• Posts Tagged ‘Blog Love’

    A Holiday Party Gets Me Every Time

    by  • December 20, 2013 • Blog Love


    There’s a big story here. It’s about this swell lady, Elizabeth, pictured above. She makes gorgeous necklaces. Also pictured above. And those necklaces need a little lookbook. So Elizabeth threw a party. And this is it.


    So, a few bloggers got together to set the scene for a festive afternoon. And what’s a party without a hashtag? It was decided that it’d be #ECSHoliday. And the party was on.


    There were lots of photos.


    Lots of flowers.


    And lots of fabulous necklaces. Which we all grabbed to get the party going.


    And then we each grabbed a drink. The Blogger Bellini. Perfectly poured by Kate.


    And we drank them under the prettiest garland. Expertly strung by Janee.




    Elizabeth makes these great bangles too. I was half tempted to run away with this lettered one. But Fenway, the belle of the ball, probably could have caught up with me.



    The necklaces were the stars of the party, but the food came in a close second.


    Alaina made a delicious rosemary, bacon and white bean dip. I brought a tasty spinach and artichoke dip.


    Kate share these super brie and jam pinwheel bites.


    Ana brought a delightful Brazilian dish, brigadeiro. Tasting is believing.




    I’ll be sharing my recipe, as seen here, next week.


    Amanda brought her amazing sense of humor and this beautiful caprese salad.



    And Alex whipped up these tasty peppermint whoopie pies. (As tasty as they are cute.)


    The baubles were the stars though. So, don’t forget to check them out.


    (Special thanks to our hosts Elizabeth & Fenway! It was wonderful sipping and socializing in your lovely home!)


    Reasons To Blog Get Me Every Time

    by  • December 3, 2013 • Blog Love



    Sometimes, when I’m not blogging often, I think about why I started this blog in the first place. It was to create a place where I could write, and write just for me. You can read more about that, if you’re so inclined.

    While the reason I started this blog was to write more hasn’t changed, it has evolved into reasons. Tonight, I’ll see some of my “blogging friends” and they’re another one of the reasons I keep blogging—the community, as in anything, keeps me going. One of those bloggers is Alex, who was the inspiration for this post, actually. (Thanks, girl. See ya soon!) Like Alex, I too like to write to commemorate events, remember trips and document life.

    Also, I’ve figured out, and maybe this is what that mentor was trying to get at all along, that when I’m personally creatively satisfied, it’s easier to be creative at work. I’m fortunate that I have many creative outlets, but when trying to write professionally, the words always flow more easily when I’ve gotten my own words out of the way.

    Lastly, I blog for you guys, my readers. Whether that’s one or 1,000. I blog to keep in touch, to share what’s new in my life with friends and family across the country/world. So, if I haven’t mentioned it recently, thanks for reading. Thanks for keeping me going.

    PS. I found that great quote, but I had to look up the author too. Looks like I might add Anais Nin to my reading list.

    Playing Tag Gets Me Every Time

    by  • November 15, 2013 • About Kelly, Blog Love

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    So, last week, my bloggy friend, Elizabeth, “tagged” me in a post of hers. I put it off until the end of this week, but for good reason, I assure you. See all those animals? Well, they’re not going to paint themselves. And I’ve got a craft show coming up people. But without further ado, a little game of tag to lighten the mood.

    tulips. without a doubt.

    the most is my kitchen. the least is our master closet!!

    Book. book. book. All the books I have read recently have to do with JFK. More on that here.

    Ever vegetable dish there is. I can’t get enough recently. Not that we’re complaining.

    black, please. and often.

    I miss dance class. And my girls. That’s not so much about school, but about those years. That was a magical time.

    Dave Matthews Band at Fenway, mostly because of the setting though.

    of course!

    I quickly look through the flash sale (Gilt, One Kings Lane, etc) apps on my phone. I hardly ever buy anything off those sites because I think they’re a rip off unless you’re buying the super lux stuff. But I do love to look.


    OK! Now I’m tagging two ladies who I would love to see back to a little blogging, Beckie & Brigette; a dear friend, Emily, who I challenge to work this into a blog post; and one Boston Blogger, Anna, who I missed at the fall party and I hope is making it to the Holiday get together. Thanks for the fun, Elizabeth!

    P.S. Elizabeth makes these great necklaces which I just can’t keep to myself any longer. Check them out.

