Do What You Can


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It’s been a busy, busy time over here the last few weeks and I’m really thankful! We’re currently working on a cool (and very different from the norm!) photo shoot with Brittni while she’s in town to teach the DIY workshop with us this weekend, plus we’re attempting to keep up with all of our regular DIY duties without skipping a beat. It’s been fun, tiring, full of ridiculous one-liners, and exhausting all at once.

In some ways I wouldn’t want it any other way, but I’m also trying to stay accountable to myself to not over commit and end up spreading myself WAY too thin. It’s a terrible habit that I’ve gotten more used to than I should, and it can’t be a healthy thing when you start to forget what days without work are like, right? So, I’m curious to see if you all have any pro tips on how you learned when to say no to things, or eventually were able to gage when you were at your limit before you felt all over the place!

I definitely think there is a difference between having a busy, booming season in life or your career, and consistently agreeing to too many things and putting yourself in a tight place, so don’t get me wrong. I’m just notorious for wanting to take every opportunity instead of picking and choosing more strategically to do what I can do do even better.

Anyways, feel free to give me the run down on your experiences with this, and in the meantime, you can watch me run a DIY, photo shoot, workshop, visitors in town marathon this week over on Instagram! I hope you guys packed snacks, it’s going to be a long one!

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Ashley’s Current Favorite Instagram Accounts to Follow



As you all know, I have a pretty huge addiction to Instagram. I secretly hope it never dies. I’m still having WAY too much fun with my #glossaryofmacs and #glossaryofcolor photo projects to stop anytime soon, amen? I figured I should do a little giving back to the gramming community, if you will, by sharing some of my current favorite Instagram accounts to follow.

P.S.- When you get to the bottom of the list, be sure to add a comment with some of your thoughts! Agree? Disagree? Have some favorite accounts to add just in case I’m missing out? Let me know!

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DIY Pom Pom Wall Hang


DIY pom pom wall hang | sugar & cloth DIY pom pom wall hang | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

I’ve wanted one of the woven wall hangs that are popping up everywhere forever, but the honest truth is I can’t really swing purchasing wall art in that price range at the moment. I’m also 120% positive that I don’t have the attention span for learning how to weave one, so I decided to make my own version of a wooly (that’s a technical word right?) wall piece myself with this DIY pom pom wall hang.

Lucky for me I happen to be dating a guy that loves to help, and he reallllly loves to make pom poms (it’s true, he says it’s relaxing), so this turned out to be a not-so-time consuming project, but you can also purchase pre made poms on Etsy too! While you’re saving yourself all kinds of pom pom making time you can now be pondering what Jared is going to look like in thirty years with knitting gear in hand, cause clearly that’s where he’s headed (love you, babe!)…

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Homemade Macaron Ice Cream Recipe


homemade macaron ice cream recipe  | sugar & cloth homemade macaron ice cream recipe  | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

Since this past Friday was national macaron day (and I MISSED IT?!), I figured I should make it up to myself today instead. After all, I don’t want to be the self proclaimed macaron fanatic and then go down in history as the girl who didn’t know when national macaron day was, you know? Anyways, I’m trying to save some face with this homemade macaron ice cream recipe, and it’s either working out reallllly well, or I’m still sugar high from yesterday?

Okay, but in all seriousness, this is one of the most delicious ice cream recipes I’ve ever made, national macaron day or not!… homemade macaron ice cream recipe  | sugar & cloth

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