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Last week, I had the privilege an honor of spending a few hours, over the course of two days with Jaymie Shearer.

This young woman is inspiring. She is currently traveling the Western United States, photographing people with their favorite mugs and diving into a topic that I love, which is COMMUNITY. Jaymie is a wise-wise soul and I truly believe she will be [and already is] a voice that her generation will look to, to be encouraged and inspired as we all try and find ways to cultivate authentic community. She’s a world changer. She’s the real deal.


I’ll be honest….there was a part of me that wanted to quickly organize my home perfectly before we decided [last minute] to do a little a interview here, but on the heels of talking about community and inviting people into our homes- as is- and not styled to perfection…..I let it all go and allowed her to photograph my home….as-is and lived in.

You know what? I loved it. I loved that there is proof of a busy toddler living within the walls of our home…..I love that the entry rug has elements from the outdoors because that means people are walking through that door [other than my family, who uses the garage door entry].


Its all about perspective change….and thats exactly what we talked about in the interview, which you can find here.

Definitely visit the Mug Life Project website…and keep up with Jaymies travels on Instagram!

And Jaymie, you know how I feel about you….and the love my heart has for you. So proud of the courage you are walking in….soak up these days…..enjoy the quiet moments. Love you, sister! xoxo



lesliefairman - Love the interview and photos :)


lesliefairman - Also, I totally agree with you in that we are who our closest friends are, and that it’s so important to slow down, unplug and be in intentional-un styled- authentic community/accountability. I miss that. I crave that, and I pray that community becomes apart of our life in Portland. Everyone TALKS about it but doesn’t want to LIVE it. But it brings our soul to life, to be known by our creator and each-other. The work is so worth it. Anyways,… your interview pulled on my heart-strings. <3


Jaymie Shearer - Kelli! Thank you so much for sharing this. I needed to read those words. I am so grateful for the encouragement you are in my life.

Much love sister!

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“a portrait of Ezra, once a week…every week, in 2014.”
Second annual family day at the Pumpkin Patch! Horse shaped tire swing for the win!


Allyson - It is so crazy seeing how much he changes week-to-week from an outsider’s perspective, but this week especially he is looking like such a grown up boy [and a handsome one at that]!

Pumpkin Art At The Red Caboose


A few years ago, I posted about this Pumpkin Craft….and to this day it has been pinned over 600 times!  Needless to say, those thumbtack pumpkins back in 2011 were a huge hit……and continue to be so today.

Well, my dear friend Carrie and I collaborated on another seasonal theme for my coffee shop, Red Caboose. Im actually really behind on blogging our last few collaborations, but still plan to show you our work here real soon. It’s always a pleasure to work alongside Carrie….dreaming up ideas and seeing it all come to fruition by way of late night installations. Always a good time. Always.

Keep It Simple. This seems to be my goal each season [and I really do believe that my employees say a little prayer for simplicity as well!]. Carrie and I both loved the concept of using upholstery tacks on pumpkins and thought of making a cute phrase for the fireplace mantle. We decided “WE LOVE COFFEE” would be perfect and oh so appropriate, being that we proudly serve Stumptown Coffee.

For this project we used pumpkins, upholstery tacks and thumbtacks (purchased at Home Depot), glitter and paint. Oh, and a hammer just in case some are little more tough to push in.

I free handed the lettering and Carrie just started with an outline of the heart and then filled it in….she used over 200 thumbtacks for the heart!

After the tacks were set in place we painted the stems with our favorite Martha Stewart paint and added glitter before it all dried. These glittery stems are my favorite!

Using upholstery tacks and thumbtacks has become one of my favorite ways to decorate pumpkins. The possibilities really are endless!


My friends Darci & Arden of Beargrass Gardens surprised me with a beautiful illustrated, decoupaged and painted pumpkin, which I included below. It sits on our coffee bar. A sweet little glittery deer on a pumpkin? Yes, please!

We also used a pumpkin as a menu board, to display our Fall drinks.

Enjoy a peek inside our cafe…..and a few faces of our amazing baristas!

Happy Fall Y’all! xoxo






Carrie Rowe - I love these so much!!!!