Wednesday, May 30, 2007

DQ

Troy took me to Dairy Queen tonight, and I found out about this contest where you take a picture of yourself eating one of the new waffle treats and you enter your photo for a chance to win $500!!! That would be so nice :) The reason why we were going to DQ is to try one of the waffle bowls anyways, so It was perfect. (I luckily had my camera with me!) I entered the picture I'm just waiting for it to be approved. Here it is:

The Busy Wednesday

So...

I drove to the valley for my portfolio consultation day. I left at 7:10 and I had to be there for 8:30. I arrived at 8:25. My teacher didn't realize that two of us had our appointments at 8:30 - she didn't think we were until 9:00. So we ended up waiting around for about 45 minutues until they got all ready and situated. But I didn't have to to anywhere so I wasn't in any rush. I got my portfolio all checked over and it was fine. Everything was great.

I found a guy from Troy's course - Eric who had bought two paintings from me. I tracked him down to get the cash. I hung out with him for a little while and helped him plant some of his flowers. I ended up getting a bit of a sunburn only being out in the sun for a short amount of time. That's totally crazy. Troy got really sunburnt today. He was outside for 10 hours!! I would be too without any sunburn. Terrible!

Here's one of the paintings that Eric bought... I can't remember if I posted a picture of it or not.



Tomorrow is going to a relaxed day. Job Hunting! I applied at the Halifax MarksWork Wearhouse - I found out on monster.ca today that they are hiring - SO i hope i can get on there! I already know how to do everything! :)

...

Life..

i need one.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Back and Forth

PEI was great and it was so nice to spend time with my grandmother and aunt. I'm back now, I got back later on this evening. I finished up my portfolio that I have to take into the valley tomorrow.

I'm giving my friend her graduation present tomorrow (because she won't be there for the acutally day). I'm giving her one of my coffee painting that I did! :) I really hope that she likes it.

City... canvas... i need some. I checked out some canvas at Michael's art and craft store and it seemed really expensive - more expensive then Loomis. I can't wait till I can go to the city and get canvas whenever i want. But i still am nervous.

Little Ashton in the Big City

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Big Island

I am here on the big island - writing from my grandmama's computer. It's really nice being here i absolutely love visiting PEI, and it's been so nice to see my aunt Lori. I have officially learned how to play poker... a few different kinds of poker to be exact. I'm not sure what the agenda is for tomorrow, but hopefully I'll go into the city!

:)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

30

It hasn't been warm here. Not at all. Today it got up to 30degrees! How insane is that! It was so hot I could barely move. We had our yardsale in the morning. It didn't go as well as expected. I think this happened because it's not quite yardsale time. When I had a yardsale in August two years ago, we made over $200! Today we didn't come even close.

I left Troy to "man" the sale while I went and helped out selling food at the canteen for the cattle sale at noon. That was so tiring. Doing any work at that canteen is tiring that's for sure. But I made it through and made some money in the process.

I don't think i'll be able to do much painting the next few days. Maybe not even until Thursday. We leave for PEI tomorrow afternoon. Then the valley on Wednesday.

It will be much easier to paint in the city when supplies are right at my fingertips.

Friday, May 25, 2007

It's like thunder... lightening


So it's thunder and lightening.

I have had some experiences where i was afraid of thunder and lightening and others where i wasn't too worried about it. So... am i afraid of thunder and lightening. If i am inside - no. If i am NOT inside then yes. I was outside and then to the car and the whole time i was shaking, and gasping everytime i saw the thunder. eww. i just don't like it.

Tonight Troy and I packed yardsale stuff on the back of the truck. I vacummed out the car, and wiped down the inside - but the car - just like it's owner is a complete and udder dirt bag.

If it rains tomorrow i am going to be sooo angry!

Troy and I were going to go and celebrate tonight with an icecream, but i think we'll do that tomorrow night instead. Tonight we had pizza and garlic fingers instead!

All done!!!

