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Working on some commission pieces this week. Above is what my palette has been looking like lately.

Reading The Girl You Left Behind at any free moment I have.

Love this illustration (#6) of Frida Kahlo!

Thought this was a great article on balancing motherhood and creativity.

This soup is amazing!!  As soon as the temperature dropped I ran to the store to buy all the ingredients!

I am so in the mood to decorate my whole entire house and I’m completely in love with everything in this image.

Find anything good this week? Please do share!

Art Pop Up Shop Tips

Last weekend I was given an awesome opportunity to be apart of a pop up shop hosted by the oh so talented Paige Morse.

This was the first time I had ever publicly displayed my work. In other words, I had NO idea what I was doing. But when Paige asks you to be apart of something you say YES.IMG_2351popup1 I kept envisioning making a collage out of my work so I was happy to find out that I would have wall space that I could hang my canvases on.  I used Command adhesive hooks to hang the canvases and frames.   The hooks worked pretty well but due to the hot weather I did have some fall down towards the evening.  But all in all I would recommend using the hooks.IMG_2440popup6

Above is the completed set up after some of my art sold during the preview the night before.  Not in love with how I priced the art (washi-tape and sharpie) but I ran out of time and that’s the best that I could do.  I hope to improve on that in the future. Please share your method for price tags and art if you have one!

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I was really happy with my little e-mail sign up area, completed with business cards, pen, and Paige Morse candle.

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I really wanted to have a better designed chalk info board but once again time was not there.  It did its job though. PS- Hide your ugly stuff i.e. flip flops and ugly towel in basket better. 😉

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My favorite part of the pop up shop; having Emerson around to see her momma do what she loves.

Tips for selling your art at a pop up shop, festival, etc…

  1. Allow plenty of time to figure out your collage arrangement/ booth setup. I was able to set up the day before and that was great. I was able to walk in the day of the shop ready to go.
  2. Bring tons of adhesive hooks (the kind that doesn’t damage the walls) you can always take back what you don’t need. Don’t forget to bring scotch tape, scissors, masking tape.   You’re bound to need them for something.
  3. Set up an e-mail sign up sheet to keep people up-to-date on sales and new releases (newsletter).
  4. Have lots of business cards!
  5. Have a way to package your items for customers.  I brought a roll of white craft paper and tape for my larger prints (rolled them).  I brought cardboard pieces to but behind smaller prints and then wrapped with the craft paper. Then I basically wrapped my canvases as presents.
  6. Put all of your social media info somewhere for everyone to see.
  7. Use square! So easy! Just make sure you have the little adapter for your phone. I ordered mine here on amazon. $10 bucks!
  8. Bring some bottled water and gum/ mints. 😉

 

 

 

The W Part 2

To say it has been a crazy past few weeks is an understatement. This post is coming way later than planned.

Wanted to share a few more pictures from the hotel we stayed in while visiting Paris.

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Oh W Paris, you are so pretty.

Favorite Things

Here are a few of my favorite things too good not to share.

Organize your notebooks like this. So smart.

These 10 small biz tips for working smarter not harder are great!

How did I just find out about this artist yesterday??

You had me at basil! Such beautiful photos and the popsicles look amazing!

I found the perfect book for your coffee table or guest room at our hotel in Paris last week.

Find anything good this week? Do tell!

Have a great weekend!

Where to Stay in Paris- For the Design Obsessed

It’s happening again.  I’m having an interior design identity crisis thanks to our recent trip to Paris (an awful problem to have, I get it).  I’m blaming it all on the W- Paris Opera. Here’s a peak inside this old meets new hotel, a great place to stay if you ever find yourself venturing to Paris.

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This trip was a week long trip for us and although it was packed with activities there was still plenty of time to take it all in (compared to our brief two day stay in 2011). What I really became impressed with on this trip is the way the French mix traditional with modern.  The Paris W pulled this look off effortlessly,  pairing furniture and decor together that I would never have thought to mix in a million years.

In the above picture the traditional arm chair with it’s detail and curves becomes modern with the color-blocked fabric and the modern black and white print on the pillow. Add the sleek modern side table and the look is très chic.  The view of the building in the background isn’t too bad either.

