3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day Three

Mia (A.K.A. The Wheat and Tares), over at The Grizzle Grist Mill has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge.  It has taken me a few days to accept this challenge, as my appointments have had me running the roads NON-STOP this past week.

Mia has a fabulous blog FULL of spiritual inspiration, in addition to her Tuesday’s Treats and her Friday’s Angles, I SO enjoy those!   I look forward to seeing each new post, and suggest that you venture over to her world and see what’s going on.  You won’t be disappointed!  Thank you Mia for nominating me to participate in this fun challenge; I truly appreciate it!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My 3 Quotes for Day Three:

Quote 1:

Aim and Take Flight

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

Quote 2:

A Beautiful Future

“When the devil keeps on asking you to look at your past, there must be something good in the future he doesn’t want you to see.”

Quote 3:

Cut from a Different Cloth

“I’m cut from a different cloth, and they don’t make that fabric anymore.”

My 3 Nominees:

Roxie over at Unite Together in Peace

Margaret over at Being Margaret

Christie over at My Middle Name is Sarcasm

Thank you again Mia!  Keep inspiring others!  I hope that each of you have enjoyed the quotes…

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day Two

Mia (A.K.A. The Wheat and Tares), over at The Grizzle Grist Mill has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge.  It has taken me a few days to accept this challenge, as my appointments have had me running the roads NON-STOP this past week.

Mia has a fabulous blog FULL of spiritual inspiration, in addition to her Tuesday’s Treats and her Friday’s Angles, I SO enjoy those!   I look forward to seeing each new post, and suggest that you venture over to her world and see what’s going on.  You won’t be disappointed!  Thank you Mia for nominating me to participate in this fun challenge; I truly appreciate it!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My 3 Quotes for Day Two:

Quote 1:

Pigeons Flock Together

“Don’t be afraid of being outnumbered. Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together.”

Quote 2:

Try Me!

“When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say “Why me?” Say “Try me!””

Quote 3:

Your Wings are Ready

“Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready.”

My 3 Nominees:

Thank you again Mia!  Keep inspiring others!

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day One

Mia (A.K.A. The Wheat and Tares), over at The Grizzle Grist Mill has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge.  It has taken me a few days to accept this challenge, as my appointments have had me running the roads NON-STOP this past week.

Mia has a fabulous blog FULL of spiritual inspiration, in addition to her Tuesday’s Treats and her Friday’s Angles, I SO enjoy those!   I look forward to seeing each new post, and suggest that you venture over to her world and see what’s going on.  You won’t be disappointed!  Thank you Mia for nominating me to participate in this fun challenge; I truly appreciate it!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My 3 Quotes for Day One:

Ethics of Life

Quote 1:

     “Six ethics of life:

  • Before you Pray-Believe

  • Before you Speak-Listen

  • Before you Spend-Earn

  • Before you Write-Think

  • Before you Quit-Try

  • Before you Die-Live”

Quote 2:

Facing Difficulties

“Sometimes you face difficulties, not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right.”

Quote 3:

Burning Bridges

“Sometimes you just have to turn around, give a little smile, throw the match and burn that bridge.”

My 3 Nominees:

Tingting over at Empower Love

Worlds Beauty Web

Whispers of a Wallflower

Thank you again Mia!  Keep inspiring others!

 

One Lovely Blog Award

I want to thank The Veggie Cooker for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  She has an amazing blog that is packed full of some AMAZING vegetarian recipes!  Make sure that you venture over her way and have a look for yourself…

One Lovely Blog Award

The Rules:

•Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog.

•List the rules.

•Display the award on your post of the award.

•List seven facts about yourself.

•Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them

 

7 Facts About Me

Fact # 1: Despite these insane rumors that have been circulating about me, I’ve got a bit of a confession to make. I…CANNOT dance. My baby girl and my sister, however, can move and groove with the best of them. Me, forget about it! I look like a frog with its foot caught in a mouse trap.

Fact # 2: My absolute favorite perfume is Calvin Klein’s Euphoria. It’s clean, subtle, sweet, and musky all at the same time. The perfect combination for me!

