Mug Painting at Glazed Expressions

I don’t buy too many Groupons these days, but when I do, they’re usually for trying new things, like mug painting!

Katherine, Joanna, and Gina joined me for a little breakfast at Summerhouse Santa Monica, followed by mug painting and mimosas at Glazed Expressions (yes, it’s BYOB!).

Now, you may ask, why mugs? Yes, I already have many in my cabinet. Yes, I could go out and buy one. But for the same price, I can design a mug myself with my friends. 

We made our appointment for a Saturday at 11 am, so we were the first in the shop to paint. Bobby greeted us, and led us to our table. She showed us which mugs were included in the Groupon price, and we all chose big, wide mugs. 

Once more people came, we all got a tutorial on how to paint the mugs, how to use different tools, etc. In looking at others’ mugs for inspiration, I really liked a mug that had an ombré effect. I committed to that style and chose three shades of pink.

Bobby gave me directions on how to do the ombré: using a sponge, start with the lightest color and paint upward. Blend the next color to make a smooth transition, and then do again with a third color. I did three coats of this, and sponge painted the inside of the mug the darkest color. 

The paint is lighter and more matte before its fired, but I could tell already I loved it. What I also loved is that we all took different techniques when painting our mugs, including using tape and toothbrushes to create different effects.

When I picked the mugs up this week, I was so impressed with our work. I used my mug for my Sunday morning coffee (don’t you dare think you’ll get a pic of that, haha), and it wasn’t too heavy to hold and fit all of the coffee I needed.

I love these types of experiences: doing something creative with good friends. I hate to admit (but it’s obvious) that I don’t get out too much, so I really enjoy the moments I do! (Nothing against my family. ❤️) 

Anyone interested in coming next time?

Glazed Expressions
717 West Armitage
Lincoln Park

   
    
 

Week #12 – Dyeing of the Chicago River

Well, friends, I’m checking a major accomplishment off of my to do list: seeing the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Now, I did a little research and discovered that the city of Chicago has been dyeing the river green for more than 50 years. I’ve been alive for 30 of those. How many times had I seen the green river prior to yesterday? Zero! (Damn, that’s too many numbers…)

My friend, Lauren, offered to have people over because she lives in a high-rise condo building along the Chicago River on LaSalle—prime real estate to see the infamous green river! Or so we thought…:)

My sister-in-law, Melissa, and I arrived at Lauren’s for a St. Paddy’s Day-themed extravaganza: green eggs and ham, green-dyed bagels, Lucky Charms cereal, Irish soda bread, tater tots (not so Irish, but beloved nonetheless) and more. I brought pistachio bread (Melissa’s recipe) because the bread has a green tint from the pistachio pudding (see photo below). Oh, and I can’t forget the mint chocolate chip ice cream-spiked Shammy Shakes too!

As we enjoyed the food, drinks, and company, we waited for the green dye to come along. And we waited. And waited some more, but it never came! Once we realized it wasn’t going to make its way to LaSalle any time soon, Melissa and I went down to the river, determined to see it.

We crossed the bridge to Wacker Drive and walked east to see the dye. Once we got to Wabash, we couldn’t miss the bright green river! I’m so glad I’ve finally seen this great Chicago tradition, but I have to tell you—it was cold! Too bad I didn’t decide to check it out last year when it was 80 degrees!

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