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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.

🙂 Kris


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Funky Name Badge!


This morning I get to reveal to you my funky name badge…


I am happy with it! It turned out pretty funky!

It was fun to see all of the creative fun tags perfectly matched to the amazing women attending the Art Biz Jam retreat! !


Well, off to class! Have an amazing day!


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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!!
🙂 Kris

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Regrouping and Reflecting


Thankfully the past few days have been at a slower pace for us and has offered some time to regroup and reflect.

The Creatives Retreat was everything I hoped for and more. The students in my classes were fun and fabulous. I truly enjoyed how they made each project their own while using my design. It was truly a unique experience to meet some Facebook friends in person and many of us giggled through the night into the wee hours of morning. Linda selected a gorgeous location in Lake Geneva and organized a smoothly run event.

It may take me a few more days to catch up on my sleep, but the memories I will treasure for a lifetime!


With our last dose of snow a few days ago, my kids track meets and golf meets have been cancelled through the rest of the week and weekend. That completes three full weeks of cancelations due to unusually late snowfall. We are hoping spring will appear soon! Our fingers and toes are crossed that we will reach the predicted 70 degree weather for the weekend. Yipppeeeee!

I am now gearing up production for the Olde Depot JUNKtion on Memorial Day weekend. I am super excited for this event and hope you can join us!

Have a fabulous day! 🙂 Kris


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Celebrating Creatives


I woke up at 3am yesterday to drive to Wisconsin for the Creatives Retreat. I was so grateful to have arrived the entire trip without a hint of snow or ice!

It has been so much fun connecting with many friends that I have met online over the past year and a half and meeting new friends. We had a fabulous meal at the incredible resort on Lake Geneva that we are staying at.

We giggled until almost 1am last night until I crashed into a deep slumber.

I have so much to tell you, but I am afraid it will have to wait as I have to get my bells on and prepare for the day ahead.


This is the view out of the room that we dined in last night.

More fun stories ahead. Have a joyful day!
🙂 Kris

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Junk Bonanza Style!


I do! Junk Bonanza Style!


The story of the amazing dress forms that I fell a little bit in love with yesterday was so much fun to hear. The vendor walked into the attic of a house…

And all six were lined up in a row. Clearly they are sisters… She felt it was wrong to separate them and sold them as a family. I love that they get to stay together! They were quite a ways out of my price range! 🙂

Lovin’ Letters!!

20120915-064535.jpg Sweet Aprons!

Even sweeter friends!


LOVE old metal stuff!




Posh, Very Posh!


Made me smile from the Vintage Pixie!


Our class was last night. It was so much fun to create with an incredible group of women. More photos to come, but now I must start preparing for the day!

Have a fantabulous Friday! 🙂 Kris



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Dreamin’ of the Junk Bonanza & A GIVEAWAY!!

Today I am dreaming’ of the junk bonanza… I can feel the excitement building… The sheer joy of junking in three HUGE protected buildings at Canterbury Downs… The incredible talent and inspiration on display… The unexpected and extraordinary!

I am so excited… That I think it’s time for a giveaway!!! Please keep reading for more details!! (I’m sorry! Thanks for all of the amazing comments, the giveaway is over!) The winner is posted here.

Is it your dream to attend Junk Bonanza? What is your hesitation? Do the early bird tickets give you that wishful longing feeling? Have you wanted to attend a dynamic junking event in the past, but it just hasn’t worked out yet?

Are these questions racing through your mind? I desperately want to, but I don’t have anyone to attend with. I am not sure where to go, what to do? I live out of state and want to shop but, but I know I can’t fit my items in my carryon?

Well, my friend Linda can provide you with a DREAM experience to Junk Bonanza & solve all of your concerns!


Linda has created a retreat out of attending Junk Bonanza called Live, Love, Junk! Where junking meets art, retreat style!

The event is 6 weeks away and I would like to help spread the word! We want to help every person who has a dream to attend, be a part of the retreat!


We would love you to join us… And the dynamic people that have already registered! ( I have to tell you, if you have never attended a retreat, I strongly encourage you to attend… There is no better way to make lifelong friends!) Hurry, before it’s too late!

This early bird ticket could be yours!
Click here to learn more about Live, Love, Junk and to register!

(Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that I will be teaching a class at this retreat!! So we are going to have a blast repurposing our treasures!)

For the giveaway, all you need to do to enter to win is to leave a comment on this blog post!

To earn extra chances to win, we would love for you to share this giveaway and info about Live, Love Junk. You can mention with a link, share, reblog, pin & tweet!! But please be sure to leave an additional comment (on this blog post only) for every share! The winner will be chosen using the random number generator! (btw, I will not reply to comments on this post because it skews the numbers for the giveaway.)

What can you win??? Well, the other day, the FedEx man delivered my entire jewelry collection with Creative Co-op and I am sooooooo excited to share some of it with you!!

I am giving away two necklaces (’cause I am all about layering!), a pair of earrings and a ring to one of you, my awesome lucky friends!

Here are pics of the necklaces:


And the earrings & ring!


I will be announcing the winner two weeks from today on August 14th, 2012!!

Remember to subscribe via email to my blog for the quickest delivery of my blog posts (to see if you won!)! Or like my page in Facebook, and follow me on Twitter and Pinterest!

I cannot complete this post without telling my husband Tom, Happy 19th Anniversary! I cannot believe it has been 19 years with such an amazing, selfless, incredible husband and father! We are going on a rare date tonight and I can’t wait!

Have an amazing day!
🙂 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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Live, Love, Junk!

I am so excited to announce a very incredible event taking place September 13-15, 2012 in Shakopee, MN. This event will ramp up your Junk Bonanza experience by providing you with meals, shuttle service, entertainment, the opportunity to meet other Junk Lovin’ gals and take a Live, Live, Junk Class with me! there will also be shipping services available to you, dinner and a fabulous shopping trip in addition to early bird passes to the Junk Bonanza. Free Live, Love, Junk tote to the first 20 that register.

My friend Linda runs Live, Laugh, Love Retreats and she has some amazing experiences in store!


I copied her blog post here about the event.


Registration information is here.

We are going to provide guidelines for you to shop for your own junky finds and have a blast turning them into fun and funky keepsakes!

I hope you can join us!
🙂 Kris


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