Mother’s Day Cards & Sketches

I’ve got some new Mother’s Day cards in the shop and all the old favorites, too. I thought I’d share the new cards with the sketches that led to the final products. I hope you like them!

Wit & Whistle Mother's Day Cards

I love the “loin fruit” card, because it works for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. This card went through a couple phases—first this sketch I shared last month, then I was thinking of incorporating strawberries, but I ended up with peaches and bananas. They just seemed more “loiny” to me, hehe.

Wit & Whistle Mother's Day Cards

Wit & Whistle Mother's Day Cards

The “some animals” card is another one that’s great for Mom or Dad, assuming neither of them ate you. This card is actually a redesign of an old Mother’s Day card I used to sell…back in 2010?! That’s practically vintage.

Wit & Whistle Mother's Day Cards

Wit & Whistle Mother's Day Cards

This is the first card I’ve made specifically for mother-in-laws! Let me know if you’d like to see a “you’re not so bad for a father-in-law” version for Father’s Day.

Wit & Whistle Mother's Day Cards

Wit & Whistle Mother's Day Cards

(Disclaimer: Wit & Whistle is not responsible for offended or otherwise disgruntled mother-in-laws. Give responsibly.)

Spring Chicken Update

It’s time for a spring chicken update! The girls made it through the winter just fine, and they learned to love the hot oatmeal I brought them on cold mornings. One particularly cold day I cut the fingers off a mitten and made a hat for Margo to protect her voluptuous comb from frostbite, but she refused to wear it.

Most importantly—yes, they are laying eggs now! I got my first egg around mid-January. It was a bit of an ordeal teaching the girls to put them in the nest box and not just on the ground, but they eventually got the hang of it. For the most part, they each lay an egg a day. I can’t tell a huge taste difference between store bought and fresh eggs, but the texture of cooked fresh eggs is much better. They aren’t rubbery at all! Mostly I like knowing that I’m eating eggs made by happy, well-loved chickens.

spring backyard chicken update

I bring the ladies fruit and vegetable scraps every day, so they rush to greet me at the door of the coop. I pretend it’s because they love me and not just because they’re pigs.

spring backyard chicken update

Roberta was the most skittish as a chick, but now she’s my tamest hen. She flies up into my lap as soon as I sit down, and sometimes she even likes having her feathers stroked. If I squat down to fiddle with something in the coop, she’ll perch on my knee to get a better look at what I’m doing.

spring backyard chicken update

Millie does not like to be touched. It kills me, because I want to sink my fingers into those cloud-like feathers! If I even reach one finger toward her she jumps back like, “Hey, don’t touch the feathers!” She’s all about touching me though. She loves to peck at the moles on my arms and the buttons on my jeans, tug on my hair, and she’s pretty sure the rubber clogs I wear in the coop are the most amazing things she has ever seen. She will stand on them scratching and pecking as long as I will let her.

spring backyard chicken update

Oh yeah, you know that head tilt thing dogs do? Chickens do it too!

spring backyard chicken update

Margo isn’t the brightest, but she’s my most curious chicken. She wants to get out of the coop and explore so badly, but our city doesn’t allow free range chickens (not to mention our neighbors let their dogs run free). So, I recently put a chicken leash on her thinking I could walk her around the yard. Unfortunately she didn’t quite get the concept and freaked out, because she thought I was chasing her. Teaching her to heel will take a little more practice I suppose.

spring backyard chicken update

Guess what.

spring backyard chicken update

Chicken butt.

Glazed Lemon “Brownies”

I hope you had a lovely Easter! I was in charge of dessert for our celebration, so I made lemon brownies. They aren’t brown, so they should actually be called lemon “yellowies” but whatever. They were easy to make and tasted like spring. The recipe is below!

lemon brownies recipe

If you were a lemon would you rather be juiced to death or zested to death? Personally, I’d rather be juiced to death. Think about it, you’d probably lose consciousness as soon as you were cut in half pre-juicing. If you were zested you’d be in agony much longer as your peel was methodically scraped away. Just something to think about next time you find yourself mutilating lemons for a recipe!

lemon brownies recipe

lemon brownies recipe

My mint started sprouting out of the ground just in time for a little garnishing action.

lemon brownies recipe

brownies
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest

glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with parchment paper. Stir the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl, and use a mixer to beat in the softened butter. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, lemon juice, and zest together. Pour the egg and lemon mixture into the flour mixture and mix well. Dump the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes (until it’s no longer jiggly). Let the brownies cool. To make the glaze whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled brownies. Let the glaze harden, and cut the brownies into squares. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs if desired. Enjoy!

recipe source: The Taylor House

A Buttload of New Cards

I just added a buttload of new cards to the shop! If you’re wondering how many cards it takes to make a buttload, the answer is nine.

This one isn’t a card, but I created a new listing called the “Procrastinator’s Special”. If you purchase the special, I’ll handwrite your custom message inside the greeting card of your choice and send it directly to the recipient in a hand-addressed envelope with a pretty postage stamp. It’s perfect when you’re short on time and need to cut out the middle man.

new wit & whistle cards

Here’s a happy engagement/wedding card to cheer your friends up on their wedding day. It’s also appropriate for old people’s anniversaries!

new wit & whistle cards

Nothing says “happy graduation” or “congrats on the promotion” like underpants, am I right?

new wit & whistle cards

For your knocked-up friends.

new wit & whistle cards

Bare hug! Great for sending sympathy, encouragement, or just because. I went with the man—thanks for all the feedback the other week! Keep scrolling to check out what I did with the bear.

new wit & whistle cards

Perfect for any occasion. I love a good “doodie” joke.

new wit & whistle cards

The puzzle card existed in my shop a long while ago. I decided to freshen it up and bring it back. Sometimes you need a card with a little less wit and a little more whistle.

new wit & whistle cards

The bear didn’t mind baring all for this birthday suit card, since bears are usually stark naked anyway.

new wit & whistle cards

A spring-themed birthday card that I’m pretty sure all Grandmas and/or Grandpas would love to receive. That’s Roberta—my favorite chicken. That reminds me, I should post a backyard chicken update sometime soon.

new wit & whistle cards

Technically the “that sucks” sympathy card isn’t new, but I discontinued it a while ago, and now I’m bringing it back because I missed it.

new wit & whistle cards

Did anyone else notice that 3/9 cards featured tighty whities? What’s up with that?

Wit & Whistle on Society6

I’ve been waffling about whether or not to put some of my designs on Society6, and I finally went through with it. Society6 will turn your artwork into different products, ship them directly to customers, and give you a small cut of the profits. It seems like a great, low-risk way to make your art available on a wider range of products.

I’ve added a bunch of designs to my Society6 shop, where you can order Wit & Whistle pillows, mugs, wall clocks, phone cases, tote bags, art prints, framed art prints, and stretched canvas prints. Here are a few of my favorites!

wit & whistle on Society6

wit & whistle on Society6

wit & whistle on Society6

wit & whistle on Society6

wit & whistle on Society6

Just let me know if you’d like me to add one of my other designs to my Society6 collection as a specific product type, and I’ll try to make it happen!