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Art Biz Jam Retreat: Heading Home


Yesterday was a rainy and stormy day… It was a day of creating, brainstorming and networking. We learned so much about art licensing, from the presenters and each other.

The atmosphere was perfect, the instructors were incredibly generous with their time and content.


The evening before, the moon was shining so brightly there were shadows. The waves were crashing consistently and peacefully.


We all got temporary artist tattoos celebrating a special trait found in each of us. Mine was warmth… I love my friend Lori Siebert’s flower matching my style!

More tomorrow! My flight is boarding! Looking forward to hugs from my family.

πŸ™‚ Kris


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Live, Love, Junk Retreat: Register Today!


The Live, Love, Junk Retreat is rapidly approaching… and we would love you to join us!

Here is a glimpse of my blog post from last year that shows you a fantastic glimpse of the shopping and creativity of the vendors.

The Live, Love, Junk Retreat is centered around the Junk Bonanza held semiannually in Central Minnesota. The vintage junk shopping is an incredible experience and the event is filled with dynamic vintage finds and cool creations using junk.

The retreat includes your early bird ticket to shop the event (a must to beat the massive crowds and get first dibs on the best finds.) You will connect, giggle and enjoy the camaraderie of other junking queens, enjoy a Meet and Greet Party, Shuttle to and from the Junk Bonanza, A Funtastic BBQ, and a Restyle Workshop (I have some fun projects for the workshop! Hope you can join us!!)

Your registration also includes a Live, Love, Junk Market Bag with exclusive offers and discounts for the Retreat attendees from the Junk Bonanza attendees. Also enjoy a Friday evening Farewell Round Up Dinner and Bingo!

I am looking forward sharing this experience with all of you!

Remember, Save $20.00 by registering by August 1!!


Click here to register if you love junking, meeting new people, creating and meeting lifelong friends!

I hope you can join us!!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Box of Treasures

I received the most amazing box of treasures from my sweet friend Rhonda! She deeply discounted her gorgeous treasures and filled the box to the rim with FUNtastic finds and vintage treasures!


Her presentation was amazing in this beautiful box! Love!


My heart pounds for pearls!


Floral fabulousness!!



I am so excited to create!


My wheels are spinning with ideas!



Rhonda, thank you for helping support my vintage key addiction!


My heart is overflowing with vintage happiness!


Can you believe I didn’t even get to the bottom?




I would love a spool of this vintage chain!! Wouldn’t it look cool layered with this necklace?


Have an amazingly awesome day! I know I will!
πŸ™‚ Kris


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Tours and Treasures


We got up bright and early to get Sawyer on his way for his boys choir tour up through Quebec & Montreal! They are going to have so much fun! For 12 days, I’ll be stalking the boys choir twitter feed for updates and at night reading their daily events via their blog.




It is incredible that the first week of school vacation has passed!

May you have a fantastic weekend & I hope the sun shines upon you!!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Dream Big


After months of pleading by Keegan, hesitation by Moi (a somewhat fearful & protective mother), and reassurance from Dad, I caved. After only two practices, Keegan had his first two lacrosse games today. It is quite a physical sport, and yes there were numerous gasps coming from the spectators in our area… Well yes, I guess it was only me! Ha! He had a blast though!

I got a fun buy on some stamped spoons last weekend and I enjoyed creating with them the past few days. My favorite is the Dream Big! I might just have to keep that one for myself. I believe we should all Dream Big!!! Go for it!!




Today we have Kya’s first softball game and then Sawyer’s final boys choir concert of the year, the On Tour concert. Next week he is off on his 12 day tour to Canada. It is going to be a crazy few weeks!

I hope you are having an incredible weekend.
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Today is a day to regroup! The weekend was amazing. However I admit, I am feeling a little wiped out. I have been working on a few new ideas today and staying low key.


I am amazed that there are only a few more days of school left for my kids!!

Have a FUNtastic Tuesday!

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Off to the Olde Depot JUNKtion!!

Yesterday was a doozy of a day! The truck is loaded, jewelry is priced, I didn’t give up, but truly wondered if I would be successful!

So excited about the show!!


We are going to have So. Much. Fun!!

Hope you can join us!!


Have a FUNtastic weekend!


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New Treasures


Some new treasures…

I had to fit a little antiquing in over the weekend.

I found some if the most amazing vintage rhinestone costume jewelry.
I am super excited to create with my new loot.


Time to buckle down and keep building my inventory.

May today bring you great joy!

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Grandpa’s Keys Necklace

I am so excited to finally share this necklace with you today! I delivered it yesterday to Melissa and she was so patient with me while I searched for the right clasps and elements to incorporate into this unique and very personal necklace.


This necklace is unique in the very special memories it holds for Melissa of her Grandfather’s vintage keys, but also in that we created a very special family keepsake. In addition to that, I wanted her to be able to wear it in more than one way.


At the end of the chain, I added the jump rings spaced evenly within the chain. Each of the seven keys or charms can be their own pendant when worn separately on a single chain. Each pendant also has its own clasp to attach the pendant to the chain.

