Pottery class creations

Mama and I sculpted these lovely clay vessels at a pottery class we took last month. The studio fired and glazed them turquoise, which we thought was an excellent choice. We handbuilt the taller cups and stamped the patterns into the clay, while the little ones we made on the wheel. Since we’ve only just…

Playing with clay

A new pottery studio recently opened in Sebastopol, about a 10-minute drive from our home. Mama and I could not pass up an opportunity to throw clay on a wheel and signed up for an introductory class tonight. We’ve been looking forward to it for weeks! We were about 15 students in total and each…

My cutting machine hero

I ran out of my custom planner stickers, which help keep me organized, so I decided to try using my Cricut cutting machine to achieve a precise size and cut on the next batch. Unfortunately, I had error after error, and none of my sheets of stickers turned out well. After struggling for too long…

Back to the bead shop

Mama and I stopped at our local bead shop for legit reasons yesterday. We needed to change out the cord on her Lifeline necklace, but since we were there, we also got supplies to create a few other little projects. But as I finished stringing beads for a pretty necklace, I realized that we had…

Friendly faces on our errands

After fantastic chiropractic adjustments, Mama and I decided to tackle a few errands along the way home. First, we stopped at our local bead shop, where Kris helped us replace the drab grey, satin cord of Mama’s Lifeline necklace with a beautiful, adjustable, green leather cord. Of course, once in a bead shop, we couldn’t…

The fun part of unpacking

We returned from Venice several days ago and jet lag hit us hard, so we’ve been slow to unpack. Today Mama and I finally unearthed a few of our Venetian treasures. Despite a broken suitcase, we were thrilled to find the bottle of Moscato D’Asti that we brought home intact, as well as our tiny glass…

Appreciating artistry and serendipity

Mama and I got to see interesting, live demonstrations of fine European craftsmanship today. We attended a collection of free art exhibits called “Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future,” spread across the Venetian island of San Giorgio. Our absolute favorite artisan was from the “fanmaker to the queens since the 19th century,” Duvelleroy, with…