Going out on dates.  Remember those?

Going out on dates. Remember those?

You’d take the time to get dressed and ready, leave the house and spend some time doing something exciting and fun or, if nothing else, just enjoy each other’s company in a place other than your living room likely with drinks and a meal that neither of you had to prepare (on dishes neither of you will have to wash)…

Some of our favorite dates include visits to Disney World, watching pro sporting events,

hanging out at a brewery, preferably with my dog tagging along and wine tasting.

When Coronavirus hit, our Spring and Summer plans changed, most coming to a halt, like everything else in the country.  Birthday celebration at Disney?  Nope.  Taylor Swift concert?  Postponed.  Bachelorette parties and weddings?  Maybe next year.

It was time we sought out ways to make dates at home special.  We cooked together, watched old Disney movies, even bought a big pool to set up in the driveway.  It was then suggested that we pick up “Pottery To Go” from our local paint your own pottery studio.  I surprised Allison and picked out the pieces – a stemless wineglass for me and an ice cream bowl for her.  

One night after dinner, we set up the counter with all the supplies we received – It was everything we needed to complete the projects including the pottery, glazes, brushes, and instructions.  

We had a great time, chatting while we painted (and sipped some wine!). It was so relaxing!  And, as a photographer, it was great to stretch my creative muscles in a different way.  

I went with a more contemporary design on my piece – finding inspiration online – and Allison did an amazing job painting her bowl to look like a waffle cone bowl of ice cream!

It came up while we were painting that pottery painting would be a super fun activity for a bachelorette night or even a birthday celebration with friends.  We’d love to see what our friends would create! The next chance I got, I dropped the pottery pieces off at the studio where they dipped them in a clear glaze and fired them in a kiln, making them food-safe and super bright and shiny!  They were then ready for pick up about a week later. 

We love that we have these special pieces to remind us of the fun we still had during this crazy time.  And with the number of times each week Allison has ice cream, we’re going to be remembering it often!

If you’re looking for a fun, creative date idea, we highly recommend checking out your local paint your own pottery studio’s offerings.  Some are starting to open again for in-studio painting and most are still offering “Pottery To Go.”  Some make it even easier by offering ordering online for a quick & safe pick up!  Go to https://www.paintyourownpottery.com/ and find a studio near you – be sure to follow @paintyourownpotteryccsa on Facebook for lots of pottery painting inspiration.

Cheers to making the best of things and in the meantime, finding new favorite things to do!


Take-Home Pottery Kits From Your Local Art Studio Are The Perfect Quarantine Projects

Take-Home Pottery Kits From Your Local Art Studio Are The Perfect Quarantine Projects


While we have been in quarantine for what feels like forever, many families are still looking for fun, new activities to keep everyone occupied. One creative option? Try a paint your own pottery take-home kit from a local art studio. It’s kind of like restaurant takeout, but with ceramics, paint, and instructions. Once you take the kit home and complete your masterpiece, you bring it back to the studio and they throw it in the kiln (a pottery “oven” that seals the paint and dries it onto the piece) and pick it up once it’s done — which is usually in about four days. Pretty cool, right?

Paint your own pottery — or “PYOP” as the cool kids are saying these days — is an incredibly fun way for folks to unleash their inner artist. Atlanta-based artist and business owner Ammie Williams has been involved with PYOP for the last decade, and worked at a local PYOP studio as their creative director for nine years. This store, among others, is offering take-home PYOP kits during quarantine.

Williams says not only are PYOP kits a great way to break up the monotonous routine of quarantine, but it’s the perfect way to let your kids release some creative energy. I mean, go ahead and count it as part of their homeschooling. “Art is such a great way for children to express themselves. When kids are let loose to create whatever they want, it’s amazing,” Williams says.

She tells Romper that a paint-your-own-pottery activity can teach your kids foresight (they need to look ahead to imagine how the piece will look), creativity, and patience (most studios and schools only use the kiln once a week or so). Truly, if there’s any lesson to be learned right now, it’s patience.

But kids aren’t the only ones reaping benefits. “I see so many happy hours happening on Zoom these days, so why not organize a girls’ night in and paint some pottery? Plus, working on fired arts is so much more exciting than heading to a big box store and picking an acrylic-based pottery project off the shelf. When working with PYOP, you paint your piece, send it off, and it comes back to you all shiny and perfect. That is such a fun feeling,” Williams tells Romper.

