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I’ve been seeing DIY mug ideas on several of the blogs I follow for weeks now and have been waiting for a chance to get to try my hand at doing a custom illustrated mug. A few weekends ago, a good friend moved into her very first home! I wanted to do a little something as a housewarming gift, and thought—what better for a coffee-loving new homeowner than a new mug to celebrate the event!
I got a DecoArt glass paint marker at my local craft store, and a nice white mug from Target. The paint marker has a nice finish and was very easy to use. You bake the finished design after the paint has dried for 4 hours. DecoArt claims that it is dishwasher safe if baked within the first 4 to 8 hours. Although I did bake within that window, I didn’t test out the mug in my dishwasher. I did put these directions with the mug—”dishwasher safe, but DEFINITELY 100% hand-wash safe!”
Here were a few of the projects that inspired me:
Right to Left:
- A Beautiful Mess has a neat DIY for mugs created with a regular Sharpie marker
- Oh Hello Friend creates a mug with a metallic gold Sharpie paint pen – lovely!
- Wit and Whistle designs a chevron mug with porcelain paint. I’m a fan of the raised texture!
If you love the look, but crafting isn’t your thing, here are some amazing custom illustrated products from Etsy:
Blogging was definitely not on my resolutions list for 2012, as you can probably tell. But I may be back, thanks to a little prompt from a really awesome sister.
For my first post of the year (in JUNE), I guess I’ll start off talking about my ACTUAL resolutions are for this year, and the process I’ve gone through to document those resolutions.
First, I usually don’t keep resolutions because I forget what they are by the middle of February. A mini sketchbook from Ugmonk has been just the ticket for me to combat forgetfulness—I can carry the resolutions with me to keep them fresh in my mind all the time.
Second, inspired by my friend Jeanne’s 25 by age 25 list, I decided that a numbered list of resolutions was the way to go—12 in 2012. I sketched a set of pages in the sketchbook for each one of the twelve resolutions.
Here are just a few of the resolutions I’ve made for this year:
1. Read the ENTIRE Bible by Dec. 31, 2012.
2. Read 12 books—aka one book a month—during this calendar year—10 books down, 2 to go
3. Participate in Greenville’s Mini Book Collective art exhibition at Art & Light Gallery. —FINISHED!! I’ll have to post about this later
5. Donate 10″ to Locks of Love by end of the year (this is seeming to take FOREVER)
9. Knit/crochet 10 scarves for a local women’s shelter
10. Finally get rid of my ANCIENT laptop. RECYCLE is the plan!
And last but not least, number 12—celebrate 12-12-12 in style!
I decided it’s not important that I finish all these resolutions; the important thing to me is having a goal to work towards. Hopefully I can accomplish a few of these, but if nothing else, the year will have been time well spent.
DIY photo source: The Etsy Blog via Christin on Pinterest
Pinterest is definitely a wonderful thing. Consuming? Yes, but also totally helpful in collecting all the DIY stuff I want to try out. I’ve had these cute little Fabric Nesting Dolls from the Etsy Blog pinned on my DIY board for a while now. They are SO CUTE! I wanted to put my own little characters on them.
Sketching out the dolls on front fabric. Used an industrial sharpie—no bleed, VERY permanent.
I made a four sets this week—one for my newborn neice, two for a friend of mine, Dawn, and a fourth for a friend who will get them in the mail soon! Surprise! My neice will have to wait a while to play with her’s (probably until she develops motor skills). Dawn’s set, the two shown, represent her grandkids.
DIY instructions can be found in the Etsy Blog article, Handmade Kids How-To: Fabric Nesting Dolls
Thanks to HowAboutOrange blog for introducing me to what she calls “an online drawing tool capable of wasting hours of your life.” Odosketch is pretty sweet—view time-lapse movies of users drawings or create your own! I definitely see this being a distraction for many an artist today.
Check out my sketches here
I have been fortunate enough to create a line of journals for TheTravelingJournal.com—a fabulous online company that allows you and your friends the opportunity to keep in touch in a really unique and wonderful way. A while back I wrote a post on the concept journals that I first presented to TTJ. Since I had these beautiful tomes just sitting around, I decided to take the advice of the Traveling Journal’s founders and start a traveling journal for my sister and I. I wrote a note inside and pasted in some silly (and not so silly) pics of the Sis and I. I also did a little custom graphic on the front using cameo-like silhouettes of both of us. Then I sent it off in the mail—super easy and fun! I can’t wait until she mails it back filled with her totally artistic and creative scribblings.
I’d encourage all of you to head over to TheTravelingJournal.com and purchase a journal and all the unique accessories and goodies they have to coordinate! Start creating and sharing some memories with those you love.
(sorry that last pic’s a little blurry!)
I received my Sketchbook several weeks ago. . . actually, I had it before our trip to Illinois. It came in the mail fast! But alas, it is still in it’s mailer and buried beneath craft supplies and projects for Indie Craft Parade. BUT NOW, it is time to start thinking about how to fill this precious volume. I’ve got some great ideas, but need some input from you all.
What makes you happy? If you were to think of a wonderful thought, which thought would allow you (with the help of some pixie dust) to take flight? Leave a comment and let me know!