I am guest blogging over at Smile and Wave again today…for those wondering she just welcomed a precious baby girl into her family and has invited several guests to blog in her place for a couple of weeks. She’ll be returning to regular blogging soon…yeah!

My post over there is a little something about these: 1109quiltv2-11109quiltv2-21109quiltv2-31109quiltv2-99-cards1109quiltv2-7

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  • christina larsen - Love the ornament idea. I have kids and dogs and every year we seem to lose at least one ornament in a tragic ending. That would be a fun project to do. Not on the radar this year, but maybe next. Thanks.

  • pamela - Very Nice! i’ve been meaning to ask you about your eames rocker, is it the real thing? i saw one on overstock.com for cheaper and i just love it. but i’m not sure about the quality. thanks!

  • Allison - Loved, loved your post today. I adore that ornament! I also found you today from the little things blog. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration, glad I found you!

  • Kate - Oh so cute! ::Smiles and Waves::

  • AshleyAnn - Pamela – Mine is from modernica…who bought the original Eames molds…great quality

  • Tammy Sue Evans - So excited about coming across your blog! Just wish I had before Christmas…..but there’s always Christmas 2010! The closet dividers are my favorite! And the bandana aprons! And….well, they are all my favorite!

One of the hard things about having 4 small kids is not getting to always go to the hospital to visit friends who have just had a baby. I was bummed to miss out meeting Trace when he first arrived, but was so excited to get to stop by his house and meet him this week…just shy of 2 weeks old. His parents are great friends of ours and were actually some of the very first friends to step out and ask me to photograph them when I was just starting out. They are also the type of friends that have always shown genuine interest in my boys and usually smile (or laugh) we they see me and my rowdy crew in the church hallways. T & A, thanks for letting me come over and meet Trace. He is so handsome and I know some older boys who will love to teach him all about legos and wrestling in the future!

Had to get one of their first son…1109trace-081109trace-09

Can you believe he was awake the whole time and I never heard a cry out of him…he squeaked when I touched him with my cold hands, but that was it. So tiny…1109trace-10

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  • Charity - Yay! I love these two (well I guess thee now) as well! And I haven’t got to see little Trace. Thank you for photographing and sharing the beautiful family!

  • a pocket full of posies - Precious!!! and the one with the “first son” – priceless!

  • Courtney Connelly - T & A, Trace is just precious! Enjoy every minute with him!

  • Rachel - He is so handsome! Can’t wait to meet him in person. What a beautiful family.

  • Lesley - He’s so handsome!!

  • Jamie - Amber, y’all are such a sweet family and these pics reflect that. Beautiful! (I especially like the shot with Cider. LOL) Trace is a doll :)

  • bopha - He is gorgeous and definitely looks like a Dearman. Congrats, A & T, he is perfect and worth that long wait.

  • Julia Leinen - what a beautiful little boy! and he is so blessed to have such amazing parents. thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures.

  • Julie Beam - T & A, he is absolutely adorable!

  • Aunt Jenn - What a handsome little guy!!! You all are a BEAUTIFUL family and look so happy. We are thrilled to finally have our nephew here. Ash, once again, you rock!!! These are amazing.

  • Amber Dearman - Oh my!! I know we’re biased and think our son is pretty darn cute, but Ashley, you are so good at what you do!!! THANK YOU for capturing our lil man!

  • Sandy Robion - Ashley,
    The pictures of Trace are wonderful. They are a beautiful family.Thank you so much for taking them. Oh, by the way I am Trace’s Nana.

  • Sonja Billingsley - He is precious, cherish every moment. Love to you all. Sonja

  • Jeannette Swan - Amber – you look beautiful! Trace is beautiful too! I can’t wait to be able to spend some time with you guys. Great job as usual, Ashley!

  • Judy - Amber and Todd Trace is adorable I can’t wait to get to see him. Those are the most beautiful pictures. Tell Trace his aunt Judy loves him.

  • Freda - Beautiful baby boy!! Great pictures!

  • PamperingBeki - Ohmygoodness, he’s yummy!

    Those are goreous, Ashley.

First let me say together with many other bloggers, we raised $10,000 on Friday…that’s 1,000 people who will have access to clean water for the next 10 years….thank you.

The temp here dropped big time compared to last week. A week ago my boys were running around in shorts and now it is 45 out. Yuck. I was in the car and realized the heater isn’t working. I complained and grumbled about it a bit…and then walked into my mighty warm house. Then I heard this conversation:

Big Brother (3): Our house is so warm!

Biggest Brother (5): Yep. Did you know there are kids outside right now because they don’t have a warm house to live in? Tonight they will have to sleep on the ground in the cold.

