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January 6, 2013

Crystal for a cause


Tonawanda News — The rear half of the business Krienbuhl’s work space and class area, where she offers jewelry-making lessons including beading and wire-wrapping and children’s birthday parties. The first class in the new shop is set for Jan. 22, when people can learn to make a leather wrap bracelet. (She also offers home parties and lessons.)

She particularly enjoys teaching children’s classes, giving kids a creative outlet and showing them that they can design things on their own.

“It’s not like a cookie-cutter class,” she said. “I don’t even show them the example I’ve made until after they start designing. I want them to be creative. I don’t want to tell them, ‘This is how it has to be.’ “

Tina Nappo of Buffalo, whose 8-year-old daughter recently took a jewelry class from Krienbuhl, said she was amazed at what the children learned.

“She’s amazing,” Nappo said. “Her heart goes into everything she does. It’s something inside of her that’s a passion, and it shows.”

That passion doesn’t just extend to jewelry.

Krienbuhl has supported the Ride for Roswell for years, riding for the past 10 years and serving as a committee member for several. Her 15-person team raised $7,500 last year and she’s hoping to increase the amount to $10,000 this year.

While she started out riding simply “for the sake of riding,” it quickly turned into a personal quest. She lost three friends in 18 months to cancer. Her brother rode in the Ride for Roswell even after having half of his lung removed for treatment. 

“It’s affected every part of my family,” Krienbuhl said. “One by one, family members and friends started getting cancer, one after another. This just makes me feel like I’m doing my part. It’s just going to benefit everyone, I think.”

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