What didn’t fit : Holiday Gift Guide

Some of my favorite local small businesses share what they do in this annual Holiday Gift Guide. You can contact the artists and designers directly for more info on them or their work. Enjoy, and thanks for shopping local!


What: Irely Intimate Apparel is my line of comfortable and pretty knickers with a patented pocket that they roll into, and TowelTopper is a band I designed that wraps around your towel, which secures it to your body.
Online: www.shopirely.commytoweltopper.com
Exclusive: Receive 10% off your entire order by entering the code redshoes13 at checkout.


What: Hand-pulled color-reduction woodcuts of the natural world, with an emphasis on the complex nature of human relationships with the environment.
Where: My studio, located at 2168 Third St., Suite 2A, in White Bear Lake, MN. I’ll be hosting some events next month, including the White Bear Lake Holiday Open House on Nov. 7, and the Small Business Saturday Studio Sale from 10-4 on Nov. 30. Visit a working artist studio for handmade holiday gifts, woodcuts, and refreshments.
Online: www.studioegk.com


What: Fashion-forward yoga and activewear/lifestyle apparel that’s perfect for making the transition from the studio to dinner with friends. Our garments are made in St. Paul, MN, and our mantra is “I AM enough.” We believe that who you are is exactly who you should be. We recognize the importance of challenging yourself to become the best you possible, but feel that at the end of the day, it is loving yourself, as you are, that can bring you the most peace.
Online: www.fashionbyMAI.cometsy.com/shop/MAIyoga
Exclusive: Receive $10 off your first order by using the code RedShoes at checkout in either of the online shops listed above. Offer ends Nov. 11, 2013.


What: My modern jewelry designs are beautiful and affordable. I use ethically sourced materials whenever possible.
Where: Studio #288 in the Northrup King Building, which will be open during Art Attack from Nov. 1-3. You can also find a list of local shops on my website.
Online: www.superkarin.com
Exclusive: Receive 10% off of in-stock merchandise by letting me know you read about it in redshoes news.


What: State Icons, which are digital illustrations in handmade frames, and mini State Icon ornaments, which are even smaller State Icons in tiny metal canisters with glass lids. They are adorned with sparkly wreaths and ribbon. Aww.
Where: At various art and craft shows nationwide, plus at 19 shops, boutiques, and galleries in the U.S. A list can be found on the Contact page of my website.
Online: www.redshoes26design.com
Exclusive: Purchase three or more State Icon illustrations in the month of November 2013 and receive a free mini State Icon ornament. Just mention you saw this deal in redshoes news, and tell me which State Icon you’d like in your ornament.


What: Oil and acrylic abstract paintings; mixed-media collage; and one-of-a-kind, handwoven items.
Where: The Orchard Art House in Excelsior, MN, which is open Thursday nights in December for a Holiday Bazaar. My new original framed collages on wood, made from torn sketchbook pages and other paper mixed media, will be available, as will colorful, handwoven, full-sized blankets.
Online: www.maryolsonart.com

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State Icons at Mill City Museum Shop

My list of retailers has expanded again! You can now find my State Icon illustrations at the Mill City Museum Shop. Have you been here before? If not, be sure to check it out the next time you’re in the area, at the Museum, or if you just need a unique gift. I love the way the shop is curated into little Minnesota-themed vignettes, with focuses on everything from wine to fishing to baking to tea parties. It’s very well done.

Gold Medal Flour Sign - State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

Gold Medal Flour Sign – State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

I’m really excited to have my State Icons be part of the Mill City Museum!

Mill City Museum Shop
704 South Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

This weekend : HAMMS Event

Clear your calendar this weekend! From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, redshoes26 will be a maker at the HAMMS Event on the East Side of St. Paul.

***Would you like to win a free ticket to the event (a $15 value)? If so, comment on this blog post, and the ticket is yours! I’ll leave it for you at the check-in table at the event. Comment away!***

hamms event

Here is all the info you could possibly need on this fantastic inaugural event.

HAMMS : Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed

A Minnesota Market with a twist!

When: April 20, 2013, from 10am-7pm
Where: Former Hamm’s Brewery shipping docks
713 East Minnehaha Avenue
3rd Floor
St. Paul, Minnesota 55106

The HAMMS Event is a one-day Minnesota Market that will feature:

* 25,000 sq. ft. of local artisans, crafters, and boutiques selling unique products and services

* Local food trucks

* Libations

* Complimentary parking

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. There’s VIP status for the first 100 online ticket purchasers and the first 100 in line the day of the event! (VIPs get special discounts and promotions with participating vendors. You’d get 20% off two or more State Icons from redshoes26.)

Can’t make it? Please consider making a donation.

I look forward to seeing you there! When you enter the event, make sure to tell the check-in peeps that redshoes26 sent you. The more people who come to the event in my name, the better chance I have at winning a fabulous prize! It would mean the world to me if you mentioned my business at the door (they’ll ask you). Thank you!

Help MN Makers Succeed

hamms event

Join redshoes26 design in supporting HAMMS (Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed), which is organized by Becky Sturm of StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty and Sairey Gernes of Irely Intimates and TowelTopper. The HAMMS event is a one-day shopping celebration of unique Twin Cities-based artisans and crafters. Mark your calendars for April 20. I will be showing my State Icons and sharing a booth with the always fabulous Larissa Loden!

Held in the former Hamm’s Brewery shipping dock on the East side of St. Paul, Minnesota, the event will house a number of “mini shops” that will offer a collection of items, including beauty and grooming products, leather goods, cosmetics, letterpress products, artwork, jewelry, lingerie, pet products,and home accessories. HAMMS will be a fun, intimate shopping experience designed for men, women, and their four-legged friends.

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Former Hamms Brewery
713 East Minnehaha Avenue (top floor)
St. Paul, Minnesota 55106

For more info about HAMMS, visit www.hammsevent.com.

This weekend : Holiday Craftacular

This weekend is the final stop of the redshoes26 design and Larissa Loden Jewelry Semi-World Tour! Since mid November, we’ve done shows in Austin, TX; Grand Forks, ND; Minneapolis; and now, finally, Madison, WI.

Those of you in the Wisconsin area should come say hello, and check out this cool show. I’ll have lots of Wisconsin Icons, along with plenty from other states.

Info for the Holiday Craftacular this Friday and Saturday

Info for the Holiday Craftacular this Friday and Saturday

Happy holidays!