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What I’m Digging


Happy Friday, friends! As I type this, I can hear a fan blowing upstairs in Huxley’s room, to move around the humidity and warm air from last night and this morning’s rain. There’s also the triumphant, vigilant crows of R.C. (for “Rooster Cogburn”) off in the distance. And, perhaps most notably, there’s the playful banter presently taking place on the patio between my mom and Huxley. They already played both “Robot” and “Rodeo” and “build a barn for the horse” upstairs in his room, and they’ve now migrated outdoors, to explore and have adventures. Thank goodness for seriously silly and always down for playtime Grandmas!

In this season of graduations, I’ve got a post up on failure in Verve, because what’s better when you’re basking in your successes than a bit of humbling wisdom to steer you straight? Honestly, though, a good deal of what I considered abject failures at the time morphed into some of my most enduring victories in the final analysis.

Otherwise, heres’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*These products (made by two mamas in Tennessee) have great packaging.
*Really enjoying getting to know this blog (bonus=homemade fennel toner!!!).
*The What & Why of a Book Proposal.
*Great idea for DIY constellations (plus, Imagine Childhood has a great giveaway going on-$100, friends!).
*25 ideas for summer merry-making!
*Love this article on beach foraging with a Maine chef.
*These remedies will definitely be added to our bags when we travel to Mexico next month.
*David Lebovitz’s kale chips!
*Ah, sun tea. How I love thee so.
*Holy hot pink slugs!

We’ll be celebrating the engagement of our buddies Rob & Karie tomorrow evening. Jen is hosting and the theme is “Moroccan potluck.” I’m bringing an Almond & Orange cake, topped with pillows of rose water-inufsed whipped cream and some marzipan-filled figs dipped in chocolate. Nicole and Hannah are coming, too. Should be a very, very good time!

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I post a photo of Huxley here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. Here he is in a photo outtake for a freelance project I’m working on, sporting his new rain boots and a customized garden tote! 


One Response to What I’m Digging

  • Stephanie @ henry happened says:

    Hi Ashley – I’ve been meaning to leave a comment to thank you for the link – you totally made my day :) I just love your site- I found you via Design Sponge after trying your homemade chai recipe (yum!). Thank you again. Oh, and I’m so excited to find Made on Acorn Hill since I’m a Tennessee mama too!