Category Archives: Collaboration

Seeds For The Heart by Kelli & Vanessa

THANKS | Give thanks for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 118:1 #seedsfortheheart

God is so good to provide for our every need. He meets our physical needs through things like food, clothing and shelter. He gives us a sense of belonging through our family & friends. But an even greater dimension to why God deserves our thanks … because HIS LOVE ENDURES – FOREVER.

Enduring love does not change, it remains strong even in the face of brokenness, it refuses to give in. That’s the magnificent kind of love God has for us. He [deserves] our thanks.

#seedschallenge Each evening before bed, encourage them to say the verse aloud & name 2-3 different things each night that they’re thankful for & why.

To encourage you to keep this front of mind, we’ve [KELLI & VANESSA] created a FREE iphone wallpaper download [just click and save the image below]! May it remind you throughout the week to keep God’s word in your heart. XO – K&V *Be sure to turn zoom “off” so you can reposition photo to fit your screen how you wish!

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TIME = LOVE

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Let’s change the mindset that to serve & love people well you have to spend money. Here’s the truth … TIME = LOVE. 

We all have the heart to serve others, yet we stop ourselves with excuses. So, we’re on a mission to spark a new flame. Love is the universal language of the world & it is how God desires to use us to impact this world. We are all on mission … everyday, every interaction. We want to awaken people to see that the most important person is the one right in front of them. 

So, Vanessa & I want to challenge you + your family to go and be the hands & feet of Jesus right in your own communities. From now until December 20th, we want to encourage all of you to go & find ways to help those in need & SHARE stories in hopes that they ignite ideas & continue to inspire us to keep loving more. We’ve posted a PDF of simple serve ideas over on our K&V blog – please download! Also, please comment with ideas that you have enjoyed doing in the past – we’d LOVE to hear them!

Brokenness & hurt surrounds you, it’s forcing yourself see it. And when you’ve seen it, you’re responsible. We’re responsible. So, what are we going to do about it? While we can’t make it go away, we can carry a message of hope with us … that the story truly does have a beautiful ending & it’s called redemption.

Follow along on Instagram and use the hashtag #timeequalslove #lovewritesabeautifulstory to SHARE the ways you are serving during this Christmas season.

Be encouraged, my friends!!! And lets love well.

Featured in Mug Life Project

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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.

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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].

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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

 

Pumpkin Art At The Red Caboose

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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!

PUMPKINS PUMPKINS, EVERYWHERE!

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

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AUGUST DESKTOP + WALLPAPER

I say this every time, but I really do love this months desktop + wallpaper.

LISTEN & GO. Two small, but very powerful words that involve action.

DESKTOP DOWNLOAD // right click and “use as desktop picture”
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I have had the honor and privilege of mentoring fellow creatives & business owners….and these two words often surface in our time together.

The million dollar question that I often get asked is “How did you end up in Montana from Nashville via Phoenix via Orange County?” and “What steps did you take in following your dreams?”

FOR A DREAM COMES WITH MUCH BUSINESS, AND A FOOLS VOICE IS KNOWN BY A MULTITUDE OF WORDS. -Ecclesiastes 5:3

If we are honest with ourselves, we would all admit to having dreams of accomplishing something with our life. Having a lack of purpose and initiative are never admirable traits on anyone. Noble goals keep us moving forward, giving us a prize to keep our eyes on. Whether these goals are to be an honorable and supportive wife, to be the best mom we can be to our children, to influence those who’ve been placed in our lives, to be trusted as a leader, to use our microphone and share our story and the goodness of God, to grow in our walk with the Lord…..these goals and ideas are worthy of occupying our thoughts.

To just think of our goals will not make our goals come to fruition. To just talk about our goals will not advance them into reality. Our words and our thoughts are powerful, but daydreaming does not make our dreams come true.

The Bible says, ‘For a dream comes with much business.’ I love that we have confirmation here that dreams aren’t a bad or selfish desire. They are a God thing! This verse also confirms that dreams come true by way of focus, effort and a whole lot of hard work. Faith always has a part to play in every aspect of our lives, but worthy goals almost always require blood, sweat and tears. Sometimes we must walk through a season of doing something that doesn’t make sense to us. We take on jobs that we don’t want, but somehow it all makes sense in the end. Our dreams rarely fall in our lap and go our way. We must always be intentional and look at everything as an opportunity. An opportunity to advance our dream….or help advance someones else’s dream. To have the kind of relationships we want, to see our lives being used as microphones and to see our little dreams blow up in only ways God can make happen….we must be willing to surrender, to listen and to go as He leads us.

I’ve lived a comfortable life and I’ve hung out in the comfort zone. To be completely honest with you…the comfortable life and comfort zones scare the heck out of me today. I look back and thank the Lord for giving me a second chance. For opening my eyes and helping me recognize a role that I can play in the city where I live, where I can have an impact on my community. For giving me a voice to magnify His goodness and speak life, light and truth to people who I get to be in contact with on a daily basis.

God really does have a plan for our lives. He’s the Creator of it all. He sees the beginning and the end. Moving from Tennessee to Montana was a process [a long process] for me. I had to LET GO. I had to lay my plans and ideas down at His feet and surrender to a far bigger [and so much better] dream than what my mind could ever wrap itself around.

There’s a lot of consuming these days. Its easy to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else’s life move forward and transition into new seasons….all the while we sit and watch. I challenge you today to stop this cycle if you are guilty of this. We have one life to live….make it count!

Call me a risk taker. Call me brave. But….I call it a God thing, obedience, trust and keeping my eye on the prize. You can do the same. You were made for this.

Be encouraged, my friends!
xoxoxo,
KELLI

I’ll leave you with this quote that I love with all of my heart.
“When dreams are small, they can be crushed. It’s easy to kill something when it’s small and that is why we must protect it.” -Pastor Levi Lusko.

iPhone WALLPAPER

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For this months collaboration, Ashley and I ventured out to Glacier National Park. This place is so inspiring to me and has become a visual reminder of how wondrous God is and amazing it is to have Him on our side….cheering us on.