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So Thankful!

Today is our day of thanks!

We have so much to be thankful for! Health and family tops the list. Today I and grateful that my Mom is happy and warm and cancer free… Celebrating with friends in Havasu! I am thankful for my Dad’s health and hoping the Parkinson’s progression is slow, slow, slow.

I am grateful for my family… Three happy, healthy and amazing children… I enjoy continuing to discover their beautiful qualities… Thankful that we had a day of bonding yesterday… Almost no bickering and bonding over cleaning was a true gift!

Window washing, aka Tall Ladder Acrobatics was the photo opp. Only two like to be featured but I did get pics of the third! I am just forbidden from publishing them. I honor his privacy!


I am thankful for the help of my hubby… He is ever selfless and giving. He will climb to the top of the tallest ladder for me. (Smirk!)

We look forward to gathering and having a non traditional thanksgiving dinner today with my Dad, talented sister and family (with exception of my sweet niece Bailey, who returns from a six month mission trip in a few weeks! Miss you Beautiful Bailey!)

Saturday we will celebrate a fantastic traditional Thanksgiving with Tom’s family.


May you fly and celebrate with family and friends on this happy day! Much love to you and I appreciate all of you!


Xoxo, Kris


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Heart. Full.


Today I have a full heart. I am so grateful for so many positives:

Keegan is making an incredible recovery, the last week has found me awestruck. He ditched the crutches and all pain meds by Tuesday, removed all of the stitches himself by Wednesday and yesterday went the full day without both boots. Seriously in awe of this kid. πŸ™‚ Truly grateful for no surgeries in the horizon!

We are on our way to the last volleyball tourney of the season. It has been such a rewarding experience.

Looking forward to an incredible week. Hope you have a Heart Full too!

πŸ™‚ Kris


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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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BeadSoup-a-licious: Meet Sandi

I am excited to introduce you to my Bead Soup Blog Party Partner Sandi Volpe.

I am thrilled to meet Sandi! We have a lot in common!


I am mom of three boys, 15, 13 and 8 living in a soccer obsessed household in Northern Virginia outside of DC.

I have always collected interesting jewelry and made earrings with my mom’s vintage crystals and re-did jewelry pieces I owned. I designed my engagement ring with sapphires from earrings my mom gave me and re-designed them too.

I decided to stay home after 2 jobs and 2 boys wasn’t working any more. I knew it was the right decision I because I was on a dream project at the Library of Congress working on a digital library for the Motion Picture and Recorded Sound division, but knew I could not keep up the pace of the commute, etc.

I promised I would give myself at least of year of being a stay at home mom before considering work, that was 12 years ago and I took longer than a year to decide as I had my third baby.

I looked in to all the check book parties like tupperware etc. I hosted a Silpada party and decided I would rather design and make my own jewelry, so that’s what motivated me to start.

I started stringing and soldering pendants and I loved it. I have been taking classes and honing my metal smithing and wire working skills and now lamp working. I love lamp work beads and decided to try my hand making them. I love making the entire piece.

This is my 5th bead soup party and I am lucky enough to see Lori on a regular basis as she lives 1.5 hours away.

I love the creative process and have met some amazing women through the BSBP as well as artBliss which is a retreat that is 10 minutes from my house. I have such easy access to classes in Virginia and can go to Bead Fest in Philly too.

I am hoping to create a more cohesive line this year and up production.

And now I would like to show you the fantastic bead soup I received from Sandi!


Our reveal date is March 30th, so be sure to subscribe or bookmark my blog to see what we come up with! Also please check out Sandi’s blog to check out her creations with the soup I sent her! {I’ll reveal the soup I sent her in the next day or two and the final reveal will be 3/30/13.}


Sandi sent a fantastic soup and I am going to have so much fun with it!


I cannot tell you how excited I am by the elements she created for me and the gorgeous supporting materials.

To begin with I received the fabulous lamp work and enamel work she sent. I was in awe when I unwrapped them! I am excited about the waxed linen, as I have not created with it yet and will enjoy the challenge!


