November 26th, 2013
I just added eight new rubber stamp designs to the shop for your stamping pleasure! I’m really loving these, and I hope you do too. They’re just the right size to stuff into a stocking, don’t you think? I’m discontinuing a handful of old stamps to make room for the new. The discontinued stamps are on sale now, so don’t forget to check those out before they’re gone!
Quick side note, the Rock & Shop Market is this Saturday (November 30) in Durham. I’ll be there selling my wares alongside over 75 other amazing artisans and makers. Last time it was awesome, and I could hardly keep myself from buying everything in sight. It will be perfect for doing some holiday shopping. I hope to see some of you there! Okay, side note over. On to the stamps!
vintage email stamp: because you’re awesome and you still write letters the old fashioned way
seal of approval stamp: for approving things of course (I plan to use it in my cookbooks to mark recipes that I’ve tried and liked.)
handmade stamp: for bragging that you made something by hand
thank you stamp: for expressing your appreciation in a pretty, hand-lettered way
par escargot stamp: to fancy up your outgoing mail
you’re getting sleepy stamp: for pattern-izing absolutely everything
thumbs up (or thumbs down) stamp: for thumbs-ing things up or down (I have an inexplicable urge to stamp this on people’s foreheads.)
better than an email stamp: for stating the obvious when you write someone a letter
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November 21st, 2013
Pomegranates are my favorite fruit. No contest. I love this time of year when there are heaps of them in the grocery store. I take my time sorting through and finding the biggest, reddest, most perfect looking poms to bring home. Four years ago I wrote a blog post showing how to eat a pomegranate. My method was a slow and tedious, but it worked better than the many others I had tried. Well, thanks to YouTube I just discovered a far superior pomegranate eating method. I’ve been eating them wrong all these years! It’s so quick and easy I can’t believe it. The whole fruit just springs open like, “Hey, eat me!”
1. Cut a small scoop out of the top of the pomegranate around the nubbin at the top. Don’t cut too deeply, because you don’t want to hit any of the seeds.
2. Cut a slice of pomegranate skin from the base of the fruit.
3. Look at the pomegranate from above, and notice that it is not perfectly round. There are ridges that bulge out every so often. Use your knife to lightly score down the center of each of those ridges from top to bottom. Don’t cut deep enough to hit the seeds inside.
4. Place your thumbs in opposites sides of the dip cut in the top of the fruit and gently pull. (not pictured: my other thumb)
5. With almost no effort the pomegranate will fall open with all the seeds intact. I’m pretty sure it’s magic.
6. Sink your teeth directly into the seeds. I like to pretend I’m eating rubies. Nom nom nom. (Eat the kernels whole, don’t spit the seeds out. They are easy to chew, and doesn’t everyone need more fiber in their diet?)
Have you seen this trick before? If so, why didn’t you tell me about it?! ;)
November 19th, 2013
Recently I got a few new things for the house and took some photos. Oliver insisted on being photographed, so there he is striking a pose! He always sticks his leg out like that. So funny.
I’ve been crushing on these Jayden Metal Shelves from World Market for a while. Right now they are 25% off, so I gave in. There are so many uses for rolling shelves. For now mine are holding plants, but soon they’ll end up in my studio filled with art supplies and such.
I added a ruffled bird’s nest fern to my houseplant collection. I usually can’t keep ferns alive inside, so we’ll see how long it lasts. (The other two plants in the photo are a chinese money plant and a Meyer lemon tree.)
We used to have an IQ light hanging in this hallway, but it started burning out light bulbs every few weeks and needed to be replaced. I had my eye on this Foxed Mirror Faceted Pendant from West Elm, but ended up getting the much less expensive Triple Tiered Pendant Shade from Urban Outfitters. I love the view down the hallway with the brass shade and my tripod planter in the background. Oliver loves it too.
November 14th, 2013
I asked my friend, Michelle Smith, if I could snap some photos to share of her new space in Cary, North Carolina. I think you’ll love it! She created this magical place called Gather—a combination coworking space, coffee/tea shop, and boutique featuring local makers. Gather also offers classes to teach everything from cake decorating and hand lettering to writing press releases and product branding. It’s basically a one stop shop for getting plugged in to the creative community. On top of all that, it’s gorgeous in there—incredibly stylish but still nice and homey. Just the kind of place I’d like to curl up with my sketchbook and a cup of tea.
Tonight there’s a party at Gather from 5–10pm! All merchandise will be 20% off (perfect for holiday shopping) and the Will & Pop’s food truck and Oscar William’s Gourmet Cotton Candy will be there, not to mention beer and a band. Not too shabby for a Thursday night. See you there?
Hey Raleigh/Durham/Cary people! For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of planning a meet-up for local Wit & Whistle readers. Conveniently Gather has a conference room available for rent. I think it would be fun for a small group of us to get together for an hour or two to chat while working on whatever (portable) creative projects we have in progress, whether it be drawing, calligraphy, sewing, knitting, jewelry making, etc… It would be a great way to meet some fellow creative types, and I’m betting we’d all become fast friends. If we enjoy ourselves we could talk about making it a monthly thing. I’m not really sure if this is a good idea or if I’m just being weird, but the thought keeps nagging at me so I wanted to get it out there. Leave a comment below or send me a message to let me know if you’d be interested in meeting-up early next year, and I’ll email you if it’s going to happen!
November 12th, 2013
Here are a few recent sketchbook pages! These drawings turned into my newest holiday cards. Don’t forget that today is the last day to use the coupon code HOHOHO to take 15% off the holiday collection!
These drawings became the fir fronds card and the 3D holiday town card.
With a little color this sketch turned into the ugly sweater card.
I printed this doodle on postcards.
This bit of hand lettering turned into the Luke 2:11 card.