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Vintage Buttons & Swirls


I had fun with this necklace… I found this unique large button at a sale a few weeks ago and I knew it would look great in one of my designs.

I sure wish I had more to play with! I am going treasure hunting in a few days so I will be searching!

I hope your day is filled with happiness!
πŸ™‚ Kris


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Off to the Olde Depot JUNKtion!!

Yesterday was a doozy of a day! The truck is loaded, jewelry is priced, I didn’t give up, but truly wondered if I would be successful!

So excited about the show!!


We are going to have So. Much. Fun!!

Hope you can join us!!


Have a FUNtastic weekend!


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A Snapshot of Earrings

A Snapshot of earrings that will be available at the Olde Depot JUNKtion show this weekend.





Have a terrific sunny day!
πŸ™‚ Kris


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Sunshiny Saturday

Happy Sunshiny Saturday.

It is hard to believe that another week has passed in a blink of an eye. Just a few more weeks until school is out for the summer.


I am so excited about being home with my kids this summer. I know it promises to be busy, but it will be fun too.

Today in Minnesota is a sunshiny Saturday. We have very few obligations today which is unusual. I have a lot of jewelry to make, but it promises to be a joyful day.

I hope you are enjoying your sunshiny Saturday!

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Vintage Brilliance Button Necklace


I have been coveting this vintage button for quite a few months… The brilliance of the sparkle is unmatched.


It is tricky to capture the brilliance in a photo…


Wish u were here to see it!
πŸ™‚ Hope you are having a FUNtastic Friday!

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Vintage Luggage Tag Cuff


I love the contrast of the dark vintage luggage tag with the grungy silver cuff. Wire in some funky bling and the result is a fun adjustable cuff that can be worn with a multitude of finishes.


Have a happy day!
πŸ™‚ Kris


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Stunning Sunsets

It was such an incredible evening last night at Sawyer & Kya’s track meet. We actually had high seventies, the sun was shining and it could not have been more beautiful.


Of course, I had to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity to create.


I made two cuffs and two necklaces in the four hours while watching events.


It wasn’t all sunshine and happiness. Sawyer had a tough time in one of his events. I snapped a photo of him and you can see the defeat on his face. I got the “Mooooom” comment, but it is such a cool photo I had to share it. Some of the life lessons that sports offer kids is how to win AND how to lose.

The sunset on my drive home was nothing short of dynamic.


As I drove away, I was stunned by the beauty in my mirrors…


It was fleeting, but I could not resist snapping a few shots.



Here are the necklaces I made last night.


Hope you have a happy Wednesday and my your sunsets be stunning!
πŸ™‚ Kris


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Happy May Day!

Monday all three of my children had their first spring sporting events after three weeks of weather delays. It was a gorgeous sunny day. The temp was a warm and happy 74 degrees. Kya and Sawyer had track. Keegan had an away golf meet.


I took a photo of Sawyer throwing discus, I must admit I wanted to get out there and take a spin with it, just to see if I could still do it. For the sake of Sawyer, I resisted the temptation! He didn’t need the public humiliation!

He also ran the hurdles and did the high hump. He got the highest jump for his grade on his team. Pretty cool for just learning.

Kya ran three relays and hurdles. Kya’s friend captured a fantastic photo of Kya mid jump.

(Photography Credit Samantha Torborg)

Keegan had a fun time golfing in his first JV Meet and he was happy with his performance.

Today is May Day! I hope someone leaves a May Day basket and dings your doorbell! Our May Day surprise is a 30% chance of snow today!!

Here are a few more pics from my muffin tin challeng


Tones of greens and blues…




Hope you have a Happy May Day!!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Sweet Birdies & Class Preparation


The sweet birds are flying around in the snow covered trees. Usually Robins are a sign of spring. Poor birdies, I think they are looking for sunshine and berries and they found snow banks and icicles. We must have received about 10 inches of snowfall with more heading our way. We did not have the ice storms that plagued Southern Minnesota and put much of the southern state into a state of emergency, without power and heat. My heart goes out to the families suffering. Brrrr. Hopefully they will quickly restore services.

