My friend Ruth and her family stopped by earlier this week as they returned home from a few weeks on the road. Ruth inspires me and challenges me in so many things. Besides being a phenomenal artist and cook, she gently pushes me with her words and actions to be all God has created me to be as a woman, wife, mom and friend. We laugh at how opposite our personalities are. She is everything I am not and she smiles at all my quirks. I like her a lot.

I like her so much that when she said they would be able to spend a couple nights at our house, I asked her to cook us all dinner (that is my family of 7 and her family of 8). Really – there needs to be a hospitality book about the graciousness of a host that invites people over and then makes them cook for everyone. I’ve been wanting to learn how to cook Chinese Hot Pot and I knew Ruth would be the perfect one to teach me.

My plan is to do this meal for Chinese New Year – so I needed Ruth to show me how to do it in a simple and practical way. I am not Chinese. Shocker, I know. My goal is not to cook a meal that is authentic in every possible way. My hope was to learn the basics of Hot Pot, so I could share it with friends and family. Ruth taught me a version that tastes amazing, but doesn’t involve so many details and steps that I would give up before trying to do it on my own.

Since there are a lot of ingredients that I would not recognize by name and I am guessing some of you are like me – I took photos of all the ingredients. Yay for visual aids!

We made two Hot Pots (not sure if that is the right way to say that!). This served 4 adults and 11 kids with just a few leftovers.

So, first I am going to walk through what you need:

This is for the soup bases: Soup Base for Satay Hot Pot, 2 Cans Beef Broth, Soup Base for Seafood Hot Pot


Enoki Mushrooms, Bean thread noodles, dried shitake mushrooms7.15hotpot-04Dumplings (we did pre-cooked frozen for ease), napa cabbage, medium firm tofu7.15hotpot-071 lb. Shrimp with shell off, frozen fried fish balls, frozen fried shrimp balls7.15hotpot-101 lb beef sliced super thin (we sliced this thinner than pictured. You can also freeze steak or roast and then slice super thin.), I have no idea what these are called!, Chili sauce, Soy sauce, sriracha sauce7.15hotpot-13Guilin style chili sauce, black vinegar, sa cha sauce7.15hotpot-16Now onto the steps involved:

First, put the dried shitake mushrooms in warm water. Let them soak until soft (about an hour). At the same time, put the bean thread noodles in slightly warm water. Let those soak until soft (not crunchy, not mushy, about 20 min). While those are soaking you can go onto the other stuff.7.15hotpot-21Rinse the enoki mushrooms and chop off the ends.7.15hotpot-23Slice the napa cabbage into chunks.7.15hotpot-25Cut the tofu in half and then into squares.7.15hotpot-26Arrange your ingredients on plates. You can use a different plate for each thing if you have enough plates and table room. We put the frozen fish balls with the tofu. The cabbage, shitake mushrooms and enoki mushrooms on another plate.7.15hotpot-28If your beef wasn’t pre-sliced super thin, you will want to slice it up. Your noodles should be soft by now. Using kitchen scissors, cut the noodles. Do what Ruth is doing about 4 times.7.15hotpot-30Fill one stock pot with water and add the two soup base packets. In another stock pot, add water and the two cans of beef broth. We had a lot of kids, so the beef broth version was less spicey…just something to keep in mind regarding why we did the two different pots. Once the pots get boiling, remove them and put them on your hot pot stoves. We boiled on the stove first simply to save the gas on the portable stoves.7.15hotpot-32Place everything on your table: Beef & Shrimp, tofu, fish balls, shrimp balls, mushrooms (enoki & shitake), frozen dumplings, bean thread noodles, cabbage. (there are other things you could add too…this is just what we did)

Place all the different sauces together on a sauce tray.7.15hotpot-34Before we began eating, Ruth took a few minutes to share with us the heart of hot pot. I’m sure I will recount some of this incorrectly, but I think I have the basics. Hot Pot brings everyone together around the table. It is not meant to be a meal that you rush through. Instead, you slowly cook items for others and yourself. If you are seated far from the dumplings – the person closest to the dumplings and the hot pot cooks a couple for you. Take your time and enjoy the process. It is a beautiful communal meal – a slowing down and coming together.7.15hotpot-35Once you are ready to start eating, the first step is to prepare your sauce. In your bowl, you add whatever sauces (those pictured) you want to create a customized flavor. I added a little of everything. Typically, you also mix in a raw egg. Our chickens gave us some eggs about an hour before dinner….and I eat a lot of cookie dough….so yeah, the adults added raw egg. Do as you wish on that part.7.15hotpot-41Most of the kids just used soy sauce as their sauce.7.15hotpot-42

Now it is time to just drop stuff in the pot, let it cook. Everything cooks super fast.7.15hotpot-37The Simons have 6 amazing boys. Add my 3 boys to that mix. It was awesome. They hit it off right away. Dart guns. Matches. Pocket knifes. Boy ‘crafts’. My guys are already asking when they will get to see their new friends again!7.15hotpot-397.15hotpot-407.15hotpot-447.15hotpot-46The meal was delicious. My 9 year old was so surprised to discover he likes fish and shrimp balls. My oldest daughter devoured the dumplings. It was so, so good. I can’t thank Ruth enough for sharing her tips with me, but more importantly sharing her family with mine. Our hot pot may not look like everyone else’s, it may not even end up looking like Ruth’s…but it will taste good and we will relish the heart of the meal.

