I was on the Today Show….kind of.

***I have limited internet access right now. The giveaway winners will be announced by Monday.****

Last week I got an email (and a few blog comments) saying that something I made was featured on The Today Show. What? Are you kidding? It was in the middle of family festivities, but as soon as I could sneak away to watch the clip online I did.

Do you remember this project I did for Design*Sponge?

Ummm….there it is on The Today Show!!!

I wasn’t sure how to even respond to finding that out. So very wild. There was no credit given to Design*Sponge or to me which was a bit of a bummer since they obviously didn’t take the concept and make it their own…just copied mine. I’m not going to go into details, but the whole thing was not the Today Show’s fault. Honestly it really didn’t get under my skin too much. The reality is I have no aspirations for a career in the diy/craft world. I am beyond honored that I get to contribute to Design*Sponge and be a part of such an incredible collection of creativity. However, I am doing exactly what I want to be doing right now.

Shortly after I got the crazy news about The Today Show I got an email from my new friend Betsy of Elizabeth St.. She shared with me how seeing me go out on a limb to give handmade gifts this year inspired her to do the same. THEN she attached some photos of a few of the gifts she gave. I asked her permission to share them with you here because I know you’ll love them and they’ll inspire you too….and she posted a tutorial for the pillows yesterday. I would have been over the moon to get one of these!

I love the dandelion painting. Now I wish I could ask everyone I painted dishes for to give them back to me and let me start over.

So many of you have also shared photos on my Facebook page of things you have made from inspiration you found here. I haven’t had the chance to comment on all of them – yet. I share projects here because I really like to boss people around. Really, I do. I am the oldest kid. A tutorial in the most basic sense is a list of detailed instructions given to someone else. I find great joy in making tutorials because I really like to tell people what I think they should do!:)

On a serious note, I like to create and share those creative endeavors for lots of reasons. The Today Show (with or without credit) is cool – obviously it is cool, but hearing that some odd thing I come up inspires others to create something beautiful is a lot more rewarding for me.

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And on a side note for those interested….

Rambling Renovators is doing a ‘Blog Tour’ this week. They are introducing their favourite blogs and linking to favourite posts. It is a fun way to get a glimpse at new blogs. Mine is among those featured today. Most of the blogs featured are design related…and then there is random me. I’m grateful to be among them.

Most of you know I am also a contributor to Design Aglow. If you are a photographer or love playing with Photoshop, Design Aglow has tons of resources for you. Right now the annual sale is going on. When purchasing enter the coupon code happy2011 at the end of your purchase and get 15% off everything!


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  • Betsy Jo - Thank you so much, Ashley! So, this is kind of my Today show moment- being featured on your blog. Best to you in the New Year!

  • Aunt Sandy - Great post, Ashley. It’s nice to share your talent with the world and have it apprecitated. Even if the Today Show/BHG didn’t give you credit, we all know who’s great idea it was. Now, as for giving back your (MY) painted dish I got for Christmas, NO WAY, NO HOW!!! I love it! For me, getting hand made gifts, like your plate and Lesley’s artwork, are the best gifts of all. They come from the heart. Thanks

  • RachelC - I know you don’t care about “credit,” but the fact that the Today show stole from you and Design Sponge is low. I knew I liked Good Morning America for a reason.

    I do love that calendar. I’m actually going to attempt it…..and I also love that yellow pillow. As soon as I learn how to sew….I’m going to attempt that too. Look at all my crafty goals for 2011!!!

    Hope you are well. Feels like I haven’t talked to you in forever.

  • Lindsay - Um how cool is that?>!??! Congrats! Even if they didn’t give you credit. We should start a huge internet search on “ashley ann photography diy calendar” – hehe. We’ll have your name at the top of the yahoo most searched “things” in the day! I love love love all of your ideas/crafts/photography tips…everything. You’re amazing!

  • amanda torres - I’m glad it doesn’t bother you that your idea wasn’t credited, everyone who knows what’s right knows you should have been. At the very least, Design*Sponge should have been listed as a source. Regardless, you are very talented and have a great peace of where God has you right at this very moment. That’s the coolest part of this story!

