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Sun and Surf

March 21st

I promised my friend Sue two years ago when she visited that I’d sew her an Amy Butler Sun and Surf halter.

March 2016

And, two years later — it is done. (This project was so easy. I just dragged my feet getting started and I am so happy it is done because it was easy! And now I’ll make more.)

Sun and surf halter for Sue March 2016 www.africankelli.com #caok16

Sun and surf halter for Sue March 2016 www.africankelli.com #caok16

Do you have tips and tricks to keep yourself from procrastinating? I’d love to hear them.

~K

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On the Flip Side

March 9th

February 2016

February 2016

February 2016

This pillow is spring on one side, and Valentine’s on the other. And, I’m done making pillows for a while. Time to find a new project to tackle!

 

~K

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Where Bibliophiles Lay Their Heads

February 22nd

For a bibliophile friend.  CAOK 2016 February 2016 Mesa, AZ www.africankelli.comBook Pillow for Jen

Book Pillow for Jen

Book Pillow for Jen

Book Pillow for Jen

 

My long-time blogging friend Jen recently switched jobs and homes. She is an avid reader and I’d long had my eye on this pattern. I thought it was the perfect time to try a book pillow. I asked Jen for a couple of her favorite authors and embroidered their names on the books. (I tried my hardest to copy the fonts, which is really tricky.)

I’m really happy with how this came out.

CAOK 16

~K

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Calculated Acts of Kindness 2016

February 10th

Here we are, again — the first day of Lent and therefore the first day of Calculated Acts of Kindness (CAOK.) The idea behind the campaign is simple: during the next 46 days, complete random kind acts. They can be simple (dragging your neighbor’s trash can back up off the curb) or more complicated (donating time and supplies to a local shelter.) One year, Finny picked up left-behind/lazy-owner dog poops on walks with her dog.

If you decide to participate, please tag your posts on social media with #caok16. It will be fun to highlight your creative ways of making the world a bit kinder. Join the Flickr group here. 

To be clear: this is not a secretive method of evangelizing. You do not need to be of a specific faith to participate. Instead, it is a time of the year when I find spiritual peace by intentionally spreading kindness (and encourage others to participate.)

For ideas, check out a few of the previous year’s photo sets or posts here:

Thoreau

CAOK 2014

#3 CAOK Birthday treats

 

CAOK #5

Hannah

I will continue to post ideas during Lent. Thank you for participating!

~K

 

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CAOK 2015

February 18th

Sedona hiking + Valentines weekend 2015

Ash Wednesday is when Christians are metaphorically reminded how brief this life is. We are made of dust and will one day return to dust. And while it may look silly to have the black mark of ash on your forehead today, this time of year is what it is all about. Sure, Christmas gets the lights and the presents and the hype — but Jesus’ 40 days the desert leading to Easter defines our faith. (As does the Easter story.)

40 days is both exceedingly long if you make lent about what you are “sacrificing” or a quick few weeks if you consider adding a new attitude. Calculated Acts of Kindness (CAOK) is a campaign I’ve led for the last few years to encourage others to use these 40 days as a time to give to others. Do it in huge, self-congratulatory ways. Do it anonymously. I don’t care. But make the next few weeks brighter for those around you. Practice kindness and love by picking up litter, donating to the food bank, complimenting the cranky admin assistant.

I’m doing it too. I promise.

If you want ideas — I’ve placed a few here, including some great quotes. And I’ll be posting a daily idea on twitter, and when possible to match — on instagram.

There is no need to be of a specific faith, or have faith, to participate. If there is one thing all humans should be able to agree upon, it is that we could use some additional kindness in our world.

with love,

Kelli

 

P.S. I’d love to hear how you participate!

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Beaches and Bunny Boomerangs

August 12th

Southern California

Southern California

Southern California

Southern California

Southern California

 

Kindness is a bunny boomerang — send a bit out in the world, and watch it come back in droves. A good friend is spending some time in Europe with her family. She offered months ago to let me stay in their home, near the southern California coast, while they were away. As such, I spent the weekend with my sweetheart and a couple little ones playing in the sand, soaking up foggy mornings and bright, windy afternoons. Watching the lifeguards run through the shallows. Shooing away pesky birds from our pile of chips and crackers, crumbling in the salty air.