I see hot pot becoming a Campbell staple…7.15hotpot-48

Chris and I want to have a couples night soon with hot pot. My idea is to print off pictures of the ingredients to give those invited. I love the idea of sending my friends to a market they rarely shop at to buy fried shrimp balls and sauces they have trouble pronouncing. I think they’ll enjoy the adventure of it and the coming together to share the meal.

For those in the Tulsa area, I purchased everything (including the stoves) at Nam Hai.

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  • Dawn Ritchie - Definitely one of my favorite posts from you.

    My grandmother is Japanese and I made sure to take pictures/video of her making some of our favorites, along with the ingredients. It’s so much fun to go into the Asian markets to find the stuff.

  • Jessie - I can. not. tell you how excited I am about this! THANK YOU!!! Can’t wait to do this for our 2nd Chinese New Year this winter (1st Chinese New Year involved very unauthentic Chinese take-out.). Already dreaming of doing a “pre-party” trip to the Asian market with our family. :)

  • Caroline - Hey Ashley,
    I’m Chinese and hot pot is my fave thing to have. It’s almost like the sure-have for Chinese New year and the idea is like everyone gather around the stove and pot, cooking a meal together, symbolizing reunion.
    While beef broth is possible, you can opt for chicken broth too! I like to add carrots, corns, white radish into the soup for it to cook and soften. The sweetness goes into the soup!
    and the very thin slices of beef is also called shabu-shabu. Basically you dip it in and out of the hot soup a few times for it to be cooked, not totally maybe 80%. And it’s best to dip into raw beaten egg. The egg coating will make the meat smoother and less hot to eat. No other sauces needed. I also like it with very simple dip – soy sauce, cut chilli and chopped garlic. This will let you enjoy the natural sweetness of the food. You can add basically anything into the hot pot. There’s no specific way or type of food. It’s like eating boiled food, but somehow after cooking everything in, the soup become sweet and you enjoy everything together! Goes well with noodles, rice, udon, vermicelli!!
    I like to cook an egg in the pot at the end, like the poached style! You might wanna try it!!

    Caroline πŸ˜‰

  • Kelsey - We celebrated Chinese New Year with my daughter’s birth parents at their restaurant this year and this post really gives me context and an appreciation for the purpose behind the traditions we experienced. Her birth parents speak very little English so we hilariously stumbled through dinner trying to figure out what things were and how to eat them! Add to that that I was entering my second trimester and still feeling queasy and it was quite the experience! One thing that surprised me reading your post was that “fish balls” is the technical term for what we ate! We had asked our daughter’s birth father what they were and assumed his answer was his attempt at explaining what they were in broken English! I’m still curious what kind of fish is in these fish balls, though. When we asked, we were told “don’t worry about it.” :) Sometimes I’m so in awe of the life God gave us when we said “yes” to adopting our girl. I never would have guessed that our extended family would include Chinese immigrants, but I’m so humbled and thankful it does! Thank you for this post and the insights it provides!

  • Mary - Isn’t it incredibly unsafe to use camp stoves inside? Not only because of the open flame, but because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning? Obviously you were fine, but I would be very worried about using it in a small room with all the windows and doors closed.

  • Breanne - I love this so much! My husband and I first had hot pot in Thailand where we didn’t speak a lick of Thai and the staff didn’t speak much English but through hand gestures we made it through. Our second experience was in Taiwan with my husband’s missionary grandparents and friends. It’s always been a communal and bringing together meal but I’ve never thought of doing it at home.
    Thanks for sharing all the pictures, great aids!

  • Kimberly Dial - I feel certain I’ll never try such a feat on my own but I loved this post. Thanks so much for sharing. It all look so very delicious!

  • Artadorned - This looks like the perfect meal to have with the family. I’m sure good stories will be shared and good memories made!


  • Laura Yan - So excited for you to have someone show you this! I married into a Chinese family 11 years ago so I am well experienced in all things hot pot. We love our electric pot. And enjoy the “fights” over whose shrimp that is floating around the pot! ;0) It’s not nearly as intimidating as it seems once you practice a few times.

  • Laura Y - I love Hot Pot! My husband is Japanese and so this is a a staple for us. It gets easier the more you make it. Now we often make Hot Pot on nights where we need to use up vegetables from our fridge. I make it all different ways, but you can use chicken broth too and mix in a little miso paste. I just throw in whatever vegetables we have along with meat and/or tofu and some udon noodles. Yumm!

  • Donzel - Hot Pot sounds like Raclette… in as much as there’s tons of veggies, meat, spices and long slow cooking. If you are ever fortunate enough to be invited to a Raclette dinner immediately say YES PLEASE!!
    The meal can be as simple as the Raclette cheese, potatoes and some spices, but it’s often far, far more!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ruth cooking in your kitchen?! My favorite worlds collide.

My youngest daughter turned four this week. Though we’ve spent her last three birthdays together, it still feels like yesterday we celebrated her first birthday while she was an ocean away. She doesn’t like cramped spaces or crowds or lots of noise (unless it is the normal noise of our home). For her birthday, her request was simple. She wanted ‘little cupcakes and apple juice and that’s all.” Her friend request included her sister, two cousins and two friends. One friend is out of state…but they got to celebrate together a little early.

I love the differences in my kids. My oldest daughter has a birthday coming up and her list includes basically everyone she has ever met – even those she has to describe to me because she can’t remember their names. She has also been planning crafts and decorations for her party for a good 2 months. She is definitely a ‘more the merrier and the louder the better’ kind of girl. Her little sister – the opposite.

So we kept it simple. A few decorations I had on hand. A couple little girls. A kiddie pool. Lots of open space free from feeling cramped and where sounds could be carried away.


