I thought it would be fun to round up a handful of my favorite makers on instagram. Man, I really need to step up my game. I don’t know how these ladies come up with amazing photos so regularly. Bravo!
Jessica Helen of Hawk House Designs creates the coolest electroformed jewelry. I’m totally smitten. Visit her on her website or on instagram.
Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio amazes me with her pottery and photography. I have a small collection of her work, which is quite a feat since her shop sells out fast after her weekly updates. Here’s Lindsay’s website and instagram.
Sarah Benning embroiders these mind blowing botanical pieces. You know I have a weakness for houseplant art, right? Gah! So cool. Here’s Sarah’s instagram and Etsy shop.
Dinara Mirtalipova never fails to amaze me. She’s a gouache master, for sure. Here she is on instagram, and here’s her website.
Andrea Lauren makes the most intricate hand-carved block prints. Check out her unbelievable work on instagram and on her website.
So, who have you been insta-stalking lately?
At some point during maternity leave my one-handed internet browsing led me to Gimme Flair. I was overcome by the desperate need to buy all the enamel pins, but somehow I refrained and redirected my energy into making my own.
I have a buttload of ideas for enamel pins, but I’m starting with just one to test the waters. I mean, I don’t want to fill my shelves with a zillion pins if nobody else wants them. I only have one jean jacket to fill after all. If my “lady power” uterus pin is a winner, you can expect to see a lot more Wit & Whistle pins in the near future!
Mother’s Day cards are in the shop! I have two new ones this year. One for your mom friends who are up to their necks in dirty diapers (me), and one for your mom now that you’re a grown up and appreciate her more for her friendship than for her butt wiping skills.
A little behind the scenes sketchbook process…
In other news I’m on snapchat, and I’m kinda loving it. At first I was totally confused, but my hip little sister gave me a tutorial. Now I’m posting completely uncurated photos and videos without caring if they look perfect together and fit my branding, because they disapear in 24 hours. It’s the social media where you can let your hair down. I feel so free.
My username is witandwhistle—come follow me or friend me or heart me or whatever snapchat calls it!
Yup, I’m still working on my logo. I can’t stop agonizing over every little detail! Thanks for all the feedback over on Instagram the other day. You helped me narrow it down to my two favorites from all of these.
Then I whipped out my light table for a little redrawing and tweaking.
These two are my favorites at this point, but it turns out I prefer the “wit & whistle” a little less bold (the way I had it before). Doh. I think I like the first logo better in every application except at the top of my website.
See? The bottom, more horizontal, one looks less awkward up there in the header. Changing the layout of my site is sooo not happening, since it was a pain to get it to display properly and be responsive in the first place. Maybe I could come up with some sort of ornamentation for either side of the round logo, just to give it a little more horizontalness when needed. Hmm…
Basically, I’ll never be done! ;)
Update: I’m going to go with the more circular logo, but I’ll have a text only version of the logo for my website. Check it out, it’s up there now! Now don’t let me tweak it anymore, okay?
Wit & Whistle has had the same logo for almost 7 years, and I’m ready for a redesign. I’m still in the sketching stages, but I’m starting to hone in on the final design. Sometimes I think I am my own worst client—I don’t know what I want until I see it!