I have a friend, Courtney who has a son that is almost the same age as my Beck (6). He is adorable. He has this long, wavy hair that makes him look like a little surfer dude. They get along so well, and when he plays over here, it’s like free time for me. They are so involved with each other.
We have this planned arrangement where each week the boys get together to play at one of our homes. A while ago, it was my turn to have the boys at our home. They were outside jumping on the trampoline, using sticks for sword fights and climbing trees. Typical boy activities. When they came in for lunch, I noticed that Beck’s friend had tree sap all over one side of his head. I didn’t try to get it out, but I did point it out to Courtney, so she could handle it in the bath tub that night.
Cut to the following Sunday at church and that cute little mop head of a boy has a buzz cut.
Courtney just laughed. When I apologized she just said that this is exactly the type of thing boys should be doing, and it will grow back anyway.

Today is was her turn to have Beck over. I was happy about this because I had been planning on doing my long bike ride for the week (30 miles) and I would have the precious alone time to do it. Courtney sent a text while I was riding that included a picture of her sweet 4 month old baby girl. The baby had smiley faces drawn all over her head and face with markers in all the shades of the rainbow. The text read, “Just thought you would like to see what the boys have been up to!”
Again, she just laughed it off.

At dinner tonight, I told this story to my other boys and Tate asked, “Would you be mad at that?” I said, “Probably. I get mad at everything don’t I?” We all laughed, but I was thinking that I want to be more like Courtney in this way.
These are the stories that I will love to think about in the future, so why not enjoy them now as well?

MeganFriday March 30, 2012 - 1:07 am

I need to be this way too.. I swear everything tiny thing upsets me and it shouldn’t. I am not perfect, by any means, so why should my 3 year old be?!

Famous ErinWednesday March 28, 2012 - 2:13 pm

I want to be more like Courtney. That is a hilarious story though!

RachelTuesday March 27, 2012 - 9:28 pm

I get mad to often lately. I need to learn to take a deep breath… moments with the boys seem to be so fleeting lately.

Anna CashTuesday March 27, 2012 - 9:16 pm

I agree! Courtney is one of the most kind and generous people towards kids I know!

A vignette from the first hours of the day.

The alarm goes off at 4:35 in the am. I hurry to hit snooze lest I wake up my slumbering husband. I succeed in keeping him asleep, but the border collie is awake and thinking I’m taking her for a walk. She is wrong this time. It’s an early morning spin class that has me getting up at this hour.

First thing I do is check my phone for texts. Maybe my spin buddy has changed her mind. I never mind when this happens because one half of me wants to go to the class, and the other half is already missing my warm bed. Only one of these dueling halves of myself gets to be satisfied at a time. This time it’s the go-getter.

We arrive early to secure a spot. I make sure to chose a bike on the side of the room by the fan. There is a bike directly in front of me which I can see in profile. The guy that chooses that bike seems eager to start peddling. I notice that he rides with his eyes closed and at 5:00am, I find this to be annoying.
Our instructor begins barking out orders (barking? Probably not, but at 5 am it felt that way). She tells us to increase the resistance to a level 9… That we are climbing a big hill. “Out of the saddle! Push! Push!”
But eyes-closed rider is still spinning his little legs as fast as he can possibly go. Why do I care? ’cause I’m grumpy in the morning, that’s why.

I look down at the floor. I tell myself to leave this poor guy to his super fast spinning and stop fixating on his 3/4 length sleeve spandex shirt. Why have I made this stranger my enemy? I just don’t know. But, sometimes I hate riding a stationary bike because my mind is not engaged the same way it is when I’m rididng on the road. Today this super-fast, 3/4 length sleeve wearing, closed-eye peddler was really making the minutes fly by.

Class ends. We wipe down our sweaty machines, guzzle water and head out the door. I am fully awake now and I am quietly repentant for picking on this innocent stranger. Especially because I am not in any position to criticize. But I think perhaps a later start time and some fresh air will do me some good.
So,yeah…I’m not much of a morning person.

Famous ErinWednesday March 28, 2012 - 2:13 pm

I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who finds some poor innocent soul to “pick” on in my mind. :) Proud of you for going. 4:35 is ridiculously early.

RachelTuesday March 27, 2012 - 9:27 pm

I can’t do the 5 am spin classes. It ruins my whole day. I found one class that starts at 6:30 am. Its total cardo for 30 minutes and it works for me. I’m glad u have a partner to go with, it makes it easier to get up for a friend. So proud of you putting in the training time for the 100!

JennieTuesday March 27, 2012 - 12:12 am

I’m not sure if it’s a morning person thing or not. My spin class this morning was a 9:00 am and I had a lot of the same thoughts. It was boring. I wanted to be outside. At least in step, weights, and combat, you are moving around, and you can keep your mind off how hard the class is and how much you want to quit.

I only made it 40 minutes today. The excuse I gave myself was that I needed to go and do some “core” work. :) I used to love spin, but today…. I wasn’t feeling it. Hopefully next Monday things will be different. :)

i declare.


