diy {spring wreath & candle}

UPDATE: CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The last counting comment is Ashley’s,  “This time two years ago, I learned that we had been blessed with our fifth baby…growing in my womb!”

Yesterday I posted my prize from The Gilded Bee…and mentioned some DIY tutorials I had in store for today.

Tutorial One: Spring Wreath

When my butterflies arrived I contemplated what all I could do with them. I’m aching for spring, so I thought something with a warm sunny feel would brighten my day. I remembered seeing this wreath on A Beautiful Mess…which was inspiration for my own version.

Supplies: Straw Wreath, oatmeal colored yarn, Gilded Bee butterflies, doily, lace trim, paper doily, sheet moss

Step 1: Remove plastic on wreath and lay out your supplies to get an idea of where you want to place everything

Step 2: Wrap wreath in yarn. I wanted a rough, textured look so I chose a straw wreath. If you want it smooth and more perfect, go with a foam wreath.

Step 3: Cut a paper doily in half. Wrap the doily around the wreath where your yarn stopped. Wrap around a string to tie it in place.

Step 4: Hot glue your moss on….covering the edge of the paper doily. It isn’t necessary to go all the way around the wreath.

Step 5: The moss might leave some holes…fill in with extra moss.

Step 6: Hot glue your butterflies on randomly

Step 7: Once the moss and butterflies are glued down, add some lace trim (I used vintage trim from a flea market) to one side of the moss. Use a pushpin on back to hold in place.

Step 8: On the other side add an oatmeal colored doily. I wrapped it around and used pushpins on the back to hold it in place.

I used an old hankie to hang my wreath from the mantle.

Just fyi…the sticky note with the pink guy….that is a picture my son drew of him giving me a hug. It is proudly displayed on my mantle at all times.

Biggest Brother was building a western corral with balsa wood and asked me to make a bull out of the wood. I’ve seen some cute wreaths with little vintage deer on them…

I think the bull belongs in the corral, not the wreath. He told me, “Mommy, there are two things you are pretty good at. Photography and making bulls.”

Tutorial Two: Spring Candle

Supplies: Glass jar candle, yarn, fabric strips (I used vintage linens), Gilded Bee butterfly

Step 1: Wrap top of jar with yarn

Step 2: Cut fabric into 2.5 inch strips…about 4 feet long

Step 3: Braid fabric

Step 4: Wrap top half of jar with yarn

Step 5: Wrap bottom half of jar with braided fabric…holding it in place with hot glue

Step 6: Tie the two ends of the fabric together. Secure with hot glue.

Step 7: Cut remaining ends off. Hot glue a butterfly near knot (fold the wings so that they don’t hang over the edge and create a fire hazard).

Now for the SUPER FUN news. Guess what….The Gilded Bee is helping 3 of you start your spring projects!

Contest Details:

Winners chosen at random

1st winner – 4 sets of butterflies (6 per set)

2nd winner – 1 set of butterflies

3rd winner – 1 set of butterflies

Contest ends Monday, March 22 9:00pm US Central (a bit longer due to Spring Break)

Only one entry per person please

How to enter? – Two years ago this weekend I was in the hospital anxiously waiting to find out if the doctor would place a son or daughter in my arms. I am so thankful it was a boy!

In the comment section, tell me what you were doing around this time 2 years ago!

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  • Kirsten - Two years ago I was finishing up paperwork for our adoption profile so we could begin waiting for THE CALL. Still waiting…and getting really good at all that paperwork! 🙂 Love the wreath…I think I need one of those for my front door!

  • amanda torres - Hmmmm…2 years ago I was preggo with my Addie and relishing in the time I had off work (Spring Break) with my oldest, Mase. When I worked, I looked forward to every break that I got to spend with him.

  • Karla - Two years ago my oldest daughter was in first grade, and I was a volunteering machine. Back and forth between home and school, with my then 5 and 3 year-olds. How times flies!

    Love your wreath!

  • Sarah - Two years ago I was in college enjoying Spring Break. Oh the days.

  • Anna Marie - Two years ago I was enthusiastically planning my little girl’s 1st birthday party. I can’t believe she is almost 3 now!

