The Oscars

Watching the Oscars tonight, my favorite awards show. I would love to be an Academy screener…I watch at least a movie a day…I think I could fit them all in.

Love this infographic courtesy of Mediarun:

Oscar Dresses by Year via Mediarun

Courtesy of: Mediarun
A few Oscar dress tidbits:
Gwyneths’s 1999 Ralph Lauren (Movie: Shakespeare in Love) was knocked off within days. Gwyneth was credited for bringing pink back into fashion.  (source)
Susan Sarandon’s 1996 Dolce & Gabbana (Movie: 1995 Dead Man Walking) was designed to match her hair color. It was also the first time a celebrity had worn a Dolce & Gabbana to the Oscars.  (source)
Jodie Foster (Movie: 1988 The Accused) bought her 1989 Oscar dress off the rack, like the rest of us.


My all time favorite Oscar winners for Best Picture (even though I love them all):
The Artist (2011)
Gladiator (2000)
Braveheart (1995)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Ghandi (1982)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Gone With the Wind (1939)


In college, Mr. LBB looked eerily similar to Jared Leto.

If I had to pick a favorite dress, I’d pick Hilary Swank’s 2005 Guy Laroche dress. I wouldn’t wear it though, unless I looked like Hilary Swank in it.

People always tell me I look kind of like Hilary Swank. Maybe it’s our front teeth.

My favorite actress: Diane Lane.

My favorite actor: Denzel Washington. CONTINUE READING

The Desert Wildflowers

It was overcast and rainy in the desert yesterday. Boo and I headed up the hill to the annual Wildflower Festival.  We live about a mile from the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.*

*Congress created the 272,000-acre Monument in 2000. Read more about it here.


Wildflower Festival Palm Desert - View of the Desert


We haven’t had much rain this season so the wildflowers are few but we still spotted some.  There were lots of blooms on the Desert Lavender plants:

Wildflower Festival Palm Desert - Desert Lavender


How cute is this little guy:

Wildflowers in Palm Desert


This is Brittlebush: CONTINUE READING

A Tour of Our House – Master Bedroom and Master Bath

Next in the house tour: master bedroom and master bathroom.

The Master Bedroom: There’s not much to see…I haven’t really spent any time on either since we first moved in.  The master bedroom was next on our list of projects.  The two dressers and two nightstands were mine growing up. My sister has an identical set. It’s like deja vu when we go and visit her because the furniture is in her guest bedroom. The lamps we’ve had since we were first married 13 years ago… was broken and I glued it back together with super glue. No one would ever notice except for me.

The bed we picked up at a furniture clearance…no story behind that. The artwork I made one day out of boredom using some large oil stencils. I had just read a line in a magazine: Please love me. I call it my “Banksy-inspired” street art.  (never heard of him? read here.)

Our master bedroom with Banksy-inspired street art via Ashley HAckshaw / Lil Blue Boo

We’ve always had white linens….and we probably always will.  I love white sheets and white duvets.  Crisp.

Wide angle of Master Bedroom - White Linens, Requisite Gray Walls Sherwin Williams via

“Banksy” art in progress:

Banksy inspired street art using large oil stencils via Art Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

@lilblueboo on Instagram

Mr. LBB’s closet is right off the bedroom.  It actually used to be just an overhang on the side of the house.  Since the roof was already in place all we had to do was pour a slab of concrete and reframe the corner of the house to add a large walk in closet. I built his shelves while he was at work one day. I designed and ordered from Easy Closets. All the pieces show up in numbered boxes.  As long as you can follow directions it’s pretty easy.

(Weird thing about this photo is that hanger of ties….there’s about 50 ties.  All 50 ties have disappeared! He doesn’t have a SINGLE tie. We’ve looked everywhere.)

"His" Master Closet via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Aww….we were so young back in May 2001. We got married in my parent’s back yard, where I grew up, in Charlotte, N.C.  I remember that moment.  I was telling him that the wedding planner was getting on my nerves because she was trying to keep us to a schedule.  I didn’t want to do all the normal wedding stuff just because that was what was expected…we were married, that was it.  Party!

Framed Wedding Photos via #weddingphoto #weddding


On my side of the bed is a HUGE “jumbo” FAO Schwartz Patrick. I’m not kidding it’s the biggest stuff animal I’ve ever seen. Boo got it from my inlaws for her first Christmas. But now Diesel has claimed it as his own.  It’s his bed, but he’s so small he just sleeps on the very tippy top of Patrick’s head, in-between the ears. I really don’t want a huge stuffed animal in my room….but I feel bad moving it.  I’m sure prospective buyers are like: oh that’s cute, they have a huge stuffed animal in the master bedroom.

