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Toledo Pride Festival This Weekend

This weekend is the Pride Festival at Levis Square in downtown Toledo (on the corner of Madison and St. Clair). Jason and I attended the event two years ago and we’re happy that this year Karly can come along, too. I’m sure she’ll love the parade. That’s happening Saturday at noon. There are so many organizations involved in the parade, and the energy is so high in the crowd as they pass by. Besides the parade there will be vendors and live performances. Come check it out! I’m making a onesie for Karly to wear.

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Rahm Designs, LLC August 2017 Update

I was not feeling well this past weekend, and didn’t get anything done for a couple days. I’m juggling several different projects right now, so it was discouraging to fall behind schedule. However, I’m feeling better now. I’m back at work and slowly tackling projects one-by-one. Here’s an update on Rahm Designs, LLC.

For the past 12 months the Rahm Designs, LLC Etsy shop has seen a 279 percent increase in revenue. From month-to-month it doesn’t usually feel like there’s that big of a change, so it was nice to see the stats over a larger period of time. Most of our orders come from Etsy and I feel it’s the best fit for our items as far as ecommerce sites go, but we still get frustrated with Etsy’s seller’s fees. We also get sales from eBay, but no where near the traffic and sales we get on Etsy.

We will meet with our SCORE mentor as well as the marketing mentor on the 23rd. I have been gathering all of our marketing materials and I’m eager to hear their feedback. It’s been several weeks since we’ve seen our mentor and a lot has happened in the mean time, so we’ll have a lot of catching up to do.

I’m still thinking about the organization of the business. I have many different interests, and I’m not sure what to focus on. Can Rahm Designs, LLC cover several different areas?

I’m excited to be working on some new designs, all of which were ideas from my family. My drawing skills feel a little rusty, but I’m antsy to put out a finished product. It’s been a while since I’ve put out new designs, and I’m excited to show everyone.

There’s a lot of uncertainty in my life right now. My husband has a new job, and my job at the mental health agency might be coming to an end in a few months. While it’s a little nerve wracking at the moment, I believe these changes will ultimately be better for my career and my life. Let’s see what the next chapter holds.

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My New Favorite Series on Netflix – Abstract: The Art of Design

Abstract: The Art of Design is a series that came out earlier this year on Netflix, and I was instantly drawn to it. This inspiring program profiles the beautiful and innovative work of 8 designers at the top of their game as they reveal their processes and motivation. This is a must-see for anyone pursuing a creative career. I found their stories fascinating as well as an incredible learning opportunity.

Episode 1

Christoph Niemann talks about his illustrations as he works on a ground breaking cover for New Yorker. He explains the importance of abstraction and shares exercises that help him with the creative process. I have enjoyed trying these exercises myself. He says on a trip to the museum, “The gateway drug is not creating art, it’s experiencing art.”

Episode 2

This episode follows iconic shoe designer and creator of Air Jordans, Tinker Hatfield. Tinker discusses the problem-solving element of design and the importance of creating something meaningful – something that tells a story. He says, “Get out and experience life. Then you will have a library in your head.”

Episode 3

Es Devlin opens up about her successful career as a stage designer. She’s designed for small theaters as well as sets of today’s most famous pop stars and everything in between. She discusses 5 ingredients she uses in her design work, and what it means to fill a void with art. She explains, “Everything’s only going to exist in the memories of people.”

Episode 4

This episode follows Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. He created an inclusive approach to architecture and his work focuses on sustainability and problem-solving. He explains, “The way you realize your dreams is one step at a time.” You won’t believe the clean power plant with a ski slope on top of it.

Episode 5

Episode 5 profiles Ralph Gilles, automotive designer for Chrysler. He says, “Everything should be art.” His designs are beautiful and functional. He calls designers “taste makers” and as he explains, “Taste making takes time.”

Episode 6

Graphic designer Paula Scher is featured in episode 6. She describes design as “existing beyond screens” because “it affects real life.” She’s a big fan of typography. As she explains, “Making stuff is the heart of everything. That drive never goes away.”

Episode 7

This episode follows photographer and cultural provocateur Platon. He still shoots with film and has an amazing way of connecting with people. He always asks himself, “What can I learn from this person?” He has photographed numerous world leaders and everyday people alike.

Episode 8

Ilse Crawford, the successful interior designer, is the focus of episode 8. She considers all the senses in her work, because “we are our bodies”. She explains, “Design is a thought process, a skill, and a tool to enhance our humanity.”

