This picture involves the following: setting sun, jean jacket, laying in the grass, bare feet, golden fields, laughing children, strong bonds, joy, simple life pleasures…and what do those things remind you of? Country Music, of course!

In case you didn’t know tonight is the Country Music Awards. I am quite excited about it. I am not too sure about Gwyenth Paltrow making her live country music debut. I think she is a great actress and I’ve heard she has a great voice, but I just don’t picture her sitting in a field eating fried chicken in the tailgate of a beat up truck. I could be wrong. We will see tonight.

Two years ago (when there were about 50 us that knew this blog existed) we played a game in honor of the CMAs. Well, country fans, I am bringing it back today. The game will take place in the comment section. Each comment will be lyrics from a country song, but it has to include one word from the previous comment. For example:


Comment 1: “….I can take you for a ride on my big green tractor. We can go slow or make it go faster…”

Comment 2: “I’d be on the tractor she’d be on my mind with that sun beatin’ down on this back of mine.”

Comment 3: “When the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin'”


You get the idea. There is no prize, it is just for fun and to get is in the mood for tonight. I will note, I can’t sit by my computer all day so I know some comments will get stuck needing approval. I apologize if your’s gets stuck. Some of you might comment at the same time and it will get out of order or look confusing…just go with it and use the last posted quote you see. For those of you that sadly do not like country music I am sure the comments will sound quite foreign…come back tomorrow:)

Feel free to come back and play along all day!

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  • Amy - “Oh, you can watch me walk if you want to, want to
    I bet you want me back now don’t you, don’t you…” (not my favorite song, but it has been stuck in my head since I heard it last night…) Game On!!!

  • Hollie - I pulled over by the curb
    I’ve been sittin’ here all night
    Wonderin’ what it was I did so wrong
    That he did so right
    I’ve thought of breakin’ down her door
    But there’s nothin’ left to say
    That chevy four-by-four
    Says it all sittin’ in my place

  • Lindsay - And he whispers don’t cry for ME, I’ll see you all someday.
    He looks up and says, “I can see God’s face.”

  • Stephanie - I’ll show you love like you’ve dreamed of, I’ve got so much to give, WATCH this….

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - I cross my heart and promise to
    Give all I’ve got to give
    To make all your dreams come true
    In all the world you’ll never find
    A LOVE as true as mine

  • AshleyAnn - “That picture from our honeymoon,
    “That night in Frisco Bay:
    “Just GIVE it away.”

  • jessica - GIVE me a saturday night, my baby by my side, sweet home alabama and a six pack of light, an old dirt road and i’ll be alright…

  • Holly - GIVE me that girl with the hair in a mess
    sleepy little smile with her head on my chest

  • Mirys - I´m not quite sure a understand the game but LET´S PLAY IT!

    Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry ME home to see my kin
    Singing songs about the Southland
    I miss Alabamy once again
    And I think its a sin, yes

  • Mirys - I´m not quite sure I understante the game but LET´S PLAY IT!

    Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry ME home to see my kin
    Singing songs about the Southland
    I miss Alabamy once again
    And I think its a sin, yes

    Mirys –

  • Mirys - IT´S NOT FAR!!!!!

    While i´m writing my coment, in Brazil, someone else has already posted another one in USA! I´ll never have the “rigth words”!!!!

    Let it be (ops! it´s a song! So let´s sing: let it be, let it be, let it be, oh let it beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, whispering words of wisdon, let it beeeeeeeee)

    Mirys –

  • Mary Claire - Jesus take the WHEEL, Take it from my hands,
    Cause I can’t do this on my own….

  • Bobbi - Said her name was a hand me down name

    From the side of a family that long ago came

    Over here ON a boat from somewhere in Spain

    Sounded to me just a little bit strange, I guess.

    But I have to admit, it felt good on my lips.

  • Colleen C - So I’ll drive and I’ll THINK about my life and wonder why, I’ll slowly die inside
    Everytime I turn that truck around, right at the Georgia line and I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

  • Yanet - I got my toes in the water, ass in the
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    LIFE is good today. Life is good today.

  • Alba - I was here last time, and I’ll try my best today.
    Guess I’ll learn to live with a different kind of pain
    Suffering from a sickness that I can not give a name
    It’s just a STRANGE sensation
    I never felt before
    Missing you has cut me to the core
    Where I use to have a heart
    Feels like a mile wide ditch
    Got a hole inside the doctor just can’t stitch
    Gone without a trace
    You left a hollow place
    There’s not a stone to mark
    Where I use to have a heart

  • AshleyAnn - But I’ll always remember the love in Daddy’s HANDs. Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’

  • Aimee - Be a best friend, tell the truth
    And overuse I love you
    Go to work, do your best
    Don’t outsmart your commonsense
    Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
    And love like crazy

  • Julie A. - Remember when the sound of little feet
    was the music
    We danced to week to week
    Brought back the love, we found trust
    Vowed we’d never give it up
    Remember when

  • Anna Marie - I could pay off my tab, poor myself in a cab and be back to WORK before 2. At a moment like this I can’t help but wonder what would Jimmy Buffet do?

