Artist Crystal Michelle Fallin

Artist Crystal Michelle Fallin
June 19, 1984 - August 18, 2019

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Kind Cards for Cool Kids - Happy Birthday to Kaydence of Maine

 A Happy Birthday to Kaydence of Bangor, Maine.  She is turning 14 years old and lives with her grandmother.  She is receiving a Chateau de Chambord Birthday card with a pink “Let yours dreams bloom” bookmark.  Inside the card is the script “The Stars they Shine for you!”   She is very special.

Kind Cards for Cool Kids 

Monday, August 30, 2021

RAOC - Encouragement card for Heather of Nottingham, England

 Encouragement card with “Sisters of the Sea” art print for Heather of Nottingham, England.  Heather is Homebound with serious illnesses and likes the seashore and mermaids.  Mailed her a pink bookmark with a Bible verse “She’s more precious then jewels” to uplift her spirit and a magnetic cross with “His Beloved.”  

Random Acts of Cardness - Extra Encouragement List

RAOC - Happy Birthday to Hailey of Wisconsin

 Sending Hailey of Madison, Wisconsin  a Happy Birthday card with “It’s a Beautiful Life” mermaid.  She is turning 8 years old and she loves princesses.  She is receiving Disney Princess stickers inside her card.

Random Acts of Cardness- September Card Shower

A Vintage “Thinking of You” card for Carmen of Alabama

 For her birthday, mailed a Vintage Decor black & white “Rose” art print to Carmen of Trussville, Alabama.  She likes vintage fashions and decor so wished her a Happy Birthday and enclosed a Vincent Van Gogh Irises painting bookmark.  

Random Acts of Cardness - September Card Shower

“Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes” to Crystal of Iowa

 Sending Happy Birthday wishes to Crystal of Muscaline, Iowa who is turning 5 years old.  She loves princesses and the color pink.  She is also receiving Disney Princess stickers. 

Random Acts of Cardness - September Card Shower

Waltz of the Snowflakes

Crystal Michelle Fallin danced as a Demi-Soloist in Waltz of the Snowflakes in the St. Augustine Nutcracker Ballet at Flagler College Auditorium, December 1997. 

"From winter's breath she came
Twirling and dancing in the chilled air;
Through the forest and the fields
The wind whispers her name,
Brilliant and translucent...Crystal
The maiden of heaven's white veil."
(Excerpt from The Snow Maiden)

Waltz of the Snowflakes 

The Choreography

The Waltz includes sixteen dancers working in concert to present a unified dance and music experience. The dancers work together weaving about to create a huge rotating ice crystal on the forest floor. They split into groups of four making smaller snow crystals, and fly across the stage in solo leaps. Twirling and swirling and twisting and turning as the snowflakes fall to the earth or as the solo dancers move around the stage. In the last third of the Waltz, the dancers work solo and flash across the forest floor in a repetitive barrage of leaps. The dancers enter from a back-stage corner and move to the opposite front corner. Each dancer following another as the previous exits stage right or left. They leap or perform jetés midway through the stage. The dancers leap is free and flowing much as the wind tosses stray snowflakes from the top of a fence post piled high with newly fallen snow.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Not All Angels Reside in Heaven

Inspirational Dance Card for Cards for Kindness Program of Scrapbook,com in Gilbert, Arizona.  Designed for Impact One Breast Foundation, Lemons of Love or Dignity Health.

Image is of Crystal Michelle Fallin from Waltz of the Snowflakes 
St. Augustine Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Your Wings Exist All You Need to do is Fly!

 Crystal Belle at age 4 (left) trying out the controls of a airplane.  She had magical wings and she loved to fly.  She was adventurous at a very young age. As a baby she bounced  up and down the stairs.   She started jumping on a trampoline at age 18 months and kept jumping higher and higher.  Laughing with joy and delight at the new heights she could reach. She always had wings and was fearless.  Her parents had to run from side to side around the trampoline to catch her.  She giggled and laughed with pure joy as she flew from side to side.  She definitely had the kiss of God on her face.

