Assignment 52: Week 8, Photography Gear

Assignment 52: Photography Gear (by ArtByChrysti)

Assignment 52: Photography Gear (by ArtByChrysti)

I couldn’t decide which version of that photo I preferred, do you have a favorite? Which one whispers to you? So far, it seems the retro one is in the lead.

Assignment 52: Photography Gear (by ArtByChrysti)

I am totally in love with these 2 vintage Kodak Duaflex cameras I have, someday I’d like to own more and fill a bookshelf with their well-worn beauty. E-bay was the source of some incredible deals on them a few years ago when I first became obsessed with TTV photography.  I haven’t taken any shots in quite awhile, as my gear bag is already too heavy to lug around… but after rediscovering them last night – well, I sense a  TTV photo walk in the near future! Russ is the go-to guy on the art of TTV;  please check him out to learn more.

Since we’re on the subject of camera gear… I am lusting over the Blackbird Fly Twin Lens Reflex camera shown here… I don’t have a fun budget right now, but I’d be sooo willing to trade a large original painting, a print etc for one! Until it becomes my reality, I can at least dream… which as you know, is one of my all-time favorite past-times.

“Maybe because it’s entirely an artist’s eye, patience and skill that makes an image and not his tools.”
Ken Rockwell, Your Camera Does Not Matter, 2005

Love fun photography gear as much as I do? My photography wish list is full of other awesome things. Join me in the droolfest!

Are you participating in the Assignment 52 project as well? Drop me a comment so I can visit your interpretations of the theme too.

Hope you have a picture perfect day!


(practically) Free Ephemera/Foreign Text Lots here!

Remember the (practically) free fabric lots  & the (practically) free rubber stamp lots i have offered in the past? Well, with the closing of The Altered Abbey approaching and the total overhaul I am working on for my business, I am left with massive amounts of foreign text that i used to create the bestselling foreign text kits. They are just far too time consuming to keep stocked, so they are among the things I will no longer be selling.

My loss, your gain. I was feeling under the weather & out of commission yesterday, and the night before… during that time I created a bunch no frill, no fuss text kits to offer y’all while watching TV… read on.

Why am I offering these practically free?

Firstly, to save me the headache & time consuming process of measuring, photographing, and describing each item. There is days worth of that kind of work within these boxes … and I just can’t find the time or motivation right now.

Offering them like this, saves me from doing that workload — I’d charge more, but I know I’d hate spending alot on supplies sight unseen. Trust me though, these are all quality supplies that I either purchased to use myself, or sell in the store. Any flaws, or risks are noted below.

Secondly, I’m in a rush to clean out the store inventory. My studio and office is already overrun with supplies and I’d rather share these with folks who can appreciate it, then toss them away! Besides, I got my start thanks to some incredibly kind individuals who cut me a break, this is partially my way of giving that gift back. The value of each box is over what you are paying.

With that being said, here’s what I have to offer this time:

No Fuss/ No Frill Foreign Text Kits!  – same as what I carry in my store, but a heckuvalot more product for far less cash. These are no frill kits however — they are not packaged in plastic, or backed with cardboard. You may receive some bent pages, you may receive some torn pages… but all are great for collage & mixed media-work. The text is jam-packed into Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes as is – they are bulging over, and weights are noted below.  I stashed some aside for myself too. You get the same variety I was known for carrying — not just pounds from one book (boring!) –woot! Some pages are vintage, some more modern, a variety fo fonts and styles and paper textures. Some pages have illustrations, some don’t — it’s a potluck that I think you’ll love.

Just want one or 2? They are priced at $10.00 per envelope- (which includes the $5.00 for shipping). So you get approx. 2lbs of foreign text for just $5.00 — way cool. 

Want more than 2 envelopes?  I can toss them into a flat rate box to save you on shipping. 4 will just fit in  box – and the cost for shipping, and the text will only be $30.00 for 4, or $25.00 for 3 packs.

Offer is only open to US folks at this time – sorry! If they don’t all sell before I travel for the holidays (early Tuesday am) … I’ll open them up to international artists upon my return in the new year.


 3 Spanish Flat Rate Envelope Kits – approx. 2lbs a piece all taken

1 Danish Flat Rate Envelope Kit – approx. 2lbs  all taken

4 Now just 2 Left! Asian Flat Rate Envelope Kits – approx. 2 – 3 lbs a piece (two interested in but not yet paid for)

French Flat Rate Envelope Kits – approx. 2lbs a piece  all taken

1 Mostly French with a bit of other languages Flat Rate Envelope Kit – approx. 2lbs all taken

4   Foreign Language Variety Flat Rate Envelope Kits – approx. 2 lbs a piece  all taken

 2 German Flat Rate Envelope Kits – approx. 2lbs a piece  all taken

1 German & Asian Flat Rate Envelope Kit – approx. 2lbs

1 French & German Flat Rate Envelope Kit – approx. 2lbs all taken


To claim one (or more) leave a comment here, making sure to state which ones you want from the list above; you can wait for me to respond or send me the paypal payment right away at khryctee[at] In the event someone else claimed it, I’ll promptly refund it like always. I’ll edit this post as I receive payments, to reflect what has been claimed. Paypal Only. First come/paid, first served.

The catch is – you need to do this by tomorrow night, since I’ll be out of town for 2 weeks starting Tuesday am. I’ll get them all mailed prior to going, if paid for by Monday, December 22nd at 9 pm est. If they don’t all sell, i’ll revisit this upon my return!

I hope you’ll show me some of the creations you make using these!

