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Atlanta Gift Show Fun

I’m sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight home to Minnesota. My heart is full and my creative juices are flowing. I cannot wait to get home and create…

My line with Demdaco launched another cycle of She Inspires inspirational items. I am so incredibly grateful to help to empower women with this positive and uplifting line.

This cycle included the debut of some frames and wall art which is very exciting for me. This is a line that I was creating during my recovery from surgery back in March and I continue to be grateful for my health. I do not take it for granted.

Truly it is fun to hang out by the display in the showroom and hear comments from the customers.

I got to hang with my friend Mary from high school, many, many years ago! Its such a gift to have several days to explore and enjoy Atlanta.

We tend to get a little silly…

I am so thankful to work a fabulous team from Demdaco… my heart is so full!!

I may have to sneak a nap in somewhere as there were just not enough hours in the fun filled ATL days!

Have an incredible day!

Kris

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Hello long lost friends… I’ve missed you!

It’s hard to believe it has been several years since my last post. I hope you are well!

My kids have grown from middle schoolers to adults (my baby graduates this year-don’t get me started (sniff!))… life has been joyful, busy, fulfilling, challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. I am so grateful.

I have been having a blast creating recently and here are a few necklaces that I posted on Facebook, all sold but I am happy to create something similar by request.

I have cleared my inventory in my Etsy shop… at this time I don’t have plans to reopen.

You can find me on Facebook: Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae on Instagram as KrisLanae.

My focus this year is to be more consistent in all areas of my life. I struggle with tunnel vision and I am excited to work on balance.

I hope that your day is filled with sunshine! I missed you!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Celebrating Friendship

I am always honored when I am asked to create a custom design… And this one really was heartfelt.

A group of longtime friends wanted to create a necklace for their dear friend who is battling cancer.

They wanted to give her courage… And to celebrate her family. Faith is a key part of her life and all of those elements were crucial to incorporate into her design.

We started with the Best Mom Ever pendant.

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I created individual charms to celebrate her love for each of her family members.

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Her faith is important to her. I created a faith charm and added a cross to create a layering necklace that can be worn alone or as a group.

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This group of friends wanted to give their friend courage and so we created a double layering chain hi-lighting their special gift.

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This necklace was an honor to create… It is a beautiful celebration of friendship…

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Friendship is a beautiful thing and I was so grateful to help this group of friends express their love and support in a meaningful keepsake.

Xo, Kris

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Breathe

What a fantastic way to start the weekend! No school again today! After weeks of grueling hockey, swimming, ski club, boys choir, archery and volleyball practices for my children, only two of the six activities are ongoing! This morning due to icy conditions, they all got to sleep in and we all get a chance to just breathe!

Last week I created this baseball bracelet by special request of a pretty funky baseball mom!

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It was a fun bracelet to create for her!

I also listed more in my etsy shop yesterday. I hope to have more listings complete in the next few days.

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This DrEAm necklace is available in my etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181739256/dream-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

I also listed this Vintage Tape Measure necklace…

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It’s available here in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181731942/vintage-tape-measure-sewing-quilters-key

Do you know a Sassy Nana? I listed this Sassy Nana necklace…

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You can view it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181713464/sassy-nana-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

And if you need a reminder to breathe… Or maybe a friend is dealing with a challenging time, this necklace may be perfect.

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You can find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181722324/breathe-hand-stamped-wax-seal-style

Tomorrow is Kya’s first volleyball tourney where they will be playing up a level. It is going to be a fun and challenging day… I am certain they will get a run for their money!

I hope you can find some time to just breathe and relax this weekend.
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Junk Bonanza Photo Montage

Finally! I have created my little photo montage of the Junk Bonanza.

We always try to arrive a few minutes after the doors open to beat the long lines of the early bird Junkers. It is very much worth the early bird price for easier navigating.

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The path was clear to slip right in and start shopping.

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I loved this table set… So beautiful.

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Love the glass top with vintage sign in it.

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This is a table made out if an airplane wing. It made me think of my parents.

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I have admired the industrial trolley carts for years… Perfect for a coffee table.

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This was one of my favorite booths, I could have spent hours scrounging through their vintage goodies.

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I love anything with globes… This lamp was unique!

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I have an arrow infatuation… Love, love, love!!

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My favorite artist of the show is Paul… He is friend with my friend Mindi. I could spend hours reading his creative and hilarious work.

