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We have a lot of beautiful quilts in our home….none of which I made. My Grandmas and my Aunt Sandy are phenomenal quilters. Each of my kids has several quilts created specifically for them. They will be treasured heirlooms for generations to come. I recently acquired my mom’s old sewing machine and have been playing around with it. Over the last few months I have had the urge to make a very simple quilt. It seems like a daunting process, but nonetheless I am going to tackle it. Any day now I should be recieving the fabric I won and I wasn’t sure what I would be making with it. I now know! A bit back I came across these pictures at Craft Hope (which I found via made)…1009crafthope-111009crafthope-21

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I’ve been doing some work with Little Dresses for Africa and you might remember this party I had for them. Well I have been looking at other things I could do related to craftivism and was estatic to find Craft Hope. “Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate.  It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world. (quote from website)”

Craft Hope has done several projects….sock monkeys for a preschool burn camp, dolls for an orphanage, blankets, toys, burp cloths…..and more. The newest project was just announced. It will be creating quilts for homeless children in Michigan. I am excited to participate. You can find more information by visiting the Craft Hope blog. I’ll keep you updated on my quilt! If you participate in this project please let me know. I would REALLY love to hear how many of you read this blog and then go on to do something! Remember, I’ve never quilted before either!

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  • Anna Joy - Hi Ashley! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now and just love reading about you and your family! I have an 11 month little boy and I can relate about being a mom who wants to inspire creativity in her home. I checked out Craft Hope and I am definitely participating! I can’t wait to get started :) Thanks for letting us know.

  • Kelly - Oh I have a quilt I started almost 15 years ago, and never finished. It will be perfect for this project! Thank you for sharing. I’ll let you know when I finish… and hopefully I’ll I’ll blog about it.

  • pamela - this is grea! i’m actually starting a little dresses for africa group at the school i teach at. i am a high school teacher at st. mary’s high school and we have a group of students called SAVE (Students Against a Violent Earth). i will be teaching them to sew and provide the sewing machines. i think it will be a lot of fun! thanks for the idea and spreading the word about such great causes.

  • Christian T - I really want to participate. I have never sewn a quilt, but the web site said it will finish them for you if you put together the squares! I have so much “extra” fabric laying around that is perfect for a quilt! I think I will start tonight… Thanks for the idea and the link.

  • Valerie - Yay for you! I have participated in Craft Hope since project #2 — the dolls you pictured above. In fact, somewhere on my blog you could find a pic of “Esperanza” that I made (yes, I named her). I’m so glad you’ll be doing this! I was wondering when the next project would be announced, so thanks for the head’s up. I’ll go and sign up right now. :)

  • rachel denbow - YES! I’ve seen those images on flickr but didn’t know the source or the ongoing projects they offered. I think I might give this one a try if I can make some room in the to do list because it’s such an easy way to contribute to someone who needs something special in their life. Thanks for pointing this out, Ashley. I’ve tweeted about it and will post and link up soon.

    Rachel

  • Lindsey P - This is such a great idea! Have you heard of Project Linus? It is also an awesome project :)

  • jade - yay! thanks for helping to spread the word. so glad you joined us!!!

  • Meagan - Awesome, Ashley! I would LOVE to do that too! I’ll check out the website. Maybe I’ll get ambitious…

  • stephanie - http://bagfashionista.blogspot.com/2009/11/craft-hope.html

    I completed my quilt – thanks for highlighting this opportunity!

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(30 fingers = 1 hand from all 6 of us)

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  • Carol - Happy Birthday to my beautiful, wonderful daughter!! I am very blessed to have you as my daughter. I love you.

  • Kari - Happy Birthday Ashley! Have a blessed day!

  • Jeannette Swan - Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your day!!

  • amanda torres - Just perfect that everyone counts on your birthday.

  • sheridan - Awesome picture! Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!

  • Emily Beaty - Happy Birthday, Ashley!!! I LOVE that image. :)

  • Lindsey Leslie - Happy Birthday Ashley! Lots of love to you and your beautiful family!

  • Megan - Happy Birthday! Hope you have an AWESOME day!

  • carrie - Happy Birthday!!

  • Courtney Connelly - Ashley,
    I hope today is a fun celebration of you and may this next year be full of wonderful memories! Here is to the next 30…
    Love,
    Courtney

  • christina larsen - I LOVE this picture. I think this one deserves a place of honor in your home. So cool that all the fingers equal your age, you continually amaze me with your creativity. Happy Birthday, I hope it is AWESOME.

  • Shannon Phillips - Happy Birthday beautiful! Your 30′s are gonna rock! I am praying that you feel as blessed and as loved as you are today.

  • Chris Campbell - Ash, I truely do thank God that he put us together. You truely are my best friend and I love that I get to celebrate 30 years of life with you. But even more I love that I get to live everyone of them with you. Happy Birthday Babe!!!
    Chris

  • Lisa - Beautiful picture! I hope you have a beautiful day! Happy Birthday!

  • lesley - Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear sister, Happy Birthday to you! And I love the photo! How fun. Hope your day is great!

  • Amber Lee - Happy Birthday!! This is the sweetest picture ever.

  • meg duerksen - happy birthday to you….

    love that picture.
    thirty is awesome…you are gonna love it ashley!

