Archives: March 2012


So, I must admit, I’ve become a bit instagram obsessed since recently getting an iPhone!  Clearly, mine is overloaded with pics of Rylee….as most days it’s just the two of us.  I kind of live for pictures.  And she will have PLENTY of them to look back on when she grows up! I’ve found some fun filters and things to make them look all fancy using picfx and idarkroom apps.  I’ve gone a little bokeh crazy too….but I just can’t help myself.  A little sparkle never hurt anyone, right?  Do you instagram?  Send me your username so I can find you! (i’m kelli_murray).  These are a handful of my most recent.

If you happened to miss my post on Wednesday about the giveaway hosted by Sometimes Sweet, be sure to head over there today and comment for a chance to win a custom portrait! yay! I get super excited over giveaways!  Dani has such an incredible following, I was blown away by the response even after just the first few hours.  I know sometimes it’s easy to think you don’t have a chance with so many entries….but YOU NEVER KNOW!  I still have yet to win any giveaway I have ever entered….but I always tell myself that SOMEONE’S got to win! …right!?  haha.  Maybe it will be your lucky day.  Reading her blog this last week I was inspired by her “Currently” post and thought I’d do one here as well.  I know for me, I have always enjoyed reading the more personal posts of my favorite bloggers.  It’s hard for me  to find time to do that a lot here….but I thought this was a creative and somewhat simple way to “get personal”.  So here it goes.




LOVING: Instagram!? ha.  That one is too obvious.  Right now I am looooooving candy colored pastels. Mint, peach and yellow in particular.  I need to do a wishlist round up soon with all the pastels I have been finding. I’d like to be wearing THESE on my feet at this very moment, and have THIS on my desk.

THINKING ABOUT:  My grandpa.  He and my grandmother live in the north woods of Wisconsin, in a little town called Phelps.  Although they live far from family, they love it there.  And so do I.  It’s the place I used to visit every summer as a kid….and the place that inspires a lot of my art and what I create.  Some of my favorite memories are rooted there…building forts in the woods with my cousins,  sleeping under the stars on the dock by the lake, skiing until the sun went down, campfires and storytelling, waking up to the smell of grandma’s french toast, singing with  my grandpa and sharing a bowl of home made ice cream with maple syrup (don’t judge, just try it…it’s delicious).  I could go on and on.  In my mind, it is a magical place of laughter and love and all thing good.  And my grandparents were a big part of those unforgettable memories.  But in recent years, my grandfather has been battling a number of health problems.  And it is looking like it will be his time to go very soon.  The thought of death and loosing someone close has always scared me.  But right now, I am forced to face it….and I find myself crying often at just the thought of loosing him.  My grandma is one of the strongest people I know, and she has been caring for him on her own for some time now.  But since he has recently gotten really sick, it has become quite a challenge for her, especially without any family close by to help.  The doctors just told her last week that there is nothing more that they can do…his kidney’s are failing.  They have loved each other since  they have been 16 years old and have been such an incredible example to me of love, loyalty and faithfulness in marriage.  I know that death is just a part of life…but that certainly doesn’t make it any easier.  Especially when the person you are loosing holds such a special place in your heart.  My thoughts and prayers are with the two of them right now.  And I am hoping my grandpa will pass without pain….and that my grandma feels an overwhelming peace and strength from God during this time.

ANTICIPATING:  On a much lighter note…I am anticipating getting to meet my little nephew Jonah in a few weeks!  Sam’s twin sister Hannah had a baby boy about a month after I delivered Rylee….and they are finally coming to visit!  Along with Sam’s parents from Minnesota, and his younger sister Amy from Canada.  It will be so fun to have his family in town and get to meet this little guy I have heard so much about.  I have a feeling Jonah and Rylee will be best of friends :)

WISHING: Wishing there were more hours in the day.  Don’t we all?  I just can’t seem to keep up.  I am also wishing my baby girls teeth would hurry up and come in so that she is not so uncomfortable.  She cut her first tooth yesterday, but more are still on their way!  I think I might have a cranky baby on my hands for a while longer.  Any helpful tips on things that sooth a teething baby!?

EATING: Veggie Burgers.  Who knew?  We have been cutting back on meat in a big way after watching the Forks Over Knives documentary and getting scared out of our minds! haha.  But really, we are attempting to eat a bit more healthy around here since I no longer have a baby in my stomach demanding Big Macs!

WORKING ON:  My new blog layout and portfolio.  Whoa….this is taking me forever.  I’ve realized I need to stop working on other projects in order to finish my own! Attempting to slow down, but not doing a very good job at saying no! Story of my life.



Jacket – Anthropologie / Skirt – Free People / Stripped shirt – Forever 21 / Hat – Urban Outfitters

Well, it certainly feels like winter has returned here.  San Diego weather is so weird sometimes.  One week it’s blazing hot, and the next I am chilled to the bone.  But I hear the chill will pass quickly.  Thank goodness!  I much prefer the sunshine! This week our family has finally gotten over our colds!  Talk about dragging on.  I think it has literally been about 6 years since I have had a true ‘cold’.  Poor Rylee had a terrible cough and was not sleeping as well as usual.  It was the first time (ever) of her getting sick….so it was a sad day for me as a mama to see her not feeling well.  Let alone try to care for her while I was feeling terrible too.  It’s kind of the worst.  I had about a hundred people tell me about the Nose Frida (snot sucker)….so I got that for Rylee and it really did help her breath a little more easily.  I would definitely recommend it!  Anyway…we got through it!  And hopefully that pesky virus won’t come around again anytime soon.

 It’s hard for me to believe, but this little peanut just turned 7 months old a few days ago!  It honestly blows my mind how much faster time goes by now that I have a baby.  I thought it would be just the opposite…but man was I wrong.  She is the joy of my life and my constant source of happiness.  I can’t imagine living life without her.  The big “one year” will be here in no time.


I was SO thrilled when Dani from Sometimes Sweet emailed me asking to collaborate.  DUH…no brainer.  I have been a follower of her blog for quite some time and I think she is just the greatest.  This was the first time I have done a custom illustration including tattoos!  (Isn’t she the cutest!?)  It was a great challenge for me and I actually LOVED the process and how it turned out! Now I want to draw more portraits with tattoos!  If you head over to her blog anytime today through Sunday, you can enter our giveaway to win your very own custom portrait!  The winner will be chosen in Monday.  This is not something I offer (for free) very often…actually, never….so it’s a great opportunity if you have been wanting a portrait of your own! For more details…go HERE! xoxo.




Ok, so I finally get to share this with you!  Over the last 2 weeks I have been working with my friend Ani from ANI Bikinis in creating a lookbook for her newest collection of bikinis…Spring/Summer 2012 Love Street Collection! So fun! Aren’t they cute!? My fav is the bowtie bandeau!  Ani and I have been friends since high school.  Ever since I have known her she has been a bikini lover (and legit surfer)…so it’s no surprise that she has chosen designing them as a career path.  SO proud of her!  Her website is currently under a major overhaul, so for now, check her out on TUMBLR & ETSY.

What made designing this lookbook so easy were the INCREDIBLE photos by Sarah Shreves! Yeesh! That girl is good.  You can check out the full lookbook in high resolution HERE.

Also, FYI, something fun is coming to blog blog tomorrow so hurry back!