Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog, 2014! Welcome!

Hello friends! I'm so excited to participate for the second year in Vicki's 'Grow your Blog' party! Many thanks to Vicki of '2 Bags Full' for hosting this amazing opportunity to meet and greet other artists here in Blogger-Land! And yes... I have a fabulous give away you'll see at the end of this posting! In the mean time...

You're invited to relax and take a look around. Oh, first... let me introduce myself. I'm Chris Flynn, well into my sixties (even I have a hard time believing that! Long live the class of '65!!). I live happily with my husband, Molly, our Saint Bernard, Lulu, our Basset hound, three cats, and a bunch of lovely Redwood Trees, nestled here in the Santa Cruz mountains.

My husband helps me run our Antique and Arts collective in nearby Boulder Creek. Here are just a few of our 30 dealers.
I'm lucky to have a studio to play in! It's the pink building in the back of our cottage.

Currently my creative Muse has directed me into two specific areas... making Lace Books and Spirit Dolls. First I'll show you a few of the Lace Books...
 This one I made for a dear friend who suffered a serious broken elbow. It's full of pockets to store her get well wishes and prayers in.

 This one was dedicated to the women who paved the way for us today....
 This one is just plain silly... and sometimes too close to the truth!
 Yet another, filled with lacy goodies....
 
 In the last six months my Muse has guided me to making Spirit Dolls for healing and blessings.


I mostly stick with organic materials, keeping them as close to Nature as possible. I use natural terracotta clay for the faces and adornments. Pieces of Nature, branches, seed pods, Lacy Moss are gathered from Monterey to Yosemite. All of the clothing has been pieced from silks and designer fabrics that have been saved from ending up in the landfill.


 I enjoy creating their faces and embellishments from terracotta clay. I sell lots of these on Etsy.
You are welcome to browse through past blog posts to see some of my previous work.

The fun part of this blog-hopping party is not only making new friends, but many of us are hosting give-away prizes too!  So, I decided to give away a Spirit Doll Kit! This will include everything you see here....

Plus some Lacy Moss for your doll's body, and a selection of silks for her clothing. I've posted a tutorial on how to make a spirit doll (click here).
So you can make something like this...

How can you win, you may ask? Just leave a comment! And I'll be EXTRA happy (hint hint) if you become a follower member and follow by email! The winner will be chosen on February 15th.

I sincerely hope you've enjoyed your visit. I'm really hoping to connect with you, especially if you enjoy a spiritual dimension in your creations.

Thank you for visiting. I'll be hopping over to your blog soon too!
Sweet Blessings, Chris

32 comments:

  1. Stopping by from the GYBP and I'm totally jealous of your little pink studio! Mine is all over the house! Your prayer books are lovely...Enjoy the blog party. Aloha

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    1. Aloha hula-la! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it is great to have all the art clutter confined to one room. lol! I love what you are doing with your books... especially the Readers Digests!
      Sweet blessings, Chris

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    1. Hi Lynn, nice to meet you! I really love the beautiful tree on your blog's header! I use that sort of Lacy Moss in the making of my spirit dolls! Thanks for stopping by!
      Sweet blessings, Chris

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  3. Oh wow - I think everybody is going to want to get their name in the hat for such a great giveaway! I'm not part of the tour (forgot to sign up in time...oops) but I plan to do some visiting around anyway. You know how much I love your spirit dolls, so I have to get me name in the draw!

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    1. Hello hello dear friend. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe next year you can join the party! Funny coincidence... my laptop just got back from the 'spa' yesterday too! Nice to be free of the clutter that slowed her down... hmmmm maybe there's a lesson there? I love the piece work you're doing at the moment!
      hugs, Chris

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  4. Love your faces! Great post love the GYB Party!

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    1. Hi Shirlee... nice to meet you! I absolutely LOVE the work you do! I've never attempted crocheting. I'll follow you and see it rubs off! lol My granddaughter also lived with us during her teen years. She's 22 now and working as a caregiver for developmentally delayed women, all while in nursing school. Looking forward to keeping track of your wonderful creations.
      Sweet Blessings, Chris

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    1. HI Kate! Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I share your love for thrift stores and the like... in fact, 15 years ago I started an Antique & Art collective... so now I have an excuse to shop! Just have to remember if I bring something home to keep, something else has to go into the shop! lol I love the illustrations you share, especially the Guardian Angel!
      Blessings, Chris

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  6. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

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    1. Hi Bernadett! So nice of you to stop by my blog... so I've come to visit you too! Thanks for being a teacher! You are so needed in this world! Sweet Blessings to you and your two girls! Enjoy these years.

