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Dream Big


After months of pleading by Keegan, hesitation by Moi (a somewhat fearful & protective mother), and reassurance from Dad, I caved. After only two practices, Keegan had his first two lacrosse games today. It is quite a physical sport, and yes there were numerous gasps coming from the spectators in our area… Well yes, I guess it was only me! Ha! He had a blast though!

I got a fun buy on some stamped spoons last weekend and I enjoyed creating with them the past few days. My favorite is the Dream Big! I might just have to keep that one for myself. I believe we should all Dream Big!!! Go for it!!




Today we have Kya’s first softball game and then Sawyer’s final boys choir concert of the year, the On Tour concert. Next week he is off on his 12 day tour to Canada. It is going to be a crazy few weeks!

I hope you are having an incredible weekend.
🙂 Kris

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Sunshiny Saturday

Happy Sunshiny Saturday.

It is hard to believe that another week has passed in a blink of an eye. Just a few more weeks until school is out for the summer.


I am so excited about being home with my kids this summer. I know it promises to be busy, but it will be fun too.

Today in Minnesota is a sunshiny Saturday. We have very few obligations today which is unusual. I have a lot of jewelry to make, but it promises to be a joyful day.

I hope you are enjoying your sunshiny Saturday!

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Sunshiny Day & a New Bangle


I have been a little worker bee lately… And yes I have been creating in my PJ’s! Gosh, they are just so comfy!

I created this bangle yesterday. I think I like it. Still need to experiment a little.

Our current temp is 54 degrees!! Finally spring shows her sunshiny smile on us!!

I hope you have the sun streaming in your windows on this gorgeous day!
🙂 Kris

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Sleet, Snow & Sweet Surprises


We had a quick opportunity to run through an antique mall before Kya’s hockey game yesterday.


From the street, the shop looked pretty small. Upon entering, the shop let me around corner after corner of sweet surprises, booth after booth of antiques, this place was huge! I think it was called Main Street Antiques.


It was such a joyful surprise of a shop.



I could have wandered for hours, but was thankful for the moments of discovery!


The boys had a blast skiing and snowboarding…

The conditions were perfect… Until the rain and sleet started.

It was glare ice at before the sleet and snow hit…


Check out the snow flake separating Tom and Kya… They were life sized snowflakes. Love this pic of Kya carrying her huge hockey bag discussing the game with Tom.

I had some fun creating and worked hard at not paying attention to the roads while Tom drove us safely home.


Now to wake my children and share the disappointing news that school is on!

Have a terrific Monday! 🙂

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Sneak Peek: Inspirational Bracelets


A sneak peek at some new inspirational bracelets I created for my open house this week…


I have always loved inspirational messages…


I am happy to share them because… Well, I just can’t wear them all can I??



They really make me happy!


Hope you can join us Friday from 5-8pm or by appointment through the weekend!

Happy 12:12:12!
🙂 Kris


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Our River Bluff Christmas Tree


Yesterday we had an unusual open afternoon, and it was a prime opportunity to go find a Christmas Tree. Sadly our local tree farm closed a couple years ago. Tom discovered a new tree farm and so we ventured off, excited and unsure of what we were about to experience! Boy were we in for a treat at The River Bluff Tree Farm in St. Cloud!


The festive atmosphere greeted you as you entered the barn. Cookies, cider and candy canes… Buffalo jerky, holiday music and the feeling of excitement for the season was in the air.

You could take a horse drawn wagon or walk yourself, we chose to walk.


It was a fun search to find the perfect tree…

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Our search has been an ongoing challenge to get a tree high enough to touch our ceiling.



It’s pretty hard to judge out in the field how tall a tree is.



After a pretty amicable discussion, everyone agreed we found the perfect tree!

Now to cut it down…


For the first time, our kids cut the tree down on their own… It was a sight to see and I must say I had the chuckles. It was a perfect lesson in team building.


As one would pull, the other would get tugged forward… It was so funny! After a little learning curve, the process got smoother and… Timber! Their efforts were successful.


Ahaaaaa! And now to get it back to the barn…
(Again we choose to drag it ourselves- however being the official photographer has its benefits!)

There were so many favorite parts of this experience, but this is one of them!


[Probably because I wasn’t doing much of the carrying, I was great at holding the saw though!]


We ran into some hockey friends and they snapped a quick picture of us!



We had to rest along the way…


One of my favorite pics of the boys hauling the tree… Do you see them?


Ahhhhh… The barn is in sight!



And then two sweet elves in red came to help us out!

They brought it into the barn and put it onto the shaker machine.


And then they wrapped it up like a present (well, not quite a present, but it was an amazing process!) it took five friendly River Bluff Elves!


They loaded it on our trailer and we were off (after picking up some buffalo jerky and kettle corn to snack on!).


