Sunday, December 30, 2007

Check it out!

I got lots of compliments on a bracelet that I was wearing last night. I don't wear a lot of jewelry but last night was a special occassion so I thought - why not! I don't buy a lot of jewelry but I do look at a lot. It has to be really special in order for me to buy it really. I love wholesale stuff though - i want all of that. I'm a sucker for great deals. I was looking at this wholesale fashion jewelry website - it's pretty awesome. I don't know how wholesale works really but all I care about are the deals :) You do have to buy a lot to get the wholesale discounts though. I think that's why a store in the city - it has everything in bulk and you get it for really cheap. It's such a great deal - and it makes my day when I find stuff like that.

It's been a nice break.

Things have been going well. I want to post a picture of a painting that Troy and I created together but I don't have my cord here to upload photo unfortunately. It turned out so beautiful and I love to gaze at it!

I went to a dinner party last night and it was really lovely. I saw some people that I haven't seen since highschool. It was full of really great food, and lots of laughs.

I'm going to try and do some visiting tonight. Troy has to work tonight starting at 4:00pm and he won't get off until 4:00am - which totally sucks.

I hate how my break is almost over. I have 3 whole days (not including today) left - it just went by so quickly and I feel like all I did was lay around and be lazy :P

Friday, December 28, 2007

Winter Weather

Troy got some really cute things for Christmas. He's taking things out from under the tree and putting them away now. He got some really cool tools; smaller ones like Swiss Army knifes and all that jazz. It's nice for him to get little tools - they come in handy when he is doing his lawn care stuff in the summer time. I can't wait for summer. Winter is starting to really annoy me. Plans keep getting ruined because of the crazy weather. I hate that. When I have an idea in my head and I want to get it done - I obsess over it. Then I can't do it because of the weather - it's just super annoying.

Days go by

When I started my Christmas vacation I had a week and a half. Now I have less than a week and it makes so sad to think about how the days are going by so quickly and I'm going to have to go back to work sooner everyday. I've been spending a lot of time with my friend Stephanie which makes me really happy. I spend everyday with Troy which is great too. The good thing about going back to work next Thursday is that I will only have two days then I will have another weekend!

I am looking forward to going to the mall and some other stores and spending my gift certificates. I really want to buy a plant pot and make a branch tree :) I can't wait. I bought cute little lights yesterday for it.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Car IN THE DITCH!

I wish I had half decent tires. I thought they were good, or should I blame it on the freezing rain -well anyways.. I totally put the car in the ditch. We'll techincally I didn't - Troy did - but still it's all the same. I am so lucky though and it hardly got a scratch - there was lots of snow and sticks to cushion our crash. It sucked having to call a tow truck and everything though.

I had plans to go to the city and hang out with some friends but that plan has now been shot. It's sucks. I wanted to go so bad - but Troy's right - it's not worth risking our lives - again. Crappy weather!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas~

Merry Christmas Everyone!


I hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas. Mine was just peachy. I got some nice things - including some new paint brushes! Which is so wonderful because the cats ate my good ones - so I have been struggling lately when it came to painting tiny things like my pendants! My kitten is lying here beside me right now - he's so sweet! I got Elmer some hairball medication for Christmas -haha.

I hope to hear from all my pals on here and that they had a great Christmas!

Christmas!

I got quite a bit of money for Christmas which was really nice. I told myself that any extra money that I got for Christmas I would put it towards yoga classes that I would really like to take. Of course I am second guessing this all but I still would love to - I just don't know if I can afford it now. I'm going to send some money to student loans this week hopefully. I'm going to send them a nice check :) Mallory is going to be putting her money towards an eliptical or a treadmills or something! I'm not quite sure but I think it would be nice, as long as it doesn't take up too much room. :)

It has been a lovely Christmas so far!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wow - this week...


This week has been so strange. I ended up not working on Monday... then Tuesday was a 12 hour day. I had a half a day yesterday AND today because I had been feeling so crappy. I didn't volunteer to go home - my boss and co-worked made me I swear! I get home and I just relaxed really.

Today I started a new pendant, finished a letter to a friend, and I finished a painting that I think I am going to give to my friend for Christmas :) I decided this only today and I am meeting with her this weekend to give it to her. Hopefully she isn't reading this :) I am just going to gloss it and then I can wrap it tomorrow!

I listed that pendant up there ^^ a few days ago and It already has over 50 views! I'm so impressed.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Loooooooooong Ugh Day

I feel awful today. I've been feeling gross since mid last week with a headache and it has offically turned into a head cold. Since school's were closed and my programs for work were cancelled yesterday we are doing the evening program tonight instead. I really should have said I couldn't do it but I didn't want to be a let down. Three hours with 10 school age children. This is an hour longer than the usual evening programs.

It's going to be so brutal. I just can't wait until it's over. I feel so gross. I can't breathe. It's like when you have to eat with your mouth half open because you can't breathe type thing. I really should get some cold medicine. I have some at home that I think i'll take when I get home tonight and then I'll go right to bed!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Hip it cufflinks!

I love little old men - as long as they aren't totally creppy. But the cute little meek ones are great. I love it when little old men wear gold cufflinks too. Cufflinks seem like something from the past but they are really coming back in style and I see people of all ages wearing them now. You are get some really "hip" ones lately. I see lots on the internet for sale. My Christmas shopping is all done or I would totally pick some up for my dad. That would be too adorable. I finished wrapping up my presents this morning and everything! What a lazy day this is going to be! How glorious!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The littlest tree



I love painting these pendants because they don't take too long to create and that allows me to list regularly on etsy - which makes me feel good. I hope this will help in my sales if I have one thing that I have lots of variety in. Larger paintings are hard to sell. I listed two more pendants (I have to redo some of the photos) up that I listed yesterday - this little tree being one of them. The tree one is a little bit tinier than the other ones I have listed so it's a little bit cheaper. I have FIVE listed now! Hopefully I can get more and more up! I have 2 more to list but I need to take photos of them first :)

Snowfall warning this afternoon and I'm still in Bridgewater - I don't know what I am going to do =\

Friday, December 14, 2007

It's Friday!

It's the weekend! And I am so glad! Work today went by very quickly and now I am at Troy's waiting for him to get out of the shower! I am visiting here with him until Sunday. He has to work tomorrow during the day but hopefully I can visit with Stephanie for a bit while he is at work. My mom wanted me to go shopping - but I can't even imagine it with the crazy crowds and everything.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

fancy things.

I am not usually a jewelry kinda girl. I have one ring that I wear from Troy that I wear most often. But this holiday season it's been different. I have been googly over sparkly things in fancy jewelry stores. I was looking at some cute diamond pendants last week and also at some lockets. I would like to have a necklace that I wear everyday just like my ring - but it doesn't matter to me too much. I am not that picky, I do just love having pieces of Troy with me throughout the day and I think that's what I like most.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pluck my heart


Pluck my heart
Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
I have been so busy lately! I just have been being so creative I haven't found the time to sit down and write in this blog much! I thought this time would never come but I guess things happen!

I have been pretty busy with work. It keeps me on my toes. I can't wait for my Christmas break which starts next Friday! I am going to spend most of my time with Troy in Bridgewater which is going to be really nice. I am actually really excited about it. :)

I listed THREE new pendants! I got so excited that my heart one sold so quickly that I went pendant crazy and listed three (well I acutally listed four and did a trade for the other one which you can see under my "sold" items)

Hopefully in the new year I will continue to get more buzz and list more and more things!

Monday, December 10, 2007

More Monday Blues

I really need to do something about my vision. Troy said that he would pay to get my eye's lazer surgeried (is that a word?) for Christmas. I know he was joking but it would be so nice to get them done. I am so fed up with glasses and contacts. My eyes ache right now, and I can't wait to go home and take my contacts out - it will feel so much nicer. Throughout the day my eyes just get so tired. I used to be able to wear my contacts 24/7 but now I can't wear them even for a whole work day.

I can't wait to go home and relax my head for a bit.

I can't wait to go home and paint!

Monday blues.

My weekend went by so fast - but it was good. I spent time with Troy yesterday cutting down a tree and hauling some brush away. He and his friend Greg went sledding (or "coasting" as we call it here) and that was fun too. I tried going down and I went over their ramp and I totally wiped out. It was awful but I didn't mind watching them. They were too funny.

I am going to hopefully finish some pendants today and list them on etsy! I really hope I will.

It's snowing here! I hope it doesn't get too gross outside!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Communication is key.


