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Christmas Roundup

January 3rd

Christmas 2015

This holiday season was a blur. Like many, we ran from one event to another — wrapping gifts and mailing letters as we could. It was wonderful and I wish we could do it again. The time included a quick trip to Texas to see my folks, wearing antlers, of course.

Christmas 2015

The same antlers made it on more than one hike with friends too. I was happy to see so many friends come home to Arizona for Christmas, many who wanted to hit the trails and enjoy the weather while they could. We hiked a LOT in the last two weeks.

Christmas 2015

My Christmas wish this year was for us all to wake up in Christmas jammies and enjoy breakfast together. Everyone participated happily. I even caught Z wearing his snowmen pants later in the week. Willingly. !

Christmas 2015

I read this beast of a novel during the last couple of weeks too. What a great story! I loved this, and am looking for her other books too. 4/5 bananas, absoloodle.

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

And there was a bit of sewing and handmade gifts this year. This is for my niece Alexis, who very well may play women’s soccer professionally one day. She is such a sweet kid too.

I hope your holidays were full of happiness and time with the ones you love!
~K

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Merry and Bright!

December 15th

Happy Christmas and 2016!

Wishing you and your family the best in 2016! I hope your holidays are full of great food, time with those you love, and peace.

See you in the New Year.

 

xo,

K

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Hey Vanna

September 1st

August Crafting

August Crafting

August Crafting

August Crafting

 

I’m a sucker for that stack of new crafting books at any retail store. Even though most have the same ideas recreated with the latest cute fabrics, there are times a new project grabs me. I’ve never sewn applique, or used a dresden plate. So, when I saw a pattern for this pillow and have a friend who is soon going on Wheel of Fortune, I knew the combination was perfect.

I’d learn something new and be able to give a ridiculous good luck gift.

The pillow is still in process. See how that circle is a bit wonky? I need to work on the template. And I’m going to sew a zipper along one edge to hold in the pillow. I have wanted to do quilted pillows for a while. Log cabins, etc. I think a quilted pillow is a charming gift — something you can easily tailor to the recipient. And one quirky pillow on a couch or chair adds a pop of color and a story.

~K

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What We Hold Dear

June 23rd

Moved!

Look, there is nothing great about moving during a heat wave in Phoenix. Nothing. The silver lining on this one is sweaty — a damp, humid, hot and quickly cranky perspective. There is nothing like working outside in 110-plus weather to make me want to cry. In a pool. With something frozen to drink in my hand.

At one point, I drove to Costco just to stand in the produce freezer. Seriously. I stood there among the two-pound plastic clam shells full of blueberries and spinach, soaking in the cool until the goosebumps on my arms rivaled cherry tomatoes. My teeth chattered. I skipped back to my car.

But here is the thing: precisely no one thinks I deserve a pity party for deciding to move in June in the desert. So, grab a cool drink, slap on some SPF 45 and rest in the shade — I’m am delivering the bit of good I’ve gathered from the last week.

Moved!

1. Organizing. This is every organized person’s delight. I spent three hours on Sunday consolidating spices and singing along while I worked. (There were no blue birds singing along, but their joy was present.) Also, I made a gardening chart for the new owners of my Tempe home. They are gardeners, and I wanted to emphasize a few critical points: NO MIRACLE GROW. And, PLEASE WATER.

2. Minimizing. My realtor mentioned she was happy there wasn’t much clutter when listing the Tempe home. And while I’d love fall over patting myself on the back, there was still so, so much to give away to Goodwill. Do you read this minimalist blog? I am enjoying it, and learning to live with far less.

Moved!

3. Prioritizing. There are items I own that I love, and I can’t precisely explain why. Milk glass, for example, holds a kitschy, country chic spot in my heart. And there are those items that I simply will not do without. My mom’s quilts are at the top of that list. I am loving matching linens to beds with freshly laundered quilts in this new home. (Everything is remarkably more colorful.)

Moved!

4. And of course — love! Why else would you move in June? Love, man! Lots and lots of love. But that is another post entirely.