Yesterday was a great snow day. I got all of my kits created for my classes next week at Lake Geneva. Super excited about connecting with old friends and new friends!


Here are two of the jewelry pieces I will be teaching at the Creatives Retreat. There is still time to register!!!


Have a warm and safe day!


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Things are looking up!


We are at Keegan’s post op appointment today. He is hoping to get one of the boots off today. The past few days have been pivotal in his recovery. His strength and stamina have improved and pain has decreased. So Thankful!

We are thinking he should be able to handle a full day of school tomorrow.

Kya’s volleyball team took first place in Gold again. They are so much fun to watch! Last tourney next weekend!

I was able to create quite a few necklaces yesterday, but the light was not great early this morning for photos. Here is a quick peek at a necklace I created yesterday.

More to come!

Hope you have a terrific spring day today! πŸ™‚ Kris

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What’s That Noise?


So much to do, so little time.


Five nights of waking every couple of hours makes a Mom feel like curling up for a nap! I have so much to accomplish tho.

Keegan is sleeping. Even putter is snoozing!

What’s that noise, oh I think my pillow is calling my name! Hmmm, I may have to cave.

Have a restful day!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Hoppy Monday!

Happy Monday!!

If you are looking for my bead soup post, you can find it here.


Kya and Sawyer had a blast dying Easter eggs yesterday. Of course, Keegan refrained as he was stuck to the recliner with his feet elevated. He did enjoy the fruits of their labor though.

His pain has been manageable so he is doing great. I wish I could show you pics of him walking on crutches with his double air cast/cam boots. They have curved bottoms and not much for traction so it is a little nervewracking watching him walk. I have been forbidden to post any photos of him and he is so cute all set up in the recliner with his feet elevated.

I have been cooking, creating and enjoying my family this weekend.

Here is a necklace I created with a vintage European buckle… Love the buckle and felt that it would make a perfect element to wire some charms to.


I made it long so you can layer a few necklaces or double up the chain and wear it shorter.


Thanks to our snow days, our kids had school today, so Keegan and I are spending some quality time together.

I am back to finish hopping the bead soup blog party. It is so much fun to see the diverse and gorgeous work that everyone creates.

I hope you enjoy a beautiful Monday!

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Vintage Flowers Make Me Happy!


About 14 hours post op and Keegan is doing remarkably well. I am very impressed with his composure and maturity, even through the pain.

He got a little more than he bargained for on his left leg. They had a lot of trouble removing the pins and had to cut a larger size hole to get the pin out resulting in a bone graft. They are treating it like a bone fracture. This of course is the same leg that he had the plate out by his knee, so most of his pain radiates from his left leg. They put both of his feet in boots that are like air casts. He will have to wear the left one for a full 6 weeks. The right one will come off after 2-3 weeks.

He had a decent night with great sleep and only about three late night visits from his super sweet nurse.

He has had about 4-5 pitchers of ice chips. He is fully enjoying ice relentlessly. He also ate a great meal before sleep last night.

His biggest hurdle will be to see if he can stand and walk. His Doctor was a little worried that he would not be able to walk for a while. Also returning to school might be a challenge as he really does not want a wheel chair and many of his classes are on opposite ends of the building.

Tonight at approximately midnight I will be posting my bead soup reveal. I am super excited to see what everyone has created.


I love the old vintage flower element that I mixed in with some vintage beads and swirls of wire. This vintage looks brings me such happiness.

I hope you have a happy Friday.
Talk to ya later! Kris


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It’s a Beautiful, Sunshiny Day!


The sunrise is absolutely gorgeous as we drive a couple of hours to the cities. It has a way of warming you up from the inside out.

I was searching for my fast forward button this morning but couldn’t find it!


Oops, hit a bump and published too early! Lol!

Have a beautiful day!


