Sunday, February 24, 2013

Throwing Pots

First of all, I love that phrase "throwing pots."  I mean, my kids throw toys, so why can't a mom throw pots.  Except sometimes, it means something completely different. 
My mom has been taking pottery classes for a few months and decided to bring me along for one of her learning adventures.  This girl had never touched a pottery wheel.  I had no clue.  But by the end of the day, I had learned to throw my own pots, gotten really messy, and had such an awesome experience.  No kidding, when I went to bed that night, I was working clay in my sleep!

The hubby spent the day with the girlies, Paw Paw provided breakfast, and mom and I hit the road.  Destination:  Michéle Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery ~ Seagrove, NC.  
Have you been? 

 It is the quaintest, most adorable place!  It exudes warmth and coziness and begs you to come in and stay awhile.  I seriously wanted to move right in! :)  

Twinkle lights, log cabins, wood stoves, a brick floor, shelves and shelves of pottery...I seriously would have been happy just to look around all day and not even touch a piece of clay!

But we were there to learn and work.  My mom had signed us up for one of Jeff's all day instructional classes...which was a great thing for me.  I needed lots of instruction.  Jeff provided us with demonstrations and techniques.  I tried to soak it all in...and took a few pictures.  

Then it was our turn. 

 Jeff came around and provided instruction and assistance while we worked.  

I was just a little intimidated.  I was afraid my clay was going to fly off the wheel and across the room like some Julia Roberts~Pretty Woman scene.  No worries, though, all clay stayed on my slowly turning wheel...well, except for the clay all over my hands, my apron, and at one point my head :)  But as Jeff said, it's clean dirt.  It washes right off!

Michéle provided the most amazing soup and homemade bread for lunch...on handmade pottery.  {I totally should've gotten the recipe, but I'm a terrible cook, so I would probably mess it all up.}  

There was more instruction and creating after that delicious lunch.  

I thoroughly enjoyed the process and now better understand my mom's love for this art.  I realized at one point, that all I was thinking about was the clay in my hands.  I wasn't stressing about different things I needed to do or worrying about this and that.  I was relaxed and covered in clay.  Mom called it our very own spa day...of sorts ;)

I made a few pots of my own...
{Some got a little wonky, and a few broke in half, but it was such a fun learning experience!}

And my little mug!

Dear Michéle and Jeff, it was such a pleasure to meet you and spend the day at your studio.  I just adore your home and your work.  Thank you for welcoming us with such kindness and warmth and teaching us so much!  It was an awesome opportunity!  :)

Many thanks,

P.S.  If you're ever near Seagrove, you should definitely stop by and see Jeff & Michéle!  Get to know them a little more and see pictures of their work over at Michéle's blog: and their website:

Sharing this post with these lovely ladies ~ 

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sweet, Simple Saturday

"Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the day."
~Psalm 71:8

Hope you're having a blessed and wonderful weekend!
Love and smiles :)

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Insta-Friday on a Random Monday

Yep, you read right.  I am getting my Insta-Friday post ready to go on a Monday.  Because I'm all rebellious like that I've missed a month's worth of Insta-Fridays, and it's kinda driving me a little crazy.  So, without further ado, here is a really random assortment of photos through the eye of my beloved iPhone 4 (you read that right, too.  I have yet to upgrade...such is life).

My amazing daddy celebrated another birthday.  I thank the Lord for every moment with my loved ones...especially my beautiful parents.  Daddy has shown me what it means to work for a living, to take pride in that work, and to do it honestly!  

He has also grown rather soft during these years as a Paw Paw, 
but you didn't hear that from me! ;) 
 Look at all those grandbabies.  Oh, how I love and savor these tender, priceless moments.

My dad is also pretty awesome because I am {cough} 33, and he still takes care of me :) 
Sometimes, I drop off my baby girl in the mornings with him and Biggi and leave with a Bojangles breakfast!  I can totally handle that.    

There was another special celebration recently.  I enjoyed another Valentine's Day with my love, and I just had to create this super soupy (his word, not mine) collage of some of my favorite photos!  Sometimes, I just can't help myself.  

My favorite guy gathered up his favorite girls and took us out to eat for an early dinner on Valentine's.  It was a good thing it was early, and the restaurant wasn't too crowded because the two monkeys in the picture below were all kinds of silly.  I blame the empty bags of candy wrappers from a big girl's Valentine's party.

And speaking of big...when did this happen?!  I mean, I'm so thankful that it is happening, but when did my firstborn get big enough to read books...on her own and not while rocking in my lap?

She is also texting now...apparently.  Because I certainly didn't send these adorable little messages, but they keep popping up in my phone.  I love them...even her funny use of icons. Cracks me up ;)

And I can't finish a post without including this little cutie.  She continues to drive her big sissy crazy, pull on the dog, use markers in all of the wrong places, and manage to look sweet and innocent in the process.  

{P.S. Thank you Target for this most adorable hat which, in case you missed my hundreds of other pictures, has made it through many months on this little head without being lost or destroyed.  It deserves an award!}

I hope you've all been doing well, and I wish you a blessed and beautiful week!

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sweet, Simple Saturday

“Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world. 
There is nothing eternal in them. Only love is eternal.” 
― Elisabeth Elliot

Have a beautiful weekend my friends ♥

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Let Me Not Grow Weary

I've really missed my little blog lately.  (I think I've said that a lot recently.)  My dad even mentioned that I needed to update my posts!  (I totally love that! ~ Thanks for reading Paw Paw!)  I've been swamped at work and at home, so there have been many days when I haven't even opened my laptop (and my tired, strained eyes thank me).  But this is my happy place, so I can't stay away for too long...besides, if I did that, I would have way too many pictures to try and post later ;)

I've been kinda crazy lately.  I picture myself as that caricature of a teacher you see in some of the funny movies about high school kids.  You know, the teacher with the frazzled hair, crooked glasses, a paper trail falling behind her, and her slip showing beneath her skirt...except I don't wear glasses (although I desperately need them) or skirts (I'm a jeans and t-shirt gal, so when I have to dress up, it's pants)...but other than that, it's me.  My desk is piled a foot high with papers and books, my deadlines get closer and closer...and I'm just thinking it needs to be summertime already.  

I feel like this...

And I seriously want to do this...except on my desk, not in a shopping cart...

And I definitely need more of this...

And I would really like to take off to somewhere warm and lovely in one of these...

But until then, I will just take some timeouts for comfort foods and my favorite people (who, thank the Lord, put up with me at my craziest)...

Because at the end of the day, these moments matter most ♥ they're just a lot more fun!

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, 
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." 
~ Galatians 6:9

Have a beautiful week!

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