Wednesday, October 08, 2008

kansas, really...

so we're really going to kansas. really. we're leaving on friday. i have a list of things i need to purchase as to accomodate our trip. i don't believe we have room for a cooler, but i think a small insulated lunch box would be in order. i'll add in an ice pack and we'll be set for our cheese sticks and hummus dip. gary and danny don't know about the cheese sticks and hummus, but they will be excited. on to more interesting news...

we should be gone a few weeks, i believe. we're driving straight through. we'll be in belleville (pop. 1,864) as well as kansas city (pop. 1,776,062). we've got the best of both worlds.

i'll get to see ihop (international house of prayer) and where my honey grew up.

i'll keep you posted... (blog pun intended, oh yeah!)


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

in the paper...

ok, so it's sort of old news (no pun intended)... but check danny and me out in the paper from this past summer @ the lantern lighting ceremony. (-;

the photo!


Monday, October 06, 2008


i realized today that my photos posted on rotation in the left hand margin are now a year old. i don't know if it's b/c i don't spend anywhere near as much time on the computer doing fun stuff anymore or if it's b/c the computer than my dad gave me last year finally popped it's little lens. for the longest time, i couldn't figure out why one side of all of my shots were blurry. then one day the lens jumped right out of it's secure little fitting after zooming. after that, the mysterious blur popped up every which way and it reminded me a bit of the "where's waldo" game from years past.

so i need a new camera. badly. i want one that does all sorts of fun things w/ settings and such. flash just isn't enough for an experimental gal like me. i love the manual settings (on digital only!) and then toy around til i figure out how to get a crisp shot. fun, fun, fun. i know: nerd, nerd, nerd.

i have 2 more days of this temp job. i look forward to carrying on w/ the things that i enjoy doing again. the money has been nice, but it's gone mostly to the ridiculous cause of trying to get my car registered in california. step off of the soapbox, chrystal. now.

still planning on kansas. it'll happen in the next week.

i'm so over trying to find a place for chrystalyn jewelry in redding. heck, i'm over finding a place for it anywhere. i do, however, thoroughly enjoy sending out my sweet little postcards and email newsletters. hope you don't mind getting them too badly. take one for the team, will ya? it's the highlight of my week when i go into marketing mode.

i did realize, though, that i believe i need some intercessors maybe for my business. maybe i can solicit honey's help since he does marketplace intercession. wait, i already do. but i just noticed today that i'm going about this thing all wrong. i'm stil tempted to get my feelings hurt when someone says no or doesn't choose to make that purchase. of course the enemy wants to see me intimidated and give up. when i make jewelry, i let something glorious into the atmosphere that changes everything around it. it's not something just pretty, it's something utterly powerful. eat your heart out, esther! (-;

anyway, that's all i've got today. just wanted to give my fingers a work out for a bit and let my mind run free for a few minutes. hope you don't mind...


Sunday, October 05, 2008

Gift certificates, you don't say...

Yes, you heard me correctly. Chrystalyn is now offering gift certificates on the website. I know it's exciting, but try to breathe deep and slow. One, two, three, one, two, three. Head over now and check out the setup: gift certificates!

You can purchase any dollar amount you wish. Just print out the GC and stash in the stocking or a sweet handmade card. The lucky recipient just goes and buys what they like and then imputs the code and *voila* makes a purchase that makes them happy!

PS... New customers get a $5 gift certificate with any purchase over $50. Mention that you've never purchased before (don't lie!) and you'll have a reason to come back and see us!

Chrystal Lynn

Thursday, October 02, 2008

really, what am i doing???

so we all know i'm not doing 2nd year. we all know that i still make jewelry. but how do i support myself now that i can't reasonably send out letters soliciting money from anyone i've ever met?

i'm doing temp work. i just got a 3.5 week job @ a local human resources company. i volley between answering phones and mailing out my chic little jewelry postcards. now and then, i actually return an email or blog.

i'm also (still) revamping my website. i'm already offering gift certificates that can be purchased right off of the site. i'm also working on a bridal section. i have to get the photos from the brides first... *sigh* i'm getting things ready for a holiday show slated for november 15th. can't recall if i've already announced that or not. i just got the sweetest postcards to promote it. they may very well be my favorite ever. i'll be selling ornaments & wine markers that day @ monica's.

let's see... what else can be said for my evasive posture these days? i still don't answer my phone or texts b/c i have one of those super oldschool ones that does nothing but calls people. it's illegal to talk while you're driving so the only thing to do is put that phone on speakerphone and stuff it into my cleavage. driving used to be the time when i talked to everyone. but since the commute in redding is a fraction of the commute in dallas... there's just not time for that. i've been trying to get a reasonable amount of sleep these days. such a strange thought, i know.

and then there's ministry. my homegroup from last year felt like it was time to take it to the next level so we changed days and moved to a room in the church (was a home group... in the home). i'm on the ministry team as a lead for prophetic ministry. woo hoo. i'm excited b/c i enjoy shaping and building new things. this should be interesting. and as a sidenote, i designed the business cards for the ministry. they turned out lovely, if i say so myself.

overall, my life has gone from macroeconomics to microeconomics. i've gone from seeing things on a grand scheme to beginning to see the bits and pieces and how they all go together. if i recall correctly, i really hated macro b/c it was all so foreign to me. however, i fell in love w/ micro b/c i actually began to how all those pieces and parts snap together and what they're used for. i hate generalizations and, as w/ economics, i had a really hard time figuring out the grand overview of what life looks like in the kingdom of heaven. however, i'm seeing an ease surfacing that i can partially contribute to the way that my brain works, i believe. that's a great revelation, chrystal.

until next time, be expectant and proactive w/ your faith. and by all means, enjoy the process!