Let's be Euphoric Every Day!

Fact # 3: My mama surprised me with a Cricut machine (years ago for my birthday) after I had mentioned during a casual conversation that I would like to have one. I absolutely love my machine, and have used it for a ton of different projects, but I’ve recently found myself longing for a Sizzix machine. The majority of the YouTubers that I watch use theirs for spreads, and they have some of the cutest die cuts! This will be one of my next big investments.

Fact # 4: Despite my many efforts over the years, I have realized that I just was not blessed with a green thumb. I have always wanted a garden filled with my favorite vegetables, but am realizing now that this will most likely never come to pass. I somehow manage to over water every time I try to grow something. Perhaps I’ll just put hubby in charge of the gardening.

Fact # 5: Do you remember this old jingle?

“Comet…It makes your teeth turn green.
Comet…It takes like Listerine.
Comet…It makes you vomit.
So have some comet…and vomit…today.”

When I was a little girl, I remember sitting in the bathroom watching my mama clean the tub. She would sprinkle her green bottle of comet all over the basin of the tub, and would then scrub the entire thing, inside and out. I remember telling her that one day, “I was going to be SO rich, that I wasn’t going to have to USE comet!” I’m surprised she didn’t smack me; I would have! Well, here I am (20 years later) following in her footsteps. I am a proud user of comet (the smell of Ajax reminds me of the concentration camp) and I follow her cleaning “steps” down to a T. I’d be in hog heaven if I could just get to the point financially, where I could hire someone in to do the cleaning; I’ve officially had my fill. But, know this, I will ALWAYS have a bottle of comet in my cleaning closet.

Comet, It Makes your Teeth Turn Green...

Fact # 6: I decided forever and a day ago, that when I finally had a home with a craft room, that I was going to paint the walls Fire Engine Red. I want vertical stripes that alternate between a matte and a glossy finish, as red entices my creative juices. I also want an “island” in the center of the room with a flat surface on top and a ton of cubby holes and drawers underneath for craft supplies. In addition to that, I want a giant (double door) walk in closet that’s floor to ceiling craft supplies organized in tidy little labeled boxes. I love getting messy with my projects, but at the end of the day, I need a clean and organized area.

Fact # 7: When my mom divorced my first step-dad, we moved into a house without a microwave. Oh, gracious! A teen without a nuke box! Good thing I knew how to cook. At that time, I had an obsession with making a batch of Spaghettios after school, but had never up to that point prepared them on a stove top. But there’s a first time for everything. I threw a can into a pot, sprinkled a nice layer of Tony’s on top and brought it to a boil. Ah! The best bowl of Spaghettios ever! If you’ve never tried it, make it a point…SO good!

So, there you have it.  7 new facts about me, Krista Kemp.

My Nominees:

SusieShy45

Psychedelic Bay

Unique Love Harmoney

Roswitha over at Skizzenbuch/Blog

Tookii

Akshay over at Blog Buster

And I Didn’t Look Back

Scrapbook House

Magny over at A Journey into the Magic of Creativity

The Daddy Blitz

Literally Nataly

Kelzbelz Photography-My Journey-The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Life as Christine

Pattern$ oF R@nD0mNEsS

Saints West-Just my thoughts for all to behold

Thank you again for the nomination!  This award is greatly appreciated!

One Lovely Blog Award

The sweet Erika Kind nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award quite some time ago, and I am SO embarrassed that it has taken me so long to put this post together.  I had planned to work on it this past weekend, but I spent the entire weekend in bed sleeping.  Apparently I needed it.  Erika has a remarkable blog, is a fantastic singer, and just recently published her 5th book, now available on Amazon or on CreateSpace.  She is a remarkable woman, an inspiration to everyone that she interacts with, and a source of sunshine in this sometimes cruel world.  Her posts speak to my heart each and every day.  I am SO lucky to have run across such a genuine and loving soul!  Erika, thank you SO very much for this nomination!  It is GREATLY appreciated!

