Pumpkin Carving 2014

October 30th, 2014

I carved my pumpkin today, and I went branchy this year. Mmm… nothing says fall like that candle-in-a-pumpkin smell. How are you decorating yours? Happy Halloween!

pumpkin carving

pumpkin carving

pumpkin carving


Three Things

October 28th, 2014

1. Fall color is slowly creeping into the leaves around here!

three things

2. My Dad just published the second book in his kids book series, Never Give Up. It’s a great read that’s packed with outdoorsy adventures and excitement—perfect for the boy scout in your life. I loved designing the cover for him again! (This is how the cover for the first book in the series turned out.)

three things

3. One of my chickens’ favorite pastimes is digging through piles of leaves. They stir them up and shred them into bits, and chicken poop + shredded leaves = nice compost for my garden. (No eggs yet though!)

music: “the kind of song you make up in your head when you are bored” by Lullatone


New Notepads!

October 23rd, 2014

I just restocked my Busy Bee notepad and added 5 new notepads to the shop—eeek! Check them out and let me know what you think!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!



October 21st, 2014

As promised, here are some photos from our Oregon travels!

We planned to spend our first day in Oregon driving down the coast, but there happened to be a dense blanket of fog hanging over the coast that day. All the beaches we came to looked like the photo below (Indian Beach), although the skies were clear and sunny everywhere else. We made the best of the fog and headed to Portland.

Portland Oregon, Indian Beach

In Portland spent a good chunk of time wandering around downtown. We visited my cards at Radish Underground and spent a few hours getting lost in Powell’s Books. Powell’s gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings of browsing books in my elementary school library in the 80′s but without the card catalog.

Powell's Books, Portland Oregon

In the Columbia River Gorge we braved icy cold water and scaled a precarious logjam to walk through Oneonta Gorge. I’ve been drooling over shots of this place on Pinterest for years, and it was so much more grand in person.

Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

I’m pretty tea savvy, but I’m ignorant when it comes to coffee. We visited Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and to my surprise a macchiato isn’t anything like the drink Starbucks serves up by the same name. It was super strong but roast-y and delicious. Do coffee tastings exist? Someday I’d like to stand in front of a fancy schmancy coffee shop menu and know what the heck everything is and what it would taste like. Right now I just quickly pick something at random so I look like I know what I’m doing. ;)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland Oregon

Just before dark one evening we hiked to Wahkeena Falls and had the whole place to ourselves. It was dreamy!

Wahkeena Falls, Oregon

We frequented Blue Star Donuts while we were in Portland. The blueberry bourbon basil donut was my favorite, but maple bacon was a close second. I love donuts that aren’t super sweet. These donuts reminded me so much of my favorite donut shop here in Cary (Sweet Traditions) that closed down 5 or 6 years ago.

Blue Star Donuts, Portland Oregon

We spent a day with one of Daniel’s old high school pals and her husband so they could show us around the Portland area. (Thanks again, Jana and Alex!) Eagle Creek Trail made for a lovely hike. It included plenty of mossy trees, lush forests, and narrow cliff-hugging paths to keep us on our toes.

Eagle Creek Trail, Oregon

Here’s a pre-sunset view of the Columbia River from Crown Point.

Crown Point, Oregon

After dinner at ¿Por Qué No? we had the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted at Salt & Straw. I pretty much can’t eat ice cream now, because I keep comparing it all to theirs. My favorite was strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper (topped with extra hot fudge of course).

Salt & Straw, Portland Oregon

I could totally live in Portland, and I was sad to leave. Everyone was so nice—how do you Portlanders do it? I don’t think I’ve ever struck up so many conversations with complete strangers before or come across so many of my favorite shops in one place. Don’t even get me started on the amazing restaurants. And beautiful nature to soak in, too!?

To make myself feel better about not living in Portland I’m working on a list of all my favorite shops, restaurants, and things to do around Raleigh/Durham to share here on my site. I’ve come up with a ton already, so my list-making is definitely doing the trick.


American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

October 16th, 2014

I’m so excited to announce that Wit & Whistle notebooks and jotters are now available at select American Eagle Outfitters stores and on ae.com as a part of their Wear America collection! The Wear America collection features a bunch of small business owning, American makers like me. (I know you can’t technically wear things like notebooks and jotters, but just go with it.) I created two new designs for this collection that can purchased exclusively at American Eagle, and my “Love Triangles” jotter got a new color scheme for the occasion. If you spot them in store, I’d love it if you sent me a photo or tagged @witandwhistle on instagram!

Special thanks to my mom for helping me box up this monster order, to my dad for moving all the boxes and loading them into the biggest FedEx truck I’ve ever seen, to The Urban Smith for being my support group as we learned the ins and outs of being American Eagle vendors, and to all of you for backing Wit & Whistle so I can continue to take on new challenges like this!

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America



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