  • Holly T - From this MOMENT life has begun
    From this moment you are the one
    Right beside you is where I belong
    From this moment on

  • kassondra - But she covered her mouth and her face got red and she just looked so darn cute
    That I couldn’t even act like I was mad-
    Yeah I live for little MOMENTs like that

  • Kari - Let them be LITTLE, let them sleep in the middle…oh, just let them be little.

  • AshleyAnn - I’d start walking your way
    You’d start walking mine
    We’d meet in the MIDDLE
    Neath that old Georgia pine

  • Jessica - I’d start walking your way
    You’d start walking mine
    We’d meet in the middle
    Neath that OLD Georgia pine

  • Shellee - I go out WALKIN’ after midnight….

  • Cee - The devil went down to GEORGIA,
    he was looking for a soul to steal.
    He was in a bind,
    he was way behind,
    he was willing to make a deal.

  • amanda torres - We’re like two kids, baby, always tryin’ to live it up. Ooh, ooh. Oh,that’s our kind of LOVE.

  • Elizabeth - There’s bubble gum in the BABY’s hair
    Sweet potatoes in my lazy chair,
    Been crazy all day long and it’s only Monday
    Mr. Mom…

  • Danielle - You and Me going fishing IN THE dark lying on our backs and counting the stars where the cool grass grows….

  • Jacci in Ohio - I wanna sleep in the tall GRASS in the comfort fo your arms….

  • Jenny - And it’s a great DAY to be alive
    I know the sun’s still shinin when I close my eyes
    There’s some hard times in the neigborhood
    But why can’t every day be just this good?

  • stacey - i wanna live where the green grass grows, watch my corn pop up in rows, everynight be tucked in close to you…

  • Reidunn - Let them cry, let them giggle, let them SLEEP in the middle
    Oh just let them be little

  • Kenna S - “Oh I like you too and to tell you the truth that wasnt my CHAIR after all!”

  • Lesley - It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need YOU now.
    Said I wouldn’t come but I lost all control and I need you now.

  • Kari - Mama’s, don’t LET your babies grow up to be cowboys!

  • Kari - MAMA, don’t forget to pray for me.

  • erin - “When the sun goes down we’ll be feelin alright”

  • Rachel C - MAMA dabbed a little bit of perfume on my lips, then she kissed my cheek, and I saw the tears wellin’ up in her eyes as I started to speak.

    Yep, Ashley — a line from Fancy….priceless!!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game almost as much as I LOVE country music!!! Wa Hoo!!!!

  • Amber - The preacher man said let us bow our heads and pray
    LORD please lift his soul and heal this hurt

  • Jenna - I may be a real bad boy, but baby I’m a real good MAN.

  • Stephanie - Wanna be free and feel the way I feel! MAN I feel like a woman!

  • Lesley - Ain’t no tellin’ where the wind might blow
    FREE and easy down the road I go

  • Amber - Country ROADs take me home, to the place where I belong

  • Holly T - Go HOME, into your blue jeans;
    Have some chicken an’ some baked beans.
    Pick a back yard football team,
    Not do much of anything:
    That’s what I love about Sunday.

  • Crystal Hogue - I know they say you can’t go HOME again
    I just had to come back one last time

  • Danielle - I set out on a narrow way many YEARS ago
    Hoping I would find true love along the broken road

  • Jacqueline Burvill - Let me make it clear
    To you my dear
    If you’re not in it for LOVE
    I’m outta here!

  • Jessica - there’s a tear in my beer,
    cause i’m cryin for ya DEAR…
    you are on my lonely mind.

  • Erika C. - “And I said, God is great, BEER is good, and people are crazy…” Don’t think I saw this one yet!! :)

  • Corrie - maybe I didn’t treat you quite as good as I should have. If I made you feel second best, girl I’m sorry I was blind…You were always on my MIND, you were always on my MIND.

  • Megan H - (I’m sorry) I’m sorry
    (So sorry) So sorry
    Please accept my apology
    But love is BLIND
    And I was to blind to see

  • Kelly - Take Jimmy Johnson
    Take Tommy Tompson
    Take my best friend, Bo
    Take anybody that you want as
    long as she don’t go
    Take any boy in the world
    Daddy, PLEASE, don’t take the girl.

  • Jessica - I don’t know where I’d be
    Without you here with me
    Life with you makes perfect sense
    You’re my best FRIEND

  • Sami Jo Melton - How do I
    Get through one night without you
    If I had to live without you
    What kind of life would that be?
    Oh I need you in my arms
    Need you to hold
    Your my world my heart my soul
    If you ever leave
    Baby you’d take away everything good in my Life.

