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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Creating Frenzy

Time seems to pass so quickly lately. After Thursdays late start due to more snow….

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We are happily enjoying sunshine, melting snow and springlike weather.

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I have been on a creative frenzy!

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Creating and creating…

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I have filled some wholesale orders and done a little destashing.

A lot of my time has been spend with my children racing (and I mean racing) back and forth to activities. My three children are in a total of 7 activities this spring. But truly, I would alway rather be busy than bored!

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Enjoy your beautiful day!
Kris :)

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Grandma’s Keys & Bead Soup

Happy Thursday!

My bead soup partner Lea Avroch received and revealed the soup ingredients I sent her so I can share it with you.

I struggle with decision making so it is hard for me to edit sometimes. I
Have to admit that I was nervous too because she is a fabulous glass artist and I didn’t want to disappoint. I had everything spread out and just couldn’t decide on what to send her, so I sent it all! Lol. I am hoping I didn’t overwhelm her, but I shared my inability to edit and told her that I didn’t expect her to use it all!

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As a wireworker, my wire of choice is steel… In consideration of her metal allergies I choose to work with copper for Lea’s soup. I created the focal and the clasp with some of the soup I sent her. I am also a chain junkie, but wasn’t certain of the purity of the copper chain I had, so I selected ribbon rather than chain.

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I also created a double sided believe pendant for her, you can see the back side in the photo above. I hammered the clasp and patina’d the elements. I am excited to see her creations.

Yesterday I had the honor of delivering a custom key necklace for a special client with her precious Grandma’s keys. I had so much fun creating this necklace, adding the perfect amount of bling with hardware.

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I see her wearing it layered with a white tee and jeans or dressier in a cute sweater dress!

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I have a bunch of work to complete today so I better get busy. Have a great day!
Kris

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Ingredients Have Arrived: Bead Soup

Oh my! Getting a package in the mail is always a thrill… But when it is soup, and you know it is coming, the anticipation elevates.

It is Bead Soup time again. This is a ginormous undertaking by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things blog. I admire her so much, she has had a very trying journey in the past few years and I admire her determination.

I have been paired with the fabulous and talented Lea Avroch (LAJewelrydesigns.com & LAGypsyDesigns.com) she is a lampwork artist and a designer of unique upcycled sweater coats.

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With anticipation, I opened the package to discover beautifully wrapped boxes… I resisted the temptation only long enough to snap a quick photo.

As I opened the gift boxes, my eyes feasted on the color explosion within. I am excited to create with the bright color palette provided by Lea! I think she should receive my soup tomorrow so it will be fun to get her reaction.

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Thanks Lea! The soup is on!
Have a great day!
Kris

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Bead Soup & DeStash

The past week has flown quickly by… My timing to do a huge DeStash and prepare my bead soup may not have been the best timing… But I did finally accomplish it all!

I am preparing an official post to show you the details and links for my partner fabulous Lea Avroch, she is a lampwork artist! Looking forward to some fabulous soup!

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Sorry that’s so bright… Can you see what I sent her? I know! That’s because I can’t show you until she receives it!

Here is another look!

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Chucking! No peeking!

The DeStash I participated in was in a private Facebook group my friend Patti organized (Facebook message me if you would like to be added). It is a great mix of vintage, jewelry supplies, beads, chain… Etc.

It took me more than 5 days to complete this DeStash and I should have scaled down a little but for my first one. It was a tad overwhelming.

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Here is my pile of packages to mail and I have seven left waiting for payment!

It has been a fun experience and a great lesson.

Well, I am off and running today… I hope you have a fabulous day!

:) Kris

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Breathe

What a fantastic way to start the weekend! No school again today! After weeks of grueling hockey, swimming, ski club, boys choir, archery and volleyball practices for my children, only two of the six activities are ongoing! This morning due to icy conditions, they all got to sleep in and we all get a chance to just breathe!

Last week I created this baseball bracelet by special request of a pretty funky baseball mom!

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It was a fun bracelet to create for her!

I also listed more in my etsy shop yesterday. I hope to have more listings complete in the next few days.

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This DrEAm necklace is available in my etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181739256/dream-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

I also listed this Vintage Tape Measure necklace…

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It’s available here in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181731942/vintage-tape-measure-sewing-quilters-key

Do you know a Sassy Nana? I listed this Sassy Nana necklace…

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You can view it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181713464/sassy-nana-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

And if you need a reminder to breathe… Or maybe a friend is dealing with a challenging time, this necklace may be perfect.

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You can find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181722324/breathe-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

Tomorrow is Kya’s first volleyball tourney where they will be playing up a level. It is going to be a fun and challenging day… I am certain they will get a run for their money!

I hope you can find some time to just breathe and relax this weekend.
:) Kris

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