I'm so proud of Troy. His business grew a lot this summer. I think if he keeps at it it's going to get more and more bigger every year. I think eventually he's going to have to get a better phone system. He has his cell phone which he hardly uses and no voice mail for it. I was checking out this Talkswitch website and I think a headset would be really good for him when he's driving in between the properties that he is doing. They are actually a lot cheaper than I had expected them to be to. I think when his birthday rolls around I'm going to get him something to do with communication with his business. I think he would really appreciate that. Talkswitch they say is perfect for small businesses which would be great for Troy because eventually he is going to have some people to work along side with him. I think he is doing well and as long as he keeps advertising like he does I think his business is going to grow and grow each year - as long as he has his communication methods down pat! If people can't get a hold of you - they will go to the next guy.

It's all about love.

It's been a lovely weekend so far. I went to my workshop yesterday and it was really good. They had a photo of a bathtub full of pillows and now I really want one for our playroom. Could you imagine little children climbing in that - how adorable would that be.

Troy and I are waiting for his friend Greg to get ready and then we are going to go down by the river and cut up a tree on someones property. It's not too exciting but it needs to be done before even more snow comes!

I'm obsessed with making art pendants now. I love them and I think they are going to go over really well. I ordered more so I can make more in the new year.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Messy cable world.

I always have wires and cables everywhere.
Especially with Christmas there are even more wires and cables everywhere. I don't mind it too much as long at it doesn't look too messy. These fiber optic cables are pretty cool looking. I really like how they are so clear. It's the ugly black cables everywhere that make everything look so disgusting and cluttered. I don't mind Christmas lights though and the cords for those because I know that they are only temporary.

Work it out.

I'm so glad it's the weekend! Finally! Some time to rest and not worry about work. I am always worring about something to do with work - all the time! It consumes me - but I guess that's something that I really have to work on.

I am starting to get into the Christmas spirit. I think mostly because I am really excited to give out the presents that I have bought. I can't wait for people to enjoy them finally!

I am going to bed soon. I just wanted to try and find some time to write in this thing. I have really been slacking this past week - there are just so many things that I want to do! And not enough time to do it all.

I have a workshop all day tomorrow so that's what tomorrow is going to consist of!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

What a week!

This week has honestly just been a write off. It went by so quickly! I can't believe it's Thursday already but yet I haven't had time to really do anything. It was hard finding time to plan things for work and registration day was insane. It's pretty snowy here too - but not as bad as some places. No school cancellation in this city yet but there have been many around the province.

I haven't even had time to write in this, or paint of anything!

Troy came down yesterday afternoon and spent the night. It was so nice! I have a workshop all day Saturday so I won't see him until the evening. But at least he doesn't have to work on Sunday and I will be able to visit with him then!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

old old houses with old old faces.

I enjoy real estate. I've been obessed with the new idea of building a house in the woods and as Troy would say "live off the land". I love nature. I think the more time I spend in this city the more I miss my nature bound roots. I like that my parents are real estate agents. They show me some beautiful pieces of land and some beautiful old houses. Sometime I would love them to show me a few places. I like when they have open houses so I can just go and look around.

ding ding ding! Sold!

Oh my gosh!


I am so surprised!

Someone just bought my wooden pendant from me! I can't believe it. It was the most recent thing I had posted in weeks! Maybe even a month and someone bought it already. I love this because it gets me in such a great mood to paint and get my creative juices flowing again. I have been in a bit of a rut lately creatively because I have been so busy with other things. (Learning how to play the banjo before Christmas being one of them). This is an affirmation though for me to start doing more pendants I think. I have a little heart one that I may post up now that I have a better feeling.

I took better pictures but didn't even get a chance to change them before it was purchased. Anyways... Here's a better photo. (I love natural light).

Friday, November 30, 2007

Here I am in Bridgewater. Troy had to work a few hours this morning but he just got home. I was just bumming around on the internet. Searching, writing, checking my e-mails - all that jazz. I was going to start my laundry but Troy is home before I thought he would be.

I think we have some grand plans. We are going to go back to his camp - do some tree hunting. My books from Amazon.ca arrived yesterday. I bought two tree identifying books so we can go hiking and find trees and all that jazz. It's going to be magical.

I need to be productive, eat some breakfast and shower :)

Annoyances.

Those were the days of pop ups. I know I personally hate them and people must share the same loathing because the popup blocker was born. It's annoying having something in your face every five seconds. I know that I have a pop up blocker and I'm sure glad that I do. I would go insane without it. There are lots of ways that people can advertise on the internet but in my opinion, people do not want to go to a website or buy something if it's from a pop up. SO don't do it people - don't create popups for websites. No one's going to see it anyways!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

End of the work week for me!

A few more hours to go and they I am going to be home free! I am going to take an extra long weekend but I have acculated a lot of overtime hours so I am going to take tomorrow off and spend time with Troy! I think (if it's not too chilly) we are going to go camping in his cabin in the middle of nowhere. It's going to be nice. I even bought smelly melon candles just for the occasion. We always get back there and have no candles at all. I'm so impressed with myself that I actually remembered!

I make a new mobile. I'll try and take a half decent picture of it and post it up!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Over the Hump! (finally)

Today is going well.

I went to a potluck at a local church that we do outreach at – so that was really nice. Today’s programming is going well and I have some time to do some odds and ends of things. I am going to finish up a secret santa thing and hopefully mail it off tonight. It’s through a group of friends I have met through etsy. I am excited about it, but I do need to mail it by the end of the week!

I can’t wait to go home and get my creative juices flowing! I have so many things I would really like to work on. Hopefully I’ll get some photos up tonight :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Movies!

I have seen some people deck out rooms in their houses just like a mini movie theatre. I think it is really cool though. They must be total movie buffs! I enjoy a movie here and there but I'm not obsessed with them or anything. I think it is really cool when they have the home theater lighting with it and everything. That really does make for the whole experience. Lighting does everything for me. I love my little lights and my lamps. I don't enjoy flourescent lights or overhead lights much.

Lovely Love art again!


I listed this new pendant on etsy tonight! Finally! Something new to add! I don't know when my next thing will get up but at least this is a start! I got some wooden pendants off of etsy and it made me really happy when I got them in the mail. I painted a few so far but I'm not sure if the other one's are really "worthy enough to sell" so I am just going to list this one for now. I am going to take better pictures of it hopefully tomorrow but I just got antsy and wanted to list it while i had the laptop!

Anways, check it out!

Like I promised:


Here is a picture of my kitty. It is actually a picture of my kitty as well as my sister's kitty. They are almost four months old now and just as crazy as always. Mine is the one on the left that has more white on him and I named him Elliot. I love names that start with "E". My other cats I have had (one which is still living - the other one which as passed) both have names that start with "E": Ediyth and Elmer. Ediyth was Elliot mommy but she got hit by a car right after he found his new home. It was sad, but everything worked out.

He's so silly :)

It's a mild Tuesday evening

It takes me forever to catch up on the computer. If I'm not on it even for a few hours I have to check so many things, and of course update this suckah!

I am getting excited for Christmas. I just went out and got a few more things. It wasn't as crazy as it was on the weekend though which was nice because Saturday was just ridiculous - I'm never doing that again - that's for sure!

I didn't get anything up on etsy like I had wanted to - but the night is still young! I'm just downloading some photos from the weekend now and will most likely post some up on facebook.

Opportunities arise.

Troy seems to have a watchful eye out for any type of business opportunity. I don't think it's because he really wants to find new jobs all the time, his interests just vary so greatly and he finds more and more things that he love to do. He's totally a hands-on kinda of person and I do think he does have some sort of attention deficiet disorder because he's always all over the place. Even though it can be annoying that he can't settle I think that's one of the reason's I just love him to pieces. I'm glad that I am taking Friday off. We are going to have such a great weekend together - I just can't wait.

My kitty!

I love my kitty. I'll have to take a picture of him and post it up on here sometime.

The last two nights he's been sleeping right beside me. I wake up in the middle of the night and he's still there being all adorable and everything! Mallory's kitten comes in and sleeps on my bed for a little bit sometimes too.

One program this morning then in the afternoon I am free to get some stuff done so hopefully I'll find the time to write another post or two (or three)!

I didn't post things on etsy like I wanted to last night because my sister had her computer but hopefully I will tonight if she leaves her computer at the apartment.

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's a good monday

Even though my weekend went by super fast it was lovely. I was able to spend time quality time with some of my most favourite people in the world: Troy and Stephanie!

I'm so glad that I can say that I have a best friend. It has been a struggle my whole life finding that best friend that you could truly tell everything too and I can do that with Stephanie as well as Troy so it's just beautiful.

My Christmas shopping is almost done which makes me super happy. I have Friday off so this week is totally going to rock the house. I was suppose to work tonight but it's cancelled so I get to enjoy my evening too! I think I am going to list some things on etsy (HOPEFULLY) because I have some little necklaces made. Even if they never sell it's nice to get some new things up~

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Vacation time.

