Friday, May 18, 2012

All TOgether Now!

"The Dreamers of Dreams"
Original 8 x 10 on watercolor paper


It's HeeeeeRe! 

Cool, Funny, Generous, Uber-Talented & Pretty, Pretty Amy is hosting the best-est ever Brag Party / Blog Hop this weekend, All Together Now. The crux of the event? Each participant is to offer a little giveaway and do a little bragging . . . . 

Um, K, so the whole bragging thing doesn't come naturally to me - I'm nervous just thinking about it - but I agree that it's important to celebrate ourselves once in a while, and Amy's soirée is a brilliant way to learn more about each other in the process.

So, ready or not, (deep breath Kristin) here I go. Bragging: 

* I am intensely loyal and generous. I'm the good kind of friend to have as I will always have your back, be your loudest cheerleader and never forget to tell you that I love you.

* I'm a great Wife and Mom and much more traditional than I ever expected to be. It's important to me to be there for Dave and Kendra and I know how lucky I am to be able to do so. I volunteer in the kid's class once a week and am at every school function helping out where I can. (Except for being the Otter Pop lady, a position I've successfully avoided for the last year). I also try to be the best wife to my (usually ;) sweet and incredibly handsome husband, whom I will be married to 10 years this November.

* I'm pretty stylish. I try to keep up with the latest fashion trends, eat well so I can fit into them (lotsa spinach around here), and when I leave the house, I'm always made up & put together. (Not the same story when I stay in, but since we're supposed to brag, I'll leave the description of PJ pants and old T-shirts out at this time).

* I have some decorating chops. My Mom is an interior designer / furniture restorer and as a result, I grew up with my room (and our home) being changed and "improved" every few months. Remember puffy fabric-framed mirrors? Yeah. I even had one of those at one point. As an adult, I've followed in those footsteps. I'm the girl you go to if you need any decorating advice, and I am also the one you ask to help decorate your nursery or kid's room. I've done over 13 rooms for my friends and their kids (see point one) in the last ten years.

* I know my way around some makeup. Before Mommyhood, my career was as a Beauty Director and Makeup Artist. I used to travel a lot, putting on fashion shows and speaking engagements for retail cosmetics. I would give Beauty tips and seasonal trends to audiences of hundreds of women and behind-the-counter beauty advisors. I've done makeup for the cover of an industry magazine and have even worked a couple of celebrity weddings. 

* I'm lucky to get to do what I love art wise, and am pretty proud of the way I've gotten myself "out there" in the last couple of years. I am the happy host of The Summer of Color, a Blog Hop / Giveaway event that is going on it's second year this June.


From The Summer of Color, 2011
Featuring vintage nursery-rhyme imagery, vintage text, and a lotta shimmer and shine, 
including a smattering of Swarovski crystals.
(Original post can be found here)


Speaking of which, we are meant to give something away here! I was racking my brain trying to figure out what I could offer, and thought of this original 8 x 10 on watercolor paper that I particularly love. I think it's appropriate for this event (and a group of arty souls) as it features this quote:

"We are the music-maters, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams; World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams; Yet we are the movers and shakers, Of the world forever, it seems." -- Arthur William O'Shaughnessy.

To win this original collage, all you need to do is (1) be a participant in All Together Now and (2) leave a comment saying so in this post. That's it. I'll pick a winner via the random number thingy and announce it here next Wednesday, May 23rd.

Why don't you join us? After all, every girl needs a chance to brag (and win stuff!) now and then . . . .

May 18 - 20

Kristin xo!

36 comments:

Netty said...

Am not a participant in All together now, but had to read your great post and see your fab work.
My goodness Kristin you are the woman I would have loved to have been. Now I am not far off 70 my spirit and skin fit me a lot better......strange but true. Think I was born to be a grandma .............oh and did I mention senility......yep love that one......lol Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Carin said...

I'm not a part of the all together now thingy, but just wanted to say....can you move next door to me please, hun?! I think you'd be great to have around (you get to cuddle the baby all you like too! K?!)

Melinda Cornish said...

I knew I liked you! We have a lot in common...Pretty in public, pj pants at home...funny...I love your watercolor...

craftattack said...

