Thursday, April 22, 2010

Karey's Passion

Today's guest will make you laugh till milk comes out your nose. The very next day she'll make you cry till you can't see the computer screen. Karey Mackin has incredible taste, a major way with words, a heart overflowing with love, and three of the funniest, most beautiful girlies you ever did encounter. Karey is a Kirtsy editor and blogger. She writes about sparkly things, great eye candy, true love, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She is a busy woman living a full and passionate life. Most of all, Karey's busy raising her girlies three. When we're lucky, she writes about them, too.

passion? i'm full of passion. overflowing, even. it's practically my middle name. well. it's actually marie, but if you say it with an azerbaijani accent...

anyway. i'm so vehemently enamored with everything and anything, i was once asked by a dubious friend who had just about had it with my effusiveness, "really? you're in love with a mechanical pencil? really?"

don't judge. it was turquoise. with continuous lead. on sale.

so when relyn asked me to chime in on her month of passion, i was convinced it would be simple. and perhaps even a little racy. it was neither. and to make a long and agonizing story as short as possible? i'm in love with too much.

there are words and mary ruffle's photos and all things shiny and anything remotely connected to kate lanphear, which may or may not include a wristful of enviably chunky bangles not to mention shimmery rings on many fingers. plus sequins in the sunshine. flat-out passionate about that one. but all of this is nonsense, isn't it? of course it is. so i tried to think harder.

making things. i'm passionate about making things. not like dinner or chunky knit scarves, but i love coming up with dreams and then making them come true. like t.ruffle girls.

but i'm not sure t.ruffles really counts. because mary does most of the making. i've got to think harder, i thought.


wait. i've got it. do you know what i really really really love? cool women. good women. most excellent women. i like finding them and promoting them on kirtsy and just watching the good they throw 'round their worlds. for example...she's pure joy and makes me smile. every single time. she breaks my heart. more often than that. she floors me with her generosity. and she's all of the above.

but i still wasn't sure even that really counts. and so i thought harder. and still? nothing. or, rather, still too much.

so i stopped and listened to all the air around me and tried to collect my thoughts. any thoughts, really. all i could hear was my girlies three. lillie's little bird voice trilling she's like the swallow in anticipation of her choir concert. grae-rose singing the hip-hop version with accompanying dance moves just crazy enough to make lillie giggle and lose her place. esmé strolling about begging someone to take a bath with her. and lillie saying yes. it all sounded like music to my ears.

and i got it. what i love most, that about which i'm most passionate? making most excellent women. three of them, in fact. three most excellent women who will grow to love the world so much that they'll want the best for everyone in it.

if i could only dream one dream and have it come true? that would be it.

thank you, relyn, for asking me to play over here. i feel like i should apologize for the mess of words i've spilled all over this post, but i'm pretty sure you'll somehow only find the good in it, yes? xoxo. karey m.


Anonymous said...

i love all the words you have spilled over this post.

Oliag said...

Beautifully written...and lots of new places to visit:) Thanks!

Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

Nice to meet you Karey. That's a lot of passion you've got going there!

smith kaich jones said...

i dreamed about ruffles so that is surely a sign to visit the places you mention. and making most excellent women - yes, yes, yes! fabulous passion! love it!

and you too, relyn!


Char said...

the passion of true love is always the most beautiful thing - love of friends or whatever. it's wonderful.

Andrea said...

Hope you have a beautifully blessed day.

Julia Christie said...

What an inspiring post! I love your final conclusion - it resonates with me...If I can encourage the development of happy, healthy, contributing members of society, full of joy and able to hold on to all the wonder around us, I will feel like I have done my job as a mother...Tall order yes, but such a wonderful privelege.

Very nice to meet you Karey!


leigh said...

you always, always make me smile, cry, laugh, giggle and swoon Karey... i would love a turquoise mechanical pencil too... and with you as a mom - those three darlings will be three most excellent women.

Connie said...

Wow Relyn, you sure know how to pick em! I loved this post. Actually I am really enjoying the whole series! All the best to you!

Heart2Heart said...


What a special place to come by and visit today with coffee!

If you get a chance, stop by and participate in some of my giveaways, most of them end this weekend! I'd love to have you join!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Relyn-I'm trying to ease back into blogging after what has been my most difficult month ever...what a treat to read words from someone new, someone I like already! Thank you...


karey m. said...

relyn! you have NICE commenters!

a reflection of the blogger, for sure.

thank you again for letting me come over. xoxo.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with spilling words? I love the sound of that.

I also raised three little girls: smart, competitive, and full of passion for the thing of the moment. They're grown now and they still are that way, but they've learned to appreciate each other along the way.

I enjoyed this blog.

Tracy said...

Passion... it is such a blessing, as it can take us to such great places! Loving this Passion series, Relyn! Thanks so much for your warm, wonderful comments. :o) Happy Weekend, my friend ((HUGS))

krista said...

uh oh. two ladies i like a whole lot in one place.
this is a recipe for be sure.

Tracy said...

Truly love this work! Thanks, Relyn, for sharing it. I check it out every day.

bekkah said...

lol, this was refreshing!!! I second your passion for pretty mechanical pencils...sharpeners are so passe ;)

Jeanie said...

Oh, you do bring in the best people to share such enthusiasm and joy! Thank you! I can see why three excellent young women were created!

Jaime said...

I've had a bit of a crush on the t.ruffles blog for quite some time now...I think it was you, Relyn that connected me to that little piece of divine sweetness. Each time I go there I smile makes me happy. The pictures are sweet and delightful, and the writing is nothing short of amazing.
What a treat to read this post and find other lovely links to follow. I love this girl!

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