Monthly Archives: March 2012

Back in the Art Studio!

Good evening!

I have been busily and happily arting away in my little art studio, and am very happy to finally be able to share something that I have finished with you! 😉

This piece is made on a square of plywood, my sweetie cut for me, and the materials I used were: acrylic paints, tissue paper, stamps, ink, gel medium, and fine tip marker.

This saying is something that I have been really focusing on while taking my Brave Girls Club class, “The real you is still in there you just need to give yourself permission to come out and play”. It is something that I really needed to hear, and something that I have always known, but had somehow forgotten along the way. It was a message that I am so thankful that I have stumbled upon again, and am actively working on putting it to good use in my life!

This piece came about because I wanted to paint something happy! I also wanted to play with some new techniques I have been learning, and one of those that I am really, very glad with the way that it turned out, and that is the little doodles that are all over the piece. I think the doodling really adds a little more of me into my art.

I actually started this piece over many times, remembering that I could always change something that I didn’t like about it at any given time. This was something really hard for me to do, because I am such a perfectionist and always want to have everything done perfectly the first time. I think, in doing that, this piece has really helped me give myself permission to love the imperfections that may come out, they may add so much interest that they become your favorite parts!

After this piece was finished, I was so excited about it, I put my bravery muscles on and took it to display at work, and I am so glad I did! It is really exciting to look up from a very technical job, and see something that you were able to come up with in a 100% creative way!

Life is good!!

I would love to hear your thoughts about this in the comments section! I am hoping to have more to share in the next few days!

Here’s to a FABULOUS evening!

If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently

Tag, I’m It!

Good evening!

Yes, you have heard correctly, I have been tagged, and by my lovely friend, and fellow up-and-coming artist, Janet Forrest from Tattered’nWorn – Thank you so very much, Janet!!! I am just tickled pink!! 😉 In turn, I am going to “tag” some of you too, and hope that you will play along too! 😉

The Rules
…you must post the rules
…answer 11 questions the tagger posted for you
…create 11 questions to ask the people you tag
…tag 11 people
…let them know you’ve tagged them

Here are the questions I was asked:

The questions I’ve asked them:

  1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Oh man, this is such a tough one…not that this is so great for me, but I am such a sucker for chicken alfredo with broccoli – hands down my favorite food!!
  2. When you are creating, what do you have going in the background? Pandora!!! I just LOVE my Adelle radio station that I have created, it has artists like Adelle, Ingrid Michaelson, Duffy, Sara Bareilles, etc. All music that really makes me want to move!! 😉
  3. Do you have a decorating style, and if so, what is it? E-C-L-E-C-T-I-C!!! I love soooo many different styles: shabby chic, contemporary, mid-century; basically if I love it, I figure it must all belong together!! God bless my husband, he is sooooo laid back about all that – he wouldn’t care if the house was all pink, as long as he had a comfy chair to read in!! 😉
  4. If you could live anywhere in world, where would it be? The French countryside! I have never even been there, but it just seems like there is such a better quality of life there, where people and experiences are the focus, and not so much do more, be more, have more!
  5. What would you do with your lottery winnings? Buy a farm, travel the world, and start my business – in that order!
  6. What is you very favorite saying? “What are you doing?” Seriously, this really drives my husband crazy!! I just don’t want to ever miss out on anything!! 😉
  7. What are you most looking forward to? Seeing where this artistic journey of mine is going to lead me. I feel really GREAT things heading my way!! 😉
  8. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Well, this would have to be either playing on the beach at the ocean, or picnicking in the park – both are soooo much fun! 😉
  9. Do you consider yourself politically aware? No, not so much. I care, but am just too busy to hear everyone’s side of issues
  10. What is your most prized possession? Ooh, this one is another hard one – it is a toss up between two things: my mother’s dresser, or a carved wooden jewelry box my dad bought for me oversees when I was a little girl!
  11. If you knew the world would end tomorrow, how would you spend today? I would want to round up all of my loved ones, and just spend the day talking about how great they all are, and how much I love them!! 😉

Now, “Tag! You’re it!” I hope you’ll play!

These are the lovely ladies I’ve tagged! I hope you’ll visit them, whether they play or not!

