Painted Pottery for Father’s Day

I’m finally getting around to posting photos of the pottery Wildman and Cutie Pie painted for J for Father’s Day!  We packed a lunch and met some friends at our local pottery painting studio one afternoon.  I really wanted to work on something myself but with all the chaos of setting up, eating lunch and helping the boys with their projects, I ran out of time.

I absolutely love how the boys’ pieces turned out!  Cutie Pie did an excellent job on the “My Dad Rocks” square plate.  I think it looks rather Impressionistic.  I, of course, helped a little with the lettering 🙂

Wildman went with blue and green stripes for his coffee mug.  The mug is a great size and weight.  It’s manly.  Substantial.  Wildman painted the word “Dad” on the side in green but it didn’t show up very well.  So, I went back and defined the letters with a bit of navy paint.  I think it came out wonderfully!

The boys each signed the bottom of their pieces and I added “Happy Father’s Day 2011”.  I know we’ll keep these dishes forever!  Perhaps, we’ll make this an annual tradition.  Each year we can add a new item to our collection!


Special Delivery

I had a lovely surprise waiting for me on my doorstep on Friday afternoon.  It could not have come at a better time.  If you recall, Friday was Cutie Pie’s Spring Fling.  I was hot, tired and a little stressed after I when I arrived home after cleaning up the event then meeting my mom for lunch.  The unexpected brown box on my doorstep was a welcome sight.  Aren’t brown boxes almost always a welcome sight?  Happy things usually arrive in brown boxes.

Inside I found the perfect gift from a sweet Internet friend.  Bethany had been reading some posts about my family drama and thoughtfully sent me this little pick-me-up.  She wrote the words from one of my blog entries around a dottery circle on the side.  It says, “Life is pretty sweet out here on the fringe”.  Like I said- perfect!

This is my new favorite coffee mug.  I had been using the blue dottery coffee mug that I commissioned from her years ago.  It had become a little faded and chipped from daily use and washing.  Every time I use my new mug I think how great the Internet can be that I can make friends with someone who knew just what to do to make my day.

Thank you so very much, Bethany!  Your thoughtfulness means the world to me.