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The Blog

The daily, and somewhat random, musings from Ben. From the journeys, to the vlogs, to the behind-the-scenes-into-the-world moments.

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A HotelTonight Pool Party in Brooklyn

Ben Ashby

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If you follow me you know I love using HotelTonight. A few weeks ago we were invited to attend their pool party in Brooklyn and the Williamsburg Hotel. The views of Manhattan across the East River were just perfect. The food and music was splendid. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday in July. I thought I’d share a few of the images I took that day. If you’re hunting for hotels I highly recommend HotelTonight.

The Strawberry Patch 2018

Ben Ashby

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Fall is without question my favorite season. I utterly live for the barn sales, the changing leaves, the warm pumpkin spices lattes, and all the apple cider a person can handle. The official kick off for the autumn season in my world is always The Strawberry Patch barn sale in Hartsville, TN. The event is hosted by Christy Jo Stone on her family’s farm just outside of the tiny town of Hartsville. Each year Christy Jo brings together dozens of the very best vintage, antique, and hand made vendors from all across the south.

There are a few key elements needing for a successful barn sale, and Christy Jo captures them all. From fabulous vendors, to a mix of styles, to quality entertainment, and the best food trucks, and of course her signature fruit tea, Christy Jo creates a must visit event that is set among the rolling pastures and farmlands of the area.

This year I shot the event for a 2019 issue of Where Women Create so I can’t share too many of the photos here, but I do have a few of my favorites to give a taste of what you’ll be seeing in an issue sometime next year.

Until then, here are a few of my other favorite barn sales and markets to visit each fall:

A Day in the Country — Atwater, Ohio

Southern Junkers — Memphis, Tennessee

City Farmhouse — Franklin, Tennessee

Country Living Fair — Columbus, Ohio

The Hayloft — Port Royal, Tennessee

Gypsy Moon Marketplace — Bowling Green, Kentucky

The Strawberry Patch — Hartsville, Tennessee

Vintage Pickin — Fyfee, Alabama

Demetria Chappo | Where Women Create

Ben Ashby

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Demetria Chappo is a Brooklyn-based ceramic artist making home objects, decor, wall hangings and sculptures with with an emphasis on intricate designs and universal symbolism. Originally from Louisiana, she received a BFA in Acting from the University of Utah and currently lives on the Columbia Waterfront of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Her love of clay was inspired by her mother. She has exhibited her work in galleries and sells in shops across the US and internationally.

Website: www.demetriachappo.com Instagram: @demedemedeme

"I grew up in the lush South. A Louisiana native, I spent much of my youth surrounded by beautiful plants and creative parents who owned and operated a horticulture design firm. My love of ceramics come from my mother, who received her BFA in ceramics. My home in Louisiana has always had fresh flowers. In many ways, growing up with such beautiful natural environments taught me to look to my surroundings for inspiration. So, each morning when I walk to my Brooklyn office and stroll past the vibrant orange sand, rich brick reds, and stony grays of the nearby cement mixing company I find I’m still inspired by my surroundings."

"When I began my college career, I moved to the mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah. With new surroundings I found new inspiration. My undergraduate studies were in acting and theatre, and I had always dreamed of being a professional actress. While in Utah, I started taking my first art classes as electives. I would often drive up to Bountiful—north of SLC—where my university had an enormous studio and gas kiln, slowly I began to learn about ceramics."

"When I was five-years-old, I went to visit my godmother in New York City. Even at such a young age, the energy that the city held excited me. So many creative spirits and so much possibility. In first grade I acted in my first play, and from then on I knew that after college I would move to New York City. When I graduated, I did. I moved to New York with the hope of finding my group of fellow actors. Instead, after finding a few acting jobs here and there, a temp job led to a career in the beauty industry. I became disillusioned, and disheartened by the fact that I never found my theatre group."

"I worked in the beauty industry for years as a marketing agent. It was an enjoyable experience that taught me much about how to build a brand and market my products. All things considered, it always lacked a sense of passion. I remember walking down the street and experiencing a complete crisis of character. It was around 2008, so the rumblings of a downturn in the economy had me questioning my place."

FOR THE FULL STORY PICK UP THE SUMMER 2018 ISSUE OF

 

A Palm Springs Kind of Morning

Ben Ashby

I was out in the west on a motorcycle tour of Route 66 when I realized a friend of mine was also in Palm Springs for the morning. Like any smart millennial I Facebook stalked him to find out he was at the hotel next to mine. John, his girlfriend, and I met up for a few shots around town before heading out. 

TIP: If you're in a new area, never be afraid to ask on social if any friends are around...or better yet, find someone totally new. Meet up for photos, or coffee, or a Dole whip. 

Archives 01: Upstate Afternoon

Ben Ashby

I'm in the process of going through six years worth of our archives. I found these in a folder. These images were taken in the summer of 2013 in Upstate New York. 

 

Basic Bread Pudding

Ben Ashby

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I love bread pudding. A delicious treat perfect for any season. I had some extra loaves of apple cinnamon bread and a beautiful piece of Farmhouse Pottery to shoot. Bread pudding is one of the easiest desserts to make. A perfect way to use day old biscuits or bread or a cake that simply came out of the pan all wrong. 

 

When making bread pudding you can basically get away with anything. Add raisins or nuts if you’d like. You’ll need a sauce, but it can be a wide variety of things. My recipes is my favorite, but by no way diffenative.

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RECIPE

Loaf of bread

3 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon  

Add 1/2 cup raisins or nuts for additional flavor.  

 

Cube loaf of bread into 2” cubes. Mix all other Ingredients together and pour over bread. Allow mixture to sit for an hour or so for the bread to absorb the liquid. 

Bake in a 350 degree oven for up to one hour. Remove when the bread pudding is golden brown. 

 

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TOPPING

The sauce is truly the most flexible part of this recipe. Sometimes I make a basic caramel, sometimes I make a cream cheese icing, but my go to is an apple butter sauce that is a prime source of diabetes. (Diabetus) 

 

1 pint prepared apple butter  

1 stick melted butter  

1/2 cup brown sugar  

 

Mix all ingredients together. Pour over hot bread pudding. Serve hot or cold. 

Refrigerate if not serving right away. 

 

 

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BTS The SF Guide

Ben Ashby

You've seen our San Fransisco Guide to Nature, but we only had room to share just a few of the images. We wanted to share a whole bunch more of them.... 

These were all shot with the Canon 5D Mark IV and a Fuji X100F. Both available at BH Photo.

Huge thanks to Aviate, Makers Market, and Buck Mason for sponsoring many of the props and outfits in the images.