 New handcrafted card from the Little Belle series painted in watercolor with inspirational quotes.

Jacintha of Heerlen, Netherlands - Birthday Card Recipient


A thank you message and picture posted on Facebook from Jacintha of Heerlen, Netherlands to the Random Acts of Cardness group for her birthday cards. From Crystal Expressions, she received a “Sisters of the Sea”  Birthday Card for her 30th birthday.  It’s always appreciated and heart-warming when people acknowledge and express their joy receiving our cards.

“You are Brave, You are Strong, You are Beautiful” for Margo of Maine

 Handcrafted Encouragement card with a Stella Art print for Margo of Hamden, Maine.  Margo is battling breast cancer.  She is a Christian and loves the color blue.  A ocean blue bookmark with a scripture message of Hope is enclosed in the card. 

Lola’s Smile Bunch - A Bring Smiles to Seniors Group

“The Wind on my Face is the Kiss of God” - Inspirational Card for Martha of North Carolina

A Little Belle card with Bible verse from the book of Psalms for Martha of Montreat, North Carolina.  She is a Christian lady who loves flowers and nature.  She also received a Bible verse bookmark and a magnetic cross.  Inside the card a quote “The wind on my face is the kiss of God.”

Native American Prayer

Crystal Michelle Fallin   June 19, 1984 - August 18, 2019
In Loving Memory

Native American Prayer

I give you this, one thought to keep.
I am with you till, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush..
of quiet birds in circle flight.
I am the soft stars that 
shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone - 

I am with you still, 
in each new dawn.

Crystal at Marineland Beach, Florida collecting seashells on the beach.

Friday, August 27, 2021

RAOC - Happy Birthday to Makenzie of Rosedale, Maryland

 Mailed Makenzie “It’s a Beautiful Life” mermaid card with Ariel and a starfish and sea shells inside wishing her a Happy Birthday.  She will be 10 years old and loves mermaids and Barbies.  For a special gift, a sheet of Ariel mermaid stickers were enclosed inside the card.

Random Acts of Cardness - August Card Shower

RAOC - Happy Birthday to Josie of Locust, North Carolina

 A “Sisters of the Sea” Birthday card for Josie of Locust, North Carolina who is turning sweet 16.  She loves mermaids so she is receiving a ocean of Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes. 

Random Acts of Cardness - August Card Showers

Thursday, August 26, 2021

From the Heart - UK: A Birthday Card for Inger of Ulricehamn, Sweden

 Birthday Card with It's a Beautiful Life Mermaid Art Print mailed to Inger of Ulricehamn, Sweden.  She is elderly and needs uplifting mail and her birthday is October 21.  Enclosed a pink bookmark and a magnetic cross.

From the Heart - UK: A Encouragement Card for Doreen of Norfolk, England

Sending Doreen of Snettisham, Norfolk England an encouragement card with a Stella art print.  Inside the card are butterflies and flower stickers sending her caring thoughts and wishing her peace for her heart today and always.  Enclosed a pink bookmark and a magnetic cross.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Theater Street Express and Musical Theater “Stage Door Players”

Crystal was a member of the Theater Street Express, a youth choir, and the St. Augustine Academy of Performing Arts musical theater ensemble “Stage Door Players.”  The ensemble members help bring the world of musicals to life by performing intricate dance parts, adding their voices to full-company musical numbers, and acting out background parts. She performed in musicals such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Robin Hood, The Chorus Line, and 42nd Street.  The Theater Street Express performed annually at Washington Oaks State Park on Earth Day and on stage at Flagler College Auditorium.

Crystal Fallin as King Richard in the musical "Robin Hood".