  • Jen - i saw that one design sponge when looking through their diy’s last week and was SO excited that i found it before the new year began so i can start. i didn’t realize that it was from YOU! thanks for the inspiration and i’m shaking my head in disappointment at the today show. CONGRATS though!!

  • Charlotte - You know what?! Theirs looks like yours, but just a little less nice. I mean usually you at least try to make it better when you steal an idea, but they really did a poor job… And I don’t think it is ok that they steal your idea, but good for you if you don’t let that bother you. Thanks for the tutorials!

  • nicole - Ashley – made your diy calendar’s for my best friends for christmas and cannot tell you how thrilled and moved they were by them! Thanks for inspiring me with your amazing creativity!!

  • Felicia - I love those pillows. I can’t sew…2011 hope would include purchasing a sewing machine and learning how to use it.

    I love your design sponge calendar journal..I am not one for writing down thoughts too often, but want to make that so that I can have a year of memories of funny things that my son says.

    I also want to make one to use for school..I teacher preschoolers with special needs & the funniest things tend to happen. I think a book at the end of the year would be hilarious.

  • Jen Helbert - yours is definitely nicer looking, but look at it this way, you are inspiring- even the today show thinks it!

  • Tammy - I made your calendar for my best friend for Christmas. She loves it! I’ll have to post a picture on Facebook. Now if only I had the time to make one for myself…. :)

  • Krista Lund - bummer about not being credited, but still oh so very cool!
    you are so very cool!!

  • Anna - Wow, that is so cool that your project was on the Today Show! That’s really lame that they didn’t credit you or Design Sponge as well. You’re taking this a lot more calm than I would’ve! Anyways, I don’t know why you feel like your blog is not a design blog…it REALLY is. You inspire all of your readers day in and day out with your style and DIYS. You’re one of my top design inspirations! :)

  • Kristy Life n Reflection Photography - Wow, I can’t believe the today show did that! Congrats anyway!!

  • Ashley Hasty - I’m new to your blog. Found you through the Great Reads 2010! I look forward to following your blog (I am now your newest follower!) in 2011!

    <3 Ashley
    http://www.ahastylife.com

  • Jessica - i saw that on the today show while i was stamping out my own cards for my 2 sil’s! they loved them and i can’t wait to start writing moments on jan 1!

  • Amber - Oh my goodness…I NEVER get to watch the today show and I actually watched this episode! I actually wondered at the time if you knew you had a product being featured. You are so modest and humble…they should have gave credit for the idea! Love your stuff Ashley! You inspire me to get off my duff and do something everytime I look at your site!

  • KaraM - Your idea was on the Today Show! So cool!!

  • Linda - I loved your design sponge journal and it inspired me to make some for my daughters and myself. http://mommystreasures.blogspot.com/2010/12/handmade-holidays.html

    I tried to find the clip on Today Show so that I could leave a comment giving you creit, but wasn’t able to find it.

  • Marie - That is flattering that they used your idea even though a shout out would have been nice! ;) I made your calendar journal too for my grandma and one for myself…they turned out super cute! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Courtney - Wow! That is a total swipe of your idea…I guess I’d be flatter but a bit ruffled as well…you should send Hoda and KLG an email and maybe they’d have you on for a glass of wine!

  • reyanna - I so admire your humility! I’d be kinda miffed… as in, more miffed than you are. ;-) Actually, I’m miffed *for* you, and I’m now thinking, “I wonder what other ideas they found on the internet and passed as their own…” *sigh* I just think you should have had a credit/subtitle or *something*. It would have been nice for them to mention where they found these ideas. :-) I saw your idea ALL OVER the internet. Literally… five different places or something. But each one credited you. :-)

    Anywho, you DO inspire… And probably in ways you don’t expect. I’m a scrapbooker, and I actually was inspired by your frame display in FireCracker’s room (I’d love to know your kids’ names! LOL). See here: http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/18440

    I love that you’re in my Google Reader, and I get to read you just about every day. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and life with us! :-)

  • rachel denbow - Hey, Ashley. I saw that live (and only because I was in a hotel getting ready for the day) and instantly felt bothered for you and Design*Sponge. I know you’re a classy lady and are handling it nicely and admire you for that. Well done.

