I've missed you guys! We've been working like crazy on so many super fun projects, that the days seem to just melt into one another. And me and Aar have been working on fun projects for years and years, so I guess you could say that for nearly my whole adult life I don't think I ever really knew what day it was. Although, there were a few years when I used to have a tiny bit of an idea... and this was because LOST was on. Always counting down the days till the next episode. I wonder if there will ever be another show that grabs me like that...?
So ok, see that super duper cuuute pink crocheted scarf I'm wearing up there? Well I received it in a Valentine's Day craft swap! Isn't it just so adorable? I LOVE it! It is perfect in every way. What an amazing job Carol did. Yes...Carol, that's my swap partner, and new friend! She and her hubby Seth and their kitty cat live in Missouri. I'm thrilled to have had her as a partner. She also made me the most beautiful crocheted pink doily. I'll have to take a pic of it to show you guys.
One of my birthday gifts from Aaron (back in October) was a gift card to Color me Mine. It's one of those paint-your-own-pottery places...and I've been dying to do just that. Sure, I've been to all sorts of art classes, worked in all kinds of mediums...but over my millions of crafting years I seem to have dodged the pottery bullet. Since we've been just so busy, the Color me Mine gift card has been sitting inside a book on my nightstand since the Fall. For Valentine's Day we really wanted to do something together during the daytime...ya know, stretch out the Holiday to make it an all day, all night affair. So how perfect of a date would it be to go and paint pottery together? We both agreed!
We headed to the mall for an afternoon of creative fun. The shop/studio is super spacious, and cheerful. They have a really good selection of pieces to choose from. Something for everyone really. All holidays and occasions. We took the tour, and decided we would work on a set of matching plates and mugs. We chose our paint colors, and supplies. (of course we showed up with a bag full of our own brushes, tracing paper, pencils...)
After a few mins of daydreaming and throwing ideas back and forth, we decided on a simple & sweet design...aqua-ish background with a little flag bunting draped across each plate. Simple enough...
4 hours later we each had fully coated (3-4 layers) plates with 4-5 flags on each! Don't get me wrong, it was so much fun! We plan on going back often. But man, it took a little while for us to get used to working with the surface and using the "paints". The pottery just sucks up your paint...so so porous. But I think the biggest road block, or concern, for us was not knowing how clean the lines would be or how solid/opaque the colors would be after firing...since it was our first time. I mean, we asked questions but still, you just have to see for yourself...and nothing beats first hand experience. This was definitely a trial run...and whats great is that we only used up half the juice on the gift card! So we've already got our foot in the door for next time.
There is a studio fee, which includes all paints, supplies, and firing (about 9.00) , and then each plate was 13.00. Totally worth it! Ohh, and on the website they often have "specials" like two for one Tuesdays. Check to see if you've got one near you...there are Color me Mines all over the world. We should be getting a call to come pick up our finished plates any day now. So excited! We are both just so curious. It will answer lots of questions...and have us planning our next pieces. I'll be sure to share them with you. :)
Speaking of giveaways, we are currently sponsoring a giveaway on her blog! Pop over to enter to win a large "cupcakes" print! I know you will be grinning ear to ear once you see some of her adorable buttons and freebies! Spread the word!
I have so much to share with you guys, some mega fab PMOT stuff...I think I will wait a day or so to start that party. It is really shaping up to be amazing!! Just you wait! I promise you are going to LOVE these gals!
Oh, and it is sooo not too late for you to join the PMOT crew!!! If you are looking to come out of your shell, or take that leap this year...we sooo have your back! :)
See you guys really soon!