Messy Workshop Blog Hop!

Okay, can you believe I am doing this? I am very excited to be a part of Brenda’s Messy Workshop Blog Hop…

I am a bit nervous about sharing my messes with you!Celebrate Vintage Love Class by Kris Lanae at Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood

More in a moment, but I am also excited to share one of the four classes that I will be teaching at the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Retreat. More class info coming soon!

This class is called Celebrate Vintage Love.

Celebrate the vintage past by learning
to combine vintage elements with
annealed steel wire to re-trend them into
new and funky statement pieces.

In this class you will learn the unique style and technique of Kris Lanae
Binsfeld, licensed designer with Creative Co-op & Demdaco and lover of all
things wire, vintage and lace. This self-taught designer will teach you how
to create this unique necklace design, to create a wire base for your design
and build upon the base. She will share the joy of incorporating vintage
elements and teach you how to swirl and twirl until your heart’s content.

Registration opens May 1 at Live, Laugh, Love Retreats. The retreat will be held April 17-19, 2013 in Geneva, Wisconsin. I truly hope you can join us. You will find a variety of excellent classes by fabulous instructors on current artistic medias.

From Live, Laugh, Love retreats:

If your heart skips a beat when you come across new, creative ideas and projects?

If you love to sit with a good magazine and soak in all of the colorful beauty and inspiration?

If you appreciate the process and meaning behind a well-constructed, handmade gift or product?

If you enjoy opening your mind and exploring different forms of inspiration?

We provide an opportunity for you to share all of this yumminess with others just like you!


It is a little intimidating letting you see some of the messes I create…

I have never been good at being neat…

You know… Creativity is Messy

and I am

veeeeeery creative! LOL


Confession number one: a majority of my time creating is propped up with 4-5 pillows on my bed. I know, it sounds strange but it is the most comfortable place for me. The photo above is from my chain making session about a week ago. See my wrinkled sheets? That’s because I probably pulled the corner if the sheet off and didn’t want to move everything to fix it! Yup Messy!


Oh yeah… I forgot I started the process on the kitchen counter and then hopped to the bedroom! Lol


I actually did organize my chain afterward though! I could use a few more little wooden shelves like this though!


The above photo was after a particularly creative day… Whew, that’s a mess! I have to admit it is kind of normal!


Sometimes I have a great helper… This is Putter, holding my bead container…

Confession Number Two: So you ask, Where DO Women Create?


Are you sure you want to know?

Well, in the past years I have created in some pretty unique places… In bed, at baseball, softball and hockey games, at swim meets, in the car, at the beach, at the state fair, in a hospital room, in the yard, in hotel rooms, by the pool, at a coffee shop, at the doctor’s office, on an airplane, at craft shows and sometimes when my roomies are sleeping, quietly in a hotel bathroom! I am so thankful that I have craft & will travel!


This is me creating at the state fair while my kids rode the rides! Boy was that a beautiful hot summer day!


My husband Tom even helps me, he’s my chain gang!

20120425-194454.jpgConfession Number Three: I left the room dark while I took this photo so you don’t see toooooo much mess! Sorry, I just couldn’t bare my entire soul! I truly did think about sharing my raging dust bunnies and my failure to keep an impeccable house! Ha! But it was only for a moment, because I subscribe to the thought that I would rather be a fantastic Mom than a fantastic housekeeper! And seeing as I am constantly running from work, to school, to activities, and then creating in every spare moment, my house is the first to go!

Thanks so much for hopping with us! Feel free to Like my Facebook page, Subscribe to my blog, or Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest.


Here are the Messy Workshop Blog Hop Links:

Our Fabulous Host: Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques (Thank You Brenda!)

