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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Sketchbook 12.17.13

December 17th, 2013

A handful of recent(ish) sketchbook pages…

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

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DIY Wooden Snowflake Ornament

December 12th, 2013

I love making ornaments. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from Decembers spent inventing hideous ornaments to put on the tree. They usually involved lots of glitter, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. Now my homemade ornaments are a bit more dignified (although my Christmas cookies aren’t). I whipped up this little snowflake from wooden beads and copper wire. I think it would look great on any tree—rustic, traditional, or modern. Although googly eyes might take it to the next level…

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

you’ll need:

wooden beads in assorted sizes
16 gauge copper wire
round nose pliers (the kind you use to make jewelry)
needle nose pliers (or something else to cut the wire)

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

1. Uncoil the length of wire and use round nose pliers to bend one end into a small loop.

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

2. Thread an assortment of beads onto the wire. The more beads you add the larger your snowflake will be.

3. Use the round nose pliers to bend the wire sharply at the end of the last bead.

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

4. Fold the wire back on itself making sure the length is the same as the section of wire you already beaded. Pinch the loop at the top with pliers to make it as narrow as possible.

5. Thread beads onto the doubled-up wire. Use round nose pliers to open the loop at the top, which will keep the beads from sliding off.

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

6. Repeat steps 3–5 to create the other arms of the snowflake. Six arms looked perfect to me, but you can make more or less.

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

7. Use needle nosed pliers (or your desired cutting device) to snip off the excess wire leaving about an 1.5″ long tail. Tuck the tail up into the bead holes of the first snowflake arm you made (the one that has a single length of wire inside).

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

8. If necessary bend your snowflake arms into their proper positions. Fashion a hook from a scrap of leftover wire, and your wooden snowflake is ready to hang.

DIY wooden snowflake ornament

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Reindeer Games Cookies

December 10th, 2013

I made some pretty scandalous sugar cookies over the weekend! If you’re gearing up to do any holiday baking this sugar cookie recipe topped with this icing is a classic combo.

reindeer games sugar cookies

Hehehe!

 

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Stamped Sketchbook Cover

December 5th, 2013

To be honest, the whole reason I designed the “you’re getting sleepy” stamp was because I wanted to stamp it all over my new sketchbook cover. I got a white ink pad, tested the stamp on the back cover of my old sketchbook, and grabbed my can of spray shellac to seal the ink and keep it from smearing. I thought of everything. Everything except the fact that my new sketchbook cover has a faux leather texture all over it. The bumpy texture made it impossible to stamp a clean impression, so instead of concentric squares of solid lines I ended up with dashed lines. It kinda wrecks the hypnotic effect I was going for, but I think it still looks moderately cool. I’ll have to hurry and fill this sketchbook so I can get a new smooth-covered one and try again!

stamped sketchbook cover

stamped sketchbook cover

stamped sketchbook cover

stamped sketchbook cover

I decorated my last sketchbook cover with washi tape. See?

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