A few days ago I was in the car with my 4 year old….

Him: “Mommy, I have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs.”

Me: “Yep, and you have 10 toes.”

Him: “No, I don’t. I don’t have any toes.”

Me: “Yes, you do.”

Him: “NO I DON’T!!”

Me: “Why are you arguing with me about this?”

Him: “Okay, if I have 10 toes – where are they?”

Me: “What? They are on your feet.”

Him: “You mean my piggies?”

Me: “Yes. You didn’t know those were called toes?”

Him: “Nope.”

I am the greatest mother ever. My four year old didn’t know he had toes.

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I decided to see what the story of our days looks like from the perspective of little piggies…

I am pretty proud of this next shot. Big Brother loves to swing and I recently showed him how he could sit on my lap and we could swing together facing eachother. I decided to attempt to take a picture of it using my point & shoot. I put the point & shoot on the timer and balanced it between my chin and collar bone while we were swinging. He decided to draw up his feet to hide from the camera. That, my friends, is talent…or totally weird…it is also 10 very dirty little piggies.

The shots above were taken before my little ‘break’. I wrote a few posts and ‘scheduled’ them to publish while I am away.

However, these more recent pictures just fit with this post too well, so I thought I’d add them. And to be honest, I have been posting a couple of pics recently on Facebook and not here. It kind of feels wrong, so I thought I’d share some different ones here. There is a tab on the left side of the blog to my Facebook page, in case you are wondering. You can “like” my blog page there to get notified of any updates I make.

Today is my birthday…this is how I’ll be celebrating.

I have 2 more scheduled posts and then I’ll be back on Tuesday with some of this action:

My daughter thinks sand is the greatest thing since dirt.

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  • Amy - So cute! Perhaps one of my favoirte posts so far. “I don’t have any toes” Priceless!!

  • Kelly W - Happy birthday Ashley! I hope you have a wonderful day with your family!!!!

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - Oh my gosh, how cute! Sounds like something my kids would say lol. Love the new perspective!

  • laura - happy birthday! that is one sweet birthday present!

  • Yanet - I love the one taken by the collar bone. It’s not only taken interestingly, but it also shows that great shots can be taken w/p&s. Then amazing things with editing. Love all the piggies.

  • anne c - Happy Birthday Ashley!

  • allison - piggies have always been my favorite! Happy Birthday!

  • Shara - Happy Birthday! We call toes “tickle toes” and my kids ALWAYS call them that. “mama, i hurt my baby tickle toe…” Maybe I should enlighten them before they get too much older! Have a splendid day!

  • Mallory @ R. Simple Life - Happy Birthday Ashley! Enjoy that beach πŸ™‚

  • Sarah - Happy birthday Ashley! are you in Hawaii??? sooooo jealous!!!!

  • jessibee08 - happybirthday!!! what a great way to spend the day- hanging out on the beach! πŸ™‚ I LOVE the feet shot. They would look so cute framed right next to some baby piggies!!!

  • Tina - Happy Birthday! I love the innocents of the no toes comment, priceless.

  • Alba - Happy Birthday!!!!!!
    I love little piggies from my kids, or little feet in general, from all babies. I think is the last feature they loose from baby stadium to little kid. take care,

  • Candice @ ChiaSeedMe - Happy Birthday Ashley!!

    I just re-found your blog after several months, and I can’t believe I ever lost it;) These pics are great. I’m a very amateur photographer, but I love it. So, I really appreciate the way you offer tips and information about a lot of your shots.

    Thanks! And have a fantastic day!

  • Christine - Happy Birthday!!!! Have a wonderful day!!! The little piggie story is so cute!!!!

  • RachelC - I can’t think of a better place to be to celebrate your birthday! Happy Birthday!

  • Robin - HAPPY BIRTHDAY <3

  • Rebecca - “You mean my piggies?” How awesome is that?

  • Melissa - Love the swing, cheerios, bench shots. Ok they are all great!

