Calligraphy Practice

February 25th, 2014

Have those of you who took Molly’s Skillshare class continued practicing your calligraphy? Over the past few months I’ve forced myself to slowly work on filling my entire pad of paper with practice, and at some point over the last week or two something clicked. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but all of a sudden using a metal nib doesn’t feel weird anymore. Instead of feeling awkward and stressed when I write, the motion and scratching sound of the nib over the paper is calming and enjoyable. I still have a long way to go, but now that I am more comfortable with the tools practicing is fun instead of drudgery. (By the way, the Nikko G nib is my favorite so far. It never catches on the upstrokes.)

It always amazes me how much of a difference practice makes, whatever the skill I’m trying to learn. (I’m sure my mom is rolling her eyes right now, since she spent years forcing me to resentfully practice piano growing up. You were right Mom, happy?!)

calligraphy practice

Here’s what my very first attempt at calligraphy looked like. See? I’m getting better! Practice works! I still haven’t figured out how keep ink from getting all over my hands though…


30 by 31 List

February 20th, 2014

I’m turning 30 tomorrow, and I’m not exactly thrilled. Everyone assures me my 30s will be great, but I’ve loved my 20s so much. They’re going to be really hard to top! It’s time for the birthday tradition that always cheers me up—a new annual bucket list. I rocked last year’s list and completed every goal except one—to read the entire Old Testament. It’s really long, you know? I made it a third of the way through, so I’m going to keep plugging away at it.

If you have an annual bucket list please share it below. I love reading other people’s lists! If you’ve never made one you have to try it at least once. For me it’s the best way to ensure that I make the most of each year. If you want to check out my old lists here’s my 28 by 29 list and 29 by 30 list.

And now, my official 30 by 31 list!

30 by 31 annual bucket list

  1. teach the dogs a new trick
  2. take a pottery classdone!
  3. get a new stamp in my passport—done!
  4. build a chicken coop—done!
  5. eat eggs fresh from my own chickens’ butts—in progress (waiting for the eggs!)
  6. install a subway tile backsplash in the kitchen
  7. add stepping stones to my front garden
  8. come up with a new tagline for wit & whistle
  9. go back to blonde—done!
  10. do that 30 day squat challenge I keep seeing on Pinterest
  11. update my address book & send some snail mail
  12. clean out and organize our outdoor storage closet—done!
  13. learn how to knit
  14. paint the creepy windowless room in our basement
  15. add a bunch of new notepads to the shop—done!
  16. get the fiddle leaf fig tree I’ve wanted for yearsdone!
  17. make pickles—done!
  18. change the hardware on our kitchen cabinets—done!
  19. learn to consistently achieve a nice “smokey eye” look
  20. read 12 books—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 
  21. give Mabel a lion haircut—done!
  22. make up a 15 day drawing challenge for myself and do it—done!
  23. make and give a handmade gift
  24. keep my nails painted more often than not—done! (until the polish ruined them)
  25. designate one internet/tv-free day per month—8/12
  26. make blackberry wine—done!
  27. quit being lazy and make a pie crust from scratch—done!
  28. find 10 easy, healthy(ish) dinner recipes we both like—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 
  29. grow an indoor herb garden—done!
  30. hand draw a world map


Notepads + Prints

February 18th, 2014

I just added some new products to the shop! First of all, this sketch that I did last summer…

busy as a bee notepad

has finally become the cute notepads I imagined! I only have a handful in stock to begin with, so let me know how you like them and if you want to see more notepads.

busy as a bee notepad

11″ x 14″ prints of some of my motivational notebook covers are available now too!

busy as a bee notepad


Snow Day

February 13th, 2014

Yesterday it snowed most of the day, and more is on the way. I love snow. It falls so silently and makes the whole world seem sleepy and peaceful. Well… except at our house, because I’m all running around like, “YAAAAY SNOWWWW!!!”

Yesterday afternoon I bundled up, laid on my back out in the yard, and let the snow sprinkle down on me for a long time. I could see the individual snow flakes in all their teeny tiny glory against my dark ski bibs. Props to God for squeezing so much gorgeous detail into something so small. While I was enjoying my serene afternoon the rest of the Raleigh area was in utter chaos as everyone tried to commute home in the snow. Working from home is the best.

I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos!

snow day

snow day

snow day

snow day

snow day

Mabel isn’t quite as voracious about the snow as she was pre-injury, but when I call her inside she pretends not to hear me so I know she still loves it.


Wit & Whistle Meetup

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.

Wit & Whistle meetup

Jenna, Sara, Jenn, Kathryn, Caitlin, Jennifer & Karm—you girls rock, thanks for coming!

Wit & Whistle meetup

Wit & Whistle meetup

(First photo by Michelle Smith of Gather.)



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