    And tell me now
    How do I live without you…. (Trisha Yearwood)

    Great idea, girlfriend. ~ Sami Jo

  • Amanda - I’m moving on,
    at last I can see,
    LIFE has been
    patiently waiting for me,
    and I know,
    there’s no guarantee,
    but I’m not alone.

    Love Rascal Flats!

  • Candace - Now you’re my whole LIFE now you’re my whole world
    I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
    Like a river meets the sea
    Stronger than it’s ever been
    We’ve come so far since that day
    And I thought I loved you then.

    I LOVE Brad!

  • Michelle Monk - I hear you’ve been askin’ about me
    From some of my friends
    Well, you’d better believe
    I’M not goin’ through that again
    You’re the kind of man
    A woman thinks she can change
    Oh, but the only thing changin’
    Is my way of thinkin’
    And I’M thinkin’ that maybe someday

  • AshleyAnn - I know what I was feelin’,
    But what was I thinkin’?
    What was I THINKIN’?

  • Lauren - I’ve never been the kind to ever let my FELLINGS show
    And I thought that bein’ strong meant never losin’ your self-control
    But I’m just drunk enough to let go of my pain
    To hell with my pride, let it fall like rain
    From my eyes
    Tonight I wanna cry

  • Rachel C - So, if you’re FEELING kind of lonely, I’ll tell you where to go
    Turn on your radio.

  • Lindsay - Nothing on but the RADIO, feel the music playing soft and slow

  • Sydney - THE way you walk, way you talk, way you say my name. It’s beautiful, wonderful, don’t you ever change. Hey Stephen, why are people always leavin’? I think you and I should stay the same.

  • monique - living in your RADIO. How do you like me NOW?

  • AshleyAnn - I LIKE it, I love it, I want some more of it

  • Ashley - It’s your LOVE it just does something to me, it sends a shock right through me

  • Debbie - What’s LOVE got to do with it?

  • Rebekah Jean - Let the angels gather, let the music play,
    Let the preacher get to preachin’ all the do-you-takes
    LOVE is a beautiful thing

  • lauren - It was 1970-SOMETHING
    In the world that I grew up in
    Farrah Faucett hair-do days
    Bell bottoms and 8-track tapes
    Lookin’ back now I can see me
    And oh, man did I look cheesy
    But I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
    It was 1970-SOMETHING

  • AshleyAnn - she grew up good she GREW UP slow like American Honey

  • Holly - When the rain is blowing in your face
    And the whole WORLD is on your case
    I would offer you a warm embrace
    To make you feel my love

  • Jaime Brochu - Rock my WORLD, take me out on the floor, dance with me till I can;t dance anymore…

  • Shannon J - … and when you get the choice to sit it out or DANCE, I hope you DANCE…

  • Kristin - That is THE CUTEST picture!! your kids are so adorable

  • Jenny B. - Well… I don’t know many country songs, but I did want to say that I really like Gwyneth Paltrow. I may have to watch the awards just to see her sing. She sang “Cruisin'” with Huey Lewis in the movie Duets. I didn’t love the movie, but I love that song, and she did a great job! :)

  • Heather - and i dont know how i can do without i JUST need you know..

  • Heather - *now

  • LeAnne - Gimme that girl with her hair in a mess
    Sleepy little smile with her head on my chest
    That’s the YOU that I like best
    Gimme that girl

  • jennie K - She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows, sign her letters with X’s and O’s.
    Gotta picture of her mama in heels and pearls. She’s gonna make it in her daddy’s world. She’s an American GIRL. An American Girl!

  • Amber - i guess I was wrong, i just don’t belong
    but then i’ve been there before
    everything’s all right i’ll just say goodnight
    and i’ll show myself to the door

  • McKenzie C. - Our song is a slammin screen DOOR,
    sneakin out late, tappin on your window,
    when you’re on the phone and you talk real SLOW,
    cause its late and your mama don’t know.

  • Lesley - I know there’s nothing stopping you now
    but I’d settle for a SLOW down

  • Jacqui - Aint going DOWN till the sun comes up!

  • Tara Liddicoat - Well this old familiar conversation, we’ve just ’bout worn it out. I keep tryin’ to change the subject but you won’t let it *DOWN*… And this broken stretch of highway we’ve been drivin’ on won’t be gettin’ any better if we can’t smooth things out… till you get done hurtin’ me back.

  • Kristin S - If it wasn’t for guys like you there wouldn’t be songs like THIS!

    (just had to put it since the show started)

  • Christina G - May have lost THIS battle, live to fight another day
    Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away

  • Christene {WhipperBerry} - Roll this stone away, let the guilty pay, it’s Independence DAY.

