I suck at drawing and its all my fault

I only had to age, get married and have a couple of kids before I realized that I was the main derp standing in my way. My children think I’m amazing at drawing and constantly ask me to draw them something or other. My oldest (he is a first grader) likes it so much he requested the Golden Ninja be drawn on his math workbook. lol Alhamdulillah it came out funny but he LOVED it and was so proud of it.

I’ve always believed I sucked at drawing so I rarely made any attempts to draw and therefore I sucked at drawing. Same goes for any other discipline I felt I wasn’t any good at. I don’t mean “I suck” in a self effacing way. Nope. My stick figures looked funny and that’s ok. I made that reality my reality and now I have to work to change it. There are so many negative invisible scripts playing in my life but I’m slowly dismantling one by one. Insha’Allah.

There are some very talented people who effortlessly make amazing works of art but even they put in the time to better their crafts. They have talent and dedication to do what they do and I find that so amazing and comforting because it means that I can do it too. It makes life less scary.

I started sketching little by little sometimes sharing online but not consistently. Even tried the Lynda draw for 21 day challenge but things got in the way. They always do. Recently I started sharing my planner but soon stopped too because “things got in the way” like my crowdfunding campaign. I’m starting to notice a pattern here but nonetheless I keep trying and adjusting.

I also felt like a fraud because my freehand drawings weren’t as good as my digital drawings. SOO many invisible scripts! My friend Emma reminded me that digital drawings might just be my medium and being comfortable with a medium is the hardest part.

Recently I was listening to an interview with Scott Young and he mentioned that MOST people only need about 20 hours of dedicated time of attempting a skill to drastically improve. The 10,000 hour rule applies only if you want to be a master in the field and go toe to toe with other masters. However, for the vast majority of people being sufficient is enough. Such a relief! It’s doable. What does 20  hours translate into? About 30 mins a day. :) I can do that.

I'm a good enough artist. :)
I’m a good enough artist. :)

Do as I say not as I do

I’m sleep deprived, my deadlines are fast approaching and I’m freaking out! Oh gawd. Oh gawd. OH MAH GAWD!

Day 7: Draw what you love (TURTLES!)

As Salaamu Aalaykum, It feels good to have some semblance of a routine. Today’s challenge was to draw what I love and what I love are turtles. Alhamdulillah. No surprise there.

Drawing is easier when you draw what you like, or you’re passionate about. So with today’s drawing challenge, I want you to pick a subject or genre you’re passionate about in your own life, and draw it. Your topic can be anything. But your solution doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just try your best to capture your chosen topic in a fun and compelling way. Read more here…




Day 6: Monsters of the Deep

As Salaamu Aalaykum,

A lot has been happening around here with my 5yr old being placed in first grade, the school being terrible, being put on temporary bed rest because of a threatened miscarriage etc. My mood and sense of self have taken a pounding these last 2 months.

I’m trying to regain my footing and going back to my routine. The last challenge I did was day 5 so below is day 6. We were supposed to choose one of the following themes and make it in the cubism style. Frankly I still have no idea what that even means but it didn’t stop me from trying. lol.

Draw one of the following themes in a cubist style.

Snake in a tree. Man in a car. A vase with flowers. Or a sea creature. Study the cubism reference sheet provided in the exercise files for this course to help you draw in this style. Read more.

Here is my attempt


For some reason when I upload it to instagram it gets all messed up and I don’t know why. :/

Day 5: Sharks!

they were all very tempting but I had to opt for the shark. I’m having a new found love for that misunderstood creature.

For this drawing challenge, you need to pick one of the following topics and draw it. Bigfoot, Your Boss, Shark, Skull, Pelican, Evil space villain, or a horse. Then throughout the course of your day redraw it as many times as you can in one day. read more

This is how it turned out:

Day 5 Sharks Tuttiedom

I’m BACK and I have a giveaway for you :)

As Salaamu Aalaykum!

