all of the beautiful colors are very, very meaningful

Grandma Edie (that'd be my mom) and I brought Ethan over to our local ceramics painting studio to make something special for my husband. He just accepted an offer for a new job with a company he's super excited about working for so Ethan and I wanted to make him something special for his new desk.

After far too much deliberation, we decided on a cup to hold his pens and pencils. After even more deliberation, we decided on a blue color scheme. Apparently these are difficult and vital decisions to make. Who knew?

The studio employee helped us sponge the paint onto one of Ethan's hands and one of his feet and then press them onto the piece. It was quick, simple and surprisingly not too messy. Grandma Edie fed Ethan a bottle while I tried my best to write a quick message along with Ethan's name and the date in paint. I'm not an artist and that is an understatement.

Ethan was intrigued by the paint on his feet and watched intently as his foot was stamped onto the ceramic piece. As for the handprint? Well, that was a bit more challenging. Ethan enjoyed clenching his fist and squishing the paint around in between his fingers more than he did stamping it onto the pencil cup. Eventually we were able to get a perfect handprint and get Ethan all washed off in the studio sink! Because we're terrible at surprises (okay, okay, that blame falls all too entirely on me), we already showed my husband photos from our ceramic painting adventure. The pencil cup won't even be ready for pick-up for 10 days and yet it's already his favorite thing ever.

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  1. Hi! I am popping over from BHEveryday! I'm a new follower. I love your site and your sweet boy is so adorable! Your pictures are so amazing! Are you using a special camera/software? Mine just never turn out that well!

    I have a 2.5 year old and a 5 mo.
    Check us out at http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com

  2. Visiting from the Moms Monday Blog hop. Following as well.

    What cute pictures and what a wonderfully original project.

    Visit when you have a chance.



  3. Beautiful photos. I'm following you from the Mom Blog Monday blog hop.

  4. Following from the Blog Hop. I have an Ethan too! I love your photos and blog. www.laborlooks.blogspot.com

  5. Hi,this is great.

    I'm a new follower from the hop,would be great if you followed back ?:)

  6. Hi! I saw your link on the Monday blog hop ~ I'm a new follower of your blog :)

    I think that is the cutest idea! I just bet your husband will love it. Your son is adorable. I just love that age.

    Enjoy those tiny feet and hands while you can - they grow so quickly!

    They All Call Me Mom

  7. very cute! I am a new follower. I do monthly updates on my baby girl too, although she is now 6 months! (your little man is almost her size though!) please come check our blog out as well

  8. I am also a new follower! I HAVE 4 KIDS, 9,6,4,and 2. Your son is adorable! Great idea with the cup! I am at www.lifewithfourcrazykids.blogspot.com

  9. Your son is very cute. I love your pictures. What a great idea doing the ceramics cup.

    I found you on the Monday blog hop. I am your newest follower. I'll be back to see what else you have on your blog.


  10. What a cute idea! Lately, I have been obsessed with creating gifts for family members that have my kids hand and foot prints on them, so this is right up my alley. :)

    I'm a new follower from the Mom Monday Blog Hop.

    Little Miss Nerd Girl

  11. Hi, I am following you from Mom Blog Monday. I really love your blog, and will be visiting again. Your blog is very pretty and fun to look at, and your son is just SO cute! Love these cute pictures! The cup turned out so cute!



  12. Following you on GFC from the Monday Blog Hop. Hop on by my place anytime.

  13. this is such a cute idea!

    following from mom blog monday and would love a gfc follow back :)


  14. Hi! I'm following you from Momhop Monday :) .. Your little one is so cute and adorable! Please stop by my blog: http://shultzadventures.blogspot.com and follow back if you wish. There is a cloth diaper giveaway as well!


  15. New follower! Love your blog!

  16. Very Cute! Following from the mom blog monday hop! Congrats on the feature!


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