The sunflowers were looking a bit scary so we had a couple of options: mow them down, harvest the seeds for eating, harvest the seeds for planting. I chose to harvest them, but they were a bit too small for eating so I went the harvesting for planting route.

I looked up online when and how to harvest…here they are drying out inside so the birds didn’t beat us to the seeds. And the seeds…901seedpackets-2

Since we didn’t need all the seeds I thought they’d make cute gifts to go on Christmas presents this year. As I thought of ways to make the seed packets I remembered some Save the Date templates I have (for brides & grooms to send out). One looked a little country to me – which Sunflowers are a lot country – so I tweaked it to fit my needs. I love how it came out. You could decorate your seed packets with labels, stickers, pictures, drawings, etc….limitless possiblities.

My label901seedpackets-2a

I printed my labels on ‘Full Label’ printer paper, got brown bags from Micheals and some twine & ribbon to hold them shut901seedpackets-2b

Labels on. A handful of seeds in each packet.901seedpackets-3

Seriously Cute.901seedpackets-4901seedpackets-5

Now I want to harvest all the seeds in my garden, but the reality is it took me 2 days just to finish this project! For a person without 4 kids running between their legs or in their arms you could finish this in under an hour. Very simple and easy.

There was a guess that my ‘project’ is to build a picnic table. Sorry to say we already have one in the backyard under the sycamore tree…we do pretty much everything under the shade of that tree…including eating lots of meals. Keep guessing.

UPDATE: Here are some free downloadable labels you could use for seed packets:

Floral label from Vale Designs found via iDIY

Birdseed Packets from Tricia-Rennea found via One Pretty Thing

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  • Amy - Ashley, you are super woman! I don’t know how you have time to be so creative with 4 kids, but its great! Cool idea!!

  • amanda torres - Is it some kind of invitation or card service? The last two posts have had an ‘announcement’ looking card, and then in all caps on the first clue post it said “OH MY WORD”…cards have words on them. That would be my only guess. This is really driving me crazy. I don’t like confusion (and I am confused)!!!!

  • pamela - i LOVE this idea! i’m definitely doing it for our purple cone flowers(echinecea). i love handmade gifts that people can really use and this is definitely one of them. as for your surprise….hm. are you announcing an adoption? : )

  • rachel - So cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • rachel - So cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melanie Ann - This is such a great idea. I found your blog and have been going through it little by little. I have no idea how you manage to be so creative and successful with so much to look after. I love it and admire it though. Thanks for making my day a little brighter.

  • christina larsen - super cute.

  • Faith Buss - Good grief! That’s the cutest idea ever!

  • Sandy - OK, how about a Gazebo?????

  • Morgan - Will you be taking time off from the blog to work our your many on-going projects?

  • eric - Forgot to check the blog yesterday; of all days your anniversary! Sorry I missed such an important day. Congrats to the happy couple. Oh yeah, how about a bird house?

  • Ellen - I love all the photos and the crafts you did! Can you tell me what printer do you use?
    I am planning my wedding and want to buy a printer for making the crafts for my wedding. Like, jam labels and save the date card…

  • jenny - I just harvested a bunch of sunflower and radish seeds, and was wondering if I could make seed packets! I’ve tried putting in brown bags before, but they were just so overly big for the amount I have. And they were just sloppily folded over for closure. I love the ribbon idea, and the cute label. I can cut the bag down to size! Thanks!

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What were you doing 8 years ago?

8 years ago today I celebrated my grandpa’s birthday. He is a master woodsman, Littlest brother shares his middle name and he sure loves my grandma…

901gpaGrandpa is also a daily blog reader. How fun is that?! Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Today is also pretty special for another reason…

8I love that my anniversary is on my grandpa’s birthday…there is always a great reminder of what a marriage can be.

Yesterday no one guessed what I have up my sleeve..though making a quilt is a good guess.  I have been buying fabric to attempt one – in all my non-existent spare time.  There is another clue today…

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  • Courtney Connelly - Ash, I do remember exactly where I was 8 years ago today… being a part of the fun wedding that was so you and Chris! What wonderful memories, hope you all have a little time to celebrate today!

  • Jamie - I’m guessing something to do with trees or wood…..maybe making something using wood?

  • Jamie - oh, and happy happy anniversary…..we just celebrated our eighth anniv. too:) what a blessing!

  • Andrea Jett - Well guess what happened to me a few years ago today? I got married! So happy anniversary, girl and may God bless your marriage in some small way everyday.

  • Shannon Phillips - I think you are going to make a picnic table.

  • Shannon Phillips - Oh, and have a wonderful day enjoying the love that you share. Happy Anniversary!

  • melanie - Happy Anniversary!!

  • Kari - Happy Anniversary Chris & Ashley!!! Happy Birthday Grandpa!
    My guess is that you are going to build a tree house. With advice from Grandpa, your husband’s tool and your creativity and skill- it would be the bomb! :)

  • sheridan - I have no clue and it is driven me nuts! Happy Anniversary and I’m so stinkin curious!

