Day 13/29 Days of Giving is…

.. OK, i admit it

i almost skipped posting tonight

i feel a lil bit like i’m unraveling

coming apart at the seams so to speak ….

i have that not-enough-hours-cant-get-enough-done-crazy kind of mojo going

much like most of you do too …

…but as i mentioned yesterday

i love what a tight-knit community we are becoming ….

… and i feel a calling to weave this in even on the hardest of days

personally, its more rewarding to know i achieved it despite circumstances ….

…. see, the giveaway i initially intended to do today

will most likely take 3-4 hours to put together …

… since it’s 11 p.m. and i’m just darn fried as it is

i knew i wouldnt be happy with it if i didn’t give it my all….

and when im unhappy my skein just crawls …

…. undoubtedly it is now a crazy week since i remembered i’m travelling home

well, not that i remembered just realized it’s so close …

…what happened to that feeling we had as children

when Christmas couldn’t come fast enough?…

… here i go deliriously rambling once again

i really don’t mean to string you along ….

      “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – William Shakespeare

If you have not yet caught on to the punny clues, today’s giveaway has a lil’ sumthin-sumthin to do with my addiction to lush, beautfiul yarn.  A last-minute decision when i was foraging through the jungle I call my brain for a relatively simple but still somehow inspiring post & giveaway.

The expedition through my thoughts wasn’t going rather well. Scavenger that I am, I still find it difficult to navigate my own mind. Probably because it is shamefully tangled with weeds, random flowers and just chock full of roadblocks. That’s not even mentioning the dust & cobwebs.The insides of my head are a dangerously murky sort of place. At any moment one could get hit with any number of absurd thoughts and be led down yet another winding path. Sometimes though – lightning strikes, and things come to a brief halt.

I turned that proverbial corner and remembered seeing this project online.

Photo by Splityarn used under a Creative Commons License

Photo by Splityarn used under a Creative Commons License

When that lightning bolt struck? Instantly I knew – OMIGOSH! I have it! I have today’s giveaway. I said to myself:Self, show the readers how to do these. Surely there must be a few who have the materials lying around and who need a last minute gift or two themselves.

But why stop there? I don’t just want to show you these simple beauties. I want to create my version of them for you. I cannot resist leaving them quite that simple (unless that’s the way the recipients prefer them). I will give them a bit of my own craetive magic, and create some tomorrow. Since I have been wanting so very badly to spend more time creating – AND I’ve had an itch for doing ornaments in particular – especially ones I can fit into this crazy schedule — I shall make a few for my readers. Simplifying the giveaway, solved.

“I’ve always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I’ll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life.” -Karen Allen 

Photo by Splityarn used under a Creative Commons License

Photo by Splityarn used under a Creative Commons License

Since I gave my mind a workout already today, I can’t quite recall how many bulbs I have left up in my studio. I know there is at least 2. Possibly more. I’m bursting merely at the thought! I’d run up and see, but ya know.. I prolly wouldn’t return and all this would be for nothing.

I’d like to giveaway 6 – but am only promising 2 for now, since I know I can deliver those. If I do have more, I shall create more and as such – giveaway more. But for some reason, I am thinking I may have freecycled them. Hmmm…

Oh! To enter to win a one-of-a-kind handcrafted Chrystified yarn ornament –somewhat similar to those seen above  just do the following:

 If this poll thingy below works – answer it. Your answers decide the fate.

 Then Proceed:

  • On this post in the comments -Share a link, or an idea for last minute gifts – holiday, or year round and/or name your first born after me.
  • Really, I got nuthin else to ask tonight folks – me = fried.
  • Do this by: Sunday, December 21th, 2008
  • PLEASE keep Spreading  the word! Blog it, Tell your friends — the works! I’m amazed daily at the impact this project is having on people. I want it to be contagious, plus it fuels me to make it bigger & better! 
  •  Enter Day 0 Day 10 & Day 11 & Day 12
  • Check out the first batch of winners!
  • Check out the newly posted – second batch of winners! Is it you?

 Chrysti – don’t think the irony of yawn vs. yarn has escaped me for a moment tonight! How did this still take me over an hour to do? Sheesh!

Charmed, I’m sure

“There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.”
— Henry Van Dyke

I’m really not a jewelry kinda gal.

In fact, I cannot fathom why so many women are… (sorry ladies!)

I have a handful of pieces, that I wear to death.. all very simple, very classic… and all have personal meaning to me.

I do however, appreciate the craftsmanship… the styles, the colors… but aside from the occasional whim? You won’t find me wearing it. I’d be more comfortable walking around a formal dinner party in a tacky leprechaun suit, then to adorn myself with big necklaces, colorful bracelets, rings and god forbid — insert gagging sound here — toe & ankle jewelry (remember, I HATE feet). Why anyone in their right mind would choose to draw attention to their f… blech.

Now, all that being said — I have nothing against folks who love to accessorize, it just isn’t me. In fact, a part of me envies the freedom those women must feel to pull some of the pieces off.

“Nest” Mini Jar Charms by Chrysti
April 2007 – AAO Charm Swap
For Sale at Etsy

Months and months ago… I stumbled across this blog, where a group of 20 some, talented women & artists created these breathtaking charms.. and when they were all put together? Well the final product just sang to me!

