THE project began so serenely. We were decorating a large terracotta saucer to make a bathing and drinking dish for birds and butterflies. First we glued some glass marbles around the perimeter for a little sparkle, then painted the base of the dish. We had fun mixing colours to get the shades we wanted, and tried not to let them get too murky. Working with a three-year-old is an excellent way to cure perfectionism. It's just not going to happen. So once I'd let that go, a fun time was had by all.