The necklace hangs in a different style depending on the spot that Melissa clasps it. The first photo shows the clasp attached to the last jump ring on the chain. The second photo shows the clasp attached to the third jumpring on the chain. See how it provides versatile looks?

On top of that, Melissa can customize the necklace with any charm. She could wear her two daughter’s charms for a light summer look with a Tshirt, or wear the entire set as a funk and funky design with a jean jacket or sweater.


I did some extra customizing on one of her Grandpa’s keys by hand stamping “to my heart” on the key, creating a “key to my heart” pendant. This really pulls the necklace together signifying her love for her family.


A few close ups of the details…


You can see the final photos on my dress form.



I also created some key earrings for Melissa… They are even cuter on her as they dangle perfectly for her hair length!


We had a few extra keys and so I created just a few more pendants.


I know you will understand when I tell you how much fun this was to deliver!


Thanks Melissa! It was a joy to create for you!!

Happy Spring everyone! Hopefully it will soon feel like spring! πŸ™‚ Kris


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Key to Joy & Peace


Today I wish for you to hold the key to Joy & Peace!

I wish for you to enjoy this crazy holiday season, take a deep breath and laugh with your kids, friends, & family.

Let go of the:

~ I’m not done shopping yet stress {I’m Not!}
~ aaaargh, I don’t have holiday cards out {haven’t started mine!}
~so much wrapping & holiday todo’s!{oh yeah, meeee too!}

Let’s just take moment to breathe deeply, enjoy the moment, be thankful & relax! We always seem to get it done!!

I hope you have peace & the key to joy during this crazy time! We can do this together!!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Recap: Trunk Show at The Porch & Atelier


It was another fun day at The Porch & Atelier!



Teresa and Jeanne are super sweet and gracious.


The shop is decked out for the holidays…





Lots of trimmings…



We had a beautiful snowy dusting…

And truly enjoyed meeting new friends and connecting again with FUNtastic friends!!


I believe one of the greatest gifts of my trunk shows has been connecting with amazing people and having the joy to see people try my jewelry on. I create a fairly large volume of jewelry that I sell direct to boutiques and I rarely get to see people try my jewelry on. It is so much fun to see my work turn into art when someone tries it on! Thanks for an incredible day my sweet friends at The Porch & Atelier!


πŸ™‚ Kris


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Warning Birthday Month Approaching


Celebrating the approach of my birthday month (a tradition I learned from my friend Cindy… why celebrate for one day, that which you can celebrate for a month!), we are off to a flea market that I haven’t been to in years to start the celebration…

It is like unwrapping a present because we have no idea of the gifts that we will find.

The sunrise this morning is gorgeous…


I hope you have a happy day!

πŸ™‚ Kris


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Creative Co-op by Kris Lanae: Dallas


My mind is racing and I have a zillion ideas swirling around in my mind. My eyes opened at 4 am and my excitement and creative energy will not allow me to go back to sleep.

I decide to embrace the moment. Let’s put this creative energy to use!!! I can sleep later! Besides, I got 8 hours of sleep Thursday night which brings my average to five and a half hours, I can survive on that.


My jewelry line looks amazing! My photos are not the best, but I wanted to share some with you… Please forgive the quality!

The embellished jewelry line has an entire line dedicated to it.

This mannequin angel is perched at the entrance…


As you walk into the room, your eyes are drawn to the center table with a focal mirror, dress forms and one of my jewelry displays that I got to design.


The rack is a two tiered display of some old vintage bicycle tires I found… It looks awesome and is a terrific bracelet/necklace display.

The room has gorgeous patina’d grey panels that showcase each grouping of jewelry. Because it is a wholesale company, most of the jewelry is sold in collections of two to three.






I wish you could be here to see the beauty and simplicity of the display boards.



And here is another angel for you, my Yes You Can! Angel… I will get better photos from the catalog when I get home.


I had fun creating in my room last night and this morning. I depart today.

Have an amazing day! πŸ™‚ Kris


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A Recap & Where Did The Time Go?


I want to thank each of you who were able to join me in my private sale… It was so amazing! (and if you missed it, you can try today for some of your favorites… Just give me a list of alternate choices. πŸ™‚ )

It was so much fun to connect with all of you… You are incredible and I am so blessed to have friends like you!

I wish you could have experienced this side of it with me… There is something incredibly joyful to be honored so much that people want to wear your jewelry. As the minutes passed and I continued to get emails, I was in total shock that I was not getting requests for duplicates! I could not stop shaking my head in amazement! It did eventually start to happen, but it was crazy how everyone liked something different.


I was feeling a little frantic as the emails started coming because I wanted to try to reply right away… I think Putter decided that I needed to take a deep breath and relax so he plopped down on my sale sheets and tried to take a nap.

He then decided to climb onto my pile of envelopes that I had numbered… I am not sure what his message was there…

20120602-055416.jpg But he sure was helpful. πŸ™‚

There were a couple of glitches! I got an F for numbering! I actually doubled up on a number… But thankfully I requested the number and description.