Love what you have made, and what you have told about yourself. I have nothing to brag about just now, so won't be participating, but hope you all have fun! Valerie

NatashaMay said...

So nice to find out a bit more about you. :) I sure would like to be your friend. :) Love your glittery painting. So sweet!

Jo Murray said...

Enjoyed your post. Seems like you are a pretty adept all-rounder. No time to participate, but I'll certainly have a look.

Gina said...

Fabulous post Kristin...and so much to brag about!!! You are an immensely accomplished artist in so many areas of your life. How fantastic to be a make-up artist!!! :D XXX

Magaly Guerrero said...

I'm loving "The Dreamer of Dreams" I'm reading a book of myths, and your painting made me close my eyes and imagine the moon in pretty blue.

iamrushmore said...

oh, I'm SO glad I stopped over here because I didn't know about the summer of color and now I want to play along! Three cheers for being a loyal friend. I'd be lost without mine. Nice job on the bragging. I bragged up a storm earlier today.

Terri Neggers said...

NOW I wish we lived near each other even more than I already did! Interior design is my second love as well. I already knew you were wonderful, now I know you're even more so!

I'm going to try and participate in this, if it's not too late, and if I can find time while I'm supposed to be doing my actual job (ssshhhhhhhh)...

Fallingladies said...

I wish I was always put together when I go out! I try but there are days I look at myself and say, what were you thinking? I am playing along and found it hard to brag as well, but you seem to have a lot to be proud of!!! Totally want to join in with summer of color as well, I missed it last summer and felt soooo left out when I realized all of you had soo much fun!

Jenny said...

Such a beautiful post Kristin... loved reading more about the gorgeous you... just fabulous... Your 'Dreamer of Dreams' piece is absolutely magical... and wonderful quote...

Have a super weekend...
Jenny x

Jenny said...

Oh and forgot to say... I received my Somerset Studio magazine yesterday... so loved seeing your stunning work in there...

Hugs
Jenny x

Marcia said...

OOH! Gorgeous artwork! I love all your stuff and I regularly read your blog. I too am participating in Amy's blog hop.

Cameron said...

You know I'm a participant!

This was such a cool post, Kristin! I had no idea about your former life!

I bet you're the Mom all the other Moms look at and wonder how you manage to have it all 'together' :)

It is wonderful to have so many great things to toot about!
I feel so fortunate to have met you here....
...though I wish you lived a little closer...I am in desperate need of some decorating help.....haha!

Biggest hugs, Sunshine!
Cam

WrightStuff said...

What on earth is an Otter pop? I am most intrigued. Is it an ice lolly made out of furry animals? I hope not as I am rather fond of otters!

I am so thrilled that you are doing summer of colour again (even if you have not yet learned how to spell the word colour - you Americans!!)

Warmest wishes to you - lovely lady.

Glycérine said...

Love the way, you described yourself, your creation is sooo beautiful.. and I also love the poem of Arthur William O'Shaughnessy
Hope I ll win!!!
xxxx

Judah is a.... said...

See, it feels good to do a little bragging!

I have to say that I wish I was well put together when I go out, but that is definitely *not* the case. I figure I have the excuse of living in the sticks, and making art on top of that! (I'm usually covered in dirt and paint, shall we say)

And yes, what exactly is an Otter pop??

Scarlett Clay said...

Loved getting to 'know' you better through this post...and I lOVE every centimeter of that dreamy collage!

mette laumann said...

wow so beautiful!
xo Mette

Janet said...

I like getting to know more about you. Everyone needs to toot their own horn now and then.

Joyce van der Lely said...

Now....could you paint us an Otter Pop ? or is there a story to go with this ? Or is it a secret challenge you put in front of us ? Hi Kristin, love your post and I am in ! come visit my humble bragging postif you find a minute :) xoxo

Pan's Daughter said...

Oh, otter pops - sticky, messy, yuck. Congrats on avoiding that! I am an all together now participant and I love your giveaway AND your blog!

Sunshineshelle said...

