Preview up for Boom Town 2

The previews are up for Boom Town 2 tonight! The collection will be available to purchase tomorrow at 3pmPST/6pmEST. Quantities are limited and will not be offered again. So excited about this collection and the photography by Monika McSweeney!


(Please note: the lookbook requires Flash.)


Making a Crown Part II: A Citra Solv Transfer onto Wood (A Tutorial)


I heart Citra Solv. I used it years ago in my art journals but just recently picked a bottle up to complete a long list of projects. Stay tuned for more projects coming soon!

Citra Solv is a citrus solvent that is used as a natural, powerful degreaser but it great for art projects! You can find it at natural food stores….I found mine at Clark’s.



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Boom Town 2 Look Book

Introducing the second Boom Town collection! Previews will be up in the shop tomorrow with pricing. Not all items are shown in the look book. The collection will be available for purchase on Friday, September 23rd at 3pmPST/6pmEST. A huge thanks to Monika McSweeney for the amazing photography of this collection.

(Please note: the lookbook requires Flash.)

Boo Style: Picture Day

Boo: Wake UP Mommy! It’s picture day!
Me: Let me sleep another 30 minutes.
Boo: There’s not enough time. Meet me in the den so I can get ready!
…a few minutes later…
Me: Oh, that’s not your dress…..I bought that as a gift for someone.
Boo: No, you bought it for my photo day! I know you did.

guess who won?

Dress: Mim Pi from Happy Chickadee
Leggings: Lil Blue Boo
Shoes: Crocs

How to Make a Wood Crown – Part I (A Tutorial)

How to make a crown via


Boo loves her new wood princess crown…..perfect for a party!


How to make a birthday crown via

Part I of this tutorial shows how to take an ordinary piece of 1/16″ basswood and mold it into a curved shape to make a crown. Tomorrow’s Part II will show how to do a toner transfer onto the crown for decoration.

Note: you can find 1/16″ basswood in most craft stores in the wood craft section.

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Puffy Paint Dolls & Monsters (A Tutorial)


Are these cute? I originally ordered a bunch of blank dolls for a party or kid project idea but Boo and I ended up making them all ourselves this weekend!



These pre-made muslin dolls come in a range of sizes and run about $2 to $6 a piece:


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The Mona Lisa……in Buttons (Time Lapse Video)

The Mona Lisa button collage via (click through to see the time lapse video!)


I finally got around to making a video of the Mona Lisa piece Boo and I did last weekend!  Here it is….see if you recognize the song (from a movie) before you get to the end of the video!

The Mona Lisa in Buttons from Ashley Hackshaw on Vimeo.


If you missed the Frida video click here to check it out!


Photo of the Day: Bird’s Nests

My new addiction: Vegetable Bird’s Nests from Trader Joe’s



Never did I think that something so yummy could be found in the freezer section. Pop in the oven for 10 minutes.

The Next Li’l Designer: Addie


A new ongoing series on Lil Blue Boo: The Next Li’l Designer.

They design it…..I try to interpret it.




Addie is the daughter of Annie (of Paint the Moon Photography). Annie is an amazing photographer so Addie has pretty much grown up in front of  the camera and knows her stuff!  I thought she would be the perfect guest designer for the debut of this series. Addie sent me her sketch, I made the outfit from her design and then sent it back for photos. I think she did an amazing job!





Addie doesn’t grant many interviews but we were able to catch up and persuade her to answer a couple of questions for Lil Blue Boo.


1. What are you up to these days?

Going to Discovery Village, riding my horse, riding my new big girl bike, drawing, playing with my baby sister and making artwork.

2. Do you have a name for your dress creation?

The brand new rainbow party play dress.

3. What kinds of things inspire you?

Booorrrrinnnggg stuff!!

Is that your final answer?

Doggies, love and rainbows.

4. What do think the best and worst fashion trends are right now?

Nothing.  No.  Nothing.  Arrggghhh – this is boring. I don’t even know what you are talking about! Nothing.

Okay, let me rephrase the question….what do you like to wear and what DON’T you like to wear?

Best fashion trends: tall boots and skinny jeans, ruffles, puff sleeves, lacy things, leggings, poofy skirts, knee high socks, rocker stuff, rompers, clothes like my mommy wears, sparkly and sequins that are shiny.

Worst: uncomfortable clothes that are tight or itchy or if you can’t play in it. Dresses that aren’t soft or look like big potato sacks with flowers on them.

5. If you could be any animal what would it be?

A jaguar.

Why the Jaguar?

Because I like them…..



Thanks so much Addie! I loved your design!



An identical dress will go up for auction soon! Proceeds will benefit the charity of the designer’s choosing. Auction winner will pick the size of the dress!


Photo of the Day: Comics

Boo: I’m going to go and read the newspaper.

P.S. She doesn’t get this from me.


Dear Boo,

I promise when you get a little older,  I’ll replace the doorknob on your bathroom door with one that locks.



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