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Vintage Lace & Swirls


I feel like this week is being consumed by details, organization, and packing… With so many balls in the air, I hope I don’t drop one!


I guess I better run and keep them in the air today! Have a fabulous day!
πŸ™‚ Kris


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Lovin’ Vintage White


Happy Saturday! I hope you have fun plans for the day! We are off to a volleyball tournament this morning.


I just listed this Lovin’ Vintage White necklace in my Etsy shop. You can buy it here.

I hope the photos show… Something funky is happening with my blog app this morning.


Enjoy your fantastic day! Kris

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Grandpa’s Keys Necklace

I am so excited to finally share this necklace with you today! I delivered it yesterday to Melissa and she was so patient with me while I searched for the right clasps and elements to incorporate into this unique and very personal necklace.


This necklace is unique in the very special memories it holds for Melissa of her Grandfather’s vintage keys, but also in that we created a very special family keepsake. In addition to that, I wanted her to be able to wear it in more than one way.


At the end of the chain, I added the jump rings spaced evenly within the chain. Each of the seven keys or charms can be their own pendant when worn separately on a single chain. Each pendant also has its own clasp to attach the pendant to the chain.

The necklace hangs in a different style depending on the spot that Melissa clasps it. The first photo shows the clasp attached to the last jump ring on the chain. The second photo shows the clasp attached to the third jumpring on the chain. See how it provides versatile looks?

On top of that, Melissa can customize the necklace with any charm. She could wear her two daughter’s charms for a light summer look with a Tshirt, or wear the entire set as a funk and funky design with a jean jacket or sweater.


I did some extra customizing on one of her Grandpa’s keys by hand stamping “to my heart” on the key, creating a “key to my heart” pendant. This really pulls the necklace together signifying her love for her family.


A few close ups of the details…


You can see the final photos on my dress form.



I also created some key earrings for Melissa… They are even cuter on her as they dangle perfectly for her hair length!


We had a few extra keys and so I created just a few more pendants.


I know you will understand when I tell you how much fun this was to deliver!


Thanks Melissa! It was a joy to create for you!!

Happy Spring everyone! Hopefully it will soon feel like spring! πŸ™‚ Kris


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Be The Change…

As the sun rose over the glistening snow this morning, Sawyer took it upon himself to shovel a path to the driveway which remains unplowed.


When Keegan and Kya realized that our driveway had yet to be plowed, they decided to continue the path to Tom’s truck tracks rather than wear boots to school! I remember well how important it was to look cool rather than be functional. I remember the bread bags I used to wear over my shoes/boots a long time ago (everyone did it, but that didn’t make it cool!). I remember it well! So I did not put my foot down and make them wear boots today!



I had a fantastic day of creating while hanging with my kids yesterday. My kids discovered the gingerbread house kit I bought but we never used so it was a perfect day for creating and eating.


Kya frequently borrows my phone and I often find fun photos typical of a tween… A lot of self portraits. This one is a pretty fantastic shot of her laying upside down taking a photo and you see Sawyer on the couch setting a volleyball. Pretty sweet shot.

The necklace above I created on the computer, printed the message, placed it in the bezel and protected it with resin and then wired it up. It is one of my favorite quotes… Be the change! So true! We must lead by example!

The next necklace I created using a funky green vintage bow brooch, nestled into a wire nest. Love it on the chunky chain.


It’s fun and funky layered too!


I hope you are having a beautiful day filled with sunshine! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Happy Saturday!


It’s a sunshiny slickery day! We are off and running… Boys choir, fundraiser meeting and errands!

More Flower power today…


I created a smaller wire flower and attached the chain to the petals at a perfect length to dangle below the collarbone.


Be safe out there if you have slickery roads. I hope the sun is shining on you today!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Fun Filled Fridays


They are off on about a 150 mile snowmobile ride today.

We have a fun filled volleyball weekend ahead!


There should be plenty of time to create mixed in with family fun!

I hope you have a fun filled Friday!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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