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Wind Up & Wind Down

Well… As the spring sports wind down… Seven activities for three children is a bit much…

We are allowed an opportunity to breathe. Yes! It feels good.

The Wind Up for my show this weekend is added pressure! Fun pressure because I love what I do!

I rarely do shows… Only because our lives are so busy, but I love them! I love connecting with my customers! I love seeing you sport my creations and try them on. You guys are the best! I hope I will see many of you this weekend at the Olde Depot JUNKtion.

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I made a fun supply of bracelets for the weekend!

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Some pearls and lace…

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A little bit of filigree…

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A pretty fun variety… All of them adjustable.

I hope you can join us!

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Creating Balance…

Gosh, I missed you guys. How have you been?

Life gets so busy and I sure did let time slip away.

I have been busy creating.

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Creating centers me… Brings me joy.

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I have been creating a long time… In one form or another since I was young. I found this pair of earrings that I created, I was thinking it was the early nineties, but my Roomie remembers me creating similar jewelry in the late 80’s! WOWZERS. That really dates me.

When you look at these earrings, keep in mind the big hair that complemented them oh let’s say about 26 years ago! Ha! I guess that makes them vintage!

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I know you want a pair, but I regret to inform you that the eighties bandwagon has passed, COL (Chuckling Out Loud!!).

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I also created a necklace and earring set for a special friend with her Great Grandma’s gorgeous set of jewelry.

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I had so much to work with… And I am so lucky to be able to create, add balance and bring joy.

I have been creating some super special Mother’s Day gifts, but will have to wait until after the weekend to share!

I hope your day is filled with joy and balance!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Creating Frenzy

Time seems to pass so quickly lately. After Thursdays late start due to more snow….

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We are happily enjoying sunshine, melting snow and springlike weather.

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I have been on a creative frenzy!

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Creating and creating…

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I have filled some wholesale orders and done a little destashing.

A lot of my time has been spend with my children racing (and I mean racing) back and forth to activities. My three children are in a total of 7 activities this spring. But truly, I would alway rather be busy than bored!

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Enjoy your beautiful day!
Kris πŸ™‚

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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.

I struggle with decision making so it is hard for me to edit sometimes. I
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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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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Pure Brassy Happiness!

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How is your day? Today I am feeling brassy!

I have been playing with brass… It has a sassy look.

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I found this key this summer and fell in love, love, love!

It pairs perfectly with the delicate brassy link chain I found.

And how about this pair for a perfectly layered duo?

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Aren’t they cute together? Pure Brassy Happiness!

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I hope you have a happy brassy day!
Kris

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Getting My Ducks in a Row!

The week has been a whirlwind so far…
I am trying to get all of my ducks in a row, but it’s seems like the little duckies just don’t want to stay in line. The feeling compares to when my kids were one, two and three and trying to get them dressed in their winter finery to play outside. You would get the first one dressed, and start on the second one. By the time you are ready to start on the third one, the first one is almost stripped and you have to start a over. Oh my gosh that was a chore. Add sleep deprivation to the mix and you were out of energy by the time you hit the crisp snow. Lol. Those were the days!

So I guess I really can’t complain too much. I will get there! Yes I will. This week I am attacking my pile of custom orders that have been patiently waiting!

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I listed this vintage fork necklace in my etsy shop this morning.

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It will be a perfect gift for a foodie!

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Well, I am off to round up my duckies!
Have an amazing day!
Kris

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Good Bye Tweens, Hello Teens!

Wow! Today my baby is a teenager! No more Tweens in this household!

These are the ages that everyone has always warned me about! Just wait until they are 13, 14 and 15. Today is the day!
And I must say, each day has been better than the next! I love their ages… Even though I miss desperately their little cuddles and their open mouthed drooling kisses!

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I love their humor and enjoy spending time with them! I would love to press pause right now!

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Or even a few years ago!

Today is also my Dad’s 70th birthday! He is such a knowledgable man! He has been an entrepreneur since he was a teenager! Happy Birthday Dad!! Xoxo

I have been creating, but unfortunately nothing I can share with you today!

See all of this jewelry? I wish I could show you!

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It was a lot if fun to make and I’ll share more with you soon! I am sorry, I am a terrible secret keeper!!

