Tuesday, July 11, 2017

T stands for Tea...a hug in a mug



Since this is a T for Tuesday day on Bluebeard and Elizabeth day, I thought I would share some mugs Fi and I painted at a pottery studio that I found on Groupon.  The groupons only work for weekdays until 7, giving us less than an hour to pick our piece, choose paint and get to work.  What a rush, but still fun. We are already planning on finding a pottery studio where we won't be under such a time constraint.  Now for the mugs...
Fi's watercolor dreams
Elephant Mug
I think my elephant mug would be a little difficult to drink out of, but it is a nice container for some art supplies. Above the head is a spot for what we think would be a teabag, but I am using it for a much needed eraser! Next time, we will go in with a plan and more time to complete our projects,. We finished up the night by grabbing a bacon, potato, scallion pizza at Otto's.

The timing on our pottery painting night came on the heels of finishing a historical fiction novel, set in the north end of Boston in 1909. The story centers on four immigrant girls, their friendship and The Saturday Evening Girls Club. I had never heard of this part of local history before hearing the author speak at our local library. The novel weaves together the true story of the club, libraries, immigrants, patrons and art. I enjoyed Jane Healey's talk and the book is a wonderful glimpse into the time period and Jewish and Italian immigrant experience in the 1900s.  Jane also talked about her writing process and getting published through the Amazon Scout contest. Jane graciously shared her experiences and suggestions.                  

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 A Redbook Magazine  2017 Beach Read Summer Pick

My good friend  CJ and I had planned a trip into the MFA. After our visits to the Boticelli and Matisse exhibits, we went in search of the pottery which Jane had mentioned being on display.


Saturday Evening Girls Club pottery at the MFA
Our afternoon outing ended shortly after with a scrumptious luncheon at Flour Bakery. I would say the day was a perfect intersection of books, art, history, and friendship. It really doesn't get much better than that. Cheers.




19 comments:

  1. The mugs you made are wonderful! Fi has used my favourite colours to create her watercolour dreams and your elephant made me smile! I bet it makes such a lovely addition to your craft area holding all those supplies - perfect! How wonderful that you went to see the Botticelli and Matisse exhibitions, find that lovely pottery and have a scrummy lunch too 😀. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

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    1. Thank you. I love the blues and greens too, so soothing. We are already planning our next visit. The exhibit was fantastic. So wonderful to see the masterpieces!

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  2. Nan, your and your daughter's ceramic mugs are lovely. The elephant is darling, but I agree it's better for storage than drinking from - lol. The Healey book sounds very interesting. Just my cup of tea;-)

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    1. Thanks Eileen, The book was great, quick easy read and very uplifting. Happy T day!

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  3. I love the colors Fi chose. Your elephant mug makes a really cute tool caddy.

    Our day out couldn't have been better. Well, we could have done without the pouring rain and wind. (-; Now that I've seen the pottery from The Saturday Evening Girls Club, I'll have to see if I can find the book.

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  4. I think you will enjoy the book, especially with all of the Italian references. Can't wait for our next art day, sans wind and rain!

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  5. The mugs you made look awesome, the elephant you made looks great as a supplies container. The ceramics look wonderful as well. it sounds like you both had a great day out.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

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    1. Thanks Yvonne, we had a lovely day, getting to catch up in person and share some amazing art. I feel very lucky, and any time I get to share with Fi doing something different is always special. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  6. aaah what a perfectly lovely post. Love the watercolor mug as it reminds me of the ocean, but the elephant is so fun! I envy you being able to see those special traveling exhibits- and what better way than with a friend...Happy T day!

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    1. Thanks Linda, it was so much fun. I really enjoyed it, especially sharing it with CJ. I agree about the colors of the mug, a soothing cup of tea in a soothing mug. I love blues and greens, the colors of nature. It was a good break before starting to clean and organize my crafts closet. Have a wondrous Wednesday!

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  7. Those mugs are amazing. I really LOVE your elephant and Fi's dream is beautiful.

    I followed the story of your visit to the museum on CJ's blog and I absolutely loved the entire event. Of course, i also liked the book you are reading, too.

    Thanks for sharing this pottery and others with us for T this Tuesday.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. We really had a fun day, and it is great to have an art loving friend to share it with. CJ took awesome pictures. Have a wondrous Wednesday

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  8. I haven't painted pottery since my daughter was a kid, and even mine looked like it was painted by a kid. Yours came out great. looks like you ladies had a really wonderful trip to the MFA. :) Happy belated T Day. Hugs-Erika

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    1. You are funny Erica. We have done it a few times and had fun. Onz and I did it years ago, and shaped our own clay pieces...believe me, that was difficult. I have great respect for people who use a wheel or hand shape pottery. It is fun. Hope your daughter's move went well. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  9. Ah, the advantages of being near a large city! I'd love to be able to pop in and out of the MFA, and remember fondly visits there when Sarah went to BU. The mugs are wonderful. I love the watercolor dreams--makes me think of Nantucket! And the elephant is too cute, and perfect as an art supply holder.

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    1. It is lovely to have access to some many wonderful things and places. This year I plan to take better advantage of it. Hope you had a fun time in Nantucket. Too bad I hadn't made your acquaintance when Sarah was in college, we could have connected in person. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hope your flowers looked great on the return home.

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  10. I bet you had a good time at the pottery class. Groupon do some great offers. I used to do them when I lived in the UK.
    The watercolour mug is gorgeous and the elephant delightful.
    I've not Heard of this book, but will look out for it as Kindle often promotes new authors.
    Happy (belated) T-Day,
    Lisca

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    1. It is on amazon and if you have amazon unlimited, it is free. Otherwise on the kindle, $3.99, well worth it. Quick, enjoyable, informative read. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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  11. Sorry to be so late! We went away and the internet was almost non existent! Love the idea of painting a mug in an hour and this looks pretty good to me! Chrisx

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