Color Me Mine

As part of Kristin and I’s Mother’s Day gift to my mom, we took her to Color Me Mine, “the paint your own pottery studio.”

IMAG2103When you walk in there walls of pottery that you can choose from to paint. Anything from bowls, mugs, and plates, to piggy banks, picture frames and decorations. You pay $10 ($7 for kids) as a “studio fee” which covers all the paint you need, unlimited time in the studio, brushes and their help with whatever you need. There are stencils, stamps, tape and more, to help you get your creativity on!


After you choose your piece, you pick out the paint colors you want. Depending on the piece you get a few small blobs of color or one huge one to cover a lot of space. The colors look different when you paint them on from when they are glazed and fired, so they have a wall that shows what the colors will look like after. It’s kind of hard to picture your finished product, but that’s part of the fun!


After you’ve painted 3 coats of each color on your piece, you’re done! You leave your masterpiece to be glazed and fired and then come back and pick it up in a few days.

The day we went, I was having a bad day. On my walk that morning with Ry, it was hott and humid (as usual) and I was breathing hard by the end of the walk. This always puts me in a bad mood for the obvious reason- I’m only WALKING 2 miles and I feel out of shape. Two miles is shorter than my shortest easy run when I’m running (4 miles). I know I shouldn’t let things like this get me down, but they do.

Anywho… I couldn’t decide what I wanted to paint. I knew I wanted to do a mug, but couldn’t figure out what design. My creative juices just weren’t flowing. I initially wanted to write “Like A Boss,” my marathon motto, on one side and 26.2 on the other, with OTQ (Olympic Trials Qualifier) inside the mug for motivation. But then I threw myself a pity party and said I won’t be able to run for another 5 years so I wouldn’t even put the mug to good use. Oh how pessimistic I can be sometimes, haha.


I ended up using skinny tape to make a funΒ geometricy pattern? Not really a pattern, but hey, I LOVE it! I’m really happy with how it came out, despite my lack of creative mojo that day. I used it this morning for my cup of joe! Kristin hand painted a chevron pattern onto an oil dispenser. It came with a metal pourer that fit on the top. I love her colors!

oil.jpgAnd last but certainly not least, my mom’s beautiful bowl! It’s crazy how different the colors look after glazed and fired. I’m sure we’ll be eating many salads out of this bowl this summer πŸ™‚


There are locations ALL OVER, so if you like what you see and want to try your hand at it, find a location near you πŸ™‚ And NO, I was not compensated for this post, we just had a lot of fun and I want to pass along the fun times! HAPPY FRIDAY!



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  1. I went to color me mine in silver spring md a couple of times…what a fun place! I’m glad it gave you a little pick me up. I can only imagine how hard it must be to not be able to run. All of your pottery master pieces look awesome! You all are so creative!

    • Glad you’ve been, too! It was a fun little day and definitely got me out of my funk. And thank you! We were so excited to see how everything came out πŸ™‚

  2. So much fun!!! I have done a couple of mugs at places like that! I actually made a plate as well for my cakes!!!
    You should have put those quotes on your mug that would have been so awesome!! So what if you won’t be running for 5 more years!! It would still be motivation!!!! πŸ™‚

    • This is true. Maybe I’ll put it on a plate the next time I go. That way when I’m eating I can remember I should be eating healthy things and not so much cake, haha.
      I also thought about writing “cereal killer” on a bowl, haha. A plate for your cakes is perfect!

  3. Wow, I really want to do this!!! What a fun way to express yourself and to get creative!!! What fun!! You are always so adventurous!! Very cool!!
    Heather, I’m always thinking about ya and so glad to read your posts!! You are a strong woman!!! Keep being strong and fabulous!! XOXO!!!

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