One, Quick Question – Please Answer!


If you were a food… what food would you be and why?

Extra Credit: If you were a beverage, which one would you be & why?

Just in the mood to get to know my long, lost readers again! Won’t you leave me a comment witht he answer?  Yes, I’m phasing my way back to the blogosphere slowly…

Warmly,  Chrysti

Are YOU one of the 10 Winners?


If you think, for one moment… that stating May 2nd the winners of the Caption Me! Contest would be announced was a lie .. well.. err… you would be SO wrong. It was a typo, yes a typo. That’s it!( Is anyone else now singing that commercial… it must have been a typo, a typo, a typo… ). Seriously though… I had every intention of announcing the winners then, but the time to format all the entries just wasn’t available to me.

Which is precisely why I decided to award more entries a prize!  

There are now 10 winners vs. 3!

Instead of choosing my favorite submissions (really, how is a girl supposed to choose) I used the list randomizer to select the winners – they are shown below in red! The 10 submissions chosen will be receiving a fine art photography print of mine, matted & ready to fit in an 11×14 frame! (Value of $30-$40.00). If your caption appears in red, please email me – khryctee [at] – within the next week to receive your prize. I will notify winners if I get a chance — but it’s up to you to contact me so your prize isn’t forfeited! I’ll reply to your email with all applicable info. CONGRATULATIONS!

 The Submissions:

  1. “should l glue, paint, weave or knit?” Judy Scott
  2. “Got floss”?  – Lia
  3. “Hmm, what can I make with this?” Cheryl
  4. “Hmmm….smells like…fresh roasted peanuts!” – Lindsay
  5. “Where’s the Atkin’s Diet when you need it…!”– Lindsay
  6. “I’m sure this string bikini will fit…I’m just big boned!”Linda
  7. yarn over, knit 2, pearl 2, increase…..or was it decrease?” – Doreen aka LuniLady
  8. “Oh oui, I love zee smell of new straw! Should I sleep on it or make a new chapeau?” -Bunny
  9. “First Come, First Served!!” – Vicki
  10. “No, Mr Sparrow this is NOT your future home, it’s my future craft project!! Now, step away from the straw and no one gets hurt!!!” Vicki
  11. “That’s it! That’s the last straw!” blendedcolors
  12. “Knit one, purl two!” Mrs. Kwitty
  13. “OOOOO! Raffia! Just what I need to finish that ATC.” – Mary W.
  14. “How long is this straw? Will it make a nice necklace with the acorns I hid?” – Mary W.
  15. “If this is long enough I might be able to craft a belt.” – Mary W.
  16. “Hmmm. Should I weave this for the handle of the shoulder bag or not?” – Mary W.
  17. “Shall we discuss this over a nice Chateau?” Brandie
  18. “Fiber, that’s the key to weight loss.” – Glenda J.
  19. I love Feng Shui, but should should I put this in the “fame” quadrant, or maybe, “relationships?”-Christie
  20. “Hmmm… smells like chicken, tastes like chicken… must be chicken!” Stuart Vail
  21. “Due to the suffering economy, the witness protection program is having to tighten up their belts as well…”  – bengalsfan1973
  22. “This waxed floss just isn’t making it for me.” TheNhBushman
  23. “I WILL stick with the diet. I will … I will!”Robyn
  24. “Prarie Floss”  – AdamT4
  25. “It isn’t quite a milk mustache, but it will do…”  – Kraften
  26. “Knit one, pearl who?” –BonnieBlueDenim
  27. “Dude, This is some PRIMO hemp, Holmes!”spurmarks
  28. A glimpse of the rare sub-species of prarie dog– the prarieblood hound:
    “hmmmm…(sniff, sniff) I’d say that they passed by here about….*sniff*…about 3 hours ago.” – Larry the Amateur
  29. “Ernesto, connoseur of fine grasses and hay, is pictured here carefully reviewing this year’s production before shipping worldwide.”Larry the Amateur
  30. “You MUST pay the rent!”english dixie
  31. ((sniff, sniff)) “Nice bouquet, strong wood undertones with a hint of fruitiness.”  –TheCrayonBin
  32. “Enquiring prairie dogs want to know: how did I get fat on THIS?” – 4tuneseeker
  33. “Come now, this won’t hurt a bit.”4tuneseeker
  34. “My name is Pierre and I have a big moos-tash!” – Emma
  35. “It’s so hard to accessorize these days.”Sally Turlington
  36. “Now I’m sure there was a needle here somewhere…….” – LizBeth King
  37. “You know, with a little alfredo sauce, this wouldn’t be so bad…”AntTree
  38. “God, I wish this was chocolate.” Bianca
  39. “Ah yes. Vintage 2006……. South side of the paddock, I think. A cheeky little stalk that will only improve with a little aging.” – IanSand
  40. “knit one pearl two…damn where are my glasses” – phicon99
  41. “Yummy for my tummy, I love staying in for dinner”rosegardener55
  42. ” Got Straw?”Gina Smith
  43. “What Jabba the Hut did after retiring from Star Wars.” Gina Smith
  44. “Unadorned” – Flory Brick
  45. “Does this outfit make me look fat?” Kris Hubick
  46. “Ah yes, Just one more step and my plan will be complete.” Kris Hubick
  47. “Smells like chicken.” Kris Hubick
  48. “My new mustache will drive her crazy!” Kris Hubick
  49. “DIY Halloween Costume” Kris Hubick
  50. A digital submission, see Picture below: petit babycakes 

