Moving among mysteries

move among mysteries

“Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.”
— Theodore Roethke

‘Move Among Mysteries’ – Christy Hydeck – 2009 -Artography
Print available here.

I feel as if life is just that these days – this amazing sort of jump from one mysterious adventure to another. My curiosity is peaked, senses are heightened & I feel like I have been bestowed with this awesome takes-the-breath-right-out-from-you-give-me-a-moment-to-take-it-all-in appreciation of all around that surrounds me. Love that.

To reach this state – and mind you, it isn’t always a high, happy place .. it takes a daily committment .. that allowing myself to be vulnerable thing. Giving myself permission to feel, to experiment, to trust and to fully immerse myself in whatever it is that is capturing me at the moment — I am willing to open my heart to the possibilities that await me.  How grand life is, when seen as an adventure.  Autumn always seems to beckon me into that glorious mindset…  exhilarating.

That new piece shown above, is a product of my renewed willingness to stretch myself, and dabble outside of my ‘normal’ — whatever that is…. and ya know what? I love it, I actually love it! I don’t often hang my own work around me, but that piece? It will adorn one of my walls sometime soon.. perhaps, you will consider allowing it to adorn yours as well. (shameless, i know..)

What do you think of it? What emotions does it evoke within you? What have you been courageous in lately?

Warmly, Chrysti

Where’s Chrysti?

Ah yes, it seems there may be a scavenger hunt out for my where abouts; rest assured, I am alive and doing well… I am in awe, at how many of you worry and check in on me. Thanks so very much — it makes my day!

So just where has Chysti been?

Published Again! - at the heART of a letter

Basking in my 15 minutes again as my latest article for Cloth,Paper, Scissors magazine is out – double the thrill since it is dear to my heart; about a project I did for my mom… more to come soon.

Buried under deadlines for several publishing opportunities, all top secret stuff of course. But when I can announce all these fabulous things, y’all will be the first to know! I do have a few teasers planned for your enjoyment though… keep an eye out here for them!

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Also, Somerset Studio has quite a few of my inchies in the new issue, what a suprise! Though no credit was given for my artwork, I will show ’em off here, again asap — Some of the ones that appear, are in this Flickr set of mine . Also will be announcing an exciting new swap for all you inchie addicts.. true to my form, it will have an exciting new twist!

Working on the 100 original covers, binding, sorting, photographing & organizing all the Skinny Book swaps! Tracking down some of the wayward participants, has turned me into A Private Investigator to boot! Speaking of, I think I may need some fill-ins…Interested? Leave em a comment, and I’ll get back to you!

Trying to write up a few lengthy, long-overdue blog posts. Thank heavens it’s not illegal to neglect your blog.

Resisting the urge to toss my $#$@%! computer through the window as I work out the kinks in the blog, gallery & forums on my site. I just wanna get them open — so many ideas, are just awaiting my touch!

Dream a Little Dream

Enjoying the crisp air of a long awaited autumn … through the lens of my camera. ( which i recently dropped, and had to replace :-( ) Check out my photography here.

Planning out new workshops that I think y’all will love! I believe, they are a breath of fresh air!

Working on a major blog re-design for here that is LONG overdue. Wish I had more creative freedom to design one though. Ah well.

Finishing off over 50 paintings in the last few months … Quite different from my usual style.

Working hard at adding over 500 new items for the store .. speaking of… I best get back to it! A girl does need to make a living after all!

Missing You! Be back to blogging soon! — Chrysti

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Help! Opinions Needed!

Fast Post today, as I am more then overwhelmed with my workload right now.(but boy, oh boy does it feel good to be making serious headway!)

Oh, I know what they say about opinions… but can y’all give me your honest thoughts anyway? The good, the bad… the in between.. you’ll have my eternal gratitude…. I think .. no, I know … I have a serious case of decision overload, coupled with sleep deprivation.

Click the photos, to see it at flickr & view it larger! Once you are there, simply click the all sizes button above the photo.

Firstly: My New Business Logo for The Altered Abbey

The Altered Abbey Logo - Version 1

The Altered Abbey Logo - Version 2

Sound off on which one you prefer!