Today I went on the first longish bike ride of the season. I rode 25 miles on the Legacy trail near my house.
I have decided to do my very first century ride (100 miles!) this June. I hesitate to even say that publicly, because I meant to do it two years ago, but I failed to train for it properly and I chickened out. The longest I’ve ever ridden is 80 miles, which I am still proud of, but it’s not a CENTURY.

This year I have an 10 week plan in place that will, according to my research, get me ready.
I am to go on one long ride per week that will increase in distance as the weeks go on, and then I have to get in a certain number of miles in for each week doing other short rides. I have broken my rides into three days a week, and as the day of the century approaches, it goes to four. I think I can commit to this plan.

This week, I am doing 25 miles for my long ride and then two short 15 mile rides. I am so out of biking shape and it showed in my ride today. That 25 miles really felt harder than it should have, but I pushed myself and I feel really good.

Maybe telling people will make me accountable and I will feel social pressure to do it. Or maybe I just want encouragement.
Or, maybe I just need a post topic.
No, probably more the encouragement thing.
I think I can! I think I can!

KorynThursday April 05, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Hey! What’s this I hear about a century?!?!? Where are you doing it? Wanna come to Moab and do the one with me in October? Oooh – you know you feel tempted.

RachelThursday March 22, 2012 - 10:11 pm

I wish I had your drive. I still feel new to the biking thing, I feel slow in my spin class as I watch the skinny girls whirl their pedals around (perhaps they don’t have any resistance) Just a thought.
You can do it! Just think of all the peaceful time with just you and your music riding with (and sometimes against) the wind. 100 miles of peace and good tunes!

JennieThursday March 22, 2012 - 3:17 pm

That is awesome. I’m sure you’ll do great. It always helps when the weather is so nice – it kind of pulls you outside. Good luck!

here’s what’s up

It feels so good to be back to normal!
I finished (well, I had tons of help) all of the jewelry orders and shipped everything that needed to be shipped. It feels great to be out of that pressure cooker. Seems like it’s been crazy like that since October when we decided to go to market. Getting ready, going to Atlanta, and then coming home and producing the product. Blah, blah, blah.
Guess what I’ve been doing this past week?

Enjoying the sunshine for one. I’ve been on my bike several times and even though my body is out of biking mode, it felt amazing to be on it. Sun. Air. Spandex. Pedaling. Joy!

I took a nap in the middle of the day. Yeah, me. I read a book till it made me sleepy and then I napped with my dog. Awesome.

I cleaned my house. Dove into that huge pile of laundry that I’ve been tripping over for two weeks.

I worked in my yard! This weather is like electricity in my veins. I was on my knees in the dirt. Inhaling the fresh earth as I removed leaves from fall and winter. I found little green fingers reaching up for the sun. It’s almost spring, and I just can’t wait for it. I have pledged not to neglect my yard this year like I did last year.

I watched a three day online photography workshop given by one of my favorite photographers. It was inspiring and amazing and so worth the time I invested. It got my juices flowing so much that I have been forcing my friends to do portrait sessions and oh, baby! am I getting good stuff.

I finished a book that I loved reading. If you haven’t read A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, I highly recommend it. I now think of myself as two people. Pre-Million Miles In A Thousand Years Kelly, and Post-Million Miles In A Thousand Years Kelly. It was just that good. I read that one a few months ago, and it made me want to read his other book Blue Like Jazz, which is the one I just finished. I really love his writing style and his humor.

I have been cooking again, yo. I made Indian food for the first time and I LOVED it. I might post the recipe, but I didn’t take pictures, so maybe I’ll make it again. I had to do some hunting for crazy spices that my grocery store doesn’t carry, but I think it was worth the trouble. I have instituted “Adventure Night” here at our house. One night a week, we eat something new and exciting. Maybe even exotic. I thought it might be a fun way to get the boys out of their picky eating food ruts. I think it’s working because instead of pulling faces, they have been eager to see where we “travel” to for dinner.

Now that things are back to normal, I might even post more often on my blog. It just feels so good to be back to normal!
Until July when it starts all over again.

RachelThursday March 22, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Please post the Indian food recipe, Chad loves curry and the kick of Indian but I am afraid of it. If your boys liked it, maybe I can get my crew to try it too!

Anna CashWednesday March 21, 2012 - 5:53 pm

It was so good to see you the other day! So fun to catch up! You should def be riding that bike up here to have lunch! That would be awesome. :)

ElaineWednesday March 14, 2012 - 10:00 am

Awesome! I love the Adventure Night idea. You have given me so many great ideas for when I’m a mom. One family I know does that on New Years Eve. They choose a country with an earlier time zone, set all their clocks to that country, decorate, make authentic food, and play authentic games (yeah I know, probably not a real term, but you get the idea.) Then celebrate the new year and go to bed early!

AmieSaturday March 10, 2012 - 9:52 pm

This is perfectly timed because I was just thinking “I wonder what’s up with Kelly?” :)

Arrow of light


Well it’s official. The Fish is no longer a cub scout. He is a BOY scout. Which, in case you don’t know comes with better activities, and cooler uniforms.
There was a ceremony during which one of the leaders told the native american story about what the arrow of light is all about. She did a great job. Josh got to sit on a buffalo hide right up front to hear the story.


Then he got to walk across the ceremonial bridge into his ‘boyscouthood’.


