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ten things tuesday

#1. Saturday was a nap-taking sort of day.

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I would have included a photo of myself napping but the dogs are much cuter.

#2. Saturday was also a market day.  A favorite Saturday event!

There is a florist at the market who I absolutely adore!  Her arrangements are vintage, colorful, and just plain fun.

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Crisp wavy cucumbers + delicious heirloom tomatoes.

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Colorado peaches are in season!!!  I only ever buy the “seconds.”  Basically, they’re half off and supposed to come bearing bruises.  These did not. 

3lbs of organic local peaches for $5



#3. New food photography table which cost a whopping $19.99 at Ikea.  My current table was a heavy glass end table that was way too small and annoying to maneuver.  This table is much larger, lightweight, and even has a shelf to store props.

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#4. Whoa baby.  Definitely bought this with a 50% off 1 bakeware item coupon at Michaels.  A loaf of doughnut??  My head may just explode.

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#5. New spatula to add to my still-in-the-making vintage cookware wall.

Dakota approved.




#6. Leave me alone for 5 days and I’ll definitely make a few messes.  Chris was out of town on a backpacking trip.

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Leave me alone for 5 days and I’ll also definitely freak out every single night.  Having all of the windows open doesn’t help but with no A/C they must stay open.  The dogs could sense my worry and were more on edge which meant they were grumbling + barking at every noise they heard.  This only made me freak out more.  Oy.

#7. I may make messes but I also clean them up.  I switched the locations of our bookshelves and weeded out a bunch of old books.  This opened up a lot more space for where I take photos.

Dakota was of no help.

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New photo table on the left!

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#8. Saturday also included a lovely solo bike ride.  20 miles in the 90* heat at 9am.  The heat isn’t half as bad on a bike!

Beautiful view but the brown you see on the mountains was all caused from the crazy fires in June. 

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#9.  Super quick + easy office DIY project.

I’ve been looking for file/document holders like you see below.  However, I didn’t want to spend $10 a pop on them.  So instead I bought 5 for $1.99 at Ikea and then added a few little touches.

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They definitely look very boring + cheap.

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Time to chalkboard paint!  I got the idea from CB2.  They sell the same thing!  I’m sure they’re a bit heavier duty, but I think these will hold up just fine.

[and yes, there is GRAY [and mint green!] chalkboard paint…this is new to me!]

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A few coats + an hour later they were done.  Custom file/document holders that you can change whenever you want.  I know I’ll need to add quite a few more to the collection as these fill up, which is why I went with this super cheap option.

The ??? holder will soon be revealed!!

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#10.  When Chris got home he was checking out the blog to see what I cooked up while he was away.

The first thing he said was…”where are myyy tacossss??”

You don’t have to twist my arm to make these again.  Prepped + cooked in 35 minutes with only a cutting board, a knife, and a few plates to clean.  Favorite summer meal of 2012.  It’s been decided.

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I tried to make extra for leftovers but there’s not a scarp in sight.

Sleep time!


Reader Comments (16)

Great new little table set up, I can see the old one in one of the photos and this one looks so much bigger. Sounds like you got a ton accomplished!

Ashley--> SO much bigger!! It was quite the productive day.
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
I'm so jealous of all of the farmer's market pics around the blogosphere. I don't have one near me, yet. However, there is talk about one opening up. Looks like you had a very productive weekend and I love your dyi project....very creative.

Ashley--> I so hope one comes to your area soon. That would be fabulous!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim@hungryhealthygirl
Your new photo table is so cute! I also love the new file/document folders. Ikea is just the best.

Ashley--> Thanks, Dee!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee
Ikea to the rescue! Great finds. :-)
Ooh, I love your file holders - what a great idea! I tend to put papers into piles to organize them... this is a much better system :) And that was so creative to decorate them with chalkboard paint. I just might have to copy your wonderful idea!

Ashley--> Go right ahead! I am loving this cheap alternative, plus it's such an easy DIY.
A doughnut loaf?!?! I'm flipping out.

Also, I'm flipping sad that I missed you at Ikea last week. That new table sounds perfect!!

Ashley--> I knowwww. To both of your comments!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
In LOVE with those folder type things!!

Ashley--> Make them!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
So glad I got to meet you at the market this weekend. It is always nice to put a name with a face. I almost picked up an egg beater because a friend of mine received one for a wedding shower and I thought it was a cute idea, but didn't pull the trigger. Aw well got the girls a cookbook instead. There is always next month. You had said you went on a bike ride, but I thought you meant a short one. WOW! Nice job.
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara
OMG!! I love that donut pan.....awesome! We have been getting cuc's out of our word....YUM! :)

Ashley--> I'm hoping our garden cucumbers start making an appearance soon!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam
I'm so happy I stumbled upon your site the other day! Oh how I miss Colorado- the healthy, active lifestyle being close to the mountains offers. I love those CO peaches too! Look forward to more ;-)

Ashley--> Hi, Lynn! Thanks so much for saying hello!!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynn
Omg, I love that 1) your dogs wanted to protect you and 2) that Dakota ended up in like half of these pictures! Dogs are hilarious :)

Ashley--> And I love this comment! I didn't realize how many photos Dakota was in!
Fun recap! : ) I also get soo freaked out when my partner is out of town. I love the alone-time during the day, but nighttime is a whole different story!

Ashley--> You are telling meee!!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterraechel
That doughnut loaf is hilarious! Can't wait to see how you use it - cute pups, everytime I see a picture of them I whine to my husband that we need one (or three) !

Ashley--> Just stop at one...haha :)
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
What a fun DIY project! I may totally steal that... ;)

Ashley--> You are totally allowed!
Love the twisted doughnut pan!!
And the house looks great! Love the new photo table :)
July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Love your pics. I just bought a doughnut pan this past weekend - something must be in the air! I'm dying to use it soon.

Ashley--> Thanks, Ally! Yay for doughnut pans!

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