  • colleen - First-HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My prayer for you today is that you feel special and uniquely loved. Psalm 139 Second- I love that picture of the two of them with their long shorts and firecracker’s toes wrapped over the end of the bench with her wrinkled ankle smiling at me πŸ™‚ My kids are 8 & 10 and quite frankly some of the “wonder & cuteness” is gone… especially this morning! Your pictures remind me of where we started and that those cute little kids are still in there somewhere!

  • Christy - Happy Birthday!!

  • Karen Davis - Happy Birthday!!! And oh my word, I LOVE your toe shots… I LOVE feet!

  • Nicole - One of my favorite posts! I’m fairly certain our 4-year-old is only aware that he has piggytoes and not β€˜actual’ toes as well- oops! Love the photos (as per usual). Wish you shot Nikon though so I could get some even more specific equipment tips!! Random aside, do you recall where you purchased the crib sheet in Firecracker’s nursery? I loved her tour on Ohdeedoh and we now have a bit of the orange/pink thing happening in our baby girl’s room, but I’m not finding any sheets I love and I see you have a dotted sheet goin’ on – love it. Sorry – did that get β€œI’m your #1 Fan!” creepy??!?!

  • Megan - Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful relaxing day with your family. And I love the piggies perspective…so creative!

  • Erin - Happy Birthday Ash!! Enjoy your special day!

  • Lori K - Happy Birthday!! What a place to celebrate…are you going eat pineapple cake? just a thought. Love the ocean – and I’m pretending your tiny toes are mine as I peek over them for a glimpse of some real waves…aah! relaxation. peace.

  • Cate O'Malley - Happy Birthday! Love this post, and the pictures … and the fact that he didn’t know he had toes. Too, too cute!

  • Mariah - Hey, Happiest of Birthdays to you! Hope you are enjoying your time away. Miss you!

  • tasha roe - Happy Birthday! Looks like a great way to celebrate it. πŸ™‚
    Mine is in 9 days….I dont think I can swing a beach trip on such short notice. I just might have to plan that one out for next year.
    Have fun!
    Loe the piggys. πŸ™‚

  • Jess - Happy Birthday Ashley! It looks like you are having the most wonderful time. Enjoy!

  • sarah W. - Happy Birthday!!
    What a wonderful place to celebrate. Me = Jealous.

  • christina larsen - Looks amazing. Happy Birthday, couldn’t think of a better place to have a party…

  • Flier Judit - Happy Birthday!

  • maria - happy birthday and thank you so much for all the inspiration!

  • Trudy - Happy Birthday! Adorable little piggies.

  • carrie - This post makes me happy. I have always called my kid’s feet tootsies and I dread the day they decide they are grown up enough to call them feet.

  • Heather - i hope you have a wonderfully happy birthday ashley! enjoy every ounce of your day!

  • Amanda Weber - Happy Birthday Ash! Wish I was enjoying the relaxing beach with you. Have fun and be safe!

  • giozi - I was missing your pictures.
    Are relaxing yet?
    A big hug

  • Nicole Ridella - Happy Birthday Ashley – looks like you are going to have a wonderful day!!

  • giozi - Sooooooorry
    HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!!!!!!

  • kristin - Happy Birthday! Miss your regular posts, but hope you’re enjoying the break!!

  • Pam - Happy Birthday Ashley! I am really enjoying the guest posts.

  • lauren hatcher - I love it! I love when you do pics of their sweet little feet. Chubby and grass covered, sand covered or just plain ol’ “grocery store feet” (that’s what we call really dirty feet at our house.) I hope you have a fabulous birthday!

  • Dena - Happy Birthday to you…… you live in a zoo…. πŸ™‚ A great zoo!

  • Katie - That piggies story is just about the cutest thing ever. My four year old could have the same argument with me, only he’d be right. He really doesn’t have ten toes. But we’ve come up with a few reasons he has an advantage. (http://everydaykatie.blogspot.com/2007/08/one-foot-advantage.html) Plus, his newest prosthetic leg is a Spiderman one. I’m pretty sure a Spiderman leg beats ten toes for most 4 year old boys.

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your trip.

  • Seamingly Sarah - happy birthday!

  • Dacia - Happy Birthday!!! This post was so cute… little piggies, lol. I’ll be sharing this story with my hubs.

  • Alice H - Happy Birthday to you!!!