The best part of the night was when they told him to give his mom a kiss. Right there in front of everyone, which is something he would rather DIE than do. But I loved it.


Soon after this event, the scouts went on the Klondike, which is a wintertime, overnight campout. It was really hard for me to send him on his way with a bunch of dudes for the whole night to sleep in tents in the dead of winter. Who would make sure he was warm enough? This is what mothers are for!

Turns out, they scored heated cabins and one of the leaders sent a text of The Fish learning to play poker. Ha! The text said, “What happens at scout camp, stays at scout camp”.
He had a great time.
And, I survived too.

RachelThursday March 08, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Woot Woot for Josh. Arrow of Light is a big deal. Scouting is the pathway to learning respect, responsibility and random jokes (which he already knows!)

KayLynnTuesday March 06, 2012 - 10:09 pm

That’s awesome Fish! Love that kiss!

Like father, Like son

I just finished a book called 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It’s the first King novel I’ve read and I loved it. It’s historical fiction, which I find fascinating, and despite the length (864 pages!) I was captivated the entire time.
It’s a story about a guy who travels back in time to stop the assassination of J.F.K. That is it in a nutshell, but there are interesting historical nuggets, a love story, and little bits of mystery and intrigue throughout to keep you turning pages.
Today on the way home from picking up Tate from school, we were talking about the latest books we’ve read and I told him that I just finished this one. He asked what it was about, so I gave a quick summary. He asked me if the guy was able to save President Kennedy, and I answered him. I won’t tell you, in case you want to read it yourself, but I will share what I told him next. I told him that every little thing this guy did in the past changed the future in some way. Even the little things, like having breakfast in a restaurant.

This led to a discussion about the butterfly effect and how every choice we make affects our future in some way. I told him the story about when I almost didn’t turn in a job application to the place where I ended up meeting Kelly D. I was seriously in my boyfriends’ car debating about whether or not I was going to apply for that job. I almost didn’t.

Tate’s mouth dropped open and he said, “But I like Dad! Would you have met him somewhere else?” I don’t know, so that’s what I told him. Maybe, I guess, but probably not. What would my life look like now? Where would I live? What would I be doing? It blows my mind to think that way.
So then Tate said, “Would I still be your son?”
Oh, now that is certain. That kid was meant to occupy a very specific place in my heart. Same with the other two.
So, I answer, “Oh, yes. For sure. But you might look different.” He thinks for a moment then says, “Well I’m glad then because dad makes me look hot.”
“Well people are always telling me I look just like Dad, and I’m glad because he looks GOOOOOD.”

I couldn’t agree more.

CamiThursday March 01, 2012 - 9:42 pm

That kid is FUNNY!!!

RachelTuesday February 28, 2012 - 9:38 pm

Tate is a cutie… I banned Stephen King after the Tommy knockers. Is this book not his typical crazy and scary plots, I’m still haunted by Tommy Knocks! But I’m a wimp for scary and you Love it!

JennySaturday February 25, 2012 - 11:30 pm

That was pretty adorable!

Famous ErinFriday February 24, 2012 - 9:52 pm

That is the best.

ElaineFriday February 24, 2012 - 6:06 pm

Haha he is too cute!! Sounds like a good book and what a great conversation.

KayLynnFriday February 24, 2012 - 10:40 am

Tate is pretty hot!! Love that kid!

KayLynnFriday February 24, 2012 - 10:37 am

Tate is pretty hot!!! Love that kid!

SylviaFriday February 24, 2012 - 6:16 am

OH I LOVE IT!!! All your boys are good lookin!! I love this post! I’ll have to read that book… you have “dangled the carrot” Thanks for the suggestion!! Love you… and all 4 of your boys! Gooooood looking family! 😀

Trusting your journey

I met a woman in Atlanta who went through a very intense personal struggle. She had cancer, and during her treatment, every possible negative side effect that could be experienced was happening to her. She became deeply depressed.
During this time, she received a note from a friend which contained these words: Trust your journey.
She told me these words were like a lifeline to her. Later, her co-worker and friend experienced a different kind of trial when her husband died leaving her with an 18 month old child. The first woman shared the message that had meant so much to her and it brought her friend comfort as well.
The two of them started a company as a way to get that message out to people who might need to hear it.

I have been thinking about those women and their message a lot since I got home.
Not all of our journey’s include the same kinds of trials and heart break, but they can all be scary at times and we can find ourselves asking why we are going through certain things. Why me? Why this? Or, we can feel unsure of change and be afraid to venture down new paths.

I remember once a couple of years ago, I wrote something on my blog about being sad. I don’t remember what I was whining about at the time, but I do remember a comment that a reader left me that I have always remembered. She said, that God has designed a rich and full experience for us all including hills and valleys. I really loved this notion. Especially the word designed. It is not just by chance that I am having the experiences that I do. It is by design. They are meant to teach me, to stretch me, or to prepare me for something in my future.

Trusting my journey, for me means making an effort to learn something of value from trials, to enjoy those thrilling hills and to trust that there is a plan in place that I may not be able to see with my limited perspective, but that will take me where I need to go.

See more about Trust Your Journey HERE. They are wonderful women!

