This is the story of a mom that bought a super cute hammock from Anthropologie. It was a bit of a splurge for her, but she wanted a hammock for so long…and it was green. And it had fringe.

She hung it in her living room and it instantly became the most popular seat in the house. When originally hung, the fringe was about a foot off the ground. Little did she know the cotton hammock would stretch.


Before long the stretching caused the fringe to brush the ground. It picked up dog hair and wool from the rug that sheds. Rugs should not shed, but back to the stretching hammock. She considered trimming the fringe, but wasn’t sure how short to go.hammock-03Eventually the trim hung so low that it got caught in the little feet that swung from the hammock. She was tempted to banish everyone from her hammock, but the whole point was creating a spot for everyone to enjoy. She tried to remind the kids to watch their feet. Before long, she gave up and just focused on their smiles and not the destruction of her beloved hammock fringe.hammock-05

The fringe got so out of control, one day she knew what must be done. She had long thrown away her receipt and didn’t have much ground for asking the store to exchange her hammock. She was stuck. With scissors in hand, she took a deep breath and said goodbye to the fringe that once upon a time graced her living room.In her quest to create more seats in her living room, she asked her dad to build her a sectional. Upon completion of the building portion, she began searching for fabric to cover the new large couch. Everything clashed with her pretty green fringe-free hammock. Enter bleach and a bathtub.

Little remains of the beautiful green fringed hammock that originally caught her eye. Maybe one day she’ll have a fringe hammock again. Until then…the living room hammock is still the most popular seat in the house. It may not be as pretty as it was in its glory days, but it still beckons all those looking for a place to nap.

hammock2-01hammock2-02hammock2-04So…the white isn’t too bad and it will look good with the new couch (if I ever get it finished). However, I’ll be holding out hope for having a fun fringe hammock again one day…and when that day finally gets here I’ll probably be sad I can have a fringe hammock and be wishing for the days when I couldn’t have one. So…WAHOO I have a house full of kids and it just doesn’t work with hammock fringe. I guess I’m good with that!

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  • Elise - I love your perspective! I love how flexible you are with the season of life you are in. I am always so grateful that you are willing to continually share your thoughts with us on this blog.

  • Debbie C - Wow Ashley, you are brave! I don’t think I would have the guts to change it up so much, esp. if I had splurged on it. But it works! Your home is beautiful, as always.

  • Byron - The white hammock looks pretty great to me!

  • Anna - Ohhh, man. I was feeling so sad for you (mom of 5 under 7 – I get it). But, I admire your flexibility and the end results are still beautiful. And your littlest still looks awfully cozy and peaceful in there. Gorgeous photos.

  • Kimber - Haha! Yesss this is so my life right now. One day the fringe will be back. But then like you said we’ll miss the times that fringe wasn’t an option!

  • Anne Eicher - I never thought of bleach! My hammock doesn’t match my house either… and the rope ones s-t-r-e-t-c-h too! My sister in law brought me one from Belize when they went for a mission trip… I hung it (in the playroom) at the perfect height and it stretched and stretched. Not only does it hang close to the floor but it’s so loosely woven that it there are now big holes in it! :'( Still love having it though!

  • Carrie Campbell - Reminiscent of the Giving Tree or perhaps the Velveteen Rabbit. Maybe one day the hammock will be a real hammock, when all its loving has made all it’s stuffings fall out. (Also, I think it looks nice in white with the yellow fridge.) 🙂 Way to hold loosing and love those kiddos!

  • Lisa - Well… maybe the fringe doesn’t work, but I bet you could tie some pompoms on there and make it just as fabulous ?

  • Brenda Hodges - I’m actually pretty happy to see this…I bought two of those (the mustard ones) for my daughter’s front porch in Uganda and they are getting super sun-faded. We might just try the bleach technique (if we can find some over there) so they aren’t splotchy anymore. And – the fringe didn’t bleach out? That’s kinda cool…thanks, again, for being the brave one we can follow!

  • jenny - i love your perspective. we have things to enjoy now and things to enjoy later. i constantly have to remind myself that someday i will be able to have those things and that i will miss what is here now. also, seeing that you had such success bleaching your green hammock gives me hope that i can bleach out our white one. ours is an outdoor hammock that we bought in mexico… it is extremely filthy and i have decided the only way to save it is too attempt bleach.

