I was sitting on the couch after a long day and suddenly my oldest came running with a big grin and one very missing tooth. Yep, my oldest lost his first tooth. Milestone. Happy, yet sad mommy. Really…is he old enough to start getting his adult teeth? His Nana told him about the Tooth Fairy and that the Tooth Fairy pays more money at her house than at his. He wanted to put his tooth under his pillow with a note asking that the tooth to be left behind so he could take it to his Nana’s. “Sure.” I said. Bummer for him though I made him wait a night until I could make a cute little Tooth Bag:)One day he can tell his friends how his mom always made him wait until she could make something cute for whatever it was he was waiting on.

Don’t look too closely at the sewing…I only spent about 10 minutes on it and winged it as I went.12.09tooth-1

Can’t tell the tooth is gone in this one, but I just like it.12.09tooth-212.09tooth-312.09tooth-4

Again…everything becomes a wrestling match…even “I pulled my first tooth” photoshoots. I think if I took everything out of their room and just padded it floor to ceiling they’d be in heaven. Sure would make for easy clean-up…just throw a blanket on them at night and we’d be golden.12.09tooth-5

I think everyone needs friends who don’t take them too seriously. I know I do. I am so grateful my close friends are supportive, encouraging, inspiring, and fun. BUT I am equally as grateful that they feel the freedom to poke fun at me – which they do:)I attempted my hand at making baby shoes recently and was called both “Geppetto” and “Cobbler” – thanks Erin. Well evidently all my friends were at a Christmas party that I had to miss due to a sick little boy. Chris stopped by at the end of the party and I am not sure how it all unfolded, but they gave him the Dirty Santa gift no one wanted and joked that he should take it home to me “so Ashley can repurpose it”.

So…I took that challenge.

Here’s what he brought home:framechallenge-01

and here is what was inside:

framechallenge-02I believe someone told the person that won this that she should make a bow out of it for her baby’s hair, so I had to attempt that.

Here is what I madeframechallenge-03

framechallenge-05I’m not super crazy about the bow thing, but I do like my new frame!

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  • Sarah GM - I LOVE the bow! It makes me think of a wedding though, not a baby. Great ideas.

  • Rachel - Now, that, my friend, is impressive. What an extreme frame makeover…you could have your own show. I love, love, love the tooth pouch. Great idea! Can you make me an umbilical cord pouch? I’m sure you could figure out how to cut an umbilical cord out of white felt — like the tooth. :) Congratulations, C, on losing your first tooth! You are such a sweet young man. BTW, the umbilical cord thing was a joke — just so people don’t think I’m creepy.

  • Lesley - So, I cannot believe he lost a tooth – that’s crazy! He doesn’t seem old enough. Whoa, I’m a little sad now. Great job on the frame makeover, I saw that and thought, no way. And then you pulled an Ashley and made TWO really cute things out of it.

  • Christina - I can’t believe that you did that pouch in 10 minutes. AMAZING!!! The frame makeover was awesome.

  • Erin - Haha, Yes! You are a “cobbler”. And I love how the frame turned out who would have thought?!

  • Merideth A - you are amazing. so cute.. the hat and the frame.

  • Jill R - All I can say is wow. I love the tooth pouch. But I think the pouch should only be used for teeth. Sorry Rachel. ;) On a different note, has anyone seen the globes in the January issue of Better Homes & Gardens? Ashley, you are such a trend setter!

  • Mara - I just love your creative sweet baby projects! I’d say that was a successful recycling job!

  • Jaimie - you’re amazing. that is all.

  • Jo - Ashley,

    It’s unreal the stuff you make. I mean… UNREAL! If I saw that picture frame I totally would of given it away. It’s not stylish. YOU made it work out perfectly. :) Thanks for all your creative ideas!!!!!

  • Lisa Johnson - that tooth-bag is so much cuter than the ziploc baggies I’ve been using for years =)

  • Liz - I can’t believe they sent you that gift! But you certainly were the one to make it useful. I like the bow for Breese – cute!

  • Jeannette Swan - I would have dropped that gift in the trash – you are awesome! It is such a milestone when you first child looses their first tooth – I think I shed a little tear when it happened at our house. I can’t believe the adorable tooth bag you made!

  • Katie - I think the baby hat is beautiful, but maybe it’s more of a photo shoot thing…. :) Thanks so much for sharing, I’m really inspired by all your posts!

  • rachel denbow - I’m impressed every single time!

  • Alba - the hat is fantastic, and she really looks so cute. The frame transformation is incredible. Gosh, I am not a crafty girl, at all, but after all your directions and exemples, I have tried a couple of things (the pinclothes and the magnets), and I will give them to my friends on our annual xmas dinner.

