My blog mentor, Karen Swanson, requested this drawing as a placeholder when first setting up this site. Except for the bobbypin, these are some of the materials I like to have within my reach at all times. Missing are two essential tools: a black Pigma Micron 01 pen and an X-Acto knife. The knife I use primarily for lightly scraping off small mistakes. Large mistakes result in a crumpled up wad being hurled into the trash and starting over from scratch.