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Whole30 Day 22

Getting to the tail end of the Whole30. Here’s an update from my sketchbook.


Looking forward to implementing what we’ve learned about ingredients and the yummy recipes we made. We’re equally looking forward to treats like ice cream, wine, and popcorn!

I’ve been reviving an old writing project, a serial graphic novel. Here is an excerpt:

Tilly Jefferson was a small woman, barely 5 foot tall, but she was strong and clever and full of determination. Around town people said this came from the Indian blood that was in her. Her mother, who went by Mary, was a Cherokee fell in love with her father, Glenn, a slave.

Tilly’s jet black hair was always worn parted down the middle and wrapped into a neat bun, but her children and husband had seen how when she let it down it tumbled in smooth waves to the waist of her dress.

Tilly’s neighbors watch now as Tilly led her family away from the only place she had ever known. She led her two younger twin sisters, Esther and Estelle who were not yet spoken for, and her own for children, Tom, Billy, Zilla, and little Charles Glenn. They carried all they owned on their backs. There was no man by her side.

The neighbors all pestered her widowed sister-in-law, Francis, where they were going and why. Her mouth seam sealed tight with no chance of opening.

“Francis, why ain’t you going with them? Wherever it is they going, I reckon it’s far away and they ain’t coming back.” Georgia, an old respected woman in the area asked her when they were alone drinking water from the creek that man is short walk from their houses.

“Georgia, they leaving because they running. And I ain’t got nothing to run from”. She turned quickly and hauled her pail of water uphill from the creek.

Georgia inserted her own meaning into Francis’ words. She narrowed her old, wise eyes and watched Francis depart. It seemed Francis was running, but in her own way.

Hope to release the first in the serial, Flight, this fall.

Whole 30 Day 15 Update


I drew a few pictures about our second week of the Whole30. We’re pretty pleased with the trimming of fat (especially since we haven’t been keeping up with our exercise regimen).

In addition to being busy cooking we’ve been trying to sell a few items that we have accumulated.



The 2 silver framed pictures are prints of original illustrations that I did a few years ago. They are listed on my Etsy Shop, here & here.

Whole30 Week One Recap

Day 7 is drawing to a close. The Whole30 has been a challenge so far. I learned 2 important things this week.

1. My husband needs less veggies in his meals. Peppers are a no-no!

2. We need Whole30 emergency snacks, or else we will be hangry when we get home from work.

We are seeing positive results…

We both are slimmer and more toned. I know it’s supposed to be about how you feel and not how much you weigh, but we have both lost close to 10 pounds!

Hubby says he has more energy. I’ve been sick with a summer cold and hormonal changes, which are on the upswing (hopefully) now.

It’s hard not to eat popcorn at work or alcohol on the weekend. But I think based on what we already are seeing, we’ll complete the 30 days. Come on August 10th! :-). Here are the yummiest things that we made:


I’ve been busy this week creating a custom magnet for an order on Hatch. Here it is!


Love how snuggly the dogs in the photo this drawing was based were.

So I’m off to watch a movie and maybe drink a smoothie. Hey, it’s sugarless ;-).

Food Matters

I have always liked to eat. I think I have that in common with most people. But I have not always liked to cook. That just started recently, as my husband and I began giving more thought to what we were eating for dinner every night.

We have friends that were trying out the Paleo diet and seeing some positive results. We figured we were almost Paleo, since we cut out gluten and beans for hubby’s sensitivity to them.

Paleo blogs led us to the Whole30, a 30 day cleanse basically that cuts out problem foods (sugar, alcohol, gluten, legumes, dairy – except clarified ghee). The focus is on eating whole foods all day every day for 30 days. We’re on day 4!

It’s really eye-opening to see how sugar and soy are added into so many things. Most hot sauce has sugar. Bacon has sugar added (except a few like Pederson Farms that we purchased at Natural Grocers). Sugar is in nut butters and even our beloved Sriracha!

So we’re making more things, including Sriracha (because we need Sriracha) from scratch.

We tried buying a can of tuna at the grocery store and every brand contained soy!

I have been cooking up a storm ever since I started to get interested in the Paleo diet and I anticipate that I will be doing so even more over the next month.

Hoping to post what our experience is like throughout the Whole30, along with meal drawings like the one below. (Recipe from Nom Nom Paleo Doro Wat Recipe).


Rainy Day Thoughts

May has been a rainy month so far here in Omaha. Jeff (the husband) and I were sick with sinus problems when it was warm and sunny at the end of April and now that we’re better it’s rainy and dreary. Not to depress you 🙂

Anyway – I have a 4 day weekend this week  because I’m going to start a new job on Monday! I’m very hopeful that this job will be a much better fit for me and Jeff. Or should that be Jeff and me?

While I have this time off – I’ve realized that I haven’t been drawing or posting new art on this blog, Etsy, or Hatch. So I have been updating everything today. I would love to do that more regularly – but I will see what the future holds. Here are some recent projects that I have done below:

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Have a good rest of the work week!

What’s New?

A lot has happened from the last time I posted here to now.

There have been sad times and a lot of good times. In July 2013 I lost my mom. Since then I have been so thankful for the love and support of my friends.

I got married 12-13-14!


And right before I got married, I did a project as a gift to the Editor in Chief and Assistant Editor of Glamour Magazine!

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My shops on Hatch and Etsy are currently on vacation, while I settle in to married life and I hope to update some things. I will return to posting here more often, so please stay tuned.

You can also follow me on instagram @piecesofelises

Sunday Vintage Swoon: Old Celebs

Do you recognize these men?

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Paper dolls from my shop, Pieces of Elise’s

If love classic movies (especially musicals) like I do – you’ll know they’re Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. These 2 men were triple threats – dancing, singing, and acting.

In honor of talented actors, actresses, directors, writers, and other people of notoriety in that era (1920s-1960s) I’m expanding my Old Celebs line of paper dolls in my Etsy shop!

Expect to see celebs like:

Judy Garland


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Cary Grant


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Marlon Brando


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F. Scott Fitzgerald


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Josephine Baker


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Virginia Woolf


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Henry Fonda


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Irene Dunn

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Ernest Hemingway


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Veronica Lake



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Expect to see the full line this September!!!