Crystal Fallin as Tweedle Dum in "Alice in Wonderland."  Tweedle Dum is a character in an English nursery rhyme and in Lewis Carroll's 1871 book "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice found There."  In 1951 Tweedle Dum appears in Disney's animated film Alice in Wonderland which is what the theater version is based on

In 1994, she was a cast member (2nd row, center) in the musical Cinderella’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration. The story was an adaptation of the children’s tale of how Cinderella and Prince Charming fell in love.  The musical theater ensemble performed the play at the Osceola’s Elementary School Auditorium. 

RAOC - Happy Birthday to Isabelle of Brakel, Gelderland of the Netherlands


Happy Birthday to Isabelle of Brakel, Gelderland of the Netherlands.  She is turning 55 years old and loves butterflies and birds.  The Birthday Card has a Sisters of the Sea art print with butterflies inside the card and a Blue Bird bookmark "Beauty is all Around You And Always Within You."  A small cross with Cherish Today was attached to the bookmark.

RAOC - August Card Shower

Lola's Smile Bunch - "The Stars they Shine for You" to Edna of Queensland, Australia


"The Stars they Shine for You" encouragement card for Edna of Tewantin, Queensland, Australia.  She is in an assistant living facility and cannot leave.  She is called the crazy cat lady.  She loves cats and requested pictures of cats.  Enclosed 3 pictures of Pretty Boy, Boots, and Smokey the Kitten in a pot.

RAOC - Card of Encouragement to Sharron of Gateshead, Australia


Sending a Thinking of You card with a Belle art print to Sharron of Gateshead, Australia.  She likes the color blue and is a struggling mother of four children.  She needed encouragement.  Enclosed a flower bookmark with a Song of Solomon verse, "You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Cards for Kindness - A Rose Art Print "Thinking of You"

A Rose art print used on a Thinking of You card for Cards for Kindness Program of in Gilbert, Arizona.  A total of 25 Handcrafted Encouragement and Motivational cards were mailed.  The cards will be distributed to several of the non profit organizations they sponsor.


Monday, August 23, 2021

“Dance is Movement and Movement is Life” - A Dancer’s Biography


Crystal Fallin had eight plus years of dance training and was a member of the St. Augustine Academy of Performing Arts Competition team.  Dance competition is a sport and the physical demands on the body gives it equal status with recognized sports like football and soccer.  It involves physical exertion, skill, and dancers compete against each other either individually or as a team.  Dance requires stamina, flexibility, and endurance, and dancers have to be in excellent physical shape.  Crystal spent hours after school attending classes 3 to 4 days a week and weekends rehearsing for performances.  She attended summer dance intensives and master workshops to improve her skills.  She never complained and was always excited about performing.

Dance is Movement and Movement is Life

The picture above is a collage of Crystal Michelle Fallin's dance roles throughout her life.  She took dance lessons in all genres:  Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern/lyrical Dance.  She was a member of the Premier Ballet Company and performed in the St. Augustine Nutcracker Ballet for seven seasons.  She was a senior member of the Academy of Performing Arts competition team and La Mirage Jazz club.  The competition team completed annually in International Championship “I Love Dance” competitions in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and Columbia, South Carolina.  They also competed in "Dance Troupe, Inc.'" Champions of Excellence competitions in Daytona, Beach.  Crystal and her team members won multiple dance awards in ballet, jazz and modern/lyrical dance in major categories by age division:  Soloist, duo/trios and large group ensembles. She received top honors for ballet and modern/lyrical dance.

Crystal’s International Dance Championship Trophies and awards

Braid Mission - Reach for the Stars

 Handcrafted encouragement card for Cards of Hope Program of Braid Mission.  To be distributed to a foster youth in the Bay Area of San Francisco.  This is a card from the Little Belle series painted in watercolor with embellishments and botanical die cuts.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

A Mirliton Dancer

Crystal Fallin as a Mirliton in the Dance of the Mirlitons or as “Dance of the Reed Pipes”, or “Marzipan”, this is one of the most famous numbers from The Nutcracker Ballet.  Flagler College Auditorium, presented by the St.Augustine Premier Ballet Company.