I hope you have an amazing day!
Kris

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Throwback Thursday

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As I was browsing through my containers of beads yesterday… Searching for one specific very elusive element… I happened upon one of my very first wire and vintage creations.

So I guess it is Throwback Thursday today and I am going to share my very, VERY rough design. I am self taught, in fact I have never taken a wireworking class so at this point, I had no idea what a gauge was and I played with any wire I discovered.

I giggled in amazement what I was trying to accomplish with a high gauge wire!

I have learned so much over the years!

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It is fun to realize the progress made over the course of my six years or more of wireworking!

I am preparing to have another Private Virtual Sale… This one is going to be a little different. I am not going to have as many items for sale… So you will have to be quick on the fly for responding. If you are signed up, no worries! I still have you listed! If you would like to sign up, you can email me at cherishdesigns@live.com. The sale will be Monday, November 4th. More info coming soon!

I hope you have an amazing day!
Kris πŸ™‚

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Creating: Fall Color Trends

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For the next few days, I am starting to create jewelry with fall trends in mind per request of a few clients.

I sorted and gathered some jewels to play with and will be joyfully creating with the fall Pantone colors in mind.

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There is a splash of Samba red in my Shine necklace I created yesterday.

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More to come, but back to work for now!
πŸ™‚ Have a colorful day!
Kris

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Cuff Me! Please

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Ha! Got your attention, lol. I love cuffs. I will wear a cuff or multiples all day long, every day… So I say, CUFF ME, Please!

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Only funky wired cuff bracelets please!

Have a FUNtastic day!
Kris

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Dream Big

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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!!

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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.
πŸ™‚ 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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ReGrouping!

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Today is a day to regroup! The weekend was amazing. However I admit, I am feeling a little wiped out. I have been working on a few new ideas today and staying low key.

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I am amazed that there are only a few more days of school left for my kids!!

Have a FUNtastic Tuesday!
Kris

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Humbled & Honored: Grand Prize Winner!

I am giddy like a school girl… And so excited to share with you that I am the Grand Prize Winner of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party!!

Lori Anderson, creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party, announced yesterday all of the amazing winners on her blog here. Please check out some of the other fantastic designs that won.

And apparently I won multiple awards!!
I was also the Wirework Winner Chosen by Lima Beads!!!

AND the Judges Choice Winner chosen by Beaducation. Thank you so much judges, I am so honored!

I am truly honored and humbled by the over 900 incredible designs that were included!! 900, isn’t that truly overpowering!! Can you see why I am so truly honored! You can find out more about the judges here.

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I would also like to thank my Dynamic Bead Soup Partner Sandi Volpe! For without her gorgeous work and bead soup selection, there is no way I could have won!! To see my original bead soup reveal, click here. As you can see I had a lot of fun with the gorgeous soup I received.

I am so honored and grateful!!

I wanted to share a few photos of. What I am up to today! I am starting day two at The Olde Depot JUNKtion Sale in Brainerd, MN.

Here are a few shot of my booth.

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The jewelry chandelier’s were a hit and added some height.

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The crowns were a fun conversation piece.

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Kya helped me set up and she placed the white frame in the cool leather suitcase from my grandparents estate.

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And one of my favorite parts of my display are the clipboards.

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Well, I better get to work today. Have a dynamic day!!
πŸ™‚ kris

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Off to the Olde Depot JUNKtion!!

Yesterday was a doozy of a day! The truck is loaded, jewelry is priced, I didn’t give up, but truly wondered if I would be successful!

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So excited about the show!!

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We are going to have So. Much. Fun!!

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Hope you can join us!!

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Have a FUNtastic weekend!
Kris

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Vintage Love

Starting off, I have two additional photos to show you… (okay… Tried my new wordpress app and it didn’t work so well for me!) Lol, a partial post!

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The first two photos are Vintage Love repurposed. I found the most amazing vintage Christmas tree candle holders ( I cannot even believe that they used to use them!). I cleaned them and started creating with wire and vintage beads. The colors are joyful and what a fun conversation piece!

The next photo is a photo of the multitude of chain my sweet husband created for me today! He is so amazing!

The last photo is a picture of some of the 39 necklaces I created this past weekend… A very productive weekend I must say! πŸ™‚

I have a quota to create prior to TCC, must build my inventory! Have a fabulous day! Kris Lanae

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