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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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Bead Soup Reveal!!!

I am so excited that the reveal is finally upon us! I have the best partners! This is my third year and I have enjoyed my experience so much!

A special shout out to Lori Anderson, our hostess, author, friend and inspiration! This is a ginormous undertaking for her! Please visit her blog and give her some extra love. Her journey has been extraordinary and a lesser girl would crumble!
Lori Anderson, Hostess http://www.PrettyThingsBlog.com

My partner is the dynamically talented Lea Avroch…

She sent me the most delicious soup!!Thank you Lea! I am thrilled to be a friend and honored to work with your lovely soup!

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Lea can be found behind her torch creating amazing lampwork and beautiful goodies. Her blog is http://www.lajewelrydesign.blogspot.com. Our styles are uniquely different… She is a seed bead dynamo and I am a wire addict. We have a commonality in our love for upcycled elements.

Here is the soup I sent her… (I always get nervous and I know I overdid it… But the rules state that all you really need to use is the focal and the clasp so she can use the elements that speak to her… I am eager to see her reveal! Please go check it out!

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And finally… Here is my reveal!

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I created a trio of necklaces…
I love layering!

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The main focal necklace centers around Lea’s beautiful beadwork. I wired all of the elements, added a few of my own including the sparkly vintage element that dangles from the focal.

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The second necklace is a more delicate necklace…

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A tiny wirework flower I made with Lea’s super cool almost iridescent glass happily dangling.

The third necklace is a long layering piece that can be worn double wrapped on its own.

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I also created a double wrap bracelet…

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I made a pair of earrings…

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And I made a funky ring…

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It was a goal of mine to use all of my soup this year and I did not achieve my goal… But I am thrilled with my loot and grateful for my partner.

We would love you to hop on over to all of the other participants…
Click here: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com//2014/04/welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party.html

I am unfortunately not able to hop until after Sunday!! Thank you for stopping by and happy hopping!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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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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Ingredients Have Arrived: Bead Soup

Oh my! Getting a package in the mail is always a thrill… But when it is soup, and you know it is coming, the anticipation elevates.

It is Bead Soup time again. This is a ginormous undertaking by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things blog. I admire her so much, she has had a very trying journey in the past few years and I admire her determination.

I have been paired with the fabulous and talented Lea Avroch (LAJewelrydesigns.com & LAGypsyDesigns.com) she is a lampwork artist and a designer of unique upcycled sweater coats.

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With anticipation, I opened the package to discover beautifully wrapped boxes… I resisted the temptation only long enough to snap a quick photo.

As I opened the gift boxes, my eyes feasted on the color explosion within. I am excited to create with the bright color palette provided by Lea! I think she should receive my soup tomorrow so it will be fun to get her reaction.

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Thanks Lea! The soup is on!
Have a great day!
Kris

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Bead Soup & DeStash

The past week has flown quickly by… My timing to do a huge DeStash and prepare my bead soup may not have been the best timing… But I did finally accomplish it all!

I am preparing an official post to show you the details and links for my partner fabulous Lea Avroch, she is a lampwork artist! Looking forward to some fabulous soup!

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Sorry that’s so bright… Can you see what I sent her? I know! That’s because I can’t show you until she receives it!

Here is another look!

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Chucking! No peeking!

The DeStash I participated in was in a private Facebook group my friend Patti organized (Facebook message me if you would like to be added). It is a great mix of vintage, jewelry supplies, beads, chain… Etc.

It took me more than 5 days to complete this DeStash and I should have scaled down a little but for my first one. It was a tad overwhelming.

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Here is my pile of packages to mail and I have seven left waiting for payment!

It has been a fun experience and a great lesson.

Well, I am off and running today… I hope you have a fabulous day!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Breathe

What a fantastic way to start the weekend! No school again today! After weeks of grueling hockey, swimming, ski club, boys choir, archery and volleyball practices for my children, only two of the six activities are ongoing! This morning due to icy conditions, they all got to sleep in and we all get a chance to just breathe!

Last week I created this baseball bracelet by special request of a pretty funky baseball mom!

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It was a fun bracelet to create for her!

I also listed more in my etsy shop yesterday. I hope to have more listings complete in the next few days.

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This DrEAm necklace is available in my etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181739256/dream-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

I also listed this Vintage Tape Measure necklace…

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It’s available here in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181731942/vintage-tape-measure-sewing-quilters-key

Do you know a Sassy Nana? I listed this Sassy Nana necklace…

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You can view it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181713464/sassy-nana-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

And if you need a reminder to breathe… Or maybe a friend is dealing with a challenging time, this necklace may be perfect.

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You can find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181722324/breathe-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

Tomorrow is Kya’s first volleyball tourney where they will be playing up a level. It is going to be a fun and challenging day… I am certain they will get a run for their money!

I hope you can find some time to just breathe and relax this weekend.
πŸ™‚ 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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Let’s Play Hockey-American Pride

Hosting our home hockey tournament is a doozy of a job but very rewarding. This weekend we had the pleasure of hosting five teams from out of town. They were fun teams and really well matched.