I would love to take a vacation. I know it's almost Christmas and everything but it would be so nice to just "get away". I really think that Troy and I are going to save up some money and take a little vacation come springtime.

It would be nice to go somewhere warm like an Orlando vacations. But I think it would be equally nice to go somewhere that is chillier - like the Northwest Territories or somewhere up North like that.

I just go so itchy to get out of here sometimes. A friend of mine it taking a LONG vacation to Australia - I'm so jealous. He plans on living out of a van.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Weekend.

This weekend I can feel already is going to be short. But I am already looking forward to next weekend but I am going to have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off! And Troy has the whole weekend off next weekend too, so it's going to be lovely.

My weekend so far has been lovely. Stephanie is having a shower right now, then I am going to have a quick one. We had a lot of fun last night. I bought "The Labriynth" staring David Bowie last night so we watched that and it was magical. Stephanie didn't think it was that great, but that's okay.

We are going shopping today! I am going to look for my dad's present first and formost today!

Call me!

I always talk to people on the phone. Whenever people call up and want to do market research or anything like that - I always do it as long as I'm not going out the door or anything. I talked with just a few days ago about gas and gas stations. She must have been new because she was all over the place. It was funny and annoying at the same time. I think I do it because I really feel bad for those people - and I would hate to have a job like that.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Friday has arrived!

I am so happy!

Because!.... It's friday! I am having "girl's night" with my friend Stephanie! I'm so excited.

I just got back from Value Village. For one of the Family Play Group's we are doing a "silly sweater" day. The two ladies that I work with and myself found some really "fabulous" sweaters - all which are very tacky and bright. I think mine's the most tame out of all of them - but they are really great I have to say. I also bought this beautiful shirt from the Bahama's for only $4. It's HUGE but I couldn't resist. I think I am going to wear it tonight for girl's night!

I'm going home soon!
There are lots of things to do, so time will pass quickly :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

ch-ch-ch-chilly!

It's been a lovely day so far.
Family Play Group was lovely. I played guitar, and made hashbrown casserole. It was a huge success!

I'm on my lunch break right now. Hanging out - checking things out. I need to pay some bills since I got paid today! I have a staff meeting at 1:00pm. I don't think it should be too bad. I feel icky now because I ate too much icecream and cake. ugh!

Carla and I are going to hang out tonight. I'm so excited!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Insurance

I don't have insurance.

I think it's important to have all types of insurance.
Okay - I lied. I do have a little bit of insurance. I have major illness insurance, like cancer, but I don't have your basic medication, if-you-get-hurt-a-little-bit type of insurance. I had never thought about it before: the importance of children insurance. I think it's important to start things like, credit, insurance, rrsps, etc. at a young age.

I'm Sorry Blog!

I'm sorry blog!

I have not abadoned you! This week so far has been pretty full and crazy. I worked Monday night. Yesterday Troy came up to visit and we went Christmas shopping. It was lovely. I didn't get as much shopping done as I would have liked to, but we did get some done. Then tonight my sister was on the computer all evening working on homework. I haven'e had much time while I'm at work to pop on either.

For the rest of the week I'm not sure how much quality time I will get to have with the computer either. I am going to hang out with Carla tomorrow night and watch Grey's Anatomy. Then Friday night - Stephanie is coming over for "girl's night" and have a sleepover. We are going to go shopping on Saturday too which I think will be really fun.

Christmas made easy.

I haven't been into riding much, but I know lots of people I grew up (girls) that had horses and did that whole thing. There are lots of equestrian riding apparel on this website. This stuff would be great for Christmas gifts - that's for sure. I don't know if I am easy or hard to buy for but if I had an obvious hobby - like horseback riding then Christmas shopping would be easy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Only Tuesday

I asked the the afternoon off. I felt terrible asking even though I do have lots of overtime and I work two nights this week. I ended up sneaking some work home with me to do so that I wouldn't feel so bad. I'm sure they will make fun of me, but it's just what I decided to do.

I took the afternoon off mainly because it's Troy's day off and I want to spend some time with him. The more we live apart from each other the more we miss each other. I really want to get some Christmas shopping done, so I'm hoping that we will be able to pop over to the mall and a few other places to find some things.

He should be he here really soon. He said around 2:00pmish which is in about 15 mintues - so I hope he gets here soon. I did clean up my room a bit and work on a few things to pass the time. :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tomorrow!

My weekend was so short. It was so depressing. I am at work now. The day went by okay - not too fast nor too slow. I have to work tonight's programming which totally sucks but it will give me the overtime hours. I did ask for tomorrow afternoon off though. I felt bad asking but I do have a lot of overtime hours and all that jazz.

So I'm just trying to tell myself not to feel bad. Troy's going to come up and we are going to go Christmas shopping. I've been getting really antsy and I just want to get it over with because it's really stressing me out.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Heritage Party! Sucess!

I threw my Heritage Party last night! This is my favourite picture from the night:



I have to believe that the party was a huge sucess. I think everyone had a really good time! I enjoy that photo because it really looked like people were having a good time. For the first hour we hung out and chatted, and ate yummy food. Then we started the hertiage minutes which went by really quickly - quicker than everyone thought. All of a sudden 74 minutes were done! We started playing "Things in a Box" and then Spoons (Stephanie's request). Now I just have to think of my next themed party! This one was quite unique I have to say!
Now I just have to top it!

"The Forest I Grew to Love"



I have been asking a lot of people their opinion on this painting that I have done. It's for my parents for Christmas. I love it acutally and I am pleased with the way it has turned out but I am worried if it's "worthy" enough to give to my parents. I would just be devastated if they didn't enjoy it. I know they probably wouldn't tell me if they didn't like it, and that's part of the problem. I'll keep it or sell it if they don't like it I suppose! It's 16 X 20 acrylic on wrapped canvas.
Let me know what you think!

High off life?

I know I always joke about doing drugs, and i really shouldn't but it's just my sense of humour. I'm sure the wrong person will hear me say something outragous like that someday and think I'm being serious. I think it is important for people to know that there are drug rehabilitation places out there. People come into work all the time to use the phone who are definitely high off of something other than life. It is scarey to really think about.

Child Conference

I had my conference yesterday. It was really interesting. One speaker in particular who was the key note as well did a workshop I had attended was really good. I enjoyed her but she said a lot of things that really confused me. Lots of things I learned in my course, and that was drilled into my head she told us "NOT TO DO", like writing on artwork, giving praise to children, etc. etc. So it was kinda confused and definitely gave me lots to think about.

The conference was lovely and all that jazz but now I feel like I don't have much of a weekend left. It's Sunday almost afternoon and my weekend feels like it has just started.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Getting ready!

Stephanie came over tonight!!!

And it was so fun! I got off work early and then I went and picked her up! We came back to the apartment and she helped me clean this place up. Then we went to the mall picked up a board game, the dollarama and then to the grocery store. We picked up some decorations then came back and strung them up. The place looks so adorable.

I think there are going to be around 11 people here tomorrow night. I made some hashbrown cassarole which I bake when I get home tomorrow from the child conference.

Heritage party!

My heritage party is tomorrow night and I'm starting to get excited! I know for sure that eight people are coming, including myself. It's going to be a really cute group of friends. I hope that some people bring some food along. I asked Reena and Luke to pick up some nachos and I hope that they do! If not I can always pop over to the superstore tomorrow night and pick up odds and ends of things that I need.

For those who do not know what a hertiage party is - I will tell you! I created the idea when I received my heritage minutes on dvd. There are 74 - 60 second clips about different things in Canada. They used to play these all the time on the television during commercials. It's going to be fun to see how many we can remember and quote!
After I think we are going to chill and play some games!

iiiiiiiiiiiiiit's Friday!

I'm so incrediably glad that it's Friday!
I thought I was being on the ball with all my Christmas jazz but it's not happening. People are out getting all their things and now I'm stuck and still need to get lots of things. I really need to figure out if I will actually be able to find my dad's gift. I contacted a friend because she told me she would sell me her banjo - but I don't know if she was being serious or not.

I kinda know what I'm getting my mom, but I need to get her something else too. My sister went out the other day and spent $100 on her. Now I have to get her something equally because she'll be the "good" daughter. Oh dear!

I bought Mallory something off of etsy yesterday though, maybe I'll look around etsy and see if there is anything else I can find for her. I have to make a bunch of other gifts, I just need to find the time to do so!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Please? Mother!

You know what freak me out... those Bluetooth headset things. Actually they are really awesome, and whoever created them I think are genuises. I really do like having my cell phone. I only really use it for emergencies, but it makes me feel a lot better when I am on the road because you never know what's going to happen (especially with my car). I pay for troy's cell phone but I don't mind because i feel safer knowing that if something ever happened that he could just call me and let me know what's going on~

wow.