  • Melissa Stover - those are so much fun! happy birthday!

  • Ruth - That is a priceless story and the pictures are wonderful. My 17 month old daughter feels the exact same way about sand. I finally gave up on trying to stop her from eating it, figuring she’d figure out eventually that it just tastes bad….I’m still waiting…

    Happy birthday!

  • Angela Carter - Hap, Hap, Happy Birthday!

  • Angie - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We miss you. Hope you have had a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Reidunn - So sweet!
    Happy birthday Ashley!

  • Jennifer - Happy birthday!

  • Kristine - Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to be spending it. And those are some cute piggies. Might have to try grabbing a few of my little one. πŸ™‚

  • Johanna Draper - What a cute conversation! And I love the photos, especially the second to last one. Awesome!

  • Kirra Sue - SOOO SWEET! Happy Birthday Ashley!!!! Hope you are having an awesome time! It looks like you’re in Hawaii?!!! Oh man. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And I’m totally impressed by that swing picture.

  • Danielle - Awesome! I love all the feet shots!

  • Leah - Happy Birthday! As someone who is living on Oahu, Hawaii at the moment. Your last few beach shots look all too familiar. Are you in Paradise also?

  • Sarah - Love, love, LOVE the piggies story. That is so funny.

    Happy Birthday, Ashley! What a wonderful gift to celebrate your birthday in Hawaii. I think I will try to convince Travis that I want to do the same thing for mine this year! πŸ™‚ One of these years we should try to all be there at the same time for a little reunion!

  • Valerie - Ha ha. The piggies comment is awesome! I thought about that the other day – my kid probably doesn’t know about toes yet either. He’s not 4 though! πŸ™‚ Love the swing shot too. That is talent!

  • Leanne - I love that you call them piggies too, what a cute post!

  • Jen - Happy birthday! Today is my baby brother’s too! (Well, he’s 32 so not much of a baby…)

  • jessica h - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It’s my hubby’s Bday, too πŸ™‚ I didn’t know you shared 10-14…wish we were at the beach, too, ha ha…it looks like you are in Hawaii?? or somewhere else incredibly breathtaking! ENJOY the day with your piggies in the sand!!

  • Caroline - Happy Birthday! Love the pics. That swing shot is impressive! πŸ™‚

  • Jane - Happy Birthday Ashley! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures when you come back!

  • ~abi~ - happy birthday to one of my very favorite bloggers!!!!! love this post!

  • meg duerksen - happy birthday sweet ashley ann.
    i painted my toenails orange today.
    πŸ™‚

  • Emily Lusk - Wow! To get a shot of you and your son on the swing like that… pure talent! πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday not a bad way to spend the day! Enjoy!

  • Lizzie - This just might be my favorite post. ever.

  • Heidi - Happy Birthday!!

  • Lisa Johnson - such cute little piggies! Happy Birthday Ashley!!

  • Holly Lesue - Happy Birthday! That looks absolutely divineβ€”the piggies and the vacation!

  • maria - Hey ashley….love all these piggies!! had a question about what your favorite actions are for your great pics….love them all!

  • Denise - Happy Birthday! Have fun πŸ™‚

  • Jamie - Happy Birthday! I love piggies pics πŸ™‚

  • Alina Koval - piggies-how cute! Happy Birthday!!

  • Lins - Oh my gosh! I know exactly where you are and we are there frequently. The beach you are at is super close to my parents’ place. Everytime we’re there we always run into a few celebrities and I always play it so cool (I’m from SoCal, so I’m good at pretending to be unimpressed!). It must have been divinely ordained that we were not there at the same time because I probably would have made a fool of myself in my excitement! πŸ™‚ I lLOVE you blog! Hope you have an amazing birthday! Don’t miss the chocolate souffle at Roy’s! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica M - Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had an absolutely wonderful day with your precious family πŸ™‚

  • Kim@Living with Little People - This post cracked me up! Happy birthday to you. Wish I could join you on the beach to celebrate.

  • Carol V. - Happy Birthday!

  • Naomi - We have the same birthday πŸ™‚ xxx

  • tamara - Happy Birthday!! LOVE this post and the piggy story!

