February 11th, 2014
Over the weekend I met up with some local Wit & Whistle blog readers at Gather! We each brought a project to work on while we chatted and got to know one another. We had everything from pom-pom and jewelry making to quilting and knitting going on. It was so much fun, and the girls were all great! I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning.
You should absolutely plan a crafty meetup like this wherever you are! It’s the perfect way to meet new like-minded friends and motivate yourself to work on one of those projects you haven’t gotten around to finishing.
Jenna, Sara, Jenn, Kathryn, Caitlin, Jennifer & Karm—you girls rock, thanks for coming!
(First photo by Michelle Smith of Gather.)
February 6th, 2014
I was going to title this post “Nutella Cookie Fail”, but I can’t call these cookies a total failure because they’re actually pretty yummy. Of course, anything made of 75% Nutella and chocolate chips would taste pretty good.
This recipe seemed perfect to me because it only called for four ingredients, would take less than 30 minutes to make, and I love Nutella. Everything was going along great. I mixed up the dough in just a few minutes and slid the cookie sheets into the oven. While baking, a good sized puddle of mysterious oil seeped out of each scoop of dough. The hot oil melted, flattened, and fried the edges of each cookie to a crisp. I don’t like crispy cookies, because they tickle my teeth when I chew them. I can’t describe the sensation any better than that, and I hope somebody else knows what I’m talking about and can sympathize! Thankfully once I powered through the crispy edges the cookie middles were soft and fudgey. Yum.
The best thing about these cookies is that eating an entire jar of Nutella somehow seems less bad in cookie form. If I make them again I’ll try adding a bit more flour and baking them on parchment paper. Hopefully that would soak up some of the excess oil and fix my flat crispy cookie dilemma. If you want to give these cookies a go here’s the recipe, but don’t believe those photos of non-flat cookies—all lies!
queue the sad trombone sound…
February 4th, 2014
Remember last spring when I told you I wanted chickens? Since then I’ve taken a class on chicken keeping, read everything on the whole internet about backyard chickens (almost), and Daniel reluctantly gave me the go ahead! This spring I’m working with my dad to build a coop and run. Five little chicks will be arriving in June! I’m kind of obsessing over the whole thing. Daniel is worried that I’m going to be a crazy chicken lady for the rest of my life, but I keep reassuring him that it’s just the thrill of the chase, and once the chickens are mine I’ll calm down about the whole thing. This is how much I’m over-planning…
I carefully chose the chicken breeds I want, making sure to incorporate a variety of feather colors and patterns and an assortment of egg colors and shapes. Hen names are in the works.
I cut card stock into miniature sheets of plywood and two-by-fours…
…and made a scale model of the coop and run I’m hoping to make.
(complete with functioning egg collection door)
Also, I drew this while watching TV the other night, probably because I am totally bonkers.
January 30th, 2014
I picked up some beautiful Moro blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges, which inspired another 30 minute painting. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to successfully combine my pen and ink drawing with gouache, and I really like how the two mediums work together here. Maybe I’m onto something! If you have the perfect spot for some bright little orange slices, the original painting can be purchased here.
January 28th, 2014
I was going to do some painting this afternoon, but I’m so antsy I don’t think I’ll be able to sit still long enough. Last week’s snow didn’t amount to much, but they’re calling for 3-6 inches this evening. I keep looking outside for the first flake. Those of you who get frequent snow should really come spend a winter here where it’s a rare delight. Everyone gets so giddy! I know it’s silly, it’s just precipitation after all, but we can’t help ourselves. Whee!
I’m obviously in no condition to be productive, so I put together a little collection of some of my latest Etsy finds for you. Which is your favorite? I love them all equally, and I love the photography just as much as the actual products!
1. brownstone blue mug
2. bronze + quartz dangling bell necklace
3. waxed canvas rucksack
4. spray zip pouch
5. dodecahedron terrarium
6. mini bulbosa air plant pod
7. rustic serving board
8. licorice dipped pencil pot
9. half moon screenprint