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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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Regionals and Custom Patina Bleu

Wow, it has been days since I blogged. I am sorry for being so absent. Life has been overflowing with craziness…

Kya’s team advanced to regional playoffs and showed valiant fight and spirit. In the end, they finished their season with 27 wins (11 shutouts in a row), and five losses, the last three losses were in playoffs.

After their season ending loss, the girls regrouped and agreed to go cheer on Hutchinson. Our girls lost to Hutchinson in three of their five losses this year… Including their final loss of the season that ended their hopes to advance to the state tournament.

Why, you ask, would we encourage our girls to go cheer on a team that beat them three out of four times we played them? I have to admit, Tom was a huge motivator to watch them.

Our girls entered the arena where only hours earlier they left with broken hearts. They filed in and sat quietly watching the first few minutes. Slowly our girls got into the game, they dropped any resentment they may have had and started cheering for the Hutch team. The game remained close after the first two periods… As the Hutch team left the bench, the girls realized that they could use some cheering! So they ran all the way around the arena to high five the team and encourage them to win! They waited patiently for the team to exit the locker room and showed the girls their support!

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They created a cheer and loudly cheered for them!!! We were so stinking proud of these girls and their sportsmanship as they cheered on the team that beat them in a tie for district playoffs and handed them their final loss of the season. I am not sure that they could have represented themselves better.

Sadly, Hutch lost the game crushing their hopes to advance to state. Our little (River Lakes) Stars rushed around the arena to quietly and respectfully high five the team, relating to their heartbreaking loss. We could not be more proud of their display of sportsmanship. I asked some of the girls how they felt about the experience later and they shared that it was hard at first, but afterward they were happy they did it. It helped a lot to end the season supporting another team.

We are so grateful for the experience, after all it is our job as parents to teach our kids that it is not just about winning!

We took a little selfwe after the game the other morning. My little chick-a-doodle took the pick. She missed a little bit of us! Lol

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Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to create a necklace design for my sister to celebrate her good friend’s birthday.

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My sister had a clear idea of the design and I helped her tweak it a little. I love how it turned out! It is double sided…. Here is the back.

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I love how it turned out with the authentic blue patina on the vintage spoon and the vintage chain. Thank you for letting me be a part of your gift my sister! Xo

Thanks for sticking with me in my absence! We are looking forward to our world calming down. Xoxo
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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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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Love Available Here!

Ha! I was referring to my Love necklace!
I finally finished the LOVE necklace I was working on. I had to add a little sparkle!

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This necklace is a little more delicate than many I create. It is available today for $59 plus shipping by emailing me at CherishDesigns@live.com. First come, first serve.

I also finished this necklace too. It has a large vintage rhinestone mounted on the necklace with some wire swirls. Makes me happy!

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This necklace is also available today. The price is $69 plus shipping Email me at CherishDesigns@live.com. First come, first serve.

They would make a great pair!

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Have a warm and cozy day! We are in the midst of a very snowy day! Hope yours is warm and cozy!
Kris

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Custom Bracelet

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More custom orders complete! It is so much fun to create designs specifically for you. This bracelet started with a fun bright red vintage element… I wired it up and it is ready to ship.

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Today we made 7 pans of caramel chex mix for Tom’s family Thanksgiving.

We are off to celebrate!

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Hope your day brings you joy!
:)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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Creating Keepsakes

It was a joy to create a very special custom order for a close friend of mine.

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This order was for matching necklaces for her and her dear friend from college days. They have been through so much together, so I knew it needed to be special. I got to create with some fabulous vintage rhinestone buttons that she inherited from her Godmother. The necklaces were to match, but one was slightly more delicate.

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For me, the pressure to create a perfect design adds to the challenge… It is so rewarding to get the feedback that “SHE LOVED IT!” Yipeeeee! That means I can breathe a sigh of relief.

It is an honor to be asked to create a keepsake for such a dear friend! So grateful!

πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday!
Have an amazing day!
Kris

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Hammered Upcycled Spoon

This might be one of my new favorite necklaces… This vintage, hammered, texturized, upcycled spoon!

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It just brings me to a happy place.

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You can buy it here in my Etsy shop.

Well I am off and running today!
Have an amazing day!
Kris

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Falling Leaves

The leaves continue to fall and the trees are not bare yet…

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I have the coolest funky leaf I was playing with and am thrilled by the textures I was able to create.

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The brass base was an old vintage leaf I bought at the Junk Bonanza… I listed the necklace in my etsy shop here.

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Have a wonderful day!
Kris

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Upcycling Vintage Keys

It has been time to build my inventory for the months ahead. I have been working hard trying to balance (a tad bit of a pun there because I am on day 8 with Vertigo, much improved now) family, house, creating and life. It is a constant battle to keep all of the balls in the air!

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My key addiction has ramped up as I have been upcycling keys this weekend! I have three of them created and I listed them here in my Etsy shop.

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I also created this necklace over the past few days and I listed it here in my shop.

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I am excited by the new dimension to my work and have renewed energy… I could spend hours non stop, but you know, my children do need to be fed!

Today I am finishing up the video celebrating my parents 50 amazing years together! So excited about the week ahead!

I better get to it! Have an amazing Monday!
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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Private Sale: Day 2

Wow, I am always truly amazed how few duplicate orders I get during my sale!

As of 10am this morning, I have not received a single duplicate request. It might be a little out there, but I have always felt that each one of a kind item I create is meant for a special person! It kind of seals it for me.

If you have not had a chance to order yet, no worries! I am still accepting orders through tonight.

Here are a few items waiting for someone special… Is it you?

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This funky bracelet will fit all wrist sizes. The cuff is one of my favorites to work with because it will mold so well around your wrist.

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Vintage dog tag necklace. This was a new, unused dog tag that I hammered and aged a little more… Added some funky swirls with the punch of color ant it’s ready to wear!

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This necklace has gorgeous colors with subtle blends of metallic colors.

That is a peek of some of the jewels remaining. You can email questions to me at CherishDesigns@live.com.

Thanks so much! Xoxo
Kris

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Private Virtual Sale Monday!

Tomorrow is my Private Virtual Sale!

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Hope you can join me! I will have fewer items available than normal because I just don’t have the time. If you recall, it is first come first serve!

It is a perfect time to shop for holiday gifts for yourself or your loved ones!

If you have signed up before, you are still on the list. If you would like to join, email me your email
Address to cherishdesigns@live.com.

Hope you can join me at 6pm (central) tomorrow night!!

πŸ™‚
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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Fall Colors

I love fall and this creation reminds me of the beautiful fall creations surrounding is.

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The leaves have turned and the oranges, greens and gold are so joyful.

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May you have a colorful and beautiful day!
Kris πŸ™‚

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I Learned My Lesson (this year anyway!)

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My lesson for the week is pay more attention to the weather!

Yes, I knew it was rainy… And chilly.
One of the interesting complications of not stepping outside before leaving the house is foot attire. Ha! I believe I would have changed from flips to boots had I thought about it!

Running through puddles from mid day through the eve inspired me to wear warm and cozy boots today!

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No worries! I’ve learned my lesson… For this year anyway!

Hope your toesies stay warm and cozy all day!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Measure Me Happy

I have really been enjoying creating with the vintage measuring elements I discovered a few weeks ago.

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They really make me happy!

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Love the contrast with the mini vintage keys I found the other day at an antique store.

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Spending the day at a volleyball tourney today. Perfect rainy day for volleyball.

Have a happy day!
Kris

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