a canvas & me in the 80s

Well, I was determined to figure out a spot to display a big canvas of the photo of FireCracker at the sink. I wanted it in the kitchen because that seems like the natural spot for it. We really only have one wall in the kitchen and I had a bunch of plates on it…you can kind of see it here:

I decided the plates could be moved and a big canvas compliments of Mpix arrived at my house. Just seeing a box that big with my name on it made me happy. The canvas is pretty close to life size. FireCracker was so excited when I opened it. She gave it a huge hug and squealed, “my boots!”

So I moved the plates around a bit and now it is in the kitchen. It is so fun hanging in there..there is something about a picture on a canvas…it becomes art. On my page over on the Mpix site, I share that their canvases are one of my favorite products…they are!

I asked my mom if she had any pictures of me in my boots…the ones FireCracker wants to sport EVERYDAY…the ones in the canvas picture. Well, she brought me a stack of old pics. If you get past the blond hair, I think she looks a lot like I did at her age. The first picture cracks me up….my little sister looking like she is going to dive into the kiddie pool. I am sure I told her not to do that and I am sure she didn’t listen. Then I am sure I got frustrated and decided if she wanted to do it and got hurt, she better not cry because I clearly told her not to….

and the ones of me & my dad…can you believe how awesome that cowboy hat was…clearly 70s awesomeness

and the ones from Halloween….wow how far costumes have come!

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  • Jodi - Love the canvas! And you are spitting images of each other! I wish I had saved my cowgirl boots. πŸ™‚ Adorable.

  • andy - wow you look the same. so cute. i think the picture of you that looks the most like firecracker is the one of you and your sister and your dad. fun pics and i love the canvas. perfect

  • Whitney Benson - Oh my goodness…Firecracker looks JUST like you!!

  • Debra - omg! you two are identical πŸ™‚ love the canvas!

  • Katie - What a fun look at those old photos! Your daughter looks SO much like you!

  • Laura - You look just exactly like Firecracker! The canvas looks super, I love how you arranged the pretty plates around it!

  • Anna Joy - These pictures are priceless!!! Love the one with you and Lesley hugging…and the Halloween one definitely cracked me up!

  • lindsey - The Halloween picture made me laugh out loud! And you and Fire Cracker are twins!!! You need to side-by-side frame those pics. I’m loving her boots. Adeline (23 months) is addicted to boots as well and i’ve been trying to find her the perfect pair for her birthday.

  • Meredith N. - Firecracker does look a lot like you!! Those last two pictures: adorable.

  • Melanie - I had that same creepy Raggedy Ann costume. . . I think I wore it 3 years in a row. I could never see or breathe!!

  • Celia - Ya’ll look just alike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christina - Awww so cute! I just love 70s male haircuts, they make me giggle.

  • Bethany - She does favor you! What adorableness!

  • Pamelotta - Oh, wow, it’s the exact same kid! Sometimes when I see pictures of girls who look just like their mamas, I wonder what their dad had to do with it. πŸ˜‰

    And the canvas is awesome!

  • Stephanie Claire - Firecracker looks so much like you – So adorable πŸ™‚

  • Sarah - yes! you guys look soooo much alike it is scary!!! i never had cowgirl boots when i was little but my son has a red pair that he never wanted to wear. I will def be keeping them in hopes his little one will wear them one day!

  • Jamie - Oh my goodness! I can’t believe how much you and Firecracker look alike! I love it! My daughter is identical to my husband. Your large canvas looks great in the kitchen!

  • amanda torres - Wow! Firecracker is your mini-me. Too crazy!

  • Andrea - I think my sister had the same Wonder Woman costume and she still talks about it! I was Casper the Friendly Ghost, I wish I could find those pictures!

  • Amber Scurlock - That is adorable – you two look so much alike it’s crazy!!!! (or maybe just genetic, haha!) What kind of boots are those? They seem to have held up really good over time!

  • Kelly (Kelly is Inspired) - LOVE your new art! So cute! She is the spitting image of you!

