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FUNtastic Times in Atlanta!


Americas Mart in Atlanta is a whirlwind. A dynamic, sensational hotbed of activity, business, networking and fun.

The escalator at Peachtree station is one of the longest escalators I have been on. Sorry for the blurry photo.

After some shopping, we hit the showrooms. Here we are at the Creative Co-op Showroom. It was Ellen’s first trip to AmericaMart!


My friend Mary has been to Atlanta & Dallas with me!

20130716-110940.jpg we have so many laughs and giggles.





It was so much fun connecting with FUNtastic Artist friends over drinks…


I am trying to catch up after my whirlwind week!



Have an amazing day!

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Christmas Arrives Early…


Here is the link to my Facebook page.

I looked a little like this yesterday! I felt like a little girl again trying on jewelry.

Here is a photo of my Facebook post yesterday… This arrival was so unexpected… It was such a joy to open the door and see a Creative Co-op box waiting for me.

As I opened each item, it was like unwrapping a gift. I started draping necklaces around my neck and bracelets on my wrists… It was so much fun!


I am so happy with the quality and how they turned out!



So happy!


Thank you Creative Co-op for the early Christmas!! You amaze me.

🙂 Kris


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Beauty-filled Days & Still Blogging!


Still Blogging! I just wanted make sure you know that I am still blogging! My title on Monday was a little misleading, it sounded like I was retiring from blogging. I assure you, I enjoy blogging and will continue to be here as often as possible! Thank you to my loyal subscribers, friends and followers for always being here for me! It is so much fun to share my journey with you. XOXO

If you are looking for my GIVEAWAY POST, Click Here!

My first week working from home in my pj’s is flying by! It is Wednesday and I have accomplished a lot! I signed up for a couple of online classes to learn new techniques and skills. I have created some new jewelry for my line, played around with some new ideas, worked on finishing some remaining custom orders and started developing some ideas for my business!

The only thing awkward was late in the afternoon yesterday when a couple of hockey Dad’s stopped by and I was still in my pj’s (if you must know, my pj’s are black sweats, so it wasn’t revealing or anything!!) Lol!

Sawyer has been discovering hearts randomly as we go though our days… It is such a joy for me to see him discover beauty and fun in the world.


This one might be a little harder to see, Sawyer was unpacking one of my orders and he discovered a heart of chain in a bag. Love the photo if his hands carefully holding it.


And this morning, he called me in to see that his last bite of cereal was shaped like a heart. Super sweet.

Hopefully you discover random joy and beauty in your days!

Have a Beauty-filled day!

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New Embellish Line


I am super excited to share that I have more jewelry just released in the Embellish line with Creative Co-op. I will share more in a few days.

It is going to be a fun weekend with the Upcoming trunk show, A blog hop, and our normal fantastic craziness.

Have a great day!
🙂 Kris


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Atlanta Followup: Kris Lanae by Creative Co-op


A final view from Atlanta…


I learned so much on this trip to Atlanta. 20120717-070338.jpg

This photo was taken by Gina, one of the many sweet Creative Co-op reps and staff I had fun getting to meet! I wish I had my pic taken with her and some of the other great people I met! 🙂

The gift show is an energy filled dynamic place. It is incredible to think of the volume of business that is written during this show.

Early in the day on Friday, I decided to do some gift shopping in the cash & carry section. I first stood in line at Starbucks (which is a testament to how necessary coffee is at a show like that… It generally takes about a half an hour to get through the line!) Midway through I decided to get two lattes, one warm & one iced… So i wouldn’t have to stand in line later. I then walked toward the building that I thought cash & carry was in (reminding you that the buildings are each about a city block in size.) after finding my way for about 10 minutes, I stopped to ask directions and was told the way. It turns out that I had walked in one large circle for 20 minutes and cash & carry was right by Starbucks! Lol!! A great lesson learned there!

Here are some shots of my angels… They turned out so well!




