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{Fun} Beautiful day…

Our schedule is sort of flip flopping again & Wednesday is now our “weekend” day. Today, we took full advantage of having beautiful weather & being able to spend the day hanging out together. Coupled with needing to get Sayer some new glasses at our favorite glasses place, we spent the day in Seattle. 

One of the things that we re-discovered in Seattle with Sayer last year, was a cool park called Gasworks Park. Nearby, there is a sweet little kite shop (conveniently located) – &  they are both in the same neighborhood as the glasses shop. 

So, after picking out some fun new glasses for Sayer (more on that later), we picked out a new solar system kite, a frisbee, & some lunch – then found our way to the park for a picnic.
While the guys ran around flying the kite & throwing the frisbee. I got all shutterbugish (alternating between my iphone & camera as you see).

It was good fun. I think getting away for the day was just what I needed. I’ve been struggling with a new thread drawing image & I drew one that I may actually use, once I got home. There just might be something to this life balance thing after all. (In reference to my last post). What did you do today?

{shop update} photoshoots & play…

It’s been really busy around here lately & I’ve been attached to my camera. I work with a local screen printer & have had about 5 orders sitting at his studio for over a month now – to say he has been overwhelmed is a bit of an understatement (I’ve had to count to 10 -sometimes 20 many times this last month). However, new products have been slowly trickling in this week & I’ve been going full speed ahead. With new products comes many photoshoots & the need to be extra creative as to how I’m going to photograph my independent little kiddo- who has his own ideas about what the day will bring. I’ve been getting him excited about the new additions to his closet & taking the camera with us everywhere we go, in hopes of getting some interesting shots. One of Sayer’s favorite things to say to me on days like this is, “Mommy, look at me with your eyes- put the camera away!”.  

Yesterday we started our adventure at the local farmer’s market on the water front & cruised around that area for a bit- including looking for trolls under bridges & hanging out in the wind tunnels (alleys). Sayer was wearing the new klt:works Rabbit tee & it wasn’t until I saw this last photo that I realized that the small klt:logo was missing on the back of the tee (where the tag is) -use your imagination as to what choice words came to mind. Ok, I won’t dwell on that- moving on. So later after a snack & a rest, Sayer was a champ & allowed me to take some photos of him in studio reading the Velveteen Rabbit.    

These next photos were taken on the evening Sayer got his first pair of glasses. I wanted document that momentous event anyway … so I had him wear one of the new Squirrel Cardigans.

We live a hop skip & a jump from my old high school (yes, it does feel a little weird at times) & now that school is out for the summer, we use the campus as our own little play area. Sayer loves to ride his bike over there & play “school”. There are random desks & chairs hanging around outside & Chris & I take turns being the “teacher”.  He basically drove himself to & from the photoshoot which makes me smile- he’s such a pro. 
Just a day in the life of the klt:works family… Stay tuned for more shop updates. There is so much more to share. 
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend! How do you celebrate the 4th of July or Canada Day?



{shop update} photoshoots & play…

It’s been really busy around here lately & I’ve been attached to my camera. I work with a local screen printer & have had about 5 orders sitting at his studio for over a month now – to say he has been overwhelmed is a bit of an understatement (I’ve had to count to 10 -sometimes 20 many times this last month). However, new products have been slowly trickling in this week & I’ve been going full speed ahead. With new products comes many photoshoots & the need to be extra creative as to how I’m going to photograph my independent little kiddo- who has his own ideas about what the day will bring. I’ve been getting him excited about the new additions to his closet & taking the camera with us everywhere we go, in hopes of getting some interesting shots. One of Sayer’s favorite things to say to me on days like this is, “Mommy, look at me with your eyes- put the camera away!”.  

Yesterday we started our adventure at the local farmer’s market on the water front & cruised around that area for a bit- including looking for trolls under bridges & hanging out in the wind tunnels (alleys). Sayer was wearing the new klt:works Rabbit tee & it wasn’t until I saw this last photo that I realized that the small klt:logo was missing on the back of the tee (where the tag is) -use your imagination as to what choice words came to mind. Ok, I won’t dwell on that- moving on. So later after a snack & a rest, Sayer was a champ & allowed me to take some photos of him in studio reading the Velveteen Rabbit.    

These next photos were taken on the evening Sayer got his first pair of glasses. I wanted document that momentous event anyway … so I had him wear one of the new Squirrel Cardigans.

We live a hop skip & a jump from my old high school (yes, it does feel a little weird at times) & now that school is out for the summer, we use the campus as our own little play area. Sayer loves to ride his bike over there & play “school”. There are random desks & chairs hanging around outside & Chris & I take turns being the “teacher”.  He basically drove himself to & from the photoshoot which makes me smile- he’s such a pro. 
Just a day in the life of the klt:works family… Stay tuned for more shop updates. There is so much more to share. 
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend! How do you celebrate the 4th of July or Canada Day?



