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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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Joyful Fall Days…

Wow, the weather in Central Minnesota has been amazing this week. We almost hit 80 degrees the other day. The colors have been amazing. Tom and I enjoyed a beautiful drive to Minneapolis to meet with some amazing women in a special studio that felt like home. (More on that in a month or two! Sorry, hope you can wait! I am giddy by the honor, but not ready to let the cat of the bag, because the future is still only a possibility!) We then drove to Stillwater to meet with Tonya Fricke of Restore At Home, who is now carrying a great selection of my jewelry.  She has a beautiful store on the main street in Stillwater. Terrific location, beautiful variety of home decor and gift items… Hope you can stop in and visit her, Stillwater is such a beautiful place to visit. It was so much fun spending the day with my husband. After 17 years, I love every moment I get to spend with him. I have to admit, most of our moments go by in a blur…  in passing while we are running our three children (almost 10, 11 & 12) to hockey, St. John’s Boys Choir, football, choir, girl scouts and play dates! Friday is a day that I will treasure for a long time, one of those times that will be cemented in my memory… so filled with potential for the future. So thankful!

This necklace started as I was creating a base for a different necklace. It had a totally different look and it morphed into something totally different than I originally planned. That happens often! The swirly curling wire wrapped around the pear shaped base with a few glistening crystals… simple yet ornate. Swirls of Blue ($49 free shipping) available by emailing me cherishdesigns@live.com or commenting and we can connect!

I hope you had the best weekend ever and your Monday is filled with sunshine and smiles! Kris

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Blog Giveaway Prizes!!! Only 2 More Days!


Here are the choices of giveaway prizes!

There will be two winners for this giveaway! The first winner drawn will receive their choice of:

A Choice of one of the necklaces!

About the necklaces: Starting from the left, The first necklace is “I Love Rusty Junk”  This necklace is handmade by me, starting digitally, then printed, protected, glued, glittered and finished, this necklace is also featured here on my blog. The second necklace is such a great statement piece, also on the funky chunky chain, wired with turquoise crystals, this is such a beautiful statement piece also featured here on my blog. The third necklace is fairly new… it features a funky piece of hardware with wire work that includes moving crystals. The chain is a chunky chain with a toggle closure. Have fun choosing!

The second winner will win:

A choice of one of the rings!

The rings appear somewhat similar, but are quite different. Both are adjustable.  The flower on the ring on the right is handmade by one of my suppliers, I then take the flower and glue it to the base that is sterling silver overlay. The ring that is further back in the photo is from a vintage piece and it has some great patina. The ring base is copper toned metal. Have fun choosing!

Remember to please leave your comments before September 23rd and please leave a comment for every act of social media kindness you share! Thanks so much! Hope your day is outstanding! Kris


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Cherish Designs Jewelry Blog Giveaway

I am so excited to be offering my very first blog giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog to be entered to win…

Here is more info:

I am feeling pretty generous…. Might have to give one of my rings away too!!!

Remember, there is more than one way to get entered! Also please leave a comment for each type of entry and please remember to leave your email address so that I may contact you!

Have a fabulous day! And thanks for spreading the word!


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The Creative Connection & Handmade Market Tomorrow!

I am so excited about The Handmade Market at the Creative Connection Event starting tomorrow. It is at the Minneapolis Hyatt and should be an amazing show! It is a juried show, and the selection of vendors is truly exciting. The show runs from Wednesday through Saturday and I hope to see you there!

Vintage Bling

This necklace was created with a vintage chandelier crystal, wired in  a chunky way with droplets of crystals and fine wire dangling from the bottom.

This sweet ring might be one of my new favorite blingy rings… I took a vintage piece, wired and glue it onto the ring base. How sweet it is…

Buffalo Bank

I have had this cover from a Buffalo MN Bank Box for about 3 years. I knew I wanted to make something with it, but just didn’t have a vision for it. I wired this circle of wire snugly so it is secure. There are no sharp edges, and the end result is kind of funky.

All of these for sale & more at The Handmade Market at the Creative Connection Event. More details about the event… you can click to follow the link. Entrance is $10 Thursday through Saturday and the preview show tickets are $30 each on Wednesday from 6-9 pm.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my blog giveaway that I am doing in connection with the event! Lots of ways to win!


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Precious Child, great shopper…

My daughter Kya, who is 9 years old traveled with her friend to their cabin last weekend. After the weekend away, my daughter bounces in the door and runs to me excitedly. “MOM, we went garage SALE-ING!!!! And I found you some AWESOME things!!!!” She is such a sweet child to be thinking of me and what I would love when she could have shopped only for herself. And boy did she find some terrific finds… I am going to feature one of my favorites today. I have worn it for two days in a row (that never happens 🙂 ) And I will never be able to sell this one… it is so precious to me.

A precious gift...

 This vintage piece that my precious child found is a vintage brooch with clear rhinestones and is missing a couple of stones which totally adds to its charachter. I wrapped it and created a nest out of wire for it and hung it on a chunky chain. It can be worn doubled around the neck or long.

Thank you Kya for the precious gift. I will hold it dear to my heart.

May your day be filled with precious moment that you can treasure! Kris

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The Handmade Market at The Creative Connection Event

I am really getting excited about being a vendor at The Handmade Market and meeting everyone from The Creative Connection Event! Super Psyched and working like crazy to increase my inventory. Wish I knew how much jewelry to have on hand,  I totally would rather have way too much as opposed to selling out!

Would love your opinion on my banner. I do not think I am done with it, so I will post it… please feel free to comment. Am I missing anything? Is it dorky?

I think I need to take a step away and look at it objectively.

It's okay to change

It’s funny, this was a bracelet… but I didn’t love it. I know, someone else might have liked it as a bracelet, but I didn’t love it. Now I love it as a necklace. Trying to decide if I can sell it!

Add a little sparkle to your day!

I hope you are having  a fabulous day! Hope to see you at The Handmade Market!



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