Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wild About Pottery

When my best girlfriend, Vonda, and I get together, I know we will leave eager to tackle some new creative projects. This past weekend was no exception. When I spied this mug and plate in her cupboard, I knew they were just too cute not to share.

Inspired by a similar set she found in a pricey boutique, Vonda set out to recreate the look at a local pottery studio. She said the design was easy to accomplish. She simply drew the zebra stripes on with a pencil, then filled them in with black paint. A special paint pen was easier to use than a brush for the stripes. Lime green painted around the rims and accented with white polka dots makes the design pop.

On future trips to paint pottery, Vonda plans to go wild again. And as she adds to her collection of zebra plates, I predict that her guests will go wild for this whimsical style too.

13 comments:

Jennie said...

I love it, when I saw the pic I wanted to know exactly where you bought it, then I read she made it, that is awesome.... By the way, I learned of Christian Woman magazine from your site, so I went to their site, looked around, and ordered me a subscription, I got my 1st issue just a few days ago, and I love it.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I would love to sip some coffee from this beauty!!!!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Love this plate set! It's so much fun :)

verygoodyear said...

This is so cute and playful :] Love it!

Tina Foster said...

What a great project for our teen girl's Purity Class this winter. Our theme is "It's A Jungle Out There"
Thanks, once again, for the inspiration!

The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

Cute mug and plate! I keep eyeballing those little dots on the edge and wondering about the difficulty. I've always wondered about those pottery places and thought about the adventure of making your own set.

Sheila

Melissa Lester said...

Polka dots are pretty easily accomplished using the blunt end of the paint brush like a stamp. Vonda added different-size dots in a random pattern, which is wise since making them a uniform size can be a little difficult. The effect is fresh and whimsical.

sweeter and the bubbas said...

Wow, now I know why you and Vonda are such good friends. She's super creative to be able to do that. I LOVE blacka and lime together and the zebra print is darling!!

Kristi said...

Just a reminder of our blog lunch at 11:00am on Saturday at Eastside Grille. We will be enjoying some fine dining outside!

I haven't gotten much more done with decorations after being in Nashville for CE this past weekend. If you have any ideas, let me know...

Jennifer said...

Adding to your dish set by recreating it at a pottery studio, genius. I'll have to do that one day.
Thank you for your kind words and visit to Cananda yesturday. Have a great week.

Evi said...

I SO need to go to a pottery shop...looks like fun.

Thanks so much for stopping in at my blog through BATW...it was nice to have so many new people stop in for a visit.

The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

"Polka dots are pretty easily accomplished using the blunt end of the paint brush like a stamp. Vonda added different-size dots in a random pattern, which is wise since making them a uniform size can be a little difficult. The effect is fresh and whimsical."

Melissa, thanks so much for the advice on how to do the polka dots. I adore china, so this might just buoy my confidence in trying to paint some myself. Every time I go by a china painting place, I peek in the window. I love art, but have trouble drawing a straight line. Maybe if I squiggle it, they won't notice so much. ;-)

Thanks!

Sheila

Marla @ Stolen Bon Bons said...

I LOVE this set!

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