  • ashlee - i adore this wreath! i too am so ready for spring! i would love those butterflies, they are so sweet. two years ago i was wearing my son, who was 4 months old, everywhere. i had a rough pregnancy and almost lost him several times, so i wore him all the time in the sling, it was my way of keeping him close to my heart:) i had people ask me all the time, are you ever going to put him down? nope, i wasn’t:)

  • Sarah - WOW! that wreath is AMAZING!! I love those butterflies! Ironic how you were in labor 2 years ago; My husband and I were diagnosed with unexplained infertility 2 years ago. It was a sad time in my life; luckily it turned around for us 6 months later when we found out we were pregnant with our son. He was born in the beginning of March last year. Spring has always been my favorite time of year and my spring baby just makes it that more special!

  • Jessica - Two years ago we were in Montana visiting my parents! 🙂

  • laura - two years ago i was enjoying spring with my first little newby on my hip….it was so fun to watch a little one see spring for the first time!

  • Anna Joy - Two years ago, we found out I was pregnant!!! I hope to win! The butterflies are so beautiful! And your wreath is AMAZING. You are super creative!

  • alayna - two years ago i was helping one of my best friends get ready for her first baby….a sweet baby girl!

  • Christy - This time 2 years I was planning & decorating a nursery for my daughter who arrived May 7th!

    Love the butterflies they would make a wonderful edition to her room.

  • Katie - Funny you should ask! Almost exactly two years ago we were closing on our first home while expecting our second child. So much has happened since then it seems like more than two years must have passed!

  • Whitney - Two years ago, I had just gotten engaged 5 days ago! 🙂 I had come home for Spring Break (from college) and my mom and fiancé and I were already doing some shopping around for locations for the wedding.

  • Lindsay Thomas - 2 years ago … wondering when my now hubby was going to propose 🙂
    Now I’m wondering when we’re going to have a baby!
    LOVE the wreath and candle.

  • Rachel C - I actually think I was doing almost exactly the same thing I am doing today — sitting at my desk working on a case!

  • Jo - Two years ago I was in Washington State with my (boyfriend) at the time… preparing for my engagement 😉 I knew it was coming!!!!!

  • Kirsten - Around this time 2 years ago, I was the wedding coordinator for a good friend’s wedding! I was running around getting last minute details in place for her beautiful, special day (and celebrating my son’s 1st birthday on her actual wedding day)!

  • Taylor - I was celebrating my first wedding anniversary! Almost 2 years to the day actually. Then graduating college a few weeks later.

  • pamela - two years ago, to the day!, i was 8 1/2 months pregnant and moving into our first home!

  • Cristina C. - 2 years ago today I was in Nursing school, probably sitting in class or at a clinical wishing I was anywhere else…..

  • Shawna - I just recovered from a heart attack (due to pregnancy) and was preparing my body to have my little girl in 2 months. God is good! Healthy little girl. Love your wreath!

  • Rachel - This wreath is beautiful…I love it! Two years ago around this time, I had just recently welcomed a sweet boy into my arms too…so I was adoring him and loving on him with the help of big sister who was not quite 2 years old yet…I can’t believe how fast the past 2 years has gone by and I am still loving on my sweet baby boy!!!

  • haley - 2 years ago I-WE, well mostly ME were nesting for our first baby girls arrival in April. I was a huge whale…and thinking “man I better loose this weight, and soon”!

  • Carol - Two years ago I was in Italy just praying that you would not have my next grandchild until I got back. You didn’t wait and I learned not to leave town when grandchildren are due!! Of course, he did come early.

  • Stephanie - Two years ago, we had just found out I was pregnant with our first child…who is now singing itsy bitsy spider to herself on the living room floor. This year…we are anxiously awaiting the quickly approaching arrival of daughter #2!

  • Kara P - I was just starting to start a renovation!! Just finished!!!! Ashley, I LOVE the wreath!!!

  • sarah - Two years ago this time, I had been married for 8 months, lived in a different house, & worked at a different job (that was two jobs ago!)….a lot can change in two years 🙂

  • Mrs. Dunbar - Two years ago on March 14th I gave birth to my second son. So about this time, I was bringing home a newborn (who had two teeth!) He’s my one in a million kid. cheers.

  • Lindy - Let’s see…two years ago I was in the process of buying my first house! It was an exciting time and now I really want to buy another one!

  • Heidi - My husband and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii! We are both teachers so even though we were married the July before, we waited for spring break to take our honeymoon.

  • chrissy - two years ago today i was celebrating my daughter 5th birthday… now, she is 7 and i can’t believe how this time has flown by!

  • Jill - Two years ago, I was at home with my first baby – a little boy – who was 3 months old at the time. I was so nervous, but I was loving every minute of it!

