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Paper, Praise & Promises

by Donna Rhodes


You may know Chrissy Picklesimer as the big-hearted, bliss-ciplined baker who can charm an apple off a tree right into the most delicious apple streusel buns that your tempted-tongue ever tasted. Streusel is just one of her many mouth-watering masterpieces to show up on the shelves of Bryson’s Grocery.

But taste buds far and wide are currently in mourning, for Chrissy is forsaking her baking business (health issues) and focusing on a new endeavor, a beautiful new line of hand-crafted jewelry called Paper, Praise & Promises.

As Chrissy believes, God doesn’t close a door without opening another. Eyes wide and faith unfurled, she happened upon a stunning African necklace, so divinely inspirational she took its lead, grateful for the talented Kenyan woman who set her creative mind racing in new directions.

Sometimes the simplest materials make the most striking art. But even more powerful are the hidden symbols placed within. Chrissy’s beads are made of paper …exquisite paper. And on one precisely-scissored slice, hidden from sight, is a Bible scripture, tucked away like a perfect tiny prayer. A copy of the verse accompanies the necklace so that the buyer can select words personal and meaningful.

Chrissy’s Designer/Partner in this new venture is her husband, Benson, a descendant of the original Benson Picklesimer who settled in the region late 1800s. Chrissy says, “My husband has been vital in his working alongside me to bring all this about. He deserves an enormous amount of credit for his contribution of prayers and ideas.

“We are launching into this project, which feels like a ministry. Ten percent of the profits will go to missions. Our thanks to family and friends for their encouragement, supportive prayers, and amazing contributions, among them, Marjorie Christiansen who did some knock-out photos. Recently we did a venue at the wine shop, and Stephanie at Molly Grace hosted us at a trunk show.”

While you may miss Chrissy’s baking, you will marvel at what has taken its place. Contact her at Picklesimer2@yahoo.com.

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