Guest Post – Ashley Ann of Under the Sycamore

Over the next several weeks you will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!


To read past guest posts please click here.



Please welcome Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore.


It is an honor to be guest posting here today. Lil Blue Boo always shares incredible diy tutorials, but these days I find myself mainly checking in for updates from Ashley. What a picture of grace she has been these last few weeks.

Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I’m another Ashley, but I sure don’t know how to sew the way you see on Lil Boo Blue. I consider myself more of a MacGyver-style crafter. Meaning, I leave perfection behind and do what works. My projects aren’t always perfect, but I do what I can during naptime! My house is pretty loud and full of life. I’m married to one incredible guy, Chris, and we have 4 kids with one on the way. Our little one on the way is coming via the path of adoption. We are ready to be a whole family around the dinner table.


When the girls said the guest post series would be on how we find joy in blogging and crafting, that was an easy topic for me. I started my blog, Under the Sycamore, about 4 years ago. It originally started as a photography blog, but when I stepped away from professional photography – it changed. Now it is a hodge podge mess of the things I love. Though crafting and creating are an integral part of who I am, the joy in blogging has often come in the process and relationships. I could write pages about the relationships I’ve made through my blog and the joy they’ve brought to my life. However, I doubt you want to read that much, so I am going to share something else.

I read a post by Katrina of Pugly Pixel once. She referred to bloggers as tourists of life. A tourist of life. A blogger. That stuck with me. Blogging is just that for me…I am a tourist of life. And on my journeys, like any good tourist, I pull out my camera and capture the trip. Only, my trips and journeys basically all take place on a little patch of land in Oklahoma. So, in a nutshell, being a tourist, with camera in hand for my life, is where I find joy in photography & blogging.

How about a few ‘tourist’ pictures, some from my blog that remind me I am living my greatest adventure….


I’m grateful Ashley has been a tourist, in a sense, of this journey she is on right now. I’m thankful for the courage she has to share her story…booty and belly button shots too…I’m grateful she is sharing her journey.

Thanks for having me Ashley & Lisa. We look forward to your strong return Ashley!

Ashley Ann
Under the Sycamore


  1. Jen Spilker says

    I love this. I am so inspired by both of your blogs and the way you go through life with faith and grace. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. krista walker says

    I’m not the type to like “guest posts”. I read a blog because I like the blogger and their style of writing…but I’ve really enjoyed your topic for your guest bloggers and it’s a great reminder that we all need to find the joy in life. I have to tell you that you changed the way I look at a habit that my husband has that used to drive me CRAZY. He’s a whistler and it used to get on my nerves…until I read about the way your dad used to whistle and how endearing it was and now I look at his once annoying habit as just that…endearing. Thanks for the perspective!


  3. says

    Thank you for sharing your blog. Love all your pictures. The one at the sewing machine captured my heart. Although, I raised 2 sons, we crafted all the time. Now one is a home builder and his creativity shines thru with each home. God has now blessed me with 4 granddaughters. I am teaching the 6 year old to sew, also.I feel it’s so important to do this, especially now “home-ec” is not required in schools.
    Look forward to more peeks at your “tourism.”

  4. Laura Sue says

    I’m a great fan of the British novelist Barbara Pym whose characters often talk about “living in other people’s lives”. I think blogging provides this experience. Visiting Ashley, I was born in Oklahoma and love the feel of your pictures and stories. Resident Ashley, continued thoughts and prayers. Choosing JOY with you. Laura Sue