Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Successful First Week

Well I've been open for just over a week now. I was able to secure 4 sales which is amazing. It's really hard to put your work out there and when somebody actually likes it enough to purchase it the feeling is indescribable. I have wanted this for so long and it's finally happening. I've been working really hard but I'm really happy. Yay!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What I've been up to

Unabashedly Ashley! Where have you been all this time? You just dropped off the face of the planet without a trace. That was very unkind of you!

Yes, I apologize to all my fabulous blogger friends. My disappearance was rude. I was out trying to better myself and I needed to concentrate on a few things. So, what was I up to? I'm glad you asked.

1) I finished levels 0 & 1 in my French classes. I start level 2 at the end of August when I return to school.

2) This:


What?!?! I opened my shop! My dream came true. It's been a lot of hard work and concentration. I just opened it a few days ago. I still have a TON of stock to upload but it's a great start. I'm so happy and excited to be at this point finally.

I'm still going to check in here sometimes and of course keep up with all of you on your blogs. You're like my mini internet family and I love you.

If you can't find me here I'll be on my FB page:


On Pinterest:


Or in my shop as listed above! I'm so elated to share this with you guys. A little bit of shameless self promo never hurt anyone right? So if you're interested check me out and if you're Mr.Grumps at me for checking out I apologize.

Love Unabashed!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Hello All,

It appears as though I've abandoned this blog. For that I feel bad. I've just felt up to my ears in so many things lately that blogging seems the last thing on my mind. I miss you guys though. I thought I'd put together a little post of randomness.

* I'm starting to do better at school. I can form small sentences and communicate about 20% of what I want to say. I'm understanding when fellow students talk to me most of the time. I feel comfortable at school. My reading and writing is much better than my listening and speaking but I am very visual so I expected this.

* My sister has decided she wants to be married sooner than what I can be back home for because I'll still be in school so instead I'll be just attending the reception in August.

* My godson has tried to come far to early. My best friend was hospitalized over a week ago and they are hoping she can hold out until the end of the month. They are both ok but this has been a very stressful situation. I'm thinking of her constantly and sending her good vibes.

* I desperately want to move but BF refuses to move until summer 2014 which he says is when we'll be moving into our own home. This is a constant source of tension for us right now. I'm very unhappy where we are living and it really doesn't serve us well to be here for many reasons. *sigh*

* I've ordered my shipping supplies for my company and once it's arrived I'll be ready to open up shop. Very exciting and scary at the same time.

So tell me the latest and greatest with you. I've been trying to slowly make the rounds and check in on everybody. I miss all your stories and insight. xoxo

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Something Fun

I feel bad for not blogging lately so here is a little something to make you laugh.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

It's My Honor

I logged onto Facebook this morning to find a message from my sister. Since I've moved and haven't set up a phone line yet it's normal for me to communicate with my siblings this way most of the time. I clicked on it thinking it would probably be some info about coconut as my sister has recently discovered a new allergy. Instead I was moved to tears.

She is thinking of getting married this summer in our hometown and has asked me if I would be the Maid of Honor. I am so touched! My sister and I were very close when I was younger but have had some rough patches over the years. She also has two other sisters from her fathers side. So I was super taken aback that she chose me. It really means a lot. 

Of course I replied yes right away and have put in a request to throw a bridal shower/bachelorette for her. She didn't do either of these things for her previous marriage but I'm hoping she'll let me plan something this time. I really want to do something extra special for her. 

She is having a very simple ceremony and I'm ready to help her put it together. I've already sent her a bunch of links because I've been looking into something similar for BF and I. This is so exciting. I can't wait for my visit home in the summer!


Update: She's getting married next summer, not this one. I sent her a bazillion links to which she sweetly replied that maybe I could calm down a little since it's over a year away. LoL. I was hoping to do something similar next summer so we'll have to see how things go. I don't want to step on any toes. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Up To My Ears

Seems like time is just flying by and there's just not enough of it in a day. I haven't even opened yet, still prepping, and I'm super busy all the time. I'm just trying to be as ready as I can and stay organized. It's quite amazing all the things you must master to have your own business. I'm slowly getting there.

So for right now my posts will be scattered and random. Sorry guys :(

Monday, February 25, 2013

My Godchild

I am not sure if I mentioned this on my blog yet but my best friend is pregnant with her first child. I am so excited for her as I know this is something she's wanted for a very long time. She is having a boy which is also something she wanted. Of course all mothers are happy with whatever they are gifted with but I was happy she got what she hoped for.

When she told me she was pregnant I had to keep it a secret for awhile because she was waiting until she was past the first trimester before telling anyone. Right away though she told me something very special. She told me that she talked to the father and said that they wanted me to be the Godmother. Even though I'm not a religious person she wants me to hold that special title. I think of it as more of a special person in their life that is there to be an extra mentor and support for the child.

