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Live, Love, Junk Retreat: Register Today!

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The Live, Love, Junk Retreat is rapidly approaching… and we would love you to join us!

Here is a glimpse of my blog post from last year that shows you a fantastic glimpse of the shopping and creativity of the vendors.

The Live, Love, Junk Retreat is centered around the Junk Bonanza held semiannually in Central Minnesota. The vintage junk shopping is an incredible experience and the event is filled with dynamic vintage finds and cool creations using junk.

The retreat includes your early bird ticket to shop the event (a must to beat the massive crowds and get first dibs on the best finds.) You will connect, giggle and enjoy the camaraderie of other junking queens, enjoy a Meet and Greet Party, Shuttle to and from the Junk Bonanza, A Funtastic BBQ, and a Restyle Workshop (I have some fun projects for the workshop! Hope you can join us!!)

Your registration also includes a Live, Love, Junk Market Bag with exclusive offers and discounts for the Retreat attendees from the Junk Bonanza attendees. Also enjoy a Friday evening Farewell Round Up Dinner and Bingo!

I am looking forward sharing this experience with all of you!

Remember, Save $20.00 by registering by August 1!!

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Click here to register if you love junking, meeting new people, creating and meeting lifelong friends!

I hope you can join us!!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Today is my Almost My BIRTHDAY Sale!

I have so much to tell you about the last week, but it is going to have to wait another day as I am preparing for my sale today at 6pm central.

It is going to be an amazing sale! I have been taking photos for hours! I have been trying to decide how I can show my gratitude for all of you, my amazing customers! It came to me this morning. Since it is almost my birthday, I am going to give each person that orders a FREE necklace.

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I am now extra excited for the sale to begin because I LOVE giving!! Yipeeeeeeeeee! And you have given me so much!

Ok, I guess I better get back to work so the email is ready to send at 6pm today. Orders will be first come, by email received. Email me at cherishdesigns@live.com to sign up!

I hope you have a glorious day!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Prepping For My Sale

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Today i have been taking photos and prepping for my Almost My Birthday Sale! Prices shown are before sale discounts. Sale details are revealed only in the Private Virtual Email Sale!

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To join, email me at cherishdesigns@live.com. All paid purchases will be shipped by July 3rd. I hope you can join me! We are going to have so much fun!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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It’s A Sale: Almost My Birthday Private Virtual Sale

Yahooo! It’s almost my birthday Month.

I think it’s time for a sale!!

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To sign up, email me at cherishdesigns@live.com. If you have signed up in the past, no need to sign up again.

The sale will be sent out in a PDF file and will be first come first serve on items.

Have a fantabulous day!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Holiday Blast Email Sale Starts TODAY!

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The Holiday Blast Email starts today and will run through Tuesday At Noon. All orders paid will ship out priority mail on Tuesday!

If you have signed up for my list in the past, no need to sign up again. To sign up, email me at cherishdesigns@ live.com.

I will email the list as soon as it is prepared.

Thanks so much!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Recap: Holiday Open House & ER

I am waking up so thankful for the day, family, friends and life. In the wake of the Nation’s tragedy, my day is a drop in the bucket. My heart is so thankful, grateful while filled with sadness for the pain that so many are hurting.

I think my friend Liv has a fantastic quote:

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Liv has a fantastic new opportunity available called The Limelight Letters: Build Your Buzz, Rock Your Brand! Love her outlook!

Yesterday started with me taking the chickadoodle for X-ray’s on her hand from a hockey injury that was not improving. Thankfully there were no broken bones!

I scrambled through the day to finish preparing for my Holiday Open House! I am thankful to my friend Gina for helping me with last minute prep.

It was a joyful stream of awesome friends/customers..

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It is so much fun for me to see people try on my jewelry! Such a joy!

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During my open house I got a call that Keegan had been hurt and that I should come. He was about a half an hour away, Must say it was the longest drive of my life.

I am so thankful for my friends Sheila, Lori, Shawn & Tonya for allowing me to run out of the house and taking care if my business!!

Keegan’s finger was slammed in a heavy locker room door at the ice arena. They called an ambulance, but thankfully our friend Jessie was there and she is a nurse. It was so incredible to know that Keegan was not with strangers. His finger was pretty bad but they called off the ambulance and allowed me to take him in.

We spent a few long hours in the emergency room and returned home at midnight. His tip of his bone was crushed, finger was lacerated and his fingernail smashed. He was a trooper!

Thankfully he is still able to play Xbox despite the fact that it is his “trigger” finger! So he is happy this morning.

