Last week I posted a picture of the new flower I made for my daughter’s hat…well of course I took pictures during the process for a little tutorial! A little while back my pastor did a series on gifts/personalities. He was describing what different ones look like on a practical level. On one he used an example of someone that likes to give step by step instructions to tell people what to do…Chris nudged me on that one. My mom always called me bossy as a little girl…

Supplies: Felt, flowers, feathers, alligator hair clip (or whatever type of clip you like), hot glue gun1109flapper-01

Step 1: Remove the stems from the flowers1109flapper-02

Step 2: Hot glue the petals back together (this makes the flower flatter than it is with the stem)

Step 3:  Get all the layers together

Step 4: I added a bead for the center by pushing a needle through the glue and then back out

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Step 5: Enjoy some chocolate….makes every craft project better….especially when kids are sleeping and you don’t have to share1109flapper-04

Step 6: Cut your feathers

Step 7: Glue the feathers to the back

Step 8: Add a little lace, I cut a strip then stitch the bottom together turning it into a circle1109flapper-05

Step 9: Glue the lace on the back, then a small circle of felt

Step 10: Cover part of the alligator clip with felt

Step 11: Glue clip to felt backing1109flapper-06

Step 12: Let your little girl take your breath away1109flapper-07

If you aren’t a fan of using it as a hair clip, you could pin it to a shirt, belt, bag or purse…

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Now you didn’t think I forgot about my country music theme I had going on did you?! Since my diy project doesn’t really match a song I thought those of us country music fans could play a little game in the comment section today…in preparation for tonight’s big show. Here is how to play, I’ll start with a lyric then the next commenter has to write another song line using a word (or form of the word) from the previous comment. For example:

Comment 1: You and me going fishing in the dark, lying on our backs and counting the stars

Comment 2: I must be wishing on someone else’s star

Comment 3: Call someone who cares

How fun is this! Are you singing those songs now too? For some reason my spam guard at times blocks your comments. I won’t be on the computer all day, so if you leave one and I don’t get to it before someone else leaves another comment, I apologize now.  Okay, so I’ll start it off with a line from “Then” (a Song of the Year contender):

“We’ll look back someday, at this moment that we’re in. And I’ll look at you and say, And I thought I loved you then

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  • Jennifer Williams - From this moment life has begun…

  • Trinity - I LOVE this game! “From this MOMENT, as long as I live, I will love you, I promise you this….”

  • Colette Amey - “We can’t go BACK again; there’s no use giving in. And there’s no way to know what might have been.” (What Might Have Been by Little Texas, one of my favorite country songs)

  • christina larsen - I’ve got friends (IN) low places. . .

    Sorry, I have limited country knowledge; but I couldn’t resist on commenting. And, BTW, I like to give people detailed instructions, too. However, mine has to do with cooking. lol.

  • Lesley - all my rowdy [friends] are coming over tonight (do ya wanna dance?)

  • AshleyAnn - Brother she’s [all] country, from her cowboy boots to her down home roots

  • Kari Sanchez - Down home where they know you by name and treat you like family (Down Home, Alabama)

  • Katie H. - Down [HOME] where they know you by name and treat you like family…

  • Katie H. - WOW Kari…are you in my head?

  • Katie H. - Way [DOWN] yonder on the Chatahootchie…. (had to post another one since Kari beat me last time) ;)

  • Kari Sanchez - Katie H- great minds think alike! [FAMILY]…how we went from something’s missing to a FAMILY. (He Didn’t Have to Be, Brad Paisley)

  • Kari Sanchez - [WENT]…that’s the night that the lights WENT out in Georgia (The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Reba)

  • bopha - ..dreamin of the day THAT you wake up to find that what you’re lookin for has been here the whole time…love that Taylor Swift

  • Lesley - Heeey good [lookin], whaaat cha got cooking?

  • AshleyAnn - Yea, I’ve been workin’ all week
    And I’m tired and I don’t wanna sleep
    I wanna have fun
    It’s time for a {good} time

  • Aunt Sandy - Livin’ on Tulsa (time)

  • Carol - Take me back to Tulsa, I’m to young to marry

  • Trinity - Go from a hard WORKIN’ dad to being mr. mom…

  • patti - that’s about the cutest clip/pin i’ve ever seen. seriously. love it.

  • AshleyAnn - I called home to {mom} and daddy,
    I said “Your boy is now a man.”
    She said “I don’t care if you’re 80,
    you’ll always be my baby.”

  • Tess S - When she was 3 years old on her {daddy’s} knee He said you can be anything you want to be. She’s a wild one.

    Love the tutorial.

  • Rachel - [He]‘s a good time Cowboy casanova standin’ up against the record machine.

  • Lisa Johnson - it’s a great day to be alive. You know the sun’s still shining when I close my eyes. There’s some hard (times) in the neighborhood, but why can’t everyday be just this good

  • Kara - I should’ve been a Cowboy…

  • Christian T - So when you see the Cowboy, he’s not ragged by choice.

