We’ve enjoyed seeing out of town family over the last week and we have not enjoyed the anxious wait for my neice to be born. This weekend involved a lot of fun and a lot of racing to the telephone hoping it was “the call”. It also involved a lot of other stuff.

I believe there is such a thing as too many Legos. 4 out of 4 boys in this house disagree.

My dad built the boys an amazing model airplane for their room. It is so light it can hang from the ceiling with two push pins. I told him my boys are perfectly mild mannered all the time and such a delicate model would be fine in the room of 2, 4 & 6 year old boys. So he hung it in the corner.

My boys NEVER wrestle. They NEVER throw balls or hard objects inside. They NEVER have pillow fights in their room. They are NEVER rowdy inside. They are NEVER anything but still and calm. However, since they do have friends that aren’t of the same behavior my dad built a plexi-glass shield to protect the model. He is smart like that:)

“Little girl what are you doing on mommy’s ladder?”

“You need to climb back down.”

Why do kids like to pull down folded laundry? Why does my daughter like to pull it all down, find some boy underwear then hide it on the bookcases in the house? If you come to my house and you see boy underwear in a random, sneaky location…it’s her fault.

Enjoying her aunt & uncle’s carrots…which are planted in their flowerbed. Great idea.

A few projects to feed my project addiction. I’ll post pics when the projects are done…which will take me a few weeks, the average person a few minutes.

Her 2 year old brother decided she needed a snack, so he fixed it for her himself. He is a becoming such a thoughtful, protective little guy.

She is a huge fan of the vacuum. She tries to ride it while I am sweeping. Weird child.

Happy Monday. How was your weekend?

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  • Shannon - what a lovely way to start a week! cute, cute, cute!

  • Tess S. - i was just entering “ashley” into my search engine and thinking… “i bet her sister had the baby this weekend”. maybe sometime this week.

    AND it looks like you’re making a memory match game… FUN! i should make one for my kids.

  • Leanne - Hi Ashley, I have a child (my littlest boy – 2) who loves the vacuum. To the point he screams in joy when I bring it out! My husband thinks I should do it more often, ‘Just for Sam’, he tells me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jill R - Where can I find those little cards? I am in love with them!

  • RachelC - What an awesome airplane! Bob — you are so talented!

  • Lori K - Love the plane. way cool. Love the paint color – creamy and really love those little match cards. funky. Sterling loves to throw newly folded clothes in the air like confetti. So, I told Scott, “sorry, your drawer is full of confetti now…not folded clothes.”

  • Ashley - Wow! My 1 year old (as of Saturday!!!) is terrified of the vacuum. A fear she has developed in the last couple of months. Makes it very difficult to vacuum up the dog hair. My husband, who claims the vacuum hurts his ears is excited she hates it.
    Love all the pics!

  • Jessica P - Heehee! That Firecracker makes me smile.

  • anne c - well up until now i thought kate and firecracker were long lost twins….you have now pointed out one major difference between the two :) if kate even sees the vacuum across the room she points to it and cries. too funny!

  • Kristine - I think it’s so funny how the underwear ends up in surprising places. Maybe a scavenger hunt for the boys? :)

  • Sophie - My daughter does the same with the vacuum! But she is now at the age where I can give her the attachment and she pretends to hoover too. Give it a few more months and I’ll give her the real thing and put my feet up ๐Ÿ˜€

  • meg duerksen - i hope that is memory…..i LOVE it!!!

  • Rena Frey - That is so funny what Firecracker does with the undies. My 17-month-old takes all the folded laundry, pushes it to the floor and jumps in it like a pile of leaves. Annoying and funny at the same time. I think my family feels your “pain” as they anxiously await our second to be born. I think today’s the day!!! :)

  • Maggie - I loved the hand in the paint~ …happy Monday to you too! Checking in soon to see about your sis :) look forward to your photos! xo

  • the inadvertent farmer - Crazy busy with home projects…retaining walls, hauling gravel for the raspberry patch. But we also went to the beach and played in the mighty Columbia River…fun was had by all!

    I had a kid that like to ride the vacuum too! Kim

  • Shanalea - So fun…we ourselves just has the anxious wait for a call…my nephew was born a week ago…my baby also loves the vacumn cleaner. I can’t really use it when he is awake because he gets in the way…and doing laundry well, let’s just say it is becoming a cuss word around here. :)

  • Jamie - Can’t wait to see what that project is! It looks cute whatever those little squares are.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh wow-what an amazing daddy!