I loved this series and I am grateful to the designers for sharing their work and stories. It was truly inspiring. I am more motivated than ever to learn and discover as much as I can about my own discipline. Time to get to work!

Toledo, OH

Our Favorite Toledo Restaurants

Another great reason for living in Toledo is that we have a ton of great restaurants! Here are ten of my family’s favorites.

  1. JoJo’s

4336 Monroe St.

JoJo’s has great pizza, but I really think the lasagna is amazing!

  1. Mancy’s

953 Phillips Ave.

This is an awesome steakhouse that my family sometimes visits for special occasions. My graduation dinner was at Mancy’s.

  1. Hot Sizzling Wok

2333 W. Laskey Rd.

This is a Chinese restaurant very close to our house. We visited Hot Sizzling Wok a lot while I was pregnant. I really like the beef with broccoli.

  1. Golden Phoenix

5201 Monroe St. #3

Golden Phoenix is a Chinese restaurant close to where I work, and they have the most amazing egg rolls. I sometimes get a couple to go for lunch.

  1. Gyro’s

2942 W. Sylvania Ave.

Mr. Gyro’s has a huge menu and they deliver. I love the chicken gyro.

  1. Vito’s

4235 Douglas Rd.

My husband loves the pizza at Vito’s, but I really like the subs. My favorite is the pizza sub.

  1. El Camino Real

2500 W. Sylvania Ave.

This one is also close to our house. El Camino Real has awesome Mexican food with amazing margaritas.

  1. Backyard BBQ

2600 W. Sylvania Ave. #1

This restaurant has great BBQ, and some really unique drinks.

  1. Netty’s

4672 Monroe St.

Netty’s is our favorite ice cream place. I love the watermelon slush.

  1. Nick and Jimmy’s

4956 Monroe St.

This restaurant has great sandwiches. My favorite is the caesar steak wrap.

Have a favorite restaurant in Toledo? Let me know in the comments.

Parenting

Karly Update

Karly-at-Simpson-Park

Karly had her 15-month well check at her doctor’s office last Tuesday. She’s healthy and growing, but she’s tiny–under the 3rd percentile for both height and weight. She didn’t even cry when she got her shots!

Karly is still working on walking. She stands up and takes a few steps sometimes, so we know she’s close. She’s moving up to the next room at the daycare center, and the kids in that room get to go outside to the playground. Karly loves being outside.

She loves foods that are green—edamame, peas, beans, broccoli, and spinach. She is always asking for Goldfish crackers by pointing and saying, “ba ba”.

In September, my parents are renting a house on Kelleys Island, and we will be spending a weekend with the rest of my family there. It will be Karly’s first vacation, and we are super excited to go!

Megan with Karly

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Drawing Tips and Tricks

As everyone around me knows, I absolutely love to draw. I’ve come a long way, too. I’ve learned so much from other artists as well as taking classes that every time I pick up a pencil I feel I get a little stronger. It’s just so important to always be willing to learn. I would like to share a few tips and tricks that have helped me along the way.

A few years ago I took several classes at the Art College at Origins Game Fair. One helpful tip I learned is to use tracing paper to transfer drawings. This has saved me millions of erased pencil lines. Cover a piece of tracing paper with graphite, and tape it graphite side down to your paper using painter’s tape. Tape the tracing paper containing your drawing on top, and trace your drawing with a ballpoint pen.

Another fun trick is to use Sharpies during life drawing sessions. I remember using Sharpies in my drawing class in college to practice making deliberate lines. I’ve experimented with them during figure drawing, and I was pretty happy with the results.

life-drawing

Draw what you actually see, not what you think it should look like.

Guides for body proportions are also helpful. I find drawing hands to be especially challenging. I tend to make them too small. My drawing instructor used to hold his hand in front of his face so I could see a comparison.

This is a really simple one, but it made a huge difference for me. When I first started showing my work I had a lot of abstract paintings featuring eyes. One artist suggested I put a light catch in my eyes. I had never even thought of it, but it was definitely an improvement.

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My last tip is to experiment. My favorite project of my drawing class was to find 25 different ways to draw a single object. Not only was the project fun, I also ended up with some interesting pieces.

Elmer

I want to continue to learn, experiment, and grow. Hopefully, soon I can write another blog post about new things I’ve learned.

Do you have an interesting or useful tip? Please share and comment below!