  • Amy Cannon - How cool! I love love love that canvas print!!!
    And isn’t it funny how our kids are just like us!!! Perfect!

  • allison - I just love finding old childhood pictures – and oh my goodness you and your daughter could be twins. Love that you have saved those boots!

  • christina - she looks EXACTLY like you did – minus the hair color!

  • amy - love everything about this post, canvas, old pics.. and yes she looks like you a lot!!!

  • Mandy - She DOES look like her mama! I love these pics! A just outgrew her boots and is SO SAD; will have to find new ones for her. Thanks for sharing those classic pictures!

  • Julie - Wow, she looks just like you! Especially in the “dad, Lesley & me” photo.

  • Amanda - I love that you don’t ‘see’ things until you see photos… πŸ˜‰ This is the reason I love photography.

  • Renata - πŸ™‚

  • Josi - That canvas looks perfect!
    I love looking at old pictures. You’re right you and Firecraker look a lot alike… so do Lesley and Sweet P. So cute!

  • BeckyH in MA - 1981?? gawd I feel old now…… sheesh!

    Firecracker looks just like you! πŸ™‚

  • Courtney E. - I love this! And yes, Firecracker is definitely your daughter!!

    Also, a quick question…I would love to get some canvases for our home, but how do you know if the picture is going to look good enough all blown up? How do you know that the quality of the picture is such that it will translate well to the canvas? I always worry about that, about getting the canvas and having the picture look grainy and pixelated!

  • heather - First of all, the 70s plastic mask costumes were the WORST! And I wore lots of them, so I can say that!

    Also, I love her love of the boots. I bought one of my daughter’s red “Lilly” boots last year at Christmas (Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is her favorite book) and one of my girls has them on every. single. day!

  • Mrs. Tuttle - You are so right! How awesome is that. She’s a spitting image!

  • emmybrown - Precious!!!!

  • Leslie - you guys look just alike!!! how adorable:)

  • amy jupin - i love looking back at my old pics too.
    you should have seen the scary clown/bride costume i wore in 2nd grade!
    a clown bride…only in the 70s.

  • Tonya - There is noooooo denying that cute baby girl of yours is all YOU!!! so CUTE.

  • Jenny K. - The canvas is stunning! How great is it that you have a photo of you and a photo of your daughter around the same age and in matching boots?!?!?! I LOVE IT!

  • Sabrina L - Help! I love gallery wrapped canvases but I have no idea how to resize my pictures so that the wrapping doesn’t end up cutting off my kids heads or other important parts of the picture. Any chance you could do a quick tutorial on how to do that???

  • cailan - Wow – these are amazing. You do look so alike (adorable!) – how precious to have pictures of you both in the same boots, and glad you made the print work – it’s perfect there.

  • Pam K - So cute. I love the canvas. I actually emailed that post to my neighbor who has a little girl almost 2 with the same kind of spunk as FireCracker. I saw a canvas on clearance at Michael’s and didn’t get it and I regret it because I wanted to put that up in my house somewhere with some type of art from my kids or pictures of our family, something. You inspire me to do some serious DIY in my home. Please keep us posted of your stairway project. I want to rip the carpet off ours but just haven’t found the courage and really don’t know what I’m gonna do once I rip it off. I am a frustrated crafter! πŸ™‚

  • Cassie - TWINS!

  • Lissa - First of all, I never get over how cute your kids are. Second, wow Firecracker looks just like you! So adorable!

  • Deanna - That canvas is amaze!!! Your photography and your home are an inspiration to me. I know that, as you’ve said, your house is not always clean or perfect (neither is mine with 3 boys), but it is cleary filled with warmth and love. Oh, and your SnapShop class is #1 on my Christmas list!!!

  • Sadie - You two look exactly alike! It’s too cute! Love the canvas. I dream of having a canvas one day….