  • Julie - 2 years ago I was happily studying Opera at UCO, getting ready for my sons 5th birthday and marveling at my 2 children. Oh how the time flies and how paths change. I am expecting my 4th in July and getting ready for a 7th birthday with my oldest. Love the wreath! I like how you mixed the soft feminine doily, lace and sweet butterflies with the roughness of the moss, string and wreath. They compliment each other so nicely!

  • Kara - Two years ago I was traveling full time for my job. Things have changed so much…now a sweet baby girl fills up my spare (ha!) time.

  • Carla - i was anxiously getting ready for my 1 year anniversary when my husband and i moved to ecuador!

  • Jill R - This time two years ago was one of the happiest times of my life and I remember it well. I was watching basketball of course because I love March Madness and very anxiously awaiting the birth of my first baby! He was supposed to arrive “any day.” We’ve all heard that before, right? 😉 Great memory. My life has never been the same since those days. It is much more hectic now, but also much more full of love.

  • Courtney - I was welcoming a sweet new puppy into our lives. Sally is two now and has just helped us welcome a sweet new baby into our family! We would love some butterflies to help welcome Spring too!

  • julie - Good thing that you didn’t hang that scrumptious butterfly-ness on your door. Because believe you me, I would find a way to borrow it forever and ever.
    Two years ago?
    Ummmm… I was probably doing laundry?
    Because I am super glamourous like that.

  • Amanda - Two years ago, I was Mommy to one baby girl. Now I am Mommy to two baby girls (2.5 and 6 months old). The last two years have been AMAZING. They have brought me so much JOY.

  • Kerry - two years ago, i was in year 7…which is grade 6? it’s my friend’s birthday on the 19th and i remember we hung out for her birthday, it was the old group of people. everyone’s so separated now and i feel like crying each time i think back, because i just miss it all so much. it definitely wasn’t the height or funnest time of my life but everyone was so true, so innocent and so together. sigh* happy to see all the happy comments here though (:

  • Meg - 2 years ago I was working like a dog doing a job I depised. Thankfully those days are behind me!

  • Zoya - 2 years ago i was preparing for our wedding which took place in June. 🙂 I love the wreath.

  • Katrina - Two years ago I was starting college (again). I had just gotten out of a bad relationship and was starting to rebuild. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. And I’m loving that candle. Way too cute.

  • Katy - Two years ago I was planning my August wedding to my now-and-oh-so-amazing husband, completely oblivious of all that was to come. Never would I have expected that we’d have moved across the country (twice) by now, and be expecting our first little one!

  • stacey B - Working retail….not the job for me:) Thankfully I am currently at a more fulfilling position with a non-profit organization!

  • Mandi Smith - Two years ago we had just moved to Broken Arrow…although it was under difficult circumstances (my hubby had been laid off and we moved for his new job) God had a great plan in store! I made great, life long friends at TCABC and enjoyed my time there very much.

  • ae - Two years ago I was in grad school in Montana playing around in streams in some of the most beautiful spots in the country, loving life.

  • micayla - Oh what what pretty tutorials. Thank you so much for sharing. I think I have some craft time coming up.
    Two years ago I think I would of been busy at work, doing a job I hated. That all changed in the September when I gave birth to my daughter and became a stay at home mum.
    Can I add my shop to shopping in your Pj’s in May when I open up. I have my wedding and honeymoon in April and May and don’t want to open up until I get back.
    Micayla x

  • the inadvertent farmer - What great projects…two years ago my 5th child was nearly 6 months and life was even crazier than it is now! I am glad he was a boy too. Four boys and a girl is just perfect…Kim

  • Jenna - Thank you for the reminder! I don’t usually think much about the date as a stay at home mommy. 2 years ago on March 18th I found out I was pregnant with our first child. Matt and I spent the evening watching the sun set over the ocean, where I told him he was going to be a daddy! It was one of the most joyful days of our lives!

  • Hollye - I can’t remember what I was doing 2yrs ago this month! I was probably going crazy with 4 kids & loving every single minute of it! I was probably waiting to see if you’d have a girl or boy too!

  • Miranda - Two years ago we just found out my mom had a cancerous mole behind her eye, I was a few months pregnant so was definitely hard time but 2 years have passed and we just found out yesterday everything was clear once again! Happy Spring everyone!

  • Shanalea - 2 years ago I was 7 months pregnant with my precious Asher boy and teaching. I was looking forward to the beginning of May when I would be able to get off work and enjoy the arrival of my son. I was also planning my oldest son’s 6th pirate birthday party.

