Life: A look back as well as looking forward

12/30/2011 11:15:00 AM Ashley 1 Comments

2012...I see that you are just a day away. I commend you for your sneaking prowess. I did not see you coming.

This year has been full of a lot of things, but I can't help but find myself thinking about everything that will be happening in 2012. But before I get to what's going on with the new year, how about a quick recap of 2011?

My year started with me finding my first gray hair. Something so small...yet it rocked my world. Silly I know.

Winter hit with a vengeance, we found ourselves having to have our pipes defrosted. Which lead to much stupidity and having to have a dish rack in our guest bedroom. This was followed by a large ice storm that moved through the midwest and caused a lot of damage. In fact the worst night left us watching limbs fall dangerously close to power lines and our windows.

All of that ice was followed by a fire that ravaged the strip mall right by our house. It was insane to be able to walk right down our street and stand yards away from a roaring fire.

A spring started to...well...spring we saw a Valentine wine tasting party and a St. Patties Day party

Around that same time I really started falling off of the blogging bandwagon. I was burnt out and didn't have a lot I wanted to talk about.

When summer hit Nate and I finally saw ourselves taking a vacation to the Sandals at Antigua. We were not impressed with our stay at all and look forward to taking another tropical vacation at another time.

Blogging still wasn't happening. But I was trying.

As summer came to a close I threw a baby shower and put together a "baby shower in a box" for my friend Cassie.

Throughout the year I had been trying to get into running, which saw a lot of ups and downs. But I found my stride and can say that I don't hate running as much as I once did.

Fall saw my lack luster birthday, a few more gatherings and getting ready for the holidays.

All of that brings us pretty much to now. I am definitely ready for this new year to start, even though the first quarter of it is going to be crazy for us.

Pretty much as soon as the new year hits, we'll be kicking it into high gear to get ready for our next PCS (fancy military acronym for a move). Yes...after almost a year and a half here in Ohio, we will be moving again. It will be bittersweet, as we have many friends here whom we love and enjoy spending time with and we have truly enjoyed all that we have found in Ohio (I wish we would have explored more). Yet at the same time Nate will finally get to do what he's been dreaming of since I have met him, which is teach.

From January thru April our lives will be hectic. We'll be prepping for a move, making sure that Nate's thesis is done, have him defend said thesis, graduate, move and then settle into our old house.

It's crazy to think so much will be happening, but such is the case with life. It doesn't stop even for a new year.

I hope that your year has been wonderful and that your new year is even better. Hopefully I'll see more of you as well!


Life: All I want for Christmas

12/17/2011 11:50:00 AM Ashley 1 Comments

There are a few things I actually have my eye on this holiday season, which is odd for me. In fact this year there is something I really want, but am not asking for. What I really want is the glassware that I grew up with. For as long as I can remember I drank almost everything out of Iittala's Ultima Thule cups. I have very vivid memories of coming into my mom's room in the morning and seeing one sitting on her night stand, filled with her morning Diet Coke.

Sadly, after moving out of the house, I no longer got to use those beautiful cups. What's worse is I didn't know who made them and never could find them when I did searches for them. Apparently "bubble bottom glass" and "dripping bottom glass" weren't winners in the search engine. Then a few months back I gave the search another go...and I found them! Once I found the name I was able to find tons of places that sold them. Not only can you still buy them new, but I have found a plethora of then in vintage condition.





So I found them, but why am I not buying them you ask? Well, we're moving in 3 months and the thought of these glasses having to be shipped twice, with hopes of them not breaking, is just too much for me. Don't get me wrong, I want them. I have to fight pushing the buy button every time I look at them. What keeps me from doing it is knowing that one day I will own a set of my own and I can start creating my own memories with them.


Crafts: Winter wreath

12/06/2011 11:58:00 AM Ashley 0 Comments

Just a new wreath that I was able to throw together in under 30 minutes (would have been faster if I hadn't had to paint the wreath form).

Hope everyone's holiday season is off to a wonderful start!


