Ikat Inspiration

I have a strage affection for pattern.  You wouldn't know it walking into my home, but I swear that I want to be Kelly Wearstler when I grow up... or in my next life!  I love the feel that pattern seems to bring to rooms.  It just makes them way more intersting. 

And right now I'm totally intersted in Ikat!  I just love the look that it has where it's to me a traditonal funky!  I don't even know if that's a style, but I just made it one!  I love when it's used in bright colors too!  I mean, I put some in the nursery!  Ella's bedskirt is ikat and I LOVE IT!  I want everything in there to be patterned. 

But here's some Ikat Inspiration...
Some great finds I think...
And the last one is something I'm thinking about for the bedroom...
Things that make you go hmmm....









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Happy Hump Day!!!


Happy Birthday To Me!

In honor of my birthday, I'm going to offer free shipping in all orders through Wednesday (midnight) at my Stella & Dot e-boutique! Www.stelladot.com/AbbyK

You can take advantage two ways:
(1) Email me your order and make sure to leave a phone number and birthday to receive something special on your special day! I'll then call you back and well finish the order over the phone with the discounted total
(2) Go ahead and place your order and I'll rebate the shipping by sending it to you through PayPal.

You choose!
And I'll throw in an extra 5% off my favorite items right now!

The Zoe Lariat, the Eleanor Bangle, and the Serenity Stone drop earrings!
You'll love them too!

Since skating is done, I should be back to blogging like normal this week or next! Yay


Decisions Decisions

Yes, there comes a time in someones life where they have to give up something that they enjoy very much...
And that time has come for me.

After sitting down and looking at my crazy life schedule, taking into account that I will soon be travelling much with work, and chatting it out with my husband, I've decided to take a step back from coaching.  It's something that I thoroughly enjoy doing, but at the moment I just feel that I do not have enough time and energy to put into it right now - It's very time consuming...beyond the 10 hours a week I was on the ice. 

This is a sad moment in my life.  I've been skating ever since I can remember... I can't remember a time where I didn't have to lace up my skates before or after work or school.  I can't remember a time where I wasn't carrying an extra bag around with me just because I had to have my skates for a practice.  I can't remember a time when I went to the movies and in the middle I heard music and thought to myself - this would be great to skate to, which I'm sure I will still do.

I love watching kids grow up on the ice... I love sharing my sport with little ones. They are so eager to learn. They love to try things that are hard and usually aren't too scared of what could happen {yet}.  They are so cute in their helmets, gloves, winter coats, snow pants, and smiles or tears.  I love how they call me Miss Abby and how they give me hugs before and after lessons.  The kids make me laugh, cry, and sometimes even fall. You don't want to disappoint them with an unpassed test because they cry and then in turn, you want to cry.  It's so fun to see their faces when they do pass and they get their badge.   The correlations they make are fantastic and hysterical!  And since they are not always so sure on their feet, they occasionally get in your way or trip you! My fondest memories are skating. The friends you make, the mentors you have, and the love you find for something that is your special thing.

Skating teaches you so much.  I'm not exactly sure how or why, but it does.  Maybe it's because you have to learn how to practice on your own, you rely on yourself to get from beginning to the end of your program, you are in charge of you and no one else.  I think it helps you grow up...

I always liked that about skating.  It was just me.  All me.  I couldn't blame anyone, I couldn't get mad at anyone but myself if I messed up... unless I didn't and the judges still were brutal.  But, that happens.  I just liked going out there doing my thing and knowing that I was doing something that most could not.  Skating is special.  It's not like soccer or baseball.  It's not a sport that everyone can do. It takes coordination, power, a mindset, and confidence.  That's why it's so special.  And that's why I loved sharing it with those who were eager. 

I'm sad to be leaving my current kiddos, but I can do so because I know that whoever they choose to continue on with, I have confidence in.  We have a great set of coaches around here and I'm lucky to be able to work with them and be able to call them friends.  They are wonderful!  And they all have their own unique qualities... good and bad, but we love them all the same!  They are strong women and a few strong men. 

Maybe some day I'll be back when Ells wants to skate or asks what those brown things are in the garage...  My mom thinks I will be back when Ells is about 5 but for now I need to focus on my family.  I need to have some moments where I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off and I have a minute to breathe.  I need to spend as much time with Ells as I can when she's young.  I'm the only one she REALLY recognizes at this point and I don't want to become a stranger to her.  She's my Ells. 

So I say goodbye to the sport I love and has defined me as a person.  It's been everything in my life up to now.  It's how I grew up always hanging out with older people... how I grew up travelling all over for competitions... it's how I learned to get ready on my own.... it's how I became disciplined enough to get up to practice before school and after... it's how I learned to not quit at something once you've started and how I accomplished that by passing all the levels in not one but two skating disciplines... it's how I got to do some extra traveling and earn some extra money after high school by becoming a professional figure skating on a show... it's how I got through college earning money to live on... it's how I met my husband... it's a huge part of me and I'm sad to let it go, but it's the right time.  There are so many other good things about skating that I would love to share, but as the tears well up in my eyes, I realize it is special and always will be.  It will always be that part of me and I will always be a figure skater. 


Great Grandma Gigi

Our sitter has been out on vacation for three weeks.  I'm missing her desperately. 
Along with that, our skating schedules changed for the summer. 
So, we've had company at our house for the last three weeks. 

Week One - Grandma Darla
Week Two - Aunt Libby
Week Three - Grandma Darla

When we are in need of a sitter, we've usually been packing Ells up and taking her to my grandma's house, Ells Gigi.  She's her Great Grandma AND technically GG because she was our Grandma G*.


But with the company at our house, I guess you could say between our schedules and our replacement sitters not seeing Ells very often, they were hogging her. 

So the other night Gigi pulled up in front of our house. 
I had just been saying how she had to be having Ella withdrawals and there they were.

Apparently she told my mom she can't get enough of her. 
I think it's good for her.  Keeps her young.
Although, she's already a very young great grandma or at least doesn't seem her age yet.
I think she keeps running from it, her age that is. 
If it wants to find her, it would probably find her in Chico's or Starbucks.
They know her by name.

And Ells just adores her!


Stella & Dot Flash Sale

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I already ordered the them through this sale! Such a deal!
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Good Finds - Sneak Peak!

I know I've been MIA, but I wanted to share a sneak peak of something I picked up for Baby Kakes yesterday...

I'm so excited for this project that I could pee my pants!
Any ideas?


New Camera


I can't even tell you how excited I was last Friday when I got a little package!  YAY!!!

It was my new camera....

What kind you ask?
A Nikon D5100.  I splurged a little.  I work hard and felt I deserved it.

It's wonderful. 
Still working through the manual, but loving it at the moment! 
And had to share!

Took a ton of test shots, but hoping to have a few photo sessions this weekend! 

Speaking of photo sessions...

Ells is set up to have a photo session with Michelle of Rylee Madison Photography next weekend for a 4 month photo shoot!  Yes, she's 4 months already!  Can't believe it!  Don't worry I'll share pics when we get them!


June Hostess Bonus Days - Stella & Dot

Good Morning Ladies...

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 Any Hostess who has a Bonus Eligible Trunk Show ($500+ in retail and 4 unique orders) will receive an extra $50 in Hostess Rewards straight into her account.

I'll give you another $25 on top of that to the first two who say they saw this on my blog!

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I'm loving the laying of the bracelets right now!  It's so fun to mix and match and see how they all look together!

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You could wear it for Casual Friday...


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