Terrarium Before & After

A few weeks ago at the West Elm Local launch party in Durham I was chatting with Megan of The Zen Succulent about my Score + Solder terrarium. It made the rounds on Pinterest a while back, and most of the succulents in there are still going strong. Megan suggested I post a follow up photo of how it has grown, and I thought that was a darn good idea.

My terrarium the day I planted it:

terrarium before and after

My terrarium over 3.5 years later with the original succulents:

terrarium before and after

Pretty crazy, right? The smallest pinkish succulents in the before photo died fairly quickly, but the others are still doing fine. Well, that wonky one isn’t getting enough sun (which is why it looks like that), but it’s alive and growing. That’s all I can ask for! This is the longest I’ve ever kept succulents alive. What’s the longest you’ve kept a houseplant alive?

Cards for Autumn

After a long lull I’ve been riding an awesome wave of creative energy the past week or two! I just added some of the latest fruits of my labor to the shop.

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons, so when this card idea popped into my head I had to drop everything and make it happen. A card to celebrate cold weather and the freedom to grow out your leg hair?! Yes please. It works for any occasion this time of year or even for the holidays. It’s in the shop here.

sweater weather card

Here’s the sketch it originated from. I made her a little less bow-legged in the final version.

sweater weather card

Every year since Wit & Whistle began I’ve tried and failed to come up with a decent Thanksgiving card. Finally, I think I’ve got a winner. It only took me 6 years. This unhappy turkey is in the shop here.

bite me thanksgiving card

With a little rearranging this sketch turned into the “bite me” card. I recycled the leafy pattern from one of my discontinued throw pillows.

bite me thanksgiving card

Eco-friendly Business Cards

I finally finished redesigning my business cards! I cut some of my imperfect greeting cards into rectangles and designed a rubber stamp to print my info on the opposite side. Each card is a unique crop of an actual Wit & Whistle greeting card. Recycling at its finest!

rubber stamp business cards

rubber stamp business cards

rubber stamp business cards

If the urge strikes I can stamp my business cards on manilla tags, envelopes, bags, people’s foreheads… the possibilities are endless!

rubber stamp business cards

I don’t sell custom rubber stamps, but if you’re interested in a business card stamp like this I scouted around on Etsy and found a couple similar options for you in other folks’ shops—this one from stationeryboutique and this one from TwinSoulStudio. This cute one by papersushi is a totally different option. I also spotted these awesome business card stamps on MaeMae & Co a while back, but their shop appears to be down at the moment.

Completely unrelated question. I’m working on a selection of new art prints. Are there any of my greeting cards you’d like me to make available as larger prints for hanging?

Dragon Fruit

I discovered another new-to-me fruit that was too wild not to photograph. Are you familiar with the dragon fruit? How magical looking is this thing? The inside is the same texture as a kiwi, but it’s very bland with only the tiniest hint of sweetness. Now that my curiosity has been satisfied I don’t think I’ll feel the urge to eat another one, but it was great fun dissecting this magenta, spiky wonder.

dragon fruit

dragon fruit

dragon fruit

Sketchbook Flip Through

Another sketchbook filled. Although I cheated a bit on this one, since I used the back half of the book for journaling. There are some sketches for future cards mixed in here, mostly for the new holiday cards I’m still working to perfect. I’m so far behind on them this year. Usually I try to have them wrapped up by September, but somehow it’s already half over! How did that happen? Is this month flying by for you too?


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