Meet Kelly

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Everyone, meet Kelly McCaleb. Kelly, meet everyone.

Kelly leads a “happy little life” right here in Utah, and she’s one of our favorite crafty bloggers and Etsy divas. She calls herself a “crafty mama” by occupation, but we know she’s so much more: blogger, photographer-in-the-making, designer, seamstress and first-rate scrapbooker, to name a few. Oh yes, and she’s also a mom with degrees in psychology and health education from “the BY.”

Kelly is a designer for Poppy Ink, an artful memory-keeping company, and also does guest work for Li’l Davis. Her paper crafts have been featured in the spreads of such mags as Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Scrapbook Trends, Cards and Paper Crafts. You can see a handful of her creations by following this link.

Meet Kelly

But like we said, paper isn’t the only thing that Kelly can give a healthy dose of makeover to. Her creating-and-crafting hobby is practically lifelong, as she hit up anyone and everyone she knew for lessons in their trade—including the ol’ ladies in her neighborhood. (Who better to learn needlework from?) She started sewing in high school because she wanted to make her own unique clothing, and kept up the hobby, becoming most involved when she became pregnant with her daughter. “I wanted to create unique and simple things for her that I couldn’t find in the stores … not for the right price, anyway,” she says.

Kelly OutfitKelly BootiesKelly BookKelly Bag

We’re big fans of these things she’s crafted up along the way:

Kelly started whipping up crib sets, quilts and dresses for her daughter, and soon enough, the requests started rolling in. As you can see, Kelly and Etsy were a natural fit. At her store, KM Craft, you can pick up notions like quilting kits, mini-album kits made from vintage books, retro dress patterns and trimmings, fabric stacks and more, with Kelly as your personal shopper and project instructor.

You can see more of what this Californian-turned-Utahn is up to at her blog, “My Happy Little Life.” Kelly aims to inspire other women to be creative. “I am an advocate for living simply, re-using and surrounding yourself in beauty,” she says. Here’s a little more from this new-age Martha:

Name: Kelly McCaleb

Occupation: Crafty Mama

When I grow up, I want to be:A homeowner!

The best thing about growing up in Utah was: I didn’t grow up here, but I’m happy to have a safe, family-friendly community to raise my children in.

If/When I have 24 hours in Utah, I always:

Eat at Cafe Rio

Lay in the wave pool at Seven Peaks

Hit the thrift stores

Utah has the best: Attitude about children and families.

Now I live in: Highland, Utah

Highland has the best: Garage sales!

If I could be anywhere right now, it would be:Paris! London! Tahiti! Thailand! Anywhere exciting!

Five hearts:

A clean house Fabric Dancing

A great book and sun bathe

Food, movies, mags, life!

Five hates:

Bad drivers (sorry Utah, you have a lot o them)

Anything/anyone artificial

Senator Palpatine/the “Dark Side” in general

Animal hair

Premenstrual syndrome

I can’t live without my: Magazine subscriptions (Martha Stewart Living, Domino, Blueprint, Everyday Food, to name a few).

The last party I went to was: My daughter’s 4th birthday!

And I wore: A skirt, as per usual.

Favorite product on your site: Most things I make are one-of-a-kind, so they come and go quickly. But I keep this Wall Hanging Kit around for people who want to make something fun on their own. (It comes with frames and pattern, unfinished.) I love it.

Favorite product on earth: Fabric designed by Denyse Schmidt. Also called “Free Spirit Fabrics.”

{Doorprize!} Kelly would like to gift one Your Heart Out reader with a $30 gift certificate to her Etsy store. We recommend her personalized Wall Hanging Kit or one of her vintage Mini Album Paper Crafting Kits, but you can see what else is in store right here. To win, leave just one comment on this post by 10 p.m. on Monday, September 24.

Thanks Kelly!

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180 Responses to “Meet Kelly”

  1. christy Says:

    wow, I’m first. I really love these crafts!

  2. Carly F. Says:

    Love Kelly’s stuff, count me in!

  3. Crystal Says:

    Those “Little Man” booties are the cutest things ever!! Houndstooth on a baby? Be still my heart…

  4. Chelsea Horsley Says:

    I LOVE her stuff- can’t wait to get on Etsy and check it out. I am a felt fanantic and love things that look homeade, so I am stoked!

  5. Jamie anne Says:

    Love love love her stuff. Smart gal, hittin’ up the old ladies for tips and whatnot.

  6. Mandi Says:

    Oh how I love Kelly McCaleb. She truly is a crafting goddess.