Next up we have The Altered Abbey Business Card — I’m not 100% in love with it yet, but I’m not quite sure what to tweak either — again, brain overload.

The Altered Abbey Business Card Front

The Altered Abbey Business Card Back

Lastly — Some fun stuff … these are a couple of the WIP’s (Work In Progress) pieces I added to my WIP set at Flickr today… Any ideas on where to venture with them? Fresh eyes are always so nice.

WIP (Work In Progress) Unnamed Bird Man

This 11″ x 14″ piece has been stuck at this point since February, 2007 .. I started it in Dec ’06…. I’m just blocked as to how to move on with him. I love it… but I think fear may be stopping me from trying anything else on it. Hopefully inspiration will strike soon!

WIP (Work In Progress) -- Monochromatic White Piece

This piece hasn’t been touched in about a year… it’s been at this point for that long! (worse yet, i started it a few months prior to that) …I also use it as a sample board though for my monochromatic white background workshops. However, I’d like to finish it soon!

Thanks so much everybody — I have some absolutely THRILLING news to share with you in the next couple of days!

Always grateful, Chrysti

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New Collage Sheets to the June Mega Sale!

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Just a quick entry to let ya know that 8 New Sheets have been added! By Popular demand, the Gone to the Birds Collection & Women With Wings Collection has expanded! Go on — take a look!

The Special Deals, just for my blog readers are still valid — be sure to send me a note with the freebies you’d like… Some people have said the PayPal comments aren’t working properly…

Here’s a glimpse of the new sheets! — The Madly Rushing Chrysti

Gone to the Birds 2

Gone to the Birds 3

Gone to the Birds 4

Gone to the Birds 5

Ravishing Reds 3

Women with Wings 2

Greentastic 2

Greentastic 3

Quick? Ha! + Collage Sheet Mega Sale w/ Freebies!

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“Quick Project”… Ha! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!

(insert roaring laughter here)

That just may be one of the funniest statements ever made! (though the movie Knocked Up is definitely funnier — go see it! Hilarious!)

This I Pray

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This I Pray 3

“This I Pray” Collage Sheet Collection

The Backstory – The Thorn In My Side (Skip this if you just wanna jump to the free stuff)

Really, I oughta know by now, that anytime I put the word Quick & Project together… the exact opposite will occur. It’s insane, how a seemingly small project, or idea.. can run into so many teeny-tiny complications and consume so much of one’s time.

Passion for Purple

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“Passion for Purples” Collage Sheet Collection

As you know, I’m preparing for The Altered Abbey to open in just a few, way too short weeks.. it’s why I don’t have anything on E-bay, it is why I have very little on Etsy — it is why my pocketbook is draining faster than my camera batteries. What is one to do?

The collage sheets I listed, were a big hit! So much so that I decided to make more… but an unusually large number of people are having difficulty using Etsy, and really… waiting for a combined invoice is a pain, for both the buyer & myself.

So I had an idea.

A brilliant idea even!

I’ll just whip up a ‘quickie’ website to list the collage sheets on, until The Altered Abbey is finished.

Ha! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!

Yeah, as it turned out? Not quite so quick.

Slow in fact. T E D I O U S L Y slow even. Especially when you are rusty with the coding.

BUT alas, it is done! So PLEASE go check it out. Order something even. Tell me what you like, what you don’t. Just help convince me, all that time wasn’t for nothing! Keep in mind though, that it’s just there for a few weeks.

Toddlerific

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“Toddlerific” Collage Sheet Collection

The Good Stuff – The Deals – The Huge Raffle – Freebies

Lemme slip into my used car salesman hat for a minute… ALL.. yes, ALL the collage sheets are still being offered at the low, introductory price. Almost all of them are offered at under two bucks! Plus — I’m now offering amazing transparency sheets and other paper choices, for all the designs!

HOLY RAFFLE! Each collage sheet you buy from this site during the month of June will count as one entry into the Mega Collage Sheet Book Raffle! The winner will receive a coil bound book that has one copy of every collage sheet we offer at the time, on 90lb Premium Bright White Cardstock! A value of well over 100 dollars! So, Buy 10 sheets? Get 10 entries… and so on!