She only took a lick of the frosting, but she sure was adamant we have cupcakes!

By nature, I tend to be more like my oldest daughter when it comes to party planning. I like decorations and lots of details. I like cute foods and all the little extras. I’ve learned over the years how different my kids are regarding what makes their birthdays feel like special days. As we celebrate their birthdays, we are really celebrating them and the things that make them beautifully unique. For my youngest – apple juice and little cupcakes with a few little girls. Simple, but full of love.


The glass bottles, straws, napkins, pinwheels and tassel garland are all from Shop Sweet Lulu. We originally used them for family pictures with our trailer (I’ll share those pictures later). I like to keep reusable party supplies on hand. Keeping simple and varied decorations on hand makes party prep quick, easy and much more affordable. The pink flower hanging from the tree is one I bought 7 years ago! I use it, fold it up and store it until I use it again.


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  • Southern Gal - A beautiful little party for a beautiful little girl.

  • Anniken - I like her style… And i like lots of decorations… But simple can never go strong as long as the company you have is good! My bot celebrated his 4th birthday with just 4 friends. And it was perfect for him. But my little girl is more like your oldefar girl. She wants big. Its funny to notice the differnce each kid has…

  • Jean - The picture of Daddy’s arm protecting the little girl’s candles from the wind and her happy, happy face — totally bringing tears to my eyes.

  • Mek - Love all these sweet lovely pictures! Happy Birthday Little One!

  • Annemieke - Congratulations Little One, a perfect party for a perfectly feisty little 4-year old. Why do I always get teary-eyed when I see her so very very happy? What a beautiful family you have Ashley!

  • Sarah - Happy Birthday to her. I guess the puppy was invited too. I ?? you and your sweet family.

  • Jess Z. - very cute! she is so sweet :)

  • Arlene - My third daughter is getting married in a week, and I must say that the differences between my girls continues be evident. What a joy to be a mom, yes?!

  • nicci - I LOVE THIS! It’s so refreshing to see a SIMPLE, yet fully enjoyed birthday fit for a little girl! It’s a great reminder that all of the “fluff” we copy form Pinterest is unnecessary, and what they really want it TIME & a few FRIENDS to enjoy their day! Thanks!

  • amber - She is precious. And I can’t believe she’s 4. Time is nuts. Happy day to your sweet girl!

  • Wilfried Fotoatelier - Beautiful pictures of the dad and the little girl. Thanks for sharing such natural pictures. :)

  • Jo Moseley - Okay, this little party just made ME cry! So much Joy and Protection (those big Daddy arms wrapped around his girl, lighting her candles, then protecting them from being blown out by the wind!). That whole thing makes me think of the Love we have from Our Father in Heaven!
    And, COURAGE! Wow, Little Miss has come so far! That straw in her mouth. The frosting. The smile on her face when everyone was singing Happy Birthday to You!
    Happy, Happy “4th” Birthday, to one of the most Treasured and Brave Girls I know! Your Party was Perfect! Great Job, Mama, on providing just the things your children need. Much Love, Jo

  • Kari - Still! Still after 3 years of hearing her- your- story, I tear up. She is beautiful, and she looks so happy. I’m happy for your family…

  • Carrie Rowe - Oh my goodness she’s getting so big!!!! Such a cutie.

6.15AmyButler-01I found this mini-crate at Target for $3.00. The inside is my favorite color, so I thought it should come on home with me. To give it a little more spunk, I decoupaged paper to the sides. A super simple and fast craft with tons of uses…


  • Mini-crate (Target $3.00)
  • Decoupage (I use Americana brand)
  • Scrapbooking paper (I used sheets from Amy Butler’s Decoupage book)6.15AmyButler-02Step 1: pick your paper. I looked for some that coordinated with the green already painted on the inside of the crate.6.15AmyButler-03Step 2: cut your strips. Be sure to keep them in order so the design is correct when you attach them to the crate.6.15AmyButler-05Step 3: trace the end sides and cut to fit. This part is a little tricky, but not too hard.6.15AmyButler-07While most of our meals take place at our picnic table, our crate is holding utensils, straws and napkins.6.15AmyButler-096.15AmyButler-10You could use it for all kinds of things – organizing anything, a gift box, etc. Super simple! Extra fun…I’m giving away a copy of Amy Butler’s Decoupage book today. It comes with 12 project ideas and 80 pages 0f beautiful paper.



Giveaway Details:

Prize – one copy of Amy Butler Decoupage

This Giveaway is now closed.



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  • Ashlee Johnston - Love Amy Butler! What a great idea for a book!

  • Heather - Amy butler has gorgeous paper designs! Love this cute,cheap project.

  • Aaren McMahon - Good morning Ashley….. what a beautiful, easy DIY craft! I adore Amy Butler’s colours. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Tessa - I had no idea Amy Butler had paper! Beautiful!

  • sara - Like this project. Now I have a great idea for my crates. :)

  • Brittany Brown - This is so pretty! I love the floral pattern.

  • Nicole - What a gorgeous crate! I love it!

  • BritneyD - Fun!

  • Suzanne - I used to decoupage everything…..love this idea and so excited about your plan to give supplies away. Thanks!

  • Vicki I. - I would love to give decoupage a whirl! Thanks for this how-to post and for the chance to win the book!

  • Kellie - Adorable project!

  • Susan - Cute project! Love the papers in the book!

  • Amy L. - Pretty pretty!

  • carrie - I enjoy when you post sim9le crafty ideas. Thanks tor inspiring ideas

  • Amber - Such a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity to win!?

