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.



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Prize – one copy of Amy Butler Decoupage

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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

History. Social studies. Political science. With a book (or 3) in hand, he is a sponge for those topics.

6.29.15-01We spent a lot of extra time together last week. Picking up groceries. Running errands. Cooking in the kitchen. Shucking corn on the back steps. Extra time for talking when so many huge events were taking place in our nation to process. Extra time listening to him. Answering his questions. Telling him when I didn’t know the answer. Learning together. Celebrating and mourning as we read national and international headlines.6.29.15-02I remember when we were trying to figure out kindergarten. I remember thinking, “no one prepared me for this…no one tells you how hard school decisions are when you are holding a newborn.” I feel that way often with him, different circumstances, but the same feelings. Last week was so monumental for our country. He and I studied US history together this year. We read Uncle Tom’s Cabin out loud together. We’ve talked about racial issues for months. We did again last week. Preparing corn and talking about Charleston. Busy hands help conversation flow sometimes.6.29.15-03Last week we worked in the garden too. We cut cucumbers. Made pickles. In age appropriate ways, we talked about pivotal Supreme Court cases and how American history is written.Β  I wasn’t alive when Brown v. Board of Education happened…I’ve only read about it in history books.Β  I wanted to be sure that as he reads and studies about the decision and impact of Obergefell v. Hodges in the years to come, he would remember sweet, sweet moments on the back steps talking about it with his mom.Β  Making pickles and listening to his insights and thoughts.6.29.15-05

I’m thankful for slow days with my kids to dialogue about current events and the past. I’m thankful for diversity among my friends…that when I open facebook I get to see them share their very different stories, dreams, hopes and fears on a variety of topics with passion and conviction.

I’m grateful for days like these. The unchanging in the midst of changing. Days that mix thought provoking conversations with regular stuff like sending boys to ‘wrestle it out in the kiddie pool’.

6.29.15-07I’ve been doing a lot of talking this week. I’m not really a talker. The more I talk, the more self-aware I am of every word that falls from my lips. Words are so powerful. I’m watching that play out among my friends online.Β  Reckless words pierce like a sword. May my words never be spoken recklessly. When I open my mouth to share with my kids, my family, and my friends, I hope they hear life and love.

My 11 year old would also like me to note his six-pack in the shot above…

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  • Rachel - Ha! I noticed the six pack right away! Very impressive! Our pastor talked to us yesterday about words. That our words can build up, hurt, encourage, manipulate, but to always remember and live our life by God’s Word because those are the words that are Faithful and True (Rev 22). Thanks for a great post that is keeping that fresh in my mind…be careful with my words and may they reflect God’s Words

  • Debbie H - Oh my. . . I got lost in this post. Many thoughts flooding into my head so early on a Monday morning, thinking back to my own childhood with hours of shucking corn, picking peas, all of the summertime things in the Midwest and the learning and convos that come with simple things. Thinking about all that my own kids may have missed out on as life just doesn’t seem to go as slow in this area of California – and all of the changes last week – so many thoughts and sentiments that are touched on in this post. Then the last line. I laughed outloud with tears down my face! Nothing like BOYS, keepin’ it real. lol Tell him, his cyber space fans think he AND his 6 pack are awesome. Keep it up! And thanks again, to you, Ashley. The sharing of your thoughts, photos and your daily walk are a gift to so many. Have a terrific week!

  • Jenn - words
    oh how they are so important and can be so damaging but can bring and give and spread life and love. “i hope they hear life and love.” i love this. my sentiments exactly.

    and i noticed his six pack. way to go for an 11 year old. cool!

  • Leslie - This is such a beautiful post. I love the bond that you have with your kids and how you’re not afraid to talk about the heavy stuff with them. My oldest is only 5 and while I dread her getting older (because I want her to stay little forever) this post gives me a different outlook. I love the idea of having serious talks with her and using my wisdom to help her navigate through this confusing world. You’re a good mama. :)

  • P Koziol - Ha! Please tell him you didn’t need to point out the 6-pack; it is quite obvious! You are growing strong, healthy children in body, mind, AND spirit. What a valuable vocation!

  • Mandy - Tell him that as soon as I saw that picture, my first thought was “Wow, six-pack!” :)

  • Claire H. - I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and have taken one of your Snapshop workshops, but I’m not really a commenter. :) I also have an eleven-year-old boy with the same interests in history, political science, etc. and have had many conversations with him about the events that have unfolded over the past week or two. I would love any recommendations of books that your son has enjoyed . . . I am always looking for new books for him. :)

  • Faythe - Hello! I’ve enjoyed following your blog for a while now. You have a sweet family! I shared some of your words (along with your blog address) on my Facebook page today. I hope you don’t mind. May God bless your family.

  • dawn - This is a poetic way of touching upon such a whirlwind of a change for this country.

    My goal is for my kids, friends, colleagues and students to hear only life and love from me, too!

  • jenny - i love this post. i love the gentle way you touch on this topic :) and the way you share your connection with your children. your thoughts and the way you share them have always been such a wonderful inspiration to me! thank you for that!

  • Juice - I love this post and I love the comments too. I feel like I need constant reminders to consider my words (and perhaps say less, listen more). I feel like I need to tattoo myself with the 3 questions: Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it kind? Lord – help my words to to live that out each day!

