Back in the fall of 2013 I planted some tea plants, and I was hoping to be able to do a series of posts on growing, harvesting, and processing the leaves into green, black, and oolong teas. Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as I planned. Two of my three tea plants are still alive, but they are almost the exact same size as they were when I planted them. In the summer their leaves were nibbled down to nubs by various creatures, and every winter they die back to twigs and slowly regrow in the spring. I chatted with the owner of Tin Roof Teas about it, and he has also tried and failed at growing tea plants. That made me feel a little better. I think our climate just doesn’t work well for tea plants. (I’m in zone 7, for the garden nerds out there.)
In other outdoorsy news, we’re thinking of having some trees taken out of our heavily forested yard. I’ve been poorly Photoshopping some different options, since I’m basically incapable of making decisions without Photoshop. The strip of land along the fence is the only sun we get in our yard, so I want to take advantage of it and fill it with beautiful plants instead of scraggly pine trees. A weeping cherry tree might be a nice replacement for the trees on the left. It’s scary to take the plunge though, because it’s so permanent!
I added a couple new cards to the shop today!
The “parasite” new baby card makes me laugh so hard. This card will stand out at a baby shower for sure. Unless it’s a parasite themed baby shower, which seems highly unlikely.
An anniversary card that doesn’t sugarcoat the truth!
I brightened up the colors on the bumped uglies birthday card. It used to be printed on kraft paper in dark brown ink and needed a little pizazz.
I recently added a new houseplant to my collection. A pencil cactus! How cool is this little guy?
This is random, but can we talk about snacks for a sec? Mug brownies were my usual go to, but over the past year or so I’ve noticed a slow shift towards savory/spicy snacks instead. I guess it’s a getting older thing. On occasion I even have to scrape excess icing off my cupcakes. What is happening to me?! Anyway, these are my favorite snacks lately. What are yours?
Sesame Sticks—I don’t know what my deal is with these, but I could eat them until my stomach ruptured. Luckily I always run out before that happens. You can get them at Trader Joe’s and other places too.
Vesta Dry Hot Sauce—This dry hot “sauce” is made locally in Raleigh, and I discovered it at Gather’s Made by Men event last year. I love to sprinkle a heavy dusting on plain hummus and eat it with tortilla chips (or carrot sticks if I’m feeling healthy).
Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues Tortilla Chips—Another drool-inducing spicy snack. Warning: don’t eat these straight out of the bag. Your hand will keep putting chips into your mouth whether you want it to or not. There’s no stopping until you’ve eaten every chip, torn the bag in half, and licked the residual spices out of every crevice. (Not that I’ve ever done that.)
Here are a handful of sketchbook pages that turned into recent new products!
Wit & Whistle pop-up shop this weekend! I’ll be selling my goods at Madewell in Durham (at Southpoint) from 1-4 on Saturday, May 2nd. Perfect timing if you still need a Mother’s Day card! If you’re planning to come and hoping to pick up a specific product let me know, and I’ll make sure I bring you one.