Decor: Christmas with more colors!

11/20/2011 09:08:00 PM Ashley 18 Comments

Probably over a year ago I stumbled across this photo:


Of course I lost track of the photo, because Pinterest didn't exist and I didn't think it would be that hard to re-find. I mean it's a ROGBIV white tree. Wrong...I couldn't find it. Then a few weeks back I remembered this dream tree and I went to work on finding it. Low and behold...there it was and BAM I pinned it.

Why did I go to all of this trouble you ask? Well because I wanted to recreate it. For someone who's always had a fresh cut tree (up until two years ago), this was an out of left field desire. I I needed to have this tree in my house.

So late last night the husband and I made a trip to the store so I could get my white tree. Getting me one step closer to to my dream. Then today I put it together. I just couldn't wait until after Thanksgiving.

Wow. I am so in LOVE with the tree. It's better than I expected it to be. In fact I can't stop looking at it.

It's exactly what I wanted and totally puts me in the mood for the holidays.

Now to just get the other holiday decorations out.


Beauty: Rainbow Connection

11/03/2011 09:01:00 PM Ashley 2 Comments

Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me.



I seriously can't stop staring at my nails. They are amazing and it's all thanks to OPI putting out a line for the new Muppets movie. This is Rainbow Connection. It's full of multi color small round, medium hex and large hex glitter. It took three heavier coats to fill it out, but it's totally worth it. Just look at it! Indoors the silver glitter really pops, while in natural light the blue/green glitter stands out. It is a rainbow in a bottle.

Seriously...go get this if you can. It's flying off shelves and it's easy to see why!


Review: Canvas4Life

10/25/2011 08:52:00 AM Ashley 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Canvas4Life asking if I'd be interested in reviewing a canvas print from them. I, of course, jumped on the chance because Nate and I have been wanting to put some of our engagement and wedding photos on to canvas. Then life got ahead of us, as always, so it never happened.

Doing this meant that we had to find the perfect picture to use. That's no simple task when you have 200+ engagement photos and 600+ wedding photos. Lets just say it took awhile to narrow down. Once we figured out our top choices it was beyond simple to upload the photo(s) onto Canvas4Life's site. On their front page they direct you to get started by choosing a photo off of your computer. While it's uploading they also check the quality of the photos. I was using our very large original files and it took less than a minute for it to upload.

Once you get to the next page, the fun starts! It's where you get to decide on the size of canvas that you want. We went with a 16" x 20" canvas, which is a great size. I really like that they have a "mock" living room with a you can get a visual idea of how large the photo will actually be. Us visual people really like that! After you pick your size you then move onto choosing between color, black and white or sepia. Granted if you're doing a black and white photo then this step really doesn't matter. Then it's onto canvas finishes...canvas depth...edge bleeding...and then BAM you're done (minus the whole paying part).

Oh and bonus...shipping is FREE if you choose Supersaver!

So now that we all know that the process is super simple and wonderful let's move on to the photo itself. We ended up choosing a photo from our engagement session. I wanted to do a color photo as a test, because let's face it... sometimes color photos lose their brilliance when printed.

This has always been one of our favorite photos, but it never made it to print. Probably because all of our engagement photos are our favorite! It's adorable... plus I'd say it fits the criteria of bright colors.

My order was processed on October 5 and the next day (Oct 6) I got a shipping notice. Yep that's a matter of one day I went from a placed order to a shipped order. Holy wow! And if that's not great...within a week I had my new canvas print in my hot little hands!

The canvas was shipped in a flat box and protected by bubble wrap, which was far more than I expected! Once we got rid of the packaging there was a beautiful canvas starring back at Nate and I. We are both very impressed with the quality. And the color... oh the color. No issues there at all. Our beautiful, bright photo was perfectly conveyed onto canvas!

My only complaint is that we got our photo uncoated, which is totally OUR fault. The uncoated canvas really does not do well with the oils on your hands...which I learned quickly after I tried to wipe a bit of dust off of it. But, again, it was our choice to get it uncoated and if we had to do it again, we'd get the coating. So by no means is that the fault of the company.

