Tag: Weekend Roundup

The Internet Gets Me Every Time | Dec. 4th Ed.

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The world is a crazy, scary place that we shouldn’t ignore, but when it gets so bad, I try to bury myself in good things.

1 | The 50 (new) healthiest foods
2 | Trending: Gifts in a jar that are super cute and easy to put together
3 | Your adult siblings may be the secret to a long healthy life
4 | Pantone announced it’s colors of the year and they’re soft and dreamy
5 | A gift guide for the DIYer as told by my girl, Prim & Propah

Hold your loved ones close this holiday season, friends.

Slow Sunday Links Get Me Every Time

I’ve been doing lots of writing over the past week. Lots of writing about things that have happened. Things I’m thinking. Things I’m feeling. Where this blog is going. Where I’m going. Some will be easier to share than others. But for today. As we finally descend into a chilly fall here in Boston, just some links. enjoy.

How to save fresh herbs because I can never use all the herbs

Knowing the before & after sides of the internet with thanks to Beckie

Best of the best background downloads because pretty things

How to up your tea game which I’m totally down for this winter

This piece on infant loss & bereavement because statistics are people, not numbers 

Secrets of adulthood and I am ALL about #6 this fall

Slow Sunday Links Get Me Every Time

A really slow Sunday here as I’m just now getting around to sharing my links from the week. In reality. It’s anything but slow. We’ve installed a car seat, picked up our CSA and now, football. But, for halftime…

Get your snack on, speaking of football.

Reminder of what to do around the house as our minds are a little preoccupied these days. 

Uncle Gene dancing with himself brings the biggest smile to my face.

A nice reminder for my blogger friends because it’s just blogging after all. 

My friend Molly featured some Toyidermy on her blog and I’ve got a few place card holder sets left. If you’re so inclined, hit me up.

 

Lazy Sunday Links Get Me Every Time

Succulents - Get Me Every TimeI’ve been saving these links for you guys for quite some time. I know, I’m sure you’ve been waiting. Apologies if you’ve seen them already or they’re old news.

Common cooking conversions because how much is a handful? 

How to make your own pet pop art you know I totally want to make Louise pop. 

How to make Iced Coffee better tis the season, after all. 

A simple(-ish) succulent hanging garden just lovely.

10 creative Instagram accounts to follow even though I love your selfies.

No-churn vanilla ice cream because Martha. and last weekend of “summer.” 

How to take/edit better iPhone photos who carries their real camera these days? 

A glitter resin countertop in the dining room because you so fancy, we already know.

A ninja turtle party because my nephews are obsessed. 

How to be a grown-ass woman as I think I should probably start thinking about that any day now. 

Sausage cheddar muffins will freeze nicely, I think. 

 

Friday Links Get Me Every Time

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I’ve been researching all types of diet fads recently (not for weight loss but overall feeling better) and this documentary (trailer above) on all the added sugar in our food caught my eye.

No matter what aspect of you or your life you’re looking to improve, here is the secret to getting feedback you can actually use.

These toasted ravioli look like an easy and tasty appetizer for an Italian dinner party.

I love birthdays. And countdowns. Bam. This is both.

I’ve recently been participating in a “100 day writing challege,” more on that soon, and this daily writing prompt site and ebook of 365 daily prompts seems like it might be two good sources to go to any time I feel “stuck” with writing.

Here’s hoping your weekend is fabulous. We’ll be celebrating love at a friend’s wedding and doing some stuff around the house. Go out and do something fun, will you?

The Craft House (Part 3) Gets Me Every Time

CraftHouse30If you’ve seen part 1 and you’ve seen part 2, you’re probably wondering what we made while I enjoyed a weekend in the beautiful Craft House. As I mentioned, the house was inspiring as snippets of projects hung throughout the home.

CraftHouse31The stock of supplies also helped up dream up new ideas, even creating a need for a run to the local Wal*Mart. A “craft-run” if you will. It’s kinda like a beer-run, only you come home with a six pack of glitter or yarn. When you rent the Craft House, it’s a bring your own supplies type of weekend, but we still admired the display of gorgeous odds and ends.

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CraftHouse49To kick off the weekend, one friend put together these little treat bags with homemade trail mix inside. Which I happily snacked on over the weekend. Then, it was time to start on our first project—a homemade felt garland, inspired by this one, only with a patriotic twist.

CraftHouse45The first step was cutting felt. And LOTS of it. Some of the ladies also mixed some red, white and blue fabric pieces into theirs, while I kept mine true to felt. This is a super simple project that you can easily do while chatting nonstop and/or drinking a nice glass of wine.
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You simply take a piece of twine and tie your felt or fabric scraps around the twine. Bunch them together. Fluff them around. Voila! A felt garland perfect for every patriotic holiday that comes along this year.

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CraftHouse50I promise to share a full shot of mine all styled up in the house as soon as the Fourth inches closer. (Or maybe I’ll start a new thing with a little Memorial Day decor?)

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Here’s a craft-in-action shot. We made some smaller projects like yarn pom-poms that can be used to decorate baskets, garlands, gifts, or whatever. I’ll have some finished shots of that too soon, promise!

