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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.


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


They turned into some kind of cool color combinations.


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


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!


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We Have Spent More Time Cleaning than Playing!

The past few days have been a rush!

We celebrated my best friend and amazing husband’s birthday… Mainly be running from one activity to another.

Sawyer had his first swim meet.


He took 5th in the meet for diving in varsity. You can see how much he improved in strength over the past year.

Sawyer also had three boys choir concerts… Tis the season!

Keegan is itching to go snowmobiling on the new fresh snow!

Kya had hockey practices and a game. At practice Friday night she was selected captain by the coach. He shared with me that he respected Kya for being pulled up early to higher teams forfeiting her opportunity to be a leader on her age appropriate team. He said Kya earned captain by her quiet leadership style, helping and teaching the others on her team. So proud of her!!

They celebrated yesterday’s win by having three friends over… They got a little crazy with the whipped cream.

Two of the girls high fived with hands full of whipped cream.


Can you see it flying through the air? Believe me, I was not in the room.


It’s easy to spot in my kitchen. And there is nothing sweeter…


than watching four adorable girls clean your kitchen from top to bottom!


I over heard comments like “We sure are making some fun hockey memories!”

And “We spent more time cleaning than playing!”

Ha! Some pretty good life lessons right there! The bonus is that my cabinets got a much needed scrub!

I am working on some necklaces for a hockey fundraiser for our team tournament.



We have had a few days of sub zero temps and it sounds like we are to get more snow flurries! There is nothing better than a white Christmas!

I hope you spend more time playing than cleaning this weekend!
🙂 Kris

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Gearing Up!


Today I am gearing up for the rest of the week, it is going to go quickly!

It is a hockey weekend! Fun times ahead, but lots of prep to take care of!

We just picked our sweet baby from the vet…

His neuter procedure went well, poor baby.

Well, I better run, loads to do.
Have a fantastic day!

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And the Games Continue


With valiant effort the girls were tied two ~ two in the third period. Two minutes before the end of the game our team gets a crippling penalty. With one minute remaining in the game, Kya finds herself one on two and is forced to make choice… She committed and was burned by the other player with a game ending score on us. The game ends 2-3 and we find our path on the lower bracket battling for second seed to Regional playoffs.

The girls should be proud for how they played. I believe they played this team 5 times this season and lost each game. The scores continued to get closer and they thought they had them this time.

Life is challenging that way. We are on our way to resume the battle, our third game of the weekend and three more games to win to move on to regionals! One more loss and our season is over.


The rest of the story tomorrow! Have a great day.
🙂 Kris

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FUNtastic Hockey Mom ~ Necklace


Happy Sunday!

I created a custom Hockey Mom necklace as a custom order for my friend and fellow hockey Mom based on a necklace I created for myself this year with old coins and hand stamped words.


It started with the main focal that I hand stamped Hockey Mom on. The four holes were pre-drilled, so I added some funky swirls and a copper heart that I stamped the word LOVE on. I also hammered texture into the two pieces for added dimension.

I sourced three pre drilled old coins and stamped her children’s hockey jersey numbers on each coin.


I then added RIVER LAKES STARS onto a long bar and wired a star at the bottom.


Each element hangs individually so they can be worn all together or layered or worn individually. New charms can be added in the future as jersey numbers change through the years.


It was a fun necklace to create for a FUNtastic friend.

Have an amazing day!! 🙂 Kris


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Another Crazy Day!


Happy Friday!

It is another crazy day in the Binsfeld household. Practice for Sawyer for his role in Amahl, and the first hockey game of the season tonight followed by a birthday celebration for Kya and my Dad. Lots of fun!


Hope you have an amazing day!
🙂 Kris


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Spirits Restored


The patina on this vintage christmas tree candle holder is so amazing. The bluesy metal tones matched perfectly with the blueish metallic crystal that I wired and swirled into the design.

Yesterday our girls lost their game 3-4 in double overtime in the Regional Playoffs ending their hockey season. They played so well and fought hard. It was a joy to watch them work as team and hard to watch them come off the ice, emotion on their sleeves, and for some, tears streaming. As sad as I am for them, and as much as I wanted them to go to state, there is a sense of relief that hockey is over for the year and our normal life will resume!

Their spirits were restored after swimming in the pool and spending time as friends hanging at the hotel!

Today is a new day, filled with possibility. We are thankful for the experiences of yesterday and grateful for the fun ahead!

Enjoy your day! 🙂 Kris


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Eye Black is the New Black


I created this necklace using repro vintage filigree… I selected some vintage and fun finds and wired swirls. I then layered the two for a completed look…

Is it wrong to say filigree brings me joy?

