Category Archives: Inspiration

handmade-hostess-book-arrival

Last week a very special delivery arrived on my doorstep — an advance copy of my book, Handmade Hostess! The book ships into stores next month and will be available on Amazon on March 16, 2013. The publisher sent early copies to my sister and me.

I tore open the package with butterflies in my stomach. It really is just as beautiful as I had always hoped it would be.

Handmade-hostess-book-closeup

I will admit that I immediately thought who can I show this to?! That’s one of the challenging parts about moving really far away from your family and friends. I wish I could invite all of you over to my house and give you a little sneak peek over tea and cookies.

Well, there are two ways we can almost do that.

First, look inside is now working on Amazon, so you really can peek inside the book.

And second, did you know there is a Handmade Hostess board on Pinterest? Yep! There are a bunch of preview photos from 6 different chapters!  I would LOVE it if you would repin these and help spread the word.

handmade-hostess-pinterest

I have been thinking about this a lot lately as I work on PR for the book. It’s not enough just to produce something pretty. It truly is the support and interaction with all of you that gives something like this life. We all have choices these days about where to turn to for inspiration and ideas — and it means a lot that you would come here. Thanks.

 

Shiny, New Tumblr Blog

I have been thinking about how to connect more regularly and decided I needed a fresh place to share inspiration and snapshots. So today, I am excited to introduce my new tumblr blog. (Please excuse any hiccups. I’m still tweaking a few things.)

Tumblr Blog

Now, I have to confess something: I am not a spontaneous person.  In fact, I said this to my sister, and she started laughing in that hysterical-but-slightly-pitying way only sisters can. But it’s true.

I don’t go to the grocery store without a list. I don’t send an e-mail without first writing it down in my schedule. I don’t really do anything without a whole lot of thorough and sometimes unnecessary research.

Always planning

 So those people who are posting about this great time they are having while they are having a great time? Just, NO.

I need a little time to reflect first. At least let me think about it on the drive home!

Reading in bed

Tumblr will be mostly in the moment but not quite. Things I am thinking about, planning, or doing although maybe not in that exact order. I hope you won’t judge me too harshly. I know we like everything fresh and immediate now.

I’ll still be writing the occasional blog post here, because I enjoy that, too. However, I’ll try to save those for whenever I have something longer or more thoughtful to say.

2_Nightout_blog

Thanks for continuing to stop by and visit!

From the Imagination of Kelly Lee-Creel

{These images + more are from my new tumblr home.}

Other odds + ends:

  • I didn’t watch the Oscars this year, but I did catch Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech. I loved what he said about needing “something to chase.” Having my goals posted where I can see them fills me with joy each day.
  • The weather here is gray, wet, and monotonous. I have always loved the rain, but I am SO ready for a sunny weekend!
  • I just signed up for Molly Jacques calligraphy class on Skillshare. I am beyond excited. My parents gave me the class supplies for my birthday, and I can’t wait to dip into my new ink.

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Medicine for Mondays 5.20.13

I have been missing my blog lately. Between my fabric flower class and a trip to Quilt Market last week, things have been really hectic.

Behind the scenes, I have been working on some new content and fresh ideas for this space — and it was good to give things a little extra time to gel. I’ll be rolling out some new columns and branching out a bit more. The weather is summery here today, and it feels good to get moving again!

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{Introducing a new weekly column, Medicine for Mondays: If only we could bottle beauty into an elixir and drink our fill each week. This is my weekly reminder to try to see the world with fresh eyes.  A photograph I’ve taken of a beautiful spot. Five things I’m thankful for right this very minute. And 1 question to help jump start my Monday.}

5-Things-Pink

1) Pockets of sunshine this weekend

2) Being home and waking up in my own bed after a trip to Portland

3) My husband hearing the scratching noises in the office and agreeing that a squirrel is living in the wall*

4) Naps

5) Really good, chunky erasers

 *Some days I am just really thankful to learn that I am not crazy.

