Summertime Love List

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?

things i love about summer

things i love about summer

things i love about summer

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Pinterest Perfect! Giveaway (Closed)

May 6th, 2014

Last year I had the privilege of collaborating with Walter Foster Publishing on Pinterest Perfect!, a book filled with loads of step-by-step, crafty DIY projects. At last the book has been published, and it’s so exciting to see it in print! Marisa Edghill, Ronda Palazzari, Gemma Correll, Jamielyn Nye, Khristian A. Howell, Molly Jacques, Flora Chang, and I each created a handful of projects for the book. Flipping through really is like browsing Pinterest in book form. You can check out the three watercolor projects I contributed below.

Pinterest Perfect! is available for purchase here from Amazon or here from Barnes & Noble, but the folks at Walter Foster Publishing kindly offered me two copies to give away! If you’d like to win a copy please leave a comment below by Friday May 9th. Each winner will also receive two of the original watercolor cards I painted for the book (pictured below).

This giveaway is open only to those with USA shipping addresses.

EDIT: Thank you so much for all your great responses to the book—your support and encouragement mean the world to me! I used a random number generator to choose the winners, and they are Kristin K and Noel!

Pinterest Perfect!

Pinterest Perfect!

Pinterest Perfect!

Pinterest Perfect!

If you’re feeling lucky, I’m also giving away an OliveBox over on the Wit & Whistle facebook page this week. The box contains all the bee themed goodies that were sent out to OliveBox subscribers last month, including my hive notecard set!

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15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 3

May 1st, 2014

15 Day Drawing Challenge complete! Well, mostly. This week has been so crazy that I had to cheat a little and combine days 11 and 12. I found some old colored pencils that I forgot I had and played around with them a bit. I love the smell of colored pencils! Don’t you? It takes me right back to the collection of pencil shavings I kept when I was a weird kid.

Thank you to everyone who joined my 15 Day Drawing Challenge. You guys are the best! Don’t forget to look at everybody’s drawings on Instagram (#15DayDrawingChallenge). If you missed the challenge, just start it whenever it’s convenient. There’s no deadline for spending some quality time with your sketchbook!

11. a diagram + 12. something you’re afraid of: a roach (It was so hard to even draw this. I kept getting creeped out.)

15 day drawing challenge: week 3

13. a plant: a cactus (Because they’re so darn cute.)

15 day drawing challenge: week 3

14. your favorite food: asparagus (Well, it’s my favorite non-chocolate food.)

15 day drawing challenge: week 3

15. something microscopic: marram grass (Click here to google image search “microscopic marran grass” and be amazed.)

15 day drawing challenge: week 3

- drawings 1–5 from week one are here
- drawings 6–10 from week two are here
- the complete drawing challenge is here

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Hokey Pokey

April 29th, 2014

When Daniel and I visited New Zealand a while back, we got hooked on Hokey Pokey. (If you’ve never had it, imagine the crunchy but fluffy texture of Lucky Charms’ marshmallows combined with the richness of caramel—except way better than that sounds.) As we road-tripped around NZ we ate all the chocolate covered Hokey Pokey we could get our hands on. Before we left for home we stuffed our suitcases with bags of it and rationed it over the next few weeks (bickering over who was eating more than their fair share).

I knew it was possible to make Hokey Pokey at home, but I’ve only just now gotten around to trying it. It was a bit trickier than I thought it would be, but my results are passable (just ignore the fact that the orange puddle below looks exactly like dog vomit). My Hokey Pokey didn’t turn out as fluffy as I’d hoped, and I should’ve browned it a bit more since it’s not actually supposed to be the color of cheddar cheese. Whatever, it still tastes great crunched up and sprinkled over ice cream! This is the recipe I used (where you can also see what Hokey Pokey is supposed to look like).

Are there any pokey-making masters out there who can give me some tips?

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

Hokey Pokey Recipe

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15 Day Drawing Challenge: Week 2

April 24th, 2014

Here are my drawings for week two! I added a dab of color this time around. One more week to go! Don’t forget to browse everyone’s drawings on instagram (#15daydrawingchallenge) for more inspiration.

6. a word: ”ACHOO” (Gotta love those spring allergies.)

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

7. an insect: butterflies

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

8. a cross section: tree guts

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

9. an animal doing something only humans can do: a beekeeping bear

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

10. something in a jar: a baby owl

15 day drawing challenge: week 2

- drawings 1–5 from week one are here
- the complete drawing challenge is here

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