I am Chrissie, AKA “Queen Chrissie”, a moniker that was lovingly and playfully bestowed upon me by my family! I am a wife, daughter, sister, auntie, mama of a long-haired Chihuahua, a photographer, author, mixed media artist, a perpetual seeker of beauty, and Patron Saint of ALL THINGS SPARKLY! Welcome to my blog, where I shamelessly gush over all things FABULOUS and share snippets of life with my husband and our four-legged little girl. My faith and family are most important to me and all else comes second. We live a not-so average life in a small condo in the city, but dream of some day owning our own little farm out in the country. That being said, I’ll confess to a healthy dependence on books, glitter, and all things beautiful and homey.
I am a bit of a rule breaker, love finding a good
bargain and I see the world in colors,
textures, sounds, smells, and can see the potential of beauty in almost ANYTHING!
With memories of childhood days all over the Pacific Northwest and a growing passion for getting back to the finer things in life such as spending time with the people we love, home cooked dinners, and barefoot walks in the park, you could say I’m a city girl who appreciates the simple beauty found in the day to day.
My creative roots sprouted from the moment I could hold a crayon in my hand, growing up watching my grandfather, in awe, while he drew AMAZING portraits in his art studio, and later at my mama’s side as she created ANYTHING out of EVERYTHING. Art has been a constant and ever-growing source of enjoyment and comfort to me as I have gotten older, and it has only been recently that I have realized how much art is really a part of the fabric of WHO I AM.
My professional career began, at a very young age, working with low-income youth for a non-profit organization. This eventually morphed into the very non-creative, analytical world of healthcare information technology as a data programmer. I have never been able to stop flirting with the idea of becoming a full time artist/designer, making a living doing what comes naturally to me – being creative. So, in 2011 I decided to stop fighting what I was sure was my life’s calling and started taking as many art classes as I could fit into my schedule, dabbling in every kind of artistic medium I could think of to see if I could find where it was that I naturally “fit”. In August of that year, I stumbled upon an online e-course, taught by one of my FAVORITE authors, Kelly Rae Roberts, and it LITERALLY changed my life. This class opened the door of possibilities for me, and I haven’t looked back since!
In 1994, I met the love of my life, and in the blink of an eye, at the very young age of nineteen, we were declaring our marriage vows in an intimate wedding ceremony at the church where my husband and I had serendipitously met, only 8 months prior. Eighteen years later, and with two four-legged ‘children’ in tow, our lively gang has settled down in the Willamette Valley of the Pacific Northwest, to focus on our careers and to play out a few of our dreams. Life has never been better.
In the Spring of 2010, I started blogging as a way to share inspiration for simplified living, quality and richness of life through relationships with people, and as a catalyst for
designing a beautiful life. I don’t always have it together but I certainly have fun laughing at myself along the way. These days I spend my personal time keeping up with family and friends, creating art, belly dancing, enjoying a good book, and living life in the beautifully green Pacific Northwest. One moment at a time, one jewel at a time strung together to make a lovely necklace, that is the story of my life
I am delighted to have you join me, as I playfully try to live up to the title of “Queen Chrissie”, while I share my musings about my adventure in living, loving, and creating the life of my dreams!
Yours in all things sparkly,
If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!!