Art: At the speed of life

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“Magic has often been thought of us the art of making dreams come true; the art of realizing visions. Yet before we can bring birth to the vision we have to see it.”
-Starhawk

Recently, I got the oh-so-wonderful  news that my talented friend Pam Carriker inked her name onto a book deal – I literally squealed with delight when I heard -as I know just how much effort and heart Pam put into making her dream a reality. Artistic talent aside, what draws me to Pam is her optimism and perseverance – she doesn’t give up, and I for one am thrilled about that.  For those of you who ever fret or get discouraged over rejection – Pam is an inspiring leader, and proof positive that the dreaded ‘no’ is rarely personal and can be almost always magically transformed into the yes you desired.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Thoreau

To make good new even better, she invited me to be a part of the experience – HELLO Cloud 9! I received my assignment a few days ago, and I can tell you – The topics she chose for me are among the top 5 questions I receive in my inbox daily – I think y’all will be thrilled. Between you & i … and from what I know of the book so far – I think it will be a refreshing viewpoint and quickly become one of the most referenced books on your bookshelf. 

As if that wasn’t enough, you can follow Pam along her journey here. If you have ever wondered what the process of writing a book was, the behind the scenes glances – this will become a must follow blog.

So thank you Pam for inviting me to be a part of this creative journey, and putting me in the midst of such wonderful company:

“Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for amazing things.”
Josh Hinds

Pam, once again my heartfelt congratulations – this is a much deserved milestone for you. Remember to take a few moments and savor it.

Won’t you join me in sharing her joy?

Warmly, Chrysti

35 Inspiring Dreamscapes

 “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” –Louisa May Alcott

(1) by ddulitz50

(2)  by My Baby Mia 

(3) by Krti

(4) by nachops

(5) by ~jjjohn~

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Showin’ Some Blog Love – Meet new Folks!

I have been ab-so-lutly horrible at keeping up with not only my blog, but also the blog awards some talented & kind folks have given me in our wonderfully creative community. So today, I am trying to set the record straight and pass on 2 of the recent ones I’ve been given, despite my absence.

It is ALWAYS a pleasure to know someone has sought you out, or thought of you kindly – I want to make sure y’all know that even in my absences, I am still more than grateful.

“Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.”

– author unknown

A big thank you to Ava & Alberta  for bestowing this on me– this certainly brightened my day! Have you checked out their blog? It’s full of eye-candy, so go take a peek!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blog.

(It really does feel good to cross items off a list, doesn’t it?)

I always hate choosing people, and narrowing it down… so my goal for today is to avoid listing the people I usually do, or have given past awards to.

The 7 people I nominate are:

1) Seth ApterOk folks, this is just talent oozing over the edges here. A sense of community, art-to-die for, and always something new to learn will be found here.

2) Natasha WestcoatThere is just something about Natasha’s work, words and story that I’ve felt some sort of conenction to. Weird how that works — when you feel you know someone, without really knowing them. She’es generous with information, tidbits, tips and has a good business sense. An example to us all!

3) Danielle Thompson Her blog always blows me away. It is visually stimulating, and I think everything this woman touches instantly turns pretty! She is a gifted photographer and crafter as well – and I am certain you will find her as inspiring as I do.

4) Cheryl Prater – Such a talented artist, with an awesome sense of humor — and now an author to boot! (Her new book  promises to be amazing, and comes out this fall!) Besides, Last time i tagged her for something her response had me laughing and laughing. So why not give her another drive by today…

5) Cate Prato The genius behind the Self-Portrait Book I’m so excited to be a part of, features editor for Cloth,Paper,Scissors Magazine … with a really diverse, nostalgic blog. I love how reading her blog is like a lil glimpse through a window of a house you adore. Anyone that can achieve that feeling, is a-ok in my book. Besides, she makes me laugh and tolerates how anal I am. How can I not give her one?

6) Michelle Beschen She just may win the title for queen-of-all-things creative! I began watching her show B Original on HGTV a few years ago, and was instantly mesmerized. I loved, loved, loved her ‘anything is possible’ attitude, and her creative spirit is a huge inspiration to me. I’ve always shared her same philosophy – to just try… I love that nothing seems to stop her! She’s taking my class in August at the Covenzione, which has a wee bit intimidated – but more on that later – it deserves it’s own blog post!

7) Ophelia Staton – I met this creative talent through my now-dead group Altered Raleigh a few years back, and she has JUST entered into blogland folks! Let’s give her a warm welcome!

Nici also bestowed the same award on me – She is a dear friend, that I truly want to work on getting to know better. She is a kindred Spirit of mine – and I felt an instant connection to her when our paths first crossed a few years ago. She is a talented artist, writer and all-around amazing soul. If you haven’t yet been exposed to her — go do it NOW, you won’t be sorry!

7 more people I nominate are:

1)  Jane Desrosier  – A new to me blog that I fell head over heels for! Videos, Amazing Prim Art Dolls and more await you here!

2) The Funky Felter – What do you get when you combine adorable, super cool felted items… business sense, and a willingness to share — well go and look already! Resources galore and her items truly do rock.

3) Susan Bernard – Bipolar wellness blog. I doubt she even knew I read her blog, but as y’all know Bipolar disorder is an illness that I live with, and it’s always helpful when I can read about others experiences with it as well.

4) Francesca Burras – Dancing Girl Art! really, is there anything she isn’t good at? Paintings, Books, and so much more. A generous, sharing spirit – you’ll enjoy reading her blog.

5) Donna CookI think I first become a fan of hers through ZNE – I love her blog, her enthusiasm, her art, and her willingness to share. Be sure to stop by it!

6) Tiffany Jane– Not only is she full of talent, but her blog & flickr are a delight to the eyes as well! If you haven’t gone beyond the vintage path – you most definitely should!