  • Steffany - I love this crate! Green is my favorite color…will have to travel to Target later today to see if we have the same here in Texas.
    Saw a website you might like – society6.com. Has cool prints, shower curtains, and amazing t-shirts. Saw this print and thought of your website: http://society6.com/product/never-stop-exploring-ik8_print#1=45

    Have a great week!

  • Rachel N. - Love how your crate turned out Ashley—beautiful! Perfect craft for us mom’s who like to add a little creative flair to our ordinary lives. :)

  • Kathy - Gorgeous paper, and such a darling project!

  • Cheryl - Looks like fun…thank you for a chance to win!

  • P Garrison - Looks like a fun project! And I love Target! :)

  • ranee - what a fun litle project! thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kelly - Amy Butler scrap paper?! Love!

  • Cindy B.. - What a fast and easy project, with beautiful results! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jenn - it is so pretty. I love all of the colors

  • Anna Marie - I love decoupage!

  • Keely Weiland - Going to make this!!!

  • Dawn - Ooohh!! Those papers are beautiful, so dreamy! *Fingers crossed*

  • Karen May - I love the colors of some of these pages…delightful!!!

  • Aj - How have I not known about Amy Butler?!?! I love the colors in the paper!

  • Fawn - What a fun book. I need that paper!

  • Caitlin - I love pretty and simple!

  • Ronda - What a fabulously easy but effective diy. Thanks.

  • SueY - You are so clever! Great idea, thank you for sharing!

  • Shana - Gorgeous paper!

  • Brittany A - Beautiful paper!

  • Debbie - What beautiful paper!

  • Denise - Amy has great fabric so this is great!

  • Mary - Love your blog….your DIY ideas are great!! I would love to learn more about decoupaging – Amy Butler Decoupage would be a wonderful source to have in my home : )

  • kassondra - It turned out beautiful! Now just to decoupage the picnic table!!! No?

  • Mandy W - Love the crate!

  • Diane H - You have such quick, easy and cute ideas. Love how you incorparate family into everything!

  • Sue - What a beautiful project! This book looks like fun :)

  • Stacey Meyer - Very cute idea!!

  • Lisa - What a great idea!!! I have been looking for a cute container to hold items for our patio table – i may have to get crafting!

  • Patti - What beautiful paper. Thanks for the give a way. I hope I win!

  • Breanna - Fun! I love the bright colors on the paper!!

  • Mary Ellyn Rozell - I used to decoupage as a kid and have been wanting to try it again. Your little crate is so cute!

  • Diane H - It dosnt appear like my comment posted, I hope I am not doing this more than once. (cause I do mean to be fair) I love you crafty ideas, they are simple practical and useful! I love paper!

  • Julie - So many fun projects to do with that paper!

  • Tracy Reed - I love this idea and I love this book. So fun and cute!! :)

  • Katie - Love Target, love this book!

  • Sonja - LOVE IT! The paper looks beautiful!!

  • Caroline Kelley - Love, love, love!

  • Cristy - Awesome book! Those patterns are amazing.

  • Kate W - Ooh what a fun project!

  • candy - love your style and your blog!!

  • heidi e. - I would decoupage my house if mod podge would hold up to MN winters! hahaha I wish I was kidding…

  • Megan - So funny — I went back up and stared at the book before finishing your post so I could remember to track it down! Love that idea and this giveaway! Thanks! :)

  • Amy - Great project and idea! I’m heading to Target! :)

  • Kelley - Beautiful! Love that paper and project! And now I need to go to target.

  • cindy - I have enjoyed watching your family grow for years! Thank you for sharing parts of your journey…

  • Suzelle - Cute as can be !!

  • Molly M. - My family and I live in East Asia…really miss Target! Cute idea!

  • Mandy - Love this idea!

  • Melinda Davis - Fun Idea! And very creative. I hope I win!

  • Terry Hodges - Thanks for sharing this adorable craft idea!

  • D Herredsberg - What a cute idea! I love Amy Butler fabrics, patterns and books. Didn’t know about this book though! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lindsey probst - Sad but true: I’ve never owned anything from Amy Butler. I don’t know how is possible because I have always loved her designs. Would love to win!

  • Monica - I love your simple ideas! πŸ˜€

  • TRICIA - amy butler lives in Granville Ohio about 2 hours North of where we live!

    have always loved her style!

  • Peggy - That is so cute! I have altered some crates in the past and hung them on the wall in my son’s room to store and display some of his pottery.

  • FR - So pretty! Love those patterns!

  • Kari - a comment…hahaha!

  • Tiffany - Oh my that is cute! And I would love some of that pretty paper, thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Tamara - LOVE Amy Butler!…and so enjoying your style and down-home family life through your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Joan j - I would love to win that book! Gorgeous paper!

  • kelly - what a cute project and lovely application… i love that many of your meals are eaten outdoors :)

  • Caylin A. - Such a pretty idea!

  • Alisha - Love it !!

  • Jennie - Beautiful!

  • Dani M. - Ashley, I always love your home decor projects. They’re simple, but lovely and always make a big impact. Those papers are beautiful!

  • Karie - Fun giveaway!

  • Amy - So pretty, and looks like a fairly quick project. May have to run to Target…

  • Laura Y - Beautiful! We just moved into our new house in OKC and have been enjoying out picnic table as well. I’ll have to look for those crates at Target.

  • P Koziol - Love that paper!

  • Kari E - Looks like a great book

  • Amanda Reimer - How fun, I clicked the book link to check it out before I read to the end of the post! Pretty, as is everything I see on here!

