Monday, December 19, 2016

For the person who has everything . . .

This post has nothing to do with Christmas, but I did capture a few seasonal pics for an intro.

Steve and I recently had birthdays just 3 weeks apart and we are at the point in our lives when we neither need or want anything.

So, we were intrigued when our daughter-in-law texted to tell us to meet them in Woodland Hills last week and to wear clothes we didn't care about ruining - oh dear, were we doing a session of Paint Ball?

Truthfully, we didn't much care what we were doing because we were looking forward to a new experience and spending time with our son and his wife is always a treat!

I wonder if you have any idea yet what did?

First we met at a restaurant called Gasolina and I wish I had taken photos of some of the cool decor inside - we ate outside.

And then, we headed to a mall.

My daughter-in-law, Aylin, had planned an afternoon of throwing pots for the 4 of us.

The interior of Bitter Root Pottery is very cool -

this wall reminds me of something I would see in Anthropologie

and I'm in love with those lights.

I have wanted to throw pots since I was in college - I signed up for a class my senior year, but 23 units and a part time teaching job was just too much so I had to drop the class.

The whole process was far easier than I imagined.

and we were all such fast learners that we each had time to make 2 pieces.

These are my two pieces - the scuffed spots were caused when I used my fingers to make the scalloped edge and they were smoothed out right after the photo.

It was so fun to see what we each ended up with considering we all started with the same sized ball of clay.

We only had a 2 hour session so chose our colors (just a few color choices) - I chose white for the bowl and blue for the vase.

Someone from the studio will paint them once they are dry.

Aylin will head back to Bitter Root in a few weeks to retrieve our creations.

The entire afternoon was an unexpected adventure and I would totally recommend it as a gift for the person who has everything.


  1. WOW, what a fun time you all had and I look forward to seeing your creations when you get them. How exciting!

    Belated Happy Birthdays to you and Steve and have a wonderful Christmas week and day. Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  2. This sounds like a great adventure! I would prefer this over paintballing too ;) Your bowls look fantastic, and you must be very excited to see how the glazes turned out. Merry Christmas!

  3. Yes, I look forward to seeing the finished product. What a fun idea, and most important, time with family--a true gift!

  4. how fun!!! I can't wait to see the final look with the colours you've chosen.

    Merry Christmas Carol! xoxox

  5. It's great. At the beginning of the new year, you are going to put wonderful jars and dishes on your hands.

  6. What fun! And a perfect way to celebrate your birthdays. My husband and I have about the same amount of time between our birthdays! Happy holiday week!

  7. Now that is a great gift! So much fun!! I can see my daughter and I doing that. She loved pottery class in high school!! I love creative adventures like that. Can't wait to see your finished pots!

  8. Carol, I love this. Now you will own something very pretty to remember the great day with the children. I have some things my girls made in a class in school. Blessings to all there for a beautiful Christmas filled with love. xoxo, Susie

  9. Oh, that would be a fantastic gift . . . something that I've always wanted to try, too :) Looking forward to seeing your finished pots.

  10. A most thoughtful and appropriate gift for the two of you. Very, Very!
    Your pots are wonderful. I took a clay glass in Santa Fe several years ago. Not on the wheel. We were working with building from slabs. All of mine went into the "ends" pot, Nothing worth firing. ;-)
    Fun experience though!

  11. Oh wow, Carol,
    What a thoughtful and creative gift. Your pieces are beautiful. And I also like the atmosphere and decor. The restaurant looks like a really fun place to look around and spend time with your family. What a wonderful day out. Happy Belated birthday!

    Tamara x

  12. What a perfect gift...a new experience with your loved ones! Nothing could be better! Happy Belated Birthday to you, both!

  13. What a wonderful gift of time and love!!

    Happy Birthday to the pair of you ~

  14. What a wonderful present and surprise, so lovely that they joined you too. A shared experience that you will always remember. Sarah x

  15. First let me say a belated Happy Birthday to you both.

    That is such a fun thing to do. My son took my granddaughter and I to a place like that and we each made a bowl. We had lots of fun and did some bonding.