  • Flossie - I’d love to know how you hang things. I am reluctant to move things once I’ve hung them because of nail holes, etc. I’m too lazy to spackle and repaint (even touch-up) so things just stay on my walls forever and ever. Suggestions??? Suck it up and respackle? Thanks.

  • Courtney Henson - Oh, I love these photos from your youth! Firecracker does look a lot like you and I think it is so sweet that she wears your boots. The canvas looks perfect and I’m so glad you were able to fit it in your kitchen area!

  • the whyte house - hahaha!! this is great!

  • Alicia @ La Famille - oh my WORD!!! you two are IDENTICAL! how cute is that!?!
    love it! love the canvas…i’ve been wanting to order some canvas wraps too. gonna have to go check that out.

    total random question: wherever did you find your table?? i’m in the table searching phase right now and i love yours!

  • Roianne - Wow! Firecracker looks exactly like you when you were a girl πŸ™‚ Loving the canvas pic!!

  • Jennifer Seawright - Serious love!!!

  • cynthia - Love this!!! I’m cracking up at the nostalgia! Firecracker is definitely her mother’s daughter. You look almost identical at that age. πŸ™‚

  • Jessamy - That is so cute…by “that” I mean everything.
    It’s such a pleasure reading your awesome posts everyday!

  • Georgette - OMG!!! Firecracker is your little twin! Sooo cute to be able to have a pic in the same boots! The canvas is adorable too:D

  • Brandi - Whoa! That canvas looks great! Those last pictures of you and your daughter are so adorable–the resemblance is striking!

  • Debbie C - I love the picture you chose for your canvas! We decided to get a photo canvas soon and I think it’d be more fun and art-like to go with a candid, unpredictable shot that a posed family one! Thanks for the idea! And I have to agree with everyone, Firecracker looks like her mom! πŸ™‚

  • Haley - Ashley, I can’t believe how much you and your daughter look alike!

  • Nicole - love the canvas! wow you have a mini-me!!

  • Joy Fisher - How did Firecracker get into the 70s in the picture of your dad and sister? And the two boot pictures need to become a collage in Firecracker’s baby book.

  • Nori R - Absolutely fabulous!! She’s rockin’ those boots in grand ole’ tradition.

  • VΓ©nusia - 30 years later but, almost the same face ! So cute ! I would like to have a mini me in girl. But I have a mini me in boy.

  • erica - to still have the boots AND pictures is awesome. soooo stinkin’ cute!!

  • Kae - im enjoying your old pictures! i love how she sports the same boots you did. & firecracker is SO YOU! SO YOU! a mini you!

  • amber P - Firecracker is your spitting image mini-me! And I love the picture of you and your dad “sleeping”. So cute! My husband does that with our kids every day.
    Your mom looks like a bank robber or something.
    and The canvas looks fabulous!

  • Chelsea in MO - I love it all, awesome post today! The canvas, the old pictures, the boots, the comparison shots at the end! So cute Ashley, seriously! Thank you for sharing and have a good day : )

  • dana - oh what a cute side-by-side of you two. And I love the photo you selected for canvas. I’ve got it pinned on my photography board.

  • Lorilei - I really enjoyed this post. I love the pictures. You are very blessed!

  • Amanda D - I love it!! Firecracker DOES look a lot like you! I saw a pair of toy story boots the other day and almost bought them for my son because of your picture! He actually says, “Ook, Mommy! Firecracker!” when I am reading your blog. They are very close in age, I think he likes the fact that he has a friend on the computer. Another great post, thanks Ashley!!!

  • Lesley - I’m sure the first picture had more to do with you telling me I should try to dive in just to see if I would. And, being the trusting sister that I was, happily agreed.

  • Shelby - That is so great! Firecracker does look a lot like you! I absolutely love that your daughter is now wearing the same boots. I shared my same devotion for saving things to pass on to my kids on my blog today! http://honeysuckleblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/statement-neckline.html

  • Debbie - I love how you call your daughter FireCracker on here, but I just am dying to know her real name!