Me: Did you talk about that at school today?

Biggest Brother: No, remember you told me when we made that quilt for a kid that doesn’t have a home.

Suddenly my cold car didn’t seem so cold and I felt ashamed to have been grumbling about it. Today it was 45, in Grand Rapids it was 45 too. I was cold just running from my warm house to my car. I hope my quilt helps provide some temporary warmth for a child who is feeling that bitter cold today too – and comfort to a parent who is unable to keep his/her child warm this winter.

Guess who was looking like a hard core quilter….which I am totally not

No need to mention how many times I messed up the bobbin and broke the needle….broke it to the point my aunt had to get out her pliers to pull it out. Surprisingly she let me continue after that. Thanks Sandy! (the hair is getting cut on Thursday…and we’ll all be happy to say goodbye to this cute look:) )

1109random-02And my finished first quilt…for Craft Hope. My mom took this picture and I CRACK up everytime I see it. Is it just me or is this not h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s?

It looks like my two oldest boys are behind the quilt…nope it is me and my 3 year old…and my Converse from the kid’s section at Target.


And on a totally random note:

Oh the days when he couldn’t get into the cabinets…

1109random-04Oh the days when he couldn’t get into the cabinets…and draw all over his brother’s sight words. Oh the days when I had the energy to stop him instead of just grab my camera and take a picture:)


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  • christina larsen - That is a beautiful quilt. I know it will brighten someones day and keep them warm.

  • karen brown - My kids LOVE to sneak chocolate chips from the pantry. When my daughter was about 20 mo., she lost her pacifier and I found it a couple days later inside the chocolate chip bag. Must have taken it out to help herself!
    Gorgeous quilt too…the colors are great!

  • Kara - Hey girl! That quilt is AWESOME!!! I am dying to come to your house and check out all your incredibly cool design elements!!! Love the big chalkboard and fireplace area!

  • bopha - you did a great job, love the quilt. i am curious as to why you are wearing gloves, is that a quilting thing?

  • Kelly - I’m curious about the gloves too, I’ve never seen that before. The quilt is awesome. I must get to work finishing mine. It is 13 degrees out today and I’m very thankful for a warm house. I was complaining the other day about my seat warmers being broken…at least I have a seat! jeeze. Thanks Ashley

  • AshleyAnn - Aunt Sandy you can correct me here…but I believe the gloves are for traction. As you machine quilt it the gloves keep the fabric from sliding around…at least that is what I understood!

  • amanda torres - I thought the gloves were in case you got your finger under the needle…oops. Great job! The quilt not only serves a beautiful purpose, but it is absolutely gorgeous to look at.

  • Liz - I love it when I catch my girls having conversations like that! It’s a little affirmation that we are doing a good job as parents. What kind of sewing machine did you use? I would love to learn how to quilt but have no idea how to!!

  • Liz - Ok, I just got an idea! You should do CraftShops like your snap shops and teach all your wonderful crafts. I think that would be so much fun!

  • Meagan - Oh, wow! You did such a great job—and look at you getting all fancy with your quilting pattern! Did the machine do that or did you move around, making that pattern yourself? I stuck with a really simple criss-crossing pattern! I feel really guilty, though, because I didn’t get finished in time. Did you send yours last week? I figure, if nothing else, I can give mine to a local charity. Since it’s my first quilt, everyone wants me to keep it for my kids, but the whole point of making it was to give to someone less fortunate… Oh, and what a sweet conversation between your boys! I bet you were proud!

  • Aunt Sandy - Yes, Ashley, you are correct on the glove thing, they give you grip. The quilt turned out really, really great and I am proud to have been a part of your FIRST quilt.
    p.s. the machine is just now getting back to normal. lol

  • Charissa - Oh that is a great chalkboard wall. One that would never work in my house though. ha!

  • pamela - great job! i have the same color ‘keep calm’ print in my house. i love the faux fireplace with the little wooden pieces! it looks so great. also, pottery barn is selling a mirror like that for over $200. i always think, jeez i could make that : )

  • Allison - I would love to know the details on what it takes to make a quilt like that! Maybe for the next DYI post?

  • AshleyAnn - WOW…I am so not the one to give a tutorial on making a quilt. I just pieced the top randomly without measuring. I used my Aunt’s amazing machine for the quilted part. It was just a random pattern I made up as I went…the more random the less you would notice the mistakes!

  • Tess S. - Hi ashley!

    could you send me a message with the names of the fabric you used for this quilt? i recognize the full moon and wallflower by amy bulter but i’m not sure on the others. the colors are beautiful and would look great as an addition to our playroom.