ShaunaMonday October 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Kellie, I’m loving reading your blogs! I printed this one off to send to a favorite person you and I have in common…one day when it’s rainy and too many doors have been shut in her face, she might re-read it and say, “Augh…Kellie, how did you know?”
Love to you and your family!

ElleSaturday March 03, 2012 - 9:25 pm

I’ve come to learn this the hard way these last three years. But I take great comfort in that I’ve follow His counsel in all aspects of my life and choices. So come what may and love it! Thanks for the reminder! You’re so amazing!

Blonde ErinMonday February 27, 2012 - 12:58 am

Came to your blog and got exactly what I needed! Wisdom, perspective (this post) and a little laugh (Tate’s comment). Thanks!

CherylannFriday February 24, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Thank you for this post! I appreciate these words of wisdom. Love your blog!

KayLynnTuesday February 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm

It’s February 21st.

Famous ErinTuesday February 14, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Perfect timing on this post for me. Thank you for sharing your ever so wise words.

ChristyMonday February 13, 2012 - 10:15 am

Amen. Well put. A wonderful perspective for our journey here. Everyone is having a journey, they are all different, they all have peaks and valleys like you say. Knowing that allows for a different perspective when you deal with other, as well.

Birthday Traditions

My baby turned six yesterday. He lost his first tooth just in time for the big day.
How does it go so quickly?
We did our usual birthday traditions around here which include:

Waking up to the birthday banner hung in your honor.


Choosing the menu for dinner.


After dinner, we go around the table and tell what we love about the birthday boy.


This can be a little embarrassing.


The boys choose their birthday cake and my boys seem to choose the most random decorations that my limited cake decorating skills are shamefullly put on display for all to see. Still, though, I like them to see Mom making their cake just as they ordered it. Beck chose a layered chocolate and ice cream cake with vanilla frosting. The word ‘Beck’ and a brown squirrel on top.


Of course there are candles to blow out.


blowing candles

Next, it’s time for presents.


Such a happy part of the birthday!


Beck asked for a “spy suit”. Basically, all black from head to toe so he can sneak around outside and spy on people.


Beck was so excited for his birthday to come this year. He told me he feels older and bigger now that he’s six. I am feeling older now that he’s six too!

We love our Becker Boy so much, and our home just wouldn’t be the same without him.

AshleyMonday February 13, 2012 - 3:45 pm

That boy! This made me laugh so hard. Probably because it’s been one of those days with little laughing, which makes me even the more happier I stopped by your blog. Happy Birthday, little guy!

ElaineFriday February 10, 2012 - 6:02 pm

Oh my gosh Beck is SO CUTE!!! If I knew he was that grateful for getting slippers, I would wrap him a present everyday! It’s a wonder he’s not spoiled. And I love the squirrel, that’s too funny.

Famous ErinThursday February 09, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Oh my gosh, could he get any cuter?! We’re still on for that arranged marriage, right? These pics captured everything so perfectly. The look on his face, priceless. I love that you make their cakes, just as ordered. You are so amazing. Happy Birthday Beck!

SylviaWednesday February 08, 2012 - 11:15 pm

Nothing like the joy on the face of a 6 year old! He is so darling! In his spy wear… he looks like his daddy! Awesome kid! Happy Birthday to you!!! Yeah… share that cake recipe, why not! 😀 Loves!

RachelWednesday February 08, 2012 - 11:04 pm

Spy guy, so cool! Happy B-day Beck, you’re just as cute as the day your mama brought you home! The cake is awesome!! Send me the recipe for ice cream cake that sounds delicious.

This was funny, and SO NOT funny all at once.

Scene: Bathroom. Getting Beck (5) ready for kindergarten. I am fixing his hair into the perfect little rhino-horn just how he likes it.

Beck: “Mom. I feel like I want to say a word that I shouldn’t say.”
Me: “Well, you better not say it then.”
A quiet minute goes by.
Beck: “That’s it! I can’t resist! ……. BALL SACK!”

I swear to you, it was not my influence this time.

GregThursday February 09, 2012 - 4:13 pm

I think this temporary filter thing is genious. It allows one to remain socially acceptable just long enough to get you to a safe place where you can blurt out what you really want to say. Give him some time and he’ll add some length to his filter. Seriously, this kid is on to something.

TammyThursday February 09, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Well, if that is the worst thing he says than that’s awesome. Because to be honest, it’s quite hilarious. Love you and your family so much. You always bring a smile to my face.

KimbaMonday February 06, 2012 - 4:06 pm

OHMIGOSH. If you kept a straight face, I bow to your superiority. BALL SACK?!?! I would have died laughing! “I can’t resist!” hilarious.

HeidiMonday February 06, 2012 - 2:59 pm

OH Kelly!! I love that kid!!!

RachelMonday February 06, 2012 - 2:22 pm

ahhhh, ha ha that is so awesome. Good to see the mantle hasn’t changed the household too much! :) Perfect post for a Monday!

Famous ErinSunday February 05, 2012 - 10:09 pm

OMG!! Zak says that! Under his breath because I freak out on him! But I have mom ears, I hear everything.