    Influenster Gets Me Every Time

    by  • October 26, 2012 • Blog Love

    If you follow me on Instagram (@copykelly ) then you might have seen this photo over the summer. I signed up for Influenster and almost immediately got my first “VoxBox,” which is a cute package full of samples of new products. This was a “beauty box” but there are mom boxes, health boxes and more.

    Recently, Influenster relaunched their site with a redesigned, reimagined method of rewarding all that online social time we all seem to racking up. You can earn badges for your expertise in an area, such as beauty, or just for being in a certain life stage, such as college student.

    In their own words…

    The Influenster Makeover brings all new changes to this trendsetting community. Reviews, Influenster Scores, Public Profiles, LifeStage & Expert Badges, and Invite-Only Membership to name just a few changes.

    The new site is clean, minimalist and easy to use. It does take a while to complete all the surveys to earn your badges, but I have a feeling it’s going to pay off big time with a fantastic VoxBox or two. There are also brand challenges to unlock which can give you a higher score which unlocks more perks. But again, it all takes time.  In the end, I think you probably get out how much you put into Influenster.

    Are you a member of Influenster? If you like to try products as they’re released, you can sign up today at Influenster.


    ** I was not paid or perked (yet) to write this particular post about Influenster. All opinions are my own. **

    The Wide World of Crafting Gets Me Every Time

    by  • October 2, 2012 • Blog Love

    Not too long ago I shared the story of my coworker/friend/fellow blogger, Emily of The Great Wide Open. Well, recently, Emily stopped by the official Toyidermy workshop (aka, my apartment) to see if crafting might be her next great passion in life. Above you can see she is hard at work. But, no worries. It wasn’t all business. Now, stop reading my blog and go see what she has to say on her blog.

    Thanks for stopping by, Emily!

    Tumblr Gets Me Every Time

    by  • June 26, 2012 • About Kelly, Blog Love

    Hey, what happened to Monday? While I’m off to find it, I thought I’d alert you to some other content I’m filling the interwebs with over on my fave micro blogging platform, Tumblr.

    At my place of employment I’m the lone girl on the totem pole on my small team of seven. That’s right. One v Six. I can handle them though, without a doubt. But, it probably goes without saying that they sometimes speak their own language. So, we’ve dubbed those moments, The Broments of Truth, which is the title of that fun little blog.

    The second little place on the web that I’m sharing is Purrspectives, which is Louise’s blog. I know I’ve told you about her and her blog before, so make sure to go see what she’s up to from time to time to stay up to date.

    My last little slice of tumblr is my personal photo blog. There I share my Instagram photos to give my friends and family a small glimpse into my everyday. If you’re on Instagram, follow me there, I’m @copykelly. (Mom, Instagram is this free photo sharing app. You can download it for your phone too. Then post pictures of the cat. I do. xo)

    Are you on tumblr? If so, give me a follow at any one of the three above locations. It’s a fun, non-committal way to share some love for all that I love. Can’t wait to hear from you over there and follow you right back.

    The Great Wide Open Gets Me Every Time

    by  • June 21, 2012 • Blog Love

    | all photos courtesy The Great Wide Open |

     So, it’s like this. You see some of the same people, day in, day out, and you hardly know anything about them. Then there’s this moment when you realize your common link. That’s what happened a couple weeks ago for my coworker, Emily, and I when we both arrived at the Boston Bloggers June event.

    Now, enough about our little moment. Let me tell you about Emily’s blog, The Great Wide Open. I’ll break it down for you. Emily used to be a writer but isn’t anymore and she’s searching for her life’s next passion (I think we can all relate to this.) In order to find it, Emily has opened herself up to a wealth of possibilities and is documenting them every step of the way.

    Most recently, she tried her hand at bee keeping (above). She has an extended love affair happening with upholstery. She’s even concocted a home brew and bottled her own beer. Perhaps one of the most impressive is this death-defying trapeze act. (Click through to see how she got along!)

    But get this, Emily is also open to suggestions. Some of the past suggestions that she’s getting leads and following through on include fly-fishing and being a pedicab driver. Rumor has it there may be some collaboration with yours truly soon too.

    Go over and check out The Great Wide Open and all Emily’s adventures. If I were embarking on such a project, I think I would start with something like sailing or painting. What about you? What would you fearlessly dice head first into? What should Emily try next?