  • Stephanie T - Super cute! And I am obsessing over the succulent S&P shakers!! Where did you find those?

  • Maria - Such a cute DIY…need to get to target for a couple of those crates! Thanks for the chance to win. Have a fun-filled day!

  • Annemieke - Adorable! What a great idea!!

  • Jill H - That is a great idea!

  • Tina C - Too cute.

  • Melanie - Hope you are well and that your family is enjoying some good books this summer:)

  • Kiera Chambers - I love those papers! Where have I been living that I had no idea there was such thing as a decoupage book filled with beautiful paper?!? This is life changing!

  • Sue Symens - Love her fabrics but paper, I didn’t even know she had paper!!! YAY!

  • Mary - This is such a cute and simple idea! Love it…going to target today! I can think of a million things to do with these crates.

  • Robyn B - Cute and easy – my kind of craft! I would probably use it for a gift basket.

  • Donzel - Heck, anything that says “mini” is for me! :-) I love the idea of covering stuff with other stuff.

  • Beth - You have such a good eye! Your projects are often things that would never cross my mind…but I love them! And I also love Amy Butler;)

  • Kay Stemnock - I’m ready to try it! You are so crafty.

  • Monique - Love that paper!cute craft!

  • sarah - AHHHHH – Amy Butler paper is my most favorite!!!!

  • Renee Johnson - This is such a cute idea! I love your laid back, whimsical lifestyle!

  • Stephanie - So fun. I love anything Amy Butler

  • Christin - What a fun idea! Love it!

  • Suzan - Love the paper!

  • ariella - That is a pretty green inside

  • Lori - Love, love, love reading your blog and Instagram! You have an amazing eye for color combinations!

  • Ashley - This seems so simple! I don’t craft much because of time
    but this is easy and so cute! Thanks for the chance!!

  • Colleen - Being in the stage of only having 10 minutes or so to craft, I think this is a winner! You are so creative!

  • Tashia D - This is really cute! Great idea using it for outdoor dining.

  • Robyn Foster - Too cute! What a great little spruce-up!

  • mia - i was reading this thinking…I need to buy that amy butler book! and then I see the giveaway. happy dance.

  • Amanda Taylor - Beautiful paper!

  • Kisha - Love this blog and all your cute ideas!

  • Amy L. - So cute! I’d love to try this!!!

  • Libby O - Love Amy Butler and your crate. Headed to Target in a jiffy and bet you can’t guess what I’ll be looking for!

  • Judy Pohlman - I love Amy Butler and your blog is amazing.
    I have 2 weddings coming up soon (my son & my neice).
    The book would be a great addition to our dΓ©cor.

    Thanks for the chance.

  • Charity Boehm - It looks like there are some yummy papers in that book! Would love to win!

  • Windie D - so cute!!! i had no idea that Amy Butler made paper.

  • Lori L. - Must. Make. Now!! Love this project and Amy Butler designs.

  • Debbie H - Great book! I love Amy Butler’s designs!

  • Katelynn - Beautiful paper!

  • Katie S - Fun blog! Just found through Gracelaced.

  • Amy - Ooh I love it!

  • Debbie Karwoski - I really enjoy your blog.

  • Carrie D - What beautiful paper! It would make for some fun craft projects with my girls.

  • Cara Yeh - I am so inspired to decoupage, now. What a fun project!

  • Niki - So fun! I love the crate!

  • Laura Wilder - Amy Butler’s designs are always so beautiful and inspiring.

  • Kendra Wright - Decoupage is one of my faves! So fun!

  • Rose E. - Fun! I’ve been wanting to decopouge a tray on my bedside stand but haven’t had the motivation to attempt it yet.

  • Faythe - Thank you for the opportunity to win this incredible book. I love the paper!

  • Jennyroo - Oh oh oh! I have a large collection of Amy Butler fabric scraps (and a lot of Amy Butler completed quilt tops!) in my home. How I love this fabric decoupage book. Thanks for sharing!

  • Leah J - I’m all for easy and ADORABLE projects! :)

  • Brittany - Love the crate! That bright teal green is my favorite, too – displayed by my handbag and rain boots! Love your quick and fun craft ideas. I’m working on wedding decorations and am sure i could find a use for pretty paper…

  • Amy Manning - So simple but super cute. I love it. Amy Butler is the best.

  • Amy K. - I can’t believe I didn’t know about AB paper until now!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amy Cornwell - So cute! Makes me want to craft again! It’s been too long!

  • Nancy - Such a cute idea! Pick me! Pick me!

  • Lauren M - What a beautiful book! I would love to win this.

  • Karen J Moseley - Another lovely example of how a simple craft can bring beauty to an already beautiful table.

  • christina larsen - cute crate!

  • Rebekah - Oh my goodness, that is gorgeous! I’ve been thinking about decoupaging a bedside table, and this may be the kick in the right direction!

  • Liz Koepp - I love it!! What a great idea????. I’m totally going to do this project, and the paper is beautiful!

  • TLL - Awesome!!

  • Tina - Love it!!! I think I need to try that so its more tempting to spend time at the table on our back patio (no thinking “Oh I need to take EVERYTHING out there”…and then I can see it being a cute pen/pencil/school supply caddy when school starts again…

  • Elisabeth O - Such a cute, simple project!

  • Sara Huber - Cute idea! Love anything Amy Butler!

  • Monica R - I would love a copy of this book for projects with my daughter. :)

  • carla rae - I love this idea! Another way to get Amy Butler prints in my house…

  • Erixka - What a great diy and such beautiful paper.

