DIY diva


November 6, 2013 | 11 Comments | Uncategorized
DIY diva

First and foremost, I am a girl who builds things. Sometimes those things are in houses, or, when I’ve had a fantastically long streak of hoarding farm animals, those things are fences. Lots and lots of fences.

But this time every year, as the light fades and I find myself spending more and more time indoors, my projects change.

Instead of building garden beds and chicken coops, I spend time at my workbench taking pen to paper. And let’s be honest… I’m way better at taking a hammer to a nail, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy challenging myself to a few scribbles. (See also: 101 Journal Prompts for 2013.)

When I opened my sketchbook after a long summer hiatus, this is what I saw…


The truth is, I’m not an artist and I don’t want to be. But that doesn’t stop me from picking up a pencil every once in a while, to tell a story…


It’s actually really, really hard for me.

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t write something that isn’t a blog post…


Sometimes I wonder if the worst thing I was ever taught as kid was how to color inside the lines, because once you become an adult… it’s so hard not too.


Try scribbling once. The most difficult part is to see things outside of the “lines”… but you learn something every time you try.

If you’re feeling a little down with the Dark Days this week, here’s my challenge: do something you wouldn’t usually do, something you might not think you’re good at, and try to find a little joy in it.

Personally, I’m challenging myself to tell stories with something other than words… It’s not easy, but it reminds me that there are so many ways to do things that are outside of my comfort zone, and it never hurts to do something just a little different.

DIY diva


  • mcgrim

    Very nice. I like your style. That last one looks like a self-portrait.

    • Kit

      Wasn’t meant to be, but I suspect people naturally draw features they are most familiar with.

  • Karen Cutler

    I love watching all the dimensions of Kit unfold! So I’ve been wondering…what kind of work do you do? I thought for sure you were a graphic artist!

    • Kit

      I work in business consulting, actually. Kind of the farthest away from building stuff or creative work BUT there is a lot of day-to-day problem solving, which I love to do even when it doesn’t involve power tools.

      • Karen Cutler

        Thanks…your skills really are varied. Makes my generation proud to see all of you amazing younger women fly!

  • Alex Dent

    You’ve created art, therefore you are an Artist! :-) Whether you belive it or not, you’ve got a talent, keep using it. I love your whimsical art!

  • Kit's Mom

    Hey, I never bought you a coloring book (I knew better because I was majoring in preschool education at the time), but you had lots of crayons and finger paints!

  • momtaxijulie

    Don’t sell yourself short, you are definitely an artist.

  • Becah Degnan

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you, I think you are very much an artist. I love all the drawings you do and I think you are a very talented “scribbler”

  • Mae

    I haven’t read your blog long enough to know whether you have children or not, but you’d make them some pretty wicked books with those sketching skills. :)


  • lsaspacey

    Wait! You are an artist, I love those sketches. Don’t put yourself down, those are far, far, far, from stick figures.

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