Here are some new designs I have been working on for the past couple weeks.
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.
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.
Please check out my latest post at HealthyPlace.com. I discuss how determination and persistence are key to surviving college with a mental illness.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 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.”
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.”
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.
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!
Another great reason for living in Toledo is that we have a ton of great restaurants! Here are ten of my family’s favorites.
4336 Monroe St.
JoJo’s has great pizza, but I really think the lasagna is amazing!
953 Phillips Ave.
This is an awesome steakhouse that my family sometimes visits for special occasions. My graduation dinner was at Mancy’s.
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.
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.
2942 W. Sylvania Ave.
Mr. Gyro’s has a huge menu and they deliver. I love the chicken gyro.
4235 Douglas Rd.
My husband loves the pizza at Vito’s, but I really like the subs. My favorite is the pizza sub.
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.
2600 W. Sylvania Ave. #1
This restaurant has great BBQ, and some really unique drinks.
4672 Monroe St.
Netty’s is our favorite ice cream place. I love the watermelon slush.
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.
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!