New studio updates and a dose of honesty


I feel like I have a whole slew of new studio updates for you and nothing at all at the same time. It’s been an interested past three weeks trying to get everything moved and situated from our old studio to the new one. My Dad drove in from back home (WV) on October 26th to help us move and build out a few things, and the next thing I know, it’s three weeks and 12 mental breakdowns later and he’s still here trying to help us sort through the mess. Thank goodness he’s had the ability to stay so long or I don’t know what we would do!

What I thought was going to be a simple, painless move, a quick paint job, and few smaller DIY’s here and there turned into one of those HGTV moments from the Property Brothers where he explains to the homeowner that they’re out of budget money and still need to redo half the house, but not to worry. It’s basically exactly like that minus it’s not my house and I don’t have the luxury of television to miraculously fast-forward to the end where everything works out.

It all started with the contractors that were building the space not being done on time, then the paint they used to paint the space started peeling off the ceiling (literally) because they didn’t clean the old warehouse ceilings first, then yada, yada, yada. I could go on, but you see how this was going. We ended up spending more time fixing their mistakes than what would’ve taken had we done it ourselves to begin with.

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We’ve finally gotten past the big bumps in the road and are seeing change now (a big thanks to Dad, Jared, Tyler, and Nancy!), which is such a sigh of relief. I guess I’m saying all of this because it’s interesting how things are never as they appear to be online. My Instagram posts from the last few weeks, though scarce, don’t accurately depict the number of times I’ve cried in between paint aisles. They do, however, make it seem like Jared and I went on a luxury vacation to the Caribbean and then came back to move into an awesome new studio that’s being custom built for Sugar & Cloth just how I want it and that I must be rolling in the dough.

I don’t mean to deceive anyone by leaving out the yucky parts, it’s just that people mostly just like to see the pretty things and leave the rest. I just wanted to squeeze in a little reminder that my life really isn’t as seamless as it might appear sometimes. In fact, the trip we went on was graciously presented to us by Princess Cruises, and the new studio was a necessary step, but is literally coming together on a prayer and my very modest, hard earned savings account and it’s taking every ounce of my being not to be completely terrified of my decisions and trust my gut.

We’re also currently creating post content for you in the middle of construction, while emails go unanswered and we’re eating microwaved leftovers in a warehouse. If that doesn’t say I love you guys, I don’t know what does!photo 1

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  4. Hugs!!! I love that quote you shared, and I hope the studio is all done soon! You’re doing an awesome job. Hang in there :)

  5. Hang in there lady! You got this. I think anyone who is a content creator understands that your space is everything and when it is off and not coming together as you expect it feels a lot like life is over. You are tough, strong, and work you ass off so it will come together, but your honesty is awesome and I am so glad you shared this and also posted a holiday outfit that made all the struggles seem almost as they don’t exist. That is a real blogger right there. Well done. High-fives. Go pour yourself a cocktail and treat yourself to a night off. You deserve it along with all those others fighting alongside with you. And bless your dad. What a man!

  6. You’re awesome Ashley, I know it’s all going to work out just perfectly. I can’t wait for you to share it with us. :)

  7. You guys are rockstars!! Thanks for letting us crash the construction party…Oh the smoke and mirrors of “life” on Instagram :)

  8. You are doing great Ashley! And you do make it look so easy! There is an end in sight… (finally) and the studio will be finished and you will be able to move forward and do great things! And I agree with your opening picture of words; we do all go through struggles but don’t always show it or share it… so we just need to be there for each other. Love you!

  9. BIG hugs!! It’ll all be over soon and thank goodness for that fabulous support system of yours. Dads are the best =)