  • bopha - Happy Birthday, Ashley! I can’t think of a better picture to commemorate your 30th!

  • Megan - Happy Birthday!

  • Jill R - Happy Birthday to you!! Love the picture.

  • Kizzy - Happy Birthday, Ashley! Everyone has told me that 30′s are the best years so far. You are so creative– how do you come up with these photo ideas???

  • patti - what a lovely photo! happy birthday!

  • Liz - Happy Birthday Ashley!! I hope you have an amazing day!

  • joyce & Ken - Happy birthday to our sweet little granddaughter. May the next
    30 years be even greater. We love you. You have truly blessed
    our lives.

  • Aunt Sandy - HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Love the pic.

  • Jasie - happy birthday, ashley! i hope you had a really great day. (30′s not so bad.)

  • Carrie Sowell - Happy Birthday to one of the most amazing moms I know!

  • Rebekah Jean - wow…What an beautiful, powerful picture. I hope you’ve had a wonderful birthday!

  • Meagan - Happy Birthday! Neat idea for the picture!

  • Alba - happy birthday Ashley! 30 fingers old is quite a number ;-)

  • Helen + Bill + Mirys from Brazil - Great picture!

    Congratulations for the idea!

    Mirys – http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

Well today is my last day in my 20s…and I am so good with that. The 20s were GREAT…SO SO SO GREAT. I gained an incredible husband and 4 super cool kids among tons of other great memories. My 30s are looking to be pretty exciting too. I am looking forward to tons of things (esp. 2 teenage boys!), too many to even begin listing here. One thing I never imagined happening in my 20s was the birth of a daughter…and yet here she is. Next week I am speaking to a group of moms in Owasso Glenpool about photography as a mom. They are working on an incredible project – which I will share more about later. Their project inspired these pictures….just me and my girl. I put my 50mm lens on, laid in a pile of pillows under a window and set the camera on fully automatic (no flash). My camera is super heavy, so I built some major arm muscles in my left arm taking these. All cropping is due to the fact that my arm was taking the picture and I was only guessing what was in focus and what was in the frame!

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By the way…in yesterday’s comments I was called ‘spunky’ and ‘Snoopy’ for the first time….Jill, you have to explain the Snoopy, I don’t get it!

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  • rachel - i would really LOVE to know the kind of camera and lens you use.
    i check your blog daily…your pictures are so stunning and inspiring!

    i have a baby girl also and ever since my camera is rarely removed from
    my hand. it’s a beautiful thing.

    ~Rachel

  • Ryan - The last picture is just adorable. :)

  • Shannon Phillips - My favorite is the last one. My heart….it’s melting!

  • AshleyAnn - Rachel…if you go to the “info” tab there is an “about me” page. On that page is a list of most of my equipment. I shoot with a Canon 5D.

  • karen brown - OK…so I am clearly not Jill, but I suspect she called you Snoopy as in the Red Baron. (Considering you were flying in the plane and all.) SO COOL by the way! I have been skydiving several times, but the rools in the plane…awesomeness! I got a night in a B&B for my 30th and got to go off b/c. 3 kids later…

    Enjoy these times. The chiche that the days are long and the years are short is so very true. Happiest of Birthdays tomorrow!

  • Lacey McKay - Oh I love these! I’ll have to give that a try sometime! I just got finished speaking to a group of moms about photography last week! I was so nervous, but it was really fun!

  • bopha - those pictures are priceless, and i 2nd that, your camera is super heavy!

  • Liz - OHH… I’m dying to hear about this project because I live in Owasso! I have to agree with Shannon. I love the last one too!!

  • amanda torres - Love them all. So precious. I think the only way to top the 20′s is to have another 4 kids. Maybe they’ll all be girls!

  • AshleyAnn - Amanda one of the things that excites me about my 30s is saying ‘goodbye’ to all things maternity. I’ll come hold your 4 baby girls…then I’ll go play football with my teen and pre-teen boys!

  • Jill R - Sorry – I should’ve explained. Yes, Karen is right. The picture of you in the plane reminded me of Snoopy from Peanuts when he is “flying” with his goggles and the scarf. Link to a picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snoopy_wwi_ace_lb.jpg

  • Nancy - Hey, did you know that Beth Moore’s daughter is turning 30 tomorrow too? It’s on their blog. Just a coincidence!

  • Jeannette Swan - Awesome pictures. I’m curious about the project. Happy Birthday!

  • patti - these are beautiful! and I actually think the cropping works.

  • Amanda - Happy birthday to you!!!

  • Rebekah Jean - Wow…the love in those photos is beautiful! and you and your daughter are both so lovely. :)

    And the biplane experience…how incredible!! Must have been a serious, amazing thrill. :)

  • Ambrosia Low - Ashley, you were soooo amazing today at our MOFIA meeting! You left us all so inspired. I LOVE your blog and all your photos. I haven’t put my camera down today. I hope I can show each of my boys’ stories in our project! I really hope to do one of your SnapShops!!!

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  • Connie D - Congratulations on a beautiful family and sounds like a great hubby and daddy for your kids. Enjoy your life, kiddo. I am enjoying your blog! :-) Great Photos, and HOORAY FOR YOU in your very own air show!! So, now you taking flying lessons?