Friday, July 31, 2009

good morning world

I know my posts have been few and far between lately. But I am still here! I still love you! I am still dedicated to this blog and to living an authentically creative life. It would be easy for me to get all mad at myself for not posting more lately. That is my natural reaction to things when I feel like I don't measure up to my (mostly unrealistic) expectations.

But today, instead of beating myself up about all of the things I mess up on, I woke up and said this......

(good morning world, by ashley inzer - size 5x7)

(good morning world, by ashley inzer - size 5x7)

I am learning (thanks for an AMAZING e-course I am taking with Deb from djo creative) to ask myself "how can I contribute" each day. When I do this I am taken away from thoughts of fear and comparison and brought into thoughts of abundance and trust. It reminds me that the things I am good at and love to do are actually the things I am supposed to be doing....if I stay true to my natural talents and desires I can actually be of service to the world in a great way (and, more than ever in my life, I have such a strong desire to be of service).

Feel free to download the pdfs in blue/yellow or black/red to print out and put on your nightstand or hang in your bathroom so you can remember to ask yourself the question each morning. I wonder what would happen in the world if we all did this??

Monday, July 27, 2009

baby shower

The baby shower was a success! The food was yummy, the atmosphere was fun there were even crafts involved. We had a onesie decorating table with tons of supplies for everyone to choose from...there were paints and stamps and embroidery and iron-ons. I think it was set it up so that even those who don't believe they are creative wouldn't feel intimidated. The results were beautiful!! ( photos below)

I have thrown about a million showers in my lifetime and I have to admit that this is the very first shower that I didn't purchase a single living flower for. Not one. This time I decided to make them all out of tissue paper. There were tissue paper flowers all over the place....hanging from the ceiling, in vases on the mantel and on the tables, on the mailbox outside....I think it turned out beautiful and special and unique.

The flowers outside got blown around a good bit by the wind but I still think they were pretty. The garland was made from felt and twine.

Fun favors for all of the guests to take home. We filled mason jars with the yummy Oreo Truffles that Spencer is wildly famous for providing at all of my office functions. These labels are available for download right here.

I LOVE this garland...made out of felt and twine. I might have been the only person that thought it was adorable..... but it wouldn't be the first time.

Guests were able to choose pieces of clothing from the clothesline to decorate. It was functional and completely adorable as decor. I mounted photos on felt that Jana (the mom-to-be) provided of her and her husband as babies.

The labels that I designed for the drinks and jellies are available for download right here.

I'm not a fan of baby shower games but this one was so much fun...and hilarious, at the mom-to-be's expense. (don't hate me Jana!)

A corsage for Jana made out of felt and ribbon.

The onesie decorating table was covered with different color fabrics and pieces of brown kraft paper. (I got a huge roll of it from Home Depot...I use that stuff for everything)

The onsie decorating results were so cool. I loved seeing which supplies each person was naturally drawn to and what they chose to do. It really was so much fun.

Thank you Jana for allowing me to be part of such a special occasion! I can't wait to meet little Drew....not too much longer!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

printable tags

I have been super busy this week and haven't had much time to devote to blogging. But to let you know that I appreciate you more than you can imagine I designed some printable tags for you to download and use whenever and wherever you please! These are great for gifts, favors, labels, scrapbooking...I'm sure there's more but I can't think of everything right now (so sleepy).

Download the tags here and enjoy!

Love you,

p.s. just one know I am obsessed with them right now...

"Rejoice in your growth, in which you naturally can take no one with you. And Be kind to those who remain behind and be sure and calm before them and do not torment them with your doubts, and do not frighten them with your confidence or joy which they could not understand." taken from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Monday, July 20, 2009

painting my deepest truths

"This is the leap, when you’re ready to share your gifts with the world, to take the risk and say, “Here. Here is who I am. Here is what I’ve created.” It’s a bold time, a brave time, a time full of risk and of joy. This is when you embrace the deepest truth of who you are and step fully into what you want to bring to this world." - Jamie Ridler

What do you say we all embrace our deepest truths and experience profound peace in the midst of our deepest fears? Lets all do it together....right now.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

keeping peace

The pink Make Peace illustration that I posted for download a while back seemed to really resonate with a lot of people. One Pretty Thing posted about it and Soule Mama even listed it on her "loving" section of her blog (I feel like she is super famous and was pretty shocked to see that she somehow knew of my little blog).

Anyway, ever since I noticed people responding to my illustration I began to really think about how reminding myself of a few simple words on a regular basis can be so powerful. I can be in the midst of a miserable situation and take a look at those words and immediately be reminded back to peace. Its powerful stuff, really. It actually works.

So to honor these beautiful words I have started a series of illustrations for you to download and print yourself. This way you can have one for every room of your house or office or car or...wherever!

Here are 2 new designs......

download the above make peace - lace illustration.

More designs to come!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Right now I am daring to dwell in the midst of possibility. Will you join me?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

reading deprivation

(I am trying out new stitches. It's kind of like freestyle embroidery....i love it!)

I am going to disappear for a few days. From my blog, from your blogs, from twitter, Facebook and all of the precious books and magazines I own. Yesterday marked the start of my week of reading deprivation. Julia Cameron teaches that if I really stick it out " Our reward will be a new outflow. Our own art, our own thoughts and feelings, will begin to nudge aside the sludge of blockage, to loosen it and move it upward and outward until once again our well is running freely."

I often find myself thinking the same thought time and time again....I want to find my voice, my style and my own authenticity. Maybe Julia is right and the best way to do so is to limit the media chatter that I fill my mind with all day long. I am willing to give it a shot.

This is not something I am looking forward to. This actually scares the crap out of me. I was telling my mom the other day that the whole reason I love Twitter is because it allows me to constantly be distracted and bombarded with information all day long. I love the combination of information and technology. Sometimes it feels like I need it like I need air.

Hopefully there will be rewards from this experiment that I can share with you all next week.

I'll see you on the other side!

Monday, July 6, 2009

stuff from the week

I hope you all are having a great week. Thank you for your kind words and friendships. They mean more to me than I can express.

Your friend,

Thursday, July 2, 2009

baby shower invitation reveal

Ok, as promised...the reveal of the final invitations......

But first, a warning....I have a REALLY hard time photographing products, especially paper products. I hope you can get a good feel for what they really look like. I am working on improving in this area, along with about 4000 other "areas" in my life.

Note: Captions are above photos in this post

Here are the invitations and address labels pre-cut (printed on a laser printer)

Here is a close-up, still pre-cut....

And here is the front of the invite with the envelope....

This is the back of the invite....cute little pattern.....

And this is my favorite part.....the labels!!

The labels wrapped around to the back of the envelopes....

So what do you think? I think these little animals are going to be such a fun theme to work with. I plan to incorporate the bright colors into every possible aspect of the shower. It's gonna be like someone puked a rainbow.