Discussion on carrying it in…

We didn’t quite meet our goal of touching the ceiling. Tom kept saying this was the easiest tree we have ever had!



Time to break out the big ladder!








Our kids did an amazing job adding lights… It was so amazing to watch them work together.

I have been fighting flu symptoms for three days so by this time I was cuddling on the couch with a blanket. I am proud to say I did not adjust a single light after they placed them… The tree is precious as it is… I am in love with its imperfection.

They are not done decorating… But it was a beautiful sight to wake up to, despite the ladder! Lol

I hope you can create some treasured holiday memories this week!

Have an incredible day! 🙂 Kris


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Recap: Trunk Show at the Porch & Atelier

If you are looking for the Ears to You Blog Hop, scroll down one post or click here.

Yesterday was my first trunk show at The Porch & Atelier and we had so much fun. My host Teresa and her sister Jean were incredibly gracious and fun to spend time with!


They had two gorgeous tables for me, I should have stepped back a little more when taking my photo and you would see the buffet tables were made from vintage windows and were granite topped – Gorgeous!!


I could have sold my dress form three times, sorry, she’s mine and I would miss her!


Teresa warned me that they would want to buy my props! Sorry, some of the bottles were my Grandfather’s.


You are going to be totally amazed at the celebrity sighting!


Do you see him? Peeking out? Yes, it was Woody from Toy Story! It was the most adorable sight, a Mom willing to lug around Woody for her precious son.

The morning started a little snowy.



So beautiful, but a tad slippery. The snow has magically disappeared, but the beauty is sure to come again!

I am about halfway through the Ears to You Blog hop, there are some incredibly beautiful earrings on their way to some very courageous women!


I know I promise photos of my new additions to my line with Creative Co-op! They are coming soon! I promise!

I hope you have the most incredible Sunday! 🙂 Kris


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Dangling Key Earrings


I made this pair of earrings this morning for an upcoming hop…

I am quite amazed that I slept until 8 am this morning. I cannot remember the last time I slept in. Even when i can sleep in, I wake up between 5:30 & 6… Feels so good! The boys got an amazing amount of sleep too. Sawyer crashed at 6pm last night and got 14 hours of sleep! And Keegan got more than 11! It is nice to have everyone rested!

We are off and running again! More earrings coming soon!

I am very excited about my upcoming trunk show next Saturday in Buffalo, MN. Hope you can join us! 🙂

Have a fantastic Sunday!


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Love a Scalloped Edge


The scalloped edge on this tag almost made me swoon. I knew it was old because the city of Detroit, Minn no longer exists, it is now named Detroit Lakes, a popular summer lakes area in the Northern part of the state. The
town of Detroit dates back to the 1800’s. Super cool part of history!

I added a swirly wired crystal and wired it into a pendant.

It’s listed in my etsy here.

Enjoy your fabulous day! Kris


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A Sneak Peek… crossing my fingers and toes

This is the week I have been waiting for since September. I am nervous, excited and filled with anticipation and a little dread.  My fingers and toes are crossed. I am sitting on pins and needles.  I am so honored by the request and giddy by the potential. If Christmas comes early, you will hear me screaming from the mountaintops (& we don’t even have mountains!) I will post right away and share the news with you. I should know by Friday.

I am going to show you a sneak peek of my submissions by request…

 Sorry they are close-ups… 

I know, you can’t see really what they are.

I am sorry about that.

Truly I am.

You will understand soon enough.

Sorry to tease you, I just can’t stop thinking about it!

I had to write about it.

 This could be big.

Really Big…

But it could be just an extremely honorable moment in my life… Either way, I can’t wait to tell you about it!


Is it intriguing to you?

I hope you like peeks…

The next one looks kind of vicious!

It kind of  looks like a claw… but it’s not, I promise!

I can show you a picture of my little chickie helper this weekend at the Firefleyes Holiday Marketplace.

(she’s a tad blurry! sorry ’bout that!)

She really liked the hat, but she chose an adorable headband instead.

She had an offer to buy the necklace that I made for her that she is wearing.

She debated most of the day.

It was a bit painful for her.

In the end, she just couldn’t let it go.

I am proud that she thought about the decision so carefully!

And here she is getting ready for hockey… Pretty tough lookin’ chicklet. They won their first game too! 10-0, it was so exciting. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the sweet little goalie, she was shorter than the net, but she sure handled it well!

Her friend Carlie brought the tough girl face paint. So cute!

I am getting ready to deliver my inventory to the ‘Tis the Season Upscale Boutique in Chaska… The sale is a two weekend sale, I am only working the boutique on Sunday of the final date. Such a fun concept! We have a hockey tournament this weekend and more running the following weekend, so it is great to participate in a boutique that you don’t have to be there for the whole two weekends! Hope you can stop and shop!

Have a great week. I hope it goes quickly! Can’t wait to fill you in and to know what the future holds! 🙂 Kris

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