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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: https://cherishdesigns.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/the-olde-depot-junktion-wrapped-up/

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

πŸ™‚ 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!
πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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.

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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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Regionals and Custom Patina Bleu

Wow, it has been days since I blogged. I am sorry for being so absent. Life has been overflowing with craziness…

Kya’s team advanced to regional playoffs and showed valiant fight and spirit. In the end, they finished their season with 27 wins (11 shutouts in a row), and five losses, the last three losses were in playoffs.

After their season ending loss, the girls regrouped and agreed to go cheer on Hutchinson. Our girls lost to Hutchinson in three of their five losses this year… Including their final loss of the season that ended their hopes to advance to the state tournament.

Why, you ask, would we encourage our girls to go cheer on a team that beat them three out of four times we played them? I have to admit, Tom was a huge motivator to watch them.

Our girls entered the arena where only hours earlier they left with broken hearts. They filed in and sat quietly watching the first few minutes. Slowly our girls got into the game, they dropped any resentment they may have had and started cheering for the Hutch team. The game remained close after the first two periods… As the Hutch team left the bench, the girls realized that they could use some cheering! So they ran all the way around the arena to high five the team and encourage them to win! They waited patiently for the team to exit the locker room and showed the girls their support!

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They created a cheer and loudly cheered for them!!! We were so stinking proud of these girls and their sportsmanship as they cheered on the team that beat them in a tie for district playoffs and handed them their final loss of the season. I am not sure that they could have represented themselves better.

Sadly, Hutch lost the game crushing their hopes to advance to state. Our little (River Lakes) Stars rushed around the arena to quietly and respectfully high five the team, relating to their heartbreaking loss. We could not be more proud of their display of sportsmanship. I asked some of the girls how they felt about the experience later and they shared that it was hard at first, but afterward they were happy they did it. It helped a lot to end the season supporting another team.

We are so grateful for the experience, after all it is our job as parents to teach our kids that it is not just about winning!

We took a little selfwe after the game the other morning. My little chick-a-doodle took the pick. She missed a little bit of us! Lol

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Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to create a necklace design for my sister to celebrate her good friend’s birthday.

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My sister had a clear idea of the design and I helped her tweak it a little. I love how it turned out! It is double sided…. Here is the back.

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I love how it turned out with the authentic blue patina on the vintage spoon and the vintage chain. Thank you for letting me be a part of your gift my sister! Xo

Thanks for sticking with me in my absence! We are looking forward to our world calming down. Xoxo
Kris

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Prisms of Color & A Private Virtual Sale

Gosh the days are breezing by quickly…

We had some fun family time celebrating the most recent snow day Friday…

Keegan left for snowmobiling in Yellowstone with his Grandpa and cousin. He is currently 814 miles away from me… I know he is having a trip of a lifetime snowmobiling in Montana. My traditional goodbye since my kids were little was to kiss them goodnight and good morning for every day I would be gone. It used to help them to know how many mornings and nights I would be gone and as a Mom, I always wanted to get my daily kisses in.

As we left the house (I was considerate and attempted the tradition in the privacy of our home!) I started kissing his cheek goodnight-good morning. I only made it two and a half days when I started getting the Mooom resistance! I expected this from my almost 16 year old… The wrestling match ensued. I can still take him! At least I think I can, but amid laughter and a good tumble, I backed off. At least he know I tried.

District Hockey playoffs are finished. Yesterday morning the girls lost 2-3 in the Championship game to take second seed to Regional playoffs. The girls were disappointed but they played so hard this year. Sometimes loosing prepares you for your next game and we are hoping this loss makes them stronger when they take the ice Friday for Regionals.

I have created quite a bit this past week.

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A super sweet and special client wanted some colored crystals for layering and so I made quite a selection for her.

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They turned into some kind of cool color combinations.

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She got up early and met me at the hockey arena to select her favorites.

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I have quite a lot of work to do in four short days this week. Just for fun I am throwing in a quick Private Virtual Sale at noon central tomorrow. You can sign up by emailing me at CherishDesigns@live.com. If you have previously added yourself, you are still on the list.

Thanks and have a great day!
Kris

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Instagraming It Up!

The past week has been a flurry of activity…

Kya’s hockey team secured their spot to advance to Regions in three games last weekend. I think Kya had one of her best games ever with two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win. Pretty Sweet. They have one more game to determine District Playoff Champs and first or second seed on Sunday morning. Keeping our fingers and toes crossed!

Kya is also at the end of her History Day project, a doozy of a project and we will be celebrating when she turns it in. This project takes months and we are so grateful that it is our last one!!

I have been having fun “Instagraming it up” lately! I love it because it is pretty quick to post and it is very visual.

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My account is KrisLanae, here is a photo of the True Love Infinity bracelet I posted today.

I had fun making this bracelet… It is a double wrap chain bracelet with a hand stamped key, wirework and a few other funky elements.

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I posted it in my etsy shop here: ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/179945564/true-love-infinity-double-wrap-hand )

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

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Heart Charms & Rocori Proud

A few necklaces I created lately…

I got some new heart charms to stamp numbers or letters for our hockey fundraiser necklace. I stamped a few sample numbers and decided to create a necklace with initials using the same charms.

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I stamped K, S, K for Keegan, Sawyer & Kya. I love how it turned out. Happy Valentines Day to Me!

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I also created a Rocori Proud necklace for Sawyers Diving Coach.

My time has been filled with hockey preparation for Kya’s home tournament this weekend. I guess I better get a move on!

Have a terrific day!
Kris

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Valentine Loot!

