15 Day Drawing Challenge

April 10th, 2014

For the next 3 weeks I’m going to do this 15 Day Drawing Challenge I wrote up. I’ll post 5 days worth of drawings at a time for the next 3 Thursdays. If you want to join in, hashtag your drawings #15DayDrawingChallenge over on instagram so we can see each other’s work!

15 day drawing challenge

THE CHALLENGE! Draw these things:

1. a pattern
2. an animal
3. your favorite thing to wear
4. something you found on the ground outside
5. recipe instructions
6. a word
7. an insect
8. a cross section
9. an animal doing something only humans can do
10. something in a jar
11. a diagram
12. something you’re afraid of
13. a plant
14. your favorite food
15. something microscopic

UPDATE: Here are my drawings from the challenge!
- drawings 1–5 are here
- drawings 6–10 are here
- drawings 11–15 are here

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Iced Maple Chai

April 8th, 2014

I love chai, but it’s so warm and spicy that I can’t bear to drink it in the spring and summer. I usually just stare at it forlornly in the cabinet and look forward to fall. Luckily my favorite local tea source, Tin Roof Teas, posted this iced chai recipe on facebook recently. I’ve been making it almost daily ever since. I never would have thought of putting maple syrup in tea, but it’s pretty genius.

iced maple chai recipe

iced maple chai recipe

By the way, these glass straws are the best.

iced maple chai recipe

This serving board is also the best.

iced maple chai recipe

2 tsp of your favorite loose leaf chai (steeped in 6oz boiling water for 5 minutes)
1 tsp maple syrup
2 oz milk (or use half milk, half cream to make it extra creamy)
1 glass of ice

Combine the chai, maple syrup and milk. Pour over ice. Guzzle!

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Terrarium Replanting

April 3rd, 2014

The big terrarium I put together two years ago desperately needed replanting. See? My aloe plant was trying to escape!

terrarium replanting

I don’t really have enough light for succulents, but I get them anyway and just replace them when they start getting leggy and sparse. This time around I planted non-succulents.

terrarium replanting

I chose plants with different leaf sizes and colors, and I made sure they all had the same light and water requirements.

terrarium replanting

terrarium replanting

In case you missed it here’s how I made my little terrarium mushrooms, and here are my basic terrarium planting instructions.

terrarium replanting

Now, let’s see if I can keep these alive for 2 years!

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Behind the Curtain

April 1st, 2014

Once in a while someone will ask me what’s behind the big curtain in my studio. Unfortunately there’s nothing as exciting as the Wizard of Oz back there. I just needed storage space for inventory, paper, envelopes, and such, so I put up some shelving and hung curtains in front. It’s nice to be able to pull them closed and make the room seem tidy, while still keeping my stockpile within arm’s reach.

behind the curtain—wit & whistle studio

behind the curtain—wit & whistle studio

Ok, those are just begging to be made into a gif…

behind the curtain—wit & whistle studio

Oh yeah, gif-y goodness.

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Window Boxes (Spring 2014)

March 27th, 2014

My window boxes are looking glorious right about now! Do you have a good spot to hang one? If so, do it! I planted daffodil bulbs and pansies in the fall and pretty much forgot about them. They survived this especially cold winter, and now they’re blooming all over the place. Next fall I think I’ll double up (or triple up?) on the flower bulbs!

window boxes

window boxes

window boxes

window boxes

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