As much as I try, I guess I’ll never be an adult. It feels like romper room. CONTINUE READING

Edited with Love

I have a confession to make…sometimes….when I see someone leaving snark after snark on someone else’s comments just for the heck of it….I just go in and edit them.  I’m the “editor” after all. I reserve the right to spam comments or leave them.

But I always leave them better than I found them.

New and improved.

And I always leave a trace.


How to deal with those meanie trolls: Edit with Love. via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo


The only photo I have of an actual troll is this one: CONTINUE READING

Free St. Patrick’s Day 8×10 Printable Artwork

In a few more days it will be time to add a little green to your home! It’s easy with this free printable 8×10 St. Patrick’s Day sign for you to display in March! Simply print the PDF on cardstock and frame.

Free St. Patrick's Day 8x10 Printable Artwork via Ashley Hackshaw /



I love this sweet Irish Blessing! Just click images below to download the PDF.


Unplugged: Type Ins and Letter Writing

“Your family is bound closer together by something each can use. Even those in far away places will be nearer because you’ll write more often.”
-Remington Typewriter Ad c. 1940


I went to a type-in at the Rancho Mirage Library over the weekend.  I love and collect typewriters so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at a type-in…except I knew there would be typewriters there.

What is a type in? via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Artist L.A. Marler brought her collection of typewriters for visitors to try out.  My favorite was the Corona No. 4.  I think I’m going to track one down. The Corona No.4 is from around 1927.  Why is it call the No. 4? Because it has 4 rows of keys.  Because of it’s compact and portable body it was said to be the typewriter that “launched a thousand typists.” Hemingway typed on a Corona No. 3. (read that story here) Guess how many rows of keys it had.

Vintage Corona No. 4 via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Ohhh… this old Underwood.

Vintage Underwood Typewriter via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

I think this one is a 1940 Royal Aristocrat or a Royal Arrow? Love the “Shift Freedom” button:

Free the Shift!

1940 Royal Aristocrat or a Royal Arrow via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo


A 1965 Royal Safari:

1956 Royal Safari typewriter via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo


This is Louise (L.A.) Marler typing at one of her machines:

L.A. Marler Type In Rancho Mirage Library Typewriter collection via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

She had stamps available with her artwork on them so that you could mail a letter from the type-in: CONTINUE READING

A Tour of Our House – Living Room and Office

Now onto the living room and office…which are just off the kitchen.

This is the view from the kitchen down the hallway. You can see the edge of the couch in the living room:

A tour of the living room - photo wall, refinished tv cabinet, lifted couch via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #homedecor #livingroom #office #diy

The couch seemed a little too low to me so we raised it up (so it would be the right height for the silver side table too).   To raise it up Mr. LBB made some new wood feet, sprayed them black and just used the old feed as a template for drilling the holes:

How to lift a couch 3 inches via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #homedecor #livingroom #office #diy

This is our TV cabinet. One of the first pieces of furniture we bought as a married couple.  We refinished it last year to the antique distressed look:

Our refinished TV cabinet (distressed ivory) refinished furniture via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #homedecor #livingroom #office #diy


This is what it looked like before: CONTINUE READING

A Tour of Our House – Kitchen and Laundry

This is the 2nd post in the tour….the first one was the exterior of the house (before and after) plus the landscaping. Now we are on to the kitchen and laundry room and pantry….all links for associated tutorials are at the bottom of the post.

Just a note: you’re going to see kind of a trend in our house….I’m a little OCD.  I don’t like a lot of knickknacks or clutter….everything has it’s place. I like white and gray, and white and gray. All our walls are basically the same color or just a shade different: Requisite Gray from Sherman Williams.  It’s typical for me to just pick one color for the entire project….then I don’t have to make a lot of decisions.  I just kind of like everything to blend together….and then I like to make fun art to make it interesting.

The Kitchen. I will probably always have white cabinets for as long as I live.  I think it’s always classic. This is one side of the kitchen:

White Cabinets and Stainless Steel Appliances - The kitchen and laundry renovation and makeover - A tour of our house via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

And this is the other side.  The pendant lights were meant to just tide us over until I figured out what I wanted in their place, but I’m still looking, so we still have frosted pendant lights:

Kitchen Ideas - The Kitchen Renovation / Makeover - Cabinetry and Granite Countertops via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

This is one of the only before photos.  I WISH I had photos before we took down the walls.  The kitchen used to have a wall between it and the living room and then there was another wall on the other side of the islands that separated the kitchen from a small dining room.  None of the walls were load bearing….yay!  So we just took them out and opened the entire living space up.  (click continue reading)


A Tour of Our House – The Exterior

A little backstory (back about, oh, a week):

We went to my brother-in-law’s church this weekend.  We just woke up Sunday morning and a little voice told me to go. It seemed so random because we hadn’t even talked to my BIL about it, but now I think it wasn’t so random. As we sat and listened to the message about sacrifice….