  • Sandy C - Our High School put on the musical South Pacific. One of the songs has always stuck with me. I think of it often, mostly in regards to what I say and how my sons will take it:

    You’ve got to be taught
    To hate and fear,
    You’ve got to be taught
    From year to year,
    It’s got to be drummed
    In your dear little ear
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
    Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
    And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
    Before you are six or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught!

  • Janine - My sis-in-law’s mom (their grandmother) was talking to my nieces and nephew about Obergefell v. Hodges. They are 12, 10 & 7 and do you know what the kids said? “That’s a thing? That was still a thing?” They were flabbergasted that it was even an issue. There is hope for this next generation that they will only know love and acceptance for everyone.

  • Tessa - Ashley, I could really relate to this post as a Mom who also wrestles so much with what I share with my kids and how to carefully select my words so that I show grace and love. There has been so much going on in our world today that baffles my kids, and it has opened up a lot of conversations. My 15 year old son really has struggled with Caitlyn Jenner’s story and as Christians, we have talked a lot about how we are not to judge and just show love. I also remember shielding him from what happened on 9/11 and then how he learned about it in school during a Patriot’s Day remembrance in 1st grade (he was only 6 year old). I was so sad that he had so many questions and fears about people crashing planes in to buildings, and it was at that moment that I knew that I couldn’t protect him from this scary world as much as I wanted to. He tells me all the time that we are so overprotective, and I am completely okay with that!

  • Ryan - I would like to go on the record to say that, from my experiences, the words that you and Chris speak are filled with love and respect. Regardless of a person’s color, creed, faith or even orientation, you treat everyone with respect and greet them with warmth and sincerity.

    I’m so thankful that you’re raising kids – please have about 25 more.

  • nicole - This post means so many things to me. That you talk so much about such hard things with your child; that you have time to talk while performing everyday tasks; that he wants to talk with you so much; that he is so introspective and aware of the injustices around him…and that you are aware of your privilege and power. Thank you so, so much for sharing. I hope I get to have such a lovely memory with my children one day.

  • Kimberly Dial - Ashley, I’m always so happy to hear (or see) mommas who spend time talking to their kids about our world, our government, our history, our …. well, our everything. I too have concerns regarding words spoken about recent events. I have struggled with what to say so I’ve mostly kept quiet. Not because I don’t have something to say but because I’m not sure how to say it. I too want those I know & love to “hear life and love”. Thanks for sharing your world. Tell that boy of yours that I noticed the six pack too! LOL

  • Shauna Ellis - Tell your son.
    The six pack is enviable.
    My brother had a six pack from the age of 6.
    He claims this is why he’s short hahaha.

    You have a wise son and I hope my daughter will be as thought provoking as him when she is his age.

    Your stories of little one get to me everytime.
    I have been thinking about adoption for a long time even before my daugther was born. I would love her to have siblings. Unfortunately in my country adoption is a dirty word.

6.15dive-01This girl. Sometimes I cannot find the words to describe how much spunk and sheer determination are packed into such a tiny body. I’ve never seen someone so terrified of water like she was when we first met. Terrified is really the only word to describe it.

Well…that sure is in the past.

This girl. If she is determined to do something, pretty much nothing or no one can stand in her way. This causes lots of prayers for patience and grace on my part. LOTS. Yesterday she watched me dive off the diving board and she just hopped up and did the same. I told her she can’t dive with the puddle jumper thing, but she was determined. And she did. How in the world she was able to get her little body and that life jacket under the water for a dive is beyond me.

After she got bored of diving, she discovered the art of a beautiful swan dive into a belly flop. I guess the extra padding softens the blow and the laughter of her brothers was all the encouragement she needed.

Belly flops and giggles all day.

This girl.

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  • Southern Gal - Just think of all she can accomplish with that attitude!

  • Deb - What an inspiration!

  • Julie Boyd - She reminds me so much of my little Ruthie. Ruthie is 4 has been home from China almost 3 years and has the same spunk and determination! (She is also a cleft baby too!!)I love your blog! It inspires me daily. Thanks for sharing your heart and daily life with us all. God bless you!

  • kristin - ugh! i LOVE this. these posts bring me joy, and so much hope to those tough days. what a blessing you guys are to one another- that because of you pouring love, time, prayer, thoughts, etc – she is growing so much. and i love that your example of diving got her excited and emboldened her. (ps- handstand dives?! i was on the diving team one year- loved it- and never made it to compete at a meet because of the videos the coach showed us of people diving towards the board/platform and the accidents. EEEK! you have won many bravery points in my book)

  • Jolene - So cute!!

  • Seamingly Sarah - It’s amazing, isn’t it?! I’m trying hard to see the amazing potential within my children and not get upset with the annoyances. So I too am trying with patience and silent pleas to Jesus that I bite my tongue more and notice more. I also ask for and give out a lot of grace and mercy too!

  • Ramona - Oh WOW!!!!!!! Way to go!! <3

    So there is hope for my girls… they both are terrified of water. I also have a baby boy but he seems fine. He doesn't mind water in his face.

  • jenny - she is absolutely adorable :) i wish i was that brave.