The Bug and Her Mug

 

The other day, The Bug and I hit up Color Me Mine in Crestview Hills Town Center.  She has painted something for all her parents and grandparents and decided she wanted to paint something for herself.  We both have Bug-created coffee mugs and she wanted one for herself.  So, we took an afternoon to enjoy some Starbucks and some painting.

I love seeing The Bug’s creative side come out when she’s doing something crafty.  I’m decidedly not crafty, so it’s fun to see her go to town.  She picked out the colors and the designs, and I was just there for support.  “Daddy, you just look for glops and tell me where they are.  That’s what Mommy always does.”  Well, I looked for glops, held the mug, and directed traffic as best as possible.  What was cool was when other people noticed and said something to her.  One little girl said that it looked cute.  The lady at the table next to us (who was painting some cool stuff!) told The Bug it looked great too.  (Side note: We had the Asian Connection. She has two daughters born in China.  Love that Asian Connection!)

The staff at Color Me Mine is wonderful!  They are patient with The Bug, answer all our questions, and are genuinely there to help.  You should go visit sometime.

So, you’re probably wondering what her mug looks like.  Right?  Here are some pictures of the project from start to coffee.

The mug before she put any paint on it.

The mug before she put any paint on it.

Blowing paint bubbles for the inside of the mug.

Blowing paint bubbles for the inside of the mug.

Painting the outside bluew.

Painting the outside blue.

Starting the dots.

Starting the dots.

Lotsa dots.

Lotsa dots.

All done with the paint! It took a long time and patient work, but it looks great!

All done with the paint! It took a long time and patient work, but it looks great!

After they fired it, we picked it up. Opening the paper...

After they fired it, we picked it up. Opening the paper…

Looks great!

Looks great!

First cup of (decaf) coffee!

First cup of (decaf) coffee!

Let’s end with some pro tips.

  1. Pony tails are better than hair down. Look at that last picture again.  Why on earth would she want to wear her hair down when she has to do that to take a drink?
  2. It’s OK to be crafty.  After typing this up today, I made flowers out of egg cartons. It’s cool. Your daughter will love it.
  3. Starbucks. You need coffee for an hour or more of mug painting.
  4. Decaf for the little one.  Don’t give your kid caffeinated coffee at 5:00 in the evening.  Don’t go there.  Don’t be silly.

What’s a cool paint project you’ve done with your kid lately?

 

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