{Giveaway} the winners are…

Today was a memorable day. We  went to Seattle to pick up Sayer’s first pair of  glasses. As I mentioned last week, he wasn’t exactly thrilled to get them- he tried to convince me that he didn’t need them. However, I wore him down a bit (read how here) & he was actually pretty excited to go get them. He was feeling quite grown up today & I found on more than one occasion, a lump in my throat. Seeing him with his glasses on made me see glimmers of my self as a child (a cooler, hipper self). On our way home, we went to a big park to play for a bit & sort of tested out what it was like to wear glasses on the playground….& it all came back to me.

While it’s true, I was completely distracted today, I didn’t forget that I said I would post 3 klt:tee bundle winners on Tuesday. I felt it was appropriate to have Sayer draw names from his hat before he went to bed tonight. Here are the names that he chose  (in order) Make Mine Mid Century, Marie, Ideal Carefully Curated Goods. I do believe that all three of these winners wanted the same bundle first, so I will have to use the 2nd choices a bit. Thanks again for your interest everyone! If you are a winner, make sure I have your mailing address (kristin@kltworks.com). I’ll have more tees to give away after Sayer’s next growth spurt…. stay tuned.

{Giveaway} the winners are…

Today was a memorable day. We  went to Seattle to pick up Sayer’s first pair of  glasses. As I mentioned last week, he wasn’t exactly thrilled to get them- he tried to convince me that he didn’t need them. However, I wore him down a bit (read how here) & he was actually pretty excited to go get them. He was feeling quite grown up today & I found on more than one occasion, a lump in my throat. Seeing him with his glasses on made me see glimmers of my self as a child (a cooler, hipper self). On our way home, we went to a big park to play for a bit & sort of tested out what it was like to wear glasses on the playground….& it all came back to me.

While it’s true, I was completely distracted today, I didn’t forget that I said I would post 3 klt:tee bundle winners on Tuesday. I felt it was appropriate to have Sayer draw names from his hat before he went to bed tonight. Here are the names that he chose  (in order) Make Mine Mid Century, Marie, Ideal Carefully Curated Goods. I do believe that all three of these winners wanted the same bundle first, so I will have to use the 2nd choices a bit. Thanks again for your interest everyone! If you are a winner, make sure I have your mailing address (kristin@kltworks.com). I’ll have more tees to give away after Sayer’s next growth spurt…. stay tuned.

{Real Life} glasses for kiddo…

When I was 4, I got my first pair of glasses (it was actually the day my brother was born). Back in 1975, there wasn’t much of a choice in what glasses I could choose from & I knew only a handful of kids that had them. But, I wanted glasses. I thought they would make me look older & smarter – I was excited to get them. However, there were drawbacks to wearing glasses….enough that I was fearful for Sayer to have to get them. When I started noticing Sayer’s eyes turning in quite often, I started to sort of mildly panic. A few months ago, at his yearly exam, he was referred to a “strabismus” eye specialist but due to this doctor’s reputation & local availability, we had to wait 2 months for an appointment. During this time, I started to collect books about eyes/glasses along with collecting & noting characters in Sayer’s books, favorite shows & movies, that had glasses. I wanted to be prepared in case Sayer needed to get them. Because Sayer is 3, we haven’t introduced him to Harry Potter yet, but he does know who he is.
{In order – left to right}

The experience at the eye doctor last week was a bit overwhelming to say the least. Sayer & I were there for about 3 hours & in that time, he had to have his eyes dilated. Not an ideal situation or activity for a toddler. Nonetheless, we powered through it to find that he did need to get glasses to help correct his condition. The tricky thing, is that they are to help with his eyes crossing more than his actual vision. He may not notice a change when he wears them – he just won’t have to work as hard to see, as I understand it. So, the next hurdle was getting Sayer to want glasses or even try them on. He has been pretty adamant (as a 3yr old can be) about not wanting to try them on. But, I started slowly working on him- sneaking in glasses books at story time & pointing out glasses in his shows that he likes. I’ve been reading “Spectacles” every day since his appointment & now he at least points out his favorite glasses in the line-up (bottom row- middle). But this kid of mine is smart & is able to read right through me most of the time. I showed him a picture of Violet Affleck (Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner’s daughter) who has been pictured a lot in new glasses (& is a few years older than Sayer). I asked Sayer if he thought she looked nice & like she would be a good friend. He said yes. I asked him why he thought that & he told me it was definitely not because she wore glasses. I guess I needed to be more subtle…

Sayer adores Jack Black (because of School of Rock) & Yo Gabba Gabba. We recently watched his favorite episode of Gabba where Jack Black dresses as DJ Lance. Sayer noticed their glasses right away & said that he didn’t want black ones. Progress… 

