Saturday, September 20, 2014

HOORAY! My book is now on Amazon!

Hello friends. This was my first attempt at a self-published book. Somethings I would do different (like design the back cover too!)... but I'm excited that I got this much accomplished. If you happened to purchase one of my early self made copies on Etsy, I'd appreciate a review! Thanks so much.
Sweet Blessings for a Creative and Wonderful weekend!
http://www.amazon.com/Create-Spirit-Doll-Chris-Flynn/dp/1502388073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411219741&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+create+a+spirit+doll

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Join me in Lovely Birch Bay Washington!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hooray! We created our own Yahoo Group!

Yes, I know I haven't been posting much in the last few weeks. Had a minor health challenge, but have rebounded with loads of ENTHUSIASM, EXCITEMENT, AND EXPECTANCY! Within the next few days expect to hear about several Spirit or Prayer Doll Workshops!

And! there's more! Now we have a Yahoo Group so we can all post our ideas, share our creations, and be inspired by one another!

Group Description

A group for Creative Spirits and Art Doll enthusiasts, who enjoy the Sweet Blessings of Spirit Dolls, both as creators and collectors. Here we can share inspirational concepts, network sources for supplies, and even marketing ideas! Share your photos with us!
 
Please join me, and sister doll creators and collectors! Sign up here: https://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpiritDolls

Monday, July 28, 2014

Invite the Angels....

Invite the Archangels to Visit for Five Days

Dear Friends,
archmichaelYou are invited to host Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel and Metatron from FRIDAY, August 1st, 2014, and then you can find three people to host them from August 10th  and so on (5 24-hour days on, 5 off, etc… don’t get too hung up on the math!).
The Archangels stay with you for 5 days, bringing healing, support and much more to assist you and your journey. They have five days off in between the people who host them before they move on. You, your home and everyone and everything in your home will be blessed by the angels during the time of their visit with you. It helps to bring more light and peace and love to your home.
The hosting of the Archangels was started in New York in 2010 through someone’s spiritual guidance. It is an honor and a gift to allow your family and home to be imprinted with their LIGHT, but it does ask for your personal participation.
Keep in mind that by hosting the five Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel and Metatron, you are assisting them to serve humanity, Mother Earth and all universes in more direct ways and they thank you for your willingness to participate.
Just an extra bit of information:
  • Archangel Michael is the Head Archangel. His name means “One who looks like God.” He helps to clears toxins associated with fear, assists in people’s life purpose and career path, abundance, protection, defense, power, justice and strength. He is in the position of South.
  • Uriel assists with enlightenment, heals every aspect of your life, unconditional forgiveness, peace. He is in charge of the nature spirits and is in the position of North. 
  • Raphael is healer of mind, thoughts, body and soul, custodian of The Tree of Life (Kabala), God’s Physician. He is the angel of divine healing and is in the position of East.
  • Gabriel brings good news in abundance, discerning messages received and what we give out. He is a messenger between Heaven and Earth, communication, writing & art. He helps with balance of energies. He is the angel for announcing and carrying our prayers and intentions to God and stands in the position of West.  
  • Metatron looks after children, led the children of Israel out of the wilderness. He can transmute time and space, sacred geometry. Some say he is the overseer of all of the angels and nature spirits.
They all work with God to make sure that you are kept safe and protected. In these times of so many earth shifts and changes on the planet, it is very helpful to know and work with the beings of light who help us work with the energies of earth, air, fire, and water and who can help us restore peace and harmony to Mother Earth.  So I hope you will feel called to invite them into your home and heart.

After their visit, you can ask them to visit 3 (or more!) different people and give them their addresses. Send the next hosts the ritual below, and specify to them the date of arrival and departure of the Archangels from their home. The time (10:30pm) stays the same – and it is always the local time. The Archangels’ stay is always 5 full 24-hour days, and then they rest for 5 days before coming back for another 5 days on Earth and so on. (They can visit an unlimited number of people.. )
The Ritual:
You will welcome and host them for 5 days after having prepared a little altar with:
  • A white flower (or bouquet)
  • A candle that will stay on the all time they are with you (It needs to be on shortly before they arrive to show them where they are awaited. If needed, it can be blown out when you go out)
  • An envelope containing a letter with 3 wishes. One for Mother Earth. One for your Family. One for You. Formulate the wishes the most simple way. Not too many details. Summarize the best you can.
  • On the envelope, you will put an apple that you will eat after they leave.
  • The house should be tidy.
WELCOMING THE 5 ARCHANGELS
Light the candle a few minutes before their arrival. When they will arrive in front of your home at 10:30pm sharp, you must open the front door and read this prayer:
“Please enter Archangels, and be welcome. You were sent to me from Jeanine Sande (fill in name of person who sent them)
Thank you for coming here and for enveloping my home, all within, and all who visit, with purity and peace. Thank you for having chosen to come here and bless my life and the lives of the people around me with Harmony, Love, Joy, Wisdom, and Strength.
Thank you for granting me my wishes.”

