September 20, 2013 Ash
Do you ever have one of those days that you just want to get rid of everything you own, including the computer, the television, the iPhone, the iPad, the technology, the many pairs of shoes, jeans, the multitude of toys, the crazy collection of furniture and sheets, magazines and books, containers and lamps and lint rollers and just all around crap? THAT is definitely a run-onn sentence. I am having one of those days. Today I want to do all of the above. I want to take my family and move to the country. I mean, the Italian countryside would kick ass, but we currently can't do that so I...more
September 12, 2013 Ash
Lately I have been doing a little bit of soul searching-and complaining-about how I look. It seems to be quite the topic of conversation in my head, on this blog, to my friends, and to my husband. What I do not want to happen is it carry over to Byrd. A new friend who could not be more supportive or kind told me yesterday "Listen. You are beautiful. Numbers don't make you who you are and you don't have cancer. You can work on getting stronger and you will feel better about yourself. Beauty is on the inside. You have been injured for so long. It alters perception of self. You have...more
September 11, 2013 Ash
I know you are all looking for something extra cool and super fun to do Thursday, September 19th in Austin.....and I have just the thing. There is this really awesome group called the Austin Bat Cave- a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides children and teenagers (ages 6-18) with opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills. All of the programs are free. My good friends Sara Oswalt and Austin Mckenna are on the board, as well as...more
August 30, 2013 ash
sooooo-i had the ultimate pleasure of working on the most wonderful of wonderful weddings this year with a girl who has since become one of my nearest and dearests. it took place at a restaurant in austin called contigo which truly could be the greatest place on earth. the staff outdid themselves at their first ever wedding-i was just so happy to be working with these talented folks. since i have all but retired from the wedding world, i wanted to post this amazing video that another talented friend made for me,...more
August 25, 2013 Mommy
Dear Woodson (aka Woods, Mr. Handsome, Mr. Lover, Baby Love),
Man I love you (I love you too Byrd in case you are reading this love note, but today I need to say some things about your brother). It is 9:22 Saturday night as I write this entry. On Thursday, August 22nd, we went on a walk together-you in the jog stroller and me pushing behind. You had your blanket-the softest, sweetest baby blue blanket that we ever did see and that you called bankie. When we got home I was in such a rush to get dressed to take you to school I didn't even notice that bankie was gone and I am just...more
August 23, 2013 Ash
Since relocating to Atlanta, I have had to let go of many things. At the same time, I have been able to welcome many wonderful things and people into my life in this new world. I have been working hard this week gathering items that I no longer feel that I need for The Byrd Collective. Vases. Candles. Lanterns. Fabric. Mason Jars. All will be for sale tomorrow at The Goat Farm. If you are in the Atlanta area, please come say hi to us. Sweet Amy Osaba and...more
August 7, 2013 ash
aside from the fact that my constant companion started kindergarten today-and that is strange enough on it's own-something really odd happened. i actually found myself trying to find ways to improve our house to stay. when i took the photo of byrd holding her 1st day of school ever sign i just melted. my first thought was gosh i just want this photo to happen year after year in front of this crape myrtle that never blooms in front of the house that i wish had sold that never feels quite like my own. now, today i realize i let go of my byrd just a bit. i watched her run up the steps of...more
June 11, 2013 ash
well, i have decided to add a little something to my site-please be patient with me as it looks totally homegrown right now (because it is). I am going to start posting things that have found/collected/and love that i am just ready to part ways with-so they will hopefully find their way into another awesome home. look for cool vintage dresses, clothes that are lightly worn, vessels, art, etc......
and let me know what you think-i am happy to send more images to anyone who is interested and measurements for garments.
ps-the shop is small and there is...more
July 4, 2013 Ash
its a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me and i'm feeling good-no one sings this better than nina simone and i love hearing her voice utter these words.
it is certainly no mystery that i have not felt great the past year-i have fought my demons (both physical and emotional). even though i learned a great deal of life lessons i continue to make mistakes just like everyone else. you see, you find out that life goes on and you feel so grateful for your life, your friends, your love, your breath, your children, your husband, your parents, your siblings, your extended...more