Better yet? It brought back a host of wonderful memories along with a flood of ooey,gooey, mushy, sappy emotions.. for a pastime I once adored. I really don’t know where my passion for small things came from, all I know… is I fall head over platform heels for the tiniest of things — dollhouses & their accessories, charms, seashells, sharks teeth, really…mini anything….. and I always have.

Somewhere, I have stashed some favorite childhood charms, well… the ones i didn’t lose anyway. (sorry mom) I just find the small things…and not simply the material objects… the fine details in life, in people… so very fascinating… not many things, can capture my attention more then some small, secret treasure.. that feels as if it is just for me.

“Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.”
–Albert Camus

Anyhow — The Just Simply Charming blog more then peaked my interest, it pushed me to try making charms, which I had never really done before. Sure, I have created embellishments, danglies, adornments.. but never one someone may consider wearing! I’ve said it many, many times… I love being pushed outside of my comfort zone – as it truly is the only way you grow. So when the opportunity came up to swap some charms at AAO & at The Embellished Circus… I jumped at the chance!

I wanted to keep my bird theme going and present it in a new outlet… a challenge, and neither are quite what i initially envisioned — but what really is? The “Nest” jar charms have mini bird eggs inside of them, silver german glass glitter, and ‘nesting’ materials. They have faux copper leafing as well. The “Star Bird” charms each have miniature, amber, rhinestone stars. I tried to make the packaging fun as well — I’d love to hear your thoughts!

My final attempts, are what you see throughout this post… I’ll be posting tutorials at my site, shortly after it opens…and discuss the pitfalls I encountered along the way. I have a few extras, that I have for sale on Etsy of the “Nest” charms.. But the star bird ones, have already sold out.. If time permits, I may make some more…let me know if you want them!

“Star Bird” Charms by Chrysti
May 2007 – EC Charm Swap
Sold Out

“Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.”
— Jean Paul Richter

I haven’t received back my charms back from the EC swap yet, but the ones from AAO were amazing! Now, what to do with them all? You won’t find me wearing them… but I will be sure, to properly showcase them — and when I do…y’all will be the first to see!

I’m itching to make more — so if you know of any good swaps open, please share!

— Chrysti

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AAO’s Collab. Wall Hanging Assemblage

 The Shell Hunt
“The Shell Hunt”
Color: Bisque/Buff (beige type color)
One of a Kind 
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

One of the groups I’m so thrilled to be a part of, is Altered Art Obsession — A group that focuses on quality and reliability in swaps.. this bunch of artists holds so much talent! I’m honored to be in their company.

 Memoire Savoir
“Memoire Savoir”
Color: Rust
One of a Kind
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

I had dropped out of swaps this year, mostly due to time.. and to make time to get caught up… but this one? I couldn’t resist! Plus, I had a few months to complete them.. added bonus! I really do miss swapping, and can’t wait to have a bit more time to join in again.. hope is in sight!

 Punch
“Punch”
Color: Red
One of a Kind
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

Here’s the idea.. It’s a monochromatic, collaborative wall hanging assemblage ..

 Prettiest in Green
“Prettiest in Green”
Color: Green
One of a Kind
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

When we signed up for the swap, we each chose a color (I chose shabby/antique Ivory), and were assigned to a group. You create one 4″ x 4″ Canvas Board for each color in your group, then send to the hostess (TisJewel .. I love her swaps! ) .. she will then assemble them, and return them.. all in your color.. I probably did a terrible job of explaining that… but what do ya expect? My brain is fried!

 Bashful and Feminine
“Bashful & Feminine”
Color: Brown
One of a Kind
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

At any rate.. These photos are the results of my efforts.. I didn’t want to have my pieces be too busy, as they will be displayed alongside other creations.. so I thought more focus on textures, and tones would be appropriate. The backgrounds are where I spent most of my attention.

 Glistening Yellow Pleasure -1

 Glistening Yellow Pleasure -3

 Glistening Yellow Pleasure -2
“Glistening Yellow Pleasure”
Color: Yellow
One of a Kind
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

Sadly, these photos didn’t turn out well.. they don’t show all the depth, texture, and the different sheens & glimmers the backgrounds have. <sigh>. But at least it gives you a general idea!

 Bountiful Spirit - 1

 Bountiful Spirit - 3

 Bountiful Spirit - 2
“Bountiful Spirit”
Color: Purple/Plum
One of a Kind
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

I’ll be posting the rest of the wall colab canvases in the next few days.. my camera batteries died before I could finish photographing! Hope you enjoyed what I’ve done so far, as always.. I’d love to hear your opinions and critiques!

 Make Me Free -2

 Make Me Free - 1
“Make Me Free”
Color: Pink
One of a Kind
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

On another quick note .. check out this adorable danglie I listed on Etsy today! I think I may do an entire series of them.. can’t you picture them hanging off of curly branches in a vase with rocks.. or moss.. so many possibilities!

 Lovely Little Girl - 1

 Lovely Little Girl - 2
“Lovely Little Girl” : For Sale Here

One of a Kind Birdhouse Danglie/Ornament
2.25″ x 2.25″ Collage on Wood
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist ~Chrysti~

Don’t forget to check out the special deal I’m offering y’all in my store this weekend, new art I haven’t shown here yet there as well.. see yesterday’s post for details!

Thanks! More to come later – Chrysti