  1. Laura Wadsworth
  2. Amaranthine Violet
  3. Elissa Brown
  4. Flutter Before You
  5. Julie hamilton
  6. Kris Lanae Binsfeld
  7. Linda Barutha
  8. Liv Lane
  9. Mary Cottingham
  10. Mary Sterk
  11. Siobhán Jordan

Here are my 11 questions for all of you…

  1. What would be your ideal morning?
  2. What is your favorite way to unwind?
  3. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. What was the scariest thing you did today?
  5. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you need to have with you?
  6. Do you have an electronic gadget that you just cannot live without? What is it?
  7. If you could have a maid come to your house for the rest of your life, but they would only ever do one chore – what chore would you have them do?
  8. If you boarded a jet in 10 minutes to go wherever in the world you wanted to go, where would you go?
  9. If your best friend asked you to go get matching tattoos with her, right now, would you do it? If so, what would the tattoo be?
  10. If you and your best friend were to ever end up in jail for the night, what scenario would have caused the trouble? AKA, how would you have ended up there?
  11. If you had the choice to be reincarnated as a cat or a dog, which would you choose? Why?

I hope you have fun playing!!! 😉

Here’s to a FABULOUS evening!


If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!

Coming Up For Air!

Good Evening!

Queen Christina here! Yes, proudly wearing my royal crown this evening!! Having a great evening, finally getting my peppy-self back to living again!!!! I wanted to make sure to check in this evening! After being down sick for the past two weeks, I am still not 100%, but I am back up and running! and REALLY READY to get back to BLISS!! 😉

As many of you may know, I love sharing everything that is going on in my world, which I realize might seem contradictory since I have been posting very sporadically lately, but I do have a reason! You see, besides being sick for the past 2 weeks, I have been doing something REALLY EXCITING!!! For the past 5 weeks I have been taking the Brave Girls’ Club Soul Restoration class online. This amazing class has forced me to delve into the inner workings of my soul and, through arting, discover more about myself  than I ever thought possible. Truly!

If you have never hear of the Brave Girls Club, or the Soul Restoration I Class, I highly recommend popping over to the Brave Girls’ site and checking them out!!! Better yet, pinch your pennies together and sign up for their next available class ASAP!!! I have been ah-ha-ing every step of the way, through every tutorial, every lesson, every homework assignment. I honestly feel AMAZINGLY BLESSED to have found this class when I did! I am so enamored with the whole process, Melody Ross (our lovely and fearless leader), and the entire Brave Girls Club team, that I have already signed up for part two of the class, which starts in April!! YEAH BRAVE GIRLS!!! 😉

The art I have been busily creating for the past few weeks, unfortunately, is not shareable! Because these pieces are so powerful, and yet so personal, I had made the decision that these pieces would be just for my eye eyes only. That way, I can completely take the fear factor out of arting, and just create what is truly going on inside of my soul. The good news, however, is that in the simple act of just creating without fear of judgement, I find that I am growing braver, and am inspired to start arting again to share with the blogging world.

In all of this, I am not sure where I am going to end up, but right now, I just want to be happy, and free, and arting has really opened that door for me, which I am soooo thankful for!! So, although I have nothing I can share this evening, I am happily, and busily spending time watching tutorials, trying new things, and hopefully within the next couple of days, I will have some new to share with you!! 😉

I truly can’t wait!! 😉

So, without further ado, I am going to get back into my art studio, and get to creating!! I can’t wait to talk to you again soon!!

Here is to a FABULOUS evening! 😉



“If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!”

It’s Official I’m a Techie Geek!

Good evening!

Tonight I am posting from my very new gadget – my new iPad!!!! Whoo! Hoo!! Ok, so I realize that this officially confirms that I am a total techie geek, but now that I have said it out loud, is that really so bad????

I’ve just now decided that I am ok with all that! 😉

Being comfortable with who I am is something that I have been learning to come to terms with, and the reality is, is that I am a bit of a techie geek! I love getting anything that helps me organize this crazy, zany, sometimes insanely busy life of mine. I also love if these pieces of technology just happen to look fabulously sleek, are easy to use, and they also have the ability to entertain the masses, ok just me and my family, then, well let’s just say it’s perfection!!!!

