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Happy FUNtastic Fourth!!

It is a happy day in our house today!

Our Sweet Sawyer has returned! I had not hugged him since the morning I left for Dallas, 14 long days ago!!!

Our house feels in balance again! Of course I did not leave him without adequate hugs and kisses for each day he was gone, a hug for each day, a kiss good morning and a kiss good night… A tradition since they were little… I was surprised that I didn’t get flak for the 15 hugs and 30 kisses from my almost teenager!

But from a Mom’s viewpoint, that just didn’t cut it. 🙂


We waited with anticipation in the sweltering heat…20120704-084314.jpg
As the bus rounded the corner, we were melting with joy, oh a little from the heat!

He arrives, cool as a cucumber with aviator shades on… A sight for sore eyes!

We missed that smile! The trip was, in his words, Amazing!!! He met new friends from all over, including a girl (gasp!) from Vancouver and girls from Finland! They enjoyed dorm life at the University of Oregon and gala events as well as concerts with renowned conductors and musicians. I am so proud of my 12 & 3/4 year old! I am not sure I could have done that at twelve!

We will be together as a family for only two days before camping trips and hockey camp divides us again…

I woke up to the sweetest card on top of my new coffee pot tied with ribbon this morning!

Yes, it is hard to believe that I am not in my twenties any more, I am celebrating 46 years today. I have always been a firecracker( Grandma Lee Lee always called me that!) and I truly did grow up thinking the fireworks were for me! You mean they’re not???

We had a little family discussion about respecting our elders last night… Little did I know that it actually sunk in!! Lol, the card reads
” Now Keegan, Sawyer and I have to respect our elders… 🙂 So now we have to respect you! Ha ha!”
…that totally cracked me up, silly kids!

Putter even signed my card! 🙂 super sweet to wake up to…

And the coffee is fabulous! I am thrilled with the pause & pour and the thermal canister! A terrific way to start the day with Black Pearl beans from my sister’s coffee shop!

I hope that you enjoy your Independence day! Thank you to each and every person who has made freedom a priority in our beautiful country!


I hope you have a BLAST and a FUNtastic Fourth!! 🙂 Kris

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Bead & Button & Celebrate Creatives


So happy the sun is shining on this glorious day! I am sorry I have been absent for a few days! I am excited to ship off 30 designs and about 10 elements to Creative Co-op today for my new line!


I have so much to share from the Bead & Button show…

I had a special bead on my list, requested by a friend for another friend… I knew I would find exactly what I needed at Lisa Peters booth. Thinking with hope today for our courageous friend!


Here is my small collection of purchases from Lisa Peters… I love her work! It was hard to not scoop up about 20 gorgeous focals from her. I really have to keep my focus on my new line for Creative Co-op.


I found these gorgeous buttons…
A rainbow of crystals…

Hilary and I had dinner Thursday night with my friend Linda Barutha of Live, Laugh, Love Retreats. The three of us had so much fun! I will be teaching at Linda’s retreat next April.

I wanted to take a moment to highlight The retreat & this month’s Instructor Spotlight:

The Creatives — Celebrating Sisterhood Retreat planning and prepping is in full swing. So every month we will be highlighting the awesome instructors that will be teaching at the retreat next April.

This month’s Instructor Spotlight is on Mary Sterk. Mary’s business, Just Mary Designs, features a program called Body Fab-YOU-lous. Through art, Mary teaches us to love ourselves just as we are. To learn more, follow this link to Mary’s post.

I love Mary’s philosophy! I know this is an issue I have struggled with my entire life.

Back to the B & B Show… Friday night we had dinner with four amazing women. I am hoping to get a copy of the photo and share more about it in a separate post… We actually closed the restaurant down! We had so much fun visiting!

Saturday we left and I learned a lesson about Karma… As we were checking in we had a gate agent who was smiling and pleasant. Hilary and I had been giggling the entire weekend… Cracking jokes and having fun… So I jokingly asked the gate agent if she could red flag Hilary for a strip search… We all laughed about it and continued on our way. However Karma met me at Security… It was one of the newer X-ray machines where you stand still and hold your hands above your head…

My jeans had a bunch of metal decoration on them and I failed the security check… So Hilary guarded my belongings and we both had hysterical giggling fits while the poor security agent had to do the pat down on me. I will spare you the gory details but it was a classic lesson for me to be cautious what I joke about! Sorry Hilary, I promise to be a good girl next time!

Not sure what I will do with these yet, but I had to have them!


My friend Heidi and her beautiful daughter from Mermaid’s Dowry…

All in all, it was an amazing show with fantastic company… I met so many new friends, I can’t wait until next year!

🙂 Kris


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Happy May Day! & Creatives Retreat Classes

Happy May Day! I always loved May Day as a child and I have to tell you, my excitement today brings me right back to the joy and anticipation of May Day!

Today the Creatives Retreat Website goes live and I am excited to share the rest of the classes I will be teaching at the retreat.

‘Cause Every Girl Needs A Crown by Kris Lanae

Create the crown you have always deserved using vintage elements, sparkly crystals and trendy wire.

Visit here for more information on the class and visit Live, Laugh, Love Retreats for more info on the retreat.

Lovin’ Cuff Addiction by Kris Lanae

Unite the joy of vintage buttons, tattered elements, sparkly crystals and trendy wire to develop your own cuff addiction.

Visit here more information on the class and visit Live, Laugh, Love Retreats for more info on the retreat.

Jewelry Junkie Joy by Kris Lanae

Embrace your inner jewelry junkie by learning to create fun and funky chunky rings. 

Visit here for more information on the class and visit Live, Laugh, Love Retreats for more info on the retreat.

And Finally, the fourth class I shared with you a few days ago.

Celebrate Vintage Love by Kris Lanae

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

Click here for more information on the class and visit Live, Laugh, Love Retreats for more info on the retreat.

I also have a link on my sidebar for Live, Love, Junk!

I hope you have a Happy May Day!

🙂 Kris


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The Queens of Silver Bella

It was a joy to meet all of you…

You are DIVINE!

You celebrate FRIENDSHIP!

You are KIND.

You celebrate ART.

You exude HAPPINESS!

You are not afraid to be YOU!

And you are WINNERS!!!!

And how cool is it that I have a picture of my blog giveaway winner, Gina in one of my crowns at Silver Bella! Congratulations Gina!

It was a joy meeting all of you and everyone else I met, but didn’t get a photo of! The crown photo’s kind of happened, I wish we would have started it at the beginning of the evening!

Hope you all celebrate each day as though you are a Queen!


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