May 20th, 2014
I completed another goal for this year! I just finished up a pottery class at my local arts center. Now I have a whole new appreciation for potters. Throwing pots is crazy hard and there is so much that can go wrong. It’s a small miracle when a piece turns out as intended.
I made a bunch of different things over the course of the class. The instructor showed us various hand-building and throwing techniques and let us make whatever we could dream up, so it was pretty much my ideal class. I’m planning to get an open studio membership so that I can continue using the local clay studio. I have a million more ideas that need to get out of my head and into the kiln!
Tackling new creative endeavors and learning new skills are important parts of my process as I create new products for Wit & Whistle, because variety helps keep my creative juices flowing. Are you like that too? If so, you should see what classes are available at your local arts center. I was amazed at the facilities we have here in Cary, and I regret that I didn’t start taking advantage of them sooner!
This studded mug turned out to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to sip tea out of a mug I made myself!
I also love how my mini tripod planter turned out. I’ve had this idea in my head for months, and it was such a relief to finally be able to make it happen.
I kept the very first bowl I threw so I could compare it to my last. It’s nice to see progress!
May 15th, 2014
Here are a few of my sketchbook pages and the respective Father’s Day cards they became! You can browse all the Wit & Whistle Father’s Day cards right here.
May 13th, 2014
I asked for a chicken coop for my 30th birthday, and after months of anticipation the chicken coop construction is well underway! Thanks to my dad and mom it’s looking way better than my coop model. I was initially just picturing some boards nailed to some other boards with wire stretched over them. It’s turning out so much nicer, because my dad is an engineer with a garage full of saws and some serious carpentry skills, and my mom is amazing at visualizing how the pieces will come together and at catching mistakes before we make them. There’s more work to be done before the hens can move in this summer, but I thought it would be fun to share some photos of the unfinished coop (with a little eye candy from around the yard to pretty this post up a little).
Thanks for all your help Dad and Mom—you get first dibs on the fresh eggs!
I wanted diamond latticework on the coop door to tie it in with the style of our home. If you stand at just the right spot in our front yard, you can catch a glimpse of the tudor-ish coop door next to our tudor-ish house. I’m loving it, and it will look even better when the coop is painted!
Building the coop has been such a great learning experience. I’m getting pretty good at attaching wood to other wood using three different methods (pictured below), and sawing is starting to feel a lot more natural (and less scary).
The baby chicks arrive next month!
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?
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!
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!