Painted by moi

January 23, 2012


A friend of mine threw herself a birthday party on a Saturday, and invited a bunch of people to Paint Yourself Silly in Lincoln. She’s got art running through her veins, and though I have coffee running through mine, I was up for something different!

I was glad I went. They have many paintable things to choose from, and of course I went for something practical. I chose a container with a cool silicone lid, and when I saw that you could paint your item black and add colors on top, that seemed pretty spiffy.

Dots made by the non-business end end of a paintbrush.

The actual painting process was a little painful for me since I get some serious heebie-jeebies from touching unglazed pottery. It was vitally important that no-one bump me while I was painting, lest my holding hand slide a millimeter on the rough surface and cause me to scream like a doomed B-movie actress.

I like how it turned out, but I regret that I painted the whole inside black, then tried to paint over the inside bottom with colors. I should have just made the very bottom bright and surprise-y. Lloyd has a solution, though: “Just keep it filled with jellybeans. No one will know.”

Were it not for the dots, it would look a little barfy.

It is food-safe and deep, though. Maybe I’ll just drink tea from it!

By the way, Melanie (birthday girl) gave me the funniest present for my birthday and I never got around to posting about it. She clipped funny sayings from catlogs and made a Keychain of Funny.

I leave it hanging by my computer with my favorite one always in sight:

It's my new life motto.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “Painted by moi”

  1. Brad Said on:

    That would make an awesome tea mug. My own tea-drinking mug is giant. Why keep re-filling over and over when you can just fill it twice and get your half-gallon of tea for the day?


  2. Kris Said on:

    What a fun birthday idea! Now I’m going to have to look for a similar place a little closer:)


  3. Gretchen Said on:

    I’m with you on the heebie-jeebies on the unglazed pottery!!
    And jellybeans -- what a brilliant idea, regardless of what the bottom looks like.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    I LOVE that Lauren! I love polka-dots! I would love to go to a party like that. My, I’m in a loving mood.

    I used to paint plaster craft stuff, but the only store here has closed. 🙁
    There’s a ceramic place up my way, but I don’t like that you don’t know what your piece is gonna look like until after it’s fired.


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