HeatherSunday February 05, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Love it! That is SO funny.

memories all alone in the moonlight


This is a photo courtesy of Beck (5) who was playing with my iPhone during one of the Wednesday night activities with my Miamaids. We were making chili for a contest that was judged by our bishopric that same night. We took second place. Now, I’m not one to question the outcome of that contest, but the panel of judges included a man who has a soft spot for Spaghetti O’s. I’m just saying…

Today as I was looking for a different photo on my phone, I stumbled across a blurry series of pictures of us cooking together and it made me weepy. I am no longer their leader and it makes me super sad. I feel like they’re my girls!
I just hate it when a chapter closes. Gets me every time.

ElaineFriday February 03, 2012 - 1:37 am

Is that Danny, Sidney, and Mandy? I wish they looked more familiar to me. I miss YW!

RachelMonday January 30, 2012 - 10:05 pm

Your influence remains with them always. New chapters are good. Old chapters bring us closer and wiser over the years.

Sweat shop workers wanted

Once, I was swamped with work and was feeling completely overwhelmed by list of things to do, so what did I do? I text Shelby and said, “Hey, let’s go out to lunch and then go look for Christmas ornaments at Tai Pan.”
Which, is the exact opposite of what I should have been doing, but sometimes that is how I cope with too much work and no time to do it. I shut down.

This is what is happening right now. I am looking at Facebook, taking cell phone pictures of my dog and writing this rather boring post on my blog. Don’t tell Kelly. He thinks I’m working. And, seriously, I should be.

Speaking of working.
Around Christmas time, I read this manifesto on Facebook. And, it really struck me for a variety of reasons, but most especially because of the fact that we are small, local business owners and there are so many challenges involved with being self-employed. At the time I read this, I was feeling the squeeze of the economy and our changing industry and basically I was just scared.
I have been trying to patronize small businesses around me since then. I know I’m only one person, but still.

So, now we have this little jewelry business going and I have many large orders to fill. I can’t do it all myself. In fact, I need to be removed from the equation altogether because I need to do the designing and dealing with the business side of this little monster we’ve created. (good monster!) We found a place in New Jersey that can produce my designs, but it’s expensive and slow. We could get it done overseas, but that is just not sitting right with me. (See above.)
One night as I was laying in bed, I had the thought that if we get enough work, I could pay local people to produce it. If I teach them how to do the simple techniques, then send them home with a box of supplies and a deadline, this little jewelry business could benefit me as well as someone else.

People have told me it’s just not cost effective to do it here in the states, especially locally, but I am going to try it anyway. I think it can work. The plan is to have a training session and make a few pieces together till people have the techniques down, and then they can take home the necessary supplies to make the jewelry on their own time schedule, as long as the deadline is met. I will do quality control and pay on a per piece basis.
If you or anyone you know is interested, leave a comment or email me and I’ll get in touch with you about the details.

It’s really not going to be a sweat shop. There will be better wages and, if you sweat a lot while making jewelry, you are doing it wrong.

EmilySaturday March 31, 2012 - 7:35 pm

Don’t know if you remember me. You ordered thank you notes to send with your jewelry from me. Just in case you still need people to work for you… I’m interested and experienced in jewelry making. I’m a stay at home foster mom with the need for a creative outlet. And one that brings in a little bit of coin would be great!

RobynTuesday January 31, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Hi Kelly

I would love to help make your jewelry if you still need help. Just let me know.

Michelle MoosmanSaturday January 28, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Kelly, I’d be interested in working with you!!! Please let me know if this is something that would for you. Michelle :)

CamilaFriday January 27, 2012 - 11:23 am

Hi Kelly,
I received your information from Stacy Knight. I love your jewelry and would be interested in working for you and in learning how to make it! Please e-mail me if you are still looking for help. abcebert@hotmail.com

MarileeFriday January 27, 2012 - 10:46 am

OK, I usually follow your photography blog. Your hubby did our wedding pictures, and some of my siblings. But, my mom and two sisters are very interested!

Josh JohnsonThursday January 26, 2012 - 6:39 pm

I’d be interested, Kelly, depending on the time involved and pay rate, etc. (Oh, this is the Josh Johnson that used to be in your ward…twice. My wife is Mara.) I have my own jewelry tools, if it matters, and I can provide pieces of my own work, physical and photos, for inspection if you like.

I know I’m a late comer, but let me know: joshsoffice@gmail.com

Stacy KnightThursday January 26, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Kelly –

This is Kevin Knight’s wife Stacy. (Kevin from Fat Cat Gallery)

We are so excited things are going so well with your new adventure! We ran into Kelly at the temple a month or two ago and he said you were doing this! We are so excited for you! You are so talented!

When I read this post I just had to tell you, we have a friend – her name is Camila Ebert. Everything she touches turns out beautifully! She would be perfect to help you if you are still looking for help! I gave her your web site address and suggested she post here. She has not made jewelry before but really, she is just Fabulous and you would love her! I wanted to give you a heads up if you saw a post from her! Good luck with things! We can’t wait to see what is in store for you guys!

Famous ErinWednesday January 25, 2012 - 4:24 pm

I’m already on the list right? Did you get my resume? :)

April AnnieWednesday January 25, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Celeste and I are both interested. BTW, your “Had To Be There” story made me laugh for and entire hour. Thanks for the laugh :)

EricaWednesday January 25, 2012 - 1:10 pm

I’m interested. :)

SusanWednesday January 25, 2012 - 12:33 pm

I’m interested. I’d love to learn to make jewelry and the extra cash is a plus!