Robin Delargy, LooLoo’s Box

Kim at CianciBlue

Jennifer Jazwick-Smith, Hudathots

Mary Shannon Hicks

Tracy Swartz

Jacqueline Marchant

Lynnea Perry Bennett

Terry Matusyk

Laurel Steven

Dr. Brassy Steamington

Pamela Takeshige

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

Outre Art

Linzi Alford

Deb Davis

Tamara Jones

Harry Wood

Gerry Nickerson

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

Georgene Lockwood

Charisa Sloper

Jennifer Justman


Mary Deis

Cheri Reed

Sondra Kolner

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille

Lori Anderson

Sandra McGriff

Shelly Joyce

Joan Williams

Kashmira Patel

Deb Beechy

Ginger Bishop

Kelli Jacobson

Natalie McKenna

Andrew Thornton

Mary Govaars

Kate Mulligan

Lisa Lodge

Tami Luchini

Monique Lula

Lee Koopman

Jayne Capps

Susan Lloyd

Cynthia Wainscott

Stephanie Amanti

Alicia Marinache

Sam Hamp

Lennis Carrier

I have been feeling a little guilty for not showing more of my mess, so I am adding a couple of messier photos!

This is my messiest shelf, right above my stacks of containers is my dumping pile…


I think someone would have a hay day sorting through it, but I never get to it, I just keep adding to it.

This is another tray right beside it on the same shelf…


I was also going to line up my “to go” bags and take a picture of them. I have supplies in about 5 or 6 bags or purses… Ready to grab, I just have a pouch with my main tools in to add to it… A little excessive and it often causes me to search for a particular item, that I know I have!


Thanks so much for hopping with us! Kris πŸ™‚


Filed under Blog Hop, Cherish Designs Jewelry, Jewelry By Kris Lanae, Live, Love, Junk!, Uncategorized, vintage, wirework

36 responses to “Messy Workshop Blog Hop!

  1. Gerry

    It doesn’t look messy to me. If I organize things most times I forget I have them or can’t find them. And your are so right about being a wife & mom rather than a spotless housekeeper. I have a little plaque that says…”I sweep my house with a glance”…

    Love your creations


  2. Thanks Gerry! Oh, it’s messy, I probably should have shown the raging dust bunnies, but it’s so permanent on a blog and they come and go! (sheepish grin)!! I love, love, love your quote! I might have to use that! Thanks so much for your comment!:-) Kris

  3. fryestyle

    Hey, that looks pretty normal to me! Inspiration everywhere! Love it!

  4. I like your jewelry’s style. I love that you can create anywhere!

  5. Loving that creative mess πŸ™‚
    And OOH and WOW at your chain stash !
    from Linzi of

  6. Thanks Ginger! It does bring a feeling of joy and productivity to my life to be able to bring my work with me! Thanks so much for your comment! πŸ™‚ Kris

  7. Thanks Hilary!

    I only showed you enough to look normal! Lol!! Thanks for being such a great commenter and friend! πŸ™‚ Kris

  8. Thanks Linzi! I love to find unique chain, especially funky chunky chain! Thanks so much for your comment! πŸ™‚ Kris

  9. Pretty stuff, pretty house, pretty big mess! LOL Thanks bunches for sharing it with us, Kris. The creativity is palpable. I hope your event and class goes well. I only wish I could be there! XOXO B’sue

  10. Deb

    Aww your mess isn’t that bad! It looks neater than my mess lol!

  11. kate

    Lots of messes! Bunches of wonderful creative output! I spared everyone from many of my messes…there were just TOO many of them!

  12. I absolutely love your work, and although I don’t work in bed, I DO sleep with a ton of pillows!

  13. Wow look at all the chain. Everything was great!

  14. Brassy Steamington

    I love your artistic style and if that table of yours ever goes missing, it is at my house. I love how you call your husband your “Chain Gang!”. Thank you for sharing. ~ Brassy

  15. Thanks for sharing your space. It’s nice that you can create anywhere. Love your style!!

  16. I love your blog and I think your workshop is very organized!, you are full of creativity, Thanks for sharing.

  17. My favorite picture was the mess waiting to be sorted. I want to sort through that.

  18. Love it all! I have chain envy…

  19. That all looks completely normal to me, ha! LOVE those countertops – glass over metal ceiling tiles? And all that chain! I now have drool on my shirt. πŸ˜€

  20. You seem so focused! I am so “out there” At least your mess kind of makes sense. Mine is confused and crazy and out of control. Nice shop!