Thank you to all who joined us last night! Let me know if you would like to be added to my Holiday Blast Email sale!

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πŸ™‚ Kris

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More Peeking & Holiday Blast Email Sale!

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Meet my new friend…

I think she has been waiting for me for years, I know I have been searching for her! I found her at The Porch & Atelier! Teresa was so sweet as to part with her! So happy!

I have another sneak peek at goods for my holiday open house!

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I had to rig up a display to hold all of my Creative Co-op & Demdaco line items that I have for sale! Yes, this open house is also a sample sale!! Fantastic prices on my goods from both lines! I think you are going to have sooooo much fun!! πŸ™‚

The prices are lower because I realized I have been hoarding my samples and it is time to share! I even have a few of my original designs that were created into the products for sale!! Hope you can join us from 5-8 pm tomorrow, Friday December 14.

I was thinking it might be nice to offer some of the items to my friends who live too far away to attend my open house, so I was thinking I would pull together a sale list on Sunday & Monday & do an Holiday Blast email sale. If I send them out Priority on Tuesday morning, they should arrive in time for the holidays. If you have already signed up for my private virtual sale email list, then you are on the list… If not, then please email me at cherishdesigns@live.com and reference the Holiday Blast Email Sale & I will add you!

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I want to thank you all for the incredible response to my bracelets I showed you yesterday! They were a huge hit. I ordered more supplies so I will have a great supply for you.

Looking forward to tomorrow! Hope you can join the party!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Sneak Peek: Inspirational Bracelets

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A sneak peek at some new inspirational bracelets I created for my open house this week…

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I have always loved inspirational messages…

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I am happy to share them because… Well, I just can’t wear them all can I??

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They really make me happy!

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Hope you can join us Friday from 5-8pm or by appointment through the weekend!

Happy 12:12:12!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Recap: Trunk Show at The Porch & Atelier

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It was another fun day at The Porch & Atelier!

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Teresa and Jeanne are super sweet and gracious.

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The shop is decked out for the holidays…

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Lots of trimmings…

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We had a beautiful snowy dusting…

And truly enjoyed meeting new friends and connecting again with FUNtastic friends!!

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I believe one of the greatest gifts of my trunk shows has been connecting with amazing people and having the joy to see people try my jewelry on. I create a fairly large volume of jewelry that I sell direct to boutiques and I rarely get to see people try my jewelry on. It is so much fun to see my work turn into art when someone tries it on! Thanks for an incredible day my sweet friends at The Porch & Atelier!

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πŸ™‚ Kris

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Hi Hi! Hi Ho! It’s off to Buffalo We Go!

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Hi Ho! There is Snow! We’re off to Buffalo & the last trunk show I had at The Porch & Atelier it snowed too! πŸ™‚ it’s beautiful!

Makes it feel more like Christmas! I am so excited to spend a fun day with Teresa & her sister Jeanne and friends in her beautiful shop.

Our schedule works perfectly between Kya’s hockey games in Buffalo!

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I hope you can join us between 11 & 3 today! πŸ™‚

Have a FUNtastic day! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Creative Endurance Session

On Monday, starting at dawn through nightfall… I created jewelry, a little creative endurance session. It was so much fun! It was a bit like coloring outside of the lines as I experimented and played.

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Here are some of my designs that sold yesterday to one of my favorite boutiques.

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Can you see how much fun I had?

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I had ordered a variety of new elements to play with…

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Ahhhhhh… Doing what you love is such a gift! Speaking of gifts, many of you have asked if I am having a holiday open house again this year. I have decided to have a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 14th. More details to come! But I am excited to offer some of my original designs from both of my lines with Demdaco & Creative Co-op along with some of the items from my line. And of course my one of a kind originals. I hope you can join us!

Have an amazing day and a fantastic holiday!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Grateful & Thankful!

I hope you join my giveaway! Click here for more information!

Can I just tell you all how much I adore your comment and how grateful I am to receive them! I forgot to share that If I comment in return, then I skew the numbers for the giveaway, so I will not be replying to your amazing comments… Please know that every comment and share is so much appreciated! A huge thank you to each and every one of you, I am so grateful!

Here is a necklace I created using a vintage baby spoon.

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I worked in my pj’s until about 2pm yesterday! It was so much fun!

Have an amazing day today! πŸ™‚ Kris

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A GIVEAWAY: 500 Blogposts & I’m Retired!

