• Holyshmoly, What’s Possible?

by Kristin Cooper February 18, 2018 1 Comment

Thanks to your support for our work, Chris and I were able to raise almost $2000 through our handmade jewelry in 2017 for charities and non-profits benefiting great causes including breast cancer survivors, children and families in need, Rose Brooks Women’s Shelter, the Kansas City arts community, and more! If you would have told me we could do this (from ideas in our minds to finished pieces through our hands), I would not have believed you. However, it happened! And, now, we are curious … WHAT ELSE is possible?!?

When Chris and I first started our jewelry business, we lived like starving artists, and I say this with all seriousness. We lived below the poverty level for several years, no health insurance, no 401Ks, no savings. All the money we made from the sales of our handmade jewelry went back into our business and peanut butter and jelly.

We ate A LOT of PB & J’s.

At times it was a stressful way to live, but we made it through. The majority of the time we felt more alive and connected than ever before or since. Every aspect of our lives was fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants creative, which is an exhilarating way to exist. There’s freedom in being so out of the norm, freedom to be ourselves with no pressure to swim with the Joneses. (And, for the record, the Joneses accepted us just as we were. A good lesson: no one else really cares what you are doing, so just live how you want to live.)

Chris and I will share more tales from our early days in future blog posts. For now, I’m more in the mood to wonder: What IS possible?  We’re off to an interesting start in 2018 ... feeling the urge, the draw toward that footloose and free creativity … and we’re not sure yet where it will take us. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein,

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”

We’ve worked hard so far this year, and in some ways feel like we’re just getting started. We hope you’ll continue this journey with us, we always love hearing your ideas and feedback and connecting with you at our shows and online. We truly appreciate your support and encouragement, and we THANK YOU for helping us making this milestone a reality!

XOXO,

Kristin & Chris

Kristin Cooper
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1 Response

Joyce
Joyce

February 18, 2018

Love your blog…learning about yours and Chris’ early journey. You are both amazing and talented people. Thank you for using your talents to help nonprofit organizations, research, and oh yes….4-legged animals-in-need! Your yoga instruction has made a big difference in my life, as well. ???

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