I won my first ever blog award….well you won my first ever blog award for me that is! Thank you to all 120 of you that took the time to go to the site, search for my listing and leave a comment to vote for me.  Chris randomly mentioned to me the other day that he visited The Lovelies site and read through the comments you left about why you like this blog…I think it surprised him in a really great way. Surprised me in a really great way too. So thank you! I have a blog award. Whoop! Whoop!

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  • Jill R - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! But I knew you would win…..no surprise for me.

  • Trinity - I was hoping you would win…yay! You so deserve this!

  • Johanna - I can’t believe it’s your first award! Your blog is awesome!! Congrats!

  • Alba - congratulations!
    I really like the changes on the blog, even this kind of pattern are not my thing.

  • Simies - Congratulations! Iam new here, but I love your blog!
    My google reader just pick up your posts, so it´s maybe fixed!

  • Kirsten - Congratulations! I didn’t vote, but would have if I had known about it. Your blog is my fave in all of cyberspace. And, NEWS BULLETIN: Google Reader is picking up your blog!!!! W00t!

  • Jamin - Congrats! Imagine my surprise to suddenly find your posts in Google Reader this morning! It was killing my wife and I that we were missing out–we’d try to click & visit, but we just forget so easily when it doesn’t show up in the feed. (Tell your husband I said hey!)

  • Lindsay - CONGRATS!! I got online this morning and freaked out a little that I didn’t see your blog on my blog list! Normally it just sits at the bottom! I always knew where to go find your blog :) Yay for Google Reader working!

  • Alison R - Congratulations! Well deserved, no doubt!

  • Christy - Congrats! Yay! you showed up on my blog list today!!

  • Margie - Yay for you! Congrats!

  • Jen - YOU’RE ON MY GOOGLE READER!!! I’m so glad! I think that Google has finally recognized there vast error and found you!

    I am so PLEASED! And you have a very pretty new background.

  • sarah - Hey, my Google ready picked up this post! Yay!

    And congratulations!

  • Martina - Hey! Your blog miraculously re-appearred in my Google reader today! Yay!

  • Kara P - It’s about time!!!!

  • rachel denbow - Ashley! I’ve been blown away in the last few weeks with how your blog is looking and how great all of your posts are and now I’m so happy that you’ve won this award! Well deserved, Mama. You are a hard worker and have SO MUCH talent. And HOORAY for a birthday week!

  • Lesley - Congratulations!! A lovely award for a rockin’ blog.

  • Dick - Congratulations!! I’m sure it is the first of many awards.
    You certainly deserve it.

  • Raechel - CONGRATS!!!

  • Jodi - You definitely deserve it!! Congrats!!!!

  • Jamie ~ Alabama - Congrats on the blog award and for the fun “new” look on your site. I really like it. I have been a lurker for a little while and I just wanted to let you know that it looks like Google Reader is now picking you up. Yeah!!

    One more thing… I am a mom with 3 (very soon to be 4) little ones all 4 and under. I read recently where you talked about keeping to a schedule and how that really helps keep you day/week on track. Just wondering if you could share that with us? Thanks!

  • Robyn Lee - YAY!!! Congrats! You definitely deserve it!

  • Yanet - Congratulations! So glad I voted! BTW, I really like the new DIY tab. thank you.

  • Jolie - Hooray! I’m thrilled you won. Not surprised mind you – it’s very well deserved, but thrilled for you nonetheless!!!

Well as you can tell I’ve made a bit of progress on updating my blog. There are still a few things I am working on, but it feels good to get most of it off my “to do” list! I thought I’d point you around a bit to make it clear what and where everything is….

1. My new background by Katie Daisy. It is a bit bolder than my backgrounds in the past…I love it. I love the colors. I love the modern/vintage feel of it. I love that it is unique. I just love it. Katie Daisy is so incredibly talented. You might remember her from The Wheatfield poster giveaway a few weeks ago. I have her You are my sunshine poster in my kitchen. I was looking at her flickr account and came across this pattern she designed. She was so incredibly kind to let me use it as a background on my blog. If she could print it into wallpaper I’d probably cover a room in my house with it!

2. Post Categories: All my posts are categorized. You can search by category instead of reading all of them. There is also a search button…for specific searches.

3. DIY Projects: I created a page that just lists most of my DIY projects. There are still a few I haven’t gotten on there, but the major ones are listed. This will make it easier for you to find specific projects.