  • Kelly - This is a GREAT post! That swing shot is amazing!! Happy, happy birthday! Kelly

  • megan - Love those shots! And your blog.It’s a keeper!

  • betsy berre - i love little toesies. i am amazed at how different my son and my daughters feet are. my son has fred flintstone feet, thick little squares. my daughter has these thin pretty feet.

  • Shannon - Piggies are the best thing ever! I hope you had a fantastic birthday!

  • Amanda Mc - Happy Belated Birthday! Looks like you had a great one!!! Thanks for going to the effort to have guest posts while you are on vacation! It makes my day to read your blog, so I’m glad I didn’t have to be in withdrawal for two weeks πŸ™‚

  • Charis - I’ve just found your blog via Smile & Wave & your photography is fantastic. Totally in love with the Cheerios shot!

  • Heather R. - Happy Birthday! Piggies=toes, who knew?! πŸ™‚

I’ve mentioned before that I prefer the word “artist” over “crafter”….however I know 99.9% of people would call me a “crafter”. I’ve gotten over it and moved on. Kind of. I would like to introduce you to Lori Danelle…after you see her paper cut art 99.9% of you will recognize her as an incredibly talented artist. You’ll have to check out her blog to see her work. It is well worth your visit. I met Lori through comments she left on this blog and a few emails. She created her own version of a pallet bed and did a similar pom pom thing in her girl’s room. I love her versions. You’ll have to go visit her blog and snoop around until you see the post on her girl’s room – gorgeous! Lori’s blog is full of beautiful things…peeks into her home, her artwork, her daily life. And she has the coolest profile pic ever. If I attempted a fan blowing my hair like that it would look about 10 different types of ridiculous. Lori is cool enough to pull it off!

10 things that always make me smile

Hello Everyone!!!
I can’t tell you what an incredible honor it is to be here today! When Ashley contacted me about guest blogging I felt like I had just been invited to sit at the popular girls’ table in junior high!

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things that always put a smile on my face. But I thought that because I am also a paper cut artist who cuts out fingerprints, I would attempt to show these things in a different way, focusing on the details. In the case of fingerprints, I find it fascinating to look at the detail of something that is so unique to each person, we carry around with us always, leave all over the place, and yet never really look at!

I think you can see for yourself why I smile.

Years ago, my dad found a cedar stump while we were camping.
He kept it and made me a little chest of drawers that I dearly love!
If any of you happen to know me from my blog, then you know my love of old wood.

Such a cheery color. I could paint everything this color.
Well, maybe not everything.


I got this chair at a coffee house I managed in college. As soon as I saw it I vowed that if I ever left, the chair would come with me.
And it did.

I can’t help it. I love coffee.
My husband had never had coffee before me.
Now he too is hopelessly addicted.

I have that affect on people.

I have 3 sets of books that I read over & over & over & over again.

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings & all of Jane Austen’s books.
I love to read, but don’t have the time to look into other books.
Open to suggestions though. πŸ™‚

I love my husband. He designed that ring for me.
And then the mold was broken.
So it is truly one-of-a-kind.

He keeps me focused. Believes in me and pushes me to dream bigger and challenges me to be a better person all around.

Without him, I don’t think I would stay afloat.

I melt for these eyes.
How can you not??

I can’t bring myself to cut my girls’ hair.
Big Sister is 3 1/2 and had the tiniest of all trims on her first birthday to fight off a mullet. I know I need to, but . . .

The best thing about having little girls around the house?
I get to twirl again.

I love to twirl.

As a little girl, I was very particular about my skirts & dresses.
They had to twirl just right, swishing around your legs.
So now, I’m very happy to supply my little ones with the perfect twirling skirts and as many tutus as they can handle.Β  πŸ™‚

Well, I think that’s 10!
If you want a full look at some of my favorite things in their entirety, come on over to my part of blogland. I’d love to have you! I hope that you too find yourself smiling on at least a couple of those.Β  πŸ™‚

Ashley, Thanks again for having me! You truly are an inspiration for finding joy in the details and the mundane!!

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  • giozi - Fantastic pictures

  • Mille - you’re absolutely right, amazing blue eyes!