As you can see, there are also a bunch of new designs — with more to come asap!

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“Feather In Your Hat” Collage Sheet Collection

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“Brimming Beauties Collage Sheet Collection

A special deal, just for my blog readers — for every 7 sheets you buy, you get an additional free one — of your choosing! You’ll also get a bonus sheet, for every $25.00 you spend! Simply, write a note in the comment section as you checkout, stating which one you’d like! It’s that easy!

Greentastic

“Greentastic” Collage Sheet Collection

Thanks so much y’all & Please, please, throw over your good vibes & positive energy as i endure the next few weeks!

Hoping to write tomorrow — and show off come charms!

Artsy Hugs – Chrysti

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I’m Back.. With An Awesome Collage Sheet Bargain!

I know, I know… It’s about damn time..

Not only that I update here, but that I finally started creating & selling Collage Sheets!

Ravishing Reds

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“Ravishing Reds” Collage Sheet Collection

I had held off for so long, because I wanted to make sure I could offer professional, quality sheets – and now I can! Plus, they are all laser printed & printed on high quality, 90lb bright white paper — no flimsy here! All are images that I would, or have personally used.

I have begun creating them, with over 20 different ones to choose from so far… all offered at an AMAZING, introductory price — they are all $1.99 or under! (ok, I’m feelin’ too much like a used car salesman now).. I’ll be adding B&W transparency versions soon too.

Caged Birds

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“Caged Birds” Collage Sheet Collection

Special Offer!

You can check out what I have offered in my Etsy Store… the prices will be rising in a few weeks, so take advantage now! P.S. For my blog readers only — Get one free sheet for every 7 sheets you purchase — your choice of sheet! Be sure to send me a note when you order to make sure you get it!

Brimming Beauties

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“Brimming Beauties” Collage Sheet Collection

I’d love to hear what your favorites are — what you’d like to see more of, less of.. and any other constructive feedback you can offer – Thanks, y’all are the best! I’ll be adding more over the next few days. I can’t wait, to create some of the collage sheets I have in mind — but they will be time consuming, but well worth it — they won’t be like anything you’ve seen before!

Gone To The Birds

“Gone to the Birds” Collage Sheet

Feather In Your Hat

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“Feather in Your Hat” Collage Sheet Collection

Cat-panions

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“CATpanions” Collage Sheet Collection

Doggone It

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Doggone It - 3

Doggone It -4

“Doggone It” Collage Sheet Collection

Horsin' Around

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Horsin' Around - 3

“Horsin’ Around” Collage Sheet Collection

Blissfully Blue

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“Blissfully Blue” Collage Sheet Collection

Baby Love

“Baby Love” Collage Sheet

Women With Wings

“Women With Wings” Collage Sheet

— Chrysti (who has a lot to fill ya in on, but not a lot of time just yet… hence, the collage sheet announcement — a relatively fast post!)

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Help! Opinions Needed!

Alright y’all, the last few days I’ve spent creating (what I thought would be a 2 hour project) numerous designs for my e-bay store… I had decided upon a color scheme initially using this handy tool .. (that’s the scheme i initially wanted and may go back to..)… but so many things kept going wrong.. today i decided to scrap it, and try another route instead.

Help! Desperate for opinions!

What you see on the storefront here, is what i did … I was pressed for time, and out of motivation.

Thing is, I’m not so sure I like it. It unintenionally looks too Valentine’s Dayish to me, and almost… well gramma like… borders a so-not-my-taste-victorian feel.  I wanted somethign a bit grungier, and… well fresh? And as always, professional. Ugh.

Before I put the work into remodeling the rest of the main page, and the auctions… I wanted your feedback on it all, I may just go ahead tomorrow and try another new one. I just don’t know! I tend to never like much of anything I create for myself.

It wouldn’t be all that important, but I am going to pull all the items from the store, re-do them… then upload some again. Time consuming, and costly. The template will match whatever header i decide upon…. and I don’t want to add new items until i decide.  Ack, I’m rambling.. see what happens when I’m frustrated?

Please, Please share your honest thoughts!

Thanks! Chrysti

P.S. ( Yes! This means I’m close to opening The Altered Abbey!… Yippeee!)