  • Jessica - The judge said GUILTY in a make believe trial
    Slapped the sherrif on the back with a smile and said
    Suppers waiting at home and I got to get to it

  • jill tracy - You make me SMILE like the sun, fall out of bed,
    sing like a bird, dizzy in my head, spin like a record…

  • jessica - give YOU all i have to give, when we get high up on the ridge

  • Megan - And my whole world, It begins and ends with you on that HIGHWAY 20 ride….

  • jamie - Walk through this WORLD with me; go where I go. Share all my dreams with me…

  • Lisa Johnson - I’ll start WALKing your way. You start WALking mine. We’ll meet in the middle, ‘neath that old Georgia pine

  • EmRuss - …running THROUGH the sprinklers with a big popsicle grin, dancin’ with her daddy, lookin’ up at him…

  • Amber - LOOKINg at you looking at me is the only thing that matters, come a little closer baby…

  • Renae H - .. the view I love the most is my front porch LOOKING in.

  • Crystal - Bye bye love, I’ll catch you later
    Got a lead foot down on my accelerator and the rear VIEW mirror torn off
    ‘Cause I ain’t never lookin’ back, and that’s a fact.

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My grandparents read my blog (“Hi” Grandma & Grandpa). They recently told me they really enjoy my blog, but sure wish there were more pictures of their great grandkids. So this post is really for them…

We got to babysit again….it was only for a couple of hours, but it was fun. Of course, I had to snap a few pics of Sweet P. I had two little people that wouldn’t get out of my way wanted to be big helpers. When we watch my sister’s dog, Duncan, he CRASHES upon returning home after being at our house. Lesley said Sweet P sleeps really well after coming over too. So if you need your dog or kid to take a good nap let them come over to my place for a bit….it will wear them out.

I put Sweet P in FireCracker’s crib for her own protection while I was opening up curtains to take a few pictures. FireCracker thought it was so funny that her cousin was in her crib.

Littlest Brother was adamant that I take his picture laying down like Sweet P.

Crazy bed hair, pajama top and undies…great photo attire. (this photo was taken at 12:15pm, not in the morning)

Since I have learned you all like to see photo mistakes, I am sharing one below. You have too look closely at Sweet P’s eyes. You can tell that one eye is more in focus. I had my aperture set at f/2.8. I was too close to Sweet P and her eyes weren’t both the same distance from my camera. If her eyes had been on the same plane (same distance from the camera) they would have both been in focus. This could have been fixed by changing my aperture (increasing the f-stop number) or backing up a bit.

P in a bucket.

Of course he wanted his photo in the bucket too. He said babies don’t wear underwear so he stripped his off before climbing into the bucket. Kids are so funny. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of hearing their random thought processes.


The Creative Mama blog emailed me a while back asking to do a mini tour of my “Creative Space”. In the email were links to two different photographer’s gorgeous studios. I emailed back and asked if they realized that I don’t have a ‘studio’, but that my Creative Space is my kitchen/living room. The response was, “that is all the more reason!  It just shows that people can be creative anywhere!” I liked that response. It is true, you can be creative anywhere. You can see the little tour here:

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  • laura - great pics of sweet P. she’s lucky to have you:).

  • amanda torres - Love the undies shot. Too funny! I also love that your kid still has bed head in the afternoon. We rarely fix hair in the morning. More like, “Daddy will be home soon, let’s comb your hair.”

  • Michelle - Is that white blanket from Ikea (the crinkly one)? I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy one. Also, I’ve been looking for an excuse to have another baby. Perhaps this is a sign…:)

  • Lexie - I am in love! What gorgeous photos! I love the one of Firecracker holding Sweet P’s hand in the crib.

  • RachelC - Pea in a bucket. So cute!

  • Carol - The bucket pics remind me of all the pics we have of Sweet P’s momma in a bucket.

  • Jen - Littlest Brother reminds me so much of my baby (he’s 2). Too funny that he insisted on taking his undies off!

  • kassondra - Ashley i absolutely love your blog and i was wondering what do you use as backdrops when you took some of the pictures of sweet p in the bucket.

  • Holly - You are amazing! My turn! Will you take my picture in the bucket! I’ll leave my undies on, thank you very much.

  • allison - beautiful photos – even the out of focus eye one! that headband is too cute!

  • Sadie - LOVE the photos! I think it’s awesome that your grandparents read your blog and you are able to update them with photos all the time!

  • MGF - I love that he trying to pose like her it cracks me.
    happy tuesday……………..

  • Amy - as usual, i love this post. my ‘creative space’ is very similar to yours, only the lighting is not as fantastic, but it is true that creativeness can grow anywhere!

  • susie whyte - i just did my own eye mistake this weekend on a senior shoot. made me feel awesome. :)
    p is growing like a weed! so cute!!!
    i love that you got littlest brother AND his underwear on the floor all in the same shot. hahahaha. those kids are so fun.

  • Jaimie - As always, amazing pictures. I’m laughing my butt off at the undies on the floor. Wondering if you can reveal where the headband came from?