  • Sarah - What’s with babies and vacuums? Mine LOVES it too! he actually cries when it’s time to put it away! too funny… ok…you’ve got to tell us what that game is! i want one!

  • Lea - Wow! I just found your blog and I’m in love. I’m already inspired, and frankly, somewhat deflated! I’m just not that creative! My poor, poor children. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Amanda Weber - I completely understand waiting on “the call”… been doing that all week. Maybe those little girls will decide to join us sometime this week. Here’s to hoping those neices arrive this week. I cannot handle the anticipation much longer.

  • Bridget - I too have that fabulous Charlie Harper memory game, but we have no kids (yet). I was thinking of turning the squares into a mobile…can’t wait to see what you’re making!! I love your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

  • The Lady of the House - I love that fingers in the paint picture!

    Come on over to herhousehold.blogspot.com – I’m having a giveaway and I’d love to invite everyone I can to come over and try and win!

    Happy Week!
    The Lady of the House

  • Em @ Bunch of Scrap - Projects all weekend over here too. I was down to one child (out of three) and it will still take me weeks. That airplane is awesome good job grandpa!

  • kate o. - our sixth anniversary was this weekend and it’s amazing how with three kiddos, a quiet dinner at home after bedtime seemed like the best and most relaxing gift we could give each other. and the ny strips didn’t hurt, either.

  • Katie - Want to know an awesome way to pick up small legos? Stretch some old nylons (who wears those anymore, anyway?) between two connecting pieces in a vacuum hose and suck away. Turn off the vacuum to deposit the legos stuck in the hose in the appropriate container and then start all over again. The kids will love it too.

  • Lisa Johnson - Love the look of pure joy on Firecracker’s face over the vacuum!

  • signe - First off, I want to say I love your blog and it makes me smile every time I read it. This weekend I started vacuuming and he had a look of terror on his face and starting crying hysterically. I guess he no longer like the vacuum. Also where did you get your rug (the one in the last photo)? I love it!

  • chantelle - vacuum ride sounds like fun to me! can’t wait to see new baby pics!

  • Amanda Schultz - :) I’m so glad I happened across your website… It just makes me smile!

  • Desiree - It’s funny that your daughter loves the vacuum. Mine does, too! She stands as close to it as possible and laughs at it.

  • Amber Nicole - Can I just say that I LOVE your blog! I spent much of my extra time this weekend (aka naptime and after bedtime) reading thru the archives. I laughed, I cried, I found a multitude of DIY projects to do!! I am hooked! You are so talented and you have a beautiful family!

  • Katie M - My little girl also climbs ladders and pulls out laundry. :) But instead of hiding brothers underwear…she puts it on. Would love to hear about that memory game…looks enticing!

  • Ashleigh Williams - my 2 year old loves using the vacum cleaner! Bit of a hassle wen I need to finish the floor! I usually end up distracting him by giving him a balloon to put in the “slip stream” of the vacum and he follows me round trying to get the balloon to hover in in the air!

  • bopha - the vacuum thing is hilarious, we thought madden was the only strange child who follows the vacuum around and tries to sit on it. ryan thought about adding a seat on it for his amusement and so we could actually vacuum without running him over.

  • Colleen - I just found you last week and I love your blog!! Too funny about the vacuum. My daughter tries to ride it too!! I always thought it was weird… Glad to know she’s not the only reative child our there. :)

  • Natalie - I think landofnod.com should have the game. 1st kid- daughter- hated vacuum and would cry every time I turned it on for well over a year- 2nd kid- son- loves it, cracks up laughing every time its on and, if her could do more than roll over would definitely try to ride it. We’re packing to move, and I am finding random objects in boxes all over the house. Just yesterday I found 2 remote controls in a box labeled “garage- clothes for 3years +” hand-me-downs I probably wouldn’t have taken out for over a year- that would’ve been a long time of going with no remote. P.S. I don’t even attempt to fold laundry if the kids are awake.

  • Jeannette Swan - The airplane is super cool! And on the Legos…all the boys in my house (4 including Daddy) would agree with your boys! They are constantly buying more and I can’t imagine how they could possibly need more! All cute pics too!

  • susie whyte - i received my own “call” this weekend…i have a new great nephew! he came on the 24th. let me just say i receive some odd looks when i tell people i’m not 30 yet and have great nieces and nephews. haha.
    my hubby FINALLY came home last night from washington. the only shots he took(he was on a base most of the 2 wks that he was gone)are from seattle! however, they are from a bit of a different angle than yours(no fun airport shots :(). feel free to check them out…after all the legos are picked up, of course. :)

  • Heather - i love that crinkly nose smile!! my daughter has a scrunch up your face and close your eyes smile that melts my heart.

    i can’t wait to see what you’re up to with that memory game. i have the same one. it is so pretty.