  • Susan Knoll - So creative…love your idea..it would certainly help me to think outside the box!! Really trying to develop this in my later years!

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle - Such a cute craft idea. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Amy’s book! :o)

  • Christina - I love decoupaging. Such a fun gift!

  • Emily - What a fun idea! I can’t wait to have a backyard and a picnic table at which to eat :-) Thanks for sharing!

  • Tracey O - Love it! Now, please pick me. :-)

  • Jessica - never done decoupage, would love to try it!

  • Kimberly D. - Thank you for sharing wonderfulness on a daily basis. Your posts are always so uplifting. So, thank YOU!

  • Arlene - One look at your floral crate was all it took to make my day just a little brighter! Thanks for sharing.

  • Laura B - Adorable picnic caddy!

  • Cassandra - Pretty!!! The paper & the crate!

  • Becky Z - That looks like beautiful paper. I love how a bit of paper can transform ordinary things so quickly and easily!

  • Alissa W. - Love it! Quick, easy and so cute!

  • Caity - Pretty!

  • Maureen - Such sweetness! Love the crate and thanks for the chance to win this beautiful paper.

  • Emily - I must have that Amy Butler book!

  • Anna K - Thanks Ashley!

  • Betty - Great crate! Also – THANK YOU for this giveaway and for keeping it simply a sweet giveaway without requiring rafflecopter following of vendors and other people I don’t know or signing up for more emails I will have to unsubscribe to later. What a breath of fresh air!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Love Amy butler!

  • Marie - Love all the prints of the paper! So fun!

  • Sarah Marie - I love Amy Butler!

  • Jan - Great summery idea!

  • Leslie - I love, love, love that!! I can see using the same idea for accessories in my girls’ room. They’re 5 and 3, so the bracelets, hair bows, necklaces and pretties are taking over their room!

  • Heike - Wow…that paper is just beautiful! Love it!

  • Izabela - I think a trip to Target is in order :)

  • Crystal - Decoupage reminds me of summer camp growing up! I haven’t done any as an adult but would love some inspiration and materials to try!

  • Mallory - I love Amy butler fabrics. I didn’t realize there were papers too!

  • ajira - Love this simple but gorgeous craft and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Tricia - Thanks for the great idea. I love Amy Butler’s patterns!

  • Kelly - Such a cute idea, love the Amy Butler paper!

  • Alissa - I would love to try this project.

  • Bev - So cute. Love the paper! !

  • LIsa K - What a fun idea! Those jars of ice water looked so good. My kids think I am crazy because I love a good giant glass of ice water :)

  • Krystina - What a genius idea! I was just looking at those crates about 2 weeks ago trying to figure out what I could do with them.

  • Susan - Well, thank you for the opportunity to win a book by Amy Butler. I love her designs and never knew she wrote about decoupage. What a great way to brighten our world.

  • Julie - What a simple craft! I love the fresh look it gives the crate!

  • Amanda - I love this idea!!

  • Bekah - Love that crate! The green on the inside is my favorite color too! :)

  • Laura - I love this! I’ve missed your DIYs! :)

  • Amber Farnham - What an awesome idea!

  • Meg - So cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kathie M. - I was looking at those crates the other day and left them there. Now I just might have to go back! What a cute idea!!

  • Emmy - I have loved Amy Butler’s fabric for years, a book of her pretty papers would be such a treat!

  • Molly - Great idea! Looks so cute!

  • dana - Organizing and CUTE! it’s a win-win!

  • Irene Wiranata - Love Amy Butler!!!

  • Caitlin Weaver - Beautiful! Decoupage is my favorite way to used patterned paper <3

  • Jessica Scott - Love that decoupage book!!!

  • Debbie C - I love that shade of green! It reminds me of your guest bed. ????

  • Emily - I would LOVE to win this gift πŸ˜‰

  • Casey - Such a cute idea! Can’t wait to try it.

  • carole bahler - never tried decoupage before! this would be fun to try:)

  • Tawnya - Love me some Amy Butler anything!!!

  • Sara Torbett - Wow, what a fun giveaway! We eat outside all summer long and you have inspired me with this project. Thanks! :)

  • Chris - Love how you’re using your crate. Nothing better than eating outside in the summer!

  • Bevy @ treasured up and pondered - What a fabulous idea.. love it!

  • Julia - love this craft!!

  • Julie Anderson - Love this idea!!

  • Jana - Love Amy Butler designs. Love your crate. Pick me.

  • Abby - What a fun idea – love this!

  • Sheila - Love it! What a fun project!

  • Anne - Such a fun project!

  • Caroline - Such a cute idea…love!

  • Keilah - What a beautiful book! I never knew a decoupage book even existed! I’m now looking around for something to modpodge! Lol!

  • Maria - I think my mom would love this book.

  • LuRae - gurrah! You had a chance to make something cute an craft!

  • Maddy - Beautiful paper. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Casey Clements - Adorable and perfect for the picnic table!

  • Vicki - I love Amy Butler anything! Makes me happy!

  • Deb A. - What a fun project. Thank you for sharing.

  • { l y d i a } - The little succulents are adorable! Got my wheels turning. Haven’t decoupaged anything in a while. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Tonpia - As if I needed another reason to love Amy Butler?!

  • Hope C - Love Amy Butler and I’ve never decoupaged before! I would love to try!

  • Danielle T. - Gosh I love Target! But these kinds of finds kill me. I think “3!” And end up spending $100. Tricky Target.

  • Michelle - Love the little crate and that paper is beautiful!

