A caricature of a bride and her bridemaid at the fitting. :)

A caricature of a bride and her bridemaid at the fitting. :)

She’s such a cute little thing. She’s getting stressed about her wedding and fearing turning into a bridezilla with all of her suggested changes. It’s just part of being a work for hire artist. ;)

Catching up

Summer is pretty much over now. I’m trying to find a new routine for myself and my family but so far, it’s not working. My husband’s schedule seems pretty sporadic so I’ve not been able to make dinner at a specific time or get errands taken care of in the way I’d intended. Having a set schedule will help with work as well as household chores and taking care of the one child left at home. Sigh. We fly by the seat of our pants here. 

If you work from home, how do you manage family, home and work and still get it all done with some sanity left?

I did want to share a finished project with you. The father and son portrait I worked on over the summer was sent and has recently been framed. 

Finished and framed portrait of a deceased father and his son.

Finished and framed portrait of a deceased father and his son.

Summer and work

Summer was always fun as a kid. I remember chasing fireflies, playing Frisbee with cousins and my sister, ball in the yard, swimming at the lake, campfires with marshmallows on wire hangers. I’ve been attempting to give my kids the same kind of summers that I had while still trying to get work done and visiting with family.

We haven’t seen my family in two years. My son is 2 years, 8 months old so we’ve got some catching up to do. My parents, my grandmother, an aunt, and my sister have all been here for us to visit. We’ve had some cousins stop in that I grew up with along with their children. I’ve been trying to let my kids out more to celebrate nature, and finding things for us to do inside when the weather doesn’t cooperate. They are more into video games than arts and crafts though.

Aside from trying to be a decent parent, I’m still trying to get some work in while my mother watches over my wee ones. Thanks, Mom! I’ve gotten some more work done on the portrait I shared last. The digital drawing has been harder to work on, but it’s progressed since being here also. I’ve crocheted and knit a couple more minions, a hand bag was started, some washcloths and dish cloths made too… but I’ve been slacking a bit. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but a lot of this has been put aside for family.

I need a set schedule. So many hours a day dedicated to work. Same hours every day. Yeah, that sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? Instead of staying up until 4 AM working, I can get sleep, still spend time with family and get work done too.

Hope you’re having a pleasant summer.


More portraits

A sketch of a father and son along with the reference print used.

A sketch of a father and son along with the reference print used.

The weather here has been pretty bad so my mother and I have been trying to find ways to entertain the kids. Games and toys bought from the store as well as from a yard sale, and even a couple of dance video games. They are so full of energy it’s hard to get it out creatively indoors without getting them in trouble.

I’ve tried to get some work done too. I’ve doodled, drawn, knit and crocheted. My newest project started last night of this father and son, which is what I shall call it. Father & Son. I may try to share more stuff later, but for now, this is a project for which I can share progress.

V and Violet

I realize I never really showed you the finished product of “V” so I wanted to give you an extra special treat. Here is V with Violet. She’s wearing most of the same outfit I drew her in for the big reveal. :) I think Violet’s mom was having her pose a bit to get a comparison. This was sent to Yvette of As U Wish Embroidery & Crafts, which is why you see her logo on it. Thanks for stopping by!

Violet with V



My oldest will be a teenager in two more months. She gives me this look when I ask her to do something and she’s wrapped up in something else. There is another look but it’s a lot meaner than this one. Teenagers..