  7. Alicia Says:

    I have been reading Kelly’s blog for quite awhile but didn’t know some of those things about her–thanks for sharing!

  8. Chelsea Horsley Says:

    I love her stuff! Can’t wait to check it all out at Etsy- love that too!

  9. car Says:

    please pick me…I need cute vintage things on my walls!

  10. Muranda Says:

    I figure I am going to by something anyway…might as well have a gift certificate!

  11. Christine Says:

    I would love to win!

  12. Stephanie Says:

    I love the wall hanging kits! Very cool things.

  13. Lisa H Says:

    very cool stuff. i love old patterns. my mom sold all hers at a garage sale a few years ago :(

  14. Dede Says:

    Great stuff! I would love to buy everything she sells!

  15. Megan Z Says:

    Count me in!

  16. Annie Says:

    yes please!! isn’t etsy the best thing ever!

  17. emily Says:

    oh enter me!

  18. Lindsey Says:

    what darling stuff! Can’t wait to buy some of the stuff for my house!

  19. Meriel Says:

    If I could win anything, it would be this! She is my idol! I aspire to be her, we already have so much in common!

  20. Nicole Says:

    I have been a fan a kelly’s for a long time. I hope I win. Pick Me?!

  21. heather Says:

    I love her stuff! Count me in please!

  22. Autumn Says:

    I would love to win!

  23. Candi Says:

    i absolutely love her stuff! she is a hip, sassy mama!

  24. Stephanie A Nielson Says:

    i love that kelly darling

  25. Elizabeth Says:

    I love the vintage baby quilt. i also love to collect fabric and the fabric stacks would fit right in on my fabric shelf.

  26. Stephanie A Nielson Says:

    i love that kelly darling, she is such a beautiful person

  27. Emily Says:

    I love her stuff and wish I could sew pretty things just like her!

  28. Tasha H. Says:

    Hi Kelly! I love your style and would be tickled to win something! You inspire me!

  29. Melissa Says:

    So fun!

  30. robin Says:

    I feel like I’ve met kelly already..(even though I haven’t) Love her blog and store. My little daughter kylie (7years old) checks her store all the time and yells at me “kelly has something new mama!!!” we both love her.

  31. Tasha H. Says:

    Hello Kelly! Love your style! Pick me!

  32. brooke Says:

    So inspiring to be more crafty and cute! What a talented person!

  33. shawn Says:

    Testimonial: I bought the embroidery wall hanging kit. It changed my life. I am a better woman for it. …But seriously, it was so fun to make and turned out beautiful. Everyone should have one. :)

  34. britain Says:

    i love kelly. she is a talented inspiration. truly!

  35. Callie Says:

    Another Kelly fan here! She makes really lovely stuff!

  36. Lindsey Says:

    Kelly’s stuff is so fun! I just happened to come across her blog and now I’m hooked. She inspires me to be crafty:)

  37. Fairlight Says:

    We love you Kelly! Thanks for sending us over here. Would love a gift certificate so we could buy something else from you. ;)

  38. Ashley Schultz Says:

    I adore Kelly, her blog, and her etsy shop. Thanks for highlighting her. I would *love* to win the gift certificate to her etsy shop…crossing my fingers. Thanks Kelly!

  39. Hillary M Says:

    Everything she does looks so vintage-y and pretty. Kudos to her for such creativity.

  40. Guinevere Says:

    I’m inspired…. Pick me!

  41. Lindsey Trego Says:

    Love the vibes from Kelly! Am always inspired by her!

  42. alicia Says:

    Kelly’s blog and etsy are def my fave’s. Thanks for lovin on her today!

  43. Monica Says:

    I love Kelly’s blog . She is so creative and fun. Hope I win!!!

  44. Stephanie Says:

    So Very Cute! I would love those photo albums!!!

  45. Annie Says:

    Yeah, a great new blog to add to my list!

  46. sara Says:

    As a Utahn turned Seattlite- Kelly makes me so proud to be from that state. (and sorry, but she’s right about the drivers :))

  47. Lisa Pink Says:

    Love Kelly’s style!! So inspiring!!

  48. jill s Says:

    love her blog.
    love her craftiness!:)


  49. Angela Williams Says:

    congrats on the recognition Kelly. Great stuff!

  50. Camille Says:

    I love her blog! She’s amazing!

  51. Jessica Says:

    She makes me want to be a craftier person! Wall Hanging kit here I come!

  52. lauren Says:

    love her… she’s a craft godess, and a great gal.