    Definitions Gets Me Every Time

    by  • June 12, 2012 • Blog Love, Boston Love

    Boston Bloggers June Event @ Anthem Kitchen

    I know, as a writer, words and definitions are supposed to be my thing, right? But just hear me out, and help me out, please.

    Last week I went to a wonderful Blogger Meet & Greet Event at Anthem in Faneuil Hall. I met quite a few new bloggers and there are tons I didn’t meet that I hope to meet next time too! (Big thanks to Katy and Alison for hosting.) I even met one of my coworkers who blogs. There’s close to 500 of us in the office, so I’ve seen her, but didn’t know her, give me a break.

    So, why do you care? Well, the first questions you’re asked at this type of event are:

    What do you blog about? What’s your blog about? Bloggity-Blog wha?!

    OK. So, maybe I made the last one up. But, here’s where I’m hoping you guys might chime in and help. I say I’m a personal blogger who write about all sorts of things—but that doesn’t do much in explaining what “Gets Me Every Time.”

    So, let’s give Kelly’s blog a catchphrase. I’ll start with a few ideas, seeing as I’m the writer and all. Then, you guys add your own, or tell me which one you like. Or, maybe I don’t need one at all? Ready to help? OK!

    - Daily Obsessions of Day-to-Day Life
    - Diary of a DIY Dancer
    - DIY, Dancing, Dishes & The Day-to-Day from Boston
    - Dancing My Way Through Delicious, Crafty Goodness

    Now, it’s your turn… there, in the comments. (pretty please?)

    Four Day Weeks Get Me Every Time

    by  • June 1, 2012 • Inspiration

    *In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips*

    Another week come and gone. Four day weeks are always a treat because it’s like Friday comes one day early. As we in the Boston area prep for another six days of rain, we’ll be cheering on the Celtics tonight as they try to rally against the Heat. (Go Celts!)

    Some links for the weekend:

    I always love this blog (and this family is so cute), and today’s outfit post was so lovely.

    As the above quote mentions, friends are important, just ask Beckie.

    The cookie in the above actually is as big as the plate. It’s from our wedding. We ate it Tuesday night, as we celebrate our anniversary. It was actually tasty too!

    This weekend will be full of crafty goodness for the shop. Check it out. What are your weekend plans?

    Epicenter Gets Me Every Time

    by  • March 14, 2012 • Blog Love, Inspiration, Link Love

    This is a long overdue post about Epicenter located in Green River, Utah. Where is Green River, Utah you ask? Well, lucky for you, I’ve got an illustration.

    This illustration and all the hand-drawn & hand-written goodness comes to me direct from the fine folks at Epicenter. Just this week I received a beautiful piece of snail mail from them and I just had to share it and all the info I could drum up about the great work they are doing in our country. The informational mailer was produced on newsprint and folded into the cutest square piece. (I really can’t get enough of the printed goods.) I’ve receive many beautiful pieces from Epicenter in the past. (Psst… they’ve got graphic design skills that are up for your grabs folks!)

    Now, the reason I know so much about the Epicenter is because one of my dearest lifelong friends, Maria, started the organization with a group of her college friends. I’m lucky enough to receive printed materials from the pioneers of Epicenter quite often—holiday cards, pamphlets, postcards and the like. More on that in a moment. First, a word about Epicenter from the Epicenter themselves:

    EPICENTER serves as an affordable housing and small business resource center for Green River, Utah, by acting as a Habitat for Humanity Satellite Office, USDA Rural Development Resource Center, Business Expansion and Retention Resource Center,Utah Department of Workforce Services Information Center, Cottonwoods on the Green Apartments Management Office, & creative design studio.

    Now, maybe that doesn’t seem like a huge deal to you, but did you see that drawing up there? The FIRST EVER Habitat for Humanity House in Green River. They did that! Let me add some context. The average annual household income in Green River is less than $30,000. Now, the cost of living may be lower than where you live, but this number still leaves about 15% of the town’s small population under the poverty line. Epicenter is making a difference.

    If you want to help my friends make a difference in our country, and possibly get some of this great mail like I do, there are a few ways you can get involved. One, as the above shows, is by making the trip to Green River yourself. If you want to be on the Frontier, go to designonthedottedline.com to learn more. Or, if you can’t do that, at least educate yourself about a part of our country you may not know about. And, if you feel so inclined, make a donation, or pick up some Rural gear from Epicenter’s ETSY:

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    (PS. Thanks, Maria, for all you do for your community! I’m grateful to have passionate friends like you making a difference in our country.)