I had the amazing opportunity to lunch with Lori Siebert, Paula Joerling and Robin Davis. It was a fun opportunity to see this trio of friends giggle and chat about their morning. It was super sweet of them to include me. Lori and I met in Atlanta in January at the Demdaco/Silvestri Artist Mingle. She is a super sweet person and incredibly talented. All three of the women I had the opportunity to spend time with are accomplished artists… I hope you check out the links.

Later in the day, they invited me to meet with a larger group of artists that mingle for a while in one of the hotel lobbies. It was a fun chance to relax, meet new artists and reconnect with a few artists I met at the Creative Connection!

I was too exhausted to go to dinner, so I headed back to my hotel.


I took this photo as I stepped onto the sidewalk by my hotel… It was an incredible view of the Olympic Stadium, it is amazing to think it was 16 years ago that the Olympics were held in Atlanta!

I am thankful for the experience, the amazing companies I am aligned with, the new friendships and the dynamic people I have met.

Thanks for letting me share this experience with you! And thanks to my new subscribers to my blog and likes on Facebook! You guys are awesome!

I hope you have a fabulous day!
Kris 🙂


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Atlanta July: Kris Lanae by Creative Coop


Good Morning from Atlanta…

Here is a quick photo of my angels in the showroom.

I had an incredible day yesterday! I met some amazing buyers, reps and artists!
Can’t wait to tell you about it!!

Off to the show and then catch a plane!

Have a fabulous Saturday! 🙂 Kris


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Atlanta Fun: Kris Lanae by Creative Co-op


I had six an a half hours of fabulous sleep and am laying here wide awake.

Atlanta is AMAZING. I wish you could join me. I wish you could experience the immensity… The amazing variety of products… and the shopping!

I have so many thoughts and emotions running through my mind. Meeting the buyers and reps is so much fun. I love to hear the feedback and ideas. I have a lot of respect for both parties, understanding the business perspective and challenges of a retail business and the the grueling and rewarding life of a representative.


I am fueled by creative energy and had fun creating this morning… sleep is overrated anyway!

Pictured are a few photos of my jewelry in the Embellish line of the Creative Co-op showroom.

The showroom colors are bright and a little different than Dallas. I love it.

I will share more photos soon!

Happy Friday! Have a terrific day!

🙂 Kris


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Kris Lanae by Creative Co-op: 2012 Home Decor

I am excited to show you my line in the Creative Co-op Home Decor Catalog.

The Rare Form Angel is one of my favorites. It is amazing to see an idea translated from paper to real life.

This wire angel turned out amazing.

The Yes You Can Angel is always there for encouragement… reminding you that you can do it… Slight little pun on the can, since her skirt is created out of a can.

I wish you could touch and feel the “Off Your Chest Angel”…
The chest includes a little cabinet with hooks to hang your jewelry or other precious items.


And the Life Life Joyfully Angel…

This is one of my favorite sayings… Embrace life, and choose a life of happiness… Life Life Joyfully!

The Double Tier Tire Rack came out so cool. I would like multiples for my jewelry display and one in my bathroom for my personal use.

This sweet vintage grungy panel is the perfect height for a dresser or desk. I love it, right down to the industrial caster wheels. This is great for jewelry display or to use as a magnetic note board.

I created sweet little magnetic hooks to turn any metal into a jewelry display.

I have a few more display items that are still in production so they will hopefully make their debut with the next line.

Enjoy today! 🙂 Kris


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Home Sweet Home


Home sweet home…

One last pic of the Creative Co-op showroom. I walked by the showroom and realized the jewelry display occupied one of the main windows.

It’s not a great photo due to the reflection on the glass, but it was super cool.

I thought I would show you a picture of the cash and carry building at the market. It was amazing. Serious shopping!


It was a beautiful sunset as I drove home last night… It felt so great to be Home – Sweet – Home. 🙂 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! 🙂 Kris


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Creative Co-op: Live Life Joyfully


I am so excited to be Living Life Joyfully today in Dallas, Texas.

I have so much to share with you.
I am
Super Duper
Excited to finally,
F I N A L L Y share my secret with you!!!

