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Who is Crystal Rushing?

A message from the CEO

Hey guys! My name is Crystal Rushing and welcome to MKKS (Mermaid Knick Knacks)! Where it all started with just a Cricut machine, Pinterest, and a love for all things craft. As a mom and teacher, I've always had so much fun entertaining, planning, and decorating for all sorts of events. Growing up in Miami, my grandmother taught me to do all the things! From sewing, to baking, to gardening, and so much more. That carried into my adult life, where crafting and creating have now become therapeutic. 

         I've actually been in the events industry for 18+ years. I started with Floral Design back in 2008 in high school where I was the president of the Floral Design team. We designed and curated a number of events for both the high school and other small businesses in the area. Once I moved to Gainesville in 2010, I worked at Gainesville Flower for about 3 years while wrapping up my college career. Once I earned my degree I began teaching full time. However, I still enjoyed putting together small gatherings for family and friends.  When COVID-19 came about, my oldest son wasn't able to have a graduation ceremony/party. So together with Pinterest, my Cricut Machine, and 5 year old in tote, Mermaid Knick Knacks started with a TACO-bout a Graduation Party! Since then, I began decorating not just classrooms, but my girlfriends (knowing how much I truly enjoyed curating events) began asking me to help decorate their baby showers, kids' birthday parties, even a few weddings here and there. Soon enough, I was using my perfectionist talents to plan and decorate events throughout Gainesville. Now, I can say with confidence that my favorite part of event planning is to watch a client's face light up at the first reaction of seeing their vision come to life. After weeks and weeks of planning and prepping, I'm able to bring their dreams to reality. To see that joy and fulfillment on my clients' face when they enter their venue and see it transformed into a vision beyond their expectations, is all the reward I need! 

      My goal for MKKS is to not only spread the joy I have for crafting and decorating, with the world; but to ensure that each client gets to enjoy the event of their dreams, in which the planning process is absolutely stress free. I am so glad you had a chance to visit my website and I hope that one day I have the chance to help make your event POP!


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