Sunrise Inspiration

I live very close to the ocean.  This helps to make my soul happy.  I often head to the beach to clear my mind and get some much needed sand-between-my-toes therapy.  Last week I happened to be awake before dawn.  I said to myself that if I didn’t fall back to sleep within ten minutes I would take the opportunity to see the sunrise at the beach.

What a wonderful way to start my day.  About an hour after I took this picture the sky turned gray and the rain poured down in buckets.  Luckily I was able to find a handful of small treasures before the rains came.

I find a ton of inspiration in tiny sea treasures.  The varying colors of sea glass, the textures of shells, the smooth roundness of stones…there are so many little details in each piece.  I brought my pieces home and used them as inspiration for my latest tag.

I started by painting the tag black.  This matched the color of the stone.  I added a deep purple to represent the piece of clam shell.  I added some deli underpaper to mimic the color and texture of the white sea glass.  Stencils added even more color and texture.  I loved the swirls in the snail shells.   Rae Missigman’s Boxy Bloom stamp set offers the best flower for swirls.  I added acrylic paint on the stamp and then stamped the image onto a piece of scrap fabric.   Before sewing, I added a small piece of matching fabric to peek out from under the image.  Using my sewing machine I stitched a turquoise swirl in the center of the flower image and added two small purple X’s in the top left corner.

Last minute I decided to add organic elements by gluing a few pieces of sea glass to the tag.  I am still unsure how I feel about adding those pieces but I do love that these are pieces that will remind me of such a beautiful morning where I was able to find some peace and start my morning taking in all the beauty and quiet that is around me.

 

I’m Back!

Hello Friends!

I’m back from my blogging hiatus. I made a few little cosmetic changes and am happy to announce that I will be posting new projects that I am working on as well as ideas and pictures and all kinds of everyday Soul-Positive things….

For today I have exciting news!  Back in April the amazing Roben-Marie Smith asked if I would be interested in being a member of her Creative Design Team for her Paperbag Studios rubberstamp and mixed media product company. First I ran around in circles with my hands over my head screaming in the streets. Then I said “yes” before my brain could try and tell me all the reasons to say no.  Friends – this is an opportunity of a lifetime.  Roben-Marie represents all the qualities of the artist I would like to someday be.

So without further ado….please click on the picture below to check out my very first ever video tutorial and to read about my process in making this altered art tag.

 

 

Taking a Blogging Break

Hello Friends!  I am currently taking a break from blogging to concentrate soulfully on my art.  I’d love to connect with you via Instagram.  You can find me here. Thank you for your understanding.  If you’d like to know when I return to blogging – please subscribe right over there. —————>

I am so grateful for you!

Kristi  xoxo

 

Appreciation Apparel is My Jam

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of apparel wear.  T-shirts and sweatshirts are my everyday uniform.  Apparel with a purpose however makes my heart do cartwheels.  I love apparel with a message.  Friends – let me introduce you to Work Social Co.  Created by Marc Bennett this apparel company not only has a stylish line of trucker hats (I love the grey and royal blue) and t’s – their message of “Work Hard. Live Simple. Be Happy” is one of sheer positivity and gratitude.  Take a minute and watch the video on the home page.  You’ll be touched right away by the message of living every day with a grateful heart.  Marc to me is a perfect example of someone living a Soul-Positive life.  You cannot be anything but uplifted listening to Marc speak about the appreciation he has for his life.  You can learn more about Marc and Work Social Co. here.  Follow Marc’s journey via Instagram and Facebook.

We all have the power to change the world friends.  It begins with our very own heart.  Living a life of gratitude allows you to focus on the positive of every day.  Negativity has no place to live when your heart is filled with gratitude.

  Hope you’re having a Soul-Positive Week! xoxo