  • Jill E. - i was traveling in italy after spending a semester in london. i look forward to the day i can travel like that again. ps these butterflies are amazing.

  • Samantha - Two years ago I was on spring break with my mom and grandma in Savannah Georgia having a girls trip!

  • ellen - Two years ago this month I was loving on sweet little boy, our third child. He was two months old and I was still trying to catch my breath!

  • Susan - Beautiful wreath…2 years ago I was preparing to fly with my 2 year old daughter and 7 month old son for a wedding in Colorado. I was nervous having young kids on an airplane and in a hotel room (I think they are gross).

  • Dena - Two years ago tonight I went into the hospital to be induced, only to find out I was already having contractions. My daughter was born the next morning before I would have had the pitocin! She was 9lb 5oz (smaller than her brother by 10oz so I was thrilled). I can’t believe my baby will be 2 tomorrow!

  • Kizmo - Two years ago this time I was backpacking around Italy with 3 amazing friends. We started in the top right corner and worked our way around the whole country for two weeks. It was truly amazing. One of the most fun trips ever!! 😀

  • Katie - About two years ago I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my little girl. With less than two months until her birth I was probably putting together her nursery, washing clothes and trying to get some sleep while I could!

  • Michelle - 2 years ago, I was 6 months pregnant and getting ready for our little boy to enter this world.

    You are SO creative! I’m amazed how you come up w/ these ideas! I love the wreath & candle…so great!

  • Jennifer - What an interesting thought! Two years ago I was finishing my Master’s thesis; I remember what a gorgeous week it was in Chicago and wanted to sneak outside. Coincidentally now I have a job and have the same sentiment today!

  • Cassie - Two years ago this week I was working like a mad woman trying to finish making our wedding invitations!

  • Erin - I was taking four classes in seminary to earn a degree in counseling. Now in 2 months I’m graduating! I’ll have time for crafting again!

  • Tammy Kay - Two years ago I was working as a pharmacy technician and missing my kids more than you know because I worked many nights and weekends. Today I homeschool and I’m able to stay home with my children. Very blessed I am. Also, I am expecting number four in June! Lovely projects!

  • Victoria Miller - Two years ago I was prepping for the Gil Hemsley portfolio review and finishing my thesis. Two years ago this weekend was also the date that my Sony Vaio stopped working when I definitely needed it most to finish editing photos and writing my paper!

  • Jess - Two years ago I was getting to know my sweet Cora as I became a mama for the first time. What precious memories those are! I had no idea that our time with her would be so short and the Lord would soon be calling our little girl home. I treasure each and every moment we had together.

  • julie - 2 years ago we were living with my parents while we built our house, HARD but so worth it!

  • Janica - 2 years ago my hubby was graduating from school and I was eagerly awaiting ‘real life’. I don’t know who was happier on Graduation Day—me or him! Now I love my ‘real life’ with family & friends close by:)

  • Jackie - Planning my baby girls 2nd birthday party…the theme was all of her favorite things. Her 4th birthday party is in a couple of weeks…this years theme is lollipops!

  • amy jupin - two years ago we were celebrating our littlest one’s first bday. it was so much more than just a birthday to us though–he had open heart surgery at 3 months old and we weren’t sure what would happen.

    that wreath is crazy good. i love it!

  • monique - two years ago i was getting ready to have our fourth child – a boy! after three girls! I thought i was lucky then but now I realize daily how blessed our family is.

  • Linzy - 2 years ago…hmm I had just moved into my new apartment! Enjoying life out on my own living by myself. Working fulltime and understanding what it was like being an adult in the real world!

  • Heather King - 2 years ago I had just returned to work from my maternity leave with my first son… now I’m at home recuperating with Riley and Austin who was born 3 weeks ago…

  • Ang - I think it was two years ago to this day that I was visiting our dear friends in their beautiful home with other former Bison while on a spring break trip to Oklahoma, also waiting to see if number three would be a boy or a girl!

  • Ali Richardson - I was chasing around my happy 2 year old boy and loving every minute of it!!!!

  • lydia - 2 years ago | made the choice that our house would be home | stopped looking forward to the next phase of life | happy results.

  • Arielle - Two years ago I was enjoying my first spring as a newlywed and, since we’re both teachers, our first spring break together!
    These are so cute! I love the wreath- and the candle! What fun projects. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  • Mary Beth - Two years ago, I was turning 50 with a surprize birthday party at the local Tea Room. We all celebrated by wearing the delightful vintage hats hanging on the walls. Great giveaway!

