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Ashley Hackshaw is the editor, designer and DIYer behind the wildly popular Lil Blue Boo. After spending six years in investment banking and getting an MBA in between, Ashley decided to pursue her passion in the creative world. Now she runs the successful Lil Blue Boo clothing line, clothing pattern line and DIY website. More recently she’s written The Cancer Chronicles, a detailed journey of her battle with a rare cancer Choriocarcinoma, intertwined with her creative lifestyle. Ashley also writes daily for Babble Home.

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Why My Family Is Moving to a 1950′s Motor Inn

Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities. -Woman’s Home Companion, December 1935 I’m a little tired today. It’s a lot of work trying to sort and get rid of 30+ years of MORE »

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Things I’ve Made for a Handmade Easter

I love coming up with little handmade items that my daughter can use year over year for holidays like Easter. I was so tired of the plastic Easter baskets piling up and items that were just discarded year over year. One of my favorite things is the rustic Easter basket that can be used year MORE »

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Best Apps for Your Next Roadtrip

I’m moving cross country in just a few short weeks. Our house is for sale, we are selling everything in it, and hoping to spend some time visiting this sites from California to North Carolina. Not having been to many states for any extended period of time, I don’t really know the big tourist draws MORE »

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Icebreakers: The Best Way to Get a Party Started

Icebreakers are a great way to get a party started, especially when not everyone knows each other. Try this easy-to-make icebreaker bingo in your next party or social gathering!

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Fun Free Font Downloads for Spring

Spring is coming! With Easter, Spring Break, and summer on the horizon, you likely have lots of projects in mind. Here are 10 free fonts to encourage creativity as the warm weather approaches. Download and use them to create everything from stationary to blog graphics etc. Click on the font names below to access the MORE »

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12 Handmade Etsy Easter Gifts that You Don’t Have to Make Yourself

There’s something so special about buying handmade, sometimes the best part is that someone ELSE is making it. I’m a DIY junkie, but sometimes I just I love browsing Etsy collections and vintage items to see what amazing things I can find that I don’t have to make myself.  Etsy has the best selection of MORE »

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Free Printable 8×10 Artwork for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day holds a special meaning for me … not because I’m Irish, but because it was my dad’s birthday. I think he always wanted to be Irish … because Ireland (and Scotland) is where he said the true game of golf is played. I don’t know about that … but I do love MORE »

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8 Great Quotes about Marriage

Did you know that February is National Wedding Month? Makes sense because it is the month of Love. February is considered National Wedding Month not because of the number of weddings that take place, but because this is when the most couples start planning for the big day.      Here are 8 great quotes MORE »

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Make Easy DIY Valentine Treat Bags with a Printable Download

Still need Valentine’s Day gift ideas? How about an easy printable that you can pair up with regular sandwich bags? Just print, cut, fold and staple! My daughter’s class this year is trying to stay away from candy, so I’ll be filling these with little bags with school supplies needed for the classroom, but you MORE »

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