7) YOU!That’s right readers — anyone who maintains a blog deserves this! Sharing of yourselves, your work and glimpses into your lives are an extraordinary sort of everyday brilliance.

The truth of the matter is — I could spend days listing off blogs I love, people that inspire me, and talent that will blow your mind away. The world, the Internet, and our community is full of interesting people – so take a lil leap today, and an extra moment and extend your hand to one. Who knows what gift, or enlightenment you’ll receive simply by knowing them.

-Chrysti (who is feeling so, so disconnected lately)

My Love List :: What’s Yours?

Special thanks to MeganJane for sharing she likes purple’s   blog post & love list challenge. With that, I’ll start. 

:: the risk ::

I love an inspiring challenge.

I love the sound of rain tap-a-tap-tapping on an old tin roof and watching lightning storms seemingly dance over the ocean. I love the way light looks bouncing off my beaded garland on a sunny afternoon through my little kitchen window. I love simple, guilty pleasures to indulge my senses in. I love Starbucks iced venti skim mocha’s; especially sitting outside on a perfect spring day where that almost perfect light breeze is brushing your cheeks. I love the smell of autumn winds and the sounds of leaves rustling while the trees whisper.

I love custom gift wrapping in pretty colored boxes adorned with exquisite ribbons and perhaps even rustic branches tied on with twine. I love the smell of bookstores and the rush i get every time i walk into one. I love paging through old letters and diaries of people I never knew and imagining what their life must have been like. I love being connected with all that came before me. I love organizing, and making piles of trash bags to be wistfully carried away. I love finding that amazingly perfect conversation with someone you never expected outside at 2 am and staying up til dawn without ever realizing it. I love sunrises.

I love life’s little luxuries; breakfast in bed with cute pajamas on high-thread count, crisp and oh-so-cool white sheets. I love soft, cozy, squishy pillows that i can scrunch up and snuggle against; bonus points if they are cool. I love the sound of birds singing filling the air, and the way my cats crank their adorable little heads to watch. I love losing myself in a striking sunset and the joyous reminder that the world is filled with everyday beauty. I love old chandeliers with pretty prisms. I love hanging ornaments on a tree. I love google.

I love kitchenware; platters and pitchers and pottery that tells stories. I love using my grandmothers beat up old pots & worn down casserole dishes relishing the knowledge that her hands once were upon them as well. I love pausing for a moment, just to breathe that memory in. I love the original creaking, old, knicked-up hardwood floors in houses that are a century old and just begging to have their stories told. I love main streets and small towns almost as much as I love countrysides. I really do love dancing about when noone’s watching and fresh cut flowers strewn about the house. I love long, drawn-out and dramatic monologue’s and cheesy i-will-die-without-you-love speeches in movies. I love getting a french manicure and putting on a plush bright white robe after a shower. I love giggling when people fall.

I love writing letters with a micro-tipped  black ink pen on elegant stationery. I love envelopes sealed with a pretty sticker or better yet a wax seal. I love bakers twine wrapped around a stack of tattered old love letters with a strand just plaeading to be pulled. I love walking into paper source and touching every sheet of lush paper as I walk by it. I love pretty fabrics just begging to have my hands run over them. I ab-so-friggin-lutly love the genuine smile of a child at the precise moment you needed it or the kiss of a dog when you least expect it. I love serendipity. I love having the insides of my closets painted in pretty colors, and the suprise you get each time a door is opened.

 

 I love softly colored nature photos with smooth and silky bokeh. I love the smell of woodsy bonfires and the memories that rush back right along with it. I love going to Mt. Washington and peering over the city I was raised in. I love sitting amidst a crowd unnoticed and watching people pass by, observing them when they don’t necessarily know they are being watched. I love receiving a shipment of sharpies or caran d’ache watercolor crayons or faber-castell artist pens when every imaginable, glorious color is included. I love journals: small journals, big journals, journals covered in fabric, journals with pretty tassels, journals made by hand or laminated with eye-catching art. I love simple little moleskine journals, and elaborate journals with highly textured handmade paper. I love all the unclaimed dreams lying between each page. I love an iced-cold new castle beer on a sweltering hot summer day and a fresh white v-neck tee shirt paired with a pair of crisp new faded blue-jeans.

I love possibility. I love the never-ending plethora of options we have in life. I love the way words dance and I love talking in silly, nonsensical accents…just because. I love laughing; not just a simple  giggle or a slight chuckle.. but that from-the-gut super deep in-the-pit-of-your-belly laugh that often leaves you with tears running down your cheeks when you’re done. I love that life makes us smile, even when it breaks your heart. I love living, even when it’s not easy.. especially when it’s hard and delighting in the day it was all worth it. At the end of the day, I love being me and all the fateful flaws, hopeless optimism, oddities and eccentricities that entails. I love singing at the top of my lungs and not caring if it’s on key and the surprise that I was ‘caught’.  I love sarcasm, horridly bad puns and so-stupid-they are funny one-liner jokes. 

I love remembering all the things i hold dear, and truly love.

That… my friends, is my little list — for today anyway. I think i may just do this once a week, cuz’ boy oh boy did it make my day much lighter. I sense this coming on as a new theme for an art journal.

Now kiddos, let’s see your “love list”.

As she loves purple  said: “*I challenge you to make your own list. The only catch? You can’t include a single person you know on your list. No “I love the way my husband laughs” or “I love hearing my little girl call for me.” It’ll be tough, I know. (Think about it, I couldn’t include MOLLY on my list.) But this particular little exercise is about stripping away everyone who defines you and figuring out what you (not his partner; not their mother/daughter/sister/friend) love.”

Be sure to leave me a link to yours!

Warmly,
Chrysti