Hokey Pokey

April 29th, 2014

When Daniel and I visited New Zealand a while back, we got hooked on Hokey Pokey. (If you’ve never had it, imagine the crunchy but fluffy texture of Lucky Charms’ marshmallows combined with the richness of caramel—except way better than that sounds.) As we road-tripped around NZ we ate all the chocolate covered Hokey Pokey we could get our hands on. Before we left for home we stuffed our suitcases with bags of it and rationed it over the next few weeks (bickering over who was eating more than their fair share).

I knew it was possible to make Hokey Pokey at home, but I’ve only just now gotten around to trying it. It was a bit trickier than I thought it would be, but my results are passable (just ignore the fact that the orange puddle below looks exactly like dog vomit). My Hokey Pokey didn’t turn out as fluffy as I’d hoped, and I should’ve browned it a bit more since it’s not actually supposed to be the color of cheddar cheese. Whatever, it still tastes great crunched up and sprinkled over ice cream! This is the recipe I used (where you can also see what Hokey Pokey is supposed to look like).

Are there any pokey-making masters out there who can give me some tips?

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

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15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 2

April 24th, 2014

Here are my drawings for week two! I added a dab of color this time around. One more week to go! Don’t forget to browse everyone’s drawings on instagram (#15daydrawingchallenge) for more inspiration.

6. a word: ”ACHOO” (Gotta love those spring allergies.)

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

7. an insect: butterflies

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

8. a cross section: tree guts

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

9. an animal doing something only humans can do: a beekeeping bear

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

10. something in a jar: a baby owl

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

- drawings 1–5 from week one are here
- the complete drawing challenge is here

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Style Evolution

April 22nd, 2014

I finished redesigning some of my older cards, and the new versions are in the shop! I started looking at them side by side with the originals, and it’s interesting to see how much my style has changed over the past few years. I never used to hand-letter my designs, and I always drew digitally with my pen tablet instead of in my sketchbook like I do now.

I prefer my more recent work with its organic and imperfect qualities, but I still like the original designs. I just felt it was important to update them to keep my line of products cohesive. Have you ever gotten a good look at how your style or tastes have changed over time?

Old cards are on the left, new cards are on the right!

wit & whistle style evolution

wit & whistle style evolution

wit & whistle style evolution

wit & whistle style evolution

wit & whistle style evolution

wit & whistle style evolution

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15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 1

April 17th, 2014

I am insanely happy that so many of you joined me on my 15 Day Drawing Challenge! Browsing through your drawings has absolutely made my week (head over to instagram and search the tag #15DayDrawingChallenge to admire everybody’s work). Here are my drawings from the first week…

1. a pattern: inspired by the ceiling at the National Gallery of Art ceiling in DC

Wit & Whistle 15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 1

2. an animal: a sad bear (who will most likely end up on a card at some point)

Wit & Whistle 15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 1

3. your favorite thing to wear: these boots (I’d wear them every day if only spring and summer didn’t exist.)

Wit & Whistle 15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 1

4. something you found on the ground outside: mutant broccoli things (They fall from the trees in the spring and make me sneeze.)

Wit & Whistle 15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 1

5. recipe instructions: an excellent example of “draw something today even if it sucks” (Yikes.)

Wit & Whistle 15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 1

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Cherry Blossom Weekend in DC

April 15th, 2014

Daniel and I just got back from Washington, DC. We drove up for our friends’ wedding celebration, but stayed to explore a little since neither of us had been since high school. We hit some museums downtown and visited the zoo. (By the way the Smithsonian National Zoo has nothing on the North Carolina Zoo!)

The famous cherry blossoms happened to be in full bloom, so I wanted to walk down to the waterfront “real quick” to see them in all their glory. Before we knew it we got sucked into a massive cherry-blossom-seeking mob. There were thousands of people pressing in from all sides trying to get the best look at the blooms. The trees were gorgeous, but I was more focused on resisting the urge to thrash around violently in an attempt to clear myself a bubble of personal space. Thankfully I was able to snap a few photos that I could appreciate later with the mayhem cropped out!

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

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