Last night the girls lost their first game in Regional Playoffs… 0-1

We got into the spirit of the game… For three years the girls have been putting eye black below their eyes…


It’s pretty cute! Keeping in mind that they are 11 & 12 years old!

Yesterday they convinced the Mom’s to get in the spirit! It might have started with the two of us…

20120303-063658.jpg I have to say, our girls were pretty convincing… If you know me, you would know that it is not something I would do without a whole lotta begging!

By game time, we had all the Mom’s, Grandma’s and siblings decked out in eye black… It was pretty funny!


We started the game off being down by one goal, the ref even told our goalie he didn’t know how it went in… But the score remained 0-1 the remainder of the game…

They played hard… They have to fight back with all they have today to stay in the playoffs!

Their first loss in season play and they have some tough competition ahead! Hope you enjoy the gift of your day today!

🙂 Kris


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Snow Days and Smithereens!


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Spring snowstorms are brewing… While the birds were singing and the snow was melting, local news channels are abuzz with Winter Weather Advisories. Starting at 3 today, snow is expected to arrive, with 10-15 inches predicted. My kids are giddy and hoping for a snow day!

I was creating some birds and flowers as I was feeling like spring was on its way… I think it may have taken a slight detour!

The other day Sawyer told me I had to see the beautiful ice… I asked him to take a photo of it for me because I love to see it from their view point!


It was beautiful! It makes me smile when my children discover the artistic beauty in the world.

And speaking of artistic beauty, you may never guess what this is a photo of…


Have you had a chance to guess? It’s my son Keegan’s hockey mouth guard, chewed to smithereens… It’s the second time he has done it that I know of… And yes it was brand new this year! Yuk! Guess I’ll have to do a mouth guard check next year as hockey is over for him this year!

Kya’s 12U team is playing at Regionals this weekend. We found out yesterday they are rated 9th in the state. I didn’t even know that they rated 12U teams!

Sawyer’s iPhone crashed on the ceramic tile… FYI, the tile always wins.

20120228-060618.jpg It is quite amazing that it still works through the shattered glass. So sad his case was off when it crashed!

Well, that’s all for today! Hope you have an amazing day! Kris 🙂


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Now That’s a Big Bowl!


Vintage buttons have always been a treasured part of my life… I share a love of them with my Mom. My Mom has a vintage button collection from my Great Great Grandmother from Norway in the most unique primitive wooden chest. My Mom showed us her craftiness when we were growing up and created the coolest button curtain that was hanging at the entrance to our living room. I wish I had a photo of it, but I did find a photo that is kind of similar by googling.

(Thank you to Www.purpleglitter.livejournal.com) My Mom’s button curtain was a bit beefier… I think she used larger buttons and she had them placed side by side to fill the doorway. It took her hours and hours to make. I loved that curtain… The feeling of parting the heavy strands of cool buttons. I am sure we were pretty hard on it, especially me. (Sorry Mom!) I was a pretty careless and energetic child!)

The necklace above I created with a vintage metal button… Wire and crystals swirling below it. 🙂

It is a beautiful Saturday morning as I sit on the sofa, enjoying my coffee and creating this blogpost. Sawyer, my early riser is watching movies on his phone when he decides it is time for breakfast. I hear him in the kitchen as he says, “I need a really big bowl, I am very hungry.” He is 12 and capable of getting his own breakfast, so I leave him on his own. He walks across the room with biggest grin on his face and a serving bowl filled with Cheerios and milk!


He shares my love of coffee so he has a cup of coffee in his M & M cup!

I had to talk him into a photo… He cracks me up!

And yes! Shocking news, he finished it!

I have a couple a couple of brief hockey playoff updates: yesterday Keegan’s team won in sudden victory overtime to continue to move on in the district playoffs with a final score of 3-2… Kya’s team also won in overtime 3-2 to move into the District Championship game. If they win, they move on to Regional Playoffs. They boys have a longer journey ahead of them due to their loss on Friday night. And the hockey continues with two more games today!

Enjoy your day to the fullest! Hope it is a great one! 🙂 Kris


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Raging Dust Bunnies


I wish you could see the cool green of the vintage dimpled glass beads and the pearlescent sheen… They were intermixed with some bright beads on a broken necklace… They are so much more beautiful on their own wired into a floral design. Happy, so Happy!

District playoffs started last night and Keegan’s team had a heartbreaking loss in overtime, a losses that was induced by multiple penalties (three in the box) by players in our team leaving only three on the ice to defend our goal. The next game is at 2:00 today.