 Caption Me Contest Submission

Can I just say: I reallllllllllllyenjoyed doing this contest. All of your incredible submissions made me smile and truly brightened my days. I will definitely host more of these! A big thank you to all of you who submitted entries! I will be offering my prints the winners are receiving for sale soon … in the meantime, there’s a handful at etsy (sans mats though).

Off to work on another blog post — Yup. You heard me right. Another one!


Caption Me Contest! – Win an 11×14 matted Print!

 I took this cute photo last week on my trip to Washington D.C. at the National Zoo … I love all the humorous possibilities it holds, and decided to see what you thought too!

So here’s the deal & pesky rules:

1.) Caption It! Come up with a funny or cute short caption, or mini-story (paragraph or less) to  accompany this prairie dog who I think, appears to be going incognito with his handmade mustache.

2.) Place your caption on my flickr photo (preferred) or if you don’t have a flickr account, here on my blog. Putting it anywhere else gets you DQ’d. Ick. Who wants that?

3.) Do it by/through May 1st, 2008. As many captions as you want. Who am I to limit creativity?

4.) Spread the word! Let your friends, family, blog readers know and have a chance to enter too!

I’ll pick my favorite 3 and announce them on May 2nd, 2008! Additionally, all entries will be archived on my website, linking to the contestant’s flickr site or blog. What Fun! Who knows, maybe I’ll offer out more prizes too.. stay tuned.

Winners will receive/choose a fine art print of mine, matted & ready to fit in an 11×14 frame! Woot! I’ll try to make a set on flickr of the prints available, and post them here so you can see the choices.

So whatcha waitin’ for? Get Captioning!


Art Mishaps 101 or…


6″ x 12″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

perhaps this post would better be called… why Chrysti is a big ol’ dolt.

With so many new canvas’s to post (and more to come), a big distaste for posting here just to sell, and too much on my plate to devote to a lengthy blog entry… I have decided to share with you some art mishaps that have happened upon me in the last few weeks. I swear – I have been all out of sorts. Like way out of sorts. I’m not sure a bigger airhead can be found!

Life's Deepest Joy

“Life’s Deepest Joy”
6″ x 6″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

Lesson #1: When watching tv and creating paper scrap quilts, pay more attention when applying lip balm, as glue sticks have an eerily similar shape. Thank Heavens for the whole nontoxic thing.

Lesson #2: When feverishly working on backgrounds in front of the tv (are we sensing a theme here?) with a quart of matte medium open right next to your Venti Iced Mocha… resist the urge to unwrap your straw and push it in without looking. You just may find that the straw ends up in your matte medium instead.

Lesson #3: Since we’re already on the Starbucks addiction – when in your studio, and singing at the top of your lungs while applying gobs of gel medium to a piece… be careful not to rest the brush inadvertently against your Venti Cinnamon Dolce Latte lid, as when you next to go to take a sip you may get an unpleasant surprise vs. the cinnamony goodness you expected.

Lesson #4: Mason Jar full of dirty paint brush remained water next to your glass of water… yeah, not such a good idea. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Full of Love

“Full of Love”
6″ x 6″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

Lesson #5: Gloves really may be a good idea when working with inks and dyes. Nothing is more festive then bright red hands though!

Lesson #6: If you decide to be girly, and take the time to do your nails.. don’t hop right up into your studio and paint. It’ll all need to be redone.

Lesson #7: Needles go through fabric, not skin.

