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Happy Spring! What? Winter Weather Advisory?

Poor little birdies singing in the trees must be too c.c.cold to sing this morning as the wind whips and the clouds pose the ominous threat of 6 to 10 inches of snow!

As you know, I celebrate winter… It is stunningly beautiful… Sometimes I make myself find the beauty when I am yearning for sunshine. Yearning for the feeling of grass on my bare feet and the laughter from our kids playing outdoors.

I guess you could call the stark, colorless view pretty.

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If you are really reaching, you might find the beauty of the snow sifting in the cracks…

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You may even find the gently falling snow relaxing… Peaceful… Quiet…

Or you may just find it absolutely and utterly comical! That’s where I am at right now!

It is mid April! I realize that we live in Minnesota… Yes, it is a frozen tundra! However we look forward to our limited days of spring/summer weather. Sunshine and warmth, please come back to visit us!

Despite being chilly and cold, I have been creating!

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Flutter By… A necklace that will be perfect with shorts and a tee… Not today tho!

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A triangle of texture…

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And a funky spoon with vintage rhinestones…

May you feel sunshine on your back today (not snow and wind!). Have a happy day!
🙂 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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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!
🙂 Kris

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Sneak Peek

I really need to get motivated to sort through the awesome treasures I bought at my Grandparents estate sale… I starting to get my energy back after the fun filled weekend.

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This necklace is pictured on a old book given to my Grandma’s namesake four years before she was born and one hundred years ago. It is kind of crazy really. I treasure books like this that have a link to the past and I regret not listening more carefully and documenting my Grandparents stories. Super thankful to have it though!

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Here is the sneak peek I promised. I was playing around yesterday with a custom order. I am not done yet, but I thought I would show you a sneak peek!

Hope you have a fantabulous day!
Kris

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Things are looking up!

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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! 🙂 Kris

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Vintage Pearls & Lace

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Wow, it is so quiet! One week post surgery and Keegan is back in school for a half day!

I must admit, it is similar to sending your kids to Kindergarten on the first day. You wonder, will he be okay? I know he will be fine, but it is hard to let that protective barrier down.

It certainly is quiet here. Can’t deny that I enjoyed his company tremendously!

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I bought some cool pendant bottles quite a long time ago and I decided they needed a little vintage pearls and lace. They make perfect time capsule necklaces.

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Well, off to run some errands! Have a FUNtastic day!
🙂 Kris

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Vintage Lace & Swirls

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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!

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

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The Birds are SINGING!!

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I can hear the birds singing! And the sun is shining! It is a fabulous Minnesota day!

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The bird in the necklace above is created with repurposed metal from a file cabinet… Love them!

And, you can buy this spring necklace here.

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This happy bird necklace is also available in my Etsy shop, you can buy it here.

We are working on getting our family prepared for the week ahead. We have Keegan’s pre-op appointment on Wednesday and surgery on Thursday. Seeing your kids go through a journey like this is one of my hardest parental jobs… We know we are in good hands. We know we will get through this and thankfully he has a very high tolerance for pain.

I can’t recall if I shared that they will be operating on both ankles to remove the pins that they could not get to last year and they are removing the metal plate by his knee. So forgive me if I am absent, but I will try to keep you up to date.

The Bead soup reveal is on Saturday, so I will have that prepared to post in advance.

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I am excited to announce that I will be a vendor at The Olde Depot JUNKtion in Brainerd, Mn. It is a fabulous new event and I am so excited about participating! You can find info here.
I hope you can join us!

I am going to keep on flying today! Trying to get all of my ducks in a row!

Happy flying! 🙂 Kris

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Lovin’ Vintage White

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

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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.

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Enjoy your fantastic day! Kris

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I Believe in Angels Necklace

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Do you believe in angels?

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I do. When I found this charm, I knew I had to get it… The message touched my heart and brought me back to a painful time in my life. As I grow older, I realize what a gift those five baby angels are.

Our journey to parenthood included five miscarriages. As a jewelry junkie, I searched and searched for jewelry to commemorate those angels. So you can see why this pendant has a special place in my heart. I listed this necklace in my Etsy Shop here. Sending a hug to each of you who believes in angels!

The sun is rising this morning, we caught it glistening on the large icicle dangling from our rooftop.

