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Shakira, Shakira

Large Cactus
Where does one go to buy a gigantic indoor cactus? I had been searching for months and had found a few good options but all were too far out of my price range. Thats what brought me to craigslist late one Monday night. I sat on my couch combing over the archives of cactus postings when I found her.

The posting began with “This is Shakira” and went on to tell the heartwarming tale of my cactus’s first 40 years of life. She grew up in a house with a sweet old man who loved her dearly. When he passed away his grandkids entrusted her to a young man named Thad who was looking to give her a new home. Thad had moved recently and the change in environment and lighting hadn’t treated her well.

Large Cactus

I immediately inquired about her and we set up a time for me to visit later that week. Though meeting with a craigslister named Thad regarding a 100 pound cactus named Shakira brought up some initial red flags (did he own a boa constrictor? a closet full of Metallica t-shirts? did he dabble in serial killing?), I went anyway. Thad turned out to be a totally normal guy just looking for a nice, loving home for his girl.

I assembled a moving crew, pulled a few muscles, found out Shakira’s hips really don’t lie and eventually got her home. After the rough couple of months that she has had, I don’t know if she will make it but I certainly hope I can give her 40 more years.

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Bedroom Light

Fall Bedroom | Caitlin Kelley

Inspired by some $1 brackets found in the as-is section of Ikea, I recently made a new hanging bracket light for my bedroom. I purchased an inexpensive cord kit from amazon, some mustard yarn from hobby lobby and used a hot glue gun to wrap the formerly-black cord. I painted the bracket white, hung it in my gallery wall and knotted the new light cord around it.

Bracket light supplies

Bracket Light | Caitlin Kelley

Overall the light was an inexpensive update that makes my happy place a little bit happier.

Bracket Light | Caitlin Kelley

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SVG Animation

Fixate website


I’ve been seeing a lot more animation online recently and I always enjoy it. I think animation is such a powerful and fun element that can add a lot to a design. While I often think of animation as an aesthetic design element it can actually be very functional and provide some useful visual cues to users. In the real world we witness movement and signals as we interact with physical objects so it makes sense to give users a similar experience digitally.

One of my current favorite forms of web animation is SVG animation. With SVGs becoming increasingly popular (and supported), I can see this trend taking off in the coming months and years.
We ain't plastic SVG animation


Coffee SVG animation from snap.svg


Authentic Form & Function


Tour de France website SVG animation


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Hitting Publish



Here it is, my very first blog post. I’ve been dreaming of starting a blog for many years so this post is a long time coming. I guess an introduction is in order. I’m Caitlin, I like mountains, dogs, blogs, donuts, cacti and good design.

What’s the purpose of this blog? I don’t fully know that yet. I’d like it to be a place where I can share my life and record thoughts, ideas, projects + more.

So here I am on a Saturday in September, sipping on an afternoon cup of coffee, peeking at my plants, listening to the neighbors yell and finally hitting publish (!).