  • Helena - Incredible! Love what you did! Thanks for the tutorial and this gorgeous giveaway
    2 years ago… almost 2 years ago I met my BF, the love of my life 🙂

  • Amanda - Hmm about THREE years ago we just moved to Connecitcut. About two years ago I was thinking I am sooooo happy to be back on the east coast and now I am thinking we are due for another move!

  • Jill - Two years ago I was waddling around with my second boy in my belly and teaching 5th graders. Now I am waddling around with my third baby in my belly and teaching my own boys. Love the wreath and the butterflies!

  • Amanda Alexandrich - Why is it so hard to think back to 2 years ago? Probably bc I am just ecstatic about where I am TODAY! Butttt in the case of the giveaway 🙂 2 years ago to the day I was enjoying the company of my brother in the Florida Keys, he was recently home on leave from the Navy just after his ship returned to port from their deployment to Africa. It was nice for the both of us to enjoy a mini vacation and forget about the stresses of life and enjoy the short family time together on the islands!

  • Jessica Lane - We had just found out we would be welcoming our 2nd little girl that June. Had recently moved to New Hampshire and were setting up for a new life.

  • Sara - We were in Kenya…me trying to keep two boys busy and out of trouble while my husband worked insane hours at Tenwek Hospital.

  • karen davis - Two years ago today, I was living in Germany (only 3 minutes away from the Netherlands border)… it’s amazing how time goes by so fast. I lived there for 3.5 years with my hubby, and recently have moved to S. Korea… The life of a military spouse!

  • Kat - Two years ago…. I was probably prancing around in a field at my best friend’s cottage. With more best friends 🙂

  • Meg - Two years ago today (at this very minute actually) I was in graduate school sitting in class. Very glad those days are over!

  • Allison - Two years ago I was anticipating in the middle of spring semester of my junior year of college, waiting for spring break. I was also trying to decide where I was going to go in Europe that fall (France was the final decision).

  • Beatrice Killam - Two years ago…hmmm, that was a long time ago. Let’s see, spring 2007. I guess I was preparing for my son’s second birthday.

  • Taylor B. - Wow! Two years ago … I’m not even sure. Probably prepping for Spring!

  • emily anderson - we were getting used to living in a new state! from kansas to florida…such a change. still getting used to it.
    i seriously want to win those butterflies soooooooo bad!

  • Katie - I had just found out that we were going to be moving from Connectisuck (sorry, Connecticut) to Georgia, and was praising the Lord!

  • Jessica - Two years ago, I was studying at San Francisco University and traveling during break.

  • Casey - 2 years ago I was baking a cake for my hubby’s birthday, which is what I should be doing right now too.

    I really like the projects you shared, they are both gorgeous!

  • Lauren - two years ago i had just started a new job in a lovely cafe making the most delicious coffee! and finding that with my new found money there was new lovely purchases!

  • Heather - I love your diy project!! so creative and fun. I heart your mix of vintage and modern.

    2 years ago I was getting ready for my son’s baptism with family and friends coming in town to celebrate.

  • Kendra - Two years ago I was finalizing the details of my June 14th wedding. It was such an exciting time in my life! 🙂 Coincidentally, my wedding theme included butterflies and now they are a part of my daughter’s nursery theme! Great giveaway!

  • Jessica Hilliker - Two years ago this week I was just bringing my firstborn baby boy home from the hospital…(I guess we have two almost the same ages! My other baby bug is almost 6 mos now) How much life has changed in two short years 🙂 It’s amazing how kids shape us and our understanding of things, especially of God~it’s been an amazing journey….

  • Alison R - Two years ago I was recovering from a week at DisneyWorld for spring break. It was hot and I was six months pregnant. Don’t go to Disney for spring break when you are six months pregnant……just trust me on this one.

  • robyn - 2 years ago today… i was doing nothing like i am doing today. i had one 2 year old son. was hoping for number 2… and had no idea that 2 years later i’d have an almost one year old and how crazy different life would be! how much more perfect it could get 🙂 and now… im planning his first birthday. (i can hardly say it without crying)!

  • Shannon Phillips - Two years ago at this time I was so excited to watch my baby bump appear. It was also my very first season of shooting weddings.

  • Corinne - Two years ago I was finishing my 2nd semester of my college diploma. I just discovered my love of scrapbooking and decided to build an amazing album for my friend’s 22nd birthday and graduation from University.

  • Trisha Wright - Two years ago today I was spending the week off during my spring break while enjoying my 6 month old little boy. I know what you mean about your boy. I am madly in love with mine too!