Twinkle Twinkle OK yes I'm wishing for a chance to win "The Dreamers of Dreams" after reading your post I think I'm dreaming of getting our house made-over by you & perhaps a makeup tip (or 3) - great post & pleased I met you through Amy's Celebration!!!

Simona Cordara said...

Hi from another participant! Your work is awesome!

Carolyn Dube said...

I have read your post twice now (enjoyed it both times-so glad to get to know you better) and just keep staring at the purple awesomeness and losing my train of thought. Never did find those thoughts just keep looking the girl on the moon in her purple glory...

Kristin said...

Otter Pops = kinda like a popsicle without the stick! (There's probably a better definition than that somewhere, but there you go ;)
xo

Mandy said...

Hey..so....again live this piece...i popped over to amys blog t...she is uber talented...wow right...those pop things had me stumped too...still am...hahaha...its all good...and you and my daughter would so get on...she a hairdresser and always does her friends makeup...her goal is to move to the u.s. and do what you did..hairdresser to the rich and famous....take care...xxx

Heather Henry said...

I am just now getting here, it's been too long, so I'm not participating, but always love to read your blog and have to say, that you are incredibly sweet and modest and I understand how hard it is to brag. I think you did a very nice job and didn't at all sound braggy. :) You have very awesome qualities and talents and it's always so fun to learn new things about other bloggers. I didn't know you were a make-up artist, but it makes sense, looking at your lovely profile picture. I would imagine your girlfriends love having you around for all sorts of reasons, fashionista, decorating advice, make-up, but I'm sure it's your sweet and generous spirit that they love the most. It definitely shines through your posts. Have a wonderful week and I hope you win a fun goody! Oh, I am sooo looking forward to the Summer of Color too! Hooray! I loved doing it last year and can't wait for these new yummy colors. I will post about it this week on my blog too, so I can hopefully get the word out to newbies! :) Big hugs!

amy said...

kristin!
i just so happen to be a participant in this blog hop (:

hey so please honestly forgive me for being so late to visit and comment and chat with you - this weekend went awry because manslave came back home and i had to go to a wedding.
okay the wedding part was not really so disruptive except that i sort of didn't want to go.

But That Is Not The POint.
the point is that i am late (:

anyway! i love spinach too so much that i drink it in a smoothie every day, but i don't think it's keeping me slim. that's because i like all food as much as i like spinach so i'm not so good at staying trim (:

i envy your savviness with home decorating. my house is very 'oh put it here for now....'

(:

you know what i really Really like about this post?

you let us know you.

like, you aren't phoney at all.

now i like you TONS.

xxa

awesome mama said...

oh wow!!! i love "Dreamer of Dreams" - i have actually been thinking of that quote, as used in willy wonka, and want to paint some ode to the original movie but i love what you've done with it and the vintage ephemera makes it so lovely. i'm also obsessed with balloons lately (or maybe always and i'm just glad they're popular now?) so the whole piece is awesome and if i win it i'd love to hang it up in my playroom :)

Nicole Foshee said...

I really like your piece! It reminds me of my childhood books. I love that you take the time to put yourself together and look nice. I finally understood how important that is just a few years ago and I must say, it feels so much better to go out in public knowing that I put time and effort into my appearance. Thanks for the post!

Malinda said...

You sound like a great mom and person! I'm doing the All Together Now blog hop too but I didn't post until today, for some reason I didn't get the post in my mailbox the way I usually do! I hope I'm not too late but....so what if I am, that means that the 2 people that have commented on my post have a 50% shot at winning, lol!

Amy said...

Hello Kristin, long time since i visited your blog..but it is YOU who inspired me to joing in this lovely art blog journey and giveaway!! I'm so happy I did..cuz today I have off and I have some free time to go thru blogs..I haven't done that in a LONG time..far to long..thank you for giving me the inspiration to join in this group of artful travellers to learn about one another.

I would LOVE to have a real genuine Kristin painting in my home..so thanks for the chance to win!!! oh and big HUGS!!! Love ya

Daniele Valois said...

So, do you get yourself completely done up in the wee hours of the morning to drive K to school??? Because I crawl into that SUV in pj's and HUGE sunglasses!!! :P

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