Sketchbook 3.5.15

March 5th, 2015

Here’s a little peek at a few new cards that will be popping up in the shop sometime in the next week or two! There are plenty more where these came from, too!

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

wit & whistle sketchbook

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Denim Bleaching Attempt

March 3rd, 2015

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

February 26th, 2015

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

February 24th, 2015

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. finish learning the original (5 flats!) Clair de Lune on piano
  2. read a book of poetry
  3. put together a Raleigh guide of my favorite spots
  4. try beef jerkyDone! (eww!)
  5. work my way through this list
  6. take a bubble bath
  7. add at least 3 new art prints to the shop
  8. make a big breakfast for no reason at all
  9. hire someone to paint our great room ceiling (it’s super high and super gross)
  10. organize all my favorite recipes in one place
  11. redo the stone pathway to our front porch
  12. buy flowers from a real florist (i.e. not the grocery store)
  13. find our dream couch
  14. learn another Christmas song on ukulele
  15. watch a famous movie I’ve never seen (The Matrix, The Godfather, etc…)
  16. go to The Maker’s SummitDone!
  17. do another drawing challenge
  18. make salsa
  19. design a product with gold foil
  20. practice yoga consistently (just found this app—love it)
  21. make travel books for our 2014 trips
  22. redesign my business cards
  23. try to brew kombucha
  24. make myself a planter at the pottery studio
  25. print a Wit & Whistle look book and mail it to my retailers
  26. after extensive taste testing, choose my favorite local donut shop
  27. tidy & organize my home with the KonMari Method
  28. go antiquing in Sanford with my pal, Michelle
  29. host a tea party and make everybody wear a hat
  30. travel someplace new
  31. to be determined…


Sketchbook Flip Through

February 20th, 2015

I filled another sketchbook, yahoo! I loathed this sketchbook, and I’m glad to be done with it. It was a Reflexions brand sketchbook, and something about the paper inside did not interact well with my beloved Pilot Precise V5 pens. Whenever I tried to ink over a pencil sketch, my pen would permanently clog. I had to throw away tons of pens, and it was so frustrating. Why didn’t I just trash this sketchbook right away and get a new one, you ask? Because I didn’t even think about it until just now. I was too intent on filling it up, I guess. I hearby declare Canson sketchbooks to be my favorite, and I doubt I’ll ever stray again!

Totally Awesome Music: “an inherited record collection” by Lullatone



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