    Just to clarify so that the Today Show doesn’t get too abused by anyone, it was a segment presented by Better Homes & Gardens, which were the ones who presented the DIY’s without proper credit. I’m assuming there were other projects that weren’t original designs, either. Anyway,it’s probably some intern who didn’t pass along the right info to a presenter, etc.

    It’s probably pretty satisfying to know that it was of the kind of quality that caught someone’s eye at least! ;) As always, great stuff over here friend.

  • Yanet - First of all, Betsy’s pillow and plates came out adorable!!! Really, I can’t decide which one I love best. the dandelion is so simple and classy and the pillow is so colorful and fun! I want to buy that pillow!

    Second, I’m a big Today Show fan and I like to think that what happened was that the people they had to bring in the segment above basically scoured blogland for ideas. I’ve seen the chalkboard paint globe in blogland as well. Not right to not give credit. Not right at all.

    That’s all I have to say about that. Off to Betsy’s shop to see if by chance she’s selling those pillows!

  • Ruth - I loved that calendar idea when you posted it and I am disgusted that they didn’t give you credit. Very uncool. You are a better person than me for taking it all with a grain of salt.

  • anna - that’s cool about the today show, but a bit of a bummer they didn’t mention any credits. love the betsy jo projects. you are very inspiring. :)

  • emily anderson - i love betsy and that stuff she made is fabulous!

  • Jenny B. - So cool about the DIY calendar being on the Today Show! You handled it (not getting credit) with such grace. :) I’ve been tempted to do one for myself, but I am so long winded. I think I would stress over writing just one little thing each day. Ha! Love those pillows! Her space makes me think of Meg over on whatever – with the pillows, the letters spelling out “read” the little globe, and the typewriter. All things I love… maybe I would love her blog too! :)

  • meg duerksen - awesome.
    all of it.
    soooo cool.

  • Layla Palmer - I had that same thing happen recently. Found out a big department store in Australia is actually reproducing and selling my Quoteboxes. I tried contacting them a few times, but no one ever writes back. :-(
    I guess it’s bound to happen, but it doesn’t make it an easier when it does!

    Anywho, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and thank you for sharing your amazing blog with all of us. I LOVE IT! :-)

    Layla

  • kelley - I saw your project on the Today Show! I knew it was yours :)

  • kari - Congratulations! Even if you didn’t get the credit, there are a lot of bloggie friends that know you’re fantastic! XOOX

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife - I’m sad the Today Show didn’t give you credit; but we all know where the idea came from!! You are awesome and so creative! Hope you have a happy new year!

  • Laurie J - I am inspired by your humility when it comes to your creativity. Seriously. I’ve been reading your blog for sometime now and I can tell it’s real.

  • Jennifer - You’re so classy and humble. That’s one of the great things about you and your blog – you give and share your ideas so freely without expectation of return. They still should have credited you and design*spong though. And you ARE a design blog! One of my favourites! Everything from Firecracker’s room to your kitchen table and chairs to your DIYs is so inspiring. But most of all, I find your outlook on motherhood so refreshing and inspiring as well. Thanks so much for joining my blog tour :)

  • CharlaL - #1 you are sooooo nice! #2 I just looked up the clip…She did it wrong and she didn’t do it as nice and…she didn’t give credit! UGH

  • Brooke Whitis - Ashley..I am not surprised at all that you are on the Today Show…and it makes it even cooler that you are just being yourself….sharing things that you create. Pretty awesome. I think you should tell the Today Show that you don’t mind that your idea was on with no credit, but that they should do a feature on your home…and design…:) Just a thought..Happy New Year!

  • Linden - just so you know (and I know I’m not The Today Show) but I made 2 of the DIY journals for my mom and mother in law and somewhat made them my own. (I put them in brown craft boxes with lids I got from Hobby Lobby because I couldn’t find any of the fruit boxes… plus I wanted to add a little bit of my own flair and decorated the boxes too). I gave you all the credit of course for the idea and my sis in law loved it so much that we are having a craft date to make some more for friends. thank you for the great idea.

  • Cindy - It’s a shame they didn’t give you credit for your lovely perpetual journal. I loved the idea. Not crafty enough to make your design, but I’ve bought myself a book and have started my own perpetual journal. What fun it will be to read in a few years time!

  • Callie - Your perpetual journal was on moneysavingmom.com today too! Such a neat idea!

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