Story Sunday: Sometimes Pottery Breaks

I planned to share something different today, but then this morning a coffee mug broke in my house. 

A coffee mug my son painted when he was almost six. 

One of my favorite mugs. 

Sometimes, pottery breaks. 

If you’ve been in my store with kids, you know we have a “one finger touch rule – you can touch gently with one finger, but don’t pick things up or push things over.” And I mean it when I tell parents that I have more things in my world to worry about than broken pottery. It can’t even make it on the list. And if something does break, I don’t worry about it – accidents happen and I will say that’s why they call them “accidents”, and not “on purposes.”  (This was said to me many, many times while growing up.)

Because, sometimes pottery breaks. 

So last night, while I was still at Christmas Village, Henry made himself hot chocolate. And the mug was still on the coffee table this morning when the little cat Tito went on her morning crazed cat run around the house. And she knocked the mug off the table onto the floor. 

Sometimes, pottery breaks. 

Michael and Henry both said instantly “maybe it didn’t break” but I know that sound better than they do. And I’m not going to lie: it was the sound of my heart breaking, too. Because at that moment I really, really cared about the mug getting broken. 

If he has just put it in the kitchen when he was finished (I’ve asked again and again), if Michael had, if I had – but it was still there. If he had picked another mug. If Tito hadn’t been running right there. If if if. 

I don’t want to get mad when these thing happen, because I don’t want him to think things matter more than people. But I was mad and sad and human, so I was. I counted to ten and acted more calm than I was, because I could see that my son, my little boy, was on the verge of feeling a lot worse about what happened than he should. 

Sometimes, pottery breaks.  

It is just a mug, and I can glue the piece back and put it on a shelf and keep the art. I can look at it and remember tha little boy who still had curls on his head who painted his Santa but didn’t want to color it in. Who asked for Legos and Power Rangers that year. Who still curls up in my lap like he did then, even if his legs take up a whole lot more room than they used to. 

It is just a mug, yet so much more. And I am sad that it is broken, but sometimes pottery breaks. 

Story Sunday: Sometimes Pottery Breaks

Photo Friday!

I take a LOT of pictures of pottery, and I want to share some of my favorites. I’m an average-at-best iPhone photographer, but I love these pieces and wanted to share…

Painted by a sweet man for his wife. Love!

This one was painted by a friend. I don’t know much about Shopkins, but I’m about to learn!

This is another friend’s project – I love it!

One of my Daddy’s friends was getting married and I painted this for him. 

Black fingerprints turned into adorable sheep. 

Anything with 4 legs and a tail can be made out of a handprint, but for this Dino we flipped it upside down. 

These are fingerprints for a class auction. 

Two more auction projects – and two of our favorites.  

Photo Friday!

Traditions Thursday: the annual Christmas Ornament

In 2004, we decided to start a tradition at DIYC, and we’re still doing it all these years later – the annual ornament.

Each year, we decide on a design, and that’s the custom ornament for the year. You give us a handprint, and we do the rest. 

Each year, there is a different theme, and we do several of them. They are favorites.

When my son was 4 days old, I was getting his handprints for that year’s ornament. I managed to get his for 10 years before he said “enough, mom!” (But don’t worry, I have another tradition we do now – I’ll be posting about it soon.)

This year, Jennifer wanted to do something different, and she painted the red mittens. They are so cute – even if we’re more likely to need our air conditioners than mittens on Christmas in Alabama.

As always, the background is painted in a pale blue, and we’ll add your child’s name and age and the year. It’s important because we THINK we’ll remember all of these things, but then time passes and we don’t. And math to figure out how old your child is for a year in the past is just mean.

It takes a little extra time to get these done – plan on two weeks – so we start early. Come see u s and we’ll get that handprint ready to remember forever.

Traditions Thursday: the annual Christmas Ornament

Whatcha doing Wednesday: Christmas Village! 

Where am I? Christmas Village!

We’ve never done Christmas village before and – frankly – I may be kind of scared. There are a lot of people who come to this. I get overwhelmed by it all. 

We are here to make clay impressions – plaques and our favorite Santas and Snowmen. 

(We are still open in Homewood, but everything to do clay is with me. Regular hours of Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5!) 

The day starts of calmly, because we are downstairs and it takes a minute for the crowd to work their way to us. You hear them before you see them – the chattering and laughter get louder and louder – and then, the aisle in front of you is full! A steady stream of people for a few hours. 

I suspect my booth with calm down before a lot of others, because you can’t get the handprints in clay without the hands. After a while, families with small children will make their way to the cars, and I’ll be in the booth, hanging out. 

We are downstairs on Jingle Bell Square in booth 1017. Come see us! 

Whatcha doing Wednesday: Christmas Village! 

Technique Tuesday: Coloring Book Bisque

I love the coloring book craze. I think it’s great anytime someone takes a moment to be creative. I am also well aware of what it’s like to have an idea but not have the training to make your hands do what your brain wants you to do.

(Trust me, I can’t draw a horse without you thinking that I’m drawing some kind of freaky alien dog. But I digress.)

So I totally get why people love coloring books. And we’ve added some coloring book items to DIYC, ready for you to fill in!

The idea started with a tool we already have for you to use – silkscreens! We love silkscreens (and I’m going to talk about them soon) because they are the perfect way to have intricate and delicate designs on pottery, without having to draw them yourself.

 But, even that can be overwhelming, because we have five notebooks of screens to pick from.

A few weeks ago, I tasked Frannie, Brittany and Katie with making our coloring book bisque, and I think it’s pretty awesome. The silkscreen designs are pre-fired into place, so you don’t have to worry about them rubbing off while you paint. And the lines “rise” to the top, even with some paint on top.

We have projects for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and birthday and every day. We have projects that are perfect for a little friend who just wants to smear paint all over, or if you want to take your time and really make something amazing.

I like to think that’s how the entire store is, but now we’ve got some plates and mugs and other items ready for you to fill in the designs. Come show us what you can do with them!

Technique Tuesday: Coloring Book Bisque