February – Projects

February always seems to fly by. I was lacking a bit of motivation in the beginning of the month, but now that it’s almost over – I need to get some projects done. I’ll be taking 2 online courses and an evening class on campus starting March 10, so I’d love to finish the Omaha Project mural before then. I also want to enter the “Women working” drawing into a contest that has a due date for submissions of April 1.

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Got an Art Desk this month, by the way!

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Gotta kick it into gear! Would love feedback on how the drawings look. I promise, more pictures and updates will be coming.

One more project that I want to do is a shop video for my Etsy Shop. Gotta try out my hubby’s digital camera that he just revealed that he’s had all this time! Glad it’s usable now. It will take much better pictures than my phone! (Which is why there aren’t many good pictures of my works in progress.)

Anyway, what are you working on these days? Please share!

New this Week

Yesterday was my first anniversary of marriage to my wonderful husband, Jeff.

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It was great to take Friday off and enjoy a long weekend together. On Friday we checked out Do Space – a place with free technology for everyone to use. They had Mac Desktops, a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and spaces for startups, and even teens to meet and collaborate.

Then we checked out The Approach Climbing Gym. Jeff designed the sign earlier this year and was pleased that if is so close to where we live. Two of our friends joined us. Jeff and the staff taught us how to use the auto-belay and harness to climb. We also had to show we understood how to fall safely.

We had a great time, even if we got a bit sore.

I also had a few orders last week. An Adele paperdoll, a kitty figurine, a custom drawing, and a custom reptile figurine.

Here they are below:

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It’s fun to work on a variety of projects!

Also, today marks the start of what I’m calling a Soft Whole 30. We tried the Whole 30 before – and there were some things we wished we didn’t have to cut out. Alcohol, regular bacon, and yogurt. This time we’re keeping those in our diet and we’ll see what happens.

Stay tuned🙂.

Submissions!

I’m kind of sad that more people haven’t reached out with submissions. That being said, I’m truly grateful for the ones who have.

I still need people of various backgrounds and areas of town to submit – West Omaha, South Omaha, Midtown, North Omaha, Downtown, Millard, Elkhorn… Submissions can be sent to piecesofelises@gmail.com

Here are some of the submissions I have so far:

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To learn more see this post on The Omaha Project.

Update on The Omaha Project

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Photo submissions are beginning to roll in for The Omaha Project!

In addition to drawing the people of Omaha, this large drawing will include well known buildings from different regions of the city.

When you Google Omaha – you usually see a view of downtown and the riverfront, right? But is that all there is to Omaha?

What buildings do you associate with
the part of Omaha where you grew up, live or work in currently?

Please let me know in the comment section below.

The Omaha Project

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Photos mainly from my family photo album

So I had an idea yesterday and I need some help. I want to create a large mural-like drawing of different families, of different races in different regions of Omaha through the years. If you submit a photo of your family (by e-mailing piecesofelises@gmail.com) I will include it in the drawing and you will get a free 8 x 10 print! This drawing will eventually be the main cover for a writing project that is in the works.

I’m excited about this and hope to hear from you!

Whole30 Recap

So we didn’t make it to day 30.😦. But, I blame it in our inedible pineapple meatballs.

It was day 23. We were baking the meatballs while we went on a run. Then we had to go to the store and come home and eat before going to a concert. There was a good aroma when we walked into the apartment, so we figured the meatballs would be tasty. I started trying to salvage our wilty salad greens to make a side salad for each of us. Jeff tasted the meatballs. They were watery and didn’t taste at all like they smelled.

We had about an hour to go to the store and get to the concert.

“After the store, let’s get King Kong,” I suggested.

So we ordered two medium rare top-sirloin steaks with fries and a Greek salad. We figured that was close enough to Whole30 compliant in an emergency situation. But the salads had feta cheese and what was steak without steak sauce? Fries without ketchup? (We didn’t eat the pita bread).

So I said, “Let’s just end it.”

Neither of us were miraculously healthier. We were slimmer, though. We decided to keep some elements of the diet. But we would drink alcohol and use our condiments.

And I wouldn’t have to cook everyday!

Here’s some of my journal drawings from the challenge:

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