  • Lyndsay - Ashley! I love this simple idea. It’s one that I look at and think, “Hmm. I could totally do this!” The paper is beautiful.

  • Kimberly - It’s gorgeous! THanks for the inspiration :)
    I’ve been dreaming about how to control school books in a beautiful way…BINGO

  • Amber - Love it!

  • Morgan Wenger - Love this! Green is my favorite color, too!

  • Kaki - Beautiful book… Fun ideas…. Happy 4th!

  • Jen - Pretty paper! I just saw those crates at Target today. Looks like a fun project!

  • Jenn - such a cute idea!!!

  • Cara P. - i would love to get my crafty hands on those papers! Soooo pretty!

  • kel - I have not decoupaged in 25 yrs! Haha

  • Hayley - I love this idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Susan - How cute! Simple, useful, special for your table. Thank you for sharing!
    Hoping you and yours have a blessed holiday weekend together making memories.

  • Mona - Great little project!! I love Amy Butler patterns, what a neat book, thanks for sponsoring a giveaway- and Happy Birthday to Little One!!

  • Karyn - I’d love to win this! I love all of your little projects and the paper looks beautiful!

  • Laura - I’m obsessed with Amy butler!!

  • Caroline - That is the cutest paper I have ever seen! I love it!!

  • Jenna S - That is some of the prettiest paper I have ever seen!

  • Sarah D - Amy Butler stuff is my favorite! Would love to get to play with all of the paper!

  • Sharon Traywick - Neat idea! I like your bright and cheerful meets functional style.

  • Kelly B - I love wooden crates and this DIY is adorable!

  • Candace Barbee - I love all of your ideas and check your blog daily for any new posts!

  • Mandy ask - i love your blog! I also love Amy Butler. Thank you for all your encouragement on life with kids, especially boys! (I have 3????)

  • Nancy - Love this craft, so simple but such a big impact.

  • Laura - So lovely!!!!!

  • Lynette - So cute, I had no idea that she made paper!

  • Ingrid - Beautiful little simple craft! And Firecracker looks so grown up in that picture!!!

  • kimberly oyler - okay you know i always love some amy butler goodies. also please let’s talk about why you use americana and not mod podge?

  • Sara S. Munilla - I love your DIYs and this one is lovely!

  • Sarah Z - Such a cute (and seemingly simple) idea!!

  • Julie W - What an adorable craft! Love the paper you chose to cover it with.

  • Marilyn - Sweet!

  • Kristal Simel - The colors are awesome!

  • Kari - So cute! And I love simple DIY projects… Thanks!!

  • Susannah H. - Love the crate you made!

  • Cami - So cute

  • Elaine Stone - Love this adorable project!

  • Kayla - I love Amy Butler! :)

  • Connie - I’ve never used that kind of paper before and would love to!

  • Diane - Amy Butler paper? A great idea! I would love to win! Thanks for sharing your kids with us. I look for new pictures every day!

  • Joan - A book filled with pretty paper! I love it!

  • jodi - I love that you guys eat outside so much…I wish our weather was a little more conducive to that! SC humidity = staying inside in the AC :)

  • Cindy - fun giveaway! can’t wait to check out Amy’s book!

  • Candy - So pretty!

  • Lisa Inman - Would love to win this.

  • Becky J - :) sweet summer storage- love your photography!thanks for the giveaway xo

  • Kimberly Teasley - What a lovely idea! The paper in Amy Butler’s book is beautiful… so summery and sweet!

  • Karissa - My mind is spinning with ideas of how to use that book of fabulous papers!!

  • Jessica @My Ardent Life - Brilliant, as always!

  • JuneB - Love Amy Butler! And your lovely blog =)

  • Nicole - Such a cute idea! Love it!

  • Trisha - What a fun project. Green is my favorite color too.

  • Rachel G - so cute and handy!

  • Amanda Torres - Love this for a utensil holder. You can’t go wrong with Amy Butler.

  • marianna - super prize!

  • Rena Frey - Amy Butler paper!! Swoon!

  • Charla - Ooohhh sooo cute!! Love the crate and the papers!!

  • Vicky Kindschi - I did decoupage back in the 70’s. A fun thing to revive!

  • Kate C - Ooo what a fun little summer project! :) Pick me!

  • Kelli - I’d never heard of a decoupage book. Oh the things I learn when I read blogs. I’m gonna have to go check out this world I’ve been missing. :)

  • Gina - I just saw those at Target and got so excited! Love your customization.

  • Erin - Love this idea!

  • Michelle - What a fun craft! I’d love to do this with my daughter :)

  • Deanna - Would love to win this! The colors are bright and gorgeous.

  • Blair - id love this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • beth p - Very cute idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amy Walker - What a cute idea! I may just have to go to Target and pick one up! it would be perfect to hold my napkins and such on my kitchen table! You have such wonderful ideas :)

  • Cathy - Amy Butler is my favorite ever! :)

  • Lindsay - That is beautiful paper!

  • Stephanie - Love this! We eat on the patio a lot in the summer and it’d be nice to not haul everything individually…should find one of those crates!

  • Ashley - So fun!

  • Rachel McCarthy - Loving that paper! And the crate!!!!

  • Mary Liz Cawley - Beautiful

  • Margaret - Ooh, I would love to win! Decoupage is my kind of craft… I love beautiful prints and don’t draw well. So it’s a great way to beautify things!

  • Emily Dickson - Love it! I am totally doing this!

  • Joanna Gibbs - Some girls collect shoes I collect patterns ! Very cool :)

  • Bernie - I first became familiar with Amy Butler through her fabric designs for the Quilt Industry. Love all her designs!