I can't believe Thursday's over and that the weekend is approaching ever-so quickly! One more day of work and then Saturday will be here staring me in the face. I'm not going to have much of a weekend though because I am going to be at a conferance all day Saturday then I am having my hertiage party that night. I just spent roughly a half an hour just cleaning up the kitchen and the living room a bit.

Stephanie is coming over tomorrow and she's going to help me get everything all situated but I wanted to start so there wouldn't be so much to do tomorrow and there would be more hanging out and shopping time!

I have my tea ready, but I need to go to the grocery store and pick up a few things. I need bread, and cucumbers for sure. I hope that some people brint some food. I am trying to figure it out with my facebook event for it, hopefully some people respond. Carla's bringing the taco dip.

I'm so addicted to the "Across the Universe" soundtrack!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Busy me!

Programming, programming, programming consumes me! Today has been super busy at work so far. I now have a half an hour to take lunch, and get my flu shot before I start up again with more programming at 1:00pm. I am working tonight too which I am not totally thrilled about but I guess it is extra overtime that I can save up and take at a later date.

I don't want to get my flu shot. I hope I don't get all gross after and woozy - it could happen. I have never had the flu though before so it's hard to say if or when I'll get it :S

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

mattress love

For years I had a terrible mattress. Then when I moved in with my sister she and her boyfriend brought his bed so I inherited her bed - which I love. It's the most comfortable thing ever and I never want to get out of it once I get in it. I know that I can't have it for sure. If anything ever happened between her and steve I would be - bedless!

I know that eventually I would LOVE to get one of those memory foam mattresses. Those seriously rock the house. Whoever created them - are God's (or Goddnesses) in my opinion. Even having a layer of the foam on my existing mattress would be so awesome. I need some nice bed sheets first before I dream about that though!

Another man's treasure...

So there is a place in my building in the underground parking where you dump stuff that is still good and people come and pick it up and find homes for it, like furniture and all that jazz. Anyways there was a whole bunch of stuff there last night, and I found some really awesome stuff!
I found a :

huge road atlas map book
glass fish bowl
cd cases
two containers with beads and wire

What great finds! There was an art easel but when I went back to get it - it was gone which was really too bad! I really need to do some painting. I have a workshop tonight, so that's what I'll be doing tonight!

Monday, November 12, 2007

A dream come true!

It's hard to explain but there has been this tree I have been dying to see for years and years. You can see the tree from across the river when you look up there is a hill. All the trees are of medium and small heights but right in the middle of the top of the hill here is this HUGE tree stuck right out there for all the world to see. Anyways. I have been looking for this tree and trying to find it. I finally found someone who would take me to see the tree so I waited a few weeks until finally yesterday afternoon I went to see this tree. The tree that I dream about, the tree i wanted to get married under, yada, yada, yada.



This tree was as big as I had imagined (if not bigger) and it was just so humbling to see it up close. I wanted to have to symbolize something. The only this that really fits something is "strength"

It's up there on the top of the hill for all the world to see, taking all the winds and gastly weather. It does have some battle wounds and many branches are broken but it's prevailed! It's my tree and I love it =]

Sunday, November 11, 2007

videos and aceos

I read the in aceo magazine all about putting your aceo's on youtube. I think that is a great idea. It is a good way of marketing for sure. Before even trying to do this I really need to investigate in camcorder batteries. I have a half decent camcorder right now that I got for Christmas a billion years ago but I really need a new battery for it. I have seen some beautiful aceo's marketed in a video and I think that it's definitely worth a shot!

First Snow fall



Last night was the first snow fall of the year. The weather network said that it would be more of mixed snow and rain but it turned out that we got more snow then we did rain. Troy and I did attempt to go out town last night to pick up a few things but we didn't get really far. We didn't realize how bad it was until we got on the road. Everything was super slick. I took a few pictures. We got I would guess around 10 - 15 centimeters overall last night. You can see how massive the snowflakes were in the one picture in particular.



Now we are going downtown for the Rememberance day service. I like to go every year even though the spend half the time on advertisements.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

very nice indeed.

I'm here visiting Troy for the weekend. It has been nice. So far we woke up early and just hung around. Did some driving around to see what the hurricane did last weekend for damage, visited my parents and saw the kitten. I made and ate some pancakes as well. I think we are going to go out to dinner soon at the Swiss which I think will be very nice! =]

Troy and I made a huge list last night of what we are going to do about Christmas gifts this year. I think it's going to be very nice and we are going to get some really nice things for his family. Now I just have to start worring about my own family!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A kitty for me?

So all of Eedie's kitty's had homes. That was until my parent's neighbour who took the last one didn't want it anymore. I won't even go there but I am going to take it. I didn't write this in here but my precious Eedie-girl got hit by a car and was killed a few weeks ago. It shook me up for quite some time and I would sprotratically cry about it, but now I'm just happy that I finally get to keep one of her babies. I don't like the way that it had to happen but at least I'll have a piece of her to keep with me, which makes me so happy.

The other kitten that my sister and her boyfriend have here at the apartment I think will really enjoy the new company because he just starves for attention all of the time and it makes me sad. I took an adorable picture of him that I was going to put in this post but I guess I didn't take it off the camera. I'll have to do it later :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Across the Universe!


I went to see the movie "Across the Universe" last night with Maryann. Now may I just say that it was the BEST MOVIE EVER. If you love the 60's and "love and peace" and all that jazz, musicals and Beatles music than you would love this movie. The singing and music was just wonderful! I am trying to download some of the music now, but I would love to buy the soundtrack when it comes out. I almost would love to see the movie in the theatre again and I have never wanted to do that before. The main character - Jude was such a dreamboat. At some points it was so psychadellic, and overall it was so artistic. I loved it! =]

Forest Painting



This is a picture I took of the painting that I am working on for my parents for Chrimstas. I'm a bit worried about it because I don't want it to look to small over my parent's fireplace. I really hope that it turns out okay, but I think it will be okay. (I hope!) I am also working on some aceo's right now that I hope I can finish up soon. I have to get a new lightbulb for my lamp for my little art table. I like that my sister left to "go out for supper" now I can get my creative flow going!

This painting is 16 X 24 inches :)

Painting!

I wasn't on the computer all day yesterday!

I didn't get to check my e-mail or anything. This was such a step for me! I guess my sister had her laptop (I wish I had my own computer) and I had the day off. So I just relaxed, watched some television, worked on some Christmas gifts, and painted. I started my parent's painting for Christmas. I'm worried about it but in the end I think it will turn out really nice. It's going to be about 16 X 24 inches. It's going to go over their fireplace. I'm just hoping it will be big enough for it. I'm thinking about doing some extensions off of it if it looks too small. I'll take a picture of it when I get home and post the progress that I have completed so far.

Monday, November 5, 2007

so tired and achy

SO my feet ache so bad!

I just got off work about a half an hour ago. Doing these late nights are so killer. I feel so lame thinking that though because I'm young and I should be spry and able to go on my feet for hours on end but I just can't! I just ache and get whiney.

I am super glad that I have tomorrow off. There are not many days where I can just take some of my overtime and relax. There are so many things that I would really like to do tomorrow though so I'm not sure how much relaxing I'm actually going to get done. I would reallllly love to get a haircut but it will really just turn out to be how bold I am feeling in the morning. I may go and see a movie later on with Maryann but she's going to call me and let me know what's going on.

Just a few more things then beddie-bye

Worst Monday Morning - ever.

So...

I stayed over night at Troy's last night. And when I do that on a Sunday I have to leave at around 6:00am to go back to the city and make it on work on time. Well I go out to my car at around 6:20am and I can't find my keys. Troy had already left for work (at around 3:45am) so I was at a loss. Luckily his mother is an early bird and drove me down to his work. We drove around looking for his truck - finally found it and it was locked. I had myself convinced that I had left my keys in his truck!

I go to the gate and ask someone to page him. They couldn't find him couldn't find him, I left and said I would be back in 15 minutes because Troy's mother had to pick up his dad so that she could drive him back to work. Luckily when I went back the keys were there waiting for me.

I finally get on the road over an hour later. I drive like crazy to make it to work on time. I was only 15 minutes late surprisingly.

I didn't even stop home to grab some lunch! :(
And I have to work until 8:30 tonight! Alana and I are going to go out for pizza later on for supper though which will be lovely!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Necklaces

My mother has a beautiful pearl necklace. When my sister and I were younger we would always stare at in with awe and dream about being somewhere fancy where we wore pearls and drank tea. I always thought that my mother bought it when my parents won a trip to hawaii but I don't think that's the case. Mind you I don't even think the pearls were real, but it was just the wishes that kept everything so surreal.

