Exciting hellos and happenings! 

      Spring has sprung! It’s finally here! So from this point on the weather can only get warmer right?! I’m just going to keep telling myself this….even when it’s still chilly with the wind blowing like it’s been. The weather is suppose to reach 60 degrees by the end of the week so I guess I’ll take it. 🙂

     Well a lot has been going on since my last post! But first I have a few things I would like to share with you! You know it’s these little things that kind of make me really excited… 

I got a follow from Bev from Flamingo Toes on Pinterest! Bev has some of the cutest crafts ever! She is really quite good and everything she makes is something you think “Oh I want to make that!” or “Oh I want that!” Check out Bevs beautiful things on her website to see what she’s up to! http://www.flamingotoes.com

     So if you guys haven’t already caught on to Farmhouse Rules on foodnetwork…. well you need to 🙂 I love watching Nancy cook. It’s a great cooking show with lots of yummy recipes. I love Nancy’s sayings like “fresh is best” and she’s right. I will even find myself saying her sayings as I’m cooking like “chop chop in the pot” I love listening to her talk and tell stories. She always has her family on her show. It’s really sweet. You can tell she puts a lot of love into everything she does. My mom grew up in upstate New York and I’m familiar with Hudson Valley so Nancy really hits close home for me. Nancy Fuller from Farmhouse Rules is always a pleasure to watch. I’m so glad she liked a picture on Instagram and even commented xxx

#chopchopinthepot

Find more here!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/farmhouse-rules.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/nancy-fuller.html

http://fullerfarmer.com



    So in the middle of all the busyness an unexpected guest… the stomach bug decided to pay the Silva and Bernstein households a visit. For whatever reason I was the only person who managed to not get sick…. I was pretty lucky for whatever reason why…. I did try to spend some time trying to hide and destract myself from it by reading the lovely April 2015 issue of Country Living Magazine. Country Living Magazine may have been my lucky charm!

http://www.countryliving.com


     Book stores are very nice places. I often end up spending more time in them then I should. I become very distracted, jumping from one thing to another. As I typically do.. I check out the hobby and crafts sections and….

 when, what to my wondering eyes should appear 

Craft It Now in a real bookstore. BAM bookstore. 

 It felt like Christmas.





I also just wanted to quickly update you on my etsy shop I’ve been taking some time away… I’m absorbing new creative inspirations and nurturing my creative process. I’m not sure where this takes me but, I’ve come up with this piece. I hope you enjoy it and I hope to cultivate more new and fun pieces

xxx Ashley 


by: ashleymarydunlop 

Sew much to do… Sew little time!

This seemed to be the reoccurring theme here for December!

I had my biggest orders this month and not to mention all were custom! You learn a lot about people with customized items I am coming to find. Such as..likes, interests and a little about the person. I find it interesting. I enjoy doing them. I had to stop taking custom orders on Heart2HomeCreations (only until after the holidays) I was busy with the orders I was working on plus the rest of life. 

I think the sewing machine and I need a quick breather!

 

 

Decorative bottles & fabric button earrings 
Scarves for days! 

 

Snowboarding pillow cases 
Having fun with a little trim! 

 I literally had one free weekend to complete all my orders and get them out on time and fortunately I did! I also took part in some Christmas caroling! It was really awesome to be around such incredible people! Hopefully, this is something I will be able to do more of. 

 This left Lucky & I little to no time to get a Christmas tree. I came to a point of accepting that we may not get one this year. I very much enjoy Christmas tree hunting… but on the 23rd Lucky & I got one! Very exciting but very last minute! haha 

 

Our little Christmas tree! Got one 🙂 
More buttons for my collection! These were a great find! 
Very important reading material. This will take up the rest of my afternoon with a cup of tea.




I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season! The next time I write will be in 2014!

Buttons, Buttons & Buttons!

Buttons, buttons and more buttons! Swapping out old buttons is a great way to revamp cloths you already have without digging too deep into your pocketbook! I switched the buttons on a plaid coat to give it a new look 🙂 I really loved this lightweight jacket the red and black plaid is just so classic but the plastic skull buttons it had gave a much harsher look then what I wanted. Being able to see the potential in this great find I knew with a little TLC it would be totally different. Adding buttons is really easy and takes little to no sewing skills! Give it a try!