I have non-jewelry items that debuted with Creative Co-op too!! See the photo of my Live Life Joyfully Angel…

I will try to get better photos to share with you. Angels are near and dear to my heart and I will share the story with you soon.

It is so amazing to see the items live and in person! I am so happy with the quality and the beautiful patina and finishes of the elements.

The story of how this AH-MAZING friend propelled my journey forward is here.

Last night I had the most amazing dinner with Phil and Debbie Saviano. They graciously treated me to dinner Texas style at The Palomino. The gifts they gave me did not end there. I cannot let the moment pass without sharing a highlight of my Gifts from the Savianos:

Share with your whole heart: This amazing couple is committed to making the world a better place. It is clear to me that they do not let an opportunity pass to share with their whole hearts… Undivided attention, seizing the moment, kindness for others, or a chance to improve someone’s life with nothing to gain.

Give and you receive more. I can never thank Debbie enough for the difference she has made in my life. I was eager to share some jewelry I made especially for her. She instantly removed the beautiful jewelry she was wearing and replaced it with the jewelry I made. The sweet girl who was waiting on our table commented and Debbie glowingly shared her necklace with the her. I wish I could have captured the shine in her eyes… this friend of mine, graciously received and even more surprisingly… Without hesitation gave this sweet girl one of the best nights at her job, ever. I am so inspired. Her giving nature blessed our evening.

Listen with joy, commit to the moment. Often people in conversation listen to a conversation, focusing on how to continue the conversation, or add something pertinent about themselves or their life. I believe it is an instinct we have because we all like to talk about ourselves and some of us fear that we have nothing to contribute.

Phil and Debbie have the most incredible listening style. Phil and Debbie listen intently with their eyes, joyfully in the moment. I have so much to learn from them!

Honeymooners Prevail: Spending time with Debbie and Phil is a joyful experience. You can tell they are soul mates by the kindness and attention they share with each other, despite the fact that they have grown children and teenage grandchildren. Being in their presence reminds me of honeymooners and it is incredible too see their love cultivated and blooming.

Here is a photo of Debbie and I after dinner last night.


And a few more shots of the incredible building. The Courtyard…


And the beautiful entrance… Notice the Dove, Debbie spotted admiring the view.



More photos coming soon! Have an incredible day. 🙂 Kris


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Divide and Conquer


It was a very fun day at the Minneapolis Gift Show. I really admire representatives for their grueling job… Long hours at shows and even longer hours on the road. It was fun to hear the feedback on the new jewelry line and be able to share a few of the fun details about my jewelry that isn’t obvious from a glance.

From there, it was a mad dash to baseball… Oh what an incredible night.

It was a perfect night for baseball and creating in the sunshine. There is a major difference in weather between spring and summer ball in Minnesota, yippppieeee, so happy for summer ball!

Divide and conquer is our motto for our summer nights, Kya and Keegan play on the same nights so unfortunately, I will not see many of Kya’s games since Tom is coaching… until weekend tournaments.


I hope you are enjoying your summer days… The sunlight warming your skin and making your heart happy! 🙂 Kris

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Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It’s Off To Minneapolis I Go!

It is a beautiful day to head to the Minneapolis gift show! I am thrilled to meet my local Creative Co-op representatives.

I hope the sun is shining on you today! 🙂 Kris

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Kris Lanae Jewelry Collection by Creative Co-op: Part 3

Today is the final post of a series of three of my new collection with Creative Co-op. If you missed the first two, you can find part one here and part two here. For future updates, you can subscribe via email, follow me on Twitter and like me on Facebook.

The Vintage Relics Cuff -This cuff bracelet has a variety of sparkle, swirls and reproduction vintage elements. The cuff is adjustable to fit your wrist and ads a fun look to any outfit.

Vintage Charm Necklaces – Each of the Vintage Charm necklaces have unique reproduction vintage elements, unique wirework and funky chunky chain.

Simply Swirls Earrings….

Reaching for the Sky Radiance Necklaces – the chains on the two necklaces are also made by hand, I love the radiance of the colors… I totally see these necklaces with a tan and a white collared blouse… Can you see it?

