My Lil’ Studio & Organizing Tips – A Video Tour on Vimeo

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Meet the bane of my existence today – that video above. It only ended up online, so that I felt like I completed something and the day didn’t become a waste. I did however learn alot, and tomorrow I’m sure I’ll see that …not right now though. Trying to figur eout some conversion stuff, get the widescreen format back — the waviness out…blah blah….

SO sorry for some of the waviness in this! While I was a bit shaky while filming it (handheld) … converting it to a smaller file made the quality terrible with motion… I am still trying to learn all of the ins & outs here. Online I come.

I almost didn’t upload this, but since some of you asked.. I did. Note to self: when filming other videos, don’t talk/move for 13 minutes straight with sinus/cold stuff. You get winded & lightheaded and sound like the proverbial dofus – good thing I’m ok with making a fool of myself!

I am learning all this video stuff, so I can bring y’all High-quality online workshops. I could just do the quick/easy way now, but I really want them to be good.  Worth more than you pay for, and yeah..I am a perfectionist.

My Studio

Anyway – Hope this helps a bit, or at least one person with studio organization. (Obvious I am annoyed eh?)

Links mentioned in the video:

Other artists whose work are in my room:

and that list is by no means, all-inclusive! Will add to it as time permits! Chrysti

Day 7/29 Days of Giving is…

…ok, promise not to get angry with me

but today’s giveaway, well..

.. i totally am gonna cheat

i have to ….

…. well, i suppose i don’t actually have to

but i’m gonna, because it’s actually responsible of me …

{insert applause here}

… man, whomever that proverbial ‘they’ is

hit the proverbial nail on the proverbial head ….

… when it rains, it friggin pours

unless you look at my blog ….

…. which is magically snowing – a nifty feature

at any rate i’m having daily issues with my oh-so-soon-to-be-fired-webhost ….

….. trying to transfer to a new one without interruption to the store

finishing my new site along with internet connection issues ….

…. and today my fancy schmancy printer decided to go berzerko, and i can’t do prints

so basically, all my work stuff is hitting the proverbial fan ….

…. wow …. i sure like the word proverbial eh?

i’m not telling you this for sympathy or anything ….

… it’s just part of life

granted, an extremely irritating part of life …

… but nonetheless an inevitable part of it

omigosh!!! my cat Sophie is trying to climb into this small opening of a big box

it’s hysterical! ….

where was i? sorry.. she’s a trip

yeah, anything technology related in my life seems to have this wounded inner child

… so due to time constraints

that those pesky technology gods bestowed upon me …

… i am almost-ashamed to admit i am cheating today

how you ask? …

Well I’m kinda re-doing a giveaway I already did. See, 100 of you didn’t enter the fabulous Cloth, Paper, Scissors (omigosh this cat is so bad – shes a nut tonight!) Studios contest – so I only drew 1 winner. Shame on those who didn’t partake in the fun! Which leaves me with this beautiful extra copy and a blog post already written.


So, go back and read that if you haven’t already. Then return here. I am changing a bit of the contest portion up.

Here’s the nitty gritty on entering to receive this copy:

  • Answer this  “If you were a tree, what would be carved into your trunk?” and/or tell us your favorite studio organizing tip. If all else fails answer this: Peanut Butter or Jelly?
  • Feel free to do a lil more schmoozing by lying through your teeth and saying by far my studio is the best in the issue, much less the world.
  • Do this by: Monday, December 15th
  • Spread the word. Enter Day 0 & Day 6
  • Check out the first batch of winners!

Here’s to hoping the technology gods were far kinder to you today!


Day 5/29 Days of Giving is…

as i opened this to blog today…

…one word instantaneously sprang to mind


… you inspire me, truly inspire me

do i tell you all that enough?

…. for those who may be having a day, where they doubt their value

please know, I cherish you … even if we haven’t formally ‘met’ …

…  wow! the smiles, and much needed laughter you gifted me with

have been a godsend today! …

… every time i craved a bit of refuge from the pain

i popped on here to read a few of your comments…

…and left feeling brighter, lighter, and a bit happier

but i have to say…

… some of you? have horridly bad taste in jokes & puns!

which, tickles me …

…’cause i love a really good bad joke

almost as much as people falling

..isn’t that terrible of me?

back to your horridly bad taste… we totally need help…

like serious help.

ha – that’s what creating is meant for!…

… i found the start of my healing within creating & the humor today

thank you, for providing me with a safe, smile filled place to visit …

… which actually, unintentionally leads me to today’s giveaway

focusing on another one of my havens….

…. go ahead, guess

hint… every artist or createatarian needs one….

My Studio

If you guessed my studio, you hit the proverbial nail on the head! Have you seen my studio yet? If not, clicking here will to take you that photoset on Flickr, I’d love to have you visit!

