Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!!!

My Favourite
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Wish upon a star ....

Wish upon a star earrings
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Just in time for the Holidays I have two new earring designs in the Shop!

My favourite right now are these Little Stars
and I have made a wish on my pair and hopefully it will come true and soon!

My Christmas tree is up, I wanted a small one but somehow I got one that reaches all the way to my ceiling and my carpet will forever hold its needles. Oh well the apartment officially smells like Christmas, now I only wish I had someone special to share it with... maybe next year.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The moment was calm, but you knew it won't last


Sometimes life throws you a punch and instead of just taking it, you punch back hard and it spins you out of control.
This is what lies behind this photo.

I learned how to add textures and layers in Photoshop today. I am really proud of myself. ;) Now I am looking into photography lessons, since it has been a dream of mine to use photography as another layer in how I express myself.
What do you think, for a first try...15min exercise? For texture credits please see my flickr.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Day off!!!

in Montreal
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
After spending the weekend (16 hours in total) in class, I was lucky to have the day off from work today. I actually have a few days that I will try to fit in by the end of the year. I hope to have the last week of December entirely off, to just sit around and not do anything. Please Please Please.

My little sis spent the weekend here, and today we shopped 'till we dropped. ;)
I bought the cutest little skirt and tights ( I never thought that I would buy tights), to go with the skirt. The combo with my black boots is awesome!!!! I can't wait to wear the outfit ;)
Now I am getting ready for my week, that is only 4 days long!!!

ps the Picture is from last month, when I was in Montreal

Friday, November 07, 2008

400 Hearts and hello

400 hearts!
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
yey a little celebration!
Now I want 500 by the end of the year, and to reach 200 sales in my shop!
I can do it!, I know I can....

Where have I been, well I don't even know....
Working,studying, taking little trips..... New York, Montreal, Ottawa (check out my flickr for photos) and oh yah meeting new people and trying to learn about dating....

My mission is to be back on track here, since I really want to be able to call myself a full time artist not an artist by night.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Self Image Sketch 3 - "Forget I ever was"

Self Image 3 - forget I ever was
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Life is a little different around here, and hence my absence. I know you are there and checking on this blog and patiently waiting for me to update.
Life has settled for me and finally I am back on track. Actually doing really well on my own and managing to find happiness in the little things around me. Like my sweet Tiger and the freedom that I have living on my own. To be honest embracing the single life leaves me very busy and in demand by my wonderful friends who don’t leave me a second of boredom.

This weekend I started catching up on art and finding the energy and time to create. The fruit of my hard work this weekend is this new sketch that is also a new print in the Shop!.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

real life...

Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Hi there,
I am back from vacation and my life is now upside down.
This picture is from the most comfotable moment I had while there.
Now I am lost, numb and angry with myself....

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Off to Europe - SALE

"Strength" earrings
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
I am leaving for Europe in two weeks for two weeks ;)
and decided to have a little sale until then. 15% everything in my shop until July 10th!
(excluding custom items)

Please do come for a visit The Shop!

new "Strength" Earrings

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Big on Bloor" Festival

"Big On Bloor" festival
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
My friend and I battled the elements on Saturday to do this Festival.
We had everything from rain, wind, sunshine to dark mean clouds.
We didn't get a lot of traffic and we were in the worse location but it was a good experience....

Sunday, June 08, 2008

10 more days...

'Joy' Earrings
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
I can almost smell the freedom. Imagine that a few months without my Accounting textbook to keep me company every night and weekend.

Any spare minute that I have, I am trying to prepare for my craft show on the 27th. Yesterday I made earrings and created this new design, "Joy".
I only have enough to make only these, so they are One of a kind for the next little while. My goal is to create as much inventory as I can without buying new supplies. I do have them in pink too, but I will keep them for the craft show, if they don't sell I will list them.
They are very cute and fresh ;)

ok back to the book..........

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

a little disappointed....

Twice I have tried to buy a certain supply item from Etsy and twice I have met disappointing sellers.

The first time, the seller never mailed the item and is since deleted from Etsy for scamming others, not just me. Now I am out some hard earned moneys.

