Midwinter hankering

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

I stumbled upon these photos I took of my youngest daughter, Martha, last year. Winter is irritating me a bit so the lush green yard was a welcome sight. Green!!! I thought I’d post this in case you needed a visual break from winter…..Oh, and a few of my aprons and totes to boot! ********p.s. I mainly sell my aprons/totes at my pop-up shops at art fairs and local shops in the Cedar Valley.

 

 

 

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If the sock fits…

A gift from a funny friend (thanks Greg!) who saw these on a trip and thought of…me! Ha!
On the relective side of things: In this hectic world I always feel so touched when someone thinks of me when they’re miles and miles away from me.  🌎💡💃😍
Back to being a crafty b….!😉

 

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Peanut Butter Love

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

I walk into the kitchen where,
my sweetie is quietly stirring a
new jar of peanut butter because,
He knows my weary hands are too
tired to stir.  It’s the little things.

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#happyvalentines #smallgesturesmeanthemost
#quietlove

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Handmade by Our Hands

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Special thanks to all the shops and handmade art fairs who appreciate actual hands-on handmade goods. Etsy may have changed their definition of “handmade” but for us it means “our” hands actually made the goods we’re selling you. I spend a great deal of my time at art fairs answering questions like:

” Do YOU print these towels?” “Will they last or does the ink wear off?” “Can I touch the towels to see their quality?”

1. Yes, my husband and I print these together.
2. Nope, unlike digitally printed towels, these screen-printed, soft-to-the-touch inks are long lasting.
3. Yes, please, see the great quality of this long lasting towel.

Thanks for asking, friends!

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ICYMI over at my Instagram….!

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

I wear many hats in my small, one woman owned business. Creator, printer, packager, and shipping agent! All in a day’s work filled with gratitude for stockists and customers who purchase my goods and keep me in business. Thank you!!!

 

 

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Taking stock on MLK Day

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” -Martin Luther King Jr. 1963

MLK Day is a day of reflecting on what actions I have or haven’t taken during the year to push back against racism. When have I continued to live with learned sincere ignorance? When have I been stupid? When has my silence been viewed as agreement with racism?

Sometimes it feels overwhelming. Especially these days when White Supremacists are noted as “good people” and after eight years of seeing memes denigrating people of color across social media.

Change takes time and my belief is that many “little” things add up when combined with the efforts of many.

What’s a tiny part I can play in creating change that is in my skill set? Well, years ago when I started out as an illustrator I noticed how many illustrations didn’t reflect the population of my country. The illustrations only showed pasty white people like me. So I decided to start placing people of color in as many of my illustrations as possible. Sometimes art directors would subtly push back, sometimes they pushed back more directly. But gradually more of them called me for jobs because my illustrations were more integrated. I know it’s a simple thing but simple things add up. I believe that visual images hold power. And when you create enough positive imagery it can make a difference. No matter how small.

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

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What other things can I do in my daily life outside being an artist?

  • I can encourage people of color to run for local/state/national office. I can donate to their campaigns.
  • I can speak up when I see subtle discrimination within my life: white teachers who are unduly harsh to children of color for minor infractions that white children easily skip away from.
  • I can note when local planning commissions that enable white flight via tax credits within my city/county.
  • I can support my local university’s effort to bring fresh produce to food deserts in area.
  • I can gently and firmly call out racism when people disparage people of color in my midst and think that I’ll agree with them vocally or with my cowed silence. Nope. Bystanders are what got us into this mess. Bystanders speaking up and showing up will go a long ways towards bringing equality and shining a light on racism in our midst.
  • I can get involved with local groups fighting racism and working on issues like education, healthcare, diversity, sustainability, etc.

Every day is a chance to unlearn racism and to learn about ways to make this world a better place.

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Woof Woof

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

I rounded up my pups and put them on a fun card (now in my Etsy Shop) to attempt to celebrate 2018: the Year of the Dog!

English Bulldog, Schnauzer, Wire Fox Terrier, Cavalier King Charles, Black Lab, Boston, Basset Hound, Pit Bull, English Cocker, Yellow Lab, White Lab, Corgi, Dachshund, Pug, Poodle, German Shepherd, Vizsla, Husky, Golden Retriever, Bernese Mountain….and more! Whew!

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Winter Walk 2018 at Swag of Northfield

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Iowa Made Gifts

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

The other night at my book club friends asked about my small biz and that led to several of them telling how they purchase my Iowa-themed towels for friends and family who have moved away from Iowa. Someone pulled out their smart phone and got on my Etsy shop site and starting making mental notes about what they wanted to get for Christmas gifts.
I tell ya, you all are so good to me….! <3 Thank you so much for sending my goods to friends and family across the globe. It means so much to me!

Now back to packaging and shipping out more goods! :)

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