We spent the entire weekend at the arena, from Friday eve until Sunday afternoon. I love our team because they are so eager to help out!

During one of the games yesterday, I walked back into the lobby and I found three boys standing still amidst about five other children in motion. I paused for a moment because it was so unusual. As I paused, I realized that the three of them were standing at attention, hands covering their sweet little hearts, respectfully in a field of motion listening to our National Anthem that was broadcast over the speakers… No American flag in sight. It was the most precious sight ever!

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I had to take a photo of these sweet little respectful boys… I blurred it because I don’t know their parents, but I just had to share. It was one of the highlights of my weekend! What amazing American Pride!

One of the other highlights was that my chick-a-doodle got a playmaker award which is three assists in one game… Her line had an amazing game as one of her wings got two assists and her other wing got a hat trick… And the score was three to zero. So two of the goals had double assists! I love team work like that!! So much fun to watch!

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I have some hockey mom necklaces left over and available for sale. Email me and I can send you the list to choose from (CherishDesigns@live.com)

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And I have only one of the let’s play hockey necklaces!!

Have a fun day!
Kris

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Terrarium Necklaces

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One of the Christmas gifts I was so excited about giving this year was the succulent necklaces that I made for my family. There was a bit of a hiccup with shipping and me not receiving the proper quantity ordered and so my sweet sister finally received her necklace yesterday!

My Mom and sister have the most amazing green thumbs, however I can unintentionally kill just about anything green! I ordered the terrarium and plant from a wholesaler and put my spin on the chains and charms.

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As long as I had to order another one, I ordered a few extra for my sister to sell exclusively at her flower shop for Valentines Day! I delivered them yesterday. If you are local, make sure to visit her and order your flowers from her at Bloom Coffee and Floral. Here is her Facebook link: (https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=90547871897) You can reach her at 320-243-ROSE.

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!
Kris

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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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Dance Mom, Happy Mom, Custom Designs

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Yes, I take custom orders!

I am so happy to create a custom necklace or necklaces for you!

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Here is a Dance Mom necklace I created as a custom order… I created two, so this one is available. It is double sided and ready to ship or deliver!

I also created an extra volleyball necklace and can customize one for your sport or school.

You can email me at CherishDesigns@live.com for more details.

Have a happy 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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Brrrrr… Merry Ch.Ch.CHristmas

There is a chill in the air. With temps of twenty below zero not including windchill, I predict many Minnesotans will be spending the holidays cozy in their homes.

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I am grateful for you.

May your days be filled with blessings and happiness! Merry Christmas!

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Xoxoxo
Kris

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Holiday Hustle

The days have been slipping away so quickly, I have been hustling and bustling!

Thank you to all of my amazing holiday shoppers at my open house! I am so grateful!! And there were no family injuries this year! Whew, so thankful for that!

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My friend Sheila provided amazing treats from Tastefully Simple and my kids are excited that we have stocked up on their fav’s!

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Last night was Sawyer’s final Ceremony of Carols concert as he graduates from St. John’s Boys Choir this year. It was so beautiful!

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They sing by candlelight for the first portion of the concert and it is truly beautiful.

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He had two solos and I admit, it was a little bittersweet as we enjoy the last of each concert in his final year.

I have four more orders to complete by Christmas, an abundance of wrapping and details to care for. I better get myself moving this morning!

I hope you are enjoying your Holiday Hustle!!

Much love,
Kris

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Rocori Mom: School Spirit Necklaces

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I am in the throes of custom orders and having a blast.

I should have my current orders completed in the next day or so. I created a couple of Rocori Mom necklaces that will be a fun gift. The necklace is totally custom with the message you would like to share.

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I have a trunk show today and my Holiday Open House on Thursday. Details are on Facebook. Hope you can join us!

πŸ™‚ Have a happy weekend!
Kris

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Dreaming of… Warmer Temps

We are in the middle of a deep freeze, we do live in Minnesota so you would think we would be prepared for it. The subzero temps have found us much earlier this year… Shivering as we hustle and bustle… To and fro… Preparing for the upcoming holidays.

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Racing against time and frostbite… We snuggle in a dream…

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Dream of warmer temps… Dream of the summer sun as it warms your heart and soul. Dreaming of sitting on my lawn creating happily as the birds serenade me.

Sweet Dream Necklace available today by emailing me at CherishDesigns@live.com. First come, first serve.

I hope you stay warm and cozy and dream happy dreams! πŸ™‚ Kris

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I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy down in my Heart!

After a few days of snowfall, we rose to a bright, crisp wintry morn. The wind is gusting but the sunshine brings pure joy to the day.

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The sun has a dynamic sun halo surrounding its beauty. The spectrum of colors are so amazing and not quite captured by my iPhone.

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Despite the frigid temps and below zero windchill, the joy in your heart is noticeable.

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This joy necklace is available for $69 by emailing me at CherishDesigns@live.com.

May you find joy, joy, joy down in your heart throughout your day today!
Xoxoxo Kris

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