  • colleen - Okay, that picture of littlest brother owned me… i laughed audibly and there is not a soul in my house right now but me! He reminds me so much of my boy who is now 8 and still processes much of life verbally. What a treasure those stinkers are!

  • Lindsay McDaniel - Oh my gosh, I am laughing out loud. Your boy is hilarious! And sweet P is so gorgeous, I can’t wait to be an aunt and spoil them rotten.

  • Tricia - So much cuteness in one post! It’s ridiculous!!


  • Brooke Whitis - Sweet P is getting so big!! And I love that sweet Firecracker was really wanting to hold her hand in the crib :)

    Little Brother is so fun…he really wanted to be posing..that isn’t always the case with all kids…so maybe it is something to be appreciated…that he wanted to be in the pictures! So sweet. And your space is always so inspiring.

  • Grandpa - Thanks – As always you do a fantastic job. With such beautiful
    subjects you can’t go wrong. Sweet Pea is so sweet and we are proud
    to be her Great Grandparents. Message to Firecracker. You have to wait when momy is not looking, then pull out the drawers.

  • giozi - Lovely photos how always ;).

  • Sarah - Love the pictures! Question: Did you know Sweet P’s eyes were out of focus by looking at your camera? I think things look good then when I get on my computer I can see the flaws. It is frustrating when you are not at home (or kids are out of the mood by the time you check).

  • ashlee - this post made me laugh several times…mostly at your boy, he is such a doll! but also at your grandpas comment! too funny!

  • ria - love love love your blog. it is my very first stop of the day. i love reading about real moms. it’s good to know my girls aren’t the only kids in the world that sometimes still have their p.j.’s
    on a little later in the day. thanks so much for sharing.

  • Nicole - So funny – that’s how we roll many days – bed hair, jams & undies. Laughing out loud (literally) at “P in a bucket” and the photo with the undies on the floor. I can hear my 2 year old giving that same logic – hilarious.

  • Ruth - Maybe the answer is in the fact that Firecracker isn’t really featured in this post, but this is a question that I’ve been wondering for some time now….how the heck do you get her to be still long enough to take her picture? My 18 month old little ball of Trouble is almost impossible to photograph and it drives me nuts! (And related to yesterday’s post, how do you keep her out of your lovely craft drawers?) It also makes me feel a little better to know that I’m not the only crazy blogging mommy whose kids stay in their pjs all day sometimes.

  • ashley jensen - We stay in our pj’s as long as we can on the weekend. My 3 year old daughter likes to strip down and be a “naked girl” while playing inside. Only problem is she also likes to do that while playing in our backyard too. Luckily we have a privacy fence! And we try to stay in our pj’s as long as possible at home.

  • Anna - Your niece is the cutest little baby ever!
    I really enjoyed reading about your creative space!!! I get bummed out sometimes that I don’t have my own space dedicated to me but you reminded me that that is ok! :)

  • Leanne - Your sister is so lucky that you have mad photography skills…I wish my kids could come to your house for a few hours too!!

  • Jess - Hi Ashley! I found your blog recently, and it’s hands-down my new favorite place on the internet! Thanks for sharing your adorable family, great photography tips, and your overall amazing creativity. :)

  • s h e r r y - Oh my. They are SO cute.

  • Kimberly - WOW~what BEAUTIFUL photos of Sweet P!!! Littlest Brother is just to CUTE too=)

  • Carolyn - Ah, so funny! You’ll have to keep those photos to show your son’s future girlfriend/wife! Kids have the funniest thought processes :) Love sweet pea in the bucket too. She is so precious!

  • christy mandin - I. LOVE. THIS. BLOG! And, P.S.: Can you tell me the name of your kitchen wall color? I love it, but I know if I go out and try to recreate it it’ll end up some icky color that looks nothing like that.

  • Krista Lund - hee hee! love that he took off his undies! LOL

  • Brianne Pitts - I totally commented yesterday but I will admit I check your blog daily. One question though, how do you stick your plates to the wall. I have been collecting for a while now and want to do a display with plates but am looking for a no-fuss way to hang them? Keep up the great work!

  • bopha - she is so stinkin cute, i can’t believe how well she can practically sit up. fun pics.

  • ella - Beautiful photos as always but it must be so fun to have another little girl in the family.
    Soon Sweet P and Firecracker will have loads of fun together 😉

  • Lesley - Thanks again for the awesome pictures! I love watching your kids with my girl. It will be so much fun to see P grow up with FireCracker and Littlest Brother. Too cute.

  • Julie B - Sweet P has an admirer here. Jack (almost 5 months) stopped nursing and turned to my notebook and wouldn’t take his eyes off her! He cooed and smiled and “talked” to her. So sweet!!!

