Kris of LisianblueHi I’m Kris, I’m the mother of 2 grown children & the grandmother of 3, 2 girls and a boy. I live with my favorite furry friend, Jaz Cat a 12 year old half Maine Coon who hangs out on my legs a lot! I live & grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have lived other places, but I always come home to my mountains, and gorgeous sunny blue skies.  It has been my dream since I was quite young to be an artist. When I was about  6, I would sit for hours in my room and draw princesses with different head wear and gowns.    With several miss-starts, a few discouragements, I finally learned how to draw and paint while attending the University of New Mexico a little later in life.   Although oil is my chosen medium, I can only work with it while outside for short periods.  I also enjoy working with soft pastels and charcoal.
As  my children were born I started giving them an ornament every year for Christmas. .  About 6 or 7 years ago, I couldn’t find ornaments that I liked enough to give my children and grandson for Christmas, and started painting ornaments with quality durable glass paints.  I found a new outlet for my artistic endeavors, painting on glass.
Hand Knit HatI’m one of those people who can’t do just one thing!  I switch around between painting, stained glass,  crocheting and knitting.  I also enjoy making boxes!  All of my ornaments are packed in their own special box, with like colors and/or theme that is made just for that ornament.
My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was about 8 years old.  I enjoy making mostly caps and scarves,  a few fingerless gloves and other items.  I mostly use Homespun yarn by Lion Brand Yarns for my hats and scarves, it’s slightly bulky, soft, and wonderful colors. I use the smallest hook or needle possible so I get a fairly tight weave to keep the cold out.  I also make the hats a little longer, so the ears are kept warm too.  I learned to sew in my teens and manage to fit that in once in a while too!  I have a number of baby quilts that need finishing, and  oodles of material already cut for making new ones!  When my grandson was about 5 years old, he thought it was pretty funny that I cut fabric up into little squares and then sew it all back together!
Hand Painted OrnamentIt takes courage to put yourself out there when you decide to sell your creations on line.   It takes time to be found.  I highly recommend that you stick with what you truly enjoy doing, grin and bear all the promoting you need to do – it can actually be fun!   Join HandMade Artists Forum (HAF), for great tips,  post your items in the appropriate spot for feedback, and do leave feedback on other people’s creations too!  There are blog rings, twitter rings, facebook rings, and Highlight contests too!  Join in the “this is what I did today”  thread for chats about life, creations,  support.  But,  wherever you sell, you can become a member of HAF!   I highly recommend becoming a seller on where every item is promoted to a number of places.  Andrew and Kimberly are dedicated to keeping the site handmade only – no re-sellers and no big retail  sellers there.  There are also some great articles on the HandMadeArtists Blog 
I have had 2 shops on Etsy, 2 on ArtFire, and now two on  but, the forum has always been “home” since I first joined shortly after it’s beginning in April ’09.
you can find my hand painted ornaments and glass creations on Reflections my crocheted and knitted creations on lisianblue 
I am often asked how I came up with lisianblue – one of my favorite flowers is the lisianthus flower – especially the blue ones – I combined the 2 and came up with lisianblue!
Have an awesome day!

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