  • Michelle Z. - I can’t wait to see what you do with the memory game pieces. I have that game set and I love it.

  • Alison - I’m amazed at the baby hand in paint photo. Mostly because that’s YOUR hand holding hers, and yet you are somehow able to use your other hand to take the picture? I have a boy about her size (I think his name is the same as your littlest boy’s) and I would not be able to do that without us both being covered in paint. I guess that’s why you’re the pro! But tell me: Have you ever clunked a child in the head with your camera as it hangs from your shoulder and you are trying to bend over to help the child avoid some other head-clunky or eye-pokey situation? No? Yup, me neither–I totally don’t do that frequently.

  • Leah - Lol, I have four kiddo’s too but 3 girls and a boy, and my girls always destroy the folded washing! and yes undies to go amiss. I couldnt help but laugh when I read your post. Love the paint fingers too!

  • tammy Kay - Super excited to see the projects that you are working on. Your little Breeze is so beautiful!

  • Abby - Hi Ashley,

    I’ve been lurking around here for far too long without saying hello! Your blog is beautiful, a constant source of inspiration.

    Love these, can definitely relate to the underwear, ladder, and the vacuum. Maybe it’s a universal little person thing?!

    Have a great week, and congrats on the birth of your niece, what a lovely way to document a special time :)


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I hope you all have enjoyed the random little projects this week. I thought I’d finish up DIY week with one for the girls. FireCracker doesn’t have enough hair yet, but the day is coming soon….

Step 1: Gather a bunch of random supplies. Most of these are from Lemon Poppy Shoppe…since I am doing a giveaway there this week I thought it would be nice to have some ideas of how you can use scrapbooking supplies if you aren’t a scrapbooker. (I’ve heard people refer to themselves as a “Scrapper”…is that the new term? I’m Scrappy, but not a Scrapper.) I would also like to know when scrapbooking supplies began including such amazing ribbons? I have been in the dark for far too long.

Step 2: Pick a ribbon to be your base. Cut it long enough to fold over a bit on the top and bottom, fold and hot glue the ends over

Step 3: Hot glue ribbon to plain hair clips

Step 4: Pick out random pieces to make the look you want. I used 2 types of ribbon, crochet flower, and a bit of a feather.

Step 5: Hot glue all the pieces together and then glue it all to the hair clip

Step 6: Make a cute little card to hold the clips if you are giving them as a gift. I used scrap cardboard, a paint chip, part of a paper doily, masking tape, and stamps.

Step 7: Admire your girlie clips.

This is kind of what it would like in FireCracker’s hair…she doesn’t have enough for it to stay in place where it should go…you get the idea.

The boys were in goof ball moods.

The last time (May 09) they modeled her hair stuff, she hadn’t been born yet….Big Brother looking like Chunk from The Goonies…but in a bow.

The Lemon Poppy Shoppe and Expressions Vinyl giveaways end tonight. Scroll down to Monday and Tuesdays posts to enter. Just to give you an idea of what Lemon Poppy Shoppe has, here are some of the goodies I got there:

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  • Jaime Vines - I never thought to use scrap booking materials for anything else, I know have a whole new isle at the craft store open to me. Way to inspire!

  • Tammy Kay - Ashley,
    I know you don’t scrapbook but you haven’t been introduced to the wonderful world of “jenni bowlin!” sigh.
    You would really love her stuff. she has lots of great paper products that all have the vintage/ junk feel. Oh and the project kits every month. oh my.
    Google her. YOu will love it!
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    I agree. Scrapbook ribbon is where it’s at. :)

  • allison - Wow! I especially like the cardboard tag for holding the clips. What a great presentation :)

  • tessa - Those supplies are just calling out to me! I hope I win!! Your boys are too funny! I also love the throwback pictures! This was a great diy project. Thanks for great posts. I just love your blog!

  • amanda torres - Lovely! I’ve been waiting on a brand for those adorable crocheted flowers.

  • Shannon - love the idea of using the scrap stuff for hair clips. and love FireCrackers sweet little curls. I have some crafting time today, gonna have to make my own clips. DO you have a flickr group for all your tutorials that we do?

  • Joy Andrews - Too funny…I love Goonies!! Is is weird that my 9 & 10 year old are enjoying the movie as well? Life moves way too fast!

