May 22nd, 2014
Today is my mom’s birthday, so I met my family at the State Farmers Market to celebrate with a southern (greasy but delicious) breakfast and a bit of browsing. I brought my camera along so I could practice with the new lens Daniel got from a coworker—my first Canon L lens! First I photographed the heaps of fresh fruits and veggies, but I couldn’t get any shots I was happy with. Before long I got into the groove over in the plant section, which is my favorite part of the market. There’s a huge variety of plants, and they’re so reasonably priced that it’s a little crazy. Thankfully my camera distracted me from trying to take them all home.
May 20th, 2014
I completed another goal for this year! I just finished up a pottery class at my local arts center. Now I have a whole new appreciation for potters. Throwing pots is crazy hard and there is so much that can go wrong. It’s a small miracle when a piece turns out as intended.
I made a bunch of different things over the course of the class. The instructor showed us various hand-building and throwing techniques and let us make whatever we could dream up, so it was pretty much my ideal class. I’m planning to get an open studio membership so that I can continue using the local clay studio. I have a million more ideas that need to get out of my head and into the kiln!
Tackling new creative endeavors and learning new skills are important parts of my process as I create new products for Wit & Whistle, because variety helps keep my creative juices flowing. Are you like that too? If so, you should see what classes are available at your local arts center. I was amazed at the facilities we have here in Cary, and I regret that I didn’t start taking advantage of them sooner!
This studded mug turned out to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to sip tea out of a mug I made myself!
I also love how my mini tripod planter turned out. I’ve had this idea in my head for months, and it was such a relief to finally be able to make it happen.
I kept the very first bowl I threw so I could compare it to my last. It’s nice to see progress!
May 15th, 2014
Here are a few of my sketchbook pages and the respective Father’s Day cards they became! You can browse all the Wit & Whistle Father’s Day cards right here.
May 13th, 2014
I asked for a chicken coop for my 30th birthday, and after months of anticipation the chicken coop construction is well underway! Thanks to my dad and mom it’s looking way better than my coop model. I was initially just picturing some boards nailed to some other boards with wire stretched over them. It’s turning out so much nicer, because my dad is an engineer with a garage full of saws and some serious carpentry skills, and my mom is amazing at visualizing how the pieces will come together and at catching mistakes before we make them. There’s more work to be done before the hens can move in this summer, but I thought it would be fun to share some photos of the unfinished coop (with a little eye candy from around the yard to pretty this post up a little).
Thanks for all your help Dad and Mom—you get first dibs on the fresh eggs!
I wanted diamond latticework on the coop door to tie it in with the style of our home. If you stand at just the right spot in our front yard, you can catch a glimpse of the tudor-ish coop door next to our tudor-ish house. I’m loving it, and it will look even better when the coop is painted!
Building the coop has been such a great learning experience. I’m getting pretty good at attaching wood to other wood using three different methods (pictured below), and sawing is starting to feel a lot more natural (and less scary).
The baby chicks arrive next month!
May 8th, 2014
It was pretty hot out today, but that was just a hint of what’s to come this summer. I’m not a summer person, and I always tell Daniel that we should be nomadic and swap hemispheres as the seasons change. Perpetual fall/winter would be so perfect!
If I listed my least favorite things about summer, I’d be so convincing that you’d probably never be able to enjoy it again. So instead I’ll let you live on in blissful ignorance with this list of all my favorite things about summer. A little optimism and I’m feeling better about the impending heat already!
What do you love most about summertime?