Fall Fashion Sudoku Grid

Fall capsule wardrobe inspired by Free Notion's Sudoku Grid

This is what happens when you get an hour to yourself but then Fall Face First into the Rabbit Hole that is the internet.  You design a fall capsule wardrobe instead of work on your next...well first...comic strip.

But I digress...

In the spirit of my KonMari journey to clear the clutter from my home, I'm reevaluating my wardrobe.  I don't have much of a wardrobe to start with, but what I do have rarely goes together to form a complete outfit.  This Sudoku Grid from Becca DuVal from Free Notion was an amazing help to discover what I have and what I need to buy to create outfits from my current wardrobe.

Check out Ms. DuVal's post here for instructions on how to create a Fall capsule wardrobe for yourself using the Sudoku fashion grid.


He started the day nervous, but when we all got to the school he walked right in, thrilled to be in the same class as his best friend.  I was not weepy in the least, but excited for him.  I'm not sure what kind of a Mom that makes me...  But, his teacher is a mixture of sunshine and butterflies, and her classroom setup is great for play based learning.  It all seems just lovely.  I think this will be a great year 🙂


gesture sketches
Models courtesy of The Croquis Cafe on YouTube, as well as SenshiStock and Faestock from Deviant Art.

Currently, Motherhood is getting in the way of the Mommy blog.  I've gotten in a small amount of gesture sketching, but it's not much folks.  Luckily I didn't plan to start working on this in earnest until William started JK.  So, I'm not at all discouraged.  And, Labour day starts tomorrow, with plans of camping in the backyard and baking zucchini bread, and then school is just around the corner!    I will either be a blubbering mess, or I'll be dancing the freedom dance.  Or both.  Likely both.  Either way, I will soon get to start drawing more, and that is something I'm looking forward to.



I got a graphic tablet for my birthday (a group buy organized by my husband.)  It's a Lenovo Yoga 12 Ultrabook (with Wacom digitizer and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity!)  Yes, it's a big deal!

My birthday has come and passed, and the laptop shipped 4 days early, so I got it last week.  I didn't say much about it because when it shipped when I was sick with Mastitis.  The laptop was amazing, the Mastitis was aweful, aweful stuff.  So, this sweet little gift didn't receive the enthusiasm it deserved.

I'll post more about it later, including a thank you drawing for the contributors...but for now there has been a slight learning curve for drawing directly onto the tablet instead of in my sketchbook.  I'm working on it.


5 seated women knitting and crocheting, they are laughing at a woman who is pouring wine and saying "Let the knitting begin ladies!"

Autumn is coming, and so I've been itching to pick up my needles.  I don't have a lot of time to knit at home, but I would love to knit socially.  I wanted to join a knitting group, but more importantly, I wanted to join a knitting group that also included wine.  Let's be serious about what this group is really about 😉  So, I put out an ISO for just that on the local Mommies Facebook group and got an overwhelming response.  Apparently there are a lot of Moms that knit or crochet in my town.  And a lot of Moms who drink wine, whether they knit or not.  So, our Sip & Stitch group was formed, and it is just as cozy and fun as you'd expect it to be.  I drew this for the Facebook group cover photo

Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift.  That's why it's called the Present.  Eleanor Roosevelt
Today is a gift. Art by me, quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

It was a rainy day on our last day at the cottage yesterday, so we showed William "Kung Fu Panda" for the first time.  He wasn't quite ready for it yet, and he ix-nayed it right around the time that the super villain broke out of jail.  But, we did get to the part where Oogway wisely recited this Eleanor Roosevelt quote to Po, which made me want to pull out this little "Quote Art" I did for my old blog.

More quotes by Mrs. Roosevelt (she was a smart lady)

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ”

“Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: “No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Mixed media illustration of woman looking out on a photo of a beach
Looking out 

How I will miss this view, but Oh The joy of a stable internet connection!  Hello World!



My Grandma passed away this weekend.  It wasn't unexpected, and after a long battle with dementia, I was happy to see her at peace.  She leaves me with many wonderful memories, but this one kept coming to mind lately.  


After over 4 years as a Stay at Home Mom, I've decided to embark on a new (and equally profitable) career.  Starving Artist! A Work at Home During Naptime Starving Artist 🙂

Starting in September, I'll be dedicating at least 2 hours a day to drawing and related activities, with the hope of one day making it big on Teh Interwebs with my comic blog.  Ok, so even if I don't become an internet millionaire overnight, I will at least be doing something that will make me, and hopefully some other people, smile.

Scott said "I think you should give it a go" proving his #1 husband status once again.

This blog will be under construction until William starts school in September, when I will hopefully have access to two beautiful uninterrupted hours of work time while Clara naps (ha!)

Stay tuned!


Ink drawings of different women
Sip & Stitch Gals








Just some fictional ladies I'm working on for my local Sip & Stitch cover photo.