ElaineWednesday January 25, 2012 - 11:46 am

I think it’s a fabulous idea and I’m interested!

KatieWednesday January 25, 2012 - 11:20 am

Interested. I need a job. I might sweat though- I sweat easily.

AmyWednesday January 25, 2012 - 10:58 am

If you have a way to do training via the web, I’d love to help. Seriously. Let me know.

BeckyWednesday January 25, 2012 - 10:30 am

I am interested and my sister is interested!

MelanieWednesday January 25, 2012 - 12:39 am

I would be happy to help. Also my sis in law asked if you were looking for people to help you. I’m sure she is interested. So excited for you guys!

this might be a ‘had to be there’ story, but here it is anyway.

It took nearly 12 hours to set up our booth at market. It was an ambitious booth, but we wanted to make a good impression.
During our time setting up, we met all of our surrounding booth neighbors and most of them were very nice, and the rest of them were either interesting or entertaining, so all in all, a good mix of folks.
There was this one guy, Dan, who was there alone, and after getting to know him that first day, I asked him to direct me to the food establishments so that we could grab a quick lunch. He handed me a twenty dollar bill and asked if we wouldn’t mind getting him a lunch each day as well since he was stuck at his booth. No problem.
His order: Just the sandwich. No drink or sides.
So, Kelly heads off to Chick-fil-a. (headquarters in Atlanta!)

Next day, Kelly is heading out for lunch and comes back with turkey sandwiches from a deli. They were good too! But, he made a special trip to get Dan his chicken sammy from Chick-fil-a. I asked Kelly, “He wants another chicken sandwich?” Kelly said, “Yeah, I guess so.”

Ok, so now it’s day three. Kelly went a bit farther to get some yummy burritos from a mexican place. They were good too. After he delivered mine to me, he somewhat begrudgingly headed back up to Chick-fil-a to get Dan’s sandwich. Isn’t that weird? A chicken sandwich every day? That’s what I thought too.

So, day four comes. We are having pulled pork sandwiches and this time, Kelly had to wait in a huge line to get Dan’s daily chicken sandwich. At this point, the chicken run is starting to be kind of annoying. But, the guy is all alone, so what can you do?

The next day, I am going to get the lunch, so I walk over to Dan and say, “Hey Dan, I’m going to the Corner Bakery for some lunch, would you like a salad or something? Or do you want Chick-fil-a again?”
So, he says, “Oh geez. Please no more chicken. I think I’m starting to grow feathers. I don’t think I can stomach another chicken sandwich.”

Oh boy, did I laugh. And laughed and laughed. I’m laughing right now, in fact just thinking about it. Kelly had just assumed he wanted these chicken sandwiches and Dan, not wanting to seem ungrateful, kept choking them down, one after the next.

That day he got a Chinese chicken salad with all sorts of yummy things on it, including a spicy-sweet dressing and edamame.

Famous ErinTuesday January 24, 2012 - 7:56 pm

This is so funny! I can just imagine that guy watching the two of you chow down on your yummy burritos and pulled pig sandwiches. And he’s over there wondering why you get the good stuff and he just gets another freaking chicken sandwich. Bahahahaha!

RachelSaturday January 21, 2012 - 6:18 pm

Nice KD, Really nice. I’m sure the guy was just grateful for the kindness. I’m so very proud of you two, big steps and big jumps. I hope the rewards of the trip keep coming in…

CherylThursday January 19, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Oh, it hurts I’m laughing so hard and I can’t see through the tears to finish the last few sentences. Great story…..great story!!!

GregThursday January 19, 2012 - 1:40 pm

You know what they say about when we “ASSuME”? . . . This is a good story. I can only imagine Kelly D’s face when he found out.

Southern hospitality alive and well

Its true, guys. People in the south are so nice! Is nice too generic a word? Ok, how about these: helpful, friendly, polite, smiley, pleasant, chatty, personable.
But I have a question…
Why is it, that when I talk to someone with a southern accent, do I start to talk with a fake southern accent?
I keep catching myself mid-sentence and willing myself to quit because how big an idiot do I sound like?
Pretty big.
But here is the thing… I wish I could talk like that all of the time.

mollieThursday January 19, 2012 - 8:47 am

i just moved to houston from philly – i have no chance! :)

aislinnWednesday January 18, 2012 - 6:13 pm

having been raised in the South I can honestly say I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN!! It’s just a way of life down there – to treat people that way (for the most part) and to be loving and inviting – to treat everyone as your neighbor. As for the accent… you can practice it with me anytime because it is fun, isn’t it?! 😉

EricaMonday January 16, 2012 - 10:27 pm

I noticed the same thing when I lived in Florida. I had people, young men with tattoos even, treat me with more respect than I’ve ever had. Sincerely too! People in grocery stores and all over were just so helpful and friendly. I could learn a lot from them. :)

ElaineMonday January 16, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Mimicking is an inherent, subconscious kind of thing!! Basically it’s good that you do it because it means you want to empathize with these lovely, hospitable people! I learned about it in psychology. Here’s a quote from a little article about it:
‘Scientists from the University of California, Riverside, found the subconscious copying of an accent comes from an inbuilt urge of the brain to “empathise and affiliate”.’