For a definitive list of every PYOP location around the U.S., visit the Paint Your Own Pottery website’s studio locator page. Otherwise, check out a few of these amazing studios below to see if one is within driving distance from your house. Additionally, Williams offers project guides on her website, which are essentially “recipes” for projects you can do at home — you just need access to a kiln. She’ll also have canvas project guides up soon so you can have the completed project at your home immediately without having to wait for a kiln.



1. The Painted Pot – Brooklyn, New York

The Painted PotThe Painted Pot in Brooklyn, NY, offers pottery projects ranging in many price points, including projects like Mother’s Day potterymugs and beveragesbowlsdinnerwareboxeshome decorbanksholidaysfigurines, and kids party.





2. As You Wish Pottery – Arizona, California, & Utah

As You Wish Pottery

As You Wish Pottery is not only offering kits such as kitchenbankslanternshome and gardenparty animals, and mystery packs, but they’re also offering classes you can do at home, like beginning technique classes, featuring “plant mom” mugs, a watercolor lemons platter, a retro rainbow desert plate, and more.



3. Craft Haus Pottery Painting Studio – Palm Beach Gardens, FL



Craft Haus Pottery Painting Studio

At Craft Haus Pottery Painting Studio, you pick your art piece, your colors and your tools, and then you choose either curbside pick-up or delivery. They’ll deliver your PYOP kits to you, guys. That’s pretty incredible.

You can choose from PYOP projects featuring kitchen and homebowls and dishesfigurinesbanks and boxesplates and plattersseasonalpets, or a donation to a healthcare hero. In addition to all that, there are pre-assembled kits and workshops, canvas projects, and board art projects.



4. Walls of Clay – McKinney, TX


Walls of Clay

Walls of Clay‘s website boasts that their pottery to go and paint at home is “as easy as 1-2-3 and 4.” You simply visit their website, purchase a kit, pick it up, paint at home, then return it to them for firing. They’re offering curb-side pick up and no-contact drop-off.

Not only do they offer pottery, but you can purchase wood crafts to paintacrylic pour kits, and free color sheets to download.



5. Paint a Piece Creative Arts Studio – Germantown, TN


Paint a Piece Creative Arts Studio

Order by 12 p.m. at Paint a Piece Creative Arts Studio, and you can have same-day pickup of a piece from 12 different collections to choose from, including Mother’s Dayquarantine lifeplates and plattersmugscustomkidsbowlshome and gardenkitchen and servingwareseasonalholiday, or canvas. All kits come with brushes, paints, and instructions, so you’re all set.



6. Eye Candy Art Studio — Duluth, GA

Eye Candy Art Studio


Eye Candy Art Studio in downtown Duluth, Georgia has some incredible items available for pickup. Just buy online the item you want to paint and your paint kit, and the shop will have everything ready for you.

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Help! What Activities Do I Do with My Children?

Help! What Activities Do I Do with My Children?

As most parents look for activities to keep the children occupied while school is cancelled, you don’t want just any activity but something meaningful.

Art is a great activity that works on fine motor skills, creativity, imagination, learning how to follow directions, exploration, color theory and so much more. As my Mom always said, “it feeds the soul”.

Ceramics is an age old activity. The modern version of ceramics is the Paint-Your-Own-Pottery studios which can be done at home.  PYOP studios offer Pottery To Go Kits and curb side pick up.

Find a studio near you.  Look at their online store, pick a package, place an order, schedule a pick up time and glaze your H-art out! Once the pottery is returned the fabulous studio owner will do the behind the scenes magic to fire the pottery in a kiln and turn your project into a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Do you have birthdays coming up? How about a Pottery Painting Party? Need to make a gift? Make it personal and heart felt! Need a little family time? Families that paint together – stay together! Spend time together making memories that will last a lifetime.

Contact your local PYOP studio to try it for yourself! Find one nearby here: https://www.paintyourownpottery.com/studio-locator/


Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble

Bubble blowing is one of those incredibly fun things that once it shows up in the studio, EVERYONE wants to give it a try. While it’s a great choice for kids, but one of the best things is seeing grown ups giggle through their first taste of this terrific technique! 😀

Check out a video from a studio in Maryland on how the bubble technique is done!

Suffice it to say, bubbles are the best😀 While we love using bubbles as a background for ocean themed pieces, you can use them as your design element as well– that’s what we did when we created the Hydrangea platter below!

If you’d like to give this awesome technique a try, stop by your local studio and helpful staff will be happy to walk you through how to create. Just know that when you bubble, you quickly become the envy of the entire studio. 😉 I’d say 99% of the time, a phone quickly makes it’s way out to take a video for Facebook! Just don’t forget to tag your favorite studio so they can see you in action!