Any questions? Just let me know!

Happy Holidays!,


Hope and Better Days ..

Remember this post yesterday? Well, did I ever ‘Scream’!  True to myself, I did it unconventionally allowing it to take form in my newest altered art piece… and wow.. the healing power of creating art… never, never ceases to amaze me. I blogged about the background earlier, it was one of the Try It Tuesdays canvas’s I experimented with…see it here.

 A Better Day
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A Better Day
This life’s a rugged way for us, But there’s a better day for us
8″ x 8″ Mixed Media Collage & Painting on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
Robert Ingersoll

Initially, I went up into my art room, just as crabby as could be .. really, I was in a downright foul mood. I chose this adorable vintage dog, as his sad face.. well, it just spoke to me. In that moment? I was that pitifully sad, almost hopeless puppy. His whole world began dark and gloomy.. but as I worked the piece.. something, well magical happened..

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

I wanted a better world, a more colorful world for the puppy…a happier place, as it’s what he so richly deserves. I wanted him to have wings, to soar.. to fly free.. My heart ached for him and I wanted him to have love, companionship…and hope for a better day. It was my desire that he find a whimsical world, where anything was possible. Little by little, both my mood and the piece began to transform before me.. it was an amazing experience.. and I am more then pleased with the result.

“We must learn to let go, to give up, to make room for the things we have prayed for and desired.”
Charles Fillmore

I’m gonna have a heck of a time parting with this piece, but alas.. finances (or my lack there of) need to win out this internal conflict.. so it’s for sale here. You can read a bit more about it there as well. It’s my hope, that this piece touches someone else, as it did me. It truly is a small part of me… amazing how that occurs isn’t it? Ahhh, better days ahead.

Remember Friends..
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
– Chrysti

Artwords – Indulgence

in·dulge (n-d lj)
v. in·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es
.1. To yield to the desires and whims of, especially to an excessive degree.

The theme for this week’s Artwords challenge was Indulgence … and what a source of inspiration it was! Though, I am not completely happy with this piece… I do so love what it represents…

Clicking the photo below will take you to a new window, and larger photo. I’m working on a better photograph…

“Indulgence of the Soul”
8” x 8” Art Squared on Canvas
One of a Kind, Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

I admit it…I indulge myself in small ways daily .. a Starbucks… a long bath…overpriced lip balm.. all truly wonderful little bright spots in my day.. but somehow, all those trivial, minute diversions, keep me from what’s truly important.. the nurturing, and indulgence of my soul… I find that so often, I’m running from moment to moment.. kinda like living a connect the dots puzzle .. that by the time the day has come to an end.. I have overlooked the things that heal me, touch me.. that transform me…

Well,  Enough is Enough!

Creating this piece, was a baby step for me.. a tiny step towards awakening, and acknowledging that inner part of me that needs as much as time, as much indulging as those I love, as much devotion as I give to my work, and the 101 other ways I stretch myself too thin. I lost myself in the making of this .. each stroke of the brush, line of the pen pushing me forward in my quest… It is my sincere desire, that it serves as a powerful reminder to indulge & nurture your own soul.

I will be putting this up for sale soon.. and will keep y’all updated when I do. But, for now … it will remain in my studio as a daily reminder of what it is I truly need to allow myself to indulge in.

Which bring me to my next announcement.. I find myself craving some ‘me’ time .. you know the kind, no phones…no computer…no people.. just pure, simple, chosen solitude.. my 32nd birthday is fast approaching (June 3rd) .. and I’m thinking, that’s just what I may do to celebrate … can anyone suggest some spots around or within a few hours of Eastern N.C.?

“The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed; there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennuis, vanish,-all duties even.”
  —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

xoxo — Chrysti

Net Finds..

TODAY ONLY!!! My Not So Secret Sale Day

Covet Me is my fabulous altered art & scrapbook supply store on ebay … it has become my baby, and my passion …(some days my pain in the behind!) … I pride myself in the items I carry, the quality, quantity, fast shipping, and the low cost … I’ve tried to create a store I’d want to shop in.. and offer the service I would expect from someone else. The support I’ve received is nothing short of fabulous.. and I’m thankful for it daily.

So today, I’m thanking all of you!

All Orders Placed (over $3.00), and Paid for today only… will receive:

  • Free Shipping!
  • Free Fibers!
  • Free Embellishment Pack!

IMPORTANT: You must send a note when you request your invoice.. stating you want the secret sale offer!! Orders paid for after today, do not qualify…In addition, I will be lowering prices on some of your favorites for  today only.. so be sure to stop on in!  

1,000 + Copyright Free Images FREE to use & download …  

Collage Image Mosaic

Collage Images is a Flick’r Group I started…. where we can share vintage, and copyright free photos, ephemera and more.. for use in our mixed media & collage artwork… it’s becoming a fabulous resource, with many generous participants .. I’d love to see you there! I will eventually be making the group private, so be sure to actually join it.. or you may lose access .. Best of All? It’s Free!

OooooAhhh... Take Your Chances, While Making a Difference !!

This caught my eye on one of my art lists .. I’m not affiliated in any way.. So many of us, (myself inluded) can relate to the stress of serious illness, and the financial toll… so I thought I’d try to spread the word here as well… besides, these prizes are oh so fantastic!! Prizes from Claudine Hellmuth, Lynne Perella, Lisa Vollrath & many, many more fabulous artisans! The proceeds of this raffle go to  help Sara of Manto Fev and her husband pay for medical bills.  Please take a look if you get the chance!