Thursday, September 23, 2010

Yeah, Us!

A Gift from Leslie

A Gift from Faerwillow

I am so honored to have been the recipient of two very special awards within the last few weeks. They came at a time when I really needed cheering up (we lost our family dog and then my Grandmother shortly thereafter) and I have been remiss in thanking my friends Leslie and Faerwillow for their thoughtfulness until now. I am truly grateful to you both for your support and kindness!

With these awards, I am meant to share a few things about myself. This made me realize that although I talk a lot about my family (and how they relate to my art), I don't often talk about myself. So, the following are 10 things you may not know about me:

1.  I was in every play in High School (yes, I was one of those) and graduated UCI with a BA in Theater. 
2.  I spent a year in college as an exchange student living abroad in England. I still crave Lemon Curd and Earl Gray.
3.  I moved to LA to pursue acting after graduation, but never got passed the head-shot stage. After a year of being a part of the hustle-and-bustle that is the LA "scene," I realized that it was just not for me. 
4.  So I moved to San Diego and took a position as a makeup artist until I could find a "real job." I loved it so much that I made it my career. Among other positions, I was an Education Director for Nordstrom and taught artistry classes on everything from color theory to makeup for black-and-white photography. 
5.  In addition to makeup, I also love interior design. Especially nurseries. I have done over a dozen "baby" and "big kid" rooms for my friends (read, not professionally) in the last 10 years.
6.  Here's a good one: I am 6 years older than my husband (I know). I didn't realize how old he was when we met (although he would argue that) but in the end I thought, "who cares! It's not as if you're going to marry him . . ." 
7.  My house is always clean and tidy, as long as you don't count the laundry room or closets.
8.  I am a vegetarian. And the rest of my family is not. I cook food on a daily basis that I do not taste or eat.
9.  I started using use crystals in my art because I always have them lying around. In addition to being at home, I also make Swarovski crystal encrusted license plate frames (over 550 hand applied to each) and military-inspired "dog tag" necklaces. Hence the blog name, "Twinkle, Twinkle."
10. I look forward to traveling and teaching again - next time, artistry without the makeup. . .     

Now,  here's the real fun: I am to pass these awards on to you! Although it is difficult to narrow down my blogs of inspiration, this time I am happy to share the following awards with . . .

Trendy Blog Award:

Sweet Friends Award:

Thank you all for your time, support and love. You are truly an inspiration! 

Kristin xo


Lisa said...

This is so enjoyable! (Congrats, by the way) I love reading those about me's...what a fascinating life you've had! And appreciation for beauty seems to be a common theme.

I a vegetarian too and cook (well, cook is a liberal term) meat for the rest of the family too. Challenging some days.

And my BFF and I always joked about my now-hubby-of-10-years too when I met him, that it's "not like I'm going to marry him..." HAH!

Crafty Mom said...

Congrats on your awards! How awesome to learn all of those things about you! I'm not at all surprised by any of them.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog and your grandmother. Hugs to you and your family.

Amy said...

Hey girl. I'm so thrilled to read about are very adventurous and a true art inspiration. That is funny about the age difference. I did not know you were vegan..very interesting. I'm always fascinated in vegans and what you eat for meals or mealtime.
I've seen pic's of your decorated/designed rooms and they are GORGEOUS!!!!
You are artistic all around..a talent for many things. I've never seen your license should post a pic of one sometime..I know I'd love to see.
Again I am so sorry to hear of your 2 losses..You are a great friend to me and I've enjoyed getting to know you better! Hugs and Blessings

Julia Christie said...


So great to get to know you a little better! Just wanted to let you know I sent your print out a couple days ago so you should get it maybe even tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it.
What an interesting woman you are. I love learning more about all of the wonderful artists and mothers I have had the priveledge of meeting through the blogosphere!

So sorry to hear about your grandmother and your puppy. Loss can be so difficult to handle. My warmest thoughts are with you and your family.

Healing smiles...

missy k said...

Ah.... thankyou!

And THANKYOU for sharing about YOU! I loved reading everything. Though I was sad to read about your recent sadnesses. I lost my nan four years ago and I miss her so much still- but I have so many happy memories of her that it helps me lots.

I am four (!) months (!) older than my husband and he loves to remind me :)

You deserve your awards..... I'd also LOVE to see your number plates!! I thought your blog was called 'Twinkle Twinkle' because you are a star!

ps I'd happily send you Earl Grey tea and lemon curd! (Or anything else) Just say the word and they will be on their way!

Love and thanks Karenx

Emakesart said...

Hey there! Congrats to you on receiving these 2 awards, and a HUGE thank you for sending one my way! Wow! I'm honored. I loved reading these 10 things about you, one of them made me laugh hard, and you'll soon find out why...! : )


Nicola said...

Hey there Kristin, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved ones.

Thank you so much for thinking of me in the sweet friends award you are a sweet heart and I'm so glad to have met you in blog land as you continue to inspire me with your words as well as your art!!!

I really ejoyed reading more about you, what an exciting life you have led!!!

I'm not a vegetarian myself but I am cooking a veggie curry tonight! ;0)

Take care dear friend and I look forward to your next creation thanks again :0)

Carin said...

Kristin, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog and grandmother.

Thanks for sharing so much about yourself. It was so nice to get to know a little more about you. What an interesting life you've lead and still do. So know where you're coming from with the veggie stuff. I was a veggie for about 10 years and my husband was not.

Melissa said...

Awww, thanks Kristin! Thanks so much for the award. It was cool getting to know you better. I had no idea you've done so many different things! My husband is 4 years younger than me. Every once in awhile when we're talking about something from childhood, I'll say something and he won't know what I'm talking about - I say, "Oop, there's that 4 years :)".

You're a vegetarian? That's cool. It seems to me that I've been slowing moving that way for years...I believe. Every time I turn around one more "meat" is removed from my diet because it becomes "yucky" to me. I can't cook it or eat it. It feels more like my body making the choice than me. Does that sound weird? Anyways, maybe some time we can chat about recipes.

Thanks again Kristin!


faerwillow said... sweet you are! thank you so...i too am always wanting to hear and learn more of fascinating are eachothers past and present...congrats to you and all those you've passed them along to...

may your heart continue to heal and be filled with warmth as these days go by...always in my thoughts are you...warm wishes and brightest blessings to you and yours~

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