  • Kari Sanchez - Mama’s, don’t let your babies grow up to be “cowboys”

  • robyn - “Mama” tried to raise me better, but her pleading, I denied…

  • bopha - ..and today you know that’s good enough for me, breathing in and out’s a blessing can’t you see.

  • Rachel - I can feel you breathe, it’s washing into me, and suddenly I’m melting into you.

  • Elizabeth - MELTING my heart..like all those days gone by that I’ve spent with you….

  • Aunt Sandy - It ain’t cool to be crazy about (you)

  • Lesley - I was country when country wasn’t [cool]

  • Aunt Sandy - Let’s fall to pieces together. Guess you tell I like George.

  • Aunt Sandy - Lesley beat me to the last posting. lol So here’s another one to work on: (I) should have watched that first step.

  • AshleyAnn - I loved her first, I held her {first} and a place in my heart will always be hers

  • Mary - I cross my heart, and promise to give all I’ve got to give to make all your dreams come true..

  • Lesley - you were [always] on my mind – good ol’ Willie Nelson!

  • Lesley - oops, Mary beat me but it’s all good, the song she beat me with was sung by AshleyAnn’s husband at my wedding!!! This is a fun game by the way.

  • Kari - I’ll stand by [you}, I’ll stand by you…won’t let nobody hurt you.

  • Holly Todd - You got to {stand} for something or you´ll fall for anything, you got to be your own man not a puppet on a string.

  • Erin Jones - the first date “{MAN} I didn’t kiss him and I should have”
    Our Song–Taylor Swift

  • AshleyAnn - You can {kiss} me with the windows open while the rain comes pouring inside -This Kiss

  • Trinity - tomorrow’s another day and i’m thirsty anyway so bring on the (rain)

  • Holly Todd - You take a deep breath and you walk through the doors, It’s the morning of your very first {day}. And you say hi to your friends you ain’t seen in a while, Try and stay out of everybody’s waÿ = Taylor Swift “Fifteen”

  • Kari - Remember when I was young and so were you and time stood still and love was all we knew, you were the [first] so was I…

  • Rachel C - I wanna talk about [me], wanna talk about I, wanna talk about number one oh my, me my

  • AshleyAnn - Let’s give them something to talk about, how about love?

  • Rachel C - Love can build a bridge, betwee your heart and mine.

  • Rachel C - That last one should be bonus points for double Judds songs.

  • AshleyAnn - This time I found a keeper, I made up my mind
    Lord the perfect combination is her heart and mine – that should be double points for 3 words in a row matching!

  • Kari - I tip my hat, to the [keeper] of the stars…{going to bed now, last entry for me tonight. Ashley, this was a really fun post! I’ve been checking in all day long! Great idea!}

  • Alba - But does the wind still blow in oklahoma
    Out here the hollywood stars sure shine bright… (Does the wind still blow in Oklahoma, Reba McEntire)(i’m not a country girl, but I wanted to participate, thanks google!)

  • ellebows - I love, love, love!! the picture is priceless. makes me want another baby girl so badly!! fabulous tutorial!

  • Norma - Stunning clip and even more stunning baby girl!

  • Christina - You said the way my blue eyes [shine]d, Put those Georgia [stars] to shame that night.

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  • Jodi - My Mom always said I was too sensitive! (bossy too) :) Then I found out that, really, I’m just discerning. It’s a good trait!

The CMAs are tomorrow…so those of you that aren’t fans only have to endure my country music posts 2 more times. Along the same lines as yesterday I’m writing some lyrics to accompany a few shots from some times I’ve spent with my friends and their kiddos lately. A little LeAnn Womack wonderfulness with you…

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder

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You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger1109friends-1

May you never take one single breath for granted

1109friends-5God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

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I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean

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Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens

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Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

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And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance1109friends-7

I hope you dance (my boy…he usually prefers dancing with my friend Jenn’s strobe light)1109friends-11

So tomorrow’s post will be a country music lyric game…get ready. I don’t want Rachel and I to be the only ones playing!

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  • Kari - You are so stinkin’ creative! I love these country music posts and can’t wait for tomorrow’s post.

  • christina larsen - Not sure if I’ll play tomorrow, since I don’t do country; but I’ll at least check it out. I am glad you are enjoying your countdown. :)

  • Courtney Connelly - Ash, this post sure made me tear up this morning. Thanks for sharing more of your obsession with country music, makes me smile each time because it is so you!

  • Jill R - These posts are fun! I LOVE the picture of E walking in the leaves with the adorable little girl. So precious.

  • karen brown - My husband danced with his mom to that song at our wedding. Love it!

  • Trinity - I LOVE your country music posts! I wouldn’t mind seeing a new one of those every day! Can’t wait for the game tomorrow!

  • Rachel - So sweet. Keep the country music posts coming!

  • Mandy B - Do you think next time maybe you could post a pic of Jenn and her strobe light?

  • AshleyAnn - Great idea Mandy…Jenn doesn’t read the blog so she’d never know!

  • Courtney Connelly - Jenn and her strobe light, now that would be a great post!