This week, again I tried to get the same item from someone else and was disappointed with the seller. Actually I first contacted the seller on May 25th

As a seller, I try to reply to all customers ASAP, sometimes it is not possible if I am away for a day or two, but generally I try my best to get back to them. I realize they want an answer fast and the item even faster.

As a customer, and I do buy a lot from Etsy, I want to be replied fast and be able to get my item as soon as possible.

I do have patience and know that not everyone is on line as much as I am. But please if someone contacts you for an item quantity that you do no have listed, you should know your inventory and reply. Not make me wait for you to find a lost stash and count it. If you say you have it and I ask, please list. Please list it, don't wait 2 or 3 days, given that I replied to you within minutes. Don't make me wait. I waited and waited, now I contacted the seller and backed out of the deal. I feel really bad about this, because if I say I am going to buy something I will. I was burned by another seller with bad communication and did not want to risk loosing money again.
I thanked her for her time, but as I need the item within two weeks, it is cutting close and I may not get them item. What is interesting that she replied to this convo within an hour.

Also, shipping to Canada from the US is not hard, and not scary. It is easy and cheap and as online seller you owe it to yourself to investigate. Don’t list outrageous prices to ship to Canada, because I have experience and know how much it will cost me. If I pay $6 for shipping and the sticker only says you paid $1.59, really do you think I will come back and shop from your store?

If you want customers to come back to you, reply to them and try your best to provide good customer service. It only takes minutes, but really it saves everyone time and money.
Now I have to buy the item I need, at a higher cost but at least I will know that I will have it in time......

Ok done with the rant, now back to the textbook ;)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

A little extra time...

Pocket Mirrors...
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
I managed to finish the studying I planned for today early and this is what I did.
These are my cute little pocket mirrors all dressed up in their own packages ready to come with me to a craft sale!

They are not in the Shop! , but if you really want one let me know ;)

ok I am to Paul's parents for real dinner

Friday, May 30, 2008

Hi there,

I know I have been MIA for most of the month....
Thank you for looking in and waiting for an update.
Right now I am studying for a big entrance exam that will take place on June 17th. Send all the extra luck you have my way, because I will need it.

After that I will have TIME, imagine that...TIME!!!!

On June 20th I will be in a Craft Show in Toronto, Big on Bloor !

and on July 11th I am off to Europe for two weeks. woop woop!

Ok I will update you with pictures and new items soon!

By the way The Shop! is still open and even though I am studying I love taking breaks to get orders ready for shipping ;)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

where does time go....

Just For You - Moleskine Journal
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
it passes too fast to realize....
I spent the day in a classroom and will be back again tomorrow. This is all in prep for my 'life' changing test in June.
To be honest I am not sure I want to be a CMA anymore, but I have a lot invested in it already, both in money and time...
I will continue to push forward. My reward will be my first vacation to see my family in July. I can't wait!

I finally finished this little Moleskine journal featuring my print " Just for you", it has been in the works for months, half done just waiting for me to put it together.
"Just for you" Journal

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Website update....

Website update....
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
I was a bit productive this weekend as I did manage to update my website
Instead of an image heavy grid I figured out how to create a gallery!
yey me!
A few people have tried it and it is loading fast. If you have to time to visit, please let me know how it loads for you. So far I have updated the Block prints section. This new design is faster to do and I hope to actually 'finish' the other parts.

The Link!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hi there,

Candy star pendant
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
How are you?

Life is changing for me in a flash, one minute I am moving the next I am not.
The good news is that I don't have to study for the rest of the month and really hope to do some block printing this week or even perhaps a bit of painting.
I had a dream that I sold a few paintings, I really wish I would find the energy to really work on my so called art career. The current corporate life is slowly making me loose sense of who I am.

For now I am working on new accessories because they are fun and quick to do.

Visit this cute pendant when you have a minute "Candy Star"

It is very gray here, I hope that were you are you have a bit of sunshine.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

my life simplified....

"Simplicity" Earrings
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Get up early, go to work....stay late at work, go home and be stuck in traffic on the way home.... study, go to sleep. Get up early, go to work...stay later than yesterday, go home...but be stuck in traffic for a while, study...go to sleep. Get up early, go to work........... you get the picture.
But at least while I am at work I get to wear and be complemented on my new earrings collection

Simplicity Earrings!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

it's the little things...