And no, I am not giving my studio away – I may be a lil’ nutso, but I am not quite THAT far gone… (yet anyway). However, I’d be willing to trade for a larger stand alone cottagey shed, withcustom cabinetry located in the middle of the woods… My studio isn’t much, but it’s mine. I did the best i could, with what I have; it suits my needs. We all may dream of bigger & better — but this truly does suffice for me.  It is the room that houses tiny treasures, harbors big dreams and allows me a refuge from the rest of the world. It’s the one place I find a comforting sort of solace. It is the one place I can truly just be.. me.


I talk more about it in the current issue of Cloth,Paper, Scissors Studios (p. 45). Which is my own personal favorite new magazine of the year. I was soooo bummed that I couldn’t meet the deadline when Cate asked me to take part in Issue 1 … so needless to say, I was thrilled when I got a second chance! Plus, I got to share the spotlight with friends like Lia and Tiffany … Lia & i had a few phone calls where we obsessed on how obsessive we were. It was nice to know I wasn’t alone! Her studio is super cool, be sure to check it out in there too (p. 49).

What really sets Cloth,Paper, Scissors Studios apart from other studio type publications is that it doesn’t just focus on these lavish, dream spaces most of us will never have in our lifetimes. It shows a tremendous amount of real spaces with real people. Everyday folk like you & I. Heck, some of the spaces aren’t even studios – they are corners of a living room, a closet — it’s just jam packed with ideas, inspiration, and solutions that anyone can apply. It’s not often you find practical and beautiful all wrapped up in one pretty package ya know. If that’s not enough – it also has tutorials, and projects geared towards your space and organizing tips & tricks.

 Chrysti's Magazine Files

I even have a lil’ project in the online extras – simple, stylish magazine ( and other things) files. Super easy. Super cute. If you make some, be sure to show me how they came out! For the curious – I scored the bases at an Ikea. I have another set (shown in other pics) of these plain-jane cardboard magazine holders that I covered with color copies of ephemera, mostly personal family documents and letters from my grandparents. It’s beyond comforting to see their writing daily!

When I open my new site — I will be adding a regular column on studio organizing, since it’s one of the most frequently asked questions I receive. You can check out these past blog posts of mine, for some tips I have already put out there.

To prove to you just how awesome this special publication is — I will be giving away not one, but two copiesof this in today’s giveaway — that is, if we get over 100 entries/comments. So make sure to tell your friends, so two of you can be lucky winners. And hey, why not let us see your space in one of the future issues? The amazing crew over there is accepting submissions. Pokey talks about it on her blog here.

You can read about my favorite supplies in the issue — but I thought I’d share some of my other favorite things with you too. For sentimental reasons – I lovingly treasure the tacky, I-would-never-in-a-million-years-choose-this-for myself, poorly made, dust magnet of a curio cabinet as it was my Grammas. Each & every time I look at it; I am instantly taken back to the day she bought it – how this amazingly big, heartwarming smile adorned her face, the pride she had when her doll collection filled it, how she lit up when she’d show it off; it was as if she had purchased the Taj Mahal… and I am instantly inspired every time I sneak a glance. I want that emotion and pride to come forth in my work, which is why it’s placed in my studio.

My big cozy chair and a half was an amazing score during a going out of business sale. Without a doubt it’s where you’ll find me curled up to read, paging through magazines, and sometimes I even journal there. My iPod is almost always blaring in my studio, as music and the brightness of my room just infuse me with an artistic energy I can’t find elsewhere.

Chrysti's Studio  Chrysti's Studio - Close-Ups

I can’t leave out my charm chain that is draped over my chandelier either. It’s a storybook without words; as it holds treasures from my travels, memories of my childhood, and is filled with gifts that have been given to me, or I gave to myself! Each charm holds a value to me that is beyond measure and it’s truly the stuff that dreams are made of.

No offense to y’all: but I’d rather be in my studio than blogging tonight – so here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post, answering one ( or both ) of these questions “What do you love about your creative space?” and/or “What would you most like help organizing in that space?” If you don’t care for one of those, then merely just do a lil schmoozing by lying through your teeth and saying by far my studio is the best in the issue. We all need a lil’ denial don’t we?
  • Do this by: Tuesday, December 9th. Winner or Winners will be announced then!
  • Still time to enter these giveaways too! Day 0, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, & Day 4

Pretty Organized, ATC Giveaway!

 “Organize your life around your dreams – and watch them come true.”

And that quote is precisely why I’ve been more then a bit lackadaisical in posting here…

 20 Will Not Come Again...

 20 Will Not Come Again...

“20 Will Not Come Again”– For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

” Don’t agonize. Organize. “
~Florynce Kennedy

I’ve been sticking to my goal, of tackling all the organizing my life needs to move ahead. I am beginning to see a small, visible difference, and slowly I am feeling the effects of my efforts.. while I’m nowhere near done, my motivation level is high – A shame to waste that! Since I was a child, I’ve had a passion for arranging things, organizing them, and displaying them… a love I never really lost, just an interest I lost time for. Now, I’m making the time! Fabulous!

