It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Well, I may as well admit here and now. I, Kelly, author and creator of KellyElizabeth.org am addicted to all things Harry Potter. You can look forward to countless quotes, references and extreme displays of nerdism in the future. Now that that’s out of the way… I happen to agree with the above statement wholeheartedly. It is our choices that dictate and decided the life we lead. Yes, we are all dealt a different hand of cards in the beginning, but it is ultimately up to us to determine the path we take. Bad choices, bad life. Good choices, good life. Certainly despite making a habit of choosing wisely, bad things will happen and that’s okay. Life is full of bad things, but bad things in the end are what make us grow. The bad things force us to deal with change, shaping and rearranging us into the person God intended us to be.

The world would be a better place if we as humans could all get our acts together. Seriously, I know that statement might come across as a little silly, but there is truth in it. The choices we make have consequences. For every action, a reaction, blah blah. Think before you act. If we all just stopped and asked ourselves, ‘Is this a good choice or a bad choice? How is this going to affect the people around me? How is this going to impact my future?’ , it would go a long way in improving the human race and the relationships we hold. Our choices, each one of them, no matter how small or trivial they may seem have consequences. Our choices affect those around us. At times, they affect others in ways we never imagined.

::Steps down off soapbox::

Well, now that I have that out of my system. Today is going to be a long, but good day. I woke up, I have air in my lungs and my heart is still beating. That is enough for me; everything else is just a bonus. Tonight is my late night at the animal hospital. I actually enjoy late nights with the crew on Wednesdays. Always fun and a bit crazy at times, but I love every minute of it. Thursday will be an early day, but a day spent in a mandated meeting. Meh. Friday is my OFF DAY! A day in which I am free to do whatever it is my creative little heart desires. Over the next few weeks, you will be reading about the 65th Wedding Video project I am working on for my Mamaw and Papaw’s anniversary party the end of June. My little sister is coming over on Friday afternoon to help me organize pictures so we can start putting it together. Well, we are actually adding on to it. My brother and I put the original video together 5 years ago for their 60th anniversary celebration. It will be work, but work well worth the time it requires. Well, the time has come for me to finish up things around the house before heading off to work. Have a great day all!

 



This weekend was great! The perfect mixture of relaxation, accomplishment, and family time. Getting to the weekend was rough, I must say. Friday was a looooooong day at work. I was scheduled 7-12, but due to emergency cases and us being short staffed, I was there until right before 5. I work as an Veterinary Technician at a busy practice. I love my job, but come Friday afternoon I was tired, cranky and ready to get home. It was just after 5 pm when I got to the house. My usual routine upon arriving home in the evenings consists of litter box scooping (while still dirty from work and dressed in scrubs), pet medicating (my special kitty Sushi is on medications to help her with a condition called “Mega Colon” as well as a few genetic issues), and feeding the furry and feathered crew. I had just finished up when my husband walks in from the shop asking for assistance with a home removal across town. My husband and I have a pet cremation business. We service the animal hospitals in town, but we also offer to come to folk’s homes when their beloved pet has passed away at home. I admit I did not have the best attitude initially (I was TIRED dangit and I was undressed and just about to jump in the shower!) It’s funny how God uses situations that we are reluctant to be a part of for our good. The people we helped were so interesting and kind and clearly heartbroken over the loss of their 130 lbs dog. She was their baby. I love those moments when as a human being, we allow ourselves to be cranky and undeniably selfish, just to have God put us in a situation that we, in the end are so happy we got to experience.

We ended the evening with Mexican food and a movie and it was great. Saturday was spent cleaning, organizing, and computer work. Sunday was full of errands, the husband went fishing and I to the grocery store. Today was my precious nephew’s 6th birthday, so we celebrated his birthday as well as Memorial Day with a family party. I spent the remainder of the afternoon scrubbing bathrooms (my least favorite house chore EVER), laundry, sushi for dinner and a trip to a local Animal ER for two pickups and now I am talking to all of you. Tomorrow will be an early day at work. I am excited for a new day. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I’m sure it will be exciting. Life at the animal hospital is full of surprises. Have a great Tuesday!

 



Wow! And the world’s biggest blogger slacker award goes to none other than muah. So much has been going on that have contributed to my lengthy absence. All is well in the household. Furry kids are still adorable and healthy.

I finished my hutch! I have listed it on Craigslist, but no buyers yet. Tell me what you think.

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I’m pretty satisfied with how it turned out. I was going for the antique, farm house-chic look. I hope it goes to a home that will appreciate it.



Hello blog world!

I’ve been looking forward to getting this blog up and running for some time now. Tonight is the night! I do have a fun project to share with you in just a bit, but it seems appropriate for me to introduce myself. My name is Kelly. I’ve blogged/design websites as a passionate hobby since I was 12 years old (I’m currently 28)! I am a wife to a wonderful man, named Nate. We share our home with three dogs (Levi, an devoted and loving Australian Shepherd, Red, a big cuddle bug of a black lab and Reese, a bouncy, goofy, but loving chocolate lab puppy), three cats (Hemi, a gray and white polydactyl angel that was rescued after his first owner passed away, Gutter, a large, talkative, food obsessed rescue that I sometimes refer to as my grump-a-saurus, Pixel, a black, polydactyl angel that was found wandering alone in the country. Due to a weird incident, Pixel lost her left front leg as a kitten, but doesn’t let it slow her down. She rules the roost and can outrun both of her cat brothers. Sushi rounds out our pack of cats. Sushi is a special girl. She too was a rescued stray. She was found dumped in the woods by our neighbor at about three weeks of age. Sushi was born with a few birth defects, a few extra toes and doesn’t see the greatest, but she doesn’t let it slow her down. She’s a loving little angel). An African Grey Parrot named, Aries rounds out our household. Aries is about four years old, has an impressive vocabulary and makes us laugh everyday. She can mimic just about anything she hears. She is madly in love with my husband.

I am a follower of Christ, an animal lover/advocate, daughter, sister to three brothers and two sisters, Aunt Kelly to five nieces and three nephews, coffee addict, avid reader, lover of the outdoors and completely obsessed with all things crafty and colorful. I’ve recently gotten interested in furniture rehabilitation. My interests are varied, random and at times a little well, weird, but that’s me. I hope you’ll enjoy this place and have fun reading about my crazy, beautiful life.

MY FIRST PROJECT:

Like I said earlier, I’ve recently gotten interest in furniture rehabilitation. I am currently right in the middle of my first real project. I am anxious to see how it turns out. The piece I’m working with is an antique china hutch that actually came from Belgium. It was given to me from a friend that was doing some fall cleaning. There are a bunch of great details that add to its character. I am excited about this!
I’ve been working with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, which is really, really cool. This is my first time using it and I have to say it exceed my expectations. You can find out more about Miss Mustard Seed and her fabulous paint on her website : MissMustardSeed.com

A couple of “before” shots:

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I just these lock and keyholes! They add such character to this piece.

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And my work so far:

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I am using the color, “Grain Sack” and plan to give it an antique look with Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax. More pictures to come soon!

Until next time,

Kelly

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