A fence and a bench

October 11th, 2013

It’s going to be wintertime before I know it, so I have to squeeze in another garden update while I still can!

A few weekends ago Daniel and I installed a fence along our front garden. The wrought iron look compliments our tudor-style home nicely, and it protects my flowers (and shoes) from dog poo piles left by passersby. Win-win! You can buy the “no dig” fence panels and posts from Lowes. They’re light weight powder-coated steel, but they look like wrought iron. We just had to hammer the posts into the ground and slide the panels over them, so it only took us 4–5 hours to install about 80 feet of fencing. I’m going to see if I can get an Eden climbing rose to start growing up the fence next spring!

install a wrought iron fence

We added a bench to the garden, too. It’s great to have a place to sit down, rest, and have a drink in between digging holes. Plus, just having a bench there makes the whole garden seem more inviting.

tudor garden bench

The grass seed I spread a couple weeks ago is sprouting so soft and so green! Is there anything cuter than baby grass? Maybe baby grass with a litter of puppies tumbling around on it.

sprouting grass seed

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House Plant Portrait No. 3

October 8th, 2013

I think it’s high time for another house plant portrait! Today I painted my Sansevieria trifasciata (aka snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue). These plants are the best. They are so good looking and practically impossible to kill, but do you know what’s even harder to kill than a snake plant? A painting of a snake plant! The original gouache and ink painting is available for purchase in my Etsy shop right here!

Houseplant Portrait No. 3 by Amanda Wright

Houseplant Portrait No. 3 by Amanda Wright

Houseplant Portrait No. 3 by Amanda Wright

Houseplant Portrait No. 3 by Amanda Wright

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New! Notebooks!

October 4th, 2013

Wit & Whistle notebooks are here! They are each 5.5″ x 8.5″ with 160 pages of creamy, deliciously smooth paper inside. The pages are all lined with hand-drawn, subtly dashed lines, except the “Draw Something” notebook which contains blank paper. I hope these will inspire you to draw, write, and travel!

Use the coupon code YAYNOTEBOOKS to take 10% off all notebooks through October 7th!

notebook from wit & whistle

notebook from wit & whistle

notebook from wit & whistle

notebook from wit & whistle

notebook from wit & whistle

 

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DIY Lace Cuffs

October 2nd, 2013

Last summer I snagged one of J.Crew’s “schoolboy” blazers on sale. It’s gorgeous, and the velvet is so buttery and rich that if I were to give it a lick it would probably taste like dark chocolate. Unfortunately my beautiful blazer has been hanging in the closet unworn. The sleeves are much too short for my outrageously long arms. I’ve accepted the fact that most sleeves are going to be a bit too short on me, but these make it look like I literally stole a schoolboy’s blazer! Sadly the tailor told me the sleeves couldn’t be let out due to the button detailing on the cuffs, so I had to take matters into my own hands.

DIY Lace Cuffs

I went to the fabric store and bought a yard of wide black lace. Then, I sewed it along the inside edge of each cuff.

DIY Lace Cuffs

The lace looks pretty cute, and it added the perfect amount of length to solve my sleeve dilemma. I’m so excited to actually wear my plush velvet blazer this fall (instead of just petting it on the hanger).

DIY Lace Cuffs

DIY Lace Cuffs

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Calligraphy Crash Course

September 27th, 2013

When I heard Molly Jacques was offering an online calligraphy crash course via Skillshare I signed up immediately. I got my supplies a while ago, and suspense has been building as they’ve been sitting on my desk for the past few weeks. This week the course materials were finally available!

molly jacques online calligraphy course

It’s my natural tendency to give up on anything that doesn’t come naturally to me, and calligraphy is definitely one of those things. I haven’t picked up a calligraphy pen since last year. Trying to scratch out elegant letterforms with a sharp metal pen tip gives me the same tense, clumsy feeling I get every time I put on a pair of ice skates. I find myself gripping the pen so tightly that my knuckles turn white and have to remind myself not to hold my breath. It’s nothing like the contented happiness that normally envelops me while I’m creating.

Molly’s videos are so helpful, not to mention incredibly inspiring. Beautiful letters shoot out of her pen like it’s a magic wand! I think I’ll force myself to continue through the awkwardness and fill up my whole pad of paper with practice shapes and letters. If by the last page I still feel clumsy and uncomfortable, I’ll set my pen aside knowing that I gave it my best shot. Although my hope is that at some point amidst all the practicing I’ll start to feel at ease with this weird scratchy pen. (I don’t think I’ll ever get the hang of ice skating though!)

molly jacques online calligraphy course

molly jacques online calligraphy course

 I’ll bet some of you are also taking the course! Do you like it? Am I the only one with ink stained fingers?

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