I do enjoy jewelry but I only have a few pieces that I wear daily. I always wear my "i love you" ring that Troy gave me almost 3 years ago and I usually wear my willow leaves necklace that are made out of pewter. I would enjoy pearls someday, when I will be able to consider myself such a fancy lady.

Saturday Night Special!

Saturday Night Special!

For tonight only my ACEO's will be only $5 and my ACEO prints will be only $1.50 (that's 50% off!) I try to do as many Saturday night specials and I can and I would love to share the aceo love and this is how I am going to do it! Visit my etsy shop here and check them out!

Please put "SNS" in the note to seller part of the sale form. Please wait for a revised invoice before paying!

Happy evening shopping!!

Creative season


I was reading Shaina's blog post all about this beautiful season that we have been experiencing and it's so true up here in this eastern part of Canada. I have to say - I just LOVE autumn. It's my favourite time of year. It's not too cold and not too hot. it's perfect and I can wear fluffy sweater and long sleeves. I have brought out one pair of mittens but I have yet to grab one of my scarves yet. I have been feeling a decrease in creativity lately. I have been so busy with work that I have less time to just "go crazy" with my paints or yarn or beads or anything.

I am taking Tuesday off. Our programming got cancelled and my boss suggested I take the day off and collect some money for the overtime hours I have been working like crazy. Tuesday is going to be my creative day. I have decided that for sure. It's going to be my day to catch up on some painting and get some paintings done for Christmas gifts. I cannot wait. I haven't posted anything new on etsy now since October 23rd I believe. I need to get some more up!
So after a bit of waiting I got my ACEO Magazine in the mail! It's so quaint and adorable. There are some brillant artist's in there and it was so nice to see my art friend Angela in there a few times. I did have a cute little ad in there to that I was happy to see.

Angela interviewed me about a month ago and I hope that I will be featured in the next magazine, but I'll have to wait and see. I think I am going to send in some of my business cards to go along with the magazine next time. I will have to get those together this week sometime and mail them in!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Weekend here I come!

I'm so incrediably glad that it's friday. This week actually went by pretty quickly - just like I thought it would. Usually Friday's at work go by slow but so far it's been going by fast too! I may be going to the movie's with Maryann tonight to see "Across the Universe" this is the movie that has all Beatles songs. I've been looking forward to seeing it so I hope that I can.

I am going to go back "home" to see Troy this weekend too. It's just too bad that Troy works tomorrow - 12:00pm - 8:00pm which isn't good, but I'll have to wait.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Oh british humour.

I ended up coming home early today because I wasn't feeling well. I am feeling better now but I am just relaxing and just hanging out so I do feel better. I really needed to clean my room which has made me a little bit better. I cleaned out like six of my drawers and everything looks pretty good. You know when in order to clean your room you have to make a complete disaster to get it all organized, so I am still in the middle of that - but it's mostly done.

Grey's anatomy tonight! Hopefully I'll be able to stay awake uptil then. I'm going to have to grab some supper soon!

I'm totally obsessed with "Little Britian"
:)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!



Happy Halloween!

I was a fairy for Halloween - this was a photo of me in my costume this morning!

Today was very busy. We had the Halloween party this morning at work and it started off super insane but then once we got everything laid out we were pretty good to go. I was also very productive this afternoon. We got lots of stuff done - it was great. I worked a bit tonight too. We were going to pass out some treats for the children who stopped by - but no one came. Our centre is in a "bad" part of the neighbourhood so it didn't overly surprise me that no one came.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Last night was so beautiful!

I got my painting I have been waiting for in the mail, and another sweet letter from a friend of mine. I then proceed to get a mad phone call from Stephanie. She rambled and rambled in a cute way and in the end invited me over for supper. I took over some parts for my fairy costume and we chatted. It was just really great!

I tried to work on my costume more when I got home but it wasn't a good idea because I was SO tired. I am at work right now - our program is going to start very soon. Then I have to get everything together for the Halloween party and then work tonight for Prenatal. It's going to be a very long day.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday!

Today is going by pretty well, I'm rushing through my lunch hour because I'm hoping that I will be able to pop out early. But I'm not really sure if I will or not. Work is going well though, not too fast but not too slow. I am hoping to pop down to the dollarstore after work because I really need to pick up some more panty hose for my costume and Troy is suppose to come down and visit with me tonight!

It should be lovely but I do have to work on my costume so I hope he doesn't get bored.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Another week to begin!

So today was a pretty lovely day. I am but at the same time - not looking forward to this week. I am excited about the Halloween party and all the gatherings that will entail. I know the week is most likely go by really fast because of all the stuff I have to do.

I have to finish my fairy costume though! I have my skirt, shoes (check them) big socks, tights, eyelashes, make-up. I have to finish my shirt up (paint and add buttons) and I have to TRY and make some wings. I started to make some during this past week but it didn't get very far. I have to pick up some more panty hose and rip apart some more coat hangers and try and get those together before Wednesday morning! I may have to work Tuesday night too - so I don't know how I'll find the time. Troy may come down tomorrow night to visit.

I decided that I would stay here tonight and leave early in the morning. Troy likes it when I spend the night =]

Almost November!

The Thailand scene seems to be pretty popular around here. There is are two stores downtown that have lots of clothing and stuffs from Thailand. I love thailand's style. I ended up buying an adorable shirt yesterday too which I am wearing right now. They had some really wooden rings too at one of the stores. I could buy so many things from there! I think I'll take Troy there to do my Christmas shopping! haha!

I really need to start getting on the Christmas ball. I found this really cute children's book at a store that we went into yesterday called: How to Catch a star by Oliver Jeffers. I am thinking about buying it for someone for Christmas, I just have to think of who will be the lucky one :)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lovely Saturday

Last night was nice. I had a nice visit with Stephanie and we went to that haunted woods thing. We had to stand in line for over an hour but it was so worth. It was so scarey and we screamed and screamed!

This morning I drove Stephanie home and then I met up with Maryann and Alana and had lunch at a cute pub down at the waterfront. Then we spent about 2 hours walking around and going to a bunch of different stores and shops. I ended up buying a really adorable shirt (and it was on sale too!) that I am really excited about. I bought some pineapple for Troy. I am visiting with him now and he did enjoy his pineapple. I think we are going to enjoy each other's company now!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Meeting Sketch


Meeting Sketch
Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
So I usually don't sketch out anything before I paint it. I usually just take a blank canvas and just start going crazy on it. But when I am in boring situations (like my staff meeting yesterday) I do doodle and sketch a bit and sometimes I come out with some interesting things. I created this little doodle yesterday. I like the concept of the crows climbing the ladder to get to the moon. I don't know if i would put all those flowers in it if i would paint it but i like the idea of it. I do have 2 blank 16 X 20 canvases right now sitting and waiting for me. I think I am going to use one for my parent's Christmas gift but maybe I'll paint this scene on the other? Any thoughts?

The Plan!

I never really understood how a diet patch worked. After reading a bit on this website I have been cleared up a little bit. I do know that I would love to loose a little bit of weight, and I know a lot of people think I am crazy to think this. I would like to loose even 15 pounds would make me healthier I think. I really need to start dedicating myself to exercising more. I do eat a bit healthier than I used to (ever since moving out of my parents house) but I really do need to exercise more. That's the plan! (and i'm stickin' to it?) =]

Dress up Halloween!

I haven't dressed up for Halloween in years. I always ended up working ever since i was 15. I never went to any Halloween parties or anything during the weekends. I am excited to say that this year I am going to dress up! I am going to dress up as a fairy which I am so excited about because I have always wanted to be a fairy.

I picked up a few things last night at Walmart for my costume which is exciting. I have to return the shirt which is too small! I absolutely hate returning things so hopefully it will be very painless! I don't even know if I have even returned anything in my life before. Oh wait - I did once and the women was so crotchady. I think that's why I don't want to return it. But it was a $13 shirt and I just can't throw away $13!

Don't worry I'll post lots of picures of me in my costume!

I'm off work soon - so exciting!

Lunchie!

Wow today has just been super crazy so far. My sister called and I had to get phone numbers for her and then the phones starting ringing and people having crisis and everything happening at once!'

I'm heading off work early then Im' going to pick up Stephanie. We are going to bum around for a little while then head over to this haunted house in the woods thing where you walk through the woods and things jump out at you and all that jazz. I think it will be really fun!

I'm eating lunch!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Raking the Leaves


Raking the Leaves
Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
I love autumn. I do have to say that it is my favourite season. No more bugs, not too hot, not too cold. It's just the perfect season (in my opinon). When autumn comes around one thing that I do adore is raking the leaves. Some people hate raking the leaves but I get so much enjoyment out of it. Ever since I was a child it was such a great experience for me. Raking up the leaves then running and jumping into the piles. I helped Troy on the weekend do a little bit clean up in one of his clients lawns. He took this picture and I think it just sums me up at this time of year.