  • christina larsen - That flower/blooming ribbon is adorable. I know a couple of girls who would look good in that. Thanks for the ideas. I haven’t made hair bows for a really long time, but I might need to break out the hot glue gun!!!

  • Sophie - I’m 17… I’m not too old to wear these, right? RIGHT? Please tell me I’m not :'(

  • chrissy - I LOVE the way you layer things! I DO NOT have that gift… it’s fun to see that you do:)

  • Robyn Lee - you are so creative!!!! love it!

  • Erin - What a great idea! I too have scrapbook supplies I never broke down to use on pages… lots of ideas flowing in my head now. : )

  • emily - That organza flower ribbon is fabulous!

  • giozi - Oh yes, I think that this is my favorite post.
    When I saw your crochet flowers some days ago, in your list, I said, wow she know how to do that !!!
    ha ha ha YOU BUY IT !!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love your boy’s pictures, ha ha ha they look so cute, ha ha ha I laught a lot. You make me smile, and today was a good day for me.
    Happy and good weekeng for you and your family.

  • giozi - Again me. If this was flickr, I put note over the crochet flower, and the hair clip in the last pic ๐Ÿ˜€ . Is the best

  • amy in AZ - TRUFFLE SHUFFLE!!!
    Been following your blog for a couple weeks now– can’t express all the “sycamore love and admiration” I have! Thanks for the DIY week- great finds and great projects!!! As a new mommy of an 8month old little girl, its great to see the projects that fit into my “new and improved” lifestyle :)

  • Whitney - LOVED DIY week! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Ranee - My little girl has some crazy wild hair and I can’t wait to try and tame it with these sweet things! Thanks for the week of diy’s!

  • Kim - I had no idea that you could use scrapbooking supplies for other things! The stuff is soooo cute! I love those crocheted flowers.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Chunk!! I see it :)

  • Jodi - These are gorgeous. These are front page etsy style hair clips!

  • Lori K - Ashley~ Those are too cute. But, I really love the paint chip gift card. adorable. Umm, just heard from God – he wants me to move next door and build a barn on the property line and we can meet in the middle and do all our crafting! hello. you are too good. love all the pretty colors of that shop – lemon poppy. makes me want to order some of anything and also makes me kinda hungry for a muffin. sigh.

  • Danielle - i love the goonies picture! and the hairclip, of course :)

  • kara s. - these are adorable! i have 3 little girls and another little girlie on the way and these would be too fun! :]

  • Seamingly Sarah - I just wanted to let you know that I did the tshirt with diluted bleach (but with cut out stencils, not freezer paper) for an annual event we have here in upstate NY (Adirondack Waterfest) and it went over great with the kids! I made one for myself and my 2 year old has been wearing it like a dress all day. I can’t get it back! Thanks for the diy instructions and the idea. It was a great addition to our event.

  • Bethany - Wow, I love your site. It is so crafty and makes me excited… I wish I had a little girl so I could make these for her. (Maybe I should make some for me.:)

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  • just me and z - I love this post! those clippies are adorable. I have a 4 year old and need to try this out!!

  • Em @ Bunch of Scrap - He DOES look like chunk! Brother’s are good sports… CUTE clips!

  • Preisser - Where can you buy those beautiful ribbons? Iยดm from Germany and will spend my holidays in Florida. Do you know any shops, which sell those really really nice ribbons and goodies?
    It would be great to hear from you soon :)

  • Mallorie - A great way to finish the edges without having to glue the ends is to use a lighter and just barely singe them. It keeps them from fraying and give the bows a cute, polished look! Cute clips and headband!!!

  • lindap in il - just posted your hair clip on pinterest…thanks, making them soon.

So here is the 4th project for this week. The main part of this project I did in 15 minutes…while the boys were watching WordGirl and FireCracker was downing her breakfast. I like messing with Hobby Lobby t-shirts (because they are cheap and thick) and for the first time I tried heat transfer vinyl. It was fun! I like it better than doing freezer paper stencils and fabric painting.

Step 1
: Big Brother picked out a bright blue shirt and I wanted to tone it down just a bit. Before I began the design portion of this project I soaked the shirt in bleach water for a bit. It didn’t do a whole lot, but it did take the edge off the brightness.

Step 2: Pick your design. If you have a CriCut machine it can perfectly cut vinyl…so yeah for those of you that own them and boo for those of us that don’t. In my head I wanted something similar to Chris’ old boy scout t-shirts…just a simple graphic. At first I was going to use the road sign graphic for camping, but then I went okie.