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So creative!! Super cool vintage elements!

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I forgot his card at home so I will have to update with his info. Love his art.

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Super creative.

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If you have never been, I hope someday you can attend.

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You never know what you will discover.

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The funniest part of our day was that we went to great lengths to get Lynda’s enclosed trailer hooked up to our vehicle… And we never even placed a thing in it. We only bought smalls! You know we would have needed it if we didn’t lug it along!

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Tomorrow I’ll try to show you some of my loot!

We are off to Kya’s hockey game! Have a great day!

Xoxo Kris

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Jewelry Affaire Magazine: by Stampington

I was thrilled to arrive home last night to a comp copy of Jewelry Affaire Magazine published by Stampington.

This is especially exciting for me because a few years ago I was encouraged to submit jewelry to their magazine but something was holding me back. Clearly I was letting fear or something stand in my way. So when I received an email from the editor requesting that I submit my bead soup Grand Prize winning designs, I made myself do it.

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It was a thrill to receive the printed magazine…

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The magazine is a work of art…

The article has the wonderful story about my friend and author Lori Anderson and her wildly successful Bead Soup Blog Hop.

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I had to chuckle that they added an i to my last name, even my Dad struggled with that after we were married.

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So there I am on page 34… Pretty cool, huh? Of course, without the amazing hop hosted by Lori and the beautiful soup to create with, I would not have been so lucky so I thank my partner Sandi Volpe!

I will share my Junk Bonanza photos tomorrow! Have an amazing day!

Xoxo Kris

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Doing What You Love…

Happy Wednesday! Jeepers the days are slipping by!

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Sometimes I feel a little guilty because I am having so much fun creating… It is incredible to do what you love! I am so thankful and grateful!

I refilled the muffin tin and started over with my inspirational self challenge.

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One of these days I am really going to have to focus on taking some photos. My pile is growing!

πŸ™‚ Have a FUNtastic day!! I hope you can do what YOU love!
Kris

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Sunshiny Saturday

Happy Sunshiny Saturday.

It is hard to believe that another week has passed in a blink of an eye. Just a few more weeks until school is out for the summer.

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I am so excited about being home with my kids this summer. I know it promises to be busy, but it will be fun too.

Today in Minnesota is a sunshiny Saturday. We have very few obligations today which is unusual. I have a lot of jewelry to make, but it promises to be a joyful day.

I hope you are enjoying your sunshiny Saturday!

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Vintage Luggage Tag Cuff

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I love the contrast of the dark vintage luggage tag with the grungy silver cuff. Wire in some funky bling and the result is a fun adjustable cuff that can be worn with a multitude of finishes.

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Have a happy day!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Stunning Sunsets

It was such an incredible evening last night at Sawyer & Kya’s track meet. We actually had high seventies, the sun was shining and it could not have been more beautiful.

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Of course, I had to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity to create.

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I made two cuffs and two necklaces in the four hours while watching events.

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It wasn’t all sunshine and happiness. Sawyer had a tough time in one of his events. I snapped a photo of him and you can see the defeat on his face. I got the “Mooooom” comment, but it is such a cool photo I had to share it. Some of the life lessons that sports offer kids is how to win AND how to lose.

The sunset on my drive home was nothing short of dynamic.

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As I drove away, I was stunned by the beauty in my mirrors…

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It was fleeting, but I could not resist snapping a few shots.

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Here are the necklaces I made last night.

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Hope you have a happy Wednesday and my your sunsets be stunning!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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New Cuff Bracelet & The Elusive Camera Charm

Oh my gosh… I have been looking for days for a camera charm hidden in my inventory. I know I ordered it a year or do ago… In fact I have a photo of the charm within my orders placed and I remember touching it.

I have searched through my 70 plus containers of beads and elements so many times in the last couple of weeks. After a few days, I ordered another one because I did not want to keep my sweet and patient customer waiting. I figured it would turn up as soon as I placed the order, but no such luck! The charm finally arrived yesterday and I created her necklace in a snap trying to make it to the post office before closing.

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Drat, but I arrived a few moments too late. This photographer’s necklace is finally enroute to it’s incredibly patient owner in Wisconsin.

I have another cuff bracelet to show you. I am building up my inventory for the upcoming Olde Depot JUNKtion. We are going to have so much fun. I hope you can join us!

