Category Archives: Home + Garden

We’re Moving

It’s true, we’re moving! If you’ve hung around my blog long enough you might love our quirky A-frame house as much as I do. I spent years fixing this place up, I started Wit & Whistle here, and I’ve spent nearly every day living and working here for 9 years. I adore this house along with its various oddities (here’s looking at you, kitchen roof). Living in this wonderfully weird old 70’s A-frame has been part of my identity for so long. I’m sad to leave, but for many reasons it’s time for our family to move on and let someone new fall in love with this home.

The house will go on the market sometime in August, so if you know anyone in the Raleigh/Cary area that would love this place send them my way! (Especially if it’s someone who appreciates things like panoramic forest views, exposed brick, vintage hex tile, and sprawling rose bushes.) We’ll be moving to a beautiful newly built (but completely un-quirky) Raleigh home nearby. Once we get unpacked, quirk-i-fying will be top priority. I’m excited about the new decorating challenge—adding character and charm to new construction is not something I’ve tackled before. Give me tips please!

I’ve thoroughly documented my house here on the blog over the years, and I think a round-up of my favorite house pics is in order. I love you forever, house! <3

front yard, curb appeal, before after

a-frame great room

a-frame great room

subway tile kitchen backplash

bedroom makeover

white bathroom yellow vintage hex tile

world map wall sized

front yard, curb appeal, before after

Chicken Birthday Party

Happy hatch-day to my hens! Margo, Millie, and Roberta are 3 years old today. I still love having backyard chickens. The composting coop my dad and mom helped me build works beautifully and is so easy to maintain. The girls don’t lay eggs every day like they used to, but we still get 8–10 eggs a week. Naturally I had to make a cake for the ladies. Yogurt, grapes, mealworms, oats, and weeds—the stuff chicken dreams are made of!

chicken birthday cake

Margo wasn’t shy about digging in. She has always been the bravest and most curious chicken, even when she was a fuzzy little hatchling. Margo is blind in one eye now. I have no idea how it happened, but she gets around fine and is my best layer.

chicken birthday party

Millie is always so cautious especially when the camera is out. She used to run and squawk when I reached for her, but now she will let me stroke her feathers occasionally. So… progress?

chicken birthday party

Roberta is so sweet! She loves to hop up on things including my lap if I make it available to her. She tends to pull out her butt feathers every summer, but they grow back beautifully in the fall. Maybe she likes feeling a breeze in her nether regions when it’s hot out?

chicken birthday party

Here they were as 2 week old fluff balls! Happy hatch-day chickies!

baby chicks

P.S. Remember the time I dressed them up like ballerinas?

Mystery Blooms

Ok fellow plant people, who knows what kind of cactus this is? I’ve had it for years, and I just noticed that it’s blooming for the first time. I didn’t even know it could bloom! Whatever it is, it’s so easy to care for. I have it hanging in the window, and whether I overwater or underwater it just keeps growing. If you see one for sale somewhere, snatch it up!

cactus blooms

cactus blooms

cactus blooms

cactus blooms

Big Fat Peace Lily

Today seems like a good day to show you my newest houseplant. It’s a massive peace lily, and these days the world needs a big dose of peace more than ever.

large peace lily

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” —Psalm 34:14

large peace lily

(I love that this fellow has the scale and aesthetic of a bird of paradise plant, but will thrive in low light!)

Stuff is Growing

Between baby and business I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the garden—zero time to be precise. I pretty much just glance over at it while I stuff the mailbox with outgoing packages each morning. It amazes me that everything is still growing and blooming without my supervision! Granted there are a TON of weeds in the mix too, but I’ll take that as a sign that my soil is nice and rich.

Here’s some Argentina Skies Salvia. I forget what the bottom plant is called, but I love it’s lacy bluish green leaves to add texture to the garden.

flower garden

Daniel added four new beautiful knockout roses to the garden for me on Mother’s Day! Where did all those weeds come from?!

flower garden

If you’re a garden newbie you should get some knockout roses. They don’t have a scent, but they keep blooming no matter how much you ignore them. Look at all these buds about to pop out! I didn’t even deadhead them after the last batch of blooms (sorry, Mom).

flower garden

Hydrangeas are awesome because you get a million tiny flowers for every one bloom. This one is a Lemon Zest Hydrangea.

flower garden

Here’s my Annabelle Hydrangea. The bush is up to my shoulders—and I’m 5′ 10″!

flower garden

More commentary over on Snapchat (witandwhistle). I’m sorta getting used to the sound of my voice on video. Sorta.

What’s happening in your garden these days?