Happy Dance!~

SO It's Thursday! That means tomorrow is Friday - weekend here I come. Tonight I'm going over to Carla's and we are going to have a Grey's Anatomy Party and eat lots of yummy food! (REMEMBER REFRIED BEANS) Refried beans are totally my new obession. Even if you don't like beans, try them - they totally rock the house.

I'm heading off to Walmart later on tonight too to try and find some things for my fairy costume. I'm going to scam some needle and thread from work (I'm going to grab it after this) so I can make my costume all pretty-like!

Tomorrow Steph is coming over for girls night. Coconut rum and love.

:D

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pens!

I love having my name on things. These personalized pens are so adorable. I would love to order some for "Ashton's Art" that would be too cute. Maybe when I become more known though. That would definitely be a great idea!

My Pumpkin Prizes


My Pumpkin Prizes
Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
I haven't had much chance to paint anything for myself or for etsy this week, but I did paint these pumpkins this morning! Next Wednesday monring we are going to have a Halloween party for the participants at work. I am going to be in charge of the Haunted House and the children will be able to experience a variety of sensory things. We are going to have a draw to "win these painted pumpkins" and my co-workers gave me the job since I'm so "creative" (their words, not mine! :) I really like how they turned out. I may modge podge them so the paint doesn't crack - I have to work late tonight so I may test them out and see how they make out.

Christmas wishes

I think one thing I really am going to ask for for Christmas is a watch. I am constanlly looking at the time, or asking someone what time it is. I would really adore something simple yet elegant. These Skagen watches are so beautiful. I'll have to let me my mother know that I wouls like a watch. She said that for Christmas this year she is just going to focus on getting different gift certificates which is fine by me, so I can go and pick out things that I would like from my favourite stores.
It's exciting, yet scarey to think that November is almost here and that Christmas is just around the corner!

Blog of the Day!

I was totally PayPerPost’s Blog of the Day yesterday!


How insane is that! I have been with them since May and loving every bit of it. How great is that they have acknowledged my efforts and like my blog! I feel so special! Spread the blogging love I tell you, share the blogging love! You can visit the archives here and see my blog under 10-23!

This is exciting because it's great to know that more people are visiting my blog and seeing everything! I love you world.

I'm totally going to buy a mandolin!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Shop till you drop

I really need some sort of term life insurance. I don't have anything right now except some cancer insurance. If I loose 2 limbs, have a heart attack, get cancer or any of those lovely things I'll received one million smackers. But I dont' have anything super practice like health, dental, eye, you know - stuff I really need. I can't wait until I pay my loan off. Hopefully I won't be saying the same thing this time next year. I really hope that I will be able to pay it off my this time next year or even sooner. I really do need to call them and find out EXACTLY how much I owe them.

Talking about insurance and money... I really want to shop! There are so many things I want on etsy right now! I just can't control myself. There is something I think I am going to order for my sister. I hope she likes it because it's going to come all the way from Thailand!

Hey Rosetta!

So I have been so into music lately that I have been putting painting on a back burner - which is not good. I'm totally obessed with this new band I found called Hey Rosetta. They are from Newfoundland which makes me like them even more! Their music is really catchy. Some of their songs are more upbeat where some are nice and folky and slow which is totally my style. I'm in love with them and they are coming to Halifax on Saturday night and I really hope that I will be able to see them. I think I convince Troy to go but I just got off the phone with him and he is trying to get out of it I think. I hope I can go. They totally rock the house. I just need to do something "out there" and fun!

Tuesday night

So I popped over to Stephanies house for about an hour tonight. She called and asked if I could help her pick up her kitty at the shelter tomorrow but I have to work until 8:30pm .. ugh! I would have loved to help her pick it up - but it always seems that time isn't on our side. I lent out her Mallory's cat carring case though, which was nice. I watched a show with her called "Gossip Girl" - it was pretty good.

I am watching "Pushing Daisies" right now. It's like one of my favourite shows now. I just love the main characters. They are so adorable.

Mr. Yellow!

So I just listed this new aceo. I'm not sure how I feel about it but I do enjoy how the grass and the background came out. It's a new style for me. It's still my style but it's different you know? I'm watching Arrested Development right now and then I'm going to go across the street and mail off my aceos!

Mr. Yellow
ACEO
Mixed Media on Book cover
$9

To Do list:

  • mail out aceos
  • list new aceo on etsy
  • work on paintings
  • eat pizza
  • lounge
  • watch "Pushing Daisies" and "LA Ink"
  • call Troy
  • lounge
  • sleeeep

    I have lots to do tonight. Mind you all of it is lesuire type activities but they are fun nontheless. I almost have my ACEO's ready to mail out, I just have to pop them in the envelopes and then off they go! I tried to get tickets last night to a masquerade music show on Saturday night but it didn't work out so well. I'll hopefully find a place sometime this week to buy them at because I'm so excited - it's going to be so "rad". :)
  • Monday, October 22, 2007

    Handy man/girl?

    I really wish I was handy.

    I wish I could repair things, power supply repair, internet, television repair, musical instruments, anything and everything really. I guess that's what Troy's around for. Totally joking. He is pretty handy though I have to admit. I enjoy being crafty though - that's something that he doesn't do. He took art as a course in highschool and I keep one of his carvings he did on my art desk - it's a "war fork" it makes me happy. It's just so - him - you know? :)
    So I didn't get any painting done today but hopefully that will change for tomorrow. I was just so upset at myself all night for messing up the internet. I had to make myself happy so I went and bought HEALTHY FOOD (I spent $27). I can't believe I spent $6 on grapes - I'm going to have to eat them all up before they go bad. I tried not to look at how much stuff wanted - rather - but what I wanted. REFRIED BEANS! I'm excited about those for sure! I've been craving them all day. I have some pizza I have to eat up first. Vegetarian pizza =]

    Mr. Clean?

    So I've heard that getting your colon cleansed is a good idea. Supposively it's healthy for you. Considering the grandmother of mine I never met died of colon cancer it's not the worse idea in the world. It really seems like it's becoming really big and now everyone's becoming more and more comfortable going to see people about getting procedures like these done. I don't know if I would even feel that comfortable to let someone to that to me. Giving birth is scarey enough to think about someone going "down there" doctor or no doctor!

    Hey Rosetta!

    What the strangest evening I had! UGH!

    I did it - I changed my room around and in the process I messed up the internet and the televsion. So I was going absolutely insane without the internet. I can live without the television - I have done it before but MY I cannot live without my beautiful internet!

    SO I didn't even get to mail out my ACEO's today because I couldn't get online to get the addresses but they are definitely going to go out tomorrow! goodness!

    I'm listening to Hey Rosetta! right now - I'm in love
    So I have come to the conclusion that Monday's can be really brutal. I love my job but time always seem to go by so exremely slow. I may have ONE child to look after this afternoon and looking after one child is worse than looking after too many children.

    I am hoping to list a new aceo tonight that I had finished up last week some time. I think I am going to do a sale on some of my aceo's as well but I may wait until the beginning of November to do that! So keep checking back! I have to mail out some ACEO's today actually! I almost forgot! Good thing I started rambling on about that or I would have never remembered!

    Monday!

    So I was talking to my mom about creating a painting for her for Christmas so I think that I am going to start it soon. If i don't start it soon then I'll never have the time to get it completed for Christmas. They are going to do a secret santa thing at work here to so I think that I will create a painting for that. I think that would be really cute. I am trying to make some lunch now - it's in the oven. I think I have a new obession with refried beans. I think that I am going to get some for Thursday night when Carla and I have another Grey's Anatomy party!

    Excited!
    So the rest of my weekend was pretty uneventful - but it was just nice to just relax and hang out with Troy. We did some raking and mowing for about two hours yesterday! I am going to have to totally clean the apartment today because the bathroom and my bedroom is really disgusting. I start to get freaked out when my room is really cluttered. I don't think that I am going to go home this weekend so I am going to do some wash this week.

    I am hoping to get my painting in the mail today! I'm excited I really should get it this week at some point.

    Sunday, October 21, 2007

    paint it all up

    So the two bar stools that I bought MONTHS ago are still underway. I have one almost finished I think I am just going to modge podge it and then maybe take some photos and put them up on flickr. I am going to try and get my other one underway and maybe actually paint things on that one. The one that is almost finished is just a little abstract with lots of black and bright colours! Maybe that will be my project for the week - to try and finish that up! I'm still home and will be heading back to Bridgewater soon. It gets so sad when the weekend comes to an end :(

    Saturday, October 20, 2007

    Saturday Night Special!