Southern California

We cooked. We played countless hands of Apples to Apples. We ate carne asada burritos and marveled at how everything tastes better when eaten outside. We slept with the windows open, dreaming for far too many hours, lounging as the sun came up. We watched Rio 2 and giggled at the dancing birds. We spent a few days doing nothing other than loving each other and our surroundings. It was wonderful!
Southern California

We could have done some of this from a hotel, but the comfort of a home made the trip luxurious. A kindness I won’t soon forget.

~K

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About those pencil pouches…

August 5th

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They are in progress. All 20-plus of them. I love this sort of piece work, but it is time intensive. I’m also newly assigned to a big project at work (yay!) and am preparing for a long weekend on the beach (double yay!) So, I haven’t forgotten y’all. Hang in there with me.

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I am giving this project an hour a day — to keep it fun, and something I’m looking forward to. Also this week:

xo,

K

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Bows

June 24th

Key lime pie cupcakes

Key lime pie cupcakes

Key lime pie cupcakes

More summer baby gifts for the trio of girls born this spring.

~K

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CAOK

March 17th

CAOK 2014

Birthday cookies for a barista; she and her colleagues were very pleased to be receiving baked goods for a change.

CAOK 2014

 

 

St. Pat’s scarf for a fellow scarf lover.

CAOK 2014

CAOK 2014

 

Encouragement gift for a friend who has made a commitment to get back to the gym. Always easier when you have a dedicated gym makeup bag.

CAOK 2014

 

And since I had the sewing machine out, (woo! she’s back from the shop!) a couple other toiletry bags stuffed with goodies for friends.

Calculated Acts of Kindness continues. See more ideas here.

~K

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CAOK 2014

March 6th

This week, I’ve had three unexpected acts of kindness fall into my lap. As I mentioned, Duda produced a flat of tomato transplants for the tiny garden that could. My childhood friend, and vet, Ryan pulled a gently used dog kennel out of a closet for me so I wouldn’t have to come up with another $100 at the pet store. And a friend’s father swooped in when shower fixtures went on strike in my master bathroom.

These friendships are lengthy; I’ve invested time in them, but rarely am I able to give to these three as they give to me. Sometimes life is lopsided in your direction and your only job is to take it in, be thankful and try to help someone else along the way.

Phoenix in February

Lent began yesterday, as did this year’s Calculated Acts of Kindness kickoff. CAOK is a yearly thing we do around here. A quick tutorial:

What CAOK is:

  • 40 days between Lent and Easter to do nice things for other people
  • A way to share those kind acts, banking them as inspiration for others regardless of faith. All faiths promote helping those in need and being kind.
  • A time to think about the goodness in your life, and how you can spread it a bit to others
  • A perspective reset. (“Boo hoo, life sucks. My home is falling apart,” transforms to, “Man I am lucky to have someone help me fix this. And it is going to be better than it was!” And let’s agree on this one point: showers fixtures/chewed up baseboards/falling over patio walls are not worth crying about.)
  • A time to make your friends some really ridiculous, ill fitting gifts and later be surprised to see they actually love them:

CAOK #5

What CAOK is not:

  • A Bible beating way to brag about your faith. Thank you, no.
  • A way to brag about your great, most awesome acts of kindness. Again – not the point. I’d hope you would take a photograph and share them, but this is not self-congratulatory so much as inspirational. There are a lot of people who play along. We’ve had CAOK entries from 6 continents! You never know how your idea will be interpreted to make someone else happy.
  • Anything other than just being a nice way to mark the next few weeks.

Any questions?

This year, I’m lucky to have some friends willing to champion the campaign on their blogs too. Check out Aimee, Sarah and Shana’s sites for their perspectives on lent, faith and CAOK.

I hope you’ll join in too. Photos go here. Leave ideas in the comments. Know that I’m casting a wide net this year and hope to reach many of you one way or another with a good deed.

Carry on, friends. The world can use your extra kindness.

xo,

Kelli

 

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