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18th Century Europe or the nearest Anthropologie store.
Artist, crafter, quilter, seamstress, dollmaker.
Interests: Sewing, quilting, doll making, history, 18th and 19th century art, John William Waterhouse paintings, John William Godward paintings, the American Revolution, reading, shopping at Anthropologie.
Recent Activity
StarSparrow is now following Vanessa Valencia
Mar 23, 2011
So, Typepad is expensive. It was worth it when I first began this blog roughly a year ago, because Blogger was very limited in what you could do. However, Google is doing amazing things with Blogger now, and it has made leaps and bounds past Typepad. Not to mention, it's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at StarSparrow
I'm almost done with the first trimester, and I am SO looking forward to feeling human again. The nausea, exhaustion, heart burn, dizziness, breakouts, and food aversions have been terrible! We are so excited about what the future holds for us as parents, however, for those out there trying to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2011 at StarSparrow
Thank you Kitty, I'm so glad you like it! I cannot wait for our adventure day next week. It will be worth waiting for. Happy Thanksgiving lovie! XOXO, Ashley
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2010 on Vintage-Style Nativity at StarSparrow
I finished the Nativity I've been working on, and I actually finished it before Christmas! I sculpted the heads, hands, and animals from paper-clay, and the bodies from tinfoil (cheaper than using paper-clay, and the bodies tend to be too thick to dry). I created the costumes on the body... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at StarSparrow
Excuse me, but we may be the same person! I am also a quilter, my name is Ashley, and I'm married to a Justin (we tied the knot in February)! I also adore sewing and birds. Like I said... we may be the same person! So, self, how do I get my hands on one of those awesome custom birds? Thanks Ashley!
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2010 on I'm always thinking about quilts. at Secret Holiday
StarSparrow is now following Ashley Anna Brown Durand
Nov 19, 2010
This past week, I thought it would be nice to build a gingerbread house. J thought it would be nice to eat a gingerbread house. We both ended up happy from that one! This photo of him diving into the finished product was just too cute not to share! And... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at StarSparrow
Awww you Sourpuss McScrooge!! It's okay, I still love you. :)
Haha, glad to know SOMEONE sides with me! I wish our town had their decorations up, but I don't think that they decorate at all (any decorations left out would be stolen overnight). Wow, quilts for gifts! I'd love to be a relative of yours this Christmas! I've been so busy with other things, I've had no time to make gifts, so I'm just searching out neat handmade things from other artisans that I think loved ones will adore.
In less than a month, a very lovely couple is getting married. I designed the silhouettes for their wedding, which were printed on 150 thank you cards, and the menus for the reception. I also created 12 gorgeous pendants for the bride and wedding party. The pendants will be tied... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at StarSparrow
The song is somewhat terrifying in its awfulness, so I don't blame you! Now I'm about to go look up "Thistle Hair the Christmas Bear" and give it a go, I've never heard it before! The wooden chicken ornament sounds really neat. You should post photos! ~Ashley
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2010 on A Christmas Ornament Party at StarSparrow
Yesterday, being a lovely Saturday, seemed like the perfect time to put on some Christmas music and make ornaments! It's getting close to that time of year, and since it is my favorite time of year, I'm only too anxious for it to begin! Lucy came over about 12pm, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at StarSparrow
Thank you, I'm glad you like her!! I'd love to model dresses for you. Maybe next Friday? If that works for you I will come and I will do my hair all pretty :) XOXO, Ashley
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2010 on Magritte the Tree Angel at StarSparrow
(Before I begin, I'd like to apologize for my long absence! I was very ill for about two weeks, and I was not able to make anything during that time. But I'm all back now!) Recently, I was inspired by Jenni Horne's gorgeous tree angel, Cherish. I decided to make... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at StarSparrow
This has been an "off" week for me. You know what I'm talking about, we've all had them! That's why there have been so few posts. I've gotten NO sewing done. My internet has been down intermittently (on my computer only, J's is fine... thanks Dell...) for the past few... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at StarSparrow
Thank you April! I can't wait to get it done, I think they all did such a smashing job and it's going to be fabulous when it's done!
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2010 on Hangin' With My Gnomies at StarSparrow
September was my month as Queen Bee in the Bee Modern Too group on Flickr. I've received all but one of the blocks back so far, and I couldn't wait to share how it's coming along! For my block I chose gnomes, mushrooms, and anything "gnomish". The gals in my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at StarSparrow
On Sunday my brother will be leaving for Afghanistan. I had a wonderful time visiting with him this past week, and it was so hard to say goodbye! April can't come fast enough... To get my mind off of that, I've been "dream shopping", as in, if I had some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at StarSparrow
Tokyo street corner, and a hot and cold vending machine near our hostel (There were also beer vending machines!). I'm currently making the 9 hour drive home to Georgia from North Carolina, so I'll be sure to blog about my trip tomorrow. Until then here's why I've been on break... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at StarSparrow
Incredible details of the Early Edo Architecture at Nikko. Top, looking up at the highly carved and detailed eaves of one of the buildings, bottom, a door in a breezeway (That door was twice as tall as me!). Here's why I'm on break for the week. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at StarSparrow
Beautiful ancient lanterns erected by past Emperors, and incredible architecture on the Shimojinko building (Storehouse), Early Edo Period, c. 1603. Here's why I'm on break for the week. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at StarSparrow
The beautiful Hon-dō, or Main Buddha Hall, at Nikko, and a beautiful pine tree nearby. Here's why I'm on break for the week. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2010 at StarSparrow
Cedar pollen rising like smoke over the mountains in Nikko, and yours truly in full Kimono awaiting the beginning of a tea ceremony. Here's why I'm on break for the week. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at StarSparrow
Graffiti near our inn, and vintage kimonos for sale at the weekend antique market. The kimonos were ¥500, which is about $6.00. (Both photos: Kiryu, Japan) Here's why I'm on break for the week. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at StarSparrow