Category Archives: Collaboration

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.

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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.

Closet Re-Style

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SIMPLIFY- this is one of my words for 2014. As we started this New Year….one of the spaces in my home that I really wanted to tackle was my closet. It had become a place that wasn’t inspiring and a corner in my bedroom that I didn’t look forward to looking in to. Ever! The state of my closet is partly to blame for my consistent go-to outfit of a grey V-neck tshirt and jeans. This can be such a cute look [yes, I know], but as it became an everyday uniform…..it got boring. Fast. Same for my shoe choices! My shoes were always in our laundry or mud room by the front door and never part of my closet experience. I began to only wear the same 2-3 shoes…..leaving out some of my most favorites!IMG_7769

I believe there’s a cardinal rule that anytime you clean out your closet…..a girlfriend must be present. Seriously, not only is the task more fun that way, but it’s just smart to have someone in the room as you make important fashion decisions! The friend that came to my mind immediately for this task is Melissa of Style Me Montana, who recently added closet organization to her list of style services. I knew she was the perfect friend to help me de-clutter and re-style my closet.IMG_7851
First things first….Melissa suggested that I get rid of the bulky white hangers and swap them out with sleek velvet hangers. You can find these at TJMaxx. I opted for a neutral color so it wouldn’t compete with my wardrobe.
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Melissa was so great to work with- she was kind and patient as we went through EVERY SINGLE piece of clothing that I owned. She definitely shared her option on things, but in the end- it was my choice if I was going to keep it or not. Since I was ready for a closet purge- this part wasn’t hard for us at all! We agreed on pretty much everything. Whew! Pack it up! Get it out! [p.s never mind the fact that I need a bedskirt on my bed….ive been on the hunt for one that I actually love!]IMG_7820IMG_7799IMG_7791IMG_7808Due to the weather that we have here in Montana- I finally embraced the “winter closet” and the “spring closet” -this pretty much sums up the climate here. Although I don’t have much heavy winter wear….one thing that helped in this process is having winter bins to store the bulkier accessories that I only need a few months out of the year. And those bins are now stored in the crawl space behind my closet, until I need them again.IMG_9820

Right off the bat I knew I wanted to update the storage bins that I had been using for the past 4 years. Rather than getting rid of the existing bins- they became my winter bins, which are stored away. Gotta move money around so you can purchase the import things! My vision for the new storage bins was to combine functionality and character- and out with the set of matching bins. So, off we went to a few my favorite vintage shops in town…we had such a fun day of it! Antique shops are filled to the brim with treasures good and bad…..so you have to look for the potentials up high on shelves and low on chairs.

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Here’s a peak inside my closet [before and after], the process and our fun days together! Also, don’t miss our CLOSET RE-STYLE TIPS at the end of the post! // The Process :: Get it all out. Start over! Make two piles. Hang what made the cut on new hangers. Bring up all shoes that are laying around the house- to be displayed in the closet!IMG_7773IMG_7770IMG_7776Install the new closet shelf on cinder blocks [super cheap at Home Depot] and start organizing accessories and shoes in the new bins.IMG_9552IMG_9575IMG_9831IMG_9837IMG_9843IMG_9572Remember that huge dresser earlier in the post? Its gone….and now I have an ever small space for clothes! Good thing Im getting rid of things…totally worth it for this vintage beauty.IMG_9613AFTER // Everything I own can be find in my closet. Other than pajamas, bathing suits, work out clothes ect….which are in dresser drawers, everything else is visible and neatly organized in front of my eyes. I love waking up to a clean closet every morning. This truly starts off my day on such a better foot. Im so thrilled with how things turned out! Thanks so much, Melissa!IMG_9608IMG_9564///// Re-Style Closet Tips::

*Put things right where you can see them! If you don’t see it, you most likely wont wear it.  Create a pretty / happy visual experience in your closet that leaves you wanting to leave the doors open!

*Hang, hang, hang! As many things as possible (even basic tanks / tees)! It will keep them far more organized then any  dresser drawer ever will AND you will be able to have a visual of them which will greatly increase the chance of wearing that item!

*The only exception to this rule is sweaters. Save a shelf or drawer to keep the shape of your lovely cozy sweaters intact!

*Think of the top shelf in your closet as a DISPLAY rather then storage. It will turn out much prettier! A favorite use for the top shelf of a closet is boots and heels. Line them up and create a boutique like shoe shelf that’s fun to look at.

*Add some SPARKLE or COLOR! Often, the smallest color update is just what you need to make a big impact! *Turn your closet into a space that makes you SMILE! Just think if you started your day with an organized & STYLED closet! *Make it you. Our closets truly are an extension of ourselves.

** Kelli’s closet turned out to be totally her.  Its exactly what we were going for. It reflects her spunky personality, awesome western-boho style and her adventurous spirt in life!

Credits::

KELLI TRONTEL // photographer //  blog.kellitrontel.com
MELISSA RICHARDSON // stylist // stylememontana.com

I can’t recommend Melissa enough. My experience with her was incredible. Melissa is available locally as well as for travel. She can absolutely hop on a plane and come to you!