Two pregnant friends in winter means brainstorming, gathering supplies, and putting them together to make tiny, soft, and warm things by hand. For a Canadian baby, a hand stitched quilt and matching hat + mitts for staying cozy in negative temperatures. For a Californian baby, a pair of teensy boots lined with fleece.
I almost forgot to share these special projects because they were being kept secret until delivered to my mama friends. I had so much fun making these tiny things, bent over my sewing machine or curled up on the couch with needle and yarn. On the lookout for more pregnant women now!
These are my favorite pots. There are lots of them total and most of them do not look like this. But after spending an entire day in the studio last semester and really learning about the way my hands need to move to make these things even and symmetrical and thin, I did produce some bowls that I am proud of.
I want to know all about glazing because half the reason these are my favorite is because of the way the glaze came out. There is no telling what a piece will look like before it’s fired. A bisque fired piece is dipped into a big vat of creamy goop and it stays white until the little glass crystals all melt together in the kiln and give it color and life. The process of making a piece and then taking the chance to maybe ruin it with glaze but maybe make it wonderful with glaze is a lot like developing film. I have something I care about and I just leave it somewhere for magic to happen and a while later I collect it and either it came out how I imagined or it didn’t. Sometimes it turns out better than I imagined. The waiting and the collecting are the best, most rewarding feelings. The day I buy my own wheel and really get into this will be the best day.
p.s. Jeff glazed the bowl in the first picture. I love it. It was crunch time and he came to the studio to help me…a good husband.
I made this little book of seasons for my final project in my Intro to Craft class.
I transferred some photos of mine onto fabric (which was really fun and the first time I had ever done that). The Spring photo is of some tulips in a Savannah square. The Summer photo is of Jeff swimming. The Autumn photo is of a bright red tree on a Savannah sidewalk. The Winter photo is of my pretty parents playing in the snow in the 90s. The front and back covers were done around 3am the morning before it was due while watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Right now the book sits on our mantle becauese, well, I like it :)
This weekend Jeff and I went on a Muppet Movie date and laughed more than anyone else there (If you didn’t know, this is what made the movie so great). We brought home a big ol’ Christmas tree that has turned our apartment into a Christmas wonderland, and it’s not even decorated yet! We made breakfast for dinner with our friends and ate it around our tiny, beat up, $15 table from Craigslist. It couldn’t have been more cozy. Life’s a happy song!
P.S. The first picture is of tiny banners that were part of a handmade book I tunred in for my last project in my Intro to Craft class.
categorieschristmas tree cookies made
Jeff got a new bike and started riding to work* (!!!) We spontaneously/accidentally went on a ten mile bike ride as soon as he got it put together. I have decided it’s my very favorite form of excercise. Makes me miss these days.
I’ve been eating a lot of yogurt and drinking a lot of iced lattes. I made some frozen yogurt pops with plain yogurt, mixed berries, and simple syrup (frozen in a mason jar with a spoon). My favorite thing for breakfast this week: yogurt topped with granola and honey, gala apple with peanut butter and honey, + iced vanilla latte.
I am helping out with a girl’s camp at church and we make lots of crafts. Some of the kids call me “Miss Chloé” which is weird to me but very cute. Anxious-excited to start art education next week!
*Do you see him in the third picture?