a house for our peg people

Several months ago, I bought a super cute dollhouse from Sparrow Mercantile. I had been saving it to hang on the wall in the studio when I came across this very plain one at a flea market. I thought about just painting it, but I’m kind of partial to anything wrapped in fabric.

I cut strips about an inch wide from various scrap fabric. Then I started wrapping and hot gluing. I am not sure if ‘hot gluing’ is correct grammar, but I say it all the time so I am going with it. I also glued some trim to the roof and painted the chimney because the dark red didn’t match so well.

The cute one on the left is the one from Sparrow Mercantile. The pretty peg people family is from Once Upon a Peg. The wonky super heroes and other people I made. So far we have our family (Once Upon a Peg), my sister’s family, and some superheros. The kids are placing orders for who they want added to the mix.

As you can see I’ve been hanging stuff in the studio. Chris watched the kids one day last week to give me an entire day to finish up a bunch of projects. It was wonderful. I have a bunch more little tutorials to post from that day…and I’ll do a more detailed post about the wall soon too.

I also got a random email this week from Parents magazine. It seems that some of you nominated my blog for their 2013 Blog Awards. This blog is now a finalist in the “Most likely to wow you with photos and videos” category. What a fun surprise! Thank you for thinking my photos have a wow factor. I guarantee you if I posted video, it would not wow you in any way! Thank you for those that nominated me. If you are so inclined to cast a vote my direction, you can click on the button below. Thanks!
Parents Blog Award Finalist

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  • Valeri - You definitely have my vote!

  • Tiffany~ - Love the peg-people & houses! So fun!! *So happy any time there’s a new post on your blog~ πŸ™‚

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - First – CONGRATULATIONS! I’m hoping you win, your blog is totally awesome and full of all kinds of inspiration for us Mama’s and non-Mama’s.

    Second- Your studio is looking mighty awesome. It would be such a dream to be able to come to your studio and get all crafty with you (and your lil sis too;)) and talk about all the stuff I know we would end up talking about. One being adoption and all the overflowing goodness that comes from it.

    I keep thinking of something I could make you and send your way as a THANK YOU for the generous gift you gave me last year – snap shop! It’s crazy to think knowledge of photography can add so much to one’s life. It did mine! I will repay you with something one day. You just already have so much amazing stuff and can do so much already!!!!

    ~Glad your back to bloggin’.

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger - Congratulations!
    A fitting category, for sure.
    I was thinking my own daughter might be outgrowing
    dollhouses… and then I realized: I’m not thinking
    of getting one for _her_! I was imagining the fun I
    would have with those Peg People and the simple doll house!
    Your studio, by the way, is seeping its way into my list of
    lovely spaces.

  • Debbie Karwoski - Though I think your photos are wonderful – I think I would nominate your blog for “Most likely to wow you with her gift of demonstrating her God-given heart.” Thank you for sharing the example you set for your children with your readers!

  • Kate - I love the studio – it’s looking fantastic. thanks for the great ideas with the dolls house, my oldest is about to turn 4 and wants a dolls house for her birthday – since our home is small and we’re short on space, i’ve been looking for alternatives to the regular thing – what a genius idea…..i’m going out to rustle up some wood and see what i come up with – THANK YOU!
    good luck for best blog awards – just voted for your inspiring and beautiful pictures – love them.

  • Trish - I really love the houses. I’m glad you’re back. You really do encourage me. Thank you for that. I was wondering what the one sign says in the middle. I can read far, far better things ahead.

  • Kristin @ Little Corbin Hill - That is so neat! I love the peg people and now they have their own little abode =) Heading over to cast my vote now!

  • Debbie C - I bought that same Katie Daisy camping print from Etsy. Our small group threw a camping themed baby shower for one of our ladies and we gave her the print afterwards as a gift. She loved it!

  • Tonya - So CUTE!!!!

  • Alice H - You made the super heroes? HOW?!? My 3 year old would love those!

  • angie - So glad you are back! I’ve missed your posts in a major way. I completely forgot it was just for the month of January. I was THRILLED when i clicked on over and found a weeks worth of posts! Your family feels like my extended family (hope that’s not weird) to me and it just makes me smile to watch your daily adventures unfold. WElcome back!!!

