Brett & Jordan

November 23, 2011 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

This wedding has a very special place in my heart. I was so excited to help pull all of their ideas and dreams together for their special day. Jordan and Brett are so in love and I think Focal Point Cinematic Weddings did an incredible job of capturing that emotion. This vintage backyard wedding had tons of details that reflected the couple’s style and personalities. Custom vintage pieces (designed by me) from Southern Events added a warm inviting atmosphere to the backyard. The smile on Jordon’s face when she saw it all pulled together brought tears to my eyes. You see….she was my children’s first (and only besides family) babysitter and lived 2 doors down from us. When she left for college it was like losing a member of the family. Seeing her all grown up and living her dream in New York City is incredible…but how I miss the sweet 13 year old that gave me sanity when I had 2 small boys and needed a night out with my sweet hubby.

So thankful I was a part of their Happily Ever After story!

Plan on darlings,

 

 

Be an Inspiration

November 10, 2011 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

My mother was an inspiration.  She was an inspiration to many others and to me.  She lived in a small town and was one of the first women in that community to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987.  There was no support group or breast navigator and there weren’t any “How to Handle Breast Cancer” books or websites available either.  She had to figure it out on her own.  So as other women she knew were diagnosed, (and there were several over the years), she passed along her knowledge and gave support and encouragement to each of them.  She was proof that there was life after cancer….she gave them hope.

Mom was one of the faces of cancer, and helped raise money every year during the Walk for the Cure event.  She never felt sorry for herself or asked “why me,” and she maintained a positive attitude through all of her relapses and treatments when it would have been so easy to just give up.  The Pink Gala is in her memory…a celebration of hope.

This year I want to help inspire and give hope to all the women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer recently.  I want to hear your story….I want you to give someone hope and encouragement.  This year The Pink Gala will choose a survivor to be the voice of hope for the 2011 event.

To be considered for our Survivor Spotlight:  Send your name, address, short bio, date diagnosed with breast cancer, Oncologist, where you received your treatment(s) and current picture with an essay of your journey (around 500 words).

If you are chosen you will receive 2 VIP Pink Gala tickets, a room at the Marriott on New Year’s Eve and some special gifts from our sponsors.  The deadline is November 21 and the survivor spotlight will be announced December 1.

Submit your story to kelly@kellyspaldingdesigns.com  Together we can make a difference!

You can find out more information on The Pink Gala website

Big, fuzzy PINK hugs,

 

It’s Fall Y’all!

September 20, 2011 } Blog { by Kelly | 2 Comments

I love pumpkins!  I use them as decor from September through Thanksgiving.  I found some cute ideas and wanted to share them with you.

I can’t wait to use this idea for my front yard.  I can turn the pumpkins around and put a different message on the other side.  Now to find a cart!  I found this idea here.

I love the great ideas on bhg.com

Cute idea!  I love using candy corn in my decorating and think this would be great as table decor or on a mantle display.

 

I love a little sparkle in my Halloween decor.  I think this would make a very spooky table with all white pumpkins.

I love to personalize my decor and this is an easy project for the kids to help with.  It would also be fun to spell out words or messages.  I found this here.

Now this is right up my alley!  I love a little bling don’t you?  I found this one here.

No go on and get yourself some pumpkins. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Party on~

 

Let’s talk about

August 09, 2011 } Blog { by Kelly | 1 Comment

I just love to connect with people and I know you do too.  So let’s talk about Janice….

Janice Carnevale is a sweetheart that I have been tweeting with for almost a year now.  She and I have so much in common and I feel like I know her in real life, but sadly we haven’t had a chance to hook up yet.  I am sure one of these days we will!

Janice is the owner of Bellwether Events, an event planning firm based in Washington DC.  She lives with her husband Larry and her two rescue dogs, Nikki and Tammy, in Falls Church, Virginia.

Describe your business. We are dedicated to helping modern couples create clever and inspired weddings.

What is your favorite color? I like shades of blue and shades of gray.

Let’s talk coffee….what is your favorite Starbucks beverage?  I don’t drink coffee.  At all.  So when at Starbucks I usually buy Blackberry Hink Water.