Cards for Kindness - Inhale the Future

New Handcrafted card of encouragement painted in watercolor for Cards of Kindness Program.  Mailed to Gilbert, Arizona to be distributed to one of the not-for-profit organizations they sponsor.

Crystal Belle age 4 in her blue leotard exercising, inhaling and exhaling with her best friends Jessica and Marsha having fun.  


Friday, August 20, 2021

Braid Mission Cards of Hope - Leave a Little Sparkle

Handcrafted encouragement card painted in watercolor mailed to the Cards of Hope Program of Braid Mission to be distributed to a foster child or youth in the Bay Area of San Francisco California.  

Crystal sparkling as a snowflake in the St. Augustine Nutcracker Ballet at Flagler College Auditorium, St. Augustine, Florida.

Blowing Birthday Candles

 Crystal Belle blowing her birthday candles and making a wish, June 19, 1987, Palm Coast Florida.

Make a Birthday wish upon a star, the Chateau de Chambord art print by Crystal Fallin.  Beauty and the Beast was one of her favorite Disney movies.  The castle in the movie is Chateau de Chambord and is located in Chambord, Loire-Cher, France.  She gave her art work as a gift  to her dad. 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Littlest Flower Girl

 Crystal Belle a flower girl age 4 in her Uncle John’s wedding, Columbus Georgia.

A Magical Butterfly Fairy


Crystal Belle age 3 as a Butterfly Fairy with her magical wand and pink wings and fluffy sleeve fairy dress in October 1987. 

“Believe in the magic as fairies do and they will appear to watch over you.  They dance in the flowers and they sing songs of love, spreading joy and laughter from the stars above.  They skip through the forest in the bright moonlight, childhood memories of pure delight.”

Monday, August 16, 2021

Cards for Kindness - 'I Shut My Eyes In Order To See'


New handcrafted card from the Little Belle Series painted in watercolor.  'I Shut My Eyes In Order To See' is being mailed to Cards for Kindness Program of in Gilbert, Arizona to be distributed to one of the following organizations:  Operation Gratitude, KIDSAVE, Sunshine Acres Children's Home, Bring Smiles to Seniors, Dignity Health, Lemons of Love, Impact One Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cards for Kindness - 'Happy Mind 💓 Happy Life'


New handcrafted card from the Little Belle Series painted in watercolor.  Happy Mind 💓 Happy Life is being mailed to Cards for Kindness Program of in Gilbert, Arizona to be distributed to one of the following organizations:  Operation Gratitude, KIDSAVE, Sunshine Acres Children's Home, Bring Smiles to Seniors, American Assisted Living Community.

Lola's Smile Bunch - Encouragement Card for Nancy of Montana

 Encouragement card to Nancy age 67 of Cohagen, Montana who is at home under hospice care.  Silhouette of Little Belle and Dusty glazing at the stars.  Enclosed the Priest Blessing from Numbers 6:24-26.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Kind Cards for Cool Kids - Mermaid Card for Payton of Pennsylvania


Peyton of New Derry, Pennsylvania is celebrating her 11th Birthday on September 13.  Peyton has OCD and is autistic with anxiety and will not have a birthday party so her mother requested Birthday Cards.  Sending her a handcrafted card with "It's a Beautiful Life" mermaid print against a ocean background.  Inside the card are stickers of The Little Mermaid Ariel.

Kind Cards for Cool Kids

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Goofy and Crystal

 At Disney World Magic Kingdom, Crystal posing with Goofy.  Crystal had a cast on her hand.  She was in the 4th grade, age 9.  She loved Disney animated films, particularly, Beauty and the Beast, Ariel the Little Mermaid and The Lion King.  As an adult, her hobbit for color pencil drawings was coloring Disney characters and mermaids.

Riding Her Bicycle barefooted

 Crystal Fallin age 3 learning to ride her bicycle with her friend Marsha.  She was always smiling and full of joy.  She was a little nature girl who loved to run in her bare feet.  Our little Crystal Belle riding her bicycle barefooted.

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