With that said, I have a lot left to get done this evening before I am able to go to bed, so…

Here’s to a FABULOUS evening!

~ Christina 😉

“If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!”

Finding Comfort in My Own Skin!

Good evening!

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I very rarely watch live tv, but my girlfriends have been ranting and raving about this television show called The Voice. I happened to stumble upon it this evening, and mamma, I am in love!!

Kim Yarbrough

Need I say more??

When she first came out, with her plus-sized-glamorous-sassy-self I said,


She is my new hero, and I mean she is a diva with T-A-L-E-N-T!!!

You go, Kim!!!

I am going to have to take a lesson from this uber-talented-woman, and even if I have to fake it until I believe it to the very core of who I am, I am DETERMINED to feel comfortable in my own skin!!!

Here is to a FABULOUS evening!!

“If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!”

Random Monday!

Good evening!

It is so good to be back online again! I have spent the last 5 plus days being sick! Chest cold, hacking, wheezing through all sorts of yuckiness, sick!! I am still not back to my old peppy self quite yet, so I will making an appointment with my physician, and hopefully back up and running soon!! 😉

In the meantime, I wanted to catch up on some much needed chatting with you this evening!  I have been anxiously waiting to tell someone about a surprise my sweetie brought home with him, last week as he was returning from a weeklong stay at the coast helping some friends as handyman extraordinaire! While he was on the way home from this trip, he texted me to say that he had a surprise for me that was going to knock my socks off! (That was me paraphrasing, what he actually said wasn’t quite a…hmmm..well, let’s just say eloquent!) Anyway, when he finally got home, I was already so excited to see him, but when I remembered that he had a gift for me, I felt like a little kid running down the stairs on Christmas morning! When he pulled out my surprise, I was SOOOO SHOCKED!!! He bought me  new camera!!


Because I have been sick, I haven’t really had a chance to pick it up too much and figure out how all of it’s bells and whistles work, but I am really, REALLY EXCITED to figure it all out!! I will have to warn all of my friends and family – they are going to be my practice subjects for photography practice!!! Look out my lovelies, here I come!!! 😉

On a change of subject, this week is going to be a busy one! I literally have a 60 hour work week this week, so that is going to be interesting! Hopefully our go-live will be quick and trouble free so that we can get back to our normal work week. Plus, I am happily enjoying the Brave Girls’ Soul Restoration I class! I am in week 3 of this empowering class, and really look forward to each new week of lessons, and this week it might be a little tricky to get it all done!!

Not to worry, I will have to get out my old, dusty, and well-used red “S” underoos and make it all work, and then crash by taking a few well-deserved vacation days!!! Aaaaaah!! Sounds perfect already!! 😉

Here is to a FABULOUS evening! 😉

Here’s to a FABULOUS Friday!! ;-)

“If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!”

Have You Heard It is Friday?

Good morning!

I have been having some car trouble for the past couple of days, and so I am waiting for my sis to come pick me up for work. In the meantime I thought I would take a quick minute to stop by and say hello!!


This morning, even though the day has hardly begun, it has been a day of blessings!!

I was startlingly surprised to see that one of my tax refunds was posted to my account this morning – YEAH!!! and PERFECT TIMING!!! 😉

My sis is graciously coming to pick me up for work, EVEN THOUGH IT IS HER DAY OFF, AND she is bring my nephew, Morgan, with her for the ride!! FUN! FUN! FUN!!!

I found something in my closet to wear to work today that doesn’t pull, fit badly, or make me look like a rag-a-muffin, which means I will not be going in to work running around naked today, even though I haven’t done any laundry since last weekend!!!! Well, that is more of a blessing for my co-workers!! Chris, Julie – YOU ARE WELCOME!!! 😉

One way or another I will be transportationally independent again by this afternoon – just in time for the weekend!! WHEW!!!

and finally, have you heard the big news???


I soooo needed this day to get here, and it finally has!! GOD IS GOOD!!!

Anyway, I had better get finished getting ready for work this morning!!

Here’s to a FABULOUS Friday!! ;-)

“If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!”