  • Melissa Evans - those pics at the end….are SO GREAT!! What a lovely thing, to be able to hold up photos of you wearing the boots and now your daughter!…the canvas photo in your kitchen is just….PERFECT! Oh… I wanted to comment too- about your comment “Just seeing a box that big with my name on it made me happy”….I feel the exact same way- it’s not even what’s in the box/surprise…it’s just seeing my name: gets me all giddy! : )

  • Rebekah - My daughter and I are the same way! You can barely tell our baby pictures apart (except for the lovely 80s clothing in mine). I constantly get flashbacks of me when she smiles.

  • steph - HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!
    she is the SPITTING image of you!!!
    that is nutso!
    especially those last two pics.
    it’s amazing.
    i love it!
    i wish one of my girls was the spitting image of me.
    you’d think there’d be one having 3 daughters.
    well, nope!

    and that halloween pic made me howl.
    that is a creepy raggedy anne!
    oh my!
    nightmares… here we come!
    (don’t tell lesley!!) ha ha ha ha!

  • giozi - I love your new canvas, I loved this pic.

    And you was adorableeeeeeeeeeee your daughter and you have the same smile.
    Love your first photo with your dad. And your wonder woman costume ha ha ha yes yes your face was the best πŸ˜‰

  • Jess - LOVE….the canvas, the boots, how much your sweet girl looks like you…everything!!

  • Rachael - Love all these photos. You and Firecracker do look a lot alike. I can’t wait until #5 gets to wear the boots! You’ll have to get a three section frame and put all the pictures in there.

  • Rachel - Adorable!!! She looks just like you….

  • Katie Sellers - Love this post! So cute to have the picture of the two of you in those boots!

  • Mindy - ashley…this post as me all teary eyed for some reason, probably because you just gave us a glimpse into some very special, private family photos. i love old pics…love getting out pics of me and seeing if the kids resemble me at all.
    it makes me feel better cuz they don’t look a TON like me. firecracker is a complete jewel. i think she and my 3 year old wilder would get along. you and she are carbon copies. aren’t genetics fascinating?
    i LOVE all of your pictures, but the cowgirl boots one in your kitchen.
    it takes the cake.

  • alisa - you THINK she looks like you! she is the spitting image of you! and i sure do wish my little boots had been saved. such a precious idea.

  • Peggy Annan - Ashley, I can’t believe how much Firecracker looks like you… or at least your pictures when you were her age. It is amazing and oh so cute…. both of you!

  • Moriah - Ah, she is the spitting image of you! So cute. It is making me want to dig out a photo of me in my dad’s cowboy boots. Thanks for the 70’s memories.

  • Amy - where there is a will there is a way!! it looks great up there!!

  • Jessica P - Fun post! I loved looking at your old pictures. Firecracker is definitely you in miniature.

  • tracy a - wow ashley! i didn’t realize how much your girl looks like you! and i love the huge canvas…might have to check into getting one for our family!

  • Seamingly Sarah - I love looking at old photos and comparing them to our kids now. My oldest daughter looks like me most of the time, but every once in awhile she is this whole new person that looks like only herself. My second daughter is sometimes my husband, but lately she’s been looking like my youngest sister. It’s fun to see then and now. I even love seeing old photos of my mom and seeing myself in her face. Ah, family connections.

  • Pamela - I love these old pictures. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog and look forward to coming home from work and reading your latest post each day!

  • jami nato - this is such a sweet post.

  • Josephine - ooohhhhh canvass is super love! i wanna print all photos in canvass too if only they werent expensive ..!!! but totally worth it!!

    sooo fun looking at your baby photos!!!

  • caru - jajajaja the costume picture is hilarious!!!!!!

    and wow!!! you and Fire Crackers are almost the same.

    Great picture!!!!

  • nicole @ deliajude - you and firecracker look alike! cuteness. that canvas print shot is the best ever!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - OH my goodness….precious, precious, precious, precious!