  • Marsha - How fun! I love to decoupage in more unusual ways. Just about to finish a suitcase that is decoupaged with scrapbook papers and gorgeous rose photographs from a coffee table book pulled from the bargain shelves at Barnes & Noble. Lining the inside with fabric so I can include some pockets.

  • Kelly D - Love this project idea! Also love Amy Butler, although I haven’t yet seen her paper. Thank for the giveaway!

  • Christina - Cute idea :) I tried something similar at a library event once.

  • Jacqueline Irwin - How fun! Love the book!

  • Laurel Libby - I had no idea there was an Amy Butler Decoupage book! I love her fabric, can’t wait to do a project with this book! πŸ˜‰

  • Kirsten - I love how crafting is so easy and effortless for you – or at least, it seems that way. πŸ˜‰ I love being crafty, but it always turns into such a production at my house. Allow me to just envy you a little bit, haha.

  • Marianne Lasby - I love what you did with crate! The paper is gorgeous.

  • jen - Love your crate!

  • Megan - That is so stinkin’ cute! I love it!

  • michele - I love Amy Butler and you!

  • Ashley Dawn - i love how you are constantly finding quick and easy ways to make simple things so darn cute! Love this idea and love the paper!

  • Melanie - This is such a pretty and practicle idea! Love Amy Butler!

  • Leah - Fun and functional! Love it!

  • Kendra - beautiful. love it.

  • Amy J. - The inside of that crate is my favorite color too! Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

  • wanderinggarden - I knew Amy Butler did beautiful fabric, but had not heard of this. What great fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • beccy - Beautiful and fun! Thanks for sharing about the paper and your idea for using it!

  • liat - I would love to participate in the giveaway.

  • Courtney - Love this idea! So cute

  • Angie - A beautiful simple project.. love it!

  • Courtney S - Okay now that’s cute. Love it!!!

  • Maria - What a great diy. I’ve never tried Decoupage before but I can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tina Harris - Ashley – what a great idea! Love to craft and love Amy Butler! Your website is inspiring and fun to read – I’ve recommended to my daughter and she loves it too!

  • Jodi Lemons - Can I tell you how much I enjoy your blog? I LOVE your writings, your DIY, your photos and how authentic and real your blog is. Thanks for continuing to make me smile :)

  • Jess Z. - I love Amy Butler! Cute craft!

  • Kate - Love this!

  • Ellen - Such a cute idea! I love the little ceramic succulents, too, are those salt & pepper shakers? They’re adorable!

  • Heather S. - Sweet Ashley, I wish I could come over for some iced tea and enjoy your company! One day, if not here that in heaven. :) This give-away would be a helpful little book to have on hand for my un-crafty self! :)

  • Julia B - Beautiful!

  • Stephanie - Love Amy Butler! I’ve never decoupaged anything but this looks like a good start. Thanks for the idea!

  • Caitlin E - My oldest daughter would LOVE this!

  • Ann P - Love what you did with the crate, beautiful paper!

  • Crystal - So cute!!

  • Kristin L - You always make such beautiful things! Such an inspiration. Would love to make something like this to organize things on my craft table.

  • Nicolas smuth - Your ideas are always simple and beautiful. So inspiring. Thank you X

  • Pattij - This is really pretty! I love the pattern.

  • Linda R. - Very pretty! I think even I could do something like that!

  • Natalie - You always have the cutest ideas!

  • Anna M - What a sweet idea!i love Amy Butler and am excited she has paper out now!

  • Betsy - Haven’t done decoupage in ages! Would love to win this! Amy Butler’s patterns are gorgeous.

  • Sarah - I love her patterns/colors.

  • Sara S. - What a great book! Definitely putting this on my to-buy list!

  • Michaela - That is gorgeous! I love the print you chose! so perfect!

  • nadya kotik - I love this idea. I have so many pretty papers but don’t know what to do with them!

  • Angie - So inspiring!

  • Karen DeMamiel - So cute, would love this!!!

  • Lindsay - What a lovely project! :-)

  • Jill - Lovely project!

  • Lisa - So grateful you share these little projects! I wouldn’t have thought to do that…beautiful and so much better! Amy Butler Decoupage…I’m in love :)

  • Caitlin - so inspiring!

  • Melissa - Love this craft!

  • Elizabeth Felter - Looks like fun!

  • Avenlea - Thanks for the DIY :)

  • Melissa G. - Absolutely fantastic- i love this!!

  • christie - I have a naked crate just waiting for a decoupage makeover!

  • Samantha E - We love to decoupage at our house! I usually do names for baby showe gifts and my husband just did the entire top of the coffee table in comics.

  • Cheryl - Cute idea! Love the paper selection…

  • Kassie - Gorgeous paper!!!

  • Sara - Wow! neat idea and gorgeous paper. I’d love to win!

  • Melinda S - Such a cute little project! LOVE IT:)

  • olya - Awesome!!

  • AASpark - Perfect timing. I just found old crates and this project is perfect!!

  • Kelly - What a fun book, and I love your little crate!

  • Loan - Great idea to jazz up a plain (but useful) box. I’ll have to remember this idea! Thank you for sharing.

  • Brady W. - Whew! I think I’m barely making the giveaway cut off :) BEAUTIFUL paper and super cute project!

  • Rie - Beautiful!

  • Liz - That looks amazing!!

  • Morgan - I LOVE decoupage! I can’t get enough of it in my house.

  • ari - I like the way you used it and the paper is absolutely lovely!!
    Thanks for the opportunity