  • Christine - What a great post! You have a beautiful family!

  • Jenny - Beautiful post Lori! So glad to call you friend! I never knew that about your ring… awesomeness!

  • je - What wonderful pictures of the 10 things that make you smile. A few of them are on my list too and you captured them beautifully.

  • amanda torres - So cracking up at the fighting off of the mullet. I think most moms of girls can relate to that. Too funny!

  • meg duerksen - lori is so much fun!!!

  • erin j - I cycle through the Harry Potters and Jane Austen too! Every once in a while I’ll throw in the Chronicles of Narnia. So good!!

  • Amy - I am loving all these guest posts!! Lori – your wedding ring/band is amazing, very unique and beautiful ;-D

  • Jordan - I love to read to but I never had the time to dig for a good book I actually wanted to read. My friend mentioned that she really enjoyed Jodi Picoult. I’ve been reading her books now for about 3 months and they are AWESOME. And I think she’s written enough of them to keep me busy for the next few years. πŸ˜‰

  • Carrie Rosalind - These posts always inspire me so much, and this one is no exception! Beautiful photos.

  • Jonesy - Lori, try reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I am not a huge reader, but this is one of my favorites and I think I have read it 4 times. a-mazing. I so enjoyed reading this post! I love hearing about things that other ladies enjoy and love – it has definitely been helping me take more advantage of my life. Thank you.

  • Mariah - how strange… I think that it is possible that you and I are twins seperated at birth. (except for the Lord of the Rings… I could only read it once. There are so many Hobbit songs! and all those names. does everyone really need all of those names?)But other than that… we could be the same person. Except my hair is curly. But other than that, twins.

  • Ashley - love this!! i try to take photos of the small things that make me smile too… BIG BLUE EYES, PIGTAILS, &DRESSES are on the top of my list too! what fun lil girls are for photo addicts πŸ™‚

  • Seamingly Sarah - We too had to cut our daughter’s hair for the first time because of a potential mullet. Well really by then it was a rat tail. You could braid it and everything. Poor bugger.

  • Mia - Gorgeous photography, and I love the stories associated with each one.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • betsy berre - kindred spirit. are we the same person?! i love all of these things too. so much in my house is painted turquoise. my sons highchair, my kitchen island, the basket where we keep fruit…i just had to stop myself from painting a dresser (that i found in someones trash pile) turquoise. love it. loved perusing your blog too.

  • I said I couldn’t do it. - […] realize that if you read the post I did over at Ashley Ann’s you’ll find this a little […]

  • The bigger picture - […] you’re not and you haven’t been over there yet, head on over, cuz otherwise, this might not make as much sense as it should. […]

I’ll be back soon, but for now I am content to be away…

If you have read this blog any length of time you know what a big fan I am of Meg and her blog. I love the way she writes (in fact I want to ‘enter’ after each sentence just thinking of her now). There was a brief time that I didn’t enjoy her blog so much…she had a HUGE frog as her header pic…I hate frogs. Thankfully she removed that picture and we are friends again. Meg’s blog is full of color and life…like Meg. At least that is what I imagine her to be since we haven’t met in person – yet. I love the post she is sharing here today. Makes me want to go trash digging and she challenges me to be productive with my time! You are going to want to curl up under a polka dot quilt with a coffee and spend hours reading her archives. It is a happy place. She makes me happy.

for my 10 for 10 post i thought i would show you my 10 favorite
items i have picked up at thrift shops, flea markets or antique stores.
i love a bargain.
i love to trash pick.
i love finding something junky and making it awesome.
i LOVE when my husband says “you paid money for that?!”
because it always means he will later say “that looks great honey…good choice.”
hope you enjoy my top 10.
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  • mary - love meg’s style and blog
    and now she brings us to you….i love yours too!!!!

  • keely - Although there was no polka dot quilt involved, I have spent HOURS reading her archives and being encouraged and inspired. Thanks for introducing us to her!

  • Jodi - I love Meg’s blog too. I read hers and yours every morning!!! Hope you are having fun.

  • Julia - I love Meg’s finds – I wish I could make things work in such a happy way like she does.

