October Favorites

October Favorites 2016 Illustrations

1. Costume making. I’ve had so much fun putting together our family Pokemon costumes for Halloween! It ended up turning into way more work than expected (more about it in the costume reveal post) but it’s been such a fun process!

2. Inktober. Not only have I enjoyed making an ink drawing each day, I absolutely love scrolling through Instagram and watching all the Inktober Youtube vids. SO much gorgeous art everywhere!

3. Going vegetarian. We finally did it! This is the first month where my family has been 95% vegetarian. I say 95% because my partner still buys lunch meat for sandwiches at work, but what can you do. Honestly, I can’t believe he’s agreed to give it a go at all so I’ll take it! Both my daughter and myself are full vegetarian now and I’m so glad.

4. Getting a haircut. I hadn’t had a haircut in at least six months. Normally I go every 8 weeks, but I had to cancel my last appointment and then just kept continually forgetting to schedule a new one.

5. Tearaway Unfolded. This is a PS4 game that we got for my daughter and it’s so great! I love watching her play as she learns to navigate games, and this game has amazing design. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING in the world is made of folded paper. SO COOL. My daughter’s favorite part is dressing up her character, and catching squirrels! (See the above illustration…I love the design of the paper squirrels!) My kiddo loves gaming already, huzzah!

I put a little more effort into my October favorites illustrations this months and I am so glad. I definitely plan on illustrating them like this in the future. Plus, it’s really nice to give them a full page spread in my sketchbook!

What are your October favorites?

  • I cannot wait to see your costumes! You’ve been teasing us about them for too long! And congrats on being a vegetarian! I love it. It’s been about 8 or 9 years for me and I’ve never missed it since!

    • Kay

      Thank you! I do love chicken haha, but I’m at a point where not supporting the meat industry (for both animal cruelty AND environmental reasons) means way more to me than having chicken every now and then. Also, it saves serious money. I haven’t eaten red meat in over ten years (I just don’t like it) but I was ready to take the step into full vegetarian.

      I’m excited for our costumes! I’m hoping we can get some good pics…I’m usually the one who takes all the photos, so we’ll have to do some serious self timer work haha!

  • Congrats on being a vegetarian, I really admire you!! I got a little haircut too this month 🙂

    • Kay

      Thank you Alice! I really enjoy getting my hair cut…it’s such a great personal treat!

  • Mariah Kaercher

    Congrats on being vegetarian! For me I could live without meat, but I think dairy and eggs are a staple in my diet that I’m just not willing to give up.

    • Kay

      Thank you! Not that I’m in any way trying to push this on you, vegetarians eat dairy, and some still eat eggs (I just don’t like eggs that much!). I couldn’t live without milk, and I’m pretty partial to cheese too. 😀 Obviously it’s totally a personal choice; I just wanted to share the information in case you weren’t aware! There are so many different specific types of vegetarian diet (eggs or no eggs, milk but no other dairy…it’s strange), but the general vegetarian diet is just no meat. But it should come down to what you want – if you like meat, eat it! 🙂

  • I love your inktober posts. I look forward to seeing them in my instagram feed.
    Yay for going vegetarian!

    • Kay

      Thanks Stacey! I’m shocked I’ve kept up so far. Keeping up with daily challenges is not my strong suit haha!

  • I agree about the costume designing! My friends and I went to a Harry Potter Festival last weekend and we all decided to dress as Death Eaters. I didn’t make anything but it was still a total blast putting it all together! Can’t wait to see how you guys look in your costumes!

    • Kay

      Thanks! Oh my gosh, a group Death Eaters cosplay sounds amazing! I hope you got pics! 🙂

  • Ugh, I love this! That Tearaway game sounds like a lot of fun, and that folded paper squirrel is so cute! I think it’s awesome that you went vegetarian. Such a big lifestyle change, but it’s not too hard once you adjust to it! My husband and I are cheating and eating fish now, but I think about going back to full vegetarian again every now and then:P

    • Kay

      We still have some cans of tuna in the cupboard that I imagine we’ll be eating to use up haha! Besides, pescatarian is totally a thing! My view is if it makes you happy, do it! 😀

      Tearaway is great! Honestly, the save system is totally stupid (it only has autosaves, and they are NOT reliable….ugh…) but other than that, it’s a ton of fun. It’s great for kids starting out with video games as you learn new moves little by little and it really lets you get used to navigating with a controller.

  • This is such a cute illustration, Kayly! And congrats on what sounds like a really great month for you and your family.

    • Kay

      Thanks Mandy! A good month indeed.

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    Costume making is, in my opinion, a unifying feature for families, haha. The family that cosplays together, stays together? (Or something?) Anyhoo, congrats on going vegetarian! Hubby and I are pursuing a majority raw diet, and it has been a blast! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • Kay

      That’s so great! And thank you! I’m really enjoying a full vegetarian diet. I’ve considered vegan, but I know I do not have the dedication for it yet (and getting my partner on board would be preeeeetty much impossible haha!) so small steps it is!

      And I really enjoyed costume making….I’m already looking forward to what our kiddo will pick for next year’s theme! The family that cosplays together is TOTALLY the family that stay together. 😀

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