  53. Paola Says:

    Hi! I love Kelly and her blogs in the one I check every day. I would love to wind the gift certificate to try and learn something new.
    Love, Paola

  54. laceyJ. Says:

    I also love Kelly’s blog! What a creative talent!

  55. Lindy Says:

    I love Kelly, I love her stuff. And I would certainly love the g.c. to her etsy shop. Thanks for the giveaway (and the great write-up!).

  56. Jennifer Says:

    I love all things Kelly. Plus, how can you go wrong spotlighting a fan of the Force and all other things Star Wars. Hope I win so I can treat myself to some vintage goodies from the shop!

  57. jessi Says:

    Go Kelly! She certainly deserves to be highlighted here – what a talented gal!

  58. Melisa Says:

    Luv Kelly’s work luckily get to enjoy it monthly at PI in addition to her blog….

  59. Donna Says:

    I’ve been wanting one of her baby quilt kits!

  60. Brecken Says:

    I’ve been lurking at Kelly’s blog for months! I love her sweet bloghonesty.

  61. monica gonzalez Says:

    omg i LOVE kelly!!
    seriously, her work is like a breath of fresh air.

  62. Jinjer Says:

    Such great stuff. I hope I win.

  63. Paige Says:

    Great to “meet” Kelly and learn more about her life. I love her etsy shop and read her blog regularly!

  64. nanette Says:

    I love Kelly’s creations and her website! I would love to win!

  65. Emily Says:

    Oh no! Another new blog to add to my list!!! Love it!

  66. Meredith Says:

    she inspired me to make my first quilt. . . i used the instructions from her website and now it’s almost finished!

  67. Courtney Says:

    I love Kelly’s work, count me in. :)

  68. Liz Says:

    i love kelly’s style. i have been admiring her work for a while now and am so glad that she is from the great state of utah!

  69. Amy R. Says:

    I would love to get something from her shop!

  70. Alex H Says:

    Kelly is so lovely!
    She has a fabulous sense of SELF & STYLE!
    *crossing my fingers for luck*

  71. Kayli Says:

    Is it my lucky lucky day?

  72. Mel Says:

    I love Kelly’s style!

  73. Marci Says:

    Kelly is so talented. I’m so glad to have found her sites!

  74. Eliza Says:

    I love the quiet book, maybe another incarnation will come around someday and I can buy it!

  75. Jessica B Says:

    I love Kelly’s etsy shop and would love to win the gift certificate!

  76. val Says:

    her things are adorable. I love it.

  77. jamie Says:

    I love my happy little life blog. It’s truly inspirational. I’m so glad she was spotlighted! thanks for the great interview.

  78. Adrienne Says:

    I enjoy Kelly’s blog! Thanks!

  79. Beth Says:

    Awesome! I love Kelly’s work and her overall attitude/spunk. She’s the bee’s knees! *B

  80. Lori Says:

    I’m glad you are featuring Kelly. I’ve loved her blog! She makes great things… let me buy one with the $30! :)

  81. Cass Says:

    love the ‘Quiet Book’ beyond all others… so darling! and i’m quite keen on kelly in general too!

  82. HeidiBB Says:

    Could it be my lucky turn to be picked this time? I hope, I hope, I hope!

  83. jessica Says:

    YAY Kelly!

  84. Erin Says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE HER QUILTS!! She HAS inspired me… and I WILL make one! She is one crafty mama.

  85. Sara Says:

    Oh I hope I win!!!

  86. micayla Says:

    WOO HOO, I just love Miss Kelly! She is a constant inspiration to me! So count me in the draw!

  87. Stacey Says:

    I love Kelly’s stuff! And I read her blog religiously.

  88. cathy Says:

    I can’t wait to check out the website.

  89. Rebecca Coolidge Says:

    I love Kelly’s Etsy shop, I have ordered several things from her in the past year, and enjoy the time she puts into packaging everything. I could probably buy one of everything she makes if I could, and I love knowing that when I order something from her I am helping out a stay at home mom!! :)


  90. TK Oler Says:

    Love your stuff…How do you get it all done?

  91. Alexandra Says:

    Love Kelly, her blog and her fabulous etsy shop.
    She offers inspiration in a fresh and fun way but at the same time her classic, earthy vibe is comforting – takes me back to my childhood. Thanks for sharing Kelly!

  92. Amy Says:

    You girls are so cool!

  93. Ashley Says:

    What a cool girl Kelly is! Thanks for introducing me to her because I absolutely love her stuff! I would love to buy some with a gift certificate!