  • Mandi Smith - Awesome job on recycling:) Where do you order your little girl’s beanie hats from?

  • pamela - i second rachel’s comment!

  • maegan - I love the bowl and the frame. Great job!

SnapShopLogo1I’ve been getting A LOT of emails lately asking about the next round of SnapShops. “Yes” I do plan on doing several next year. They won’t start up until the spring and I won’t be setting dates until probably February sometime. I plan on doing them in the spring, summer and fall. If you are interested and want a heads up on dates before I post them on the blog, send me an email at ashley at ashleyannphotography {dot} com

Just a reminder: Google Reader is not picking up my blog…so don’t subscribe there!

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  • kelly dunn - I would love to attend one of your workshops. Please email me and let me know the dates when available. Love,love your blog! Kelly Dunn

Well I would like to introduce you to my ‘online best friend’ – at least that is what my husband calls her. I talk to him about her as if we go way back, when in fact we only know each other via emails and blogs (that will be changing soon)! From the first day I read Meg’s blog “whatever” I was hooked. She drew me in with her beautiful pictures and then hooked me with the way she finds beauty in the everyday.  Her blog is one of the few I check EVERYDAY. I have a feeling those of you that aren’t already followers will now be adding another blog to your favorites. And just a heads up – plan a good chunk of time for your first visit. I asked her if I could share a few of her pictures to give you a bit of a tease…

Lovely everything…her gorgeous oldest daughter (she has 5 kids) and their awesome dog.meg-1

Um, yes. She has killer design taste. That is what a craft room is supposed to look like. You can see more of the guest room on Apartment Therapy.img_9422

Last year she posted so many great Christmas gift ideas. I am hoping her busy photography schedule won’t keep her from posting more this year!6a00d8341c469c53ef010536859aa2970c-640wi

I love every one of these pictures. Love them. Love the life and moments captures so perfectly. Don’t love the frog. I want to be in their family.6a00d8341c469c53ef01156fb49b1d970b-640wi

Her infamous Rainbow Cake. Here is my version.6a00d8341c469c53ef01156fa980df970c-640wi

They took a family trip to the U2 concert. I wanted to meet up with her there, baby kept us from going. Bummer.6a00d8341c469c53ef0120a5f62465970b-640wi

They also go to Demo Derbies as a family. You know how much my family loves mud and cars…and loud crashing. Perfect.6a00d8341c469c53ef00e5527fa6108833-500wi

Peonies. Enough said.6a00d8341c469c53ef00e552948e248834-500wi

Her girls could hang with my boys anytime. She’s got some great puddle jumpers.6a00d8341c469c53ef00e55387328b8834-500wi

And after a long day with 5 kids, she gets to relax in this fabulous bathroom.6a00d8341c469c53ef00e553c719c18834-500wi

Another thing we have in common is a love for getting our kids involved in Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoeboxes. Fun Fun Fun.6a00d8341c469c53ef0120a66cbd4e970b-300wi

Meg, thanks for so beautifully capturing your world and inspiring the rest of us to relish the day to day. Your blog brightens my day.

Now go on over and visit Whatever….just make sure you still come back here from time to time!

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  • Jeannette Swan - I think I have come across her before…I don’t follow many blogs just because of time, so I’m not sure where I saw it?? It probably was “My Charming Kids”. Thank you for sharing, I will add it to my short list of blogs to enjoy!

  • Jill J - I know what you mean about the friend thing. I was telling one of my “real” friends something that I saw on Meg’s blog and I was like, “My friend did… I mean, a person that writes a blog that I saw one time…” HA!
    Actually, I don’t know how either of you do it. I have a blog that I keep for my friends and family and am constantly feel brain drained. I really enjoy visiting yours (and hers) because it seems you never run out of content… Interesting content!

  • Christina - I will have to add her to my list; as if I don’t have enough to do in my day, but that’s okay! :) She does have some amazing ideas.

  • pamela - your blog is my “whatever”! but…. i do remember seeing her room on apartment therapy and loving it! thanks for sharing, you’ve made her a favorite of mine already : )

  • Katie H. - Oh WoW…Demo derbys?! I thought I was the only person who went to those. In fact the cars in the pic look VERY familiar. hmm…that’s scary that I even made such a comment about recognizing cars from a derby! ;)

  • ashlee - wow…her pictures are beautiful!! I LOVE the arrangement over the bed! i need to do that somewhere in my house!!

  • Sophie - I LOVE Meg’s blog! I actually found your site on a link from hers I think. (:

    Your blog, her blog and Karen Russell’s blog are the only ones I check every day.

  • Trinity - Ashley, now you know how I feel……visiting your blog EVERY day and wishing I could be part of your family!

  • Tess S. - love meg’s blog. i spent a good 3 days worth of nap times pouring over her pictures and getting inspired.