  • Sandy - Happy Anniversary. I am going to have to guess: A tree house. Even if I’m not right, it would be a fun thing to have. I always wanted a tree house. Somewhere to go and let your imagination run wild. Wow, just thinking about it makes me want to be a kid again.

  • jen - happy anniversary chris & ashley!

  • Jessica - WOW!!! 8 years ago today I was married to my best friend, and high school sweetheart! How awesome is that! Congrats!

  • Liz - Happy Anniversary!

  • Amy - Happy anniversary!

    (I’m a relatively new reader to your wonderful blog, so hello!)

  • Megan - 8 years ago today…I was also celebrating with you and Chris. Happy Anniversary! Hope you have many, many, more happy years to come.

  • lesley - 8 years ago I got a brother!! Happy Anniversary Ashley and Chris and happy Birthday Grandpa! I don’t know what you are crafting up & where are these clues you speak of?

  • Natasha Perryman - the OH MY WORD and Babe from the last two posts.
    You are starting the adoption process and you will have little one in about two years???
    : )
    p.s. I am working on a quilt too!

  • christina larsen - Maybe a tree house? 8 years ago today, I was pregnant with my son and thankful that he wasn’t born on my birthday. HA.

  • steph anne - Awww, that is an adorable picture of your grandma & grandpa! Happy Birthday to your Grandpa and Happy Anniversary to you two! <3

  • Ken - Oh yes I remember that day 8 years ago. I’ve had so many birthday anniversaries but this one I’ll allways remember, not because of my birthday, but because of what else took place. Happy anniversay, Chris and Ashley. You two have been a great blessing to us. And thanks for the great grandkids-if I start writing about them, I’ll run out of space.

  • Tara - Congrats. A swing hanging from your sycamore tree.

  • Lauren - Happy Anniversary Chris and Ashley!

  • Rachel - Wow — I didn’ even realize it was September yet — until, I checked your blog! Yikes! I need to get with it! A very happy anniversary to my sweet friends. I’m glad it’s not as hot today as it was 8 years ago — I remember pitting out my bridesmaid dress! :) Cheers!

  • AshleyAnn - First my grandpa (Ken) comments on my blog, then my bridesmaid Rachel writes ‘pitting out’ in her comment. What a day for blog comments!

  • Julie Williams - Happy Anniversary!!!! How about 8years ago yesterday I was celebrating being with Sterling 4 years.

  • Carrie - Not sure yet. Send another clue. I know the first clue but not todays.

  • Carrie - Tree house was a good guess…….

  • Mandy Metcalf - Happy Anniversary to you two! You are a blessing and a joy to all around you. And Happy Birthday Grandpa! Hope you had a wonderful day! Oh the 8 makes me also think of some kind of swing or zip line or something fun for the backyard.

As my friend Denise would say, “OH MY WORD!” the Oklahoma weather has been crazy good lately. All the windows open, walk to the farmers market, outdoor thrift shopping, picnic table dinner good…so, so good!

If there was one thing I would really love to do in this weather it would be to take a good long nap under the sycamore tree….


The picture below I shot at f/1.8. If you have been to a SnapShop you know I pretty much never shoot at that setting with kids

…too much movement for that shallow of a depth of field (small area of focus).809nap-06

And one where she is awake just because I think she is so stinkin’ cute.809bface

So there is a hint in this post about something I have in the works. I am going to drop hints each day this week and see if anyone can guess it. I’ll announce it next week….don’t get too excited it really isn’t a big deal…or a cool giveaway…or a SnapShop date announcement….just a fun guessing game.

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  • Jolie - oh so sweet…how do you not just nibble on that little piece of deliciousness all day long?

  • Jeannette Swan - I love all the pics…just amazing and awesome and a beautiful subject. I think I need more hints to guess what you have in the’re to creative for me!!

  • Stephanie - She is SO adorable! Great to see you last night friend!

  • pamela - OH! she looks so much like my little Zoe! hmmm, are you hinting that you’re making a quilt!?

  • Amy - Wall art???

  • christina larsen - you are going to make a hammock so you can nap outside.

  • Cate O'Malley - OMG, the cuteness!

  • Emma - What a joy it is to sit every morning with a cuppa and look at your beautiful photo’s! Thank you so much for sharing them with the world. (I live in Australia)

  • amy stamm - as your friend Denise would say….OH MY WORD= what a CUTIE PIE!!!! She is a doll– love the pictures- the last one is PRECIOUS!!!!! ENJOY!! thanks for sharing!!!

  • Kenna S - Her eyes and rosebud lips are just beyond precious! I’m guessing that you’re going to start quilting? When would you have the time?!

  • Jennifer - Oh how I wish you lived by me. YOur photos are beautiful and I have three little girls that I would LOVE to have photographed!