Saturday, March 21, 2015

the cutest steps....

so it's true. she walks. she walks everywhere. and every where she walks, my heart melts. 
her little feet shuffle, her backside wobbles, and those hands just reach and touch every.thing.
i swear it's the cutest thing ever.
she's a year and one month and a half old and this little girl is so different than the boys. when people ask me how it is having a girl, i tell them it's different. i can't explain it. i'm not even going to try. just trust me on this.

she's a little independent girl. she can entertain herself for a good while. often in quietness. that's when i know she's pulling out all the wipes from the box. hi-jacking daddy's glasses, trying on clothes on her head, wreaking havoc on our dvd collection. she opens up my kitchen cabinets to take out all my pyrex to stack and unstack. or when she's rocking herself in her little white chair, content as can be climbing on and off each time.
she's a happy little being. and i thank god for that.
the only time she needs me, of course, is when poo or hunger or the need for sleep is involved. if it was up to her, she'd roam free all day and only be trapped by loving arms to give her some besos just once in a while.
she loves us. so much, you can see it when she looks at us. i think it's because she knows how much we love her.
those perfect little toes...i.can't.even.
she's walking--almost running--now. her teeth--top and bottom--have come in. the shape of her face is changing and she's finally getting more some hair.
i think this is where i burst into tears because she won't be a baby much longer. but really, i am loving this stage of hers--her personality is the best. i just don't want it to end.
you should see her throw her tantrums on the kitchen floor--hilarious! ...maybe i can get it on video one of these days.
oh and for funsies, here are the  boys when they learned how to walk:
Andrew was almost a year old when he took his first steps
Jonah was already one (and a couple of weeks) before he took his first steps.
yes, i have bald cute babies. thank you. 
have a great weekend guys! 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

paper making at the printing museum - houston

several weeks ago, we ventured into downtown and visited the Printing Museum. they just so happened to have drew cameron from combat paper, which was a stepping stone into our research of paper making. 
i had SO much fun watching him do his thing, watching gary do his paper thing, and just having some pretty sweet family time.
i've said it before and i'll say it again--i'm in love with houston. this city has everything and i love exploring it.
going into the museum, we took a few minutes to peruse the exhibits and take photos. then we met drew and he immediately got his hands wet and started making paper. 
his whole setup is mobile. he has pelican briefs he carries his paper, deckle & mold, stencils, and most importantly, the hollander beater. 
he showed us the colored fibers through the squirt bottle, which he uses to color his paper through the stencils (more below).
the kids were a little bored at the beginning. luckily, snacks always distracts them a bit. i also ended up handing the camera to andrew and away he went through the whole museum snapping photos. he loved it.
once you dip your mold into the vat of paper, you press it down and let the water drip off. drew had a ton of screen printing stencils which he used to make colorful art on each sheet. you lay the stencil on the sheet, then spray the colored fibers onto the stencil to create the art. 
i think i made two sheets, i lost count how many gary made, and andrew made one. 
i love it when he gets involved...i took two quick snapchat videos of him making it too 
they have a pretty sweet paper making studio at the museum. full of classes and workshops which i sooo badly want to try. when we headed in there i was literally in an artists dream house.
they had on the wall, this gigantic paper art piece. it was amazing! i kinda wanna make one too now.
drew had the hollander beater going on. he showed us the fibers he used and chatted us about his travels and techniques. pretty cool dude, so nice.
unfortunately these things are really expensive and come on, our paper business isn't really profitable {yet} but ooooff, it'd sure be sweet to have one. they're pretty nifty machines.
the boys were still hanging out, everybody praised us at how good they were being. i mean, what kind of kids do they hang out with?! 
so i made a collage of the pictures andrew took throughout the museum. how do you think he did? 
i think he is a stellar photographer. i've never seen that face on me before (which was really surprising) and that blue steel from the husband? HOT.
enough said. we just totally geeked over paper and family time and that day was a pretty great day for the books.
have a happy week everyone.
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Friday, March 6, 2015

in the shop: SHOPWitty

Hi EVERYONE! Hope y'all are having a great week--aren't you glad it's friday!?Just wanted to make a quick 'official' announcement on the good ol' shop:
Click on the above image to take you straight there!
I've been working tirelessly on my quotes these past few weeks. I have experimented on printing my art on our handmade paper with great success and I can't wait to share them with you! 
Also, because ShopWitty is almost two (2!!) years old, I figured it was about time to offer a good special: 
Yup! ♥♥FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING until March 22 (3-22) with code SHIPWITTY. So if shipping has been holding you back from purchasing a piece of my work, then go right ahead and take advantage of it!

Don't forget we still have some mini-notebooks and our original notebooks too! And don't forget out super popular card of all time: the oopsies pregnancy announcement card for all those spring-time bellies!
P.S. You know I'm a sucker for custom art, so message me if you want to talk about it!

thanks so much so sticking around guys! your support would mean so much to me, so please share and like and pin and whatever else you like to do to spread the love ♥
have a great weekend!
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