Bedroom

January 23rd, 2014

It took almost a year of brainstorming and painting a little at a time, but I’ve finally made our master bedroom better suit our space and my taste!

I painted the walls, ceiling, and trim white (Martha Stewart’s Tailor’s Chalk) and sold our old bedroom set that was too large for the space. A storage bed frame from Lovely Furnishings, was the perfect solution for our little bedroom. It has a much smaller footprint than our old sleigh bed and is visually smaller due to the lack of headboard and footboard. On top of that, there are four huge drawers built into the frame that hold all my clothes with room to spare, so I don’t need a dresser. We moved the mid-century dresser from my studio up to the bedroom for Daniel’s things. It’s much lower than our old dressers, so it doesn’t draw attention to the low sloping ceiling.

Now it’s just the way I like my interiors—bright and sunny with a couple houseplants and a few knickknacks. It’s so cozy that want to spend all day in there basking in the sunshine!

Before:

Here’s a panorama shot I snapped before painting the trim white. Too much dark wood!
Here’s what the old furniture looked like in our room. It was a tight fit!

After:

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

“Do you like the new bedroom, Mabel?” (tilts head and looks confused)

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

“Hey Oliver, let me get a shot of you pretending to be a throw pillow.” (gives me a patronizing look as I stack pillows on him)

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

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Sketchbook 1.21.14

January 21st, 2014

Here are the sketchbook pages that turned into my newest Valentine’s Day cards!

We might get snow tonight! We didn’t get any to speak of last year, so I’m really hoping. Please send wintery thoughts and wishes my way! 

hand lettering sketchbook

hand lettering sketchbook

hand lettering sketchbook

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House Plant Portrait No. 4

January 16th, 2014

I’ve been filling lots of orders this week and haven’t had much time to be creative, so today I set aside a few hours to paint another house plant portrait. My little hanging terrarium was kind enough to pose for me. Can you believe these are the same succulents I planted in there almost two years ago? They’re kind of goofy and stretched out from too little sunlight, but they’re still green. This is the longest I’ve ever kept succulents alive—somebody high five me!

If you’d like this original painting for your wall it’s for sale here.

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

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Best Ever Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

January 14th, 2014

Since I’m supposed to try several more cookie recipes before my birthday next month, I figured I better get cracking. I have a lot of cookies to bake and devour over the next few weeks!

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from these cookies. A snickerdoodle is a snickerdoodle, right? They’re consistently good but not usually mind-blowing. These might look like regular snickerdoodles, but they do not taste like it. The brown butter and greek yogurt add a richness and depth that you won’t believe. This is one of those recipes you’ll want to keep forever and pass down from generation to generation. Try it! I just ate 5ish (I lost count) cookies while editing photos and now I feel a little sick, but as long as you don’t do that you’ll be so glad you made them.

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

(Oliver thought we were making dog biscuits again.)

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

For cookies:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter (I prefer salted)
1¼ cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt

For coating:
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Whisk the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.

Melt the butter on the stove over medium heat. It will start to bubble. Once it’s bubbling nicely start whisking it until it begins to brown and smell sort of nutty. For me this takes 5-10 minutes. It’s easy to burn it, so keep an eye on it. (When it’s brown it will look like the first photo above.) Immediately remove the butter from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until blended. Next mix in the egg, yolk, vanilla and yogurt. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time, and beat on low until they are just combined.

Cover the bowl of dough and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the fridge for 3 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and roll the dough into balls (use about 2 tablespoons of dough per ball). Stir together the 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a small bowl. Coat the dough balls with the cinnamon-sugar, and line the dough balls up on a cookie sheet about 2″ apart.

If you can’t bake all them at once, put the dough balls back in the fridge until you can pop them in the oven. If the dough isn’t cold enough your cookies will end up too flat.

Bake the cookies for 8-11 minutes—until the tops crack. Cool on wire racks. Don’t eat too many like I did!

recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

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New Valentine’s Day Cards

January 9th, 2014

Welp, it’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day cards are in the shop right here! I added three new designs, and all the oldies but goodies are there too.

First up, Wit & Whistle is achieving new levels of crassness with the farts card! Inspired by my wonderful husband. (Daniel, thank you for the sacrifices you make for me, and I apologize for not returning the favor.)

Wit & Whistle Valentine's Day Card

The wiener card isn’t really new, but I decided my old design needed an update and a bit of hand-lettering. It’s perfect for anniversaries too!

Wit & Whistle Valentine's Day Card

Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with this card. What’s more romantic than a jar full of eyeballs? Nothing. That’s what.

Wit & Whistle Valentine's Day Card

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