4. Info: Under the info tab you can find the following:

SnapShops: information regarding the workshops I teach for those wanting to learn more than automatic on their dslr

Online Goodness: Some buttons for some of my favorite sites (making my own button is still on my ‘to do’ list)

About Me: …a page about me…

Booking Me & Local Photographer: Why I am no longer taking clients…and a list of local photographers

5. Favorite Posts: Here you can find a listing of some of your favorite posts and mine. This is a great place to look if you are new to the blog.

6. My lovelies: Inspired by my friend Meg (her listing is down right now, but we all hope it will be up soon! I was totally wrong on that. Somehow I missed that it got moved to the left column of her blog. It is under the title “Happy Things”. You really need to check her’s out….it’s the best). This is just a spot for me to share some fun things that I don’t want to write a whole post about. You’ll want to look at this often, I’ll be adding stuff.

Buttons on the footer: I currently do not offer ad space on my blog. In the footer you will find buttons for non-profit organizations that I am a fan of.

I really like the sliding tabs on the left of the blog. I like keeping my blog simple and clean looking, so it is nice to just shut that tab when it is not in use. It is kind of like shutting my messy drawer full of pens, tape, stamps, and junk. I debated adding a permanent side column, but for now I think I’ll keep them hidden…you’ll just have to remember to check them! For those curious, I use a template from ProPhoto blogs. I customize my template. I highly recommend ProPhoto Blogs…especially for photographers. There are several other features that I currently am not using. If you are interested in a ProPhoto blog use the code: ASHCAM473 to get $10.00 off your purchase.

So what do you think? I’d love to hear your feedback!

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  • Christy - Love the redo! I adore the background

  • Crystal - Awesome job…love it!

  • Lauren Roberts - I think it looks amazing Ashley! You have come such a long way from where you started and I am SO proud of you! I love the background too. It’s so bright and welcoming :)

  • Kristi - I love all the new things!! I love the setup of your blog! I love the layout of it period. I would have one like this but dont really want to pay for it haha!

  • ashlee - its beautiful! i too would wallpaper a room in my house with this print!!!

  • Trinity - Good job…I like it a lot. I like how you put so much thought into where everything should go and how to make it easy to use. I love the my lovelies tab…I think that is a lot of fun!

  • Lesley - I’m lovin all the changes! Great background – totally you.

  • Kara - LOVE the background–I would totally have this in wallpaper at my house too! So fun!

  • Jodi - I love all the changes! I love the side bars but best of all the background is perfect! It just reads perfect for your style of blog! Congrats on the changes, makes me want to go and makeover mine!

  • lisa @ ellebows - I love, love, love the background! So beautiful and so Ashley Ann!!

  • Rachel - Everything looks amazing!!! So Lovely!

  • Ruth - Nice. I like! And I think the colors are very you…

  • Carla - it’s so beautiful! and i love that you don’t have gobs of links. simple is always the best and so classy. {and this is a reminder to clean my space up too!}

  • Shannon Phillips - It is so very you. I LOVE it!!!

  • Alison R - I absolutely love what you have done. I noticed the new background a couple of days ago and just had to sigh! So pretty! Great job!

  • Jolie - love the new look – gorgeous!

  • candace - Love it all, right down to the little post dividers. I can tell already I’ll be hooked to the lovelies tab. :)

  • Amanda - I really love your new background!

  • Lee - LOVE the redecorating :) Love even more? It came to my reader! I’ve missed your blog, without realizing it had gone missing. So glad to see you again. Have a wonderful week.

  • Robin - Yay! You’re back on my Google Reader feed!

  • Rachel - Oh I love it!! What a great makeover! :)

  • maegan - I love the new blog look! The background reminds me of my shower curtain!

and the winner is…..

Debbie who wrote, “I’m dreaming of building my etsy business, fruitofmyhands, to a successful business so I can be a ,”stay at home grandma”

Your comments were so fun to read…a lot of dreams for spring and family. There were some really beautiful dreams listed there. There were 2 comments though that cracked me up….had to share them:

“I’m dreaming of….Celine Dion. Ha! I just saw her movie last night and can’t wipe the smile off my face. I don’t know whether to break into song and dance or cry because she’s so great.:)… oh! and seeing my family who’s coming to visit this weekend. But c’mon … it’s CELINE.”

“I’m dreaming of….Eating bags of cadbury eggs that won’t add to my exploding muffin top!”

Remember, you can use the code PHOTOG to get 10% off an order at Shey[B]

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  • candace - what a super-cute, fun yet sophisticated background-love.it.

  • robyn - is that the same lady from “you are my sunshine”…. LOVE her work, want her to come design things for me in my entire house!

  • Debbie - Thank you very much. I will contact Shey(B) for my prize. Deb