  94. L A Says:

    When YOUR HEART OUT had their survey, I put this (Kelly’s Etsy shop) as one of my favs. I wonder if I had any hand in this feature. If I did, I am so proud! I would love to win, but just reading her daily uplifting blogs is also winning!

  95. Michelle Says:

    I love kelly and her work! Thanks for featuring her.

  96. krista Says:

    love the booties!

  97. Marilyn Says:

    I am a fan of Kelly’s.

  98. Jocelyn SLC Says:

    A friend just had a baby boy this week and i’d love to give him those “little man” booties!

  99. marta Says:

    her genuine blog entries always put a smile on my face. am glad YHO featured this lovely lady.

  100. kendi Says:

    Gotta winl, Gotta WIN….I’ve been looking at her Esty store for awhile now. Actually she’s on my sidebar as a favorite! Love her stuff~

  101. Allie Says:

    Hers has to be one of my fav blogs of ALL!

  102. ash Says:

    I love Kelly’s stuff! She is so talented! I would love to do some shopping at her etsy site.

  103. Jenny Says:

    Kelly has a great blog, and I am one of the lucky one’s to have shopped her etsy shop.

  104. Ellen Says:

    yes, please!

  105. Jenny Says:

    Sweet! I would love something of hers – talk about talent!

  106. Suzy Says:

    Love this girls’ style. So totally talented.

  107. Jen C. Says:

    Kelly’s etsy shop is lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  108. Nemesis Says:

    Oooh, please pick me!

  109. holly Says:

    Sweet…just what I could use!

  110. nena earl Says:

    I have been reading Kelly’s blog for a while and she is always inspiring. Love those little man boots. Someone close to her once told me she is the MOST amazing person she knows! I’ll stick to that -nena

  111. angie k Says:

    LOVE HER!!! So count me in! I would love some Kelly M. works of art! Count me in!

  112. kkt Says:

    The *BEST* thing about Kelly is that she’s a Star Wars fan!!!!!!

  113. Julia Says:

    My bare walls could definitely use one of her DIY wall-hangings.

  114. glor Says:

    I want to win a little somethin-somethin

  115. Rebekah Says:

    Love her stuff!!

  116. emily Says:

    welcome kelly! made me hungry for cafe rio!

  117. Marita Says:

    Love Kelly’s stuff! Oh so crafty cute, cool & creative.

  118. Jen Says:

    kelly is an all around inspiration… very creative and her blog is always a good read!

  119. Candice Says:

    I would LOVE to win!!! and yay for Kelly’s awesome self. what an inspiration she is to so many! :)

  120. Sharon Says:

    Kelly, I started looking through your scrapbook pages and I couldn’t stop. Then I looked through your handmade “sewn” section, beautiful. You are an amazing artist, I LOVE your style.

  121. Creole Wisdom Says:

    Kelly inspires me constantly. She is amazing.

  122. Mique Provost Says:

    I would LOVE to win. Love Kelly’s blog (and shop too).

  123. Tina Says:

    Very cute stuff in the store! I love it.
    And I love the Hatched in the Hive interviews, I might add! It’s fun to get to know other great women, like Kelly, from around the state.

  124. AmandaV. Says:

    Just wanted to give Kelly a big shout out! Awesome stuff, so talented and down to earth! – - love that about her and adore reading her blog! Great choice to feature!

  125. Wendy Says:

    Kelly, love your style. Your blog is so fun to read.

  126. nat Says:

    Kelly is definately someone I look up to. She is always inspiring!

  127. Lane Says:

    that bird-embellished bag is tdf!

  128. Jackie Says:

    Beautiful! Makes me wish that I were crafty.

  129. Mama Zen Says:

    Cute stuff!

  130. Heather Says:

    I love this stuff! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  131. kellie Says:

    I a fan of Kelly! I love her blog, she has a great sense of humor and she’s real. Keep making beautiful things, we all love it!

  132. nicole hill Says:

    oooh.. thanks for this interview! great new find for me.

  133. katri Says:

    Kelly rocks!

  134. Carrie Says:

    So impressed and inspired. Doing something you love is what everyone wants.

  135. Kara Jayne Says:

    I have been reading Kellys blog for a while and am SO excited she was featured by you guys. Why am I suprised….you are so in the know!! Love your blog Ali, good to see you at Lane’s wedding!

  136. Andrea Says:

    Wow! Those are some CUTE items! please count me in! :)

  137. DeAnn Says:

    Cool, cool stuff. What an amazing woman!

  138. Donna Says:

    Beautiful stuff she makes!