April AnnieMonday January 16, 2012 - 10:34 am

I spent a week in Memphis with a friend and did the same thing. I know I sounded stupid but the drawl just begged to come out! Congrats on this past weekend. I hope it continues to bring you big success. Celeste and I were just saying the other day how great you are at taking your talents and making them into your dreams come true. GOOD LUCK!

April AnnieMonday January 16, 2012 - 10:30 am

I spent a week in Memphis with a friend and did the same thing. I felt really stupid but the drawl just begged to come out. I’m so happy for your success this weekend and hope it continues to bring you great things. Celeste and I were just saying the other day how great you are at making your dreams a reality.

Friday the 13th. LUCKY

Today was the first day of market. We worked our tails off all day long yesterday setting up our booth.

setting up

After we finished setting up, we had a quick dinner then headed back to the hotel to finish pricing all the product and getting our order forms ready. We didn’t get to bed until 1 am! It wasn’t bad though because at that hour, and after such a long day, everything is funny. We were laughing to the point of tears at the dumbest things, mostly the names I have given some of these jewelry pieces. Good times.

We were up bright and early this morning and headed first thing back to market. Want to see the booth? Ok, drumroll…………..


We used some old windows and a door to create this store front facade. Inside each window is a one of four different collections of jewelry I designed. Each collection was made with similar colors and materials or with the same feel so they look great together as a group.

The first one is called Route 66.


Think silver, turquoise and leather. I wrote little stories or thoughts to go with each piece so that people will have a more personal connection with the jewelry in addition to being drawn to the look. I want them to be meaningful. Here’s the intro to Route 66:

When I was in my early 20’s, I had a little red pick up truck. That truck, plus a full tank of gas was absolute freedom.
I used to go on road trips every weekend with my girlfriends. My mother gave me a McNally road atlas for my birthday, and I made a hand-tooled leather cover for it and carved the words “Live Free” on the front. It was always in the glove compartment of my little truck. We would take it out, choose a state, close our eyes and blindly point to our next destination on the map. We slept on the side of the road or in parking lots in the bed of that truck. We drove it to see bands play in small clubs, to Las Vegas, or during those bleak pre-spring weeks, we drove until we found the sun in California.
This jewelry collection is infused with that attitude and spirit. Stopping at Native American roadside jewelry stands, eating out of rest stop vending machines, wind in your hair, your favorite music on the radio, a road atlas, and of course…
a full tank of gas.

Next is Nature Inspired:

There is more inspiration for art in nature than anywhere else. Color, texture, metaphor and the changing of the seasons have inspired this collection of jewelry.
I hope that you feel my appreciation for the beauty of the earth in every single piece.


Then there’s Vintage Treasures:

I love old things. Objects that have a history are fascinating. If they could speak, they would tell tales of the lives of people that lived with and loved them. Vintage jewelry is especially close to my heart. Who wore it? Was it a gift? Where has it traveled and what has it seen?
With this collection of jewelry, I have tried to create pieces that you will be sentimental about. Pieces that look and feel like they have a history. Antiqued metals, lockets and pearls have all been used to this end. Wear them through your own life’s adventures and someday they will tell your own story.


And, lastly, I did a collection called Caribbean Getaway:

This collection of jewelry was inspired by a recent Caribbean vacation. Upon arrival, it was love at first sight. I was in love with everything I saw: water, sun, sand, shopping in street markets, even the buildings in the villages.
My hope is that you will love the colors and materials I have used in these pieces. That they will evoke the atmosphere of that magical place and that no matter where your daily grind takes you, in a corner of your mind, you’ll be somewhere in the Caribbean, a million miles away from responsibility.

caribbean jewelry

People seem to get it. They are appreciating what I have tried to do with this product and we’ve written several orders today. I hear it’s even busier on Saturday and Sunday so I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings!

joana sandersFriday January 20, 2012 - 9:39 am

oh wow, even cooler than i thought it would be. SO amazing. and i’m sure you didn’t even notice but i never texted you while i was in utah. i totally wanted to hang out but never had a free day with the wedding, sisters, grandmas, etc…next time k:)

ChadSunday January 15, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Your booth is very cool. I love each little unique display.

EricaSaturday January 14, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Amazing. :) I wish I could have them all, and I’m not even that into jewelry. You could make me like it though….

JennieSaturday January 14, 2012 - 4:06 pm

The booth looks awesome. You guys are so creative. That is such a talent – it really is. I have little to no creativity in my soul and so I truly appreciate people who have that gift. The jewelry looks great. Are some of the pieces in your etsy store as well? I would love to look at them up close – well as close as one gets in etsy. :) Good luck! I hope these last two days go well.

JulietSaturday January 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

UN*Believe*ABLE! I am fascinated by your talents! The store front theme is so cool and looks amazing! I have been thinking of you down there, going for it…looks like you have put together some beautiful pieces and themes! Good luck today.