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Big News: Today I am celebrating my 500th Blog Post! It is quite incredible to realize that I have practically written a book, 500 pages, one page at a time! Mostly on my phone and usually between 5am and 8 am. Thank you for following my blog and being there for me! I am going to celebrate with a giveaway!!!

I have other news, I am retiring!

Yup! You may or may not know that over the past three and a half years I worked a full time job as Marketing Director ( the past six months, I reduced my hours). My goal has been to work my jewelry business full time for quite some time and today I am celebrating the first day on the job!

My first meeting is in a few minutes, my attire will be pj’s and I will be attending by myself! But it is an important meeting, I will be planning my business strategy! I have so many ideas and concepts that I have not been able to develop, so I am truly excited!

Back to the giveaway!!
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Giveaway No. 1 is a pair of earrings from my Creative Co-op Collection.

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Giveaway No.2 is a funky key necklace from my Creative Co-op Collection!

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This is one of my favorites!

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HOW TO ENTER TO WIN!

1. Leave a comment on THIS blog post only!

2. Share the giveaway post from my Facebook page (Thanks for liking my page if you haven’t already!!) Leave an additional comment that you shared the giveaway!

3. Re-Tweet the Giveaway info including the specific blog link. Leave an additional comment that you tweeted the giveaway!

4. Pin the Giveaway on Pinterest including the specific blog link. Leave an additional comment that you tweeted the giveaway!

Winners will be chosen using the Random Number Generator after midnight on Friday November 23, 2012. Remember to subscribe to my blog via email or like my Facebook page and you will find out the winners!

Thanks so much! Have a FUNtastic Day!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Recap: Trunk Show at the Porch & Atelier

If you are looking for the Ears to You Blog Hop, scroll down one post or click here.

Yesterday was my first trunk show at The Porch & Atelier and we had so much fun. My host Teresa and her sister Jean were incredibly gracious and fun to spend time with!

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They had two gorgeous tables for me, I should have stepped back a little more when taking my photo and you would see the buffet tables were made from vintage windows and were granite topped – Gorgeous!!

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I could have sold my dress form three times, sorry, she’s mine and I would miss her!

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Teresa warned me that they would want to buy my props! Sorry, some of the bottles were my Grandfather’s.

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You are going to be totally amazed at the celebrity sighting!

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Do you see him? Peeking out? Yes, it was Woody from Toy Story! It was the most adorable sight, a Mom willing to lug around Woody for her precious son.

The morning started a little snowy.

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So beautiful, but a tad slippery. The snow has magically disappeared, but the beauty is sure to come again!

I am about halfway through the Ears to You Blog hop, there are some incredibly beautiful earrings on their way to some very courageous women!

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I know I promise photos of my new additions to my line with Creative Co-op! They are coming soon! I promise!

I hope you have the most incredible Sunday! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Kris Lanae Trunk Show: The Porch & Atelier

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So excited about tomorrow’s trunk show in Buffalo at The Porch & Atelier!

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Click here to see a market preview of the fabulous finds!

Hope you can join us!
Must go finish preparing!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Private Virtual Sale: Cherish Designs By Kris Lanae

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This is one of the most dynamic vintage brooches ever… The blues are incredible… It was so hard to capture the brilliance of this necklace.

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I am excited to announce the date of my upcoming private virtual sale. The sale will be held Friday, October 26th, 2012 at noon. This sale is going to be a little different. I think you are going to like it!

All you have to do is send an email to me at cherishdesigns@live.com to sign up. (If you haves signed up for my previous sales, you will remain on the list.) I will email you a PDF file of the sale And you reply via email your choices. It is so much fun!

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It is a perfect time to stock up on gifts for the holidays & I am going to have some great stocking stuffers!

Hope you can join me!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Trunk Show: The Porch & Atelier

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Happy Tuesday on this short week! Tomorrow starts MEA and I am excited to spend time with my family and create a fantastic amount of jewelry.

I am excited to announce the Official dates of the trunk shows I’ll be doing at The Porch and Atelier during Buffalo’s monthly occasional sales.

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The trunk shows will be held on the Saturday of the monthly occasional sale… If you have never had the opportunity to shop at one of these events, please mark your calendar right now! You will not regret it!

The official dates are Saturday Nov. 3 and Saturday Dec. 8 from 11-3. I hope you can join us and check out this beautiful shop!

What might you see at a trunk show??

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Well, maybe trunks… But you are more apt to see a full inventory of my jewelry!

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And experience some FUNtastic shopping!

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We hope you can join us! We are going to have so much fun!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Hello Happy

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My friends… I am reeling.

