one of the big craft stores, but I might be able to make Martha Stewart jealous. Now, you would think that having so many craft supplies and having a history of craftiness, and even a degree in art, that I would be doing craft projects with my kids all the time. I’m about to crush your perception of me… We don’t.

In fact, crafting is rarely done as a family. Although, it’s often begged for. The fact is, I love crafting, but crafting with kids stresses me the crap out. I don’t like messes, unless I’m the one making the mess. Anyone else feel me here?

My 9-year-old has been super supportive of my Etsy shop from day 1. She’s been my little cheerleader and jumps for joy when we hear the cha-ching from my Etsy app. She loves it! And for a year or so now, she has been begging me to sell her creations in my shop. Her creations have been everything from a coloring page to a bent pipe cleaner. (And her prices were steep!)

So after much persistence (on both sides), I would like to introduce a new section to the CsqDesigns shop

 

Everything in the Made by Giggles section is thought up and created by my 9-year-old daughter. She also has a big part in how her creations are photographed, how they are priced, and in writing the descriptions for them. This new adventure of hers will hopefully teach her a bit about running a business and about finance. She has agreed to give me money from each sale to cover the cost of materials and fees. The rest is hers to use to, probably, add more stuff to her room. haha!

Right now, she has a few different pom pom critters in her section that she describes as “so cute you can’t stop looking at them.” She has a couple of other things in the works, and she can hardly wait til she hears a “cha ching” from my app.

She is so excited to share her creations!  So do her a solid and go check them out! 

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