that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

Hey, you! Christy here. I am just SO very glad you stopped by! There are at least a bazillion photos, adventures and projects for you to DIY - so grab a cupppa whatever your vice is, and stay a spell!

Cover Girl, Contest & Cherished Surroundings

Cover Girl, Contest & Cherished Surroundings

Sheeeeeeeeeeesh...!

I think this is one of things I really, truly thought I had announced here... yet, somehow, I just hadn't. (Dontcha just hate when that happens?)...

Despite my delay, I am extremely proud to announce that I was fortunate enough to have my photo chosen to be on the cover of the Summer 2008 Issue of Life Images magazine, and as if that's not enough, I have yet another photograph inside the magazine !!!! If you haven't already seen it, be sure to take a look!

I dunno. It makes me feel all fancy & stuff. Gotta frame that baby now.

I couldn't resist taking the cliche shot of my cover on the newstands at Barnes & Noble. Doesn't it just pop amidst the sea of magazines? That secretly thrilled me. Wish I hadn't used my cellphone's not-so-good cam though. Can you believe there was no red carpet laid out for me? Noone even know who I was. Sigh. The NERVE of some people! (kidding folks, really!)

I love how Life Images takes these tiny, little snippets of life -- usually things we take for granted,or somehow deem insignificant... and makes them... well ... a bit more noticeable.. you know, where the ordinary suddenly transforms into extraordinary. I kinda think that's what life is all about.

With that thought -- I'm holding another contest.

The winner will receive an 11" x 14" matted print of that pretty photo & a big ol' pack of goodies to use in your art.

Your Mission? Should you choose to accept it...

To take a few minutes in the upcoming week and really, truly, try to breathe in the world around you. Try to choose surroundings you find yourself in frequently -- see if you can't spot something new to appreciate. Turn just a part of your otherwise ordinary day - and make it extraordinary! Bonus points if you take photos to capture the moment, create a journal entry around it, or write up a love list. I am challenging you to notice the things you usually pass by; the things you typically take for granted. We have so many gifts in this life -- we could all stand to appreciate them a bit more. Don't worry, I plan to do this myself -daily - this week too.

So, to qualify for the contest:

- Blog about your experience trying this, and yes shamelessly link to me, promoting this contest too. If you don't have a blog, now is a good time to start one!

- Come back to this post, and link to your post in the comments. I'll be posting links & summaries of all your entries when I announce the winner; and announcing the story behind this photo then too.

- Do this no later then Monday, August 11th 2008.

- Have fun with it!

I'm always amazed at the inspiration y'all provide me - thank you - each of you - for continuing to allow me that honor.

-Chrysti

:: extraordinary ::

:: extraordinary ::

1000 Artist Journal Pages; My Surprised Delight

1000 Artist Journal Pages; My Surprised Delight