Painting pots and patient cats.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I decided that for each month of 2014 I'd do something nice, just for me and just because. I find that now I work for myself (it's been a year already) time often runs away and I find myself working almost all day, everyday. Obviously I'm not going to complain about this (I love working for myself) but some down time is necessary and if I don't plan it, it just doesn't seem to happen.

Last month I took some time out to go to the cinema and earlier this month I spent a very enjoyable morning in Woodbridge with my sister-in-law and nephew no.1. We went to Jars of Clay and, after cake and tea, each painted ourselves a little something.


Being the start of Frugal February I felt a little guilty at this non essential spending so I wanted to make something I'd use. I opted for a bowl that I could use as a food dish for my cats. It was nice to sit a chat while we painted (and the huge piece of chocolate cake I had was delicious), it's a very relaxing way to spend a morning.

 A hippo by nephew no.1.

 Delicately painted egg cups in hues of blue by my sister-in-law

And my creation.

Afterwards we visited a local garden centre and then Pets at Home to look at the rabbits and hamsters and such before going back to theirs for a cuppa and a bit of a sit down. Once at home I was back to work but the break was most welcome.

Degus - trying to run in opposite directions on the wheel.

I returned a few days later to collect our creations and met a lovely new feline friend. Walking back to the car I spotted this chap waiting patiently outside the fish stall.


I smiled, secretly wanted to steal him and decided I had to go back to take his picture.


He popped over to say a quick 'hello' and then returned to his spot, announcing his return loudly.


His patience paid off. It made my day.


And my bowl turned out rather well. After a thorough inspection from Socks, it was deemed a success and everyone was happy.

I think this could be one of the best new year resolutions I've ever made! Have you managed to stick to your resolutions so far this year?

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11 comments

  1. Sort of. I've done well with the dressmaking so far but haven't spent much time at the allotment. I am doing a little better with the saving, and thinking more about the things I spend on. I'm onto my fifth book of the year as well - the challenge is 52.
    Love the cat bowl, and I'm glad that the cat got some fish!

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    1. Sounds like you're doing really well with your resolutions, it'll take me all year to read 5 books!

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  2. That is super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very impressive!!! Of course, I would expect nothing less from a graphic designer ;-) I can't wait to paint a pot again!!!
    Hey, guess what?!! I am headed to Suffolk today- going to stay in Beccles tonight and then Mildenhall tomorrow!!! x

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    1. I hope you had fun in sunny Suffolk (OK, so it wasn't sunny all day).
      I'd love to paint pots more often but my list is so very long!

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  3. I want a cat just so you can make me one of those bowls! You are so talented.

    I didn't really have any resolutions. I have enquired about a course I want to do though, just for me!

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    1. Thanks Caroline :)
      What's the course you're thinking of taking? I saw a short course for quilt making advertised locally but it was on a day that I was busy but I'd like to learn a new skill this year...

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  4. Love the cat bowl...so nice. aww that little cat is so cute. Animals always make me feel so happy x

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    1. Me too! I can't imagine life without them :)

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  5. your bowl is super cute, I love your design and the colours (I should ruddy well hope the cats DO like it!). My resolutions have been a mixed bag, but it's early days yet x

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  6. I'm so jealous - I want to paint a bowl!!

    I also admire your sister-in-law's classy restraint when it came to painting her delicate egg cups. I know me and in that situation I would get overexcited and try to use EVERY colour available to me.

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  7. Love the bowl! I've wanted to do some ceramic making or ceramic painting for a while, it looks like great fun. The chocolate cake looks delicious too!

    Jen | gingerellaj.blogspot.co.uk

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