moms you should meet: Kelli Murray

Photography by Small Fry contributor Eliza J Photography.

One of our California trip stops was to see San Diego based artist Kelli Murray. We had been developing a major collective crush and knew we wanted to learn more about Kelli’s life as an artist and mama.

Kelli Murray Small Fry

We grabbed lunch and talked about what most working mothers talk about — work and family — and how to happily navigate the two.

Kelli and Rylee

Kelli’s artistic career led her to being a designer for California based clothing company, Jedidiah. Working crazy long hours, but loving the ability to express herself creatively, she then married and settled down in San Diego. It wasn’t until Kelli became pregnant with her little girl Rylee that she really thought about what she wanted for her life and how to achieve it.

While we hear often that family can throw a wrench in the progression of your career, it was Kelli’s family itself that inspired her to go after it.

She knew she couldn’t put in those crazy designer hours and be with Rylee the way she wanted to be, so she scaled way back and took a leap of faith and started selling her art online.

Now a full-time mom AND full-time artist under her own name, we couldn’t be happier for Kelli’s success! Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite Kelli Murray’s art all found at her website here.

Kelli Murray Art

We just love Kelli and are so inspired by her story of motherhood enhancing and propelling her dreams. See more of Kelli at her website, Twitter (@kellimurrayart), and Instagram (@kelli_murray.)

cardboard airplane

We have an awesome guest project for you today from Connie in Mesa, Arizona!

Here’s what she has to say about today’s DIY:

“As soon as my four year old, Brody, saw the aviator hat his brother got for Christmas, he put it on and started running around like he was in an airplane. I had seen cardboard box airplanes before and realized it was the perfect time to make one for him. It was a very simple activity, and he enjoyed making it with me! It was hilarious watching him run around in a cardboard box… and cardboard or not, it was the coolest plane in his eyes! Every little kid should do this at least once!”

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You can see the original post and more about her cutie Brody here, and Connie’s photogaphy site here. What an awesome mom to take the time to do this with her little guy. We also love the idea of a beautiful set of photos of our kids playing with their very favorite toys of the moment! Isn’t that a fun way to document their ever changing interests and imagination?

Thanks Connie!

my mum’s threads no. 4

We’re back with our seasonal feature, My Mum’s Threads, the Winter installment! For this season’s post, we’ve joined forces with some of our favorite mamas around the internet (catch their links at the end of this post!) so you can see and hear about some of their must-have items to stay looking chic and put together while on the Mom Job. But first, whether we’re wiping a nose, kissing a boo boo, grabbing lunch with friends, or running to a meeting, this is how we do it.


\\ On Emily:

fashion, style, mom, winter, beanie, forever 21, gap, urban outfitters, sam edelman

When it’s cold out, Emily’s must haves are a thick and stretchy pair of denim to stay warm,  boots with a little rock and roll edge, and pops of color to combat the white-out scenery.

fashion, style, mom, winter, beanie, forever 21, gap, urban outfitters, sam edelman

“My ideal pair of cold weather denim is BDG’s Cigarette Skinny from Urban Outfitters. Super thick, but stretchy like leggings, it’s perfect for cold temperatures, but still easy to move in. I am obsessed with any color or pattern of the Sam Edelman Petty boots. With a slight heel to keep me feeling a little dressed-up, while hitting that sweet spot on my ankle — they go with jeans, or tights and a skirt, but they don’t make my legs look stubby. They’re pretty perfect! Anytime I can add some color, I love to do it with accessories: a beanie, a bright manicure, or even wash out hair chalk!”

\\ On Jenna:

style, fashion, winter, athletic, mom, mountain hardware, zella, paige denim, sorel

Jenna’s family loves to adventure and leads a really active lifestyle. Her go to Winter looks include a heavy duty yet still shape-flattering waterproof jacket, she keeps it chic by going all black, and keeps it functional with all-weather Sorels!

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“I like to be ready for just about anything: whether it’s a ski day, a ballet barre class, or even a nice dinner out. I feel like wearing all black makes all of these things possible in one day. That first layer is the Zella Glam Melange Jacket, and then I top it with my favorite Mountain Hard Wear Ghost WhispererDown jacket. Add Sorel Tivoli boots and come blizzard or preschool program, I’m ready.”

\\ On Nicole:

style, fashion, mom, jcrew, classic, hunter boots, winter, beanie

Nicole excels at looking feminine and party-ready no matter what the weather brings. With a thick tights, a wool pencil skirt, tough but sleek wellies, and a coat for every day of the week, she pulls it together day in and day out.

style, fashion, mom, jcrew, classic, hunter boots, winter, beanie

“Winter is no excuse to put away my favorite feminine pieces! I love JCrew’s No.2 Pencil skirt in wool. It’s perfect for winter, and fits better than any skirt out there. I also love the short version of these Hunter boots, tall enough to keep the snow out, but lightweight enough to chase some toddlers. Since the coat is the final layer to any wintry outfit, I can’t help but collect bright and fun coats to keep things interesting. The brighter the better!

And now for the link-up! Here are the rest of the awesome mamas hosting the link-up today! If you’d like to join, just add the button using the HTML coding below. Once you’ve done that we’ll be checking out everyone’s additions and featuring our favorite three on the blog! We can’t wait to see your own mamattire shots!

  1. Isobel of Holdenonbaby
  2. Casey Leigh of The Wiegands
  3. Nicole, Emily, and Jenna of Small Fry
  4. Cara of Cara Loren
  5. Laura of Ascot Hart
  6. Jen of Deep in the Hart
  7. Anna of In Honor of Design
  8. Bridget of Tales of Me and the Husband



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dream big, small fry.

We just wanted to pop in and wish you all a wonderful weekend! We’ve been up at the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City the last two days and will be through the weekend! It’s been such a great time meeting so many of you and we can’t thank you enough for the support at our panel! Emily spoke on Thursday and we were blown away by so many of the friendly Small Fry community faces in the crowd. You can see all our shenanigans on Instagram (@smallfryblog) and the craziness of Alt in general by using the #altsummit hashtag on Instagram or Twitter.

To show our appreciation to those of you who can’t be with us this weekend, here’s the gift we’ve been handing out, our Small Fry motto that quickly brings us to tears whenever we say it to our boys. We hope we are always the instillers of big dreaming for our families and for you, and we’re so glad you’re here.

dreambigsf3With Love: Emily, Jenna, and Nicole.