    I am to the point also of not wanting or needing anything more in my life. I now need to get rid of LOTS of stuff.

    So glad that you all had a terrific and fun time.

    Wishing you and Steve, Lulu a very Merry Christmas.

    Mary, Waldo and Lili

  16. WHat a fun idea. Hope you have Merry Christmas!

  17. Now that is a cool present! Kudos to your DIL and son for thinking of it. I bet you guys had a blast. I'd love to try that someday. Can't wait to see your finished creations!

  18. What a wonderful imaginative gift and experience! :)

  19. What a fabulous gift that couldn't be more perfect for an artistic family! I love your new blog look, too. It matches the changes you've made within your cottage!

    Merry Christmas!

  20. OH MY G.........

    First of all, your new banner is FABULOUS, Carol! YES!!!!!

    Secondly, I just love creative minds. This was a far-out, original, unforgettable gift for the person who needs nothing but LOVE and friendship and surprises! That is way cool. Way cool. BRAVO!

  21. This looks like so much fun! Happy Birthday to you and your sweet husband!

  22. What a fun's not just a's an outing/activity! I want to see your creations when you get them back.

  23. what a fabulous gift....and the time spent with family is always such a treat...can't wait to see the pieces in their finished fun

  24. That is such a wonderful idea for a gift! Your daughter is creative, just like her parents

  25. Very fun! What a great gift and great way to spend an afternoon. We have ceramic shops here where you can paint premade tems. It's fun to see them after they are fired and done. Please post a picture of your finished things!

  26. Carol - lovely banner - fun surprise gift - I used to be a Potter and still would be if Philadelphia fire code allowed kilns in residences. Enjoy the final countdown to Christmas.

  27. Carol,
    Happy belated birthday to Steve and you. Shared experiences are wonderful birthday presents. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your finished pieces.

    Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noel,


  28. I'm so glad you got to experience this, Carol! It's one of the coolest things I've ever experienced. I took a class years ago with my daughter, and your post has reminded me how much I loved it. Maybe another class is in my future. Thanks!

  29. Carol, what a perfect gift! Sounds so fun. Of course you learned fast. A family of artists! Can't wait to see them finished. I love your scalloped bowl. Now, I need to ask you a question. I see that you have a new blog design. Loving it! I need mine revamped so bad and I never find the time to research to add the things I need. I tried to figure out how to add a large title to my Christmas collage header and couldn't. Did you do it, or hire someone? If you did, would you be interested in doing mine for pay?

  30. What a super idea! And a very interesting studio too. Fun!

  31. This is something I would love to do....and happy you got to experience with you son and his wife. Steve looks like he was really having a lot of fun..Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Christmas

  32. Wonderful pictures of such a fun and creative time! Merry Christmas Carol!
    Helen xox

  33. What a fun gift! I have been throwing pots recently, and it is fun. I'm glad you finally got the experience. Don't forget to show us the finished products. Happy Christmas to you and yours!

  34. That sounds fabulous! I've collected small pieces of pottery for years, but I've never tried to make any. But I must say, you made it look like a lot of fun. I hope you'll show the photos of your completed pieces when you get them back. Merry Christmas to you and your family! And Happy New Year!

    Carol Lake/Canadian Chickadee - I have a google acct. but for some reason it won't let me post, so I am going to have to do this anonymously. One of my New Year's resolutions is to get my google account sorted out.

  35. That is such a thoughtful and amazing gift. The time spent with special. Happy belated birthdays to you and Steve!

  36. Lovely pictures from a creative time! Lovely! (great thing´s everywhere too...)
    Have a lovely week, take care!

  37. Wow, Carol, what fun! I'm going to look for something like this and take my husband. He's always wanted to try his hand at pottery. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  38. Happy New Year and what a great idea for your Birthdays. Loved visiting today.