And my heart sank to my toes a few hours in when I realized I had a large number of junk emails. When I clicked on it, there were two people who requested to be a part of the sale but I never saw their request. It made me feel sick and I am so sorry for that! I sent an email right away… But I just thought of an idea on how to hopefully make it a little better, so if you are one of those two people, you will me getting an email from me today, and I am so sorry.

Over all it was a successful day and I will do it again.


Yesterday was the last day of school… So happy for my kids! Keegan is now a Freshman, I cannot believe I have a high schooler and a 6th & 7th grader! Where did that time go?


It is now six bells on Saturday morning and time to get crackin’… I have jewelry to make!

I hope you have an incredible Saturday.
πŸ™‚ Kris


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Friday, Glorious Friday! & Private Sale Day

Slowly allowing my body to wake, each second becoming more aware that today is Friday, Glorious Friday.

In awe, I realize that after today my son will be a freshman… My kids will be in 9th, 7th, and 6th grade. 13, 12 and 11… It seems like only yesterday they were 1, 2 & 3… I spent the majority of my days changing diapers, reading books and taking naps. (yes, they were all three in diapers for a year together!)

Have I ever told you that at the time we lived in four rooms? There was only a shower, so giving them baths was always an adventure. My husband had the fantastic idea of filling up a bright blue kiddie pool with warm water one bucket at a time, in the middle of our kitchen floor. Bath time was an adventure. Squeals of laughter and splashing. A great side effect is that the floor got squeaky clean at the same time! Where did the time go?

Today is the last day of school, it was always one of my favorite days!


Today is also my Private Sale day! Yipppppeeeeeee!


I sent an email to everyone yesterday explaining the sale… So if you did not get an email, please send me an email this morning. ( If you are just finding out about it, I can accept email requests until about 11:00 today. The email will go out at noon!

20120601-060115.jpg thank you so much for your amazing response!!!

I hope your day is glorious! πŸ™‚ Kris

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There is Still Time!


I just thought i would let you know… There is still time to join the sale! All I need is an email from you sent to and I will be happy to include you!


20120530-165533.jpg here is what I will be playing with tonight! No rushing to and fro tonight! Yippeeeee skippeeeee!

20120530-165759.jpg I wanted to share Sawyer’s latest art… In his word, he. “only got a B+ on it.” so he was disappointed… But I love it! A well balanced meal! Lol. Pizza, French fries, Mac & cheese in a bow and an orange! πŸ™‚ my kind of food! In my eyes he got an A+! πŸ™‚ guess that’s why I’m not his teacher!

Hope you are enjoying your Wednesday on this short week! πŸ™‚ Kris

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Vintage Sparkle Hand Wired Necklace


Happy Tuesday! It is the last Tuesday of the school year!

The necklace above is one of my new favorites… The vintage sparkle of this old brooch is incredible…


We had a very low key weekend… Quiet moments on the front stoop…

I worked 95 percent of the weekend…

My family had death by chocolate waffles…


Poor Putter, he sat perfectly still and modeled his American Girl sunglasses… He sure is confident in his cat-ness, as I often tell him how pretty HE is…


Chick-a-doodle created this necklace yesterday while I was working. My only contribution was to tuck the ends of the wire. I was quite impressed!


Thank you so much for your response to my private sale coming up on Friday… I promise you won’t regret signing up! πŸ™‚ if you missed the info, just email me at

Hope your day is amazing! πŸ™‚ Kris

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A Private Virtual Sale: You’re Invited!


Here is a photo of some of the designs I created on Saturday… Along with instructions. The majority of my weekend so far has been spent creating, photographing and writing instructions for 6 designs, 4 down, 2 to go. πŸ™‚ almost done!


I am excited to invite you to my private virtual sale, and all I need from you is your email address. The sale will be held approximately 12 noon, central time on Friday, June 1st.

No need to fly to Minnesota, or come to my town! The sale will arrive via your inbox! Simply Email me your email address to

Each design is handmade by me… Unique and original. And I am offering incredible prices!!

I hope you are having an amazing Memorial Day!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Swirling Vintage Pearls Necklace


Good morning…

The house is quiet this morning. I am working on some Creative Co-op details… I am about 4 hours in with about 14 left. As I was working on my computer I suddenly realized that I was working in the dark… I hear occasional thunder with the steady pitter patter of falling rain.

The rain helps me relax, but I feel for all of the excited campers out there, a bit of a damper to the Memorial Day Weekend camping trips… Hopefully the sun will shine for you soon!

I personally am a hotel/cabin camper. πŸ™‚ I am finally owning it!

I have been debating… Run and get groceries in the rain or stay cuddled up working on my laptop and let my family scrounge out of the empty cupboards…

You are right, guess I better get moving. The lines should be short, right?

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Kris πŸ™‚

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Vintage Flower Cuff Love

Here’s to hoping my screen comes in for my phone today!


Despite the challenge, I don’t think I have missed a day blogging! I will have so much appreciation for actually seeing everything on my screen!

Putter decided that my computer is a great place to get cozy yesterday.


So cozy, he decided it was nap time… Silly cat!


Have an amazing day! πŸ™‚ Kris


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