One Lovely Blog Award

THE RULES:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog
  • List the rules.
  • Display the award on your post of the award.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

7 Facts About Krista Kemp:

1: I have been pregnant 3 times, which has resulted in my 3 children who I wouldn’t trade for the world!
2: I have been married 2 times, and have decided that I will never marry again.  My husband is my perfect match, and no one will EVER be able to fill his shoes!
3: One of these days I am going to teach myself to play the violin.
4: I LOVE Mexican food!
5: My favorite colors are Purple and Kawasaki Green.
6: I USED to love kids!
7: I have always held extremely high aspirations, which have resulted in a substantial amount of disappointment over the years.  I refuse to give up though…

My Nominees:

April4June6: A Journal of Self-Transformation
Kerfe and Nina over at: Method Two Madness
Belinda over at Changing my World with Words
Life Experiment Blog
Getting Through Anxiety
Michelle over at: Michelle, Books and Movies Addict
Sally over at: Smorgasboard-Variety is the Spice of Life
Puppy Lovers’ Blog
Lillie-Put
Diya over at: Pen2Needle
A Frank Angle
Carl over at: I Know I Made You Smile
Pearls and Prose
Never Trust a Jellyfish
Spearfruit…it’s my life

Erika, I thank you again for this nomination!

The Miranda Sings Award

I was recently nominated for the Miranda Sings Award by the amazing Erika Kind.  Erika, thank you SO very much for nominating me for this fantastic award! It has been an absolute honor to receive this.  Make sure to visit Erika’s blog.  It will change your life!

This award was created by Claudia’s ThoughtsIt’s sole purpose is to celebrate YOU.  Let all of your blogging friends know what makes you happiest when thinking about yourself.

The Miranda Sings Award
Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation. (I.e. Don’t say things like – I’m prettier than an average person or People have told me I’m smart. You ARE pretty. You ARE smart etc!

7 Things I LOVE about myself:

1: I love my CREATIVITY-It provides beauty in my otherwise crazy world.
2: I love my DETERMINATION-It keeps me on track and allows me to hone in on my beautiful future.
3: I love my COMPASSION-My bleeding heart keeps me humble.
4: I love my CLARITY-Having a clear focus allows me to continue on my path without getting bombarded by the road blocks along the way.
5: I love my EXPERIENCE-These moments have prepared me for my journey in life.
6: I love my CONVICTIONS-I stand firm; saying what I mean, and meaning what I say.
7: I love my STRENGTH-This has allowed me to face each catastrophe in my life without faltering.

My Nominees:

Gretchen over at Drifting Through My Open Mind

Maria over at Four Mariah’s

Trying Not to Hate over at Deep Breaths

Alamelu over at Silk Quilling Colours

Lori over at Lori Greer in Portland

Mia (a.k.a. The Wheat and Tares) over at The Grizzle Grist Mill

Lisa over at Lisa Talks About…

Inked Thoughts and Midnight Monologues

Lynn over at Lynn Thaler: Random Life Thoughts

Erum Explores

Erika, thank you again for this nomination!  I sure do appreciate this honor!

6 Ways To Be More Successful In Everything In Life

Lead Your Greatness put together a fabulous post a while back that I just HAD to share.  I hope that you are as inspired as I was when I read it.  Take the time to explore their blog.  You will be SO glad that you did!

Today is your Day!

The 6 Ways to be More Successful in Everything in Life are:

Number One: Know Yourself

Number Two: Be Optimistic

Number Three: Focus on Details

Number Four: Act Like you Already Have It

Number Five: Trust Your Feelings

Number Six: Be in the Present Moment

To explore each of these topics, head on over and check it out HERE.

Do YOU have any points to add?

Introducing the Talented Matthew Roby

I first discovered this talented artist over on Donna’s blog, My OBT (My daily quest for one beautiful thing). The post was entitled: Lucky Thirteen. I was taken back by this man’s level of talent, and felt compelled to tell him how much I appreciated his work. I then took it a step further, and asked him if he would be willing to do a Guest Post on my blog. He was more than happy to oblige. Between his busy schedule and mine, it has definitely been a work in progress.  Better late than never!