  • Sarah M - 2 years ago today I would have been getting ready for my 22 birthday (march 20th), and contemplating baby #2–give me two more months and it was a done deal, ha!!!!!
    Sarah M

  • Mindy - Awesome giveaway!! I love those butterflies. Umm..2 years ago I was relaxing on spring break from Anderson University in Indiana.. visiting my home in Missouri. Woo!

  • Anna - This time 2 years ago I was 5 months pregnant—with my baby girl. My little boy was only 14 months old and I was wondering HOW in the world I was gonna tackle 2 under 18 months of age. Some days I STILL wonder how I’m gonna do it now that they are barely 3 and 19 months. Wouldn’t change it for the world of course!

  • Natalie M. - Two years ago I was preparing for my husband to go on his first tour (with his band) across the country while I stayed with our little ones. Check out our adventures at I love your blog so much maybe you can give me some tips.

  • Sarah - Two years ago I was pregnant with my 2nd child (a girl who will be 2 soon!!). I was eagerly awaiting nice weather so I could get out with my son who was 2 1/2 at the time. Time does go by fast. This literally was yesterday to me!

  • Jane - Beautiful projects Ashley!
    Two years ago today, we were in Disney World with our daughter on vacation and I was finally out of the first trimester of pregnancy with my son. I was so excited to be finally be feeling truly pregnant since we struggled a long three years. All went well and that little man is now 18 months and a proud little brother to his big sister. 🙂

  • Kate - I was packing my house in Denton, Texas getting ready to move to AZ!

  • Sandy - Two years ago I was hoping that my then boyfriend would propose to me, and now we’re married! =)

    Thanks for the chance at this giveaway! I love Gilded Bee stuff!

  • Kjirsten Cantrell - Two years ago I was dealing with some pretty bad flare ups with my crohn’s disease. Not good memories but that is what was going on.
    Thanks for the chance to enter in this awesome giveaway.

  • chantelle - Great stuff! I raise butterflies with my Kindergartens each spring and then we celebrate their release!
    I’ve almost convinced my hubby to let me make planters! (ours have to go in the front, yup, cucumbers to welcome guests is my plan! a concrete jungle of a sport court in the back–hurmph boys!)

  • Erin Elizabeth - Two years ago I was finishing up my thesis in design, trying to figure out what God had in store next for me…still trying to figure that one out 🙂 Your blog is my new favorite and I love all you do!

  • Sarah T - Two years ago I was helping plan one of my childhood friends funerals.
    One of my very close friends from childhood died on March 16th, 2008. God was and is mighty and it was an awesome celebration of life, however at the age of 21 its not something you think you’d be doing the week before spring break.

  • Clare B - Two years ago I had just been invited (and accepted) to undertake a masters in the US. This twist of fate set me on a path where I would fall in love with a wonderful Austrian and end up moving to Berlin to be with him.

  • Tina Benjamin - Two years ago I was packing up my house getting ready to move in with my in laws while our new house was being built. It was also the same time my 3 year old son decided to eat blue moonsand and got sick.

  • Noelle - Hmmm…two years ago I was heading to Las Vegas to visit my husband’s family with my 3 year old and 2 year old. We’re getting ready for the same trip tonight but now our kids are 5, 4, and 1!

  • elizabeth - 2 years ago, we were moving into our 1st home 🙂

  • Polly R - Two years ago today I had just turned 17 and had just got the results back from my mock AS level exams. I can’t really remember what they were! :S xx

  • kassondra - 2 years ago i put in my 2 weeks notice at my good paying job to go back to school full time! and no matter how much i would have liked the extra money i would never have changed it. i finish school in 2 more years and am so excited to have accomplished this goal of mine.

  • Tess S. - 2 years ago today(ish) my husband and i were moving into our first home, finding out the gender of our 2nd child (boy) and growing in the most amazing way in our faith. our family has been growing in other ways and we’ve just recently moved into our 2nd home. we’re hoping these walls will hold us for MUCH longer.

  • Kelly K. - Two years ago I was picking out seeds for my very first vegetable garden. Two years later, I still have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to gardening.

  • Margie - I am so doing the wreath progect…LOVE IT!

  • molly - ashleyann — love your photography, style and kiddos 🙂
    two years ago… I was very pregnant waiting for #4 which turned out to be #4 of 4 girls 🙂 …and would they ever love some butterflies!