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Our crafty spread continued throughout the weekend as we created wreaths (below), bunting, burlapies and more. Stopping only to take breaks for eating, sleeping and some shopping (more on that some other time.)CraftHouse56

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Here’s all the different wreaths we made. Can you guess which one is mine? (Look below for the big reveal!)

crafthouse55I was so blessed to spend such a great weekend with good friends, food, crafts and shopping. I mean, if you had thrown a dance lesson in there we might have changed the hashtag of the weekend from #craftcation to #kellysfavoritethings. A huge thanks to my friends for finding the Craft House and organizing an amazing weekend. More pics of the crafts to come!

 

The Craft House (Part 2) Gets Me Every Time

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Did you catch Part 1? This craft weekend was all about having fun. This was just one of the many reminders around the house. Since you got a tour yesterday, and a mini-history of all the places I’ve lived, let me elaborate a little more on that story.

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One of the best parts of moving so many times was my creative side got to come out as I decorated each new bedroom I lived in. That means I had purple carpet when I was 5 and black carpet when I was 19. Just what every parent wants in their home, I’m sure.

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Now, there was no black or purple carpet in the Craft House, but it wouldn’t have surprised me to see some. There were many fabulous vignettes through the home and amongst the 16 beds that were inspirational and aspirational as well.CraftHouse26

Now, when it came time to choosing a bed, I was like the princess and the pea. I just couldn’t decide which room to sleep in. Each room was just as good as the last. Take a look.

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But, at the end of our first day at the house, I decided to settle into “The Map Room” outfitted with four beds and four times as many maps.

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As you can see, the upstairs of the home was just as crafty as the ground floor. The handmade curtains and quilts and prints and garlands were dancing through our dreams. Just what we needed to get our creative juices flowing. More on how we channeled that energy soon!

 

The Craft House (Part 1) Gets Me Every Time

CraftHouse13Growing up, I was sometimes jealous of friends who had lived in one home their whole lives. They’ve always had the same room, the same neighborhood, the same childhood best friends that they’ve known since they were born. After moving form Pennsylvania to Alabama and living in a few houses along the way, I longed what for what they had. But given the chance to move away for college, I jumped at it, and off to Oklahoma I went.

CraftHouse12Fast forward 4 years and I again shipped my things halfway across the country to move to Boston. Once here I fell in love with the city, and then a man, and here we are today—no longer envious of those friends who can still call their childhood house their home. It took a while for me to get here, but I wouldn’t have it, or all that moving around any other way.

CraftHouse15If not for all that jumping around, I would have missed out on so many of my favorite memories. The newest of which, is a weekend spent at The Craft House, in Newton, Kansas, with a handful of my closest college friends.

CraftHouse7So while I can’t say that I lived in one house growing up, I can say I spent one fabulous weekend in this house talking about growing up with some amazing women. And I can now realize how lucky I truly was to live in so many places and meet so many great people who I can still connect with today.

CraftHouse8When I started looking at all my photos from the weekend I realized this could be one terribly long post. Or three more digestible, big-bite-sized posts. So, this is the first of three of the latter. Take a tour around The Craft House, then come back for more tomorrow. And maybe even the day after. (For more info on The Craft House, renting it, or signing up to attend a hosted weekend there, check out Meg’s blog.)

CraftHouse5It’s worth noting that even though we planned a “craft weekend,” we spent as many hours in the kitchen as we did around the craft table. But look at it, why wouldn’t we?

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CraftHouse16The houses vivd colors and eclectic decor inspired us from the moment we walked into the door. I loved the maps and globes everywhere, especially consider all that moving and shaking I did in my earlier years.

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CraftHouse19I loved these cameras and am inspired to do a similar treatment in our home, though, perhaps a little less colorful, with a few older pieces we’ve collected over the years.

CraftHouse18See that second camera from the left? Well, Newton, Kansas also has a handful of wonderful antique stores filled with excellent prices on second-hand vintage items. And, in one of those stores, I saw a very similar camera. I’m kicking myself for not picking it up. (Note, anyone in Newton, KS reading this that wants to send it my way, let me know.)

CraftHouse11This is a crafty-gal’s dream. This room was equipped with two spacious tables for all your crafting needs plus a cutting table for all those fabric projects. Speaking of projects, there will be more on those soon, I promise.

CraftHouse41Come back again to see what’s up the stairs (beds for 16 people!). And, a special hello to all those readers who came over from my dear friend Emily’s blog.

Happy Dancing Gets Me Every Time

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This past weekend I was in full-on dance mode. Here are some pics to prove it. Yes, they get a little blurry, but I’m not even mad. These girls, and guy, straight killed it. For that matter, all the dancers in the entire show were fantastic. I teach a couple classes at Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project and the students are the shining part of my week. Scroll down to see more, or head over to Dance Kelly Style today to check out the videos of my fabulous dancers.
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Taking Care of Busy-ness Gets Me Every Time

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| Loving these succulents. A gift for a friend. The most talented couple in NYC. Anarchy + Cats? A “warm” March day. |

Hello again. Sorry for my absence, you guys. Let’s call it an extended Spring Break, shall we? In all honesty it’s just been non-stop, wall-to-wall, go-go-go around here lately. I find it’s the only way I can get through this chilly March. Since it’s been so busy, I do have lots to catch you up on. Like not one, but two quick trips to New York. Some food things. Some fun things. You know, the usual happenings around these parts.

PS. I missed you guys and I’m so glad to be back.