Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Master Reno: Almost done!

The construction is almost done! Counter tops are in, tile and grout are done, faucets and fixtures are installed and running, closet built ins are finished... The only things left on the construction side of things are hardwoods and touch up paint. Yeah!
Love how it is looking! My parents are soooo ready to move into this room. My dad is ready to stop working on this room. My mom is ready to have a clean house again. I am ready to see all the pretty come to life. Almost there!!! Now to pick out furniture... Bed, end tables, couch/chairs/coffee table for sitting area, TV dresser... I have some work to do. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amazing Weekend

This weekend we went back to SC for the Go Leo Go run in honor of Leo Bugenske. Leo is one of my best friend's first born. He is an amazing little fighter and has the cutest smile you ever did see. The run was to raise money for spinal muscular atrophy, but it did so much more. It was an awesome sight to see so many people (over 600!) come together in support of this family. I was so blown away. It was great to be a part of this event. 

Afterwards, we headed out to Leo's grandparents for lunch, music, and celebrating Leo's birthday! Evans loved playing in the grass and dancing to the music. 
After the Leo festivities, we ran out to Mark's grandparents to visit and to pick up his boat. The boat was stored for probably 10 years or more while we lived in Atlanta. He is so excited to have it in Savannah! 

On our way back to Isle of Hope, we saw a beautiful sunset. It was the perfect ending to the weekend. A reminder that God is always good and is always present. 

If you are interested in raising money for SMA, Leo the Brave books are still available! 312 have sold so far. Wow! The community in Leo's Pride is unbelievable. You can get a copy here: http://blur.by/1u9KvVA

100% of profits are sent to the organization Cure SMA. 

I hope everyone's weekend was as exciting as Leo's, but I can't imagine that it was. :)

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?