Category Archives: Blog Hop

Ingredients Have Arrived: Bead Soup

Oh my! Getting a package in the mail is always a thrill… But when it is soup, and you know it is coming, the anticipation elevates.

It is Bead Soup time again. This is a ginormous undertaking by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things blog. I admire her so much, she has had a very trying journey in the past few years and I admire her determination.

I have been paired with the fabulous and talented Lea Avroch ( & she is a lampwork artist and a designer of unique upcycled sweater coats.


With anticipation, I opened the package to discover beautifully wrapped boxes… I resisted the temptation only long enough to snap a quick photo.

As I opened the gift boxes, my eyes feasted on the color explosion within. I am excited to create with the bright color palette provided by Lea! I think she should receive my soup tomorrow so it will be fun to get her reaction.


Thanks Lea! The soup is on!
Have a great day!



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Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop – Reveal

Today is the reveal for the bead hoarders blog hop!

Our host is the beautiful Lori Anderson, author, inspiration and amazing. Visit her blog here.
Bead_Hoarders_Blog_HopI am posting mine tonight because my daughter has a two day softball tournament this weekend!

Okay, confession time… Yes I am a bead hoarder. The first step is admitting it, right?

I just counted, and I have more than seventy plastic bins of beads. On top of that, I have some boxes of vintage goodies that have not seen the light of day for quite some time.


I enjoyed browsing through my hoarded stash.,.


Here are some of the items I pulled out to play with…



Here are the results…






Now I hope you can hop over and visit some of my hoarding friends!!


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine’s Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre’z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D’Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie’s Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia’s Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda’s Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou’s time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 – For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD’s Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine’s Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings ‘n’ Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi’s Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra’s Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge’s Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca’s Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena’s Beady Blog


Thanks and have fun hopping!



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Time for Some Bead Soup!


It’s time for some “Bead Soup!”

A cup or a bowl?
I am super excited for the upcoming reveal of my Bead Soul & partner for the Party!

This is my second time participating and I am thrilled about my partner! I am going to open and photograph my soup today and will share it and introduce you to my partner Sandi!!

We cannot reveal the soup we sent until they receive and reveal it, but we are encouraged to tease you a little!


Here is my disguised soup! Can you tell what’s in there?

Sorry, guess you will have to wait!


In the meantime, here is a necklace created from some of my loot from Tucson!

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Have a great day!
🙂 Kris

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Earring Extravaganza: Ears to You Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of the “Ears to You” Blog Hop.

Ears To You® is a 501 non-profit corporation and its mission is to provide earrings to lift the spirits of women undergoing chemotherapy for any type of cancer.

These earrings:

~brighten a woman’s day when she needs a little lift.

~create a distraction from the IV’s, worries and fears and allow her to do something fun.

~help a woman feel more “normal” and beautiful at a time when she’s adjusting to her hair loss.

~provide hope about her situation and help her think positively.

~give encouragement from someone who has been there.

~are provided at no cost to the patient and donated WHILE she is receiving her chemo treatment.

It is such a cool organization! It makes my heart smile!

Click here for more info.

Here are some of the earrings I created in the past week… I am trying to decide what to send! As you can see, I went a little crazy!










We can send 3-5 pairs of earrings… I am excited to send at least five.

{Thank you for subscribing to my blog, liking my Facebook page or following me on Twitter.}

I would like to thank our host: Amy Freeland of Copper Diem for hosting this blog hop. It is such an amazing idea! I love paying it forward and am so thankful for being a part of this hop. I have to post a little early, since I have a trunk show tomorrow.

I would also like to encourage you to leave a little comment love on my fellow hopper’s blogs! (I will be hopping, but after the trunk show is over!)

Copper Diem
My Addictions
Beads, Tea and Sweets
Juls Beads
Fabric of my Life
Blogging Business Artisans
Jeannie’s Blog
Lorelei’s Blog
One Kiss Creations
Backstory Beads
According to Katie
Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae {you are here!}
Beads: Rolling Downhill
Falling Into The Sky
Garden Path Beads
Antiquity Travelers
Sissy and Jacks
Erin Siegel Jewelry/Art Bead Scene
Northwood Creative Studio
SilverRose Designs
Dreamin of Beads/SAS Jewelry Design
Cabe Woman
Summers Studio
Honey from the Bee
Shaiha’s Ramblings
Mama’s Got to Doodle
Beads for Busy Gals
Tanya McGuire
Creative Atelier

Enjoy hopping and have a FUNtastic day!
🙂 Kris


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Giving Flight, Giving Back.

I am ecstatic to share with you this amazing blog hop we are having.

{I created this necklace with this theme in mind… The pendant is a wing, prepared for flight. The chain includes the key to fly, I hope you soar!}

Giving Flight, Giving Back.