Back to the unpacking. The “we’ve moved” cards have been ordered. If we regularly exchange letters, you’ll likely see one in your mailbox mid-July.

Hope you are well, friends!

~K

 

 

 

 

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I Like My Changes by the Boatload. Or Uhaul-load.

June 3rd

So, my home is on the market, I’m shopping for a new car and roles and responsibilities at work are ever-changing. But more importantly — the thing I’m scared to even discuss in fear that just mentioning it may ruin it (VOLDEMORT) — a publishing company has expressed initial interest in my second novel.

Peach Springs Trip

There.

Phew.

I wrote it.

The world has not ended.

I’ve been talking about that a bit with friends and family and thought it was only fair to share here too. You, my dear blog internet friends far and wide, are the reason the first book did so well. (Have I thanked you for that lately? Thank you!) So, you should be among the first to know that the second may actually be available in your local bookstore. Or, if dreams come true — your local bookstore and library.

Things are busy over here. I’m not ignoring you or this space. I’ve had less I’ve wanted to share, which is entirely another post about maturation in the times of blogs. I also have more of a public role thanks to my job and don’t want my underwear hanging on the line for all the world to see. Figuratively. Literally, I’m still using my clothesline, which is awesome when it is 107 out because everything dries before your eyes.

So, friends. Hang in there with me. I am ever thankful for the many friendships I made through this site. And I’m looking forward to sharing more of the great details of all these new adventures soon.

Now, it is time to return to my new apparent favorite hobby in my 30s: peak of summer packing and moving. You would think two cross country moves, and a cross-state line move all in the last 4 years, of course all during summer months, would have made me a winter moving fan.

What it has taught me instead is life unfolds exactly as it is meant to.

xo,

Kelli, and a very petulant Willie Nelson Mandela

 

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Easters!

April 6th

A few crafty endeavors for the recently holiday:

Easter crafts

Easter crafts

Easter crafts

Easter crafts

Easter crafts

 

I got the idea for bunny bags here. 

Easter crafts

Easter crafts

Easter crafts

 

And I used this recipe for bath bombs in a painted repurposed Truvia box.  Both were well received!

~K

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When life hands you far too much freaking citrus

March 24th

This week

Juice those lemons and freeze them into ice cube trays. Place one of these at the bottom of a glass. Fill the next 3/4ths with a good seltzer water and ice and then top with a generous splash of Hendricks.

I like to call this lovely warm weather cocktail, a Finnberg.

~K

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Love that man

March 2nd

Someone had a birthday this weekend. And we celebrated! A glimpse:

Birthday love

Birthday love

 

Jason's birthday brunch

Jason's birthday brunch

Jason's birthday brunch

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I love brunch season. Any excuse to get a bunch of folks I love around a table, sitting outside, enjoying food and laughter — sign me up.

~K

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Sedona Adventure

February 20th

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Last weekend, we rented one of these — a Tomkat  — and spent a few hours going like ‘Merican maniacs up and over rocks to see parts of Sedona we’d never trekked on foot.

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Of course I was completely inappropriately dressed for such an adventure. Note: if you are off to “off road,” don’t wear a new white linen blouse and white Chuck Taylors. You will come home with dust in your ears and taste Sedona’s notorious red sand through dinner.

On the other side: it was way, way more fun than I anticipated. We saw a natural bridge, visited a giant sink hole and a historic cabin. And we spent several glorious hours outside with the kids with minimal complaint. It was a delightful day.

~K

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Valentine’s Day Love

February 19th

Cooking for those I love is one of my greatest joys. A glimpse of our Valentine’s:

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Heart shaped eggs and waffles for breakfast; mushroom ravioli, grilled rib eyes, pickled red onions, kale caesar salad and creme brulee for dinner — on the patio, under the most beautiful mesquite tree in town. And dang it, I never remember to take a photo of plated food. These photos don’t look like 6 hours of cooking, but it happened. And I loved every moment.

~K

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