SWITCHING GEARS: A NEW SHOP.

I’ve decided to move away from Etsy in order to try Society6. I soft-launched one piece last night, and will be launching an additional nine today. I have a few reasons for the switch, but the biggest reason is that Society6 offers the products(and a LOT of them), so that I can focus on the ART. While I enjoyed the amount of control I have over an Etsy shop, I feel that S6 might be a better fit in the end. We shall see. THE SHOP! Take a peek at a few different options from my first piece, FLORIDA KEYS DAYDREAMS #001: FLORIDA KEYS DAYDREAMS #001 – NOTEBOOK. FLORIDA KEYS DAYDREAMS #001 – FRAMED PRINT. FLORIDA KEYS DAYDREAMS #001 – TRAVEL MUG. Thanks for looking! BLOG ▪ SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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ST ANNE’S CEMETERY.

I like photographing cemeteries. I’m not sure why… But while Brian & I were on Mackinac Island and he was antsy to get back to the ferries (he was insisting a huge storm was coming), I was like “CEMETERRRRRRRRRRRRRRYYY!!!” So he let me quickly run through it. It wasn’t nearly enough time to see and experience the weight of this place, but I was happy to at least find the oldest burial (thanks to some thoughtful signage!). I’m still searching for some more solidity on the backstory of this cemetery. The signs say 1924, but the oldest grave is 1833; and the internet says they started moving graves from downtown to this location in 1850, which explains the oldest grave, but not the 1924 signage =/ Regardless, cemeteries can be quite beautiful, and this one is for sure. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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MACKINAC ISLAND BUTTERFLIES.

A couple weeks ago, Brian and I had a chance to go up north for a few days. We stay at his family’s cottage in Indian River. It’s convenient to some surrounding up north locations, like Mackinac/Mackinaw, Petoskey, etc. We were up from Wednesday (June 14) night through Sunday (June 18) morning. That Friday, we ventured over to Mackinac Island. This was my second visit (the first in July 2011). I think it’s mandatory for me to visit butterfly houses. I love ’em. I believe the Island has two, but we visited the Original for a second time: This one is my favorite: The one missing about a quarter of his wings was perched on the flower missing about a quarter of its petals… Around the forty minute mark, Brian definitely hit his limit (he was giving me the “let’s go” eyes around thirty) — but I easily could spend…

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MY THOUGHTS ON PRACTICING YOGA FOR 100 DAYS.

A post shared by ASHLEY ♞ (@pinklovespurple) on May 13, 2017 at 5:23am PDT Remember when I posted about practicing yoga for twelve straight days? Today I hit Day 100. Let me just say, wow. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t really think of one single thing, “good” or “bad”, that I do consistently each and every day (other than “basic” things, like breathing). I don’t drive my car every day. I don’t use a computer every day. I don’t get out of bed early every day. I don’t read every day. I don’t eat three meals every day. I don’t remember to take my vitamins every day. And the list goes on. This has been so great for me. Since pressing play on that Day 1 back in March, I’ve: – become more aware of my breath and breathing – lost weight – become more aware…

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LILIES.

Still, my favorite flowers are probably lilies (& probably should seeing as how two of my three tattoos include one!). I have a bunch of wild daylilies planted outside my studio window, and the first opened up on the very last day of spring. And the rest opened up the following day. It was a magical subtlety from nature acknowledging the change of seasons ♥ BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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BALD MOUNTAIN.

One late Monday afternoon, I felt inspired to pack my camera in my bag and hop on my bike (for the first time this year!). I rode over to the closest bit of Bald Mountain State Recreation and immediately came across a family of geese. I didn’t venture much further, happy to snap away. Also, my bike seat was loose and my tires were low, making the ride there not very comfortable. The trip was short, the ride was short, and the desire to be alone (not amongst joggers, bikers, and general-park-goers) was high. But I’m glad I finally drummed up enough in myself to get out into nature this spring. Check out more of my (near & far) travel-related posts here. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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SELFIES AND SELVES (+ A FEW HONEYMOON PHOTOS).

WHY I DREAD WHEN STRANGERS (OR ANY PERSON IN GENERAL) ASK “WANT ME TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO?” I have an expensive camera / phone. What if you drop it? What if you steal it? I prepared with a proper lens. It’s wide. We both fit in the view. You will walk twelve feet away and we’ll be super tiny. If I don’t like what I take, I’ll take another. If I don’t like what you take, I feel obligated to “be done” with the photo until you’re out of sight. We probably won’t feel inclined to make ridiculous, goofy faces. WHY I DON’T MIND WHEN STRANGERS (OR ANY PERSON IN GENERAL) ASK “WANT ME TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO?” I will have a rare full body shot of us. I won’t have to put down my drink. We’ll get a photo of “the bigger picture.” Likely, it’s more flattering. Just go…

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A BIRTHDAY WISH.

You guys, I turn 30 this year. Thirty. In fewer than one month. Thirty. I hear it’s a big deal. Cause for celebration. Presents. “What do you want?” Every year, around birthdays and other holidays, I ponder this. And every year I usually just avoid answering (as I can never come up with something). This year I’ve got it! If you would be so kind, please visit David Roszczewski’s GoFundMe page. Please read his story. And please please please donate. Anything. $5. $50. $500. Anything will help, even if it’s just the $7 you were going to spend on your Starbucks latte this morning. And even better if it’s the $7 you were going to spend on your Starbucks latte every morning this week. Or month. But still, even if it’s just today, I’ll still be grateful. David (Rosie) Roszczewski is a friend to everyone. He will help any of…

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LANDSCAPING IDEAS & INSPIRATION.

When the weather began warming up, I was hit hard with the motivation to overhaul our yard. Eventually, when the weather became nice AND dry, I even busted out the shovel and tore up a bunch of grass (then promptly left the chunks behind to deal with “later” [and “later” has still not come]). I quickly decided that I needed a plan. A MASTER PLAN. Not a “oh, it’d be nice to have something here” and plop down a few plants in the area only to move them out a few years later. So I started sketching. And it got OUT OF HAND. So I turned to Pinterest to explain my desires to Brian. 175 Pins later, I have a lot of commonalities, and a few oddballs. With chunky stone walkways, lush foliage, and pops of purple, the overall feel is low-maintenance perennials with a Secret Garden Oasis feel. Here’s…

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