It’s time for my unofficial December tradition—a DIY ornament! I thought I had a really great idea for this year—spray paint a koosh ball gold! Remember koosh balls? It was going to be great on so many levels. First, I would get to smell a koosh ball (that wonderful nostalgic rubbery smell). Second, who doesn’t love spray painting things gold? Third, I imagined it would end up looking like a sparkling, starry, snowball of sorts. Sadly, my koosh ornament didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. You win some, you lose some.
Things started out great, but the more paint I put on the more the rubbery tentacles clumped together. When I un-clumped them the paint peeled revealing bits of neon underneath, which gave the ornament that I-made-this-myself look (in a bad way).
Maybe the golden koosh isn’t the worst DIY ornament ever, but don’t go out of your way to make one or anything. I’d recommend making one of these lovely DIY ornaments from previous years instead—a wooden bead snowflake, a ceramic lace snowflake, or a monogram ornament.
The giving birth thing is getting pretty imminent over here, so I finally finished up the baby’s room. This is take one, because we’re temporarily keeping the guest bed in there until the baby sleeps through the night. Then we’ll move the bed out and change it all up.
My goals for the baby’s room were not to stress out about it too much, buy the least amount of baby crap possible, and repurpose as much as I could. For now it’s basically our guest room with a few adjustments.
I collected the doodads and decorations from around the house (except this flying pig bank, which I bought under the guise of it being a Christmas present for the baby). The only furniture I purchased was this Jenny Lind crib.
I thought my antique desk would be a perfect changing table, and if our little girl likes making stuff as much as I do she’ll be able to use it as a workspace in a few years.
My dad made me this bookshelf when I was a kid, and I’ve used it ever since. He and I spruced it up with new diamond cutouts and a fresh coat of paint. At my baby shower everyone brought books for the baby, which really helped fill out the shelves nicely.
In general I’ve learned that white fluffy rugs are a bad idea (especially when you have 2 dogs), but this cheap one from Target is supposed to be machine washable and has great reviews. We’ll see how long it lasts.
If I had to pick a favorite kind of card to make Valentine’s Day Cards would be it. There are endless ways to awkwardly express affection in card form, and I love making them happen. Well, I’m in a little bit of a pickle. You see, I’m closing my shop for maternity leave in roughly 2–3 weeks and not reopening until February (exact dates TBD), so I knew I had to get my new Valentine’s Day cards done early if I wanted to get them out at all. So… here they are!
I know it’s annoying to see Valentine’s stuff in December, but I really wanted to make these happen—early or not—because they give me the giggles. Please forgive me! The complete Valentine’s Day collection is in the shop here. If anything strikes your fancy order soon before the shop closes up for baby time!
“cut you open” card
“buttload” card (formerly an apology card)
“sun and back” card
Happy Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday/crazy shopping weekend! I’ve got a coupon code for you—20% off everything at witandwhistle.com with the code YIPPEE now through the end of the day Monday. There are plenty of holiday cards to choose from, and in the past week I’ve introduced 16 new art prints! They’re each available in two sizes—8″x10″ or 11″x14″. I posted a bunch of them below, but there are more to browse in the shop!
I recently had our great room covered in a fresh coat of white paint, and I rearranged some of my knick knacks. I’m loving the refreshed space! The room is much brighter in white, and it feels homier to me with more decorative clutter. (You can check out a before shot from a few years ago here for comparison. I can tell I have a better handle on exactly what my style is now. I miss that rug—we lost it to an epic dog vomit accident, hah!)
I made a few subtle adjustments to the mantle. I think I need to paint the inside of my fireplace black so it looks less icky. Has anybody done that? It’s filled with cobwebs and dust, and probably dead bugs if I look close enough.
I had been crushing on this TV gallery wall, so I put together my own version. I think it really does help the TV blend in with the decor more. I replaced my nearly dead fiddle leaf fig tree with a schefflera. The fiddle leaf was fun while it lasted, but it was too high maintenance to fit in with my plant routine. RIP little guy.
I made a Wit & Whistle gallery wall over the dining nook and framed a bunch of brand new art prints that I added to the shop a few days ago. More about those later.
Over the years I’ve gradually been replacing the glue-together, placeholder furniture we got as newlyweds 9 years ago with handmade, vintage finds, and midcentury modern style pieces I’ll want to keep till I die. I’m thinking the dining table and chairs will be next to go. I’ll have to take my time perusing Craigslist for a few years to figure out what I’m after, but definitely something vintage-y with a leaf so we can squeeze more people in.
Happy (American) Thanksgiving everybody! I hope you have a great time celebrating with your friends and family. I’ll be enjoying the pure bliss of eating a Thanksgiving feast while wearing stretchy maternity pants! ;)