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Check out the black shiny entry with it’s luminous dots that welcomes you into your room decked out in crown molding.  Opposites attract is definitely what I found works when mixing traditional and modern.

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The room was difficult to photograph so the mirror shot was the best I could do to get a good view of the whole room.

The chandelier had me swooning as soon as we walked in. A great modern alternative that keeps the traditional lines of a chandelier but stays modern with the black metal wire.

I love that every area of a room gets attention, there’s a bit of wit, art, and of course class, all through the room. Can’t wait to show you more photos of the hotel in my next post!

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This hotel is not only beautiful but the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I highly recommend a stay at the W-Paris. After a long day of sight seeing this was the perfect place to come back to, drink an espresso, look through a book, and relax.

How to get this look in your own home?

1. Use more traditional furniture when it comes to furniture pieces like couches, chairs, beds.

2. Pair your traditional furniture with modern coffee tables, side tables, and night stands.

3. Art. A great collection of art will definitely help achieve this look.  Don’t be afraid to mix abstract with realistic art pieces.

4. Use dramatic drapery that reaches the floor.

5. Finish the look with fresh flowers.

What do you think about the “French Modern” style? Would you still be my friend if my house looked like this?

 

Update

Hello hello!! I’m still here I promise! I’m just painting. A lot.

I have some fun things in the works-

1. A new website!

2. Paintings for my shop are in progress!

Yay! Lots of good things happening! Stay tuned!

xo

Ashlee

For the Quiet Girls

This is for all the girls that have ever been told they were quiet.

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Quote from The Ting Ting’s song That’s Not My Name. I actually had the chance to see them in concert a few years ago. One of the best live shows I’ve seen.

I specifically remember sitting in my 8th grade English class that was mostly filled with the “popular” crowd, when one of the popular boys turned to me and said (first words he had ever said to me), “You’re so quiet. Do you ever talk?”

No. I never talk. I am practicing for my lucrative career as a one woman mime show.

I just wanted to say- Yes, yes I do talk and if you only knew me you would know that once I get going,  I actually talk a lot.  And get this, sometimes I’m even funny.

But, instead I said, “Yeah.”  And that was it. End of conversation. And we never spoke to each other again.

That’s not the first person to ever call me quiet. I’ll admit I was a bit shy and reserved as a teen in fear of saying something wrong or stupid. But I have always wondered why someone that has never talked to you before would start out with, “Do you ever talk?” or something along those lines.

When you tell someone that they are quite:

You are making the “quiet person” feel like something is wrong with them and you’re pretty much making them be even MORE quite.  Actually you’re making them want to crawl under a rock.

Why not start out with:

Hey, I don’t think we’ve really talked before. What’s up?  Or- Crazy weather we’re having, huh?  Or even- Do you like the color blue? Anything, ANYTHING but- You never talk, you’re quite, or do you ever talk?

Okay, rant over.

So to all you “quiet” girls out there…

Go ahead and keep being quiet. Let your light shine for those who  know the REAL you.

xo

Ashlee

My Grand Plans

Hey guys! I’m finally starting to emerge from my studio.  Ever since this post went viral last month, I’ve been painting non-stop!

I’ve also had a lot of time to think and know what my plans are now.

I want to be an artist. There, I said it.

I think I wrestled with the idea of even chasing this dream because I didn’t think I was worthy of pursuing art. My thoughts have changed on this and if this is truly what I want to do, why not just do it? My gut is telling me to go for it.

I’m going to stop taking commissions for a little while so that I can focus on some paintings that I’ve had in my head for awhile. I also want to take the time to stock my shop with paintings and prints.

As far as the creative challenge goes, I know what I want to do. I didn’t expect for it to be so evident this early on but it is what it is. I’m not going to stop trying new creative things but right now all my mind can think about is drawing and painting and like I said earlier, I just have to go with my gut on this.

Oh and I haven’t forgot about my love for interiors! I hope to sprinkle some interior design/styling into the mix as well.

Excited to see what the future holds!