My Very Own Fiddle Leaf

October 4th, 2014

I’ve been crushing on fiddle leaf fig trees since 2011. So, it’s high time I added one to my houseplant collection! After a few months of keeping an eye out, I finally spotted the perfect little fiddle leaf. It just barely fit into my car.

I had to evict my split leaf philodendron to make room for the new addition. I love those beautiful split leaves, but I don’t have enough light for it so it just flops over and looks ridiculous. I threw it off the deck and into the woods behind our house (my usual method of disposing of unwanted house plants).

Out with the old…

split leaf philodendron

In with the new!

fiddle leaf fig tree

fiddle leaf fig tree

I won’t be blogging next week—I need to take a little break from work before the holiday rush begins. However, I will be instagramming, so stay in touch with me over there next week!

I’m leaving my witandwhistle.com shop open, but all orders placed between now and October 12th will ship the week of October 13th. Thanks for your patience!

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Jewelry Making Shenanigans

September 30th, 2014

I was digging through my closet, and I found the jewelry I made a long while back. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when I first decided to start a business my initial plan was to create jewelry. I collected a stash of tools and beads, took a ring making class, and then a silver smithing class (in which I nearly blew myself up with a blow torch, but that’s a story for another day). In the end, the process of making jewelry was too repetitive for me, so I moved on to paper products. I thought it would be fun to share a few sketches and finished pieces from my jewelry phase way back in 2007.

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

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Sketchbook 9.24.14

September 24th, 2014

Lately I’ve been busy working on a bunch of new paper confections. I finally sent this year’s new holiday cards off to the print shop, and I think they might be my best yet. I’m planning to introduce a collection of notepads before the end of October, and I’ve got some new rubber stamp ideas I want to realize too. So much to do and so little time! What have you been working on?

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

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Halloween Cards 2014

September 19th, 2014

Maybe I’m jumping the gun a little on the whole fall thing, but after all it is my favorite time of the year. I added two new Halloween cards to the shop today, and I’ve already polished off a bag of candy corn. Bring on the cider and pumpkins!

Wit & Whistle Halloween Cards

Wit & Whistle Halloween Cards

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Taking a Break

September 16th, 2014

I worked on a some new card designs yesterday, but by late last night I felt like I still hadn’t made much progress. None of the new designs were coming together as well as I hoped. Forcing myself to create when I feel discouraged never yields good results, so today I stepped away from work for a bit and took Oliver for a hike (Mabel is spending the day at the vet for a checkup).

Oliver is the perfect hiking buddy. He prances along next to me heeling like a champ. If I trip on a root or scuff my toe on a rock, he’ll nudge my leg with his nose and check on me with a questioning look. If I want to wander off the trail to look at a weird mushroom on a rotten log, he will happily accompany me and pee on all the trees in the vicinity to ward off danger. He constantly looks up at me with this adoring face as we walk along. I don’t know how he keeps from running into stuff, since he doesn’t watch the path most of the time. It’s a nice feeling, to be a dog’s favorite person.

What do you do when a project isn’t working out, and you’re feeling uninspired and drained? Taking a break and doing something else for a while usually helps me get back on track. Does that work for you too?

take a break

take a break

(Please excuse the iPhone photos… I forgot to bring my real camera!)

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