Sharon SansomSaturday January 14, 2012 - 1:57 pm

I never fail to be amazed! As I’ve said before, “Is there anything you can’t do”? And the two of you together?—the skies the limit! Love you both, you’re in my constant prayers. LM

Amber GSaturday January 14, 2012 - 11:44 am

Wow! It looks amazing! Best of Luck!

AshleySaturday January 14, 2012 - 8:05 am

Awesome! I am blown away, you guys are so creative. What a fun, exciting thing to work on together! Hope this weekend goes great-

ElaineSaturday January 14, 2012 - 1:15 am

Wow Kelly! The final display looks extraordinary, but that’s no surprise because whatever you do you do so well. In orchestra one year our theme was “sometimes good is the enemy of great.” I think your life exemplifies this idea. Congratulations on the big orders. You are the woman!

Famous ErinFriday January 13, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Love it! I can’t wait to hear all the details. I love that you and KD were laughing to tears. Precious!

KayLynnFriday January 13, 2012 - 10:40 pm

Everything looks so good. The Fish and I were reading this post together and he told me that I read too slow. I told him that I was savoring the moment and taking it all in. You’ve really done an excellent job. Good Luck tomorrow! The “Circus” is great!

RachelFriday January 13, 2012 - 9:46 pm

The booth and the jewelry is beautiful, no stunning. You have such a gift and a talent to find beauty, to create beauty and embrace beauty. The market people are lovin’ you.

HeatherFriday January 13, 2012 - 9:14 pm

You amaze me. If only I had a smidgen of your talent, ambition &I energy. Go get em’!

ChristyFriday January 13, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Woot! Way to sell you two. Can’t wait to hear tomorrows success.

Kim EFriday January 13, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Wow on this post and the previous two as well! I miss you Mrs, and BISHOP Sansom and am happy life is being so good to you. I stalk you often, and you just don’t know it. Am sad we didn’t make it out to dinner before he became bish. Now where will all his extra time on his hands go? Take care can’t wait to see you in the stores! Looks like Anthropologie stuff to me. Well done!

HeidiFriday January 13, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Man, they all look so beautiful!!! You are so talented!!

This little piggy went to market

Helllllllooooo from Atlanta!
Long day of traveling, but we arrived here and had just enough time to head over to where the market is held and find out booth space.
I took a picture of it’s skeleton because see that sign hanging there that says Boutique? That means we got into the section we wanted, but thought we didn’t get into. SO happy about that. It’s a juried section, which means you have to apply, and be approved to be in there. They are also more picky about how the booth spaces look too.


We found our space and were relieved to find that our 600 pound eagle (box O’ stuff that we shipped) was intact and exactly where it was supposed to be. We began setting up tonight, but will finish tomorrow. Ours is a shallow 4′ deep but 25′ wide. Wait till you see what we have planned for it!

We walked around to check out some of the other vendors and found the center of the building which Kelly referred to as the Borg Collective. Do you know what that is? No? Ok, how about this: It also looks like that scene from Star Wars where Luke is fighting with Darth Vader and he finds out he’s his father (Luuuuuke…I am your faaaaaaather) and then almost falls off that balcony into endless space.
Why don’t I just show you the photo I snapped with my phone then.


I am a tiny, little fish in that giant pond. Look at that! I couldn’t even get all the floors in the photo. Oh, and this is only one of three buildings. It is an intimidating scene. But, Kelly is all pumped up about it, so it’s rubbing off. I always feel freaked out whenever I do anything like this. Boutiques, bridal expos, you name it. It’s like setting up a booth and sitting there asking people to like you. It’s brutal. But, exciting too. I will focus on that.

Lastly, I will leave you an iPhone photo of Kelly D. on the longest escalator I have ever seen. It is at the Peachtree subway station and goes straight into the earth’s core. I think the walls are actual bedrock, or magma, or wait, what’s in the center of the earth?


ChristyThursday January 12, 2012 - 9:30 am

Very Exciting! Gonna be great!

KayLynnThursday January 12, 2012 - 7:13 am

WOW! That place is huge! Can’t wait to see how your space turns out! I’m very excited!

joana sandersThursday January 12, 2012 - 7:00 am

wow that looks awesome! i can’t wait to see your display. btw, i’ll be in utah next week- if you’re not still in atlanta lets hook up! i’ll text you. good luck!!!

RachelWednesday January 11, 2012 - 11:04 pm

oh… I am so excited for this new adventure for you both! Kelly, your work is amazing!! Have a little fun people watching too :)

Lisa BarlowWednesday January 11, 2012 - 10:57 pm

Good luck! You’ll be great!! You and Kelly are a great team and your product rocks.

JennieWednesday January 11, 2012 - 10:41 pm

You guys! How exciting. I can’t wait to see pics of the set-up. I LOL’d at the Borg Collective. I wouldn’t say I’m a trekie. But I do have to admit we watched quite faithfully during the Jean Luc and Data years. Anywhoooo…. so glad you arrived safe and sound. Have a great trip. I hope it is very successful! Good luck!

TristenWednesday January 11, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Have so much fun in Atlanta. I love it there! I’m pretty sure I have been on that exact escalator, and believe me, your picture is much better than any of mine of it. It is forever long!! Have fun and good luck!