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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Red Marionette giveaway winners!


Hello! It's been too long, hasn't it? I haven't posted in over two weeks! I started having massive blogging withdrawal.  Where have I been? Well, I lost my internet access at home over a month ago, was involved in a big Halloween performance, have been hanging out at the clay studio throwing pots, working my normal full-time job, starting physical therapy, and trying to get my Etsy shop up and running.  Oh yeah, and I moved over the weekend.  All my stuff is in boxes. My kitchen is totally disassembled. I am living in a new home, and getting used to the space - and likewise, my new roommates are getting used to me. It is strange going from living alone for almost 4 years to living with people again - we now have two sets of everything in that house. Yikes. But I couldn't be more excited about it, and can't wait to tell you more about it.

Right now, though, I have exciting news to share with you.

What's that?

I am announcing the winners of the Red Marionette handmade ornament giveaway!!!!  A few weeks ago I announced the giveaway of three adorable handmade ornaments from Red Marionette. Red Marionette was developed in 2008 by a crafty redhead named Kelli (who happens to be my sister-in-law). Kelli was raised by a craft obsessed mother, went on to pursue a degree in Computer Animation, and has experience as a sculptor, painter, and manager in Themed Construction. After discovering Etsy, she decided that others may enjoy the fruits of her creativity, so she started Red Marionette.  In the last two years, she's met massive success!The most recent development for Red Marionette is that Kelli's work was just published in Better Home and Garden's Christmas Ideas Magazine for 2010!  Wow! The magazine features her darling pocket-peeper stockings, which are available for sale on her Etsy shop  and are sure to be in high demand this Holiday season!   The magazine is available at any store that sells Better Homes & Gardens, from Target to your local grocer or book store.

Without further adieu, here are the winners:

Clara, Randolph, and Eric. Don't you just want them all!?

Kelli gives each of her handmade creations a name and a personality. Some are cute, some are crabby, and all of them are totally unique. Here are the bios of the three characters that Kelli is sharing with you: Clara, Randolph, and Eric.

Clara, the blue owl

This is Clara.  She loves collecting shiny things.  Between  silverware, jewelry and aluminum foil, she always has something shiny in her pocket. She gazes at her stash of things for the better part of the day.  As long as it makes her happy, I support her habit.

And the winner is...Claire Ryder

Randolph, the reindeer

This is Randolph.  Randolph was born with a red nose. This has  allowed him many job opportunities as a stand in or stunt double for  the ever popular Rudolph. He doesn't mind as it keeps him working, especially at the malls and photo ops around the Holidays.

And the winner is...Kimberley Belford

Eric, the crabby owl 

This is Eric.  He isnt really happy right now since the weather is cooling off and soon he wont be able to go outside to play as much.  I think he needs a little Holiday Spirit to cheer him up. I have been asking him to untangle the Christmas Lights or Sing Carols, not much is working.  I think he needs an understanding family to adopt him.

And the winner is.....Cathy E!


Congratulations to the winners. I will contact you shortly to get your shipping addresses.

As for the rest of you, thanks for participating and better luck next time!  If you want some of Kelli's holiday flair in your home this season, you can purchase Red Marionette goodies on her Etsy shop. Be sure to check it out!  

Expect recipes again soon - I have been cooking up a storm. And I even have more giveaways up my sleeve.  I can't wait!

xoxo , Kim


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Thanks so much Kim, Clara is going to be very well looked after here!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire Ryder
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