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88/365 – Create Your Own Pottery! Pt. 1

Today was brilliant!


Auntie Katherine came down to visit, so we headed out to paint some pottery! It was Aeryn’s first time and my first time for a very long time!

We went to Pot N Kettlea little high street store in Beeston, near Nottingham. I’ve been walking past it for ages meaning to go in and finally had an excuse!

We chose our pieces to paint from a great range of items, from plates and cups to money boxes, Christmas baubles and figurines. Aeryn picked a mug and a star ornament, I chose a mug and Katherine a plate.


Aeryn had a blast painting her things! We had to ask for different paint for Katherine and I in the end, though, because she couldn’t resist mixing all the colours in her pallet!

The colours look quite dull on the cup until they are glazed, so Aeryn’s very grey looking masterpiece isn’t completely grey in reality! The handy paint spot plaque next to her shows what each colour looks like once fired, so that was a really helpful guide for Kath and I. Aeryn just liked smooshing them together and seeing what happened and letting huge blobs drip all over her work!


She spent a lot more time on her mug than her star, but still started to get fidgety long before Katherine and I were finished with ours. We bought her a drink (sadly there was a very minimal selection but that was pretty much the only downside of our trip!) and the assistant fetched her some colouring pages to keep her occupied while we finished off our pieces.


My design ended up WAY off centre somehow, but I still like how it turned out, considering that for half of my painting time I was nursing a napping toddler on my lap and only had one hand to work with!


I named my blog Raising Rainbows to acknowledge our oldest, miscarried child. Aeryn and her brother are our rainbows; something wonderful that came from one of the darkest, stormiest things that ever happened to our little family. Aeryn could quite literally not exist if we had not miscarried because of the age gap between them, which I find extremely strange.

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But I also think the sentiment applied to life more generally. We’ve faced a lot together in the last few years, from financial trouble to job woes to deaths in our family and friendship circles to just simply stormy days full of tantrums and wobbles and doubt and difficulties. While none of these things have magically disappeared in a rainbow of happiness and fulfillment, we do reach a point of improvement or acceptance or acknowledgement and move a little closer to things getting better. It’s an active, ongoing process. We build that rainbow a little bit at a time, deliberately making changes to help things get better, or just because time helps heal and storms don’t last forever.

It’s something I muse about from time to time. It can be really hard to see the future good that might happen when you’re in the throws of something bad. But, inevitably, things aren’t completely terrible forever.



Jen enjoys reading (endlessly, everything), creative writing, playing RPGs, buying from local markets, drinking coffee, drinking tea, craft projects, baking, gentle parenting, home educating and speaking in third person. She blogs about issues and ideas surrounding education, parenting, feminism, craft and various other interesting tidbits. What a wonderful word, tidbits.

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