The Radiant Souls Necklaces…

Blooming Brilliance Necklaces – The brilliance of the colored crystals are dynamic with these two necklaces. I haven’t been able to try it yet, but I believe I would love them layered with the Radiance necklaces.

Be Still My Vintage Heart Bracelets… This collection of bracelets may be my favorite bracelets… I love the strong industrial feel with softer more feminine pearls.

That concludes the preview of the Kris Lanae by Creative Co-op Embellish Collection. I am so grateful for the team at CC for adding me to their line quite late in the time frame. Thank you all for your amazing compliments!

I am excited about my upcoming private virtual sale. I have decided to hold the sale on Friday, June 1st. I am going to offer terrific prices. All I need from you if you would like to be invited is an email from you. (cherishdesigns@live.com) I will give you more details soon.

I hope you have an amazing weekend!
🙂 Kris


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Kris Lanae Jewelry Collection by Creative Co-op: Part 2

For the second night in a row, it appears that I will ring in four bells (lying awake at 4 am), the excitement is difficult to channel… Creative juices are flowing as I am creating for my next line.

I have to tell you that I am so honored by your amazing compliments on Facebook and my blog. (and thank you for all of the new Facebook likes!) I feel like you have travelled this journey with me and I am so grateful to share it with you!

Remember to email me if you would like a special invitation to my virtual private sale! Yes! Virtual! No need to fly to Minnesota or come to our town… I don’t want to exclude you, so feel free to email me for your invitation! The sale will be showcasing only my original handmade designs. (cherishdesigns@live.com)


The necklaces pictured above are called ‘Cause Every Girl Loves Choices! I am incredibly excited about the necklaces pictured because we all love versatility! If you know me personally, you may recognize that this necklace is based on a design that I wear as a bracelet every day… In fact, I never leave the house without a necklace on and it has saved me in the rare occasion that I forget.

This necklace can be worn so many ways… As a bracelet, the charms turn into earrings, as a long necklace or shorter! I cannot wait for you to experiment with this set!


The two designs pictured represent so much more for me than just a dragon fly… I believe that we have the power to give ourselves wings to fly! Believe in yourself and set yourself free!


I had fun naming this set… Not Your Average Garden Party Necklaces… This jewelry sets you apart, brings joy and makes you feel way more than average! Adorable with a simple tee or an ankle length summer dress… Bring on the garden party!


It is unavoidable to not have favorites… This necklace has an elegance that will enhance your style… Pay special attention to the beautiful asymmetrical chain design and I think this too may become a fav for you!


The rustic swirls cuff will complement any outfit… A great statement piece!!!


Sparkle On Earrings
Add a little sparkle to any outfit… Perfect on a normal day or with an updo.


Vintique Unique Rings. This set of rings adds a unique Vintique look… A dash of sassy!

Thanks for hanging with me through the tour of my jewelry with Creative Co-op… I have one more grouping to show you hopefully tomorrow!

Have an incredible day! 🙂 Kris


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Kris Lanae Jewelry Collection by Creative Co-op

I am simply giddy with excitement over the launch of my jewelry line with Creative Co-op…

If you have liked my page on Facebook, you discovered almost instantaneously the news yesterday, as I shared photos with you… And this morning you can say… That was so 30 seconds ago! Lol (and btw, thanks for liking my Facebook page!!)

I am totally in love with the photography and displays they used… I adore how they kept my feel… my vintage vibe…


I confess, I am smitten with this sweet angel… So smitten.


This selection of jewelry is authentically me…


I enjoyed naming them… Above is Be Still My Vintage Heart…


And my Bloom-a-licious Cuffs…


I am afraid it is going to take me a few days to show you the entire line.


The Keys to Be Free, Believe in Me and Shine…


Time to fly…


Teardrops and Curlicues Earrings…


Creative Co-op is a wholesale company that sells to the gift industry… They have been incredible to work with and I am so excited for my jewelry to arrive in stores near you!