I have an order going out for some Valentine jewelry and I had so much fun creating I made a few too many.

I quickly posted them on my Facebook page to give my followers first opportunity before I sent them out at noon.

Here are a few pics.

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I have a little more than an hour before they walk out the door, so I thought I would share them with you too.

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I love “Love”! It’s such a big part of my life and that is why Valentines day is one of my favorite holidays.

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My heart is full and I hope yours is too!!

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More pics only Facebook page!

Hope you have a dynamic day!!
πŸ™‚
Kris

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Cozy In a Blizzard

Today we are snuggled and cozy warm as school is cancelled again due to low temps and blizzard conditions.

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I posted on Instagram yesterday a few photos of our travels… This one has so much beauty, especially for a passenger snuggled in a blanket with a fresh cup of coffee. We were on our way to hockey, and this is Minnesota and hockey families are pretty fierce… It is up to the traveling team to determine road conditions and they were willing to travel an hour and a half in the blistering conditions.

It was a fun game and we got to follow a snow plow part of the way home. I am grateful for their diligence and care during extreme conditions. Even they were pulled off the roads last night as many surrounding roads were closed.

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It is so nice to be able to sit snugly wrapped in a blanket. I am on day 8 of round 2 of vertigo. Saturday I even stayed home because I just felt too rotten to watch Kya’s volleyball tourney. (And you know it’s bad if I miss one of my kids events!) Hoping this round does not last a month… I am behind on my self imposed deadlines! I have so much to create!

Here is a necklace I created the other day… My Perfect Valentine Necklace.

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I wish you all warm and snuggly moments! Have a happy Monday!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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And She Fell in Love (with two!)

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It is such an honor to be asked to create a custom necklace for a loved one. I created a few necklaces for a special client to select from(I always worry that it might not be exactly what they were looking for, so I created a selection!) Gosh, wouldn’t you know she fell in love with two of them! She honors me so!

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This one is still available… $72.

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So grateful to my amazing customers!!
Thanks Chrissie!

Have a delightful day!
Kris

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So Many Possibilities!

This morning school is on!! The temp is fourteen below zero and it actually feels like 14 below! No windchill today!

Two out of three vehicles broke down over the past few days. I was pretty sure my truck was going to need a major repair, and am so grateful that it only needed plugs and a pump!!

Normally I would leave for Atlanta today or tomorrow, but clearly the sun and moon and stars did not align this time to make it possible. I am sending love, hope and inspiration to my friends who are headed to the show. Safe travels and much prosperity to you! I will see you all at the July show!

The sunset was dynamic last night. It brought hope for new direction and so many possibilities!

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Here is a necklace that I custom made for a very special customer for her Mom. It was fun to use vintage elements to match her favorite color turquoise!

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May your day be filled with so many possibilities!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Pure Brassy Happiness!

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How is your day? Today I am feeling brassy!

I have been playing with brass… It has a sassy look.

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I found this key this summer and fell in love, love, love!

It pairs perfectly with the delicate brassy link chain I found.

And how about this pair for a perfectly layered duo?

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Aren’t they cute together? Pure Brassy Happiness!

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I hope you have a happy brassy day!
Kris

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Dirty Hands, Happy Heart

I am loving creating with my new tools, but they sure create dirty hands!

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I don’t mind, my heart is happy!

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I have more custom orders to finish up so I better keep going!

Have a dynamic day!
Kris

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Getting My Ducks in a Row!

The week has been a whirlwind so far…
I am trying to get all of my ducks in a row, but it’s seems like the little duckies just don’t want to stay in line. The feeling compares to when my kids were one, two and three and trying to get them dressed in their winter finery to play outside. You would get the first one dressed, and start on the second one. By the time you are ready to start on the third one, the first one is almost stripped and you have to start a over. Oh my gosh that was a chore. Add sleep deprivation to the mix and you were out of energy by the time you hit the crisp snow. Lol. Those were the days!

So I guess I really can’t complain too much. I will get there! Yes I will. This week I am attacking my pile of custom orders that have been patiently waiting!

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I listed this vintage fork necklace in my etsy shop this morning.

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It will be a perfect gift for a foodie!

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Well, I am off to round up my duckies!
Have an amazing day!
Kris

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Upcycling Vintage Keys

It has been time to build my inventory for the months ahead. I have been working hard trying to balance (a tad bit of a pun there because I am on day 8 with Vertigo, much improved now) family, house, creating and life. It is a constant battle to keep all of the balls in the air!

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My key addiction has ramped up as I have been upcycling keys this weekend! I have three of them created and I listed them here in my Etsy shop.

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I also created this necklace over the past few days and I listed it here in my shop.

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I am excited by the new dimension to my work and have renewed energy… I could spend hours non stop, but you know, my children do need to be fed!

Today I am finishing up the video celebrating my parents 50 amazing years together! So excited about the week ahead!

I better get to it! Have an amazing Monday!
Kris

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Tangerine & Bubblegum Pink?

The spring fever continues…

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How do you feel about Tangerine?
This funky vintage element was transformed into a funky statement necklace for spring and summer!

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Let’s add some bubblegum pink, I know, try not to be shocked with the bright funky colors I have been using! This bird nest necklace has three tangerine crystals wired within. The upcycled file cabinet bird is a combo of tangerine and bubblegum pink. I wired another tangerine crystal and som fantastic vintage tangerine lace onto the chain.

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Add some complementary spring clothing and head out for a spring extravaganza!

πŸ™‚ have a FUNtastic day!
Kris πŸ™‚

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