  139. Tara Furnas Says:

    I love reading her blog!!

  140. gina p Says:

    Kelly is so awesome. She makes the most beautiful handmade items. I am a huge fan…obviously!

  141. Jenny J Says:

    Wow!!! How awesome and creative! I think its about time that I do some winning:)

  142. Rachel Holt Says:

    such cute stuff! i hope i win!

  143. Andrea Says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute! I can’t wait to try my hand at a few (or more!) of her projects.

  144. Linda SS Says:

    I enjoy Kelly’s blog and am always amazed at her talents.

  145. Jo Marks Says:

    Since finding Kelly’s blog, I’ve been inspired to search through local op shop’s again, and have found great vintage fabric and patterns – thanks Kelly, you’ve encouraged me to get creating again, love Jo in Australia.

  146. Sarah S. Says:

    Super cute stuff!! I am way impressed!

  147. ConnieC Says:

    I love her quilt kit. It’s on my wish list. I also like cruising her blog for inspiration. It’s full of great stuff.

  148. melindahansen Says:

    Wow, I’m so honored that I actually used to hang-out with Kelly. She is so amazing. I’ve always loved her personality. She is funny, witty, smart, laid back, and happy. I love her spunk and creativity. It is something most people would die for. She has learned things from other people over the years, sure, but much of it is just so natural for her. I can tell she just has floods of ideas running through her head all the time. Her work is darling, and unique. Sometimes I have to take breaks from looking at her blog because I know I’ll just wish I could snatch her talents from her. Kelly is the greatest!!!

  149. Rachel Gleave Says:

    I LOVE Kelly! Please pick me!

  150. Lindsey S. Says:

    I would love to win this cute stuff!

  151. Jaren Says:

    Love to win that for my wife. Thanks!

  152. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings Says:

    Count me in!! I love this stuff!

  153. Caryn Says:

    I would love to win! Please enter me!

  154. Myrna Says:

    Count me in too please.

  155. olivia Says:

    I have a deep love for arts and crafts.

  156. Marie Says:

    Yeah for Kelly and Yeah for Hatched in the Hive. I loved learning more about you, Kelly.

  157. Robyn Says:

    Way cool Kelly! :) Love all that you do!

  158. Betsy Says:

    So cool!

  159. Patty Says:

    please enter me too, thanks!

  160. Patty Cole Says:

    pease enter me too, thanks!

  161. Teresa Says:

    Interesting and fun ideas! I’d like to be entered into the give away. Thanks!

  162. Arlene Says:

    Oh, what a fun giveaway! Thanks for offering :~)

  163. janaejanke Says:

    I wish I was more crafty

  164. bebemiqui Says:

    count me in!

  165. Rachel M Says:

    I’ve really gathered a lot of inspiration from Kelly’s blog about how to be more creative with the vintage fabrics I already have… and also that I can do it while raising a little girl (due in December!). I’m looking forward to being a full-time mom and still doing the sewing I love… thanks Kelly for the inspiration!

  166. Says:

    I am slowly becoming addicted to Etsy!

  167. Sarah A. Says:

    Too cute! I love the quiet book.

  168. Doreen Says:

    Hi Kelly! I would love to win a GC to your Etsy store!! That would be GRAND!

  169. Marissa Says:

    Wow I’d come across her on etsy before but didn’t know all this other cool stuff she did.

  170. applesonastick Says:

    I’ve been drooling over Kelly’s quilt kits for AGES!

  171. Mia Says:

    Great stuff …pick me! pick me!

  172. Torrie Says:

    Love that etsy store, cute stuff.

  173. Becky Says:

    These are adorable. Just love ‘em!

  174. Rachel Says:

    I am in Texas and yet find myself always checking out what kelly is up to. She is so crafty and inspiring! I would love to be able to win this so that I can pick things out of her store!!! It would be such a hard decision. so much cute stuff!

  175. heather h Says:

    What gorgeous crafts! I long to win this fabulous prize.

  176. Kim Allsup Says:

    i miss being in ut and i think Kelly’s site is very inspires me to create…

  177. Brit Says:

    I love her stuff, her photography, her blog, everything! What a crafty girl! Count me in for the doorprize! I would love to be able to do a little shopping in her shop!

  178. Melissa Says:

    She is SO talented! What a wonderful treat for someone to win this prize. . . hope it’s me!

  179. Kim N Says:

    I have been following Kelly’s site for several months and love it! I love her creativity and the crafts that she sells.

  180. mindi Says:

    i love kelly’s blog, and her etsy shop is so fun :)

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