  • Kristen - What awesome photos you took of Sweet P!! They are gorgeous. And I kept cracking up at the pictures of Littlest Brother. He took his underwear off before getting into the bucket, lol! Too cute.

  • Kelly Vaisey - I’m still fairly newish here;) I absolutely adore your space. It has such a great sense of family feel to it. Bright and colorful, clean and well designed.
    Thanks for sharing. That niece of yours is edible.

  • Megan - They are so precious! where did you get the white crib “bumper” in firecracker’s crib? I love it because it is just an edge, not huge.

Thank you for comments on my post about goals. To clarify…I wasn’t worried about posting it because I thought it would reveal I am normal….I was worried it could be taken the opposite. To my relief, you saw the real me in it.  Thank you. As stated last week, my goal was to get shelves up for my craft supplies. Goal accomplished….and finally a reveal of my craft cabinet makeover!

I found it tucked in a big storage barn. It was sticky, dirty and ugly….but perfectly beautiful to me. A little paint and a lot of work later…

The process involved:

1. Deep cleaning with soapy water. Scrubbing with steel wool.

2. Taping all those little handles. I did not tape the inside label area of the handles…just put scrapbooking paper in to cover the old paint.

3. Spray painting a primer meant for rust and metal.

4. Spray painting with glossy white spray paint…made for metal. I usually buy the cheapest spray paint, I got the more expensive stuff this time. No chipping so far.

The Blue Ribbon Foods box on top of the cabinet is supplies for the current projects I have going on….lots of paint….

30 drawers…they are basically all full.

Above the cabinet I needed somewhere to store things that would not fit in the drawers. Since this is in my kitchen I didn’t want it to look like an art station. I’ve been collecting random vintage kitchen things for a while not knowing where I would use them. Now they are perfectly displayed and put to good storage use. Some of the places I found items are Southern Hospitality, The Hitching Post, Bellalulu, and Lovies. I also have my flower pins from FosterKade Designs & Made4Adoption on display. They are beautiful and remind me to pray for children waiting for families and the families waiting for those children.

Last month I mentioned that when I was working on the sponsor introductions I decided to purchase an item instead of sharing it with you…it was the 3 floral canisters from Lovies. I needed something to hold glues and wanted it to be red, yellow and blue. Perfect. All the canisters, salt & pepper shakers, boxes, and tins hold some type of crafting supply.

Looking at these pictures makes me want to have a day alone in my kitchen to be creative. Just in case anyone is wondering, I slowly acquire supplies. I watch for deals and stick to things that catch my eye. I purchase a lot of small items and a little at a time. It is so nice to have it all organized and in one spot. Now if I could only find some quiet to dive into all those drawers!

While I was taking pictures of what appears to be a bright & happy place to create -the following was happening around me.

She was not happy I kept telling her “no” when she opened a drawer. I could put yardsticks through the handles to end the battle she and I have, but after that much work to make it cute I don’t want to slide yardsticks in it…and I open those drawers several times a day. It may kill me in the process, but she is just going to have to learn to stay out.

I don’t kid when I say my house is one constant sword fight….

So there it is my lovely crafting area…it makes me happy.

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  • ella - I love seeing this. These drawers are perfect and it’s so great you saw so much potential in that junk (treasure), and the shelves are the perfect addition.
    It also very funny seeing your kids act up – they appear so perfect in most your shots so it’s nice to see them ‘normal’ in some photos ;D

  • Karen Davis - it looks great!!

  • Shannon - Absolutely fantastic Ashley! I love the mix of vintage kitchen and just plain vintage. it really gives it a great vibe and who wouldn’t want to sit down for a few hours and sift through all the wonderful crafty supplies! (love love Martha Stewart at big lots!)

  • Holly - Well, it’s Monday morning and you’ve got me feeling all “swoony” over your craft room. I must do something now. I can’t leave mine the way it is. I’m not feeling very creative, can we just trade houses?

  • Nicole - LOVE it! Nice work!

  • Yanet - LOVE the cabinet! I have a much smaller version of it in our garage waiting for me to bring it out to love it. But like you said it’s a lot of work.

  • Brenda - Poor Firecracker!! :(

  • Sarah - It looks wonderful! it’s so nice to have everything together, isn’t it?!

  • amanda torres - How could you make that precious thing cry? Kidding. She is so precious. Tears and all.

  • Meaghan - I really like the cabinet! All the accumulated craft supplies reminds me of my own mother that converted my bedroom to her ‘crafting area’ when I moved out. Even put a twin bed in there so she could nap in between bouts of creative!

  • marcy - lovely!!!

  • Lanea - Oh, it’s gorgeous! You did a fantastic job. I love the little pops of color from the paper in the label slots, and that Blue Ribbon box is fantastic.

  • april's craft nest - oh wow! it certainly turned out lovely! is your table top concrete? did you make it?