If you want to hear the amazing story and the incredible heart of my friend Debbie, I blogged about it here.

I have many more designs to share with you… So you can like my page on Facebook, follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for updates!

Very soon I will be having a private sale of my original work… If you would like to be included in the private sale, email me at cherishdesigns@live.com or message me on Facebook.

Oh.. And if you have been following my iPhone saga… I have the best brother in law in the world and he fixed my screen yesterday! Such an amazing gift!

Hope your day is incredible! 🙂 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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Happy Monday, Monday!


I am so thankful for another weekend of accomplishment… I had fun naming the collections for Kris Lanae by Creative Co-op, which launches in June. The catalog goes to print this week, I am so eager to see it.

I created quite a decent amount of jewelry this weekend and was able to hop around on the Messy Studio Blog Hop sponsored by Brenda of B’Sue Boutiques, I am not quite done, but will finish hopping eventually!


This necklace is a bit whimsical with swirls surrounding vintage pearls and some beautiful crystals. The chain is a double strand of gunmetal rolo chain with a toggle closure.


Happy Monday, Monday to you all! I hope Monday treats you well, sometimes she can be a little brutal after a relaxing weekend. 🙂

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Kris Lanae by Creative Co-Op


I am happily writing to you today to share my excitement about a new licensing agreement. It’s Official! My line with Creative Co-op debuts in June!!!

The line includes vintage inspired jewelry with my funky wired twist on necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings… some amazing jewelry displays and angels… I cannot wait for you to see the products!

Here is the story of how it happened:
When I was in Dallas for the Artist Mingle with Demdaco, I had the opportunity to wander around the show while waiting to meet up with my friend Debbie Saviano

I wandered past a showroom that I desperately wanted to walk into, but was hesitant to do so. I have bought dress forms and other items from this company in the past and I love their work. I wandered around the outside of their showroom craning my neck trying to see if they offered jewelry in their line. (You may not know this about me, but I am incredibly shy at times, to a fault… I am not the best person to sell myself.) I did not see any jewelry.
I then met up with my friend to go look at my Demdaco/Silvestri collection. As we were walking out, she asked me about my jewelry line with Demdaco/Silvestri and the seashells… I told her the story of how Angela from Demdaco/Silvestri found me at a show… She created a concept board with my jewelry. Later on she asked if I would create a line with sea shells. Throughout the year and a half, through processes and changes of the line, it was determined that the seashell line was the line that made it to production. As you know… debuted at the shows in January. It has been a joyful experience working with the fantastic staff at Demdaco.

In Dallas, my friend Debbie told me that she had someone I needed to meet that would be a perfect fit for my authentic jewelry style! Would you believe that she walked me right up to the Creative Co-op showroom and introduced me to the owner of the Creative Co-op. She told the owner, “This is my friend Kris and you really need to sell her jewelry.”
And yes, my jaw hit the floor! Flabbergasted is the only word I can find to describe my reaction! LOL
He took a look at the jewelry I was wearing and invited me to meet with his Vice President of Product Development. He also asked me if I had a portfolio? Ummm, no! (What was i thinking?) I use my iphone to take all of my photos, so I had quite a selection of jewelry photos on my phone. I quickly created an album to show them my jewelry.

It turns out that they are debuting a new line of jewelry in June (I remind you this was January). If you recall, I had 11 days to create approx. 98 pieces to meet their first deadline… It was quite a whirlwind. They are so creative and I am super excited for you to see my line with them. They worked so hard to sneak my line into their quick timeline!

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to my friend Debbie… She was swamped when I was there, but she (and her sweet husband) took the time to meet me. I am inspired by her bravery and her willingness to connect me with a company, despite the fact that she had nothing to gain from it. She went above and beyond by connecting me with a company that was such an amazing fit for me. I hope you have the opportunity to meet or work with Debbie!


Here is an image of my tag design with Creative Co-Op.

I am so excited to share this news with you and look forward to sharing photos and more details in the future!

Thanks so much for always being there for me, my friends, clients and faithful readers! I always appreciate you!

🙂 Kris


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