To keep that progress rolling, I later that day, made him a new “Gunk” slug lovey. I had him pick out the fabrics & told him that it was time for another one, now that he was 3 (he got one when he was 6months & when he was 2). When I was finished, I presented him with his new buddy. I wasn’t sure the reaction I would get from him but was pleasantly surprised. This is “Eye Gunk” (which actually sounds like a whole different eye condition)- he is now part of the slug gang that goes everywhere with Sayer. 
We all went on a major glasses hunt yesterday & it was exhausting. Getting this little dude to sit still & try glasses on took every creative & patient bone in my body. The glasses that he wanted to try were usually hot pink, large, cat eye, sunglasses. He also liked to try 2 on at a time because his grandma wears her sunglasses on top of her regular glasses.   However, we had some luck in Seattle at the place I get my glasses. They were great & we have a pair of glasses on order. They aren’t the ones in the picture above – but they are made by the same company called Swiss Flex Eyewear (which I was really impressed with). His are rectangular & blue with green sides- which met all of his criteria. We’ll have to go back next week to pick them up & then that’s when the real fun begins. I told Sayer last night that he looks very smart & handsome in his glasses, he agreed with a nod- & I mentioned that he will be all ready for pre-school in the fall. His response was that he still didn’t need them, but he would take them to school in lunch box- but not the one he will take his lunch in- a different one. 

So, that’s what we have been up to -what about you?

{Real Life} glasses for kiddo…

When I was 4, I got my first pair of glasses (it was actually the day my brother was born). Back in 1975, there wasn’t much of a choice in what glasses I could choose from & I knew only a handful of kids that had them. But, I wanted glasses. I thought they would make me look older & smarter – I was excited to get them. However, there were drawbacks to wearing glasses….enough that I was fearful for Sayer to have to get them. When I started noticing Sayer’s eyes turning in quite often, I started to sort of mildly panic. A few months ago, at his yearly exam, he was referred to a “strabismus” eye specialist but due to this doctor’s reputation & local availability, we had to wait 2 months for an appointment. During this time, I started to collect books about eyes/glasses along with collecting & noting characters in Sayer’s books, favorite shows & movies, that had glasses. I wanted to be prepared in case Sayer needed to get them. Because Sayer is 3, we haven’t introduced him to Harry Potter yet, but he does know who he is.
{In order – left to right}

The experience at the eye doctor last week was a bit overwhelming to say the least. Sayer & I were there for about 3 hours & in that time, he had to have his eyes dilated. Not an ideal situation or activity for a toddler. Nonetheless, we powered through it to find that he did need to get glasses to help correct his condition. The tricky thing, is that they are to help with his eyes crossing more than his actual vision. He may not notice a change when he wears them – he just won’t have to work as hard to see, as I understand it. So, the next hurdle was getting Sayer to want glasses or even try them on. He has been pretty adamant (as a 3yr old can be) about not wanting to try them on. But, I started slowly working on him- sneaking in glasses books at story time & pointing out glasses in his shows that he likes. I’ve been reading “Spectacles” every day since his appointment & now he at least points out his favorite glasses in the line-up (bottom row- middle). But this kid of mine is smart & is able to read right through me most of the time. I showed him a picture of Violet Affleck (Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner’s daughter) who has been pictured a lot in new glasses (& is a few years older than Sayer). I asked Sayer if he thought she looked nice & like she would be a good friend. He said yes. I asked him why he thought that & he told me it was definitely not because she wore glasses. I guess I needed to be more subtle…

Sayer adores Jack Black (because of School of Rock) & Yo Gabba Gabba. We recently watched his favorite episode of Gabba where Jack Black dresses as DJ Lance. Sayer noticed their glasses right away & said that he didn’t want black ones. Progress… 

To keep that progress rolling, I later that day, made him a new “Gunk” slug lovey. I had him pick out the fabrics & told him that it was time for another one, now that he was 3 (he got one when he was 6months & when he was 2). When I was finished, I presented him with his new buddy. I wasn’t sure the reaction I would get from him but was pleasantly surprised. This is “Eye Gunk” (which actually sounds like a whole different eye condition)- he is now part of the slug gang that goes everywhere with Sayer. 
We all went on a major glasses hunt yesterday & it was exhausting. Getting this little dude to sit still & try glasses on took every creative & patient bone in my body. The glasses that he wanted to try were usually hot pink, large, cat eye, sunglasses. He also liked to try 2 on at a time because his grandma wears her sunglasses on top of her regular glasses.   However, we had some luck in Seattle at the place I get my glasses. They were great & we have a pair of glasses on order. They aren’t the ones in the picture above – but they are made by the same company called Swiss Flex Eyewear (which I was really impressed with). His are rectangular & blue with green sides- which met all of his criteria. We’ll have to go back next week to pick them up & then that’s when the real fun begins. I told Sayer last night that he looks very smart & handsome in his glasses, he agreed with a nod- & I mentioned that he will be all ready for pre-school in the fall. His response was that he still didn’t need them, but he would take them to school in lunch box- but not the one he will take his lunch in- a different one. 

So, that’s what we have been up to -what about you?