This is random, but can we talk about snacks for a sec? Mug brownies were my usual go to, but over the past year or so I’ve noticed a slow shift towards savory/spicy snacks instead. I guess it’s a getting older thing. On occasion I even have to scrape excess icing off my cupcakes. What is happening to me?! Anyway, these are my favorite snacks lately. What are yours?
Sesame Sticks—I don’t know what my deal is with these, but I could eat them until my stomach ruptured. Luckily I always run out before that happens. You can get them at Trader Joe’s and other places too.
Vesta Dry Hot Sauce—This dry hot “sauce” is made locally in Raleigh, and I discovered it at Gather’s Made by Men event last year. I love to sprinkle a heavy dusting on plain hummus and eat it with tortilla chips (or carrot sticks if I’m feeling healthy).
Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues Tortilla Chips—Another drool-inducing spicy snack. Warning: don’t eat these straight out of the bag. Your hand will keep putting chips into your mouth whether you want it to or not. There’s no stopping until you’ve eaten every chip, torn the bag in half, and licked the residual spices out of every crevice. (Not that I’ve ever done that.)
Here are a handful of sketchbook pages that turned into recent new products!
Wit & Whistle pop-up shop this weekend! I’ll be selling my goods at Madewell in Durham (at Southpoint) from 1-4 on Saturday, May 2nd. Perfect timing if you still need a Mother’s Day card! If you’re planning to come and hoping to pick up a specific product let me know, and I’ll make sure I bring you one.
Grass doesn’t grow well in my shady yard, so I’m not exactly a lawn snob. Maybe you could call my lawn “creative”? Any green thing that will grow and cover the dirt is pretty much okay by me. The front yard is nearly completely covered in a moss carpet (with a smattering of assorted weeds), and we have a small patch of grass out back. Every fall I buy a bag of clover seed and go nuts throwing it around out there. Like magic, tons of soft clover leaves come popping up in the spring. If you can’t beat the weeds, join them!
I have a problem. Somehow I’m amassing abnormal quantities of vintage brass doodads. I think it all started with the scissors. Then I decided I needed a few things for “photo props”. Now little brass knickknacks are coming out of the woodwork around here. I’m even wearing brass jewelry in spite of the green tinge it leaves on my skin. Is anybody else fighting a brass addiction lately?
There’s plenty more where these came from. Oy.
I’m co-organizing a new group for creatives here in the Triangle! “Triangle Creatives” will bring local creative entrepreneurs (and aspiring entrepreneurs) together to spark new friendships and build a community where we can support each other as we grow our businesses. If you’re in the area and interested, please come and bring your friends!
Michelle is kindly hosting the kick-off party at Gather on Friday, April 24th beginning at 6pm. Come hungry, because the Deli-icious food truck will be there! It’s going to be super casual—just show up, hang out, and chat with other creative people. Here’s the event Facebook page where you can RSVP and read more about our goals and the amazing ladies I’m collaborating with.
If you’re an introvert like me, and this kind of thing makes your palms sweat—still come! You can hang out with me in the corner! ;)
Hope to see you there!
^ first photo by Michelle Smith.