Ceramic Brown Heart Pendant
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
The little things make me happy...
like having my brother and my sister with me for the first time since Thanksgiving.
or trying to boil eggs to colour them and ending up with half of them cracking ;)

I spent the weekend in bed sick for most part, but hopefully this week won't be too hard on me.

I have updated the shop The Shop! with new earrings and this Pendant

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

a small update...

Gentle Earrings
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Nothing new to report really.
Just working like mad, studying like mad and trying to spend a few minutes on something creative or to go the gym.
I find that earrings are an easy way to do something different, ie not work with numbers. I have been putting them in the Shop

I hope to have some time to print in the upcoming future, but it probably won't be until after my test on April 5th.

My brother joined me at the Bead Oasis show downtown yesterday and that was interesting. I found that a lot of the supplies I can get online and mainly on Etsy are a lot cheaper than from the vendors there. I did spend a bit too much on lovely handmade glass beads that are just incredibly beautiful.

Gentle Earrings

Saturday, March 08, 2008

New things....

Asymmetrical metal earrings
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
So instead of studying I have been playing with beads and metal.
I have a new addiction!
I listed this pair of earrings and already sold a pair the same day.
You can visit the new pair here: Assymetrical Earrings
I am trying to focus on studying but my brain is very very tired and unwilling to cooperate with me....

Saturday, March 01, 2008

not a very good week...

Framed artwork
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
I am really happy that this week is over.
I have been sick with a head cold since Monday. I managed to work from home almost the whole week.
Tiger was sick too. I took him to the vet and he got shots and now he doesn't like me very much. He had an upset tummy on Monday and a bit of a scratch under his chin. He is just sleeping and giving me unhappy looks.
I have to say Vets are very very expensive ;(

The picture to the side is of one of my prints framed. In my opinion a frame makes the pieces incredible!
Ok back to trying to relax and get better.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Birthday Sale!

Hi there,
I am turning 24 on the 24th thus I am having a 24% off Sale to celebrate all week until the big day.
You can find art, notecards, jewelry, lip balm and more in my shop!

The Shop!
sale excludes custom items**

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Recovery shake
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
The test is done!
I needed something fresh and yummy to recover with and this Avocado shake is just the answer.
Smoosh 1 avocado in your blender
add a few ice cubes
Milk to top it off and blend blend blend.
Sugar to taste can be added too.

hehee it might be a funny green colour but it sure is supper yummy and refreshing.

now the list for this long weekend...
clean apartment
got new work pants shortened ( they were less than $20, thus $7 for a nice hem is justified)
get a registration sticker for my car
lots and lots of art...
except I am really tired but I will try ;)

I also really have to get to work on my website....

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines day

Valentine's day has always been one of my favorites.

yet this year it doesn't hold much excitement... it's missing something...

Saturday, February 09, 2008

This is my life...

Self Portrait Thurs Feb 7 2008
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Once again a picture is worth a 1000 words.
This is how tired I am trying to work over 10 hours a day and studying every night.
The test is next Satruday morning and after that I have 2 whole days and guess what I am doing....... apart from sleeping of course... painting and printing. The hope to be able to paint is what keeps me going.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Tiger doing my homework ....

Tiger doing my homework
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
This is what we are up to....
I study... and Tiger eats my homework.....
No time for a life or artwork ;(
I am gearing up for another test on Feb 16th, perhaps that weekend after the test I will be able to spend some time painting or printing.
I really hope so

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Pocket Mirror Sale!

Hi Everyone,
I am having a great sale in My Shop!
My original art mirrors are all on Sale

Self ImageBeach Sunset

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Acorn Necklace

Acorn Necklace
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
A little gift to myself from myself.
When I was little my Grandfather used to take all 3 kids for hikes in the local woods. We always collected acorns. We had bags of them. Sadly my Grandfather passed way 7 years ago and I miss him dearly. Whenever I am sad and unhappy about life I usually see an acorn somewhere: On a tree, on the ground or in a picture. I know that it is him telling me life will be ok.
I asked tigerlillyshopto create a little acorn for me after seeing some of her other pieces. I simply love it and now I can wear the memory of my grandfather around my neck.