  • Maria - I wonder if Anthropologie are going to read this post and sneakily send you another hammock just because they’re nice.

  • Emily - And it still looks just as beautiful 🙂

  • Kimberly - The reincarnated hammock looks fantastic! I would love something like that in our house, but i can only imagine the endless fights over who gets to sit in it. How do your kids negotiate that?

  • AshleyAnn - First come, first serve 😉

  • Fran - The beauty of having kids around! Perfect, Ashley! 😉
    And… I have to say you always have the most beautiful cushion cover. The green fabric is gorgeous! <3

  • Tara Abshier - I know your son is a big reader, and mine is too! He is 10 and I was curious as to what his favorite books have been so far! My son is finishing Wild Robot which is so fun and very much about surviving the outdoors! Thank you!

In January 2016, I launched the subscription version of SnapShops. Towards the end of 2016, I began changing things with SnapShops again – this time welcoming contributing photographers to the site. My photography knowledge is limited to my experience and education, so it just makes sense to expand the lessons through contributors. Today the most recent lesson is live.

When a few students asked for more details regarding metering modes, I asked my friend Ann to teach a lesson that acts as an extension of what is covered in the DSLR course.


Use the code METERING for $10 off your registration through the weekend. (Expires 2.19.17)

I know how hard it is to find time for online courses that require logging in at a certain time or with limited access. The SnapShop subscription site includes two core course: SnapShop DSLR and SnapShop Phone and new lessons added monthly. Instead of logging in at a certain time or only having couple weeks to access content, the new site is subscription based. As a subscriber you have access to all the content for as long as you keep your membership. The monthly membership costs less than a fancy latte.SnapShopCollage1280



Registration includes access to all SnapShop content (used by over 3000 students since 2009), including: 

  • SnapShop DSLR Course (a $200 value)
  • SnapShop Phone Course (a $50 value)
  • Interviews & tips with leading photographers & bloggers
  • Course discussions
  • Additional lessons posted monthly by Ashley Ann and guests!

To register click here and use the code: METERING

Discount code is case sensitive and can be entered at checkout.  Subscriptions will renew for $5.00 monthly to maintain access to existing content and new lessons!  

To see a listing of all the lessons and courses included and a FAQ page answering common questions visit the SnapShop website.

SnapShop students: I always want to hear your suggestions for lessons, so please let me know if you have any!

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Last weekend one of my best friends asked Corbett to be her partner in a Crossfit competition. It was a co-ed team competition just for members of our Crossfit box (gym) – a perfect introduction to competing for him. Why didn’t I compete with him? I would rather clean up the whole stinky, sweaty gym after a competition with a toothbrush (not my toothbrush!) by myself than compete. I’m a fan of Crossfit, but I’d rather do just about anything than a Crossfit competition. Thankfully – I have Cindy. It is one thing to have friends that are nice to your kids. It is an incredible thing to have a friend say to your kid, “Hey, I want you on my team.”

I want a village to help me raise my kids and I am so thankful Cindy is a part of that village. Corbett held his own with all the adults and had a pretty great time in the process.

Watching Cindy and Corbett, I keep thinking of all the way she has helped me raise my kids over the years. Holding my babies, bringing me meals, chasing runaway toddlers, cheering me on when I decided to homeschool, showing up to games, and countless other ways. I don’t think I ever pictured her in a competition with Corbett, but it turned out to be just perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner for him.

We are out of the rocking babies, changing diapers and fretting over kids starting school phases. We are entering the teen years and it makes me so excited to have her in this with me. Our friendship was forged in the season of play dates and women’s Bible studies and I’m thankful it didn’t end there. Next up is high school and driving and actual dates – so wild to think about. I’m a fan of kids growing up and I’m a fan of it happening with friends by my side through all the seasons.

It is also pretty cool to have a friend that is like a female Avenger – she is so strong!

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  • Sprite - Way to go, Corbett! How fun 🙂 Cindy is amazing.

  • Michelle - It’s wonderful to be surrounded by great friends, especially those who adore your children. Great post!

  • My Two Mums - Wow great job!