I've been doing a little shopping here and there to pick out things for the baby. This week she got one of my gifts in the mail. I sent her some of my favorite classic children's books. I sent: "Little Critter Collection Book", "The Hungry Caterpillar" and "Where The Wild Things Are". I explained that I wanted to share my love of books with the baby. It's my hope that they will snuggle as a family and read together. She told me yesterday she's already reading the books to the unborn baby which melted my heart. I also sent her my all time favorite book "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. It should arrive on Wednesday. That book always brings tears to my eyes. I also now know it's her favorite as well.

All this baby talk makes me think about the future. When I am cruising through the baby aisles and see all the expectant mothers glowing while picking out pieces for their new babies I can't help but smile. I wish I could be closer to my friend to help her out more. I'm in QC and she's in AB. I try to msg her a lot and let her know that I'm thinking of them. I'm just so happy for her.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spring Break Where Are You?

So one more full week of school and then it's spring break for me. One whole week off of school and boy do I need it. I feel a lot pressure lately. I have to do lists all over the place.I was really sad when I found out I wouldn't be able to go home for the week off because of the price of flights but now I've realized I am going to need that time to just get myself organized.

BF and I have decided to put off our weekend in Ottawa. He told me if I wait an extra month or two we'll do a long weekend in New York instead. Since it's a long time desire of mine to visit "the big apple" I accepted right away. A long weekend away is just what we need.

So now I'm asking.. what's good to do/eat in New York? 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

No School!!

I have no school today! Haha, I feel like a little kid on a snow day. The teachers are having meetings all day so  the students are off for the day. It's awesome. I'm planning on making the most of it.

I slept in this morning which felt great. I've been feeling exhausted lately. Just so much on my plate. I have a list of things to do today:

* Leave feedback for all my Etsy supply purchases - I've received some stuff that was not up to par. I've had this a couple times with this company and they've always fixed things but this time it was 3 separate items. I'm thinking of not purchasing from them anymore. It's just to much of a hassle even if the service is good. We'll see how they resolve this last issue before I make up my mind. I sent them an email this morning.

* Purchase domains for my company - So far I've snatched up: a Facebook page, twitter, pinterest, blog and 2 emails for my company. I think once I purchase the domains I'll be golden. At that point I'll be able to let you guys in on the name I chose.

* Email sketches of my logo to my designer. Thanks to my awesome friend Laura I have been connected with a recent design grad who is looking to expand her portfolio and has offered to do my logo in exchange for referrals and credit. How awesome is that!?!

* Spend 2 hours on my French. I have a booklet with a dvd and cd to work on at home that my teachers gave me that is in English. I've yet to crack it open yet so today is the day.

* Make a rad dinner for BF. I'm thinking my homemade chicken fingers. He loves them and we haven't had them in a while since we're both always so busy now. Then I'm going to make a chocolate cake for dessert. A little midweek pick me up ;)

* Work on some earrings and wine charms. I'm behind on getting stock ready to go. I still don't have a desk to work on so I've taken over the dining room table as my work area today. It's like working in a war zone though because I have two little furry rascals who want to jump onto the table right onto my bead trays at any given moment. They are napping right now though so I've got to work quickly. It's just like having children I swear.

* House chores. We did a MAJOR house clean on Saturday and now we're trying to keep on top of it. I've got some laundry going but I've yet to touch the dishes or tidy up at all.

*Prepare paperwork for Transunion. I found out there is an office close to us so I'm hoping we can swing by there on Friday when we have a little more time. I still have to mail in to Equifax as well. Student loan is just ridiculous  It's been a month since I called them and I still haven't received my letter from them. I bet they haven't bothered to flag my account yet either. I joined a FB group for people affected by the privacy breech so I can keep up to date on what's happening. Hearing other peoples stories makes me feel very uneasy about all of this. Especially when I've worked so hard to restore my credit and we are planning to purchase a home next year. Ugh...

So that's what I'm working on. With a million little things in between. Better get at it because it's lunch time already.

What's on your to do list today?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Little Me Time

Today BF is heading off to watch his Habs game. I'm happy for him that he was able to have this opportunity. I know he'll enjoy himself. He's going to make it up to me tomorrow by taking me to a dim sum place that I love. He said I can pick all the dishes. (That is true love to me) We went last weekend but they were closed. My heart was broken, lol.

So tonight it will be just me and the furchildren. I think I'm going to pop open that chilled bottle of my favorite white wine in the fridge, put on some Dexter and pull out my beads. I've been feeling overwhelmed lately and haven't had a chance to let my creativity flourish. I really need to get some product ready for my opening that is only 2 short months away. Eek!

I also need to find somebody to do some work for me as in a new logo, banner, avatar and business cards. I have a fairly specific idea of what I want but don't possess the skills to pull it off myself. I did find a site where I could do a free banner. I was so proud of the one I created but when I showed BF he gave me that funny look that says "I love how cute you are when you're excited but that is lame". Hmm, ok well I'm sure I can find somebody to help me out, lol.

Oh! I just realized I also have two large envelopes full of supplies I ordered that arrived this week but I haven't had time to go through yet. THAT is fun. It's like Christmas day for a crafter. Yippee!

So what is on your agenda tonight?