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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.


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


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! ūüôā Kris

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Playing with a Micro Torch!


My micro torch came in the other day! I started it up right away!!! I was like a child with a new toy! I totally forgot to figure out how to shut it off! Lol. My hubby sure skedaddled out of the house in a hurry.


This Cross necklace was my first… I had so much fun. I even listed it here on etsy!



I am psyched about how this necklace turned out too. It was everything I was hoping to get from my micro torch! I listed this on on Etsy too!

Well, better get back to soldering!
Have a great day!
ūüôā Kris


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Wowzer! I am not sure where the time has gone! The first week of school slipped by so quickly, bustling with activity.

The weekend passed in a frenzy… Two days of hockey for Ky, back to back boys choir rehearsal for Sawyer, lots of running!

Here we are Monday morning with a heat advisory… 98% humidity and a projected heat index of 103 degrees.


I have some really cool pictures from the weekend, but am having some tech trouble, so I will show them as soon as I get it figured out!

Have a happy Monday! Stay cool!


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Celebrating Sawyer & First Day of School


Happy Birthday to my sweet and amazing son Sawyer today! Fourteen years ago, 6 1/2 weeks early, 6 lbs, 9 oz and only 2 weeks in NICU!! You would never know today, I am so proud of you! He fills our life with happiness, beautiful music and joy!

He was a little sad to have his birthday on the first day of school! I know he will have a great day!


The series of first day of school pictures was hilarious this morning. Kya and Sawyer crashed and then ended up taking my favorite photo!

I am feeling a tad lonely this morning, I miss them already!

I am excited to be able to focus on my jewelry, sometimes I wonder if I got more done when I was working!

20130903-085349.jpg Well, better workout so I can get my day started!

May your day be filled with happiness!


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Crystal Anniversary Gift


I got the sweetest request from our friend to commission a gift for their 15 year wedding anniversary. 15 years is Crystal and rather than give her a gift of glassware, he wanted to commission something special for her. Something that she can wear and enjoy!

I was very honored and pulled out my stash of crystals. He selected Citrine Quartz Crystals. I created this necklace for them. He wanted the crystals to be the focus so I kept the wirework fairly simple. I also created simple drop earrings to match.

I hope she loves this gift for her! It was such a sweet and thoughtful choice. G & J, I hope you had the most amazing anniversary yesterday and a gazillion years to come!


Hope you have a happy day!


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A Trove of Treasures

I am excited to share my trove of treasures with you today!


Well, I should say some of them. Some of them I sorted into containers before I took photos … And I forgot to take a pic of the huge button stash I added to my trove.


This is a pretty fair glimpse of my goodies though!


My fingers are itching to create, but they will have to wait as I will be volunteering in the pizza stand today at the parish festival. Last night I had fun selling beer tickets.


I created on the way home… Happy with this one using a cool buckle from Paris.



These goodies make my heart sing! I really hit the motherlode on keys!


And the amazing variety of vintage pearls actually filled my vintage pickle jar! Pure happiness!

Okay! I better get rolling! I hope you have a happy day!


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Love Beyond!


I am super excited to pick up the chick-a-doodle from camp this morning… It has been a hectic summer of travels and camps for my kids…
So excited to reunite our family today! I love them beyond the moon and the stars!!

A gorgeous sunrise greeted us as we hit the road this morning!


Have a fantabulous day!



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Creating: Fall Color Trends


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.


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


More to come, but back to work for now!
ūüôā Have a colorful day!

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Vintage Drawer Pull Necklace

It is a crisp summer morning… It feels a lot like fall. The temp is 54 degrees… Brrr.

I found the coolest lamp base the other day… It is made out of a vintage spool and it is old. I had been struggling finding the perfect size lamp shade to balance it out. I had success at a garage sale for 50 cents! The shade is a tad distressed, just my style!


Pure happiness in the corner of my studio/office that I have been organizing!


Vintage drawer pulls are fun
For me to create with… I love discovering unique pulls. They ate fun to wear because most people don’t recognize the element until closer inspection.

Sure excited to be picking Sawyer up from camp this morning. It has been a long week without him.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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What I’m Wearing…


A quick glimpse of my jewels for the day. From left to right, on the top, a cuff bracelet with vintage elements, front left, three bracelets that are actually necklaces that I double wrap around my wrist. In the center, funky gray necklace as a statement necklace and on the right, a long layered industrial wired flower.

Have a fabulous day!

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Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop – Reveal

Today is the reveal for the bead hoarders blog hop!

Our host is the beautiful Lori Anderson, author, inspiration and amazing. Visit her blog here.
Bead_Hoarders_Blog_HopI am posting mine tonight because my daughter has a two day softball tournament this weekend!

Okay, confession time… Yes I am a bead hoarder. The first step is admitting it, right?

I just counted, and I have more than seventy plastic bins of beads. On top of that, I have some boxes of vintage goodies that have not seen the light of day for quite some time.


I enjoyed browsing through my hoarded stash.,.


Here are some of the items I pulled out to play with…



Here are the results…






Now I hope you can hop over and visit some of my hoarding friends!!


