Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ashley Houston Art

I finally picked up a paint brush after what felt like the longest break imaginable. It's the first time since having Evans I have painted. She's 10 months old. That's 300 ish days without doing one of the things I love most. Something that makes me- me. Something that passes the world away and let's me completely unwind. It's my own therapy, and I can't believe I went so long without. Isn't it true for all moms out there though? We are constantly give-give-give to our children and husbands, and accidentally forget to make time for ourselves. I love my job as a mom and can't think of a better or harder year than the last one I've spent caring for Evans. I am so thankful to have been able to take a time-out from the legal world as an attorney and fully enjoy motherhood. My husband won't ever know how grateful I am because I will surely never find the words. But, somewhere among the day in and day out of the diaper-bottle-play routine, moms get worn out. We do. And I think it's ok to admit that. I don't have the energy of a 10 month old most days to keep up with my wild girl and find myself hoping I am enough. And she's my only child. I know. I'm pathetic, right? And yet it's true. 

I think it's important for moms and wives to make certain not to lose who they are while taking on our roles as spouses and mothers. Never lose sight of what makes you an individual person. A big part of what makes me Ashley has always been art. There's a creative side to me that's always been a tick I can't shake. Painting is my happy place, and I feel so fortunate to be able to share my work with others. 

Evans started part time daycare a couple weeks back, and I was able to knock out several commissioned pieces. 

I've also been able to get a few originals completed and listed for sale! If you are interested in buying an original, or booking a commissioned piece, contact me. I'd be thrilled to work with you! 

16x20 $250

16x20 $275

9x12 $115

12x16 $135

I will run giveaways from time to time, as well as flash sales on Instagram so be sure to follow me there @ashleyhoustondesigns. So now I want to know, what makes you- you?

Monday, October 13, 2014

10 Months

Evans is now ten months old and such a joy in our lives. Her little personality is really showing these days. She loves to play peek-a-boo and smile and giggle. I am slightly addicted to her sweetness. 

 She still loves to go shopping and be out and about. 
She's great at playing on her own, but she really loves being around her cousins and friends, too! 

She's a total mama's girl, but she's warming up to Daddy everyday. I know he will be the favorite before long. 

She likes to go out to restaurants now, too. Here she is at JalapeƱos enjoying some chicken and rice, and people watching. 

Last week she started daycare! She is in part time and loves it. She comes home exhausted from playing her heart out. The first day I dropped her off there were no tears, and she was completely indifferent when I picked her up. Ha! We joke that she probably thinks they are just more relatives in my big family. 

Evans is a great eater and always cleans her plate. She is eating more kitchen foods instead of baby foods now and loves feeding herself. A new favorite- pancakes and syrup :)

She also had her first trip to Tybee! It was random. We were actually running errands and on our way to Home Depot, and instead decided to skip that and drive to the beach. Tybee is only 30 minutes away! We drove out there around 5:30 and let Evans get her toes sandy. She was in awe. Cutie. 

Her toe prints 

She also took a trip to the zoo with friends! 
10 months have come and gone. Her schedule is about the same. Still not walking, but she wants to so bad and is always trying! Hence the little bumps and bruises on her knees :) she doesn't seem bothered by her little tumbles. On the move always. We love you, busy bee E!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Master Reno: This & That

The hardware came in for the master bedroom closet and my dad went ahead and put the drawer pulls on. I am loving these 12" pulls! The top drawers will receive smaller knobs. 

The bathroom tile is now grouted! The grout color is a silvery gray to blend in. Hopefully the gray is easier to keep clean than standard white grout. 

And my trip to HomeGoods was a success. I found king bedding, toss pillows, (4) 96" curtains, etc. and didn't break the bank. Steal. Can't wait for install day, but there's more construction to do before we get there! 

Evans started daycare yesterday, so I had time to work on my parents design, but also had time to paint. There's plenty of inspiration down here in Savannah! I will be doing a giveaway soon so follow along! You can also follow on Instagram @ashleyhoustondesigns. Have a wonderful Wednesday!