Okay...enough's some photos of our new canvas painting!

Canvas on our wall

The bleeding of the photo around the edges

Back of the canvas

Reinforced corners

Angled to show the matte-ness of the uncoated canvas

Beautiful huh!?

Here's the specs on our canvas:

~16" x 20"
~0.75" depth
~Bleed on edges
~Uncoated (we'd go with the matte coating next time)
~PhotoPerfect (allows them to make sure that the photo is perfectly placed on canvas)

I can easily see us getting more canvases done from Canvas4Life. We have a handful of photos that we want on canvas and with their prices I wouldn't feel awful getting more than one!

And because Canvas4Life is so wonderful they are offering you... my totally awesome readers a 10% discount! read that right! If you're anything like me you have a photo (or twelve) that you want to be made into a canvas. So go go make one and get 10% off. Just type in thingaboutdaisies into the promo code section.'ll be happy you did!

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent this photo canvas by Canvas4Life for review. My review is my personal and honest opinion about the product and I am not being compensated to write it.


Life: Falling for fall

10/11/2011 01:28:00 PM Ashley 0 Comments

Fall is here...100%!

The colors are amazing. I must say that living in the midwest is wonderful, especially for a fall lover like me. Nate and I have been enjoying the weather like crazy. We're making the most of it by going out and exploring, which we did a lot of when our friend was in town.

I'll just let some photos do the talking.

Hay ride through a local corn maze.

Pumpkins straight from the patch.

Our haul.

The beautiful old cobble stone sidewalks in the German district in Columbus, OH.

Piles of pumpkins, gords and squash!

Fall trees.

Fall of my many favorite things about the season!

I hope everyone is enjoying their fall so far. We're getting every last drop out of it here, as it will be our last one before we move. Granted the falls where we are going aren't bad either...just different.

Happy Fall y'all!


Life: Baby shower in a box

9/21/2011 12:48:00 PM Ashley 4 Comments

A few weeks ago I finally sent out my "baby shower" in a box to my friend Cassie over at Understated. We live nowhere near each other and there is no way I could have been a part of her baby shower, but I wanted to do something for her and her family.

I had been working on the idea about the same time as the other baby shower I threw, if not longer. Everywhere I went I was on the look out for all things baby and nautical (Cassie is doing an adorable nautical/maps theme). As I slowly gathered stuff I tired to figure out a way to send the items. I wanted it to be cute and something that could be used if she had the desire to. That's when I came up with an old suitcase. One of my local thrift stores always had great vintage cases and I knew that I would be able to find one...or three. Yep I went through two other suitcases before I found the perfect one.

After I gathered clothing, toys and the suitcase I started making things as well as painting the suitcase. Once I was done I wrapped everything in map tissue paper and sent it off!





What was in it:

~Hand painted/stamped vintage suitcase
~Boppy and boppy cover (firm believer of getting at lease one thing off of the registry)
~A small dipper bag w/attached changing pad
~A Sophie the Giraffe Classic Teether
~Striped blanket with giraffe appliqué
~Cream blanket (that I almost kept for myself)
~Melted crayon art in baby room colors
~Letter R painted in gray chalk board paint
~Letter R with map (the map is of where they live)
~Outlet covers (it's the simple things that are often forgotten)
~Nautical onesies
~Map note cards (can be used as thank you's)
~Awesome little button down shirt and khakis
~Blue Hat, Green Hat book picked out by Nate (Found him giggling while reading this)
~"Hello Baby" banner

I am so happy with how it turned out and that I was able to do this for Cassie and her husband. It was so much fun putting it together, I love hunting for gifts for friends. There is something so wonderful about having such a genuinely great friend and getting to do something special for them even though many states separate us.

I know Cassie is so very close to welcoming their little one into the world and I wish them nothing but happiness and smiles on their upcoming day.