This seriously feels so surreal. I'm all done work placement. I got my hours all signed (175 1/2) and said all my thank yous and goodbyes and now i'm all finished. Beautiful Jill gave me a present, notebook and picture frame - with a picture of me and some school children. It was so nice considering I wasn't expecting anything from anyone. They don't have my evaluation finished which is a bummer, but hopefully she'll have it all done by Wednesday so I can have it for portfolio consoluation day. You know what I mean.

I had a little parade of children waving goodbye to me as I was leaving. I honked my horn for them!

Yard Sale Tomorrow!

PEI soon!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Canadian Buy and Sell

So....

I kept seeing on the Etsy forums... "Canadian Buy and Sell Party" and i was just too confused. This was until I read Enthral blog post here and now i'm not confused anymore!

You buy an item from a shop on the list, and then your replaces theirs on the list. I'm so glad that was all cleared up for me!

Now i'll have to join in on the fun :)

Today Tomorrow and the never ending story

Today is Thursday... you know what that means... only one more day of work placement left! I though since the end is drawing near that time would go by so - slow. But today actually went by really quickly.

I'm getting yard sale stuff ready tonight so i don't have to do it all tomorrow. Troy and Mom said that I should try and sell some of my coffee paintings and hemp jewelry during the yard sale. But I haven't decided yet.

I finished two more coffee paintings, and I have started working on some more washer art pendants. I'm hoping that if i keep some stuff low scale, that they will be able to sell cheaper. But we'll have to wait and see what Halifax has to offer me.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Who wants to see the list?

Thursday: Placement
Friday: Last Day of Placement
Saturday: Yardsale / Sell food at Cattle Sale
Sunday: Yardsale again maybe
Sunday: Leave for PEI
Tuesday: Come back
Wednesday: Leave at 7:00am to go to valley for portoflio review.

And there you have it. The ultimate low down.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Like I promised

In a previous post I mentioned that I would post a photo of my coffee cup series. Here is a photo that I took today outside, after I got home from work placement. Like I said, I would like to try and sell these for about $20 -framed. I don't think I'll try to sell these on Etsy. But i'll think about it.


I only have three days of work placement left!! I am going to miss the children though so much - especially the school age children.

I really need some canvas!!!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Life and Art

So i really haven't had much time to paint lately. I've been cruising the internet on all my spare time finding great websites. It's awful :)

This week is my last week of workplacement and i'm so excited! Next week i have to go in for a portfolio review day and then that's it - i'm finished!! I'll be all ready to move to the city and find a real job.

I've been doing a coffee cup series. On 110 lb paper i paint coffee cups using acyrlic, watercolors and ink. I have 9 done so far. I have each one nicely framed in a simple black frame and i'm hoping i will be able to sell them for $20 a piece in the city. I'll take some pictures this week to show them off!

Halifax

So it's totally official.

I will be moving to Halifax in about 2 weekish. I just signed up for my other sign language course (so that makes two). My first one (ASL1) starts on June 25 and goes for three weeks, then my second one starts and then ends on August 4th. I'm super excited, i'm just hoping that i will be able to find a job ok and make money so i can actually pay rent!!

Next week i have to go back to the valley for my portfolio day - and so that my teachers can tell me "yes" i have graduated. I will not be totally excited until they say that to me. :)

Here's is me practicing already!!!!

"Thank you"



In the Process... SOLD

After being on Etsy for more than 6 months - hundreds of views, 13 favorites... This tree is sold. But you won't find it under "sold" on etsy. That is because my friend Stephanie is going to buy it. I haven't decided at what price I will sell it to her, because I would like to give her a deal. But the painting is finally going to have a good home! I'm going to see about trying to get some prints of it made before it goes it it's new home.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Paid

I got paid for this custom order today - that's another one off my list. :) I will ship it out on Monday.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Movie Time!