    Love your website too!

  • Lisa Johnson - I have actually dreamed about Meg’s house. I love it that much! So friendly and welcoming and full of life.

  • Sarah@Clover Lane - Meg’s house pics….I beg for them. Her style is awesome, and fun and family friendly.

  • Christy - I’m a huge fan of Meg’s love this post.

  • Kelly - So many fun finds. Happy to see the photo of the globes. πŸ™‚

    I’ve been on the look out for Santa mugs since I saw your Christmas pic of them two years ago (?) but a lot of the ones I see Santa has a dumb expression, not jolly at all. πŸ™

    Kelly

  • HEATHER R. - Love both your blogs! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole - agreed – very fun and inspiring! headed there now…more pics? I hope so!

  • Rebekah - That “READ” bedroom was my introduction to Meg. LOVE her! And how fun to learn the stories behind some of the great pieces in her home.

  • amanda torres - Took some mental pics. Next goal…replicate her house in mine.

  • Lori - Oh my goodness – what great finds! Can’t wait to check out her blog

  • jessica h - cute! cute! CUTE!!! thanks for the inspiration–it made me so happy to share in your joy of all things old, given new life πŸ™‚

  • lifeologia - AWESOME!
    I knew Meg was coming up eventually ;D
    I feel like getting some spray paint to my old things after reading this post πŸ˜‰

  • Kacey - Love Meg’s style – and yours, too!

  • purejoy - i think at the heart of a creative person is the ability to visualize the potential. the future. the outcome. to see beyond something and envision it’s future life and purpose. it’s like an artsy fortune teller. but in meg’s case… doer.

  • Angela Carter - love, love Meg’s blog! whatever is one of my fav words (ha). actually, the first thing I do every morning when I can actually sit down and have some computer time is check THIS blog and then Meg’s or vice versa! Love them both!!!!

  • Heather - i love finding treasures and now i’m completely inspired to ditch my plans for the day and spend it at the thrift store.

  • amy jupin - well now this sure made my day!
    me and meg…we’s like peas and carrots!!
    now if only we knew each other in real life… πŸ™‚

  • patti - two happy places collided this morning. so happy to see it! πŸ™‚

  • Dacia - Being a thrift store/antique store/garage/craigslist sale junky myself, I loved this post! Gives me inspiration to keep digging through stuff πŸ™‚

  • amber - I was waiting for a whatever post:). Been lovin’ Meg for a long time now….oh the polka dots.

  • Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. - I adore Meg and her blog. I’m never so happy and inspired as when I see pics of her house!

  • kat - Meg has been one of my favorite bloggers for a few years now. I love all the color in her pictures and in her home. Such a fun soul!

  • kat - Meg has been one of my favorite bloggers for a few years now. She is so real and I love all the color in her pictures and in her home.

  • sarah W. - I love Meg & her fantastic blog πŸ™‚

    And those lockers take me back to a really fun day with new friends
    Well and back to a sad moment, where I realized i’d have to not only leave behind new friends, but fabulous things I wouldn’t be able to drag on a plane.

    I love all your finds, Meg!

  • Tere - You are still perfect on a guest blog. And thanks for the link to another blog to follow πŸ™‚

  • a pocket full of posies - Meg, Ashley, and Julie…my daily “three muskateers!” Love ya’ll!
    Blessings!
    Jill

  • jenny - love your post and all of your treasures! It’s a post after my own heart! πŸ˜‰
    I often come home from sales to hear my husband say those same words. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney Henson - I am a regular at Meg’s blog and love, love, love everything about it. I loved seeing these pictures though…a lot of them were familiar having seen them around but never realized they were all Meg! Her style is so my style except hers is what mine would be in my dream house with all my dream things…not attained in my own house yet…great inspiration!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, that is great! I love Meg!

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - Big treat…love it when she shows her house. So happy, colorful and eclectic:)

  • Linden - I love the title of your blog, Meg. “Whatever…” I admit that I frequently forget to think on whatever is true and noble and trustworthy and LOVELY. what a sweet gift from the Lord for me to see your blog today when I needed a reminder to see all that is lovely in the world. thank you.