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  7. I found you through the party and am so glad I did-I love your art. and the spirit dolls are too special-what a lovely giveaway I would love to be entered. I am going to follow so I can find you again. Please stop by and visit me too-Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by my blog... and yes, I think we have a few things in common. I love fibers too! Your fabrics are amazing. I'm looking forward to following you!
      Take care.... hugs, Chris

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  8. OH CHRIS! The spirit dolls have me soooo intrigued!!! I'm so glad you found my blog so I could find yours!! Your work is beautiful! I clicked follow from my blog but I don't see my avitar in your friends so I am going to click follow again - definitely do not want to miss your posts!!

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    1. Thank YOU so much. And again, I really, really love your quilts!
      hugs, Chris

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  9. New follower. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. Hi DebraKay... thanks so much for stopping by. Can't seem to find your blog though. Let me know where you are, I'd love to come visit.
      Hugs, Chris

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  10. Hello Chris
    Very nice to meet you. I have been trying to visit most blogs that are participating, starting with those with smaller count followers. We never know what a visitor's impression is of our blog, so I thought I would mention that yours is a friendly place with posts that blend your business and your personal life. I like that. That grabbed me to be a follower, but also that you make Spirit Dolls. I am a follower now and promise to comment most times I visit. Have a great week. We are freezing in Northern Indiana.

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    1. Hi Carol... thanks for stopping by my 'place', er, blog! I think we also have a love for dogs in common. I've got a Basset Hound and a Saint Bernard. Thanks so much for your helpful insights on my site. Looking forward to following your journey! STAY WARM! Sadly, it's way to warm for winter here, around 65-70 everyday, with no rain in sight. California is in a drought! Pray for rain!

      hugs, Chris

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  11. HI Chris!

    Just like Carol who commented before me... (so funny she and i have been blogging buddies for a while now) I love the look of your blog as i browsed thru...i like a nice mix of everyday life and crafts etc...... and yours fits the bill. I look forward to getting to know you! I hope you'll pop over for a visit! Hugs! deb

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    1. Hi Deb... thanks for the comments. I love it when people really visit, and leave relative comments. I so enjoyed your blog as well. We pass by Lathrop several times a year while vacationing up in Angles Camp. You should try the coast down here near Santa Cruz too! Looking forward to getting to know you!
      hugs, Chris

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  12. Hi Chris, lovely to meet you and wander about discovering who you are. Redwood Trees are a favorite of mine and I have to applaud your wonderful creative mind. You mention you are well into your sixties, and I my late seventies, and I LOVE this time of my life. Have a joyful day Chris ... Carole xox

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  13. Hi Chris I joined to follow you last year through the GYB party. Am so happy to say hi. I truly love your work even though I don't always comment.

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  14. Hey Chris, your creations are lovely. I really love your fabric book, I have just started my first ever and know how hard it can be. You have a lovely blog. it has been so nice getting to know you.

    hugs
    Caroline

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  15. Your blog made me smile and I needed that, thank you! Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and thoroughly enjoying your blog post.

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  16. Hi Chris-- this is one of the coolest giveaways I've seen on this blog hop!! I really love your spirit dolls and the fantastic sculpted faces you make. Really beautiful. And that pink crafting cottage....oh I love it. Just signed up to be a follower-- I want to visit again!

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  17. Hi, Chris (I seem to be following my friend Maggie around - this is the second time I've run into her tonight...we met through the Blog Party of 2013). What a FABULOUS little blog - and your creations ROCK! Count me as your newest Follower...off to look around more here - Happy Tuesday! Tanya

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  18. So nice to meet you at the party! Your work is just lovely. Very unique. I'll be following....
    ~Terri

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  19. Hi, it has been so nice to meet and have an opportunity to visit with you. Your blog is full of inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Hi Chris, I loved seeing your art. The lace books are so pretty and I love rickrack too. Wow - how exciting it would be to win a Spirit Doll kit. They are really unique and so cool!

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  21. Wow I love my visit. Didn't realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio. Your my 548 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.

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