Matthew Roby

“Matthew Roby can best be described as a vivid storyteller; one with a wild imagination that knows no boundaries. He is a painter, an illustrator, and a sculptor of captivating characters and curious worlds. He is renowned for his distinctive dark blend of weird and wonderful, which he describes as, “a pickled circus of grandiose gloom.” Over the years Matt’s personal artwork has found its own unique niche in the alternative/pop surrealism movement. Both darkly amusing and enchanting in equal measure, his signature style has captivated fans and collectors alike; creating artworks for numerous commissioners, galleries, and public spaces.”

-Description found online

So, let’s begin with the Q&A session. I hope you enjoy…

How old were you when you discovered your passion for creating art?
My passion for art came as soon as I grasped a crayon with my little fingers, and drawing dinosaurs was my first true love.

What is your favorite creation thus far?
I’ve created so many things, it’s impossible to single out one piece. Usually my favorite creation is the one I’ve just completed, so that would be a 6 foot chandelier light sculpture, featuring a Gothic clockwork doll!

Pickled Circus Clockwork Doll

What inspires your creative channel?
Inspiration can come from a combination of many things such as people, places, objects, history, fashion, mythology etc. But I’d say my biggest source of creativity stems from films and literature, as I love to weave theatrics and narrative into my work.

Who encourages you when you hit a creative block?
Fortunately I rarely get creative block; but if it does happen there’s no real source of encouragement. I find it best to just step away for a while and focus on something else. Then soon enough inspiration strikes again.

What is your favorite medium to work with? Why?
I love working in many mediums, such as oils, acrylic, clay and watercolor. But drawing in ink or pencil comes most natural as it suits my instinctive and expressive style.

Do you have a certain “tool” that you can’t live without?
Probably my gnarly old dip pen that’s been worn to perfection over the years, and also my customized clay tools for sculpting.

Do you enjoy music while you work on pieces?
Without doubt, music (and audio books) nearly always accompany me whist I’m working away in the studio.

What was the first piece that you sold? How did you feel letting it go?
My first gallery sale was a roller skating chimp sculpture, which I was reluctant to let go of at first as I was quite attached to him. These days however I’m happy to see my art go off to new homes and bring pleasure to others.

Are you working on anything right now?
I always have numerous projects on the go at once. Right now I’m painting an Alice in Wonderland series and sculpting various new pieces for Toycon 2016. Not to mention other top secret stuff for clients. I’m also making steady progress on my new book, which I hope will see the light of day by the autumn.

How many times have you had pieces featured in a gallery?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work exhibited in numerous galleries around the world, both in group and solo shows. I usually create artwork exclusively for galleries 3-4 times a year.

Pickled Circus Gallery Exhibit

Has your “style” changed over the years? If so, how?
I wouldn’t say my ‘style’ has dramatically changed over the years as it’s always possessed a dark humored narrative streak. Initially I kept switching between realistic and cartoon art, but gradually I blended the two together to form my signature style.

What/Who encouraged you to open an Etsy shop?
The site was recommended by fellow creatives I knew, who’d opened their own shops to reach a wider audience. Most of my gallery originals and one-of-a-kind pieces tend to be out the price range of casual collectors. So I wanted to use Etsy as a platform to predominantly sell limited edition prints/sculpts and generally more affordable art to fans and collectors with smaller budgets.

Is there a special meaning behind your shop name, “Pickled Circus?”
The ‘Pickled Circus’ was originally the title of a book idea I had (which may still appear at some point). I decided to use it as the shop name, as it captures my art’s essence; wondrous fun soaked in strangeness.