  • mer - oh my goodness!!! that halloween photo and the comment about the raggedy ann mask had me laughing so hard that my stomach hurt! πŸ™‚ love all of these!

  • Amanda Keeys - That canvas is absolutely darling and looks fantastic with your plates on the wall. SO cute. Love that the boots are hand-me-down, make it even more special πŸ™‚

  • Alet - I love the canvas and the spot you have chosen is absolutely awesome!

  • Jeannette - Oh wow – love it pics and the canvas!

  • Rebekah Johnson - Wow….I love the picture of you and the picture of her in the boots. You were adorable, and she looks so much like you!

  • Bree K - Ahhhh!!! She looks just like you. Especially in the picture titled “dad & me”. Too cute.

  • Heather - Wow! You look so much alike at the same age! So fun to see those pics, she looks just like you!

  • Melissa - Hey Ashley,
    I love the canvas. I didn’t know if you had heard of this website/product before, but I live in Canada and this company in Toronto provides an awesome photo service (maybe the others you do, as well, but I hadn’t seen it before). The website is posterjack.ca (in no way am I affiliated with them; just love displaying photos of my 3 kids!). I had wanted a photo put to canvas, but for the size I wanted, I didn’t want to invest the $$. Poster Jack has an option that is like the vinyl peel letter things for walls, but for your pictures. You can get them large and mine cost like $35 and I can peel it off the wall and re-use it elsewhere if I like! This was new to me and was a great option, cost wise. I still got the size I wanted, but for the photo I was using, I didn’t want to invest in the canvas. Just thought you might want to check it out!! Again, maybe every photo service provides this and I’m just late to the game!
    Thought you might have fun with it!
    Thanks for all the amazing reminders that with the goings on of a busy household, there are still so many amazing moments to catch in the everyday.

  • Sharon - Twins. That’s all there is to it! Twins! And cute ones, too!

  • ashley gee - thanks for sharing all the old family pictures!!! I LOVE all of them, they’re SO priceless. I love looking at our old family pictures. I just need to scan them and get them digital so they’ll be kept safe… a daunting task. much love. xo.

  • Shauna - I had that same exact Wonder Woman mask as a kid! The pic of you with baby Leslie and your Dad…it looks like your daughter sitting on his lap. And you had that wavy-bangs thing going on too! πŸ™‚

  • tara pollard pakosta - she looks A LOT Like you!
    and um yeah, I think your nickname was probably FIRECRACKER as well! you certainly looked like one, feisty and sweet!
    LOVE IT!

  • Laura Chavous - Amaaaaaaazing photograph/canvas. And firecracker looks just like her mama!

  • Christy - I absolutely love everything about this post. I totally wish I could find affordable boots for my girls. I love the dress in the last picture, too!
    I can’t believe how much you two look alike. That is amazing! Also, the canvas in the kitchen looks spectacular. : )

  • Jennifer Wade - Simply put….I LOVE it…all of it!

  • Brooke - AMAZING how much the two of you look alike! I mean exactly alike! That is SO sweer : )

  • fullertonregan - She is totally your twin! If I hadn’t actually birthed my daughter I wouldn’t always believe she’s mine. She has blonde hair and these stunning hazel eyes. I’m a brown-eyed girl with dark, almost black hair. The juxtaposition is really funny.

    It’s so precious to see your little one looking exactly like you!

  • Stacey Ball - Such a great shot of you in the boots! The canvas is just incredible and I’m glad you found a place for it in the kitchen.

  • Heldine - OMG – that is the cutest thing ever! You look the same!

  • jen@thecottagenest - That resemblance is amazing! You have a mimi me! I love the big canvas. I think I need one of those. I also love your kitchen table and wonder if that is a metal top? Did you do that yourself or have it done? I have a table in desperate need of a makeover and that table speaks to me!

  • Amber - WOW! You guys are twins! And I love the big canvas! Beautiful! I kind of think everything you do in your house is pretty awesome and beautiful. I’m working on having an awesome blog and home like you… one step at a time! πŸ™‚

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