A House of Windows

When I was at my sister’s house last weekend she had a huge pile of old windows sitting outside her garage.  At first I was like: hey can I take one of these? But that turned into: hey, can I take all of these? So…on a trip to empty out the rest of the items we had in our trailer we ended up bringing back a truckload of old windows.  Brett sure lucked out when he married me (when it comes to accumulating free junk).

I love this photo of my 8.5 months pregnant sister Perry blowing off the window for me as Sienna darts after a ball. Chaos.

 

I started searching for projects that used large quantities of windows and I came across this:

 

I love the video by Half Cut Tea:

 

Now all I need is a few acres of land and lake!

 

This Is a Great Truth: Life is Difficult

Reposted from Facebook:


I’ve never done a “throwback thursday” before because, well, it’s just strangely heavy to look at photos pre-cancer, photos before my dad died, photos before infertility. It’s like I’m looking at someone else’s life, not mine. But I was wiping clean a computer drive tonight and found this random photo c. 2010.

This is a Great Truth: Life is Difficult via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo


I swear for a second I didn’t know who it was. This happens a lot. I see a photo that looks familiar to me, but the familiarity is more like seeing a stock photo in a frame. My mind tries to track backwards and acknowledge who it is, but there are gaps in memory, almost like the recording has been altered, as if someone cut out sections of reel tape. Someone edited my life! But the pieces I start to remember over time begin to feel extraordinary, little events woven together in such a way that when I start to try and digest them I’m aware of this force, a force bigger and more powerful than anything I could ever imagine. Huge. Powerful.

When I look at the old me I realize how hard I was trying in life, doing everything I was told I was supposed to do, exhausting just to think about really, and I feel like I was uprooted and chewed up and hastily spit back out. Tornado-like. But that force (surely God and grace all wrapped up and swirly) makes me feel like I can just be now. Just BE. And I’m not scared anymore. That girl in the photo…SHE was scared of life. Phew, that girl was ticking off every box, as if missing a single one would be the end of the world. Ticking off every box so no one would be disappointed in her. Good education. Check. Good job. Check. Big house. Check. Nice car. Check. Gym membership. Check. New electronics. Check. Vacations. Check. And now I realize why it’s so heavy looking at those old photos, because that life was h-e-a-v-y. But I’m not her anymore. Now I feel like I can just be. Don’t hold it in. Stop trying to hold it all together. What’s the worst that can happen? I mean, I guess I could get cancer, lose a loved one, quit my job, and become infertile overnight, but I’m on the other side thinking that can end up being okay too.

Love,
Ash

From a favorite book, The Road Less Traveled:

 

This is a Great Truth: Life is Difficult via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #quote M. Scott Peck Road Less Traveled

 

I can’t wait to hear Nick Vijucic speak this weekend. I’m taking Boo and the whole extended family. If you live in the Palm Desert Area: tickets are going fast but you might be able to snag one….all proceeds benefit the Salvation Army.  Maybe we’ll see you there.

Nick Vujicic Life without Limbs speaking in Palm Desert via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #inspiration #nickvujicic #salvationarmy #lifewithoutlimbs

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The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download)

The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download) via lilblueboo.com #gift #artjournal

 

I wanted to do a version of the DIY Art Kit but for a “journal” version so that it could be used for gifts.  My artist friend Stephanie Corfee was so helpful in making the free artwork download for it. She made the large labels and small labels for labeling all the contents! CONTINUE READING

Before There Was Pinterest

I’ll browse Pinterest every so often but I still prefer the old fashion way:

inspiration books via lilblueboo.com

I love sitting down with stacks of magazines and cutting out pretty pictures.  The upside: unique inspiration and less regurgitation of ideas. The downside: running through 10 tape runners in one sitting.

I’m working on some redecorating ideas. I was working on redecorating projects last year when I had to put it all on hold due to health issues. I’m excited to get back on track…..especially since I’ve had walls covered in about 10 different paint swatches for the last few months. Time to narrow it down.

 

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12 months ago today I heard the word “cancer” for the first time. It wasn’t confirmed yet but I had an inkling. I meant to write something more substantial today but I’m going on zero sleep for the last two nights due to a horrendous, persistent cough. I don’t have a dainty cough either….it’s kind of a dramatic full body cough. I don’t know how I still have energy to cough honestly….but my abs are getting a good workout!   I stocked up on drugs today so maybe I’ll knock myself out in a bit.  I’ll write more tomorrow.   Hope everyone had a good weekend!

 

P.S. Fear Will Not Rule tees are back in the shop on an awesome vintage tee!

 

 

MOYO

Some weekend inspiration for you:

Moyo Online Publication via lilblueboo.com

MOYO is a free online quarterly publication dedicated to pattern design. My friend Jessica Swift designed many of the pages. She is also a contributor in the Digital Shop if you haven’t checked out her printables yet!

Read the full issue below!

You can subscribe here so you don’t miss an issue.

 

 

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