Celebrating Friendship

I am always honored when I am asked to create a custom design… And this one really was heartfelt.

A group of longtime friends wanted to create a necklace for their dear friend who is battling cancer.

They wanted to give her courage… And to celebrate her family. Faith is a key part of her life and all of those elements were crucial to incorporate into her design.

We started with the Best Mom Ever pendant.

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I created individual charms to celebrate her love for each of her family members.

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Her faith is important to her. I created a faith charm and added a cross to create a layering necklace that can be worn alone or as a group.

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This group of friends wanted to give their friend courage and so we created a double layering chain hi-lighting their special gift.

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This necklace was an honor to create… It is a beautiful celebration of friendship…

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Friendship is a beautiful thing and I was so grateful to help this group of friends express their love and support in a meaningful keepsake.

Xo, Kris

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Wind Up & Wind Down

Well… As the spring sports wind down… Seven activities for three children is a bit much…

We are allowed an opportunity to breathe. Yes! It feels good.

The Wind Up for my show this weekend is added pressure! Fun pressure because I love what I do!

I rarely do shows… Only because our lives are so busy, but I love them! I love connecting with my customers! I love seeing you sport my creations and try them on. You guys are the best! I hope I will see many of you this weekend at the Olde Depot JUNKtion.

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I made a fun supply of bracelets for the weekend!

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Some pearls and lace…

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A little bit of filigree…

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A pretty fun variety… All of them adjustable.

I hope you can join us!

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Fantastically Vintage

First of all, thank you to all of the bead soup hoppers… You guys are amazing. I have been trying to visit each of you that have been so generous with your comments… I have to say, sometimes it is challenging trying to find you through your links left in my comments. I am still trying to hop… After a weekend away, I came home to no internet and had been feeling under the weather…

I have been pushing through creating for my upcoming show next weekend. I hope you will visit me at the Olde Depot Junktion in Brainerd, MN. It is going to be fantastic.

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I have been working on some bracelets…

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Funky, grungy… Very vintage and very upcycled.

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And a few delicately vintage…

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Check out my blog from last years show here: http://cherishdesigns.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/the-olde-depot-junktion-wrapped-up/

It should be a fantastic show… Hope you can join us!

:) Kris

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Bead Soup Reveal!!!

I am so excited that the reveal is finally upon us! I have the best partners! This is my third year and I have enjoyed my experience so much!

A special shout out to Lori Anderson, our hostess, author, friend and inspiration! This is a ginormous undertaking for her! Please visit her blog and give her some extra love. Her journey has been extraordinary and a lesser girl would crumble!
Lori Anderson, Hostess http://www.PrettyThingsBlog.com

My partner is the dynamically talented Lea Avroch…

She sent me the most delicious soup!!Thank you Lea! I am thrilled to be a friend and honored to work with your lovely soup!

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Lea can be found behind her torch creating amazing lampwork and beautiful goodies. Her blog is http://www.lajewelrydesign.blogspot.com. Our styles are uniquely different… She is a seed bead dynamo and I am a wire addict. We have a commonality in our love for upcycled elements.

Here is the soup I sent her… (I always get nervous and I know I overdid it… But the rules state that all you really need to use is the focal and the clasp so she can use the elements that speak to her… I am eager to see her reveal! Please go check it out!

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And finally… Here is my reveal!

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I created a trio of necklaces…
I love layering!

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The main focal necklace centers around Lea’s beautiful beadwork. I wired all of the elements, added a few of my own including the sparkly vintage element that dangles from the focal.

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The second necklace is a more delicate necklace…

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A tiny wirework flower I made with Lea’s super cool almost iridescent glass happily dangling.

The third necklace is a long layering piece that can be worn double wrapped on its own.

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I also created a double wrap bracelet…

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I made a pair of earrings…

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And I made a funky ring…

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It was a goal of mine to use all of my soup this year and I did not achieve my goal… But I am thrilled with my loot and grateful for my partner.

We would love you to hop on over to all of the other participants…
Click here: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com//2014/04/welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party.html

I am unfortunately not able to hop until after Sunday!! Thank you for stopping by and happy hopping!

:) Kris

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Creating Balance…

Gosh, I missed you guys. How have you been?

Life gets so busy and I sure did let time slip away.

I have been busy creating.

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Creating centers me… Brings me joy.

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I have been creating a long time… In one form or another since I was young. I found this pair of earrings that I created, I was thinking it was the early nineties, but my Roomie remembers me creating similar jewelry in the late 80’s! WOWZERS. That really dates me.

When you look at these earrings, keep in mind the big hair that complemented them oh let’s say about 26 years ago! Ha! I guess that makes them vintage!

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I know you want a pair, but I regret to inform you that the eighties bandwagon has passed, COL (Chuckling Out Loud!!).

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I also created a necklace and earring set for a special friend with her Great Grandma’s gorgeous set of jewelry.

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I had so much to work with… And I am so lucky to be able to create, add balance and bring joy.

I have been creating some super special Mother’s Day gifts, but will have to wait until after the weekend to share!

I hope your day is filled with joy and balance!
:) Kris

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Happy Spring! What? Winter Weather Advisory?

Poor little birdies singing in the trees must be too c.c.cold to sing this morning as the wind whips and the clouds pose the ominous threat of 6 to 10 inches of snow!

As you know, I celebrate winter… It is stunningly beautiful… Sometimes I make myself find the beauty when I am yearning for sunshine. Yearning for the feeling of grass on my bare feet and the laughter from our kids playing outdoors.

I guess you could call the stark, colorless view pretty.

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If you are really reaching, you might find the beauty of the snow sifting in the cracks…

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You may even find the gently falling snow relaxing… Peaceful… Quiet…

Or you may just find it absolutely and utterly comical! That’s where I am at right now!

It is mid April! I realize that we live in Minnesota… Yes, it is a frozen tundra! However we look forward to our limited days of spring/summer weather. Sunshine and warmth, please come back to visit us!

Despite being chilly and cold, I have been creating!

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Flutter By… A necklace that will be perfect with shorts and a tee… Not today tho!

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A triangle of texture…

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And a funky spoon with vintage rhinestones…

May you feel sunshine on your back today (not snow and wind!). Have a happy day!
:) Kris

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A Tad Ominous…

It feels like this weekend is going to whiz past before it starts… The events on our calendar are a tad ominous… Thankfully it starts with an early out today. Here goes: Golf Qualifier, hockey, boys choir, hockey, hockey fundraiser, more hockey, boys choir mass, volleyball, hockey, lacrosse. Sleep? Maybe!

It should be a very fun weekend and before we know it we will be back to Monday!

Last night was the first softball game of the season. Ky totally shocked me because she got a 3 run homerun on her first hit of the season.

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Ha! She caught me off guard!

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I made quite a few faith related necklaces for some wholesale orders…

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I hope you have a relaxing weekend!
Xo, Kris

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