a hodge podge from around here…

Around our house…my sister drew a WonderWoman lego girl on FireCracker’s cast. I didn’t really ask Lesley to do it, I more told her she would be doing it. I still boss her around – that is what big sisters are for right? I don’t think she minded too much. And how perfectly cute is that little WonderWoman!

A few things I recently picked up. The wire basket was $5.00. I was at a garage sell and the woman had an entire wall full of the best shaped primitive baskets. I asked her if she’d sell me one. She did. I don’t have a lot of regrets in life, but I sure regret not asking her to sell me more!


Sweet P…my niece. I love her straight hair blowing in the wind. The dress she is wearing is the very first one my mom bought for FireCracker when I was still pregnant with her. It makes me smile to see Sweet P in it.


For the first time in their lives, Sweet P has the upper hand in their relationship. She can out crawl, out stand, out play my girl. Who knows, they might learn to walk together!


Powder paint on the trampoline. It washes away and it is cheap. Usually I just make paint, but we had this stuff on hand.


Twirling Betty & her daughter sent my girl the cutest little babies with their own handmade matchstick box beds. She and her older brother have not stopped playing with them.


and because you’ve been asking…..

What is the fabric you’ve shown lately (teal with flowers)? Amy Butler Bliss Bouquet in teal

Is that a growth chart by your bedroom? Yes, from Pottery Barn kids many years ago

Where do you get the digital decorative tape you use on posts? Pugly Pixel

Where do you get the templates you use? Design Aglow

What is the frame you were painting? My yellow chicken wire frame

Who designed the wallpaper? Orla Kiely

How did you make the teal flowers? two layers of tissue paper, cut into a square, folded like a fan, edges rounded, tied in the middle, pulled apart & fluffed

Did the German magazine ask permission? Yes, but I totally forgot about it. I’ve been asked before on international publications, but I always forget to follow up to find the article…language barrier. I would have never remembered to search down a copy of that magazine for myself. My photos and content on this blog are copyrighted, so I do defend that when I find they are used without permission.


So are my posts seeming a bit random – like a long run-on sentence? I feel like life in general is random right now. We are in this weird phase where normal life has changed, but we know it is only temporary so it is hard to fully adjust to it. The Cast will be getting a post of its own soon. I can’t wait to see it go. I don’t know how moms do this for even longer amounts of time. Today marks 3 weeks with The Cast. This weekend will be 6 weeks since our ER visit. It feels like it has been so much longer!


Tomorrow is GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!

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  • Jamie - What I’d give to get my hands on those spools of thread. The fact that they still have thread on them is killing me! I’ve got a project saved on pinterest that uses them. Oh, and that fabric reminds me of the red Gypsy Caravan fabric!

  • amanda torres - Looking forward to the post that have your girl running around like a mad woman.

  • Abigail - I love reading your posts, random or not!

  • Robyn Farmer - thanks for answering questions. i didn’t ask any but you answered for some thoughts in my head.

  • cailan - Yes, I would regret not asking for more wire baskets, too. But at least you thought to ask for one! The little girlies are so precious together – can’t wait to hear that cast is off. It HAS felt longer than six weeks!

  • Lesley - Hey bossy, thanks for taking some cute pics of P! Love them.

  • Jess - YAY! Love the wire basket! I have one exactly like it (although a little rusty), but I use mine in the garden.

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Hey…random posts can be fun…esp for us reading them!:) I love your yard sale basket:)

  • Jennifer - I don’t know what it is about your blog, but I cry at almost everyone! It doesn’t matter what it’s about I still cry! You can glue a button to a flower, and I’ll think she is so precious and cry! Thank you for sharing your life with the rest of us! You are such an inspiration! Okay, I think I’ll go get some tissues and cry some more! And I am not typically a big cry baby…ok may be a little!

  • Molly - I boss my little sister around too….big sisters are supposed to!

  • katie - I actually love the random posts; they appeal to my short attention span 😀

  • Lori - Will you share the recipe for the power paint recipe? My kids would love this for a summer activity on the trampoline!

  • rutheah - I’m in love with the little matchstick babies! They are so sweet!

  • Stephanie - Thank you Ashley for answering my question, I appreciate your time 🙂 it will be fun to check out Pugly Pixel! Thanks again, many blessings to you and your family!

  • Alice H - I bet that makes Firecracker mad that Sweet P is beating her. Powder paint sounds fun!

  • Mindy Harris - the little dolly in the matchbox melts my heart. wouldn’t they make cute bday party favors?
    love all these beautiful pics.

  • joan kimball - Would you mind always noting your lens? I know you like the 85mm, and I am just beginning to experiment w/my fixed focal length lens. It helps me to see what the ffl lens is capable of.
    thanks for all the inspiration


  • Tricia Fisher - i love checking your post every nite after my kiddos go to bed.
    where can i get the “you & me” letters above your bed?

  • Beth - I have never read anything about how Firecracker broke her leg. Can you comment on it? Your blog is the best there is, I can’t wait to read it every day and I sure miss it on weekends.

  • tracy ashley - was just poking around apartment therapy and your boys’ room is a “top tour!!”
    i think it is so fun “running in to you” in all these cyber spaces. hope you are all well, say hi to your hubby for me!!

  • able mabel - I love the paint idea as well. I would love to try it on something other than a trampoline.

  • Josi - Hi, I just wanted to let you know that the growth chart is still available, and is on sale. At least it was when I bought it (online).