What I’ve been making in pottery class

Today was an extra-exciting pottery class because I got to take home my first four projects — all glazed and ready for life in the real world!

First up, we have my coiled pot. Remember her?

I tried to go for an ombre effect with the glaze, which is hella-tricky. It’s not like at Clay Cafe where you paint the colours on with brushes — you pick up your piece with tongs and dip it into a giant bucket of strange-coloured chemicals that look nothing like the colour your piece will turn. I don’t understand the science behind it, but it’s interesting! Read More

Why (and how) I bring my kids to my Zumba classes

I started noticing something at my Zumba classes lately. There really weren’t many people like me — as in, “30-something parents of young children.” Some of them make rare appearances, but no one comes consistently.

I’m always asking friends to come to class with me. I’m sure they’d love the great music and the disco lights — plus, of course, getting a full workout while dancing like nobody’s watching. (The great thing about Zumba class is that nobody IS watching anybody else, because we’re all focused on the instructor.)

Oh yes, they assure me, they would definitely love to go.

“It sounds so fun!”

“It would be great to exercise again!”

“I’ve always wanted to try it!”

“I’m soooo out of shape and need to do something!”

But no one comes. Read More

My big FAT nightstand makeover

Wood nightstand makeover with FAT Paint {Heather's Handmade Life}

***Thanks to The FAT Paint Company for sponsoring this makeover. All opinions and sloppy work areas, as always, are my own.***

Curb cleanup week never disappoints. Every time a new piece of old furniture appears at the end of a driveway, it’s like a DIY angel gets its wings.

My best curb hauls in the past were a coffee table, a side table and two antique wooden chairs. This year I only got one piece, and I didn’t have to travel far. It was sitting at the end of the driveway across the street. Score!

While the kids ran up the driveway to fetch their buddy for the bus, I stumbled across the street with my mug of tea and checked out the treasure: a chunky wooden nightstand with aged brass accents. I gave it a quick inspection and saw the drawer opened smoothly, and the whole thing was pleasantly heavy. Yes, please!

Wood nightstand makeover with FAT Paint {Heather's Handmade Life} Read More