Color It Yours At Color Me Mine

By Cheryl Tranchitella
November 29, 2001

Justine DiFilippo

Christmas is right around the corner and the shopping begins. If you are looking for a reasonable and memorable gift, Color Me Mine might be just be what you are looking for.

Color Me Mine, located at 109 W. Lancaster Avenue, is a ceramic store where anyone can go in and customize a piece. The pieces range from kids, birthdays, holidays and more. The three most wanted pieces are the mugs, the cupcake jars and picture frames.

There are six simple steps in this process. First, choose a ceramic piece, next sketch your design, select your colored paints, then paint your piece to your desire, the piece is fired overnight in the kiln. Finally you can pick up the finished product. The whole painting process usually takes from an hour to an hour and a half. The smaller pieces are usually ready to be picked up in a week. The larger pieces take from 10 to 12 days to be done and ready to take home to enjoy.

The prices of these pieces are reasonable. They are generally $10 to $15. The ornaments are only $5. The most expensive item in the store is the “turkey plate” priced at $55.

Kellie Dunn, studio manager, said that business has been picking up since the holidays are coming. “We are now open seven days a week with extended hours due to the holidays,” Dunn said. After Jan. it will be closed Mondays. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 pm. to 9 p.m.

The holiday section has a huge selection of items including santas, snowmen, angels, stars, trees, teddies, stockings, mittens, wreaths, dreidels, kiddy cups and more.

A new item is coming in, a Menorah with Noah’s Arch wrapped around. The most popular Christmas item is the lighted Christmas tree. All pieces are led-free, non-toxic, dishwasher and food safe. Microwave use is not recommended.

The last day to get a piece back is before Christmas is Dec 16. The store is closed at 3pm on Christmas Eve.

“People are always in making something, no matter what age. Anything in here is the best gift no matter how old or how young you are, it is made from the heart,” Dunn said.

If for some reason you do not think you have talent there are books, magazines, stamps, stencils and painted samples in the studio for you to use. You can also look through 20,000 images on the computer in the studio, print them out and paint it on to your piece. There are over 75 colored paints to use on 300 different items not including holiday items.

“A handmade gift is sincerely priceless,” Dunn said.

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