  • Jamie - I have been waiting to see your finished cabinet; I love it! I wish I could get my hands on something like that. Great storage. Your whole craft corner is awesome :)

  • Melissa - It looks great! I’m on the hunt for something similar. Thanks for sharing your project!

  • Heather - love the way you used the kitchen accessories to store craft supplies!! love, love, love that!!!

    your drawers turned out fantastic, as did your shelves.

    swoon….makes me want to hideaway in my craft area and play all day long.

    great job!!

  • Kirra Sue - Yea!!!! I loved seeing where your Lovies are! :) That cabinet is so awesome. You are a thrifting queen. The picture of firecracker makes me smile- poor girl. Growing up is hard to do. :)

  • Kimber - Oh my goodness, I love this! It’s adorable and it’s totally realistic for crafting (except for the Firecracker part of it {that pic of her crying in front of it will be a priceless memory}:)! Your posts, without fail, always inspire me to do awesome things in life!

  • ashley jensen - All of my craft supplies are in a cabinet in our hall closet. Some things are in a craft tackle box, others are in little shoe boxes, and some stuff is just in there. I saw a set of your drawers (only 4, not 30) at an atique store over the weekend and I just might go back and get them! But I love your little area!

  • Mary Craig - I’ve told you before that my youngest is just a month older than Firecracker and their names are *kinda* similar. She reminds me so much of my Blythe! Especially in that last picture-Blythe had on that same shirt and black leggings last week and often does the roll around on the floor and cry bit, too.

    So impressed with your crafting!

  • Ruth - Lovely and inspiring, as usual!

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - I love it, the whole area. I wish I had someplace like that here. I just might, soon! I have a room between the livingroom and my daughter’s room that is going to be my studio, bit I have a feeling it will be a multi-purpose room.

  • Raychel - I am on the hunt for a cabinet like that!!! Looks great Ashley!!

  • deb - I love it…I have wanted something like this for ages. Wish I could run across a card catalog from the library, that would make a dream cabinet in my craft room! Maybe I need to search some old barns…:)

  • tam1329 - LOVE LOVE LOVE your new space! that metal cabinet is amazing. I can’t wait to see what you create :)

  • Carrie Rosalind - Those look so awesome! I LOVE your crafting space! :)

  • mandi - This is awesome! I would never have thought to use one of those old Sunday School roll files for craft supplies! I LOVE IT!!!

    And you know what? I’m for the school of thought that it is better to train your children how to live than to baby proof the world. So you got this mama’s vote of support there!

    One more thing- when I read about you seeing the hair clips and being reminded to pray for the babies waiting for homes and the families waiting for babies, it dawned on me that you (unknowingly!) are praying for us! We are in process of adoption…and it is a slow one. So thanks for the prayers!

  • Mama Zen - It looks fabulous!

  • Kristin - It looks so great, and inspiring. I am working on my crafting area right now. :) I just realized I have one of those drawer things in my garage with only 5 or less drawers being used. I may need to confiscate it and bring it in. :)

  • naomi chokr - im new to your blog!! i love everything about it. your craft drawers are awesome! i love it!

  • ingrid blanchette - l.o.v.e!

  • Cassi - I love it. The whole look is great, from the light fixture to the new drawers.

  • Anna - I love your little crafting area! It makes me happy to know somebody else uses their kitchen/dining area to be creative in! I also try to make my area still look like a dining area instead of a studio and I think you did a really good job with yours! Thank you for the beautiful pictures of your area!

  • Laurie J - i’ve used spray paint like once in my life…i think i’m missing out! can’t believe how you transformed that cabinet–amazing.

  • Alice H - Poor Firecracker…she just wants to help you craft. LOL! My baby boy is almost 9 months old. And he loves to get in my cabinets and drawers in the kitchen when I am making dinner. I don’t believe in the locks (they are a pain in the butt for me, darn childproof stuff) so he gets told “no” and moved to a different location a lot.
    It is amazing how you can turn something old and ugly into something bew and beautiful.

  • emily - What an enviable craft cabinet. The cabinet itself is amazing, but those supplies … makes you want to do a project just to open the drawers! And those sword-fighting boys are too cute.

  • gina - that is a happy corner for sure… great job!!

  • susie whyte - i want to go to that little corner and just give it a big hug. :) all of that organization makes me happy. haha.

    thanks for MY post! :) haha.
    i just acquired a huge storage basket this weekend for a mere 6 bucks. i think it’s more rusted than old, so that rust-oleum and i are gonna be good friends. i’m still on a break from buying spray paint at walmart, since the staff has been eyeing me lately. maybe i’ll just send my bff shopping for me. :)

  • jennie - I love it! How do you organize your items? I am terrible at organizing and in the process of finding a happy medium with myself.

  • Mirys - Ashley: now that I have a new home (for the 3rd time this year!) I´m just very excited about organization and decór.

    That´s a beautiful job that you´ve done with these drawers!