  • Candy Foster - Two years ago, I lovin’ on my almost 3 week old baby . . . probably wishing for more sleep 🙂

  • blue china studio - Two years ago I was celebrating my son’s 14th birthday!


  • Doina - Two years ago I was in college, dreaming about Spring Break:)
    Love the butterflies and your tutorials are awesome. Thanks for sharing:)

  • Lori McDonough - Two years ago, i was celebrating my son’s 12th birthday and dying Easter eggs!

  • Robyn Lee - Two years ago, I was in college, preparing to go on a mission trip with some classmates. We went to Chicago on a mission trip during our spring break! What an eye-opening experience.

  • Natalie Stewart Graham - 2 yrs ago, I was heading back to work as a Children’s Social Worker in Los Angeles County, after being at home with my baby daughter! I am so passionate about the work I do everyday and feel lucky to have the opportunity to do such meaningful work in the world:)

  • Joanna Kopijczuk - Two years ago I was pregnant and felt very sick 😉

  • ThiliBlooms - two years ago I was living in another country, very pregnant, working in a Molecular Biology Lab as a Stem Cell researcher.. dreaming of my baby girl in my arms 🙂 love the tutorials and the butterflies are dreamy!

  • amber mershawn - About 2 years ago we were anticipating our 1st baby’s 1st birthday. She’ll be 3 this year. Time goes too fast….

  • Rachel - This time 2 years ago I was enjoying life as a mom of one 6 month old boy whose first two teeth had just broken through! Today I’m typing one handed in the hospital as i cradle his little sister (born yesterday) in my arms. God is so good.

  • Kristina - enjoying our new house…we moved into it in December and we have a trail near the house so i’m sure we were enjoying the outdoors!

  • rachel denbow - FANTASTIC wreath. SO impressed. And I usually hate anything that has to do with spring decor and wreaths. Pastels are not my thing when paired with bunnies and eggs and daisies, etc. BUT THIS! FANTASTIC!

    And two years ago today…we were preparing for our move to Springfield from California!

  • Ari Morris - I was at work, getting ready for Easter weekend’s festivities!

  • Jamie - Two years ago I was planning my daughter’s first birthday party: a traditional Osage dinner.

  • Brooke - Two years ago around this time I had just moved to Georgia and I was trying to figure out whether I should pursue teaching or stay with marketing. I decided on teaching…but looks like I might not be doing that for long 🙂 for good reason!!
    I can imagine that is THE MOST EXCITING day….did you find out at 16 weeks or did you wait for 20? I don’t know if I can wait…:)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Esther N - Two years ago, I was chasing around a 6 month old as he just had begun to crawl. Boy, do they get into everything when they start crawling. I am so glad I was blessed with a little boy, what big personalities they have!

  • gina - two years ago, i started a big organization project in my home….not much has changed in that department!

  • Danielle Townsend - Two years ago I had JUST gotten home from my mission for my church. It was scary and exciting and lovely to be home. I was poor, lonely, happy and unsure of the future. Two years later — still happy (and poor) but married and excited for my new future!!

    I LOVE LOVE that wreath!!! Seriously, love.

  • sydney - I was getting ready to leave on a month-long study abroad program that would take me across the United Kingdom and into France… Now I’m getting ready to graduate, and seriously thinking about moving to London for a change of scenery 🙂

  • Catherine - Two years ago around this time, I don’t remember exactly what I was doing. I was working at an interior design firm and relaxing on the weekend and enjoying the sun and probably at my mum’s place enjoying some quality time.

  • HOlly - What we are always doing this time of year…Getting ready to MOVE! This year will be our last move for five years. YEAH!!!

  • Amber - I can honestly say I racking my brain, and can not think of anything! Probably waiting for snow to melt, and spring to come… planning an upcoming vacation and my son’s first birthday…

  • Ambrosia - Two years ago, my third son was 3 months old. I’m sure I was sitting somewhere in stained sweat pants, hair in a scrunchie, with no makeup on nursing him!

  • Kristen - 2 years ago I was playing in the national championship game for my D3 college team. 🙂

  • Deborah Morgan - 2 years ago…my BFF and her husband were in south texas on a long vacation and I was checking their home, plants and cats daily…we had a ball.

  • Megan - Two years ago, I was celebrating the one year anniversary of buying our house!

    I love this fresh wreath!

  • Melanie Schall - Two years ago I was on Spring Break from college classes and trying to finish planning my wedding. I’m so glad I have got to that point in my life. Maybe one day here in the near future I will get to take another big step.