  • Erin Fowler - I’ve experienced Jenn and the strobe light, it’s definitely blog worthy…

  • Georgia Davis - She’s gone country! You know I love it. Don’t worry me and my cowboy never miss the CMA’s.

  • the inadvertent farmer - I think you should do a weekly post with country music lyrics…they rock…or do see do! Those little ones holding hands brought tears to my eyes, too stinking cute!

  • Suzette - I love both songs you have picked! Beautiful photos!!

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - Can I just say your blog is gorgeous. Love love love it!! So glad I found you from Whatever:) A true talent!

What you ask is a couple of days away? The CMA Awards! In honor Wednesday’s show I am doing an ode to country music post…well kind of. I realize that after reading that sentence there are a few for sure responses:

1. My good friends rolling their eyes thinking, “Is she really doing a post on country music?”

2. Excitement from all you other country fans

3. “Country music? She likes country music?”

4. “Country music? I thought she loved Jesus.”

Thank you Trace Adkins for a great song…

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I’d invite you all over to join me for a CMA watch party, but I have an aversion to large crowds and I am guessing there aren’t that many of you that would want to come!

For those wondering, these were taken at Redbud Valley.  Last time I was there I was a senior in high school and I went with two friends…Kevin and Judson. I was the yearbook editor and they were the photography editors. We went out in an attempt for them to teach me to shoot my film camera on manual instead of automatic. It was a very frustrating experience and I got about 2 pictures that weren’t completely black. However, trying to hike with a baby in a sling while also taking pictures was about just as hard.

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  • Shannon Phillips - Yes! I LOVE you for this post Ashley! Unlike you, I am normally a cryer so, this one brought tears to my eyes. I know, I’m a sap. Thanks for the country music post. It was one of my favorite posts of yours. ;)

  • christina larsen - So where is Redbud Valley? I have only lived in OK for 2 yrs. My family would love to go there, it looks amazing.

  • Rachel C - Hooray for country music! Looking at your picturees along with Trace’s lyrics …. GULP. I am bursting out in song right now….Nothin’ better than a little chicken fried and a big green tractor. BTW — did you know that Taylor Swift is dating “Jacob” from the Twilight series? Yeah, that’s right…I like country music AND vampire books. :)

  • AshleyAnn - Here’s a link to info on Redbud Valley
    http://www.oxleynaturecenter.org/redbud.htm

  • Meagan - Awww, such a sweet song, and so true! I didn’t know you were friends with Judson! I should have known that though, duh! I’ve known Judson for a long time—we grew up together at church! He’s such a sweetie pie/goofball!

  • Jennifer Williams - This was an incredible post! More people might like country music if they would listen to the words and realize how much it can relate to your life.

  • amanda torres - Not a huge country music fan anymore, but it still plays in the car sometimes. I’m so glad you are super stoked about this event! Very cute post.

  • Susan - LOVE that song! LOVED the pix!

  • Trina - i love your last photo with you and your gang in single file

  • christina larsen - Thanks Ashley, I had been to the Oxley Nature Center; I didn’t realize they were the same thing. Oh well, thanks for the help.

  • bopha - Wow, loved that post. This is going in my top 10 Ashley blog moments.

  • Ashley - Ashley – Thank you for this post. I don’t have kids but this sure brought tears to my eyes. I like to imagine we all go through life with a personal soundtrack playing and I can see you hiking carrying a baby snapping pictures of all the brothers and dad AND I think this is the appropriate song for that. Great post!

  • meg duerksen - i was singing it loud while reading this amazing post!
    love country music. :)

    we have tim mcgraw, taylor swift & brad paisley all coming this winter to wichita. i hope we get to one of those.
    tim mcgraw preferably.
    i wouldn’t normally watch the CMA’s but maybe this year i will. :)

  • PamperingBeki - So precious!! That’s a really good song.

    The one that chokes me up every time, though, is Let Them Be Little. I bawl like a baby when it’s on.

  • the inadvertent farmer - OK…wiping a tear away. Love that song, country music melts me every time. I have on ‘two wooden crosses’ as I type. I’m off to get a really big hanky.

    I will certainly at least have it one…not sure I’ll actually sit down to watch but will be listening for my faves!

  • Jill R - We are looking forward to the CMA’s as well! I love this Trace Adkins song. I sang it to both of my boys as newborns in the rocking chair at 2 am on many nights…..okay, maybe more singing it to myself as a reminder that this to shall pass and I will be able to sleep again, someday…..

  • Jen B. - Could you possibly do a teaching here on shooting in manual mode in low light situations? Thank you!!! I’ve been practicing, but I just can’t figure this one out.

  • Rebekah Jean - Awesome post. Great song…and I love the way you depicted it with your pictures! It’s a great message…sometimes we just need to slow down and take in life a little more! :)

  • Alba - I’m not really into country music, but I’ll make a search to find out what are you talking about. Amazing pictures, as always, the last two are wonderful, a little foot there, these small hands, the pack,… Thank you for postins things like this, it makes my office mornings better.