Chicadoodle’s team had a 5-1 win with Kya scoring the third goal. They play at 4:45… With just enough time between games for us to race 45 minutes across counties from one arena to the next!

Sawyer attended a dance last night and he was proud to tell us that he took fourth in the Limbo contest! Let’s just say he comes by that honestly! 🙂

For the first time in weeks we have had a morning of relaxation… In fact my two hockey players are still sleeping at 8 am! I have a fresh cup of coffee cuddled in a blanket, looking at my neglected home… Knowing that the hockey season is winding down and we can pick up the pieces and move on!

I choose not to feel guilty this morning as the dust bunnies rage at me from under the table…

I hope you can stare down your dust bunnies without guilt today, life is truly too short to worry about it!

And quoting from Pinterest… Make today ridiculously amazing!! 🙂 Kris


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It was a Nail Biter!


The necklace above was created with an element I found on my trip to Dallas. I fell in love with this flower and had to wire it up!

Gosh, the days have flown by this week… I never had the chance to update you about the weekend. Kya’s team had an amazing tournament. They won all three games of pool play (despite some embarrassing behavior by the parents of one of the teams… Two of their parents were kicked out for swearing and yelling at the refs. After the game was over, their parents were saying terrible things to our girls. Our girls were afraid to be in the lobby alone afterward. Our girls learned very important lessons on how not to act when you lose.)

Despite the poor sportsmanship, the girls had an amazing time and ended up in the championship game on Sunday. It was a nail biter of a game like I have never experienced before. The Girl’s were tied at the end of the third period, they played an 8 minute sudden death period and remained tied. It then went to a shoot out where three girls from each team try to score on the goalie. We were holding our breath because it is our goalie’s first year and she has not had that many one on one shots on goal. Each team scored one goal keeping the game tied! We then went on on one, one shot at a time on goalie… They shot first and our goalie had the save!!! Then we took a shot and we made it in winning the championship game! I have to say, it was a very exciting win!


A joyful weekend was had by all.

The weekend ahead starts playoffs do both Keegan and Kya… It is amazing that hockey is nearing the end of the season…

In a few days, I will start the giveaways! Have an amazing day! 🙂 Kris


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To Go OverBOARD or Not?

It was the Championship game.

                 The score was 3-0 and our team was ahead.

      Third period, 5 and a half minutes remaining in the game.

               This group of kids worked their little butts off all weekend.

The game felt like a World Championship game to a group of 11 and 12 year olds.

As a side note, I might be known for being a little overBOARD as a Mom.

I am sure there is some psychological ramifications having to do with years of  infertility, middle child syndrome or something else dark and hidden… 🙂 Maybe I am normal and all Mom’s  are like me on the inside and my impulsiveness is not quite under control.

Wherever it stems from, there is nothing like the horror of seeing your child take a cheap boarding shot against the boards in hockey and not get up. 

I vaguely heard my Hockey Mom friends say… “You should stay here.”   

           My arms evaded their grasps…

“I just have to peek” 

There was no restraining me as I ran down the bleachers to the boards of the rink.

I peeked my head over the boards with my face pressed against the glass of the rink…

I see the baby blues of my 12 year old son peering up at me.

Thank Goodness!!!”

I think that’s what stopped me from climbing over the glass.

My desire to NOT embarass him was only a teeny bit stronger than my desire to hold him in my arms to make sure he was okay. 

     Reality hit me at that moment and I inched away from the glass as my husband (who coaches) helped him to his skates. (Surprisingly even my husband didn’t give me a dirty look – not that he is prone to them… but I knew I probably shouldn’t have my face smushed against the glass!!!)

I sheepishly took a seat toward the bottom seats. From that moment I sat… awestruck as the coaches from the other team angrily chewed out the ref for not calling the penalty until they found out that my son was hurt. Maybe his reaction time was a bit slow, but…

REALLY? Anyone in their right mind could tell that it was a cheap shot and the penalty was deserved.

They proceeded to argue heatedly until one of the coaches was expelled from the game. The 5 minute penalty stuck and the kids scored one more goal on the penalty play ending the game at 4-0 and winning the Championship Game!

Keegan was able to play the rest of the game and ended the day a bit bruised and battered, but still in one piece. Winning the Championship was a terrific distraction!

Keegan (#7) accepting his tropy!

Great Smile!

Hudson accepting his trophy! Way to go Hudson!!!

Keegan, Grant and Sam… showcasing the tournament board with River Lakes Stars as Champions!

What a fun weekend! Great group of kids! Fun times and great memories!

Hope you had a great weekend and that your week is everything that you want it to be! 🙂 Kris

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