A Christmas Story 5k - virtual race.
Due to cold forecast temps we moved our event to an indoor track and it turned out to be a lot of fun. This allowed faster runners to interact with slower runners/walkers as they lapped around.
Afterwards everyone enjoyed the Christmas Story cookies Michelle and I made for the event.
And then it was on to have some drinks to celebrate.
And finally another medal up on the wall!
I have been keeping really busy working on some illustration projects that folks are going to be giving out as Christmas gifts. The thought of being able to play a part in the surprise on Christmas morning is cool. I always wanted to be one of Santa’s elves and now I really feel like I am becoming one!
About a month ago a guy I had gone to grade school with contacted me to see if I would be able to do a custom Disney Princess poster featuring his daughter surrounded by the princesses. Specifically he wanted Sophia the First (her favorite) and then he named a few others but told me to do what I thought would look good.
I spent all day (and I do mean all day) working on this - my only break was to have diner (I did not eat or event think about lunch as I was so focused on this one). Clearly minimum wage would pay more than I will make on this because of all the time I put into it. But I think it proves a great example of the quality and level of detail of my work.
I sent this over to him earlier and he was blown away not only by all of the princesses but how I turned a photo of his daughter as a flower girl in a wedding into her very own princess.
Not bad for a days work huh?
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Tumblr friends - I promise I wont bombard you all with business posts like this. But several of you have contacted me with questions about having some drawing done and I thought I would share this for those interested who I have not already set up something with!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Day 19 of the 30 day drawing challenge subject was - you guessed it Thanksgiving!
Today started out great - as I still have a few days left on my martial arts membership so I was able to go take advantage of the always hard but fun and awesome Thanks giving morning class. Felt so good to get this workout in and start the day out right!
Yesterday I had to so something that I knew was inevitable given my current situation but I had been somewhat avoiding. I had to let the Martial Arts studio know I needed to end my membership for the time being.
It was not hard in terms of workouts but more in terms of people. My trainer Alison took me under her wing and has continued to support/check-in/push me when I need it most. And contacting her to let her know I need to drop the program in order to make every dollar of my severance/unemployment last - felt more like I was having to “break up” with someone than do a business transaction. I was mainly concerned she would be personally upset - because of how she invested so much into me. But of course she fully understood given the circumstances and said member or not she is going to keep checking up on me :)
And of course this is not forever - I will be able to sign back up once some consistent revenue’s start coming in with my art & illustration business or I land a creative job that excites me.
This means that I will be on my own to get myself to the gym (where I still have that free membership I won - good until sometime in March/April). Sure I had o get myself to the martial arts studio each day over the past 2.5 years -but I had a group there expecting me. Now its all up to me. I hope I have what it takes to not back slide any further than I recently have!
Yesterday was our annual Ornament Night event. Only it took place in the afternoon but you get the idea. Michelle and I have been doing this for years it originally began when I still lived at home and we would setup in my parents basement. The cast of characters who attend has varied as time has gone on. Now its for our nieces mostly but Michelle’s sisters really get it on it too. Yesterday everyone including her parents and my parent came by. Unfortunately my sister and Mack could not make it as Mack was sick ;-/ I will get together with her one night in the next week when she is feeling better to make hers with her. But she really missed not being able to see all the kids yesterday.
I setup some tables in my basement - which is unfinished and therefor a place I dont mind little kids with paint/glue/glitter running around. Michelle and I picked up all the supplies a few weeks ago (and pull out the bin with previous years left overs as you never know what the little ones will come up with)>.
When all was said and done lots of ornaments were made. The three specific ones we planned this year are shown here. Modge Podge fabric scraps, little scene shadow boxes…and the ones I really with the little LED tea light candles turned into Mr and Mrs Snowman!
Meanwhile I am a few days behind on my daily drawing challenge and still very behind on catching up on all my favorite tumblrs!