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!

Free Images for All! New Art Too!

Crafty Chrysti

Did y’all know I craft as well? I haven’t spent nearly as much time on it as I would have liked this year, but it is still another one of my passions. I just love to create.. it’s really that simple! I listed one of my favorite crafts on etsy tonight.. these precious snowmen ornaments — they are my own design, and have always been popular for me. These 3 are all I have to sell.. so if you like them, best to grab them while you can! I don’t think I’ll have time to create anymore this year.

 Sammie Snowmen Ornament -Front

 Sammie Snowmen Ornament -Back

 Sammie Snowmen Ornaments

 Sammie Snowmen Ornaments -Back

Handmade OOAK Sammie Snowman Ornaments
On Etsy

Background Bonanza!

 Handmade Background

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a ton of fun experimenting with background techniques…and trying to invent my own :-) Here’s 2 I managed to get scanned before using…the rest have been used! I really do find creating backgrounds, to be the most rewarding & calming process of all. I’ve talked about it in depth, in past entries .. click here & here for some reading if your in the mood! If you poke around my blog archives, you’ll find more as well.

 Another Handmade Background

The scanner didn’t pick up alot of the depth these backgrounds have.. or the metallic accents, and shadows etc… so disapointing. Ah well, you get the idea.

New – Free Vintage Images!

 12/02/06 Vintage Freebie 4

I uploaded a bunch of new copyright free vintage images ( Birds, Old Ads, Kids & More) for y’all to use in your artwork today at my flickr site.. If you want a few thousand more, be sure to check out & join (free) my Collage Images group!

Thank You – Free Art Drawing!

Wow!! What a response to the giveaway so far! Y’all have NO idea how much that means to me.. it’s been a MUCH needed pick me up this week! For those that haven’t entered yet.. you still have plenty of time.. click here for details.. and yes, International Folks are welcome to enter as well!

BTW – The neocolors gave me blisters, because I rubbed super hard, with one bare fingertip … on the rough paper, to blend them well. Note to Self: Buy more Q-Tips. Also, I didn’t use cardboard to create the kinda 3d effect.. the letters are just mounted on patterned papers, then adhered to the sheet. Then I blended around it all with the Neocolors to make it all cohesive.

You inspired me.. to continue this past next week, and share some other pieces to raffle as well!

It’s been a hectic, but productive day here so far.. I’m getting ready to spend the next few days listing like crazy at Etsy & Ebay .. My Art, Crafts, and as always art & collage supplies.. plus some fabulous gift items!

Well, that was almost too much for one day eh? More tomorrow!

(I’m still stumbling through emails.. they are on my laptop, which reboots itself almost every 10 minutes — so its harder then normal, for me to reply to them all .. thanks for your patience! I get over 1300 emails a day..ikes!)