On the left, you will see her delicate craftsmanship in the clasp she created for me. I love the fly pendant too! Sandi and I are both took “flying lessons” and we have that experience in common.


And Sandi picked up on my Addiction for all things vintage and added some vintage love in her soup!

I am so excited to begin creating! Thank you Sandi for the FUNtastic elements to work with!!

{weekend update}
As I mentioned the other day, Kya’s hockey team had game four of district playoffs on Friday night. Kya had a terrific game scoring the second goal of the game and almost scoring to tie the game, but it was not meant to be. They lost 2-3 ending their season. It was especially sad because they won’t be playing together until high school. Our pace will slow down now without hockey practice and games!!! Whew!

Saturday was a highlight with her volleyball team moving up to Gold level and taking first place. Their first time winning championship in Gold!

Life is all about the lessons learned in losing and winning… But there is more to life than the wins and the losses… Being thankful for opportunities, teamwork, the ability to learn and grow and develop long lasting friendships… That’s what I am grateful for!

It is official, I mentioned a few months ago that Keegan has to have another surgery for his MHE (bone tumors that are not malignant but grow at the growth plates). He is scheduled for March 28, he will have the pins in his ankles removed (this is going to be pretty invasive and land him on crutches for another 4-6 weeks) and they will remove the 8-plate above his knee. The great news is that he will be hardware free for the first time since he was 9 years old, he is now 14! Guess we will need to prepare our living room to be an Xbox game room over Easter break!

I hope you have a fantastic Monday!
πŸ™‚ Kris

Kris Binsfeld is a wire and mixed media artist. Her designs can be found in boutiques nationwide. You can like her on facebook here and shop for her creations in her etsy shop. Feel free to subscribe to her blog to follow her creative journey. You can request to be added to her private sale list by sending an email to cherishdesigns@live.com.


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Home Sweet Home!

I happily arrived home last night to my family at 10:30 pm after a long day of travel. The hugs are fabulous!!

We had an amazing breakfast by the London Bridge…

My travels started off a little sketchy due to the fact that my rental car would not start! πŸ™‚ Turns out you have to manually shut the lights off after driving through the mountains and the desert! My bad!!

My Mom’s awesome friends rallied around us searching for jumper cables! It was kind of crazy, very few snowbirds had jumper cables! But each one of them said they always carry them at home. They were so sweet! Thankfully I started out with a lat of extra time and the extra hour didn’t matter!

It was hard to leave my Mom but it is much easier seeing how happy she is with her friends, planning dinners, playing bridge and golfing!

My drive through the mountains and desert was so beautiful!


Gorgeous! But the thrill of driving in our driveway with snow piled high was pretty fun too! Especially knowing how happy my kids were with the abundance of snow!


Here is a peek at a necklace I created while I was gone, many more to photograph! πŸ™‚




Hope you have the best day ever! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Thankful & Grateful


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We have so many gifts in our lives.

I could not be more thankful for my incredible, selfless, husband. His support and encouragement and belief in me and my art has been one of the greatest gifts he could give me. I am incredibly thankful for each of my unique children, I could not ask for More from them, they light up my life.

I am so thankful for the health of my family this year, no surgeries on the horizon!! So grateful for good health.


I am thankful for my parents and their health as they celebrated 49 amazing years of marriage last week!

We are thankful and hopeful for our family and friends as many trudge through life’s journey’s. We are truly thankful for incredible friends and family who support us in so many ways!


I am thankful for you! Your likes, comments, shares and pins always make me feel joyful.


May your Thanksgiving be exactly what you wish for it today!

Please don’t forget about my Giveaway! Tomorrow is the last day to enter!! πŸ™‚

Have an amazing Thanksgiving! 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.




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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Today I wake up, so grateful to be home after a rewarding and gratifying weekend with incredibly amazing women and experiences.

I have so many photos and stories to share, but I need to keep my kidlets on track for the bus. I just can’t do it justice in fleeting moments of blogging!


Thanks for understanding and have an amazing day! πŸ™‚



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