  • Suzanne - Two years ago, I was on my way to Monterey, CA, to visit my best friend – my first trip to California, and we had a wonderful weekend! I adore the wreath – so much so that I made one today. Mine has flowers instead of butterflies, but I saved a spot for a sweet little Gilded Bee beauty! Thanks for the chance!

  • Bethi - 2 years ago I was laying on the beach in Kauai enjoying my honeymoon 🙂

  • rachel - Two years ago I was probably doing much of the same… I can’t think of anything really “big” going on in March/08 so it was probably just laundry, dishes, and kids for me!

  • Erin Jones - We enjoyed an awesome colorado vacation to visit family and explore the mountains. Great time.

  • Kristen - Two years ago I was about to finish college, waiting anxiously to hear back from medical schools. Now I am about to finish up my second year and start my clinical rotations in June!

  • cristina - oh i love those butterflies!!! hmmm…two years ago our family was headed to the turks and caicos for the most wonderful vacation. this was pre-recession and i’m so glad we took that trip. not sure when we’ll have another!

  • Jessina - Two years ago I was…probably in southern California on vacation!

  • Jolie - More gorgeousness!
    Two years ago exactly, we (hubby, almost-2-year-old twins and myself) were enroute from our posting in the Cook Islands, to our next in the Seychelles. My kids are *really* good about plane rides! lol

  • annie - hmm, two years ago we were making big changes to our home since my mother that lived with us had passed. it was a bittersweet, melancholy time – the ultimate transition of the darkness of winter to the new life of spring.

  • elizabeth highsmith - i was working! i think it would be so fun to have the surprise of finding out the babies gender at the birth! those butterflies are adorable and your creations are so cute! your blog is a joy, thank you!

  • Alison - Two years ago…I was ‘home’ celebrating my sister’s, cousin’s, grandma’s, grandmother-in-law’s birthdays! Whew. Will be doing that again in about a week! Love the wreath!

  • Kristin - Um, two years ago…let’s see. I guess i was living in a different town, halfway across the country and probably sitting in my room crafting.

    And that wreath is amazing!

  • Jeannette Swan - About 2 years ago, we moved into our new house – crazy and fun time!

  • Denette - Two years ago, I too was waiting for my third baby to be born…also a boy! Only we cheated and knew ahead of time the gender of the baby. Hoping we can be patient enough to keep the gender of baby #4 a surprise!

  • ~kellyann~ - Two years ago, I was looking forward to my daughter’s graduation from high school and enjoying my job. Little did I know that just two months later, after working there 10 years, I’d lose that awesome job due to budget cuts………

    LOVE the beautiful butterflies, the wreath and your blog. Found it in a round-about-way, but will now be a follower! Gorgeous photos……….

  • Beth Graham - Two years ago, I was nearing the end of my freshman year of college, and I was extremely grateful to have my mom well and at home after surviving a stroke in the fall.

  • Ashley Cangelosi - This time two years ago, I learned that we had been blessed with our fifth baby…growing in my womb!

  • Jo - I hope you don’t mind Ashley! I mentioned your name in my blog today due to the fact that you got me excited to do a wreath.. 🙂


    p.s. Thanks for always inspiring me!!

  • Chuzai Living - I just finished making a wreath and saw your blog. Your wreath is so cute and original!

  • The Peas in our Pod » Around Our House - […] is a (wonky) wreath that I made. I tried to make this one from a tutorial of a blog I visit, Under the Sycamore by Ashley Ann. Her blog is so inspiring and […]

  • things i love {diy} - Elisa B. Photography - […] not by me) and just over the weekend I got to create these candles for friends. I was inspired by Ashley Ann's blog which has some great projects, and (I think) real expectations of what can be achieved with a […]

  • Kathie - two years ago I was getting ready to move out of our first rental house and into a 3rd story apartment! Oh how I hate moving!

  • Tami Imlay - 2 Years ago around this time I was celebrating my son’s first birthday. It was 2 years ago (almost to the day) that I became a mom. I decided to get out of the military and become a full time mom and haven’t regreted it for a moment. Now I have 2 little ones and am more busy than ever. Thanks so much for your beautiful creations. You have inspired me to do more of my own home decor 🙂

  • Rachel - It was a bitter day full of tears and hugs.

  • Carissa - I LOVE this wreath. I think it’s absolutely stunning and have featured it in a collection of my favorite spring wreaths with a link back to your tutorial in my Spring 2012 Spring Wreath Round Up.

    If you’d like, you can view the post here:

    Carissa @ Carissa’s Creativity Space

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