1-Question-Pink

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I’ve had several reminders lately that there is more to me than just work. And yet, too often, I measure my week only by my list of accomplished tasks.

I am really trying to focus on being more well-rounded (thinking about my physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being). Self-care is a choice that I have to make about how I spend my time. (Anyone else struggle with that?)

This week, I’m making an effort to try a new form of exercise — yoga. And yes, it made me smile.

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What about you?

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A Dose of Sun (+ a few helpful links)

sunny_in_seattle [Image: Enjoying a rare patch of sun at Kelsey Creek Park in Bellevue, WA]

I am back from vacation and feeling well-rested and optimistic. It turns out a few days enjoying sunshine and shopping can really do wonders for a person’s mood.  We went to Vegas, saw a show, and ate way too many desserts. All in all, it was a really nice way to celebrate my birthday.

Since we’ve been back, we’ve even enjoyed a few sunny days here in Washington. I am feeling spoiled!

I wanted to share a few things that have helped and/or inspired me lately. March always seems like a good month to take stock of how things are going. Are there any new skills I need to learn to help me be more successful at home, in my business, etc.? Am I taking time to enjoy things that really should be celebrated?

Here are a few (mostly business-related) resources I’ve found helpful lately:

“There is simply so much put forth to garner attention, that it becomes more important to treat people with an overall feeling that they are taking part in something artistic, not being sold. We’ve always felt this is what our friends and customers deserve. They deserve to be inspired, to have art in their lives.”

  • Barn-storming: I always hear how important it is to have a group of people to brainstorm and bounce ideas off of — the kind of group that isn’t going to just listen to you talk about why you can’t do something — but is going to push you to come up with ways you can. So, I recently started up a weekly Skype call with my dear friend, Kalani, who is also working on some big dreams.  Let me tell you: this is the best thing I’ve done all year. You can do this too. It might take a little discipline and practice to find the right person and to keep the conversation helpful and honest, but you don’t have to wait for someone to invite you to a secret club. You can find a friend and make this happen.

What about you? Any recent finds or helpful tips? Do you “Spring Clean” your goals and resolutions this time of year?

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Flowers for Leslie (#bloghug)

grocery-store-flowers

Holly of Decor8 had a cute idea recently to thank a blogger who has inspired you — via a #bloghug.

Bloggers have had a huge impact on my whole career direction — I could name a dozen! (But I won’t. It would be #blogoverload!)

Instead, I will say this –

Without blogs, I would never have known about fabric design or book deals or agents. I might not have had the courage to leave my job without reading the stories of people like Alex Beauchamp and Holly Becker who knew there was something better out there for them.

And then there were bloggers who actually picked up the phone and gave me advice when I needed help — even though we’d never met.

Today, I will try to stick to just one — Continued…

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A Sneak Peek of Handmade Hostess

handmade-hostess-book-arrival

Last week a very special delivery arrived on my doorstep — an advance copy of my book, Handmade Hostess! The book ships into stores next month and will be available on Amazon on March 16, 2013. The publisher sent early copies to my sister and me.

I tore open the package with butterflies in my stomach. It really is just as beautiful as I had always hoped it would be.

Handmade-hostess-book-closeup

I will admit that I immediately thought who can I show this to?! That’s one of the challenging parts about moving really far away from your family and friends. I wish I could invite all of you over to my house and give you a little sneak peek over tea and cookies.

Well, there are two ways we can almost do that.

First, look inside is now working on Amazon, so you really can peek inside the book.

And second, did you know there is a Handmade Hostess board on Pinterest? Yep! There are a bunch of preview photos from 6 different chapters!  I would LOVE it if you would repin these and help spread the word.

handmade-hostess-pinterest

I have been thinking about this a lot lately as I work on PR for the book. It’s not enough just to produce something pretty. It truly is the support and interaction with all of you that gives something like this life. We all have choices these days about where to turn to for inspiration and ideas — and it means a lot that you would come here. Thanks.

 

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