  21. Tricia

    I agree with LilRuby – chain envy. Now… I am very curious what the holes in the yardstick are for? They’re in every pic! Great stuff ~~T

  22. I know exactly how you feel. I am afraid that my house comes second to my creativity and everything else. Just not enough hours in the day for everything and I like a house that looks like people actually live in it. Perfect homes drive me up the wall, just can’t relax in them. Love that beautiful kitchen table of yours! When I am working on something, everything comes out and is not put back until I finish the project…unfortunately my work space starts shrinking up in no time. I am another one that is drooling over all that chain! Thanks for sharing your creative space.

  23. .. you don;t need shelves, you need a rack with dowels or pegs .. probably , since you take the spool with you, pegs that way you can just grab the spool of chain you want.

  24. Beanzie-The Vintage Heart

    Now that is a mess I would like to have! Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Love your space (and your stuff). I can think of a few things I’d like to organize right away from you, too! I have my chain spools (industrial size like yours) on a heavy duty curtain rod on the wall. I have space enough below it that I could but another one as well. Works for me. I think there are 6 or 7 spools on that one rod and right now that’s all I need. If yours would be too heavy you could use wood brackets put into the studs in the wall for sure and a wooden dowel. Just an idea.

  26. Hi there , Thanks so much for sharing your workspace with us and your blog..You have a gorgeous home by the way. I loved seeing your guard Kitty , He is taking a bit of a rest from his job of guarding your beading stash…lol…Your creativity is beautiful I love the necklace at the beginning.
    Thanks again , bye for now and Happy beading

  27. You made me smile! I always say when I die my tomb stone won’t say she kept a clean and organized house.. but it will say she loved her family with all her heart and she was very creative. If only we could get the dust bunnies to run the vacuum cleaner!

  28. Pamela Takeshige

    Hey, no need to take a dark photo. We understand. I really love your work. Very unique and stylish.

  29. Thank you all for your comments! I am still hopping! Hang on! I’ll be there soon!

    Thanks for all of your kind comments and fantastic advice!!! πŸ™‚ Kris

  30. Kris, Thank you for sharing, and thank you for visiting my blog and following me. I, too, am in love with your organization and storage, but I’m really in love with your style. I wish I was closer to you-I’d love to take one of your classes. (I’m also right with you on the housekeeping-I envy some of my friends neat and tidy homes, but if I spent all my “spare” time doing that, I wouldn’t be doing much of anything else!)

  31. I love that you work in bed, I have done some bead weaving there myself. I do travel with me stuff but I have to say I have not crafted in all the places you have, amazing! I too would prefer to call myself super Mom vs. super housekeeper. Maybe one day I can afford a maid…I can dream πŸ™‚ I love your designs. Thanks so much for sharing.

  32. That is a really beautiful piece that came from your “mess”! I love all the places that you have created! One of the strangest places, or perhaps situations, that I’ve created in, is I remember in high school during Driver’s Ed, we would sit there and knot our friendship bracelets, pinning them to our shoes, then while in the car, the back of the headrest while someone else was driving! LOL Thanks for giving us a view into your workspace!!! Love the cat hugging the bead box!!!

  33. Kim

    I was nervous too about sharing my mess. I am amazed at all the places you’ve crafted! And yes being a super Mom is so much more important than being a good housekeeper. Love that necklace at the end – beautiful!

  34. firestormdesigns

    Love all the chain you have, I am a little envious haha. Thanks for sharing your mess! Putter is adorable! πŸ™‚

  35. Ohhh, I need to tell my husband that… I’d rather be a fantastic mother than housekeeper! He’s always mumbling ;), but darn it, I’d rather get some time actually playing with my kids in between chores!!! Thank you so much for sharing, you are an inspiration with your to go bags and beautiful creations!

  36. Liz

    Hi~ I am running behind on the workshop hop- love your space -thanks for sharing! I have to work with the tv onlove your wrapping what is that wire you use is it galvanized wire? never have seen a patina on the wire except for when i patina my own do you patina your own wire?

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