Lesson #8: There really is a reason why you are warned about toxic fumes in closed surfaces. Nail Polish Marbling, indoors… is NOT an odor you want in your house, or head. Granted, that happened awhile back…but I am still recovering!

Go With Your Heart

“Go With Your Heart”
6″ x 6″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

I’m sure I am forgetting a few… but ya get the idea. So can you prove me wrong — Or am I truly the biggest ditz out there these days? Have your own ‘mishaps’ to share? Blog them and let me know in the comments, or just leave a comment with your own silly blunders! Art airheads UNITE!


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Crabby Chrysti, Not so Crabby Art


  “Character” – On Ebay
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media & Collage Art Squared
By Raleigh, NC Mixed Media Artist Chrysti

 “You know it’s a bad day when you put your bra on backwards and it fits better.”

Initially, this post was going to be one long rant — but I thought better of it. It was one of those god-i-wish-i-never-rolled-outta-bed kind of days, and my attitude, well… suffice it to say, it’s anything but positive. BUT rather then bore you with a middle school tantrum, informing y’all of how right I am, and how wrong everyone else is .. I am just going to surf some blogs, look at photos at flickr, and go create .. and hope to put a spin on this nasty mood I’m in.

 Exist in Equilibrium

 Exist in Equilibrium

  “Exist in Equilibrium” – On Ebay
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media & Collage Art Squared
By Raleigh, NC Mixed Media Artist Chrysti

“On a bad day, I have mood swings – but on a good day, I have the whole mood playground”
~Charles Rosenblum

Really, what’s it matter if I can’t catch a break today right? It’s one day out of a lifetime of them, and maybe tomorrow it’ll be my turn to win…. (and if not, look out world! ha!)

 The Best is Yet To Come

 The Best is Yet To Come - Shimmer View

  “The Best is Yet to Come” – On Ebay
2.5″ x 3.5″ Mixed Media & Collage ACEO ATC
By Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

So, yeah… ummm… after that minute-lil-long-winded way of saying I’m really, very, very crabby.. I’m showing ya my newest pieces for sale  — I’d like to see any marketing genius top that for a sales pitch. Really, don’t be scared, I promise not to bite your heads off or anything… I was in much better moods when these were created, and will be when I send them! Promise!

 When You Smile

  “When You Smile” – On Ebay
4″ x 6″ Mixed Media & Collage OSWOA
By Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

By the way, My auction offer still stands from the other day:

  SPECIAL!! Be the first bidder, and if you win.. and tell  me you saw this deal in my blog  — and an embellishment or  ephemera pack – your choice!

And yep — if you are the first bidder, and win, on multiple auctions.. you get one for every piece you score!

Looking for an even better deal on top of that? Check out this week’s MEGA Holiday Sale Package!

 Steady Joy

“Steady Joy” – On Ebay
4″ x 6″ Mixed Media & Collage OSWOA
By Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 B, Bird

“B, Bird” – On Ebay
4″ x 6″ Mixed Media & Collage OSWOA
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 The Winter Noon

“The Winter Noon” – On Ebay
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media & Collage Art Squared
By Raleigh, NC Mixed Media Artist Chrysti

     “Most of the time it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you’d look out your  little window and think, “Boy, I’m glad I’m not out in that.””
~ Jack Handy


P.S.  Don’t think the irony on the topics in these pieces vs. my mood is lost on me. Must be the universe’s way of reminding me to get over it already, which frankly, I find annoying right now! Hmmph!

Blog Block – Help!

“The writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do.”
~ Donald Barthelme

I have a serious case of blog block… I’ve been staring at a blank screen for 10 minutes now. Whenever I’m burning that metaphorical candle at both ends, I seem to lose any ability to communicate effectively. A trait I tend to find endlessly frustrating. C’mon throw some topics my way before I get terribly irritable.

“Wake the happy words”.
~Theodore Roethke

At least I haven’t hit an art block yet.. (quick! someone grab me some wood to knock..) It does feel good to be meeting my goal of creating and listing daily… pain is a powerful motivator! So, dental fund here I come ! You’ll find my latest offerings on E-bay below.. Thanks for any bids, looks and comments! Y’all know it means the world to me.

 Live to be Remembered

Live to be Remembered – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 Thankful & Glad

Thankful and Glad – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 A Poetic Life

A Poetic Life – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Homer: “Marge, is this a happy ending or a sad ending?”
Marge: “It’s an ending. That’s enough.”
~The Simpsons

Ha! – Chrysti