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Enjoy a happy Friday!

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Spring Has Sprung: Time to Nest?

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Spring has Sprung! Well, we are missing a few signs of it in our cool Minnesota weather with temps of 7 degrees as we speak. There are hopes for weekend warming to rise into the 30’s!!

Yesterday I created this spring statement necklace with some really funky vintage beads posing as eggs nestled in with Momma bird hovering close by.

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You are going to be so proud of me! I made the time to add a few listings to my etsy shop and the nest necklace is one of them! You can buy it here!

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I created another “Believe in Yourself and Happiness Will Follow” necklace after a number if you wanted the one I posted a few weeks ago. And I listed it here!

I do have a few more that I need to create! Love that message because it is so true! You have to believe in you!

There is a giveaway for a sassy sisters pass to the Celebrate Creatives Retreat that I am teaching at in less than one month! Did you know that you could go for just one day? Enter the giveaway here!

Can I share a message I received the other day that really made my heart swell…

Kris, I wore your necklace the other day and I got so many compliments, I could have sold it three times in one day. Keep making your amazing designs!

How cool is that? It brings me so much joy to hear about the compliments you receive when you wear my art. Thank you!!

With a grateful heart, I hope you have an incredible spring 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A few close ups of the details…

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You can see the final photos on my dress form.

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

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

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

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

Happy Spring everyone! Hopefully it will soon feel like spring! 🙂 Kris

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Good Morning Stormy Monday!

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Good Morning Stormy Monday! No school today! My kids are happily waking up with a full snow day ahead of them.

There is a winter storm warning until 1am with hazardous travel on many local roads.

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I can hear the wind whipping in the trees and know that the fresh snow is creating blizzard conditions. I am so happy to stay home and work in my PJ’s today!

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If you live in this frozen land of ours, please stay safe! Have a happy day!
Kris 🙂

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Rusty Delight: Amazing Gifts

The other day I received an amazing gift.

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The gift arrived to me, and I was so excited to open the box…

In Tucson, my friend Patti, Liz, Linda, Katie and I enjoyed dinner with Liz’s father and fun-loving wife. Liz encouraged me to show her father some of my funky creations with unusual elements like water faucet handles and vintage hinges.

As Liz expected, her sweet father was very intrigued… He started telling us about some trunks that he rescued the hardware from over 50 years ago. He stored them and moved them for over 50 years across many states… He was excited to dig them out and share them with me!!! Can you imagine my delight when the box showed up in my mailbox?

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This rusty delight was such a beautiful gift to me…. for one thing, this gentleman cared enough to keep them with him for so long and the immense honor I feel that he would share them with me after all of this time. I am so excited to work these items into some unique jewelry and decor! I am very touched by his gift and sweet Liz for sending them to me… Thank you!!

Here are a few necklaces still available that I posted on Facebook yesterday. Comment or email me if you are interested (cherishdesigns@live,com).

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I love the messages!

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And…

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And a pic of one of my faucet necklaces I referred to above.

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Feeling thankful, blessed and filled with gratitude!
🙂 Kris

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Cup or a Bowl?

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Here is the bead soup I sent my partner… A cup or a bowl?

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I had so much fun shopping… selecting…

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And creating…

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The bead soup reveal will be March 30… I can’t wait to see what Sandi creates!

And a quick peek at a necklace I created the other day…

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Believe in yourself and happiness will follow!

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Hoping you have an abundance of happiness in your heart!
🙂 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!

MEET SANDI:

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.

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

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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.}

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

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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!

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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.

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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!
🙂 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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Feeling Blessed: Grateful & Happy

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Goodbye 2012…

It is amazing how quickly time passes and a year slips by…

While the year was filled with challenges, it has also been filled with many accomplishments… I am filled with GRATITUDE for the amazing blessings of both challenge and opportunity, for with out both, the blessings would not have been so sweet!

I am grateful to my FRIENDS here on my blog. You lift me up in your presence and friendship and for that I am incredibly THANKFUL. I am amazed that my blog readership more than doubled this year and I welcome all my new friends. I am so excited that you are here with me.

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2012 offered many lessons… I am always eager to look at my experiences and discover the lesson to improve.

I am blessed by new business relationships in 2012, boutiques new and old that do such a fantastic job of selling my jewelry, I appreciate you!