“Sacrifice mean you give up something that matters to you.”
“God is saying: Jump….I’ll catch you.”
“Sacrifice proves that I trust God more than I trust myself.”

…Mr. LBB and I kept looking at each other over and over as the pastor spoke….because it felt like it was tailored for us….ever feel that way?  You see, I’ve been praying and praying over the last few months for what direction to take with my work and our family life. I feel like I’m being led in a certain direction: to do more. to pursue things that matter. It’s been more of “when should I jump” I guess.  Then at the end of last year around Christmas a few things happened that really set things in motion. It’s a long, crazy, amazing story to tell about what we are going to be doing, so I’m sharing it in pieces over the next two weeks, but the first little tidbit is that we’ve decided to sell our house.

It’s been a decision we’ve been weighing with a heavy heart over the last year because it’s the house we always thought we would grow old in.  It’s a house with years of love and labor put into it.  It’s the only house Boo has really ever known. It’s a spacious house that was renovated with a large studio space and separate office/casita so that I could make a living in it. But things change.  We expected to fill the house with a large family and that just hasn’t happened yet.  Also, to expand our family we would need the funds that we’ve invested into the house.  So it’s a catch-22. But more than just those decisions there are some enormous changes coming down the pipeline for us.  In December/January a few things happened that made all the heaviness go away, at least most of it.

So anyway, without sharing too much too soon, a few weeks ago we put the house up for sale by owner.  I was always kind of hesitant to share the front of the house because it just seemed kind of intrusive.  But now I don’t really feel that way because soon I know this will be: our “old” house.

Anyway, this is just a small part of the whole story, but I’m kind of doing having to do it in pieces because it’s a lot to cover.

Let me start with some BEFORE photos of the house from when we first started work on it, back in 2007/2008.  We lived in a little condo about a half of a mile from the house until the big work was done and we could actually inhabit it.  This is right after I had all the dead landscaping torn out:

Renovation our house: before and after pictures via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

We bought it as a foreclosure and the bank had let it fall apart over the span of a year.  It had been vandalized, left open repeatedly, and most of the landscaping and trees had been allowed to die in the desert heat because they disconnected the water.  Mr. LBB and I had a vision for it though….it was a large lot and had some good bones (I know it’s hard to see the good bones at this stage but bear with me!):

Renovating an old house before and after by Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo via

The concrete in the back had been patched over for years and the pool was original from the 1970′s.  There was a huge concrete wall that cut the yard in half to make a dog run in the back of the yard:

Our house makeover the before photos by Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo via

The first thing I wanted to do was remove every single overgrown plant, bush and tree.  Funny, but every person I approached for the job refused to cut down the olive trees in the front.  They said they couldn’t bear to cut them down.  I just wanted them cut down so that we could put a circle drive in the front.  I never could find anyone to say yes….so I left them.  I guess that means they were meant to stay….and I’m so glad everyone refused to cut them down because the mature olive trees are beautiful now….nursed back to life over the last few years.  They are kind of pesky with their rainfall of olives once a year but we’ve learned to spray them with a fruit prevention.

So want to see the house now?  After 6 years of hard work? (Click continue reading) CONTINUE READING

Random Acts of Kindness and Free Printable 8×10 Artwork

Last year Boo and I set out to spread handmade gifts across town for Random Acts of Kindness Week:

(click here for direct link to video)

I wanted to do it again and I was excited when Michael’s asked me to come up with a project for their blog The Glue String. The full step-by-step post is featured today here.

random acts of kindness ideas via lilblueboo #roak #quote
We set out today to hand out the canvases….venturing to the cancer center, the hospital, the fire station, restaurants, bus stops etc. I’ll share the video one day soon when I have a chance to edit.

random acts of kindness for kids #raok #quote #gift


I love doing this each year…..not only is it a chance to spread kindness, it’s also a chance for Boo to learn to interact with people she doesn’t know and work on her shyness.

random acts of kindness stories #raok via

And we can share quotes we love for others to hopefully be inspired by:


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ― Aesop #quote

All the quotes in one place:

random acts of kindness quotes (our 2014 random act of kindness project) #raok  via lilblueboo Ashley Hackshaw


They were pretty simple to make:

Spray Paint.

Liquitex spray paint project #roak

Write with paint pen Sharpie.

Make mini canvases with quotes #quote #tutorial #diy #raok

And since we can’t give one to everyone….for you today… printable artwork. Download at the bottom of the post!Free Printable 8x10 Kindness Quote via Ashley Hackshaw /




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