House Plant Portrait No. 4

January 16th, 2014

I’ve been filling lots of orders this week and haven’t had much time to be creative, so today I set aside a few hours to paint another house plant portrait. My little hanging terrarium was kind enough to pose for me. Can you believe these are the same succulents I planted in there almost two years ago? They’re kind of goofy and stretched out from too little sunlight, but they’re still green. This is the longest I’ve ever kept succulents alive—somebody high five me!

If you’d like this original painting for your wall it’s for sale here.

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

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Best Ever Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

January 14th, 2014

Since I’m supposed to try several more cookie recipes before my birthday next month, I figured I better get cracking. I have a lot of cookies to bake and devour over the next few weeks!

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from these cookies. A snickerdoodle is a snickerdoodle, right? They’re consistently good but not usually mind-blowing. These might look like regular snickerdoodles, but they do not taste like it. The brown butter and greek yogurt add a richness and depth that you won’t believe. This is one of those recipes you’ll want to keep forever and pass down from generation to generation. Try it! I just ate 5ish (I lost count) cookies while editing photos and now I feel a little sick, but as long as you don’t do that you’ll be so glad you made them.

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

(Oliver thought we were making dog biscuits again.)

brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

For cookies:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter (I prefer salted)
1¼ cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt

For coating:
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Whisk the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.

Melt the butter on the stove over medium heat. It will start to bubble. Once it’s bubbling nicely start whisking it until it begins to brown and smell sort of nutty. For me this takes 5-10 minutes. It’s easy to burn it, so keep an eye on it. (When it’s brown it will look like the first photo above.) Immediately remove the butter from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until blended. Next mix in the egg, yolk, vanilla and yogurt. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time, and beat on low until they are just combined.

Cover the bowl of dough and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the fridge for 3 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and roll the dough into balls (use about 2 tablespoons of dough per ball). Stir together the 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a small bowl. Coat the dough balls with the cinnamon-sugar, and line the dough balls up on a cookie sheet about 2″ apart.

If you can’t bake all them at once, put the dough balls back in the fridge until you can pop them in the oven. If the dough isn’t cold enough your cookies will end up too flat.

Bake the cookies for 8-11 minutes—until the tops crack. Cool on wire racks. Don’t eat too many like I did!

recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

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New Valentine’s Day Cards

January 9th, 2014

Welp, it’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day cards are in the shop right here! I added three new designs, and all the oldies but goodies are there too.

First up, Wit & Whistle is achieving new levels of crassness with the farts card! Inspired by my wonderful husband. (Daniel, thank you for the sacrifices you make for me, and I apologize for not returning the favor.)

Wit & Whistle Valentine's Day Card

The wiener card isn’t really new, but I decided my old design needed an update and a bit of hand-lettering. It’s perfect for anniversaries too!

Wit & Whistle Valentine's Day Card

Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with this card. What’s more romantic than a jar full of eyeballs? Nothing. That’s what.

Wit & Whistle Valentine's Day Card

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“How do you get your hair like that?”

January 7th, 2014

I’m shocked and flattered that some of you have asked how I curl my hair. I’ve always been dreadful at hair styling, so I’m ecstatic that I’ve finally figured something out! I made a little video showing how I do it. It’s quick and easy. I have yet to find a product that will keep my waves in place in the summer humidity or in the rain, but when the weather cooperates these curls will last for days. Without further ado, please join me in my bathroom as I curl my hair. Your view is from just above the toilet seat where I balanced my tripod. Fancy!

music: “Hot Sand” by Lullatone

Products I used:

Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron
Pantene Non-aerosol Hairspray
Redken Smoothing Serum

I burnt out several clipless curling irons before splurging on a higher end one. If you want a less expensive iron this one was my favorite until it died. I love the Sedu one I have now. It heats up in seconds, works like a charm, and the heat resistant glove that came with it is a real finger saver.

Here’s a video summary if your attention span isn’t that long:

1. Put your damp hair in two braids before bed.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

2. Take out the braids in the morning and your hair will be wavy. The braids already did most of the work!

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

3. Add a few curls here and there with a clipless curling iron to break up the braid waves a little bit and avoid the crimped look. Hold the iron upside down when you wind your hair around it. I don’t know why, but it works better that way.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

4. Top your curls with a spritz of hairspray and a few drops of smoothing serum.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

5. Done! The curls will relax and blend into big soft waves as you go on about your day.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

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Merry Christmas!

December 20th, 2013

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! I’m going to take a little break from blogging for the next two weeks to spend time with family and eat lots of cookies. It’s going to be awesome. I’ll meet you back here on January 7th. Before I go, I had a little fun with gouache this morning!

Merry Christmas gouache painting

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