Today I watched the trailer for the bug movie which is coming out on June 25. I took looks at two different posters from the movie and I have to say they are both very interesting. The first one:
is done in only black and white. I find it exciting when things are done and black and white because it allows you to use your imagination more to put in your own ideas of what may happen. The poster was very “dark and twisty” yet very to the point and gives you the information that you want to know.
The second poster:

was also interesting because like the first one it didn’t have a lot of color so it allows for creativity. The silhouette of a man’s face within Ashley Judd’s face is so fascinating.

The website for the bug movie is especially horrifying. When I was a little girl I used to watch horror films all the time, not I find myself especially timid when it comes to horror films but this one looks so interesting. For one, I love Ashley Judd, I think she’s great. I like that this movie seems unique and isn't your typical something-is-going-to-get-you-through-the-television-set type movie. This movie is going to be awesome in the theatre and I'm excited to see how it turns around and concludes itself!

SOLD!

I know it's not much, but I sold some beads today! I know what you are thinking, beads.... huh? On the weekend I went through some beads that I knew that I wouldn't use, and listed them!! I sold some metallic alphabet beads!! At least it's a sale! :)


I am also featured on Enthral's blog here!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Disclosure Policy

As of May 16, 2007 - some of my blog posts will be "paid to post" entries.

Becuase of many life reasons I'm short on cash and have decided to use some this blogging time to make a few extra dollars.

Some of the posts will state, "this is a sponsered" post - where others will not be so blunt. I will only post what interests me and what relates to my interets.

If you have any questions about this, or would like to make some extra money yourself let me know at: ashtonsfolkart@hotmail.com

Friday, May 11, 2007

Etsy News

So there hasn't been a whole lot of action on etsy this past week, but i know things will pick up especially in the summer time!! I'm trying out for this new payperpost thing, where i post about things i enjoy and get paid for it. All i have to do is get approved - and hopefully i do! It would be so nice to get some extra cash considering i'm working for free right now and have to spend money on summer courses.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

New ACEO and HUGE Painting!


Here is my new zebra ACEO - now for sale here:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5920536

Ok... so i LOVED my ACEO crow and I got a lot of respond on the etsy forums so on Saturday I painted this HUGE jumping crow. He is 16 X 20 on Canvas, I love him. I'm really now sure how much to price him at. As of right now, he is $140.
He is here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5920579

Sunday, May 6, 2007

I've been tagged!

Shaina has tagged me.
When tagged, you tell seven interesting tidbits about yourself, and then tag seven other bloggers to play along. I only know 2 bloggers off the top of my head, and one of them tagged me! Here we go:


1) When I was five years old i was hit by a truck. I looked across the road and I did see a truck coming but I think because of my age I had an underdeveloped depth perception and I thought the truck was farther away. I was taken away in an ambulance, but all i had was a few scratches, no broken bones.

2) I took piano lessons from grade 2 to 5. Then took saxophone in school from grade 6 - 9. Then i took guitar classes from grades 10 - 12.

3) I've never made a new year's resolution

4) In high school I thought i wanted to be a journalist. Until i took a journalism course they offered in grade 12, and i hated it.

5) I've only been painting for about a year.

6) I am taking 2 sign language courses this summer.

7) I never wear makeup.

Now for the one person I'm tagging: Angela

Saturday, May 5, 2007

2 more ACEO's!

I have listed these 2 new aceo's separtely on etsy. I CAN'T BELIEVE I SOLD MY CROW ALREADY! I checked it this morning and it had 20 views, then someone purchased it. How Crazy. Hopefully my seal and crab will do okay too. I wonder if I should keep them t he same price. I'll see.
http://ashtonsart.etsy.com

Friday, May 4, 2007

New ACEO!



I lied. I was able to take pictures and list my new ACEO tonight! I wasn't sure how much to list it for. But I ended up listing it for $6.00 We'll see how that goes

Buy it here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5895108

Art List

List:

Eric - $25 for 2 paintings
Jeremy - $40 for custom painting (mail out)

Right now i'm doing workplacement which takes up about 9 hours a day with my lunch break, so I don't have a lot of time to do a whole lot of anything. I think I'm going to focus on some ACEO cards and some washer pendants. I should have an ACEO to list tomorrow :)