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The Last Days of Summer


Summer is slipping away! School starts two weeks from today! I can’t believe it is coming so quickly!

My chick-a-doodle had a blast at her friends house the other day… Yes it did take my breath away as they showed us their tricks… Gasp!!

It is Keegan’s last week of work before school starts. I am so proud of him for how hard he worked this year!

And it is Sawyer’s last year of boys choir, rehearsals start Monday already!

Time to enjoy the last days of summer!
ūüôā 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!!
ūüôā Kris

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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 РFor 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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Wow, that was four days of being unplugged… Unplanned!

I am not sure how it happened, but I could not get internet or my data to work the entire weekend. So no blogging… Facebook… Just unplugged!

I hope you had a Happy 4th weekend! We had an amazing family weekend!

It started with a celebration Wednesday night to celebrate my niece going on a 6 month mission trip & a few birthdays!


Happy Birthday Bailey! I hope you have the most incredible birthday in Hawaii!!

We had so much fun at my Mom and Dad’s! The kids rode UTV…


This is Kya… Little speedster!


Patiently waiting…


Lovin’ Gram & Gramps…


My Mom got the coolest lanterns that you can light and they float off into the beautiful night!


We had a little bit of technical difficulty with the wind as it launched into the tree…

It was a fun thing to try and Mom gave us some to try on a calm night.

Gram let Sawyer light a firework and it was so beautiful.


I woke the next morning to sweet birthday signs & notes!

We packed for a fun long weekend at our friends cabin…


The weather was amazing! Hot, sunny, humid… True summer!


We had perfect weather to launch another lantern!

We enjoyed tubing down the river and had a fun experience at the Long Lake Theater. It is a super fun theater in an old church… The show was Odd Couple and it sure brought back a lot of memories!


They had the cutest biffy, as my Grandma would say! And I caught my friend Cindy checking it out!!



A glimpse of our friends gorgeous log cabin… So relaxing, rustic, comfy.


A view from the deck of their unique and beautiful covered bridge.



Keegan & Sawyer decided to swim one last time before leaving for home.



Nothing like some bridge jumping!




Look who I found swimming under the bridge!


Then it was time to hit the road and head back to reality!

Amazing times with fantastic family and friends!! Hope you were able to make some happy memories!!
ūüôā 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.
ūüôā Kris

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Tucson Gem Show: INCREDIBLE

Incredible is the first word that came to mind.

Dynamic would be a second choice…

The selection is incredible… The Tucson Gem Show has not disappointed! It’s massive. When you think of the manual labor of lugging thousands of pounds of gems, crystals, beads and findings, it is an undertaking if dynamic proportions.

First I’ll give you a quick tour of my friend Patti’s studio. I had the pleasure of sleeping in there the first night, let me tell you the dreams were sweet!


Her studio is so beautiful, as well as her entire home.


It is such a beautiful place for her to work.


Her home was like a French sanctuary, full of tranquility and beauty.


Isn’t it beautiful?


Her family has the most amazing dogs…


Their names are Boston and LA.


My kids would love playing with them and they are so good with her kids.

Here are a few pieces I made since arriving…


I forgot to take photos of my loot, so I’ll have to share them later! I am sorry!

We completed three fun, giggle-filled shopping days at Tucson. I had the most amazing time with Patti, Liz, Linda and Katie! Here is us on our last day relaxing with a beverage and reminiscing. I was sad to leave them but am happily in Lake Havasu City visiting my Mom who I have not seen since Thanksgiving.

This is Patti and myself in Liz and Jack’s super cool backyard!!


Hope you have an amazing day! ūüôā Kris


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Fun, Funky, Flower

One week! I cannot believe that I will be leaving for the Tucson Gem Show in one week!

This trip has been on my wish list for years and it is about to become a reality! I am so crazy excited to meet my friend Patti and her friend Liz and to shop till we drop!

I have been compiling my list of supplies needed, going through containers to take stock of my beads.


In the meantime, there is so much to do to prepare & get my ducks in a row at home.

The necklace featured on my blog today has been added to my etsy shop already!! This might be one of my favorites!!


You can shop for it here…


I love it for layering! Long, neutral and funky.



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Merry, Merry Christmas!

And all through the house, not a creature was stirring… Except Mom, relaxing on the couch, enjoying the quiet anticipation of Christmas morn… Amazed at how well my little sleepers are sleeping.

Yesterday was a very fun day of family time, wrapping and Holiday preparation.

My Chickadoodle baked cookies…


With a little festive help from Dad, unwrapping kisses and delivering them in true holiday spirit.


I was thankful I left most of my display set up as I had two last minute shoppers stop by! Fun stuff!

We had a joyful Christmas Eve at my sisters house last night. We started early, which was fun! We Face-Timed my Mom in Arizona for a couple of hours…

She opened the gifts we sent her while we watched. The retro phone attachment for her iPhone was a big hit!

Sorry Mom, I had to share this cute photo of you in your Naughty shirt in your new Phone! ūüôā


I can just see all if the strange looks you are going to get while walking around Havasu with your new phone on your ear!


I love this photo of the kids gathered around the computer visiting with Gram.

A favorite board game received was Hedbanz. They loved playing this game!


