Sunday, November 29, 2009

Painting Pottery

You would think that I have all the time in the world to get crafty since I'm not working, doing any housework, or cooking. But, I really haven't done much of anything expect sleep, lounge on the sofa, and play with my son. Thankfully, after a month and a half of chemotherapy, a round of antibiotics, and a blood transfusion, I'm starting to have some energy and I'm getting the urge to make some gifts! My mom is a gifted paper artist and she has also been going a little crazy (though she won't admit it) without her craft and sewing studio. She takes care of my son, Ari, all day and then sleeps on a little twin bed in his playroom. Sure, she paints and colors with him and we've both been enjoying playing with homemade playdough, but she has no space or time to herself.

So, I set up a date day just for me and my mom to go to a local paint-your-own-pottery shop to give some time together and to use materials and make a mess without having to worry about clean up. We had so much fun! I made a pencil holder for Kandyce's kids art table (sshh! Don't tell) and my mom made a platter. I'll post a picture of the pencil holder once I finish the other part of the gift--I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I think the best lesson from this day is that I don't have to come up with the most original, totally homemade gift to enjoy myself and feel rejuvenated. My mom and I had a lot of time to talk, help each other, and admire each other's work. I was reminded of my old preschool teacher motto: process, not product. I'm looking forward to trying to make a little quilt next week with my mom's help, but I have to say that I would go back to this pottery ship. I think I would even go alone. It was very meditative and satisfying in an unexpected way.

Kandyce--I am aware that the pencil holder may not make it long on your art table. I made it knowing it will be enjoyed, but may also break and that's fine too:)
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  1. I have to say first Kelly, you and your mom are incredibly beautiful women! You look so much alike!
    I am happy to hear you both enjoyed a lovely time together, art certainly can be very soothing. I look forward to seeing your pencil holder and that quilt! : )

  2. The pencil holder will stay on my desk. That should increase its lifespan :) You and your Mom look lovely, Kell. That blue looks great on you. Give your Mama a big hug for me.

  3. Thank you, Nicole! I should say the quilt is a little wall hanging, but exciting nonetheless:)

  4. I used to live in England, where we had a Potterycafe in town. I absolutely loved it. I have made very corny cups with my children feet on top, wich I adore, lovely X-mas decorations and other pottery stuff. I miss that shop!
    Lots of love, Guusje

  5. My mom made a beautiful red
    platter for me that has bamboo
    and the symbol for love on it.
    I will send a photo back to
    Kelly to post

  6. How fun--sounds like a great shop. I can't wait to take my son to the shop with me.

  7. Hi Kelly! I am a friend of your mom's from the Seattle area. I have taken all of her flower classes she taught up here at Impress. I'm a stamper, make that stampaholic! Anyway, she told me what was going on with you and I just could not believe it. Seems so unreal and unfair - you are so young. Anyway, Ari is adorable! I'm glad your mom has been able to be with you and your family. I love your blog here that you share with your friend (you both post). Great idea and I do like reading abrou your journey with cancer. Thank you so much. Kathy Nakata