June 29, 2012

4th of july must-haves :: patriotic picnic!

picnics are so lovely in the summertime... maybe if i had some of these items i would picnic more. :)

1. vintage picnic basket from etsy
2. navy tear off napkins from anthropologie
3. red + white straws from paper source - paired with mini pellegrino bottles
4. a severe mercy - one of my all-time favorite books + not to mention a perfect read on a picnic blanket
5. mini kites?! thank you paper source :)

happy friday!! hope you have a lovely weekend in the sun!!


June 28, 2012

fourth of july must-haves :: bbq

nothing says 'fourth of july' quite like a backyard bbq, so today, i've rounded up a few bbq must-haves...

1. dip-dye your own tablecloth! i've been dying to do this!! ha, pun!
2. patterned romper [let's be honest, white just isn't bbq friendly...at least for me anyway]
3. jamie oliver's america cookbook
4. colored juice glasses from anthro
5. croquet - the perfect backyard game!
6. hot dog/ marshmallow roasting sticks

June 27, 2012

fourth of july must-haves :: beach day

whoa. 4th of july is next week... how did that happen?! since we're only a week out, i thought i would round up a few must haves for the holiday... first up, must haves for a 4th beach day...

1. denim backpack from urban outfitters 
2. floppy hat from forever 21 
3. ray ban clubmaster sunglasses
4. knotted sandals from anthropologie
5. fresco beach towel from free people
6. burt's bees sunscreen [at target]

any plans for the fourth yet?! i'm still deciding!!


June 26, 2012

sweet little stella love warren

i had the honor of creating an 8"x10" print for little stella love warren [beautiful baby girl of beautiful vanessa warren] a little while back... which is easily one of my favorites + gets to hang in stella's amazing nursery!!

thanks warren family for letting me be a part of such a special place in your home!!


June 25, 2012

little brave man

kelli + reed decided early on that they wanted a bow + arrow/fort themed nursery, so carrie [of cue the confetti], jennie, + i ran with that theme for the baby shower. it was adorable!!!

 i wanted the invites to be a simple sneak peek of the shower theme, so i drew a mixture of triangles that displayed the color scheme... + used key words like "little brave man" + "trontel tribe".
+ i love that all those elements were carried throughout the entire shower!!

to guide guests on the right trail, i painted arrows onto pieces of reclaimed wood then hammered them to little stakes... i want to hang one in my house!!

favors!! i illustrated this little print for the guests. :)

check out the full feature over at on to baby!! yay!!

kelli is such an amazing, inspiring, encouraging person + i am so blessed to know her + celebrate her + her little baby brave man on the way.


June 22, 2012

my week in instagram :: MT to CA to MT to Canada + back!!

holy smokes, time really does fly when you're having fun. i can't believe how much i've been able to do in the last ten days + i'm so thankful for every moment!! if you don't follow me on instagram, here's a peek at my excursions....

[in order: kidnapped by my lovely california friends, portola coffee lab, portola with friends, a visit to my old starbucks haunt, my baby sister graduates, father's day backyard roast, a trip to haute cakes caffe, homeward bound, montana, husband + i making our way thru canada, bryan adams, en route home thru glacier national park]

would love to hear about your adventures!! :)


June 8, 2012

chalkboard love

i absolutely love that we're still using chalkboards for weddings + parties - so fun!! i have yet to make a chalkboard wall or stump for my house, but i'll get there eventually! in the meantime, i'm having fun chalking up other people's boards ::

happy friday!
ashley :)

June 7, 2012

montana is magical

i'm helping out with a friend's wedding this week + i just have to say that montana is absolutely magical. if i could have another wedding, i would! + i would probably have it in this barn...

i'll be sharing more after the wedding... just wanted to give you a sneak peek of the loveliness. :)


June 1, 2012

june desktop + iphone wallpaper!!

yay! it's that time again...

one thing that i love most about summer is farmers markets... i love them!! i love walking around with the husband...chatting with different farmers about their freshly picked herbs + free roaming chickens. i love picking out little baskets of heirloom tomatoes + wrapping them up in brown paper bags. i love filling my canvas tote with multi-colored eggs, spinach, + anything else i have on my list.

for this month's desktop, kelli + i wanted to capture the essence of the beginning of summer... so it's not too shocking that we went with the farmers market theme. :) isn't fresh produce on burlap just lovely?!

just click on the photo, drag to your desktop, + it's all yours!

oh + we're also offering the desktop as an iphone wallpaper [below]!!

happy june to you!!