Working with Creative Co-op has been a rich blessing in my life… Designing for them has brought such joy to my heart. I love hearing from customers & boutiques that purchase my jewelry all over the country! It is such a gift!

My FAMILY: the health of my kids, husband, parents, sister and family I am so grateful for. Even challenging news like my Dad’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s was a blessing in disguise as doctors feared ALS or a brain tumor. We successfully completed 2012 without a surgery for Keegan! While we know that 2013 has a surgery in store for him, we are so thankful for great medical care.

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I am incredibly blessed by the opportunity to create and do what I love.

I wish the best for you and your family for 2013! Please be safe as you celebrate New Year’s Eve!

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May your WILDEST DREAMS come true in 2013!
Hugs & Love!
Kris

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Kris Lanae by Creative Co-op: Fall 2012

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I am so excited about sharing the first items from my fall release of Creative Co-op jewelry!

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On the left we have Buckle Me Happy and on the right we have Gotta Handle on It { see the handle, the drawer pull?}. Naming my jewelry is always fun & you have to know my silly sense of humor!

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This set of bracelets turned out super cool! Simply Divine in four colors! I wish you could try one on, they are lightweight, adjust to many wrist sizes and look divine!

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I am super thrilled about my new cuff bracelets! The photo above is the Crushin’ on Numbers cuff set. It was designed after vintage surveyors tape and I am loving the look of it!

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This next set of cuffs is designed after vintage measuring tape and is titled Measure Me Happy!

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The above necklace is The Key To Sparkle Necklace created with sparkling crystals and the contrast of a cool chunky key. Everyone deserves the right to sparkle!

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This necklace is named Vintage Soul Necklace… I am so happy with the multiple dark chains balancing the elegant pendant.

That wraps up the first grouping of new jewelry and it should be in stores near you soon, perfect timing for holiday gift giving!

Thanks for stopping by! More Kris Lanae by Creative Co-op photos to come soon! I am so excited for you to see everything!

Have a fantabulous day! 🙂 Kris

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Bountiful Connections at The Handmade Market: The Creative Connection

I am so excited about this event approaching… When Jo Packham and Nancy Soriano titled the event, The Creative Connection, they hit the nail on the head. The amazing connections that were developed in a few short days last year will impact the futures of all who attended.  WOMEN – PASSION – BUSINESS are the sub headings of the event. Connections made with amazing women who have an intense passion and business knowledge. The decision to display my jewelry at The Handmade Market is one the I will never regret.

I realize that the connection made at this event will impact my families future in amazing ways as we await the debut of my jewelry line with Demdaco/Silvestri in Cycle 4, 2011… The story still amazes me. I must say how honored I was by the glowing compliments of clients as they browsed through my jewelry. A group of three adorable women were in my booth trying on jewelry… One of them selected a necklace that was so fitting for her. She tried it on, decided to purchase it and I was drawn to take a photo of her. (I am not going to publish it because I did not ask for permission.) It is humbling to have people talk about your joy, your art with such excitement. One of the women commented, wouldn’t they be adorable holiday ornaments?? Now the statement, while a compliment did initiate some thoughts running through my mind.

I totally remember how humbled I was by their enthusiasm! The following day, my new friend was back to purchase another necklace! I cannot tell you what it feels like to have someone return for another purchase! At the time, I had no idea who these three lovely ladies were that were  wandering the Handmade Market… taking part in The Creative Connections Event.  About a week and a half after the event, I received an email from my new friend complimenting me on my jewelry and asking if I would consider a licensing agreement with Demdaco/Silvestri. I was floored!!

It is not  too late to attend The Creative Connection!

I will be displaying my jewelry at the MarketPlace. Friday September 16 from 1:30 to 9:30 pm and Saturday, September 17th from 10am to 6pm. The event will be held in St. Paul this year, click on the link for more info.

You never know who is shopping at the Market Place… last year Mary Jane Butters bought three of my necklaces as she was racing to her next event! It was such an amazing honor! Here is a photo of one of the necklaces! she purchased from me… wish I had a snapshot of her wearing it!

 

A few of my archive posts from the TCC are here, here and here.  I hope you can join us for fun shopping and many great connections this year! 🙂 Kris

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