We are celebrating our one year anniversary. This group of incredible, giving, creative women have connected like fly sisters. We all signed up to take Kelly Rae Robert’s Flying Lessons Ecourse last summer. We became fast friends… My friend Linda, suggested that we do something to celebrate our anniversary. To celebrate becoming, possibilitarians, fly sisters, creative, connected, supportive, caring and most of all GIVING.

We are delighted to share that the group of women decided to show our gratitude by contributing to donate money for a giveaway… We intended on collecting enough money to give away a free spot in Kelly’s Flying Lesson’s ecourse. Kelly offered to match our donations dollar for dollar!

We had no idea that we would collect an amazing, incredible, dynamic amount of money (enough for 8 spots in the giveaway), and with the matching goodness of Kelly Rae, we are thrilled to announce that we are giving away 16 spots in her Flying Lesson’s Course! Isn’t that AMAZING???


Follow Your Dreams

So if you are starting a creative business, own a creative business and need a little nudge to take flight, this is the course for you! Believe in You and spread your wings!

You can find out more about the course on Kelly Rae’s site here.


We are doing a blog hop to celebrate our anniversary and announce the giveaway. You can only enter the giveaway in one location, and this site will be live tonight at midnight, central!
Believe in you and click here to enter the giveaway!


Flying Lessons was such a terrific asset to my business, despite the fact that I have a strong business background, there were certain areas that I needed to finesse… especially my social presence: I had a blog already, but I started consistently blogging and I now blog almost daily. I created a facebook page, I signed up for twitter. I cleaned up my etsy site (although I am not a very good etsy lister, I sell more jewelry through my blog and my occasional Private Virtual Sale emails (send me an email if you would like to be added to my list: and I have had a lot of fun on Pinterest.

My business has really taken off in the past year, I am so filled with gratitude. I have enjoyed selling wholesale to a great group of boutiques locally. In January I had a line of jewelry launch with Demdaco, and in June my jewelry line launched with Creative Co-op (both companies are nationwide and sell wholesale to the gift industry.)

I love to find out that you have spotted my jewelry in a retail store, so feel free to send me an email or let me know on my facebook page! It is such an amazing thrill!

GIVING BACK is important to me. Over the years, I have received so many gifts and I am a true believer in paying it forward. My jewelry has been such a great tool for giving back. I love to offer random giveaways occasionally to my readers, I donate my jewelry to special causes that touch my heart… I have friends who are doing amazing things in Haiti, you can find out about it here. I have donated to local silent auctions to raise money for schools, boys choir and hockey fundraisers. It always feels so good to give. This giveaway feels amazing, because it is less about the actual gift, but more about the amazing opportunity that is being given! I am so thankful to be a part of this giveaway!


I encourage you to hop along on our blog hop, leave some comment love for them because each one of these amazing peeps donated money to help deserving people become possibilitarians too! In fact, you may have so much fun hopping when you see the beautiful art they create, that you are going to like their facebook pages, subscribe to their blogs and become lifetime fans! The blog hop officially starts at midnight tonight.

Remember, if you know someone who might benefit from Flying lessons, we hope you recommend the giveaway!

I would like to introduce you to my flysisters:


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Bead Soup Fixin’s


The hustle and bustle of the weekend has been fun so far… Thankfully events seem to be spaced out just enough that we are not at a frantic pace!

Sawyer’s audition Friday night for the Mn State Fair Talent Show was fantastic. I was so proud of him! He got up on stage at 12 years old and had his first ever musical glitch… The cd would not play… Horrifying for a Mom & Dad to watch. Tom rushed back stage while I brought a backup cd to the sound technician (so thankful for listening to my instinct on making two cd’s… So grateful! Not sure what we would have done!).

He waited back stage for two more performers and bravely stepped on the stage again! I was so incredibly proud of him.

I alway record his performances and load them to YouTube. As we started on the almost two hour drive home, I tried to play my video and it had disappeared. Thankfully Tom also video’d, so I will share his. His version is a few beats into the song since he had to run from back stage to our seats! I have to figure how to upload from his phone, but I will share it soon!

Keegan’s team was in district playoffs for baseball and faced the Cold Spring team they beat in the Championship game of playoffs. They lost and the season is officially over.

I am so exited to reveal my bead soup fixin’s that I received from my partner, Pam Hurst of Pam Hurst Designs. Her work is beautiful, intricate and I am in awe!

My professional package opener (Kya), opened the exciting package for me and this is what we found:


A cute box with Pam’s branding on it!


Sweet packaging with everything in cute little bags.


This fabulous assortment of gemstones, sterling and Pam’s handmade gorgeous focal. It would look beautiful on its own as you can see, I laced it through some Matt black chain.


This is a view of the back… Is is super cool on it’s own, so I will be making something reversible.

Our reveal date is August 11, but the first reveal is happening now… Go to my friend Lori’s blog to hop along.

Check out my friend Hilary’s post too! She has a great reveal!

This morning we are bringing Sawyer and Kya to camp for a week. It’s going to be kind of quiet around home this week.

Have a great Sunday! 🙂 Kris

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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 🙂


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