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I believe I have created about 8 new cuffs recently.

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I am soon off to another track meet. This one should be a joyful experience. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it is a happy day in Minnesota.
I hope your day is happy too! πŸ™‚ Kris

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From FlipFlops to Boots

Earlier in the week, I enjoyed wearing flipflops… The sunshine on my toesies felt so fantastic.

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Suddenly I had to switch back to my boots. Ugh. The temps have been sooooo cold. Low 30’s and chance if flurries. Not typical weather for spring.

I have so much jewelry to photograph. I created this minty bluesy necklace the other day. I really have to work on finding time to take photos.

I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend, even if your toes are warm and cozy in boot.
πŸ™‚ Kris

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A Higher Purpose

Today is a gorgeous day! Hopefully the snow will stay away through the end of the fundraiser for my brother-in-law today.

The day is filled with anticipation and gratitude. So many people have been incredibly generous with their time, money, and dynamic donations. We thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I have so much to share from my week at the Creatives Retreat, but no time today! Today is reserved for a higher purpose!

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Have an incredible day!
Kris

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Peeking Out My Window: Brrr.

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Brrrrr… Another snow day! Another make up day too!

Enjoying the moment though! My kids are sleeping in and relaxing. It is quite frosty out there!

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Here is my wishful spring necklace… Eventually we will have spring, right?

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Fly baby, FLY!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Necklaces. Patiently. Waiting.

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Look at all of the necklaces patiently waiting. Wait, there’s more!

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They are waiting for the photographer to arrive … Ha, guess that’s me! There has just been no time this week so far!

We haven’t seen any snow yet! Tonight is supposed to be the night!

Enjoy the rest of your day! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Captured Heart

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A few months ago I bought a soldering iron and I have played with it a few times.

I never seem to have a decent amount of time to spend and as I played I was creating little miscellaneous soldered elements. The other day when I was blinging up my keys, I decided to capture this heart with some vintage pearls.

I am happy with how it turned out, protected and ready to wear.

Today I am creating greeting cards with my brother in law’s incredible art for his upcoming fundraiser. I’ll take some photos and share soon. But for now, I really need to get to work.

I hope you are having spring weather! We however have winter storm warnings again, just in time for Sawyer and Kya’s first track meet in Thursday.

πŸ™‚ Have a Springtastic day!
Kris

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Blinging Up Some Keys

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Yesterday I had a fun day of blinging up some keys.

I made quite a few and started creating necklaces with them, but it was a little late in the day to take photos so I will share some finished pieces with you tomorrow.

I must say, I love the rustiness with the sparkle!

We are off to volleyball today. Have a fantastic Sunday!

πŸ˜‰ Kris

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Vintage Lace & Swirls

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I feel like this week is being consumed by details, organization, and packing… With so many balls in the air, I hope I don’t drop one!

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I guess I better run and keep them in the air today! Have a fabulous day!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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The Birds are SINGING!!

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I can hear the birds singing! And the sun is shining! It is a fabulous Minnesota day!

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The bird in the necklace above is created with repurposed metal from a file cabinet… Love them!

And, you can buy this spring necklace here.

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This happy bird necklace is also available in my Etsy shop, you can buy it here.

We are working on getting our family prepared for the week ahead. We have Keegan’s pre-op appointment on Wednesday and surgery on Thursday. Seeing your kids go through a journey like this is one of my hardest parental jobs… We know we are in good hands. We know we will get through this and thankfully he has a very high tolerance for pain.

I can’t recall if I shared that they will be operating on both ankles to remove the pins that they could not get to last year and they are removing the metal plate by his knee. So forgive me if I am absent, but I will try to keep you up to date.

The Bead soup reveal is on Saturday, so I will have that prepared to post in advance.

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I am excited to announce that I will be a vendor at The Olde Depot JUNKtion in Brainerd, Mn. It is a fabulous new event and I am so excited about participating! You can find info here.
I hope you can join us!

I am going to keep on flying today! Trying to get all of my ducks in a row!

Happy flying! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Lovin’ Vintage White

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Happy Saturday! I hope you have fun plans for the day! We are off to a volleyball tournament this morning.

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I just listed this Lovin’ Vintage White necklace in my Etsy shop. You can buy it here.

I hope the photos show… Something funky is happening with my blog app this morning.

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Enjoy your fantastic day! Kris

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