Something happened recently that made me really question my trust in friendships, people and my gut instinct. I found out that one of my friends is not exactly who I thought…

I had a moment of pure shock, like a sucker punch to the gut. It made me physically ill. I could not believe this happened. I cannot share the specifics because it is not my story to tell, but it was a horrible experience and I never want to relive that moment again.

Sadly, the moment has replayed in my mind hundreds of times since it happened, and each time I feel the gut wrenching shock and disbelief. And sadness. Sadness for what could have been.

As time passes, little things, actions, situations have raised awareness of unusual events that should have alerted me to integrity of this person. I waver between protection and being truthful. I believe without truth we cannot heal or get help. But the sad part of it, is that the story really shouldn’t come from me. And on the surface, the impact only seems to be affecting me and my life. I see the faΓ§ade of life returning to normal for this person.

I feel hurt and betrayed. I have confided in this person. I feel sad that I was placed in a situation that could/may have damaged my reputation, and other’s.

I understand that this person is in turmoil… but even in turmoil we hold ourselves to our own standard, and have known since childhood that we are not above the law. The fact that I opened up my life to let this person in alarms me.

I realize that I cannot let one incident impact my life so greatly, but I must say, this situation will cause me to pause, observe and be guarded the next time I think about allowing someone so closely into my life.

As time passes, I find myself getting angrier, so I really need to work on myself to let it go. I need some work too, I admit it.

I can forgive… forgive for my own peace of mind and for the hope that she gets help.

I must close my eyes…
Clear my heart
And Let it go.

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I will. I just need a little time. It helps to share it with you my friends… and it helps to have some closure on the situation.

And my incredible present friends, so thankful for true friends.

I have to remember:
For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.

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Good bye anger, hello happy!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Replication and Bead & Button Finale

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As I predicted, it has been challenging to blog over the past week or so.. My time is so limited right now…
I was replicating a necklace the other night at baseball… For me, it is harder to replicate than create originals…

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Creating at the ball park…

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Love the weathered and worn wooden bench at the ballpark, it sure is a great backdrop although not so comfy to sit on for 3 1/2 hours.

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Friday Night at Bead & Button: Closing down the restaurant…
L to R, Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Ann Sherwood, Eva Sherman, Lori Anderson, Hilary Frye, and myself.

Our dinner reservation was for 8:30pm and suddenly we realized it was 11:30 pm and there was no one else in the restaurant!!! We had so much fun visiting and getting to know each other. We had never met in person, only online, and ever one of us is in a different and unique place in our career. It was so interesting…

Prior to dinner, Hilary and I had a Vintaj class on patinas and Utee melting products.

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The class had some great techniques…

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I just happened to have an old key with me and I couldn’t resist the urge to play with the effects.

I guess that wraps up my Bead & Button experience… Saving the date for next year. It was such an amazing experience.
πŸ™‚ Hope you can join us!

Have an incredible Thursday! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Bead and Button Show.

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Happy Saturday! Hilary and i are wrapping up our last day in Milwaukee at the Bead and Button Show.

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I am not sure where the time has slipped away to…

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Moments filled with giggles…

Happy hours pounding the pavement…

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Lots of pavement…
Shopping, sourcing, matching, giggling, connecting, and admiring incredible artistry!

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We received gifts in our bags and I must say my all time favorite gift is the teeny tiny Wubbers. It is so adorable. There is a broad range of jewelry tools available for someone like me… Over the years I have gone through many pair of tools… Especially round and flat nose pliers. It dawned on me that it was two years ago I bought my Wubbers… They have traveled with me everywhere I have gone for two years… Working almost every single day. There has rarely been a single day when they have been given a reprieve.

That is approximately 730 days of continuous use… And not only are they still working, they have shown no sign of wear. The wire I use is some of the hardest wire out there. I love my Wubbers and so you can imagine my joy to find a teeny tiny Wubbers!

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Yesterday we took a Vintaj class working with metal patinas… Melting pot products and filigree jewelry. I didn’t expect to enjoy the melting as much as I did. There are endless possibilities. I will share my photos soon.

The evening hours passed quickly… Thursday night was an amazing dinner with my friends Linda and Hilary. I am so lucky to have talented and inspiring friends.

Last night’s dinner was great fun… In shared company of a group of girls that I have never met (with the exception of my friend Hilary!) and through the miracle of the Internet, we had the joy of connecting. It was an amazing group of women and I look forward to introducing you soon!

Well, I better get packing… Hope your Saturday is relaxing and fun.

πŸ™‚ Kris

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