HELLO!

So I’ve been locked out of my blog for quite a few weeks… I just was sort of waiting for the problem to correct itself, as I never seemed to have a pocket of time to hone in and address it. WELLLLL, it didn’t fix itself, and it took me about ten minutes to “fix” it (it’s fixed enough that I’m logged in and can access my stuff, but I haven’t reinstalled the things I disabled). Anyways, I’ve been itching to share so many things: OUR HONEYMOON PHOTOS — HELLO!??!?!?!!?! Where are those?? A few more wedding photos. MY BASEMENT STUDIO/OFFICE ROOM!!!! And yes, all this merits ALL CAPS because I’m so frickin’ excited. Hmm, what else? My One Little Word! My (temporary???) switch from my Samsung Galaxy to a Google Pixel. Lots of little stuff that, knowing me, I’ll never actually get around to sharing… 🙁 Meanwhile, enjoy this …

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IT HITS YOU LIKE A TON OF BRICKS: A NOTE TO MYSELF.

I have a box simply labeled “Memories” and as a borderline-hoarder, it’s my justification for keeping things that normal people throw away: movie stubs; invitations; funeral programs; brochures; Polaroids; CDs; string (not even kidding); my first library card; my first “smart” phone; Sailor Moon keychains; that fortune cat keychain I thought I lost… I thought I had gotten minimalistic about that type of hoarding and anything like that was in that box. I have another box that I bought for one purpose: to house a vintage pillowcase that my mom gave me that my great grandmother made. (I also may have happened to sneak in a copy of a rare Cookie Monster book that I had as a child that was MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE and subsequently my mom sold at a garage sale. I found a duplicate copy years & years later at an antique store in Bay City.) I …

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THOUGHTS.

I feel as though I’ve done a complete 180 in my life. I vividly remember being a night owl, staying up until 5a and sleeping until 1p. I loved hanging a thick blanket over my window to block out the light. I refused to wear dresses. I hated pink. I could take or leave being outside. I couldn’t understand why my mom enjoyed just sitting on a porch in the evening, doing seemingly nothing. I never wanted to touch a garden. I could drink a dozen Cokes in a day. I was never a “girly girl.” Maybe I haven’t spun completely around. There are still plenty of things that are the same. I still love black. I still love paper crafting. I still love redecorating. I still love the beach. I still love being alone. I am still a crazy cat lady. I am still helplessly addicted to the computer. …

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SUNDAY THINGS.

This week has been long and short all in one. I feel so content emotionally, but at the same time, I feel like I need to be doing more. I feel self-divided and am trying to figure out the best paths to follow. Lately, I’ve been on Amazon almost daily, and cannot seem to not click BUY – there are just too many things that I want!  Then on Friday, I was down for the count with a cold(/possibly allergies mix?) which put a damper on the end of my week.  Here are some things from my week to peruse this Sunday: I am stocking up on new dresses for this summer, like this one, this one, and this one. I cannot wait until they arrive! I also absolutely had to snag these purses! I’ve recently downloaded for my Kindle/actually bought a few physical copies a few new books: The …

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A POST.

It’s been awhile. A long while. A too-long while. Blogging was a way of memory-keeping for me. I cannot remember many things very well, and being able to go back to this blog was a great way to make sure I didn’t forget the important things. But it seems like “busy” has gotten the better of me. “Perfect” has gotten the better of me. “They” have gotten the better of me. I have made excuses. A lot of excuses. And not ones that justify letting this form of memory keeping fall by the wayside. I think fear is what stopped me. I’m afraid to share my personal life online. Really, initially, I’m not. But then I think about all the could-bes and I don’t hit “publish.” What if someone I work with finds my blog and reads all the way back to the beginning? They would then know years of …

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CHANGE.

Summer is gone. Fall is dwindling. Winter is coming. Change. I miss blogging. I was never good at being consistent though. I have so many thoughts & ideas, but I also hold up the bar too high for myself. If a picture wasn’t perfect, I couldn’t use it, but if a post didn’t have sufficient photos, I wouldn’t post it. I would procrastinate, make excuses, and be lazy. I suppose I still do. Always will. I keep telling myself to blog the small things. Every little bits helps. So where’s my effort? I won’t remember the little details a decade from now. I won’t be able to describe the haziness of the autumn sky today or the small breeze for dancing leaves… I’ll need to be reminded. This blog is for me. For me now. For me ten years from now. Future Ashley is going to be very disappointed when …

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27.

I turned 27!  Pink Loves Purple turned two! A few things I’d like to note: I now feel that I’m “almost 30.” Eek.  My younger sister is still closer to 20, which makes me feel old; but Brian’s closer to 40, which makes me feel super young. I am a terrible, inconsistent blogger.  I have many, many blog posts drafted in my head.  They need to come out.  I’m developing an awful memory, and documenting things is becoming more & more important to me. I did not do 26 Things.  I will do 27 Things though.  Differently.  Details coming soon. A look back on 25 & 26. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

AROUND THE INTERWEBS.

Here are a few things that I’ve been enjoying on the internet lately: *sigh* I love Daniel’s spaces! “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” – this was NOT said by Martin Luther King, Jr. 7 Life Lessons We Could All Learn from the Midwest! I’m surprised it took Microsoft this long to realize Windows 8 was a flop. Some music I’ve had on repeat: MC Chris; 2NE1; Lana Del Ray; Tegan and Sara. Such a colorful fun home! Self Pop Tart – photos of people holding up their cells for selfies, only their phones are replaced with Pop-Tarts.  So simple, yet so funny. There are Space Invaders all over this house!! Brian & I were watching Game of Thrones whenever we could download a whole season (and then we’d binge-watch like six episodes); now we’re trying to …

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BLOG THE SMALL THINGS.

I managed to only post one entry for the entire month of March.  Um, what?  April is not really going any better… I have SO many thoughts, projects, ideas, words, and photos, that there should be NO reason for this…  yet, I find myself making excuses relentlessly. Then something happened.  I was looking through photos on my phone (that I’ve, unsurprisingly, done nothing with), and I’ve realized how much our home has changed in just a short time, and I haven’t documented it fully.  I want something to look back on so we can see the details of how things came to be.  I need to stop waiting for everything to be “finished” — nothing will EVER be finished! So I’m going to try blogging the small stuff more often: Hopefully I’ll become more habitually in just posting the little things, because it’s lots of little things that make up …

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WEEKEND LINKS.

How to have a GREAT life – beautiful. I love things like these confessions.  Secrets are so addicted – some are so beautiful and others chill me to the bone.  We’re all hiding things… I’ve been meaning to do this to my trunk for years. I don’t really take a lot of photos of Brian & me anymore…  maybe I should challenge myself too. I really want to try all these fragrances because Brian is an insta-headache-from-any-smells sorta person too =/ “Random facts” were always fun to do when they were making rounds on Livejournal, Myspace, and eventually Facebook.  I almost thought I wrote #8, except I have a sister, not a brother (and I don’t think I’d melt down about it, just send back my toast at restaurants after ordering it dry and still getting it buttered).  How could I NOT love butter??? Words to take to heart about …

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