Shop Update

Whoa, did you realize Easter is less than a month a way? It really snuck up on me this year. I added a couple Easter cards to the shop today. Better late than never! Hey, do you guys ever send cards for St. Patrick’s Day?

funny easter cards wit & whistle

Most of you probably saw this on Instagram, but I’m offering “Blooper Bundles” of heavily discounted greeting cards and notecards with slight imperfections. They’ll be available in the “sale” section of my shop until my blooper stash is gone.

funny easter cards wit & whistle

I attended The Maker’s Summit this past weekend, and it was really great. I’m hoping to collect my thoughts and share the most helpful things I learned later this week. Stay tuned!

 

Denim Bleaching Attempt

I’ve had a jean jacket in my closet for a long time. I’d say over ten years. I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn it, because the fabric is so stiff and uncomfortable. I was going to donate it, but then I decided bleaching it might soften the fibers and give it a comfy, worn feel. I soaked my jacket in a bucket filled with a quart of bleach and 6 or 7 quarts of warm water for 4 hours.

denim bleaching attempt

The result was… meh. The jacket got quite a bit softer and more flexible, but my bleach bucket was a tad too small so I had to wad up the jacket a little to fit it in there. Although I stirred the bucket regularly, the wadding caused mottled dark splotches here and there where the bleach didn’t penetrate the fabric thoroughly (especially in the right armpit).

denim bleaching attempt

The worst part is that the whole jacket turned a strange yellowish green shade. It’s not that apparent in the photo above, but look at it next to standard blue denim…

denim bleaching attempt

I guess if there’s no regular blue denim nearby to compare it to, it doesn’t look too bad. I think I’ll keep it around for a while to see how often I end up wearing it.

denim bleaching attempt

Have you ever tried to bleach denim?

In the Zone

Remember a couple weeks ago when I complained that I hadn’t gotten to enjoy any wintery weather yet this season? Well, last week we had an ice storm, and this week we’ve had two snowfalls! It has been so beautiful around here. Daniel and I love snow, and this morning we built a happy-go-lucky (anatomically correct) snow-woman. There’s not much I love more than bundling up in ski bibs and a puffy down jacket and rolling around in the snow!

snowy alpine home

Another blissful side effect of all this winter precipitation, is that nearly all my social obligations and appointments over the past two weeks have been canceled. It’s not that I don’t like interacting with other humans, but I love the free feeling I get when I unexpectedly don’t have to. Maybe some of you fellow introverts understand? With all this extra time on my hands, I’ve been able to buckle down and make progress on a ton of new designs. It has been so satisfying being in the zone!

snowy alpine home

31 by 32 Birthday Bucket List

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, and I finished up my 30 by 31 list just in time! My 30th year on earth was pretty sweet. My favorite list items from this past year included raising chickens, taking a pottery class, traveling to Switzerland, doing a 15 day drawing challenge with you all, tiling my backsplash, and making wine (even if it did end up smelling like farts). I also really loved designating one TV/internet free day a month, and I think I’ll keep that habit up. I got so much done on those days and felt refreshed after a break from the digital world. The crappiest thing I did was the 30 day squat challenge. I stuck with it for 30 days, worked my way up to 250 squats a day, and my butt looked exactly the same before and after. You suck, exercising. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.

If you write birthday bucket lists please share your latest list, so we can all be inspired! My old lists are here (28 by 29), here (29 by 30), and here (30 by 31). Without further ado, here’s my 31 by 32 list! This time I left a TBD spot at the end, because halfway through the year I always come up with one more thing I wished I had included.

31 by 32 birthday bucket list

  1. spruce up my childhood bookcasedone!
  2. read a book of poetry
  3. put together a Raleigh guide of my favorite spotsdone!
  4. try beef jerkydone! (eww!)
  5. work my way through this listdone!
  6. take a bubble bath
  7. add at least 3 new art prints to the shopdone!
  8. make a big breakfast for no reason at alldone! (for dinner!)
  9. hire someone to paint our great room ceiling (it’s super high and super gross)done!
  10. organize all my favorite recipes in one placedone! (This app is great!)
  11. redo the stone pathway to our front porchdone!
  12. have our old (occasionally leaky) roof replaceddone!
  13. find my dream couchdone!
  14. learn another Christmas song on ukulele
  15. watch a well-known movie I’ve never seendone! and done!
  16. go to The Maker’s Summitdone!
  17. do another drawing challengedone!
  18. make salsadone!
  19. turn the guest room into a nurserydone!
  20. practice yoga consistently (just found this app—love it)done! (until SPD set in)
  21. make travel books for Switzerland, Pacific Northwest, and Norway trips.done!
  22. redesign my business cardsdone!
  23. try to brew kombucha
  24. build a bird housedone!
  25. redo my website so it’s “mobile friendly”done!
  26. after extensive taste testing, choose my favorite local donut shopdone!
  27. tidy & organize my home with the KonMari Methoddone!
  28. go antiquing in Sanford with my pal, Michelledone!
  29. refresh the great room decor a littledone!
  30. travel someplace newdone!
  31. grow a baby and get it out of my uterus in the least traumatic way possibledone!