I used the ‘no time’ excuse for far too long, now – on days where time is too short — I simply set a timer for 15 minutes, and focus on one area.. it is truly amazing what you can accomplish in 15 minutes! Give it a try if you haven’t already!

The added bonus, is that I’m beginning to feel in charge of my own life again – sounds so simple, but it’s a huge feat for me. Not only does it boost my confidence and lighten that perpetual load I carry… but it allows me to make decisions that give me control – instead of letting all the things around me, dictate that.

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.”
~Louis Parrish

Since I still have full day’s work ahead of me, and it’s already 4:30 p.m. .. I thought I’d simply share some of the pretty things I’ve seen around to help organize. They keep me inspired to keep sifting through, sorting out, and tossing the items I don’t use, want or need. I plan to reward myself with at least one of these items when all is complete!

 Storage I'm Getting for my Art Studio

This is the main storage unit I’ll be getting for my art studio ( the larger one, in white)… I don’t want supplies too visible, so I’m searching for containers, bins, etc to use on it! Though it’s not my dream storage, it’s functional, looks nice, and affordable. I’m thinking of a yard sale to sell off all the old plastic drawer units that I detest so much.

I’m also on the hunt for pretty, clear, affordable glass jars (for ribbons, buttons, etc) I can buy in bulk… any suggestions?

3 Pretty Things To Organize With

Cavallini & Co. File Folders

Lyckeby Storage Boxes

Lang Desk Sets

Things to make pretty for organizing!

Unfinished Mini Chest

Magazine Holders

Which leads me to today’s giveaway… share your ‘pretty things to organize with’ links in the comments section.. I’m craving suggestions, and unique products! Everyone who does, will get an assortment of ATC’s I have thinned out from my personal collection! I’ll contact you privately within a few days to get your address :-)

 Guide To Romance

“Guide to Romance” – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist – Chrysti

 “If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much.”
~Tom Krause

Isn’t it time that you too tried something you didn’t think you could do?


Authenticity, Life & It’s Process

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.
–Robert Louis Stevenson  

So, here’s the deal…

I think we get sooo wrapped up in the final product sometimes, we lose sight of the process. It’s the process that heals, the process that soothes and invigorates, it is the process that is a reflection of your soul, your heart … and your mind. The process is where we gain the most wisdom, and hence.. arises the true value. It is the process, that I find most freeing.

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
–William James

If you could peek into my studio right now (you’d prolly call Molly Maid).. you’d see stacks of canvas’s, objects, books and papers all with intricate, layered, rich backgrounds … I’m absolutly addicted to creating these.

I wish I could tell you just what it is that captivates me about creating backgrounds.. they soothe me, and I could spend days just immersing myself into the process..

cut.. tear … glue…add layersremoving paint.. need more paint.. try something newstamp here.. add texture herewipe off there.. transfer hereoopshere too ..

You get the idea. It’s a challenging sort of random mundaneness.

Problem is, I just can’t seem to cover them up!

Everything we see is but a mirror of what we are.
— Gerald G Jampolsky

It’s not unlike life.

In fact, I think it’s an accurate reflection of my life. I am drawn to what it is we don’t see, the things the are true.. the facets of life that are bare, raw …and soaked in authenticity. The genuine. I look past what you first see, and find what lies beneath .. People, things, places .. are never just what they appear to be.. they are merely a carefully crafted image.

What I find exciting, sometimes scary and often eye-opening .. is … you guessed it .. the process … how that image came to be.

No matter what your work, let it be your own. No matter what your occupation, let what you are doing be organic. Let it be in your bones. In this way, you will open the door by which the affluence of heaven and earth shall stream into you.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson  

So what does all this insane rambling have to do with my latest piece?  

100% Authentic – 8″ x 10″ on Canvas – One of a Kind – April 2006

 100% Authentic

Click Here to See Larger Photo

While your eye is initially drawn to the woman (an altered image from a Teesha Moore collage sheet).. it’s the background of this mixed media collage & painting that tells the true story .. one I’ll let you tell yourself. What is it you see within it?

I’ve been drawn to birds, nests, and eggs for years now .. For me? They are strong symbols hope, re-birth, and the endless cycle of life.

This painting, much like the butterfly .. whose beautiful, outstretched, wings lend them freedom.. it’s a metamorphosis of sorts. It is authentic ..and never, ever truly complete.

The universe will pay you to be yourself and do what you really love.
–Shakti Gawain  

Ok, Ok, that quote is a really poor attempt at subtly letting y’all know this is for sale on E-bay.

Will today be the day you decide once and for all to make your life consistent with the quality of your spirit? Then start by proclaiming, “This is what I am. This is what my life is about. And this is what I’m going to do. Nothing will stop me from achieving my destiny. I will not be denied!
— Anthony Robbins

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
–Oliver Goldsmith

 Now i’m off to “preach” with my life ..not my keyboard! – xoxo Chrysti