More adventures in beginner pottery

What else I’ve been making in pottery class

Is there anything sweeter than holding something you’ve made with your own two hands? I DON’T THINK SO, TIM. (God, who else really misses Home Improvement? JTT 4-eva)

I checked in about a month ago to share my very first pottery pieces, and now I’m back with another batch — fresh from the kiln (except not, because otherwise they’d be about a zillion degrees).

Let’s start with this one, the Yummy Mummy bowl!

Adventures in beginner pottery: What I've been making in pottery class {Heather's Handmade Life}

This was a slab bowl, meaning I rolled out a big flat piece of clay and molded it into the (rough) shape of a bowl. Then I added clay swirls around the rim (similar to how I made my coiled pot — a beginner pottery classic) and used a tiny scraper to scratch “YUMMY MUMMY” and a little spiral into the bottom.

Kind of like how when my sister was a toddler, she used to eat soup out of a bowl with bunnies printed on the bottom and the goal was to “Find the bunnies!” a.k.a. trick her into eating. Except I’ll finish a snack and get to see a happy little reminder on the bottom. Ahhh. #yummymummy Read More

Creative repurposing, reusing, and recycling in our home

Creative repurposing, reusing, and recycling in our home {Heather's Handmade Life}

*Disclosure: I have partnered with Clean Foundation for #GivingTuesday and have received compensation for this post. All opinions and creative repurposing projects are my own. Be sure to read to the end of the post to find out how your kids can be “famous” by giving back.

Anyone who knows our family understands that this house is one big DIY project. We’re constantly “rescuing” free furniture from the curb or accepting hand-me-downs from a family member. We paint or refinish it (accessories, too, like lamps and frames) instead of buying new items, and everyone’s happy.

But we do more than just save furniture (SO. MUCH. FURNITURE.) from the landfill.

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The trouble with school pictures

The trouble with school pictures {Heather's Handmade Life}

Photographers who take school pictures, why do you hate us? Parents, I mean.

I understand taking school pictures probably isn’t easy — and that you have a lot of sticky children to usher through your lineup, probably on a tight timeline in between lunch and gym. But if a child has a big juicy drop of milk at the corner of their smile, would it be so hard to ask them to wipe it away? (Apparently, yes.)

I’m sure all those little forced smiles — full of missing teeth and awkward half-grown-in teeth with sawed edges — start to look the same after a while, and you just keep snapping away without fully noticing.

Also, do you . . . do you even try to make them smile?

Judging from the slew of uncomfortable half-smiles and flat-out grimaces staring out at me this year, in the school pictures I’ve seen, I think you may be freaking them out. Are you using disturbing finger puppets? Showing them YouTube clips of the scary clown from Stephen King movie, It? Read More