Pick Yer’ Poison…
Posted by Jeanne Adams Mar 9 2012, 12:29 am
There’s an incredibly cool gift shop in one of my favorite shopping centers here in DC. They feature stationary so exquisite the Queen probably wouldn’t be unhappy to get it as a gift. They have Slinkies and Silly Putty too. Magnets, and posters, journals and handmade wrapping papers line one of the walls.
Bookends -ohhh, do they have bookends! Totally awesome bookends! Y’know those are terrifically hard to find now…well, cool ones anyway. Grins.
They have books too, but mostly coffee table books, hostess gift books and “useful” books – like Gardens of the World, An Atlas of Palaces and Castles, and Parties 101 . (Like we need THAT around here!)
Some of their journals are just gorgeous with their watercolor covers, or leather bindings with gilt stamping, or embossed dragons or fairies. Really great stuff. They’re just astonishingly lovely, some of them.
Of course for me, the journals are just there to admire and appreciate that delectable workmanship. Do ya’ll love these? Do you use them or just keep them and appreciate the leatherworker’s artistry? Grins.
I DO journal, but I have to have a big one – 10 by 13 or so – that’s really a hard-cover sketch book.
You see I don’t like lines in my journals. And I like to draw in them, doodle, sketch and play. So no lines, and none of these dainty, small (albeit gorgeous) journals.
This shop also features mugs, goblets, hand blown martini glasses, high-ball sets, and barware.
So I got to thinking when I was reading both Cassondra’s blog on Coffee Mugs and reading through Nancy’s blog yesterday about all the great books people were recommending, reading and writing – an quoting! – that maybe we need a goof-off, play day in the Lair.
A fun, crafty day. Whaddya think?
I drafted the guys to help and we set up some tables in the main hall (well-covered with paper for protection) and put together a place where we can make some stuff. I think it would be totally fun to make some cool personalized mugs and wine glasses.
I’ve done this sort of cool glass and ceramic painting with girlfriends, and with my kids. It’s really fun. And yes, I talked it over with Sven too, so don’t think I’m going rogue here. We’ve got plain mugs and painting supplies (the kind you can put in the oven to cure quickly), and some wineglasses and paint for those too, which also cures quickly enough for them to be used within an hour or so of creation. :>
(Hey, it’s the Lair, we can do that here!)
In amongst the discussion about whether coffee or tea or hot chocolate was the best beverage, a lot of folks on Wednesday talked about what sayings or pictures they had on their current mugs.
Some they liked, some they didn’t, but they still liked the mug itself.
Soooo, I poked at Sven until he found us a vendor for these FABULOUS mugs. They’re just right in the hand, not too big, not too little. Perfect for coffee, tea or hot chocolate. They’ve got bigger handles than those ones on the left there – bigger bowls too, but not TOOO big! They’re PERFECT!!
If cold caffeine or juice is your “poison” to start your day or while you’re earnestly working, there are some glasses too!
Then there are the wine glasses. I actually got the inspiration for this little painting party from this great wineglass that was gifted to me and it had sculptural elements (kinda like the Bride one, down below!) and rhinestonse and feathers on the base.
It’s totally uptown! It’s from www.LolitaGlasses.com which you can buy directly from them, or at Amazon or B&N and a lot of the Hallmark stores too. (Wish I got a kickback from that! Ha!)
So there’s also packages of doodads and feathers and scrapbooking stuff too, if you want to REALLY embellish.
Here’s Sven with some aprons for all of us.
Oooh, Sven, thank you for also putting snacks out! Those crudite are gorgeous!!
And the cheese platters….ohhhhh….brie. You know how I love the brie. And stuffed mushrooms! Oh, Sven, you’ve outdone yourself!!! You’re a darling, as always. *pressing a kiss to his cheek, which makes him blush like mad*
Okay! *clapping for attention* Ladies, gents, find a seat, grab a mug, glass or wineglass, and let’s get to it!
What’s your favorite scene or saying for the mug/glass/wineglass?
(Yes, you can make one of each type, a set of mugs, etc. We have plenty! Sven always over-buys!)
What character – hero, heroine, were-beast would you put on your morning coffee/tea mug, if you could find one? Dressed or undressed? Bwahahahah!
What hero would make a good photo for your mug?
Got a great line or quote you’d like to put on your morning juice glass?
(“Never give up, Never give up, Never give up!” “Bombs, away!” “Who moved my cheese?” “Just keep Swimming!”)
Now, the wine glass. Do you want one for red wine or white wine, champagne or all three?
Excellent! Now, what do you want to paint on it?
Mermaid and a quote from PC Cast’s or Virginia Kantra’s sea-based books?
A vampire bat on the base and two fangs at the lip of the red-wine glass for some of the fabulous, favorite Vamp books on your Keeper shelf?
Or Maybe just a title…One Book in the Grave. Sex, Lies and Mistletoe. Every Night I’m Yours.
Deadly Little Secrets… You knew I’d add that one, right?
We also have some beer mugs if you’re partial to that, and some glass pilsners, so have at it!! Maybe a little basketball art to celebrate MARCH MADNESS!!! Did ya’ll see that Georgetown game? OMGosh. Double overtime. (Too bad they lost. Sigh.)
Once we’re done, we’re going to break out the really great coffee, tea, beer, wines and whiskeys and some kickin’ hors d’ovres and have ourselves a little “taste” of our favorite “poison” using our wonderful new beverage services! Yippeeee!!
Pick your glass, pick your poison. Sven’s making a list for a run to the various coffee, tea, beer and wine outlets as we get a good list going. We’re pretty well stocked around here, but you know, there’s a LOT of you, so…yes, a list!
What favorite beverages should we have on hand to fill your fun new glass/mug with?
Go ahead! Paint! Put the pictures on, get those quotes going!
*Sven hurries to Jeanne as she sits down to paint and whispers something hurriedly in her ear. The missing key to the exclusive pantry was with the gladiators – they’d found it near the Golden Rooster’s perch - but now it’s missing again! Eeek! Does that mean no more brie!?! He’s going to get Marcus and Bran to break through the door if they can’t find that key soon….*
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