Life: A very un-merry birthday

9/09/2011 09:26:00 AM Ashley 2 Comments


That's how old I am as of yesterday. This age doesn't bother me at all. Even knowing that my foot is already in the door to 30, I am not freaking out. At most I wonder where time has gone, because...uh wasn't I just 21!?

Over the years I have started enjoying my birthday less and less. Be it because of the lack of festivities or because bad juju just seems to pop up on or around the day, I find myself wanting to celebrate it less and less. It's almost easier to not do anything for it.

Which sucks, because I absolutely love September. It is my all time favorite month. I love that we're on the cusp of seasons. I love cold weather and everything that goes with it and September is the gateway month for it all. But every year September and I have a rocky start as my birthday inches closer.

This year was no different.

I don't want to not celebrate my birthday, but sometimes I wonder if that's the best idea. Maybe down the road I will change my tune and my birthday and I will get along better. Maybe I'll look forward to it. Who knows. But at least for now my birthday is over.

Even though it was just another day in my books, I was able to spend it with my wonderful husband. So wonderful in fact, that he made me Merry Unbirthday cupcakes to celebrate that today was, in fact, not my birthday.

I'm going to go have another cupcake and bask in all of this wonderful merry unbirthday-ness. That sounds like a great plan as September and I get back on track.


Crafts: Meltable art

8/29/2011 09:27:00 AM Ashley 6 Comments

As stated a few weeks ago, Nate and I started a craft project together. That project was the very popular melted crayon art. It was something that I found on Pinterest and when I showed it to Nate we somehow magically ended up with boxes of crayons and canvas. Nate's always looking for something crafty that he can do, because sometimes he feels that being an awesome baker isn't enough.

I set to work, gluing on the crayons.


A lot of the DIYs I found were using hot glue...and while I do LOVE me some hot glue, I decided to go with super glue. It didn't seem logical to use a glue that melts with heat on a project that gets melted with...heat.


I lined up all of the crayons with the logo up in my best attempt at ROYGBIV.


We then headed outside with my blowdryer.


Nate was super excited...

Especially when it started working.

We worked on the crayons for awhile, but while a hairdryer gets hot, it doesn't get hot enough to make the melting process happen quickly. We also didn't like that the force of the air was pushing around the wax. It was making for a splatter-y look that nether of us liked. Nate kept saying that a heat gun would be perfect for this job and that's when the light bulb went off in my head. I went and grabbed my embossing gun.

It was perfect. A little too perfect. Lets just say that if you let the embossing gun stay in one spot for too long...the paper wrappers would start smoking. Once we figured out the prime distance and sweeping motion we were golden. We were really able to start get the look we were looking for. Melted, layered wax.

After we had a good look going on, we decided that we didn't love all of the white space left at the bottom of the canvas. We didn't want to lose the layered look we had going, so we decided to add crayons to the other side of the canvas.


Seeing as I had glued the other row with the label up, I had no idea what colors what the colors were and I wanted to line them up the same on both sides. So I set to work laying the fresh crayons on top of the melted.


Again, I glued them down with super glue. I glued this row with the color name up, so you can see which color is which. At this point I totally took over. Nate had his fun and it was my turn!


Watching the wax melt, drip and pool was beyond entertaining. I kind of want to do 20 more just so I can play with the wax. Though with as anal as I am...I did melt and remelt the wax a lot. I like finding perfection in chaos.


I must say, it was an easy craft...unless you are me. I did, after all, say that I like things to be perfect (or what is perfect to me) and it was easy for me to get carried away. I wanted to add my personal touch, which was the super layered look. We also love that we can hang the art a few different ways. Though having it sideways so that the crayon drips look like they are fighting gravity is our favorite way to hang it.


Anyone who knows me, knows I am a sucker for texture. And once I figured out that you could layer the wax...I went to town. Hello texture!

Honestly, this was one of the easiest crafts I have done recently. It's even easier if you aren't crazy anal like I am. I mean if I weren't so crazed I probably could have had this done in hours instead of 4 days of messing around. What can I say...I find ways to make simple things harder than they should be!

