DIY clay ring dishes

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Every Christmas I get the crafting bug. And if you read the “about” page you know that I am a very reluctant crafter. I like fast crafts that look like they took a long time. I am all about eye-balling. So this year, I combined this pin and this pin to come up with the rustic-lux dotted ring dish.

Materials needed:

air dry clay
rolling pin
small ceramic bowl
acrylic paint + gloss

S  T  E  P    1:
Using a tennis ball size hunk, roll out your clay until it is an even, 1/4 inch thick.

S  T  E  P  2:
invert your bowl and twist a few times into the clay until you are all the way through. Lift bowl away.

S  T  E  P  3:
Peel away excess clay and set aside for your next bowl.

S  T  E  P  4:
Press the disk of clay down into your bowl. Do not push it in the center too hard. It does not need to touch the bottom. At this point you can smooth the edges with your finger.

S  T  E  P  5:
Let dry for 24 hours. Do not try and take the clay out of the bowl until at least 12 hours later. You may need more drying time for the unexposed edges.

S  T  E  P  6:
Paint the bottom. Let dry.

S  T  E  P  7:
Paint the inside and top edges. Let dry.

S  T  E  P  8:
Paint your dots. Less is more here. people!

S  T  E  P  9:
Paint a clear gloss coat. Let dry.

step by step bowls

Besides waiting on the clay to dry, this is a FAST, fun craft. I made many bowls all at once and then painted them the next day. We gave them as teachers gifts, with a quote saying “this gift is to hold your precious things since you hold our’s all day long”.

a story of slavery

I am floored at how often I get to work on projects in which I believe wholeheartedly. The Whitney Plantation project came from a local Denver woman who saw some of my Vela designs. She is from Louisiana. Her father bought the plantation years ago with the dream of making it an homage to slave children. The site has commissioned, life-size bronze statues standing hauntingly across the grounds. The Field of Angels lists the names of all known children who died, frequently using only first name. My client sent me pictures for inspiration and I had chills as I looked through them. I love that I can be a part of such an important place.


The last design is what they liked best.


whitney brand boards r1-look 1

whitney brand boards r1-look 2

whitney brand boards r1-look 3

whitney brand boards r1-look 5

whitney brand boards r2-2

whitney brand board final v1


prenatal vitamin ads

I recently had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people in Chicago on ads for prenatal vitamins. In the first briefing, I told them that the job was custom fit for me. They wanted to see vintage, modern and storybook style layouts. The art director was so organized, with mood boards and color choices. It was so much fun!

bayer prenatal stork 2 v3

Above is the final ad that the client chose. You can see the other vintage and modern layouts below.

bayer prenatal stork 2 v3 bayer prenatal stork 2 v3

Party Party Party

I just finished up two jobs for parties on the East Coast. I am always so behind when planning my own children’s birthdays, it was fun to see what could be done if there is organization involved. One birthday has a Frozen theme and the other a Science theme. Without a doubt, both parties will be replicated in this house!

frozen-party-for-etsy-3 frozen-party-for-etsy-2 frozen-party-for-etsy-1 science-part-for-etsy-1science-part-for-etsy-4 science-part-for-etsy-3 science-part-for-etsy-2


All printables are for sale on my Etsy site. I also am available for more custom projects!