  • Shelly - Neither you nor Meg know it but you two are MY two bestest friends… ha ha… my husband thinks it is a little nuts how excited we women get over blogs. I definately blog stalk the two of you… you are both my favoritist (as my youngest would say)and you brighten each of my days!

  • CHRISTY HENDERSON - I am a huge fan Meg’s too!! I look for a post from her everyday!
    She’s Awesome!!

  • Jaimie - meg’s blog is one that i check ALL the time. i love her and her photos. like you, i want to be in her family. i hope you get to meet her soon!

  • purejoy - i second that. i want to be adopted. i want my life to be in living color like that!
    and i have a ton of best friends on line. the hubster thinks i’m crazier that crazy. so i just don’t talk about them. i think we’ll have to be friends too.

  • Kelly - I LOVE LOVE LOVE her blog! It’s also on the top of my “must check everyday” list! She’s so fun!

  • Jill R - I agree with Jill J. I have found myself telling someone about someting I read on Meg’s blog and not knowing quite how to describe how I know her….or actually, don’t know her at all. I love that post she did a long time ago about making the cupcakes for school….makes me laugh just thinking about it.

  • susie whyte - meg sent her readers over to visit you today. :) my husband hears all about meg, so he knows what your hubby is talking about. we live in neighboring cities, but haven’t met yet. i think he wants to meet her as much as i do! my life would be so dull without her colorful blog. i love it!!
    i will have to come back over to see you again. your rotating photo header is gorgeous!!!!

  • Tempest - I adore her blog! I have been a follower for a while now.

  • Brooke - Well, I can tell you I am equally obsessed with Meg’s blog. You are bookmarked right next to her :) I tell my husband stories about her and her family. Seriously? Is that normal? Do you see me talking about her? Meg? Like we’re friends or something… And at least you have a super cute blog. Mine is not there yet!! But, that being said, thanks for sharing. Hope to hear the story of you meeting..soon :)

  • patti - i agree 100% with what you said about megan! i don’t know either one of you, but am so thankful that you both add so much joy to my day with your gorgeous photos and honest doses of reality. i like that she posts about the struggles and still finds a way to turn it positive.

  • robyn - just hopped over from Whatever. I’m a photog, too, and will be back to look around as soon as i finish recovering what i just lost in lightroom. bleh.

    but, pretty blog. hi. i look forward to playing :)

    oooh, fyi- if oyu haven’t heard, there’s this thing called Help-portrait worldwide this saturday. i’m shooting in milwaukee. you might want to check out your area (i haven’t figured out where you are yet). but it’s big, and growing. a really neat project giving love and dignity to human beings who can’t afford photog work.

    anyhoo, hi.
    and, shalom.

  • Kara - Ha ha…I laughed at what your husband says. I think my boyfriend gets tired of hearing “Well, Ashley says…”

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - Her house makes me want to weep…it’s so perfect. I feel the exact same way about Meg. She was the reason I started my own blog. I just love her and have a huge blog crush…nuf said:) Thanks for sharing her with the world. Now I’m off to check out your super cute blog:)

  • Kate - I completely agree!

    I follow her blog (and yours!) daily :)

    Two out of Nine of my daily doses… I love you guys. You lift me up.

  • Candace - Her’s is my favorite blog. I even said so on my blog. Ha! It is in the post where I talk about finding your blog and how much I love it. Can I post about your blog? (since I kind of already did.)

    Fabulous stuff – both of you ladies.

  • casey - my husband thanks you for posting this I used one of her recipes tonight and it was amazing! i will recommend cresent chicken to everyone! Now I will never get off the computer between your blog and now hers I guess I’m officially and cyber stalker

  • Lisa Johnson - I am so thankful for creative, inspiring people out there who are willing to open their homes and amazing ideas to the rest of us through blogs. You and Meg are both tops on my list :)

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - Love Meg’s blog! Her blog is in the top three that I read everyday, might have to make yours the 4th!! Lots of great photos and that is a must for me, love photography!

  • H-Mama - Love Meg’s blog! Yours is pretty cute too! ;)

  • Laura Phelps - Meg changed my view of the everyday.
    Whatever should be on everybody’s to do list, everyday.

  • the wild raspberry - i love to go there to see her amazing photography and creativity.
    she has inspired me to get a new camera for christmas!
    happy holidays~~

  • Emma - Thank you for sharing this site! I love it!

  • DreamgirlLisa - I love Meg’s blog too, and same for me, the only one I actually check everyday. I’ve made the infamous Rainbow cake twice now, once in a cake, and once cupcakes. They were the hit of the party both times.

  • melissa stover - i love her blog. i’m a lurker, just like i am on yours.