I might get in trouble for posting this photo, but someone tried on their new googles. If you recall that he crushed his finger about a week ago. After he was bandaged up in the ER, and we were walking out, the jokester in me took over. And I asked, who’s Number One? (Because when he was holding his finger up to elevate it, it looks like he is holding up Number 1!!)

We have been joking about Number One for the last week! So last night I captured the moment! ūüôā


We are having such a relaxing day today. I hope you have the opportunity to do what you live today! ūüôā


Have a Merry, Merry Christmas!!
ūüôā Kris

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An Artful Weekend

What an incredible weekend…

We have been treasuring time with family this weekend! Two Thanksgivings, plenty of fantastic food, shopping, some artful creating…


A visit to Grandpa Art’s brought out the artist in Sawyer & Kya on Grandpa Art’s chalkboard.


We had a fantastically beautiful snowfall…


And the traditional “barefoot on snow” lap to the road by Keegan.

Catching snow flakes and introducing Putter to snowfall!

We had more art on the disposable table cloth at Thanksgiving…


All in all, it was a fantastic weekend with family.


I hope you have an amazing Sunday! ūüôā Kris

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Another Crazy Day!


Happy Friday!

It is another crazy day in the Binsfeld household. Practice for Sawyer for his role in Amahl, and the first hockey game of the season tonight followed by a birthday celebration for Kya and my Dad. Lots of fun!


Hope you have an amazing day!
ūüôā Kris


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Gorgeous Fall Day

Running a little late today!


Live, Love, JUNK and the Junk Bonanza was amazing. The friendships cultivated were meaningful and the lessons learned will last a lifetime.


I have so many more photos to share with you! Will share soon!

Happy Gorgeous fall day!

ūüôā Kris


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Fun Monday Mornings!




I had help this morning taking photos by the window… I do believe he wanted the photo shoot to be all about him.


This photo is one of my favorites from the weekend. This is Kya’s Flames fastpitch softball team after winning during the tournament yesterday. I called it the Flames Victory Circle. Super cute!


I have more to show you from the weekend, just not enough time to blog about it this morning.

Hope your Monday is fun!! ūüôā Kris


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14 Birthdays


A fun filled day yesterday celebrating 14 amazing love filled years…


I wasn’t fast enough to capture the inferno coming from the candle, but I was allowed a photo from my sweet teenager who does not enjoy his photo taken. ūüôā
14 Birthdays… So amazing.

We celebrated my cousin’s daughter’s high school graduation… Reflecting how quickly the 14 years passed and remembering the events 14 years prior!

Missing Sawyer who is on Day 3 of a long 12 day boys choir tour across the country…

20120624-084734.jpg Thankful that he has been able to room with one of his best friends.

Today, back to work… Then more graduations, followed by baseball tonight! Another fun day ahead!

ūüôā Enjoy yours! ūüôā Kris


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Bead and Button Show.


Happy Saturday! Hilary and i are wrapping up our last day in Milwaukee at the Bead and Button Show.


I am not sure where the time has slipped away to…


Moments filled with giggles…

Happy hours pounding the pavement…

Lots of pavement…
Shopping, sourcing, matching, giggling, connecting, and admiring incredible artistry!


We received gifts in our bags and I must say my all time favorite gift is the teeny tiny Wubbers. It is so adorable. There is a broad range of jewelry tools available for someone like me… Over the years I have gone through many pair of tools… Especially round and flat nose pliers. It dawned on me that it was two years ago I bought my Wubbers… They have traveled with me everywhere I have gone for two years… Working almost every single day. There has rarely been a single day when they have been given a reprieve.

That is approximately 730 days of continuous use… And not only are they still working, they have shown no sign of wear. The wire I use is some of the hardest wire out there. I love my Wubbers and so you can imagine my joy to find a teeny tiny Wubbers!


Yesterday we took a Vintaj class working with metal patinas… Melting pot products and filigree jewelry. I didn’t expect to enjoy the melting as much as I did. There are endless possibilities. I will share my photos soon.

The evening hours passed quickly… Thursday night was an amazing dinner with my friends Linda and Hilary. I am so lucky to have talented and inspiring friends.

Last night’s dinner was great fun… In shared company of a group of girls that I have never met (with the exception of my friend Hilary!) and through the miracle of the Internet, we had the joy of connecting. It was an amazing group of women and I look forward to introducing you soon!

Well, I better get packing… Hope your Saturday is relaxing and fun.

ūüôā Kris


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Contrast Makes Me Happy


The contrast of the white milk glass vintage beads and the dark wire really floats my boat…(sorry, my Mom use to use that phrase when I was a kid, it really makes me happy!). The vintage element in the center feels a little like it is floating.


Speaking of floating, a friend posted on Facebook, “I have an iboat and it’s syncing.” It totally cracked me up!

Today I ran a flower delivery to a neighboring town, and I took a quick half an hour to myself to browse.


I really could spend hours there, but usually only have a few moments.

While I adore their hardware selection…


I could spend even more time in the back yard…


It was a beautiful springalicious day. I stocked up on supplies for Live, Love Junk! Linda and I are going to have a fun sneak peek to some of the possibilities we can creat with fun and funky finds!


Have a fantastic day! ūüôā



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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!!!!

ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅAnd 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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