Step 3: Decide how big you want the graphic to be

Step 4: Cut out a pattern for your graphic

Step 5: Flip your graphic over and trace it on the vinyl portion of the heat transfer paper. The paper has two sides, one is very glossy and one is more matte. The matte side will be the one to adhere to the shirt, the glossy side will be the one that touches your iron. You will now use an exacto knife to cut out the design. You want to only cut the vinyl layer, not the glossy base.

Step 6: Using your exacto knife remove all the excess vinyl so you are left just with your design

Step 7: Flip the graphic over so the vinyl is touching the fabric and the glossy side is up

Step 8: On a medium, no steam setting use firm pressure to iron on the design.

Step 9: Peel off the glossy top. The discoloration on this shirt is water from leaning over to pet a stingray. You know…normal stuff for an okie.

Step 10: Attempt to get your 4 year old to pose in his new shirt (which he LOVES). I purposely let him wear it to the Aquarium with his cousins…thinking I would for sure get a great candid shot of him in it. I tried.

In unrelated news, his sister loved the aquarium. She looked tiny in the shark tunnel and she tried her best to catch a shrimp.

She also liked the turtles. I will say the Oklahoma portion of the Aquarium was a great reminder why I don’t swim in lakes.

Alligator Gar. No thank you.

My brother-in-law noodles. No thank you. I totally stole this picture off my sister’s blog…here is the post of what she made with that catfish. She cooks. I craft.

(Noodling means he stuck his hand in a hole in a dirty lake and pulled that fish out bare handed by sticking his arm down its throat. Seriously. SERIOUSLY)

Some of the cousins. I have 4 nephews and 4 neices on Chris side. They are a fun bunch.

FireCracker kept up with the big girls just fine.

And on our way towards the car I finally got him to semi cooperate. My design isn’t for everyone, you could do all kinds of crazy things with yours…in 15 minutes or less.

The heat transfer vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl…the $25.00 giveaway ends tomorrow. Scroll down to Tuesday’s post to enter.

For those of you with a CriCut, here is a great video tutorial.

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  • laura - cuuuuute. i need to make a tennessee one for my little man:). i love it when you give the boy ideas:).

  • colleen - THANK YOU soooo much for using an exacto! My husband is a high school teacher and i am a stay at home mom and one of those cricut, silhouette thingies is just not in the budget!(without skipping meals!:) So, i will be using my handy dandy, cave man exacto and lovin it!

  • Kari - My neighbor caught the huge alligator gar that is displayed at the Oklahoma aquarium. I think he caught it at Red River. I cannot imagine being in the water with that thing! EWWW! I love the tutorials this week!!

  • Molly - I had to google Alligator Gar. Oh my goodness. Had you told me what it was, I would have thought you made it up. CRAZY.

  • Lesley - Ha! There’s something really funny about seeing that pic of the hubs on your blog. Something about it just doesn’t fit!

  • Sarah M - I think I threw up a bit reading about that fish. People actually DO THAT??!
    In other news, that shirt turned out great! lol
    Sarah M

  • crystal - what camera settings did you use for the shark tank photo? Mine never seem to turn out good!

  • lifeologia - Great family fun. I love the underwater tunnel ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • lifeologia - Ashley, one more thing. I want to thank you for inspiring me to get myself into photography again. I just did a great pregnancy photoshoot for my friend and it went so well. I would love for you to see it and give me the seal of approval.
    I started a photography business about 3 years ago but for many uncontrollable reasons it didn’t work out – but now I think I can pull it off :)

    I keep seeing beautiful photo shoots you do and I’m reminded of the excitement as a photographer – so thanks for secretly pushing me into it… ;D

  • sarah - WOW. I saw noodling on a tv show and thought it was a joke. That’s hilarious. I’m loving your DIY’s this week. Thank you.

  • Tracy - Ashley you have the greatest ideas!! I must say you also have some pretty cute kids too!

  • Asha - Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to try this. We are getting a Hobby Lobby here (New Hartford, NY) soon and I can’t wait!!!

  • missty - Just did my first heat vinyl project last night. In love!!! Can’t wait to get more colors.

  • Rachel - The DIYS this week are fantastic! I love how the shirt came out. Thanks so much for the great idea, I’ll be linking.

  • Kyla - What a cute idea!

  • shana beth edington - where did you get the heat vinyl??? :) Joanna has clear but where did you get white??


  • shana beth edington - That was Joann’s not joanna :)

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  • Albert - i am speechless. Only word comes to my lips is WOW..Genius tricks and super design. These photos says all about heat transfer. Nice and beautiful photographs.

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