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13. ¬†Jo-Ann Woolverton,¬†It’s a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19. ¬†Linda Landig,¬†Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32. ¬†Catherine King,¬†Catherine’s Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40. ¬†Skylar Bre’z,¬†Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52. ¬†D’Arsie Manzella,¬†This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69. ¬†Jeannie Dukic,¬†Jeannie’s Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73. ¬†Jayne Capps,¬†Mama’s Got to Doodle
74. ¬†Ile Ruzza,¬†Ilenia’s Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85. ¬†Menka Gupta,¬†Menka’s Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88. ¬†Gerda Jurimae,¬†Gerda’s Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90. ¬†MaryLou Holvenstot,¬†MaryLou’s time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 РFor the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99. ¬†Dolores Rami,¬†CraftyD’s Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113. ¬†Kathy Engstrom,¬†Catherine’s Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129. ¬†Sharyl McMillian-Nelson,¬†Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140. ¬†Carolyn Lawson,¬†Carolyn’s Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146. ¬†Christina Miles,¬†Wings ‘n’ Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155. ¬†Anzia Parks,¬†Anzi-Panzi’s Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157. ¬†Andra Weber,¬†Andra’s Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164. ¬†Inge von Roos,¬†Inge’s Blog
165. ¬†Rebecca Sirevaag,¬†Becca’s Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167. ¬†Elena Adams,¬†Lena’s Beady Blog


Thanks and have fun hopping!



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Prepping For My Sale


Today i have been taking photos and prepping for my Almost My Birthday Sale! Prices shown are before sale discounts. Sale details are revealed only in the Private Virtual Email Sale!


To join, email me at cherishdesigns@live.com. All paid purchases will be shipped by July 3rd. I hope you can join me! We are going to have so much fun!

ūüôā 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.


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.



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


The crowns were a fun conversation piece.


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



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


Well, I better get to work today. Have a dynamic day!!
ūüôā 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!

So excited about the show!!


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

Hope you can join us!!


Have a FUNtastic weekend!


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A Snapshot of Earrings

A Snapshot of earrings that will be available at the Olde Depot JUNKtion show this weekend.





Have a terrific sunny day!
ūüôā Kris


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A Quick Glimpse


Funny thing about time, it just keeps ticking… Moving forward!

I am making chains like a mad woman today!!


I am never going to get all my photos taken so I will probably have to give up on it and take photos of my favorites.

Here are three of my fav’s


My backgrounds are treasures from my Grandparents estate.

Okay, back to making chains! Have a lovely day!! ūüôā Kris

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Treasures & Displays


A few quick photos today… The necklace above one of my fav’s… Funky vintage hinge pictured on a box from my Grandparent’s estate.


The same necklace pictured on a cool little book I bought at the sale… Notice the Tiffany’s Ad… The book is from 1911.
Here is another shot of the ad.


And I an not sure what this was, but it is going to be a part of my new jewelry display… I remember seeing it in my Grandparents attic. I quickly laid some necklaces on it.


I am going to have to be a little more deliberate with their placement.

Hope you are having a magical day!
ūüôā Kris


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Love! Love! Love!

Good Morning My Friends!
It was a whirlwind of a weekend and this week is going to fly by too.

I am feeling pressure (self induced) to try to accomplish everything I want/need to accomplish prior to the weekend. It is finally here! The Okde Depot JUNKtion! I am incredibly excited, especially about my display! For Mother’s Day, Tom and the kids built me a frame for a burlap background. I can’t wait to show you pics!

Saturday we had a blast at the Cystic Fibrosis walk. Two families in our circle of friends have children that are affected and they are the most amazing people! Thankful to have been
A part if it. I have some cute pics but they are stuck on my camera and I need to charge it to get to them.

Later in the day, the boys were four-wheeling down by the river.

Oh. My. Word.


This was earlier, before his buddy got stuck in the mud! Wish I had thought to take pics later!

Keegan gave me a ride down to see the muddy mess his friend was in!


And his friend had to be towed out. Good lessons!


Yesterday was bittersweet. It was the auction of my Grandparents Estate. It is sad to see so many years of amazing collectible items sold at an action. Items their loving hands touched over the years. There was more emotion behind the scenes, but I won’t go into that here.

The sweet part was that I did “win” some pretty fantastic items.


The moment I saw it, I knew that this was the item that I wanted. It is very primitive, kind of rough, but totally me. I am pretty confident it was at my Grandparent’s hardware store they used to own.

It took forever to get to it. I was filled with nervousness and anticipation! Can I tell you that I was in shock that apparently someone else wanted it as much as I did… A bidding war ensued, and I was the victor!! I payed way more than I wanted to, had some regretful thoughts about spending so much, but I am incredibly thankful I got it. This morning I woke with a happy feeling that it will stay in the family!

My jewelry trays fit perfectly!


I know my Grandpa would have wanted me to have it.

I bought some cool architectural wood elements too, super excited about taking photos with some of my family treasures.


Love! Love! Love this white architectural piece.


It’s kind of dark & gloomy out this morning so the light wasn’t perfect for photos, but I had to show you! ūüôā

I hope you have an amazing day!!

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Meet Noble (No Bull)

It was a crazy week. Fun… Jam packed… Fulfilling.

I had a fun girls day with my friends on Thursday. We went to many garage sales. (Missed you G!) We had a fantastic dinner outside on the patio at a local restaurant.

I found some incredible vintage treasures… And found a treasure trove of volleyball clothing, brand new with tags on! Truly a lucky day!!

Yesterday I had a fun visit with Melissa and her Mom, stopped at a few antique stores.

I had a joyful visit with my sister at her store, Bloom Coffee & Floral. I took a few pics of her latest work to show you.

Meet Noble (actually NOBULL) lol. She is incredibly talented!


Here he is settled in his current home.


And here is my sister’s spring vignette.


I found the coolest rusty old drawers that I hoped would work for a display for all of my new cuffs…
I am so excited, they work perfectly!


And look who’s helping me take photos …
Mr Putter!


We celebrated the final track meet of the season last night… Brr. It was ccccold!

I am creating with a vengeance for my upcoming show. Hope you are having a terrific weekend!
ūüôā 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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