    I want some more tips like this!!! I have a mom + a girl + a boy room to organize!!!!!

    MIrys –

  • Aja - I love it! What an awesome piece, and perfect for crafting supplies! I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for something similar!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ashley, it turned out beautifully! Great job!

    Thank you for sharing your painting tips. I am about to tackle my first ever painting project of a beautiful old metal rusty green small cabinet.

  • nori - that is absolutely lovely!!! i have that same cracker tin!
    could i fly you out to california to help me with my craft room?? :o)

  • Ali Richardson - It is SO wonderful!!! It looks perfect in that little nook. Great job!

  • Kember - I LOVE your craft stash! Crafts + organization = :)
    I have a lot of stuff, but all tucked away and hard to get to. I only have two little ones but completely understand the desire for a day all to myself to be creative. Someday….
    Just have to appreciate the snippits of time we do get.

  • Anya - You did such an amazing job on this! I have an old filing cabinet that I have been meaning to pretty up for a year now. This has inspired me to get my butt in gear!

  • Aubrey - I love that you shared that picture of Firecracker! Once again I can relate to well. With my 4 littles being 6 and under I know THAT battle must be won.

  • a pocket full of posies - *swoon* ….and the glitter drawer- *double swoon*!
    and little “firecracker”- just want to swoop her up and give her a great big hug! little cutie!

  • Jennifer - amazing!! :)

  • tasha roe - SO. STINKIN. COOL!
    I am cracking up at the sword fights and fits. Sounds like my house minus one boy. Those boys are going to be the best of friends growing up and through out life. even cooler than the cabinet… maybe. 😉

  • Lisa Johnson - brilliance

  • Carolyn - I love your craft drawers! my craft storage is not as nice…just one of those metal shelves you can get at the hardware store…really need to reorganise it (again)… Love the picture of your little girl in front of the drawers. That looks like a face I have seen before in my own toddler!

  • Abby - I love this area…so green all over!! Even more I love the behind the scenes peek…much like the happening around here :)

  • meg duerksen - love that you are just trying to teach her to stay out.
    that is good parenting.
    love this post ashley.

  • Natalie - I’m sad for Firecracker too! Can’t you just put some fuzzy cotton balls, jumbo crayons and stickers in the last row of drawers- sacrifice just three of them so she can play and smile?? (I write this while just today I got tired of telling my 9 month old son he can’t pull all the dvds off the shelf and moved them to a different location- tomorrow I’m sure it will be something else!) P.S. I thought the yardsticks would match your kitchen backsplash?

  • giozi - Ohh Ashley I want a collection like yours :) ha ha ha ha is fabulous. Poor your girl, sorry but then I read and saw the photo I couldn’t no hel smile :)
    I’m a little frustrated beause yesterday I received a scallopped label punch that I bought on Ebay it was for my girl’s birthday so This came late, even I paid for Priority, well I said, I’m going to use it a lot so is the same, but when I open the box I see that size is TINY, there is no say size for anywhere, but I was waiting something like visiting card size aprox. Now I’m upset. Do you know where can I get one?

  • Jolie - I love your crafting nook, hissy fits, sword fits and all!
    (and can I just say that I was so thrilled with your to-do post – even though I’m still trying to figure out how you get to do all that (plus the usual day to day stuff) with 4 smalls…I only have 2 and I struggle!)

  • Sarah - Beautiful craft cabinet! One small idea to make Firecracker happy… dedicate one of the lower drawers to her. She can then put her things in it, and every once in a while, you can surprise her with a little treat just for her! (candy, hair barrette, note to her)

  • Annabelvita - I am incredibly jealous. So much so that I posted about your drawers (oo-er missus) (is that a joke in american english?) over on my blog, hope you don’t mind:

  • s h e r r y - Oh wow. I just want to look through all your craft supplies…

  • Lexi - I found a VERY similar metal green cabinet in a junk place last week! Brought it home and thought, “oh man what a mistake!” because it needs help in the looking to rough category. But it was just too perfect for organizing crafty stuff. You have given me courage to take the steel wool plunge!! Yours looks fantastic!!

  • Air - I think if you like scrapbooking you might enjoy this website. It’s called

    Everyday at 9am MDT they post a new steal on sale which usually are anywhere from 5% to 80% off retail =]

    Also there are two more sites, called and

  • margaret - Wow! This is a beautiful space! I don’t have an extra room to stash my crafty stuff and have been keeping everything in a little corner of my kitchen! Great ideas about incorporating your crafty stash into every day space.

  • Stephanie May* - LOVELOVELOVE this space! Sooooo gorgeous:) I am wondering though, where do you store all of your fabric? I have tons, and can’t figure out a cute, neat, and clever way to store it. Roll it? Fold it? Drawer? Shelf? Box? I want to be able to see it/get to it easily, otherwise it’s out of sight, out of mind for me:) Help!

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