  • Lisa M. - I’d love to vote, but…I don’t facebook πŸ™ Sorry! But you’re #1 in my book for photos πŸ™‚

  • Gina - Your houses are so cute and perfect for your peg people! I noted to vote for you but I am not on Facebook. Just wanted to let you know I think you are awesome!!

  • shauna - this is really so sweet! that fabric wrapped cutie and the vintage doll house would be a hit at our house!

  • maggie may - what a cute idea! i would have never thought of that!
    congrats on the nomination!

  • the inadvertent farmer - Voted and shared…because I believe the world needs more artsy positive people in it! You are my daily does of color! Kim

  • Sarah - You have 64% of the vote so far! Woohoo! I would love a tutorial on painting the superhero peg people. My son would love that for his birthday.

  • Paige - Did you know you’ve reached 64% of votes for the category your blog is placed in? I hope you keep up like that! =)

    Looking forward to all those new crafts!

  • Jacci in Ohio - Of course I voted, sweetie!!!! πŸ™‚

    And I love your crazy wall. You make it all look so good together.


  • Lyn - Love doll house. I have a spot that this would be perfect for. Thank you for the wonderful ideas!!! You are in the lead for Parents magazine!

  • stacey - done! xo

  • Jennifer - Voted! And posted it to my fb wall. I hope that last part doesn’t hurt your chances πŸ™‚

  • Alysa - Just voted. You are my very favorite blog to read every day. And as I contemplate giving up computer screen time for Lent, my only drawback is that I won’t get to stop over on your blog to see what you’re up to!

  • Jenny B. - Oh how I love little houses!! So sweet. Love the fabric wrap. I need to find something (preferably a little house!) to do that to as well. πŸ™‚

  • Tracy A - I voted!! :). Hope you guys are well…

  • Barnicles - voted! i love your blog so much! it’s like a good book that I never get to the end of πŸ™‚

    I’m always excited when my google reader tells me you’ve updated!


    great dollshouses, love them!

  • Mary - What a lucky girl : ). Very creative!

  • Cassi - We have the same See under the stars print from Katie Daisy

  • tabitha emma - this is soo gorgeous! Just found your blog, and it is so inspiring! I want to make one of this cute little houses now! I wonder if I could make it from scratch.

  • Joy - Can I tell you, when I come visit your blog and there is NOT a new post I do a little happy dance for you and your family? Enjoy your freedom, sweet Ashley!

  • sarah - Ashley- There are pictures of you and Chris and little one on the Buzzfeed website. Someone did a post of pictures of adoptive parents meeting their new children for the first time.

    Just a heads up in case they didn’t ask permission.


  • Jess - Ashley,
    I have been reading your blog for about 2 years now.
    I first just read your photography advice and DIY, but now that I have my own little guy, I love your family posts too!

    Can you do a post on advice for bloggers just starting out?
    Specifically, how are you comfortable with posting picture of your children for all to see? I understand you have kept their names private, but I can’t get comfortable with the idea of posting photos of my son, which means most of my blog posts are pictureless, haha.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us! You have an amazing family!

  • Zoe Alexander - This is such a fantastic idea! Perfect for my daughter’s tiny toys! Many congratulations for the nomination! Beautiful photos too!

  • Danielle - Hi AshleyAnn, I’ve just discovered your blog over the last fortnight and have read post after post. It has been so encouraging and inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I read every post about your adoption journey and but the end, had tears in my eyes. It is so special to have had this insight into the process you went through. I love your photos too, and have been encouraged to take more of my own kids too…I’m even hoping to blog and share them with my friends. Thank you – I look forward to reading more about you all. D.

  • jody greenlee - I voted!!!

  • AshleyAnn - Sarah – thank you for letting me know. Those were used without permission and Buzzfeed very promptly removed them at my request. Thank you so much for letting me know!

  • RaD - Hi there! I love your blog and follow it like crazy but I rarely comment. I actually saw something in your picture that I him’d and ha’d about commenting on but decided I’d do it anyway.

    You babies’ peg people house is right above an outlet and there are no covers on it. I had a friend who’s son was Little One’s age when he poked her keys into the outlet. Thankfully the breakers popped and he only got a little shock and smoke came from the outlet. Since your kiddos are playing so close you really need to put covers there or even still add the covers, but move the houses away from the outlets so as not to temp play with them.

    I hope I don’t sound like “that mom” but I just wanted to throw that out there for you to think about.

    Have a great day!

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