From that moment, the Archangels make things happen!
  • It is recommended to meditate and to ask questions during the day. There is no limitation. TRUST.
  • They can be in more than one place at a time. When you go out, you can ask them to come with you, if appropriate.
  • You can sit at a table with a piece of paper and a pen and ask questions around 10:30pm.  You will easily get responses this way if your other spiritual channels are not already opened.
  • You may be awake between 3am and 5am with insights and guidance.
  • Start to prepare the list of the names and addresses of the 3 people who you will ask the Archangels to visit after you.
Farewell Ceremony: When it is time for them to leave: 10:30pm on the 5th day, say the following:
“Thank you dearest Archangels, for visiting my home and for your blessings upon me, all within, and all visitors. Thank you for your blessings of Harmony, Love, Joy, Wisdom and Strength, that are for my benefit and for the benefit of others. Thank you also for the work you have done and are doing to fulfill the three wishes which are very important to me. Goodbye Dearest Archangels. Please go to the following people:…(say out loud the names and addresses)
Open your front door and wish them a good trip.
Once they have left (that night or the next day):
  • Burn the envelope with your wishes in order to free the energy to allow them to happen. Take the ashes and drop them in a stream of water (not stagnant water). If you live in a cold country, the kitchen sink is acceptable as the water will be recycled to Mother Earth. Express your gratitude.
  • Eat the apple. It will contain lots of good nutrients and more for you.
  • Place the flower outside directly on Mother Earth so that it recycles in a natural way.
  • Send this Ritual to the people who will host them next.
(Note: Relax and enjoy, get creative. Pass the angels on to as many or as few friends as you choose. About the candle, I got a big candle, and am blowing it out at night and when I leave. You can also use tea lites. Give yourself permission to think outside of the “rules”. Some people have re-invited the angels to come on their own, without needing anyone to send them. Another will send them away on the specified date, and ask them to return five days later. Others have kept the altar going, and not sent them off at all.)
** I need your name and physical address to send the Archangels to you! Please email me the info at lovechris@earthlink.net.
Enjoy the Sweetest Blessings,
Chris
PS Thank you Jeanne Sande for this beautiful write up!

Friday, July 11, 2014

A look at my studio.... and a GIVE-AWAY!!

Hello friends.... I encourage you to click over to my Spirit Dolls by Chris blog, for an update on the studio and a FREE GIVE-AWAY!
xoxo Chris

Friday, July 4, 2014

Book launching!

It's DONE! Just listed on Etsy, How to Create your own Spirit DollS! 80 pages, 150 color pictures, digital format (pdf)... User friendly! IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD! Lots of fabulous examples! Instructions for three different style dolls! 3 meditations to connect you with  your Sacred Muse! Hard copy will come out this Fall on Amazon. See it now, HERE!

Table of Contents
2     Acknowledgements of Gratitude and Thanks
4     Introduction
7     Basic Supplies
                 The Making of Three Spirit Dolls
9     Anatomy of a Spirit Doll
20   A Spirit Doll of Lacy Moss
35    A Simple Prayer Doll
45    Meditations
                  46    Chakra Cleansing to Welcome your Sacred Muse
53    Sacred Grandmother’s Counsel
61    Gaia’s Wisdom and Prayer
65    The ‘Rest of the Story’ – Supplies You’ll Love!
69    Guest Gallery
74    Gallery of Spirit Dolls

Monday, June 30, 2014

She blows my mind!

Judy, one of my wonderful Etsy customers made this amazing necklace!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pachama... latest Spirit Doll

My goodness... I just finest one of my most complicated and Spiritually Detailed Spirit Doll. You can see more pictures of her HERE and more about her story HERE.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Playing with new molds...

Hello dear friends.... Well, while I like to make my own molds, I found two enchanting face molds on Ebay: Eagle Goddess and Hummingbird Goddess. Using my own painting technique and by adding some braiding, they feel more like 'my own' work. I could never, in a million years, figure out how to carve out a mold like these.
Also... here are several finished pieces from my friend Judith aka dragonlady3 over on Etsy. It's been such a blessing to make new friends, with amazing artists, all incorporating the Sacred in their art work. Look at what she's created using one of my fern pieces!
 I love the colors in this one... she incorporated one of my butterfly pieces with a beautiful piece of drift wood... just lovely!
Please check out my new blog: Spirit Dolls by Chris

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ancient Native American Pottery Shards

My friend Maja gifted me with a few pieces from her collection of Native American pottery shards she found while hiking in New Mexico. These shards are probably around 300 years old,  now are sitting on my art desk, inspiring me!
These three spoke to me and I decided to make a push mold. I love the fragmented edges and these are just the right size to create small pendants or charms.
 Here are my first few shards, impressed with a 'tree-of-life' stamp, then painted with Violet Oxide, and several layers of Golden paints. Finished with highlights of shimmery gold.