    Saturday Night Special


    If any of your crazy people are around tonight I am having a Saturday night special at my etsy shop so come and check it out! To celebrate my 200th heart I am giving 20% off all orders before shipping. To promote my new prints I am going to give a FREE ACEO print (your choice) for every order! If you don't have an etsy account... well what are you waiting for! There are lots of remarkable finds and lots of Saturday night specials going on tonight so check them out in the forums. I hope to get one sale tonight! You can be that person haha!

    Clean house

    Sometimes I do feel like a dirtbag. I need to clean the apartment up a little bit. My creation station is doing pretty good, but I really need to clean the bathroom and vacuum. Even though I don't think my sister has cleaned the bathroom once since I moved it, I get grossed out being in a dirty bathroom. I really need to clean out the microwave ovens and my room. I do allow my room to get messy to a certain degree but I really do need to get another shelf, or an actual bureau or something! I don't even have that much stuff in my room; it's small so i guess it just get cluttered. I definitely go through phases when it comes to these things.

    Saturday, saturday, saturday!

    Last night was so fun! It was so nice to go out with some of my most favourite friends: Stephanie, Troy and Carla! Sue Johanson was so hilarious and she kept us in stiches the whole time. It was simply awesome.

    I came back "home" this morning and helped mom sell food at the cattle sale. I made $50 - which is the only reason why I wanted to do if: for the extra cash. I know I will probably just hord it away but that's better for me because I am so antsy to try and pay off my student loan!

    I am going to have shower soon and just hang out until Troy gets off work at 8:00pm. I listed another new aceo print!! I'm also getting antsy to sell something on etsy!

    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Friday night sex show?

    Tonight I am going with my most favourite people: Troy, Carla and Stephanie to see Sue Johanson. She's has her own show called "Talk Sex with Sue Johanson". I remember seeing her on the old degrassi and watching the junior high kids call her. She's ancient and brillant! I think she is going to be so interesting to listen to and see! I've heard she is so hilarious.

    I am heading off work very soon and I am going to go and pick up Stephanie and then Carla is coming over and so is Troy then we will shimmy off to Dalhousie! I better go be productive so I can make the time go by!

    The Grand Tree


    The Grand Tree
    Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
    I really do love trees. I love finding and taking pictures of unique trees. I think that I am going to make a portfolio of interesting trees that I find. I think that would be really adorable. Maybe I could even create a zine about them. I've been wanting to create a zine lately - I guess it's my newest obession. I took this picture last Saturday at a local park. I think it's very beautiful and so inspiring!

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Tegan and Sara Concert


    Tegan and Sara Concert
    Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
    So this pretty much the only good photo I took during the whole concert. I took over twenty photos, but it's so hard with the lighting and everything.
    I can't wait to see them again - i know silly. They said they would be back in about 2 years - so they better or I am going to lay a smack down!
    We were up in the balcony and we could see really well. It would have been really nice to be right down in front and see them - but I guess that can be next time!

    Poverty.

    I just got home from a viewing and discussion on anti-poverty. I have learned so much tonight it's insane. It's interesting to listen to people who have lived or are currently living on wellfare and how they are struggling to survive. There are a lot of stigma's in our culture that people on wellfare are lazy or just got out of drug rehab. It's sick that this is what society's view is.

    It's great because I'm working in a place that can really help low income/wellfare families. Let's just hope that I am going to be able to stay there after Christmas!

    Dark and Twisty


    Dark and Twisty
    Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
    SO I got some more ACEO Prints in the mail today which was nice. I got four all together. I have listed this Dark and Twisty one, and I still have my clouds one and houses one and then I'll be all up to date with them. I order some more of my "Lovely Love" prints too - because it has appeared to be fairly popular! You can check out all my aceo prints here!

    Concert!

    So the Tegan and Sara concert totally rocked the house (or church rather) last night. I am going to post a photo soon I think. I love going to see people that I actually really enjoy, and it's nice that some more low key bands that I enjoy can come to this city. I love getting tickets online for things to - that's how I got the tickets for Tegan and Sara. You can get lots of tickets this website, including Miley Cyrus tickets and everything! I'm going to have to check out myspace and see if any other my favourite bands are going to come soon! I hope so!

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    My Creation Station


    My Creation Station
    Originally uploaded by ashtonsart
    I decided that I would take a photo of my little "Creation Station" as I would like to call it. This is actually an extremely clean station right now. I've been trying to keep it half decent lately because if I just let it go it's just gets into a total disaster. Maybe I'll take a photo of it when that happens. Since I am living in an apartment right now (boo) I don't have much room to be creative so I have this little corner of the living room. It's not as grand as I would like it but I guess that happens. I didn't want to have it in my bedroom because that would be way too crammed.
    I could always move it in and then my whole bedroom would be a creation station. I think I am going to redo my room soon - so that IS an idea :)

    Start of the afternoon

    So I just finished up my lunch and now I guess you could say I'm a little bit more lively. The program that we have this afternoon is Baby Clinic. It's where mom's and/or Dad's come and socialize with other parents and their infants. It's a great program but I never know what to say to the parents. Some of the parents are my age, and some of them are much older than me. It's only for an hour and a half but it is a long hour and a half - but hopefully it will go by quickly so I will be able to go home and get ready for the concert!

    I may have another NEW aceo to list today too! But I'm not sure if I'll have time to finish it up or not.

    Oh Wednesday!

    So I have been having really busy day so far! My day is filled with lots of programming but I think the rest of the day is going to go by (hopefully) quickly.

    I think tomorrow night I am going to go to the library and take part in a video and discussion about Children in Poverty. I think it could be very interesting. I think it would be nice for me to step out of my comfort zone and do something like this all by myself.

    Tonight is my Tegan and Sara concert and I am so excited!

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Lights!

    So my co-worker and I spent like 45 minutes at work today trying to fix some lights. It didn't work out so well. We still didn't even get them fixed - we tried - but it just didn't happen. I'm not a handy man-girl at all. I wish I was more great at fixing things - but I guess not! =]

    I am going to paint a little bit, watching LA ink and then head off to bed. Tomorrow is going to be really busy so I better get all rested up!

    Height Race

    I'm really excited about a new listing I put up on etsy today! I haven't listed much other than prints lately so I'm really excited about my new ACEO. I finished it last night and I am quite content on how it turned out.

    A friend I am chatting with on etsy chats: Emotional Oasis - told me that I should create a little story to go along with this aceo. I think that is a brillant idea. :)

    Height Race
    Acrylic and ink
    ACEO
    $9

    My little corner of the world

    So as the coldness approaches I start to get a little nervous about my car. I am actually quite impressed about how well it did last winter - it only gave me trouble with my spark plugs which was really nice. So i'm really hoping that it won't give me too much trouble. Having underground parking I think is going to be really nice though because it won't get too cold during the nights. I can't believe Winter is approaching so quickly.

    I didn't even realize that I had a car spoiler - until Troy told me a few weeks ago. Does that mean I am hardcore? I hope! :D

    Goodbye Tuesday!

    I don't know about this weather but it's really been hard on me this year. When I was younger the changing of the seasons never had an effect on me until now. Ever since autumn has come my eyes are always dry and my contacts have been bothering me. I even changed my contacts last week - hoping it would help but it didn't make a difference at all. It could be the solution I am using I really should change that and see if that makes a difference.

    I'm almost off work! Today's programming went well. I have been so productive lately. I really wish I could stay here - let's hope!

    Monday, October 15, 2007

    What a week!

    So I just found out from Facebook that Sue Johanson is going to be in town on Friday! I love how facebook is so informative because I wouldn't know about this venue any other way! I remember seeing Sue on the old degrassi when the kids would call into her radio show about sex questions - simply hilarious. To see her in person is going to be absolutely hilarious! I am so exciting. A local university is hosting her and it only costs like $2! I'm going to see Tegan and Sara on Wednesday, then Sue on Friday - so exciting.

    Things are looking up

    Art Store!

    So I went down to the art store and OF COURSE the canvas sale was over. I did get a package of 8 canvas' though. I got a bunch of different sizes. I have gotten this package before and it's such a good price for the amount of canvases that you actually get. I've been imagining this one painting so I am going to start that tonight.

    I also have to finish up my aceo's for the trade that I am doing on indiepublic. I am going to message everyone who is involved too and let them know who they are going to mail their's too. I said that I would do that today, so that's what I am going to do!

    Monday!

    So my day has started out pretty good. The morning went by fairly slow but that was probably only because I had two children to look after. It was nice though not to be running around like a crazy person. I know that I will be running around a lot this afternoon.