What are you watching on TV? Admittedly, I watch a lot of TV.  Most people are surprised that I am able to keep up with as many shows as I do. During the summer, I watch all of the original series on USA and TNT, such as In Plain Sight, White Collar, Royal Pains, Suits, and Covert Affairs. Regular season favorites include Glee, House, and any cop or detective drama, a la Criminal Minds.

Tell me one thing you love about your work…. How do I pick just one? The way the groom fiddles with his new ring all night. Seeing the couple as they come down the aisle at the end of the ceremony. The father/daughter dance.

What is one thing you would change about it? It is inevitable that engaged couples are under-educated about what wedding planning entails, and what weddings cost. They likely have never planned such an extravagant party before, and thus suffer from a huge learning curve. I would like to somehow magically educate all couples on the investment often needed to ensure a seamless and beautiful event.

A favorite quote…. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Beach or Lake…. Both! I like being near the water while I am on R&R.

Disney or Camping…. Neither! Can I go to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, instead? I would definitely pick roller coasters over sleeping in the dirt.

Europe or Caribbean…. Yes, please! I have been to both, I love both and I will never pass up the chance to visit either.

Heels or flats….. I wear heels (wedges, not stilettos) in limited amounts, as they hurt my back and feet. So I am relegated to flats or sneakers for the most part.

Books or movies….I start a lot of business books – never seem to get around to finishing them. We canceled our Netflix subscription years ago because we watch too much TV to watch any movies. I try to go see a movie in the theatres at least once a month.

Sleep in or stay up late....I do both!

I know you want to see some pictures!


Janice you rock!

Plan on Darling,

 

 

Summer…..

August 02, 2011 } Blog { by Kelly | 1 Comment

Whew, this summer has flown by.  It has been very busy here at the Perfectly Placed headquarters!  Never mind that I am also running Spalding Surgical, planning the 2nd annual The Pink Gala and entertaining two teenage boys and a very cute nine-year-old little girl.  I am exhausted….and every once in a while a little overwhelmed.  I don’t care what anybody says….you CAN have it all, but you CAN’T have it all at once.

When I had babies, I was very lucky to be able to stay home with them.  I loved every minute of it….well, maybe not every minute of it.  I missed working, so I found ways to volunteer my services so I could stay connected and have some much needed adult time.  Once my youngest went to kindergarten, (the first week), I started taking on clients and haven’t looked back.  I did what worked for me….I don’t judge other mothers for not staying home and don’t judge moms who choose not to go back to work because I was secure in my decision and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I have learned some very valuable lessons these past few months….

My children will survive if I don’t make a three-course dinner every night.
If I complain about the way my husband does the laundry….he won’t want to do it anymore.
I can treat myself as well as I treat my clients.
A long weekend away with my husband is well worth the effort.

The most important thing is setting boundaries.  Can I multitask? Heck yes, and very well I might add. But multitasking doesn’t allow me to do my best.  I can’t do three things well all at the same time, but I can do each of them very well one at a time.  Imagine that?  Yep….not rocket science huh?

So I am going to go all Oprah on you and tell you the thing I know for sure!

Setting up office hours is crucial when your office is in your home.  My children know the “office hour” rules.  This allows me to get my work done faster and have more time to do the fun stuff with them.  But they know my door is always open if they need me….and when that happens, I turn away from the computer, put the phone on vibrate and give them my full attention.  When I do this, the interruptions are few and far between because they don’t have to compete with anything for my attention.  This is more difficult during the summer when all three of them are here and have had all the “together” time they can stand, but it works most of the time.  Office hours also include when I will answer emails and my cell phone.  This has been a game changer…..thank you Lara Casey.  I don’t have the exact same schedule everyday because my business is a fly by the seat of your pants kinda thing some days, but I try to figure out my weekly schedule so everyone knows what to expect.  Sometimes it is right on and sometimes we adjust and rearrange.  I don’t feel guilty about working and I don’t miss out on summer fun with my family…..ahhh now that is an accomplishment!

School is starting this week….and I am having mixed emotions about it. I am happy to get back to a schedule and not have to worry about keeping everyone entertained because it is so HOT outside no one wants to leave the house.  I am not excited about homework, sport schedules ruling my life and the stress of getting everyone out the door before 7:30 in the morning.  But like I said…..you can’t have it all at once!

Plan on darlings,