Things I Wanted To Tell You About – Knowledge, Remains, Type Rider and Layers of Color

Armed with Knowledge

Brett and I were invited last week to hear Dr. Ben Carson speak.  He spoke about his view of what America should be.  He had an amazing story to tell…he was the first doctor to successfully separate Siamese twins who were conjoined at the head.  I didn’t agree with absolutely everything he said, but that was one of the points he made….that it’s okay to disagree with people, but disagreeing should open the door for discussion not ridicule. It’s about being respectful.  I thought about that one line as a few couples stood up to leave before he was finished speaking….so that they could be first in the valet line to pick up their car.

What really stuck with me was his challenge to the audience to spend 1/2 hour every day learning something new: world history, religion, physics, civics, algebra, etc.  At dinner with our extended family afterwards we all made a pact to start doing that even if it’s an episode of How It’s Made, a game of trivia or watching a documentary.

As we accumulate knowledge, we begin to solve our problems.
Armed with knowledge, you become a friend of truth.

Maybe I should start a new series around what I’ve learned…since we all know I can’t be trusted with something like a “what I wore” series.

You can read more about Carson Scholars here.


Remains of the Day

Friday was Lisa’s last day. She’s been with me for 4 years. Big changes ahead for her family and mine. Gicela is still working for a few more days but then she’ll be moving on as well. It all seems a little surreal right now.  I spent the weekend trying to figure things out for myself again. The house seems so quiet today.  Maybe I’ll spend another 30 minutes learning something new?  A little look back at behind-the-scenes with Lisa.

Over the past 2 weeks Lisa shipped out over 2,000 pounds of fabric, supplies etc.  Yes 2,000 pounds. There’s hardly a thing left in the studio.  We can’t sell off the furniture or large art pieces until the house sells, but I am still listing smaller items as I go through cabinets and boxes.  Gicela is helping me cut a bunch of fabric for a class I’m teaching at the SNAP Creativity conference.  If we have extras we’ll make them into little kits….because it’s the cutest infinity scarf.


Starting to list some of the big art as I figure out shipping. The Cinderella Button Collage is now listed. Hard to let it go, it’s been a conversation piece for so long.  It’s the first thing people gravitate to in our home when they notice the button detail. Proceeds will help finance some of the new projects I’m working on!

Listing here.

Cinderella button Collage by Lil Blue Boo / Ashley Hackshaw


Lost and Found (by himself)

Last weekend I found this sweet little dog scampering onto the highway.  I slammed on the brakes and ran after him, he stopped right at the curb just as he was on the highway. He sat down and let me pick him up.  Poor guy was overheated….and missing an eye!  After picking Boo up from school I got him some water and put him on a leash, taking him out for a walk to see if anyone might be looking for him.  After a while I was giving up home and started devising a strategy for making some “found dog” signs.  Then, just as I was ready to turn back, he started to pick up his pace like he knew where he was headed.  I let him lead and eventually he led me right to his owner’s door!  She was so happy to see him, she wasn’t even aware that he’d escaped.  We thought for sure his name was “Pirate” but he was actually a “Harley.”




I read really fast, usually finishing a book in just a matter of hours. But apparently my reading comprehension isn’t very good. I already knew that because I used to just pick “C” on tests in school. Take the “How fast do you read” test here on

Then, just for fun I took a screenshot of the reading and THEN answered the questions….still didn’t qualify as speed reader:


Marcel the Shell

I’ve probably shared this before but it never gets old.

I also have shoes and a face, so, I like that about myself and I like myself and I have a lot of other great qualities as well.




I love this poster of typewriters over the last 100 years.  It’s available through Pop Chart Lab here.


Image from Pop Chart Lab


Free Libraries and Typewriters on Bikes

I love everything about this!

A pair of poets riding a tandem bicycle and towing two typewriters 1,400 miles from Boulder, Colorado to Beloit, Wisconsin, building tiny libraries and promoting poetry, community, a love of reading, and the spirit of collaboration along the way.


You can read about Maya and Amy and their Type Rider II project here.

Type Rider II the tandem poetry tour


Layers of Color

I thought I needed something to jump start my creativity again.  I’m signed up for Stephanie Corfee’s upcoming online workshop on layering color.  It begins April 6th if you are interested.  Something else new I’m doing….a workshop on laying color. It begins April 6th. You can sign up here.

Layers of Color Stephanie Corfee




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