    I was suppose to work for tonight's program - but they cancelled it. It would have been nice to get the overtime hours but night programming is so brutual. When I get home I am just wiped out completely. It's going to be nice to go home and actually relax a bit.

    Sunday, October 14, 2007

    Oh Sunday

    So it's been a really interesting weekend. Not the happiest weekend in the whole world, and it has been pretty short. It was nice to see Troy for at least one day. Troy has next weekend off - the whole weekend so I'll be able to see him then which is something to really look forward to.
    I'm at my parents house right now waiting to eat supper.

    I haven't had a chance to list much on etsy in the past few days. I have been trying to get things ready for the aceo swap that I am doing on the aceo group that I started on indiepublic. I am e-mailing out the addresses out tomorrow. I'll have to do it at night though because I have to work another 12 hour day tomorrow!

    Saturday, October 13, 2007

    Totally

    That's right. I didn't write in this blog yesterday- how insane is that?!

    I usually write a million posts a day - but yesterday it just didn't happen. Work was busy, i left early came home for a bit and then went over to Reena's and visited with some friends. It was really nice to see them - I really needed that.

    I am going to go back to Bridgewater tonight and I'm really excited to see Troy - I just feel so neglected lately by some people who I thought liked me. But I really guess not. I really need to learn how to just say "screw you - I don't need you" but that's really hard for me.

    I slept in today. It was nice.

    What a lovely weekend. I miss troy. Maybe I'll go home early - but he doesn't get off until 8:00pm :S

    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    Thursday - you surprise me.

    First post of the day and the day is almost over! That's a first in a long time that's for sure!

    Today was the strangest day. It was just different that what I ever experienced at work today. I did some organizing and cleaning during the programming. In the afternoon we went shopping, and when we got back no one was there (everyone was gone for some training). I did lots of odds and ends of things and finished up lots of projects. It just had a different feeling and atmosphere throughout the whole day.

    I got a phone call right as soon as my lunch break started to. It was my friend Chad who I haven't seen in months. He was working just down the road (under the bridge) and asked if I wanted to go out for lunch. It was a very short visit but it was so lovely. It was great to see him even though he didn't have the best news to tell me. I'm glad he found me to confide in.

    Tonight I went to Carla's and dropped off her little Pickle (new kitty - one of eedie-girl's). I think he is really going to love living there with her.

    What an eventful day!
    my oh my!

    I'm thinking road trip (hopefully) this weekend.
    Even if it's just by myself.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007

    Over the hump

    So I got home at 9:00pm. Tonight went pretty good. It started off pretty well but the children were just wound for sound so they were a little bit crazy. It's really tough because the children should be at home in bed when they are at the program at night - but I guess you can't really help it if the mothers-to-be can only attend something like that at night time. It just makes it difficult for the parents and children.

    I don't even want to think about work right now - but it's hard not to when I have to be back in tomorrow morning. Ugh I really should go to bed but then I'll feel like I have wasted my evening. I never did get any painting done - not enough hours or minutes in a day. It's hard to paint with lots of people around me - distracting me. I almost wish that I had gotten an apartment by myself. I am more independant than I thought. I like my "me" time I like being by myself.

    Creative withdrawl!

    SO I'm not going to get home until 9:00pm tonight. That isn't super late but it is late for me considering I'm used to getting home around 5:00pm. I was feeling really negative about working tonight but I think it's not going to be to bad now. I'm going to end up not having as much children as I had thought which is really nice. I am not going to have anymore than five children, and I am going to have Jen working with me which is going to be lovely. I am going to go and eat my supper soon then I am going to have to start getting everything ready - like snack.

    I thought having the long weekend I would have so much energy and I would be all ready to get through this short week but so far this week has been pretty brutual. It's going by semi fast - but still I find myself so tired all day long. I hope I'm not getting sick. I haven't even painted anything at all this week. I really am going through creative withdrawl!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007

    Kitties!

    Last night I had a terrible sleep. It was all because of two fuzzy furballs:
    Kitties.

    Kitties kept me awake all night. Now I know how adorable they are and everything but they can be so annoying!



    This kittens are 8 weeks old and are ready for real homes. I brought back the grey one for my friend Carla. But Carla worked tonight and I work tomorrow night so I have to wait until Thursday to take little Hauns (that's the grey one's name) to his new home! The peach one (farthest to the right) has also come to live with us. I guess my sister wants to keep him. So these two kittens have kept me up all night and have been jumping on me all night. Hauns is trying to get on the computer as I write.

    I know it's mean but I think I am going to lock out the kittens tonight because I have to work from 8:30am - 8:30pm tomorrow!

    Oh Tuesday!

    So tonight actually wasn't that productive. I'm still awake so I can try and catch my LA ink show. I don't have any tattoos but I like to watch that show and dream about how hardcore I really feel inside. Okay - that's half a lie. I don't feel that hardcore. It's hard to feel hardcore when you sit around and listen to Joe Purdy all night. Even though he does look pretty hardcore - that does it for me!

    I can't say that my evening was a total bust. I cleaned out my closet - which was a huge accomplishment! I still can't believe that today is Tuesday and that Wednesday is almost here! It's nice to have a shorter work week. The week I think is just going to fly right by! It's going to be exciting to see another weekend - I cannot wait.

    Sold my first ACEO print.

    So I had a nice surpise when I checked my e-mail today! I had an online friend of mine- Angela purchase one of my aceo prints! I was wondering how they would do - so I was happy to see what with my aceo prints only being listed a few days one has already sold! It was such a nice pick-me-up! I had "sold" a few aceo prints but they were with trades, so they don't really count!

    So I listed 2 8 X 10 prints tonight on etsy for $15 so it's going to be interesting to see how they do. I think they are priced reasonably. After doing some online etsy researching I would say the average price for an 8 X 10 is $15 and $10 for a 5 X 7. So I think mine are priced reasonably - it's going to be interesting to see how they do too!

    Lots of print love!

    Sunday, October 7, 2007

    Prints for sale!

    I listed my last ACEO print earlier today on etsy today. I do have two 8 X 10's that I will have to list tomorrow when I get the photos from my camera. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with them. I have my ACEO prints for $3 - which is on a lower part of the scale when I was researching on etsy for what other people have theirs for. I haven't really sold anything since August which is frustrating but hopefully my luck will change once I get more things up for sale.

    It's sad to think my weekend is almost over. I am going to try and make the best of tomorrow. I have tomorrow off from work because of the holiday! It's not going to be too bad since it's going to be a short week. I have to work Wednesday night - which isn't too bad and I'm getting lots of overtime saved up for Christmas time. I hope that they will be able to find the funds to keep me on - I really do enjoy my job :)

    Light the mood!

    I love lighting. Don't you find that having pretty lighting really changed the mood and atmosphere of a place. I really want to get a tall lamp for my bedroom - I think that would just liven up the place and set a more relaxed mood. I do need to get more nail and hang up some more paintings in my room as well. I love the lamps on this quoizel lighting website. Ugh - they are just so beautiful! Maybe that's another thing I will put on my Christmas list! :) I know my list is getting pretty long - but I think I have room for a few more things!

    Thank you!

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


    I know (I think) that most of my friends online are American so they don't have thanksgiving yet but here in Canada it's Thanksgiving weekend. I would love to say that I'm thankful for all my online friends and online artists that I communicate with! You guys are more friends to me than real life friends I have! Thanks so much you guys! (kiss)!

    It's been a pretty relaxing weekend so far. I am waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to start. Troy isn't here to join in the festivities here but I will go back and see him tonight. It's going to be yummy food- he's really missing out! I had a real nice visit with a friend today to that I haven't seen in awhile. It was really nice to see her and visit with her. :)

    Saturday, October 6, 2007

    Weekend!!

    So Troy came up last night and we went to Ramadan. It was really nice and the food was so good! One of my co-workers won 5 hours of free pool at Dooly's so she booked the room for last night. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go or not but we did head over until midnight. It was really nice and I got silly of course - it was great.

    We went back over to Dtown this morning and moved a bunch of furniture back over to work. It was nice because I will be able to clock that time in for work which is really nice and Troy is going to get $25 for the short trip over. We went over and got some breakfast food - now we are just lounging for the rest of the day.

    We are going to head back home at some point this afternoon though. :)

    I'm going to go and list some more ACEO PRINTS!

    I love mail

    Since ordering some things on etsy I check my mailbox everyday! I did get some lotions yesterday for part of my spa baskets for Christmas. I can't wait to go and pick up some epson salt to make some bath salts, and buy some baskets to gather everything up together. It's going to be exciting to see everything come together. I wish that I could have my own Mailboxes at the end of my driveway but it's hard to do that in apartment living right now. I can't wait until I can have my own little cabin in the woods. Such a dream!