What artists do you admire or gain inspiration from?
Too many to name! I grew up reading comics like the Beano and 2000AD and later gained inspiration from artists such as Quentin Blake, Edward Gorey, Arthur Rackham, Gerald Scarfe. Paul Kidby and Peter Howson. And not surprisingly I also admire the film work of Tim Burton, Guillermo Del Torro, Ray Harryhausen and Jim Henson

Do you have a studio that you work in, or do you set up anywhere you can find a spot?
I’ve had my own studio previously, but the last couple of years I’ve been on the road a lot, working in residence for design companies and art galleries. I can adapt and work in most spaces, but nothing beats having your own creative HQ, so I hope to set one up again this year.

Do you make a living from your art? If not, what industry do you work in?
These days I’m now fortunate enough to be a full time artist, be it creating personal work for galleries and collectors or working on various projects for clients in design industry.

What item do you constantly find yourself running out of?
Time

What are some of your favorite things?
Autumn, cats, old movies, rock music, orchestral music, Guinness, mysteries, peanut butter, libraries, snow ball fights, Victoriana, jogging in the rain, books, astronomy, dinosaurs, breaking the coffee foil lid with a spoon.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Simply waking up every day and having the freedom to bring my imagination to life, it’s my Raison d’être

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m probably proudest of my ‘Fateful 13’ touring exhibition, based on a story book I wrote. The project was very ambitious in scope and depth, combining stories, illustrations and sculptures on a grand scale. Creating all the work, almost finished me off, but it was worth it, as the show toured thirteen galleries over two years to great acclaim and made my name in the art world.

The Fateful Fable of 13

What is one life lesson that you feel everyone should know?
Failure is merely a dress rehearsal for future triumphs.

I love this lesson!!!

What obstacles have you overcomCreate to get where you are today?
A great many, you can have all the talent in the world, but it means nothing without hard work, perseverance and belief in yourself.

Is all of your skill self-taught, or have you taken art courses?
It’s mostly self-taught, but I have picked up some new skills and techniques along the way, during my time at college and university.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
These days I’m pretty much always working! But when I get chance, I enjoy the great outdoors, watching movies, going to music gigs and getting lost in a good book.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still doing what I love to do in some shape or form

Goals that you hope to obtain:
At some point I’d really like to stamp my artistic vision on a film or animation

Are you surprised by your success up to this point?
In a word, yes. I’m continually flattered and gratified that my art connects and brings enjoyment to so many people around the world.

Do you take custom orders?
Yes, depending on how busy I am with other projects, but I’m always open to commissions.

Where can people find your work?
My work can be found all over the place if you search my name online. I also post updates on various social media…

Facebook
Red Bubble
The Pickled Circus on Etsy
Twitter
Instagram
Website/Blog

Matt Roby's Grand High Witch

One of my favorites!!!

Thank you SO much Matthew for taking part in this interview!  It was wonderful learning more about you, and your creative process!

Setting Goals for the New Year

Have you ever heard of the SITS girls???  Well, I found them over on Pinterest when I was doing my research, prior to going live with my blog.  They are a collection of talented and informative women who make life easier for us bloggers.  You should definitely take the time to explore this site…you just may learn a few things!

So, Allison (from the SITS girls),wrote and posted this fabulous article, Setting Goals for the New Year, during my super crazy holiday season.  I saved it in my inbox to share with you all as soon as things calmed down in my world.  It’s a little late, but not SO late that it can’t prove beneficial to you.

Click on the image below to visit Allison’s post.  I hope you enjoy…

Setting Goals for the New Year

Image courtesy of the SITS girls

I’m working on my goals for the new year…are you???

Relationship Hacks: 7 Awesome Date Night Ideas

I am subscribed to a fabulous blog; Escape Adulthood, and I received their latest and greatest post,

Relationship hacks: 7 awesome date night ideas that bring the fun front and center

in my inbox this morning, and felt that it needed to be shared.  If you recall, I had put together some fun Date Night Ideas (25 Date Night Ideas to Rejuvenate your Relationship) a while back, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to gear up for that unforgettable experience that will forever live in your memory.

Escape Adulthood

Escape Adulthood has some of the most amazing illustrations! Have you gotten their calendar yet???

Take some time exploring this fantastic blog.  They have a TON of great posts!

Do you have any Date Night Ideas to add???