Poinsettia Painting

December 17th, 2014

I picked up the prettiest poinsettia a few weeks ago, and it’s still going strong. I was planning to get some fresh flowers until I spotted this little beauty for only $3. Today I pulled out my gouache and did a little painting!

poinsettia gouache painting

poinsettia gouache painting

poinsettia gouache painting

poinsettia gouache painting

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New Address Book

December 12th, 2014

Do you have an old-timey tangible address book, or are you strictly a digital address book person? I was still using the hideous address book I got when I was a kid. It looked like a kid’s address book too and not in the nice, nostalgic way. On top of that, it was filled with the addresses of people I hadn’t talked to in years.

Moleskine Address Book

So, I decided to update my address book while sending Christmas cards to my friends and family this year. I ended up getting this classy Moleskine one.

Moleskine Address Book

I’m totally feeling like a grown-up over here. Now, what to do about the hand cramp I’m getting from writing in all these cards?

Moleskine Address Book

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Sketchbook 12.9.14

December 9th, 2014

Here are some of my sketches that turned into this year’s holiday cards! I did these in the summertime while listening to Christmas music like a weirdo. I always struggle to get in the Christmas spirit in July, but Bing Crosby always helps.

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

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Terrarium turned Aquarium

December 4th, 2014

All the ferns in the terrarium I recently replanted bit the dust. Ferns are so high maintenance! If I miss watering them once they seem to dry to a crisp. I wondered what else I could use my terrarium for, and I decided to turn it into an aquarium. It can hold almost 2.5 gallons of water—perfect for a betta fish. (Contrary to popular belief, bettas should not be kept in tiny vases. They need heated water and room to swim.)

This little fellow is Moby (as in Moby Dick). He’s a dumbo ear betta with huge ear fins, which make him extra cute. In fact, I’d say he’s about as cute as a fish can get. I’ve never tried my hand at keeping water plants before, so I added a java fern and a marimo moss ball to the mix to see how they do. The best part is that I don’t have to worry about watering them, hah!

betta fish bowl

betta fish bowl

betta fish bowl

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DIY Lace Snowflake Ornaments

December 2nd, 2014

The past few weeks I’ve been working on some handmade snowflake ornaments over at the local pottery studio. I’m planning on giving some of these as Christmas gifts, although they turned out better than I expected, and now I’m tempted to keep them all for myself!

These were about as easy to make as sugar cookies. I just rolled some clay into a slab, pressed a crochet doily into it, and cut out snowflakes with a cookie cutter. I punched holes in the tops of each flake with a plastic straw.

DIY Lace Snowflake Ornaments

Then the folks at the pottery studio fired them for me. My favorite thing about using the pottery studio is that I don’t have to worry about dealing with the kiln. I just put my finished pieces on a shelf, check back in a week or two, and they are magically fired. Two of my snowflakes broke during the process, but luckily I made a few extras. After they were fired, I painted a couple coats of glaze on.

DIY Lace Snowflake Ornaments

One more firing, and the glazes turned out like this! I love how the glossy semi-transparent glazes collected in the crevices and made the lace texture pop.

DIY Lace Snowflake Ornaments

DIY Lace Snowflake Ornaments

DIY Lace Snowflake Ornaments

If you don’t have access to a pottery studio, you could easily make these with air dry clay like this and paint them with watered down acrylic paints to get the color-in-the-crevices effect.

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