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!

{Echo} Week 6- 'Face' Roundup

{Echo} Week 6- 'Face' Roundup

Can you believe someone intentionally ran over that sweet kitten? Look at that face!

His name is Benjamin Franklin, I rescued him and will tell you all about it soon.

Have I mentioned I canceled cable? Yup. Cold turkey.

That's right, no more cable (or the bill) - just what i can pull in by the air & DVD's for my media amusement. Although I miss my DVR tremendously... the free time I have gained has more than made up for it! Better yet? Whatever I watch is intentional ... that might not sound like much, but wow.. what a difference it makes in how I feel. Controlling all that noise around me, has really helped reign in that mental chatter I battle daily.

"How can you sing Mr. Fish with a mouth full of water?" - seen in the movie below

Much like this week's {Echo}; the movie I chose to watch- (Henry Poole Is Here) last night also worked within with the theme of 'face'. Serendipity! I found the story to be incredibly moving and profound - in that understated but potent sorta way. It left me contemplating life, really living it (not just watching it pass by) ... and absolutely reminded me of the importance H O P E plays within all of our lives.

I asked on twitter where people find hope, if they believe in it ... and I loved, loved, loved @christeno 's reply ..

Christen hit that proverbial nail right on the head, didn't she? It's a lovely message, and an ever lovelier way to live.

Your Mission: As you meet, talk and interact with people this week ask yourself this - what kind of hope do they inspire within you? Seriously, try it - and yes, especially to those who are grouchy, or unkind --as they too can inspire. Tell me if this exercise doesn't make your week that much sweeter, that much happier... and just-all-around-that-much-better.

Each of the participants in {Echo} Week 6 - Face have personally given me glimpses of hope. Don't just take my word for it - grab a cuppa tea and peruse them for yourself.

If  I have inadvertently forgotten you, or you choose to join in (yay!) … please let me know in the comments section and I will update the list .. it is wonderful discovering  the unique visions y’all have in this beautiful life, I can’t get enough of it.

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My sweet Callie cat

All Photos on this page taken in Raleigh, North Carolina | © Christy Hydeck

In other, more random news:

  • Go ahead, ask me anything! (anonymously if you'd like)  You can also see what others have asked, and been answered.
  • I'm going to begin doing more live videos in my studio, no scheduled routine time yet.. but keep up with it at ustream, and follow me on twitter for the announcements.
  • More items added to my going out of business sale --90% off on lots of items. More to come.
  • Hoping my moving date can be set soon, tired of being in limbo!
  • Look for me in Susan Tuttle's new digital art book this spring, New artist papers/tutorials in March/April Issue of Somerset Studio, A feature in Artful Blogging Summer 2010,  and more to be announced soon!

Warmly, Chrysti

{Echo} Week 7- Whisper

{Echo} Week 7- Whisper

(Under) 2 Minute Background Technique

(Under) 2 Minute Background Technique