  • Kristin S - Two of my favorite blogs together!

  • valerie @ Chateau A La Mode - Fun, fun, fun…that’s what I think of all the finds and of Meg!

  • Cherish Stockdale - Meg’s house is AMAZING!!

  • ingrid blanchette - heart everything about her and her beautiful house! wish i lived in kansas because so.cal doesn’t have those great barn sales that she gets to go to!

  • Philly - I am loving these guest posts. However, it adds more and more to my list of blogs to catch up with every day. Therefore, my productivity has gone down a bit each day. Haha. I’m glad you’re taking some nice time off!

  • Monica - AWESOME FINDS MEG!! Your a lucky girl.. Luv the blog too..

  • Ashley - VERY inspiring! i cant get enough of end tables, mirrors and chandeliers… they feed a spray paint additction for sure πŸ™‚ great job meg… love your home!

  • KaraM - Of course we all love Meg’s blog…she’s a classic! πŸ˜€
    Ashley, I loved your comment about entering after each sentence.
    Hence the entering, all in honor of the Whatever Blog!
    xoxo~Kara

  • Kirra Sue - OH, OH, OH. I loved every single thing. Sooo fun!!!!

  • Mara - Can’t wait to go “garage saling” this weekend!

  • Danielle - I want your house! Maybe you should decorate mine?

  • Grace - Say “DUH” if you want, but I swear I saw that room with “READ” in it in a magazine πŸ™‚

  • Grace - Say “DUH: if you want to but I could swear that I saw that picture of the room with “READ” in it in a magazine πŸ™‚ You Rock!!!

  • Amnah - <3 Need I say more?

  • wedding invitation kits - Love Meg’s blog as well. So glad she introduced you to us.

  • Tabitha - WOW! I wish I had the eye for design that Meg does. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • aimee - brilliance! OK, you’ve convinced me with that excellent mirror – i’ve wanted to paint over a foofy gold mirror for a while with a foofy bright color, and now i’m going to do it!

  • Pam - Absolutely Beautiful and Redelicious! I love the touch of red because it is my favorite color.

  • Tracu Fisher - I wish Meg would come to my house and “do up” my daughters room. …. So, if you are ever in Gig Harbor…. I’ll trade you for a painting (see http://www.tfisherart.com... I will be finished with it this Friday… new look… new stories). I love when people use their God given talents for good. -Tracy

  • JoLynn - Okay, I am going to HAVE to check out her blog. I LOVE these pictures and am in love with going out trash and bargain-hunting too!!

  • Susie - Meg of Whatever_ You have a great eye, thanks for the eye candy tonight πŸ™‚ LOVE the READ room decor!

  • Leah - why oh why can’t I have this eye that you have? You can make a steal if you could replicate it into a glass eye. I would pay a hefty dollar for it =) Please let me know if you are able to find a glass eye at a garage sale and turn it into an ashley ann Eye =)

  • Patricia Teo - I’m jealous! We don’t have enough garage sale nor treasures around here!

  • sunny - Hello! Found your blog via your sons’ bedroom post referred to on Ohdeedoh recently. LOVE your blog and your photography.

    Thanks for sharing your finds and how you use them around the house. That’s what most sites/blogs are missing: how the items can look in your home – blending in with the other items you have. I especially like your bathroom!

  • Jenny B. - Love everything! Thank you for sharing, Meg! And thank you, Ashley, for sharing Meg! πŸ™‚

  • crystal - Love both of your blogs! Read them both almost everyday & trust me, if I miss a day, I go back & catch up……which is what I’m doing today, I had a crazy busy week! I’m so glad you can both put a smile on my face. Meg, you make me happy and also good to know I’m not the only one that has a bad day every now & then. Ashley, you make me want to get all my DIY projects done! I love all your stuff & ideas! Got my ticket for the Christmas Gathering on Thursday night……I’ve been following your blog ever since last year & I’m so so glad I was there & introduced to your blog, which introduced me to Meg’s blog a while back! : )

  • Brooke Whitis - Oh meg, all your posts make me smile! I love all your treasures!!

  • Better Than Naked Vintage - what great finds! I love the refurbished mirror! Great color choice.