October 03, 2009

My Birthday

I've been wanting to go to a paint-you-own-pottery place for a girls night out for some time now. So when my sil asked what I wanted to do for my birthday that was my first thought!

Here's the stuff everyone else painted while we were there. Aren't they beautiful?! (Not to steal anyone's thunder, but three of these were done with stamps-lest you think my best friends ought to be professional artists!)

There is a colonial American tradition in which hosts would serve a meal to guest of honor on a red plate. I heard about this on my friend Leslie's blog several months ago and have wanted one since then! There are many places one can buy their own plate (just google "red plate"), but I wanted to paint mine.
I have to say for those of you who will appreciate this, I did not measure for my polka dots, God just gave me a little gift and let them end up evenly spaced. He knows things like that are ridiculously important to me, because He's the one who made me that way!

I love the idea of the plate alone, but Leslie told me about another idea I'm going to do with mine. I'm going to get a small journal and write in it each time we use the plate. I'll take a picture to accompany it and have a memory of our special times we have through the years... a lost tooth, special accomplishment, hard worker, birthday, driver's license (ACK!), etc. So if you join us for dinner some night, you just might get the You Are Special plate for your accomplishment!

Painting is one of my all-time favorite things to do. I used to do it a lot in my free time... then we got Mattie. I'm hoping to get back to this place more often, and maybe soon I can even get back to painting at my own craft table. I can relax just thinking about it!


Leslie said...

Happy Birthday!

Love your plate! I'm so glad you have one and I know you'll love using it and making memories with it!


Kjirstin C said...

That's so fun Lissa! I've had the idea to do a special plate too - although I hadn't heard of the red tradition. I love doing pottery painting too - maybe it can be a girl's activity sometime we get together?