Edit: I forgot to mention some things...

...Use Crayola Crayons because the cheap ones just won't cut it (we didn't test this, but we have seen self admitted fails from other people that used brands like Roseart). Also, while the canvas was good it wasn't perfect. With the canvas having an open back the wax had a tendency to crack or pop off if disturbed too much. You can fix this by placing something solid (like cardboard) in the opening. Or you could just attach the crayons to foam board and then place the foam board in a frame. It's really personal preference. And last thing, seal your wax with a clear coat. It should help lock the wax in place and hopefully keep it from melting (not that our house would ever get that hot).

So what do you think!?


Nails: Nail of the week

8/18/2011 12:52:00 PM Ashley 0 Comments

I went on a crazed nail polish buying binge recently. I blame fall and all of the colors I love so very much for this new haul. With all of these new polishes it meant it was time to paint my been bare for too long nails.

I did just that with a new color I got from OPI by Sephora's new Garden of Good and Evil line. I of course went straight for the glitter of the line and I am glad I did.




"So What's Your Poision?" is an amazing red and pink glitter set in a cranberry colored jelly base. In three coats I was able to get prefect coverage, which is really good for a glitter if you ask me. This is definitely going to be a nail polish I wear a lot, just for the simple fact that it looks so amazing!


Life: Running in place

8/15/2011 06:00:00 AM Ashley 2 Comments

Sometimes your body just isn't willing to keep up with the rest of you.

Such is the case for me and my ankles. A week and a half ago they decided they wanted to stop playing nice and wanted to take the lime light away from my always grouchy knees. It happened with something simple...high heels. Torture devices that I have worn for years without ill effect. But this time just putting them on was enough to seal the deal for my demise. The next day I could barely walk. Since then I have been hobbling along, not fully willing to let them get the best of me. But really they have, because I can't currently run.

Right now I am back to square one while I wait for them to heal.

Funny how I was just starting to not loathe running. Well, not so much funny as much as anger inducing. But it is what it is.

Seeing as I've had a lot of time to sit, I've been working on projects and a blog about my life long issues with making friends. It's not something I talk about a lot, but it's something I've been thinking about touching on, because I know I am not the only one who has felt the way I do. I hope to get that posted sometime this week. I'm putting my finishing touches on it and working on my brave face for when it posts.

I hope everyone had a good weekend and far more eventful than mine was.


Life: Facebook

8/13/2011 07:12:00 AM Ashley 0 Comments

Nowadays pretty much everyone and their dog (hello DogBook) has Facebook, myself included. I first joined back in the day, when I felt that it was a good way to keep in contact with friends, and while it still can be used for that, it's grown into something more. Instead of keeping up with friends, I feel that it's slowly making friendship lazier. With all of your personal information, status updates and photos in one space, it's very easy for someone to learn a lot about you...without really having to talk to you. Instead of being endearing that someone looked through your profile, it's gotten creepier and creepier. Conversations start with "I saw you posted..." more and more.

All of this has lead me to realize that I am stuck in a vicious cycle. I am feeding this monster, which in turn is leaving me feeling more and more detached from people. I for one am tired of it and ready for a change. I want to be able to meet a friend and talk for hours, never once bringing up Facebook. I want to not feel the urge to update every. little. thing I do. So, I am challenging myself to step away from Facebook. Maybe one day I'll even be able to delete it fully.

This will be interesting seeing as it's such a huge part of our culture, but I am up for the challenge.


Crafts: Melting

8/09/2011 03:37:00 PM Ashley 0 Comments


By now...if you spend any time on Pinterest or really just on the internet you've seen this artwork from Etsy seller JKCreate. They take crayons and melt them onto canvas. This has quickly turned into a huge DIY across the internet and I jumped on board when Nate saw it. As he put it, "it's a craft even I can do!".

So last week we set out to make it. We're not quite done yet, but here is a sneak peak at what it looked like when we started.

Once we're done, I will get more pictures posted and let you all know what worked best for us to make it.