 So, I got crazy with my new 'tree of life' stamps and impressed a few more pendant/charms.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be posting more pics of the newest Spirit Dolls and the process of how they come about!
xoxo Chris

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sacred Sisters Spirit Doll gathering....

Just back from a lovely week with my Sacred Sisters.... here is a brief overview of the dolls that were made...
 Here are our four Spirit Dolls... Each doll is made with sticks gathered from the Santa Cruz Mountains near the place where we all first met one another almost six years ago. Also, each doll supports a piece of amber. Other than that, we allowed the 'Spirit' of each doll to inform our creations.

 April and her Spirit Doll....

 A closeup of her amazing work... the hair is a tassel that blends into the grey hair. She originally just pulled back his hair to get it out of the way... but it looked so great! She braided a rope of sinew and tied on two amber beads to hold his hair back. So beautiful!


 And here is Joyce with her amazing new Spirit Doll. She will hang in Joyce's Reiki Center, with the gold lame skirt draped against the wall.

Joyce used two different Designer Trim samples to create this amazing headdress. I love the jewels.


Here is Maja and her beautiful TWO SIDED! Spirit doll! One side represents the Maiden, the other side represents the crone! Note the Prayer Ties. I have another closeup of the Crone Side, this is the Maiden. After this picture she added a crystal wand for the Crone and a archeological shell as a fan for the Maiden!


 Finally, here I am with my Spirit doll.  I loved the black and white Designer Fabric sample so I made a simple drape, then put just a wisp of the fabric in her hair.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Playing with Polymer clay...

I've maintained I only wanted to work with 'organic' terracotta clay... but something grabbed a hold of me, and I decided to play with Polymer clay today. I'm really happy! Made a zillion beads, and 14 mounted faces. This afternoon, I'm planning to assemble beads and faces... to see what happens!




Friday, April 18, 2014

On a Spirit Doll roll!

My dear friend Brigit has inspired me! Plus, I only have one lone Spirit Doll on display in my shop, Boulder Creek Antiques & Art. So, I've been so focused on creating these little dolls. Most of my dolls have been 15-18 inches... these little ones are around 8" tall. I love handling them, reminds me of the popular 8" dolls I played with in the 1950's.You can't tell from the pictures, but each one was fashioned on a vintage thread spindle. The arms are from various twigs collected in Yosemite, Monterey, and here in the Redwoods.

Haven't found names for them yet....(I'm open to suggestions!)









This is Iris, Goddess of the rainbow and messenger to the Gods.
 
Her 'write up'....
As Goddess of the rainbow she restores
calm and balance to the forces of nature.
She was the handmaiden to Hera and served nectar
 to the Gods as a Faithful, loyal and a shape shifter.
As a bridge to the heavens, she is a messenger
to the gods, as a mystic intangible entity.
She wears vintage scarves in colors of the rainbow.
Her rainbow attire is an amalgamation of light - a perfect harmonic combination which produces a symbol of supernatural beauty, promise and enlightenment.
Her red hair...represent her passionate nature.
Her fiery temper and fierceness will protect you,
 and bestow upon you, the courage to be YourSELF.
She is created from riverwashed wood found in Yosemite.
The Lacy Moss was gathered in the windswept Cypress trees of Monterey. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Always busy.... (It's a GOOD thing!)

I love, love, love, being busy. As long as it involves doing things I love. I was recently asked by a customer at my shop, Boulder Creek Antiques & Art, if I could customize two fabric collage journals. What a pleasure it was! I created two French vintage postcards with their names (in photoshop), then printed them on fabric, and collaged them onto the original books. I layered a bit of lace and trim on each one, so it looked like their names were there all along.  Vicki, the mom, was so thrilled. She brought the girls in, right after then got off the school bus in town. So here they are! (My heart is full!)


 Sasha loved the vintage 'Tom-boy' image of the little girl.
 Zxoe chose the journal with the girl with red hair.... (understandable!)
 Oh... and my Spirit dolls have all sold out! The display is empty! Can't have that. So I'm busy this week playing with clay, to create new faces, and swimming in silks as I create new Spirit Dolls. (My wonderful companion, Janome sewing machine is in the 'Spa' for a week. She needed some well deserved attention to her tension issues! I miss her!)