Wednesday, September 1, 2010

pottery painting with the kids

I just got back from a two day "girls' getaway". I spent some time with my girlfriend Sue, her youngest daughter, Taylor and my youngest daughter, Robyn. The girls go back to school next Tuesday so this was really just an excuss to get the girls together and have some fun before we all start back into our regular routines. We stayed at our friends' vacation property in Collingwood (about 2 hours north of Toronto) and we did lots of activities around Collingwood and Blue Mountain.

The girls had a great time painting pottery at Crock a Doodle ... a cute ceramic studio at the Blue Mountain resort. The staff at the studio were amazing and the selection of ceramics was awesome! There was lots of inspiration all around the studio and they had some idea books to look through. Sue and I sat and relaxed with our Starbuck's and just let the girls create. Both of the girls have painted pottery (many times) before and were happy to work  on their own. To be honest, it was difficult for me to resist making something too but I really just wanted to sit back, take photos and watch the girls have fun ...
Taylor wanted to paint a garden marker for the new garden at their house and Robyn decided to paint a travel mug that she is going to give to her Dad ...
here is Taylor putting the finishing touches on her piece and
Robyn signs and dates the bottom of her travel mug.

If you have never done pottery painting with your child, I highly recommend trying it. It's so much fun ... the kids love to do it and you will have a unique pottery piece in the end that you will cherish forever. Robyn's sixth birthday party was at a local pottery studio and she still remembers and talks about that day everytime she uses her dog shaped earring holder!
Here's one more shot of the girls at the Blue Mountain resort ... hanging out with the "wildlife"!