Happy Hatchday

My chickens turned 1 today! This time last year three tiny balls of fluff arrived in the mail peeping louder than I ever thought possible. I’m quite proud that I successfully raised them into full-grown hens, because baby chicks are fragile little creatures (and terrible ballerinas). I made them a yogurt + spinach + fruit birthday “cake” to celebrate. I may have also sung “happy hatchday to youuuu…” as I presented it.

pet chicken birthday cake

pet chicken birthday cake

Conspiring to get more “cake”. After this photo they lined up in front of me and stared at me without moving or blinking for several minutes. It was creepy.

pet chicken birthday cake

P.S. I spent the entire Jurassic World movie giggling and whispering to Daniel about how much Millie’s feet look exactly like dinosaur feet.

pet chicken birthday cake

Roasting Marshmallows with a Torch

While cleaning out my old jewelry-making supplies, and I found my torch and some butane canisters. I was trying to figure out how to safely dispose of them when I got an idea. It turns out my little torch makes great roasted marshmallows!

how to roast marshmallows indoors

Okay, normally they don’t catch on fire like this, but it was impossible to carefully roast a marshmallow left-handed while taking photos with my right! It was kind of a “pat your head and rub your stomach” situation.

how to roast marshmallows indoors

If you don’t like burnt marshmallows, just keep the flame a few inches away from the marshmallow (as pictured), but make sure to constantly rotate the marshmallow. That way you’ll lightly brown all its surfaces instead of lighting it on fire.

how to roast marshmallows indoors

I came across this Creme Brûlée Eggs recipe today, and I have to try it next!

Shop Talk

A few Wit & Whistle-y things…

Here’s a peek at a new item I’ll be adding to the shop sometime in the next week or two—just as soon as I figure out the ins and outs of shipping with mailing tubes. They’re huge hand-drawn world maps printed on kraft paper! I kinda want to keep them all and wallpaper my house with them.

wit & whistle world map

My “Knocked Up” Father’s Day card just got a fresh new look. Apparently I can’t let well enough alone, and I have to keep messing with my older designs.

funny father's day card

Once I sell out of the spiral notebooks I have in stock, I’m not going to be printing any more for the foreseeable future. If you’ve had your eye on one make sure to grab it before it’s gone!

wit & whistle spiral notebooks

Business Card Inspiration

I’m going to redesign my business cards soon, so I’ve been wandering around the internet hoping to be inspired. These are some of my favorites finds so far. Have you seen any good ones lately?

If in doubt, you can’t go wrong with black ink on kraft paper. (source: ghost)

business card inspiration

This one makes me wish I had a beard so I could illustrate a cute, beardy self portrait. (source: Jared Andrew Schorr)

business card inspiration

Tape business cards = genius. You could go around sticking your business cards on people—even against their will! You’d just have to be sneaky about it. (source: akula kreative)

business card inspiration

Yes to hot pink edges. I tried to do this with gold spray paint once but failed miserably. I adore the llama too. (source: Shyama Golden)

business card inspiration

I love the idea of giving business cards a bit more dimensionality, but this wouldn’t work well for my purposes. I keep a stack of cards in my bag to pass out on the fly, and I think I would end up with a mess. (source: oh, hello friend)

business card inspiration

Washi tape and twine is another winning combo! Although I may be too lazy to assemble something this intricate. (source: Mint)

business card inspiration

The cool kids print on tags instead of using the typical business card format. (source: Joseph Parra)

business card inspiration

How great is all this layer-y, hand-stamped goodness? (source: oh, hello friend)

business card inspiration

In other news… if you commented on my blog this week, I’m sorry to say that your comment has been lost in cyberspace. Sorry! My butt-munch of a web host randomly lost all my website changes for the past week, and since I only backup my database once a week I don’t have them either. Sad! Just wanted you to know I didn’t delete them out of spite or anything!