I’m Tuttie from the blog formerly known as Trying to Take over the World! I’ve since left blogger and changed my blog name to Tuttiedom as in the kingdom of Tuttie.  Very humble, I know. It’s been 3-4 years since my break from blogging due to health issues but I am BACK! Alhamdulillah. I’m back and I have a giveaway for you! I’ve joined a program and they will be covering Ascent to Felicity: A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence.

I’m now a mother of 3 with another on the way sometime at the end of November, insha’Allah. My Ramadan Battle Plan was downloaded over 8,700+ times in 100 countries. Allahu Akbar. So that’s my announcement. :) Tomorrow I’ll be back to my draw for 21 day challenge. :)

Wa Aalaykum As Salaam!


P.S.  Click here for a chance to enter and win 1 Ascent to Felicity: A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence.

Update: Congrats to Maryam, selected by our giveaway service as the winner of Ascent to Felicity book! Everyone else, thanks for entering. We’ll have another giveaway soon.

Went camping for 24 hours and survived

I missed 2 days of the draw for 21 day challenge as I took off for an impromptu camping trip with the family. Due to hubs work schedule he didn’t tell me about it just in case it fell through. So on Saturday at 2PM he asked me if I wanted to go camping and we needed to be on the road by 4PM. I did double time but you best believe I was ready to go. I. LOVE. ROADTRIPS!

What I packed:

  1. 1 set of spare clothing for each of the kids and myself. Hubs is finicky so he packed his own stuff.
  2. We are back to cloth diapering, however, not knowing the situation I opted for 6 disposables.
  3. Dry snacks, cherries, loaf of bread and a jar of Nutella that we didn’t even use.
  4. My current reading book (Choose Yourself by James Altucher) I need a book wherever I go.
  5. A notebook + Pens.
  6. 2 kindles loaded with games just in case we got stuck in traffic or a kid got sick and needed a distraction. (Not needed, Alhamdulillah)
  7. 2 plain bed sheets just in case.
  8. Prayer rug.
  9. Calendula mother tincture for cuts and bruises.

What Hubs packed:

  1. He said he would handle the bedding (2 pillows + 2 large sleeping bags)
  2. His clothes
  3. A bunch of stuff for no reason other than he likes to over pack. It ended up being a GIANT duffel bag the size of a person.

I no longer stress about his over packing because he ends up carrying it all so why get upset? If it added to my workload then yeah I would put my foot down but in our house if you want it, you are responsible for it and must lug it around and account for it.

What the family provided us:

  1. Food
  2. Tent
  3. Fun

There were more than 100 people there mostly under 30 and all immediate family members. Shockingly that was a small sampling of hubs family from his mother’s side. I think it was 3-5ish maternal uncles, 2 maternal aunts their numerous now adult children and their kids. It added up very quickly but it also meant my 3 kiddos had a bunch of other cousins to play with and they had so much fun. Alhamdulillah. At this point I’m 6 months pregnant and didn’t participate in all the activities but I still loved being included. When we got there we realized they really meant camping! There were no bathrooms or cabins but designated areas for porta potties. Still had a lot of fun there were story telling around the campfire and smores.

I hope hubs decides to attend again because I loved the feeling of community and family and a bunch of Muslims praying in the woods. Allahu Akbar.  Although we’ve been married for 7+ years and they’ve always treated me well, it was awesome to so intimately integrated in to such a large family.

Although in the future I think I would feel more comfortable owning our own tents  as I kept being afraid one of the kids would tear it up.  I will definitely keep my eyes open for any deals. Another activity I wanted to partake in was kayaking but we didn’t have kayaks, can’t swim and neither can the kids. Which reminds me, besides swimming lessons for the kids, we need life vests.

Interestingly when we got back Sunday night the free app of the day on Amazon was Camping Checklist. lol. Alhamdulillah. We’ll be using it next time. insha’Allah.

Tuttiedom Camping Checklist 1

Day 3 challenge: Draw what you see

Day 3 Challenge is to draw what you see, I saw a purple little riding hood, a lucha libre mask, “I Have Issues” trucker hat, a big toe, cornucopia, green alien with red eyes, the red eyes are also a swedish fish and Patrick the starfish from Spongebob square pants.

If you want to participate you can start any time go here.